Finidi likely to lead Super Eagles for friendlies vs Ghana, Mali

Enyimba head coach, Finidi George is most likely to lead the Super Eagles for the international friendlies against the Black Stars of Ghana and Eagles of Mali later this month. The position of Super Eagles head coach is currently vacant after erstwhile handler, Jose Peseiro left following the expiration of his contract. A new head coach is expected to be unveiled by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) next month. According to reports, Finidi, who was one of the assistants to Peseiro, barring any last minute changes, will be in the dugout for the two friendlies. The former winger led Enyimba to win a record ninth Nigeria Premier Football League title last season. The Super Eagles will tackle eternal rivals Ghana at the Grande de Marrakech on Friday, March 22. The three-time African Champions will be up against Mali four days later at the same venue.

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AFCON Silver Medalists: You Are All Champions -Akpabio Tells Super Eagles Captain

By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio on Wednesday urged the Super Eagles not to be crest-fallen for not clinching the African Nations Cup in Cote d’Ivoire, assuring them that they were all Champions for winning the silver medal in the tournament. Senator Akpabio gave the charge when he along with other Senators received the captain of the team, William Troost-Ekong in his office in Abuja on February 14. A statement by the Special Assistant to the Senate President on Media/Communication, Anietie Ekong quoted the Senate President to have said the Super Eagles had done the nation proud by getting to the final of the competition and urged all Nigerians to accord the team the support and commendation that they deserve. According to Senator Akpabio, “I see you all as Champions. You may not have won the ultimate prize but you made our country proud through your performance. Nigerians were very united in their support for you. “You only lost the trophy but not the hearts of Nigerians. I want to challenge you and the rest of …

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AFCON: How Cote d’Ivoire Have Fared in Finals

By Our Reporter There is nothing sacrilegious about host nations losing in the Final match of the Africa Cup of Nations, as a number of host nations have come so close, seen the trophy displayed in front of their vociferous and passionate fans and yet failed to get their hands on the coveted prize. In the fifth edition of the championship in 1965 (the competition’s founding nations were Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan and South Africa, though South Africa eventually did not take part until 1996, a fall-out of her apartheid policies), hosts Tunisia lost 2-3 (after extra time) to defending champions Ghana at the Stade Chedli Zouiten in Tunis. In 1982, Ghana was passing through a phase of harsh economic conditions, and military strongman Jerry John Rawlings said the government could not afford to send the Black Stars to Libya for the 13th AFCON. Libya’s strongman Moamer Ghadaffi bailed the team out by sending an aircraft to fly the Black Stars to Tripoli. In the opening match, both teams played a 2-2 draw. Incidentally, they met in the Final two weeks …

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AFCON: There’s No Stopping Nigeria, Kalu Declares

…Congratulates Super Eagles on victory against Angola By Ogechi Okorie Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu has declared that Nigeria is unstoppable in her bid to win the 2023 African Cup of Nations currently ongoing in Côte d’Ivoire. According to the statement signed by Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Speaker, Levinus Nwabughiogu made available to Precise Post, Kalu made the declaration after the Super Eagles of Nigeria, last night, demolished theBlack Sable Antelopes of Angola by 1-0 in the Quarter Finals of the biggest African football fiesta to qualify for Semi Finals. The Deputy Speaker who was a member of the National Assembly delegation to Angola led by the Senate President, Senator Godswill Akpabio in solidarity with the Super Eagles said that the coast is now clear for Nigeria to reach the finals and lift the trophy. Congratulating the team, Kalu hailed the indomitable spirit of the players and the entire technical crew, saying they have spread joy and elicited excitement in Nigerians across all regions and ethnic backgrounds. He enjoined the team …

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AFCON 2023: Sanwo-olu hosts Super Eagles to send forth dinner

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu will host the Super Eagles at a special send forth dinner in Lagos on Tuesday. Sports Development Minister, Senator John Owan Enoh will be the co-host of the glamour event, to which Governors Douye Diri (Bayelsa State), Seyi Makinde (Oyo State), Sheriff Oborevwori (Delta State), Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa State) and Godwin Obaseki (Edo State) have been invited. President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Ibrahim Gusau is also expected to be present alongside other members of the soccer house. Former Super Eagles captain Dr. Olusegun Odegbami, leading artists, top celebrities and influencers are also expected to grace the event. The Super Eagles will arrive in Lagos on Tuesday from Abu Dhabi where they are presently camping for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. The players and their officials will depart for Abidjan for the competition on Wednesday.

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2026 WCQ: Zimbabwe arrives Kigali for Super Eagles clash

The Warriors of Zimbabwe have arrived in Kigali ahead of their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Rwanda and Nigeria. Baltemar Brito’s side arrived Kigali on Saturday morning. The players and their officials were warmly welcomed by officials of the Zimbabwe embassy in Kigali and officials from the advance party that arrived in Rwanda on November 7. The team will be based in Kigali until November 13 before moving to Butare, the host town for the World Cup qualifiers against Rwanda (15 November) and Nigeria (19 November). Six players and technical crew members made the trip to Kigali. The foreign-based players are expected to start arriving at camp on Sunday.

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