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We were taught a life lesson – Jay Jay Okocha reveals why Nigeria lost 1-0 to Tunisia
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We were taught a life lesson – Jay Jay Okocha reveals why Nigeria lost 1-0 to Tunisia

Former Super Eagles captain, Austine Jay Jay Okocha, has reacted to Nigeria’s 1-0 defeat to Tunisia that marks the end of their stay at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Many football lovers all over the world would be surprised that Nigeria crashed out of the tournament in such manner after finishing from the group with comfortable nine points. The Super Eagles could not find their wings against the more resolute Carthage Eagles, who executed the game without about 12 of their main players. Okocha, who described the result as disappointing, added that it was a life lesson to football lovers. The 1994 AFCON winner suggested that Nigeria underrated their opponents. Speaking on Super Sports after the game, Okocha said, “It’s a disappointing night for us, but we have to ...
‘He’s the reason Tunisia defeated Nigeria so disastrously ‘- Reno Omokri blames President Buhari for Super Eagles’ 1 – 0 defeat and elimination from 2021 AFCON
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‘He’s the reason Tunisia defeated Nigeria so disastrously ‘- Reno Omokri blames President Buhari for Super Eagles’ 1 – 0 defeat and elimination from 2021 AFCON

Reno Omokri has blamed President Muhammadu Buhari for the Super Eagles' defeat and elimination from the 2021 Africa Cup Of Nations. The Nigerian squad lost 1 - 0 to Tunisia in the Round of 16 on Sunday night, January 23, after Youssef Msakni found the net with a long-range shot in the 47th minute of the game, which knocked the Super Eagles out of the tournament. Nigeria had progressed to the round of 16, after three straight victories against Egypt, Sudan, and Guinea Bissau in Group D. Earlier before the Tunisia game, President Buhari had called the players to wish them well and charge them to continue making Nigerians proud. Following the outcome of the match, Reno shared a recorded video, where he blamed President Buhari for the Super Eagles' def...
Nigeria vs Tunisia: We are battle-ready for Super Eagles – Coach Kadri
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Nigeria vs Tunisia: We are battle-ready for Super Eagles – Coach Kadri

Tunisia’s Assistant Coach, Jalel Kadri has said they are battle-ready for the knockout stage clash with Nigeria at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon. The Super Eagles of Nigeria will today face the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in a knockout encounter at the Stade Roumdé Adjia in Garoua from 8 p.m. However, Kadri said the Tunisian side has a positive mindset towards the match. He spoke while representing the Head Coach, Mondher Kebaier at a pre-match press conference on Saturday in Garoua, NAN reports. The coach, however, said they have lot of respect for Nigeria at the tournament. “We respect Nigeria, because they are a formidable side. But, as you know also, Tunisia are a side with a rich history in the AFCON. We thrive on collective effort and always have ...
Ghana head coach, Milovan Rajevac sacked over 2021 AFCON failure after he vowed not to resign
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Ghana head coach, Milovan Rajevac sacked over 2021 AFCON failure after he vowed not to resign

Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac has been sacked just four days after the country's disastrous outing at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. The decision was taken by Ghana FA on Saturday morning after the Black Stars crashed out of the 33rd edition of the AFCON without winning a match. Their 3-2 loss against debutants, Comoros Island on Tuesday sent them packing from the tournament. This comes after the Ministry of Youth and Sports ordered the GFA to review the work and capacity of the Black Stars head coach. "The Ministry made it clear to the GFA that the people of Ghana have lost confidence in the capacity of the current technical team of the Black Stars to deliver success. The Ministry, therefore, asked the GFA to review the work and capacity of the Black Stars technical team led by ...
AFCON 2021: CAF names Eguavoen best coach ahead of Nigeria vs Tunisia
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AFCON 2021: CAF names Eguavoen best coach ahead of Nigeria vs Tunisia

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has named Super Eagles interim boss, Augustine Eguavoen, as the Group Stage Best Manager at the ongoing AFCON 2021 in Cameroon. The 56-year-old led Nigeria to three straight victories in Group D, which also had Egypt, Sudan and Guinea Bissau on parade. In doing so, Eguavoen who won the 1994 edition as a player, equalled his own record set in 2006 as a coach. Eguavoen only replaced Gernot Rohr on a temporary basis barely two weeks before the tournament kicked off. Cameroon striker, Vincent Aboubakar was awarded player of the first round after scoring five times for Cameroon, while Egypt’s Mohamed Elshenawy was the goalkeeper of the group stage. Guinea’s IIaix Moriba was selected Young Player of the first round.
AFCON 2021: Tunisia is a good team – Moses Simon warns Nigeria
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AFCON 2021: Tunisia is a good team – Moses Simon warns Nigeria

Super Eagles forward, Moses Simon has warned his teammates that their round of 16 clash against Tunisia will not be easy. Moses described Tunisia as a good side while also looking forward to Sunday’s clash. Nigeria will face Tunisia at the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua, being the third North African side the Super Eagles would meet at the venue in the tournament. Nigeria had beaten Egypt and Sudan in their first two Group D games. Tunisia entered the Round of 16 from Group F as one of the third best losers, with one win and two defeats from three games. “We are looking forward to it, but it will be a great one for the team. We are going to be playing against a good side,” Simon told the NFF media. He added, “It has been great, the most important thing for me is winning...
Defending Champion Naomi Osaka knocked out In 3rd round in Australian Open
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Defending Champion Naomi Osaka knocked out In 3rd round in Australian Open

Defending champion, Naomi Osaka has been knocked out of the  Australian Open after  Amanda Anisimova stunned her on Friday January 21, handed her a defeat. The Japanese four-time Grand Slam champion, seeded 13, won the first set on Margaret Court Arena but Amanda, a 20-year-old American ranked 60th in the world beat Naomi 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) F "I'm speechless, I can't stop smiling," said the 20-year-old, who is undefeated this year after winning a lead-up tournament in Melbourne. "I knew I had to be playing sharp if I wanted to give myself a chance. Naomi is always going to be playing well, she is an absolute champion. "So I really had to step up my game and try to be aggressive. That's what I started doing in the second set and so grateful I was able to do this well toda...
Nigeria vs Tunisia: How Super Eagles will approach 2021 AFCON clash – Eguavoen
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Nigeria vs Tunisia: How Super Eagles will approach 2021 AFCON clash – Eguavoen

Super Eagles interim coach, Augustine Eguavoen has said that his team will approach their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, Round of 16 tie against Tunisia the same way they did against Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau. Nigeria will face Tunisia in the AFCON last-16 on Sunday night following the conclusion of the Group stages matches on Thursday. Eguavoen’s men had defeated Egypt 1-0, Sudan 3-1 and Guinea-Bissau 2-0 in the group stages. Nigeria’s reward for finishing top of Group D is a second-round clash with Tunisia, who finished as one of the four best third-placed teams. Ahead of the last-16 tie on Sunday, Eguavoen revealed that his team would play with the same passion and style they have shown in the tournament, adding that they will also practice penalties. “Going in...
AFCON 2021: Eguavoen can keep Super Eagles job if he wants – NFF
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AFCON 2021: Eguavoen can keep Super Eagles job if he wants – NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said Augustine Eguavoen can keep the national team job on a permanent basis if he wants. The 56-year-old stepped in on an interim basis after Gernot Rohr was sacked in December. Eguavoen has so far impressed at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, with the Super Eagles winning all their Group D fixtures. However, he was supposed to hand over to Jose Peseiro after the tournament. But ESPN reports that the NFF is having second thoughts about that. “We will have to leave him there, unless he doesn’t want the job,” an NFF source said. Eguavoen is currently the NFF Technical Director, but the football house would allow him handle both roles. “What we are even thinking of right now is to give Eguavoen the two jobs. The national team pla...
Afcon 2021: Ghana midfielder Kyereh lays blame for poor Cameroon adventure
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Afcon 2021: Ghana midfielder Kyereh lays blame for poor Cameroon adventure

The St. Pauli man shares his thoughts on the Black Stars' poor outing in the Africa Cup   Ghana attacker Daniel-Kofi Kyereh believes "no excuse can be made" for their underwhelming performances at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. The four-time champions exited the continental showpiece in the group stage for the first time since 2006, after a 3-2 loss to minnows Comoros in their last group game on Tuesday. Comoros, who are debuting at the tournament, had never scored a goal nor won a point at the competition before the game. "There is no excuse for our performance in this tournament, we have disappointed our country and the people who believed in us," St. Pauli ace Kyereh posted on social media. "There is no time to talk much but time to show that we will do ...
British No 1 Emma Raducanu falls to a shock three-set defeat to world no 98 Danka Kovinic as she crashes out of Australian Open
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British No 1 Emma Raducanu falls to a shock three-set defeat to world no 98 Danka Kovinic as she crashes out of Australian Open

British No 1  Emma Raducanu has crashed out of the Australian Open after she was beaten by lowly-ranked Danka Kovinic in the second round of the tournament. The reigning US Open champion, 19,  playing in her first main draw at Melbourne Park, looked on track when she raced to a 3-0 lead in the opening set over Montenegro's Danka Kovinic. But the 17th seed then lost five games in a row and needed a medical timeout for treatment on her right hand. Despite battling back, Emma could not stop Kovinic from winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 on Margaret Court Arena. The result put Kovinic, the world number 98, into the third round of a major for the first time. She will now play both two-time Grand Slam winner Simona Halep, seeded 14, or Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia for a spot within the fourth ...
Afcon 2021: Nigeria want to do ‘better’ – Troost-Ekong sets sight on the title
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Afcon 2021: Nigeria want to do ‘better’ – Troost-Ekong sets sight on the title

The defender is delighted with the triumph over the Djurtus but disclosed he is now focusing on winning the African title   William Troost-Ekong has spoken of his delight at Nigeria’s 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations triumph over Guinea-Bissau but says he is now focusing on the title. Goals from Sadiq Umar and the Watford star propelled the Super Eagles past the Djurtus – who needed a win to scale through to the Round of 16. While lauding his teammates for keeping their winning streak intact, Troost-Ekong said it’s time to gun for the title to make up for their Afcon 2019 disappointment. “I want to win the tournament this time, the last tournament in Egypt we managed to win bronze and missed out on the final,” the 28-year-old told the media.
Troost-Ekong reveals Super Eagles’ agreement before 2-0 win over Guinea Bissau
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Troost-Ekong reveals Super Eagles’ agreement before 2-0 win over Guinea Bissau

William Troost-Ekong has revealed that the Super Eagles planned to do something special before the game against Guinea Bissau on Wednesday. The Super Eagles beat Guinea Bissau 2-0 to take all nine points from the Group D of the tournament in Cameroon Nigeria had beaten Egypt 1-0 and Sudan 3-1 before brushing aside Guinea Bissau 2-0 on Wednesday, with goals from Sadiq Umar and Troost-Ekong himself. The 28-year-old was named Man of the Match on Wednesday after his outstanding display against Gissau, who left the competition without winning a single game. “First and foremost I am very happy for the team,” Troost-Ekong told reporters after the game. “We said before the game we wanted to do something special, we wanted to get three out of three wins and to really make a stateme...
Osimhen hails 3 Supers Eagles stars after Nigeria’s 2-0 win over Guinea Bissau
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Osimhen hails 3 Supers Eagles stars after Nigeria’s 2-0 win over Guinea Bissau

Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen has reacted to Nigeria’s 2-0 victory over Guinea Bissau in the last Group D game of the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday. Osimhen was stopped by his Italian club side Napoli from joining up with the rest of the Super Eagles team to the tournament having recovered late from injury and Covid. The team has maintained a hundred percent start to the tournament, defeating Egypt, Sudan, and Guinea Bissau to book a place in the last 16. The Napoli No.9 also tipped the Super Eagles to go all out to win the tournament in neighbouring Cameroon. “Brilliant performance from the whole squad! Special mentions @Simon27Moses @Ndidi25 @67Kelechi TeamNigeria. “Super Eagles for the win #TeamNigeria,” he tweeted.
Small-time Ghana only have themselves to blame
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Small-time Ghana only have themselves to blame

The Black Stars’ Africa Cup of Nations is over after three matches, but don’t let them point the finger of blame elsewhere Ghana’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign is over after just three matches, with each one of their three fixtures plumbed new depths of disappointment for the Black Stars’ expectant supporters. Predictably, inevitably, before this tournament, the talk of ending 40 years of hurt rattled heavily around Ghanaian football circles.  
AFCON2021: We’ll avoid mistakes of 2019 AFCON and produce good team performance against Guinea Bissau – Troost-Ekong
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AFCON2021: We’ll avoid mistakes of 2019 AFCON and produce good team performance against Guinea Bissau – Troost-Ekong

Super Eagles and Watford defender, William Troost-Ekong has revealed that the Nigerian squad will try hard to avoid the mistakes made at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations when they face Guinea Bissau in their final Group D game today. The Eagles lost 2-0 to Madagascar in their final group game at 2019 AFCON after two victories against Burundi and Guinea 1-0 respectively in their opening two games at the Alexandria Stadium in Egypt. But Troost-Ekong has assured fans that they will go for victory to equal a record set by current interim coach Austin Eguavoen at the 2006 edition in Egypt where the team won all three group games. “These are some of the experiences I have had previously at the tournament,” Troost-Ekong said ahead of the fixture. “When you get to situations like this,...
AFCON 2021: Three countries sent packing from Cameroon
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AFCON 2021: Three countries sent packing from Cameroon

At least three countries have been eliminated from the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. They are Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Ghana. All the teams listed above finished bottom of Group A, Group B and Group C respectively. Ethiopia was able to muster only one point, behind Cameroon (7), Burkina Faso (4) and Cape Verde (4). Zimbabwe left the tournament with three points, below Senegal (5), Guinea (4) and Malawi (4). Debutants Comoros shocked Ghana 3-2 in their final group match, sending the Black Stars back home. The four countries who recorded the best third-place finishes, will also qualify for the knockout stages.
Novak Djokovic also Faces Being Banned from the US Open after his Deportation from Australia
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Novak Djokovic also Faces Being Banned from the US Open after his Deportation from Australia

Novak Djokovic is expected to be banned from taking part in at least three of the four Grand Slam tournaments this year. The world number one lost a bitter public battle to take part in the Australian Open this month due to the country's strict coronavirus restrictions. Djokovic saw his visa revoked and failed with an appeal against the decision before being deported back to Serbia, unable to defend the title he has won in each of the last three years. The 20-time Grand Slam champion could be set for further disappointment later in the year too, with current rules in France and New York preventing unvaccinated players from featuring. France's lower house voted by 215 to 58 to give final approval to a vaccine pass that will exclude the unvaccinated from restaurants, sports are...
AFCON 2021: They’re strong, aggressive, well organized – Sunday Oliseh names title contender
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AFCON 2021: They’re strong, aggressive, well organized – Sunday Oliseh names title contender

Former Nigeria head coach, Sunday Oliseh has named Cameroon as a credible ‘title contender’ at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). Oliseh said the 2021 AFCON host nation, Cameroon, is strong, aggressive and well organized. The former Ajax and Juventus midfielder also said that Cameroon is fun to watch with their captain Vincent Aboubakar, who has netted five goals at the tournament so far. Cameroon was the first country to qualify for the 2021 AFCON round of 16 after victories over Burkina Faso and Ethiopia. The Indomitable Lions finished on top of Group A with seven points after playing a 1-1 draw with Cape Verde on Monday. In a tweet via his Twitter handle after Cameroon drew with Cape Verde, Oliseh wrote: “Tall, strong, solid, aggressive, compact, hosts &...
AFCON 2021 highest goal scorers [Top 5]
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AFCON 2021 highest goal scorers [Top 5]

Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar is leading the race to win the Golden Boot in this edition of the Africa Cup of Nations being hosted by his country. The Cameroon’s number 10 has scored five goals in three games. Before the tournament began, players such as Sadio Mane of Senegal and Mohamed Salah were tipped by pundits to lead the goal chart but the Liverpool duo only have one each to their names. Abubakar, who is also the captain of the host nation, netted a brace in both matches against Burkina Faso and Ethiopia and added to his tally during the 1-1 draw with Cape Verde on Monday. Karl Toko Ekambi, also of Cameroon and Malawi’s Gabadinho Mhango are currently Aboubakar’s closest challengers on two goals apiece. The likes of Ghana’s Andre Ayew and a slew of Nigeria players – K...
Update: Court of Arbitration for Sport lifts FIFA’s suspension on Pape Gueye with the footballer to go ahead and play for Senegal at AFCON
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Update: Court of Arbitration for Sport lifts FIFA’s suspension on Pape Gueye with the footballer to go ahead and play for Senegal at AFCON

The Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS, on Monday provisionally lifted a FIFA ban on Pape Gueye, paving the way for Marseille midfielder to play for Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations. The OM midfielder was subject to investigation after agreeing on personal terms with Watford over a move, only to change his mind and joined Marseille in the summer of 2020. The world football governing body, FIFA, decided to ban the player whilst they investigated the strange scenario regarding his transfer. This meant that he would be ineligible for the current Africa Cup of Nations tournament. But the Lausanne-based court has not yet ruled on the FIFA decision to ban the 22-year-old from all official competitions for four months because he “is no longer suspended for the moment”, a C...
Aubameyang “set to return to England” after being diagnosed with ‘cardiac lesions’ at Afcon following recovering from COVID-19
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Aubameyang “set to return to England” after being diagnosed with ‘cardiac lesions’ at Afcon following recovering from COVID-19

Gabonese captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to return to Arsenal from the Africa Cup of Nations early due to his ongoing health issues. The Arsenal striker has not featured for Gabon in Cameroon, after catching Covid in the build-up to the tournament. He missed Gabon's clashes with Comoros and Ghana and reports on Friday from the nation's medical staff suggested he was suffering with 'heart lesions' as a result of his Covid diagnosis. According to The Athletic, that could involve Aubameyang returning to the UK this week, after his condition is reviewed. The publication sates that Monday will be key to deciding plans for the former Arsenal captain, with discussions and tests set to ascertain whether he will be able to play either on Tuesday or beyond, should Gabon ...
Super Eagles to pocket $10,000 each for Egypt, Sudan wins
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Super Eagles to pocket $10,000 each for Egypt, Sudan wins

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

Former Nigeria playmaker, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, has claimed Taiwo Awoniyi will look back at the 3-1 win over Sudan and have regrets. Okocha stated this after Awoniyi scored once in the second Group D fixture at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. The Union Berlin striker made it 2-0 after Samuel Chukwueze opened the scoring in the third minute. It was Awoniyi’s first goal for the Super Eagles, but Okocha feels that he should have grabbed a few more. “Awoniyi would have done better. He would have scored more goals after that lucky goal but he was in too much of a haste. “When he looks back at the match he would regret it. “At least after scoring the goal, he would have gained more confidence,” Okocha said on Supersport. Awoniyi has gotten his chance in the national tea...
AFCON 2021: Eguavoen to make many changes for Guinea-Bissau clash
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AFCON 2021: Eguavoen to make many changes for Guinea-Bissau clash

Super Eagles interim coach, Austine Eguavoen, has said he will give fringe players in the squad a chance against Guinea-Bissau in next Wednesday’s dead-rubber clash. Nigeria has qualified for the knockout stages of the tournament, following a 3-1 victory over Sudan on Saturday. They top Group D with six points from two games, while Egypt is in second place with three points. Sudan and Guinea-Bissau have one point each. “Obviously, we will make changes for the last group game against Guinea-Bissau. “We have depth in the team and it’s a good opportunity for the other players to play. ”We will play to win the game and I trust the players to do a great job,” Eguavoen told a press conference after the game against Sudan.
CAF confirms dates for 2023 AFCON in Côte d’Ivoire
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CAF confirms dates for 2023 AFCON in Côte d’Ivoire

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

The 73-year-old French tactician feels Afcon is not getting the respect it deserves from Europe Former Togo coach Claude Le Roy has underlined how important the Africa Cup of Nations is to the continent Ahead of the 33rd edition of the tournament in Cameroon, several teams complained of disrupted preparations since many clubs in Europe refused to release players until late on.
Nigeria vs Sudan: Super Eagles Could suffer Rude shock
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Nigeria vs Sudan: Super Eagles Could suffer Rude shock

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

The opening week of the Afcon has seen almost every team impacted by the coronavirus as coaches struggle to juggle their playing personnel   Burkina Faso talisman and Aston Villa forward Bertrand Traore has become the latest Africa Cup of Nations star to receive a positive Covid diagnosis as the tournament continues to be beset by cases of the virus. The Stallions coach Kamou Malo, who himself has only just recovered from the illness, confirmed the news in Wednesday’s press conference at the Stade d’Olembe ahead of the West Africans’ second group game on Thursday. The news comes as a bitter blow for Burkina Faso, who must now contend with the loss of their captain—and best player—as they go in search of their first points of the tournament.
AFCON 2021: Ex-Chelsea star reacts as Nigeria defeat Egypt, speaks on Salah
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AFCON 2021: Ex-Chelsea star reacts as Nigeria defeat Egypt, speaks on Salah

Former Chelsea star, Ola Aina, has reacted to Nigeria’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, 1-0 win over Egypt at the Roumdé Adjia Stadium, Garoua on Tuesday. Aina, who featured for Nigeria in the match, also described Mohamed Salah as a world-class player. Salah was relatively quiet during the encounter until the 72nd minute when he got his first effort but was denied by goalkeeper Maduka Okoye. Speaking to reporters after the game, Aina said: “Mohamed Salah wasn’t really on my side today, but sometimes we had some encounters and everyone knows he’s a world-class player, likewise the whole team is very good.” He added, “I feel the team is very happy, we are very happy to play against Egypt, they are a tough side, they have great players, and for us to get the first three poin...
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AFCON: Sudan coach, Tia makes honest confession ahead of Nigeria clash

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

Nigeria opened its 2021 Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a stunning 1-0 win over Egypt on Tuesday night. The Super Eagles were in imperious form against the Pharaohs, who came into the tournament as top favourites. Augustine Eguavoen’s men dominated the game from the referee’s whistle and took the lead in the half. Joe Aribo’s header found Kelechi Iheanacho inside the box and he took two touches before volleying the ball in. Nigeria missed a couple of chances to double their lead, especially, in the second half but are now top of Group D with three points. Sudan and Guinea-Bissau play each other in the second Group D fixture for Tuesday.
British No.1,Emma Raducanu is thrashed in just 55 minutes in her first match of 2022
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British No.1,Emma Raducanu is thrashed in just 55 minutes in her first match of 2022

Emma Raducanu has suffered her first loss of 2022 to Elena Rybakina in the Sydney Classic less than a week before the start of the Australian Open. Raducanu's defeat came in the opening round of the Sydney International. She was originally meant to face Iga Swiatek, world No 9 and 2020 French Open champion. But Swaitek  withdrew from the competition with a rib injury and was replaced in her seeded position by world No 13 Rybakina Rybakina, who is currently ranked 13th in the world, five places higher than Raducanu - beat the GB star 6-0, 6-1 in just 55 minutes of action. Raducanu, 19, who is set to take part in her first Grand Slam since her historic US Open win, was over-powered by her opponent. She won just 50 percent of her first serves and 13 percent of her second during...
Oliseh blasts NFF, names coach best suited for Super Eagles job
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Oliseh blasts NFF, names coach best suited for Super Eagles job

Former Super Eagles head coach, Sunday Oliseh has lambasted the Nigerian football authorities over the appointment of a foreigner as the national team coach. The former Ajax midfielder said he could not wrap his head around why the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) also sees foreign coaches as superior to homegrown coaches. The NFF recently announced that Jose Peseiro will take over as the Super Eagles boss immediately after the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. He will take over from interim coach, Austin Eguavoen, who is currently leading the team to Cameroon. Nigeria will begin their campaign for a fourth African title against Egypt on Tuesday in Garoua and also have to play Guinea-Bissau and Sudan in Group D. And Oliseh said he believes that Eguavoen would do well at that t...
Novak Djokovic is on track to play at the Australian Open with Immigration Minister contemplating whether to cancel his visa for a second time.
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Novak Djokovic is on track to play at the Australian Open with Immigration Minister contemplating whether to cancel his visa for a second time.

Tennis superstar, Novak Djokovic is reportedly on track to play at the Australian Open despite the Immigration Minister contemplating whether to cancel his visa for a second time. In a statement issued on Tuesday, January 11, a spokesman for Alex Hawke said he is 'thoroughly' considering whether to use his discretionary powers to cancel Djokovic's visa after it was reinstated by a judge on Monday. 'As noted yesterday in the Federal Circuit and Family Court, Minister Hawke is considering whether to cancel Mr. Djokovic’s visa,' he said. 'In line with due process, Minister Hawke will thoroughly consider the matter.' It is unclear how long it will take for Mr. Hawke to make a decision - with the start of the Australian Open just six days away. Djokovic hopes to become the most succe...
Novak Djokovic: Having Covid gave tennis star Vaccine Exemption – Lawyers
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Novak Djokovic: Having Covid gave tennis star Vaccine Exemption – Lawyers

Tennis star, Novak Djokovic had a vaccine exemption to enter Australia after a Covid infection on 16 December, his lawyers say in court documents. The world's top-ranked tennis player was denied entry to Australia after landing in Melbourne this week to play in the Australian Open. Djokovic is currently in an immigration detention centre ahead of a court case on Monday. His case has caused a huge outcry in Australia and made headlines around the world. The 34-year-old, who has said he is opposed to vaccination, had been granted a medical exemption to play in the tournament in a decision that infuriated many ordinary Australians. But the Serbian was dramatically denied entry on landing. On Wednesday, Australian Border Force (ABF) officials said the player had "failed to provid...
AFCON 2021: I’m not happy with you – Geremi Njitap hits out at Jurgen Klopp over comment
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AFCON 2021: I’m not happy with you – Geremi Njitap hits out at Jurgen Klopp over comment

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

Super Eagles interim boss, Austin Eguavoen has named two players to replace Odion Ighalo in the squad for Cameroon 2022. According to the former national team captain, either Hammarby winger, Akinkunmi Amoo or Silas Nwankwo of Nasarawa United would take Ighalo’s place if CAF permits more late changes. As Eguavoen confirmed, Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has been trying to convince CAF to let the Super Eagles handlers add one more player to their squad after Ighalo’s Saudi Arabian club side refused to allow him travel for the tournament. CAF rules only allow such late changes on health grounds. Eguaoven told NFF TV on Thursday evening, “Yes. We spoke, we exchanged text messages and from his response he’s doing everything possible to come and I thought of replacing him, I g...
Arsenal striker Aubameyang tests positive for Covid-19 just days before Gabon’s AFCON opener
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Arsenal striker Aubameyang tests positive for Covid-19 just days before Gabon’s AFCON opener

The 32-year-old forward now appears likely to miss out on his country's opening game of the tournament against Comoros Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has tested positive for coronavirus just days before the start of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), GOAL can confirm, putting his participation for at least some of the tournament in doubt. Aubameyang has suffered a turbulent few weeks, losing his place in the Arsenal team after being dropped by manager Mikel Arteta due to a disciplinary breach. He was also stripped of the captaincy by Mikel Arteta and, having played little football recently, was hoping to make a big impact at AFCON, which gets underway on January 9, when hosts Cameroon face Burkina Faso.
AFCON 2021: Super Eagles’ friendly match ahead of Egypt clash confirmed
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AFCON 2021: Super Eagles’ friendly match ahead of Egypt clash confirmed

Nigeria will play Cameroonian top-flight champions, Coton Sport in a friendly match on Friday. The game will take place on the practice pitch of Roumde Adjia Stadium behind closed doors, Goal reports. There has been a lot of criticism of the Super Eagles’ preparations for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. From the team announcement to camping, there has been a perceived laxity as the three-time African champions seek to improve on their third-place finish at the last edition. Players and coaches have already arrived in Garoua ahead of the tournament, yet to play a single warm-up game. Nigeria’s first AFCON group game will be against favourites Egypt next Tuesday at the Roumde Adjia Stadium. They will then play Sudan and Guinea-Bissau on January 15 and January 19, respecti...
Ahmed Musa leaves Super Eagles Camp after losing a family member.
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Ahmed Musa leaves Super Eagles Camp after losing a family member.

Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, missed the team’s last training session on Wednesday December 5, after losing a family member. According to Sahara Reporters, the Fatih Karagumruk of Turkey striker was granted permission to leave the team’s camp to be with family members following the sad event. But will link up with teammates in Cameroon ahead of Nigeria’s first game of the competition against Egypt on January 11. In another development, striker Odion Ighalo may not featured at the tournament following the refusal of his Saudi Arabian club, Al-Shabab, to release him to represent his country. In the report by Sahara Reporters, it was claimed that a clause in the contract he signed with the club, indicated that he was no longer active internationally for Nigeria, which is one of...
Afcon 2021: Ghana coach Rajevac explains surprise Kudus call-up
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Afcon 2021: Ghana coach Rajevac explains surprise Kudus call-up

The Black Stars boss has shed light on his inclusion of the Ajax midfielder on his roster for Cameroon Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac is ready to wait for Ajax youngster Mohammed Kudus to regain fitness and potentially join the Black Stars at some point at the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon. The 21-year-old, who has been out of action since picking up an injury while on international duty in November, was a surprise choice in the Serbian's final 28-man squad for the championship, particularly after joining his club for a mid-season training camp in Portugal on Monday. His inclusion on the Afcon roster has generated confusion and debate alike about his involvement in the continental gathering. "For this competition, we can register more than 23 players and ...
Afcon 2021: Afena-Gyan and Samed out of Ghana’s final squad amid Kudus surprise
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Afcon 2021: Afena-Gyan and Samed out of Ghana’s final squad amid Kudus surprise

The Black Stars have announced their final roster for the upcoming continental championship Roma starlet Felix Afena-Gyan and France-based Salis Abdul Samed have been dropped from Ghana’s final 28-man squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon but Ajax attacker Mohammed Kudus made the cut. Afena-Gyan and Samed are the only two players dropped from the preliminary 30-man roster announced in December. The former’s absence is a result of a request on his part to be excused from international football on the back of his recent rise to prominence. The attacker, who also turned down his first and only previous Ghana call-up for a 2018 World qualifying double-header in November, made his senior debut for Roma in late October, going on to score a sensational double in a 2...
Should Nigeria be worried by Troost-Ekong’s defensive failings?
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Should Nigeria be worried by Troost-Ekong’s defensive failings?

The Hornets defender has struggled of late and there are fears regarding his form ahead of a major tournament 2021 was something of a breakthrough year for William Troost-Ekong, after winning promotion with Watford and making his Premier League debut - seven years after leaving Tottenham Hotspur’s academy. The Nigerian also reached some memorable milestones for the national team. The defender hit 50 caps for the Super Eagles and was named captain ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. However, the final months of last year were not as rosy on the pitch.  
AFCON 2021: Egypt coach reveals secrets behind team selection ahead of Nigeria clash
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AFCON 2021: Egypt coach reveals secrets behind team selection ahead of Nigeria clash

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

The African stars featured for their clubs in Sunday's top-flight match at Stamford Bridge Liverpool striker Sadio Mane and Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy have departed England to link up with their Senegal teammates for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations that will start in Cameroon on January 9. Mendy was in goal for the Blues during their 2-2 Premier League draw with Liverpool on Sunday while Mane scored the opening goal for the visitors with his ninth-minute strike at Stamford Bridge. A few hours after the match in London, Mendy shared a post of himself and the 2019 African Footballer of the Year onboard a plane to Senegal as they shift their attention to the continental tournament.  
Real reason I was dropped from Nigeria’s squad – Watford star, Dennis
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Real reason I was dropped from Nigeria’s squad – Watford star, Dennis

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

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said new Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro must qualify for the 2022 World Cup and reach the quarter-final of the tournament. NFF vice-president, Shehu Dikko, speaking with ESPN, said that if he fails to do so, the situation will be reviewed and a decision taken. “If he does not qualify us for this World Cup, we will review the situation objectively and make a decision based on that,” Dikko said. Nigeria will discover their World Cup play-off opponents on January 26. The West Africans could face any of Congo DR, Egypt, Ghana, Mali or Cameroon for a place at Qatar 2022. The first leg fixtures will take place at the lower-ranked team’s home.
Emmanuel Dennis may not play at AFCON 2021 over NFF blunder
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Emmanuel Dennis may not play at AFCON 2021 over NFF blunder

Watford manager, Claudio Ranieri, has said he may not release Emmanuel Dennis for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, because the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) sent his invitation letter late. Despite the Hornets’ poor form, Dennis has been impressive, scoring eight goals and assisting five. He is only second to Liverpool winger, Mohamed Salah, in terms of Premier League goal involvements this season. Dennis’ outstanding displays earned him a Super Eagles call-up for the 2021 AFCON. However, there is a possibility that the 24-year-old could miss the tournament. I’m not so sure I will miss him now, I don’t know if he will go,” Ranieri told Watford Observer. “Let’s think about it this week, and then I will tell you. “The national team has time to send t...
Manchester United boss Rangnick praises ‘highly-talented’ Tunisian ahead of Afcon tourney
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Manchester United boss Rangnick praises ‘highly-talented’ Tunisian ahead of Afcon tourney

The youngster impressed the United boss in his one training session after returning from Arab Cup duty with Tunisia Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has given Tunisia's Hannibal Mejbri a morale-boosting assessment ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament. The Carthage Eagles are set to participate in the tournament that will be held in Cameroon early next year and Rangnick, who could miss the youngster, has hope the 18-year-old will be a regular member of Manchester United's first team in the near future.  

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