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Dream Team midfielder pays respect to Austin Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu

Watford midfielder Tom Dele-Bashiru says he has dreams of emulating Austin Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu as he looks forward to tonight’s AFCON U-23 group B clash against the Young Chipopolo of Zambia at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo.Both Okocha and Kanu won the Olympic gold in the football event at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and Bashiru says he is excited about the prospect of representing his nation in Tokyo next year.However that can only be accomplished if Nigeria pick one of the three tickets reserved for the continent.“Jay-Jay Okocha is my hero. I just loved his playing style and watched videos of him all the time when I was growing up. He’s a big hero of mine, as is Kanu.”.Watford midfielder Tom Dele-Bashiru says he has dreams of emulating Austin Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu as he looks forward to tonight’s AFCON U-23 group B clash against the Young Chipopolo of Zambia at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo.Both Okocha and Kanu won the Olympic gold in the football event at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and Bashiru says he is excited about the prospect of representing his nation in Tokyo next year.However…

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CAFCC: Enyimba, Rangers Get Group Stage Opponents

Enyimba and Rangers will come up against North African oppositions in the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup, reports Completesports.com.The draw ceremony took place on Tuesday at the CAF headquarters in Cairo.Rangers will compete in Group A along with reigning Mauritanian champions FC Nouadhibou as well as two Egyptian clubs, Pyramids FC and Al Masry.Former African champions, Enyimba are in Group D with Ivorian side, San-Pédro, Moroccan outfit Hassania Union Sport Agadir and Algerian side Paradou Athletic Club.Group stage matches will commence on December Ist with all the teams facing off in home and away ties and the top two sides qualifying to the knockout round.No Nigerian club has won the CAF Confederation Cup title.

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U-23 AFCON: Imama Amapakabo banks on Okechukwu Azubuike, Taiwo Awoniyi for victory against Zambia

Olympic Eagles head coach Imama Amapakabo is hopeful the arrival of Okechukwu Azubuike and Taiwo Awoniyi will help turn around the fortunes of the team following the 1-0 defeat to Cote d’Ivoire in their first game at the 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations in Egypt.The Eagles will take on Zambia in a make or mar encounter at the Al Salam Stadium, Cairo on Tuesday (today).The defending champions must pick up the maximum points to return to contention for a place in the semi-finals of the competition, ahead of their final Group B clash with South Africa on Friday.“I am happy we now have Awoniyi and our captain, Azubuike. They are integral to the team and were influential in our qualifying matches. We will throw everything into the game against Zambia because we have left ourselves no choice at this point,” Imama told NFF website.“I believe we have the team to not only overcome Zambia but go all the way in the tournament. We stumbled against the Ivorians but we have learnt from that and we now look forward to rescuing our campaign against the Zambians and South Africans.”Only the top three finishers at the…

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The Dallas Stars will retire Sergei Zubov's number next year

Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players and executive.  As such, it is news to us that Dallas Stars have announced that they will be retiring the number #56 of Sergei Zubov next season. This announcement follows Zubov’s Hockey Hall of Fame selection this summer.   The Defenseman would join the Stars after being traded from the Pittsburgh Penguins before the 1996-97 Season, and he would stay there until he left the NHL after the 2007-08 campaign.  With Dallas, Zubov would go to three All-Star Games, and would be chosen as a Second Team All-Star in 2005-06.  The Russian blueliner would finish in the top ten in Assists three times and he would lead the NHL in Defensive Point Shares in 2000-01.  He was a vital member of Dallas’ Stanley Cup win in 1999. As a Star, he would play in 839 Games with 549 Points and a Plus/Minus of +109. This makes Zubov the second former Dallas Star player to have his number retired.  He joins Neal Broten (#7), Bill Goldsworthy (#8), Mike Modano (#9), Bill Masterton (#19) and Jere Lehtinen (#26). We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Sergei Zubov for earning this honor.

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AFCONQ: Ahmed Musa reveals Super Eagles target after recovering from injury

Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa says he’s excited staging a return to the national team after missing out recent games due to injury.The Al Nassr forward is now very fit and ready to lead the Eagles out in their first game of the 2021 AFCON qualifiers against Benin Republic’s Squirrels.Speaking, the former Kano Pillars, who would be eyeing his 88 caps for Nigeria during the encounter insists he’s ready to play any time the technical crew deems fit.”I thank God I’m fit and back to play for the team, any time the coach give me to play on the pitch, I’m ready to comply and play,” Musa summed up.The 22-year-old completed the most tackles (7) in the encounter, managed a 100 percent passing accuracy in the final third and also made key interceptions (3) and successful take-on (3).However, the pundit was impressed with the qualities of the Super Eagles midfielder.“For such a young man he plays with so much assurance.”The former Genk midfielder is part of the Super Eagles team looking to face Benin and Lesotho on Tuesday and Sunday respectively for the 2021 AFCON qualifiers.

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Mbah Nets Six Goals In Northern Cyprus, Eyes Olympic Eagles Call-Up

Alsancak Yesilova of Northern Cyprus forward Chigozie Mbah hopes to get an opportunity to represent Nigeria first at U-23 level following his current impressive form in the K-Pet Super Lig.The winger joined Turkish Cypriot side, MSK Zilina from a youth club in England, Brook House College, in 2016. He later switched to Slavia Sofia of Bulgaria before he was snapped up by Alsancak Yesilova in 2018.Mbah, 22, has scored six times for Alsancsk Yesilova in nine appearances, this term, a performance he strongly believes, is good enough to earn him the Olympic Eagles opportunity to prove he is good enough to represent Nigeria.“I’m delighted to have scored six goals in nine matches so far this season,” Mbah told Completesports.com.“I’ve played in three different positions this season. I have played as a winger, both on left and right sides of the field. I’ve also played as a top striker and I’m really enjoying it. I just want to sustain my goal-scoring form.Mbah could not play for any team last season as a result of visa related issues and now can’t to hide his disappointment over that setback..“It was not a good one for me not…

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Osimhen Reveals Desire To Play In LaLiga

Nigeria forward Victor Osimhen has expressed his desire to one day play in the Spanish LaLiga.Osimhen has enjoyed a perfect start to his career at French Ligue 1 outfit, Lille with nine goals and two assists in 15 appearances.“I am a big fan of La Liga,” Osimhen told L’Equipe.“It’s my dream to play there.”The 20-year-old has been linked with a move to a number of top European sides but he is ready to respect his contract with Lille despite speculation surrounding his future.“I’ve always been willing to take the next step, but I’m in Lille,” he stated.“I love the people. If big clubs keep an eye on me, it’s great for me, but it’s up to the club to decide if I stay or leave. I will not object.”

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Super Eagles Hold First Training Session Ahead Benin Clash; Aribo, Troost-Ekong Hit Camp Tuesday

 Victor Osimhen and Daniel Akpeyi have joined the Super Eagles camp in Uyo for Wednesday’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying clash against the Squirrels of Benin, reports..The duo arrival at the team’s Ibom Hotel and Resort camp increased the number of players in camp to 14.Meanwhile, the team held their first training session within the premises of Ibom Hotel and Resort camp on Monday evening.The 14 players who trained on the ground are; Ahmed Musa, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi, Maduka Okoye, Kenneth Omeruo.Others are ; Chidozie Awaziem, Olaoluwa Aina, Jamilu Collins , Semi Ajayi, Alex Iwobi, Ramon Azeez, Wilfred Ndidi, Samuel Kalu and Victor Osimhen.Eight more players expected to hit camp on Tuesday morning. They are; William Troost-Ekong, Ifeanyi Anaemena , Abdullahi Shehu, Mikel Agu, Joe Aribo, Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze, Paul Onuachu and Emmanuel Dennis.

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U23 AFCON: Dream Team VII gets huge boost ahead of Zambia showdown

 Dream Team VII squad members have been boosted by news regarding the arrival of team captain Azubuike Okechukwu ahead of Tuesday’s important clash against the U23 side of Zambia in Cairo.The 22-year-old midfielder was missing in action during Nigeria’s slim 1-0 loss to Ivory Coast on Saturday due to club engagement but has now confirmed he will hit the Egyptian capital in time for the team’s must-win clash against the Copper Bullets.The midfielder was in the thick of the action for Istanbul Basaksehir on Sunday as he featured for the entire 90 minutes in their 2-1 win over Ankaraguch to move up to 5th spot on the Turkish Sup Lig log with 19 points.His addition will come as a massive boost for under-fire coach Imama Amapakabo, who will be counting on the midfielder’s presence to lift the morale of the players as they also await the arrival of Taiwo Awoniyi from Germany.Nigeria are bottom of Group B log with zero points and must avoid defeat on Tuesday evening to keep their hope of picking one spot to fly the continent’s flag at next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo

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Enyimba defender Ifeanyi Anaemena replaces Bryan Idowu in Eagles squad for Benin, Lesotho clashes

Enyimba defender Ifeanyi Anaemena has been called up as replacement for Bryan Idowu in Nigeria’s squad for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixtures against Benin Republic and Lesotho.Idowu, who plays for Russian club, Locomotiv Moscow pulled out of both games due to passport issues.“Udate: Bryan Idowu is out of the 2021 AFCON qualifiers owing to passport issues…Ifeanyi Anaemena of @EnyimbaFC is his replacement..,” reads a Tweet on the official Twitter handle of the Super Eagles.It is the first time Anaemena, a centre-back, has been called up to the senior Super Eagles squad.The tough tackling defender earned his first cap with the Super Eagles B in a 2020 CHAN qualifier against the Hawks of Togo last month.The Super Eagles will host the Squirrels of Benin at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo on Wednesday and then travel to Maseru for the clash against the Crocodiles of Lesotho on Sunday.