Wednesday January 28th, 2015
Wednesday January 28th, 2015
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Chaotic scenes usher in Afcon 2015

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Chaotic scenes ushered in the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea as the hosts were forced to a 1-1 draw by Congo.

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Eagles too strong for Yemen

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Nigeria’s home-based Super Eagles yesterday proved too strong for Yemen in the international friendly match played at the Sevens Stadium in Dubai.

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Enyeama laments as AFCON rolls off

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Super Eagles keeper, Vincent Enyeama has repeated his regrets over Super Eagles failed attempt to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, which rolled off yesterday in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea with the hosts playing out a 1-1 draw with Congo Brazaville.

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Afcon 2015: Congo draw E/Guinea in Nations Cup opener

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Hosts Equatorial Guinea’s dream of starting their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a win were cruelly spoiled as a late Thievy Bifouma strike earned Congo Brazzaville a 1-1 Group A draw in Bata on Saturday.

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Oscar and Costa at the double as Chelsea down Swansea 5-0

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Oscar and Diego Costa both scored two goals each as Premier League leaders Chelsea overpowered Swansea 5-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday to go five points clear at the top of the table.

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$10m for grabs at Afcon 2015

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The 16 teams at the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea will share a total of $10 million with the champions earning $1.5 million (1.3m euros, £990,000) the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said.

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Afcon 2015: E/Guinea tackle Congo in Nations Cup opener

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Ghana's midfielder Derek Boateng (R) vies for the ball with Democratic Republic of Congo's forward Patou Kabangu during their 2013 African Cup of Nations football match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. AFP PHOTO

The host nation face Congo Brazzaville in the tournament opener in Group A in the country’s largest city Bata at 1600 GMT, before another Group A clash between Burkina Faso and Gabon at the same venue at 1900 GMT.

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Afcon 2015: Big names alone won’t win us Cup of Nations – Code D’Ivoire coach, Renard

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File: Ivory Coast players celebrate after forward Gervinho scored a goal against Tunisia during the 2013 African Cup of Nations match at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. AFP PHOTO

Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard insists that even Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic would struggle to make the difference at the Africa Cup of Nations as he dismissed suggestions his side are among the tournament favourites.

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We won’t leave Dubai empty handed — Amokachi

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SUPER Eagles Assis
tant Coach, Daniel Amokachi has warned his wards that they cannot afford to leave the United Arab Emirates empty handed, even as the players have vowed to win today’s friendly game against Yemen.
Speaking t during a training session, Amokachi, said the players may have received kudos for playing well against Cote D’Ivoire but the fact remains that the game was lost. “That is in the past now, we must all refocus our minds for the next game. Not only players but even we the officials because we cannot afford another slip.”
The Yemeni side are already reportedly in town with technical report about them indicating that they may not have the skills of the Nigerians but they can run for 90 minutes and more without tiring, hence the need for the Super Eagles to be on the watch-out for the energetic Yemen side until the final whistle.
Captain Chigozie Agbim, who has been in splendid form here agreed with Coach Amokachi and assured that the players are focused and ready to make Nigerians happy with the friendlies before qualifiers for CHAN, next CAN and the World Cup start. “We know that Nigerians are still not too happy with us because we missed the Nations Cup and we have to start getting their support through games like this. All thanks to the NFF for the vision”.
The Eagles will file out lthis evening at 8:30pm UAE time and 5:30 pm Nigerian time for the international friendly against Yemen at the Sevens Stadium in Dubai, UAE.

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Akpoborie: Draws kids to God

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Amnesty International has claimed that Boko Haram killed a woman who was in labour during its attack on Baga- believed to be the deadliest attack of the militants’ six-year insurgency.

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Golden Eaglets arrives Kaduna ahead of its friendly on Saturday

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The Golden Eaglets have arrived in Kaduna ahead of a friendly match with Sokoto United at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium on Saturday instead of an earlier scheduled international match.

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Okocha, Kanu influenced my Nigeria choice – Iwobi

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England youth international, Alex Iwobi has revealed the reason behind his decision to star for Nigeria’s Super Eagles.

Iwobi who is training with the national under-23 team and he is set to be capped by Samson Siasia, said former Nigerian greats Austin Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu made his to choose Nigeria ahead of England, which he has played for at Under-16, 17 and 18 levels. Iwobi currently captains Arsenal’s Under-21 team.

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Egwuekwe’s transfer: Hammers back out

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We can confirm that talks between Warri Wolves and English Premiership side West Ham United on the transfer of Super Eagles defender, Azubuike Egwuekwe have suffered a setback.

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Ebola fear overshadows Afcon 2015

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A seller of bananas walks past a slogan painted on a wall reading "Ebola" in Monrovia on August 31, 2014. Liberia on August 30, 2014 said it would deny permission for any crew to disembark from ships at the country's four seaports until the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa was under control. AFP PHOTO

The 30th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations kicks off tomorrow, with organisers, players and fans hoping the tournament can thrive in the face of adversity.

It was only in November that Equatorial Guinea took over as hosts from Morocco, whose plea to postpone the finals over fears about the spread of Ebola was rejected by the Confederation of African Football (Caf).

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2015 AFCON 24 HOURS TO GO: Eq/Guinea accused of ‘Africa Cup cover-up’

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The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations tournament kicks off in Equatorial Guinea tomorrow. Critics say the government wants to use the event to make people forget about poverty and human rights violations in the country.

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All African Games: Elegbeleye tasks AFN, others

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Director-General, National Sports Commission, Gbenga Elegbeleye has tasked the Athletics Federation of Nigeria and other Olympics sporting federations to brace up for the 2015 All African Games, billed for Brazzaville, Congo September 4 -19.

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Oshoala toast of English Super League clubs

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English Super League champions, Liverpool Ladies face a fight with Chelsea Ladies over Rivers Angels star Asisat Oshoala, according sources in England.

The 20-year-old is regarded as one of the hottest properties in women football football and Matt Beard has been tipped to take her to Anfield after the recent signings of Satara Murray, Ingrid Ryland and Line Krogedal Smorsgard.

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Fans say they’ll watch Nations Cup, despite Eagles absence Eagles

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A Nigerian fan celebrates on October 13, 2013 her team's victory over Ethiopia after a 2014 World Cup qualifying match in Addis Ababa.    AFP PHOTO

“The absence of the team in the upcoming competition is unfortunate but there are other teams to watch,’’ some of the fans said.

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Dolphins to open Super 6 tournament campaign against Kano Pillars

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Dolphins Football Club of Port Harcourt will take on Kano Pillars in the opening match of the Super 6 tournament at the Abuja National Stadium on Jan. 24.

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I’m impressed with new players’ performance, says Eaglets coach Amuneke

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Emmanuel Amuneke, Head Coach of the Golden Eaglets, on Thursday in Abuja said he was impressed with the performance of the team’s newly-recruited players.

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Rufai: Eagles pulled down Enyeama

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CONGRATULATION: Enyeama (l) congratulates Yaya Toure at the Glo-CAF Award ceremony

Former Super Eagles captain and first choice goalkeeper Peter Rufai has identified Nigeria’s failure to beat South Africa in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Uyo as biggest set back in Vincent Enyeama’s abortive bid to win the 2014 Glo-CAF African Footballer of the Year Award.

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2015 Nations Cup: Eq Guinea president buys tickets for fans

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Equatorial Guinea president Teodoro Obiang Nguema has paid for 40,000 tickets for fans to attend the Africa Cup of Nations in his country.

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Flying Eagles beat Spotlight 3-1

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The Flying Eagles defeated Nigeria National League side Spotlight of Katsina 3-1 in continuation of their preparation for the 2015 African Youth Championship.

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Sudan snub Eagles

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HUMBLED: Super Eagles players listen to their coach before training ahead of the return clash with Sudan on Wednesday.

Following the last minute withdrawal of the Sudanese national team from the international friendly against the Super Eagles, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has moved swiftly to ensure the team plays a game on Saturday, January 17 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The team will now tackle the Yemini national side on the same date.

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2015 AYC: Man City won’t release Iheanacho, Nwakali

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English Premier League champions Manchester City have informed Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) they will not release Kelechi Iheanacho and Chidiebere Nwakali for the 2015 African Youth Championship in March in Senegal.

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World Cup: Nigerian clubs get FIFA windfall

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HUMBLED: Super Eagles players listen to their coach before training ahead of the return clash with Sudan on Wednesday.

Three Nigerian sides that had players in the Super Eagles team that played at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil have been handed a windfall by the World Football governing body.

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Toure salutes Eagles

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Reigning African Footballer of The Year, Yaya Toure, who captained the Elephants of Cote D’Ivoire has said he was shocked at the display of the Super Eagles made up of entirely Nigerian league players against his star studded teammates last Sunday night in Abu Dhabi.

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Amokachi: Eagles need to keep improving

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Super Eagles stand-in coach Daniel Amokachi says they must keep improving following their decent showing in the 0-1 loss to the Elephants of Cote D’ Ivoire in an international friendly in the United Arab Emirates.

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Five facts on Cristiano Ronaldo’s brilliant 2014

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Five feats achieved in 2014 by Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo who on Monday won the Ballon d’Or world player of the year for the third time:

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Ballon d’Or winners

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Last 10 winners of the Ballon d’Or ahead of Monday’s gala in Zurich to announce the winner for 2014

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Hayatou hails Globacom for renewing CAF Awards sponsorship

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President of the Confederation of African Football, Alhaji Issa Hayatou has hailed Globacom telecommunication operator for renewing the sponsorship deal of the Glo-CAF Awards .

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NFF eyes more friendly matches for Eagles

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BRAZIL, Curitiba : (From top L) Nigeria's team midfielder John Obi Mikel, forward Emmanuel Emenike, defender Kenneth Omeruo, defender Godfrey Oboabona and defender Efe Ambrose (from bottom L) forward Victor Moses, goalkeeper and captain Vincent Enyeama, forward Ahmed Musa, midfielder Ogenyi Onazi, midfielder Ramon Azeez and defender Juwon Oshaniwa pose during a Group F football match between Iran and Nigeria at the Baixada Arena in Curitiba at the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO

General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation, Musa Amadu has confirmed to sl10.ng that the Super Eagles will play more friendly matches after the games against Cote D’ Ivoire and Sudan.

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