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‘Superman’ Abdussalam Magashy – From fifth-tier league to the top in Sweden – Score Nigeria

‘Superman’ Abdussalam Magashy – From fifth-tier league to the top in Sweden – Score Nigeria

For Abdussalam Magashy, it has been an eventful four-year journey that has taken him from the fifth-tier league to a top club in the top league in Sweden.

Former FC Hearts star Magashy started out in Sweden in 2018 at Vaxjo United FC and this month he signed for one of the country’s top clubs AIK Solna.

How did he make it all the way to the top of the tree?

“It was not easy to be honest, it took a lot of sacrifice and hard work discipline and prayers,” he admitted in an exclusive interview with SCORENigeria

“In everything you do, you have to have a target, I always told myself that no matter what I want be at the top league, and that with the prayers and hard work nothing is impossible.

“And for any chance you get, there’s no excuse you must give it all and then pray.”

Abdussalam Magashy – AIK new boy

The energetic, box-to-box midfielder made his debut for Vaxjo on April 21, 2018 in a goalless draw with Horvikens IF with 74 spectators watching.

He scored twice in 11 league appearances and in August 2018, he and fellow FC Hearts teammate Hassan Lawrence moved two divisions up and signed for Kristianstad FC.

He established himself at his new team, but they were eventually relegated in 2019.

In the winter of 2019/2020 season, he signed a two-year contract with another Ettan league club IFK Varnamo.

It was at Varnamo that he finally came into his element in Europe.

Magashy said helping the club to gain promotion to the Swedish top league would rank as one of the highlights of his career.  

 “I have had a couple of best moments in the last three years, but I can tell two of my best moments were first promoting Varnamo from Superettan to Allsvenskan and also signing for AIK,” he told SCORENigeria

He has signed a four-year contract at AIK, who have in recent years been regarded as the sleeping giants of Sweden.

AIK finished a disappointing fourth and outside the bracket for European football next year.

Abdulssalam Magashy (left) at Kristianstad

He said the target is to restore the lost glory at the club.

“They are a top team with the big supporters, they belong to the top and that’s what they are working on, they are not happy where they finished this past season, they want be at the top and that why the trying to strengthen the team for next year,” he explained.

“Yes, I am confident this club will be great again, the fans deserve everything.

“They have signed a new coach and he wants play good football and win games and I am sure the team will do great with the quality players we have.”

Such is Magashy’s confidence o the chances of his new employers that he will back them to be champions of Sweden again in the new season.

“My target next season is to focus and work hard and help the team,” he said.

“I want to win the league next season and I also want to be one of the best players in the league .”

It’s about time AIK woke up from their slumber to win their 14th Swedish league championship after their last conquest in 2018, the same year Magashy made his way to Sweden.

Source: Score Nigeria

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Mbappe rested as France make nine changes against Tunisia | The Guardian Nigeria News

Mbappe rested as France make nine changes against Tunisia | The Guardian Nigeria News


Kylian Mbappe is among the players rested as France coach Didier Deschamps makes nine changes to his starting line-up for Wednesday’s final World Cup group game against Tunisia at Education City Stadium.

Mbappe has scored three times so far in Qatar, netting once in the holders’ opening 4-1 win against Australia before his brace secured a 2-1 win over Denmark on Saturday.

Yet he starts on the bench as captain Raphael Varane and midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni are the only players to retain their places.

There is a debut for Monaco’s Axel Disasi, who is expected to start at right-back, while Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani gets a first start for his country.

France’s two opening victories made them the first team to secure qualification for the last 16 and they now only require a point to clinch first place in Group D.

Even a defeat will not stop them topping the section so long as Australia do not beat Denmark at the same time and manage to overturn France’s advantage on goal difference, which is currently superior by six.

Tunisia need to win and hope Australia do not win the other game to have a chance of going through.

Their coach Jalel Kadri makes six changes to the team that lost 1-0 to Australia, including bringing in Corsican-born Wahbi Khazri as captain.

Starting line-ups:

Tunisia (3-4-3)

Aymen Dahmen; Nader Ghandri, Yassine Meriah, Montassar Talbi; Wajdi Kechrida, Ellyes Skhiri, Aissa Laidouni, Ali Maaloul; Anis Slimane, Wahbi Khazri (capt), Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane

Coach: Jalel Kadri (TUN)

France (4-3-3)

Steve Mandanda; Axel Disasi, Raphael Varane (capt), Ibrahima Konate, Eduardo Camavinga; Youssouf Fofana, Aurelien Tchouameni, Jordan Veretout; Matteo Guendouzi, Randal Kolo Muani, Kingsley Coman

Coach: Didier Deschamps (FRA)

Referee: Matthew Conger (NZL)

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Graham Potter promotes German-born Nigerian RB to Chelsea first team training :: All Nigeria Soccer

Graham Potter promotes German-born Nigerian RB to Chelsea first team training :: All Nigeria Soccer

Chelsea started preparations for the second half of the 2022-2023 season on Tuesday, November 29, after a fortnight away from their Cobham training base.  

 

As many as twelve Blues first team players are currently away on international duty with their respective nations at the ongoing World Cup in Qatar. 

 

To make up the numbers, manager Graham Potter invited several outstanding development squad players to train with the first team, including German-born Nigerian right-back Derrick Abu. 

 

Carney Chukwuemeka was not pictured training with the first team players and it remains to be seen whether the central midfielder will be named in the traveling squad to Abu Dhabi for a mid-season training camp. 

 

The England U20 international has not figured for Chelsea since appearing as a substitute against Manchester United on October 22 due to a hamstring issue. 

 

Exciting fullback Abu has been promoted to first team training several times this season but has not received a call-up for a competitive match.

 

Chelsea and Aston Villa will compete for the inaugural CBF | Al Wahda Challenge Cup on December 11 at the  Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

 

Ifeanyi Emmanuel 

 

 

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Bribery Allegation: Arsenal Midfielder Vows To Open Up On His Experience In Nigeria U23 Team

Bribery Allegation: Arsenal Midfielder Vows To Open Up On His Experience In Nigeria U23 Team

The Nigeria U23 team recently secured passage to the last round of the qualifiers for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers by edging out Tanzania on a 3-1 aggregate score after winning the second leg 2-0 in Ibadan.

Ahead of the second leg game, coach of the Nigerian team Salisu Yusuf added more players to the squad, one of which is Arsenal midfielder Tim Akinola who is presently on loan to English fifth tier side Chesterfield.

Akinola spent three days in the camp of the team but departed on the eve of the game when he was told he won’t be a part of the squad for the game. He returned back to his base in England while the rest of his teammates battled to a 2-0 win.

His decision to leave the camp came in the midst of reports that backroom staff and coaches of the team are engaged in collecting bribes to pick players in the squad and even players who get to make it to the starting lineup.

” Tim will speak up soon. He would have opened up  a lot earlier but some things are best said at some certain times and for now the time isn’t ideal but trust me he will tell you guys all that happened that led to his axing from the team. Was he asked to pay bribes? Wait for it”, his representatives told Owngoalnigeria.com.

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Olawoyin king of assists in Turkey – Score Nigeria

Olawoyin king of assists in Turkey – Score Nigeria

Ibrahim Olawoyin is the leading provider of assists in the Turkish second division.

The former Enugu Rangers star has seven assists to his name playing for Ankara Keciorengucu this season.

His club are fourth on the table with 25 points from 14 matches and within the promotion playoff bracket.

Another Nigerian star, James Adeniyi, has four assists.

The 29-year-old Adeniyi has also scored four goals and he plays for Tuzlaspor.

Source: Score Nigeria

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Official : Watford loan out teenage striker of Nigerian descent :: All Nigeria Soccer

Official : Watford loan out teenage striker of Nigerian descent :: All Nigeria Soccer

With a statement on their official website, Championship club Watford have announced that promising striker Tobi Adeyemo has been loaned out to non-leaguers Hitchin Town. 

 

The 17-year-old has joined the Southern League Premier Division Central side until December 25 on work experience.

 

The transfer was completed in time for Adeyemo to make his debut for Hitchin Town in their 2-1 win over Redditch United in a league game on Monday, coming off the bench in the second half. 

 

The Anglo-Nigerian netted against Chelsea in the fourth round of last season’s FA Youth Cup and has made some appearances for the U21 team of the Hornets in the 2022-2023 campaign. 

 

Hackney-born Adeyemo has been on the books of Watford since October 2018 and signed a scholarship with the Vicarage Stadium outfit in the summer of 2021.

 

Meanwhile, Watford’s first team held a training camp in Spain in preparation for the resumption of the Championship, with Nigeria international trio William Troost-Ekong, Maduka Okoye and Samuel Kalu part of the group that traveled to Algorfa. 

 

 

Ifeanyi Emmanuel 

 

 

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Onyekuru resumes training after injury – Score Nigeria

Onyekuru resumes training after injury – Score Nigeria

Henry Onyekuru has resumed training with Turkish club Adana Demirspor after an injury that first ruled him out of Super Eagles friendlies in Algeria in September.

The 25-year-old Onyekuru resumed full training Tuesday.

He has so far netted four goals and provided two assists for his club.

Adana Demirspor are third on the Super Lig table with 24 points from 13 matches, five points behind leaders Fenerbache.

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Adeagbo seeks to inspire next generation of bobsledders | The Guardian Nigeria News

Adeagbo seeks to inspire next generation of bobsledders | The Guardian Nigeria News

Visiting schools in Lagos and Ekiti states respectively, the Nigerian Olympian, Simidele Adeagbo, was in the country to give back to schools and encourage students to take up bobsledding.

Adeagbo, who was part of the pioneer set of Nigerian Winter Olympians, is looking to inspire the next generation of bobsledders, who would go on to take part in competitions and win medals.

Collaborating with Sustainable Education and Enterprise Development (SEED) Care and Support Foundation, she donated 500 copies of her new children’s book, Sleigh, Sleigh, Sleigh All Day, sharing customised classroom lessons centered around the book’s impactful story of her courage.

Speaking to students in Ekiti State, Adeagbo said: “I am from where you are and this same community shaped me. If I can come from Ekiti and break barriers as an athlete, there is no reason you can’t be anything you imagine. We are winners and we can achieve anything we strive for.”

In the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, Adeagbo became the first Nigerian Winter Olympian and the first African and black woman to compete in skeleton (a sport in which athletes hurl themselves headfirst on a sled down an icy hill at eighty miles an hour).

She has since become the first African gold medal winner at an international bobsled race and is the most decorated Nigerian and African bobsled and skeleton athlete of all time.

She’s currently training for the 2026 Milano-Cortina Winter Olympic Games.

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Crystal Palace’s Nigeria-eligible winger emerges as transfer target for Sheffield Wednesday :: All Nigeria Soccer

Crystal Palace’s Nigeria-eligible winger emerges as transfer target for Sheffield Wednesday :: All Nigeria Soccer

Crystal Palace’s Nigeria-eligible winger emerges as transfer target for Sheffield Wednesday 

Malcolm Ebiowei has  emerged as a transfer target for League One club Sheffield Wednesday. 

 

According to Alan Nixon via Football League World, Sheffield Wednesday are one of the clubs interested in sighing the 2019 Golden Eaglets invitee on loan in the January transfer window. 

 

The Crystal Palace starlet has also been linked with moves to Hull City and Derby County but a return to the latter, where he spent the whole of last season, looks unlikely at this stage. 

 

Ebiowei needs to be playing regularly if he is to be considered for a place in the Young Lions roster to the 2023 FIFA U20 World Cup and there’s a strong possibility of the winger departing Selhurst Park on a temporary basis when the transfer window reopens for business. 

 

Crystal Palace are reportedly prepared to sanction a loan move for the former Arsenal and Chelsea schoolboy as manager Patrick Vieira cannot offer him first team football, with the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Eberechi Eze, Michael Olise, and Jordan Ayew ahead of him in the pecking order. 

 

Ebiowei has logged 57 minutes from a possible 1,440 in all competitions since the start of the season. 

 

 

Ifeanyi Emmanuel 

 

 

 

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Rush for medals begin as Osinbajo declares Delta 2022 open today | The Guardian Nigeria News

Rush for medals begin as Osinbajo declares Delta 2022 open today | The Guardian Nigeria News

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, will declare the 21st National Sports Festival open today in Asaba, Delta State capital. Before the opening ceremony this evening, the Games, tagged Delta 2022, will produce its first medal in the cycling event.

According to the programme by the Local Organising Committee (LOC), other events will be held tomorrow. At the last edition of the Festival held in Benin City, Team Delta shocked the host by winning the gold medal in the first cycling event, a defeat Edo State may be looking forward to avenge this time around.

The Edo Sports Commission Chairman, Yusuf Alli, said shortly before his athletes departed Benin City for Asaba that they would compete for every medal at Delta 2022.

An official of the LOC revealed yesterday that today’s opening ceremony at Stephen Keshi stadium would witness a mixture of entertainment and cultural display.

One of the artists listed to perform in the opening ceremony at the Stephen Keshi stadium today is Harry Song. As at yesterday evening, athletes and officials from all the states, including the Federal Capital Territory had arrived in Asaba, waiting for today’s opening ceremony event.

In the next 12 days, attention of sports-loving Nigerians will shift to the Delta 2022 National Sports Festival. At the flag hoisting ceremony yesterday at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, the Chairman of the LOC, Chief Patrick Ukah, tasked the athletes to avoid the use of drugs throughout the duration of the Games.

The quality of facilities provided by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the Games is the major talking point by athletes and officials at the stadium. One major area that caught the attention of athletes and their officials was the new tartan track installed at the Stephen Keshi Stadium. Delta 2022 National Sports Festival, which will end on December 10, will witness a total of 11, 000 athletes taking part in the yearly Games.

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‘The finish of a real marksman’ –  Ex-Nigeria striker praises Senegal defender’s goal v Ecuador:: All Nigeria Soccer

‘The finish of a real marksman’ –  Ex-Nigeria striker praises Senegal defender’s goal v Ecuador:: All Nigeria Soccer

‘The finish of a real marksman’ –  Ex-Nigeria striker praises Senegal defender’s goal v Ecuador

Senegal’s second and decisive goal against Ecuador in Tuesday’s last round of matches in Group A of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 scored by Chelsea defender Kalidou Koulibaly was described by former Nigeria international Efan Ekoku as being the quality of a marksman. 

 

Ekoku was one of the English commentators for the game won 2-1 by the African champions which sees them qualifying for the round of 16 stage of the World Cup.

 

In his analysis of the goal, the co-commentator affirmed that Senegal were never in a comfortable lead after going ahead.

 

“All I can say is that you’re never more vulnerable than when you just scored,” Ekoku, who was on commentary duty for the World Cup world feed, said. 

 

“But just as Senegal were culpable in being a, little absent-minded defensively, equally so Ecuador. 

 

“The ball beats five or six player, you just have to react. Kalidou Koulibaly with the movement of a striker and the finish of a real marksman. He didn’t slash out of the ball, he coolly side-footed it,” the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations winner with Nigeria enthused. 

 

Ekoku in similar vein was very impressed by the execution of the penalty by Ismaila Sarr which had put the Teranga Lions ahead. 

 

Senegal will face the winners of Group B in the round of 16.

 

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Rashford stars as England sink Wales to set up Senegal clash | The Guardian Nigeria News

Rashford stars as England sink Wales to set up Senegal clash | The Guardian Nigeria News


England booked a World Cup last 16 clash against Senegal as Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden inspired a 3-0 win against Wales that sent their neighbours crashing out of the tournament on Tuesday.

Gareth Southgate’s side sealed first place in Group B thanks to key contributions from Rashford and Foden after they were restored to the team by the England boss.

Foden showed why there has been such a clamour for him to start as he won the free-kick that Rashford converted to break the deadlock early in the second half at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Doha.

Foden doubled England’s lead just seconds later to effectively ended the one-sided ‘Battle of Britain’ and Rashford struck again to ensure Wales’ first World Cup since 1958 ended in disappointment.

With Foden and Rashford providing the cutting edge so lacking in their previous match — a dour goalless draw against the United States — England won for just the second time in their last nine games.

A spluttering first half showed the Three Lions still have room for improvement as they chase a first major trophy since the 1966 World Cup.

But the ruthless way they demolished Wales after the break provided encouragement ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Group A runners-up Senegal.

While England fans regard Germany and Scotland as their main rivals, Wales have never hidden how much they enjoy getting one over on their hated neighbours.

The Wales squad were famously filmed celebrating England’s embarrassing Euro 2016 exit against Iceland, while Welsh striker Kieffer Moore recently said he would love to knock the English out of the World Cup.

With those slights in mind, condemning Wales to elimination was a welcome bonus for England.

But more importantly they eased the angst that had mounted since they were booed off after the lethargic United States stalemate that followed their 6-2 rout of Iran in the group opener.

England barrage

Rashford, one of four changes by Southgate, had a golden opportunity to give England an early lead when he surged onto Harry Kane’s pass, but he took too long to shoot and Danny Ward raced off his line to save.

Unable to lay a glove on England, Wales barely made it out of their own half as Southgate’s men monopolised possession for long spells without producing the breakthrough.

When England increased their tempo and passed with more urgency, they immediately scythed through the Wales defence, but Foden’s shot whistled wide.

Criticised for his performance in the defeat against Iran, Wales captain Gareth Bale was anonymous again and the former Real Madrid star, possibly injured, was substituted at half-time.

Yet within six minutes of the restart, Bale’s absence was rendered irrelevant by England’s quick-fire barrage.

Southgate had said he was concerned about Foden feeling under pressure to deliver after the calls for him to be selected, but he didn’t need to worry after the precocious Manchester City playmaker.

Foden was the catalyst for England’s opener as he drove forward to win a 50th minute free-kick that Rashford brilliantly curled into the far corner of Ward’s goal from 25 yards.

Suddenly, England were pressing with more energy and they pounced again 60 seconds later when Rashford forced Wales to surrender possession and Kane’s low cross reached Foden, who slotted home at the far post.

Moore tried to rescue Wales with dipping effort that Jordan Pickford saved well, but Rashford delivered the knockout blow with his third goal of the tournament in the 68th minute.

Kalvin Phillips’ long pass sent Rashford scampering down the right flank and, with the hapless Wales defence backing off, the Manchester United forward cut inside before planting a low shot through Ward’s legs.

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‘Sarr is not Mane’ – Okocha reveals it’s difficult for Senegal to replace Bayern Munich star :: All Nigeria Soccer

‘Sarr is not Mane’ – Okocha reveals it’s difficult for Senegal to replace Bayern Munich star :: All Nigeria Soccer

‘Sarr is not Mane’ – Okocha reveals it’s difficult for Senegal to replace Bayern Munich star 

Ahead of Senegal’s final group game of the 2022 World Cup against Ecuador, Nigeria legend Austin Okocha admitted that it is difficult for the Teranga Lions to replace their talisman Sadio Mane.

 

The Bayern Munich striker was originally named in Senegal’s World Cup squad despite suffering an injury in a Bundesliga clash against Werder Bremen but was forced to withdraw from the roster as further scans showed that he would require surgery. 

 

Okocha has insisted that Watford dazzler Ismaïla Sarr cannot step into the shoes vacated by Mane who creates a lot of havoc in the attacking third. 

 

Speaking on SuperSport just before the start of Ecuador v Senegal, Okocha said : “Ismaïla Sarr has done well so far for this national team of Senegal but to be honest he’s not Mane.

 

“Those are the kind of players that are difficult to replace because their presence alone does create a lot of chaos in opponents defence. “

 

The three-time World Cupper went on to praise the Senegalese team for their work ethic and fighting spirit, and believes that manager Aliou Cissé is doing an outstanding job in those areas. 

“One good thing that this Senegalese team has got right from years back is heart. They are fearless and they believe they can beat anybody. 

 

“Also the character of their manager has been passed on to this team. I managed to play with him , he wasn’t the most brilliant player but he had heart.

 

“You can see from this Senegalese team that what they have going for them now is team spirit because they are missing crucial individual players like Mane who finished second in the  Ballon d’Or.”

 

African champions Senegal have to beat Ecuador to advance to the last sixteen of the 2022 World Cup. 

 

 

Ifeanyi Emmanuel 

 

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Pulisic sinks Iran as US advance in World Cup duel | The Guardian Nigeria News

Pulisic sinks Iran as US advance in World Cup duel | The Guardian Nigeria News


Christian Pulisic fired the United States into the last 16 of the World Cup on Tuesday as the Americans downed Iran 1-0 in their politically charged grudge match.

Chelsea star Pulisic bundled home the do-or-die Group B game’s only goal on 38 minutes to set up a second round clash with Group A winners the Netherlands on Saturday.

The victory was no less than US coach Gregg Berhalter’s youthful side deserved in what was only the third international football clash between the bitter ideological rivals.

The build-up to a pulsating showdown had been marked by steadily escalating tension, with Iran’s Football Federation on Sunday demanding FIFA sanction US Soccer for posting a modified version of their country’s flag on social media.

But despite an electrifying atmosphere at Doha’s Al Thumama Stadium, Tuesday’s game played out without controversy as the US avenged their 1998 World Cup defeat to Iran to send the Asian qualifiers crashing out of the tournament.

Iran’s fans had roared their team onto the field at the start of the game amid a deafening cacophony of air-horns and cheers from the crowd of 42,127.

But despite the intimidating reception it was the Americans who looked more comfortable, quickly establishing their dominance.

US captain Tyler Adams and Juventus’ Weston McKennie controlled proceedings in midfield to leave Iran struggling to gain foothold.

Attacking ambition

The US signalled their attacking ambition after only two minutes, Pulisic surging forward menacingly before being dispossessed.

That was a shape of things to come as they laid siege to the Iranian goal.

Valencia midfielder Yunus Musah shot over the bar and Pulisic just failed to get enough power on a header after a cross from Antonee Robinson.

Fullback Sergino Dest was a constant threat down the right flank for the Americans, whipping a cross over in the 17th minute that Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand could only parry.

After sustained US pressure, the breakthrough finally came in the 38th minute.

A brilliant crossfield pass from McKennie picked out Dest down the right.

The AC Milan defender headed back across goal and Pulisic was on hand to bravely finish.

There was alarm for US fans with Pulisic needing sustained treatment after a heavy collision with Beiranvand but it was the Iranians and their noisy fans who were left winded by the goal.

The crowd instantly became more subdued and the US twice came close to doubling their lead before half-time.

Josh Sargent and Tim Weah combined well with a dazzling counter-attack but the final ball went astray.

Then in injury time McKennie’s sublime pass found Weah who finished brilliantly past Beiranvand only to be ruled just offside.

Knowing that an equaliser would send them into the second round, the Iranians stepped up the pressure in the second half.

But substitute Saman Ghoddos squandered two gilt-edged chances to get his team into the match, heading over from close range before blazing a shot over the bar on the 65th minute with the whole goal to aim at.

Saeid Ezatolahi curled a long-range shot over the bar soon afterwards as the Americans continued to live dangerously.

Iran threatened again inside the final 10 minutes when Ali Karimi just failed to get on the end of a teasing cross by Ezatolahi.

A diving header from Morteza Pouraliganji whistled just wide in injury time and then Mehdi Taremi had calls for a penalty after a tangle with Cameron Carter Vickers waved away as to leave American nerves jangling before their team hung on for a famous win.

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Premier League Cup : Flying Eagles-eligible striker on target for Crystal Palace :: All Nigeria Soccer

Premier League Cup : Flying Eagles-eligible striker on target for Crystal Palace :: All Nigeria Soccer

Premier League Cup : Flying Eagles-eligible striker on target for Crystal Palace 

With three games remaining in Group E of the Premier League Cup, Crystal Palace have a one-point advantage over second-placed Sheffield United. 

 

The Eagles U21s side played out a 2-2 draw with Bristol City at the Robins High Performance Centre on Monday, with several players of Nigerian descent eligible to represent the Flying Eagles in action for the London club. 

 

Manager Paddy McCarthy handed starts to goalkeeper Owen Goodman, fullback Tayo Adaramola, midfielder David Ozoh, strikers David Omilabu and Ademola Ola-Adebomi.

 

Ola-Adebomi almost scored the opener just past the half-hour mark but saw his placed shot saved by the goalkeeper. 

 

After Seb Palmer-Holden scored to cancel out Killian Phillips’ opener, Omilabu restored Palace’s one-goal lead in first half stoppage time when he tapped in a cross from Adaramola. 

 

The home team equalised in the 58th minute through Joe Low who headed in a free kick from close range. 

 

Omilabu thought he had netted the winner for Palace but his effort was ruled out for offside. 

 

 

Ifeanyi Emmanuel 

 

 

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‘Not impossible’ – Agent admits Man Utd-linked Nigeria star could leave Napoli next summer:: All Nigeria Soccer

‘Not impossible’ – Agent admits Man Utd-linked Nigeria star could leave Napoli next summer:: All Nigeria Soccer

‘Not impossible’ – Agent admits Man Utd-linked Nigeria star could leave Napoli next summer

Italian intermediary Andrea D’Amico, who was among the agents that brokered the deal taking Victor Osimhen from Lille to Napoli in 2020, has admitted that the Nigeria international could be leaving the Serie A club next summer. 

 

Manchester United have identified Osimhen as a possible replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo whose contract was terminated after his explosive interview with Piers Morgan. 

 

The Red Devils bringing in the 2015 U17 World Cup winner to Old Trafford in the January transfer window looks unlikely as Napoli are still competing on three fronts – Serie A, Coppa Italia and UEFA Champions League. 

 

The stumbling block to a potential deal is his asking price, with Napoli valuing him at more than 100 million euros.

 

D’Amico reckons that Napoli would sanction the sale of Osmhen next summer if they receive an offer too good to turn down.

 

Speaking on 1 Football Club , Luca Cerchione’s program broadcast on 1 Radio Station, via Area Napoli, D’Amico said  : “Will the love story between Osimhen and Napoli end in June ? The epilogue of the current candidate will be fundamental.

 

“Faced with indispensable offers, it is not impossible that Victor can leave, especially if Giuntoli has an important alternative is ready.

 

“To date, it is still early to know the future of the Nigerian, but the sporting director is very good at replacing apparently irreplaceable players. “

 

Osimhen will enter the last two years of his contract with Napoli on July 1, 2023.

 

 

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World Cup fever catches up in Nigeria even in Super Eagles absence – Score Nigeria

World Cup fever catches up in Nigeria even in Super Eagles absence – Score Nigeria

After a rather slow start, the World Cup fever has finally caught on in Nigeria despite the painful absence of the Super Eagles.

Fans are now enjoying the action that Qatar 2022 has delivered with some of them even saying it was better the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the football showpiece event otherwise they would have been disgraced.

The Black Stars of Ghana denied Nigeria the chance to feature at the World Cup and some Super Eagles fans admitted ‘The Old Enemy’ have surpassed expectations in Qatar.

“Ghana improved on the team that eliminated Nigeria on the road to the 2022 World Cup,” a fan, Barry Atarase, remarked.

“They brought in the likes of Mohammed Salisu, Tariq Lamptey and Inaki Williams in positions they were lacking and the result is what we are all seeing now in Qatar.

“They stretched Portugal, the same team who thrashed out 4-0 in a friendly before the World Cup, and against Korea, they not only won the game, they also played some good football.”

Ghana’s Mohammed Salisu celebrates his goal at World Cup

The rivalry between Nigeria and Ghana has not stopped fans from supporting the Black Stars in Qatar.

“I never thought I will be cheering Ghana at this World Cup, but that was what I did when they played against Korea,” said Taju Akambi.

“The win has got their campaign back on track and I will be backing them to get their revenge against Uruguay and qualify for the Round of 16.”

A student of Ekiti University, Dapo Adetunji, said he has been impressed with the football on display at this World Cup.

“The standard is very high and you will have to be a very brave man to even predict who will win this tournament,” he said.

“Brazil, Spain and France have so far impressed me, but after the shock results against Argentina (lost 2-1 to Saudi Arabia), Belgium (lost 2-0 to Morocco) and Germany (lost 2-1 to Japan), it is still wide open and any team can win it.”

Saidu Mustapha, a civil servant in Abuja, said Qatar 2022 should be a wake-up call for the Super Eagles.

“Nigeria must put its house in order and quickly too because the African teams at this World Cup have proved they will not be pushovers at the next AFCON,” he warned.

Peseiro – Eagles to win next AFCON

“(Jose) Peseiro has boasted Nigeria will win the next AFCON, but if we are not organised, don’t plan well and don’t get our best players to play for us, that will only be a tall dream.”

“This World Cup has shown that both the NFF and the players must be a lot more professional if Nigeria were to qualify for the next World Cup in USA, Canada and Mexico,” tasked sports journalist Ebuka Okechukwu.

“The bar has been raised and we must all step up our game if we want to get back to top reckoning.”

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‘Aboubakar believed he was offside’ – 1994 AFCON winner on Cameroon striker’s audacious chip :: All Nigeria Soccer

‘Aboubakar believed he was offside’ – 1994 AFCON winner on Cameroon striker’s audacious chip :: All Nigeria Soccer

‘Aboubakar believed he was offside’ – 1994 AFCON winner on Cameroon striker’s audacious chip 

1994 Africa Cup of Nations-winning striker Efan Ekoku has delivered his verdict on Vincent Aboubakar’s brilliant goal during the second half of Cameroon’s 3-3 draw with Serbia in a 2022 World Cup clash staged at the Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah on Monday afternoon.

 

In the 63rd minute, the Al Nassr star, who came on for the Indomitable Lions ten minutes into the second half, cheekily chipped the ball over Serbian goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic.

 

Aboubakar did not celebrate the goal initially because he expected to be flagged for offside but the goal was awarded following a VAR check,  

 

Three minutes later, Aboubakar was again in the thick of things, teeing up Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who slotted home to complete an impressive comeback. 

 

Speaking on commentary duty for the World Cup world feed, Ekoku highlighted that Aboubakar appeared from the naked eye to be offside in the build-up to his goal. 

 

The retired Super Eagles striker said :”That’s why the eyes can be deceiving. The feet of Nikola Milenkovic was keeping Vincent Aboubakar onside. What a finish that is. 

“That’s the final touch of a man who believes he was offside , that’s a training ground routine that you go for.”

 

Ekoku, 55, was a member of the Super Eagles squad to the 1994 World Cup but was a non-playing substitute in all the four matches the national team played in the United States.

 

 

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Spurs join Premier League race for Osimhen – Score Nigeria

Spurs join Premier League race for Osimhen – Score Nigeria

Tottenham Hotspur are the latest Premier League club to be linked with Victor Osimhen.

Manchester United, Newcastle United and Liverpool have long been linked with the Napoli striker.

Italian transfer reporter Enrico De Lellis has told Calciomercato that Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has urged the London club to sign Osimhen.

It’s hard to imagine Tottenham splashing a fortune on a new striker, unless England skipper Harry Kane is on his way out.

Osimhen supported another London club, Chelsea, as a boy because of his idol Didier Drogba.

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Super Eagles’ doors still open for new goalkeepers, says Shorunmu  | The Guardian Nigeria News

Super Eagles’ doors still open for new goalkeepers, says Shorunmu  | The Guardian Nigeria News

Banks on African teams to excel at Qatar 2022 World Cup

Super Eagles goalkeepers’ trainer, Ike Shorunmu, has disclosed that the national team is open to trying more goalkeepers, whether home-based or from overseas, in the quest to build a good team.

Shorunmu told The Guardian at the weekend that the Eagle’s goalkeeping department is still going through a revamping process through which only the best players will be finally chosen to play for the country.

He expressed his desire to create healthy competition among goalkeepers in the team without sentiments.

“We are looking inwards to get credible goalkeepers from the domestic league. As you can see, the Nigeria Professional Football League has not been active and we cannot assess the goalkeepers right now.

“So, Uzoho will still remain the first-choice goalkeeper till a better keeper is discovered from the NPFL or any other league.

“I have been an advocate of sourcing for keepers in the domestic scene and that vision still stands. The doors are still open for more keepers to compete in the national team,” he said.

Shorunmu also spoke on the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar, saying that the African teams need to raise their game if they must qualify for the next stage of the competition.

He, however, added that the Africans have equal chances of making a positive mark in the World Cup.

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England star Jack Grealish reveals what he told Bukayo Saka’s Nigerian dad:: All Nigeria Soccer

England star Jack Grealish reveals what he told Bukayo Saka’s Nigerian dad:: All Nigeria Soccer

Manchester City’s England star Jack Grealish has revealed the exchange he had with Bukayo Saka’s Nigerian dad in an interview with his former Aston Villa teammate Gabriel Agbonlahor, who also has Nigerian blood flowing in his veins. 

 

Grealish gave the lowdown on his Three Lions teammates who are competing at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. 

 

The Nigeria Football Federation were following the progress of Saka after he broke into the first team of Arsenal but he decided to stick with England whom he represented at youth level and went on to play a cap-tying game for his country of birth. 

 

The Arsenal winger is proud of his Nigerian heritage and in a show of generosity he recently paid for 120 Nigerian children to undergo life-changing surgeries. 

 

When asked about who he’d like to be with the most if he was stuck on a desert island with just a Boombox, Grealish told talkSPORT : “Saka is the best kid actually. I went up to his dad and told him ‘I love your son!’ He’s the nicest kid ever but he’s got a little bit of banter as well. He’s funny, man.

 

“He’s laid back but when he’s on the training pitch he’s on it. Off it he’s quite laid back and chilled.

 

“Do you know what, I’m going Saks. I don’t know about his music but he’d make me laugh.”

 

Bukayo Saka was the standout performer in England’s opening match of the 2022 World cup, netting a brace in a 6-2 rout of Iran on November 21.

 

 

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Gyan, Pam dominate Warri Effurun Peace Marathon | The Guardian Nigeria News

Gyan, Pam dominate Warri Effurun Peace Marathon | The Guardian Nigeria News

Emmanuel Gyan and his wife, Deborah Pam, On Saturday, won the male and female categories of the Warri Effurun Peace Marathon concluded at the Warri Township Stadium.

The outcome of the 10km race, which was flagged off by Apostle Dave Ackah-Haman of the Rainbow Christian Assembly, was a bit of a surprise for athletics officials present as race favourites, Ismael Sadjo and Joy Abiye-David, were outpaced.

More surprising was how Sadjo, who led from the start until about eight kilometres, was overtaken by Gyan, who had been on his trail zipped from the onset.

Gyan coasted home to finish at 30.38secs, Sadjo clocked 30.40secs and Paul James came third with 30.42secs.

“It is one of those things in sports, you will always have upsets. You can call it one of those Saudi Arabia v Argentina moments,” said Sadjo, who was actually wearing an Argentina jersey after the race.

In the women’s race, veteran Pam made a strong showing after two years break from athletics. She returned in 35.09 seconds, beating Hundung Gyan (36.41 seconds) to the second spot, Blessing Shambor was third with 36.43, while Abiye-David was fourth in 37.02 seconds.

Athletics Federation of Nigeria board member Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama was on hand to present the winning prizes to the athletes, promising that the race would be bigger and better next year.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Warri Effurun Peace Marathon praised the athletes for putting up a good show while urging them to train harder and post better times that will challenge world elite runners. 

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‘Very special’, ‘EPL worthy’, ‘Wonderful player’ – Nigerian fans laud Ghana match-winner Kudus:: All Nigeria Soccer

‘Very special’, ‘EPL worthy’, ‘Wonderful player’ – Nigerian fans laud Ghana match-winner Kudus:: All Nigeria Soccer

‘Very special’, ‘EPL worthy’, ‘Wonderful player’ – Nigerian fans laud Ghana match-winner Kudus

Ajax Amsterdam star Mohammed Kudus put in a heroic performance to earn the Black Stars of Ghana their first win at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. 

Ghana were 3-2 winners over South Korea in a Group H matchday two encounter played at the Education City Stadium on Monday afternoon.

Kudus was instrumental for Otto Addo’s men, scoring a brace in the dramatic win as he picked up the Man of The Match Award.

Mohammed Salisu put the West African nation ahead in the 24th minute with a left footed shot.

The lead was extended to two in the 34th minute after Kudus headed in a cross from Jordan Ayew.

South Korea then began to push for a comeback as Cho Gue-sung reduced the deficit in the 58th minute after combining with Lee Kang-in.

Cho Gue-sung went on to draw his side level just three minutes after scoring his first.

The party however got spoiled as Kudus got his second of the day in the 68th minute with a left footed strike.

The 22-year-old with his brace engraved his name in the book of history as he became the second youngest African player to score two goals in a World Cup match, after Ahmed Musa for Nigeria against Argentina in 2014.

 

 

 

Kudus has drawn the attention of Nigerians to himself with the historic performance despite being part of the Ghana squad that eliminated the Super Eagles  during the World Cup playoffs.

 

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Casemiro goal downs Switzerland to take Brazil into World Cup last 16 — Sport — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News

Casemiro goal downs Switzerland to take Brazil into World Cup last 16 — Sport — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News


A Brazil side lacking spark without the injured Neymar needed a late strike from Casemiro to edge out Switzerland 1-0 on Monday as the five-time winners secured their place in the World Cup last 16 with one game to spare.

The Brazilians had been frustrated by an obdurate Swiss side at Doha’s Stadium 974 and it looked as if they would have to settle for a point after a Vinicius Junior strike in the second half was disallowed for offside following a VAR check.

But then, with seven minutes remaining, Rodrygo flicked the ball onto Casemiro just inside the box and the Manchester United midfielder’s volley flew into the net with the help of a slight but significant deflection off Manuel Akanji.

Tite’s side is just the second team to qualify for the last 16 after France and the only side apart from the holders to have won both groups matches so far in Qatar.

Brazil’s forward #21 Rodrygo reacts to a missed chance during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group G football match between Brazil and Switzerland at Stadium 974 in Doha on November 28, 2022. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)

“The first aim was to qualify. That was really important in a group as difficult as ours,” the 30-year-old Casemiro told Brazilian broadcaster Sportv.

“We had to be patient against an experienced side who know how to play the game. It was always going to be decided by little details but we knew we would have plenty of possession and thankfully we managed to get the goal.”

With six points, Brazil will be tempted to rest players for their final Group G game against Cameroon on Friday, when a draw will secure the top spot.

Switzerland, meanwhile, failed to muster a shot on target but remain on course to qualify too, knowing a win against Serbia in their last game will take Murat Yakin’s side through and a draw may also suffice.

Switzerland’s midfielder #10 Granit Xhaka (center L) and Brazil’s forward #18 Gabriel Jesus look at the ball during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group G football match between Brazil and Switzerland at Stadium 974 in Doha on November 28, 2022. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

“We are competing against bigger teams. I think we have proven that time and time again,” said Yakin, who was missing one of his main creative sparks in Xherdan Shaqiri.

“We lacked a bit of courage going forward but there are a lot of good things to take from this.”

They have made a habit of making at least the first knockout round at major tournaments, while Brazil is in Qatar to win a sixth World Cup and nothing less will do.

The Selecao were always going to miss Neymar, although coach Tite has said he is confident the Paris Saint-Germain superstar will recover from his ankle injury to play a part again at the finals.

After the class of Richarlison made the difference in their opening win over Serbia, this was a reminder for the Brazilians of the strength in depth in the European game.

Four years ago, before losing to Belgium in the quarter-finals, they were also held by Switzerland in the group stage.

– Fred in for Neymar –
Yakin’s side, therefore, had no reason to fear Brazil, who introduced Manchester United midfielder Fred into their line-up in place of Neymar.

As a result, they were set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with Fred and Lucas Paqueta on either side of Casemiro, while Eder Militao stood in for the injured Danilo at right-back.

There were only flashes of what Brazil could do in a frustrating first half, with the loudest cheers from the masses of supporters in yellow and green coming when the big screen showed two-time World Cup-winning striker Ronaldo in the stands.

Vinicius had the best chance of the opening period when he connected with a Raphinha cross at the back post in the 27th minute, but Yann Sommer tipped his effort behind.

That Tite was not satisfied with Brazil’s first-half showing was clear when he hooked Paqueta at half-time and sent on Rodrygo.

The 21-year-old was involved when Brazil thought they had taken the lead just after the hour mark, helping gain possession before Casemiro released Vinicius to run through and score.

But the celebrations were cut shot as the goal was disallowed by VAR for offside against Richarlison.

Tite turned to his bench and sent on more attackers in Gabriel Jesus and Antony, but the goal finally arrived from less likely sources in Casemiro and Brazil saw out a deserved victory.

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Ex-Super Eagles star insists Song wrong to drop Onana; praises Aboubakar, Choupo-Moting:: All Nigeria Soccer

Ex-Super Eagles star insists Song wrong to drop Onana; praises Aboubakar, Choupo-Moting:: All Nigeria Soccer

Ex-Super Eagles star insists Song wrong to drop Onana; praises Aboubakar, Choupo-Moting

Former Super Eagles defender Ifeanyi Udeze has weighed in on the face off between Indomitable Lions head coach Rigobert Song and first choice goalkeeper André Onana before the Group G match between Cameroon and Serbia. 

 

Before the game that ended 3-3, news breaking from the camp of the Lions indicated that Inter Milan goalie Onana had been dropped for Monday’s game over his disagreement with his coach Song over team tactics. 

 

“I believe there must have been issue between Onana and the coach. Rigobert Song,” Udeze who was part of Nigeria’s 2002 FIFA World Cup squad said on Brila FM. 

 

“Song should have managed the situation. After the tournament, you may wish not to invite the player as the coach if you remain there or even as the FA President but not during the tournament. 

 

“When Jay-Jay Okocha was playing for the Super Eagles, if the coach felt he showboated a lot, he will be replaced but will still start the next game or be part of the game from the bench,” Udeze revealed. 

 

“Cameroon had the chance to score but they gave away this game. You can’t throw your best players out. The worse case scenario, you substitute the player. This is a tournament proper. 

 

“When Aliou Cissé’s Senegal lost to the Netherlands and he defended  his keeper, Mendy, he knew what he was doing. 

 

“Cisse knows how to manage players. He’s a good man manager. His keeper made a mistake but he defended him. And even Kalidou Koulibaly against the Netherlands. And the next game, they won. 

 

“Unless the behavior of the player is so bad, you have to know your man management. 

 

Udeze also heaped praise on the duo of Vincent Aboubakar and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting for their contributions in the comeback against the Serbians. 

 

” I’m happy they came back into the game and earned a draw. I thought they had lost it. 

 

“Vincent Aboubakar thought he was offside but VAR confirmed it was not offside. He’s very happy. At least he’s scored at the World Cup. 

 

“Choupo-Moting is an experienced player who knows how to position himself. If a player doesn’t have fitness, he must be intelligent enough to know when attack the ball.”

 

Cameroon will take on Brazil in their final group game at the Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail on Friday, December 2.

 

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