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Nigeria set for Chan final win

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Gabriel Okechukwu scored the only goal of the game as Nigeria beat Sudan 1-0 in Marrakech on Wednesday to set up an African Nations Championship final showdown with Morocco.
This was a tempestuous affair, with the Eagles suffering an early setback when captain and Man of the Match in the quarter final - Ikechukwu Ezenwa - was replaced by Dele Ajiboye in the 12th minute after picking up an injury.
Ifeanyi Ifeanyi was sent off in the 58th minute for a second yellow, while Sudan were also reduced to 10 men before the end of the clash when Bachir Makki Bakri was dismissed three minutes from time.
Nigeria had required extra time to beat Angola in their quarter final in Tanger, but showed little sign of any fatigue as they took a 22nd-minute lead through Okechukwu.
The Akwa United man had been one of the heroes of that quarter-final triumph after coming on to net the extra-time winner, and his class in front of goal was evident here as he raced onto a pass from strike partner Anthony Okpotu and…

FIFA forfeits Eagles’ point against Algeria, awards 3-0 victory to Algeria

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The fixture on Nov. 10 ended 1-1 and FIFA added that the decision did not affect the final standings in African Group B, nor Nigeria’s qualification for next year’s World Cup in Russia, as they had finished six points clear of Zambia.

Russia 2018 World Cup: Blažević reveals Why Nigeria is biggest threat in Group D

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Former Croatia National team coach, Miroslav Blažević has explained why Nigeria is the biggest threat in Group D of the 2018 World Cup. Recall that the Super Eagles were paired with Argentina, Croatia, and Iceland at the group stage of the mundial billed to take place next summer in Russia.

Yakubu retires age 35years

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Former Nigeria international Yakubu Aiyegbeni has announced his retirement from football.The 35-year-old, who spent a decade playing in England for the likes of Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leicester City, Blackburn Rovers and Reading, has been without a club since leaving Coventry City after just three games
in April."I would like to officially announce my retirement from professional football today," he told
SkySports.
"Firstly, I would like to thank God for the career I have had. I would like to thank the entire Nigerian Football Federation and my Nigerian
national team-mates for all the memorable years I had playing for the Super Eagles."I would also like to thank all the football clubs I played for.
The managers, all club staff, owners,
fellow players and my dearest family and friendsbwho immensely supported me throughout my
career."When I started my career at Julius Berger in Nigeria all those years ago (1997) I could only have dreamt of the succ…

32 TEAMS FOR RUSSIA 2018

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32 TEAMS FOR RUSSIA 2018
Russia (Coach: Stanislav Cherchesov)

Nigeria (Coach: Gernot Rohr)

Egypt (Coach: Hector Cuper)


Iran (Coach: Carlos Queiroz)

Japan (Coach: Vahid Halilhodzic)

Korea Republic (Coach: Shin Tae-yong)

Saudi Arabia (Coach: Bert van Marwijk)

Tunisia (Coach: Nabil Maaloul)

Morocco (Coach: Herve Renard)

Senegal (Aliou Cisse)

Belgium (Coach: Roberto Martinez)

Iceland (Coach: Heimir Hallgrimsson)

Serbia (Coach: Slavoljub Muslin)

England (Coach: Gareth Southgate)

Poland (Coach: Adam Nawalka)

Spain (Coach: Julen Lopetegui)

France (Coach: Didier Deschamps)

Portugal (Coach: Fernando Santos)

Germany (Coach: Joachim Low)

Costa Rica (Coach: Oscar Ramirez)

Mexico (Coach: Juan Carlos Osorio)

Panama (Coach: Hernan Dario Gomez)

Argentina (Coach: Jorge Sampaoli)

Brazil (Coach: Tite)

Colombia (Coach: Jose Pekerman)

Uruguay (Coach: Oscar Tabarez)

Peru (Coach: Ricardo Gareca)

Australia (Coach: Ange Postecoglou)

Croatia (Coach: Zlatko Dalic)

Sweden (Coach: Janne Andersson)

Denmark (Coach: Age Hareide)

Switzerland (Coac…

100,000 runners for 2018 Access Bank Lagos marathon

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Over 100,000 athletes are expected to take part in the 3rd Access Bank Lagos City Marathon on  February 10, 2018.


General Manager of the race, Yussuff Alli,   said at a press conference in Lagos on Thursday the target was to get the race an IAAF gold label in its fifth year.


Alli said  the organisers of  the race would work towards acquiring spy cameras along routes, kilometre mats, and other criteria needed to make the silver label recognition achievable.
 He added that more than 200 elite athletes would take part in the  race
He added, “At the 2017 edition, we had over 73,000 participants, which has made us the second best marathon in Africa.


 For the 2018 edition, we are looking at having over 100,000 participants because of the 10km family race we are introducing.”
Executive Director of Access Bank, who are the title sponsors of the race, Victor Etuokwu, said the prize money of $50,000 for the 2017 edition  would be retained for the 2018 edition.


He said  the prize for the first …

Balogun eyes early return, Euro giants want Onyekuru

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Super Eagles powerful defender Leon Balogun  has hinted he will return from injury earlier than expected after undergoing an operation on his  broken cheek bone.
The  29-year-old German-born  Mainz 05  player  was forced off the field in the 79th minute in his team’s  2-0 defeat  by  Schalke 04 in their  Bundesliga clash at Veltins-Arena in  Gelsenkirchen on Friday  after he was injured.
It was feared that the former Darmstadt 98 star, who played a key role in getting Nigeria through to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, could be out of action for a long time.
The development sent his team  into panic as   the O-Five feared  the centre-back was heading for the sidelines  for a lengthy period, with  the player forced to wear a protective mask as he  did when he suffered a similar injury last year.
“Last year, @LeonBalogun wore a face mask vs. @s04_en. Today (Friday), he had to come off with a suspected cheek bone fracture. Get well soon, Leon,”  Mainz wrote on their Twitter handle.
 But Ba…

Five things we learned from Nigeria vs Zambia match

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Nigeria booked a place in the 2018 World Cup courtesy a 1-0 victory over contenders Zambia. The Zambians who showed grit and resolve needed a victory at the Godswill Akpabio International stadium but an Alex Iwobi strike ended the Zambian dream of a maiden World Cup berth. Nigeria, hence, celebrates qualification to the World Cup as the first African side. Here are five talking points from the game
IWOBI IS THE REAL DEAL
Alex Iwobi’s goal ensured the Super Eagles were the first African side to secure a spot in the 2018 World Cup. The Arsenal midfielder came on to score the goal in the 73rd minute firing past Kenedy Mweene from Shehu Abdullahi’s cut back. It was Iwobi’s second goal for the Super Eagles coming fittingly against the side he scored his first. The 21-year old came on in the 65th minute for Moses Simon and his impact was felt immediately. The midfielder raced onto a cleared corner that many would have deemed a lost cause. He got to it ahead of his opponent, started off an at…

EAGLES SET TO MAKE RUSSIA 2018

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The super eagles of Nigeria take on the chipolopolo of Zambia in what many might describe as a make or mar showdown for the two teams. The eagles lead the group with 10 points from four matches, with their only blip;against the Cameroonians. The almighty Algerian team that were tagged as favorites to qualify in a group of death are now regarded as the whipping boys of the group. 

Reigning African champions, Cameroon, have fallen down the pecking order as a result of their 4-0 loss to the Eagles in the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo.

The group still remains open with the Zambians on 7 points, having beaten Algeria on two legs.

A win or draw for the Eagles gives them the sole ticket to Russia 2018, while the Zambians would be looking to perform the Herculean task pf defeating the Nigerians on their home front-Nest of Champions.

For the Nigerians, coach Rohr might have a bit of a selection headache with who mans the post. The two goalkeepers, Ezenwa and Akpeyi have both impressed in training.

SUPER EAGLES ARRIVE IN CAMP FOR ZAMBIA CLASH

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As of Mid-day on Tuesday, the super eagles camp in Uyo was half-filled with invited players trooping in from their various clubs.
17 Super Eagles players have arrived the Ibom Le Meridian Hotel ahead of Saturday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium

Nigeria captain, John Mikel Obi, Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa, Leon Balogun, Shehu Abdulahi, Mikel Agu, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi were the second batch of players who arrived later on Monday. The early birds in camp on Monday were Oghenekaro Etebo, Anthony Nwakaeme, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, John Ogu, Elderson Echiejile and Dele Ajiboye. www.Soccernow.com.ng also gathered that the two standby players, Aremu Afiz and Ifeanyi Ifeanyu, for the game are also in camp. Expected later today (Tuesday) are Alex Iwobi, Victor Moses, Ola Aina, Daniel Akpeyi, Ogenyi Onazi, William Troost-Ekong, Moses Simon, Uche Agbo. Nigeria lead Group B with ten points from four games, three ahead of Zambia.

Delta committed to youth, sports development – Okowa

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Delta State will remain committed to the discovery of young talents in sports and developing them into world champions, the state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has said.
Speaking in Asaba on Friday at the closing ceremony of the summer tennis clinic for children organised by the Duke Odizor  Tennis Foundation, in collaboration with the state Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education and the State Tennis Association, Okowa said there were many underdeveloped talents in the country.
He called on parents and guardians to help in discovering and developing their children's talents for the good of the family and the state at large.
“I want to congratulate Duke Odiozor for organising this clinic. It will help in the discovery of young talents and identify way of grooming them up for the good of the nation and state. It is my hope that the next Odiozor should come from Delta State, I hope that we will continue to deliver the young talents that we have in sports including tennis.
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Aboubakar's penalty not enough

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Vincent Aboubakar's penalty in the 75th minute was enough to prevent Nigeria being able to wrap up qualification this week, it was not enough to keep Cameroon's own hopes of top spot alive.

The Super Eagles dropped the pace substantially in the second half and paid for it, as the hosts' presence in their neighbours' half greatly improved.
Zambia will be able to cut the gap to the leaders tomorrow if they are able to defeat Algeria but Nigeria remain firmly in control.
Nigeria took the lead through Moses Simon in the 30th minute.
Nigeria lead the group with 10 points, followed by Zambia on four points. Cameroon boost of three points while Algeria have only one point from three matches.

Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, Ighalo the heroes as Nigeria defeat Cameroon in Uyo

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Nigeria took one step closer to the 2018 FIFA World Cup after a 4 - 0 win over West African rivals Cameroon in their qualifier played on Friday, September 1.
The Eagles came onto the game top of group B with six points while their rivals came second in the group with two points.
Cameroon shorned the Eagles of the ball in the early exchanges and stand in goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa had to be on top of his game to save a header from defender Ngadeu

The opener would come from Odion Ighalo who dribbled Teikeu after collecting a pass from captain John Mikel Obi to open the scoring.
Mikel Obi scored the second when he side footed a corner kick from Victor Moses into the goal. Ighalo dis well to dummy the ball for Mikel to score.
The Eagles almost had a third before half time by Teikeu did well to clear Victor Moses cross after a counter-attack.
The Eagles started the second half the same way the did the first; chasing the game and Zambo Anguisa forcing Ezenwa to save from his long range e…

Loizi told Goal: I think talent-wise and skill-wise he is up there with Eden Hazard

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"AN EXCERPT FROM THE RISE OF VICTOR MOSES "
From being attacked by angry mums to Chelsea’s first-team

Dubai hosts Nigeria vs Egypt in january

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The Eagles will face the Egyptians in a friendly encounter billed for the United Arab Emirates

Photo:: Woman Who Defrauded Osaze Odemwingie, Others Of £130,000 Gets Jailed

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A bogus lifestyle guru who stole more than £130,000 from Premier League footballers , a top manager and two millionaire businessmen was jailed for three years and eight months.

Fifa 17 Launch : Alex iwobi pose with a copy of fifa17 ,interesting facts about FiFA GAME

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Nigeria and Arsenal youngster Alex iwobi is very much happy to finally lay his hand on the FIFA 17 PS4 game Tonight .

Photos : Hot new pictures of Clarisse Alex Iwobi’s girlfriend

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wow She’s so cute muahh!!!!!!!!!!!! see her pictures below

Nigeria avoid Brazil, get Denmark in Olympic quarter-finals

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The Olympic Eagles would play the Europeans rather than the hosts in Saturday’s last eight game in Sao Paulo
After Wednesday’s final group matches at the Olympic Games, Nigeria will play Denmark in the quarter finals as Brazil rallied to an emphatic win to top Group A.  Group B winners Nigeria were on collision course with the Selecao Olimpica until the hosts defeated the Europeans 4-0 to emerge Group A winners.  New Manchester City signing, Gabriel Barbosa scored twice with both Luan and Gabriel Jesus adding one each to see the Neymar-inspired side get their first win of the tournament.  Brazil finished top of Group A with five points while Denmark were second with four points despite the pummeling.  South Africa and Iraq both crashed out after their 1-1 draw in the group’s other game.  Nigeria, Africa’s sole surviving representative in Olympic Football, lost 2-0 to Colombia but had already qualified as Group B winners following their opening victories against Japan and Sweden.  De…

Nigeria rise up to 67th in August Fifa ranking

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Nigeria have moved up to the 67th position in the latest Fifa global rankings released on Thursday.  The Eagles remain the sixteenth ranked African side behind Algeria, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Cameroon, Congo DR, Cape Verde, Mali, Congo, South Africa, Uganda and Guinea.  In July’s grading, the Super Eagles dropped nine places to 70th – their poorest drop in 2016.  The top twenty teams in the world remain unchanged owing to a quiet month of international football – which means that Argentina remain top, followed closely by Belgium, Colombia, Germany and Chile.  The next Fifa/Coca-Cola world ranking will be published on 15 September 2016.
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