During the holiday season, it’s always great to hear about stories like this. Victor Oladipo, who won the NBA 2017-2018 Most Improved Player award last season, surprised a fan Renita Hills by donating the car that he won to her. Well-done Victor!
Over the weekend, FIFA announced the grouping for the upcoming 2019 Women’s World Cup. The Nigeria Falcons are in Group A with France, Korea, & Norway. Group A is already being considered by some to be the Group of Death, The World Cup will take place in France beginning on June 7th. Nigeria, who are ranked 39th in latest FIFA ranking, is one of three African nations in the tournament. Now that we know who we will competing against in the group phase, it’s time to get back to basics in order to the shock the world again.
The Lady Falcons defeated South Africa in the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) that took place in Ghana. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) organized the event. After both teams went scoreless in regulation, Nigeria defeated South Africa in penalty kicks (4-3). Check out the highlights below:
Nigeria had several players make the all tournament team including Tochukwu Oluehi (Goalkeeper) and Onome Ebi (Defender). This win marks the Falcons 9th win at the AWCON (1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2016, & now 2018).
Next up for the Nigeria is to find out their bid for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The drawing will take place on December 8th in Paris and we will provide an update on the Falcons grouping for the upcoming tournament.
On November 23rd, Ifunanya ‘Ify’ Ibekwe was inducted into the University of Arizona Women Basketball Ring of Honor. Ify played for the Wildcats from 2007 through 2011 where she had a great career. She was the last Wildcat to receive AP All-American honors (08-09, 10-11). Ibekwe was First-Team All-Pac-10 during her sophomore, junior, & senior seasons. Finally, Ibekwe won Defensive Player of Year during her final two seasons for the Wildcats. Ify still holds Arizona Wildcats records for most career rebounds (1,194), rebounds in a single season (352), most rebounds in a single game (22 vs ASU on 2/13/11), and career double-doubles (55) amongst others. It is evident that Ify was a defensive & rebounding prowess during her time at Arizona. But she is also the fourth all time leading scorer (1,653 points) in Arizona’s history as well. After a great college career, the Seattle Storm drafted Ibekwe in the 1st Rd of 2011 WNBA Draft. Ify’s jersey will be retired in the McKale Memorial Center forever. Congrats to Ify on receiving an amazing honor.