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Red-Hot Iheanacho Is Sixth Nigerian To Score 30 Or More Goals In The Premier League
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Red-Hot Iheanacho Is Sixth Nigerian To Score 30 Or More Goals In The Premier League

Kelechi Iheanacho joined the exclusive list of Nigerian players to have scored 30 or more goals in the English Premier League after netting in Leicester City’s 3-0 home win against West Bromwich Albion at the King Power Stadium on Thursday night. Iheanacho scored Leicester City’s third goal of the evening nine minutes before the break after a superb team move. The goal was his ninth in the Premier League this season. The effort also took the Super Eagles striker’s tally to 13 goals in all competitions in 2021. The Nigeria international surpassed his previous record of eight goals in a league season which was achieved after 26 matches in the 2015-16 campaign at Manchester City. The striker has now scored 30 goals in 136 appearances for Leicester City and his former club Manc...
Rohr Misses Ighalo, Speaks Out About Eagles’ Strike Force
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Rohr Misses Ighalo, Speaks Out About Eagles’ Strike Force

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has hinted that he would have loved to have Odion Ighalo back into the team in order to share his experience with the likes of Victor Osimhen and Kelechi Iheanacho. Recall that Ighalo retired from the senior national team after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), where the Super Eagles won the bronze medal after defeating Tunisia in the Third-Place match. He also emerged as the highest goal scorer of the competition and was named in the team of the tournament. Although, there were media reports of his second coming to the team during the just concluded 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, however, the Gerrman tactician stuck with Osimhen and Iheanacho to qualify Nigeria to the bi-annual tournament. In an interview with Elegbete TV, Rohr noted that Ig...
Arsenal, West Ham Battle for Samuel Chukwueze
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Arsenal, West Ham Battle for Samuel Chukwueze

  Arsenal are one of three Premier League clubs chasing Villarreal winger, Samuel Chukwueze, according to Fichajes. Last year, the Super Eagles star was a potential target for Liverpool, but a deal never materialized. But the Gunners remain admirers of Chukwueze, who continues to impress in LaLiga under Unai Emery. Arsenal are looking for more options in attack this summer. Willian has failed to live up to expectations since joining as a free agent from Chelsea. There are also doubts over if Martin Odegaard will remain permanently after his loan from Real Madrid ends. Nicolas Pepe has also not delivered since he arrived in 2019. But if Chukwueze is the player Mikel Arteta want, Arsenal will not have a clear path at him. The report also adds that West Ham and E...
Danjuma Considers Dumping Holland for Nigeria
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Danjuma Considers Dumping Holland for Nigeria

  Bournemouth winger, Arnaut Danjuma, has admitted he is considering his international future with the Netherlands and could switch to Nigeria. Danjuma was born in Lagos to a Dutch father and Nigerian mother. However, the 24-year-old has represented the Dutch U-21 side and featured twice for the senior team. He is, however, still eligible to represent the Super Eagles, according to new FIFA rules. Danjuma has now said he could take up the option if the Dutch senior team continues to snub him. “I’ve heard some bits about Nigeria but I can’t say too much about it though. My mum is Nigerian and my father lived 23 years in Nigeria as well. “The culture is still within the family, so it does not disregard the Nigerian side. It’s a choice I will think about but I ne...
FA Cup: Iheanacho Sets up Chelsea vs Leicester City final
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FA Cup: Iheanacho Sets up Chelsea vs Leicester City final

  Kelechi Iheanacho scored a second-half winner, as Leicester City beat Southampton in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final. The Super Eagles forward tucked away his own rebound from Jamie Vardy’s cutback to seal a narrow victory. Leicester will now face Chelsea in the final on May 15. The Blues eliminated Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday. Hakim Ziyech scored the only goal, as Thomas Tuchel’s men won 1-0 at Wembley. The final is expected to be played in front of a limited number of fans, as English football plots the return of supporters.
NFF Hoping To Woo Eze, Sheyi Ojo For Super Eagles
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NFF Hoping To Woo Eze, Sheyi Ojo For Super Eagles

Super Eagles midfielder, Alex Iwobi says he’s delighted with the move by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to get players of Nigerian descent to the senior national team. The Nigerian international made this known during an interview on Nedum Onuoha’s podcast, where he revealed that players such as Ebere Eze, Sheyi Ojo, and a few to mention are already on NFF’s primary list. Iwobi on Friday was in action as Everton played out a 2-2 against Tottenham in the Premier League. He was substituted in the 61st minute for Seamus Coleman. He said: “Recently they get to ask me about so many players in England now, I feel like the scouting now has improved with Nigerian players based in England,” Iwobi said on Nedum Onuoha’s podcast. “I have been asked couple of questions, for exam...
Rohr reacts as Ahmed Musa Joins Kano Pillars
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Rohr reacts as Ahmed Musa Joins Kano Pillars

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, is pleased with Ahmed Musa’s decision to rejoin Kano Pillars. Musa, this week, signed a short-term deal with the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side. However, the winger is expected to leave if he receives offers from Europe. Musa has not had a club since he left Saudi Arabia Professional League side Al Shabab in October. He almost joined Premier League side, West Bromwich Albion back in January, but the deal collapsed due to his wage demand. “I am very happy for Ahmed Musa to be able to play again with his old club of Kano Pillars,” Rohr told journalists.
Super Eagles Legend, Finidi George turns 50 today and his former club teammates at Ajax made a tribute video to wish him a happy birthday… Watch!
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Super Eagles Legend, Finidi George turns 50 today and his former club teammates at Ajax made a tribute video to wish him a happy birthday… Watch!

Super Eagles legend, Finidi George turns 50 years old today and his former club teammates at Ajax made a tribute video to wish him a happy birthday. In the 3 minutes, 38 seconds video posted on the official AFC Ajax Twitter account, football icons like Patrick Kluivert, Edwin van dar Saar, Frank De Boer, Marc Overmars, Marco van Basten among others sent their wishes including former coach Louis Van Gaal. Finidi won three league titles, two Dutch Super Cups, the UEFA Champions League (UCL), UEFA Super Cup, and the Intercontinental Cup with Ajax. He who retired from football in 2004, was an important player of the Super Eagles of Nigeria team during the 1990s. He appeared in two World Cups including at USA 1994, where he scored a lovely goal against Greece. Watch the vide...
Ahmed Musa: Bashir Ahmad, Shehu Sani react as Super Eagles captain joins Kano Pillars
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Ahmed Musa: Bashir Ahmad, Shehu Sani react as Super Eagles captain joins Kano Pillars

  Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media, has described Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa’s move to Kano Pillars as a ‘smart’ one. Kano Pillars had on Tuesday officially confirmed the signing of Ahmed Musa. Musa signed a deal with Kano Pillars until the end of the season. The 28-year-old previously played for the Kano club in 2009 and finished as the NPFL’s top scorer with 18 goals. The winger has been without a club since he left Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia last year and almost joined West Brom this year. Reacting, Ahmad, in a tweet via his Twitter handle, welcomed the former Leicester City star back to the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL. He wrote, “Kano @PillarsFC have agreed to sign its former player and Super Ea...
Premier League: Iheanacho’s Brace Not Enough As Leicester Lose Away To West Ham 
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Premier League: Iheanacho’s Brace Not Enough As Leicester Lose Away To West Ham 

Super Eagles in-form striker Kelechi Iheanacho scored two goals but it was not enough as Leicester lost 3-2 away to West Ham United, Mycelebrityandi.com reports. Iheanacho now has eight goals in the Premier League this season and has taken his tally to 14 in 30 appearances in all competitions. Also in action for Leicester was Iheanacho’s compatriot Wilfred Ndidi. A brace from Jesse Lingard (29th, 44th minutes) and a solitary strike from Jarrod Bowen (48th minute) saw West Ham race to a 3-0 lead. With 20 minutes left Iheanacho pulled a goal back for Leicester as he turned and scored from distance. And in the 91st minute Iheanacho grabbed his second to make it 3-2 but West Ham held on for the points. West Ham move up to fourth place on 55 points usurping Chelsea while L...
Victor Moses Names Club to Win Champions League this Season
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Victor Moses Names Club to Win Champions League this Season

  Former Super Eagles attacker, Victor Moses, has named his parent club, Chelsea as best positioned to win this season’s Champions League. Moses, who is on loan to Spartak Moscow from Chelsea, noted that the Blues are doing very well this season. Chelsea defeated FC Porto 2-0 in the first leg of the quarter-final of the competition, giving themselve a huge advantage going into the second leg slated for next week at their neutral grand, Sevilla. The Blues have been in fine form since the coming of Thomas Tuchel as a replacement for Frank Lampard who was sacked in January following a series of poor results. “Chelsea they are doing very well at the moment. Hopefully they can go all the way to win the Champions League,” Moses told Spartak Moscow’s YouTube channel. “I...
Rangers Extend Super Eagles Defender Leon Balogun’s Contract after Helping Club Win Scottish Premier League
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Rangers Extend Super Eagles Defender Leon Balogun’s Contract after Helping Club Win Scottish Premier League

Following his impressive debut campaign in Scotland, Rangers have confirmed the extension of Leon Balogun’s contract which will keep him at Ibrox Stadium until the summer of 2022. The 32-year-old Nigeria international joined Rangers on a free transfer from Wigan Athletic last July and he has been a key part of Steven Gerrard's side as they marched to the premier league title with a 33-match unbeaten streak. “Today is a very happy day and a very proud day announcing my contract has been extended for another year,” Balogun told the club website. “I am proud to be a part of this amazing club and I felt that pretty early on I had fallen in love with the club and the working environment, the way the players and the management staff work and the way the club is a big family, I am ha...
Kelechi Iheanacho’s Goal Assisted by Wilfred Ndidi in Burnley Clash wins Leicester City Goal of The Month
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Kelechi Iheanacho’s Goal Assisted by Wilfred Ndidi in Burnley Clash wins Leicester City Goal of The Month

Super Eagles and Leicester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho has another individual accolade for his impressive performances last month. The Nigeria international, 24, was announced as the winner of the Leicester City Goal of the Month award for March. Kelechi scored a beautiful volley against Burnley after a pass by his compatriot and teammate Wilfred Ndidi to help the Foxes share the points in the clash which ended in a draw. The goal saw off competition from Ayoze Perez, Youri Tielemans, U23 star Kasey McAteer and Leicester City Women's stars Shannon O'Brien, Esmee De Graaf and Sam Tierney to clinch the prize. The striker, who was called on after injuries to Harvey Barnes and James Maddison scored five goals including a hattrick against Sheffield United last month. He w...
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.
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...
Squirrels Given Iwobi’s Treatment As CAF Moves Tie With Sierra Leone To June
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Squirrels Given Iwobi’s Treatment As CAF Moves Tie With Sierra Leone To June

Three days after Benin Republic played what many fans see as ‘a fast one’ on the Super Eagles by declaring Alex Iwobi COVID-19 positive before the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Porto Novo, the Squirrels were served the same dish in Freetown when tested and declared five of their players COVID-19 positive ahead of their botched final AFCON qualifier. With five of their best players screened out of the game, the Squirrels protested and refused to play the game. Rows over COVID-19 tests have plagued African football since last year, with host national teams and clubs accused of producing false-positive results to deprive opponents of stars. Iwobi was prevented from playing against the Squirrels in Porto Novo, a match the Super Eagles won 1-0, no thanks to Paul Onuachu’s last...
Francis Uzoho’s Reaction After First Start For Super Eagles Since October 2019
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Francis Uzoho’s Reaction After First Start For Super Eagles Since October 2019

APOEL Nicosia glovesman Francis Uzoho was delighted to return to action for the Super Eagles after seventeen months in the international wildness, as they registered a comprehensive 3-0 win over Lesotho in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Tuesday evening. The 2013 U17 World Cup winner suffered a fracture of the meniscus and the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee during Nigeria’s 1-1 draw with with Brazil in an international friendly held in Singapore on October 2019. The injury kept Uzoho on the sidelines for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season but he returned to full fitness this season, playing eleven games in all competitions for his Cypriot team which earned him recall to the Nigeria squad for the AFCON qualifiers against Republic of Benin and Lesotho. Writing on...
Osimhen Named Man Of The Match In Super Eagles’ Win Against Lesotho
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Osimhen Named Man Of The Match In Super Eagles’ Win Against Lesotho

Victor Osimhen was named man of the match in Nigeria’s 3-0 win against the Crocodiles of Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Tuesday. Osimhen scored the opening goal for the Super Eagles in the 22nd minute of the game. The Napoli forward then set up Oghenekaro Etebo for the second goal five minutes after the break. The 22-year-old was replaced by Paul Onuachu 14 minutes from time. He finished the qualifiers joint top scorer with five goals alongside Zambia’s Patson Daka.
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...
Nigeria 3-0 Lesotho: Relive Super Eagles’ Three-goal Triumph
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Nigeria 3-0 Lesotho: Relive Super Eagles’ Three-goal Triumph

Rewatch  the live stream of Naija's final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Southern African mminnows Nigeria defeated Lesotho 3-0 in their final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Lagos on Tuesday, as the Super Eagles ended their campaign in style. Victor Osimhen, Oghenekaro Etebo and Paul Onuachu were the goalscorers as the West African giants saw off the minnows with a classy display that will have silenced the cynics. Thanks to the Nigeria Football Federation, you can re-watch the Nigeria vs Lesotho live stream here on Goal. Nigeria vs Lesotho live was certainly a thrilling watch, as the West African giants won over some of their doubters following an unconvincing qualifying campaign to date. Their first game against tiny Lesotho ended in a 4-2 victory aw...
Super Eagles starting XI vs Lesotho revealed
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Super Eagles starting XI vs Lesotho revealed

The Super Eagles of Nigeria squad to face Lesotho in their last game of the 2022 AFCON qualifiers, has been revealed. Coach Genort Rohr named a strong side with winger Alex Iwobi returning to the starting line-up with midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo and defender Tyronne Ebuehi.  Goalkeeper Francis Uzoho also starts ahead of Maduka Okoye.   The game is taking place at the National Stadium in Surulere at 5 pm today, March 30. Nigeria top Group L with 11 points from five matches and have already qualified for the 2021 AFCON, which will be hosted by Cameroon in January 2022.
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Aribo Doubtful For Super Eagles AFCON Qualifier Vs Lesotho

  Glasgow Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo has been rated as doubtful to make his eighth appearance for the Super Eagles in Tuesday’s dead-rubber 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. The former Charlton Athletic star is battling to overcome a stomach issue less than twenty four hours before the tie against the Crocodiles. Aribo has emerged as a key player for the Super Eagles since starring on his debut against Ukraine, starting every single game they have played in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers so far. Speaking at the end of training on Monday, Rohr said : “The training was okay, we had a long time to come here because of the traffic but the training was okay, we trained for one hour and fifteen minutes of good work. “Un...
Nigeria Super Eagles Final Training Before Lesotho AFCON Qualifier Match
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Nigeria Super Eagles Final Training Before Lesotho AFCON Qualifier Match

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have completed their final training session before the AFCON Qualifier against Lesotho. Nigeria play against Lesotho today at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. Nigeria Vs Lesotho starts at 5:00pm today. The Super Eagles have already qualified for the AFCON finals in Cameroon. A final training session was conducted for the Super Eagles to prepare them for the Lesotho game. Watch Video; https://youtu.be/sODuCcp-NvQ
Nigeria vs Lesotho: CAF Confirms Match Officials for AFCON Qualifier
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Nigeria vs Lesotho: CAF Confirms Match Officials for AFCON Qualifier

  The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed the match officials for Nigeria’s last 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Lesotho on Tuesday. CAF picked Cape Verde official Fabricio Duarte to be the centre referee. He will be supported by his compatriots Jorge Correia Semedo Helio (assistant 1), Delgado Fernandes Wilson Jorge (assistant referee 2) and Antonio Manuel Fortes. Tony Rodrigues (fourth official) will also be on duty. The match commissioner is Haruna Mawanda from Uganda, while Nick Owusu from Ghana will serve as a security officer. Alex Kotey, also from Ghana, will be the referees’ assessor. Lesotho is expected to fly into Nigeria on Monday morning. The Super Eagles have already qualified for the tournament and beat Benin Rep...
Alex Iwobi tests Positive for COVID-19
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Alex Iwobi tests Positive for COVID-19

Officials of Nigeria’s National team have confirmed that midfielder Alex Iwobi has tested positive for COVID-19. Iwobi, who is with the Super Eagles in Benin Republic for the AFCON 2021 Qualifiers, has been left out of the matchday squad. MCI gathered that the mandatory matchday COVID-19 test results had been made available to the Coaches well ahead of the game on Saturday. Iwobi, 24, has played 44 times for Nigeria since his debut in 2015. He could also miss out of Nigeria’s final AFCON qualifying match against Lesotho.   The midfielder, who plays his club football for English Premier League side Everton is already in isolation.
Benin 0-1 Nigeria: Paul Onuachu Speaks After Goal
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Benin 0-1 Nigeria: Paul Onuachu Speaks After Goal

Paul Onuachu has now spoken for the first time after his winner for the Super Eagles to defeat Benin 1-0 today. He scored with a good header in the 93rd minute as the Super Eagles ended Benin’s eight-year unbeaten run at home. Speaking after the match, Paul Onuachu said: "I am just going to say, thanks to the nation for the push, they really pushed me to show what i have for the national team. "I am so happy." The Super Eagles remain top of Group L with 11 points from five games, and Benin are second with seven points. The Super Eagles host Lesotho in their final Qualifier match on Tuesday in Lagos. Watch Video; https://youtu.be/53o9P_4-_hQ
Benin Republic vs Nigeria: Onuachu’s late Header Seals Super Eagles Win
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Benin Republic vs Nigeria: Onuachu’s late Header Seals Super Eagles Win

Nigeria ended Benin Republic’s eight-year unbeaten run at home, when they completed the double over their West African rivals, in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series. Paul Onuachu’s late header clinched a 1-0 win in Porto Novo on Saturday. The Super Eagles had come from a goal down last year to beat the Squirrels 2-1. However, away from home, Gernot Rohr’s men found it tough, until the final moments of the game. The three-time African champions had already qualified for the tournament before kick-off, thanks to Lesotho’s goalless draw with Sierra Leone earlier in the day. With one round of fixtures left, Nigeria lead Group with 11 points, four more than Benin. Sierra Leone have four points, while Lesotho are bottom with three. The Eagles host Lesotho i...
Benin Republic vs Nigeria: Livescore from Super Eagles AFCON qualifier in Porto Novo
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Benin Republic vs Nigeria: Livescore from Super Eagles AFCON qualifier in Porto Novo

  Nigeria will take on Benin Republic in their penultimate Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match on Saturday evening. Both countries first played each other at the beginning of the series. The Super Eagles won 2-1, thanks to goals from Victor Osimhen and Samuel Kalu. However, Michel Dussuyer’s men are currently on a five-game unbeaten run and will prove a hard nut to crack for the Super Eagles on their turf. Benin have not lost at home for eight years, as the last time they were beaten was against Algeria in 2013. As things stand in Group L, Nigeria are top with 8 points, Benin have seven points, while Sierra Leone are on three points. Kick off is 5pm West African time. Nigeria XI vs Benin: Okoye, Aina, Balogun, Ekong (C), Sanusi, Ndidi, Chukwueze, Aribo, ...
Super Eagles Qualify for AFCON 2022
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Super Eagles Qualify for AFCON 2022

  Nigeria have confirmed their place at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, even before the kick off of their game against Benin Republic in Porto Novo. This follows a goalless draw between Lesotho and Sierra Leone in the early kick-off in Group L. The result means Lesotho can no longer qualify for next year’s tournament in Cameroon. It also means Sierra Leone cannot match the Super Eagles’ current tally of eight points. The Leone Stars now have four points after four matches, while their hosts have three, with one round of fixtures left. Gernot Rohr’s men take on the Squirrels by 5pm West African Time. The three-time African champions are now fighting to finish top of the group.
What Mourinho Did to me at Chelsea – Obi Mikel
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What Mourinho Did to me at Chelsea – Obi Mikel

  Former Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel, has disclosed that Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, helped him to become the player he is today during their time together at Chelsea. The 33-year-old said Mourinho didn’t just help him football-wise, but the former Manchester United manager was one of the people who helped him grow up at Stamford Bridge. Mikel, who currently plays for Stoke City in the Championship, played under Mourinho in the Portuguese’s two separate spells at Chelsea. The Nigerian midfielder made 119 appearances under Mourinho, who is known for his strict management approach. “He [Jose Mourinho] didn’t just help me football-wise. He was one of the guys who helped me grow up,” Mikel told The Athletic. “Coming to Chelsea, I acted like it ...
Benin Republic vs Nigeria: All you need to Know, Kick-off time, TV Schedule
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Benin Republic vs Nigeria: All you need to Know, Kick-off time, TV Schedule

  Nigeria could seal their place at next year’s Africa Cup of Nations today, when they take on Benin Republic in Porto Novo. Gernot Rohr’s men are top of Group L with 8 points, one more than the Squirrels in second place. In the reverse fixture, the Super Eagles won 2-1, thanks to goals from Victor Osimhen and Samuel Kalu. Unbeaten in their last three games, Michel Dussuyer’s team would fancy their chances against Nigeria, as they themselves are on a quest to qualify for the fifth time. The game is scheduled to kick off 5pm West African time. According to Goal, the match will be beamed live on AIT and NTA. The Eagles will then host Lesotho in four days at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.
Onuachu Eager To End Super Eagles Goal Drought
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Onuachu Eager To End Super Eagles Goal Drought

Super Eagles Forward Paul Onuachu said he’s working hard to end his goal drought in the National team. Onuachu has scored just once for Nigeria, during an international friendly against the Pharaohs of Egypt back in 2019. The Forward has since gone eight games without scoring, a run that led to his initial exclusion from the main Super Eagles squad for the Afcon qualifiers. Speaking on the barren runs in front of goal, Onuachu who has bang in 27 goals for his club KRC Genk of Belgium this season, said he definitely want to score for his country, but it all depends on certain things. “Of course as a striker you always need to score when you’re called upon and when I have the chance to play, definitely in my head I want to score, but if it doesn’t come, I’ll keep working hard for...
Squirrels Will Be Out To Create Problems For Super Eagles – Dussuyer
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Squirrels Will Be Out To Create Problems For Super Eagles – Dussuyer

Coach of the Benin republic men National Football team Michel Dussuyer has stated that the Squirrels will be out on Saturday to create problems for Nigeria’s Super Eagles ahead of this weekend’s AFCON qualifying fixture at the Stade Charles de Gaulle in Porto Novo. Dussuyer speaking in a chat with brila.net after the team’s penultimate training session on Thursday said while they respect the quality and pedigree of the playing personnel that Nigeria will parade, they want to give a fight and ensure they create problems for Nigeria with the strong hope that they get a good result. “It’s a great match, we have many respects for this team of Nigeria because it’s a big team in Africa and we know what’s the danger, they have very good strikers and technically they are very strong, so we...
Nigeria Super Eagles Finally Leave For Benin By Boat For AFCON Qualifier
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Nigeria Super Eagles Finally Leave For Benin By Boat For AFCON Qualifier

The Nigerian Super Eagles team have now departed lagos for Benin by boat in the early hours of today. Nigeria will face Benin in the 2021 AFCON Qualifier match on Saturday. The Super Eagles will than play against Lesotho in the second 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifier match. Fans gathered around as the Super Eagles players and full team boarded a boat to Benin today. Watch Video; https://youtu.be/TNEcwF_re2E
Benin vs Nigeria: Rohr Yet to Decide on Goalkeeper
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Benin vs Nigeria: Rohr Yet to Decide on Goalkeeper

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has admitted he is yet to decide which goalkeeper will start against Benin Republic, in their 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match on Saturday. There are three goalkeepers in the camp working under coach Alloy Agu. They are Maduka Okoye, John Noble and Francis Uzoho. Rohr has disclosed either Okoye or Uzoho will start against the Squirrels in Porto Novo. “Let us narrow it down to two goalkeepers in Uzoho and Okoye. “They are both doing well in training at the moment and we will decide on the eve of the game. “The best among them will be in goal,” Rohr told reporters. 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 k...
Benin vs Nigeria: Ighalo Gatecrashes into Super Eagles Camp Ahead of AFCON Qualifier
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Benin vs Nigeria: Ighalo Gatecrashes into Super Eagles Camp Ahead of AFCON Qualifier

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

  Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, has promised to treat younger goalkeepers, Maduka Okoye, Francis Uzoho and John Noble, same way Vincent Enyeama treated him when he first joined the Super Eagles. He described the as his younger brothers and wonderful goalkeepers. The three goalkeepers: Uzoho, Okoye and Noble are in contention for the Super Eagles starting XI for the African Cup of Nations matches against Benin Republic and Lesotho. Super Eagles handler, Gernot Rohr did not find Ezenwa worthy in his 24-man team. Nigeria have scored 10 goals and conceded 7 in four qualifying matches but the 32-year-old believes his ‘younger brothers’ need some luck to do well in the coming matches. “All of them are wonderful goalkeepers, I’ve been with them and they are...
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.
Benin Republic vs Nigeria: Rohr Gives Injury Update Ahead of AFCON Qualifier
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Benin Republic vs Nigeria: Rohr Gives Injury Update Ahead of AFCON Qualifier

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has confirmed there are no injury worries ahead of the team’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin Republic on Saturday. All the invited 24 players including Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City took part in full training at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. “The training was okay. It was a long training today because today is Wednesday and we still have the time to recover, so we wanted to physically work hard today. “It was a good training session, no injuries, tomorrow again we will do it, and then after tomorrow we will go to Porto-Novo and from Porto-Novo to Cotonou and back to Porto-Novo because we have one training session in Porto-Novo where we will play,” Rohr told reporters. Nigeria takes on Le...
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...
Nigeria Must Respect Benin And Lesotho To Secure AFCONSpot – Enyimba Coach
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Nigeria Must Respect Benin And Lesotho To Secure AFCONSpot – Enyimba Coach

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

Lagos fans loved us like hell, but they didn’t care who we were facing because we must perform. Has it ever occurred to people that how was it that we never lost in Lagos? The only game that we can say we lost was the controversial one that we lost by penalties at the 2000 AFCON final where the ball crossed the line but the referee didn’t allow it. Lagos fans will make you play at your best, we didn’t lose that game but we needed a police escort to leave the stadium. Even one of my colleagues almost lost his life that day. If Nigeria wants to succeed and get back to the top in the world, Lagos has to become again the number one venue for national team games. Lagos has about 20 million people and the market is there. For you to succeed as a player, you need positive pressure and that...
“Super Eagles Is No Match For Us” – Benin Fans
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“Super Eagles Is No Match For Us” – Benin Fans

Ahead of the Super Eagles and the Squirrels Africa Cup of Nations Cup qualifier match on Saturday, some fans of Benin Republic’s national team have boasted that the Eagles will be no match for their team when they face off at the Charles de Gaulle Stadium, Porto Novo. Nigeria defeated Benin 2-1 in the first fixture of the AFCON qualifier at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo courtesy of goals from Victor Osimhen and Samuel Kalu after Stephane Sessegnon’s early minute goal. Speaking with The PUNCH on telephone, the fans were optimistic that the Squirrels would crush the star-studded Nigerian side on Saturday. “I am very confident that we are going to defeat Nigeria on Saturday in Porto Novo,” Vinabrede Paul said. “Sierra Leone almost did it right in Nigeria, who...
AFCON Qualifiers: Super Eagles To Travel To Benin By Boat
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AFCON Qualifiers: Super Eagles To Travel To Benin By Boat

Due to the proximity of the West African countries, Gernot Rohr's men will travel to Porto Novo on water. Nigeria will travel to Benin by boat for their penultimate 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game in Porto Novo, Goal can confirm. The Super Eagles who are currently camped in Lagos, are scheduled to leave the Southwestern part of Nigeria a day before Saturday’s clash at the Charles de Gaulle Stadium. There is the assurance of adequate security for Gernot Rohr’s men and they will be expected to return to Lagos by Sunday for their final AFCON qualifying fixture against Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. Nigeria lead the Group L table after picking up eight points from four matches and Benin trail the three-time African champions by just a point in second spot. ...
Gov Ortom reacts to death of ex-Super Eagles star, Imenger
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Gov Ortom reacts to death of ex-Super Eagles star, Imenger

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has reacted to the death of Ex-Super Eagles midfielder and Lobi Stars FC manager, Barnabas Imenger. Imenger passed away at the National Hospital in Abuja on Monday morning after battling a protracted illness. Ortom, in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, said Imenger’s death is a painful loss to Benue State and the country at large. The governor described the late Imenger as a disciplined sportsman and administrator who brought his wealth of experience to bear on the performance of Lobi Stars in national and continental competitions. He stated that the former Super Eagles star was a true professional who related well with players and other officials of the club. According to him, Imenger will be dearly mis...
Benin vs Nigeria: Why it will be Difficult for Super Eagles to Win – Rohr
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Benin vs Nigeria: Why it will be Difficult for Super Eagles to Win – Rohr

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said the Republic of Benin will be hard to beat on their own turf. Nigeria take on the Squirrels at Porto-Novo’s Stade Charles de Gaulle on Saturday. Michel Dussuyer’s men are currently on a five-game unbeaten run. Benin have also not lost at home for eight years, as the last time they were beaten was against Algeria in 2013. “Benin have not lost a match for eight years at home. The last time they lost was in 2013. So you can imagine we want to be the first team to win there in eight years. “It will not be easy, they have a very good defence. They were quarter-finalists in the last AFCON tournament. They eliminated Morocco,” Rohr told reporters.
Super Eagles First Training Session In Teslim Balogun Stadium
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Super Eagles First Training Session In Teslim Balogun Stadium

The super Eagles had their first training session at the teslim Balogun stadium on the 23th of March 2021. The Super Eagles will take on Lesotho in their final 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Teslim Balogun stadium. Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officials say that the number of fans allowed in to the stadium to watch the match depends on the Confederation of African Football's Covid-19 protocols at the time. The last competitive game Nigeria played in Lagos was a 1-0 Nations Cup qualifying win over Zambia in January 2001, while 10 years later there was a 2-1 friendly win over Sierra Leone at the Teslim Balogun venue. March's game could see Lagos once again becoming a permanent home for the Super Eagles according to sports minister Sunday Dare who is keen to re...
“Na Me B Dis”: Iheanacho Arrives, 24 Players In Camp
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“Na Me B Dis”: Iheanacho Arrives, 24 Players In Camp

Update! 24 players now in camp. Musa, Troost-Ekong, Aina, Ajayi, Onyekuru, Etebor, Adeleke, Awaziem, Shehu, Iwuala, Noble, Iwobi, Balogun, Aribo, Ebuehi, Maduka, Collins, Onuachu, Uzoho, Sanusi, Ndidi, Chukwueze, Osimhen, Iheanacho The Super Eagles are camping in Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos. They play Benin Republic on March 27 in Porto Novo, before hosting Lesotho three days later at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos. Nigeria lead Group L table of the qualifiers with eight points and at least a point from both games would seal their place at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon next year. Na me be dis! @67Kelechi in. #SoarSuperEagles #Team9jaStrong

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