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England confirm friendly with Super Eagles at Wembley ahead of 2018 World Cup

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England have will take on Nigeria at Wembley Stadium on June 2, as part of their warm-up friendlies ahead of the 2018 World Cup.The Three Lions will play the Super Eagles five days before facing Costa Rica in another friendly at Elland Road.
England begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18.Gareth Southgate’s men will then face debutants Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on June 24, before concluding the group stage against Belgium four days later in Kaliningrad.
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“We’re going into a World Cup where we will play African and Central American opposition, so we get that with the games against Nigeria and Costa Rica, but it’s not just about the games we’ve got in the group but hopefully beyond that as well.“We want to expose the team to different styles and different experiences,” Southgate said on Wednesday

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…

The eagles are finally in Russia, but we need to tackle a few matters before the Mundial in Russia

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Eagles Journey To Russia :
MATTERS ARISING
●Is A Team Born?
●Should The Building Process Continue?
●Should Home Based Players Prosecute The Last Game?
●Should Vincent Enyeama Return?
●Does Rohr Require Presidency Protection?
●How Do We Check The Plots Of NFF's Players' Agents Now?

Super Eagles have done the needful. They have done Nigeria proud. They have secured a World Cup ticket with a game in hand. They have given Nigeria and Nigerians a befitting Independence Day anniversary gift. They had given President Muhammadu Buhari a befitting welcome gift when he returned from medical vacation with a 4-0 bashing of Indomitable Lions of Cameroun. They have revived hopes of a better team if sincerely,  transparently and professionally handled.
It is however not uhuru yet. The building process continues even as we all concur that a new team is born. We have returned to our tradition of picking our first 11 easily before any game irrespective of how crucial it may be. From Ezenwa to Abdullahi…

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.

ZAMBIANS ARRIVE FOR SATURDAY SHOWDOWN

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Wedson Nyrirenda’s men arrived the Federal Capital Territory and connect to Uyo three days to their qualifier against the Super Eagles Zambia national team finally arrived in Abuja for their make or mar Fifa World Cup qualifier against Nigeria on Saturday.

ZAMBIA SUFFER EDWARD CHILUFYA BLOW AHEAD OF NIGERIA TIE

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The forward will be unavailable for the Chipolopolo against Gernot Rohr’s men owing to work permit hassles
Zambia have been dealt another major blow as Edward Chilufya has been ruled out of Saturday’s make or break World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.
This comes few days after Brian Mwila and Emmanuel Banda were exempted from the Chipolopolo squad owing to various degrees of injury.
Chilufya, who plays for Sweden’s Djurgardens will play no part as his work permit was yet to be finalised after signing a contract on turning 18 years.
However, FC Liefering’s Enock Mwepu closes up the number of foreign-based players with the exception of Patson Daka who will join the squad in Abuja on Wednesday. Wedson Nyirenda’s men are expected to hit Uyo on Thursday morning as they hope to target Super Eagles’ scalp at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium. First-half strikes from Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho handed Gernot Rohr’s men a 2-1 victory in the first leg staged at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Ndola.

AKPEYI TO BATTLE EZENWA FOR EAGLES STARTING SHIRT

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The German tactician believes having two top goalkeepers can only be to Super Eagles’ benefit as they target Zambia’s fall Gernot Rohr feels competition between Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi can drive Nigeria towards victory against Zambia. A win or draw for the Super Eagles against the south Africans on Saturday will hand them a 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia ticket with a game to spare. Ezenwa’s first-rate performance against Cameroon threatened Akpeyi’s place in the team as the FC Ifeanyi Ubah man also did well at Wafu Cup of Nations in Ghana – where he was named tournament’s best goalkeeper. But Rohr maintains that a good relationship between the duo and any friendly rivalry will benefit a quest for victory. “We have worked very hard on that, we have two goalkeeper coaches and what I saw in [Tuesday’s training] session was very good,” Rohr told media. “[Ikechukwu] Ezenwa did very well, [Daniel] Akpeyi is coming back. So, there is competition and that is very good for the team. This comp…

THREE AFRICAN GIANTS ON THE BRINK OF WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION

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Nigeria, Egypt and Tunisia could all book their spots at next year's World Cup in the penultimate round of African qualifiers at the weekend but the other two slots will only be decided next month. A home victory over Zambia – a side they beat away at the start of the group phase – will be enough to see Nigeria return to the finals after reaching the second round in Brazil in 2014. Last month's convincing 4-0 win over Cameroon, inspired by the return of Victor Moses to the team, saw them eliminate the reigning African champions and establish a three point advantage, with two games to play, at the head of Group B.
"We must wrap this race up on Saturday. Our team has shown professionalism, dedication and determination to be in this position," captain John Obi Mikel said in the build-up to the match in Uyo.
Zambia's young side upset Algeria away in their last game to stay in the race and give themselves hopes of an unlikely turnaround after picking up a solitary point f…

EAGLES DUO MISS FIRST TRAINING

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Gernot Rohr’s men began preparation for the World Cup qualifier against their Chipolopolo without the England based professionals Chelsea’s Victor Moses and Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi were missing in Tuesday evening’s training as Nigeria prepare for their crunch encounter against Zambia in Uyo. Iwobi, who was on target in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory against Brighton and Hoves over the weekend, was given permission to sit out of Super Eagles’ drill by Gernot Rohr – as he arrived late afternoon. Moses, on the other hand, is yet to arrive camp despite his no-show in Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. Moses Simon, Chidozie Awaziem, and Ola Aina completed the list of players who did not warm up with the three-time African champions. Mikel Obi, Odion Ighalo, Anthony Nwakaeme, Leon Balogun, William Troost Ekong, John Ogu, Oghenekaro Etebo and Ikechukwu Ezenwa were part of the session. Others include Elderson Echiejile, Daniel Akpeyi, Wilfred Ndidi, Uche Agbo, Mikel Agu, Dele Ajiboye, …

AKPEYI IMPRESSES IN EAGLES BUILD-UP TRAINING

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The 31-year-old showcased his goalkeeping skills and superb reflexes, helping him to catch the eye of Gernot Rohr and football fans Daniel Akpeyi is priming himself for Saturday’s World Cup qualifying with Zambia by turning on the style on the training field. Gernot Rohr’s men will be looking to grab an early ticket for Russia 2018 Fifa World Cup by subduing the Chipolopolo who feel they can upset the three-time African champions in Uyo. Ikechukwu Ezenwa’s heroics against Cameroon – which could hand him the starter’s shirt against the south Africans – does not appear to have knocked the confidence of the Chippa United goalkeeper, as he made brilliant saves which drew applause from the over 200 spectators at the Godswill Akpabio stadium. Akpeyi was in fine form in training 2day stopping Musa's penalty plus other point-blank saves. Will that see him displace Ezenwa vs Zambia? Akpeyi has not always been a regular for his South African team this season, but his ability remains without ques…

'EAGLES WILL NOT UNDERRATE ZAMBIA' SAYS COACH ROHR

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The Super Eagles face off against the Chipolopolo in a crucial tie in the race to Russia 2018 and the gaffer is not taking their opponents lightly Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has claimed that his team will not underrate Zambia when the two teams face off at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in a World Cup qualifying game. The Super Eagles currently sit at the summit of group B with ten points from four games. And they host a 'much better' Wedson Nyirenda’s side as they aim for a victory which would seal their place in Russia next year "I can't predict the score line against Zambia because it would not be an easy match," Rohr told CAFonline. "Zambia can be dangerous because they also have a good team; I don't think it would be a 4-0 win for us but the most important thing for us is to win even if it's by one or two goal difference. "I have seen a lot of videos of the Zambian team and I must confess they are a very good side much better than the team we played…

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.

Ikhana sobbs for Nigerian football

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#Why players are falling
# Says clubs destroying country’s image
Former African coach of the year, Kadiri Ikhana, who once coached Super Eagles captain and goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama at Enyimba, traces the root of indiscipline in Nigerian players. He spoke with JOHN EGBOKHAN.

Former African coach of the year, Kadiri Ikhana, who once coached Super Eagles captain and goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama at Enyimba, traces the root of indiscipline in Nigerian players. He spoke with JOHN EGBOKHAN.
How has the coaching business been for you for about three decades now?
It has been quite interesting. I played football and coaching is part of the game. It is interesting because it is what I love doing. Football is what I have been doing all my life.
How did it start?
I started coaching in 1985.
Which team was that?
I was the pioneer coach of El Kanemi Warriors. That was where I started my active coaching.
How was the beginning for you?
It was not that easy because that was my first time of coaching …
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