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As the world celebrate International Women’s Day, we look at the top 10 Super Falcons players of all times.

It is broadly known by a huge number of  Football fans everywhere throughout the world for the men who kick those balls around the field, across countries and by rivaling the world as well, we could expect this since the game takes a gigantic measure of physical quality and passionate solidness to bear the torment of loss of a whole team and in addition the physical quality,strength, stamina and speedy intuition attitude on the field which is a standard of all professional footballers.

10. Asisat Oshoala

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She is widely considered as the new face of Nigeria’s female football. She broke into global limelight in 2014 when she won the MVP and the top scorer award at the FIFA u20 women’s world cup in Canada where Nigeria finished second behind Germany. A former Liverpool and Arsenal ladies player, she won the inaugural BBC women’s player of the year award in 2015. She won the AWC with the falcons in  Namibia 2014 and Cameroon 2016. She is also the current CAF Africa women’s player of the year. Young Veteran!!!

She is widely considered as the new face of Nigeria’s female football. She broke into global limelight in 2014 when she won the MVP and the top scorer award at the FIFA u20 women’s world cup in Canada where Nigeria finished second behind Germany. A former Liverpool and Arsenal ladies player, she won the inaugural BBC women’s player of the year award in 2015. She won the AWC with the falcons in  Namibia 2014 and Cameroon 2016. She is also the current CAF Africa women’s player of the year. Young Veteran!!!

9. Uche Ucheria

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Date of Birth: June 6, 1973
Ucheria was born in Imo state and is the first female coach for the Super Falcons, first female and former player to win the African Women Championship  (AWC) as a player and as a coach, after winning the AWC title in South Africa in 2010. She also led the Falcons to the 2011 women’s world cup in Germany. She was sacked by the NFF after she failed to qualify the team for the summer Olympics in London 2012. Mother of the “Firsts”!!!

8. Maureen Madu

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Maureen is the most capped player in the history of the Super Falcons history. She represented the Super falcons at four world cups in 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007 including two summer Olympics Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.
It’s not an easy task to get over 100 caps for Nigeria, Joseph Yobo knows better. Consistency!!!

7. Ann  Chiejine

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Ann was a former goalkeeper for the falcons and is one of the best if not the best female goalkeeper Africa has ever produced. She commanded her box with authority during her playing days. She was named twice on the African Women’s player of the century list compiled by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics(IFFHS) in 1999. She once played for Nigeria while carrying a pregnancy at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and the AWC  later in that year. Brave!!!

6. Cynthia Uwak

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Cynthia Uwak (born 15 July 1986 in Akwa Ibom State ) currently plays for Åland United in the Naisten Liiga in Finland. She is also a member of the Nigeria national football team . Uwak competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics [3] and the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
She missed out on the squad for the 2010 African Women’s Championship in South Africa following an injury.

It was stated at the time by coach Eucharia Uche that this would not automatically mean that she would be left out of the squad for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup during the following year. However, when the World Cup squad was announced, Uwak was not listed. No specific reason was given for her omission, with a general statement saying “The coach has strictly gone with players that are capable of doing the country proud at the World Cup in Germany”.

She was considered for a return to the national team by coach Florence Omagbemi in 2016 for the Africa Women Cup of Nations in Cameroon. The coach was looking at a succession of former players in an effort to bolster the team’s chances at the tournament.

5. Chioma Ajunwa

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Chioma Ajunwa-Opara, MON (born 25 December 1970) a.k.a Chioma Ajunwa – is a former footballer and athlete who specialised in the long jump. As a professional sportswoman Ajunwa originally played football for the Nigerian women’s team and was a member of The Falcons during the Women’s World Cup in 1991, but as she was constantly benched her skill was seldom used. Of her short-lived football career Ajunwa has stated “I’ve not regretted the decision to leave football because I’ve made my mark in athletics. She became the first Nigerian athlete to win an Olympic gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, and to date remains Nigeria’s only individual Olympic gold medalist she is the first African woman to win an Olympic gold medal in a field event. Ajunwa is also an officer with the Nigerian Police Force. Gold!!!

4. Stella Mbachu

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Date of Birth: April 16, 1978
Stella Mbachu represented Nigeria in four World Cups [1999, 2003, 2007 & 2011] and three Summer Olympics [2000, 2004 & 2008]. With 89 caps and 20 goals to her credit, Mbachu has surely paid her dues for the falcons.

3. Florence Omagbemi

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Date of Birth: February 2, 1975
Fondly called [skippo] during her playing days, she was the first captain of the Super falcons and led the team to their best ever performance at the 1999 FIFA World Cup. Skipper was comfortable playing either in the midfield or the defence. She was in four World Cups [1991, 1995, 1999 & 2003] and 2000 Summer Olympics. She is also the second female coach the Falcons have had winning the 2016 AWC in Cameroon with the team. Skipper!!!

2. Mercy Akide

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Date of Birth: August 28, 1975
Mercy Akide aka Marvelous is Super Falcons highest goal scorer till date and her style of play were similar to Rashidi Yekini of Super Eagles. She represented Nigeria in three World Cups [1995, 1999 & 2003] and two Summer Olympics [2000 & 2004] and was named the 1999 African Women Footballer of the Year. In 2001 she was named the first African Women Footballer of the Year and was a 1999 and 2004 FIFA World All-Star.

She has played for Nigeria in three FIFA Women’s World Cups and also helped Nigeria’s Super Falcons to three African Women Championships (AWC) titles in 1998, 2000 and 2002. In November 2004, she married football journalist Colin Udoh in her hometown of
Port Harcourt. In 2005, she was named by FIFA as one of its 15 Ambassadors for Women Football. Legend!!!

1. Perpetua Nwokocha

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Date of Birth: January 3, 1976
Perpetua Nwocha is the best Super Falcon of all time. She represented Nigeria in three World Cups [2003, 2007 & 2011] and two Summer Olympics [2000 & 2004]. She won the African Women Footballer of the Year four times [2004, 2005, 2010, & 2011]. She has 99 caps for Nigeria and scored 80 goals. Phenomenal!!!

Other honourable mentions are: Kikelomo Ajayi, Patience Avre,  Rita Nwadike, Precious Dede, Chichi Igbo and all former and current  Super falcons players

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Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

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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.

Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

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.

READ ALSO: Super Eagles: 9 Players Who Netted On Debut

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.

Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

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.

 

 

 

 

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6 Of The Highest Earners In NPFL 2020/21

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Who are the highest-paid NPFL players in 2021? The Nigerian League may not possess the financial pulling power of the South African Premier Division or the Egyptian Premier League but there are still some serious earners in NPFL.

The last transfer window in the NPFL was eventful as always; players moved from various clubs to the other with the popular transfers involving Ojo Olorunleke who moved from Sunshine Stars to Abia Warriors.

The duo of Ifeanyi Anaenema and Theophilus Afelokhai also crossed from Enyimba International to Rivers United.

Therefore, a number of the transfer dealings confirmed some of the players mentioned above as the highest earners in the league, at least for the 2020-2021 season.

Here are the Highest Earning Players In The NPFL

  • Theophilus Afelokhai – Rivers United ($2,886 = 1.1 M)

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The erstwhile Kano Pillars and Enyimba shot-stopper is undoubtedly one of the best in the league and he’s also the highest-paid player in the NPFL currently, following his move from the People’s Elephant last August.

Afelokhai, who joined Rivers United for free revealed in an interview last year that his decision to dump Enyimba was not all about money.

“It is not only about money. I have good relationships with many people there. Like the commissioner (Boma Iyaye) is my boss. Eguma is also my coach from way back, as well as other coaches there.” Afelokhai told nigerianfootballer.com

For the records, the 32-year old was also the highest-earning player at Enyimba before he left last year, and with him in the sticks for Stanley Eguma’s side this season, he has recorded four clean sheets in seven appearances for the Pride of Rivers.

  • Ifeanyi Anaemena – Rivers United ($2,361 = 900K)

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Here’s another former Enyimba stalwart, Ifeanyi Anaemena. The center back was acquired by Rivers United in August last year having spent six years at Enyimba where he won two NPFL titles, the last of which he lifted as a captain of the Aba Elephants.

Just like Afelokhai, Anaemena also joined Rivers United for free, a move that shocked the Nigerian football fans.

According to the experienced defender, following the expiration of his contract at Enyimba, there was an apparent communication lacuna between himself and the club, an act that was unprofessional being the captain of the club.

Before now, if Enyimba should be professional, I think they should have renewed my contract before now, and when my contract turned off, I was expecting them to talk to me, as the captain of the team and there was no concrete information from them.”

“So, I think some issues came around that they couldn’t meet up with the target that was set. I had an opportunity with Rivers United, which they had been inviting me before to come and play for them. Coach [Stanley] Eguma called me to come and play for them. I think this was the right time, I just had to move on, and I took up the opportunity.” He revealed to busybuddiesng.com.

He was unveiled alongside Theophilus Afelokhai two days after joining Rivers United where he now earns nine hundred thousand nairas monthly.

READ ALSO: Top NPFL Players That Could Earn Super Eagle’s Call -Up

  • Godwin Aguda – Rivers United ( $2,099 = 800K)

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Former Enugu Rangers attacker, Godwin Aguda switched to Rivers United last August and he’s been massive for Stanley Eguma and Rivers United this term.

He pockets a sum of eight hundred thousand naira monthly which makes him the third highest-earning player in the league this season alongside Kano Pillars’ captain, Rabiu Ali, and Akwa United’s duo of Mfon Udoh and Ndifreke Effiong.

  • Cyril Olisema, Tosin Omoyele, and Austin Oladapo – Enyimba ($1,837 = 700K)

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  • Tosin Omoyele

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  • Austin Oladapo

6 Of The Highest Earners In NPFL 2020/21

The fight for supremacy between Enyimba and Rivers United has obviously gone beyond the pitch. We’ve seen the two clubs trade tackles on the continent this season, battling for a place in the group stages of the CAF Confederations Cup – which Enyimba eventually got.

Even in the aspect of which club pays more, there’s a nail-biting contest between the two giants. At Enyimba, the captain, Austin Oladapo, Tosin Omoyele as well as Cyril Olisema are the highest earners in the wake of the exit of Afelokhai and Anaemena.

And while Afelokhai and Anaemena have been instrumental for Rivers so far, the same can be said for the trio of Olisema, Omoyele, and Oladapo at Enyimba.

However, It remains to be seen which club will become the best paying club in the league as we could see a drastic change should another club spend heavily in the next transfer window.

 

 

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