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Nigeria vs Benin Preview: Super Eagles’ Gernot Rohr To Unleash Osimhen, Aribo In Hunt For Squirrels

Exactly one month after forcing five-time world champions Brazil to a 1-1 draw in a friendly tie played in Singapore, the Super Eagles of Nigeria return to Uyo to square up against the Squirrels of Benin in the opening match of the qualifying series of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.Earlier in the year, coach Gernot Rohr’s men finished in third place at the 2019 edition of the AFCON hosted by Egypt, a championship where Benin made it to the knockout round of the competition for the first time ever, albeit as one of the best third-placed teams in the group.Nigeria are three-time African champions and huge favourites to claim a big win over coach Michel Dussuyer’s men but there are very few football minnows left on the continent and a Benin team that held its own against Cameroon, Morocco and Senegal, narrowly losing to the latter in Egypt is not one of them.Team NewsNigeriaCoach Gernot Rohr welcomes back captain Ahmed Musa after a two-month injury layoff and there is a return also for the duo of goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi and defender Kenneth Omeruo after both missed the two friendly games against Ukraine and…

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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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6 Essential Communication Tools for the Modern Workplace – Justin Osbourne

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