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Meet Ashleigh Plumptre, the ‘Oyinbo’ member of Nigeria Super Falcons [Video]

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Ashleigh Plumptre, 23 year-old Leicester city player made her debut for Nigeria’s Super Falcons on Friday, along with Ifeoma Onumonu.

The two players gave a good account of themselves as the Falcons beat the Lady Elephants of Ivory Coast 2-0.

Debutant Onumonu banged in the two goals and Plumptre was rock-solid in defence. She bagged the assist in Onumonu’s second goal.

Plumptre was trending on Nigerian Twitter on Saturday as people wanted to know more about the beautiful player.

Well, she is British-Nigerian, daughter of a Nigerian Dad and a British mom.

In an interview with NFF TV, she speaks proudly about her Nigerian heritage.

Match Report:

Nigeria’s Super Falcons on Friday defeated the Lady Elephants of Cote D’Ivoire 2-0, with debutant Ifeoma Onumonu scoring twice to give her team a good head start in the pairing.

The win was in the first leg match of their final round fixture in the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifiers.

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In the match played at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja, Nigeria’s persistence saw them opening scoring in the 21st minute.

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Ashleigh Plumptre in Nigeria’s Super Falcons and Leicester colours

That was when Esther Okoronkwo set up Onumonu inside the penalty box to fire the Super Falcons in front from close range.

Seven minutes later, Falcons goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie was put to the test when Zote Nina sent a shot towards goal but she was quick to save it.

The Ivorians began to pile huge pressure from the commencement of the second half, in a bid to get an equaliser but the Falcons stood determined to extend the lead.

Team head coach Randy Waldrum sent in striker Uchenna Kanu for midfielder Amanda Mbadinuji in the 55th minute to bolster their play.

A minute later, the U.S-based Onumonu, who was making her debut national team appearance, latched on to another debutant’s floated pass.

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Ashleigh Plumtree repulsed an Ivorian attack to float the ball from the left side to the right, and Onumonu only needed to lob over Ivorian goalkeeper Cynthia Djohore.

Falcons tried to register a more resounding victory with striker Gift Monday coming in for Okoronkwo in the 84th minute but Cote D’Ivoire put up a solid defence.

The visitors looked to score a consolation goal thereafter, but France-based Nnadozie made impressive saves just as defender Plumtree ensured the hosts maintained a clean sheet.

After the match, coach Waldrum said he was happy with the team’s performance.

“I thought that we had a good control of the game, so I am really proud of the players.

“We have Nnadozie, making a huge save at the end, keeping a clean sheet and we all know that it’s very important.

“We are also proud of this lady (Onumonu). This is her first opportunity to come to Nigeria and represent her country and she scored a brace.

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“Ashleigh also gave a good account of herself and it was really a solid performance,” Waldrum said.

The coach also added that he was positive ahead of the return leg in Abidjan on Wednesday.

For Onumonu, she was excited to be making her debut, adding that she had always desired to play for the country.

“It’s an honour to play for this team, I have been watching them for years and I dreamt about playing for the Super Falcons and am excited to have scored a brace.

“I really just want to make impact in this team,” Onumonu added.

Winners of the fixture will qualify for the 2022 AWCON in Morocco in June.

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Oshoala, Nkwocha, Adesanya, Kamaru make ESPN’s best 25 African athletes list

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The Nigerian quartet of Asisat Oshoala, Israel Adesanya, Perpetua Nkwocha, and Kamaru Usman have been listed among the best 25 athletes from Africa in the 21st century by the prestigious US cable sports channel ESPN.

 

 

Oshoala and Nwokocha are female football players while Adesanya and Usman are mixed martial arts (MMA) male fighters.

 

Ethiopia’s long-distance runner Kenenisa Bekele, who dominated the 5,000 and 10,000-metre track races throughout the 2000s and held the world record in both distances until 2020, occupied the number one position on the list.

 

Oshoala secured the ninth spot, while Adesanya occupied the 15th position. Nkwocha and Usman took the 20th and 23rd spots respectively.

 

Oshoala was honoured for her exploits as a six-time winner of the ‘African Women’s Footballer of the Year’ award and for taking “African women’s football to new heights”.

 

Nwokocha was also recognized for her ruthlessness in front of goal. The attacker scored 80 goals in 99 appearances for the national women’s side, won the ‘African Women’s Footballer of the Year’ honour on four occasions, and is a five-time African Women’s Cup of Nations champion.

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Adesanya and Usman were recognized for their reign in the middleweight and welterweight divisions respectively for four years (2019 to 2022).  They also have similar records of being two-time champions with five successful title defences in the UFC.

 

Adesanya, based in New Zealand, had previously been predicted as the “next big thing” in MMA.

 

Other notable mentions on the list include Samuel Eto’o, Yaya Toure, Sadio Mane, Casper Semanya, and Osi Umenyiora, an American football player of Nigerian descent who won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants.

 

 

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VIDEO: Falcons players rescued after getting stuck in elevator in France

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Some players of the Super Falcons of Nigeria escaped an elevator crisis in Bordeaux, France on Saturday.

 

In a now-viral video of the incident, at least seven players were trapped in the malfunctioned elevator awaiting help at Hotel Mercure in Bordeaux.

 

The Super Falcons are representing Nigeria at the Paris 2024 Olympics women’s football event.

The team arrived in Bordeaux on Thursday from Sevilla, Spain, where they had been fine-tuning preparations for the Olympics.

 

While returning to their hotel rooms, however, the players were stuck in the elevator for minutes due to a technical glitch.

 

“God abeg o,” a player retorted in pidgin English as they awaited an emergency rescue that arrived minutes into the video.

 

“If I survive this one, see that stares, if I no pieces am,” another player promised as they were being evacuated from the elevator.

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Asisat Oshoala, Tochukwu Oluehi, and Uchenna Kanu were some of the players identified in the footage.

 

The Paris 2024 Olympics will begin on June 26 with an opening ceremony on the Seine River in Paris. The Super Falcons will face Brazil in their opening match on the same day in Bordeaux.

 

Randy Waldrum’s Falcons are drawn in Group C alongside Brazil, Spain and Japan

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Argentina beat Colombia to win Copa America

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Argentina beat Colombia to win a record 16th Copa America but the game was marred by the kick-off being delayed by 80 minutes because of trouble outside the ground in Miami.

 

Lautaro Martinez struck in the second half of extra time from Giovani lo Celso’s through ball to secure the win.

 

Captain Lionel Messi was left in tears when he had to be replaced midway through the second half after injuring himself while chasing for the ball – but was celebrating his country’s third successive major tournament at the final whistle.

Kick-off was delayed because of chaos outside the Hard Rock Stadium.

 

Organisers said ticketless fans tried to get into the ground, leaving some fans waiting for hours in the Miami heat for the gates to open.

Fans and police officers and security clashed with several arrests made. Several supporters needed treatment from paramedics.

 

On top of that the half-time break lasted for 25 minutes because of a concert by Colombian popstar Shakira on the pitch, a move that was criticised by Colombia boss Nestor Lorenzo beforehand.

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It was a game of few clear chances in hot, humid conditions, with Colombia’s Jhon Cordoba hitting the woodwork in the first half.

 

Argentina thought they had taken the lead with 15 minutes to go but Nicolas Tagliafico’s effort was ruled out for offside.

 

Martinez would end up as the hero – and win the Golden Boot with five goals.

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