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Deborah Abiodun to miss Super Falcons’ match with Ireland as Oshoala two others get on referee’s watch list




As the Super Falcons face the already eliminated Republic of Ireland on Monday, teenage midfielder, Deborah Abiodun will be missing in the line-up.


The 19 year old became the first player to be given a red card in the on-going Women’s World Cup and thus suspended from two matches. She was not fielded in Nigeria’s 3-2 defeat of Australia last Thursday.

Sports Village has obtained the confirmation of her exclusion from FIFA. The document also indicated that Asisat Oshoala, Blessing Demehin and Michelle Alozie are on caution list and risk missing the next match if they get booked in Monday’s match.

Asisat Oshola pulling off her shirt, an act that she is being penalised.

Two players of the Irish team are also on the list of those booked. They are: Denise Osullivan and Katie McCabe.

For the potentially explosive Australia versus Canada match, also on Monday, both teams have players on caution list.


Australia’s centre forward, Gaitlin Foord has been booked. For Canada, they have four players on the disciplinary watch. They are: Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence, Evelyne Viens and Vanessa Gilles.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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