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As France, VAR Beat Falcons

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Nigeria News take a look at the performance of Super Falcons against their French counterparts and the role of VAR.

The Nigerian Chiamaka Nnadozie is the youngest goalkeeper at the Women’s World Cup football tournament going on in France.

Her dexterity between the poles against Korea last week was a clear indication that she might deny almighty France the chance to score a goal against the Super Falcons.

She almost did that on Monday when the two teams met at Rennes but a penalty awarded to France in the 74th minutes denied her clean sheets.

The Falcons’ back four were not bad even when the midfield was depleted. The attack was absolute zero with Asisat Oshoala and Desire Oparanozie were cut out completely by the riotous French ladies who played their hearts out to get another three points.

Of course, the French created many chances after a dreary first half with the Falcons narrowing down the chance of letting a goal into their net as they kept the European away from the 18yard box most of the time.

In spite of the Falcons defensive skills, the players know little about the rules of the game, which later resulted in an infringement inside the box that eventually led to the penalty awarded by the Video Assisted Referee, VAR.

As a matter of fact, the body contact was a clear penalty, which was thrown away by the French lady but the VAR faulted Nigeria goalkeeper for not staying on the line as the kick was being taken.

Nigeria will have to wait until Friday when the preliminaries would have been played to see if they might qualif as one of the best losers in the tournament.

Bring the best legs to the world cup, VAR is waiting for you. This is the new technology that Africa will have to battle on the pitch for many years to come.

France has always used black to take out black. Paul Pogba finished the Super Eagles with his superb header in Brazil 2014 World Cup.

All rules must be observed to the letter when it is black. The continent has abundant talents to prosecute game at the highest level but the administration of football is so poor that the players lack the knowledge of the rules of the game.

Falcons coach Thomas Dennerby said he would rather not say anything about the retake of the penalty that sank his team.

The VAR helped the referee twice, so why must she be on the pitch in the first place, if she must always depend on VAR? The referee ordered that the penalty be retaken, which was converted amidst jubilation by the French team and its fans.

Only a few African teams can beat VAR. There is an urgent need for the Confederation of Africa Football and by extension all the National Football Federation to begin serious training of their referees about new FIFA rules.

France struggled to win but its win shouldn’t have come this way. The referee that goofed twice should be given a yellow card instead. Up Falcons, our girls are heroes.

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