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    Azeez declares himself fit for Argentina

Azeez declares himself fit for Argentina

Almeria of Spain's young midfielder Ramon Azeez says he is fit and if chosen is ready for the Argentina match. "I play in Spain I have come up against Lionel Messi, Angel di Maria and a few of the other Spain-based contingent of the Argentine team so there is nothing for me to fear," he said. Azeez was one of the players [...]

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Queiroz happy with draw with Nigeria

Iran manager, Carlos Queiroz offered no apologies for his team’s negative tactics which earned them a 0-0 draw with the Super Eagles of Nigeria in their World Cup Group F encounter the country’s first point in four opening games. The less fancied Iranians even had the best chance in the grim showdown in Curitiba when Reza Ghoochannejhad forced a fine save [...]

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    Inside Nigeria’s camp … just before the Iran game

Inside Nigeria’s camp … just before the Iran game

The Super Eagles of Nigeria went on a walk a few hours to their World Cup opener against Iran.  Before they set out, a sizeable contingent of Iran fans gathered outside the Eagles’ hotel, singing loudly, perhaps to distract the players. But the Nigerians seemed to pay them little attention, until they embarked on a 20-minute walk and then returned to [...]

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    Victory against Nigeria vital, says Iran coach

Victory against Nigeria vital, says Iran coach

Oceano Cruz, Iran’s national team assistant coach, has predicted defeat for African champions, Nigeria, when both sides meet in their Group F opener at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil. The two teams square up at the Arena da Baixada, Curitiba, on June 16; and Oceano, an extremely important member of Iran’s coaching staff, has voiced his sentiments about the potentially decisive [...]

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    Amiesimaka: Eagles’ problem psychological

Amiesimaka: Eagles’ problem psychological

The technical crew of the Super Eagles must work on the psyche of the players to instill a winning mentality in them ahead of the World Cup in Brazil, former Green Eagles winger, Adokiye Amiesimaka, said on Monday. The 1980 Africa Cup of Nations winner said that the players should be positively disposed to their chances of a successful campaign at the tournament. “What I [...]

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    Keshi ready for tough US test

Keshi ready for tough US test

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, says his team will do their best against Team USA in Saturday night's final pre-World Cup game, after admitting that the end of the club season has left his players struggling to for fitness. Speaking before training at EverBank stadium in Jacksonville, the Big Boss knows he’s running out of time to put the team in top [...]

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Keshi to be patient with injured player

Super Eagles’defender, Elderson Echiejile, has injury worries barely ten days to Nigeria’s first World Cup match against Iran in Curitiba, Brazil. Echiejile picked up the injury in the 0-0 draw with Greece early in the week and will miss Saturday's friendly against USA in Florida en route Brazil. Now, Coach Stephen Keshi can’t afford not to go to Brazil without his [...]

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    Eagles ‘will fly in Brazil’ despite winless friendly games

Eagles ‘will fly in Brazil’ despite winless friendly games

Atlanta 1996 Olympics gold medalist, Emmanuel Babayaro, on Thursday said that the Super Eagles would progress beyond the World Cup group stage, despite the outcome of their friendly matches . The team drew their last three games against Mexico (0-0), Scotland (2-2) and Greece (0-0), but Babayaro has implored Nigerians to be unruffled by the results, saying that warm-up matches are [...]

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    Boko Haram ‘indirectly’ affecting Eagles Brazil plans

Boko Haram ‘indirectly’ affecting Eagles Brazil plans

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has revealed that insecurity in some part of Nigeria, particularly in the North-East, affects the focus of his players. Midfielder Ogenyi Onazi once recalled how he was 15 minutes away from being consumed by twin blasts that killed more than 200 people in Jos, Plateau State; while defender Efe Ambrose, who is from the northern city [...]

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    Nigeria’s opponent, Iran, second to arrive Brazil

Nigeria’s opponent, Iran, second to arrive Brazil

The Super Eagles of Nigeria's Group F opponents, Iran, were the second country to arrive Brazil for the global showpiece kicking off next week. According to a FIFA statement on Wednesday, Iran landed at the Sao Paulo International Airport, Brazil, at 4:10p.m. on Tuesday. Australia, the first of the 32 teams to land in Brazil , had arrived last week. Upon arrival in Sao Paulo, Iran [...]

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    Ambrose hopes World Cup will bring back Chibok girls

Ambrose hopes World Cup will bring back Chibok girls

Super Eagles defender, Efe Ambrose, hopes Nigeria’s World Cup campaign will lead to the return of nearly 276 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by terrorists. The 25-year-old, who joined Celtic from Israeli side Ashdod in 2012, believes the African nation’s passion for football can help bring peace and stability to his homeland. The world was shocked when Boko Haram abducted the girls from [...]

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    Wenger: Eagles’ ‘team spirit’ will take them to second round

Wenger: Eagles’ ‘team spirit’ will take them to second round

Arsene Wenger has tipped Nigeria to reach the second round of the World Cup, alongside Argentina in Group F. The Arsenal manager, one of the most respected voices in world football, expects the Super Eagles to join La Albiceleste into the knockout stage because of the team's spirit. Wenger expects Argentina to win the group, which also has Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina. “I think that [...]

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NFF release World Cup itinerary

The Nigeria Football Federation has perfected all arrangements that have to do with the Super Eagles’ run-in to the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals, according to Nigeria football spokesman Ademola Olajire. Olajire said in London on Wednesday that logistics for all friendly matches, hotel accommodation, international flights, local flights, movements to and from airports and hotels, feeding and conducive environments have [...]

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    Iran striker looking forward to Nigeria-Scotland clash

Iran striker looking forward to Nigeria-Scotland clash

One player who will be paying close attention when the Super Eagles of Nigeria take on Scotland at Craven Cottage next Wednesday is Fulham forward, Ashkan Dejagah. Iran kick off their 2014 World Cup Group F opener against the current Africa Cup of Nations champions, and Dejagah is looking forward to seeing what they have to offer in SW6 on Wednesday May [...]

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    Odemwingie ‘looking forward’ to World Cup

Odemwingie ‘looking forward’ to World Cup

Surprise inclusion in Stephen Keshi’s provisional list for 2014 World Cup, Osaze Odemwingie, has expressed delight that his international football exile is finally over. The 32 year-old striker has had a topsy-turvy relationship with Nigeria's football management, but he has mended broken bridges with them and can now look forward to facing Stoke City colleague Asmir Begovic when they play Bosnia in [...]

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