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AFCON 2021: I want Nigeria to remember me – Samuel Chukwueze
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AFCON 2021: I want Nigeria to remember me – Samuel Chukwueze

Super Eagles winger, Samuel Chukwueze, has said he wants Nigeria to remember him after the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Cameroon. Chukwueze, who scored his first goal at the 2021 AFCON against Sudan, said this ahead of Nigeria’s final Group D fixture against Guinea-Bissau on Wednesday. He explained that he does not miss his club, Villarreal, adding that his focus is to win his first AFCON with the Super Eagles. “For now, I don’t miss my club, I am just focusing on my country,” the 22-year-old told Brila TV. “I need to do everything possible for them to win the trophy. “I have won a trophy for my club, so I want to win a trophy for my country, also so that they will remember me.”
Super Eagles to pocket $10,000 each for Egypt, Sudan wins
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Super Eagles to pocket $10,000 each for Egypt, Sudan wins

Super Eagles of Nigeria stars will receive $10,000 each for the victories over Egypt and Sudan at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. This comes after the Nigeria Football Federation and the Eagles reached an agreement over the mode of payment for wins and draw at the tournament. According to PUNCH, the meeting between the players and the NFF officials was held before the start of the tournament in Garuoa. The Eagles are expected to receive the sum of $5000 for a win and $2,500 for a draw following the meeting. “There is an agreement that the players will receive $5000 for a win and half of that for a draw, while they won’t get a dime for losing,” an Eagles official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said. The players and officials of the team would be paid...
AFCON 2021: Ex-Nigerian striker, Julius Aghahowa pinpoints one major thing Super Eagles lack
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AFCON 2021: Ex-Nigerian striker, Julius Aghahowa pinpoints one major thing Super Eagles lack

Former Nigerian striker, Julius Aghahowa, has pinpointed that the Super Eagles lack creativity after their first two games at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON. Nigeria defeated Egypt 1-0 in their first AFCON game last Tuesday. Augustine Eguavoen’s men also defeated Sudan 3-1 in their second AFCON tie on Saturday. Speaking to Channels TV, Aghahowa said: “The fact is the Super Eagles played exciting football, a lot of possession though in the opponents half we didn’t get that creativity that we wanted all in all two games six points we are good to go. “I think this is a walk in the park. The last game is just for us to play those players that have not had game time.” Nigeria’s next AFCON match is against Guinea-Bissau on Wednesday.
Nigeria assistant coach, Joseph Yobo names two Super Eagles players he’s pleased with
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Nigeria assistant coach, Joseph Yobo names two Super Eagles players he’s pleased with

Nigeria assistant coach, Joseph Yobo has said he is pleased with Super Eagles centre-backs, William Troost-Ekong and Kenneth Omeruo at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cameroon. Troost-Ekong and Omeruo have been solid at the back for Nigeria so far at the 2021 AFCON. The pair put in a great performance during Nigeria’s opening AFCON Group C 1-0 victory against Egypt last Tuesday. The defenders also put in a masterclass display during Nigeria’s 3-1 win against Sudan at the weekend. Speaking after Nigeria’s win against Sudan, Yobo told GOAL: “I am very pleased with the central defenders. Players come in and out. It’s a partnership and not all about individual performance. “This is what we keep working on. In the two games, it was only a penalty that was scor...
AFCON 2021: Why Equatorial Guinea defeated us – Algeria coach, Belmadi
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AFCON 2021: Why Equatorial Guinea defeated us – Algeria coach, Belmadi

Algeria coach, Djamel Belmadi has explained that his team was defeated 1-0 against Equatorial Guinea at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, because the Nzalang Nacional defended with a lot of desire and determination. Equatorial Guinea defeated Algeria, who are the defending champions, 1-0 in their second 2021 AFCON tie on Sunday. Esteban Fernandez scored the only goal of the match in the second half to give Equatorial Guinea a memorable 1-0 win over Algeria in Douala. Fernandez guided his effort past Rais Mbolhi to beat Belmadi’s men and in the process end their impressive 35 match unbeaten run. Reacting after the game, Belmadi was quoted by CAF Online as saying: “It’s not the expected result and yet we did everything, we got several chances but the ball did not g...
Equatorial Guinea shock holders Algeria
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Equatorial Guinea shock holders Algeria

Esteban Obiang scored 20 minutes from time as Equatorial Guinea pulled off one of the great Africa Cup of Nations finals upsets with a 1-0 win over Algeria on Sunday. The shock Group E result leaves Algeria bottom of the standings and needing a win in their last group game against the Ivory Coast on Thursday to stand any chance of advancing. Obiang struck from a corner as the tiny nation of 1.4 million ended Algeria's run of 35 unbeaten internationals, inflicting their first defeat since October 2018. Equatorial Guinea now have three points, one behind the Ivorians on four, with Sierra Leone on two and Algeria with one.
AFCON 2021: Kanu reacts to Nigeria’s 3-1 win against Sudan, predicts team to win tournament
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AFCON 2021: Kanu reacts to Nigeria’s 3-1 win against Sudan, predicts team to win tournament

Arsenal legend, Kanu Nwankwo, has reacted to Nigeria’s 3-1 win against Sudan at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON. Kanu also tipped Augustine Eguavoen’s men to win the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon. The former Super Eagles captain congratulated the players and the coaching crew for beating Sudan and qualifying for the knock-out stages of the competition. Nigeria defeated Sudan on Saturday, thanks to three goals from Samuel Chukwueze, Taiwo Awoniyi and Moses Simon. In a video posted on his Twitter handle after the game, the former Ajax forward said, “Congratulations, we keep going, we keep moving, no stopping, two gone. The remaining [games] win, win win, victory all the way. “The cup is coming back home. Well done the coaching crew, well-done boys and thank you for al...
CAF confirms dates for 2023 AFCON in Côte d’Ivoire
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CAF confirms dates for 2023 AFCON in Côte d’Ivoire

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced the dates for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). The tournament which will be hosted in Côte d’Ivoire is scheduled to kick off on June 23 and end on July 23, with 24 countries vying for the coveted silverware. CAF changed the date of the tournament from January to June in order to give the teams adequate time to prepare because of the short time frame if it were to be held in January next year. The draws for the preliminary qualifiers will be announced on January 21, 2022. Rwanda, whose only appearance in the competition was in 2004 in Tunisia, will be hoping to end the 19-year absence by qualifying for the biggest soccer fiesta on the continent.
AFCON 2021: How we’ll approach Nigeria clash – Sudan coach, Burhan Tia
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AFCON 2021: How we’ll approach Nigeria clash – Sudan coach, Burhan Tia

Sudan national team head coach, Burhan Tia has said that his team will approach their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, tie against Nigeria with a balance between defense and attack. Sudan will face the Super Eagles in their second AFCON fixture at the Roumdé Adjia Stadium, Garoua, on Saturday evening. The Falcons of Jediane head to the game after playing a 0-0 draw against Guinea-Bissau in their first game on Tuesday. Nigeria, meanwhile, defeated Egypt 1-0, thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho’s first-half goal. “We play with a great team [Nigeria] with high-level stars, but we will play with a balance between defense and attack,” Tia told CAF’s official website. “The absence of Mohamed Abdel Rahman is impressive, but we have a number of young players waiting for an opportunity t...
Nigeria vs Sudan: Super Eagles Could suffer Rude shock
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Nigeria vs Sudan: Super Eagles Could suffer Rude shock

Nothing gives every Nigerian joy like football. Not food. Not politics. Not even religion. Football is what pulls every ethnic division in this country together. And so we stood as one on Tuesday, when the Super Eagles defeated Egypt 1-0 in their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations opener. Online and offline, we sang, we hugged, we tweeted, we predicted, we drank, we laughed. One would have thought the national team would return on the next available flight with the trophy. But the tournament only began. On Saturday, Augustine Eguavoen’s men take on Sudan in their second group fixture. I don’t mean to be a joykiller. But the Eagles have let down the nation before. Remember when we lost out on qualification for the 2006 World Cup on home soil against Angola. Both nations ended...
Nigeria vs Sudan: Alex Iwobi talks tough, issues warning to Super Eagles
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Nigeria vs Sudan: Alex Iwobi talks tough, issues warning to Super Eagles

Super Eagles star, Alex Iwobi has said that Nigeria will give the same desire they showed in their game against Egypt when they face Sudan at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, tie on Saturday evening. Iwobi also warned Augustine Eguavoen’s men not to be complacent when they clash with Sudan today. Nigeria head to the game after beating Egypt 1-0, while Sudan drew with Guinea-Bissau. Speaking to NFF TV, the Everton star said: “Personally, I am always ready no matter what game it is. Obviously, it is a big competition and we have already made our mark in the first game, but we can’t be complacent. “We are going to give the same desire that we showed in the first game and hopefully get the result we need. “The team is really psyched up, especially after that firs...
AFCON 2021: Two Countries ualify for Round of 16
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AFCON 2021: Two Countries ualify for Round of 16

Morocco became the second country to qualify for the knockout stages of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations on Friday. The Atlas Lions defeated debutants, The Comoros 2-0 at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde. Selim Amallah and Zakaria Aboukhlal scored the two goals that sent the North Africans through to the Round of 16 Morocco had won their first game 1-0 against Ghana. They now sit top of Group C with six points ahead of Gabon who have four points, after playing a 1-1 draw with Ghana. Hosts Cameroon are already through to the next round after wins over Burkina Faso and Ethiopia.
AFCON 2021: They showed character of potential champions – Asamoah Gyan names team to beat
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AFCON 2021: They showed character of potential champions – Asamoah Gyan names team to beat

Former Ghanaian striker, Asamoah Gyan, has tipped Nigeria’s Super Eagles as the team to beat at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cameroon. Nigeria defeated seven-time champions, Egypt, in their opening Group D game on Tuesday. Kelechi Iheanacho scored the only goal of the match to give Nigeria a 1-0 win over Egypt as Liverpool ace, Mohamed Salah, was kept silent all through the encounter at the Roumdé Adjia Stadium, Garoua. However, having watched all the teams play in the opening round fixtures of the 2021 AFCON, Gyan singled out Augustine Eguavoen’s side as the most outstanding team so far in the 24-team tournament. According to the former Sunderland star, the Super Eagles showed the character of a potential champion. “Yes, as of today, Nigeria stands ou...
Nigeria vs Sudan: Eguavoen speaks on Super Eagles XI for second Group D clash
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Nigeria vs Sudan: Eguavoen speaks on Super Eagles XI for second Group D clash

Super Eagles coach, Austin Eguavoen has spoken on making changes in the lineup that defeated Egypt in the opening Group D game on Tuesday. Addressing reporters on Friday ahead of the Saturday clash, Eguavoen said he hopes all the players remain fit and healthy to make selection easier for him. Okoye, Aina, Omeruo, Ekong, Zaidu, Ndidi, Aribo, Iheanacho, Simon, Chukwueze and Awoniyi made up the XI against Egypt while the likes of Akpeyi, Uzoho, Ebuehi, Iwobi, Nwakali, Ejuke, Umar, Onyekuru, Musa, Onyeka, Ndah and Ajayi sat on the bench. And Eguavoen was asked if he intends to make changes to the XI that played against Egypt. The 1994 Africa Cup of Nations winner said, “That’s a little bit hard to say, we still have twenty-four hours. “We hope that everybody stays healthy and...
AFCON 2021: CAF confirms final decision over replaying Mali vs Tunisia
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AFCON 2021: CAF confirms final decision over replaying Mali vs Tunisia

Mali’s 1-0 win over Tunisia at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations will stand, despite referee Janny Sikazwe causing controversy by twice blowing the final whistle too early. The AFCON’s organizing committee met on Thursday in Cameroon to ratify Mali’s victory. While the game restarted on Wednesday after Sikazwe prematurely ended it after 85 minutes, he then blew full time when the game reached 89 minutes and 47 seconds. About three minutes of injury time had been expected. About 30 minutes later, the officials tried to complete the remaining minutes in Limbe, Cameroon on Wednesday. But Tunisia refused to come back out to restart the match, with the coach saying his players were already in their ice baths by then. “After examining the protest of Tunisia and all the match o...
AFCON 2021: Cameroon becomes first country to qualify for knockout stages
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AFCON 2021: Cameroon becomes first country to qualify for knockout stages

Cameroon have become the first country to qualify for the knockout stages of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. The hosts beat Ethiopia 4-1 on Thursday evening to seal their spot. Captain Vincent Aboubakar and Karl Toko-Ekambi both scored twice to take the Indomitable Lions through with one group game to spare. Cameroon had defeated Burkina Faso 2-1 last Sunday in their opening fixture. But they had to come back from behind at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde, after Dawa Hotessa gave Ethiopia a shock lead. The five-time African champions are now well-placed to finish top of Group A. Their last group game is against Cape Verde, while Burkina Faso take on Ethiopia.
AFCON 2021: Real reason referee Janny Sikazwe stopped Tunisia vs Mali early
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AFCON 2021: Real reason referee Janny Sikazwe stopped Tunisia vs Mali early

Janny Sikazwe, the referee at the centre of the controversy at the end of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations match between Tunisia and Mali on Wednesday, was suffering from heat stroke and severe dehydration. It has been revealed that Sikazwe was taken to hospital after the game. Tunisia have appealed for their Group F opening fixture to be replayed, after Sikazwe blew the final whistle after just 85 minutes and then again 17 seconds before 90 minutes were up. Mali eventually won the encounter 1-0. AFCON’s head of referees, Essam Abdel-Fatah, has now come out to defend the performance of Sikazwe, claiming he was suffering from the effects of the 34-degree heat level and 65 percent humidity in Limbe, Cameroon. “The referee suffered from heat stroke and very severe dehydration, ...
AFCON 2021: I don’t care if I fail to score in the tournament – Awoniyi
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AFCON 2021: I don’t care if I fail to score in the tournament – Awoniyi

Super Eagles frontman, Taiwo Awoniyi, has said that it does not really matter to him whether he scores a goal or not in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Awoniyi, who fired blank in Super Eagles 1-0 win over Egypt in their first Group D clash, said what matters to him is a victory for the team. The 24-year-old, who is in top form for his Ferman club side, Union Berlin, made his senior debut against Central African Republic in Lagos. “I stand to be corrected but when it comes to the national team the question of whether you scored or not most media need to stop it because we are here to represent the country, it doesn’t matter who scored,” he told the Super Eagles media team after Wednesday’s training ahead of Saturday’s clash with Sudan. “For me, I am happy with ...
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AFCON: Sudan coach, Tia makes honest confession ahead of Nigeria clash

Sudan national team head coach, Burhan Tia, has made an honest confession ahead of his side’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, tie with Nigeria on Saturday. Sudan will take on Nigeria in their second Group D fixture at the Roumdé Adjia Stadium in Garoua, this weekend. The Falcons of Jediane head to the game following a 0-0 draw against Guinea-Bissau in their first game on Tuesday, while the Super Eagles defeated Egypt 1-0. Asked about facing Nigeria in their next group game, Tia said it would not be easy. “It will not be easy, as well as facing Egypt, but these are matches that we have put in our minds and our program before the tournament,” Tia was quoted by Filgoal as saying. Meanwhile, Nigeria are on top of Group D with 3 points from one game, while Sudan are in the t...
AFCON 2021: Nigeria remains top of Group D as Sudan holds Guinea Bissau
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AFCON 2021: Nigeria remains top of Group D as Sudan holds Guinea Bissau

Sudan drew 0-0 with Guinea-Bissau in the second Group D match played at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday. The game between both teams was tight, with chances few and far in between. However, Guinea-Bissau had the chance to take all three points, but Pele missed from the penalty spot. They both have one point and are in second and third place behind Nigeria. The Super Eagles earlier in the day, beat tournament favourites Egypt 1-0. Leicester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, produced a stunning finish in the 30th minute, to ensure the three-time champions took maximum points. Nigeria plays Sudan next on Saturday, while Egypt faces Guinea-Bissau.
AFCON: Nigeria’s assistant coach, Joseph Yobo names ‘game-changer’ in Super Eagles squad
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AFCON: Nigeria’s assistant coach, Joseph Yobo names ‘game-changer’ in Super Eagles squad

Nigeria’s assistant coach, Joseph Yobo has identified Alex Iwobi as a “game-changer” in the Super Eagles squad. Yobo said that Iwobi could change the game when things are hard for the Super Eagles, adding that the former Arsenal star is very important for the team. The former Super Eagles captain said this ahead of Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, tie against Egypt on Tuesday evening. “Alex [Iwobi] is a big, big player for us in the national team,” Yobo told Everton’s official website. “He trains hard every day – he is our game-changer. When things are hard, he can change things for us. “He works his socks off and, technically, he is very good. “He has the skill and the energy to run at players and trackback, he can do all that. And he has an eye for goal. “He...
AFCON 2021: Victor Osimhen sends message to Nigeria ahead of Egypt clash
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AFCON 2021: Victor Osimhen sends message to Nigeria ahead of Egypt clash

Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen has wished his teammates all the best of luck as they begin their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, campaign with a clash against Egypt on Tuesday night. Osimhen is not in Cameroon, but he is sending his support from Naples ahead of Nigeria’s opener against the Pharaohs at the Roumde Adija stadium. The Napoli star would have been in the lineup when Augustine Eguavoen’s side three-time tackle Egypt, but he had to withdraw from the squad after failing to recover from a facial injury. His absence is a massive blow for Nigeria, but the 23-year-old has immense trust in his teammates and wishes them good luck against Mohamed Salah led-Egypt. In a tweet via his Twitter handle, Osimhen wrote on Twitter: GoodLuck To The Super Eagles, As They Begin...
AFCON 2021: Ex-Chelsea star names 7 players to watch out for during tournament
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AFCON 2021: Ex-Chelsea star names 7 players to watch out for during tournament

Former Chelsea star, Geremi Njitap has named the seven football players to watch out for at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cameroon. The 2021 AFCON will begin today (Sunday) with host nation Cameroon, taking on Burkina Faso. Speaking to Metro UK on behalf of Genting Casino, Geremi has named the players he expects to do well during the competition. He said, “From the Ivory Coast, Sebastian Haller is one to watch. “He’s scoring a lot of goals for Ajax this season and for me, has a very good chance to win the Golden Boot at AFCON if he continues with his current form. “In the Senegal national team, you have to look at Ismaila Sarr, he is going to do a lot of good things. “He has been very good for Watford in the past few years and he is an exciting young talent....
AFCON 2021: I’m not happy with you – Geremi Njitap hits out at Jurgen Klopp over comment
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AFCON 2021: I’m not happy with you – Geremi Njitap hits out at Jurgen Klopp over comment

Former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Cameroon midfielder, Geremi Njitap has hit out at Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp over his comment about the Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON. Klopp had in November, while talking about the lack of international breaks for his players from then until March, told the press that there was a ‘little tournament in Africa’ coming up in January. In another press conference, the Liverpool boss said he was quoted out of context, insisting he did not mean it the way it was understood. However, Geremi has refused to forgive the German and has explained just how important AFCON is to him and Africans. “When Jurgen Klopp described the Africa Cup of Nations as a ‘little tournament’ I was far from impressed,’ Geremi wrote for the Daily Mail. “A lot of fans from ...
AFCON 2021: Eguavoen names two Super Eagles players that will be missed
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AFCON 2021: Eguavoen names two Super Eagles players that will be missed

Super Eagles interim coach, Augustine Eguavoen has bemoaned the absence of Victor Osimhen and Emmanuel Dennis in his squad, as the Africa Cup of Nations begin this weekend. Nigeria heads to Cameroon seeking to win the title they last won in 2013. They have been drawn in Group D alongside Egypt, Guinea-Bissau, and Sudan. However, the Eagles’ squad has been hit with withdrawals, as Eguavoen was forced to replace Osimhen, who turns out for Napoli in Serie A, and Dennis, who features for Watford in the Premier League. While Osimhen was dropped owing to injury concerns and having contracted Covid-19, Dennis, who has enjoyed a good run of form since joining the Hornets, could not make the team’s camp after he was allegedly denied permission by his parent club. “The only thing is...
AFCON 2021: Eguavoen snubs Iwobi, Iheanacho, names Super Eagles star that will play no.10 role
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AFCON 2021: Eguavoen snubs Iwobi, Iheanacho, names Super Eagles star that will play no.10 role

Interim Super Eagles coach, Austin Eguavoen has dropped a strong hint that he will hand Chidera Ejuke the No.10 role in the team at this month’s Africa Cup of Nations. The tournament holds from January 9 to February 6 in Cameroon. Ejuke, who plays for CSKA Moscow in Russia, is one of the 13 debutants in the Eagles squad for the tournament. The winger has been outstanding for his club this season, scoring four goals and providing two assists in 13 games. According to CIES Observatory’s latest rankings, the 24-year-old is the third-best dribbler in the world and Eguavoen believes he can help solve the team’s lack of creativity in midfield. In the past, Gernot Rohr has played with Alex Iwobi of Everton or Leicester City’s Iheanacho behind the main striker. But speaking at ...
AFCON 2021: Egypt coach reveals secrets behind team selection ahead of Nigeria clash
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AFCON 2021: Egypt coach reveals secrets behind team selection ahead of Nigeria clash

Head coach of the Egypt national team, Carlos Queiroz has given an insight into how he prepares and selects his squad ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. Queiroz has already named a 25-man squad for the tournament in Cameroon. The Pharaohs’ opening match will be against Nigeria on January 10. Queiroz has left out the likes of Zamalek midfielder Tarek Hamed and Al Ahly’s Mohamed Magdy Afsha. According to KingFut, the Portuguese coach said: “After 40 years of experience in my career, during which I coached many teams, I learned that the team is more important than the players, we bring the best solutions, the best group of players,” Queiroz said in his press conference “My responsibility is to choose the best team, so I have to choose the players to form one player, whi...
Real reason I was dropped from Nigeria’s squad – Watford star, Dennis
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Real reason I was dropped from Nigeria’s squad – Watford star, Dennis

Super Eagles interim coach, Austin Eguavoen has revealed that Watford striker, Emmanuel Dennis told him that his club threatened him to miss the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON. Egyavoen claimed that Dennis told him he wanted to be part of Nigeria’s squad for the AFCON this year, but Watford did everything humanly possible for him not to be at the tournament. Dennis was among the four players who were replaced in the Super Eagles’ squad for the AFCON in Cameroon this January. The 24-year-old was replaced in the Super Eagles’ 28-man squad on Friday by Olympiacos’ Henry Onyekuru after his Premier League club declined his release to play at the AFCON. “Dennis told me that his club had done everything humanly possible for him not to be at the AFCON,” Eguavoen told NFF TV. “I...
AFCON 2021: Why Ademola Lookman won’t play for Super Eagles – NFF
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AFCON 2021: Why Ademola Lookman won’t play for Super Eagles – NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says Ademola Lookman will not play for the country at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, because he is yet to get clearance from FIFA. The Leicester City winger in the past, represented England at U-19, U-20 and U-21 levels. However, in October, Lookman applied to switch his allegiance to Nigeria, where his parents come from. This is why ex-Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, included the 24-year-old in the initial provisional list for the AFCON. However, NFF, in a statement on Thursday, said “The Nigeria Football Federation has stated categorically that Ademola Lookman of Leicester City has not yet been cleared by World Football body, FIFA to represent Nigeria at International level. “It is, therefore, incorrect for any medium to claim that...
Emmanuel Dennis may not play at AFCON 2021 over NFF blunder
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Emmanuel Dennis may not play at AFCON 2021 over NFF blunder

Watford manager, Claudio Ranieri, has said he may not release Emmanuel Dennis for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, because the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) sent his invitation letter late. Despite the Hornets’ poor form, Dennis has been impressive, scoring eight goals and assisting five. He is only second to Liverpool winger, Mohamed Salah, in terms of Premier League goal involvements this season. Dennis’ outstanding displays earned him a Super Eagles call-up for the 2021 AFCON. However, there is a possibility that the 24-year-old could miss the tournament. I’m not so sure I will miss him now, I don’t know if he will go,” Ranieri told Watford Observer. “Let’s think about it this week, and then I will tell you. “The national team has time to send t...
No coach can stop me from playing AFCON – Emmanuel Adebayor
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No coach can stop me from playing AFCON – Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor has slammed European coaches for battling to stop their African stars from playing in the Africa Cup of Nations next month. Following the resurfacing of COVID-19, a number of European clubs are attempting to block their African players from playing friendlies and 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and even the AFCON especially those in the “red list” zones. AFCON will be played from January to February and the European Club Association, having the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain among its 234 members, wrote to FIFA expressing concerns about AFCON and threatening not to release players for the showpiece. And Adebayor, who played for several European clubs during his playing days is not happy with these clubs for their ...
AFCON officials state that Africa Cup of Nations will go ahead despite COVID-19 concerns
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AFCON officials state that Africa Cup of Nations will go ahead despite COVID-19 concerns

The organizers of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) have made it clear that the competition is still going ahead, despite COVID-19 cases rising globally. Due to be held in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, the AFCON will see Africa's best national teams going toe-to-toe for continent glory, but there are conflicting reports about whether it will be called off. RMC Sport in France believe that the Central African Federation could be forced to postpone the tournament, while La Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy claim that there is no risk of this happening. The organisers however have remained adamant that the festival of football will still happen, even with some clubs hoping for a cancellation so that their star players remain at the club for that period. A month away from ...
COVID-19: AFCON organisers take decision on tournament in Cameroon over fresh wave
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COVID-19: AFCON organisers take decision on tournament in Cameroon over fresh wave

Tournament organisers for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) have insisted that the competition will go on despite the outbreak of COVID-19, according to Marca. The tournament is billed to hold in Cameroon as from January 9 to February 6, but there are conflicting reports about whether it will be called off. Earlier report by French outlet, RMC Sport had claimed that the Central African Federation could be forced to postpone the tournament. Italian top site, La Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy, on its own claim that there is no risk of calling off the competition. However, Marca is reporting that the organisers have remained adamant that the binary football event will still happen.
African Football Chiefs hold talks over Cancellation of 2022 Africa Cup of Nations due to Omicron Covid-19 variant’
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African Football Chiefs hold talks over Cancellation of 2022 Africa Cup of Nations due to Omicron Covid-19 variant’

The Confederation of African Football [CAF]  are reportedly holding talks over cancelling the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations [AFCON] tournament in Cameroon next month. The Cameroon tournament is due to start on January 9 and run until February 6, with several Premier League players - including Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane set to leave their clubs mid-season to take part in the competition. According to French news outlet RMC Sport, the Central African Federation (CAF) could announce a cancellation as the Omicron variant continues to ravage the continent. The tournament's organizing committee met with the CAF at the end of October to unveil their findings in a preparation report for the tournament. The committee announced that 'urgent attention' was needed for the...
Osimhen reacts to Rohr’s sack as Super Eagles Coach
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Osimhen reacts to Rohr’s sack as Super Eagles Coach

Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, has wished Gernot Rohr all the best after he was sacked as Super Eagles head coach. Rohr was sacked by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) after more than five years in charge. The Franco-German had been in charge since 2016, leading the team to the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, where Nigeria finished third. However, the performance of the team over the last 12 months made his position untenable, despite qualifying the team for next year’s AFCON and the 2022 World Cup playoffs. Osimhen wrote on social media: “Thank you for everything coach and I wish you all the best.” The 22-year-old made his Super Eagles debut under Rohr in 2017 and has now become the country’s undisputed talisman. Osimhen scored 10 goal...
Rohr Wants Outstanding Salaries, Bonuses before Quitting Super Eagles
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Rohr Wants Outstanding Salaries, Bonuses before Quitting Super Eagles

Under-fire Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has reportedly demanded the Nigeria Football Federation pay him his outstanding salaries of two months and an additional four months pay before he quits the team. Rohr, who has 12 months left on his deal with the NFF,  also asked to be paid bonuses for qualifying the Eagles for the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon and World Cup playoffs a close source told PUNCH Sports Extra. The NFF and the sports ministry are said to be finalizing details concerning Rohr’s disengagement as well as the new coach to lead the national team but are yet to agree with the Franco-German over his severance pay. “The federation is broke and cannot afford to meet his (Rohr) demands of disengagement,” a close source told PUNCH Sports Extra. Mean...
Super Eagles to camp in Nigeria for AFCON – Rohr
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Super Eagles to camp in Nigeria for AFCON – Rohr

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has confirmed that the squad will camp in Nigeria ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. Nigeria have been drawn alongside Egypt, Guinea Bissau, and Sudan in Group D, and Rohr Is hoping to begin camping on December 28, with the Eagles to face Egypt in their opening game on January 11 in Garoua. Rohr whose future as coach of the team remains in doubt despite guarding the Eagles to the playoff round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers also wants to play one friendly game before they depart for the tournament. He also hinted that he may not be there for the tournament. “My plan is for the team to camp in Nigeria in December and then play a friendly in the country before departing for Cameroon early where we have very good conditions to prepare...
Liberia vs Nigeria: Real reason Ighalo returned to Super Eagles
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Liberia vs Nigeria: Real reason Ighalo returned to Super Eagles

Odion Ighalo has returned to the Nigerian national team after talks with head coach Gernot Rohr. The 32-year-old had announced his retirement in July 2019, after finishing as top scorer at the Africa Cup of Nations that year. Ighalo had initially threatened to retire after Nigerians blamed him for the Super Eagles’ exit from the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The former Watford and Manchester United star missed some chances in the final group match against Argentina, which later cost the team as they lost 2-1. Following the game, he received threats and insults on his Instagram page, which forced him to lock his comments section. However, he was talked out of quitting by Rohr and President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick. Rohr had been in talks with I...
Ighalo set for Super Eagles return
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Ighalo set for Super Eagles return

Al Shabab striker, Odion Ighalo, looks likely to return to the Nigeria national team. Ighalo announced his retirement in 2019, after he emerged top scorer at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. However, according to the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, he has spoken to him recently about a possible return. “I had a long conversation with Odion Ighalo, personally I believe we need experience in our attack to combine with our energetic youthful Osimhen, Onuachu, Kelechi et al. “Odion’s body language is very positive. We are also in touch with his agents and club. “The vibe going into these last two games and indeed Afcon is very good,” Pinnick wrote on Instagram.
Ghana’s Lomotey reveals Morocco concern ahead of Afcon showdown
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Ghana’s Lomotey reveals Morocco concern ahead of Afcon showdown

The Amiens man believes the Atlas Lions will be tough customers for the Black Stars in Cameroon Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Lomotey has expressed caution about the possible threat of Morocco ahead of the two sides' meeting at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament. The Black Stars and the Atlas Lions are set for an opening day meeting at the championship in Cameroon after being drawn together in Group C, which also features Gabon and the Comoros Island. It will be their second meeting in six months following a meeting in June where Morocco walked away with a 1-0 victory in a friendly fixture.
Nigeria, Egypt, Cameroon seeded ahead of 2022 AFCON draws
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Nigeria, Egypt, Cameroon seeded ahead of 2022 AFCON draws

Nigeria will know their group stage opponents at the next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, when the draws are conducted on Tuesday The Confederation of African Football on Saturday seeded the countries, with the three-time African champions in Pot A. The 24 teams that have qualified, will be divided into six groups of four teams each. The countries were allocated into four pots of six teams each, based on the latest FIFA World Rankings. The Super Eagles finished in third place at the last AFCON played in Egypt. The 2022 AFCON will be played from January 9 to February 6 in Cameroon The draw at the Palais du Congress will divide the entrants into six groups, from which all the winners and runners-up plus the best four third-placed teams will advance to the knoc...
Sullay Kaikai: Former Crystal Palace winger looks forward to ‘dream debut’ for Sierra Leone
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Sullay Kaikai: Former Crystal Palace winger looks forward to ‘dream debut’ for Sierra Leone

The 25-year-old has been included in the Leone Stars squad that will take on the Squirrels in an Afcon qualifier Sullay Kaikai has revealed his eagerness to make his debut for Sierra Leone when they take on the Republic of Benin in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on June 14. The Blackpool winger was born in England to parents from Sierra Leone and had turned down a previous opportunity to feature for the Leone Stars. The forward explained his inability to establish himself at club level during the period made him snub the chance but having now decided for the West Africans, he is excitedly hoping to make his debut for the side.
Cameroon vs Nigeria: Livescore from Super Eagles’ Tuesday Friendly in Austria
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Cameroon vs Nigeria: Livescore from Super Eagles’ Tuesday Friendly in Austria

  Nigeria will play Cameroon for the second time in four days this Tuesday in Austria. Both sides only faced each other in an international friendly last Friday. The Indomitable Lions emerged winners, thanks to André-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s first-half strike. Gernot Rohr is using the double-header against the Indomitable Lions, as preparation for their 2022 World Cup qualifiers later in September. It is also the first time the Super Eagles will be in action, after qualifying for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations. Kick off is 5pm West African time. Tuesday, June 8 4pm: Nigeria vs Cameroon
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...
Liverpool Striker, Mohamed Salah Confirmed as new Captain of the Egyptian National Team
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Liverpool Striker, Mohamed Salah Confirmed as new Captain of the Egyptian National Team

Liverpool striker, Mohamed Salah has been named as the new captain of the Egyptian national team, the EFA announced on Monday. The national team captaincy has been an issue for a long time now, with many football fans and pundits urging Egypt coach Hossam El-Badry to hand Salah the armband and move away from the tradition of giving the armband to the most senior player in the squad. Salah, 28, is not the oldest in the national team but the Egyptian Football Association disclosed in the statement that the coach met with older players in the squad who supported the move. "Hossam Al-Badri, the coach of the national football team, has decided to award the captain's armband to Mohamed Salah," the Egyptian Football Association said in a statement on Monday. "The decision came aft...
Fifa Bans Chad from Football Activities for Life
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Fifa Bans Chad from Football Activities for Life

Global football governing body, FIFA has banned Chad from football until further notice. The decision was taken by the Bureau of the Fifa Council on Wednesday and takes effect immediately. Note that in December 2020, Fifa had rejected a request from the country’s ministry of sports to dissolve the Chadian Football Federation. On March 10, the minister for youth and sports released a statement to prevent the Chadian Football Association, FTFA, from performing its obligatory duties due to a dispute between both parties. CAF then disqualified Chad from the Africa Cup of Nations qualification race, just a few days prior to their fixtures against Namibia and Mali, following the sport Minister's actions. FIFA has now waded in, banning the country henceforth. FIFA says t...
Rohr Confirms he Won’t Invite New Players to Super Eagles Squad
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Rohr Confirms he Won’t Invite New Players to Super Eagles Squad

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said he won’t invite new players when they begin their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign in June. Nigeria rounded off their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series with a 3-0 win over Lesotho. Next up for the three-time African champions, is the second qualifying round for the World Cup. They have been drawn with Cape Verde, Central African Republic and Liberia in Group C. “The World Cup qualifiers will start soon and I think we will be able to do well, and we should expect good football again on a good pitch. “We can’t try new players now, it is too late and it is getting more serious because it is World Cup qualifiers,” Rohr told the media. Enyimba winger, Anayo Iwuala, was the only fresh face who play...
AFCON 2022: CAF Announces Details for Tournament with 23 Teams Confirmed
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AFCON 2022: CAF Announces Details for Tournament with 23 Teams Confirmed

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, will be held in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6. A virtual executive committee meeting chaired by CAFS’s recently elected president Patrice Motsepe, also decided that a draw to divide the 24 qualifiers into six groups will be held on June 25. A total of 23 teams have confirmed their places at the continental showpiece. They are Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Comoros, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. The one spot left will be contested between Benin Republic and Sierra Leone. The match between the two countries in F...
The Best Decision I Have Taken Is Picking Nigeria Ahead Of England – Ola Aina
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The Best Decision I Have Taken Is Picking Nigeria Ahead Of England – Ola Aina

Fulham defender Ola Aina says his decision to play for Nigeria is the best thing he has done in his career after helping Nigeria qualify for another Africa Cup of Nations. Aina started the 1-0 win over Benin Republic on Saturday but was substituted with Chidozie Awaziem before Paul Onuachu scored what ended as the winner in the third and final minute of time added on. Nigeria have already secured top spot of and qualification for the AFCON even before the game on Saturday making it almost a possibility for Aina to play in another Africa Cup of Nations. His first was the 2019 edition. “ I can’t wait to play in another major tournament with the Super Eagles and bring joy to Nigerians. The national team means so much to the people here”, he said after this evening training in Lag...

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