How Nigeria moved from 45th to 33rd position in FIFA World Rankings.

Nigeria have moved up to 33rd place in the Fifa World Rankings released on Thursday for the month of July.

On the back of their bronze-winning feat in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the Super Eagles climbed 12 places from their 45th position in June, accruing 1481 points.

After finishing second in the group stage, Gernot Rohr’s men edged out five-time African champions Cameroon in the Round of 16 and went on to defeat 1996 champions South Africa in the quarter-final.

The three-time African champions, after losing to Algeria in the semi-final, clinch a narrow 1-0 victory over Tunisia in the third/fourth-place playoff to claim their eighth bronze medal in the tournament.

The Super Eagles, however, remain third in Africa behind Senegal (20th), who won the silver medal in the continental tournament in Egypt and Tunisia (29th), who finished fourth in the competition.

Reigning African Champions Algeria moved up 28 places to 40th position and fourth in Africa while Morocco (41st) are placed fifth.

Belgium remain the top-ranked team in the world while reigning South American champions, Brazil are second and France third.

 

 

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Nwankwo Kanu hailed Nigerians for their support as Super Eagles slid into semi final of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON.

Nigeria and Arsenal legend, Nwankwo Kanu has hailed Nigerians for their support as Super Eagles slid into semi final of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON.

Kanu, who had earlier expressed confidence that Gernot Rohr’s men would beat the Bafana Bafana at the Cairo International Stadium, congratulated Super Eagles on their victory against South Africa on Wednesday night.

Samuel Chukwueze gave Super Eagles a 1-0 lead at the break after an assist from Alex Iwobi.

However, South Africa levelled in the second half, thanks to Video Assistant Referee (VAR) decision.

With the match looking to head into extra time, William Troost-Ekong forced the ball over the line in the final minute of play.

The 42-year-old, in a video posted on his official Twitter page on Wednesday, wrote:

“Incredible support from Nigeria Super Eagles fans. Another fantastic win well done boys.

“The boys gave it a great teamwork effort and push. We are all proud. Nigeria officially through to the #caf2019 semifinals. We thank God.”

The victory over South Africa means Nigeria will now play the winner between Ivory Coast and Algeria in the semi-final on Sunday.

Incredible support from @ng_supereagles fans. Another fantastic win well done boys.The boys gave it a great teamwork effort and push. We are all proud. Nigeria officially through to the #caf2019 semifinals. We thank God.
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Nigeria Vs South Africa: How Kanu Nwankwo reacted to Super Eagles 2-1 AFCON victory [VIDEO]

“We are very happy we won this game against them–William Troost Ekong

Super Eagles defender, William Troost-Ekong, has blamed himself for the first goal Nigeria conceived against South Africa at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nation, AFCON, quarter-final encounter on Wednesday night.

He also identified Gernot Rohr’s side as the favourite team to win this year’s AFCON after dumping South Africa out from the competition with a 2-1 victory.

The 25-year-old, who scored the winning goal against South Africa, noted that before the quarter-final, it was the host nation, Egypt that were favourite to win the AFCON but the Bafana Bafana defeated them last weekend.

“Before the game we showed South Africa a lot of respect because they are a good team,” Troost-Ekong told SuperSport.

“We played them last year in the qualification and they won us at home and we drew at their home.

“We are very happy we won this game against them. And I am happy to have scored the winning goal after the mistake I made in the goal we conceived against them during the second half.

“We have a very good team to win the AFCON and before the quarter final everybody were talking about Egypt as the favourite to win this year’s AFCON and South Africa beat them and after that they became favourite and now we have beaten South Africa.”

 

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How Nigeria ousted holders and bitter rivals Cameroon from Nations Cup.

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (Reuters) – Nigeria ousted holders and bitter rivals Cameroon from the Africa Cup of Nations as they scored twice in three minutes to come from behind and win a thrilling last-16 match 3-2 on Saturday.
Odion Ighalo gave Nigeria a 19th-minute lead but Cameroon hit back with two goals in quick succession before halftime from Stephane Bahoken and Clinton Njie to take a 2-1 lead.
Ighalo levelled again for Nigeria in the 63rd minute amid suspicions of offside before Alex Iwobi snatched the winner for the jubilant Super Eagles three minutes later.

 

The win earned Nigeria a quarter-final against hosts Egypt or South Africa who were meeting later on Saturday.

 

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How injury will prevent Mikel Obi from Cameroon ties today.

Super Eagles gaffer Gernot Rohr has confirmed his wards’ readiness to face Cameroon in the round of 16 encounter at the ongoing 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Nigeria will go into this game against the reigning champions of Africa without their captain Mikel Obi who is currently injured.

Cameroon have not beaten Nigeria in any competition since 2000 when they claimed one of their five Africa Cup of Nations trophies with a penalty shootout victory in the final.

The Indomitable Lions have beaten Nigeria four times in 22 previous meetings, but remarkably three of those wins have come in the final of this competition.

Recently, Nigeria have won four and lost none of the last five contests, including a 5-1 aggregate triumph to seal their place at the 2018 World Cup.

Gernot Rohr has now explained that all his players were superb in training and are prepared for penalties should the full time ends goalless.

”All the players made their penalties in training yesterday, but match is sometimes different. We hope we can win in 90 minutes or 120 minutes

”Good news on Jamilu Collins. He can play now but I don’t know if he can start. Mikel not able to play. Shehu is training now but not ready yet also,” Rohr told reporters at the media conference.

 

Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel sealed a two year deal with Turkish League giants Trabzonspor as a free agent.

The Nigerian captain, who is currently with the country’s national team has an option to renew his contract with another one year depending on his performance at the club.

 

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How Buhari released AFCON Money to Super Eagles.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed receiving part of the money approved by the Federal Government for participation of some national teams in international competitions, including the Super Eagles’ participation at the ongoing 32nd Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

NFF’s Acting President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi (in the absence of the board’s President, Amaju Pinnick, who is fully involved with organisation of AFCON), said the federation received part of the money yesterday morning, and immediately launched the process to convert same to American dollars to pay the players their only outstanding entitlement – the win bonus for the match against Burundi in Alexandria, last Saturday– and for subsequent matches.

“We want to specially thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his keen interest in resolving this matter quickly, which has enabled us to receive part of the money in record time. We have immediately started the process of converting the money to American dollars at the Central Bank, in order to pay the players the bonus for the win over Burundi three days ago, as well as plan for subsequent games,” Akinwunmi said in a statement, yesterday.

He added that on Monday, the NFF had transferred to the players and their officials allowances up to the last day of the group phase matches at the AFCON 2019, as well as the appearance fee for the friendly against Zimbabwe in Asaba on June 8.

 

“We have paid the monies through our funds managers, Financial Derivatives Company, on Monday, June 24, 2019. The only issue we had was some players did not send their bank accounts and, instead, authorised the bank to pay their monies to some other individuals. The bank requested clear authorisation for this to happen.

“I was on a telephone discussion with the captain of the team, Mikel Obi, this morning and can safely say that all clarifications have been made, and the usual cordial relationship and understanding between the players and we the administrators is still intact. I have challenged them to go all out and win the trophy, assuring them that their monies all the way to the final is guaranteed. It is now for the players to focus on the championship and deliver glory to the nation. I have no doubt of their ability to do that.”

Akinwunmi also specially commended the maturity of the team and its leaders, including skipper Mikel John Obi and for their unflinching focus on the job at hand which is winning the AFCON Trophy.

 

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How Super Eagles beats Guinea without Mikel Obi.

Super Eagles on Wednesday defeated defeated Guinea in Egypt, to become the first team to qualify for the second round knockout stage at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON 2019. The only goal of the march was scored by kenneth omeruo in the second half.

 

The only goal of the march was scored by kenneth omeruo in the second half.

 

 

 

Striker Ighalo has also replaced Paul Onachu in the game that is ongoing in Alexandria.

 

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What a massive bonus ahead of Super Eagles Players in AFCON 2019.

The Super Eagles players are on a massive $95,000 bonus each to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, Sports Extra reports.
The Eagles are already guaranteed $10,000 for their 1-0 win over Burundi on Saturday. They are also guaranteed $20,000 if they win their remaining Group B matches against Guinea and Madagascar.

The players will receive $12,500 should they record another win in the round of 16.

Gernot Rohr’s men will get $15,000 and $17,500 respectively for victories in the quarter-final and the semi-final, while a win in the final will see the three-time AFCON winners earn a $20,000 match bonus each.

 

“Group stage wins: $10k; Round of 16: $12.5k; QF: $15k; SF: $17.5k. And if they win the final: $20k. So, each player would earn $95,000 for winning AFCON2019,” a member of the Nigeria Football Federation’s Reforms Committee, Osasu Obayiuwana, disclosed.

He added that Rohr would earn twice the amount of what his players get, while goalkeepers trainer and assistant coach Alloy Agu and Imama Amapakabo will receive 75 per cent of what Rohr gets. The backroom staff are entitled to 75 per cent of what the players earn.

The Eagles take on the Syli Nationale of Guinea in their next Group B match on Wednesday, at the Alexandria stadium.

 

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How skillful pass from Ahmed Musa to Ighalo saved the Eagles from the grip of the sprinting Squirrels of Burundi.

Underdogs had a big day at the African Cup of Nations in Egypt as Uganda won on its return to the tournament after 41 years and Madagascar held Guinea to a draw on its debut on Saturday.

Burundi, another African Cup first-timer, pushed mighty Nigeria all the way.

Uganda beat two-time champion Congo 2-0 in Cairo to start the second day of action. Both goals came through headers from set-pieces, with Patrick Kaddu scoring from a corner in the 14th minute and Emmanuel Okwi heading in a free kick early in the second half.

That put Uganda top of Group A on goals scored ahead of Mohamed Salah and Egypt, who won the opening game against Zimbabwe on Friday.

Uganda last played at the African Cup in the late 1970s. After winning on Saturday the players probably didn’t mind that their long-awaited return came at a near empty Cairo International Stadium, an illustration of the African Cup’s perennial problem with fan attendance when the home team isn’t playing.

In Alexandria, Nigeria needed Odion Ighalo’s late winner four minutes after he came on as a substitute to deny Burundi on its debut.

Ighalo pounced on his first chance. The forward slipped in behind the Burundi defense after a backheeled pass by Ola Aina and stroked a right foot shot across the goalkeeper and into the far corner.

Three-time champion Nigeria deserved the win on the second half evidence, but not on the first 45 minutes.

Then, Burundi was the more adventurous team on the biggest day in its soccer history.

Cedric Amissi controlled a long pass superbly but had his shot blocked by Nigeria keeper Daniel Akpeyi. Akpeyi struggled to keep out a powerful long-range free kick by Gael Bigirimana and Frederic Nsabiyumva hit the crossbar with a header.

Nigeria, one of the favorites for the title alongside Egypt and Senegal, ultimately prevailed over the tenacious newcomers after some second-half substitutions injected life into the team.

“It was a very difficult game,” Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel said. “It was tough. We knew that they are a tough team. They can run and run and run.”

Nigeria tops Group B ahead of Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi.

Madagascar also made its African Cup debut straight after in a double-header at Alexandria Stadium on the Mediterranean coast.

Sory Kaba gave Guinea the lead after running onto a long pass, pushing the ball past goalkeeper Melvin Adrien, and swerving past him to score in an empty net.

Madagascar responded twice in six minutes in the second half. Anicet Andrianantenaina headed in unmarked from a corner. Guinea’s defense stood waiting for the offside flag when Carolus Andriamahitsinoro scored from nothing for 2-1.

Guinea won a penalty, converted by Francois Kamano, to get a draw. Midfielder Naby Keita came on in the second half to make his return from injury and couldn’t connect with a cross in injury time that would have won it for Guinea.

Guinea coach Paul Put said his team gave away two “stupid goals.”

“I hope it’s a lesson for the players,” he said.

Nigeria clicked in the second half against Burundi after Ahmed Musa and later Oghalo came off the bench to lift a team that had struggled in the buildup with a number of players struck down with illness.

Coach Gernot Rohr said “half the team” had a fever this week and couldn’t train properly. Nigeria also said winger Samuel Kalu was recovering and had been released from the hospital after he collapsed at training on Friday with dehydration.

This African Cup has been switched from its regular January-February slot to June and July so it doesn’t clash with any European leagues. But that’s landed it in the middle of Egypt’s sweltering summer. Organizers warned teams that temperatures will rise to 34-38 degrees Celsius (93-100 F) and games will allow for two water breaks during play, in the 30th and 75th minutes.

 

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How FIFA placed Nigeria at 45th position.

Nigeria dropped three places to 45th spot in the latest global rankings released by the International Federation of Association Football (Fifa).

Friday’s announcement came as a blow to the Super Eagles who moved up four places in the previous standings back in April.

During the period in review, Gernot Rohr’s men were involved in a friendly match against Zimbabwe as part of their preparations for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) but it ended in a goalless draw in Asaba.

Nigeria join Guinea, DR Congo, Lesotho and Seychelles as the African teams with the biggest drop in ranks in the standings.

 

Despite the global difference, they remain the third best team in Africa behind first-placed Senegal [22] and Tunisia [25] in second.

Morocco [47], DR Congo [49], Ghana [50], Cameroon [51], Egypt [58], Burkina Faso [59] and Mali [62] make up the other top 10 teams in the continent.

Nigeria will be aiming for greater heights in the next Fifa ranking scheduled for July 25 with their performances at the Africa Cup of Nations will be included.

The three-time African champions have been placed in Group B of the tournament with Guinea, Burundi and Madagascar.

 

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MLST SPORT:Nigeria Super Eagles arrive in Russia,fashionable and focussed

The arrival of Nigeria’s national football team at Mineralnye Vody International Airport in the city of Mineralnye Vody, Stavropol Territory, Russia, ahead of FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

 

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