Women’s World Cup: Mikel Reacts To Falcons’ Controversial Loss To France (Video)

What Mikel Said After Super Falcons' Controversial Loss To France (Video)

The Super Eagles captain speaks after Falcons’ loss to France at the 2019 FIFA Women’s Cup

Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has applauded the Super Falcons for playing ‘wonderfully well’ in a controversial 1-0 defeat to France at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Concise News reports.

Ngozi Ebere got sent off for receiving a second yellow card in Monday’s match, with Wendie Renard converting the resultant spot-kick to give the Europeans the win in Group A.

But Renard took the penalty twice after VAR had ruled that goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie had her feet out of the goal-line before the France defender played and missed the first one.

The rule states that at least a goalkeeper’s foot must be on the goal-line before a spot-kick is taken.

In a videoed message to the team from the Super Eagles camp in Egypt, Mikel said: “We watched the game. I don’t want to say much about it before I get into trouble (laughs). You guys (Super Falcons) have been giving your best. You played wonderfully well yesterday but it’s a shame we lost. I want to say keep going, hopefully, you guys can make it. We (Super Eagles) are behind you.”

France and Norway finished first and second, respectively, to progress from the group, while Nigeria will have to wait for other results to know if they can be among the four best third-placed teams.

Below is the video posted on the Super Falcons Twitter handle:

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