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Super Falcons Lose To France Via Penalty Goal, May Still Advance

Nigeria’s Super Falcons face early elimination from the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup following a 1-0 defeat against hosts France at the Roazhon Park, Rennes on Monday, reports Completesports.com.Wendie Renard scored the winning goal from the spot 10 minutes from time.The African champions finished third in the group with three points from three games.The West Africans will now hope to pick a slot among the four best third-placed teams in the competition after the completion of other groups’ games.Should they secure a berth in the knockout stages, the Super Falcons will face either Germany or Italy in the Round of 16.The two sides struggled to create any clear cut chances in the first half as both goalkeepers remain untested.The hosts, determined to maintain their winning run in the competition, piled pressure on the Super Falcons defence early in the second half but were let down by their profligacy in front of goal.The Les Bleues were awarded a penalty in the 77th minute after Ngozi Ebere to have fouled Lee Sommer inside the box.Ebere was sent off for the poor tackle which was awarded after the centre referee consulted VAR.Renard initially missed…

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Aiteo Federation Cup Round Of 32: Rangers, Lobi Clash In Minna; Rivers Face Akwa In Enugu

Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs take the center stage as the 2019 Aiteo Federation Cup enters its Round of 32 on Wednesday, June 19, across the country, Completesports.com reports.The clash between title holders, Rangers and Lobi Stars, and Rivers United – Akwa United clash highlight the weekend’s top pairings that no doubt could prove a positive advertisement for the domestic top flight.Aiteo Federation Cup title Holders, Rangers, will welcome last year’s NPFL champions, Lobi Stars, at Bako Kotangora Stadium, Minna, while The Pride of Rivers – Rivers United, will engage The Promise Keepers, Akwa United, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Enugu, on Wednesday.Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi, Benue state, will be action spot for the two Nasarawa State teams, Nasarawa United and Aklosendi FC, according to the Aiteo Federation Cup Round of 32 fixtures released Monday by the media department of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.Two Aiteo Federation Cup matches are slated for Thursday, June 19, with ABS Ilorin billed to confront Kano Pillars in Lokoja while Kogi United trade tackles with Plateau United in Abuja same day.AITEO FEDERATION CUP ROUND OF 32 FIXTURESWednesday, June 19Rangers Vs Lobi Stars (Minna)Gateway FC…

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AFCON Outrights: Hosts Egypt lead bets to claim competition, followed by Ghana. Super Eagles come in fourth

The FIFA Men’s World Cup and the UEFA Champions League may be long over. Nevertheless, football lovers worldwide have nothing to complain about, since this week will boast the likes of the second round of the Copa America and the FIFA Women’s World Cup, as well as the start of the 32nd edition of the Egypt-hosted 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The Pharaohs come on top to claim it, according to the odds. The question is: can the Super Eagles stop them on their home turf?Do not waste any more time and discover your favourite betting site. To do so, head on over toOddssharkright now and set up your new account using your credit card. The 32ndAfrica Cup of Nations will be packed with opportunities as well as a wide host of promotions and special offers for you to place your best possible bets.Where should I be investing my money?The football world has had its eyes set on Brazil and France, who are hosting the Copa America and FIFA Women’s World Cup, respectively. Now, however, is the time for Africa to step in, with Egypt due to host the 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations…

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Amuneke: I’m Not Under Tanzania AFCON 2019 Pressure; Here To Do Our Best

Nigerian-born Tanzania national team coach, Emmanuel Amuneke, has told Completesports.com he is not under any pressure to win matches and finish in great position at the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.The Taifa Stars are making their first Nations Cup finals appearance in 39 years. The last time they featured in AFCON was in 1980 edition – in Lagos, Nigeria.There has been huge celebration in Tanzania since Amuneke led the Taifa Stars to a 3-0 win over Cranes of Uganda in their last qualifying game to set a happy countdown to the 2019 showpiece in Egypt.Amuneke, a former Zamalek of Egypt and FC Barcelona of Spain winger whose brace over Zambia won Nigeria the 1994 AFCON title in Tunisia as well as scoring the winner against Argentina in the 1996 Olympic Games football final in Atlanta USA, insists he’s not being pressured to succeed in Egypt.“There is nothing like that, I’m under no pressure at all”, Amuneke told Completesports.com from Egypt on Sunday.“Pressure for what?,” he queried. “We are being objective to our responsibilities.“Its something I’ve known how to do. And of course, there are three results in any given match, win, draw,…

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Super Eagles Lose 1-0 To Senegal In Last Pre-AFCON 2019 Friendly

Everton midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye scored the decisive goal as Teranga Lions of Senegal defeated the Super Eagles of Nigeria 1-0 at the Ismaila Stadium on Sunday in their final build-up game ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations,Completesports.com reports.Gueye who is courted by French club Paris Saint Germain scored the winning goal on the half hour mark.The Super Eagles battled hard to find the leveller after the break but were unable to find a way past the Teranga Lions’ defence led by Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.Gernot Rohr’s charges have now failed to register a goal in their last two games which will be a big worry for the German as his side head into AFCON 2019.The West Africans were held to a 0-0 draw by the Warriors of Zimbabwe in their first pre-AFCON 2019 friendly game last Saturday at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.The Super Eagles are now expected to head to Alexandria where they will play their three Group B games against Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar.They will open their campaign against Burundi on Saturday June 22 at the Alexandria Stadium.Rohr charges will also face Guinea and Madagascar on June…

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I want to win AFCON with Nigeria after pain of missing World Cup: Ola Aina

Torino exercised their option to buy Ola Aina from Chelsea for £8.7 million ($11m) after a successful campaign on loan, but this season has done more than secure a long-term club – it also sees the 22-year-old make the African Cup of Nations after disappointingly missing out on the World Cup.Aina was one of those placed on Gernot Rohr’s stand-by list and as such only narrowly missed the cut for Nigeria’s 23-man squad in Russia, despite having switched national allegiances from England to the Super Eagles.Born in London to two Nigerian parents, long-time national team captain and former Chelsea team-mate John Obi Mikel had been laying the charm offensive on Aina to switch countries. The youngster did so and says he has no regrets as he aims for glory in Egypt.“I just missed out on the World Cup last time, that was hard to not go,” Aina told Goal. “African Cup of Nations is around the corner and to play in it is a big thing for me. To compete and play after two times not qualifying for it, it’s really special for me to be involved in it.“After I missed the World Cup, I bounced…

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Onome Ebi: Super Falcons are ready for France

The Super Falcons are leaving no stone unturned for their final Group A game against hosts nation France on Monday, this is according to the team’s former captain Onome Ebi.The African Champions recorded their first victory in the competition since 2011 when they defeated Korea Republic 2-0 on Wednesday.However, the team must at least pick a point against the French to the guarantee a ticket into the next round.The team had light training yesterday and will continue tactical preparation ahead of the make or mar encounter on Monday.“All focused and ready ⚽️ . @ Rennes, France“ Ebi said on her social media account.Onome Ebi, appearing at her fifth World Cup, Osinachi Ohale, Ebere and Chidinma Okeke will be hoping to help Nigeria to second successive clean sheet against the hosts .

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Mikel Obi to go into business after retirement

Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi has stated categorically that he will quit the game and face business pointing that he would not have anything to do with football which brought him fame and wealth.Disclosing this exclusively to NFF media, Mikel said: ‘“Life after football? I don’t know if I will still be in the game, I have a lot of things going on. I like to do business, I’m a business guy so I don’t know if I will have time to be in the game.I love the game but who knows, maybe one day, I might come back to the game but at this point, after football, I am not thinking about being in the game.”Mikel also confirmed that this may be his last Africa Cup of Nations appearance for Nigeria since he made the Super Eagles debut in August 2005 in an international friendly game against Libya.“I do not know but I think it may be (my last AFCON). I like to go every year and see how I feel. Obviously, the young players are coming, I think before the next one comes around again I will be 34 or so. I think…

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Pre -AFCON Friendly: Super Eagles To Adopt 3-5-2 Formation Vs Senegal

Nigeria’s Super Eagles will adopt a 3-5-2 formation in Sunday’s pre- 2019 Africa Cup of Nations friendly encounter against the Terangha Lions of Senegal at the Ismaila, Stadium, Completesports.com reports.The three-time time champions played a 4-4-2 formation in last Saturday’s friendly clash against the Warriors of Zimbabwe at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba which ended in a goalless draw.Head coach of the side,  Completesports.com learnt is however prepared to change his formation against the Senegalese who are one of the favourites to win the competition.The Super Eagles lined-up in the same formation in their penultimate AFCON 2019 qualifying game against the Bafana Bafana of South in Johannesburg which ended in a 1-1 draw.The trio of Leon Balogun,  William Troost-Ekong and Kenneth Omeruo are expected to occupy  the three centre-back positions in the formation, while Jamilu Collins will feature in the left wing-back position.It however remain to be seen who will play at right wing-back position amongst the trio of Samuel Kalu,  Ola Aina and Shehu Abdullahi.Nigeria are in Group B of the showpiece and they will begin their campaign for a fourth Afcon title against Burundi at the Alexandria Stadium on June 22.

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Sickness rules Ahmed Musa, Shehu Abdullahi out of Senegal friendly

Super Eagles handler Gernot Rohr had revealed to newsmen that Eagles’ Assitant Captain Ahmed Musa will not be involved at all in Sunday’s International friendly against Africa Number One team the Teranga Lions of Senegal on health grounds.“Musa is sick as a result of this he will not play against Senegal”, the Eagles Coach disclosed this from Ismailia, Egypt.The Franco-German football tactician also declared Eagles right back Shehu Abdullahi and team’s striker Henry Onyekuru not fit to play as a result of ill health.“We have done a lot of training here in Ismaila but not for three players who are sick today and they are Ahmed Musa like I told you and Shehu Abdullahi and also Henry Onyekuru”, Rohr disclosed.He, however, confirmed the two players namely Oghenekaro Etebo and Chidozie Awaziem who were earlier knocked down with cold while training in Asaba, Delta State are fit to play against Senegal.“Etebo and Awaziem have recovered from illness and they have been training with us. So they are available for selection for the big match against Africa’s best team Senegal”, Rohr said.The Coach is also ambitious to win the match to boost the confidence of his…