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Ahmed Musa, Victor Osimhen 23 others make Super Eagles list for Cote D’ivoire, Tunisia friendly matches

Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has called up 25 players ahead of October’s friendly matches against the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire and the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia, scheduled for Austria.

Ademola Olajire, the Director of Communications, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), disclosed in a statement on Monday in Abuja that five other players have been put on standby.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the friendlies are the three-times African champions’ first games this year, as a result of the prolonged global coronavirus pandemic.

Rohr has listed the team’s top names such as Ahmed Musa, Kenneth Omeruo, William Ekong and Wilfred Ndidi, as well as new brooms Frank Onyeka and Chidera Ejuke.

Former FIFA Under-17 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Dele Alampasu returns to the group, as well as midfielder Mikel Agu.

Captain of the most recent Nigeria under-17 squad, Samson Tijani, will join up with the elite, as well as Portugal-based exciting wing-back Zaidu Sanusi.

Goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, now in The Netherlands, is heading to Austria for the games, just as England-based forward Kelechi Iheanacho also returns.

Victor Osimhen, now in Italy with Napoli, and another former U17 World Cup winner Samuel Chukwueze are also called up.

The Super Eagles, now ranked 29th in the world and third in Africa, will take on the Elephants on Oct. 9.

They will four days later engage the Carthage Eagles, who are second in Africa in the rankings.

Both games have been arranged by the NFF to prepare the Super Eagles for the next rounds of 2022 AFCON qualifiers, home and away against Sierra Leone in November.

Goalkeepers: Dele Alampasu (FK Ventspils, Latvia); Matthew Yakubu (SKF Sered, Slovakia); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Boavista, Portugal); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Olaoluwa Aina (Fulham FC, England); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal)

Midfielders: Mikel Agu (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Frank Onyeka (FC Midtjylland, Denmark); Oghenekaro Etebo (Galatasary SK, Turkey); Samson Tijani (TSV Hartberg, Austria)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli, Italy); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Cyril Dessers (KRC Genk, Belgium), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia)

Standby: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor, Turkey); Ramon Azeez (Granada CF, Spain); Joshua Maja (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Henry Onyekuru (AS Monaco, France); Tyronne Ebuehi (FC Twente, Netherlands).

Mother of late Eagles star, Okwaraji, dies at 83

Lady Janet Okwaraji, the octogenarian mother of the late Green Eagles star, Samuel Okwaraji, is dead.

The death of the matriarch of Okwaraji family was confirmed to newsmen by his eldest son, Patrick Okwaraji, on Monday.

She was 83 years old.

Lady Okwaraji is the mother of the late Sam Okwaraji, an ace footballer and a patriotic Nigerian who died while playing for the Green Eagles in a World Cup qualifier against Angola at the National Stadium, Lagos on August 12, 1989.

The eldest son, however, said no date had been scheduled for the burial.

He said he would meet with members of his family in Umudioka, Orlu Council Area of Imo for further arrangements.

He said a letter had been sent to the Minister of Youths and Sports and the Nigeria Football Federation to inform them of the development.

She was a retired seasoned teacher, a school proprietress, and a devout Christian.

President Muhammadu Buhari has however sent condolence messages and mourned the death of Lady Janet Okwaraji, mother of late Nigerian football star, Samuel Okwaraji.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, President Buhari described the late matriarch as an example of patriotism, loyalty and simplicity.

“President Muhammadu Buhari condoles with family of Lady Janet Okwaraji, a teacher and school proprietress, who passed on at 83, leaving lasting memory of kindness, love and charity as a devout Christian.

Football: Those who remembered late Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi in his grave

Your legacy lives on' - Joseph Yobo pays tribute to late Stephen ...Many accolades and tributes poured in on Sunday for the late Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, who died June 7, 2016, aged 54.

The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winning coach, died of heart attack in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

World football governing body, FIFA, Confederation of African Football, Nigeria Football Federation and Eagles assistant coach, Joseph Yobo, were among those who paid tributes to the ex-Eagles coach.

Others include former Ghanaian international and CAF Deputy General Secretary, Anthony Baffoe, former Ivory Coast striker, Didier Drogba and Eagles defenders Kenneth Omeruo and Shehu Abdullahi.

“Stephen Keshi led the Super Eagles to Africa Cup of Nations glory as player and coach and was the first African coach to qualify two African nations for the World Cup. We sadly lost a legend #OnThisDay in 2016,” FIFA wrote on Twitter.Nigeria legend Keshi buried | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria ...

“Today we remember captain fantastic, Stephen Keshi, who left our world on this sad day four years ago. In 2013, Keshi became the second person to win the #TotalAFCON title as player (1994) and coach, when he led Super Eagles to their third trophy in South Africa,” CAF tweeted.

The NFF added, “Today, (Sunday) we remember former Super Eagles captain and coach, Stephen Keshi. Big Boss, we miss you, continue to rest in the Lord’s bosom.#WeRememberKeshi.”

Yobo, Omeruo and Abdullahi, who played for the Eagles under Keshi, also joined in celebrating the former Anderlecht defender.

“Dear coach, it’s been four years today since you left us to rest with the Lord. You are deeply missed but your legacy lives on! Rest on the Big Boss,” Yobo wrote on Instagram.

Omeruo also penned an emotional note on Instagram.Why Nigeria Coach Stephen Keshi Was Football's Tactical Genius of ...

“It’s been four years already and I am still hoping I would one day pick up the phone and call you like I used to. I miss you. But I am sad ,  am very sad that I am beginning to get used to your absence.

“But one thing I will never forget, is your advice, your encouragements, you gave me more than one chance and you told me several times, until it stuck to my head, that everyone cannot love me, you told me to work hard always and not expect to be favored because hard work always wins. You gave me an opportunity at a very young age even when I wasn’t expecting it,” he wrote.

“Continue to rest Stephen Keshi. Thanks for the opportunity with the 2014 CHAN team,” Abdullahi tweeted.

“Today we remember you captain Keshi,” Drogba said.

“Four years ago, the Big Boss Stephen Keshi left us. Great player, leader, great coach, continue to rest well Stephen,” Baffoe tweeted.Stephen Keshi has worked miracles for Nigeria, but will they keep ...

My Journey to Everton- former Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo

Joseph Yobo: To Build or to Destroy the Super Eagles? | ACLSportsIt was revealed by former Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo on how his performance in a friendly game against the Republic of Ireland in 2002 convinced former Everton manager, David Moyes, to lure him to Premier League club Everton from French giants Marseille.

In an Instagram Live chat with the Super Eagles Media Team on Wednesday, the country’s most capped player said Moyes was impressed with his outing against former Manchester United captain Roy Keane at Lansdowne Road, Dublin.

He said, “How I moved to Everton, we played against Ireland in a friendly game preparing for the 2002 World Cup and David Moyes watched me.

“That game I played in the midfield with Jay-Jay (Austin Okocha), so we were in the middle and we played against Roy Keane, the former Manchester United captain and I was able to make a statement in that game.

“After that game, David Moyes spoke to me that he wanted me to come to Everton and I made him understand that I wanted to go the World Cup first, because even at the World Cup, there was something going on with Juventus, a rumour that I was going to Juventus. So, I told my agent that I wanted to go to the World Cup and I’m glad my dream came true.

“At the World Cup, people said I was one of the best performers and there were offers from everywhere for me.”

The Eagles assistant coach also revealed how Everton won the race for his signature despite interests from Juventus and Arsenal.

“My agent told me that we were going to England. I didn’t want to ask too many questions, where we were going. There were rumours of Arsenal and other teams, but I went to Belgium and we took a flight and the flight landed in Liverpool,” he added.

“He told me Moyes wanted to speak to me, so Moyes took me around the club, told me his dreams and what he expects from me and how good a player he wants me to be.

“Basically he wanted to make me one of the best defenders in the world, those were his words. He bought me lunch and sold the club entirely to me.

“He was a young manager, a former defender. One thing that struck me was he said he wanted to make me one of the best defenders in the world. So, we spoke with my agent and I decided to move to Everton, but they couldn’t reach a deal that’s why it was a loan,” added Yobo.

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AFCON 2021 qualifiers: Super Eagles must beware of Benin – Gernot Rohr warns

DonIt has been reported that Super Eagles Head coach, Gernot Rohr has warned Nigerian not to underrate Benin when his side face the West African team today in the AFCON 2021 qualifying match.

Rohr, whose side boasts very young and pacy players, coached the Super Eagles to impressive results against Ukraine and Brazil last month, but has warned Nigerians not to take the very defensive-minded Benin for granted, as they are a threat on the counter when they decide to sit back and defend.

Rohr speaking to reporters during the pre-match press conference in Uyo, said : ”We try always to bring the best team, our two games you spoke about were very difficult games against great teams but not African teams, the football was different and the two teams played very offensively so we had space and we need that in our team for our quick wingers and strikers, we enjoy it.

”It will not be the same game perhaps tomorrow because Benin Republic as a team play well defensively, you saw them play in the AFCON competition, they did so well, they eliminated Morocco for example and it will be different.

”Our two games were good games but it is dangerous to believe now we played well in these two games it will be easy against Benin, it will be more difficult because it is a different team, different football and we only have one day but it’s the same for them.

”When you play at home, you leave some complicity in your play so I hope that with one training session, everybody together,  we will be able to have a good performance.

”If we play well, with our quality, nice pitch, we did not go there yesterday with our 14 players for the training, I hope the pitch will be good to play good football like we did in the last two games but in a different way because African football is not the same”.

There’s been a lot of talk about Rohr’s late substitutions in matches and he explained his reasons for not making changes till the dying minutes of matches.

The Franco-German tactician explained : ”I prefer to wait to be sure to make good replacements than to go quickly.

”I let the players the chance to show themselves, I have confidence in the team starting the game and then to bring somebody out if there is no injury.

”I must be sure that we have better possibilities to be stronger without the people starting the game but I think we changed six players in Singapore, it was the maximum.

”In Ukraine also, we saw a lot of people, now we have the chance to have two games which means that we can see a lot of players also.

”The players are happy when they play but we are 23, we can only play 14 in official games. Like you see the spirit in the team is good and they admit some other players can start in their place.”

Etebo Expects to be fit for Super Eagles Vs Benin, Lesotho

Etebo Expected To Defy Injury, Be Fit For Super  Eagles Vs Benin, LesothoOghenekaro Etebo is expected to be fit for Nigeria’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double header against Benin and Lesotho after picking up an injury in Stoke City’s 1-0 away defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, reports have it.

Etebo was replaced by Mark Duffy in the 21st minute at Hillsborough after he sustained an injury and

There are fears the 23-year-old who missed Nigeria’s friendly encounter against five-time world champions, Brazil this month due to personal reasons would not be available for the Super Eagles in the AFCON 2021 qualifiers.


Photos: Lille unveils Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen who completes €15m move from Charleroi

Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen completes ?15m move to Lille ?from Charleroi (Photos)

Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen has completed a move to Lille of France from Belgian side Sporting Charleroi.

The 20-year-old signed a 5-year contract with Les Dogues for a reported €12m plus €3m in bonuses that will keep him at the club until 2024.

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How Super Eagles sneaked to Nigeria after winning Bronze in Egypt

Super Eagles Arrive Abuja From Cairo, Welcomed By FG ChieftainsThe Super Eagles arrived Abuja on Friday afternoon from Cairo following their participation at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Gernot Rohr’s men defeated the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia 1-0 on Wednesday to secure the bronze medal in the competition.

The Super Eagles – players and their officials, left the Cairo International Airport in the early hours of Friday morning and arrived the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport around noon.

AFCON19: Nigeria Beat Tunisia To Win AFCON Bronze Medal

Nigeria Grab Early Lead In Tunisia AFCON Third Place ClashThe Super Eagles of Nigeria have won their eighth bronze medal of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo handed Gernot Rhor’s side victory with his second-minute goal in the third-place match against Tunisia at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo on Wednesday night.

The Nigerian forward also dominates the leading goalscorers’ chart with a total of five goals in the tournament.

He is being followed by Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez and Adam Ounas, as well as DR Congo’s Cedric Bakambu and Sadio Mane of Senegal with three goals each.

Despite claiming his first AFCON medal, the Chinese based striker seemed not so good as he limped off the pitch after pulling his hamstring while he attempted to make a pass.

He, however, looks forward to winning the golden boot of the tournament, should Mane, Marez, and Ounas fail to score two goals on Friday.

Few minutes after Ighalo’s goal, Nigeria’s Kenneth Omeruo made a wonderful interception to cut out Taha Khenissi’s shot from the right after the Tunisian was sent through by a great curl from skipper Wahbi Khazri.

While the game was ongoing, the Super Eagles played too deep in their own half, paving the way for midfielders Sassi and Joris Skhiri take charge of the match.

After the restart, the North African side took charge again and were close to a goal just two minutes in.

Khazri sent substitute Firas Chaouat through, but the striker missed a one-on-one opportunity with goalkeeper Francis Uzoho as his shot hit the side of the net.

Nigeria also had a chance to extend their lead when Chukwueze picked the ball at the edge of the box but his effort was diverted behind for a corner by Ben Chirifia.

Tunisia fought hard for an equaliser in the keenly watched match but Nigeria defended the lone goal to return with at least a medal.

In the semi-final matches played on Sunday, Nigeria lost to Algeria 2-1 while Senegal beat Tunisia 1-0.

Algeria and Tunisia will fight for the trophy on Friday at the Cairo International Stadium.

Trending: All you want to read about Super Eagles vs Algeria

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.

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