Super Eagles of Nigeria and 31 other teams will be competing for at the 21st FIFA World Cup finals in Russia next summer. NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said last Wednesday that FIFA has confirmed Nigeria is among the countries where the iconic trophy would be visiting before next year’s major showpiece. He said, “We have confirmation now. The World Cup trophy will be in Nigeria on 3rd March 2018. Nigeria became the first African country to qualify for the 32 –team finals after beating Zambia 1-0 in Uyo on 7th October. The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour is usually a chance to see the Original FIFA World Cup Trophy, and this time, fans from all over the world will have the opportunity of seeing the trophy and having their photo taken with the famous diadem from
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the home-based Super Eagles of Nigeria on their victory over Sudan in the semi-final of the 2018 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) in Marrakesh, Morocco. The President’s congratulatory message is contained in a statement released by his media aid. The home-based Super Eagles team has booked a place in the final of the ongoing African Nations Championships, CHAN taking place in Morocco. The Eagles recorded a 1 goal victory over Sudan on Wednesday. Gabriel Okechukwu’s lone goal in the first half was all the Super Eagles needed to land in the final. They would be meeting Morocco, who had earlier qualified for the final after an impressive 3 – 1 victory over Libya.
The Franco-German gaffer said he would recall Enyeama to the team only if he is active at club level before the end of the season. He told News Agency of Nigeria, “We are waiting for what will happen to Enyeama if he plays for his club and get more playing time he can make it. “He’s been delayed now because of his injury and now, he has about two goalkeepers ahead of him, so he has to change club during this FIFA transfer window. “We also have other good goalkeepers. When I arrived, Carl Ikeme did well but now out because of illness; we are praying for him, then, Akpeyi who played against Algeria but unlucky against South Africa. “We also have Ezenwa, Alampasu who is not playing regularly in Portugal and the new entrant Uzoho, who is doing well with the U-23 team of Dep
Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr has revealed that Nigeria will be involved in a pre-World Cup friendly against Poland on March 23, 2018, reports soccernet.com.ng. The Super Eagles have been drawn against Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in Group D of the 2018 World Cup, while their next opponents, the Polish team, are in Group H alongside Senegal, Colombia and Japan. Nigeria and Poland are looking for similar group rivals to face in friendlies ahead of the World Cup, and an agreement has been reached for both nations to meet in Poland in the next FIFA window. “Croatia is capable of great things with a team of stars playing in the biggest clubs. This is the most important match, and we hope to prepare for it against opponents similar to Croatia. “So we will pla
Super Eagles’ new chief scout, Victor Agali says coach Gernot Rohr won’t be considering new players in his squad for the World Cup in Russia next year. Agali made this known in a television programme in Lagos monitored by Owngoalnigeria.com, while responding to a question on if new players would make the squad to the World Cup. He said there would be no need for new players in the team as the coach already has the team for the World Cup, adding that bringing in new players could disrupt the understanding existing among the players. “The players are fired up now, the bonding is strong and they understand themselves, there would be no need to disrupt that understanding by bringing in new players. Rohr already has the players he will need at the World Cup”, Agali remarked.
Croatian coach, Boris Pučić, believes his side will thrash Nigeria in their 2018 World Cup fixture on June 16. Speaking on Tuesday, he wrote Nigeria off, saying the only star player in the squad is Victor Moses. ”Obi Mikel plays in China, Moses has been injured for some time and has just returned to Chelsea’s first team, while others are all in some side-tiers. ”Iheanacho and Musa are in reserve in Leicester, Iwobi for Arsenal plays a bit more, but Nigeria is now the shadow of the national team that they once called ‘African Brazil. ”Simply, there is no star player besides Moses in Chelsea and the team is not close to what we remember from the World Cup in the United States or France that played really well.”
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr expects his team to be drawn in a tough group in today’s 2018 FIFA World Cup draw in Moscow. Against the wishes of many Nigerians, Rohr would prefer to be drawn against reigning world champions Germany as they have struggled to win against African opposition in recent games at the World Cup. At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil Germany played a 2-2 draw against Ghana in the group stage and in the Round of 16, they also needed an extra time goal to defeat Algeria. “I know Germany very well and sometimes they have difficulties against African teams,” Rohr told BBC Sport. “Drawing Germany would be very nice but for my mother it would be difficult – because she is for Germany! “We will have a difficult group because we are in the last pot and we are sup
The Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Desert Foxes of Algeria on Friday played out a 1-1 draw in the last game of qualifying series for Russia 2018 World Cup in Constantine. The first half of the game ended in a barren draw with Nigeria enjoying much of the possession but failing to utilize couple of chances. Israel-based midfielder John Ogu put the visiting West African giants ahead with a 61st minute left footed shot from outside the eighteen yard area. Both teams fought hard in the dead rubber encounter with Nigeria having claimed the sole ticket of the group, which also has Zambia and Cameroon. The Cabonese referee surprisingly awarded a controversial penalty to the home side in the 86th minute and Yacine Brahimi made no mistake with the spot kick. Nigeria will now head to...
Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has revealed changes expected in his squad against Algeria in the inconsequential World Cup qualifying game in Constantine on Friday. ADO Den Haag right-back, Tyronne Ebuehi, on-loan Standard Liege midfielder Uche Agbo and Hapoel Be’er Sheva forward Anthony Nwakaeme shall all find places in the starting lineup. Rohr considers fielding fringe players for the dead robber game with the likes of on-loan Hull City defender Ola Aina; young Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Francis Uzoho; on-loan Anderlecht striker Henry Onyekuru, on-loan Girona forward Olarenwaju Kayode and Norway – based midfielder Chidiebere Nwakali all set to start. The Super Eagles have already landed in Russia after beating Zambia 1-0 in Uyo on October 7 to top Group B