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Super Eagles To Play Four Friendlies – Pinnick

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Read more: Super Eagles To Play Four Friendlies – PinnickThe President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has revealed that four friendlies have been lined up for the Super Eagles ahead of Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The FA boss said: “The World Cup is the big one next year and I believe we are going to be very ready when the tournament kicks off.
“We have lined up four friendly matches starting with the game with Poland in Warsaw on 23rd March. There will be other matches on 27th March, 28th May (in Nigeria) and 2nd June.”
The Gernot Rohr side will battle former World champions, Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in Group D at the mundial.

Aguero taken to hospital after fainting during Argentina,Nigeria friendly

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Read more: Aguero taken to hospital after fainting during Argentina,Nigeria friendlySergio Aguero was taken to hospital after fainting at half-time of Argentina's friendly defeat to Nigeria in Russia on Tuesday.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said the Manchester City striker "got dizzy" during the break after his tap-in doubled La Albiceleste's lead.

The Argentine Football Association wrote on Twitter that Aguero "presented symptoms of fainting and for that reason he was taken to have routine studies done as a precautionary measure."

He was released from hospital and back with the team in the hotel about two hours after the final whistle.

Dario Benedetto replaced Aguero in the lineup, but Nigeria rallied with three second-half goals to win 4-2, handing Argentina their first friendly defeat since November 2014.

Aguero's goal moved him past Hernan Crespo for third on Argentina's all-time top scoring list with 36 goals. He only trails Lionel Messi (61) and Gabriel Batistuta (54).

He has now scored in consecutive games for Argentina after not scoring in his previous eight, dating back to the 2016 Copa America

Arsene Wenger: Man City Is Unstoppable!

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Arsene Wenger says it will be “difficult” for any team to stop Manchester City from winning the Premier League after his Arsenal side lost 3-1 at the Etihad on Sunday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the result left Wenger fuming at referee Michael Oliver.
Wenger said City’s quality, shown in their club record of 15 straight wins in all competitions, made it hard to imagine any team over taking them
He, however, blamed the referee, Michael Oliver, for his team loss after a disputed penalty and a goal which appeared offside.
The win gave City an eight-point lead over Manchester United, ahead of their game at Chelsea later on Sunday and left them 12 points clear of the Gunners.
Manchester United eventually lost the match by a lone goal.
Wenger told reporters: “Can anyone stop them? It will be difficult this season, the way they have started the quality they have, but you never know.
“If on top of that, they have decisions at home like that, they will be unstoppable.”City went 2-0 up five minutes into the second half after referee Oliver ruled that Nacho Monreal had bundled over Raheem Sterling inside the area and Sergio Aguero converted from the spot.
Arsenal players disputed that decision and were also upset that City’s third goal came after a pass from David Silva whom television replays showed was narrowly in an offside position.
Wenger added: “I don’t want to take anything away from the quality but it happened at a moment when we were really in the game at 2-1 and it killed the game.
“It is the second year. We got two offside goals here last year and one this year.”
Wenger, a Frenchman, felt his team had created opportunities and were in the contest until the controversial third goal.
He said: “I felt it was an intense game of quality of both sides. Man City are on a high but I felt we had plenty of dangerous situations and chances.
“Overall once again, the referee made the decision again with a penalty and an offside goal. We are used to it.
“I feel they (referees) don’t work enough, because it happens every season. It is unacceptable.”
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Moses, Troost-Ekong Named for CAF Award

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Read more: Moses, Troost-Ekong Named for CAF AwardThe duo of William Troost-Ekong and Victor Moses have been named1 for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) player of the year award.

The Super Eagles stars, who play their trade in Europe, are the two Nigerians among 30 players nominated for the award this year.

The Confederation of African Football on Wednesday published on its official website the 30 most outstanding players in Africa in the last one year, and also the players nominated for African Player of the Year – Based in Africa 2017.

Last season, Moses was instrumental as Chelsea won the Premier League title, playing 34 games and contributing to six goals over the course of the season and also featured in the final of the FA Cup.For the national team, he was the Super Eagles best player in the third round of the World Cup qualifying series, scoring three goals and providing an assist.

William Troost-Ekong also had a brilliant 2017 and completed each of the five games he started for the Super Eagles during the World Cup qualifiers.

Nigeria U23 international  Junior Ajayi of Al Ahly is among the nominees for the African player of the year (Africa-based).

African Player of the Year

1. Ali Maaloul (Tunisia & Al Ahly)

2. Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso & Lyon)

3. Cedric Bakambu (DR Congo & Villareal)

4. Christian Atsu (Ghana & Newcastle)

5. Christian Bassogog (Cameroon & Henan Jianye)

6. Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)

7. Eric Bailly (Cote d’Ivoire & Manchester United)

8. Essam El Hadary (Egypt & Al Taawoun)

9. Fabrice Ondoa (Cameroon & Sevilla)

10. Fackson Kapumbu (Zambia & Zesco)

11. Jean Michel Seri (Cote d’Ivoire & Nice)

12. Junior Kabananga (DR Congo & Astana)

13. Karim El Ahmadi (Morocco & Feyenoord)

14. Keita Balde (Senegal & Monaco)

15. Khalid Boutaib (Morocco & Yeni Malatyaspor)

16. Mbwana Samata (Tanzania & Genk)

17. Michael Olunga (Kenya & Girona)

18. Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)

19. Moussa Marega (Mali & Porto)

20. Naby Keita (Guinea & RB Leipzig)

21. Percy Tau (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)

22. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Borussia Dortmund)

23. Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)

24. Thomas Partey (Ghana & Atletico Madrid)

25. Victor Moses (Nigeria & Chelsea)

26. Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon & Porto)

27. William Troost-Ekong (Nigeria & Bursaspor)

28. Yacine Brahimi (Algeria & Porto)

29. Youssef Msakni (Tunisia & Al Duhail)

30. Yves Bissouma (Mali & Lille)


African Player of the Year – Based in Africa


1. Achraf Bencharki (Morocco & Wydad Athletic Club)

2. Ahmed Fathi (Egypt & Al Ahly)

3. Alkhaly Bangoura (Guinea & Etoile du Sahel)

4. Ali Maaloul (Tunisia & Al Ahly)

5. Aristide Bance (Burkina Faso & Al Masry)

6. Ayman Majid (Morocco & FUS Rabat)

7. Aymen Mathlouthi (Tunisia & Etoile du Sahel)

8. Ben Malango (DR Congo & TP Mazembe)

9. Dean Furman (South Africa & Supersport United)

10. Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)

11. Elsamani Saadeldin (Sudan & Al Merreikh)

12. Fackson Kapumbu (Zambia & Zesco)

13. Fawzi Chaouchi (Algeria & MC Alger)

14. Geoffrey Serunkuma (Uganda & KCCA)

15. Jeremy Brockie (New Zealand & Supersport)

16. Junior Ajayi (Nigeria & Al Ahly)

17. Karim Aouadhi (Tunisia & CS Sfaxien)

18. Mohamed Meftah (Algeria & USM Alger)

19. Mohamed Ounnajem (Morocco & Wydad Athletic Club)

20. Muaid Ellafi (Libya & Ahly Tripoli)

21. Nasr Eldin Ahmed (Sudan & Hilal Obeid)

22. Oussama Darfalou (Algeria & USM Alger)

23. Percy Tau (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)

24. Sabelo Ndzinisa (Swaziland & Mbabane Swallows)

25. Saber Khalifa (Tunisia & Club Africain)

26. Saladin Said (Ethiopia & Saint George)

27. Sylvain Gbohouo (Cote d’Ivoire & TP Mazembe)

28. Tady Etekiama (DR Congo & AS Vita)

29. Taha Yassine Khenissi (Tunisia & Esperance)

30. Tarek Hamed (Egypt & Zamalek)

“The winner will be decided by votes from the head coaches/technical directors of the national associations affiliated to CAF, members of the CAF technical and development committee and a panel of media experts,” CAF said.

“The awards gala will be held on Thursday, 4 January 2018 in Accra, Ghana.

African Player of the Year


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Read more: OBI MIKEL AND ALEX IWOBI TOP NIGERIA SQUAD FOR ALGERIA, ARGENTINA GAMESJohn Obi Mikel will lead Nigeria senior national team against Algeria and Argentina in November.

The Super Eagles have already booked their place in the 2018 Fifa World Cup billed for Russia and will face Rabah Madjer’s men on November 10 in their last qualifying game which is a mere formality.

Four days later, they face the South Americans in a friendly encounter billed for the Krasnodar Stadium, Russia.And to prosecute this encounter, Gernot Rohr has invited 24 players with the former Chelsea midfielder and Arsenal forward making the cut.

Others are Ogenyi Onazi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Odion Ighalo and Hapoel Be’er Sheva’s John Ogu.

Following his impressive form in the Spanish topflight, 18-year-old goalkeeper Francis Uzoho has been handed his maiden call-up as well as former U17 skipper Chidiebere Nwakali.

Invited players are expected to arrive in a camp in Morocco on Monday, 6th November, before the delegation flies to Constantine on Thursday, 9th November. 



Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain)

Defenders: William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, England)

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidiebere Nwakali (Sogndal FC, Norway)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Chang Chun-Yatai, China); Henry Onyekuru (RSC Anderlecht, Belgium); Anthony Nwakaeme (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)

STANDBY: Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa FC, Turkey); Alhassan Ibrahim (FK Austria Wien, Austria); Brian Idowu (FC Amkar Perm, Russia)

Obasa Cup Final Takes Place Thursday; LABASCO, State High School For Male Final; Govt Coll, For Female Final

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Read more: Obasa Cup Final Takes Place Thursday; LABASCO, State High School For Male Final; Govt Coll, For...The final of the 2nd MA Obasa Cup for secondary schools in Agege will take place tomorrow, Thursday, 26 October, 2017 at the Agege Stadium.

The competition, aimed at discovering footballing talents for all categories of the nation's national teams, male and female, is sponsored by the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa. It is organised by the Lagos State Education District One. It is organised among male and female secondary schools in Agege Federal Constituency covering both Agege Local Government and Orile Agege Local Council Development Area.

The male final will be decided between Lagos Baptist Secondary School, Okeodo Agege and State High School, Mulero, Agege while Government College, Agege will tackle neighbours, Girls' High School, Agege for the female crown.

Already, the third place matches have been decided. Dairy Farm Senior Secondary School beat neighbours, Sango Senior Secondary School to place third in the male category while LABASCO Girls beat Baptist Senior Secondary School to win the third place in the female category.

Rt. Hon. Obasa will lead other members of the House to grace the final which matches start at 12 noon.

Victor Moses Out For Four Weeks

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Read more: Victor Moses Out For Four Weeks Chelsea midfielder Victor Moses has reportedly been ruled out of action for the next four weeks.
Moses has made seven starts in all competitions this season, but it appears that the Nigerian faces a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
The 26-year-old had to be withdrawn during the first half of Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at the weekend and Moses will not return until after the next international break.The injury comes at a time when the Blues have already had to make do without midfielder N’Golo Kante and striker Alvaro Morata due to similar issues.
Morata could return for the Champions League fixture with Roma on Wednesday night, but Kante is not expected back until the start of next month.
Head coach Antonio Conte is likely to replace Moses at right wing-back with either Cesar Azpilicueta or Davide Zappacosta.

World Cup qualifier: Akwa Ibom Governor Splashes N180m On Eagles

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Read more: World Cup qualifier:  Akwa Ibom Governor Splashes N180m On EaglesThe Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has splashed $50,000 (about N180 million) on the Super Eagles for scoring five goals in their World Cup qualifier double header against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in Uyo and Yaoundé.

Emmanuel, who redeemed the pledge of $10,000 per goal, charged the three-time African champions to go all out for a win against Zambia on Saturday and expect “a handsome reward” from him.

Governor Emmanuel had promised the players the sum of $10,000 for every goal, two days before their clash with the African champions, whom the Eagles walloped 4-0 in Uyo on September 1, before earning a 1-1 draw in Yaounde three days later.

On Wednesday, the football-loving Governor and great host of the Super Eagles in this qualifying campaign, said there is more where the money came from, if the team earns a sixth FIFA World Cup appearance by winning on Saturday.Emmanuel said: “I know you have the quality to overcome in this important match, but I don’t want you to underrate your opponents. I love the professionalism and dedication to the cause that you have shown since the beginning of this qualifying campaign. Those efforts have put Nigeria at the top of the table.

“I want to commend the NFF, your coaches and the support staff for the great job they have all done in support of your efforts to get to this position. You are just one win away from achieving your goal. The Zambians are taking this game as a do-or-die affair, so we need to be totally focused and play like soldiers.”

Responding on behalf of the team, Captain Mikel John Obi thanked the Governor and pledged to him and indeed Nigerians everywhere that the Super Eagles will not disappoint on Saturday.

Obi said: “We very much appreciate the role Your Excellency, the Government and good people of Akwa Ibom State, the NFF and Nigerians from all walks of life have played to get us to this position in this campaign. We know how much this match means and we will go out there and do the job.”

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