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    Super Eagles arrive Austria for final pre-World Cup friendly

Super Eagles arrive Austria for final pre-World Cup friendly

The Super Eagles have arrived in Austria for the final phase of their preparation for the World Cup.The Nigerian delegation, led by Shehu Dikko, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) second vice president, settled in at Avita Resort, Bad Tatzmannsdorf, on Sunday.The Austrian embassy in Nigeria had last week denied entry visas to Nnaemeka Anozie, lead physiotherapist, and Chidi Ngoka, equipment manager, thereby [...]

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    Ola Aina, Mikel Agu dropped as Rohr prunes World Cup squad to 23

Ola Aina, Mikel Agu dropped as Rohr prunes World Cup squad to 23

Mikel Agu and Ola Aina have been dropped from the Super Eagles World Cup squad.The final World Cup squad list was unveiled on Sunday as the team heads to Austria to take on the Czech Republic in a friendly match.The Super Eagles will face Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in the group stage of the World Cup.https://twitter.com/thenff/status/1003206539992293376?s=21See the 23-man squad below:Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu [...]

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England Vs Nigeria: Six things we learnt in Eagles 1-2 loss to Three Lions

Nigeria fell 2-1 to England for the second time in 22 years after their meeting at Wembley Stadium on Saturday in an international friendly.Both teams were looking to assess their charges ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.The Three Lions settled quickly and started to look for chances to score.The opening came to them in the 7th minute [...]

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    Mikel talks England friendly: Why we didn’t play well in first half

Mikel talks England friendly: Why we didn’t play well in first half

In the aftermath of the Super Eagles' 1-2 loss to England, captain John Mikel Obi has analysed his team's performance.Mikel said the team was lacklustre in the first half, partly attributing it to the defensive formation of the English side.He said the Eagles "played five at the back as well" in the second half, hence, the improved performance."In the first half [...]

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    Super Eagles need Ndidi, says Rohr after England friendly

Super Eagles need Ndidi, says Rohr after England friendly

Gernot Rohr, Super Eagles coach, says the team needs the presence of Wilfred Ndidi in midfield.Rohr said he is hopeful that the Leicester City player will be ready for the next warm-up game against the Czech Republic on Wednesday.Ndidi has been nursing a hamstring injury and has not featured in any of the Eagles' World Cup preparatory matches."We need him [...]

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    Iwobi scores but England beat Nigeria in World Cup warm-up

Iwobi scores but England beat Nigeria in World Cup warm-up

The Super Eagles lost 2-1 to the Three Lions in a pre-World Cup game at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday.Dele Alli, a player of Nigerian descent, was showered with boos every time he touched the ball while Iwobi, another player who had the option of playing for Nigeria and England, scored in the international friendly.Gary Cahill's stunning header gave Gareth Southgate's [...]

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    Carl Ikeme ‘devastated’ to miss World Cup

Carl Ikeme ‘devastated’ to miss World Cup

Carl Ikeme says he is devastated that he won't be a part of the Super Eagles contingent to the World Cup.The goalkeeper took to Twitter to vent his frustration and to also wish the Super Eagles good luck as the team continues preparation towards the tournament in Russia.The Wolverhampton Wanderers player did not play a game in the 2017/18 season [...]

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    England vs Nigeria: Talking points, key battle and possible lineups

England vs Nigeria: Talking points, key battle and possible lineups

The Super Eagles and the Three Lions will battle for bragging rights at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday.It will be the Eagles' penultimate friendly match before heading to Russia for the World Cup.The Nigerian team was average against DR Congo on Monday; a match where Gernot Rohr paired Joel Obi and Oghenekaro Etebo in central midfield and utilised Tyrone [...]

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    Ighalo: If I don’t score goals at World Cup, others will

Ighalo: If I don’t score goals at World Cup, others will

Odion Ighalo, Super Eagles striker, says he is not under pressure to score goals at the World Cup.The Changchun Yatai player said any member of the team can provide the goals, noting that the Eagles operate as a unit.Ighalo said his main objective is to contribute to the team's success in Russia."I am not under pressure because it's a teamwork [...]

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    Amunike joins World Cup technical study group

Amunike joins World Cup technical study group

Emmanuel Amuneke, former Super Eagles player, has been appointed into the FIFA technical study group for the World Cup.Amunike will join Carlos Alberto Parreira, Bora Milutinović, Alessandro Nesta, Andy Roxburgh and Marco van Basten in the group.The group will be headed by Parreira, a FIFA World Cup-winning coach, who, along with Milutinović, holds the record for coaching the highest number of [...]

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    World Cup: Super Eagles physiotherapist, kitman denied Austrian visas

World Cup: Super Eagles physiotherapist, kitman denied Austrian visas

The Austrian embassy in Nigeria has denied two key staff of the Super Eagles entry visas.The officials affected are to accompany the team for the final pre-World Cup camping programme billed to begin on Sunday.The Eagles will camp in Austria before flying to Yessentuki, the team base at the World Cup, on June 11.Dayo Enebi Achor, Super Eagles team administrator, [...]

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    Nwankwo: I’m not obsessed with making final World Cup squad

Nwankwo: I’m not obsessed with making final World Cup squad

Simeon Nwankwo, Super Eagles debutant, says he is not obsessed with going to the World Cup.The striker said he is not worried by the pressure of securing an inclusion in the final 23-man squad."It's not an obsession for me. The only thing I have to control is that I have to focus on playing, in training, I have to be focused [...]

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    Rohr drops Lokosa, Ajiboye, Agbo as he trims World Cup squad

Rohr drops Lokosa, Ajiboye, Agbo as he trims World Cup squad

Gernot Rohr, Super Eagles head coach, has dropped five players from his initial 30-man World Cup squad.Junior Lokosa, who has scored 18 goals for Kano Pillars this season, is one of those dropped from the squad.Others are injured KAA Gent winger Moses Simon, Stephen Eze, Uche Agbo and goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye.The Super Eagles are in group D alongside Croatia, Iceland and [...]

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    ‘Deny him space’ — Ighalo outlines best way to stop Messi

‘Deny him space’ — Ighalo outlines best way to stop Messi

Odion Ighalo, Super Eagles striker, says the most effective way to neutralise Argentina's Lionel Messi is to deny him space to operate.Ighalo said it is "near impossible" to stop the Barcelona playmaker from expressing himself on the pitch."Get as close as possible, don't give him too much space to operate," Ighalo told TheCable."He is a great player, it's near impossible [...]

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    Buhari to host Super Eagles on Wednesday

Buhari to host Super Eagles on Wednesday

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Wednesday host the World Cup-bound Super Eagles at the presidential villa, Abuja.According to a statement made available to TheCable by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the Eagles will be hosted by the president before the weekly federal executive council meeting.The statement read: "Solomon Dalung, minister of youth and sports, will present the country’s ambassadors to President [...]

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    Our goal was not to defeat Nigeria, says DR Congo coach

Our goal was not to defeat Nigeria, says DR Congo coach

Florent Ibenge, head coach of DR Congo, says his team "did not come to win" the Super Eagles in the international friendly played on Monday.According to Ibenge, the friendly which ended 1-1 was to help the Nigerian team prepare for the World Cup.Ibenge disclosed this to NAN on Monday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, Rivers."We did not [...]

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