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Aluko Continues Barren Run

England’s Nigerian forward Eniola Aluko is still searching for her first goal in a FIFA tournament after firing blanks on Tuesday in her team’s 1 – 0 loss to France in their opening game in Group F at the World Cup.

Although Aluko, whose brother, Omatsone ‘Sone’ Aluko plays for the Nigerian male senior team, Super Eagles, lasted 90 minutes on the Moncton Stadium, New Brunswick turf, she struggled today as Three Lionesses manager Mark Sampson decided to play with a solitary striker.

Similarly, another Nigerian-born player at the competition, FC Basel of Switzerland sensation, Eseosa Aigbogun came off the bench in the 46th minute but could not prevent her team from losing 1 – 0 to one of the pre – tournament favourites Japan in a Group E fixture.

Three years ago, Eseosa Aigbogun was on target for the Swiss U20s in their 2 – 1 loss to New Zealand at FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup.

Before she debuted for Switzerland in an official game, she had pledged her international future to Nigeria only to be snubbed by the Super Falcons coaches.

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