Tag "2018 FIFA World Cup"

    INTERVIEW: Some fans threatened to kill me after the World Cup, says Ighalo

INTERVIEW: Some fans threatened to kill me after the World Cup, says Ighalo

If the Super Eagles qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), Odion Ighalo will earn special praise for his hat-trick and brace in two consecutive games against Libya.After coming under immense criticism over his below-par World Cup performance, the Super Eagles striker is back to his best as the team's top attacker.His goals have boosted the chances of [...]

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    Missing World Cup was the hardest thing for me to deal with, says Ikeme

Missing World Cup was the hardest thing for me to deal with, says Ikeme

Carl Ikeme, former Super Eagles goalkeeper, says it was painful to miss the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Ikeme, who was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July 2017, told BBC that his inability to join the Super Eagles in Russia affected him psychologically.The former Wolverhampton Wanderers shot-stopper said he's looking forward to being involved with the team in a coaching capacity, noting that he has "unfinished business [...]

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    Nigeria’s football jersey shortlisted for Beazley designs of the year award

Nigeria’s football jersey shortlisted for Beazley designs of the year award

London’s Design Museum has shortlisted the Super Eagles' jersey, launched at the World Cup, for the Beazley designs of the year award.The award is one of the most prestigious honours in the world of design.The green and black wavy jersey was nominated alongside work by Gucci, Burberry, and the costumes from Black Panther.The Super Eagles had a below-par performance in [...]

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    Egypt’s El-Hadary, 45, retires from international football

Egypt’s El-Hadary, 45, retires from international football

Essam El Hadary has retired from international football at the age of 45.The Egyptian football legend was handed his debut in 1996 and went on to play in 159 matches in a career that spanned over two decades.El-Hadary made history at the 2018 World Cup in Russia as he became the oldest player to feature in the mundial.He was in [...]

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    Carl Ikeme retires from football

Carl Ikeme retires from football

Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has announced his retirement from football.Ikeme was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July 2017. Last month, the Nigerian shot-stopper announced that he was in remission.The 32-year-old has been with Wolves throughout his career, making more than 200 appearances for the club.Jeff Shi, Wolves executive chairman, said: "Having been at the club since the age of 14, [...]

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    France’s Pavard beats Musa to World Cup best goal award

France’s Pavard beats Musa to World Cup best goal award

Benjamin Pavard’s stunning strike for France in the 4-3 defeat of Argentina has been voted the best goal of the 2018 World Cup.Pavard's effort beat Ahmed Musa's second goal for Nigeria in the group stage game against Iceland.Over three million FIFA.com users voted in the poll which saw Pavard become the first European player to win the goal of the [...]

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    Ozil quits international football over ‘racism, disrespect’ from German DFB

Ozil quits international football over ‘racism, disrespect’ from German DFB

Mesut Ozil has announced his retirement from international football with immediate effect due to "racism and disrespect" he has suffered.The German midfielder was made the scapegoat for Germany’s shambolic performance at the just-concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.The 29-year-old was criticised for meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the World Cup.He was slammed for his performances in [...]

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    Leicester City ‘reject £12m bid’ for Musa

Leicester City ‘reject £12m bid’ for Musa

A £12 million bid for Ahmed Musa, Super Eagles striker, by Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr has been rejected by Leicester City.According to Sky Sports, Leicester are keen on recouping majority of what was paid to sign the Nigerian from CSKA Moscow.Musa joined The Foxes in July 2016 for a then club record fee of £16.6m and has only made 21 Premier [...]

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    Winning World Cup is a gift from God to France, says Pogba

Winning World Cup is a gift from God to France, says Pogba

French superstar Paul Pogba says his country's 2018 World Cup win is a gift from God.The Manchester United midfielder said it had always been his childhood dream to win football's biggest tournament."I still can't believe it. It's like I am dreaming," Pogba told TheCable before departing from Russia."It's unbelievable that we are world champions."I don't know if it's a premonition [...]

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    Musa’s second goal vs Iceland shortlisted for Goal of the Tournament

Musa’s second goal vs Iceland shortlisted for Goal of the Tournament

Ahmed Musa's second goal against Iceland at the 2018 FIFA World Cup has been shortlisted for the Goal of the Tournament award.According to FIFA, Musa's spectacular strike is one of the 18 goals shortlisted out of the 169 in Russia.He scored the classy goal scored in the 75th minute from a controlled cross from Victor Moses.It was an individual great [...]

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We surpassed Croatia’s 1998 FIFA World Cup achievement, says Subasic

Danijel Subasic, Croatia's goalkeeper who had a very impressive tournament is very happy with his team's achievements in spite of losing to France in the final.Subasic told TheCable that the team was closed to making history if they had won the tournament.He however refused to comment on the controversial penalty kick that most believed changed the game."We surpassed Davor Suker's [...]

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We lost the World Cup final but we are winners, says Suker

Croatian football idol, Davor Suker has stated that he is not disappointed that country lost to France in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final.Suker, who pioneered Croatia's exemplary performance took his country to the semi final at the 1998 World Cup in France told TheCable he preferred to look at the brighter side.The Croatian football federation president said his side [...]

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    Mikel: I was told about my father’s abduction hours before Argentina game

Mikel: I was told about my father’s abduction hours before Argentina game

Super Eagles skipper Mikel Obi says he was informed of his father's abduction a few hours before Nigeria played Argentina in a World Cup group game.Pa Michael Obi, Mikel's father, was rescued on Monday after being kidnapped for the second time in seven years.The police had said Pa Obi and his driver, John Ishaya, were abducted on Makurdi-Enugu Road on [...]

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    SHOCKER: Filmmaker says ‘you can’t make it in Nollywood if you’re not a prostitute’

SHOCKER: Filmmaker says ‘you can’t make it in Nollywood if you’re not a prostitute’

Pascal Atuma, an actor and movie director, says one has to be "a prostitute or semi-prostitute" to be successful in the Nigerian movie industry. [...]

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Eagles out to take advantage in ‘Group of Death’ on Saturday?

The battle of the Blades and Eagles takes place at the Kaliningrad Stadium as Croatia and Nigeria look to take an early advantage in Group D which could well turn out to be the real “Group of Death.” If you delve a little deeper, the two sides have quality in depth and enough top class players to shine on the biggest [...]

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What Super Eagles should improve on against Croatia

Nigeria's bid to escape the very tricky FIFA World Cup 2018 Group D will take a huge step if they defeat Croatia at the Kaliningrad Stadium on Saturday.It is easy to see why Croatia are the favourites. Nigeria have scored just five times in their last eight games and have a poor record at World Cups.Since France 1998, the Super [...]

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