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    World Cup: Marcos Rojo talks Nigeria-Argentina clash

World Cup: Marcos Rojo talks Nigeria-Argentina clash

Argentine footballer Marcos Rojo says none of the games in the group stage of the World Cup will be easy. The Manchester United star will most likely be fielded when his country takes on Nigeria, Croatia and Iceland in group D. Nigeria have faced Argentina in four World Cups but the South American country prevailed in all those encounters. The Super Eagles have [...]

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    World Cup Special: Meet the 23 ‘anointed’ Eagles flying to Russia

World Cup Special: Meet the 23 ‘anointed’ Eagles flying to Russia

From 30 to 25, and now, we have Gernot Rohr's final World Cup squad comprising 23 players. TheCable takes a look at the anointed soldiers heading to Russia to fight for Nigeria. GOALKEEPERS Francis Uzoho (19, Deportivo La Coruna) Five caps The former Golden Eaglets reserve goalie made his Eagles debut in a 4-2 win over Argentina in November 2017. He is expected to [...]

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    Super Eagles World Cup jersey numbers unveiled

Super Eagles World Cup jersey numbers unveiled

Ten days ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the jersey numbers of Gernot Rohr's 23-man squad have been unveiled. The squad numbers were revealed by the Super Eagles Twitter handle on Monday with a bland music at the background of the video. Captain John Mikel Obi will retain number 10, Victor Moses is number 11, Odion Ighalo is 9 while Kelechi [...]

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    Nwankwo Kanu robbed of N4m at Russian airport

Nwankwo Kanu robbed of N4m at Russian airport

Nwankwo Kanu, Nigeria football legend, has reportedly lost $11,000 (N4 million) cash kept inside his suitcase in Moscow, capital of Russia. The Nigerian star had arrived Moscow from London. Confirming the incident, Russian police said two loaders at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport were the primary suspects. Kanu reported the money missing when he reached Kaliningrad, where featured in a World Cup curtain raiser game organised [...]

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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=21 See 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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