Thursday, October 28

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NFF reappoints disgraced Salisu Yusuf as Super Eagles assistant coach three years after bribery ban
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NFF reappoints disgraced Salisu Yusuf as Super Eagles assistant coach three years after bribery ban

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has reinstalled Salisu Yusuf as the assistant coach of the Super Eagles. The Nigerian football body disclosed this in a press statement by its spokesperson, Ademola Olajire. “The Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation has approved the reinstatement of Coach Salisu Yusuf to his position as Assistant Coach of the Super Eagles and Head Coach of the Super Eagles B team, with effect from 1st November 2021,” the statement read. “General Secretary of the NFF, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, disclosed on Thursday that the reinstatement of the former Kano Pillars, Enyimba FC and Rangers International FC gaffer by the NFF Board was on the recommendation of the NFF Technical Department. “Highly respected for his match–reading ability, calm demeanour...
Nigeria drop two places in FIFA rankings after CAR matches
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Nigeria drop two places in FIFA rankings after CAR matches

Nigeria have dropped two places in the FIFA men’s rankings for the month of October. In the rankings published on Thursday, the Super Eagles moved from 34th to 36th globally. This follows their shock 1-0 defeat to the Central African Republic in the 2022 World Cup qualifier earlier in the month. Gernot Rohr’s men however avenged that loss, by beating the Wild Beasts 2-0 in Douala three days later. Nigeria remain the fifth-ranked nation in Africa. The Teranga Lions of Senegal are the number one ranked country in Africa and 20th in the world, followed by Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles, who dropped one place in the world to 27th. Morocco moved above African Champions Algeria into third place, while Nigeria are fifth. Meanwhile, Belgium remain the number one ranked nation des...
Why Nigeria’s Onuachu could lose Racing Genk penalty duty
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Why Nigeria’s Onuachu could lose Racing Genk penalty duty

The Nigeria forward scored 11 goals last season from 12-yards but this season it has been a struggle Nigeria international Paul Onuachu might not be taking penalties for his team Racing Genk anymore after missing three of his last four for the club, the latest one being on Sunday in a 2-0 loss to Charleroi in the Belgium Jupiler Pro League. With the hosts leading by a solitary goal scored in the 56th minute when Shamr Nicholson converted a Ryota Morioka pass, Genk were awarded a penalty with nine minutes to go. Onuachu failed to find the target but he was given a lifeline to make things right when the officials adjudged the goalkeeper had moved from his line early, but theSuper Eagle still missed.  
‘Feels good to be back’ – Chukwueze delighted with Villarreal return after lengthy absence
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‘Feels good to be back’ – Chukwueze delighted with Villarreal return after lengthy absence

The Super Eagles winger is thrilled to be back with the Yellow Submarine after a five-month hiatus Samuel Chukwueze ‘feels good to be back’ following his return to the Villarreal squad after missing five months of competitive action for the Yellow Submarine. The Nigeria international picked up an injury during the La Liga side’s Europa League semi-final clash against Arsenal on May 6. In the game in question, he was stretchered off in anguish and could not recover in time for the final against Manchester United.  
‘Osimhen blessed with nose to score goals’ – Ex-Super Eagle Paschal sings praises of Napoli star
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‘Osimhen blessed with nose to score goals’ – Ex-Super Eagle Paschal sings praises of Napoli star

  The 46-year-old former Super Eagle praises the Partenopei forward saying he could be deadly Former Nigeria player Patrick Paschal has praised Victor Osimhen who has impressed for Napoli so far this season. The 22-year-old Super Eagle has so far managed four goals for the Partenopei in Serie A accumulated from six appearances. He also scored two goals in the Europa League which came against Leicester City in the 2-2 draw at King Power Stadium. His current run of form has caught the eye of the 46-year-old Paschal, who also played for the Super Eagles, managing 11 caps.  
Leicester City vs Man Utd: Ndidi to miss EPL clash
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Leicester City vs Man Utd: Ndidi to miss EPL clash

Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers, has admitted Wilfred Ndidi will not return to action until next month’s international break. This rules him out of Nigeria’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Cape Verde and Liberia. Ndidi was unavailable for the Foxes’ 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace and the Super Eagles’ World Cup qualifiers against the Central African Republic, after picking up a hamstring injury. Rodgers has now hinted Ndidi might be out for a longer period. Speaking ahead of their game against Manchester United on Saturday, Rodgers: “He’ll (Ndidi) probably join the group, I would say, in the next international break. “Over the course of this section of games, he probably won’t be available. We’re hoping that by then he’ll be back.” Rodgers however confirmed that ...
Nigeria not the best when it comes to African football right now – Ikpeba
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Nigeria not the best when it comes to African football right now – Ikpeba

The 48-year-old former star insists the Super Eagles are not well equipped to dominate African football at the moment Former Nigerian forward Victor Ikpeba has claimed the Super Eagles are not the best team when it comes to African football now. The 48-year-old, who made 31 appearances for the Super Eagles during his playing time and managed to score seven goals, was reacting to the team’s mixed results in the 2022 World Cup qualifying matches. Nigeria under coach Gernot Rohr came up against the Central African Republic losing the first meeting 1-0 at Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos but they recovered to beat them 2-0 three days later courtesy of goals from Leon Balogun and Victor Osimhen.  
Central African Republic vs Nigeria: Referee accused of helping Super Eagles win
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Central African Republic vs Nigeria: Referee accused of helping Super Eagles win

Coach of the Central African Republic, Raoul Savoy, has blamed their 2-0 defeat to Nigeria in a 2022 World Cup qualifier on poor officiating. Having defeated the Super Eagles 1-0 in Lagos, the Wild Beasts were hoping to complete a stunning double over their highly-rated opponents. However, Leon Balogun and Victor Osimhen scored late in the first half, to seal maximum points for the three-time African champions. But Savoy claims Nigeria earned their result because they were helped by Rwandan referee Louis Hakizimana. “My players did well and I’m very proud of their performance. “Nigeria played with 12 men because the referee helped them to win. “The first goal was from an offside position and my goalkeeper was fouled for the second goal. “We did not concede against Ni...
Nigeria’s position still dicey despite avenging defeat to Central African Republic
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Nigeria’s position still dicey despite avenging defeat to Central African Republic

You almost thought that it was two different sets of teams. On Thursday, the Central African Republic pulled off possibly one of the biggest upsets in the history of African football. The Wild Beasts defeated the Super Eagles 1-0 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. A few people might describe it as a smash-and-grab. It was anything but. They came with a game plan and caught Gernot Rohr’s men out cold in the last moments of the match. Nigeria flew out for the reverse fixture desperate for revenge. And they got it. This time around, Rohr came up with a plan, which involved playing three at the back. And it worked, as the Eagles pinned CAR back in Douala. The three-time African champions not only dominated the game, they had a two-goal lead to show for it at half ti...
Rohr reveals how he plotted Central African Republic’s downfall in Douala
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Rohr reveals how he plotted Central African Republic’s downfall in Douala

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has revealed that he changed his tactical system for the reverse fixture against the Central African Republic. The Wild Beasts had shocked Nigeria 1-0 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, in the first leg on Thursday. Ahead of the game in Douala on Sunday, Rohr reverted to a three-man defence. Leon Balogun gave the Eagles the lead, before Victor Osimhen made it 2-0 at the break. Rohr, speaking to NFF Media after the game, said he was impressed by the team’s reaction. “It was a good reaction from my team, we lost the other day – very unlucky at the very last minute. “Everybody wanted to take revenge and they did it very well although we could not score a third or fourth goal. “We changed the system and played three [defend...
Nigeria exact revenge on Central African Republic with 2-0 win
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Nigeria exact revenge on Central African Republic with 2-0 win

Nigeria on Sunday avenged their 1-0 defeat to the Central African Republic, with a 2-0 victory. The three-time African champions were shocked at home by the Wild Beasts on Thursday, in a 2022 World Cup qualifying game. However, on Sunday, Gernot Rohr’s men made their superiority count in Douala, Cameroon. Leon Balogun volleyed the Super Eagles into the lead in the first half before Victor Osimhen doubled their advantage just before the break. Osimhen failed to add another goal, as he saw his effort blocked on the line. With this win, Nigeria remain top of Group C with nine points from four games while CAR remain on four points
Central African Republic vs Nigeria: All you need to know, TV schedule
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Central African Republic vs Nigeria: All you need to know, TV schedule

Nigeria would be looking to get their 2022 World Cup qualification bid back on track, when they face the Central African Republic on Sunday. The three-time African champions were shocked 1-0 by the Wild Beasts on Thursday in Lagos. Despite dominating play for a larger part of the game, the Super Eagles were stunned late on. Super-sub Karl Namnganda took advantage of sloppy defending to fire past goalkeeper Francis Uzoho. While Nigeria are keen to bounce back from that setback, CAR would be hoping to complete the double over Nigeria in their own quest to Qatar 2022. The match has been scheduled for 2pm (West African Time) and will be beamed on NFF TV. It will be played at Japom Stadium in Douala, Cameroon.
Central African Republic vs Nigeria: Super Eagles land in Douala
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Central African Republic vs Nigeria: Super Eagles land in Douala

Players and officials of the Super Eagles, on Saturday arrived in Douala, where they will play the Central African Republic in a World Cup qualifier. The Nigerian delegation touched down with a chartered flight which flew in from Abuja, the country’s capital. They will take on the Wild Beasts three days after they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to the same side in Lagos. Karl Namnganda’s 90th-minute effort proved to be the winner, as CAR claimed their first victory in the series. Ahead of the game, Gernot Rohr’s men remain top of Group C with six points from three matches. CAR and Cape Verde are level in second place with four points. Liberia sit bottom of the group with three points.
2022 World Cup qualifiers: ‘Questions should be asked about Gernot Rohr – Former Super Eagles player, Mutiu Adepoju says
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: ‘Questions should be asked about Gernot Rohr – Former Super Eagles player, Mutiu Adepoju says

Former Super Eagles midfielder, Mutiu Adepoju has described the Super Eagles’ 1-0 defeat to the Central African Republic in the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers as very disappointing, saying questions should be asked about coach Gernot Rohr after Nigeria recorded their first defeat on the road to Qatar despite dominating play in Lagos on Thursday, October 7. Gernot Rohr’s men were stunned after second-half substitute Karl Namnganda broke the deadlock in the 90th minute following a mix-up between centre-backs William Troost-Ekong and Leon Balogun. Despite the presence of Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Taiwo Awoniyi, Samuel Kalu and Ahmed Musa in the frontline, Nigeria couldn't score a goal against CAR ranked 124th in the world. Adepoju now says he expects the Niger...
2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Nigeria paid the price for underestimating CAR – Savoy
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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Nigeria paid the price for underestimating CAR – Savoy

The Super Eagles looked down on the Wild Beasts and were made to bear the brunt, according to the Spanish-Swiss tactician Nigeria was paid "the hard way" for underrating the Central African Republic, according to coach Raoul Savoy. The Wild Beasts pulled off a shock 1-0 triumph over the three-time African champions in Thursday’s 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifier staged at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. Despite boasting superior ball possession and numerous scoring chances, Gernot Rohr’s men were stunned by super-sub Karl Namnganda, who profited from a moment of carelessness by William Troost-Ekong’s backline. With this result, the Central African country has earned their first win in Group C en route to Qatar 2022. For Savoy, the result was their own way of repaying the 2013 Africa...
Rohr’s neglect of Nigeria’s midfield cruelly exposed in CAR upset
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Rohr’s neglect of Nigeria’s midfield cruelly exposed in CAR upset

Against lowly visitors, the unwillingness to speculate in search of midfield options came back to bite the Super Eagles coach hard in Lagos In order to undertake this post mortem of Nigeria’s first defeat at home in a World Cup qualifier for 40 years, it is necessary to deploy a germ of wisdom that, while obvious, seems lost on Gernot Rohr. It is this: it is impossible to play good football without midfielders. Sure, it is the attackers who, at least principally, score goals; yes, it is the defenders who are primarily tasked with keeping them out.  
Nigeria vs Central African Republic: Super Eagles suffer shock defeat in Lagos
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Nigeria vs Central African Republic: Super Eagles suffer shock defeat in Lagos

Nigeria were defeated 1-0 by unfancied Central African Republic on Thursday, in a FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifier. The game was played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos State. The Super Eagles came into the game with two wins out of two and were widely expected to run over the Wild Beasts. However, Gernot Rohr’s men struggled to create chances in both halves, despite dominating the visitors. CAR then grabbed a famous victory against Nigeria in the dying seconds of the game. K. Namnganda netted the winner in stoppage time to send shock waves throughout the continent. It is their first win in the qualifying series.
Napoli star Victor Osimhen wins Serie A Player of the Month award
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Napoli star Victor Osimhen wins Serie A Player of the Month award

Napoli and Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen has been named Serie A's Player of the Month for September following his amazing start to the 2021-22 season. The 22-year-old poacher beat Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella, AC Milan's Brahim Diaz and Fiorentina's Giacomo Bonaventura to the award organised by the Italian Footballers' Association. Osimhen scored seven goals in six matches across all competitions for Luciano Spalletti's side in September. After he failed to hit the target in Napoli's 2-1 victory over Juventus on September 11, the former Lille striker scored at least a goal in each of the three league matches he played later. Osimhen's brillance in front of goal powered Napoli to the top of the Serie A table and they are yet to drop a point with 21 points from ...
2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Okoye missing as Nigeria commence preparation for Central African Republic
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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Okoye missing as Nigeria commence preparation for Central African Republic

Ahead of Thursday’s qualifier in Lagos, Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles trained for the first time and they were without the Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper The Nigeria senior national team had their first training session in Lagos ahead of Thursday’s 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifier against the Central African Republic. The three-time African kings take on the Wild Beasts in the Group C fixture, as they continue their bid to earn a place in Qatar. Under the watchful eyes of German tactician Gernot Rohr at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, all the invited players except Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper took part in the training focused on ball work.  
Nigeria vs CAR: Super Eagles players begin to arrive in Lagos camp
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Nigeria vs CAR: Super Eagles players begin to arrive in Lagos camp

A few players in the Super Eagles squad have begun to arrive ahead of their 2022 World Cup qualifying double-header against the Central African Republic. Nigeria host the Wild Beasts on October 7 in Lagos, before travelling for the reverse fixture three days later. Kaizer Chiefs’ Daniel Akpeyi, CSKA Moscow’s Chidera Ejuke as well as Alanyaspor FC’s Chidozie Awaziem are the early birds. They have also arrived at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos, which will act as their camp. More players are expected as Gernot Rohr’s squad starts preparations for the fixtures on Tuesday. Following victories over Liberia and Cape Verde, Nigeria lead Group C with six points. Unfortunately, Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi and Watford midfielder Peter Etebo will play no part due to injury se...
‘Make your kids, parents understand how disgusting it is to hate skin colour’ – Osimhen
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‘Make your kids, parents understand how disgusting it is to hate skin colour’ – Osimhen

The West African has challenged the fans to teach their kin to have respect for all and avoid discrimination Nigeria international Victor Osimhen has taken to his social media account to challenge everyone to speak to their children and parents and discourage them against racism. As per Goal Italy the Super Eagle, as well as Senegal's Kalidou Koulibaly and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa of Cameroon, were racially abused in Napoli's 2-1 win away to Fiorentina at Artemio Franchi Stadium at the weekend. During the match, Lucas Martinez converted a Dusan Vlahovis pass in the 28th minute to give the hosts a lead.  
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Union Berlin star Awoniyi replaces Lorient’s Moffi in Nigeria squad
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Union Berlin star Awoniyi replaces Lorient’s Moffi in Nigeria squad

The 24-year-old has been rewarded for his impressive goalscoring run in the Bundesliga with an invitation to Gernot Rohr's squad Nigeria have summoned Union Berlin striker Taiwo Awoniyi to replace injured Terem Moffi for their 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying matches Central African Republic. The Super Eagles are scheduled to battle Raoul Savoy’s men on Thursday in Lagos before they travel to Douala for the return fixture, three days later. Awoniyi’s invitation was announced on Sunday after he scored a second-half brace in Union Berlin’s 2-1 comeback win over Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga.
Bassey missing as Balogun & Aribo’s Rangers defeat 10-man Hibernian
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Bassey missing as Balogun & Aribo’s Rangers defeat 10-man Hibernian

The new Super Eagles invitee was an unused substitute as the Gers silenced Jack Ross’ Cabbage Calvin Bassey was an unused substitute as Rangers defeated Hibernian 2-1 in Sunday’s Scottish Premiership encounter. The 21-year-old defender became the newest player to be called up to the Nigeria senior national team, having made Gernot Rohr’s 23-man squad for October’s 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers against the Central African Republic. Even at that, he was kept on the substitutes bench from start to finish as Steven Gerrard’s men survived a scare from the visitors to pick up all three points.  
Zaha chases Crystal Palace history but Iheanacho could hold keys for Leicester City
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Zaha chases Crystal Palace history but Iheanacho could hold keys for Leicester City

While the Ivorian will back himself against his favourite opponents, Brendan Rodgers may be planning to unleash the Super Eagles forward on Sunday Crystal Palace head into gameweek seven in 15th spot but one win from six hasn’t told the full story of the opening months of Patrick Vieira’s reign. The Arsenal icon was brought in to alter the team’s stodgy style and begin the rebuild of a side that certainly weren’t spring chickens in Roy Hodgson’s final year at the club. While some elements of Vieira’s rebuild are already evident — the team have switched to his favoured 4-3-3 and there’s a greater proclivity to retain possession — some things have also remained the same.  
Awaziem’s own goal denies Alanyaspor victory against Konyaspor
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Awaziem’s own goal denies Alanyaspor victory against Konyaspor

The Nigeria star capped his solid outing in Konya with a blunder that cost his team three points on the road Chidozie Awaziem scored a late own goal as Alanyaspor settled for a 1-1 draw against Konyaspor in a Turkish Super Lig encounter on Saturday. Awaziem's error condemned Bulent Korkmaz's side to their second straight draw after last weekend's 1-1 draw with Trabzonspor. The Super Eagles defender put the ball into the back of his team's net with three minutes left on the clock to cancel out Fatih Aksoy's 49th-minute opener.  
Iwobi a doubt for Everton’s Premier League trip to Manchester United
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Iwobi a doubt for Everton’s Premier League trip to Manchester United

The Super Eagles midfielder might miss his first league match of the season when the Toffees travel to Old Trafford Everton manager Rafael Benitez said he is unsure of Alex Iwobi’s availability for the Premier League fixture against Manchester United on Saturday. Benitez, in his press conference on Friday, disclosed that the Nigeria international – who has played in every of their games so far this season – has a knock. Iwobi played for 89 minutes in Everton's 2-0 league win over Norwich City a week ago, and he has contributed just a goal with an assist in eight matches across all competitions this term.
Osimhen reveals inspiration behind impressive Napoli goalscoring run
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Osimhen reveals inspiration behind impressive Napoli goalscoring run

  The Super Eagles has had a remarkable outing in September, with a contribution of at least a goal in each of his last five matches Victor Osimhen revealed that the love he gets from fans and everyone at Napoli inspires him to "fly" for the club whenever he’s called upon. The 22-year-old made up for his red card in Napoli’s opening game of the season against Venezia, by scoring seven goals in his last five matches for the team. His tally of four Serie A goals has helped Luciano Spalletti's men maintain their perfect league start which puts them atop of the table with 18 points after six matches.  
Nigeria at 61: Musa, Iwobi lead Super Eagles to celebrate Independence anniversary
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Nigeria at 61: Musa, Iwobi lead Super Eagles to celebrate Independence anniversary

The football stars joined the rest of the West African country in marking the occasion of their nationhood Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa, Everton's Alex Iwobi and Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo joined Nigerians in celebrating their 61st Independence anniversary. Every year, the West African nation celebrate the day they got freedom from the British colonial rule on October 1, 1960. The day has always been set aside as a public holiday in Nigeria, and the football stars based in Europe shared some goodwill messages to encourage Nigerian youths as future leaders.  
Sasere determined to choose Nigeria over Malta
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Sasere determined to choose Nigeria over Malta

Hamrun Spartans star striker, Franklin Sasere has said he is determined to play for Nigeria at senior level despite interest from the Maltese national team. The 23-year-old has enjoyed a fine season at Victor Tedesco Stadium. This has led to him being eyed by the two countries to represent them in international football. A potential Super Eagles call-up has been mooted, although Gernot Rohr’s squad is well stocked in that area. Despite this, Sasere insists he still wants to play for the country of his birth. “My childhood dream is to wear Nigeria’s green and white and that has not changed. “I want to use this medium to state that I have not pledged my international allegiance to Malta or any other country. I will keep working hard until I get called up by the Super Eagl...
Super Eagles’ midfielder Etebo ruled out of AFCON
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Super Eagles’ midfielder Etebo ruled out of AFCON

Super Eagles midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo, has been ruled out of next year’s Africa Cup of Nations. Etebo was forced off injured during Watford’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday. The Nigeria international was replaced by compatriot Emmanuel Dennis in the match. Watford, in a statement on their official website, confirmed his injury. “Midfielder Peter Etebo tore a quad muscle towards the end of the Newcastle United game last weekend and is expected to be out for between four to five months,” the club wrote. With this, he will miss at least 17 English top-flight fixtures for the Hornets.
2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Osimhen in, Bassey handed maiden Nigeria call-up
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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Osimhen in, Bassey handed maiden Nigeria call-up

The Super Eagles have named a strong squad for October’s World Cup qualifiers against Raoul Savoy’s Wild Beasts Coach Gernot Rohr has announced his 23-man Nigeria squad that will take on the Central African Republic in October’s double-header 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers. The three-time African kings would be hoping to extend their perfect start in Group C when they take on coach Raoul Savoy’s Wild Beasts en route to potentially qualifying for the global football showpiece. To tackle these games, the German tactician has named a strong squad with Napoli star Victor Osimhen, Genk’s Paul Onuachu and Rangers’ Joe Aribo making the cut.  
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Nigeria announce 23-man squad for Central Africa Republic clash
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Nigeria announce 23-man squad for Central Africa Republic clash

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has named a 23-man squad for the team’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Central Africa Republic . Nigeria already kicked off their campaign in the qualifiers on brighter note with two winnings in their first two games and are currently the group C leaders with six points while Central Africa Republic are at the bottom with just a point. According to the official statement by the Super Eagles media team, Alex Iwobi, captain Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon, Leon Balogun and Maduka Okoye, are among the players invited. 21-year-old Calvin Bassey who plays for Scottish giants Rangers as a left-back/centre-back was handed his maiden Nigeria call-up. Rohr’s men will take on the Central African Republic on October 7 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos befo...
Leicester City boss Rodgers laments Iheanacho and Ndidi absence for Legia Warsaw trip
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Leicester City boss Rodgers laments Iheanacho and Ndidi absence for Legia Warsaw trip

The Super Eagles forward could not make the trip to Poland due to paperwork issues while the midfielder is suspended Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has described Kelechi Iheanacho’s absence for their Uefa Europa League clash against Legia Warsaw as "a shame". The 24-year-old did not join the Foxes for the trip to Warsaw because of some issues with his travel documents which obstructed him from entering Poland. Iheanacho started Leicester City’s first Europa League game of the season against Napoli a fortnight ago and he made an assist in the 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium.  
Agbonlahor: Why Iheanacho deserves to start games for Leicester City
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Agbonlahor: Why Iheanacho deserves to start games for Leicester City

The former Villa legend feels the 24-year-old Super Eagle can help the Foxes win matches if given enough playing time Aston Villa legend Gabriel Agbonlahor has voiced his concerns on the decision by Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers to bench striker Kelechi Iheanacho. Despite finishing as the team’s top scorer in the last campaign, the Nigeria international has been restricted to making appearances from the bench in most matches played this campaign. Out of 110 minutes, he has played so far this campaign, they have all come from the bench and his introduction helped the team to snatch a 2-2 draw against Burnley in their last league assignment at King Power Stadium on Saturday.
‘Danjumagic’ – Villarreal star Danjuma gushes over goal vs Elche
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‘Danjumagic’ – Villarreal star Danjuma gushes over goal vs Elche

The Super Eagles prospect was among the goal scorers as they Yellow Submarine breezed past the Green-striped ones Arnaut Danjuma is on cloud nine following his goal for Villarreal in Wednesday’s 4-1 triumph over Elche in a La Liga encounter. The Netherlands international – who remains eligible to represent three-time African kings Nigeria – scored a mesmeric solo on the hour mark to send the visitors back home empty-handed. With the Yellow Submarine leading 2-1 at the Estadio de la Ceramica, the 24-year-old handed Unai Emery’s men a two-goal lead after beating goalkeeper Francisco Casilla. Thanks to his latest effort against Fran Escriba’s side, Danjuma boasts of two goals in four league games since his move from Bournemouth; “Danjumagic,” he wrote on Instagram! After delive...
‘Osimhen hard to catch in open space’ – Napoli’s Spalletti sings striker’s praise after Udinese thrashing
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‘Osimhen hard to catch in open space’ – Napoli’s Spalletti sings striker’s praise after Udinese thrashing

The 22-year-old Super Eagle scored his first Serie A goal of the season as the Partenopei moved top of the 20-team table on Monday Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti has described Victor Osimhen as a “really strong player” after his display led the team to demolish Udinese 4-0 in a Serie A fixture on Monday. The Nigeria international scored his first Serie A goal of the season at Stadio Friuli in the 24th minute before Amir Rrahmani netted the second in the 35th minute, and Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly made it 3-0 in the 52nd minute with Hirving Lozano finishing the job in the 84th minute. Osimhen’s goal came just three days after he helped Napoli to snatch a 2-2 draw against Leicester City in the Europa League fixture as he scored a brace at King Power Stadium.  
He could have possibly had two’ – Watford’s Danny Rose on Emmanuel Dennis’ display against Norwich City
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He could have possibly had two’ – Watford’s Danny Rose on Emmanuel Dennis’ display against Norwich City

The England international believes the Super Eagle deserved to score more goals for the Hornets at Carrow Road on Saturday Watford defender Danny Rose believes Nigeria international Emmanuel Dennis should have scored two goals against Norwich City in their Premier League fixture on Saturday. The Hornets visited Carrow Road and produced a good display to sink the home team 3-1, with Dennis scoring the opener in the 17th minute before Teemu Pukki levelled for the home team in the 35th minute. However, a double from Senegal forward Ismaila Sarr in the 63rd and 80th minute gave Watford their second win of the season.  
Chukwueze will remain sidelined against Mallorca – Villarreal’s Emery
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Chukwueze will remain sidelined against Mallorca – Villarreal’s Emery

  The 22-year-old Super Eagle will not be involved as the Yellow Submarine visit Iberostar Stadium for their fifth top-flight fixture Nigeria international Samuel Chukwueze will remain sidelined when Villarreal take on Mallorca in a La Liga match on Sunday. The Yellow Submarine will visit Iberostar Stadium for their fifth match of the campaign and according to manager Unai Emery, the 22-year-old Super Eagle, who is yet to feature in any match this campaign, will not be involved. “We focus on how we line up for every match. On Sunday in Mallorca, we will focus on finding the starting XI in the best shape, taking into account Tuesday’s game, and without taking into account what comes after,” Emery told the club’s official website.    
‘Referee was harsh against Ndidi’ – Leicester City’s Rodgers unhappy with officiating vs Napoli
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‘Referee was harsh against Ndidi’ – Leicester City’s Rodgers unhappy with officiating vs Napoli

  The Super Eagle was sent off as the Italian heavyweights came from two goals down to force a draw Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is unhappy with the sending off of his player Wilfred Ndidi in the 2-2 draw with Napoli on Thursday's Europa League assignment at King Power Stadium. The Nigeria international was sent off late in the game after he was adjudged by Portuguese referee Tiago Martins that he had committed a second bookable offence, adding to the yellow card received early in the first half. But the decision did not go down well with the tactician who felt it was harsh and the referee was not great.        
FIFA Rankings: Nigeria maintain position as Belgium, Brazil, England occupy top 10
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FIFA Rankings: Nigeria maintain position as Belgium, Brazil, England occupy top 10

Nigeria’s Super Eagles maintained 34th position in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola world ranking that was released on Thursday. The ranking was published on the world football governing body’s official website. In Africa, Nigeria maintains its number five position. Senegal are Africa’s highest-ranked team as they are in 20th place, Tunisia are in 25th, while Algeria are 30th and Morocco in 33rd position.
Ejuke Wins CSKA best Player Award
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Ejuke Wins CSKA best Player Award

Super Eagles and CSKA Moscow winger, Chidera Ejuke, has been named the Player of The Month by his Russian club for July/August. The former Heerenveen player featured for 501 minutes in seven games with two goals for the Militarians, scoring two goals in seven matches this season. According to the poll on the official website of the club, Ejuke got 44 per cent of the votes. CSKA are currently in the eighth position with 10 points in the Russian league. He was also named the Man of The match when his club held Arsenal Tula 2-2 in the Russian league. Last season, Ejuke scored five goals in 25 league appearances for the club. The former Vålerenga player was part of the Super Eagles side who played against Liberia and Cape Verde in the Qatar 2022 qualifying games, whic...
Why I chose Nigeria over England – Ike Ugbo
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Why I chose Nigeria over England – Ike Ugbo

Genk forward, Ike Ugbo, has explained his decision to commit his international allegiance to Nigeria over England. Ugbo was born in Lewisham to a Nigerian father and has represented the Three Lions at Under-17 and Under-20 levels. Nevertheless, in 2020 the 22-year-old chose to play for the Super Eagles at senior level. In a chat with Sport Voetbal Magazine, he said: “I chose Nigeria and right now, we’re getting the papers in order. “The chance of playing at the Fifa World Cup is part of it. I think I have more chances with Nigeria than with England. “Also, I grew up with images of the [Nigeria] national team and always followed their strikers, especially the guys who came to England.”
‘The attitude of champions’ – Pinnick on Super Eagles victory against Cape Verde
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‘The attitude of champions’ – Pinnick on Super Eagles victory against Cape Verde

  Gernot Rohr’s men have been lauded for their resolute display against the Blue Sharks on Tuesday evening NFF President Amaju Pinnick has claimed the Super Eagles defeated Cape Verde because they have ‘the attitude of champions’. The three-time African kings brightened their chances for a place in Qatar 2022 thanks to a 2-1 defeat of the Blues Sharks at Estadio Municipal Aderito Sena. Despite conceding first, Gernot Rohr’s men secured a comeback triumph having capitalised on their hosts’ defensive blunders.  
2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Cape Verde are Nigeria’s biggest threat to Qatar – Solomon Kwambe
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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Cape Verde are Nigeria’s biggest threat to Qatar – Solomon Kwambe

Regardless, the Super Eagles defender is upbeat about the three-time African champions’ chances of reaching the global football showpiece Solomon Kwambe believes Cape Verde pose the biggest challenge to Nigeria’s 2022 Fifa World Cup ambitions. The Super Eagles lock horns with the Blue Sharks in continuation of their qualifying campaign on Tuesday at the Estadio Municipal Aderito Sena in Mindelo. Both teams settled for a 0-0 draw in their only meeting played in 2013 en route to Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations triumph in South Africa.      
Musa wins 100th Nigeria cap in Cape Verde World Cup qualifier
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Musa wins 100th Nigeria cap in Cape Verde World Cup qualifier

  The 28-year-old forward, who formed part of his country's Afcon 2013-winning team, has now become an international centurion Ahmed Musa has won his milestone 100th Nigeria cap in their World Cup qualification clash with Cape Verde on Tuesday. Musa was expectedly selected to start in Mindelo as the Super Eagles hope to boost their chances of qualifying for Qatar 2022 against Bubista’s Blue Sharks. After representing the country at youth level, the speedy forward made his senior debut on August 5, 2010, in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Madagascar – coming in as a substitute for ex-Chelsea star John Obi Mikel in the 2-0 win.      
Cape Verde vs Nigeria: Rohr lists Challenges Super Eagles are Facing
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Cape Verde vs Nigeria: Rohr lists Challenges Super Eagles are Facing

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said his team will be battling with the heat and an artificial pitch, when they play Cape Verde in a 2022 World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. Rohr also described their hosts as a very defensive team. Nigeria are in Mindelo to play their second fixture in the qualifying series, after defeating Liberia 2-0 last Friday. And Rohr has stated some of the issues they have to overcome, if they will make it two wins out of two. He said: “It’s a different pitch because we’re not used to playing on a synthetic pitch. Some of our players have played on this pitch when they were playing in Nigeria, but they are now in Europe. “We trained in Lagos on a synthetic pitch, but this one is softer and this is better to play on. “It...
Cape Verde vs Nigeria: Full list of Super Eagles players who have left camp
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Cape Verde vs Nigeria: Full list of Super Eagles players who have left camp

Players and officials of the Super Eagles on Monday arrived on the island of Mindelo ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Cape Verde. The delegation touched down following a four-hour flight from Lagos. There were 21 players on board, after the UK-based members of the squad returned to their respective bases. This is because of the British government’s strict regulations on red list countries, which includes Cape Verde. The affected players include defenders Olaoluwa Aina, William Ekong and Leon Balogun. Forwards, Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi are also unavailable. Midfielders, Oghenekaro Etebo, Wilfred Ndidi and Joseph Ayodele-Aribo have all left camp too.
Cape Verde vs Nigeria: Super Eagles, NFF clash over N1m match bonus after Liberia win
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Cape Verde vs Nigeria: Super Eagles, NFF clash over N1m match bonus after Liberia win

A row is brewing between the Super Eagles and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over match bonuses following their 2-0 win over Liberia last Friday. Kelechi Iheanacho scored twice in the first half as Gernot Rohr’s began their World Cup qualifying series with victory. After the game, the NFF informed the players their bonuses will be paid in Naira, according to OwnGoalNigeria. It is part of the federation’s policy for matches played on home soil. The players, however, rejected the sum of N1million the NFF offered as match bonuses. According to them, they did not agree to the said amount. This comes as the Eagles prepare for their qualifier away to Cape Verde.
2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Why Kamara withdrew from Liberia camp ahead of Nigeria clash – Butler
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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Why Kamara withdrew from Liberia camp ahead of Nigeria clash – Butler

The Turkey-based striker did not make his Lone Star debut against the Super Eagles having left the camp a few hours before kick-off Coach Peter Butler has disclosed why Mohammed Kamara left the Liberia camp before Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Nigeria. Thanks to his impressive displays at Turkish Super Lig side Hatayspor, the 23-year-old earned his maiden Lone Star call-up for the fixtures against the Super Eagles and the Central African Republic. However, the striker absconded from the team’s base in Victoria Island and subsequently did not play any role in his team’s 2-0 defeat to the Super Eagles at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. Giving an account of why Kamara left without permission, the Englishman claimed the player must have been upset by his decision to exclude him ...

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