Falcons Defender Njoku Handed a Three-Game Ban

Nigeria senior women’s international Ugo Njoku will miss the country’s final Group D game against the United States Women National Team (USWNT) following a three-match ban for elbowing Auatralia’s Kyah Simon last Friday.

The ban was imposed by the Fifa Disciplinary Committee on account of the incident which happened during both side’s penultimate group game at the ongoing Women’s World Cup in Canada.

The Maltidas won the game 2-0 and the reigning African champions now need a win against USA- a side ranked 31 places above them on the FIFA World Rankings- to remain in the competition.

The referee at that match in Winnipeg did not punish Njoku but a review of video footage proved otherwise.

As well as tomorrow’s final group game in Vancouver, the Super Falcons defender will also miss prospective knockout phase fixtures should they come top against the USWNT.

It would be recalled that Frenchwoman Camille Abily was involved in a similar incident with England’s Laura Basset in their Group F opener in Moncton, which France won 1-0, but went unpunished.


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