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World Cup: Kgatlana,Others sSlam CAF Over Nigeria, Ghana draw
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World Cup: Kgatlana,Others sSlam CAF Over Nigeria, Ghana draw

CAF’s Women Footballer of  The Year  2018 Thembi Kgatlana is among several African football stakeholders who berated the Confederation of African Football for pairing Nigeria against Ghana in the first round of qualifiers for the 2022 African Women’s Cup of Nations. The 2022 AWCON serves as qualifiers for the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Nine-time champions Super Falcons were pitted against the Black Queens in the draws held at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt on Monday. Both legs will be held between June 7 and 15, with Falcons hosting the first leg, before travelling to Ghana for the reverse fixture. Winners of the tie face the winners between Niger and Ivory Coast in another round of qualifiers between October 19 and 28. With the draw, it means two out...
Onuachu Scores As Genk Claim Away Win In Belgian Title Play-off 
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Onuachu Scores As Genk Claim Away Win In Belgian Title Play-off 

Paul Onuachu was on target for Genk who beat Antwerp 3-2 away, in their first game of the Belgian Championship play-off on Friday night, Rushhoursport.com reports. Onuachu scored on 73 minutes to make it 2-2 before Theo Bongonda got the winner on 88 minutes. The goal took Onuachu’s tally in the league to 30 and also he has now scored 32 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions this season. The win saw Genk move to second on 31 points, seven points away from leaders Club Brugge, in the four-team Championship play-off. On Sunday, Club Brugge will host Anderlecht in their opening game in the play-off. All the four teams competing in the play-off will face each other twice and the top team will qualifier automatically for next season’s UEFA Champions League. The team t...
2020/21 CAF Confederation Cup: All Teams that Qualified For Quarter-finals
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2020/21 CAF Confederation Cup: All Teams that Qualified For Quarter-finals

Following the conclusion of Group matches (Day 6 fixtures) in the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup on Wednesday, here is the list of qualifiers for the knockout stage/quarter-finals. Enyimba FC defeated Orlando Pirates of South Africa in Aba, thanks to Cyril Olisema’s late goal, while Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia won Salitas of Burkina Faso 2-1. From Group A: 1. Enyimba (Nigeria) 2. Orlando Pirates (South Africa) From Group B: 3. JS Kabylie of Algeria 4. Cotton Sport of Cameroon From Group C: 5. Jaaraf (Senegal) 6. CS Sfaxien (Tunisia) From Group D: 7. Raja Casablanca (Morocco) 8. Pyramids (Egypt) The first leg of the quarter-finals will take place on 16 May and the second leg on 23 May.
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...
Super Eagles Rise Four Places in FIFA’s April ranking
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Super Eagles Rise Four Places in FIFA’s April ranking

Nigeria is now the 32nd best men’s football team in the world. This is according to the latest FIFA rankings published on Wednesday. The three-time African champions have climbed four places having garnered 1487 points. The Super Eagles are the third-best on the continent only behind Algeria and Morocco. This follows a month in which they beat Benin Republic 1-0 and demolished Lesotho 3-0 in their final 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Despite dropping two places, Senegal is ranked first in Africa and 22nd in the world with 1542 points. Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles remained 26th globally and second in Africa after accruing 1512 points. Guinea Bissau is the biggest mover in April – moving a massive eleven places to the 108th position in the world.
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...
AFCON 2022: All the countries that have qualified so far
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AFCON 2022: All the countries that have qualified so far

  After Thursday’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, half of the teams that will play at the tournament have been confirmed. Comoros, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana and Egypt have joined Algeria, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Tunisia and hosts Cameroon in January’s tournament. Gambia qualified for their first-ever AFCON after a 1-0 win over Angola. Assan Ceesay netted the winning goal after an hour, ensuring The Gambia clinched one of the two tickets from Group D. The other slot was secured by Gabon who beat DR Congo 3-0. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Denis Bouanga, and Aaron Boupendza scored the goals for the Panthers. Egypt’s 1-1 draw with Kenya, was enough to get the point they needed in Group G to qualify, while Ghana drew 1-1 in South Africa to make it throu...
Nigeria National Team did not Contract me – Daniel Akpeyi reacts to Super Eagles snub
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Nigeria National Team did not Contract me – Daniel Akpeyi reacts to Super Eagles snub

  Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, has expressed disappointment over the decision of Nigerian coach, Gernot Rohr, to drop him from the Super Eagles squad for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations AFCON, qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho. Akpeyi only managed to make the Super Eagles standby list, while Maduka Okoye, Francis Uzoho and John Noble received the nod for the fixtures against Benin and Lesotho from Rohr. Rohr’s men will tackle Benin in Porto Novo on Saturday and face Lesotho three days later in Lagos. Akpeyi while expressing his sadness said he was not contracted to the Nigeria national team, adding that he just needs to focus on his club side. “The truth is that I’m concerned. Nothing surprises me in football anymore because I have been in the...
Benin vs Nigeria: Rohr Reacts to NFF’s Plan for Super Eagles to Travel by sea
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Benin vs Nigeria: Rohr Reacts to NFF’s Plan for Super Eagles to Travel by sea

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said travelling by sea to Benin Republic ahead of the qualifiers on Saturday, is the best route. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has decided the team will travel for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier by boat. According to Rohr, the distance by sea is not only shorter but quite calm. “It will be the best way to go there. “Last Saturday, I made the trip and we were flying on the water. It was so quick and calm,” Rohr said according to SportingLife. The trip by sea takes around an hour. The Nigerian delegation will set sail for Benin capital Porto-Novo on Friday morning. The three-time African champions lead Group L with eight points from four matches, while Benin is second on seven points.
Okoye Predicts how many Points Nigeria will get From Benin, Lesotho AFCON Qualifiers
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Okoye Predicts how many Points Nigeria will get From Benin, Lesotho AFCON Qualifiers

Super Eagles goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye, has said they will go all out for the maximum points, when they take on Benin Republic and Lesotho in their final 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Okoye manned the posts, when Nigeria threw away a four-goal lead to draw 4-4 against Sierra Leone in Benin City last November. He then kept a clean sheet during the second leg which ended 0-0 four days later in Freetown. “I’m looking forward to the game because I’m always honoured to represent my country and I’m trying to help the team and to get the win of course. “We can understand the disappointment from the last two matches against Sierra Leone, but we are going to work hard to six points in those two games,” Okoye told journalists on Tuesday. Nigeria play Benin Republic this Sa...
Afcon Qualifiers: Black Stars Arrive In South Africa, Trains Tonight At FnB Stadium
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Afcon Qualifiers: Black Stars Arrive In South Africa, Trains Tonight At FnB Stadium

  The Black Stars of Ghana are scheduled to play Bafana Bafana of South Africa as part of their African Cup of Nations Qualifiers. The Black Stars have arrived in South African (Johannesburg) and are scheduled to train at FNB stadium Wednesday evening ahead of the encounter. According to the Communications directorate of the Ghana Football Association,” Black Stars arrived at the OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg in the early hours of Wednesday, Players, technical staff and management members will undergo the mandatory COVID-19 test before heading to Soweto for training.” Ghana lead Group C of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, level on points with South Africa but with a superior goal difference.    
Tuchel Names Three Big Problems Billy Gilmour has at Chelsea
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Tuchel Names Three Big Problems Billy Gilmour has at Chelsea

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has named the three ‘big problems’ midfielder Billy Gilmour has at Stamford Bridge. According to Tuchel, the three problems Gilmour has at Chelsea are N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho. The Blues boss also insisted that the Scotland international is a vital part of Chelsea’s squad, despite his lack of regular playing time. Gilmour has featured just once for Chelsea since Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard last January. The 19-year-old was also snubbed by Scotland coach Steve Clarke for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Austria, Israel and the Faroe Islands later this month. Speaking on Gilmour during his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of Chelsea’s FA Cup clash with Sheffield United on Sunday, Tuchel said, “It ...
Rohr’s Plans hit as More Super Eagles Players Withdraw From Benin, Lesotho Games
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Rohr’s Plans hit as More Super Eagles Players Withdraw From Benin, Lesotho Games

  Almeria forward, Sadiq Umar, has become the latest player to withdraw from Nigeria’s squad for their 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers next week. Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, had included Umar in his 24-man squad for the matches. However, he will not be able to honour his first call-up to the senior national team, having previously played for the U23s. Almeria have confirmed Umar will not be allowed to honour the invitation, because the necessary COVID-19 protocols to enable him to play for the Super Eagles has not been followed. Enyimba’s Anayo Iwuala has been called up as his replacement. Umar joins France-based duo of Moses Simon and Samuel Kalu (injury) in pulling out. The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has released a statement confir...
Afcon Qualifiers: ‘Kenya and Tanzania can get maximum points from remaining matches’ – Williamson
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Afcon Qualifiers: ‘Kenya and Tanzania can get maximum points from remaining matches’ – Williamson

The British tactician concedes the games will be tough but exuded confidence that the East Africans will win the matches to advance Former Kenya head coach Bobby Williamson has conceded it will be tough for Harambee Stars and Tanzania in the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Harambee Stars are in Group G of the qualifiers with three points coming from the four games they have played. Kenya found themselves in a difficult position in the qualifiers after a 1-1 draw against Comoros in Nairobi and a 2-1 loss in Moroni in November. Taifa Stars are in Group J for the race to Cameroon with four points from as many matches and need maximum points in the remaining games to seal their place in the finals.
Rohr adds two more players to Super Eagles squad for Benin, Lesotho games
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Rohr adds two more players to Super Eagles squad for Benin, Lesotho games

Genk striker, Paul Onuachu has been called up to the Nigeria national team, for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho. Onuachu was a shock exclusion from the original 24-man list released earlier this month. The 26-year-old could only make the standby list, despite his fine displays for Genk this season. However, Onuachu has now been added to the squad, along with Henry Onyekuru. Onuachu has been extended an invitation but Moses Simon and other Super Eagles stars in France are to miss the encounter due to the country’s COVID-19 protocol. “Following the uncertainty regarding the availability of players based in France [due to COVID 19 laws guiding the country], Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr has extended an invitation to KRC Genk str...
Ibrahimovic Ends five-year international retirement
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Ibrahimovic Ends five-year international retirement

  Zlatan Ibrahimovic has come out of his five-year international retirement and will play for Sweden again this month. The 39-year-old who is his country’s record goalscorer, has been named in his latest squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Kosovo. Ibrahimovic netted 62 times in 116 matches for Sweden before retiring after their group stage exit at Euro 2016. The AC Milan striker had offered hints of coming out of retirement recently, as a meeting with coach Janne Andersson suggested he was willing to return. Andersson said: “When Zlatan opened up for games in the national team, it felt natural and important to meet and discuss this as soon as possible. “I am glad that we managed to get a meeting so quickly.”
Chelsea Goalkeeper, Kepa Suffers Another Major Setback
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Chelsea Goalkeeper, Kepa Suffers Another Major Setback

Chelsea goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, has suffered another major setback on Monday after he was snubbed by Spain ahead of this month’s international break. Kepa, who is currently behind Edouard Mendy in Chelsea’s choice of goalkeepers at Stamford Bridge, was not invited by Spain coach, Luis Enrique, for their World Cup qualifiers against Greece, Georgia and Kosovo. The 26-year-old has been regularly called up despite usually playing second fiddle to Manchester United goalkeeper, David De Gea, but this time he has missed out. However, Enrique instead included Brighton’s Robert Sánchez and Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Simón in the list ahead of Kepa. Spain’s squad against Greece, Georgia and Kosovo: Goalkeepers: De Gea, Robert Sánchez, Unai Simón Defenders: Pedro Porro, Eri...
Ex footballer, Finidi George faults coach Gernot Rohr over AFCON qualifiers squad
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Ex footballer, Finidi George faults coach Gernot Rohr over AFCON qualifiers squad

Former Super Eagles player, George Finidi, has faulted coach Gernot Rohr's squad list for Nigeria’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho. On Tuesday, March 9, the German coach released a 24-man list that included Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, who has been without a club since leaving Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr last October. Genk striker Paul Onuachu, who has scored just once in seven appearances, has failed to replicate his club form for the national team. For his club, he has scored 26 goals with three assists in 30 games across all competitions. Speaking with Punch, George Finidi admitted that Musa is a quality player who has done a lot for the country but should not be on the list on the basis of form or fitness. The 49-year-old f...
AFCON Qualifiers: Rohr Under Fire Over Players Invited for Benin, Lesotho Games
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AFCON Qualifiers: Rohr Under Fire Over Players Invited for Benin, Lesotho Games

  Former Super Eagles winger, George Finidi, has criticized coach of the national team, Gernot Rohr, over the list of players invited for this month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho. Finidi, who specifically singled out captain Ahmed Musa, said players who are not playing regularly should not be invited ahead of those who are fit. He further questioned why Paul Onuachu does not get game time in the national team despite his form for his club. “Coaches should be made to defend their list when they come up with names that are questionable. Coaches should not be left alone. “They should be made to explain how they arrived at certain decisions on who they invite. Journalists should question the names on the list,” Finidi said accordi...
Serie A: Gernot Rohr Spills Discussion with Osimhen on Gennaro Gattuso
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Serie A: Gernot Rohr Spills Discussion with Osimhen on Gennaro Gattuso

  Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr has revealed his discussions with Nigerian frontman, Victor Osimhen about his manager at Napoli, Gennaro Gattuso. Osimhen joined Napoli in a record-breaking deal last season after a top performance at Lille, that saw him score over 20 goals. Napoli is having a poor run of form and is currently sitting outside the top four mounting pressure on Gattuso. And the Nigerian striker has struggled in his first season at Napel due to fitness issues Appearing on Radio Kiss Kiss, Rohr, who is preparing his team for the Nations Cup qualifiers against the Benin Republic and Lesotho, said, “Gattuso is a good coach and Victor told me he trusts him a lot and what he’s teaching him. I think he can get results already this season. “Unlucky se...
AFCON Qualifiers: Benin, Lesotho games won’t be easy for Super Eagles – Jay Jay Okocha
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AFCON Qualifiers: Benin, Lesotho games won’t be easy for Super Eagles – Jay Jay Okocha

Nigerian football star, Austine Jay Jay Okocha has advised the Super Eagles to remain focused as the remaining games against Benin and Lesotho in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers won't be walkovers. The three-time AFCON champions will face the Squirrels of Benin on March 22 before hosting the Crocodile of Lesotho on March 30. Nigeria tops Group L with eight points while Benin sits second on seven points and Lesotho has 2 points. A win for the Super Eagles against Benin will seal qualification to the bi-annual tournament in Cameroon. However, Okocha has warned the team not to be complacent. “Well, no game is easy these days, we have beaten them by 4-2 in the past doesn’t mean that it will be easy this time around, we are the only ones that can make it easy for ou...
Super Eagles Drop to 36th Place in February FIFA Ranking
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Super Eagles Drop to 36th Place in February FIFA Ranking

  Nigeria’s senior national team have begun the year 2021 with a rating as the 36th best country in the world. The Super Eagles dropped one place in February’s FIFA ranking released on Thursday morning. The three-time African champions amassed 1474 points to remain as the fifth-best team in Africa behind Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. Nigeria’s last international fixture was their double-header Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sierra Leone in November 2020 which ended 4-4 and 0-0 respectively. The Lions of Teranga are ranked first on the continent and 20th in the world with 1558 points, while the Carthage Eagles are 26th in the world and second in Africa after amassing 1503 points.
Rohr Reacts as West Brom Snub Ahmed Musa
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Rohr Reacts as West Brom Snub Ahmed Musa

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has expressed confidence that captain Ahmed Musa will find a new club soon, after his proposed move to West Brom fell through. Musa is currently a free agent, after leaving Saudi club Al Nassr in October 2020. After visiting the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos ahead of next month’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho, Rohr assured that the 28-year-old will be back to his best soon. “It’s unfortunate it didn’t work out at West Brom, but I believe Musa will find another club soon,” Rohr told BBC Sport Africa. “He has the ambition to get back as quickly as he can to play football again at club level. “Musa made a great impact for us in big matches like against Iceland in Russia, that is a rem...
Why I Won’t Invite new Players for Super Eagles AFCON 2021 Qualifier – Rohr
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Why I Won’t Invite new Players for Super Eagles AFCON 2021 Qualifier – Rohr

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has hinted that he won’t invite new players for their upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho. Speaking in an interview on the team’s official YouTube page, Rohr debunked reports that some new players had been granted permission to play for Nigeria by FIFA. He insisted he has good players in his squad and would not consider bringing in any new player at the moment. “You can read so many names in the newspaper, but that’s not the best way to select the players. The best way to select the players is to scout them very well, and also to speak to them if there is motivation to come. If they want to come, they have to write a letter to FIFA that they want to switch from England or Germany or Aust...
Hapoel Ra’anana’s Olawale bullish over Nigeria’s chances against Cote d’Ivoire
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Hapoel Ra’anana’s Olawale bullish over Nigeria’s chances against Cote d’Ivoire

The attacking prodigy is insistent the Flying Eagles have what it takes to silence the unknown Small Elephants on Sunday afternoon Peter Olawale has dismissed the suggestion Nigeria should be worried of what is awaiting them when they face Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday afternoon at the Charles De Gaulle Stadium, insisting it is Small Elephants who should be wary of the Flying Eagles. Ladan Bosso’s boys begin their Wafu U20 Zone B campaign against the Ivorians in Benin Republic with the regional tournament serving as qualifiers for the 2021 Africa U20 Cup of Nations billed for Mauritania. Nigeria’s preparations for the championship have been ideal, given the fact that they played several warm-up games before announcing their final squad.
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...
We will give Nigerians the best’ – Pinnick vows to appoint ‘world-class coach’ for Super Falcons
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We will give Nigerians the best’ – Pinnick vows to appoint ‘world-class coach’ for Super Falcons

The Nigerian football body boss disclosed the federation is in the process of securing the services of a new coach for the team Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick has vowed to appoint a world-class coach for Nigeria's senior women's team in the coming weeks. The Super Falcons are yet to have a substantive coach since the exit of Thomas Dennerby last September before they crashed out of the Olympic Games qualifiers a month later. The NFF were bidding to host the 2020 African Women's Cup of Nations (Awcon) in November this year, but amid the outbreak of the coronavirus, they put their bid on hold for the moment.
Alexis Mac Allister sets out his ambitions at Brighton
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Alexis Mac Allister sets out his ambitions at Brighton

Alexis Mac Allister hopes his move to Brighton can help him make Argentina's 2022 World Cup squad. Mac Allister is just breaking into the senior national squad and will hope to cement that place by making an impact in the Premier League. The 21-year-old said: “The World Cup is the dream. Everything that comes before that – the Copa America, World Cup qualifiers, the Olympics – are targets in the short to medium term to prove that I am up at that level. “And that in two years I can be at my best level." Mac Allister arrived only in January from Argentinos Juniors.
CAF Postpones 2021 AFCON Qualifiers Indefinitely
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CAF Postpones 2021 AFCON Qualifiers Indefinitely

Following the growing concerns of the COVID-19 virus and the declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) describing it as pandemic, CAF has decided to postpone the following competitions until further notice: – Total AFCON 2021 Qualifiers: Match Day 3 and 4 of the qualifiers scheduled for 25 – 31 March 2020; FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup Qualifiers: scheduled for 20 – 22 March 2020 and 27- 29 March 2020; Total Women’s AFCON 2020 Qualifiers: scheduled for 8-14 April 2020. Also, a new schedule shall be announced in due time.
Aubameyang To Face Salah In World Cup Qualifying
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Aubameyang To Face Salah In World Cup Qualifying

The Arsenal and Liverpool stars will come face-to-face in qualifiers, with Libya and Angola also in Group F Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mohamed Salah will face off in the second round of qualifying for World Cup 2022, with Gabon and Egypt drawn in the same group. Salah's Egypt and Aubameyang's Gabon will join Libya and Angola in Group F in the second phase of African qualifying for the finals in Qatar. Gabon will be looking to qualify for their first World Cup, though they have reached the Africa Cup of Nations seven times – most recently in 2017. Should Gabon reach a debut World Cup Aubameyang will likely be a key reason, with the striker having netted 20 goals for his country in 51 appearances. Salah, meanwhile, is looking to help Egypt reach the World Cup for a second consecuti...
Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Nigeria Draws Cape Verde, Liberia, and Central African Republic
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Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Nigeria Draws Cape Verde, Liberia, and Central African Republic

The full draw  for the second round of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign has been revealed with 40 African countries discovering their fates. The Super Eagles of Nigeria will take on Cape Verde, Liberia, and the Central African Republic in Group C. While African champions, Algeria will face Burkina Faso, Niger, and Djibouti in group A. The qualifiers will kick off in October 2020. See the full group details below.  Group A: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Djibouti Group B: Tunisia, Zambia, Mauritania, Equatorial Guinea Group C: Nigeria, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Liberia Group D: Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Mozambique, Malawi Group E: Mali, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda Group F: Egypt, Gabon, Libya, Angola Group G: Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, E...
AFCON FINAL QUALIFIERS TABLE
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AFCON FINAL QUALIFIERS TABLE

Group A     Team    P    W    D    L    GD    Pts 1  Senegal 6    5    1    0    10    16 2  M’ascar 6    3    1    2    0      10 3  E’Guinea6    2    0    4    -2    6 4  Sudan  6    1    0    5    -8    3 Group B     Team    P    W    D    L    GD    Pts 1  Morocco 6    3    2    1    5      11 2  Cameroon6    3    2    1    4      11 3  Malawi  6    1    2    3    -4    5 4  Comoros 6    1    2    3    -5    5 Group C     Team    P    W    D    L    GD    Pts 1  Mali    6    4    2    0    8      14 2  Burundi 6    2    4    0    6      10 3  Gabon  6    2    2    2    2      8 4  S’Sudan 6    0    0    6    -16    0 Group D     Team    P    W    D    L    GD    Pts 1  Algeria 6    3    2    1    5      11 2  Benin  6    3    1    2    -1    10 3  Ga...
Nigeria Can Beat Libya Today to Progress to Next Round – Okechukwu
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Nigeria Can Beat Libya Today to Progress to Next Round – Okechukwu

Captain of Nigeria’s U-23 team, Azubuike Okechukwu has posited that the team has learnt from its first leg loss in Tunis and will work hard to ensure it overturns the results and qualify for the next round of the qualifiers. Nigeria is to play Libya today in Asaba in the reverse fixture of the qualifying round for the CAF Under-23 AFCON which also serves as qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. The 21-year-old captained Nigeria to her maiden CAF U-23 championship title in Senegal four years ago and he still believes he has what it takes to repeat the same feat for the second time. Speaking after the team’s arrival in Asaba, venue of the second leg, the Turkey-based midfielder blamed complacency and lack of teamwork for their 2-0 loss to the Libyans last Wednesday...
Salah Missing as Egypt Arrive Asaba For Super Eagles Friendly
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Salah Missing as Egypt Arrive Asaba For Super Eagles Friendly

The Egyptian national team has arrived in Asaba, Delta ahead of their international friendly match against Nigeria on Tuesday. The Pharaohs finished their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers campaign, with a 1-1 away draw against Niger. Head coach of the side, Javier Aguirre, dropped the country’s biggest star Mohamed Salah from the game. Salah will also be missing in action against the Super Eagles at the Stephen Keshi Stadium. Both countries will use the game to prepare for the 2019 AFCON finals, which will be hosted by Egypt in June. The last time Egypt faced Nigeria away from home was in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Nigeria 3-1 Seychelles: Super Eagles Finish 2019 AFCON Qualifiers On A High
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Nigeria 3-1 Seychelles: Super Eagles Finish 2019 AFCON Qualifiers On A High

Nigeria defeated Seychelles 3-1 at the Stephen Keshi Stadium on Friday to end their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on a high. Odion Ighalo opened the scoring from the penalty spot, before Rody Melanie - against all odds and all thanks to a Francis Uzoho howler - levelled for the Pirates to end the first half in a stalemate. Goals from Henry Onyekuru and substitute Moses Simon won the game for the Super Eagles, who were unconvincing at times in the dead rubber game. Meanwhile, Nigerians are not holding back their frustrations after goalkeeper Francis Uzoho’s misjudged movement cost Nigeria an equaliser against Seychelles in their final 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Odion Ighalo had put Gernot Rohr’s side ahead from the penalty spot in the 35th minute but the visitor...
Pharaohs To Hit Nigeria on Chartered Aircraft
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Pharaohs To Hit Nigeria on Chartered Aircraft

The delegation of Senior National Team of Egypt, Pharaohs, will arrive in Nigeria on Sunday, 24th March aboard a chartered aircraft, for the prestige international friendly with the Super Eagles. Officials of both the Nigeria Football Federation and the Egyptian Football Association have confirmed that the team will fly into the Asaba Airport direct from Niamey, Niger Republic – where they are due to play that country’s senior team on the final day of qualifying campaign for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The Pharaohs, like the Super Eagles, have made sure of a place at the finals taking place 21st June – 19th July ahead of the final day of qualifiers, even before Egypt was handed the hosting right for the championship. Seychelles’ Pirates are the Eagles’ opponents for the final ...
Nwaiwu, Abuchi to Replace Obekpa, Nwamu as D’Tigers Open Camp
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Nwaiwu, Abuchi to Replace Obekpa, Nwamu as D’Tigers Open Camp

Rivers Hoopers player Buchi Nwaiwu and Ibe Abuchi Agu of Gombe Bulls have been invited to D’Tigers National team as replacements for Ike Nwamu and Christopher Obekpa. D’Tigers camp officially opens on Tuesday, 19th of February in Abidjan for the last window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers. Nwamu and Obekpa will be absent due to club commitments and administrative reasons. According to the Team’s General Manager, Musa Adamu, Nwamu whose National team debut was at the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket for men in Tunisia just got traded from Wisconsin Herd to Indiana Pacers franchise and so he needed time to settle in. “Nwamu could not make it. He has just been traded from his club to Indiana Pacers, so he cannot afford to leave immediately.” The team manager of the high flying D’Tige...
AFCON 2019: Ighalo Will Deliver for Nigeria, Says Rohr
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AFCON 2019: Ighalo Will Deliver for Nigeria, Says Rohr

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr said top scorer in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, Odion Ighalo will score more goals at the tournament in Egypt. Ighalo Rohr dismissed fears that Ighalo might not live up expectations because he hasn’t played top flight football for most of the year, following his failure to leave his relegated Chinese club, Changchun Yatai for a top club in Europe. “Playing in China has nothing to do with performance. Ighalo practically qualified us for the Nation Cup despite playing in Chinese Super League. My prayer is for him to remain in top form for the AFCON “He is a key to us winning the AFCON in Egypt which is my target. He has courage and speed which is very important in any competition,” said Rohr who is monitoring the Flying Eagles at the U...
Home-based Eagles Draw Bye in Opening Round
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Home-based Eagles Draw Bye in Opening Round

The home-based national football team of Nigeria will face the winners of Benin and Togo as the team draws bye in the opening round of the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) which final matches will be held in Ethiopia. The draw for the qualifiers held Wednesday at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt on the sidelines of the Organising Committee of the competition. Forty-seven teams are engaged in the battle for 15 places to join host Ethiopia for the final tournament of the sixth edition of the tournament designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues. The draw was the highlight of the meeting of the 25-member committee, which saw the format and procedure approved. The format of the competition remains unchanged and will be played on a zonal basis ...
Nwora Invites 15 Players for World Cup Qualifier
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Nwora Invites 15 Players for World Cup Qualifier

                                   D’Tigers Head Coach, Alex Nwora D’Tigers Head Coach, Alex Nwora has invited 15 players for the last window of the 2019 FIBA Men’s World Cup qualifiers taking place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire starting on the 18th of February The team is dominated by players who missed out of the last phase of the qualifiers campaign hosted in Lagos. Jekiri Tonye will likely make his debut for D’Tigers after missing out of action in the last window due to administrative reasons while Christopher Obekpa, Obinna Emegano and Efevhera Michael will also be making a return. Ekene Ibekwe whose last appearance was at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and 34 year old Michael Umeh (2015 Afrobasket) with Italian serie A side Virtus Bologna have both been recalled to the fold. T...
Kanu Reveals Country That’ll Win AFCON 2019 In Egypt
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Kanu Reveals Country That’ll Win AFCON 2019 In Egypt

Arsenal and Super Eagles legend, Nwankwo Kanu has revealed the country that’ll win AFCON 2019 in Egypt. According to him, the Super Eagles of Nigeria will win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Egypt. One of Kanu’s reasons was the fact that all of Gernot Rohr’s squad play week in and out in their various clubs – which he described as a “bright future” for the Super Eagles. “We keep praying that 2019 will be better than 2018. But we have to celebrate our heroes while they’re alive. That reminds us of the late Stephen Keshi, Amodu Shuaibu, Samuel Okwaraji, that’s why the women’s teams seem to complain. Let the ‘female’ teams do better than they have done before in previous World Cups,” Kanu told Brila FM. “As for the Super Eagles I hope they win the Nations Cup, that’s w...
Eaglets Prepare for U-17 Nations Cup with Invitational Tourney in Turkey
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Eaglets Prepare for U-17 Nations Cup with Invitational Tourney in Turkey

Five-time world champions Golden Eaglets of Nigeria will participate in an invitational tournament in Turkey as part of its preparations for the 2019 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations scheduled for Tanzania in April. Nigeria’s U-17 boys swept all before them at the WAFU U-17 Tournament in Niger Republic in September 2018 to pick up the trophy and also qualified as West Zone B’s flagbearers in the continental finals in Tanzania, following an adjustment to the format of the qualifiers. Coach Manu Garba, a former Nigerian international who also led the team to global triumph in the UAE six years ago, has assured that his boys have imbibed the mentality of champions without the overconfidence that sometimes constitutes the soft underbelly of such mentality. The invitational tournament in Turke...
Oldest Former NFF Scribe, Omokhaye Clocks 86
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Oldest Former NFF Scribe, Omokhaye Clocks 86

Herbert Omokhaye He may not be well known as he headed the administration of the Nigerian football governing body in the ‘ancient past’. At a time, it was even a subject of debate if he was ever a general secretary at the then Nigeria Football Association as his name was conspicuously missing on the board at NFF Secretariat, which listed past administrators. Herbert Omokhaye, who hailed from Otuo Owan East Local Government area of Edo State was the secretary of the NFA from 1964 to 1965 when he was seconded to the association from the just established National Sports Council (NSC), which transformed into National Sports Commission in 1970. Omokhaye clocked 86 yesterday as the oldest former scribe of Nigerian football still alive. From Nigeria’s files in the archives of FIF...
Ebuehi Fit For Seychelles Clash
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Ebuehi Fit For Seychelles Clash

Nigerian right full back, Tyronne Ebuehi could make his return to international football with the Super Eagles in their dead rubber AFCON 2019 Qualifiers tie against Seychelles. Ebuehi suffered ligaments damage few weeks into pre season training with his new team Benfica following his move in the summer from ADO Den Haag after his involvement with Nigeria at the World Cup in Russia. He was initially feared out of the Africa Cup of Nations next year which Nigeria has qualified for with a game to spare after drawing 1-1 against South Africa in Johannesburg a week ago. A check on Benfica injury update shows he is progressing nicely and well on course to return to competitive football on the 29th of January, two months before Nigeria’s last AFCON 2019 Qualifiers game against Seychelles....
Cadbury Congratulates Super Eagles on AFCON 2019 Qualification
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Cadbury Congratulates Super Eagles on AFCON 2019 Qualification

Cadbury Nigeria Plc, manufacturers of TomTom, has congratulated the Super Eagles on the team’s qualification for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament, which will take place in Cameroon. In a statement, the company’s Corporate and Government Affairs Director for West Africa, Mr. Bala Yesufu, said the Super Eagles have made Nigerians proud by securing the AFCON 2019 ticket over the weekend. Yesufu assured that TomTom, the ‘Official Candy of the Super Eagles’, is with the team all the way to Cameroon. TomTom, an ardent supporter of the Super Eagles, gave out free candies to all the fans in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, last month, during the match between the Super Eagles and the Mediterranean Knights of Libya. Nigeria won the match by four goals to nil.    Yesufu sai...
Kalu To Captain Nigeria at U-23 AFCON
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Kalu To Captain Nigeria at U-23 AFCON

Bordeaux Nigerian winger, Samuel Kalu is favorite to be named as captain of the national U23 team when they resume for camping ahead of the qualifiers for the 20 year old Kalu is already a firm fan favorite owing to his displays since his debut for the Super Eagles and he has shown enough to be considered for the role of captain of the U23 team. The team will resume training next month ahead of the start of the qualifiers for the Africa U23 Cup of Nations in March with Kalu expected to be named as one of the foreign based players in the team and possibly captain. Others include Samuel Chukwueze, Victor Osimhen, Taiwo Awoniyi, Hilary Gong, Abdul Zubairu, Kingsley Michael, Tosin Kehinde and Orji Okonkwo. A decision on the inclusion of Francis Uzoho is expected to be made by...
Musa Wants CAF To Examine Disallowed Goals
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Musa Wants CAF To Examine Disallowed Goals

Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa bemused by two disallowed goals in Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against South Africa in Johannesburg, has called on the Confederation of Africa Football to examine the goals. South Africa came from behind to hold Nigeria to 1-1 draw, a result which earned the Super Eagles the right to return to the AFCON tournament after missing the 2015 and 2017 editions. But Musa felt that the Super Eagles deserve to win the game. He had put Kelechi Iheanacho through but Bakary Gassama from Gambia rule the strike offside. Later in the second half Musa again was through on goal, but he was whistled off-side replays of both actions clearly indicated that the referee erred. Musa made his feeling known on social media with a tweet on CAF Twitter handle: ...
NB Charges Eagles to Beat South Africa
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NB Charges Eagles to Beat South Africa

Nigerian Breweries Plc has urged the Super Eagles to extract their pound of flesh from the Bafana Bafana of South Africa when the two sides meet today in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations match day five game at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. This motivational message was contained in a statement issued by Emmanuel Oriakhi, the Marketing Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc on the AFCON qualifying game between Nigeria and South Africa. South Africa defeated Nigeria 2-0 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in the opening Group E game of the qualifiers in June 2017, but Emmanuel Oriakhi, the Marketing Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc believes coach Gernot Rohr and his Eagles are motivated to avenge that loss and confirm their ticket to the biennial ...
Eagles Make History as First Passengers on International Flight out of Asaba Airport
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Eagles Make History as First Passengers on International Flight out of Asaba Airport

Super Eagles players and officials boarding the first international flight out of the Asaba Airport …Thursday evening Super Eagles players and officials made history yesterday as the first passengers to fly out of the Asaba Airport on an international flight to South Africa. The three-time African champions were earlier scheduled to travel by road to Benin City to catch the chartered flight to Johannesburg for this weekend’s AFCON 2019 qualifier against South Africa. But aviation authorities who had declared that the chartered Boeing 737 aircraft belonging to Max Air may not be able to take off from the run way of the Asaba Airport due to technical issues, later gave the airline all-clear signal to land there to pick the Nigerian contingent. The news of the first internationa...

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