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AFCON 2019: Nigeria not favourites — RohrSuper Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr has admitted that his team lost to a better side in the semifinals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt on Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a Riyad Mahrez’s goal from a free-kick at the edge of the box, with seconds left to play, condemned Nigeria to a 2-1 defeat and steered Algeria to their first AFCON Final match in 29 years.

Rohr told newsmen during a post-match interview that it was a game of two halves, adding however that Algeria were the better side at the end of the day.

“Until the last minute, Algeria had a better first half than us, but we came back a much better team in the second half.

“Unfortunately, we conceded a goal in the last minute. I think the players wanted to go to extra-time believing that perhaps Algeria will get tired and we could win the match in extra time

“It was a wonderful game. We lost it, so we are not happy. Congrats to the winners. They were the better team in the first half.

“We scored an own goal. We were unlucky but we came back like we have always done all the time in this tournament.

“When we found ourselves in a difficult situation, we always reacted and we did that also today coming back through a penalty and playing a better second half.

“But a wonderful free-kick from a football genius made the difference.

“In our last game, we won in the last minute against South Africa and today we lost. That’s football, ” he said.

Coach Djamel Belmadi of Algeria on his part said his side had a tough game against a tough opponent, adding that it had to take the quality of Mahrez to decide the result of the match.

“We knew that it would be a tough game because of the quality of our opponents and the tough game we had against Cote d’Ivoire on Thursday.

“My boys had an amazing first half. So, we deserved at that time to score a goal and I think we could have scored even more goals.

“Then in the second half, we had a difficult moment for about 15 minutes, we were under pressure.

“I think we played too deep and didn’t apply enough pressure on our opponents due to fatigue on my players and the quality of course of our opponents.

“Then came the penalty which I think my players showed great character and mental strength to come back and fought until the end to score the decisive goal.

“We however had some situations in the second half, maybe not clear cut chances where I think we could have scored another goal with a little more accuracy.

“Then the free-kick arrived and of course with the quality of players like Riyad Mahrez, it’s a massive chance at goal and thank God we made it count,” he said.

Nigeria will now take on 2004 champions Tunisia in the third place match at the Al Salam Stadium on Wednesday, while Algeria take on Senegal in Friday’s final at the Cairo International Stadium.

What Emmanuel Amuneke said after Tanzania sacked him

After being sacked as coach of the Tanzanian football team by the Tanzanian Football Federation on Monday, Nigerian football legend, Emmanuel Amuneke has finally spoken about the circumstances that led to his dismissal.

“We talked about our contract, we looked at contents, and of course, there is always a common ground.

“They (TFF) say they want an indigenous coach. And of course, this business is about coming and going.

“I’m happy with my players, I’m proud of their achievement even in defeat. Morocco coach was relieved of his duty. Same also for Egyptian coach and Uganda. That’s how it goes and one has to move forward.

“I was somewhere before I came here (Tanzania) and of course, life is not static, it evolves so one has to think forward.”

Amuneke guided Tanzania to its first AFCON since 1980. The Taifa Stars were eliminated after failing to win a single game in the on-going Africa Cup of Naions in Egypt.

Before becoming the coach of the Taifa Stars in 2018, Amuneke coached Nigeria,s under 17 world cup winning side of 2015. He was also the coach of Al Khartoum SC in November 2017, and left in March 2018.

Egypt coach Aguirre sacked, Football President Abou-Rida resigned after AFCON exit

Image result for javier aguirreEgypt sacked head coach Javier Aguirre following their shock elimination in the round of 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Aguirre’s Egypt were left stunned on Saturday as the AFCON hosts lost 1-0 to South Africa in Cairo, where the Pharaohs failed to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2004.

Afterwards, Egyptian Football Association (EFA) president Hany Abou-Rida announced his resignation and confirmed the departure of the entire technical and administrative staff.

Gernot Rohr: Madagascar defeat inspired Super Eagles against Cameroon

Image result for Gernot RohrNigeria Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has revealed that Nigeria’s 2-0 bashing by debutants Madagascar in their final group game at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 inspired his side progress to the quarterfinal. The Franco-German could not hide his excitement after Super Eagles defeated the Indomitable Lions 3-2 in the round of 16 cracker at Alexandria Stadium redeem their image. Nigeria went into the half-time break on the back-foot after two strikes from Stephane Bahoken and Clinton N’Jie canceled out Odion Ighalo’s 19th minute opener .

However, Ighalo and Alex Iwobi’s second half goals in the 63rd and 66th minute saw Nigeria reclaim the lead, to claim a 3-2 win at the blast of the final whistle. Speaking moments after the game, Rohr, noted that the victory over the defending champions was the best way to react after the embarrassing defeat against Madagascar.

“I know my team and I know that since last Sunday they want to really do well and win for all the players who made some mistakes,” the 66-year-old Rohr was quoted as saying to journalists by Goal after the game. “We lost the game we never had to lose against Madagascar, but it was a lesson of humility and also the motivation to do really well [against Cameroon]. “We wanted to finish first in the group but we could not. The most important for us was to win this match of the last 16. It happened when I was in Gabon, we won the three matches as host country and we lost in the quarterfinals after 120 minutes via penalties. So sometimes it’s better to have one loss in the group stage and then win in the knockout games,” noted Rohr, who was criticized after Nigeria’s below-the-par performance in the group stage. He further noted that Nigeria’s comeback after the break against Cameroon was a step in the right direction as he plans for the next round. Image may contain: 1 person, outdoor

Eagles Fly jet out via charter flight To Sfax for 2nd Leg clash vs Libya

Eagles Fly Charter Flight To Sfax  Monday  For 2nd Leg Clash Vs LibyaIt has been reported that the Super Eagles has left Nigeria for Sfax, Tunisia on Monday morning aboard a charter flight for Tuesday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match day four encounter against Libya.

The game will take place at the 18,000 capacity Stade Taïeb Mhiri, the home ground of Tunisia Premier League side, CS Sfaxien.

The stadium was built in 1938 and was used for the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations.

The game will kick-off at 7pm Nigerian time.

The Super Eagles are also expected to depart Sfax immediately after the match and arrive in Abuja in the early hours of Wednesday, 17th October.

Gernot Rohr’s men defeated the Mediterranean Knights 4-0 on Saturday at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium Uyo, with Odion Ighalo bagging a hat-trick and Samuel Kalu scoring the other goal.

The three-time AFCON winners have won their last qualifying fixtures since suffering a 2-0 home loss to the Bafana Bafana of South Africa on matchday one in Uyo.

Nigeria are currently in second position in the Group E table with six points following the win against Libya, one point less than South Africa’s who beat Seychelles 6-0 in Johannesburg.

Article: How Victor Moses struggled to play football

Image result for victor mosesAs far as Nigeria football is concerned, Victor Moses needs no introduction.

If you had told 11 year old Victor Moses that he’d one day be a Premier League, FA Cup, and Europa League winner, AFCON, he might not have believed you. Moses had an extremely tough start to life, with his parents killed during religious riots in Nigeria, which in turn forced him into hiding. Relatives then managed to get him to the UK where he could claim asylum, eventually ending up with a foster family in South London.

Despite such difficult experiences, Moses excelled at football, eventually being scouted by Crystal Palace during a local league game. Moses rose through the ranks, eventually debuting for the senior team aged 16 in a game against Cardiff in the Championship.

The next few seasons at Crystal Palace proved that Moses was destined for big things. Wigan, then in the Premier League, came calling in 2010 after Palace went into administration, and Moses was soon playing up in the North West. He eventually gained a regular first team place following the departure of Charles N’Zogbia.

The biggest step in Moses’ career so far came in 2012, when Chelsea brought in the winger / full back (but only after four previous unsuccessful bids). Moses was seen as a hot prospect, with several England appearances up to U21 level. However, he was given the opportunity for more game time with loans to Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham.

Now, Moses is slowly establishing himself as a viable first team option at Chelsea, and became a regular for Nigeria, before announcing his decision to quit international football following the 2018 World Cup. Despite a solid performance, and even a crucial goal, Moses decided that club football would be his main focus moving forward.

This season, Moses’ appearances for Chelsea have been fairly limited. Despite scoring in the Community Shield final in pre-season, he has only featured as a substitute once for new manager Maurizio Sarri. With Azpilicueta preferred at right back, and Willian still the best winger at Chelsea, it looks like Moses will continue to serve as backup, potentially starting in FA Cup and Carabao Cup games. The key thing however is that Sarri has a reliable and experienced utility player to call on in Moses. He’ll undoubtedly need his full squad if he is going to achieve the unlikely and bring the title back to the Bridge. Currently, Chelsea are third favourite bets, although their start to the season has been impressive.

The future for Moses depends on how Sarri plans to use him. At 27, he is approaching his prime and may want to become a first team regular, rather than a reliable benchwarmer. However, he doesn’t seem too worried about Sarri’s new tactical system, instead embracing it as a new challenge. Whether he’ll be of the same opinion if he doesn’t get any game time however before January 2019 remains to be seen, as a player of his quality will certainly attract interest elsewhere.

Chelsea who sits second in the Premier League table at the moment, next epl fixtures is against newly promoted Cardiff City at home while their rival Liverpool F.C who sits first in table travels to Tottenham Hotspur on Gameweek 3 of the Premier League fixtures.

Yes, I Have Won Trophies, But Non Compares To Afcon–Yaya Toure @Richard

yayaThe Ivorian attacking midfielder, who tasted defeat in two previous finals, was overjoyed after leading the Elephants to a first continental title in 23 years

Yaya Toure described leading Cote d’Ivoire to an “exceptional” Africa Cup of Nations triumph on Sunday as the highlight of his illustrious career.

The Elephants ended a 23-year wait for continental success by defeating Ghana 9-8 on penalties in Equatorial Guinea, with the preceding 120 minutes of football having failed to produce a goal.

Much of the build-up had centred on the Ivorians’ two recent final defeats – in 2006 and 2012 – and Yaya, who has previously won league titles with Manchester City, Barcelona and Olympiakos, was overjoyed by their long-awaited moment of redemption.

“Sometimes when you win with your club, it’s magical, but winning with your country is something exceptional,” the midfielder is quoted as saying by L’Equipe.

“We worked so hard to win and we will celebrate with our families. I have waited so long for this moment and to lift a trophy as captain, it’s huge.

“We must congratulate coach Herve Renard, who has done a great job. We have often been aggressively criticised.

“I’ve lost twice in the final, so to be here now is fantastic. I’m so happy.”

Goalkeeper Boubacar Barry, nicknamed Copa, converted the winning spot kick and he was just as moved by Cote d’Ivoire’s dramatic triumph as his skipper.

“I have been criticised, but I was able to progress,” stand-in keeper Copa told Canal Plus. “I’m not big in talent nor in size, but I wanted to develop and I worked for the team.

“My mother has suffered. Thanks to her, thank you to all Ivorians. Football allowed me to travel and there is not always room for everyone.

“But there is always room for work and God has rewarded me.”

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