Gernor Rohr names ‘very important’ player in Super Eagles

Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr has described Super Eagles left-back, Jamilu Collins, as a “very important” member of the team. He also likened the defender to a German player due to the hard work he puts in during training. Collins had to wait until the quarterfinal before making his debut at the African Cup of Nations in Egypt due to injury he suffered in the final training session before the opener against Burundi. The Paderborn 07 left-back was handed his maiden Nigeria call-up for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against…

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AFCON 2019: Algeria is champion of Africa, breaks 29-year jinx

Algeria has been crowned champions of Africa for the first time since 1990 following their 1-0 win over Senegal in the final. For Senegal, the AFCON title remains elusive as they failed in the final hurdle just like they did in 2002 against Cameroon. A 2nd-minute goal scored by Baghdad Bounedjah was enough to end the 29-year wait for another AFCON title by Algeria who last conquered the continent in 1990 when they hosted. Bounedjah’s opener for Algeria was the fastest goal at the Total Africa Cup of Nations 2019…

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AFCON 2019: Super Eagles qualify for semi-finals

The Super Eagles are through to the last four of the Africa Cup of Nations, following a thrilling 2-1 win over South Africa on Wednesday night. Samuel Chukwueze gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead at the break, latching onto his own rebound to slot past the goalkeeper. However, Bafana Bafana levelled in the second half, thanks to Video Assistant Referee (VAR) decision. With the match looking to head into extra time, William Troost-Ekong forced the ball over the line in the final minute of play. Nigeria will now play the…

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Nigeria Vs South Africa: Rohr gets major boost as Mikel Obi returns to training

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr has been handed a selection boost ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final against South Africa, as captain John Obi Mikel resumed training today. The midfielder took part in a light training during the team’s recovery session on Sunday morning, seven days after he limped out of Nigeria’s 2-0 defeat to Madagascar. It leaves Rohr positive about his chances of playing against Bafana Bafana on Wednesday, July 10. The German had given a hint about Mikel Obi’s fitness, after the 3-2…

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Lampard includes two Nigerians in squad for pre-season games

Newly appointed Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has included two Nigeria-eligible players on the roster, for upcoming matches in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Young striker Ike Ugbo and central defender Fikayo Tomori were among the travelling party that flew out on Friday. Tammy Abraham has been omitted from the group, while promising youngsters Tariq Uwakwe and Faustino Anjorin were not been considered. Of the five aforementioned players of Nigerian descent, only Abraham and Tomori have debuted for Chelsea’s first-team. Ugbo returned for the second half of last season, after an unsuccessful…

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AFCON 2019: Madagascar humbles Nigeria 2-0 to top Group B

Madagascar truly showed themselves to be the fairytale story of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) competition beating Nigeria 2-0 to run out Group B winners. The opener came after 13 minutes when Nomenjanahary nipped in front of Leon Balogun on the edge of the Nigeria box and calmly rounded Ikechukwu Enzenwa before slotting home. It wasn’t a game full of chances, but the Barea of Madagascar were the more purposeful whenever attacking and, after Ibrahim Amada was felled on the edge of the box, Carolus Andria’s free kick deflected…

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AFCON 2019: Player sent home for slapping team captain

Mali striker Adama Niane has been sent home from the Africa Cup of Nations for allegedly hitting his captain … in a row over haircuts. Niane, 26, was part of the Eagles’ squad in Egypt that won their opening game against Mauritania. But Coach Mohamed Magassouba has given the Charleroi ace the chop after he reportedly slapped skipper Abdoulaye Diaby in a barber’s chair. Niane is also said to have clashed with Southampton’s newly-signed winger Moussa Djenepo. A team source said: “Certain players ordered a hairdresser to come to the…

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AFCON: Nigeria defeats Guinea 1-0, first to qualify for knockout stages

The Super Eagles of Nigeria became the first country to qualify for the knockout stages of the Total Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-0 win over the Syli Nationale of Guinea at the Alexandria stadium, courtesy of Kenneth Omeruo’s 73rd minute header. Gernot Rohr, with the pace of Guinean midfielders in mind, dropped captain, John Obi Mikel to the bench, adopting a 4-2-1-3 formation with Oghenekaro Etebo and Wilfred Ndidi at the base of midfield, with Alex Iwobi behind match-winner against Burundi, Odion Ighalo. The final whistle means Super…

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AFCON 2019: Why we defeated Burundi by just 1-0 – Akpeyi, Omeruo

Chelsea defender, Kenneth Omeruo, and Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, have spoken out after Nigeria’s opening day slim win over Burundi in Group B of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. The goalkeeper, and defender, who spoke to journalists in the free zone after the 1-0 win admitted that Burundi made things difficult for them. Omeruo said: “We knew it was a difficult game before the start of the game. They have nothing to lose; they played middle of the pitch and tried for counter attacks. ”I am…

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Iwobi reveals Mikel’s new AFCON role

Alex Iwobi has suggested that Chelsea icon Obi Mikel will likely be deployed as a central midfielder at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr has been trying out different formations in the training sessions and gave a hint at what his starting line-up against Burundi could be in the preparatory matches against Zimbabwe and Senegal. Both Iwobi and Mikel lined up in midfield in both matches with the Hale End Academy product deployed in a more advanced position and the Super Eagles captain playing centrally. “It’s…

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2019 AFCON: Ahmed Musa reveals last wish ahead of Saturday’s opener

Super Eagles forward, Ahmed Musa, has made his final wish ahead of the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt. The Saudi Arabia based star said he is hopeful that none of the 23 players named in Gernot Rohr’s team will suffer injury setbacks. Musa said it is time to focus on the team’s fitness rather than the form of the players prior to the Nations Cup. “Its flattering to be appreciated for what you have done with your club before a major tournament like this (AFCON),” Musa told allnigeriasoccer.com.…

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Super Falcons end W’Cup winless run, beat Korea 2-0

A brilliant goal by former Liverpool forward Asisat Oshoala helped earn Nigeria a first win at the 2019 Women’s World Cup – and all but end South Korea’s hopes of reaching the last-16. Nigeria went ahead when defender Kim Do-yeon volleyed past her own keeper. Ex-Arsenal player Oshoala held off a defender before rounding the keeper to score Nigeria’s second goal. South Korea, who face Norway in their third and final group match on Monday, have yet to score or earn a point. Nigeria will confirm a place in the…

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Defending champions USA thrash Thailand 13-0 at women’s World Cup

The United States recorded the biggest ever victory in the Fifa Women’s World Cup as they crushed Thailand 13-0. The 2015 winners were 3-0 up at half-time, scored four times in 10 minutes in the second half and then added six more goals in the last 16 minutes. Alex Morgan scored five times for the United States with two goals apiece for Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis. Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also scored to beat Germany’s 11-0 win over Argentina. The United States’ previous biggest…

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Anthony Joshua gets £20m for shock defeat, Andy Ruiz £5m for winning

Newly-crowned world champion Andy Ruiz Jr will bank just £5million after producing one of the greatest heavyweights upsets in history against Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden. The Mexican underdog knocked the Brit down four times, forcing a seventh-round stoppage. But it is Joshua who will earn the lions’ share of the fight purse. However, the dethroned WBA, WBO and IBF champion will accrue £20m after suffering the first defeat of his career. Ruiz is understood to have made only around £5m from the fight at New York’s iconic Madison…

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Liverpool wins Champion League

Liverpool erased the disappointment of last season’s Champions League final loss by claiming the trophy for the sixth time with victory over Tottenham in Madrid. It was Mohamed Salah, such a disconsolate figure when he was injured early in that loss to Real Madrid, who set Liverpool on their way with a penalty after two minutes when Moussa Sissoko was contentiously punished for handball. In a final that rarely touched the heights of the blockbuster semi-finals that made this an all-Premier League showpiece, Spurs had chances but were denied by…

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