Daily Trust (Abuja)

24 November 2012

Nigeria: Kicking Off!

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Super Falcons ended the 2012 Africa Women Football Championship in Equatorial Guinea in tears as they once again surrendered the trophy to the host country when they failed to beat the Banyana Banyana of South Africa in their semi-final match.

The abysmal performance in Equatorial Guinea is the team's worst performance since the inception of the competition. Although the Falcons first lost the title in 2008, they rallied round to come home with a bronze medal. This time, it is total disappointment.

Thus, our cover story this week is on the ongoing buck passing game. Although the coach Kadiri Ikhana who led the team to Equatorial Guinea has since resigned, his accomplices who played different roles in the show of shame have willfully refused to toe the same path. Instead, they are treading blames in a bid to escape any form of public condemnation.

Things came to a head on Thursday when the Chairman of the Women Football League, Chief Dili Onyedinma categorically threw back the blame on the NFF technical committee as she insisted the body should be held responsible for the woeful performance of the Falcons in Equatorial Guinea. Read our cover on the aftermath of Falcons flop in Equatorial Guinea.

Dominic Iorfa became a household name in 1985 when he burst from the blues, out-raced Abiola Babes defenders to equalize for BCC Lions of Gboko in the finals of the then Challenge Cup. He was instantly nicked named 'Human Express' by late ace commentator, Ernest Okonkwo.

He would go on to play for Abiola Babes and Ranchers Bees before moving abroad where he made a name playing for clubs like Royal Antwerp, Queens Park Rangers, Galatasaray, Peterborough United and Guangzhau in Europe and Asia.

Iorfa also played for the Super Eagles and was part of the 1988 Summer Olympic team. He is currently the vice-chairman and technical adviser of Lobi Stars FC of Makurdi. This is the personality we have interviewed exclusively for your reading delight.

With his ego bruised and his stature diminished after delivering below-par performances in his last two bouts, Manny Pacquiao has set his sights on bold vindication when he fights Juan Manuel Marquez next month. We culled for you the build up to the December 8 crucial bout.

And our Euro Round Up offers the weekend fixtures and the immediate concern of new interim manager of Chelsea and former Liverpool boss, Rafael Benitez. He wants to start on a winning note against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

This is indeed a loaded package for you. Please go ahead and enjoy yourself.

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