Friday 23 June 2017
(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 against South Africa in Uyo. Ahmed Musa, who wedded last week scored twice, while Manchester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho scored the third goal for the Super Eagles. The Eagles showed they meant business as early...
(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 the fellow West Africans, who featured at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon earlier in the year. On a day that NFF President Amaju Pinnick, 2nd Vice President Shehu Dikko and Aiteo Group chieftains Francis Peters and Andrew Onyearu...
(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...
(AFP (eng) 05/22/17)
Impressive home form in Africa gives Nigerian club Rivers United hope of getting back on track this week in the CAF Confederation Cup. The Port Harcourt outfit host Group A pacesetters FUS Rabat of Morocco Wednesday in a must-win match for the west Africans. United, a 2015 merger between Snarks and former Confederation Cup runners-up Dolphins, scored nine unanswered goals in three home CAF matches this year. They struck four against Real Bamako of Mali and three against Al Merrikh...
(AFP (eng) 05/13/17)
Nigerian Stanley Okawuchi scored a soft late goal to ensure Zamalek of Egypt made a winning start Friday in the CAF Champions League group phase. The five-time champions scored twice in the second half to overcome plucky CAPS United of Zimbabwe 2-0 during matchday 1 in Mediterranean city Alexandria. Several squandered chances and acrobatic saves from CAPS goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda kept the Group B clash goalless until half-time at the Borg Al Arab Stadium. But Sibanda was at fault for...
(AFP (eng) 05/09/17)
Nigeria have called up 25 mostly Europe-based players for a friendly against Corsica on May 26 in Ajaccio. The squad includes Premier League stars Wilfred Ndidi, Ahmed Musa (Leicester City), Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) and Isaac Success (Watford). Nigeria, whose next World Cup 2018 qualifier will be against Cameroon in August, will get together two days before the game with Portugal-based Mikel Agu as well as domestic stars Alhassan Ibrahim 'Muazzam', Stephen Odey and Sikiru Olatunbosun the fresh call-ups. Defensive...
(The Guardian Nigeria 05/02/17)
The nation’s contingent to this year’s Senior African Wrestling Championships has come back home with eight gold and two silver medals. The event was held at Marrakech, Morocco. Odunayo Adekuoroye’s victory in the 55kg, Blessing Oborududu (63kg), Mercy Genesis (48kg), Aminat Adeniyi (58kg), Kemeasuodei Dressman (69kg) and Gofit Winnie (75kg) ensured that nation won six gold medals in the female freestyle. While also in the female freestyle, both Bose Samuel, who contested in the 53kg and Bisola Makanjuola (60kg) were...
(Premium Times 05/02/17)
The Super Sand Eagles on Monday crashed out at the group stage of the Bahamas 2017. The team failed to progress to the quarterfinals of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in the Bahamas after losing 1-2 on penalties to Iran following a 4-4 draw after three periods. Nigeria’s head coach, Audu Adamu, opted to stick with same five players who started in the previous game against Mexico in which they needed a last gasp Abu Azeez goal to win...
(AFP (eng) 04/27/17)
Nigerian international goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama will miss the last four games of the season with a knee injury, his Lille coach Franck Passi said on Thursday. Enyeama, his country's most capped player with more than 100 appearances for the Super Eagles, was injured against Rennes on April 15. Passi said Enyeama, 34, would undergo an operation next week to "clean up" the knee. "It will therefore be difficult for him to play again before the end of the season because...
(BBC News Africa 04/26/17)
The cash-strapped Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has received a financial boost from an energy company worth around US$9.2 million over the next five years. The deal with the Aiteo Group will commence on 1 May. "This will make it easier for us to plan adequately for our national teams," NFF boss Amaju Pinnick said. "It is important to note that this will also take care of the national team coaches' salaries." Pinnick hopes that this means no repeats of problems...
(AFP (eng) 03/28/17)
Nigeria could avoid playing friendlies in London from now on because of problems obtaining visas for staff and players, coach Gernot Rohr has said. The Super Eagles played Senegal at non-league Barnet's ground in north London last Friday, drawing 1-1, but a second scheduled match against Burkina Faso on Monday had to be called off. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said seven Burkinabe players failed to secure British entry visas. Rohr said several of his players also found themselves unable...
(BBC News Africa 03/27/17)
Watford striker Isaac Success is determined to help Nigeria qualify for the 2018 World Cup after making his senior debut for the Super Eagles. The 21-year-old came on as a substitute on Thursday as Nigeria drew 1-1 with Senegal in a friendly in London. "It was a dream come true for me. I thank God for being here representing my country," he told BBC Sport. "The energy is there, the mindset of bringing success to Nigeria and to Africa at...
(AFP (eng) 03/24/17)
Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho's penalty seven minutes from time secured a 1-1 draw with Senegal, preserving Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr's unbeaten record on Thursday. Veteran striker Moussa Sow had given the Senegalese -- ranked five places higher than the Nigerians in the African football rankings -- the lead early in the second-half. That goal looked like giving the Teranga Lions a first win in their last 14 meetings, dating back to 1977, in a match watched by just over...
(AFP (eng) 03/16/17)
Africa will host a Commonwealth Games one day despite the blow of Durban being stripped of hosting the 2022 edition, David Grevemberg, the chief executive of The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), told AFP. Durban lost the right to host the Games on Monday -- just 18 months after being awarded them -- when it failed to meet criteria laid down by the CGF, primarily over costs. "I wouldn't want to make a judgement call," Grevemberg told AFP on the sidelines...
(AFP (eng) 03/06/17)
Nigerian center Festus Ezeli, who has yet to play for the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, will miss the full campaign after undergoing left knee surgery in the next few days. The team announced Sunday that the 27-year-old African, a Golden State Warriors reserve on their 2015 NBA championship squad and the 2016 team that won an NBA record 73 games, would undergo the operation next week in Vail, Colorado. Ezeli signed a two-year contract worth $15.2 million with the Trail...
(AFP (eng) 03/03/17)
Former Nigerian football supremo Amos Adamu on Friday blamed what he said was the FIFA "mafia" for his two-year ban from the game for ethics violations. Adamu, who sat on the world governing body's executive committee and was West African Football Union president from 2008-10, was excluded from all football-related activity from February 28. The 62-year-old was previously handed a three-year ban in 2010 for accepting bribes in relation to the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups...
(AFP (eng) 03/01/17)
Nigeria looks likely to back Confederation of African Football president Issa Hayatou for re-election, despite the personal preferences of the head of the country's football association. Sports minister Solomon Dalung told a meeting of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) executive committee they would vote in "Nigerian interest" at next month's vote. Long-time CAF boss Hayatou is seeking another term of office but NFF president Amaju Pinnick has said his preferred candidate was Madagascar's Ahmad Ahmad. Dalung indicated that by "Nigerian...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/18/17)
Seven suspected Boko Haram militants blew themselves on the outskirts of a northeast Nigerian city on Friday, a local aid agency said, in an attack witnesses said targeted refugees preparing to return to their home villages. The bombing took place outside Maiduguri, the population center at the heart of a government campaign to eradicate the Islamist group, whose more than seven-year insurgency has killed 15,000 people and forced some two million from their homes. The Borno State Emergency Management Agency said eight members of a local militia, the civilian Joint Task Force, were wounded in the attack, which underscored Boko Haram's ability to continue to operate despite the government's insistence
(Daily Trust 02/15/17)
Super Falcons forward Asisat Oshoala has left Women’s Super League One club Arsenal Ladies in England to join Chinese side Dalian Quanjian. The 22-year-old won the BBC’s Women’s Footballer of the Year Award in 2015 before joining Arsenal from Liverpool. She helped the Gunners win the Women’s FA Cup at Wembley in May and recently won the 2016 African Women’s Player of the Year Award. Oshoala also played for Nigeria at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The...

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