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    Nigeria vs Libya: Aina starts as Rohr sticks with usual suspects

Nigeria vs Libya: Aina starts as Rohr sticks with usual suspects

Super Eagles gaffer Gernot Rohr has stuck with his winning team for the second leg of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Libya.Hat-trick hero, Odion Ighalo, and Alex Iwobi will lead the attack just as they did in the 4-0 drubbing of the North Africans in the first game in Nigeria.Similarly, Ahmed Musa will man the left flank of attack, [...]

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    Libya game will be the toughest for Super Eagles, says Etebo

Libya game will be the toughest for Super Eagles, says Etebo

Oghenekaro Etebo, Super Eagles midfielder, says the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) match against Libya will be the toughest for the team so far.The Stoke midfielder told TheCable that in spite of Libya's loss to Nigeria on Saturday, it will be detrimental to take the North Africans for granted."I think this game is the most important game for us and [...]

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    Ighalo’s hat-trick a perfect response to his critics, says Rohr

Ighalo’s hat-trick a perfect response to his critics, says Rohr

Gernot Rohr, Super Eagles coach, says Odion Ighalo's hat-trick against Libya is the perfect answer to his critics.The Changchun Yatai striker had come under heavy criticism following his below-par performance at the World Cup.But Rohr has continued to invite him for national team engagements.Speaking with TheCable after the Super Eagles thrashed Libya 4-0, Rohr said: "Two days ago one of you [...]

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    Ighalo’s hat-trick helps Nigeria secure emphatic win over Libya

Ighalo’s hat-trick helps Nigeria secure emphatic win over Libya

Odion Ighalo scored a hat-trick as Nigeria defeated Libya 4-0 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium on Saturday.In the early kick-off, South Africa thrashed Seychelles 6-0 in a one-sided affair.Nigeria and Libya were left with no choice but to pick up maximum points in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.The three-time African champions scored their first goal through Odion Ighalo who dispatched his strike [...]

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    Shehu, Etebo, Kalu in Nigeria’s starting XI against Libya

Shehu, Etebo, Kalu in Nigeria’s starting XI against Libya

Odion Ighalo and Alex Iwobi will spearhead the Super Eagles' attack in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Libya.The game is a Group E fixture in the qualification race for Cameroon 2019.Captain Ahmed Musa will play on the left side of attack, while Samuel Kalu lines up on the right with Oghenekaro Etebo and Wilfred Ndidi taking [...]

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    Ighalo, Onazi, Ogu… TheCable’s team of the week

Ighalo, Onazi, Ogu… TheCable’s team of the week

Many Nigerian players were in action for their respective clubs in the past week.The top performers made TheCable’s team of the week.They are:Austin Ejide (Hapoel Hadera)Hapoel Hadera were strong against Ironi Kiryat Shmona but they won't have kept a clean sheet without the sterling performance of Ejide, who made a host of excellent saves, especially in the second period.Efe Ambrose [...]

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    AFCON: Super Eagles back on track after emphatic win over Seychelles

AFCON: Super Eagles back on track after emphatic win over Seychelles

The Super Eagles recorded a resounding 3-0 victory over Seychelles on Saturday in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier.Due to the poor condition of the artificial pitch, both teams initially struggled to find their footing and rhythm at the Stade Linite.Samuel Kalu caused the Pirates all sorts of problems with his trickery and pace. He forced the hosts to [...]

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    How Super Eagles can beat the Pirates of Seychelles

How Super Eagles can beat the Pirates of Seychelles

The Super Eagles are days away from their 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier clash against Seychelles.TheCable takes a look at what it would take for the lads to win at the Stade Maine on Saturday.Francis Uzoho needs to stand in his headIf the Eagles are to succeed in Seychelles, they will need a healthy and in-form Uzoho to [...]

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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 capsThe 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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    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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    ‘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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    Mikel, Moses, Musa, Lokosa… Nigeria’s provisional World Cup squad

Mikel, Moses, Musa, Lokosa… Nigeria’s provisional World Cup squad

Gernot Rohr, Super Eagles coach, has named a 30-man provisional squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) released the provisional list on Monday.Apart from the usual suspects, Junior Lokosa, Kano Pillars and Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) highest goal scorer, was included in the list. Super Eagles 30-man provisional World Cup squad Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho, Dele Ajiboye, [...]

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    Keeping up with Nigerian players abroad: Musa nets brace as Iwobi, Moses shine in London

Keeping up with Nigerian players abroad: Musa nets brace as Iwobi, Moses shine in London

The past weekend was packed with highs and lows for Nigerian football players in several leagues across the world.Some players scored important goals and played key roles for their clubs but for a few others, it was a weekend of inaction.TheCable takes you on a voyage around the top leagues across the world to see how Nigerian players fared.BelgiumPeter Olayinka [...]

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    Keeping up with Nigerian players: In-form Ighalo bags brace — and so does Nwankwo

Keeping up with Nigerian players: In-form Ighalo bags brace — and so does Nwankwo

Nigerian players abroad showed quality for their clubs over the weekend.While some grabbed the headlines for being instrumental to their club's overall performance, a reverse was the case for others.TheCable has a lowdown on how they performed:BelgiumPeter Olayinka scored the match winner for Zulte Waregem in their 2-1 win over Royal Excel Mouscron. The hosts missed the service of Taiwo [...]

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