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Aiyegbeni quits Football

Aiyegbeni Retires From Football On 35th BirthdayFormer Super Eagles striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni has announced his retirement from professional football.

According to different media outfits, Aiyegbeni confirmed his retirement on his 35th birthday on Wednesday.

Aiyegbeni played for Everton, Blackburn Rovers, Leicester City (loan) and Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Reading and Coventry City during his time in England

He also featured for Kayserispor and Guagzhou R and F in Turkey and China respectively.

At international level, Aiyegbeni made his full Super Eagles debut on 22 April 2000 in a 4-0 win in Lagos against Eritrea in qualification for the Mali 2002 African Cup of Nations.

He represented Nigeria at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games football event where the U-23 Eagles got to the quarter-finals and lost 4-1 to Chile.

Also, he was at the Mali 2002, Tunisia 2004, Ghana 2008 and Angola 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. He was sent home at the 2004 AFCON alongside Victor Agali and Celestine Babayaro for indiscipline.

His last major tournament for Nigeria was at the South Africa 2010 World Cup where he scored one goal in a 2-2 draw in a group game against South Korea and had one of the worst misses in World Cup history.

He scored 21 goals in his 57 appearances for the Super Eagles and is currently the third highest ever international goalscorer for Nigeria.

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Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr arrives Germany to scout for Nigeria football talents

Image result for Gernot RohrNigeria coach Gernot Rohr is currently in his home country Germany scouring the Bundesliga for  talent  as he aims to arrive  in Russia for  next year’s World Cup with a quality squad.

The Super Eagles qualified for their sixth World Cup after winning four of their six games to sit atop Group B, which housed African champions Cameroon, Zambia and Algeria.

Rohr, who guided Nigeria to a shock 4-2 victory over football superpowers Argentina in a friendly encounter in Krasnodar, Russia, on November 14,  has since said the players who did not play any  part during  the qualifiers will get their opportunities to break into   the World Cup squad.

Our correspondent learnt that the 64-year-old has been encouraged to revive his interest in the players he had pencilled in for the World Cup qualifiers but could not get them – after succeeding in convincing Russian-born Brian Idowu to switch his international allegiance to Nigeria after a long battle.

Reports in the German media on Monday said Rohr watched the Bundesliga clash between Hoffenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt  at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena in which German-born Nigerian centre-back  Kevin Akpoguma played the  90 minutes for the home side (Hoffenheim).

Punch information learnt that Rohr is monitoring Hannover 96  German-born Nigerian forward Noah Sarenren-Bazee’s situation. The attacker is set to return to action after six months on the treatment table  due to various problems with his thigh.

Sarenren-Bazee,  who has a German mother,  is  eligible to represent Nigeria because of his Nigerian  father, honoured   Rohr’s invitation  to feature in  the March 2017 friendlies against Senegal and Burkina Faso but the 21-year-old was forced to withdraw from the games reportedly due to injury.

Rohr was working towards persuading Akpoguma, who has represented  Germany at U16, U17, U18, U19, U20 and U21 levels, before the 22-year-old suffered a career-threatening injury.

With the combative defender having started three successive Bundesliga games since he was promoted to Die Kraichgauer’s first team, Rohr has  ramped up  his  interest in the player.

The former Gabon coach told German radio SWR on Monday that he was interested in  Akpoguma.

He  said, “I watched him play for Hoffenheim against Frankfurt on Saturday. Kevin is an excellent match for the players we are on the lookout for.

“But he’ll have to decide soon whether he wants to wear the colours of Nigeria and I’ll call him in the next few days.’’

Akpoguma, who  was a guest on SWR TV, said,  “That (Nigeria’s interest)  honours me, of course, but I’m German, I was born here, and then I should play for Germany too.”

Russia 2018: CAF favour Eagles in AFCON Qualifiers

Image result for super eaglesAs you are reading this, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) have approved the request made by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, to move the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers scheduled for March next year to another date for teams through to the 2018 FIFA World Cup,according to reports.

The 2019 AFCON qualifiers will now be played in October 2018.

Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia will represent Africa at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and are scheduled to take part in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series.

But the teams will now use the FIFA free window in March before the World Cup in June to feature in international friendlies ahead of the Mundial.

Nigeria were scheduled to play against Seychelles in March 2018 in continuation of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, but will now face a highly rated team in a friendly after Pinnick’s proposal was accepted.

According to the Super Eagles media officer, Toyin Ibitoye, Nigeria will play two high-profile friendlies in March, 2018 in continuation of their preparations for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

“Yes, the 2019 AFCON qualifiers have been postponed,the Super Eagles will play two grade A friendlies in March,” Ibitoye told Completesportsnigeria.com.

Ibitoye also tweeted: “Top source reveals that African teams to the World Cup will now have the March 2018 FIFA international days for friendly games after the CAF exceccutive committie approved @PinnickAmaju’s proposal for 2019 AFCON qualifiers fixed for that period moved to October 2018.

“The 2019 AFCON will now be played in June 2019, as against January, when the match schedule was announced so there is more time now for the 2019 AFCON qualifiers to be concluded.”

Super Eagles is not World Cup favourite – coach Gernot Rohr says

Related imageSuper Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has played down the favourite tag of his team ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia after guiding his side to an emphatic 4-2 win over Argentina in a friendly on Tuesday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Goals from Ever Banega and Sergio Aguero gave Argentina a 2-0 lead after 36 minutes but a wonderful free-kick from the edge of the box by Kelechi Iheanacho two minutes from half time gave the Super Eagles a chance of a comeback in the second half.

A brace from Alex Iwobi and a goal from debutante Bryan Idowu sealed the win for the Super Eagles.

“It’s a good victory for us but it doesn’t mean we’ve become favourites to win the World Cup. We stay humble and realise we have more work to do,” Rohr said during his post-match interview after the game in Krasnodar, Russia.

“We prepared well for this game because playing Argentina is big for us, maybe it is different for them.”

The win took Rohr’s impreesive record in charge of the Super Eagles to seven wins, three draws and a defeat since he took charge in September 2016.

On his side’s comeback win, Rohr said: “I am happy we came back from two goals down to win 4-2. It shows we have great team spirit and determination when you keep fighting after going two goals down against a great team like Argentina.”

Echiejile loses Super Eagles shirt to Aina

Image result for ola ainaWith the reports from the Super Eagles camp in Russia, recuperating Elderson Echiejile left back might loose his shirt to Ola Aina, this is authoritative.

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is confident that Hull City full-back Ola Aina will offer recuperating Elderson Echiejile good competition for the left-back role ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Rohr who is set to hand Aina his third international cap against Argentina on Tuesday in Krasnodar, Russia was pleased with the 21-year-old’s showing against Algeria.

“It’s good for the competition for Elderson Echiejile when you want to progress you need two good players in each position,” Rohr told Completesportnigeria.com, referring to Aina.

“I’m happy we already have this friendly against Argentina. It is wonderful to play against some of the best players in the world.

“We are unbeaten in the qualifiers but now we need to work harder ahead of Tuesday. But it’s going to be tough because we have just two days to prepare for it.”Image result for Elderson Echiejile

Photos: Victor Moses returns to training ground after injury

Super Eagles winger Victor Moses has  hit Chelsea FC  training ground after long injury lay off.

He is set to return to action for Chelsea after the international break in an away game against West Brom in the Premier League.

See more photos below:Moses Set For Chelsea Return Vs West Brom After Int’l Break

Victor Moses set to come back from injury

Victor Moses steps up recovery from hamstring injury, thanks fans for their support (Videos)Super Eagles winger and Chelsea star, Victor Moses shared videos of himself taking part in exercise routines as he steps up recovery from hamstring injury. The 26-year-old has been sidelined after he picked up a hamstring injury in the 2-1 defeat by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park earlier this month.

Captioning one of the videos he shared via Instagram, the Nigerian footballer wrote: ‘Another day of hard work getting there slowly ?? thanks for all of your messages of support #CFC

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