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2021 AFCON qualifiers kick-off

The 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifiers is set to begin this week on November 13, 2019, with forty-eight nations fighting for 24 slots in the 2021 tournament. Each of the teams will play two matches between this Wednesday and Tuesday next week (November 19). The other matches will be in August, September, October and November 2020. The biennial international men’s football championship of Africa qualifiers started with a preliminary round in October. The round consisted of 8 teams…

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Basketball: We vowed not to miss the Olympics

Nigeria basketball star Al-Farouq Aminu has revealed that a pledge made in 2012 helped ignite D’Tigers to their third straight Olympics ticket. Extrasportsnigeria.com reports that Nigeria on Sunday recorded a decisive 86-73 victory over hosts China, which saw them finish the FIBA Basketball World Cup with a 3-2 record and seal direct entry into the Olympics as the best African team. Al-Farouq Aminu told FIBA.com: “It was a character builder for our team (beating China and picking a ticket)….

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Football: Somalia, Djibouti register landmark wins in decades

Somalia and Djibouti national soccer teams marked a big milestone in the world of football after registering first crucial wins in the first round of Africa’s World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers that took place on Thursday and Wednesday respectively. The first leg of the preliminary rounds involving 28-lowest ranked countries were played between 3rd and 5th with the second leg scheduled for next week. Lowly-ranked Somalia humiliated Zimbabwe 1-0 yesterday recording their first win in qualifiers after 35 years….

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Argentina beat Nigeria in China

D’Tigers lost their second match at the FIBA World Cup by 94-81 to Argentina on Monday. The South Americans relied on experience in the third quarter to overcome the Tigers and record their second victory in Group B in a game played at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Wuhan Sports Centre, China. According to a FIBA.com report, Argentina established a double-digit lead soon after the tip-off but the Nigerians turned up the heat in the second quarter to…

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FIFA bans Samson Siasia for life

FIFA has banned former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia for life. He has been found guilty of receiving bribes to fix matches, Extrasportsnigeria.com report. A FIFA statement released on August 16, 2019 also placed a fine on after he was found guilty in a case the investigation commenced since February. Siasia has coached the Super Eagles was in charge of the U23 Eagles to the Rio Olympics in 2016. The FIFA statement reads: “The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics…

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Nigeria’s coach Rohr calls up Iheanacho, Ebuehi, goalkeeper Okoye for Ukraine

Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr has called up 23 players for the Super Eagles’ international friendly with Ukraine scheduled for Dnipro Arena on Tuesday, 10th September with Tyronne Ebuehi, who missed the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals where Nigeria won bronze due to injury, recalled.  Oluwasemilogo Ajayi and Kelechi Iheanacho, cut from the roster just before the AFCON, have been told to fly to Ukraine. England-based duo Alex Iwobi and Iheanacho have been listed in midfield roles. Germany-based goalkeeper…

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Ligue 1: Osimhen hits brace on debut as Lille make winning start

Lille’s new signing Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen marked his Ligue 1 debut with two goals as last year’s runners-up Lille kicked off their new campaign with a 2-1 victory over Nantes on Sunday. Christophe Galtier’s hosts, who finished 16 points behind champions Paris Saint-Germain last term, were indebted to 20-year-old Osimhen at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, according to an AFP report. The five-time Nigeria international, signed from Belgian outfit Charleroi in the close season, quickly displayed his pace by racing clear…

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Turin Here I Come: De Ligt arrives in Turin to finalise Juventus Transfer

It has, indeed, become a reality that Ajax captain, Matthijs de Ligt, will be playing for Juventus for next season. This has been confirmed with the arrival of the 19-year-old Dutch sensation on Tuesday night in Turin, where he is expected to complete his 70 million euro move to the Italian giants Juventus. The Dutch football star who became a hot cake of late, following his impressive defensive skill, and the ability to score from a header, was being…

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Sports in Africa: Monkey de work baboon de chop

The recent arrest of Aimable Habimana, the vice-president of the Burundian football association, FFB following the missing of players bonus, vividly reminds one of a typical saying in Africa. Have you heard of the African expression  “monkey de work baboon de chop,” which means “while the monkey is working, the baboon is eating?” Well, if the saying is foreign to you, you probably are indeed not conversant with African social, political and economic realities – and the sports domain…

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AFCON: Nigeria beat South Africa to proceed to semi-finals

Samuel Chwukwueze played so well, scored the first Nigerian goal and was voted the Total Man-of-the-Match as Nigeria beat South Africa 2-1 to qualify for the semi finals of the 2019 African Nations Cup. He said, “Scoring against South Africa is quite a good one.” Villarreal star Chukwueze put the Super Eagles ahead in the first half before Bongani Zunga equalised for South Africa in the 71st minute. The referee had to check of VAR before confirming the South…

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African Nations Cup: Seedorf tips Super Eagles for final

Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf has shrugged off the country’s loss to Nigeria and tipped the Super Eagles to go all the way and play in the final match of the 2019 African Nations Cup. Nigeria won the game 3-2 but it was the Cameroonian team that was in the driving seat at the interval and had a chance to increase the tally in the early minutes of the second half. But the entire match scenario changed midway in the…

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AFCON 2019: Nigeria camp rumble as players protest

Super Eagles players boycotted Tuesday’s pre-match conference and were also looking to boycott Tuesday evening’s training. The row could add distraction to Nigeria’s preparation for Wednesday’s match against Guinea.  The protest is over allowances. Only coach Gernot Rohr attended the statutory Tuesday’s pre-match media conference organised by the confederation of African Football. When journalists queried the players absence Rohr said: “The players had to stay back for an important meeting.” Ahmed Musa was billed to attend with Rohr but…

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