The Super Eagles who were 51st in the world with 651 points in January, are now 52nd with 606 points, according to the ranking on FIFA’s official website on Thursday. Nigeria finished second at the African Nations Championship, CHAN, in Morocco recently. Super Eagles, however, remain seventh in Africa, where Tunisia are the top ranked country. Senegal, DR Congo, CHAN champions Morocco and Egypt make up Africa’s top five, while Cameroon are sixth. Ghana, Burkina Faso and Algeria are eighth, ninth and 10th in Africa. Super Eagles opponent in Russia 2018 World Cup Iceland are the biggest movers in terms of points in the ranking. Iceland moved up two spots from 20th to 18th and gained 58 points from 959 to 1017. Croatia and Argentina did not move, staying in 15th and f
Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool manager praised his side after a first leg demolition of Porto in Wednesday’s Champions League tie. The Reds thrashed Sergio Conceicao’s men, who are unbeaten in the Primeira Liga this season. Porto have only conceded 10 goals in 21 league matches this season but Liverpool netted 5 unreplied goals with Sadio Mane grabbing a hat-trick. “It was very professional, very mature and in the right moments very aggressive,” Klopp told BT Sport. “Good defending, good counter-attacking, keeping the ball, moving them around. It was not easy tonight, it was hard work and in the end the boys enjoyed the work and that’s the most important thing. “They [the goals] were all fantastic. The first one, when Dejan [Lovren] won the ball and Sadio can
No fewer than 3 police officers from Ebonyi State police command whose names were yet to be identified at the time of filling this report have been gruesomely murdered by unknown assailants. The victims were deplored by the Ebonyi State police command to maintain peace and order at the Ikwo/ Cross River communal war. The communal war that existed between the two communities of the two states had lasted for more than 10 years and had claimed many lives whereas property worth million of naria were equally destroyed. It was gathered that five police officers were attacked by the assailants purportedly in police uniform; two escaped while three were killed. Investigation revealed that the police officers who were deployed to the war zone at Ikwo were on duty w...
Speaking at the partnership signing ceremony between Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, and the Nigerian Breweries, the Benue-born former Everton star said Super Eagles have a very bright chance of lifting the trophy. Amokachi noted that the level of commitment from the current Super Eagles players was top notch “because they are well bred professional.” He said, “I am their number one fan. We have a bunch of new generation players who are from the diaspora, who started from academies at early age and played through the ranks to the national team. They understood the game at an early age and that impacted on the team’s performance throughout the qualifiers. “It is going to be one game at a time. I am happy the focus is not only on the Argentina match as we also have Croatia an
Real Madrid defender, Dani Carvajal says his club has no “magic formula” to stop Paris Saint-Germain star, Neymar ahead of their Champions League Round-16 clash on Wednesday. Carvajal hoped the Brazilian international would have an off day when both clubs meet at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. The Spaniard, who is suspended for the opening clash, said his team simply needed to hope Neymar was below his best. “To play against Neymar, there is no magic formula,” Carvajal said, via AS. “You just hope he doesn’t have his day. I hope he doesn’t have his day on Wednesday. “There is no favourite in a battle like that. The knockout stages are very even, they are decided on little details. “We will try to not commit any errors and to get it right in the area,
Nike, on Wednesday unveiled the kits Nigeria will wear at this year’s World Cup in Russia. In a YouTube video, some of players showed likeness for the new jerseys unveiled in London on Wednesday. While reviewing the designs, Mikel said: “This is Nigerian. I can see the players going crazy over this one.” Ndidi said “This is cultural, the fans are going to love this one”. “This is different, you know,” Iwobi added, while Iheanacho added saying “you know I love black, so this is perfect. I’m happy.” Former Eagles player Mutiu Adepoju said the Jersey could be a lucky charm for the Eagles in Russia. On his twitter handle @mutiuadepoju8, he said “the kit reminds us of our jersey in USA 1994. Believe me, this kit could be our lucky charm in Russia.’’ VIDEO: Ni
Fans of Manchester United have responded to criticism by manager, Jose Mourinho about the subdued atmosphere at Old Trafford. Mourinho had said that United’s supporters were “quiet” during Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Huddersfield Town in the Premier League. The Portuguese had said, “Old Trafford, in spite of being a quiet stadium, the pitch is big, the grass is nice and obviously the players feel very comfortable playing here.” When then asked to explain his comments, Mourinho replied, “It’s not Portsmouth. “I remember Portsmouth – such a small stadium, the atmosphere was absolutely incredible. In here, the atmosphere is a bit quiet and there is not very (much enthusiasm). But the players like to play at home.” The manager had earlier this season, said United suppo
The hosts thrashed Nigeria 4-0 in the final played on Sunday in Casabalanca, to win the competition for the first time. Zakaria Hadraf opened scoring for the North Africans in the 45th minute, before the home-based Super Eagles were reduced to 10 men, after Peter Eneji picked up a second booking. Walid El Karti ensured the Nigerians had a mountain to climb with the second goal in the 61st minute. Two minutes later, Hadraf grabbed his second of the night. Ayoub Kaabi added the fourth. The Eagles best finish in the competition before this year, is finishing third under Stephen Keshi in 2014.
The Chilean scored his first goal for Manchester United since his transfer from Arsenal. Sanchez failed to score on his debut against Yeovil in the FA Cup last week and and also drew blank to during Wednesday’s defeat to Tottenham. However, the 29-year-old showed a lot of energy at Huddersfield, slotting home the rebound after his penalty had been saved by Jonas Lossl. Mourinho told reporters afterwards, “It was nice for Alexis Sanchez to win a match, the first at home. “Nice for him to play well and show the desire and happiness in playing football. “It is most important. It was not the goal of his dreams, but it is a goal.”
Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has said that Chelsea and Arsenal did better than other teams in the just concluded January transfer window. He said the two teams will be significantly stronger than they were before. Mourinho made the biggest buy of the transfer window, taking Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in a swap deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move in the opposite direction. Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger also added Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to his forward line in a club-record £56million transfer. However, Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, ended up with a far more balanced squad having added Ross Barkley, Emerson Palmieri and Olivier Giroud. Speaking about the race for the Premier League top four, Mourinho said, “Chelsea is champions again,