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Libya will fall in Sfax - Ibitoye

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Super Eagles media officer, Toyin Ibitoye say the players are ready to give their best against Libya in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Sfax.

Having recorded a sweet victory, where the team walloped Libya 4-0 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium on Saturday, Nigeria sits second on the table with six points, one point behind South Africa that are top of the group with seven points.

However, Ibitoye stated that the team is determined and committed to the task of winning the reverse fixture in Sfax, Tunisia.

“We are determined, we are focused, we are committed, we want to concentrate fully on the task of winning the reverse fixture in Sfax, Tunisia.

“That’s why we have put our champagne on ice because we don’t want the celebrations of Saturday’s victory to distract us.

“The players are ready to give their best, the coach is already making plans for winning tactics, and I am sure we are on course to win again.

“All we can now ask for us more prayers and support from Nigeria. Without the fans, we will not be able to achieve anything.

“They should continue praying for us and I believe, by God’s grace, we shall win.”

Super Eagles must maintain discipline against Libya - Rohr Warns

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Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr has revealed that the team will hope to maintain a perfect wing play against Libya in the reverse fixture of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Sfax.

Rohr credited Nigeria's expansive play in the second half as the architect of the team's high scoring exploits but was quick to warn that failure to maintain good discipline could affect the team.

“Our expansive play – by exploring the wings – in the second half helped us against a good side. Now we must maintain discipline in all areas.”

“Sometimes you get away with mistakes and another time you can easily be punished, it could make a difference whether you can qualify or not,” he noted.

“To win by 4-0 is good but this result does not mean we had a perfect game,” Rohr said.

“We had obvious problems defensively especially in the first half and before we play Libya again in three days, we must improve on our weak areas,” observed the gaffer.

Libya won't escape another bashing from Nigeria - Samuel Kalu

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Super Eagles winger, Samuel Kalu says he's optimistic the team will pick the maximum point in Sfax against Libya in the reverse fixture of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Nigeria defeated Libya 4-0 on Saturday to move second on the table, one point behind leaders, South Africa that walloped Seychelles 6-0.

Kalu, who scored a beautiful goal in Nigeria's win over Libya, reiterated that the team is ready to pick back-back win on Tuesday.

"We are definitely going into that match with a mindset of get all three points. We will approach the match with the same aggressive way like we did in Uyo. It’s not going to be easy because the Libyans want to respond to their heavy loss but am confident we will get the right result.’ 

Rohr demands another victory as Eagles fly to Tunisia today

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Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernot Rohr wants to beat Libya again tomorrow and ensure Nigeria enters the last two rounds of the Cameroun 2019 African Nations Cup qualifying series already assured of a spot in the championship.

The Super Eagles, who defeated Libya by 4-0 in Uyo on Saturday, will leave for Sfax, Tunisia this morning on a chartered flight for the reverse fixture against Libya. The game will hold at the 18,000 capacity Stade Taïeb Mhiri by 7.00 p.m. Nigerian time.

Speaking on his expectations of the reverse fixture, Rohr said there was still room for improvement in his team, especially in the defence, adding that such problems would be addressed before tomorrow’s match. He said, “The scoreline does not mean that we have reached the level we want.

“We had obvious problems defensively, especially in the first half and before we play Libya again in three days, we must improve on our weak areas.“Sometimes you get away with mistakes and another time you can easily be punished, it could make a difference whether you can qualify or not.

“Our expansive play – by exploring the wings – in the second half helped us against a good side. Now we must maintain discipline in all areas.”Meanwhile, defender, Shehu Abdullahi has been ruled out of the game due to injury. Abdullahi copped a muscle injury early in the first-leg match against Libya in Uyo, prompting the introduction of Ola Aina. He did not train with the rest of the squad yesterday and is expected to return to his Turkish club, Bursaspor, for treatment.

Man City deny claims of Messi bid

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Manchester City have rubbished claims they made a failed bid to sign Barcelona legend Lionel Messi.

Messi has been linked with City several times since former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola was appointed manager of the Premier League club in 2016.

City chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak was quoted in Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo as saying he once made a lucrative offer for Messi, which would reportedly have paid him more than £1 million ($1.3 million) per week.

“We asked Guardiola to talk to him, we offered him triple the salary he has at Barcelona, but he never accepted,” Mubarak was quoted as saying.

But City responded by insisting there was no truth to the report.

“We deny the veracity of these quotes,” a City spokesman said.

Argentina forward Messi played under Guardiola for four seasons at Barca, during which time they won 14 titles.

The 31-year-old signed a new contract with Barca in November 2017.

Guardiola won the Premier League and League Cup with City last season.

Nigeria 4-0 Libya Highlights

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Odion Ighalo scored a hat-trick as the Super Eagles of Nigeria beat Libya 4-0 in their third group E game of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) clash played on Saturday, October 18.

Watch highlights below:

Henry named new Monaco coach

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Former Arsenal star Thierry Henry was on Saturday named as Monaco coach, the struggling Ligue 1 club announced.

The 41-year-old French World Cup winner, who had been working as an assistant coach for the Belgian national team since 2016, signed a contract with Monaco through until June 2021.

The former striker will be joined by Joao Carlos Valado Tralhao, under-23 coach at Benfica, and Patrick Kwame Ampadu, coach at the Arsenal Academy.

Henry replaces Leonardo Jardim, who was sacked in midweek following a string of poor results that left Monaco languishing in 18th in France’s Ligue 1.

Henry knows Monaco well having graduated from their youth system and making his professional debut for the Principality club in 1994.

He notably scored seven goals in the 1997-8 Champions League as the Monaco team of the time, then coached by Arsene Wenger, reached the semi-finals, where they lost to Juventus.

“First of all, I thank AS Monaco for giving me the opportunity to coach the team of this club which is so special to me,” Henry said.

“I am very happy to come back to AS Monaco and extremely determined to meet the challenges ahead. I can not wait to meet the players to start working together.”

After spending five seasons as a player with Monaco, Henry went on to play for Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona and the New York Red Bulls.

He scored 51 goals in 123 appearances for France, winning not only the 1998 World Cup but also Euro 2000.

Monaco chief executive officer Vadim Vasilyev said Henry could “count on our trust and all our support to bring a new dynamic to the team and carry out the mission”.

“His knowledge of football, his passion for the game, his high standards and his commitment to our colours make his nomination a reality.

“Thierry is both aware of the task ahead and eager to start his new job.”

Football News Round-up: 11 October 2018

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Here's a rundown of the top football stories for today, 11 October 2018;

We are ready to make Nigerians proud - Semi Ajayi

Super Eagles newcomer, Semi Ajayi has said the team is ready to give it all takes to overcome Libya in the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier.

Former England captain John Terry took his first steps into coaching on Wednesday when he was named as the right-hand man to new Aston Villa boss Dean Smith.

Real Madrid drop plans to bring Hazard to Madrid this winter

Real Madrid has dropped their plans to sign Chelsea star Eden Hazard in January, according to report in Marca.

Kano Pillars to face Enugu Rangers in Aiteo Cup final

Kano Pillars beat Katsina United 4-1 on penalties after it ended 2-2 at 90 minutes,  while Enugu Rangers International beat Nasarawa United 4-2 in the semifinal of the Aiteo Cup 2018 played on Wednesday, October 10 as both winners booked their respective places in the final.

Thierry Henry to replace Leonardo Jardim as Monaco boss

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is reportedly the favourite to replace Leonardo Jardim who has been sacked as manager of French Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco.
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