Nigeria - Rohr looks at positives as Brazil force Nigeria to 1-1 draw
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Oct 14, 2019 - 8:10
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Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr was full of praise for his wards after yesterday’s gutsy display against Brazil in an international friendly match in Singapore.The South American champions forced Nigeria to a 1-1 draw at the Singapore National Stadium in Kallang, but the impressive display by the Super Eagles, who finished third at the African Nations Cup in February, left many of their fans thinking that the good days are back. But Rohr urges caution, saying, however, that the team is beginning to show the quality he has always known that they possess.

The German, who reiterated his earlier stance that matches like yesterday’s against Brazil would test his team’s progress, expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the game.

There were moments of anxiety for the Nigerian coach, especially when his first-choice goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho was stretchered out injured in the second. But at the end of the day, he was pleased with the state of his team ahead of the African Nations Cup qualifiers.

“It was a fantastic opportunity for us to learn a few more things that will make us better and stronger for future challenges.

“This is an important test game for us, and we are here to learn from the best. We hope for a very good game against Brazil.

“This will help us prepare ourselves for the 2021 Afcon qualifiers against the Benin Republic and Lesotho next month,” he had said before them.

Yesterday, Villarreal of Spain’s Chukwueze, a former Nigeria U17 World Cup winner, was a thorn in the flesh of the Selecao throughout, and created chances for Nigeria in the 20th and 24th minute but Osimhen was cut out by an alert Brazilian rear.
 
In the 28th minute, Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho showed excellent agility in cutting out a powerful header by the ubiquitous Gabriel Jesus. Two minutes later, Uzoho was again alert to foil a shot by Firmino and then reacted faster than Philip Coutinho as the ball danced in the box.

In the 35th minute, Nigeria broke through again, this time mining gold. Joseph Ayodele-Aribo, who scored on his debut in the friendly against Ukraine in Dnipro last month, kept his cool and showed cleverness in taking a pass from Moses Simon and ghosting past Casemiro and Thiago Silva to shoot past Ederson for the opener.
 
The Brazilians regrouped in the second half and launched onslaught after onslaught, with their equalizer coming in the 48th minute through Casemiro, who reacted faster than the defense when the ball bounced off the crossbar from a Marquinhos header.
  
In the 53rd minute, Osimhen leaped between two defenders but his header was not strong enough to rattle Ederson. Three minutes later, Uzoho pulled another big save from a Gabriel Jesus header. On the hour, the Cyprus–based Uzoho, who was Nigeria’s number one goalkeeper at last year’s FIFA World Cup finals in Russia, had to leave the session after twisting his leg as he went for the ball from a Brazilian corner.
 
His replacement, Maduka Okoye, was not much troubled though he showed calmness. In the closing stages, Semi Ajayi was excellent with some game-saving interventions at the Nigerian rear.
 
The result was a huge confidence booster for the Super Eagles, who begin their race to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations with qualifying matches against the Benin Republic and Lesotho next month. It was also a huge improvement from Nigeria’s 0-3 defeat to the Selecao in a friendly match in Abuja on June 2003.
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Brazil’s midfielder Casemiro (#5) kicks the ball to score an equaliser during an international friendly football match between Brazil and Nigeria at the National Stadium in Singapore on October 13, 20
World - I will beat Anthony Joshua again, says Andy Ruiz
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by FricNews
Sep 05, 2019 - 9:09
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Andy Ruiz Jnr has dispelled concerns he has taken his eye off the ball ahead of his money-spinning rematch with Anthony Joshua by insisting he has ‘the hunger’ to defend his titles.The Mexican achieved his life-long ambition of becoming the first-ever heavyweight champion from his country when he stunned Joshua by stopping him in seven rounds back in June.

Ruiz, who came face to face with Joshua for the first time on Wednesday since that historic night in New York, renews his rivalry with the Brit on December 7 in Diriyah.

The unified champion has been accused of living the high life by some corners of the boxing world, having been seen partying and splashing out on a mansion and a Rolls Royce in the months following his famous victory, but Ruiz has insisted he still has the drive to beat Joshua again. 

‘I don’t want to be a 15-minute champion,’ he said at Wednesday’s first press conference. ‘On June 1 I made my dreams come true. There was a lot of sacrifice and blood, sweat and tears. I feel like I’m here for a purpose.

‘I know on December 7 Joshua is going to be coming hard, he’s going to be strong, he’s hungry but I am as well. I know a lot of people are saying I’m not training but I’m working hard.’

The 29-year-old is expecting a more focused and improved version of Joshua this time around but has vowed to pull off another major upset.

He added: ‘Joshua’s going to want his belts back and I know that so that is giving me the motivation to train even harder because I know he is pushing himself and it’s making me more hungry.

‘On December 7 I’m going to make history again and win in the same fashion and prove everybody wrong.’
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(L to R) Mexican-American heavyweight boxing champion Andy Ruiz Jr, Saudi Arabia’s General Sport Authority chief Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz, and British boxing challenger Anth
Nigeria - Man City explains relationship with Nigerians
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by FricNews
Sep 02, 2019 - 10:09
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English Premier League champions, Manchester City at the weekend described Nigeria as a passionate country, whose love for football is huge and cannot be taking for granted.

Manchester City were in Nigeria for a trophy tour and endorsements with local brands.

During the tour, Manchester City extended its partnership with PZ Cussons’ soap brand, Premier Cool, among other activities.

Speaking at the event, Senior Vice President, Partnerships for City Football Group, Damian Willoughby, said, “Nigeria is an exciting market for Manchester City – the passion for football is huge and City’s fanbase is growing rapidly. This partnership with PZ Cussons is bringing City right into people’s homes and we are excited to further grow our presence in Nigeria alongside the Premier Cool brand.”

Explaining the partnership with Manchester City, PZ Cussons’ Eniola Ogunlade said: “After working seamlessly together for the past four years, we can proudly say that it has been a mutually beneficial relationship. This renewed partnership is a confirmation of the immense faith Premier Cool and Manchester City have in each other, as we continue to find innovative ways to offer greater opportunities to our consumers and football fans alike.”
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Africa - How African footballers who play in Europe spend their money
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by FricNews
Aug 28, 2019 - 10:08
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By Ernest Yeboah Acheampong

African footballers - like other players from developing countries - invariably earn sums of money far greater than their contemporaries back home.

On average, some African players in the elite leagues can earn between €15,000 and €100,000 or more as salaries. Those in leagues one, two and three can also earn around €10,000-50,000, €5000-20,000 and €2000-10,000. A few high-profile players earn more than €150,000 per month in prestigious European clubs.

As a result, there's a great deal of pressure on players to show that they are spending some of what they earn back home. Some authors have asserted that these professional footballers spend their earnings on conspicuous consumption, such as high-end imported goods.

To get to grips with this perception I examined the effects of African migrant players' "giving back" behaviour. I did this by analysing the various socioeconomic projects that they invest in in the communities they come from.

As part of my study I interviewed former and current professional footballers in Europe to understand the rationale behind how they used their earnings and what investments they made in society.

I found that some players invested in valuable projects like hospitals, schools, education, oil and gas businesses as well as football academies. This reflected what they termed as "giving back to the society".

My findings suggest that players who make investment contributions are demonstrating their social and cultural ties with families, relatives, friends, teammates and the communities where they might have started their football careers.

The research

I developed a database of 1084 African professional players who are playing or had played in 30 different European leagues and other parts of the world.

Most were from West Africa (58.3%), followed by North Africa (17.9%), Central Africa (17.34%), Southern Africa (4.7%) and East Africa (1.8%).

The overseas leagues covered 44 African players for the 2012/2013 season.

Five countries each from Southern and East Africa did not have professional players. This means that at the time of the research, they did not have any players plying their trade outside of their territories. These countries were Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Seychelles, Sudan, Eritrea, Tanzania, Djibouti and South Sudan.

The interviews I conducted included speaking to former and current African professional players who have played in Europe and other parts of the world. Among them were Abedi Pele Ayew (Ghana), Emmanuel Eboue (Ivory Coast), Marcel Desailly (Ghana), Mike Alozie (Nigeria) Bouna Coundoul (Senegal), Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon), Reuben Ayarna (Ghana), Victor Wanyama (Kenya), Stephen Appiah and Asamoah Gyan (Ghana), and Chivuta Noah (Zambia). I interviewed 30 former and current African professional players that covered a period over five years - 2013 to 2018.

The questions I asked were aimed at understanding how players used their resources from football, including money, and the rationale behind their decisions.

Where players came from

Most of the players I spoke to set out to pursue opportunities abroad because they had limited opportunities at home to support their professional aspirations and expectations. Nearly all came from financially deprived areas. This meant that they had to mobilise resources to support their careers at a formative stage.

This involved strategising to overcome the challenges with the contributions from significant others in the communities to become successful professionally abroad.

The study showed that players were able to mobilise resources from their families, friends, relatives, team mates and club officials. They had also been able to mobilise other kinds of support such as documentation, money, sport kits and gear. In addition, they had built social relations and networks via the societal support and contributions to help them achieve their professional status abroad.

Eventually, when players became professional abroad and were being rewarded financially, some remitted in various ways to the country they came from. All of them remitted money which, according to the players, can be termed as an African culture.

Time to pay back

Players' investment behaviour was classified according to the type of projects they got involved in within the communities. This led to an appreciation of how and why they choose to do certain projects based on the support and resources they might have received from their communities.

Players took very different investment initiatives. Some were purely economic; others had a more social dimension. Contributions from the players could be categorised into private investments, social enterprise investments and economic investments.

Contributions and assistance that constituted a form of "giving back" did not necessarily connote gifts and counter-gifts. Instead, they served as a potential complement to support the efforts of local and regional growth.

When deciding how to give back, the players considered those who had significantly contributed to their professional football careers. These included their families and extended families. Other factors that played a role were inter-generational obligations and non-familial actors.

These investments into valuable social and economic initiatives in communities fulfilled two important functions. First, they enhanced local and regional developmental activities. Second, they helped safeguard the athletes' post-playing career.

Author: Ernest Yeboah Acheampong - Lecturer, Health,Physical Education,Recreation and Sport (HPERS), University of Education [The Conversation]
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World - Transfer News: Most Expensive Nigerian Winger Joins German Side
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Jul 25, 2019 - 7:07
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Nigeria-born Ademola Lookman has almost completed a €20m deal to Join German side, RB Leipzig on a permanent deal from Premier League side, Everton FC.

Concise News gathered that the U-20 World Cup winner arrived in Germany on Tuesday and was driven straight to the Schkeuditzer Helios Clinic for his medicals.

Lookman will become Nigeria’s most expensive winger after he completes the deal to Leipzig with Ahmed Musa behind him on £16.6million after signing for Leicester City in the summer of 2016.

“FC Everton RB-Leipzig wish-getter completed medical check-up and becomes a Red Bull.

“The transfer should be under 20 million euros,” according to German sports publication Sportbuzzer.de.

Lookman who won the U-20 World Cup with England had already played for RB Leipzig in the second half of the 2017/2018 season and was directly involved in nine goals (5 goals, 4 assists) from 11 appearances in the German top flight.
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World - Russian Boxer Maxim Dadashev Dies After Fight
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by Realities, Nigeria
Jul 25, 2019 - 7:07
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Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev has died from brain injuries sustained in a fight in Maryland, the Russian boxing federation announced on Tuesday.

“Maxim Dadashev has died in the United States following injuries sustained during his fight with Subriel Matias,” the federation said in a statement.

The 28-year-old underwent emergency brain surgery in Washington after his super-lightweight bout with Puerto Rican Matias on Friday was stopped after the 11th round by his cornerman James “Buddy” McGirt.

Dadashev, known as “Mad Max”, was unable to walk to the dressing room and was immediately hospitalised.

Doctors operated to relieve pressure from swelling on his brain.

McGirt, who said after the fight he “couldn’t convince” his fighter to stop but opted to throw in the towel when he saw him “getting hit with more and cleaner shots as the fight went on,” told ESPN on Tuesday he was wracking his brain wondering if he could have done things differently.

“It just makes you realize what type of sport we’re in, man,” McGirt told ESPN — which streamed the fight on its ESPN+ platform.

“He did everything right in training, no problems, no nothing. My mind is like really running crazy, right now. Like what could I have done differently? But at the end of the day, everything was fine (in training).

“He seemed OK, he was ready, but it’s the sport that we’re in. It just takes one punch, man.”

Russian boxing chief Umar Kremlev told Russian media that Dadashev’s body would be repatriated home and that his family would receive financial aid.

Dadashev’s widow, Elizaveta Apushkina, also issued a statement, confirming the fighter’s death “with great sadness.

“He was a very kind person who fought until the very end. Our son will continue to be raised to be a great man like his father,” she said of the St. Petersburg-born fighter who trained in Oxnard, California.

Dadashev took an unbeaten 13-0 record into the 140-pound non-title fight.

Dadashev, whose manager Egis Klimas also handles Vasiliy Lomachenko and Sergey Kovalev, turned pro in April of 2016 and relocated to Southern California to pursue his ring ambitions, eventually signing with promoters Top Rank.

Top Rank chairman Bob Arum issued a statement recalling Dadashev as “a terrific young man.”

ESPN, which streamed the bout on ESPN+, also issued a statement.

“Our heartfelt thoughts are with Dadashev’s family, friends, trainers and the team at Top Rank,” the statement said.

Dadashev was rated in the top five by two world sanctioning organizations going into Friday’s fight in suburban Washington DC, an elimination bout for the right to become a mandatory challenger for Josh Taylor’s IBF title.

Matias dominated, and after the 11th round, McGirt could be heard telling Dadashev “I’m going to stop it, Max,” even as Dadashev shook his head.

McGirt, himself a former two-weight world champion, then told the referee: “That’s it.”
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World - Transfer News: PSG Sign Barcelona Midfielder
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by Realities, Nigeria
Jul 24, 2019 - 8:07
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16-year-old Barcelona wonderkid, Xavi Simons has joined Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday,

Concise News gathered the promising Dutch international sign a professional contract through June 30, 2022.

Simons announced that he was departing Barcelona, after coming up through the club’s La Masia academy.

“At age 16, Xavi is among the most promising players in Dutch football.

“With a high technical quality and an excellent vision of the game, this young talent will now continue his training at the Rouge et Bleu,” a PSG statement read.

It is understood that Barca offered Simons a €100k-a-season deal and were willing to promote him to their Juvenil A team, but the player opted to continue his career in Paris.

“Today is not easy, as saying goodbye is one of the hardest things in life and today it’s my turn to say goodbye to what has been my home, my family, my life for as long as I can remember.

“As I am about to start a new and exciting adventure away from Barcelona, this club, its people and its fans will always hold a special place in my heart,” Simons posted on Twitter.
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Nigeria - Breaking: Algeria win AFCON 2019
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by Realities, Nigeria
Jul 20, 2019 - 5:07
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Algeria have won the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after beating Senegal 1-0 at the Cairo International Stadium.Baghdad Bounedjah scored in the second minute of the match to gift the Desert Foxes their first AFCON title since 1990.
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Nigeria - Nigeria Vs Tunisia: Super Eagles’ Iwobi Picks Toughest AFCON Opponent
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by Realities, Nigeria
Jul 18, 2019 - 6:07
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After the Super Eagles saw off Tunisia in Cairo, star player, Alex Iwobi has picked the Desert Foxes of Algeria as Nigeria‘s toughest opponent at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019.

Concise News reports that today’s finalist, Algeria, knocked the Super Eagles out of Egypt 2019 and Arsenal’s Iwobi feels the North Africans are the toughest of the seven opponents the three-time African champions faced at the 32nd edition of Africa’s biggest football party.

Speaking after the third-place game on Wednesday night, Iwobi, 23 says:

Hardest AFCON game

“For me, it’s a hard one to say considering the quality, even in the group stage, against Guinea, Burundi and Madagascar. So, it’s a hard one to say.

“But the toughest opponent is the team that knocked us out – Algeria. Maybe it was against them because we were unable to win.”

Medalist Feeling

“Its a great achievement considering the quality of the 24 teams. Especially as our team is very young.

“We are happy with this medal but hopefully, we can do better in the next Africa Cup of Nations.”

Message To Nigerian Fans

“Thank you for the support. We always want to do them proud. They should continue to support us. They love us and we will always do our best for them.”

 
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Alex Iwobi and teammates after the AFCON 2019 third-place match [Photo: CAF Online]
South Africa - Ex-South Africa Football Star Shot Dead By Gunmen
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by Realities, Nigeria
Jul 16, 2019 - 12:07
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Marc Batchelor, Former Bafana Bafana player and TV presenter has been shot dead outside his home in Johannesburg, according to News24.

Concise News learnt that Batchelor was gunned down in Bryanston, Johannesburg on Monday evening at about 6pm South Africa’s time.

The former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates player was said to be in the car with his gardener, when the assailants on motorbike, approached and shot him through the car’s window.

“He was shot through the window several times and died at the scene,” Lungelo Dlamini, police spokesman said.

“Police are investigating a murder case after a former soccer player, Marc Bachelor was attacked by two men driving a motorbike in Olivedale outside his house. He was shot several times and died inside his vehicle. The suspects then drove away without taking anything. The motive for the attack is still unknown. No one has been arrested,” said Dlamini.

The motive of the attack is still unknown.

His brother, Warren Batchelor rushed to the scene after receiving the news.

“I’m sitting in the front seat and I need a minute to process what I am seeing,” his brother told News24.

However, as police searched for the motive and the killers, News 24 quoted an associate of Batchelor, said to be an alleged, underworld kingpin, Nafiz Modack as saying that he knew the killers.

“My comment [to] those who shot him [is they] should be afraid, very afraid. I know who was after him,” he said.

Modack described the former soccer star as a family man and not one for “war”.
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Nigeria - Sadio Mane Urged To Quit Liverpool
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by Realities, Nigeria
Jul 14, 2019 - 8:07
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Senegalese FA boss Saee Seck says Sadio Mane has fulfilled his potential at Liverpool and wants him to join Real Madrid this summer.

The 27-year-old won the Premier League Golden Boot last season and there has been consistent reports in the Spanish media that Zidane sees him as the final piece of his Madrid jigsaw that will challenge Barcelona for the La Liga title next season according to mirror.co.uk.

The former Southampton man only recently signed a long term deal in Merseyside and has distanced himself from reports of a switch to the Spanish capital, but his country’s FA boss says it’s time for him to make the big move.

“Everybody in the world knows that Mane is in the top ten best footballers in the world and he has achieved significant success at Liverpool in the past season,” Seck told the Mirror Sports in Cairo.

“He alongside Mo Salah and Firmino are phenomenal. But this is football and he won the Champions League last season and he has the chance to go to Madrid. For me, I think it’s the best club in the world, even if I am a Barcelona fan I still think Real is the best and Mane should be thinking of that offer seriously.

“The career of a footballer is very short and sometimes you don’t get the chance a lot so if it’s there, and I think Zidane likes him, why not?

“He played in Southampton and when the chance came he took it and went to Liverpool and he has held the challenge well in England. I think he will do well with another challenge in another country.”

Mane is currently enjoying a good Africa Cup of Nations with three goals and two assists in the competition making him the stand out contributor to his country’s quest to win their first AFCON.

“He played in Southampton and when the chance came he took it and went to Liverpool and he has held the challenge well in England. I think he will do well with another challenge in another country.”

Mane is currently enjoying a good Africa Cup of Nations with three goals and two assists in the competition making him the stand out contributor to his country’s quest to win their first AFCON.

“He played in Southampton and when the chance came he took it and went to Liverpool and he has held the challenge well in England. I think he will do well with another challenge in another country.”

Mane is currently enjoying a good Africa Cup of Nations with three goals and two assists in the competition making him the stand out contributor to his country’s quest to win their first AFCON.
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Africa - 2019 AFCON: Devastated South Africa Coach Reveals Why Team Lost To Nigeria
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by Realities, Nigeria
Jul 11, 2019 - 8:07
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South Africa coach Stuart Baxter said his team’s high pressing game opened up more spaces for Nigeria to score the winning goal against them on Wednesday.

Concise News had reported that defender William Troost-Ekong gave Nigeria the winner in the 89th minute of the clash after Samuel Chukwueze’s opener was cancelled out in the 71st minute.

Speaking after the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 clash in Cairo, Egypt, a disappointed Baxter admitted that his side were unlucky against the Nigerians.

According to him, the Bafana Bafana did not start off the game well but came back stronger in the second half.

He described Nigeria’s second goal which was due to his team’s pressing game as painful.

Baxter noted that in the second half, his boys were a lot mobile and caused issues for the Nigerian defence but could not take their chances.

“It’s difficult when you’ve lost in the dying minutes, it’s difficult to find positives. I’m sure that in one week’s time I will find some positives. At this moment I’m finding it very difficult,” Baxter said.

“I thought in the first half we weren’t brave enough to get on the ball in tight spaces and to press higher.

“In the second half, we tried to do that better and we managed to get a more mobile possession which gave Nigeria more problems, but we still couldn’t find that last strike on goal to get there.

“Nigeria were always dangerous. They were really well organised, they had good players.

“But congrats to Gernot [Rohr] and his team, I’m sure they’ll be one of the teams fighting for the trophy at the end.”
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Nigeria - Nigeria vs Cameroon: Rohr receives major injury boost ahead of AFCON last-16 tie
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by Realities, Nigeria
Jul 06, 2019 - 7:07
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The Super Eagles have conducted their final training session ahead of Saturday’s Round of 16 clash with Cameroon, in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Captain John Mikel Obi sat out the session, held at the Arab Academy of Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Alexandria late on Friday.

Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr, had already ruled Mikel Obi out of the encounter.

The midfielder had picked up an injury in their last Group B fixture against Madagascar.

Shehu Abdullahi, the other player who Rohr had also ruled out of tomorrow’s tie against the Indomitable Lions, however trained with the rest of the team as he continued his recovery from the knock that has kept him out of the last two games.
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World - Arsenal Join Race To Sign Leicester City Defender
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by Realities, Nigeria
Jul 05, 2019 - 5:07
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Arsenal have joined Manchester City and Manchester United in the race to sign Leicester City and England centre-half Harry Maguire. To that end, the Gunners have submitted a £50 million enquiry for the defender, which falls well below the Foxes’ valuation of their star player.Maguire’s career has been on rapid ascendancy since the 2016-17 season, when he impressed in the second half of the campaign with Hull City, following which he was signed up by Leicester in a deal worth £17.5 million deal. The 26-year-old has grown from strength to strength during his two seasons with the Foxes, establishing himself as one of the best in the Premier League.

Maguire’s rise to prominence has seen him garner a lot of admirers, most notably Manchester United. The Red Devils’ problems at the back are well-documented and former manager Jose Mourinho tried to address it by signing Maguire last summer, but the move failed to see the light of the day.
 
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Nigeria - Nigeria vs Madagascar: Joseph Yobo blames one player after Super Eagles’ 2-0 AFCON defeat
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Jul 01, 2019 - 7:07
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Former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo, has blamed defender, Leon Balogun for the first goal Nigeria conceived against Madagascar at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, encounter on Sunday.

The Super Eagles on Sunday, lost 2-0 to Madagascar, in their final Group B fixture at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.

Lalaina Nomenjanahary pounced on Leon Balogun’s slip in the 13th minute, to give Madagascar a shock lead.

The Super Eagles came out fighting in the second half, but Carolus Andriamahitsinoro made it 2-0 and all but ended the encounter as a contest.

But Yobo who captained Nigeria to win a third AFCON title in South Africa in 2013, said Balogun should have moved towards the ball and clear it out instead of trying to play smart.

“Balogun should have move towards the ball and clear it out,” the former Everton star said on SuperSport.

“He shouldn’t have tried to play smart. You have to give credit to the Madagascar player that scored the goal,” he added.

Madagascar finished top with seven points, while Nigeria are runners-up with six points.
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World - Transfer: Chelsea set to bring Morata back from Atletico Madrid
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by Realities, Nigeria
Jun 30, 2019 - 6:06
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Chelsea have informed Atletico Madrid that they will recall Alvaro Morata from his loan spell, unless they sign him permanently this summer, according to the UK Telegraph.

Morata joined Atletico in January, with his loan deal running until June 2020.

However, the Blues are now demanding that Atletico sign Morata for £50million during this transfer window.

If the La Liga side failed to buy Morata, Chelsea, who are unable to sign new players this summer due to a transfer ban, are likely to exercise their option to recall the 26-year-old.

Morata scored six goals in 17 appearances for Atletico last season.
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World - BREAKING: David Silva confirms he will leave Man City after next season
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by Realities, Nigeria
Jun 26, 2019 - 7:06
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David Silva will leave Manchester City at the end of the season after deciding to call time on a glittering 10-year career at the Etihad.

The midfielder is heading into his 10th season with the Premier League giants, having signed with the club from Valencia in 2010.

The Spaniard, who has played a massive part in turning the club into one of the best in Europe, has now made it clear that his time at the Etihad is drawing to a close having already won four league titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups.

“This is the last one,” he told the Daily Mail. “Ten years for me is enough. It’s the perfect time.

“Initially the club were talking about two years, but I decided to sign another one so I finished at 10 years.

“It completes the cycle. It’s a nice round figure. I can never see myself playing against City for another team. So 10 years — that’s it!”

Silva says that a shift in his personal priorities are leading him to make a move after next season, with spending more time with his family growing more important for the 33-year-old.

“I’ve got a family now and it’s about priorities,” he added. “I want to spend more time with the family. I’ve got another year at Manchester City so we will see what happens after that.”

While his time at City in drawing to a close, Silva doesn’t plan on stopping playing, though he has ruled out a move to China or to any team that would have to face his current club.

“Not China,” said Silva yesterday in his role as a spokesman for Anfi Group close to his hometown of Arguineguin. “I don’t know. My girlfriend decides for me!

“I would love to finish my career here in Las Palmas but football changes. Who knows? It depends on the team and the players. I cannot come here to play in the Second Division with this team.”

The Spanish star also isn’t worried about the club missing out on his productivity, as he believes the growth of England’s Phil Foden will make filling his shoes rather easy for the club.

“I’m sure that he’s going to be a fantastic player and a very good successor to me in the team,” said Silva. “I’ve given him lots of advice. He’s taken the information in and he’s getting better day by day.

“He reminds me of myself when I was young, especially how he is as a person. He’s very quiet but always there competing. He hates losing and that makes a good footballer.
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Nigeria - Breaking: Super Eagles beat Burundi 1-0
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by Realities, Nigeria
Jun 22, 2019 - 22:06
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A late goal from striker Odion Ighalo on Saturday ensured the Super Eagles start their campaign at the ongoing African Nations Cup in Egypt with a win.

Ighalo scored from a scintillating assist from left-full back Ola Aina.
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World - Transfer: Why I Finally Left Chelsea – Eden Hazard Opens Up
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Jun 13, 2019 - 8:06
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Belgium star Eden Hazard has said he left Chelsea for Real Madrid to pursue the next stage of his career, Concise News reports.

Hazard who won the Europa League last season with the London side for Santiago Bernabeu for a reported fee of £88m which could rise to £130m.Advertise With UsThe Belgian, 28, also signed a five-year contract with the Los Blancos until 2024.

In a message, he noted that he gave his best to the side and said the move was to live his dream.

“Now the Clubs have reached an agreement. I hope you understand I had to pursue my next chapter, just as each and every one of you should when you have the chance to pursue your dream. ”
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Nigeria - BREAKING: AFCON 2019: Rohr announces final Super Eagles 23-man squad (Full list)
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Jun 09, 2019 - 15:06
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Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has confirmed his 23-man travelling party to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations this month.

Kelechi Iheanacho and Semi Ajayi are the two players that have been dropped, as DAILY POST reported last night.

Both players did not feature on Saturday, as Nigeria were held to a 0-0 draw by Zimbabwe in an international friendly played in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
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