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Football: Super Eagles Star, Iwobi surprises about Cech retirement

Image result for cechIt has been revealed that Super Eagles and Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi has expressed surprise with teammate Petr Cech’s decision to retire at the end of the 2018-19 campaign because he thinks the goalkeeper can still play for ‘another three or four years’.

“I was [surprised] because he always looks good in training and every time he plays in a match,” Iwobi told SkySports News.

“When he announced he was retiring I was like ‘wow, you could have another three or four years the way that you’re playing’. But we have to respect his decision and we’ll have to do our best to make sure he ends his career on a high.”

Cech confirmed on Tuesday that it is the right time to hang up his gloves after an illustrious career in England where he won four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, a Champions League trophy amongst other individual honours.

Bernd Leno’s arrival in the summer has limited the Czech international to a substitute role in recent weeks but Iwobi feels the 36-year-old is still in top form to carry on.

Iwobi and his teammates welcome London rivals Chelsea to the Emirates Stadium today for a crunch tie as they look to revive their top four hopes with a win.Image result for alex iwobi

Football: Iwobi, Iheanacho, Musa Spearhead Eagles’ Revenge Mission Against Bafana

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Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi; Leicester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho and Al Nasr of Saudi Arabia winger, Ahmed Musa will lead Nigeria’s revenge mission at the FNB Stadium on Saturday when they take on the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

The trio and eight other members of Gernot Rohr’s 23-man team who were expected to land in Johannesburg in the early hours of Friday were in the June 10,2017 squad that set an unwanted record of being the first Nigerian team to lose to South Africa in a competitive game.

South Africa came to the Akwa Ibom International Stadium Uyo,saw and conquered with two second half goals scored by Tokelo Rantie and Percy Muzi Tau.

Iheanacho is well aware of the need to make amends with a success of a revenge mission albeit their names will never be forgotten whenever the history of games between Nigeria and South Africa is to be told.

Golakeeper – Ikechukwu Ezenwa;defender,Kenneth Omeruo, midfielder Mikel Agu and forward,Ahmed Musa were unused substitutes in
that game.

For Rohr, a win for Nigeria will not only seal their passage to Cameroun 2019 for the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations, it will also be sweet revenge mission accomplished as the Bafana Bafana gave him his first loss as manager of the Super Eagles.

Europa Cup update: Iwobi makes Arsenal proud

europa-alexiwobi-arsenalSuper Eagles forward Alex Iwobi made his seventh UEFA Europa League appearance and provided a great assist for Arsenal’s firts goal in their 4-2 home win over Ukrainian side, Vorskla Poltava, in Thursday’s Group E clash.

The Nigeria international gave Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the assist to score the curtain raiser in the 32nd minute. Iwobi played for 70 minutes before he was subbed off for Emile Smith-Rowe.

A brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, strikes from Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil gave the Gunners a bright start to the competition despite consolatory goals from Volodimir Chesnakov and Vyacheslav Sharpar for the visitors.

In the other group E game, Portuguese side, Sporting CP defeated Qarabag FK 2-0 to move second in the standings after matchday one.

In group C, Samuel Kalu made his debut in the UEFA Europa League for Bordeaux who lost 1-0 to Slavia Prague in Czech.

The Nigerian international featured for all 90 minutes but was yellow carded in the 74th minute of the encounter. In the other Group C match, FC Copenhagen played out a 1-1 draw at home to Zenit St Petersburg.

Robert Mak gave Zenit St Petersburg the lead in the 44th minute before Pieros Sotiriou drew the hosts, FC Copenhagen level in the 63rd minute.

in Greece, Stephen Odey made his debut in the competition for ten-man FC Zurich who defeated AEK Larnaca 1-0. Odey failed to score in 75 minutes before he was subbed off for Assan Ceesay. Pa Modou

Jagne was sent off six minutes from time for a second bookable offence.

In the other group game, Bayer Leverkusen edged Bulgarian side, Ludogorets Razgrad 3-2 in a five-goal thriller.

In Scotland, Leigh Griffiths was the match winner for Celtic who pipped Rosenborg 1-0 in a group B clash while RasenBallsport Leipzig lost 3-2 to Salzburg in the other group game.

Turkish side, Fenerbahce lost 4-1 away to Croatian side, Dinamo Zagreb while Anderlecht lost 1-0 to Slovak side Spartak Trnava in group D.

AC Milan defeated Luxembourgish Football club F91 Dudelange to go top of Group F after Olympiacos and Real Betis played out a goalless draw.

International Champions Cup: Victor Moses starts for Chelsea against Arsenal

Image result for victor mosesSuper Eagles Star, Victor Moses is expected to make his second pre-season appearance for Chelsea when they take on Arsenal in Wednesday’s International Champions Cup clash at the Aviva stadium in Dublin reports

The Nigerian international, Moses was subbed on his his first appearance against Inter Milan last Saturday.

Moses was among the 23-man Chelsea squad that touched down in Dublin Tuesday night ahead of the fixture against the Gunners who are expected to parade Alex Iwobi as well.

Moses’ teammate Ola Aina was however left out of the squad for the game fueling speculation over his future at the club.

He also missed the Blues clash against Inter Milan in Nice, France last Saturday.

He spent last season on loan at English Championship side, Hull City.

But Tammy Abraham was included. The former Swansea striker has made two substitute appearances in pre-season for Chelsea.

Maurizio Sarri’s side opened their pre-season campaign with a 1-0 win over Perth Glory in Australia before beating Inter Milan 5-4 on penalties, after a 1-1 draw, in Nice on Saturday.

Chelsea squad for Arsenal clash

Goalkeepers: Marcin Bulka,Willy Caballero,Rob Green.

Defenders: Davide Zappacosta,Cesar Azpilicueta,Andreas Christensen,Ethan Ampadu,David Luiz, Toni Rudiger, Marcos Alonso,Emerson Palmieri.

Midfielders: Cesc Fabregas,Jorginho,Tiemoue Bakayoko,Ross Barkley,Lucas Piazon,Ruben Loftus-Cheek,Danny Drinkwater.

Forwards: Pedro,Victor Moses,Callum Hudson-Odoi,Alvaro Morata, Tammy Abraham.

Super Eagles star, Alex Iwobi signs new deal with Arsenal

Alex Iwobi Arsenal Sergio Aguero Manchester CitySuper Eagles star, Alex Iwobi has agreed a new long-term deal at Arsenal, according to The Sun.

The Gunners academy product has snubbed interest from Lazio and will sign a new five-year contract worth around £70,000-a-week.

The 22-year-old will put pen to paper when the squad return from their pre-season trip to the Far East after their game against Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday.

Talks over a new deal began last December, despite the Nigerian international penning a five-year deal in October 2016.

SunSport understands Arsenal wanted a new deal agreed before the World Cup, however, talks went on the backburner while the club looked to replace Arsene Wenger.

Talks with new boss Unai Emery have been positive and Iwobi has been assured he will be part of the Spanish coach’s new regime in North London.

And the bumper new deal more than doubling his money is a sign of Iwobi’s status at the Emirates and how highly Emery rates the attacking midfielder.

Iwobi made his debut in the defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in League Cup in 2015 and scored his first goal at Everton five months later.

He went on to make 24 appearances that season and made his international bow for Nigeria.

Last season Iwobi made 40 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal and scored three goals.

The Gunners face Atletico Madrid in Singapore  on Thursday  followed by PSG on Saturday in the same stadium.

Chelsea are up next at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on August 1, before a trip to the Friends Arena in Sweden to play Lazio three days later.

Emery will get his first taste of Premier League action when he goes head-to-head with Pep Guardiola and Manchester City on August 12.

Football: Arsenal want to win Europa League title for Wenger-Alex Iwobi

Image result for alex iwobiNigeria forward, Alex Iwobi, has stated that Arsenal players want to give their manager, Arsene Wenger a perfect send-off by winning the Europa League title, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

The Gunners face Atletico Madrid in their second leg semi-final game at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium on Thursday.

The first leg at the Emirates Stadium last week Thursday ended in a 1-1 draw.

“We are really motivated – especially by what he (Wenger) has done for the club,” Iwobi told Sky Sports News.

“We are trying to make him end the season on a high. And not just for him but for ourselves as well, so we are doing our best to get the result.

“We are very confident. We were unfortunate not to get the result we wanted against them in the first leg, but we are very confident and believe we can go to the final.”

Olympic Marseille of France and Red Bull Salzburg of Austria will clash in the second semi-final.

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Ighalo, Musa, Onazi others arrive Eagles camp in Poland

Image result for super eaglesOdion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa, Ogenyi Onazi and Uche Agbo are the latest Super Eagles stars that just arrived at the team’s camp for Friday’s friendly against Poland.

This was confirmed by the Super Eagles verified Twitter handle on Tuesday.

The new arrivals brought the number of players currently in camp to 18 following the arrival of Francis Uzoho, Elderson Echiejile, Stephen Eze, Joel Obi, Shehu Abdullahi, John Ogu, Moses Simon and Kenneth Omeruo on Tuesday.

On Monday, Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Ola Aina, Alex Iwobi, Tyronne Ebuehi and  Brian Idowu were the first sets of players to hit camp.

The game between Poland and Nigeria will be played inside the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw on Friday, March 23.

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