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US has yet to produce their best at World Cup, says coach

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The United States have yet to produce their best performance at the Women’s World Cup, coach Vlatko Andonovski said on Thursday, after the Netherlands held them to a frustrating 1-1 draw in their second match of the tournament in Wellington.

Co-captain Lindsey Horan powered a terrific header into the net to level the affair in the second half and save the four-times champions from outright embarrassment after not putting up much of a fight early on in the match.

It was the first World Cup draw that the United States have seen since Sweden held them 0-0 at the tournament in 2015.

“(In) the first half, we allowed them to take control of the tempo and slow down the tempo a lot more than we wanted,” Andonovski told reporters, days after the United States beat Vietnam 3-0 in their opener.

The early performances were below the level the Americans can achieve due in part to the relative lack of experience the starters have with one another, he added.

“This team has not had time together. I mean, the first time we see this team together is in game one and now we saw them again in game two. So in game three, we expect it to grow from there,” he told reporters.

“As hopefully we move forward, we’re going to see better and better.”

While much has been made of the relative inexperience of the U.S. team, with 14 World Cup newcomers among the 23-player squad, Andonovski spent precious pre-tournament time retooling his starting line-up amid a glut of injuries.

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Julie Ertz moved into centre back after veteran Becky Sauerbrunn was ruled out and new addition Savannah DeMelo has taken on more of a workload with midfield stalwart Rose Lavelle’s minutes limited.

“(The young players) grew throughout the game individually, but also as a team, we grew throughout the game as well. I’ve said this before, this team is not just young, this team is also a fresh team,” said Andonovski.

“We’re just going to get better from game to game and we’re going to be a lot more efficient as well.”

The United States close out their Group E against Portugal on Tuesday.

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Odigie returns to Bendel Insurance after spending time in classroom

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Odigie returns to Bendel Insurance after spending time in classroom

Bendel Insurance head coach Monday Odigie has rejoined the team ahead of their Nigeria Premier Football League matchday 30 encounter against Kano Pillars.

Odigie has been away in the classroom to upgrade his knowledge.

His assistant, Greg Ikhenoba took charge of the team during his absence.

Bendel Insurance will host Kano Pillars at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on Tuesday.

The Benin Arsenals suffered their first home defeat in 17 years against Niger Tornadoes last weekend.

Insurance currently occupy the 10th position on the NPFL table.

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NNL solicits for funds from cooperate organisation

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NNL solicits for funds from cooperate organisation

The Nigeria National League, NNL, has appealed to cooperate organisations for funds to assist in the effective running of the second tier league.

NNL chairman, George Aluo noted that the unavailability of funds has hindered the progress of his administration.

“I must continue to express my appreciation to Alhaji Gusau for finding me worthy to serve as NNL chairman and a board member of the NFF,” he stated.

“My appeal is that corporate organizations should come to our aid and do what GTI is doing for the NPFL.

“We’re not saying they should give us money to put in our pockets. Let them take care of referees indemnity and once this is done, the referees will not be intimidated but rather be at their best and it will now be possible for teams to be winning more on the road as is presently being witnessed in the NPFL.”

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NPFL reschedules matchday 30 fixtures

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NPFL reschedules matchday 30 fixtures

The Nigeria Premier Football League, NPFL, has rearranged the matchday 30 fixtures, DAILY POST reports.

Three games were initially scheduled to take place on Saturday April 13th, 2024.

The games have now been moved to Sunday April 14th.

The matches affected are the ties involving Doma United and Remo Stars, Bendel Insurance versus Kano Pillars and the Oriental derby between Rangers and Abia Warriors.

The remaining matchday fixtures will be played on Tuesday, April 16th across all venues.

The NPFL Chief Operating Officer Davidson Owumi disclosed this in a memo sent to the affected
clubs.

Rangers currently occupy the top position in the NPFL table with 51 points from 29 games.

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