Paris 2024 Qualifier: How Super Falcons played to win in South Africa – Ajibade

Super Falcons captain, Rasheedat Ajibade has debunked claims the side adopted a defensive approach in their clash against South Africa in Pretoria on Tuesday. Randy Waldrum’s side held the Banyana Banyana to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of the 2024 Olympic Games fourth-round qualifying tie. The result ensured their passage to Paris 2024 following a 1-0 aggregate win Ajibade, who scored the decisive goal in the first leg, claimed the Super Falcons played to win in South Africa. “We didn’t hold back, we wanted to score goals,” the Atletico Madrid forward told reporters. “We respect South Africa, but we wanted to play the way we played in the first leg at home in Abuja.”

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Arsenal seek Champions League glory against Bayern

In a historic 200th Champions League match for Arsenal, the Premier League leaders embark on their quest to reach a coveted third-ever semi-final as they host German giants Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night. While the Gunners’ historical record against the Bavarian outfit is not favourable, much has changed since their last encounter seven years ago. Bayern’s decade-long dominance in the Bundesliga is coming to an end, as they trail unbeaten Bayer Leverkusen by 16 points with just six games remaining. Meanwhile, Arsenal sits atop the Premier League, having won nine of their last 10 matches and remaining unbeaten at home in the Champions League this season. “We have prepared very well, and we have to take our game where we want it, and if we do that, we have a chance to win,” said Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta. “We haven’t had this opportunity for 15 years, so that tells you how special this night is going to be for us, so we’re going to have to put everything into every ball to make it happen.” Adding …

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Jigawa Golden star, Alim suspended by NNL for deception

Nigeria National League, NNL, has suspended striker, Mohammed Alim of Jigawa Golden Stars, for the rest of this season and the whole of the 2024/2025 season for his infamous conduct. This was one of the several decisions taken by the NNL after the Dutse show of shame where Jigawa defeated Abuja-based Sporting Supreme by 2-1. Mohammed was seen in a video that has gone viral using his hands to throw the ball into the net, and the referee, who has since been suspended by the Nigeria Football Federation, allowed it as a goal. The NNL in their decision noted that the player dubiously used his hands in a manner that brought the game to disrepute. It would be noted that the NFF had in a swift reaction expelled referee Nasiru from Katsina State from officiating in the NNL. It said in a statement that the referee would be expelled from officiating in Nigerian football.

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Plateau United vs. Doma fixture rescheduled: New kick-off time announced

The Nigeria Premier Football League has adjusted the kick-off time for the matchday 29 encounter involving Plateau United and Doma United. The match which was billed for the New Jos Stadium at 4 pm on Saturday(today) has been moved to 3 pm. The new time was confirmed in a statement by Plateau United on their X handle. The move was to accommodate the live coverage of the game. The statement reads, “We return to action later today but an hour earlier than usual against Doma United on matchday 29.” Plateau United are winless in their last three NPFL games. The Peace Boys currently occupy fifth position on the table with 44 points.

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Why Oshoala didn’t play against South Africa – Coach Waldrum

Super Falcons head coach Randy Waldrum has revealed the reason behind his decision not to play Asisat Oshoala in Friday’s 1-0 win against South Africa. The reigning CAF women’s Player of the Year was left on the bench for the entire duration of the game. Oshoala only arrived at camp a day before the first leg encounter. Waldrum said Oshoala was tired after long hours of traveling. The American, however, said the forward will be assessed ahead of the second leg in Pretoria next Tuesday. ”Asisat just arrived at camp and obviously and visibly she looks tired from the long travels she had, this explains why I didn’t feature her in the game,” Waldrum told reporters. ” I will assess her fitness level to be able to decide if she will feature in the reverse fixture taking place next week in South Africa.”

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EPL: 3 matches that could have shocking results this weekend

This weekend’s Premier League fixtures could see some shock results as Crystal Palace host champions Manchester City, Brighton take on Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur face Nottingham Forest. Crystal Palace vs Man City The Eagles have had a mixed season so far, but have the ability to cause problems for any team on their day. With Man City’s focus primarily on the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie against Real Madrid on Tuesday, Palace could take advantage of any complacency and produce an upset. The likes of Jordan Ayew and Eberechi Eze could use their dribbling skills and strength to test City’s defence and potentially nick all three points or a draw. The kick-off time for the match is 12.30 pm. Brighton vs Arsenal Brighton have been a tough nut to crack at home, and Arsenal will have their work cut out for them against Roberto De Zerbi’s well-drilled side. Just like Manchester City, who will compete in the Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday, Arsenal also have a tough match against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on Tuesday night at Emirates Stadium. …

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Paris 2024 Qualifier: Banyana star, Kgoale unfazed by harsh Abuja weather

South Africa midfielder Nomvula Kgoale has said the Banyana Banyana are unfazed with the tough weather conditions in Abuja. Desiree Ellis’ side arrived Nigeria’s capital on Sunday to acclimatize ahead of the first leg of their 2024 Olympic Games qualifier against the Super Falcons. The encounter is slated for the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja, on Friday. Kgoale insisted that the African champions are ready for battle despite the challenges ahead of them in Nigeria. “It’s extremely important to be mentally tough. We know that Nigeria are a very tough opponent to play against…they’ve won Wafcon so many times and they’ve done well at the World Cups as well,” Kgoale told The Sowetan. “Back at home the air is much thinner and over here it’s much heavier but personally I’ve played in the United States for almost six years, and I know how to play in this kind of weather… you almost feel like you are breathing heat. The grass is also heavier but I am sure that in two days’ time we would’ve adjusted.”

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Ahmed Musa explains decision not to shake hands with Gov. Yusuf

Super Eagles striker, Ahmed Musa, has broken his silence on reports that he refused to shake hands with Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State. Musa said his action was a sign of cultural respect, expressing shock that it was taken out of context. A viral video had shown Musa refusing to shake hands with the governor after shaking the deputy governor. In the footage, the former Super Eagles star bowed to the governor instead of shaking his hands. But, in a statement issued on Tuesday, Musa said: “It has come to my attention that a moment captured almost a month ago has unexpectedly become the center of attention on social media. “It’s disheartening to see a simple act of cultural respect blown out of proportion. In our Northern culture, the gesture of kneeling, shaking hands etc signifies the highest form of respect. “This was my intention when I greeted the Deputy Governor in such a manner. However, when it came to greeting the Governor, I chose to bow and not shake his hands, honoring him in a way that …

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Serie A: Sabatini advocates for Chukwueze over Pulisic in AC Milan’s starting XI

Italian pundit, Sandro Sabatini has called for Samuel Chukwueze to replace Christian Pulisic in AC Milan’s starting lineup next season. Both Chukwueze and Pulisic joined AC Milan last summer from Villarreal and Chelsea, respectively. The USA international is ahead of the Nigeria international in AC Milan manager, Stefano Pioli’s pecking order. Speaking to radiorossonera, Sabatini believes that Chukwueze has quality, adding that he is a technical player that should be starting ahead of Pulisic. “For me, Chukwueze has quality, he is a technical player that I like very much,” Sabatini said. “For next year I prefer him to Pulisic in perspective, in my opinion, he is a boy who has some numbers.”

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EPL: He became a real leader – Micah Richards salutes Arsenal star

Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards has reserved special praise for Gabriel Magalhaes for his recent performance against Pep Guardiola’s side in the Premier League on Sunday. According to Richards, Gabriel should be given credit for stepping up as a leader in the Gunners’ back four, aside from William Saliba who won the Player of the Match award for his defensive efforts. He believes the Brazilian has improved so much and has become an essential part of Mikel Arteta’s defensive setup. Recall that Arsenal kept a clean sheet against Man City, allowing only one shot on target in a top-of-the-table clash that ended in a goalless draw at Etihad Stadium. Speaking on The Rest is Football podcast, Richards said: “We’ve got to give credit to Gabriel. Saliba got Man of the Match and I think there was talk about Saliba and how well he is done. “But Gabriel has improved so much as well, and become a real leader of that back four. He really has.”

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Paris 2024 Qualifier: Banyana coach welcomes key trio for decider against Nigeria

Banyana Banyana of South Africa head coach, Desiree Ellis is delighted to have experienced trio, Bambanani Mbane, Refiloe Jane and Sibulele Holweni back in the squad for the crunch 2024 Olympic Games qualifier against the Super Falcons of Nigeria. The trio are making a return to the squad since the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Mbane, Jane and Holweni are part of the 24-player squad that will face the Super Falcons in the two-legged contest. Ellis claimed their return is a timely boost for her team’s desire to qualify for the Paris 2024. “There is one thing that you can never buy and that is experience,” he said, adding that the team also has a few talented young players,” Ellis said after naming her squad. “Experience helps a lot when it adds value to the team. They have been there in tough situations and when things were not okay where they stood up to be counted. We also have the enthusiasm of the youth and we needed to get that mix right. “We have young …

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Super Falcons receive welcome news Oshoala to join camp for Paris 2024 Qualifier

Bay FC forward, Assist Oshoala will be the last player to arrive at Super Falcons camp ahead of Friday’s 2024 Olympic Games qualifier against the Banyana Banyana of South Africa. Oshoala will arrive at camp on Thursday, a day before the first leg. The Super Falcons open camp for the two-legged contest on Sunday. Head coach Randy Waldrum is already in camp alongside the quartet of Rasheedat Ajibade, Ashleigh Plumptre, Linda Jiwaku and Jumoke Alani. The Super Falcons will welcome Banyana Banyana to the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja on Friday before both teams clash again in Pretoria five days later. The winner will join Brazil, Japan and Spain in Group C at the Olympic Games in Paris in July and August.

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Easter season: Minister encourages enhanced zeal to elevate Nigeria’s sports industry

The Minister of Sports Development, John Owan Enoh has extended felicitations to Christians on the celebration of Easter, calling for dedication, passion and cooperation for national development as well as for the advancement of Nigerian sports. In his Easter message, Enoh stated that Easter is a time of reflection and renewal, and provides an opportunity for individuals and communities to come together in unity and solidarity. He emphasized the importance of passion and dedication within the sports sector and stressed that collective efforts and collaboration among stakeholders is crucial for the growth and development of the industry. “During this Easter season, let us reflect on the values of passion, cooperation, and unity,” said Enoh. “I urge all stakeholders in the sports sector to imbibe greater passion and come together for the greater good. Together, we can achieve remarkable progress and elevate Nigerian sports to greater heights.” The minister reiterated his commitment to fostering a conducive environment for sports development in Nigeria. He highlighted the government’s ongoing efforts to make sports attractive to attract more corporate investments, grow infrastructure, and enhance …

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2024 Olympics qualifiers: Swart reveals advantage Banyana has over Nigeria

Ahead of the final round of Paris 2024 Olympics qualifiers against Nigeria, South Africa’s goalkeeper Kaylin Swart has expressed confidence in playing the first leg in Nigeria, believing it could work to their advantage. According to Swart, playing the away leg first alleviates pressure and provides an opportunity to build confidence. The first leg is scheduled to take place at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja, on April 1, followed by the return leg in South Africa eight days later. Reflecting on the challenges posed by Nigeria’s passionate home support, Swart sees it as an opportunity for motivation rather than intimidation. “It’s always best to play away first, so I think we have an advantage against Nigeria as well. “The last couple of qualifiers against DR Congo and Tanzania it was not easy, but we managed to get a couple of goals away, and we came back home with confidence. Playing away first alleviates pressure,” Swart said per Sowetan Live.

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Super Eagles: We’re focused on World Cup qualifying campaign– Omeruo

ABUJA- Defender Kenneth Omeruo has assured that Super Eagles’ players are determined to give their all for maximum points when the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers resume in June. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Super Eagles’ contingent to the friendly matches against Ghana and Mali in Marrakech departed Morocco on Wednesday, with most of the players flying back to their bases in Europe. After grieving over the unexpected loss to Mali, on-field captain Omeruo assured that the players were determined to give their all for maximum points when the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers resumed in June. Nigeria take on the Bafana Bafanas in Uyo and then confront Benin Republic away from home in the international window of June 3-11, in Match Days 3 and 4 of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. “We went into the match against Mali determined to win, just as we did against Ghana. “In the end, they took their chances and we failed to take ours. That’s football. You just have to take the chances that come your way. “Having …

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How Super Eagles can beat Mali – Samuel

Fenerbahce defender, Bright Osayi-Samuel says the Super Eagles must be up for the battle in their friendly against Mali. Both countries will clash at the Grand Stade de Marrakech on Tuesday night. Ahead of the game, Osayi-Samuel harped on the need for the Super Eagles to match the physicality of their opponents. “The same preparation that we had against Ghana; we know how physical they are,” the 27-year-old stated. “In the game, if we can match their physicality, then our ability will see us through.” The game will kick-off at 10pm Nigeria time.

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