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AFCON 2022 draw: Gernot Rohr names two countries he wants Nigeria to avoid
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AFCON 2022 draw: Gernot Rohr names two countries he wants Nigeria to avoid

Head coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has named two countries he wants his team to avoid when the Confederation of African Football, CAF, announces the draw for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON. Rohr said he wants Nigeria to avoid Egypt and Cote d’Ivoire, adding that none of the six seeded teams would wish to have either of both countries. The draw has been scheduled for the Yaounde Conference Centre in Cameroon at 18h00 GMT today. Nigeria is one of the six seeded teams, including hosts Cameroon, defending champions Algeria, Senegal, Tunisia and Morocco. “I have had good conversations also with my colleagues,” Rohr told NationSport. “Every one of the top 6 wants to avoid Egypt and Côte d’Ivoire. “But we will accept and respect all the tea...
Sierra Leone President Bio congratulates Leone Stars on Afcon qualification
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Sierra Leone President Bio congratulates Leone Stars on Afcon qualification

John Keister’s men defeated Benin Republic on Tuesday evening to qualify for their first Afcon finals since 1996 Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio has praised the Leone Stars following their historic Africa Cup of Nations qualification victory over Benin Republic on Tuesday evening. John Keister’s men defeated the Squirrels 1-0 in the last Group L qualification fixture staged at the General Lansana Conte Stadium. Kei Kamara’s first-half penalty separated the two teams in the keenly-contested affair as Michel Dussuyer’s men would rue missing several scoring opportunities.
CAF Africa Football Body Postpones 2021 AFCON Draw
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CAF Africa Football Body Postpones 2021 AFCON Draw

Africa’s football governing body CAF has postponed the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations final draw. This was announced in a statement released on CAF’s official website on Sunday. The draw was scheduled for June 25 in Yaounde, the capital city of the tournament’s host country. But on Sunday, CAF said the postponement was due to “logistical reasons related to the Covid-19 pandemic” and a new date would be announced in due course. “At the request of CAF, the Cameroon Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has agreed to postpone the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 final draw for logistical reasons related to the Covid-19 pandemic. “The draw was initially scheduled for 25 June 2021 and a new date will be announced in due course. “CAF continues to work together with ...
Friendly: How we’ll Play against Super Eagles – Cameroon coach, Conceicao
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Friendly: How we’ll Play against Super Eagles – Cameroon coach, Conceicao

  Cameroon coach, Toni Conceicao, has issued a warning to the Super Eagles of Nigeria ahead of both sides’ international friendly clash on Friday night at the Stadion Wiener Neustadt in Austria. Conceicao said that the Indomitable Lions are going to play a game with ambition against Gernot Rohr’s men, adding that they will defend their chances on the pitch to win against Nigeria. “It is a game we want to win because to us, it is not just a friendly game,” Conceicao said at his pre-match press conference. “You look at Nigeria and Cameroon as two rivals who share a common border as countries. “Our approach will be to win even though we will try some players to see how they react. The kick-off time for Nigeria vs Cameroon is 8:30 pm, Nigerian time. Meanwhile, the...
AFCON 2022: All 23 Countries that Qualified Confirmed
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AFCON 2022: All 23 Countries that Qualified Confirmed

The 23 countries that qualified for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, have been confirmed. They are Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Ghana, Sudan, Gambia, Gabon, Morocco, Mauritania, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Egypt, Comoros, Algeria, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Nigeria. Sierra Leone’s match against the Benin Republic was called off yesterday after the Squirrels refused to play in protest of several of their players allegedly returning positive COVID-19 tests shortly before kickoff. However, the fate of the match and teams is pending a decision from the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Cape Verde defeated Mozambique 1-0 following the conclusion of the 2021 AFCON qualifying fixtures on Tuesday. Malawi ...
17 Countries qualify for AFCON 2022
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17 Countries qualify for AFCON 2022

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Saturday, confirmed that 17 countries have qualified for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, with one round of qualifying fixtures left. CAF in a tweet on their official Twitter handle, stated that there were seven slots left to be filled. The teams that have qualified are: Guinea, Burkina Faso, Comoros, Egypt, Gambia, Gabon, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria. Nigeria qualified even before kick-off of their match against Benin Republic in Porto Novo, after Lesotho drew 0-0 with Sierra Leone. The Super Eagles, who host Lesotho in their last game, will now finish top of Group L. Countries like The Gambia and Comoros that have never played at the tournament before, have benefitted from the decis...
Benin vs Nigeria: Ighalo Gatecrashes into Super Eagles Camp Ahead of AFCON Qualifier
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Benin vs Nigeria: Ighalo Gatecrashes into Super Eagles Camp Ahead of AFCON Qualifier

  Former Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, paid the team a surprise visit on Thursday. Ighalo met with Gernot Rohr’s men at their Lagos camp, where they are preparing for Saturday’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin Republic. The 31-year-old announced his retirement from international football in 2019, after emerging top scorer at the AFCON that year. Although Rohr has stated several times he will welcome Ighalo back to the fold, his appearance at the Eko Hotel camp has nothing to do with a return to the Nigerian national team. The Al Shabab of Saudi Arabia frontman ate lunch with the team and left shortly before their evening training session. His replacement in the Super Eagles, Victor Osimhen, will be tasked with scoring the goals that will ...
Nigeria Must Respect Benin And Lesotho To Secure AFCONSpot – Enyimba Coach
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Nigeria Must Respect Benin And Lesotho To Secure AFCONSpot – Enyimba Coach

The Super Eagles are yet to secure their qualification for next year's continental showpiece despite sitting at the top of Group L Enyimba coach Fatai Osho believes the Super Eagles will work hard if they respect Benin and Lesotho in their final Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Nigeria lead Group L with eight points and they remain unbeaten after four matches while Benin follow in second spot with seven points, Sierra Leone and Lesotho occupy third and fourth spots with three points and two points respectively. Despite their dominance in the group, the former Remo Stars manager advised Gernot Rohr’s squad not to underrate any team ahead of their trip to Porto Novo for Saturday’s clash against the Squirrels.
AFCON: Ahmed Musa Wasn’t Invited, he won’t play for Nigeria – Gernot Rohr
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AFCON: Ahmed Musa Wasn’t Invited, he won’t play for Nigeria – Gernot Rohr

  Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has said that Ahmed Musa is not in the 23-man squad he called up to prosecute the qualifying matches against Benin Republic and Lesotho later this month. He said that the clubless Musa was not invited as a player but as the captain of the team, adding that the former Leicester City forward will not play. After terminating his contract with Saudi Arabian Al-Nassr, Musa has been without a club. Musa was a surprise inclusion in Gernot Rohr’s 24-man provisional team list released yesterday by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Rohr told Leadership Sports that the former CSKA Moscow striker would play no part in the last two group games. “He is not in the list of 23-man but he is invited like a captain, not like a player of the lis...
Benin Republic vs Nigeria: Odion Ighalo Provides Update on Return to Super Eagles
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Benin Republic vs Nigeria: Odion Ighalo Provides Update on Return to Super Eagles

  Former Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, has provided updates on his speculated return to the senior national team of Nigeria. The striker resigned from the team two years ago after the Super Eagles came third at the last African Cup of Nations in Egypt. Ighalo said he has had discussions with the national team coach but is yet to decide whether to return or not. “I have been approached by the coach, but I haven’t decided yet whether this is a path I want to follow again,” the 31-year-old told the BBC. “We’ve been talking about it for a while and hopefully soon I will make that decision. “I need to decide because I have huge respect for my country and the coach, so it’s only fair to let people know where you stand.” Ighalo helped Nigeria to finish thi...
Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr fails to rule out Odion Ighalo’s return to Super Eagles.
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Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr fails to rule out Odion Ighalo’s return to Super Eagles.

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has failed to rule the possible return of ‘retired’ striker Odion Ighalo back to the squad after he joined Saudi Arabian side Al –Shabab.   31-year-old Ighalo retired from international football in 2019 after helping the Super Eagles to win bronze at thec of Nations in Egypt in that year.   He joined Saudi Arabian side Al Shabab FC on a permanent deal from Shanghai Shenhua after his loan spell at Manchester United.   When asked about the chances of Ighalo returning back to the Super Eagles, Rohr, 67, told NationSport.: “Playing regularly in Saudi is not a reason to eliminate a good player from Super Eagles.”   Rohr also expressed happiness over the impressive lineup of Nigerian strikers making a mark with their Euro...
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his Gabon teammates were forced to spend the night at the airport
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his Gabon teammates were forced to spend the night at the airport

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his Gabon teammates were forced to spend the night sleeping on the airport floor ahead of their vital 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Gambia. Aubameyang used social media to highlight their plight after arriving at Banjul airport on Sunday, ahead of Monday’s Group D clash in the Gambian capital. The Gabon delegation were told they were not allowed to leave the airport because of an administrative problem. They were forced to sleep on the floor before being allowed to leave in the morning after government intervention. No reason was given for not allowing the team to exit the airport and head to their hotel after arrival. Even by previous standards of gamesmanship in African football, this was unusual. Gabon’s football...
Lekki Shooting: Super Eagles May Boycott Remaining AFCON Qualifiers
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Lekki Shooting: Super Eagles May Boycott Remaining AFCON Qualifiers

There are indications that the players of the Super Eagles are planning to boycott the remaining 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers over the gruesome shooting of peaceful protesters, leading to the death of scores of young Nigerians. More than forty young Nigerians protesting against police brutality and poor governance were on Tuesday killed in different parts of the country by armed men, with the Lekki killing the highpoint of the carnage. Meanwhile, a Super Eagles source revealed to DAILY INDEPENDENT that the players of the former African Champions are right now having a webinar to decide what to do in order to lend their support to the youths calling for reforms in all sectors of the country. “I can tell you that the players, led by the senior ones, are right now having...
The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy has reportedly been stolen from the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) headquarters in Cairo.
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The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy has reportedly been stolen from the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) headquarters in Cairo.

The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy has reportedly been stolen from the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) headquarters in Cairo. Former EFA vice-president Ahmed Shobier has issued a remarkable claim that the most coveted title in African football has mysteriously disappeared. The Egyptian national team achieved unprecedented success between 2006 and 2010 when they lifted the AFCON title three times, thus affording the opportunity to claim the floating trophy permanently. However, the silverware that was achieved under the guidance of legendary coach Hassan Shehata has seemingly been stolen a decade on. "The EFA started looking for some trophies as they aim to put them in a notable museum inside the EFA," Shobier said. "However, the EFA was surprised to find that the...
2022 World Cup year will be a difficult year for Super Eagles – Gernot Rohr
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2022 World Cup year will be a difficult year for Super Eagles – Gernot Rohr

Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, has predicted that 2022 will be a difficult year for the Super Eagles if they qualify for the Fifa World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations, both happening in 2022.   The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the global football calendar forcing the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to postpone several competitions, including the 2021 Afcon.   AFCON was scheduled to hold between June and July in 2021, but has been moved to January 2022, the same year the World Cup in Qatar will occur.   Rohr who in May, agreed a two-and-half-year contract extension with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to continue as the Super Eagles coach until December 2022, says that the hectic qualifying schedule in 2021 might affect the team the fo...
‘AFCON means Liverpool need more firepower’ – Salah and Mane cover required, says Murphy
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‘AFCON means Liverpool need more firepower’ – Salah and Mane cover required, says Murphy

The former Reds midfielder expects Jurgen Klopp to dip into the market for attacking talent despite having already passed on Timo Werner Liverpool will need to dip into the transfer market for “additional firepower” when the transfer window re-opens, says Danny Murphy, with the Africa Cup of Nations set to see them lose Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for a long period in 2020-21. The 2021 AFCON in Cameroon was initially due to be held in the summer of 2021, but it has been rescheduled and will now run from January 9 to February 6. Egypt and Senegal – the respective nations of Salah and Mane – will be among those setting their sights on the ultimate prize if qualification is secured.
Yaya Toure Predicts What’ll happen to Super Eagles of Nigeria in Future
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Yaya Toure Predicts What’ll happen to Super Eagles of Nigeria in Future

Former Manchester City midfield maestro, Yaya Toure, has predicted that the current Super Eagles squad can make Nigeria rule Africa again in the future. The Ivory Coast legend believes the emergence of new talents like Nantes’ Simon Moses, Lille’s Victor Osimhen and Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi, will help Gernot Rohr’s men retain their place among the best countries in Africa. “Nigeria has some interesting players coming through, like Moses Simon, Victor Osimhen, Wilfred Ndidi, and many more. “They have always been a force in Africa and the talents coming through will make them better in the future,” Toure was quoted by Brila.net as saying. Super Eagles have won the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title three times in the past. They finished third-p...
Rohr Gives Super Eagles Players Condition to win AFCON 2021
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Rohr Gives Super Eagles Players Condition to win AFCON 2021

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has told his players that they can only win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), if they remain humble. Nigeria have won their first two fixtures in the qualifying rounds, which was suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic. Rohr and his men will be looking to win the country’s fourth title next year. In an interview with Channels TV, Rohr warned the players that even qualification for the tournament has not been secured yet. “Let’s qualify first and I think we are on a good way to that and then, let’s stay humble if we want to win it. “I think we have a good team, we are already number three now in Africa. When I arrived, we were number 13. So we are on a good way but it needs time, and we even don’t know when...
NFF can terminate Rohr’s contract if he fails to meet targets – Sports Minister
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NFF can terminate Rohr’s contract if he fails to meet targets – Sports Minister

The Franco-German tactician has been given the target of leading the Super Eagles to the global tournament and winning the Afcon title in Cameroon The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has revealed there are clauses in Gernot Rohr’s new contract which gives his employer the right to fire him if he underperforms. On Wednesday, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick confirmed the 66-year-old has been handed a new deal and explained he has been given the mandate to win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and qualify the Super Eagles for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Dare explained the Franco-German’s contract was renewed to enable him to prove himself but should he fail to meet his target he would be fired.
Antonio Conte Ensured that Victor Moses Eventually Dons the Stamford Bridge Colours in a Competitive Game
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Antonio Conte Ensured that Victor Moses Eventually Dons the Stamford Bridge Colours in a Competitive Game

After several loan spells in his Chelsea career, it was the arrival of Antonio Conte that ensured that Victor Moses eventually dons the Stamford Bridge colours in a competitive game. It indeed came as a little surprise when the Italian signed Moses on loan on arrival at Inter Milan. After managing just one start in seven games and with the impending arrival of Barcelona defender, Nelson Semedo, the 2013 AFCON winner’s romance with the former Azzuri’s Manager may be nearing an end, writes Kunle Adewale After several loan stints and when it was almost obvious he would never star for Chelsea in a competitive game again, the arrival of Antonio Conte as the Blues Manager changed the whole narratives for Victor Moses. The Italian saw what no previous Chelsea manager saw in the Nigerian an...
AFCON Switched Back To January For 2021 Edition
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AFCON Switched Back To January For 2021 Edition

Premier League clubs to lose star players after AFCON 2021 switched back to January The tournament, which is being hosted by Cameroon, will now revert to its traditional slot, impacting on domestic leagues across Europe Premier League clubs, including title-chasing Liverpool, face being without their African players for up to six weeks next season after it was confirmed the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations is to revert to its usual January slot. The tournament, to be held in Cameroon, was initially scheduled for the summer but that falls during the country’s rainy season. Following talks between Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot), it has been decided that the tournament instead will now take place in and February 2021 - right in the mi...
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Kouyate Gives Reason Why Messi Won 2019 Ballon D’or Ahead Of Mane

Senegal midfielder, Cheikhou Kouyate, has said his team-mate Sadio Mane was overlooked for the Ballon d’Or, because he is African. Mane finished in fourth at the event on Monday, behind Lionel Messi, Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo. The 27-year-old has enjoyed a fine 2019, scoring 54 goals for club and country last term, as he helped Liverpool to the Champions League. Mane also led Senegal to second place at AFCON and Kouyate insists his teammate would have landed the award had he not been African. “For me this Ballon D’or is for Sadio Mane, there is no doubt about that. “Listen, if Sadio was a Brazilian or a European there would not have been no debate. “It would have been him for the award straight away and it’s not because I play with him at international level...
Saudi Arabia appoint two-time Afcon winner Herve Renard
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Saudi Arabia appoint two-time Afcon winner Herve Renard

The former Morocco head coach will take charge of the Green Falcons effective immediately Former Morocco boss Herve Renard was named head coach of Saudi Arabia on Monday. The Frenchman resigned as Atlas Lions coach after a disappointing Africa Cup of Nations campaign which ended prematurely following a disappointing Round of 16 defeat by Benin. However, the Arab state has taken the two-time Afcon winner on board in spite of the nature of his exit.
Mane to miss Community Shield against Man City as Liverpool return date confirmed
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Mane to miss Community Shield against Man City as Liverpool return date confirmed

The Reds winger will return the day after the clash against the Premier League champions as he has been given two weeks off following AFCON Sadio Mane will miss Liverpool’s Community Shield match against Manchester City as Jurgen Klopp confirmed he is to return from vacation on August 5. The Reds star has gone through a busy summer, finishing out his club season with Liverpool on June 1 with a Champions League triumph over Tottenham. He then joined up with Senegal for the Africa Cup of Nations, where he guided his nation to the tournament final, losing to Algeria 1-0 in the decider.
Herve Renard steps down as coach of Morocco’s national team after AFCON 2019 flop
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Herve Renard steps down as coach of Morocco’s national team after AFCON 2019 flop

Herve Renard is stepping down as Morocco head coach after their early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations.   Morocco were one of the pre-tournament favourites for Egypt 2019 but suffered a shock penalty shootout defeat by Benin in the last 16. Renard, who won AFCON with Zambia (2012) and Ivory Coast (2015), had been in charge since February 2016. In a statement on social media, Renard, 50, said 'It is time for me to close this long and beautiful chapter of my life, not without some emotion and sadness. It is an inevitable decision taken well before Afcon 2019. I took this decision after having - of course - carefully considered [it]. It is therefore irreversible." Renard took Morocco from 81st in the Fifa world rankings to 47th.  He led them to two Africa Cup of Nations tourna...
Afcon 2021 Qualifiers: Kenya in Group G with record winners Egypt
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Afcon 2021 Qualifiers: Kenya in Group G with record winners Egypt

Kenya will have to face Egypt, Togo and Comoros Islands as they contest for a place in the 2021 Afcon tournament Harambee Stars will face current Africa Cup of Nations hosts Egypt in Group G of the qualifiers for the 2021 event. Other opponents for Kenya in the group are Togo and the Comoros Islands. The qualification ties will be staged from October 7 and will end in November 2020. The tournament will be held in Cameroon and will also see 24 teams battle for the title since Confederation of African Football (Caf) expanded the number of teams from 16.
Nigeria has The Highest Third Place Finishes In AFCON
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Nigeria has The Highest Third Place Finishes In AFCON

Just as the Nigeria and Tunisia battle for third place has ended, it may interest you to Know that this is the 8th time Nigeria will be on third place in AFCON. we are surely going for the gold next time #believe See the years they finished at 3rd place below
Afcon 2019: Rohr targets strong finish to Nigeria’s campaign
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Afcon 2019: Rohr targets strong finish to Nigeria’s campaign

The tactician was the subject of contrasting messages from fans after the Algeria defeat, but he remains focused on finishing on a high Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr called on his Super Eagles players to put their defeat against Algeria behind them and focus on ending Afcon 2019 on a high note.A 2-1 defeat to the Desert Foxes in the semi-final means Nigeria will slug it out with Tunisia for the third-place prize on Wednesday. Prior to the match, Rohr has talked up the importance of getting a win against Alain Giresse’s men, while insisting his side has a bright future despite their failure to win a fourth Afcon diadem. “We will keep focused on the third-place playoff and hope to sign off with a happy result,” he told the media.
NFF Retains Rohr, to be sent on refresher course at FC Bayern – Pinnick
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NFF Retains Rohr, to be sent on refresher course at FC Bayern – Pinnick

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) might not bow to pressure by a section of Nigerians who want Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr sacked after failng to win the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. NFF president Melvin Amaju Pinnick in tweet with respected Nigerian journalist Osasu Obayiuwana said the Federation had no plan to relieve Rohr of his duties despite the Super Eagles crashing out in the semifinal stage of the AFCON. Pinnick said Rohr has met the target set for him by the Federation, despite some rocky and difficult moments they’ve had together, adding that the Franco-German is a good coach by all standards. “Gernot Rohr will not be sacked as Super Eagles coach. He will remain in the job. I have confidence in him,” the NFF president said to @osasuo on Monday night. “Gern...
Afcon 2019: Tunisia must find the motivation to beat Nigeria – Drager
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Afcon 2019: Tunisia must find the motivation to beat Nigeria – Drager

The Carthage Eagles’ defender is hoping for a happy ending in Wednesday’s bronze medal contest with the Super Eagles Tunisia defender Mohamed Drager has stated he and his teammates are determined to give their very best in Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) third-place match against Nigeria. This is the first time in 15 years Tunisia will come this far at Afcon and Drager is keen on seeing the Carthage Eagles bow out with pride; winning the bronze medal.
Belmadi: I can’t promise Algerians Afcon title
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Belmadi: I can’t promise Algerians Afcon title

The Desert Foxes boss has reminded fans there is no guarantee of his team sustaining their winning run all the way into the final on Friday Coach Djamel Belmadi has stated he cannot promise Algeria will emerge as African champions after defeating Nigeria 2-1 at Cairo International Stadium on Sunday. Thanks to William Troost-Ekong's own goal and Riyad Mahrez’ winner, the Desert Foxes secured a place in their first Afcon final after 29 years. However, Belmadi was unwilling to be drawn on his side's title-winning chance with another tough clash against Senegal on the horizon.
Morocco deny Renard resignation reports
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Morocco deny Renard resignation reports

After a disappointing AFCON, the 50-year-old was reportedly set to leave the quit as coach of the Atlas Lions The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) has denied reports claiming their head coach Herve Renard has resigned. Morocco endured a disappointing Africa Cup of Nations campaign, exiting the competition in the round of 16 with a 4-1 penalty shoot-out defeat to Benin, after the game ended a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes. Following the match, reports emerged on Monday suggesting the former Lille and Ivory Coast coach had stepped down from his post after the underwhelming showing in Egypt.
AFCON: 282 Held Over Unrest In France After Algeria Beat Nigeria
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AFCON: 282 Held Over Unrest In France After Algeria Beat Nigeria

A total of 282 people were arrested in France after unrest following the Algerian football team’s qualification for the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, the interior ministry said Monday. Riotous celebrations erupted across the country after Algeria beat Nigeria 2-1 in the semi-final. The arrests were made nationwide on Sunday evening, the ministry said. Out of those arrested, 249 people were placed in custody, it added. When Algeria defeated Ivory Coast to reach the semi-finals on Thursday, fans went on the rampage in central Paris, looting shops. On the same day in the southern city of Montpellier, an Algerian football supporter celebrating his team’s win lost control of his car while travelling at high speed and ran over a family, killing a woman and seriously injuring he...
“Super Eagles Were Very Good, This Match Was The Hardest” – Riyad Mahrez
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“Super Eagles Were Very Good, This Match Was The Hardest” – Riyad Mahrez

Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez who took Algeria straight to the finals after beating Nigeria speaks on the match. Riyad Mahrez said the super eagles were very good and the match has been the toughest match for them so far. The Super Eagles on Sunday night lost a massive opportunity to win a fourth AFCON title in a 2-1 semi-final defeat to Desert Warriors of Algeria after a last minute free kick goal by Riyad Mahrez. Watch Video:  
“Nigerians We Are Sorry, We Gave Our Best But It Was Not Enough” – Odion Ighalo
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“Nigerians We Are Sorry, We Gave Our Best But It Was Not Enough” – Odion Ighalo

Nigerian professional footballer Odion Jude Ighalo speaks on the the loss of Nigeria to Algeria. Odion Ighalo said the match was a very difficult game as they gave their best but it wasn't enough as they hope to win their next game against Tunisia for third place. He said: "Nigerians we are sorry. It was a difficult game and we were unlucky at the last minute. Second half, we really played well and we deserve more than what we got. We have to learn from our mistakes and we look forward to the third place game. The Super Eagles on Sunday night lost a massive opportunity to win a fourth AFCON title in a 2-1 semi-final defeat to Desert Warriors of Algeria after a last minute free kick goal by Riyad Mahrez. Watch Video:
Nigerians In Shock As Northerners Support Algeria Winning Super Eagles Over Dominance Of Igbo Players
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Nigerians In Shock As Northerners Support Algeria Winning Super Eagles Over Dominance Of Igbo Players

A number of northern Nigerians have been criticized after they took to their social media accounts before the Algeria vs Nigeria match to say they hope Nigeria loses to Algeria at AFCON because most of the players making up the Super Eagles team are Igbos. The men said they support Algeria and hope for Nigeria’s loss. Nigerians have called out their behaviour while pointing out that tribalism is keeping us from moving forward as a nation. A number of northern Nigerians took to their social media accounts before the Algeria vs Nigeria match to say they hope Nigeria loses to Algeria at AFCON because most of the players making up the Super Eagles team are Igbos. Later on, Algeria beat Nigeria 2-1 in the last four of the Africa Cup of Nations at Cairo International Stadium thanks t...
Zungu and Furman back under-fire Baxter to continue as Bafana Bafana coach
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Zungu and Furman back under-fire Baxter to continue as Bafana Bafana coach

There have been calls for the 65-year-old trainer to resign as Bafana coach after the Southern African side was defeated by the Super Eagles The South African internationals have backed coach Stuart Baxter to continue with his duties as the Bafana Bafana head coach. The British tactician's future has been in doubt after Bafana crashed out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals in Egypt. The 1996 Afcon winners were eliminated from the continental tournament after losing to Nigeria's Super Eagles in a quarter-final match on Wednesday.
Ex-Super Eagles’ Striker, Nwankwo Kanu Cries Out Over Seized Property
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Ex-Super Eagles’ Striker, Nwankwo Kanu Cries Out Over Seized Property

Super Eagles’ Ambassador and former Nigerian international, Nwankwo Kanu, has expressed sadness over the take-over of his Hardley Apartments on Waziri Ibrahim Crescent at Victoria Island, Lagos. Despite a Federal High Court order locking up the hotel after an unresolved issue with AMCON dating 2015, strangers have since taken over the hotel and latest findings indicate that normal business has since resumed there. “I got news of this with utmost sadness, especially after all the emotional stress I endured in recent months at ensuring that I got the court injunction for the trespassers to vacate the property,” Kanu said on Friday evening from Cairo, Egypt where he is on a national duty to motivate the Eagles to AFCON 2019 success. “I honestly do not understand this act of lawlessne...
We’re Confident To Go Far And Make Nigerians Proud – Iwobi
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We’re Confident To Go Far And Make Nigerians Proud – Iwobi

Nigeria is dreaming of a fourth title in the history of the continent’s flagship football competition. The Eagles are in the semifinal of the Egypt 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) billed for today at the Cairo International Stadium. Nigeria’s star, Alex Iwobi spoke to CAFOnline.com on his vision of the current tournament and what he expects for Nigeria. How do you see the current AFCON and the competing sides till now? The competition is very good from the technical aspect and we saw many surprises as the premature exit of big guns like Egypt and Morocco. For us we have great confidence in ourselves to go till the very end and I believe we can make a great feat for our country and ourselves. You said you were surprised seeing Egypt and Morocco crashing out early. Do you s...
Afcon 2019: Tunisia gained momentum in the knockout stages-Sassi
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Afcon 2019: Tunisia gained momentum in the knockout stages-Sassi

The midfielder is happy with the progress being made by the Carthage Eagles after a rather slow start at Afcon Tunisia midfielder Ferjani Sassi has expressed his delight with the Carthage Eagles’ newfound momentum at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Sassi, who was named man-of-the-match in his country's quarter-final match against Madagascar, believes Tunisia have peaked at the right time and he is equally confident they can successfully push for a berth in the final against Senegal on Sunday. The Zamalek of Egypt player scored the first goal in the 3-0 win which secured Tunisia’s first Afcon semi-final berth in 15 years and now, he wants the job done against the Teranga Lions.
Afcon 2019: Tunisia coach Giresse confident of beating Senegal
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Afcon 2019: Tunisia coach Giresse confident of beating Senegal

The Carthage Eagles’ believes his team has what it takes to beat the Teranga Lions in the last four of the continental showpiece Tunisia coach Alain Giresse has stated his team is very confident going into Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations semi-final tie against Senegal. Though the Carthage Eagles did not inspire confidence in the group stage of Afcon, where they failed to record any victories, they have since grown into the tournament; registering big results against Ghana and Madagascar. Ahead of their semi-final clash against Senegal, coach Giresse believes his team is ready to fight for a first Afcon final berth in 15 years and the third in their entire history at the weekend.
The Teams That Have Never Played At The AFCON
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The Teams That Have Never Played At The AFCON

Playing at the highest level of National team football is every professional football player’s dream, a status which the African Cup of Nations and other Continental competitions have, just right behind the FIFA World Cup. For every player born or eligible for an African team, playing at the AFCON is an achievement of the sort. Since the inaugural edition of the competition which saw three teams participate in it, the competition has grown in leaps and bounds with the number of participating teams rising. In 2019, the competition for the first time sees a record number of 24 teams participating and as expected three new countries have registered their names on the attendance sheet for the biggest football fiesta in Africa. Madagascar, Burundi and Mauritania join thirty-nine others...
Afcon 2019: Ivory Coast will be stronger next time – Gbohouo
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Afcon 2019: Ivory Coast will be stronger next time – Gbohouo

The Elephants shot-stopper expects a better showing from his current side in the next Afcon finals taking place in Cameroon Ivory Coast goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo believes the current side will play even better at the next Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), slated to be held in Cameroon in 2021. The Elephants were defeated by Algeria 4-3 on penalties after playing out to a 1-1 draw following 120 minutes of football. Sofiane Feghouli sent the North Africans in front after 20 minutes, but a strong second-half response by the Ivorians resulted in Jonathan Kodjia levelling the game right after the hour, and it stood that way until the end of extra-time.
Bongani Zungu Becomes First Player To Scored At The AFCON With VAR
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Bongani Zungu Becomes First Player To Scored At The AFCON With VAR

Bongani Zungu of South Africa has become the first player in the history of AFCON to be awarded a goal via the VAR after his header during the quarter final clash with Nigeria. He is also the first player to score against Nigeria at the AFCON as his goal would be the first goal South africa will score against Nigeria in AFCON history
Afcon 2019: We are not allowing Super Eagles to get distracted – Pascal
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Afcon 2019: We are not allowing Super Eagles to get distracted – Pascal

The team coordinator of the Eagles has reminded Algeria they couldn't beat Nigeria twice recently Super Eagles team coordinator, Patrick Pascal has stated the Nigeria team will respect the progression of Algeria to the semi-final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) but they are not afraid of them. Nigeria will play Algeria at Cairo International Stadium in Egypt on Sunday. The Fennecs defeated Ivory Coast 4-3 on penalties after regulation time had ended in a 1-1 draw at Suez Stadium on Thursday night. Nigeria saw off South Africa2-1 in Cairo. “We are glad our opponent in the semi-final of Afcon has been revealed and it is Algeria,” Pascal told Goal.
South African Players To Earn R520k (N13m) Each After Defeat By Nigeria At AFCON
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South African Players To Earn R520k (N13m) Each After Defeat By Nigeria At AFCON

Before the quarter-finals match that eventually got the Bafana Bafana players of South Africa knocked out from the 2019 African Cup of Nations, they had a payment plan for their campaign. For reaching the last eight of the 2019 AFCON in Egypt after a 1-0 victory over Egypt on Saturday in Cairo, each player had a guaranteed R520,000. Here is the bonus payment plan as guaranteed by the South African Football Association; – R320 000 for reaching the last 16 – R520 000 for the quarter-finals – R670 000 for the semi-finals – R920 000 for winning the tournament They however couldn't hit the R670, 000 jackpot, as their journey in the 2019 AFCON was cut short by the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Nigeria Vs Algeria: Rohr Speaks On Injury Scare In Super Eagles’ Camp
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Nigeria Vs Algeria: Rohr Speaks On Injury Scare In Super Eagles’ Camp

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, is hopeful he will have the trio of Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa and Chidozie Awaziem available for Sunday’s clash with Algeria. The three players are nursing calf, adductor and ankle injuries respectively. “Odion Ighalo has a calf injury, Ahmed Musa has adductor while Chidozie Awaziem coped ankle.   “But the team doctor has assured me that the said players will be ready and fit to play in the semi-finals,” Rohr told SportingLife. The trio sat out recovery training on Thursday, a day after Nigeria beat South Africa in an AFCON quarter-final.
AFCON: Dangote, Otedola to Super Eagles: You will get $75k for every goal Scored
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AFCON: Dangote, Otedola to Super Eagles: You will get $75k for every goal Scored

Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola, Nigerian billionaires, have promised the Super Eagles $75,000 for every goal scored in their remaining games at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations. Dangote has promised $50,000 per goal, while Otedola pledged the sum of $25,000 for each goal scored by the Eagles. Earlier in the group stage of the 2019 AFCON, Aiteo group, one of the official sponsor of the senior men national team gave the Eagles $75,000 for the three goals scored in their 3-2 victory over Cameroon in the Round of 16. Hosea Wells Okunbo, a businessman, also pledged the sum of $20,000 per player, while Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos state governor, rewarded the team with $5,000 per player. The Gernot Rohr’s men defeated Bafana Bafana of South Africa 2-1 to qualify for the semifinals ...
Africa says farewell to Madagascar and toasts Tunisia’s progress
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Africa says farewell to Madagascar and toasts Tunisia’s progress

We came across more Tweets thanking Madagascar for lighting up Afcon, than those celebrating with the Carthage Eagles Tunisia thrashed Madagascar 3-0 at Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo on Thursday night. The Carthage Eagles progress to the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations, where they will face Senegal. We do provide a strong compilation of Tweets from Tunisian supporters excited with their team reaching the last four. There were also fans happy to see both Algeria and Tunisia progress on Thursday.

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