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Nigeria’s Ighalo, Iwobi, Ndidi and Uzoho shortlisted for 2019 Caf best XI

The quartet could be rewarded for their impressive displays this year, having been nominated for the continent’s best XIFormer Nigeria international Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi and Francis Uzoho have been shortlisted for the 2019 Caf best XI.Shanghai Greenland Shenhua striker Ighalo delivered impressive showings at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.The former Watford forward scored five goals in the competition to win the Golden Boot award and helped the Super Eagles clinch their eighth bronze medal before his retirement from international duty.Leicester City combative midfielder, Ndidi has been a consistent performer for both club and country, finishing as the 2018-19 Premier League top tackler. Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi and AC Omonia goalkeeper Uzoho also played key roles for the Super Eagles in Egypt and will hope to make the final team.The Caf best XI will be announced in a ceremony on January 7, 2020.Caf best XIGoalkeepers: Moez Ben Cherifia, Yassine Bonnou, Mohamed El Shenaway, Sylvain Gbohouo, Rais M'bolhi, Edouard Mendy, Richard Ofori, Andre Onana, Denis Onyango, Francis UzohoDefenders: Youcef Atal, Serge Aurier, Mehdi Benatia, Ahmed El-Mohammadi, Lamine Gassama, Faouzi Ghoulam, Achraf Hakimi, Ahmed Hegazi, Kalidou Koulibaly, Christian Luyindama,…

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John Obuh: Akwa United don’t need to press the panic button

Coach of Akwa United FC John Obuh has stated that the Promise Keepers don’t need to press the panic button yet and that the club just need a win to get into full swing and start winning matches after another disappointing draw at home ending goalless with Katsina united at the Akwa Ibom nest of champions.Obuh speaking in a chat said the team has been satisfactory in terms if game play but just haven’t gotten things right in scoring. He added that once the team beats the jinx and anxiety of a win, they will start winning matches in the league.“The way and manner my boys executed the match technically it was“I don’t want to press any panic button yet. I just want to believe that all we want to do now is get back to our winning ways. Once we get our winning ways probably by the next game, I don’t think that we will lose any game for about 5 to 8 games.”

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Liverpool to rival Arsenal over Nigerian youngster

Premier league giants Liverpool and Arsenal are reportedly at loggerheads over German born Nigerian youngster Karim Adeyemi.Karim Adeyemi was born 18 January 2002 plays as a Striker for FC Liefering in the Austrian division two and has been in sparkling form.His form has now caught the attention of the premier league sides who are now ready to snap him up in the coming January transfer window.Adeyemi started his club career with FC Bayern München in 2012, before he was transferred to SpVgg Unterhaching.Then in the beginning of 2018/19 season, Adeyemi joined FC Red Bull Salzburg where he is contracted till May 2021.Adeyemi was born in Munich, Germany to a Nigerian father and Romanian mother.

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Nigeria victory is a stepping stone to World Cup – Refiloe Jane

South Africa's opening Africa Women Cup of Nations victory over Nigeria should set the tone for Banyana Banyana to qualify for the World Cup, according to Refiloe Jane.The 2018 COSAFA champions defeated the Super Falcons for the first time at the Cape Coast Stadium on Sunday, courtesy of Chrestina Kgatlana's 84th-minute stunner.Jane, who was instrumental in the build-up to the goal, believes that the opening victory should set Banyana on their way to a top-three finish.”Beating Nigeria is not just a statement of intent,” she told ESPN, “but it is a stepping stone to qualify for the World Cup.”However, we know everyone here is aiming for that spot and it's not going to be easy for us.”We just have to take it one game at a time, and hopefully we win our upcoming games and see ourselves in the semi-final,” she added. “I hope we qualify.”South Africa's performance demonstrated that they could be the side to end the duopoly of Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea in the AWCON, despite Asisat Oshoala's recent claim that the Super Falcons faced no rivals in their hunt for a record-extending 11th title.”The win today gives people an idea…

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Nigeria federation boss Pinnick blames investigations for failures

 Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick has blamed investigations by the anti-corruption authorities for the country's recent failures on the international scene.He added that the NFF was facing a lack of funds as he responded to a call by Nigeria's sports minister Sunday Dare at a meeting on Tuesday for an explanation to 'several failures' from the football administrators. Nigeria's under-17 and under-20s suffered round of 16 exits at this year's World Cup, the team of locally-based players failed to qualify for the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) as well as suffering an early exit from the regional Wafu Cup tournament.More recently both the men's and women's teams failed to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games football tournaments.The NFF boss responded to Dare's comments with a 15-page statement on what problems the body is currently facing.”Issues of funding (inadequacy and late release of same) and the toxic and disruptive environment in which the NFF has had to operate for the past 18 months (with the Federation's leadership and brand falsely and maliciously dragged from one investigative agency to the other and from one court to the other on same baseless allegations) are the…

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Odey, Onuachu get New Manager at Genk

There’s been a change of guard at Genk with Manager Felice Mazzu paying the ultimate price by getting the sack following a string of poor results.Gene who were champions of the Belgian Jupiler League, are currently languishing in mid-table with 20 points from 14 matches – 13 points adrift leaders Club Brugge.Meanwhile, the club has since named Mazzu’s replacement following the announcement of, Tuesday, of former Stuttgart Head Coach Hannes Wolf as their new Boss.Wolf was tutored by Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp when he was in charge of the youth teams at Borussia Dortmund.He will have Nigerian internationals Stephen Odey and Paul Onuachu to call on when Racing travel to Royal Excel Mouscron this weekend.

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Former Super Eagles Captain Warns Onyekuru on Monaco Debacle

Former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo has urged Henry Onyekuru to quit Ligue 1 club AS Monaco, as soon as possible, over the Winger’s lack of game timeOnyekuru signed for the former French Champions from Everton after his impressive loan spell with Galatasaray last season.The Nigerian scored 14 goals in 30 league appearances for the Istanbul Giants in his second loan spell away from Everton.He never played for the premier league side, a situation Yobo described as “sad”.“It was sad he (Onyekuru) couldn’t find a chance to play in Everton,” Yobo, said told www.brila.net.“He is a great talent. His failure to secure a work permit didn’t allow him to play for Everton.“The English Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world, but it can be a big disadvantage when you don’t play.But, Yobo insists the 22 year-old must end his torrid spell in Monaco’s nightmare, latest January, to revive his career.So far this season, the Nigerian has only made four appearances in all competitions for Leonardo Jardim’s side. He also lost his place in the national team as a result.“His performance for Galatasaray last season was exceptional and…

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Edo State To Pay Women and Men Teams Equally

The Edo State government has announced it will pay its women’s team Edo Queens the same as its men’s side, Bendel Insurance.The state own both teams with the men’s side playing in the Nigerian second tier and the women’s in the Women’s Premier League.“We believe that there should be no discrimination between the male and female teams,” deputy governor Philip Shaibu said.“Bendel Insurance standard and that of Edo Queens are going to be the same. There will be no gender discrimination among them in terms of welfare, in terms of salary.“The plan is to make Edo Queens the highest paid female team in Nigeria. That is what we want to achieve.”Bendel Insurance, one of Nigeria’s leading league teams in the 1970’s and early 80’s, were winners of the now defunct Caf Cup in 1994.It also produced former international stars like Kadiri Ikhana, Thompson Oliha, Friday Elahor, Julius Aghahowa and Peter Odemwingie.Deputy governor Philip Shaibu says Edo State’s men’s and women’s teams deserve equal payDespite two Nigerian titles in 1973 and 1979 and three FA Cup crowns (in 1972, 1978, 1980 ) the club’s slump from the heights of the past has been…

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Odion Ighalo warns Victor Osimhen not to get carried

Former Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo said his constant advice to Victor Osimhen is for him to keep working hard and improving.Ighalo called time on his international career in July following the Super Eagles’ third-place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations where he was also awarded the Golden Boot after scoring five goals in Egypt.Following his retirement, Osimhen has taken over the no. 9 shirts and he has been in outstanding form which earned the country back-to-back wins in their first two Group L qualifying games for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.The Lille star helped Nigeria turn around a goal deficit against Benin with his equalizer in their 2-1 victory last Wednesday, before putting up a five-star performance in their 4-2 win over Lesotho where he bagged two goals and two assists on Sunday.In reacting to the latest heroics, Ighalo who had a four-year stint with the three-time African champions has urged the Lille talisman to remain focused and to keep learning.“I always told him that he has everything it takes to lead this attack, but it all depends on him,” Ighalo told ESPN.“I told him he has to keep working hard,…