AFCON 2023:  ‘Difficult duel ahead against Guinea-Bissau’ – Omeruo predicts

Nigeria defender, Kenneth Omeruo is expecting a difficult contest against Guinea-Bissau. This is according to a report by sports on-line platform, Completeaports.com. The Super Eagles will today, Monday, look to secure a place in the Round of 16, when they take on the Djurtus at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium, Abidjan. Guinea-Bissau are bottom of Group-A, with zero point from two games. Despite Baciro Cande’s side poor performance in the competition, Omeruo has emphasised the need for the Super Eagles not to underrate their opponent. Omeruo told a press conference…

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AFCON 2023: Tactical switch earned us victory over Cote d’Ivoire — Finidi George

Super Eagles assistant coach, Finidi George, says discipline and a tactical switch in formation earned the team victory over Cote d’Ivoire on Thursday, at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). Finidi told newsmen, after a pulsating match, that the boys played to instructions in a very tactical game against the hosts. He said, “We are very happy with the victory, but nothing has been done yet. It was a tactical game; we switched formations and had to defend most of the time, using counterattacks from the flanks. “It’s a…

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2023 AFCON: Super Eagles squad tops list of ‘most valuable’ team

The Super Eagles of Nigeria squad tops the list of the most expensive teams for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, (AFCON), kicking-off tomorrow, Saturday, in Ivory Coast across six stadiums, according to the latest report by UK betting site, BettingSites.co.uk. Twenty-four teams will compete for honours at the biggest football tournament in Africa, with some of the biggest teams and players set to lock horns in the Ivory Coast in a one-month football carnival. According to the report, Nigeria’s team is at the top of the squad valuation of…

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SuperSport to now air AFCON matches live – MultiChoice

SuperSport channels, on DSTV and GOtv, will now air all 52 matches of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Cote d’Ivoire live, beginning from this Saturday, 13 January. Recall that MultiChoice had last week said SuperSport channel on DSTV would not be able to broadcast the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament live. The company had, in a statement, said it would not be able to broadcast the tournament live because it did not secure the rights to broadcast it. “SuperSport Channel will not broadcast the Africa Cup…

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Renewed Hope: Tinubu clears ₦12bn outstanding payment for Super Eagles, others

President Bola Tinubu has cleared the outstanding payment that the Federal Government-owed the Super Eagles and other sporting teams of the country. According to a statement posted on the social media handle of Tinubu’s Media Centre, yesterday, the payment entails the clearing of the senior national team coach salaries running up to 15 months, payments of allowances and promises due to the senior national teams, females, and Under-20 national team. The statement reads: “President @officialABAT has approved the payment of N12 billion outstanding backlog for Nigeria’s National teams of various…

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StarTimes announces readiness to show AFCON 2023

Chinese electronics and media company, StarTimes, has rekindled the spark in the hearts of football lovers in Nigeria with their latest announcement, revealing that it’ll be airing the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament live, a feat MultiChoice couldn’t attain. The AFCON broadcasting rights were not acquired by MultiChoice Group, as the company disclosed on Wednesday. The competition, which is scheduled to start in Ivory Coast on January 13, is unlikely to air on the broadcast giant’s SuperSport channel, according to reports. Nigerian football fans had hoped to watch the…

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2023 AFCON winner to pocket N6.2bn

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) yesterday announced that the winner of the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) will go home with a whopping sum of $7,000,000, (about N6.2 billion – using the exchange rate of N891.8400 to a U.S dollar as at 5pm yesterday), representing 40% increase in the prize money for the winner. CAF, which disclosed this in a statement posted on its website: CAFOnline, also raised the prize money of the previous AFCON edition held in 2022 in Cameroon, from $4.5 million to $5 million, an…

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‘SuperSport won’t broadcast AFCON 2023’ – DSTV

Nigerians will have to turn to the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and other free-to-air channels to watch the Super Eagles in action at the 2023 African Cup of Nations, (AFCON), as MultiChoice, owner of cable platform, DSTV, yesterday announced that it will not broadcast the games on SuperSport. Recall that the 2023 AFCON will kick-off in Ivory Coast on January 13, 2024. MultiChoice, in an issued statement, said it failed to secure the right to broadcast the 2023 AFCON. “However, the games will be available through our partner broadcast stations…

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2034 World Cup: Saudi Arabia relaxes LGBTQ laws to woo fans

After winning the bid to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup, the government of Saudi Arabia has taken measures to relax some of its homosexual laws, in a bid to accommodate thousands of fans who will be travelling to the Middle-East for the biggest football festival. In Saudi Arabia, homosexuality is illegal as well and punishable by death. Other punishments can include imprisonment and flogging. President of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF), Yasser Al-Misehal, said the country will welcome everyone and Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual,  Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) fans at…

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Kenyan Marathon runner Ekiru gets 10-year doping ban

Kenyan marathon runner Titus Ekiru has been banned for 10 years, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said Monday, for both doping and tampering in a case that involved collusion with a high-ranking doctor in a Kenyan hospital. One of his positive tests, for triamcinolone acetonide, came at the Milan Marathon in May 2021, which he won in a time of two hours, two minutes and 57 seconds, which would currently rank him the seventh-fastest all-time marathon athlete. The ban comes after an investigation found the 31-year-old obstructed the AIU’s probe…

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