The All African Games female football event will see a lot of big games when it kicks off in August 16 as the continent’s biggest female footballing nation’s go head to head.
In Group A hosts, Morocco, Algeria, Equatorial Guinea and Mali will slug it out while Africa’s most successful team at tbe FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Nigeria were handed a tough Group B draw with Cameroon, South Africa and Zambia awaiting the Christopher Danjuma led side.
Just like the men’s tournament, all teams who participated in the African women’s Championship last year will play this tournament although this will serve as the qualifiers for the 2020 Olympic games women’s football event while the qualifier for the men’s football events at the Olympics will be the CAF U 23 Championships which is to come in Egypt later in the year.
Meanwhile, the Super Falconets opponents will include South Africa, Zambia and Cameroon all of who have suffered defeats against Nigeria in recent times. The super falconets will also want to have a successful tournament as Nigeria are on the verge of securing the hosting of the 2020 FIFA U20 World cup.
The hosts of the 2016 African women’s Championship and runners up to the Champions Nigeria, were also at the receiving end of another Nigerian triumph at the AWCON in 2018 as the Falcons beat Cameroon in the semi finals.
Although, the central African country qualified for the 2019 women’s world cup in France and also in 2015 in Canada, they are yet to feature at the FIFA U20 world cup and infact only three countries have represented the continent since the inception of the tournament, Nigeria, Ghana and DR Congo taking the honours.
However, their current U20 team can draw inspiration from the fact that the country featured at the 2012 Olympics alongside the South Africans, a terrain the Nigerian Female team have failed to feature since their last Appearance at Beijing 2008. The young lionesses will hope to keep the Nigerians out of the Olympics in Tokyo 2020 once again but this time it’s not the main team who will fight the battle, it’s the young talents in the U20 where Nigeria has a upper hand having featured in all U20 world cups including a final appearance twice.
Banyana Banyana have over time improved rapidly and have appeared at the last two Olympic games in 2012 and 2016. Similarly, they featured at the FIFA women’s world cup for the first time at the 2019 edition in France.
The experience above and the preparation and support the South African Football Federation (SAFA) has given female football in the country including the establishment of the female league this year is enough to cause a concern for Danjuma and his ladies even though the South Africans do not have a pedigree when it comes to women’s football at the U20 level.
The zambians look like the whipping girls of the group, they lack the pedigree whatsoever in women’s football and it showed at the AWCON in Ghana 2018 where they failed to get out a group that had Nigeria, South Africa and an uninspiring Equatorial Guinea.
However, there were glimpses of hope as performances against South Africa and Equatorial Guinea got the team four points out of nine after beating the latter by five goals in the opening game. Subsequently, it will be disastrous for them to be underestimated by any team including the Falconets.
FIFA Congress To Decide Future Host Of FIFA Women’s World Cup™
Council assigns FIFA Women’s World Cup™ hosting decision to the football governing body’s Congress; also approves financial statements for 2020 and budget for 2022.
Meeting by video conference, the Council conferred to the Congress the decision to award Women’s World Cup™ hosting rights.
Until now, the decision has been taken by the FIFA Council, most recently in June 2020 when the hosting rights for the 2023 edition were awarded to Australia and New Zealand.
As the football governing body seeks to raise the profile of the women’s game, this represents a significant step to bring the Women’s World Cup in line with the flagship men’s competition.
The proposal will be put forward for a final decision by the 71st FIFA Congress, which will meet virtually (for the second time) on 21 May.
International match calendar and release of players.
The FIFA Council received a report on the international football situation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bureau of the Council had extended to April 2021 the temporary amendments to the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players regarding the release of players for international duty, and FIFA, the confederations, and its member associations remain in dialogue with national authorities about exemptions from quarantine rules for national team players.
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The FIFA Council recognized that the highest priority in football is the health of the players, and therefore the discussion around the release of players for international duty must maintain this perspective, especially as the public health situation develops around the world.
2020 financials and 2022 budget
The Council also approved the organization’s Annual Report, which contains the financial statements for 2020 and the budget for 2022.
The FIFA Annual Report 2020 focuses on the role played by world football’s governing body in the fight against COVID-19, primarily through the unprecedented COVID-19 Relief Plan, which has made available USD 1.5 billion to support FIFA’s 211 member associations and the confederations through times of financial uncertainty.
The FIFA Annual Report 2020 is available on the official site.
FIFA Arab Cup 2021™
The Council approved the competition regulations for the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, confirming the match schedule and draw procedure for the competition taking place in Qatar from 1 to 18 December this year.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Fédération Internationale de Football Association.
Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency
Ever wondered why Genk forward Paul Onuachu has always been a prolific figure for his club and find it hard to replicate that form with the Super Eagles when invited?
The Nigeria international has been in awesome form for the Blue-White, scoring 26 goals in the Jupiler League this season for Genk, while his scoring prowess at his club has been a contrast to his form with the national team under Gernot Rohr scoring just once in 9 games despite being a top performer at club level.
Ahead of the AFCON qualifier doubleheader against Lesotho and the Benin Republic, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr named his 23 man list with the inform former Midtjylland forward listed as one of the standby players.
Onuachu’s struggles with the Super Eagles in previous games he featured is quite baffling, considering the excitement that greeted his first appearance with the national team plus the impressive form he’s currently in.
The job of every manager is to find a suitable position or fashion out tactics that would be suitable for their players in other to blend with the team approaches to every match. In Onuachu’s case, he hasn’t been fortunate enough to blend in with Rohr’s tactics. While at club level, Midtjylland plays to his strength.
However, due to Napoli’s players been restricted from traveling, the Genk forward made it through the backdoor to replace Gernot Rohr’s number one forward Victor Osimhen who hasn’t really hit the ground running with the ‘Partenopei‘, but when with the Eagles, he never fails to deliver.
It’s no doubt that the lanky striker has failed to deliver in his previous games, disappointing the ever-demanding Nigerian football enthusiasts with unforgiving backlashes from the fans. However, his prolific prowess with his club suggests otherwise and consistently makes a case for him to be integrated into the team with a different tactical approach that suits his style.
The era of a target man may have been long gone in football due to the advent of new tactics that have brought about a series of changes in the game. With managers preferring to go with a fast, skillful, or makeshift winger- kind of striker, instead of a target man.
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Looking at how Paul Onuachu plays with Genk upfront shows he’s one of the best target men in football, despite been perceived by many as a slow and old-fashioned kind of forward. However, John van den Bromm has been able to carve out a tactic that suits him which has been evident with his prolific form irrespective of his style of play.
Onuachu’s Super Eagle future might be on the knife-edge with Gernot Rohr not finding the right tactics that suit the Genk forward, especially with him not been consider as the go-to man despite his blistering runs of form in Belgium.
In recent times Rohr’s philosophy of vibrant attacking football with an emphasis on passing in the final third which requires the expertise of brilliant players to implement such tactics hasn’t really favored him.
Having a player in the mold of Onuachu gives Rohr another tactical option and an alternative style of play should the initial approach fails to work as expected, but the German tactician hasn’t really taken advantage of what the man could offer with a different opponent.
Onuachu’s presence in the Super Eagles team should be an added advantage in terms of variety when the normal approach of the manager fails. With an in-form striker on the bench, it could prove valuable, but in the former Midtjylland’s case, Gernot Rohr doesn’t seem to see him as a player that has a future with the national team.
Players in the mold of the Nigerian are quite physically imposing as the point man, though they may not offer the team excellent off-the-ball movement in some cases. However, they often find a way to provide an opportunity which the team could utilize when attacking or defending.
Onuachu’s inability to show a good turn of pace and smart footwork may have been one of the deficiencies that are affecting his chances of blending perfectly into the team.
However, the job of a manager is to help players blend in perfectly, and that’s exactly what Gernot Rohr should be doing. Not only for Onuachu but for every other player who are always finding it hard to replicate club form with the National Team.