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Sunday, July 14, 2019

AFCON: Nigeria Vs Algeria Will Be Tough – Odegbami

AFCON: Nigeria Vs Algeria Will Be Tough – Odegbami

Segun Odegbami, an ex-international, said on Sunday that the semi-final between Nigeria and Algeria at the ongoing African Cup of Nations(AFCON) would be tough.
AFCON: Nigeria vs Algeria will be tough – Odegbami

Odegbami made this known in an interview with the our source in Ota, Ogun.

He noted that the Super Eagles needed to listen to their coach and technical crew as the match between them and the Desert Foxes of Algeria “would be hard.”

“Our success when the Green Eagles played against Algeria in the final of the 1980 Nations Cup that we won by 3-0 should inspire the present Super Eagles to victory.” he said.

The ex-international, however, advised the Super Eagles to fight from the beginning to the end of the match against the Desert Foxes ” as it would be a difficult one.”

It was reported that Odegbami, who played for the Green Eagles in the finals of the 1980 Cup of Nations, scored two goals against Algeria.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Breaking: Nigeria Book Semi-finals Ticket At 2019 AFCON

Breaking: Nigeria Book Semi-finals Ticket At 2019 AFCON

Breaking: Nigeria book semi-finals ticket at 2019 AFCON
Nigeria’s Super Eagles have progressed to the semi-final of the ongoing Africa Nations Cup (AFCON) in Egypt with 2-1 defeat of South Africa’s Bafana Bafana.

Samuel Chukwueze opened scoring for Nigeria on 27th minute. Chukwueze was in the right place at the right time to get to the rebound inside the box and gleefully rifled the ball low inside the left post to make it 1-0 for Nigeria.

On 42nd minute, Chukwueze went on a weaving run through the defence and got within shooting range but his effort was blocked.

Oghenekaro Etebo, on 51st minute took a mid-range free kick, but Ronwen Williams stopped the ball from reaching the top left corner by tipping it onto the post, it was a great save.

On 60th minute, a through ball from Ahmed Musa failed to reach Odion Ighalo as one of the defending players reacted brilliantly to intercept the effort. If the pass had been produced a little bit earlier, Ighalo could have got into a promising position.

Bongani Zungu made it 1-1 for South Africa on 71st minute. He lashed onto the rebound near the penalty spot, and he produced a fantastic header which went inside the right post.

The linesman had ruled out the goal but VAR gave it to South Africa.

William Troost-Ekong sealed the deal for the Eagles in the 89th minute following Moses Simon crossing from a resulting corner which dropped in a free space before finding the net to make it 2-1 for Nigeria.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Video: Dollar Rain For Super Eagles Players For Beating Cameroon

Video: Dollar Rain For Super Eagles Players For Beating Cameroon

Video: Dollar rain for Super Eagles players for beating Cameroon

Super Eagles players are expected to pocket at least $30,000 each for Saturday’s hard-earned 3-2 victory over the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in AFCON 2019 Round of 16 encounter at the Alexandria Stadium in Egypt.

A video posted by twitter user Usher Komugisha showed President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick promising the players $20,000 each for the win

Pinnick said “every Nigeria Super Eagles player will get $20,000 for winning today’s Round of 16 tie against Cameroon.”

Shehu Dikko, NFF 2nd Vice President and Executive Committee member Ahmed Fresh, were seen jubilating with the players.

Watch the video of what Pinnick said below, and the joy that followed:

Meanwhile, Lagos State government has appreciated the players with got $5,000 each, while one of the team’s individual sponsors, Captain Hosa Okunbo rewarded the team with $20,000 for the win.

They also got a match winning bonus of $12,500 and $75,000 for the three goals by one of the Nigeria Football Federation major sponsors, Aiteo Group.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

AFCON: NLO Hails Super Eagles’ Resilience

AFCON: NLO Hails Super Eagles’ Resilience

The Nigeria Nationwide League One (NLO) has hailed the Super Eagles for their resilience in the tension soaked match against Cameroon in the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
AFCON: NLO Hails Super Eagles’ Resilience

Freshreporters News earlier reported that the Super Eagles came from behind, after taking the lead, to beat Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions 3-2 and advance to the quarter-finals of 2019 AFCON in Egypt.

A Director in the NLO Board, Ebere Amaraizu, told NAN on Saturday in Enugu shortly after the match that the Super Eagles had a magnificent comeback into the tournament after their awful last group match against Madagascar.

Amaraizu noted that the team played in a coordinated manner and they put up a good fighting spirit today.

According to him, they have put in lots of effort and determination in the match, even when the Cameroon fought very hard throughout the game.

“The NLO Board join all well-meaning Nigerians and lovers of football in the World to congratulate the Super Eagles for defeating the defending champions, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.

“The match had cleared the doubt most people have over the Super Eagles flying very high again in the tournament.

“They had made our weekend worthwhile and put smiles in the faces and hearts of millions of Nigerians once more,’’ he said.

Amaraizu, who also is the General Manager of Crime Busters FC, Enugu, noted that the NLO would continue on its “fervent support’’ and prayers for the senior national team in the tournament.

It was recalled that the Super Eagles led until the 41st minute, through an Odion Ighalo goal, before being pegged back and going behind within three minutes by two consecutive goals from the Indomitable Lions.

However, goals from Ighalo and Alex Iwobi within three minutes after the hour restored the Nigerian side’s lead and gave them the important 3 – 2 win.

With the favourable result, Nigeria will now on Wednesday meet the winners of the fixture between hosts Egypt and South Africa, which will be played later on Saturday.
Super Eagles Come From Behind To Beat Cameroon At 2019 AFCON

Super Eagles Come From Behind To Beat Cameroon At 2019 AFCON

Super Eagles come from behind, after taking the lead, to beat Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions 3-2 and advance to the quarter-finals of 2019 AFCON in Egypt.
Super Eagles Come From Behind To Beat Cameroon At 2019 AFCON

The Eagles led until the 41st minute, through an Odion Ighalo goal, before being pegged back and going behind within three minutes.

Goals from Ighalo and Alex Iwobi within three minutes after the hour restored the Nigerian side’s lead and gave them the important win.

Nigeria will now on Wednesday meet the winners of the fixture between hosts Egypt and South Africa, which will be played later on Saturday.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

AFCON Last 16: Madagascar President Charters Plane For Fans

AFCON Last 16: Madagascar President Charters Plane For Fans

AFCON last 16: Madagascar president charters plane for fans
Madagascan President Andry Rajoelina has chartered a special plane to take football fans to Egypt for the Africa Cup of Nations after the country unexpectedly qualified for the round of 16.

Excitement has been building in the Indian Ocean island nation as the team emerged top of group B after beating three-time tournament winners Nigeria 2-0.

“Barea”, who take their nickname from a breed of local cattle, now play DR Congo on Sunday for a place in the semi-final.

“After hearing the demands of supporters, President Andry Rajoelina and the Madagascan state have decided to mobilise an Airbus 380, with 480 seats, to transport supporters,” Rinah Rakotomanga, communications chief for the presidency, told AFP.

The flight will leave Antananarivo on Saturday and return immediately after the game.

But the adventure will not be for free — tickets cost about $600 (530 euros) including the flight, a seat at the match and meals.

Rajoelina had announced that he would attend the match, sparking a campaign to enable other fans to travel.

“Do not go alone to Egypt President Andry Rajoelina, there are supporters who are ready to fill a plane and the empty stadium,” said former opposition MP Guy Rivo Randrianarisoa on social media.

Madagascar will face a tough game at the weekend — they are ranked 108th in the world, with DR Congo far above them in 49th spot.

“Barea’s participation is historic,” said Jean Josue Njakasolo, 38, as he lined up to buy his ticket at an Air Madagascar ticket office.

The price “does not mean anything compared to the honour that our national team gives us,” he said.


Sunday, June 30, 2019

Miss Football Nigeria launched, Targets 80m Nigerians

Miss Football Nigeria launched, Targets 80m Nigerians

Miss Football Nigeria launched, targets 80m Nigerians
Miss Football Nigeria, a new beauty pageantry targeted at getting more support for local leagues as against foreign ones has been launched in Nigeria.

The pageantry officially called Queen Of Nigeria Football is an initiative by Miss Football Nigeria with focus on beauty, football, entertainment and u=youth empowerment.

According to the National Director, Media and Publicity Mr Gambo Jagindi, the events targets on the long run to change the attention of about 80 million Nigerian football lovers to patronize local leagues.

According to Jagindi, Nigeria was yet to harness the potential it had from her football loving populace, saying that the over patronage for foreign leagues was costing the nation so much resources.

“Football has become one of the top three Global Sports Commanding Hundreds of Millions of addicted Fans and Followers in more than Two Third of the Countries of the World combined.

“In Nigeria the addiction is so strong that Football is, as it stands today, the only unifying factor that dismantles the barriers of Ethnicity, Religion, Class or Political Divide. It knows no age limitation in terms of passion and viewership.

Reliable research findings shows that, out of the about Two Hundred Million (200,000,000) Nigerians, over Eighty Million (80,000,000), accounting for over 40% of the Population, are passionate followers of Football.

“Unfortunately, here in Nigeria, much has not been achieved in taking positive advantage of the huge Demography and attendant Addiction for Football by the Youths and Young People to promote National Development, Job and Wealth Creation.

“Miss Football Nigeria Project, has been carefully developed and recently rebranded to deliberately sensitize and mobilize the Nigerian Youth and Young Persons towards participating and investing in our Local Football as a means of Recreation, Entertainment and as well as viable stream of Income,” he said.

The media director added that the project among other things, aims to strategically capture the interest of at least four million football loving Nigerian Youths and sensitize them on the dangers and economic disadvantages of over-patronizing foreign football matches at the expense of our domestic leagues.

According to him, it also aims at penetrating the tertiary institutions in Nigerian, students and youths groups, growing a massive fan base for local leagues, build economic structure for Young People in Nigeria and empower young women.

He said that the project specifically targets national and state youth bodies, students of higher institutions of learning, community youth leaders, youth groups, young artisans and out-of-school youths in the market places.

He added that the project was being run in partnership with the National Youth Council of Nigeria, National Association of Nigerian Students, Nigerian Youth Parliament, Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria Nigerian Football Federation and Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development among others.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Man United Announce Second Signing Of The Season And It Is A Big One

Man United Announce Second Signing Of The Season And It Is A Big One

Aaron Wan-Bissaka signs 5-year deal with Man United from Crystal Palace 

Breaking: Man United announce second signing of the season and it is a big one

Premier League giants Manchester United on Saturday, June 29, confirmed the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace.

The 21-year-old right back signed a five-year contract with an option to extend for a further year at Man United and the deal is believed to be within the region of £45 million to £50 million.

 Speaking after watching Wan-Bissaka sign his new deal, Man United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Aaron is one of the best upcoming defenders in the Premier League. He has the right work ethic, talent and mentality to play for Manchester United and he fits exactly the type of player that we are looking to bring into the squad to help us improve and push on further.

 “Aaron is a young, hungry player and eager to learn and that’s important at his age. I am delighted he has signed with us and we look forward to continuing his tremendous development so far.

On his part, Wan-Bissaka expressed his delight at joining Man United as he described it as an unbelievable feeling.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka said: “It’s an unbelievable feeling and an honour to call myself a Manchester United player and something I know that only a small number of players have the privilege to say.

 “I can’t wait to get going and integrated into the squad. I will have a short break now after the European Championships but I’m looking forward to starting training with the manager and my new team-mates on the pre-season tour.

” The English defender, who came through the ranks of Crystal Palace’s academy, made his professional debut in February 2018 and picked up both the fans’ player of the year award and also the players’ player of the year award in his first full season. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

LIVE: Nigeria Vs Guinea

LIVE: Nigeria Vs Guinea

LIVE: Nigeria Vs Guinea

Hoping that Super Eagles of Nigeria will become the first team to qualify for the knockout stage at the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations staged in Egypt should they secure all three points against Syli Nationale of Guinea.

1’ — Guinea Kick off Guinea gets the game underway.

2’ — Akpeyi makes save Half Chance! Akpeyi is forced to an early save

3’ — Blocked! Iwobi's shot is blocked Alex Iwobi is found in the box but his shot is blocked from close range.

6’ — Ighalo fluffs his line Ahmed Musa embarks on a dashing run in the left flank and finds Ighalo in the box but his first touch is poor and the goalkeeper gathers.

10’ — BIG CHANCE for Guinea Naby Keita plays a defense splitting pass to Sory Kaba but Balogun covers up well and makes the tackle. Nice tackle by the defender. Few seconds later, Akpeyi gathers well from a Kamano shot

15’ — Both teams beginning to settle into the game after a nervy start After 15 minutes played, the score line still remains 0-0

20’ — Free-kick to Guinea goes just inches high Kamano with a curling strike but it goes inches high and doesn’t trouble Akpeyi

24’ — Half Chance! Aina strikes from yards out Ola Aina fires from yards out but his effort is easily gathered by the Guinea goalkeeper

27’ — Yellow card to Falette for a foul on Ighalo Guinea's Falette is booked for a foul on Odion Ighalo

32’ — BIG CHANCE! Ighalo misses after a pass from Moses Simon
What a chance! Nigeria get the first big chance of the game as Moses Simon plays Odion Ighalo through on goal. The striker fires into the side net when he could have passed to Ahmed Musa who was free.

37’ — Chance! Iwobi forces a save from Ibrahim Kone Alex Iwobi with a fierce shot from the edge of the box but Guinea goalkeeper Ibrahim Kone is equal to the task as he parries it away to safety

40’ — Half chance for Guinea! Akpeyi gathers well Ibrahima Cisse with a fierce shot from distance but Akepyi gathers well.

45’ — One Minute of added time to be played 
One minute of added time to be played and once again Naby Keita is down again but he gets up and looks fine to continue.

45’ — Half time: Nigeria 0-0 Guinea
The referee signals the end of the first half. Both teams have created chances with Ighalo coming close for Nigeria and Sory Kaba going close for Guina. Still all to play for in the second half.

46’ — Second half gets underway Nigeria gets the second half underway with Odion Ighalo

46’ — Second half gets underway Nigeria gets the second half underway with Odion Ighalo

47’ — Penalty appeal for Nigeria! Moses Simon appeals for a penalty after he claims his cross hit Sylla's hand but the referee waves play on.

48’ — For the third time in this match, Naby Keita is down again with an injury Again, Naby Keita is down and needs treatment. This will be the third time he will be needing medical attention. He looks good to continue the game though.

50’ — Nigeria with sleek passes Nigeria showcase high level of sleek passes in the edge of Guinea box but Ighalo's attempt to find Musa is intercepted by the Guineans. That's better from the Super Eagles.

55’ — Moses Simon miscalculates
Moses Simon tries to get a corner kick from a tight angle but he is crowded and kicks the ball out for a corner.

57’ — Great spell from Nigeria as Omeruo shows good skills .
Nigeria who have seven corner kicks in this game have a good spell with the but Omeruo's cross in the box doesn't trouble the goalkeeper. He however showed great skills to beat his marker. Top class from the defender.

61’ — Ahmed Musa with a dashing run but the final pass is missing
Ahmed Musa embarks on a dashing run as he beats two Guinea players but his final pass to Ighalo is intercepted. Big chance there for Nigeria!

62’ — Iwobi's shot is saved Alex Iwobi tries a curling shot from distance but Ibrahim Kone is equal to the task and parries away. Nigeria have come alive in Alexandria, Egypt.

65’ — Yellow card to Seka Seka is booked for a foul on Odion Ighalo at the edge of the box. Free-kick to Nigeria and a golden opportunity.

67’ — Ibrahim Kone saves Etebo's free-kick Etebo takes the free-kick for Nigeria but it doesn't trouble the goalkeeper who parried away.

68’ — CHANCE for Nigeria! Ahmed Musa tries to pick out Ighalo but falls short again Ahmed Musa again tries to pick out Ighalo but his cross is intercepted. Nigeria edging closer

71’ — Substitution for Guinea, Naby Keita coming out is injured and is replaced by Alhassane Bangoura Naby Keita is injured and is replaced by Alhassane Bangoura

73’ — GOALLLL! Kenneth Omeruo gives Nigeria the lead Goal! Kenneth Omeruo gives Nigeria the lead. Nigeria 1-0 Guinea

78’ — Substitution! Alex Iwobi Out, Samuel Chukwueze In Alex Iwobi is replaced by Villareal youngster Samuel Chukwueze

80’ — Akpeyi on holiday this second half With 10 minutes left to play, Nigeria's goalkeeper Akpeyi has not been troubled at all this second half.

81’ — Substitution for Guinea, Kamano Out, Bengali-Fode Koita Kamano who was very lively in the first half but was quiet in the second half comes out for Bengali-Fode Koita. Guinea have now taken out their two biggest stars in Kamano and Keita. Can they find a way back in this game?


85’ — Guinea pilling pressure with five minutes left to play Guinea pressing forward and trying to get an equalizer.

88’ — Substitution for Nigeria! Onuachu In, Ighalo Out With two minutes left in the clock, Ighalo is replaced with Onuachu. Man of the match award will be going to Kenneth Omeruo.

90’ — Free-kick to Guinea in dangerous position but comes to nothing Guinea gets a free-kick in a good position but Bangoura's cross is poor and the Nigeria can now forge forward with the ball. Three minutes of added time to be played.

92’ — Substitution! Nigeria make their final change Samuel Kalu comes in for Moses Simon.

93’ — Full time: Nigeria 1-0 Guinea Full time: Nigeria 1-0 Guinea.

 The referee blows the final whistle and Nigeria secure all three points to become the first nation to qualify for the knockout stage at AFCON 2019.
Here Is The Super Eagles 'starting XI' Against Guinea In AFCON 2019

Here Is The Super Eagles 'starting XI' Against Guinea In AFCON 2019

Nigeria vs Guinea: Super Eagles possible starting XI against Syli Nationale 

Here is the Super Eagles 'starting XI' against Guinea in AFCON 2019

Super Eagles of Nigeria will on Wednesday, June 26, continue their campaign at the 2019 African Nations Cup with an encounter against the Syli Nationale of Guinea.

Odion Ighalo came off from the bench in the second half to score the winning goal for Nigeria in their first game against Burundi.
And even after the game, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr confirmed that Burundi were very tough for his wards.


Nigeria are topping Group B with 3 points after their first win in Egypt and they are prepared for their next game.

We will however take a look at the Super Eagles players who played against Burundi and see how many could return to first team against Guinea.

Eagles team vs Burundi 
Daniel Akpeyi, Shehu Abdullahi, Troost Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Ola Aina, Wilfred Ndidi, Samuel Chukwueze, Mikel, Onuachu, Etebo and Iwobi.
These players all tried their best against Burundi in Super Eagles's first game at 2019 Nations Cup, but some of them will not start against Guinea due to changes Gernor Rohr will make.

1. Shehu Abdullai out and Chidozie Awaziem in Bursaspor FC defender Shehu Abdullahi sustained an injury against Burundi and had to leave the pitch in the first half.
The former Kano Pillars star has not trained with Super Eagles since then and he is expected to be replaced with Chidozie Awaziem.

2. Onuachu out and Odion Ighalo in After scoring the winner against Burundi in the first game, many Nigerians questioned Gernot Rohr to explain the rationale that made Onuachu to start ahead of Ighalo.
 And due to the calls, Odion Ighalo is expected to lead Nigeria's attack on Wednesday, June 26, against Guinea.

 So as the case may be now, only two players are expected to be out from the Super Eagles team that defeated Burundi.

Possible lineups against Guinea below:
Daniel Akpeyi, Chidozie Awaziem, Troost Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Ola Aina, Wilfred Ndidi, Samuel Chukwueze, Mikel, Odion Ighalo, Etebo and Alex Iwobi.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

2019 AFCON: Algeria Beat Kenya 2-0

2019 AFCON: Algeria Beat Kenya 2-0

Riyad Mahrez led Algeria to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Kenya as they opened their Africa Cup of Nations finals campaign on Sunday in Cairo.
It was a competent display in this Group C match.
2019 AFCON: Algeria beat Kenya 2-0

Team captain Mahrez netted the second goal just before half-time after striker Baghdad Bounedjah had opened the scoring with a 34th minute penalty kick.

Kenya midfielder Dennis Odhiambo gave away the spot kick with an errant tackle on Youcef Atal.

Atal had made a run down the right wing before cutting inside and forcing the Kenyan into a clumsy attempt to stop him.

Mahrez netted the second nine minutes later as he ghosted unmarked into the penalty area to lash in a pass that was pulled back from the byline.

Mahrez’s powerful shot took a deflection off Kenya full-back Aboud Omar as it flew into the net.

It was as much as Algeria deserved with an overwhelming showing against the Kenyans, who looked largely outclassed on their return to the finals for the first time in 15 years.

Algeria’s strong pressing forced Kenya to constantly turn over possession and never gave them an opportunity to create any chances.

Kenya’s only promising attack came with just six minutes left when Ayub Timbe’s run down the right wing set up a chance for Michael Olunga.

But he was thwarted by the Algerian defence.

Earlier on Sunday, Senegal beat Kenya’s neighbours Tanzania 2-0 in the opening Group C match at the same venue in another one-sided meeting.

Keita Balde put them ahead in the first half and Krepin Diatta rifled a shot through a crowd of players for the second just after the hour to confirm Senegal’s dominance.

Algeria and Senegal meet next in Cairo on Thursday.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Super Falcons Refuse To Leave Their Hotel In France Until Their Share Of The Fifa Money Is Paid

Super Falcons Refuse To Leave Their Hotel In France Until Their Share Of The Fifa Money Is Paid

Super Falcons refuse to leave their hotel in France until their share of the FIFA money is paid

Nigerian Super Falcons players staged a sit-in protest last night, refusing to leave their hotel in France until all of their outstanding bonuses are paid, following the team's elimination from the Women's World Cup.

The players told ESPN they are owed bonuses from two games, against Gambia and Senegal, from as far back as two years ago, amounting to 2 million Nigerian naira (about $5,600 U.S.), but they have been paid only half of that. They also say they are owed five days of daily allowance while at the World Cup.

"They paid us 1 million [naira] and said that is all. We want them to pay the balance. Part of that money is from two years ago, the other is from three years ago. And they are also owing us five days' daily allowance here in France. 

 Before the World Cup, we asked them for a meeting so that we could discuss our World Cup bonuses, like they did with the men's team last year. They ignored the letter and nobody said anything about it until now"  one player told ESPN.

The players are also demanding their share of the World Cup participation fee from FIFA, even though the tournament's organisers are not scheduled to pay those until September.

Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick told ESPN that all the outstanding allowances have been paid.  "We have paid them everything they are being owed," he said.

"The only thing outstanding is the participation fee from FIFA, which is not expected to come until after the tournament. But they insist that they want to get paid, as they have spoken to players from Cameroon and France, who told them they have already been paid."

It is not the first time Nigeria's women team has staged a protest over bonuses. After winning the 2016 African title in Cameroon, the squad returned home and staged a public demonstration on the streets of the capital, Abuja, to demand payment of their outstanding allowances. 

In 2004, the team also sat in for three days at their hotel in South Africa after winning the African title until the allowances were settled.
(LIB blog)

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Check Live Score: Nigeria vs Burundi

Check Live Score: Nigeria vs Burundi

Check Live Score: Nigeria vs Burundi

Starting XI for Nigeria
Daniel Akpeyi, Shehu, Aina, Ndidi, Ekong, Omeruo, Chukwueze, Mikel, Onuachu, Etebo, Iwobi

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1’ — Burundi takes the kickoff Nigeria are in their traditional green and white home stripes while Burundi are dressed in all red with white lining on their jersey Burindi gets the game underway as they play from the right side of the screen to the left

3’ — Iwobi wins first free kick Alex Iwobi wins free kick for Nigeria in Burundi's half after the Arsenal attacker was brought down in the middle of the pitch.

5’ — Onuachu's goal attempt Paul Onuachu was found by a cross from Jamilu Collings from the left flank but Burundi's defenders were on ground to force the tall striker to make a mistake

7’ — Chukwueze's shot Villarreal attacker Samuel Chukwueze launched a close range shot after connecting with Shehu Abdullahi's pass from the right flank but his shot was deflected by the opponents. Chukwueze tried dribbling his way into Burundi's defence line before firing the shot which was blocked by the defenders

11’ — Burundi's chance The Swallows are trying to make something happen in the Nigerian back line but Kenneth Omeruo was in line to clear the danger off the Super Eagles box.

14’ — Superb save from Nahimana Burundi goalkeeper Nahimana saved Paul Onuachu's header from making into the net and the Swallows immediately launched a counter attacking move on the Super Eagles, but Daniel Akpeyi was also on ground to stop Berahino from powering his side ahead Berahino's volley was goal-bound but the South African based goalkeeper was in the right place to keep the ball from going through

18’ — Akpeyi's error Daniel Akpeyi tried pulling a stunt but ended up giving away corner kick to Burundi but the Swallows failed to utilise the opportunity

22’ — Ola Aina's harsh tackle Ola Aina was too physical on Mustafa has he conceded foul to Burundi as both sides are finding their first goal of the match

25’ — Mustafa fouls Etebo Oghenekaro Etebo wins free kick in the opponent's half after Mustafa tripped the Stoke City attacker on the left flank

 27’ — Onuachu's weak shot Paul Onuachu fired another shot into Burundi's goal but the shot was too weak and the goalkeeper was saved the ball

28’ — Chukwueze's wasteful effort Samuel Chukwueze was presented with a glorious chance but the Villarreal star fired the ball out of play after receiving a superb pass from Alex Iwobi from the left flank

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28’ — Chukwueze's wasteful effort Samuel Chukwueze was presented with a glorious chance but the Villarreal star fired the ball out of play after receiving a superb pass from Alex Iwobi from the left flank

29’ — Akpeyi with another shaky save Daniel Akpeyi saved another shot from Gael Bigirimana but the South Africa keeper was not confident in front of goal as the Swallows continue to mount pressure on the Super Eagles

35’ — Iwobi's shot blocked Alex Iwobi's shot from the left wing was blocked after driving in from the left wing of the pitch but the corner was wasted as Mikel Obi was unable to head the ball in the right direction

38’ — Burundi denied by woodworks The Swallows made another attempt with a superb header from Frederic Nsabiyumva but the wood works saved the Super Eagles from conceding first in the game

40’ — Shehu Abdullahi stretched out Shehu Abdullahi has been stretched out of play as Chidozie Awaziem comes up for the Bursaspor star few minutes before half time.

45’ — Mikel's waste Captain Mikel Obi had a chance to set Paul Onuachu up but the attacker fell even before he was able to pass the ball to the striker but the Swallows took advantage as they launched a quick counter attack but they were also unable to finish up. And the Seychelles referee signaled the end of the first half as both teams remain goalless in the match

46’ — 2nd half underway Nigeria get us underway at the Alexandria Stadium for the second half of their Africa Cup of Nations opening group game against Burundi in Egypt

47’ — Awaziem concedes foul Nigeria's Awaziem trips Fiston Abdul Razak on the left flank as Burundi wins first free kick int he second half of the meeting but failed to make good use of the kick

50’ — Bigirimana's drive Bigirimana intercept a pass which passed Etebo in the midfield and the Burundi star drove into Nigeria's danger zone but eventually lost the ball due to confusion with his teammate

52’ — Ola Aina's cross cleared Ola Aina made a beautiful move from the left flank and cross the ball into Burundi's danger zone but the away team's defender calmly gifts Nigeria a corner kick

56’ — Iwobi's connection with Mikel failed Alex Iwobi tried connecting with Mikel Obi but the captain of the team was unable to control the ball talk-less of utilising it when he had it

58’ — Mikel Obi comes out for Ahmed Musa Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi makes way for Ahmed Musa as the technical adviser makes tactician substitution in a bid to find the back of the net in this fixture

61’ — Super Eagles tries to make something happen Nigeria tried to make something happen with Ahmed Musa and Iwobi playing 1-2 ball but the Al Nassr forward failed to make a good use of the final ball

65’ — Duhayindavyi tries Akpeyi Duhayindavyi fires a shot from 25-yard but the ball went far away from goal after Wilfred Ndidi was dispossessed in the middle of the park

LIVE: Nigeria vs Burundi

LIVE: Nigeria vs Burundi

Nigeria's Super Eagles battle Burundi for their first three points at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations championship in Alexandria in a few moments.

The three time African champions are staging their return to the championship for the first time since 2013 and it is imperative they get their quest to win the title on a bright start.

Coach Gernot Rohr's men are one of the favourites to win the tournament, though, they are not the best team ranked in Africa.

The team boast of top players plying their trade in Europe with just Ikechukwu Ezenwa, being the only Nigeria Professional Football league player in the squad.

Burundi on their other hand are making their debut in the championship and they will want to announce their arrival upsetting the Eagles at the end of the match.

They finished second on Group C table with 10 points - four shy of Mali and two better than Aubameyang's Gabon during the qualification process.

The team also finished as one of the top scoring side on their way to Egypt 2019, but will face a tough task in their game against the Eagles this evening.

Meanwhile, here are possible line-ups from the two sides are of the team:

Daniel Akpeyi, Kenneth Omeruo, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Jamilu Collins, Oghenekaro Etebo, Wilfred Ndidi, John Obi Mikel, Alex Iwobi, Odion Ighalo and Ahmed Musa

Starting XI for Burundi

Jonathan Nahimana, Christophe Nduwarugira, Frederic Nsabiyumva, Omar Ngandu, Karim-Abdul Nizigiyimana, Gael Bigirimana, Pierre Kwizera, Cedric Amissi, Selemani Ndikumana, Fiston Abdul Razak, Saido Berahino

Venue: Alexandria Stadium
Time: 6pm
Referee: Bernard Camille (Seychelles)


AFCON: I Will Be Watching, Just As Millions Of Nigerians, Buhari Charges Super Eagles

AFCON: I Will Be Watching, Just As Millions Of Nigerians, Buhari Charges Super Eagles

AFCON: I will be watching, just as millions of Nigerians, Buhari charges Super Eagles
President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the Super Eagles to play every match for the honour of their motherland as they file out in their first match against Burundi in the African Cup of Nations holding in Egypt.

The President, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Saturday, urged the Eagles to lift the flag of Nigeria high, and reinforce the reputation of the country as a football powerhouse on the continent.

He said: “I will be watching, just as millions of Nigerians would also do.

“You have our solid support, and we will cheer you to victory,”he said.

He added: “Nigerians are known for their unconquerable spirit. Show this in the group stages, and even beyond. Nothing but lifting of the diadem is good enough for our country,”he stated.

He also enjoined the Super Eagles to be mindful of fair play, and sportsmanlike conduct, as they strive to return home with the AFCON trophy.


Friday, June 21, 2019

AFCON2019: Egypt Vs Zimbabwe Video – Highlights And Goal

AFCON2019: Egypt Vs Zimbabwe Video – Highlights And Goal

Mission accomplished for the hosts. They started this match with real vibrancy but soon ran out of ideas against a well organised and very tidy Zimbabwe side.

AFCON2019: Egypt Vs Zimbabwe Video – Highlights And Goal

Both teams lacked sharpness up front - even Salah was a little below par despite being heavily involved - but the game’s one piece of clinical play was the difference between the sides. Trezeguet’s nicely taken goal gave Egypt maximum points.

They leave the pitch with the knowledge that they will need to perform better to win this tournament, while Zimbabwe leave with no points but the conviction that they are a decent unit who could yet get out of this group.

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Video: Super Falcons Celebrating Round Of 16 Qualification In France

Video: Super Falcons Celebrating Round Of 16 Qualification In France

Videos: Super Falcons Celebrating Round Of 16 Qualification In France

I'm so happy for the Super Falcons. They worked too hard to get knocked by such terrible officiating. We are through to the next round!!! 🙌 🙌
— El Guapo (@Folahan_MG) June 19, 2019

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Women’s World Cup: England Beat Japan 2-0

Women’s World Cup: England Beat Japan 2-0

Women’s World Cup: England Beat Japan 2-0

Ellen White scored twice as a much-changed England beat former champions Japan 2-0 in Nice on Wednesday to ensure that Phil Neville’s side progress to the last 16 of the women’s World Cup from first place in Group D.

Georgia Stanway released White to slot home in the 14th minute, and the same player then wrapped up the win six minutes from time, taking her tally of goals at the tournament so far to three. For England, the result allowed them to gain a measure of revenge for their heartbreaking 2-1 defeat against the same opponents in the semi-finals four years ago.

Both teams were already through to the knockout phase anyway, but there was certainly plenty to be gained by finishing first in the section given what is likely to come next.

Having arrived in France with genuine ambitions of winning the trophy, England will now head north to Valenciennes for a last-16 tie on Sunday against a third-placed side from another group.

However, they will not know until late on Thursday who they will be coming up against, with Cameroon, New Zealand, Chile and even Thailand all potential opponents.

The permutations are less complicated for Japan, but the Nadeshiko — World Cup winners in 2011 and runners-up in 2015 — will surely have a stiffer test in Rennes against either the Netherlands or Canada.

Asako Takakura’s youthful team finish the group phase with just one win, and another run to the final appears a long shot at this stage.

England, in contrast, progress with three wins out of three, despite Neville ringing the changes once again as his side returned to the Cote d’Azur after edging out Argentina in Le Havre.

There were eight changes to their line-up here, with only captain Steph Houghton, right-back Lucy Bronze and midfielder Jill Scott keeping their places. Demi Stokes and Toni Duggan made their first appearances of the tournament.

It was Japan who almost took an early lead from Kumi Yokoyama’s 35-yard free-kick which England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley tipped onto the woodwork and behind for a corner.

Del Potro suffers fresh injury scare in win at rain-affected Queen’s
Soon after, England were in front, the impressive Stanway playing a ball in behind for White to fire past the advancing Japanese goalkeeper, Ayaka Yamashita.

Scott, Stanway and Rachel Daly were all denied by Yamashita as Neville’s team pushed to extend their lead before half-time, and their physical superiority was such that they certainly deserved their advantage.

Duggan was also denied after the restart, but England eventually got their second goal from another clinical first-time finish by White, this time from a Karen Carney pass with six minutes remaining.

Substitute Yuika Sugasawa twice came close to scoring for Japan, either side of White’s second strike, but there was to be no consolation for them.

What Neymar Needs To Do To Help Seal Barcelona Return

What Neymar Needs To Do To Help Seal Barcelona Return

Neymar has told Paris Saint-Germain that he wants to leave and return to Barcelona this summer, whilst claiming he should never have left the Spanish club.
What Neymar needs to do to help seal Barcelona return

That’s according to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo.

The Brazilian winger has been linked with a return back to Barcelona this summer, as he has apparently grown tired of life in France.

Having become the most expensive player in the history of football back in 2017 when he signed for PSG in a £198million move, Neymar’s time in Paris has been turbulent to say the least.

Despite winning Ligue 1 twice in succession, the superstar has been criticised for his antics on and off the pitch, and has recently been cast in the shadow of French World Cup superstar Kylian Mbappe.

Neymar was named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year in both seasons in the French league, despite only playing 20 games in his first season and 17 in his second.

After suffering two major injuries, he appears set on a return to the Nou Camp, with reports circulating that Barca will offer up £89million and three players to bring the player back to the club.

Ivan Rakitic, Ousmane Dembele and Samuel Umtiti are all expected to be used in the deal from Barcelona.

Now, Neymar has apparently taken an extra step towards forcing the move, by demanding PSG allow him to leave.

According to the report in Mundo Deportivo, the star told PSG he had no interest in staying and says he wants to return home.

Earlier this week, PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi suggested that he would not force Neymar to stay if he didn’t want to.

He appeared to be responding to the Brazilian’s plea to leave, as he said he didn’t want any superstar behaviour at the club.

"I want players willing to give everything to defend the honour of the jersey and join the club project," the president said.

"Those who do not want to, or do not understand, we see each other and talk about it.

"Of course there are contracts that must be respected, but now the priority is the total members of the project.

"Nobody forced him to sign here, nobody pushed him in. He came knowingly to join a project."


Monday, June 17, 2019

'Hard Luck For The Falcons' – Nigerians Slam VAR Decisions In France Defeat

'Hard Luck For The Falcons' – Nigerians Slam VAR Decisions In France Defeat

'Hard luck for the Falcons' – Nigerians slam VAR decisions in France defeat
Renard was ordered to retake her penalty after a video referral adjudged that keeper Nnadozie had crossed her line before the first kicked was played

The Super Falcons were "robbed" by VAR in their last group game of the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup against France, according to Nigerian fans.

Nigeria went into the encounter in dire need of a positive result, but Wendie Renard’s 79th minute penalty condemned Thomas Dennerby’s ladies to their second defeat of the championship.

The game was heading for a 0-0 draw before VAR awarded a penalty kick to the hosts after Ngozi Ebere was penalised for fouling Viviane Asseyi in Nigeria's penalty area.

The initial kick by Renard hit the outside of the post and went wide. However, VAR ordered a replay after goalkeeper Nnadozie moved off her line before the kick. The Olympique Lyon star made no mistakes in converting the retake as Les Bleues made it three wins in three games.

It was a decision that has split opinion, with many feeling the African champions were hard done by the Video Assistant Referee.