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Ivory Coast edge 10-man Eagles to get their first win of AFCONU23

Nigeria's U-23 Eagles on Saturday evening at the Al Salaam Stadium in Cairo, Egypt, were defeated 1-0 by Cote d' Ivoire in their first Group B match of the 2019 CAF U-23 Africa Cup of Nations which serves as qualifiers to the football event of the 2020 Olympic Games.The Eagles finished the west African derby with ten men following a red card handed to defender Ndubusi Ndah in the 71st minuteNigeria U-23 goalkeeper Adamu Abubakar made a fantastic save in the 16th munute to deny the Ivorians of a likely opener.The first half petered away with both sides unable to get on the score sheet.Nigeria's head coach Imama Amapakabo made two quick fire changes in the 54th and 56th minutes respectively bringing on Sunday Faleye and Valentine Ozornwafor for Bright Enobakhare and Orji Okonkwo.Before Okonkwo was substituted off, he had a great chance to score, seeing his header come off the crossbar from a corner kick.Ivory Coast however grabbed a winner in the 71st minute goal after a controversial penalty awarded by Egyptian referee Mohamed Maarouf .The match produced no further goals with the Nigerian side, the defending champions of the CAF tournament…

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Musa Fires Benin, Lesotho Warning; Bags Brace In Al Nassr’s Cup Win Vs Afif

 Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa scored a brace as Al Nassr thrashed Afif Club 5-1 in their Saudi King Cup (FA Cup) clash at the Al Majma’ah Sports City Stadium on Saturday, reports Completesports.com.Musa opened scoring for Al Nassr in the 23rd minute and netted the fourth 12 minutes from time.The 27-year-old only returned to action for Saudi Pro League champions last week following a knee injury which kept him out of action for three months.He played the last eight minutes of Al Nassr’s 2-0 home win against Al Failsaly last Saturday.Musa has made just four league appearances for Al Nassr this season due to the injury.The former Leicester City star is in Nigeria’s squad for next week’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double header against the Squirrels of Benin and Crocodiles of Lesotho.He missed the Super Eagles’ last two international friendly games against Ukraine and five-time world champions Brazil as a result of the injury

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Exclusive – Nigeria U23 Lineup For First AFCON U23 Cup Of Nations Game Against Ivory Coast

The coach of the U23 team of Nigeria Imama Amapakabo has revealed his lineup ahead of their first game against Ivory Coast at the 2019 Africa U23 Cup of Nations ‎taking place in Egypt.Imama named regular first choice goalkeeper Adamu Abubakar in goal with the quartet of Izuchukwu Anthony, Stephen Godfrey, Sincere Seth and Olisa Ndah playing as the back four.Seth will play from the right full back position while Godfrey who plays for Isloch of Belarus will operate as the left full back with the duo of Ndah and Anthony occupying the central defence positions.In midfield, Spartaks Jurmala of Latvia Aliyu Adams will play as the defensive midfielder with Huesca new signing Kelechi Nwakali playing as the central midfielder while Ndidfreke Effiong is stationed behind the main striker.In attack, Imama picked the trio of Bright Enobakhare, Blessing Olabiran and Orji Okwonkwo with Okwonkwo playing as the top striker flanked by Enobakhare and Olabiran as left and right wingers respectively.Lineup :Adamu AbubakarSincere SethStephen GodfreyOlisa NdahAnthony IzuchukwuAliyu AdamsKelechi NwakaliNdidfreke EffiongBlessing OlabiranBright EnobakhareOrji Okwonkwo

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Fred Taylor believes he is a Pro Football Hall of Famer

In an interview today with the NFL Network, former Jacksonville Jaguars Running Back, Fred Taylor, decreed that he belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  He specifically had this to say: “Obviously I think I belong.  It’s not in my hands. I think the voters, after doing a deep dive, they’ll understand that I belong there too. I really believe I had a solid career, and hopefully the writers will understand that one day.” Taylor, who has been eligible for Canton since 2016, has yet to make the Semi-Finalist cut.  He likely never will. Taylor was a very good player, who would accumulate 11,695 Rushing Yards, placing him 17thall-time as of this writing.  In terms of Yards from Scrimmage, he is 35thall-time with 14,079.  While these are more than respectable numbers, at no point was Taylor ever considered to be the best Running Back at his position.  Generally, he was never in the discussion.  Taylor made it to the Pro Bowl only once (2007) and his highest finish in Rushing Yards was sixth, which he did twice (2000 & 2003). This is not to say that he was not good and at times great player, as he certainly was, but to be considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, you need to be elite, or at least have been in that debate.  If you are not, you need to have the longevity that has few equals.  13 years is very good, but in his case, not good enough.   We are in the process of expanding our list to 300.  Taylor was considered, but did not make the cut.  When we get to the all-time Jacksonville Jaguars, he will have a high rank, likely in the top three.

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Fifa gives Nigeria conditions to host U20 Women's World Cup 2020

The West African country are racing against time to meet the world governing body's demands to stage next year's youth competition.Nigeria has been given until January 2020 by Fifa to put in place necessary facilities to avoid losing their bid for hosting rights for the Fifa U20 Women's World Cup 2020.In June, Goal had exclusively reported that Nigeria is in the race to secure the hosting rights for the women’s tournament after they had put forward a bid before the deadline in September 2018.Despite the interests from India and South Korea, Goal gathered that the world football's governing body is looking beyond the Asians for the event billed for October 2020.In August, the Fifa inspection team visited Nigeria to run the rule over its facilities, brightening the country's chance to become the first African nation to host a Fifa women's event.In spite of Fifa's consideration, the West African nation risks losing their bid over inadequate facilities, but sports minister Sunday Dare says they are doing all possible to meet the set conditions.“We have been in constant touch with the Fifa team, they were here sometimes in August we hope they will return soon,” the…

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U-23 AFCON: Olympic Eagles Begin Title Defence Today Against Cote d’l Voire

The Olympic Eagles will begin the defence of the title they won four years ago in Senegal when they face Cote d’l voire today (Saturday) in their opening Group B game of the 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations at the Al Salam Stadium, Cairo, reports Completesports.com.The Eagles will be without captain Azubuike Okechukwu and Taiwo Awoniyi who are yet to link up with their teammates in camp.Former FIFA U17 World Cup –winning captain Kelechi Nwakali will be stand-in captain and will be expected to supply the ammunition from the midfield for the strikers, including his former U17 teammate Orji Okonkwo, to make hay at the fore.The Nigeria team is brimming with hard workers, such as defenders Valentine Ozornwafor, Olisah Ndah, Sincere Seth and Anthony Izuchukwu, and midfielders Sunusi Ibrahim, Muyiwa Olabiran, Ndifreke Effiong.England –based Tom Dele-Bashiru, who starred for the Nigeria U20 team at the FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland this year summer, will be expected to provide some top competition experience and steel in the middle.The Nigeria U23 contingent spent six days in Ismailia fine-tuning preparations for the finals before arriving in Cairo on Wednesday, where they are staying at the Novotel…

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LMC Reschedules NPFL Games Over Super Eagles Proposed Use of Stadium

The LMC have rescheduled two NPFL Matchday 2 encounters between Akwa Starlets and Kano Pillars, and Akwa United and Abia Warrior.Akwa Starlets vs Kano Pillars and Akwa United vs Abia Warriors matches which were earlier fixed for Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of November respectively will now be played on different dates. The LMC confirmed on their verified Twitter handle that the Akwa United Vs Abia Warriors match will now hold on Thursday 14th of November, while the date for the other match will be announced later. “#NPFL20 UPDATE Matchday2 fixtures between Akwa United and Abia Warriors moved to Thursday, November 14 while that between Akwa Starlets and Kano Pillars will hold on a date to be announced later”, LMC tweeted.The reason for the decision is not yet confirmed by the LMC but it has been reported that the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo which is the venue of the two aforementioned NPFL fixtures will be used by the Super Eagles for camping and training as they begin preparations for their AFCON qualifiers against Benin next weekend.

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U17 World Cup: Prepare Well for the Next Tournament – Adepoju

Former Super Eagles midfielder, Mutiu Adepoju has advised the NFF to start preparation for the next U-17 World Cup “now”.Nigeria was eliminated from this year’s competition in the second round and Adepoju believes lack of good preparation accounted for the team’s early exit. “The round leather game is all about winning and losing but it is sad that we are losing; a lot can be done to reverse the trend,” Adepoju told www.brila.net. “We need to start preparing for the next championships now. We have to put the defeat behind us and see how we can regain our past glory.”

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Iwobi Set To Make 110 Premier League Appearance In Everton’s Away Clash At Southampton

Nigeria winger Alex Iwobi will look to make his 110th Premier League appearance for Everton against Southampton on Saturday, reports Completesports.com.Iwobi who linekd up with Everton from Arsenal this summer has scored one goal in nine league appearances for the Toffees this season.The 23-year-old featured in 100 Premier League games for Arsenal during his time at the club , scoring 11 goals and made 14 assists.Everton will look to record their fourth win of the season against Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium.Marco Silva’s men are without a win in their last two Premier League games.