Saturday 19 August 2017
(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 disappointed that the panel rejected an appeal. Onazi has played 38 times for the Super Eagles and helped them to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and reach the last 16 of the World...
(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 at his best in the 800m, where a clutch of athletes are suddenly dreaming of glory in the absence of Kenya's injured champion David Rudisha. Kenya is expected to continue its dominance of the men's 3,000m steeplechase - though American...
(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...
(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...

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