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Nigeria vs Ghana: Ex-England Youngster Tops Eguavoen’s 32-Man Provisional List

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Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Augustine Eguavoen, has invited former England under 23 top man, Ademola Lookman and former U17 World Cup star, Akinkunmi Amoo, in the Super Eagles’ provisional list of 32 for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 play-off round against the Black Stars of Ghana.

Lookman who plays for Leicester City was recently cleared by FIFA to switch international allegiance from England to Nigeria and he has been in a fine form for his English clubside recently.

Also, defender Calvin Bassey and forward Emmanuel Dennis are returning to the fold of the three –time African champions.

Regulars, captain Ahmed Musa, deputy captain William Ekong, midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and forwards Moses Simon and Kelechi Iheanacho made the list.

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Also called up are goalkeepers Maduka Okoye and Daniel Akpeyi, defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Oluwasemilogo Ajayi and Abdullahi Shehu, midfielders Oghenekaro Etebo and Joseph Ayodele-Aribo, and forwards Victor Osimhen, Odion Ighalo and Samuel Chukwueze.

2021 AFCON forwards Taiwo Awoniyi and Peter Olayinka, defender Chidozie Awaziem and long-time absentee Ogenyi Onazi are on a seven-man standby list.

The camp opens in Abuja on 21st March, with a 24 –man final list for the two big games to be released at a later date.

Nigeria take on Ghana in the 20,000 –capacity Cape Coast Sports Stadium from 7.30pm on Friday 25th March, with the reverse leg set for the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Tuesday, 29th March from 6pm.

The winner over two legs will earn one of Africa’s five tickets to the 22nd FIFA World Cup finals, scheduled for 14th November – 18th December this year in Qatar.

 

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AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Get Easy Opponents

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AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Get Easy Opponents

Super Eagles of Nigeria will face the likes of Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau and Sao Tome and Principe in their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying games.

The draw was conducted on Tuesday evening.

The Super Eagles failed to get past the Round of 16 in the last edition of the tournament played in January/February in Cameroon this year.

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While the Eagles where in group A, current holders Senegal are in Group L with Benin Republic, Mozambique and Rwanda.

Full list:

Group A: Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Sa o Tome e Principe or Mauritius
Group B: Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Togo, Eswatini
Group C: Cameroon, Kenya, Namibia, Burundi
Group D: Egypt, Guinea, Malawi, Ethiopia
Group E: Ghana, Madagascar, Angola, Central African Republic
Group F: Algeria, Uganda, Niger, Tanzania

Group G: Mali, Congo Brazzaville, Gambia, South Sudan
Group H: Ivory Coast (hosts), Zambia, Comoros, Lesotho
Group I: Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Mauritania, Sudan
Group J: Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Botswana
Group K: Morocco, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Liberia

Group L: Senegal (holders), Benin, Mozambique, Rwanda
Dates

May 30-June 14: Matchdays 1, 2
Sept 19-27: Matchdays 3, 4
March 20-28, 2023: Matchdays 5, 6

 

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Christiano Ronaldo’s Son Is Dead

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Christiano Ronaldo's Son Is Dead

Manchester United playmaker Cristiano Ronaldo, has announced the passing of his son.

The five times Ballon d’Or winner, revealed this through his social media pages on Monday.

A statement jointly signed by the couple reads: “It is with our deepest sadness that we announce the passing of our baby boy. It’s the greatest pain any parent can feel.

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“Only the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness.

“We would like to thank the doctors and nurses for all their expert care and support. We are all devastated at this loss and we kindly ask for privacy at this very difficult time,” they wrote.

 

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NFF: Why I’ll Step Down – Amaju Pinnick

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NFF: Why I'll Step Down - Amaju Pinnick

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick has disclosed that he will not be seeking  a third term when his current tenure expires.

Pinnick who has been in charge of the NFF since 2014 was asked to resign after the national team failed to qualify for the world cup finals in Qatar later this year.

He has now revealed that his time at the Glass House might be coming to  an end as it has taken a toll on his relationship with his family over the years.

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Amaju Pinnick while responding  to questions on Arise TV  said: “I’m eligible to run based on the statue. Do I want to run?, it’s a no-no, my family is very key to me, they said it’s taking a toll on me and the family.

“They believed that I’ve done my best and it’s time to move on . It’s a regrettable decision, but it’s the best,” Pinnick told Arise TV.

 

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