Wednesday 18 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 10/16/17)
Akwa United beat Niger Tornadoes on penalties to win their second Nigerian Cup in three years after a 0-0 draw in Sunday's final at Lagos. Striker Gabriel Okechukwu scored the decisive spot-kick in sudden death to win the shoot-out 3-2, after both teams failed to score in a drab match. Substitute Okechukwu had failed to convert the biggest chance of the day in the 85th minute, when he was clear on goal with only goalkeeper Mustapha Aliko to beat. The victory means that Akwa will play in the CAF Confederation Cup next season, having lost in the 2016 preliminary round. In a dire first 45 minutes, Friday Ubong was denied a clear sight on goal...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA – Lagos (Nigeria) - The Akwa United FC of Akaw Ibom State on Sunday defeated the Niger Tornadoes of Niger State 3-2 on penalties to clinch 2017 Aiteo Cup, formerly the Federation Cup. The match, which was played at the Agege Stadium in Lagos, ended goalless at regulation time and the match was settled through penalty shootout. The two teams ended the first stage of the penalty shootout on a 2-2 draw and the match entered into a sudden death stage and Gabriel Okechukwu scored the first sudden death kick for Akwa United after the Niger Tornadoes player failed to convert his penalty kick. Apart from clinching the trophy, Akwa United was presented a cheque for N25 million while...
(AFP 10/04/17)
Nigeria host Zambia in their penultimate 2018 World Cup qualifier on Saturday knowing that victory would secure a sixth finals appearance since first qualifying in 1994. The 2-1 win in the reverse fixture in Ndola 12 months ago helped get the country behind a team who had failed to feature at back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations. It set the tone for the Super Eagles' excellent campaign in a tough Group B, with Nigeria not dropping points until matchday four in...
(AFP (eng) 09/26/17)
Nigeria on Tuesday recalled Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi for next month's crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier against their main rivals Zambia. The 21-year-old was ruled out of the double-header against Cameroon earlier this month with a thigh strain, but should be fit for the next game in Uyo on October 7. The Super Eagles top Group B with 10 points and with Zambia on seven and just two rounds of matches to go a win for Nigeria puts them in...
(Daily Trust 09/18/17)
After their silver medal exploit at the just-concluded 2017 AfroBasket tournament in Tunisia, D’Tigers will return home in the early hours of today aboard a Royal Air Maroc flight with the exception of team captain, Ike Diogu who will head to the United State of America due to family commitments. The delegation which will be led by the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Engr Musa Kida is expected to arrive through the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos. The 2015...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Olympic boxing’s governing body, AIBA, has banned African confederation head Kelani Bayor for three years for allegedly provoking the crowd at the continental championships in Brazzaville last June. Bayor is an AIBA vice-president and executive committee member as well as chairman of Togo’s national Olympic committee. “The Disciplinary Commission found that a hostile and threatening reaction to AIBA officials by spectators after the result of a bout on the last day of the competition was exacerbated by comments from Mr...
(AFP (eng) 09/12/17)
Chelsea star Victor Moses has dismissed suggestions he picks and chooses the games he plays for Nigeria, insisting he always wants to be fit before appearing for his country. Moses, 26, made his Nigeria debut in 2012 when he changed his international allegiance after representing England at various age-grade levels. He has since won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations for Nigeria and featured at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Moses played a key role in the draw and...
(BBC News Africa 09/05/17)
African champions Cameroon cannot qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia after a 1-1 draw with Nigeria in Yaounde on Monday. The result means Cameroon have just three points from four matches and can no longer finish top of Group B. "There's no-one in life who achieves all his goals [but] it's a disappointment," Indomitable Lions coach Hugo Broos said after the game. In Monday's other match, Libya earned a 1-0 win over Guinea in Group A. Nigeria...
(AFP (eng) 09/02/17)
Nigeria hammered African champions Cameroon Friday to virtually seal a 2018 World Cup place, but Ghana drew and South Africa lost to suffer serious qualifying setbacks. Current and former Chelsea midfielders Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel scored one goal and created another as Nigeria overwhelmed Cameroon 4-0 in southeast city Uyo. A late strike from Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid salvaged a 1-1 home draw for lacklustre Ghana against Congo Brazzaville in Kumasi. Russia-based Nuno Rocha broke the hearts...
(BBC News Africa 08/28/17)
Nigeria have suffered a blow ahead of their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Cameroon in Uyo on Friday, after Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi withdrew from the squad with a thigh muscle strain. The 21-year-old will also miss the away leg against African champions Cameroon in Yaounde on 4 September, according to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Iwobi was due to join the Super Eagles training camp on Monday after Arsenal's Premier League game at Liverpool on Sunday. Iwobi, the nephew...
(BBC News Africa 08/17/17)
Nigeria international Ogenyi Onazi has been denied a work permit to play for English Championship side Birmingham City. Birmingham had agreed terms with the 24-year-old to sign him from Turkish club Trabzonspor. However the Football Association turned down a first application for a work permit for Onazi last week. An appeal made by the club was rejected on Wednesday despite Onazi being a regular in the Nigeria national team. BBC Sport understands that the player and his representatives are bitterly...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be...
(AFP (eng) 08/02/17)
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr is hopeful goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia, will return for next year's World Cup in Russia. "It’s unfortunate that Carl Ikeme will be sick for a long time, we miss him, but hopefully he will come back for the World Cup," Rohr said on Wednesday. "So, for the moment we will work with the other goalkeepers." The Wolverhampton Wanderers number one, who made his debut against Tanzania in 2015, played a...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will expand from 16 to 24 teams and be staged in June and July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Thursday. The tournament has traditionally been held in January and February, with the timing of the tournament a source of frustration to European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season. The CAF executive committee confirmed the changes to the format following a two-day symposium in Rabat, although the...
(AFP (eng) 07/07/17)
Nigerian international goalkeeper Carl Ikeme who plays for second tier English side Wolverhampton Wanderers has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia, the club announced. The 31-year-old England-born goalkeeper -- capped 10 times -- returned "abnormal blood tests" during pre-season testing and further checks confirmed the diagnosis. "It would be an understatement to say that everyone at Wolves has been shocked and saddened to hear the news of Carl's diagnosis," said Wolves managing director Laurie Dalrymple. "That relates to both players and...
(Daily Trust 07/07/17)
Nigeria have dropped a place in FIFA’s latest World Ranking, following a dismal 2-0 defeat to South Africa in an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier. Having failed to qualify for the 2017 AFCON staged in Gabon, they are now in real danger of missing out on a spot in the 2019 edition billed for Cameroon and are down to 39th in the rankings. Even at this fall, the Super Eagles remain sixth in Africa behind Egypt, Senegal, Congo DR,...
(Daily Trust 06/02/17)
The Super Eagles ended their camping exercise in France yesterday with a comprehensive 3 - 0 win over Togo in an international friendly played in Paris. Gernot Rohr’s experimental side, without the like of Ogenyi Onazi, John Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Carl Ikeme were too strong for the Hawks in the match. Yesterday’s match is one of the tune-up games arranged by Coach Gernot Rohr to test the players ahead of next weekend’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier...
(This Day Live 06/02/17)
Three goals in under half an hour, including a brace by Leicester of England’s Ahmed Musa steered the Super Eagles past the Hawks of Togo 3-0 in an international friendly in Paris yesterday evening. Musa slotted past goalkeeper Fatao Alhassani as early as the third minute, after a marvelous job by English FA Cup champion Arsenal FC’s Alex Iwobi. Iwobi also provided the assist for the second goal by Musa 15 minutes later. The Eagles dominated to near–embarrassing degree against...
(Daily Trust 06/01/17)
Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has invited 23 players to the team’s camp ahead of next week’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa. Turkey-based midfielder Ogenyi Onazi topped the list made available on Wednesday, with Elderson Echiejile, Ahmed Musa and Kenneth Omeruo also called. South Africa-based goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi joins home-based professional Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Portugal-based Dele Alampasu to contest for the gloves, with William Ekong, Chidozie Awaziem, Abdullahi Shehu, Tyronne...
(AFP (eng) 05/31/17)
Nigeria have left out Chelsea star Victor Moses from their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa next month. Speculation has been rife in recent weeks over the whether Moses would be available for the June 10 match in the southern city of Uyo. The 26-year-old has been Nigeria's most outstanding player in Europe this past season but there have been doubts about his commitment to the Super Eagles. Another surprise in Gernot Rohr's 23-man squad is a...

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