ABUJA Nike Air Force 1 High Tops , June 12 (Xinhua) -- Nigeria is optimistic about qualifying for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) despite losing 2-0 to South Africa last Saturday.

Minister of Youths and Sports Solomon Dalung said the loss at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in the southern city of Uyo was painful and called for more support for the team also known as Super Eagles.

"This is a temporary setback which is surmountable," Dalung said in a statement reaching Xinhua on Monday.

The Nigerian soccer team paraded very young and talented players, he noted, saying the result can be reversed when the Super Eagles visit South Africa to face the Bafana Bafana.

Ahead of the return leg against South Africa, Dalung told reporters that an emergency meeting of the technical committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had been slated for Tuesday.

"We need to sit with the technical committee and the team's technical crew to find out the immediate and remote causes of this setback," he said.

The loss has placed Nigeria third on the Group E table behind South Africa and Libya in the AFCON qualifiers.

The continental soccer competition will be held on Cameroonian soil in January 2019.

"The Super Eagles will definitely be in Cameroon because we can't afford to be absent at the AFCON for a third consecutive time.

"We will ensure that no stone is left unturned in our pursuit of a ticket to Cameroon," the official added.

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Chinese mainland's lingerie market is in the midst of consolidation. On one hand, growing demand for lingerie, especially in the high-end market, has been drawing big international brands to the mainland. On the other hand, the lower-end market has been saturated with domestic products and brands, few of which stand out. The resulting fierce competition has left domestic lingerie companies with falling profits, though some are finding ways to set themselves apart.

Employees work at a lingerie factory in Dongguan Nike Air Force 1 , South China's Guangdong Province, in March 2016. Photo: CFP

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A woman surnamed Zhuang, a 29-year-old white-collar worker, snuck away from the office on her lunch break Monday to spend about two hours shopping at the newly opened Victoria's Secret (VS) flagship store on Huaihai Road in Shanghai.

Zhuang found the store impressive. Inside the four-storey, 2,404-square-meter space, which opened on March 8 Cheap Air Force 1 , 2017 to mark the International Women's Day, bouquets of flowers sat among thousands of pieces of lingerie, and the scent of perfume hung in the air. On the walls, LED screens showed videos of VS models strutting fashion show runways.

Zhuang, who did not want to give her full name, ended up buying two sets of lingerie for about 1,500 yuan ($216.86).

It is unclear how well the VS brand is doing in China. When contacted by the Global Times Air Force 1 Sale , the company would not disclose its sales figures for the domestic market.

Worldwide, its sales rose to $7.78 billion in 2016, up from $7.67 billion in 2015, according to the company.

VS has two flagship stores in the Chinese mainland, one in Shanghai and one in Chengdu, capital of Southwest China's Sichuan Province, as well as 26 stores selling accessories and makeup.

Other foreign lingerie brands are also vying for a piece of the growing Chinese domestic market. The Italian high-end brand La Perla Air Force 1 Mens , for example, has opened nine stores on the mainland since it entered the market in 2007.

Foreign lingerie brands are coming to China just as the country's lingerie market, particularly the high-end market, is taking off, said Cai Sujian, head of the Jiangsu-based China Luxury Institute.

But Cai stressed that overseas brands such as VS are not going to fundamentally alter the makeup of the domestic lingerie market, which remains dominated by low-end Chinese brands.

"A price war is eroding the domestic lingerie market Air Force 1 Womens , and the industry is undergoing a transition," he told the Global Times on Monday.

The rise of high-end

As Chinese women shed the stereotype of being conservative and reserved, the demand for lingerie has skyrocketed in recent years.

The country's underwear market grew from $15.5 billion in 2010 to $25.5 billion in 2015, while sales of lingerie nearly doubled from $9 billion to $17.9 billion, according to a businessoffashion report in May 2016.

Official lingerie sales data in China in 2016 had not been disclosed.

Consumers interviewed by the Global Times also said they were willing to spend more on lingerie. The aforementioned consumer Zhuang, for example, said that in 2016 she spent about 300 yuan a month on average on lingerie Air Force 1 Mid , which accounted for about 4 percent of her monthly income, but five years ago she bought new lingerie less than once a year.

Another consumer, Helen Meng, a 30-year-old woman working in the fashion industry, said she has been spending more on lingerie over the last two years.

"I think quality is more important than price, and I would consider buying more expensive lingerie, like those priced above 1 Air Force 1 Low ,000 yuan, as long as their quality matches the price," she told the Global Times on Sunday.

It's the high end of the market that has been taking off, according to Cai.

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