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Ideye, Iheanacho, Ighalo on target as Nigeria beat Luxembourg 3-1

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31/05/2016


The Super Eagles of Nigeria won their second friendly match on Tuesday, when they beat 146th-ranked Luxembourg 3-1.
In a match, which the three-time African champions totally dominated, they scored one goal in the first half and two in the second, but their play deserved more.

Brown Ideye, making a return to the Eagles since 2013, scored in the first half from a rebound while Kelechi Iheanacho scored his second goal in two games when he had the easy task of tapping in from close range after good work from substitute, Moses Simon and Odion Ighalo scored the third deepinto added time.

English Premier League referee, Martin Atkinson, refereed the match. The Eagles should have scored as early as the 10th minutewhen Alex Iwobi found his way through into the box but he blasted over with the goal at his mercy.Two minutes later, Ismalinspor’s Aminu Umar, tried his luck with anoverhead kick that was blocked for a corner kick. But more of the game was played in the home side’s half and it was just a matterof time. On 16 minutes, Kelechi Iheanacho had his shot saved for a corner kick.

Luxembourg got off their first shot but it did not trouble Daniel Akpeyi, in goal for the Eagles. On 27 minutes, it was Umar’s turn to have his tame shot saved.

Finally, nine minutes to the end of the half, Umar does good work down the left flank and managed to stay bon his feet though he was fouled hard. He then turned another defender before laying on the ball for Ogenyi Onazi to strike on goal, which was parried and Ideye scored the rebound. It was the Olympiacos’ first goal for the Super Eagles since 2013.
On the dot of half time, Iheanacho’s goal bound shot was again saved to help Luxembourg go into the interval just the one goal down.

The second half was more of the same with Nigeria’s coach, Salisu Yusuf, making six changes. Moses Simon and Michael Babatunde came on for Aminu Umar and Iwobi in the 55th minute; Wilfred Ndidi and Raheem Lawal came on for Onazi and Abdullah Shehu in the 62nd minute.

Mose and Babatunde added width to the Eagles’ play and the Gent winger made the second for Iheanacho in the 81st minute as the Eagles went two goals up.

There was time for the home team to get a consolation in the second minute of added time through Thill Vincent who calmly finished after Kenneth Omeruo dilly-dallied on the ball. But there was still time for Odion Ighalo, who came on for Ideye to wrap things up with a third goal.

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Joseph Yobo given political appointment in Rivers State

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Joseph Yobo
Former Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo has been appointed senior special assistant on sports development to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state.
Yobo recently played in his testimonial and centenary game in Port-Harcourt which was attended by Wike, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah and former Everton coach David Moyes.
Wike also appointed Mr. Chibuzor Aholu as the Senior Special Assistant on Financial Matters.
The governor’s Special Assistant on electronic media, Simeon Nwakaudu issued a statement on Tuesday in Port Harcourt saying the appointments take immediate effect.
Yobo played in 101 games for the Super Eagles in a glittering career.

Isco and Saul miss out on Spain Euro 2016 squad

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Spain Euro 2016 SquadSpain's national football team coach Vicente del Bosque has today released his 23-man squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 tournament in France and it has two surprise omissions in Real Madrid's Isco and Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez.
The 23-man list features a host of stars and top talents but coach Vicente del Bosque has been criticized for leaving out two youngsters out of the squad, players who are seen as the future of the Spanish National Team.
Both Isco and Saul made the provisional squad but they both have been left out of the final squad with the likes of Lucas Vazquez, David Silva and Pedro Rodriguez preferred over them, something the footballing world got shocked about.
Also, Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal missed out on the Squad through an injury and was replaced by Arsenal right back Hector Bellerin who had a great season. That position will be managed alongside Juanfran.
The squad also sees a host of new names leading the line in attack with the likes of Alvaro Morata, Aritz Aduriz and Nolito all featuring in their first major tournaments for La Roja.
The full Spain squad for Euro 2016: Iker Casillas, David De Gea, Mikel Rico, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Marc Bartra, Jordi Alba, San Jose, Juanfran, Hector Bellerin, Cesar Azpilicueta, Bruno, Busquets, Andres Iniesta, David Silva, Cesc Fabregas, Koke, Thiago Alcantara, Pedro Rodriguez, Aritz Aduriz, Alvaro Morata, Lucas Vazquez, Nolito.

Dream Team land in Seoul ahead Suwon tourney

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Dream Team ready for Suwon tournament
Nigeria’s U-23 team, Dream Team V1 landed in Seoul for the Suwon International Tournament which commences from June 2 to 6 in South Korea.
The team’s arrival was confirmed via the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) twitter handle in the early hours of Tuesday. According to report, the team comprises of 19 players and 10 officials led by NFF Executive Committee member and Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande.
Team’s head coach Samson Siasia has hinted at his desire to win gold for Nigeria at the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympics Games in Brazil later in August. The Suwon tournament is another opportunity for him to access his team ahead of the Summer Olympics Games.

FT: Luxembourg 1-3 Nigeria - Friendly

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Nigeria vs Luxembourg
Nigeria Vs Luxembourg
Date: 31/05/2016
Kick-off:‎ 6:00pm Nigerian Time
Venue: Stade Josy Barthelon, Luxembourg.

Luxembourg welcome the Super Eagles of Nigeriato Luxembourg City for the first ever international clash between both teams.

The clash will serve as a build-up to the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers following the Super Eagles 1-0 win over Mali in Rouen on Friday thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho’s 77th minute strike.

The game will be played at the Josy Barthel Stadium. The clash was brought forward 24 hours because of the hosts’ participation in the Tour de France cycling competition.

Luc Holtz’s men are winless in their last three games and face Latvia in a World Cup qualifier in September.

The hosts last won a game in November 2015 when they defeated Greece 1-0 in a friendly match with Aurélien Joachim getting the lone strike.

Nigeria is presently placed 67th while Luxembourg are placed 146th  in the latest FIFA rankings.‎

Full Time: Luxembourg 1-3 Nigeria. Ideye (36'), Iheanacho (68'), Thill Vincent (90'), Ighalo (92')
92' Goal! Odion Ighalo scores! Luxembourg 1-3 Nigeria
90' Goal! Luxembourg pull one back. Goal by Thill Vincent. Luxembourg 1-2 Nigeria.
70' Sub: Odion Ighalo in, Brown Ideye out
68' Goal! Iheanacho doubles the lead. Luxembourg 0-2 Nigeria
64' Wilfred Ndidi and Raheem Lawal for Ogenyi Onazi and Abdullahi Sheu
55' Subs: Iwobi, Aminu Out; Babatunde, Simon In.
46' Second half starts.
Half Time! Nigeria 1-0 Luxembourg
35' Goal! Ideye puts Nigeria ahead. Nigeria 1-0 Luxembourg
30' Close. Ideye's well taken shot is parried out by Luxembourg Gk
19' Iwobi close, Umar closer and Iheanacho's effort blocked.
0' Match underway in Luxembourg.

Nigeria XI vs Luxembourg: Akpeyi, Echiejile, Omeruo, Abdulahi, Ekong, Ahmed Musa, Onazi (C), Alex Iwobi, Ideye,Kelechi Iheanacho, Umar.
Nigeria XI vs Luxembourg: Akpeyi, Echiejile, Omeruo, Abdulahi, Ekong, Ahmed Musa, Onazi (C), Alex Iwobi, Ideye,Kelechi Iheanacho, Umar.

Morata keen to return to Real Madrid but finds the Premier League tempting

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Juventus striker Alvaro Morata has admitted he would love to play for a premier league club but states that he prefers to be a success at Real Madrid, a club he left two seasons ago to join the Old lady.
Morata joined Juventus from Real Madrid two seasons ago and has since been a key figure for the Italian Giants and it is very likely for the player to return to Real Madrid who are ready to activate their buy-back clause this summer.
The 23-year old Spaniard has the desire to succeed at Madrid where he is expected to play at from next season after Juve's director Beppe Marotta confirmed that the deal is almost done, however, Moratta doesn't hide the fact that he would love to play in England where he's been linked with Arsenal.
"Clearly that is what I would like. That is my wish, tosucceed in Madrid," he said in an interview with AS. "But in Madrid there are great players. And what I want is to play and feel important."
"There are some offers from England that are tempting, not only by contract. I think for my characteristics the Premier League would also be a great destination.
"I'm saying a move to the Premier League would not be a step backwards. With what I have learned in Italy, if I have the chance to learn something more in England I think it would make me a more complete, better player.
"I'm 23 and all I want is progress, to play and learn from the best."

Injury rules Navas out of Copa America

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Navas out of Copa America
Costa Rica will be without Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas for this summer’s Copa America Centenario due to an Achilles injury, FEDEFUTBOL have announced.
Nava suffered from tendinopathy in his left foot – a recurrence of the problem that saw him miss the penultimate La Liga game of the season against Valencia.
The Real Madrid number one will now be replaced by Deportivo Saprissa goalkeeper Danny Carvajal.
Navas who was ruled out of the CONCACAF Gold Cup last year for the same injury will now see a specialist to deal with his latest setback.
The 29-year-old now joins striker Ariel Rodriguez on the sidelines and that represents a huge blow to Costa Rica, who have been drawn alongside the United States, Paraguay and Colombia in Group A.
Costa Rica play their opening game of the tournament against Paraguay on June 4.

'World Strongest Footballer' Akinfenwa wants move to another club

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Adebayo Akinfenwa
Nigerian star Adebayo Akinfenwa has called for interested clubs to summit a bid for him because he is available. The 34-year-old who is officially out-of-contract after he helped AFC Wimbledon create history in yesterday’s playoff.
The 16-stone forward is, according to FIFA 15's player rankings, the 'strongest footballer in the world'.
Lyle Taylor opened the floodgates with the first goal before Akinfenwa scored to seal a 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle at Wembley.
The result secured promotion to League One for AFC Wimbledon, who have never before reached the third tier in their 14-year history.
Akinfenwa told Sky Sports News: “It’s what dreams are made of. Scoring, winning. It’s a beautiful feeling. We were the underdogs – it isn’t only Leicester who can do it, we can do it too.
“There ain’t no better way to leave this club. A sidebar – I think I’m now technically unemployed. So any managers, hit me up on WhatsApp and get me a job!”
Akinfenwa’s joined Wimbledon in 2014 but his contract is not expected to be renewed at Kingsmeadow.

Nigeria draw Brazil, England in Fifa U17 Women's World Cup

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Flamingos of Nigeria
Nigeria’s Women U-17 team, the Flamingos have been drawn in Group C alongside Brazil, England and Korea DPR for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup holding from 30 September to 21 October in Jordan.
The draw for the group stage of the tournament took place during a major event at the Al-Hussein Cultural Centre in central Amman, in Jordan on Monday.
Group A comprises of hosts Jordan, Spain, Mexico and New Zealand, Group B is made up of Venezuela, Germany, African team, Cameroon and Canada. Group C which is adjudged the ‘group of death’ include: Nigeria, Brazil, England and Korea DPR. Group D which is the last group also involve USA, Paraguay, Ghana and Japan.
The celebration began with the Jordanian national anthem, followed by a video presentation about Jordan, describing the beauty of this Middle Eastern kingdom and its preparations to host this global youth football fiesta.
The presenters of the draw event, Alia Touqan and Mohammed Al Madfai, welcomed the attendees. His Highness Prince Ali bin Hussein then took to the stage to give a speech, stating that: “This is a dream come true. It has been a long and challenging journey to get here, and I would like to thank everyone who has supported this challenge. Most of all, I’d like to thank our girls. Some of them are here today. Others who joined us at the beginning of our journey have since retired. But if it wasn't for all their dedication and determination, we wouldn’t be here for this draw today. This tournament will be a milestone for women’s football in the region and the world. And we hope you enjoy our hospitality, whilst in the country.”
Following this was FIFA Council Member Nsekera,who in her speech said: “The kingdom of Jordan will witness a magnificent event in the coming months, as FIFA’s flagship U-17 women’s football competition travels to the Middle East for the first time. This momentous event is sure to leave a positive legacy and have a sustainable impact for generations well into the future.“The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is part of FIFA’s commitment to promote, develop and invest in women’s football, so that the sport and those who play it can grow to reach their full potential in Jordan, across the Middle East, and beyond.”
U-17 Women’s draw
The Groups:
Group A: Jordan, Spain, Mexico, New Zealand
Group B: Venezuela, Germany, Cameroon, Canada
Group C: Nigeria, Brazil, England, Korea DPR
Group D: USA, Paraguay, Ghana, Japan

Borussia Dortmund rule out Sokratis move to Atletico Madrid

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30/05/2016

The Sporting Director of German club Borussia Dortmund Michael Zorc has ruled out the possibility of central defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos leaving the Signal Iduna park to join Atletico Madrid this summer, stating that there's no chance of him leaving.
Just after it was confirmed that star defender Mats Hummels was heading to Bayern Munich, top German source BILD reported that Dortmund's second Central defender Sokratis might be heading to Spain to join Atletico Madrid, but Michael Zorc has refuted that claim in his recent interview.
"We are not even considering letting go of Sokratis," Zorc made it known in an interview with Kicker.
Sokratis has been a crucial figure for Borussia Dortmund and has featured 40 times for Tuchel's men. The 27-year old has a contract at the club until June 2019 and Dortmund are no way going to let go of another crucial central defender of theirs after Mats Hummels' move.

10 Copa América Players To Watch

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Pako Ayestaran confident he will surprise Valencia fans

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Newly appointed coach of Valencia Pako Ayesteran has acknowledged that he is not the favourite choice of Valencia fans, but he is confident he has the capability to lead the team above expectations from next season.
After a string of disappointing results, coach Gary Neville was sacked in March and the Pako Ayestaran was made the interim manager until the end of the season. The coach was then given a two-year contract as permanent coach of the club, a decision that came under criticism by some fans after they felt better options were ignored.
Ayestaran however, has accepted the fact that he isn't loved by everyone, but is sure to achieve positive results during his time.
"It never rains to everyone’s taste. But I know I have the ability and it’s not arrogance. I don’t think about [the critics of his appointment]. I started coaching in 1989. In Israel with Maccabi,we won the treble, something that hadn’t been done in 81 years. And this year they haven’t won anything," he said during an interview with Madrid-based paper AS.
"I’ve shown I have the capacity. I recognise the challenge of Valencia is important. This is a dream. I think that at a difficult time I gave answers to players. Peter Lim asked for performance and professionalism, and respect for the club. Something that is standard.
"We have to start with the habits. The behaviours of everyday life generate your habits. In my time I saw a player having trouble doing things and when he changed clubs he was like another player. One day I asked him why. ‘Here everyone does it,’ he replied.
"I don’t need a revolution. There are players I know that in another context would be valid. With two or three changes we could compete, but there are conditions. The budget is reduced for not being in Europe."

Juan Mata could be an option for Barcelona

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Manchester United attacker Juan Mata could be an option for FC Barcelona for this upcoming summer transfer window, reports in Spain suggest.
The Spaniard joined Manchester United from Chelsea in 2014 and has been tipped to leave the red devils this summer following the appointment of Jose Mourinho as manager, the same coach who sent him packing from Chelsea.
Catalan source Mundo Deportivo reports that Mata could be an option to play as an alternative to Messi, Suarez and Neymar at Barcelona and they believe the Catalans will pay less than €45m, the amount Man United paid, if they are to get him.
Barcelona have long been linked with a backup for their attack with the likes of Sevilla's Kevin Gameiro, Nice's Ben Arfa and Deportivo's Lucas Perez all reported targets, although the deal for Mata looks very unlikely to happen, the Spaniard might just be considered by the Catalan giants.

NPFL: Champions Enyimba now second

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29/05/2016


Champions Enyimba moved to second position on the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) log with a 2-1 victory against Warri Wolves FC at the Umuahia Township Stadium on Sunday.
Striker Christian Pyagbara opened scoring for The Peoples’ Elephants in the first minute of the game, while Shedrack Oghu equalized for the Seasiders from Ike ThankGod error in the 39th minute to make it 1-1 at half-time.
Andrew Abalogu made it 2-1 for Enyimba in the 72nd minute by curling home a rebound after Rhiogbere failed to stop Chima Akas’ free kick. Warri Wolves were reduced to 10-men in the 75th minute, when Solomon Okpako was shown a straight red for lashing out at Ikechukwu Ibenegbu.
Apart from moving second on the log, the Paul Aigbogun tutored team also maintain its unbeaten run in last seven games of the current NPFL season.

U-17 Screening: The search for Nigeria's future football stars has begun

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28/05/2016

Former Nigerian U-17 star, Kelechi Iheanacho (Photo: Getty)
Nigeria’s 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup-winning coach Manu Garba (OON) will on Monday begin full screening of new players at the NFF/FIFA Goal Project in Abuja, as he prepare to put together another world–conquering squad that will start with qualification for next year’s Africa U-17 Cup of Nations to be hosted in Madagascar.

The Golden Eaglets’ are the current world champions after a team led by Emmanuel Amuneke (MFR) won a record fifth title for the country in Chile last year, and Garba noted all hands must now be on deck with the team’s qualifier against neighbouring Niger fast approaching. Garba told thenff.com that the open screening would last for three weeks starting with a list of 40 invited players scouted across the country, even as he called on ambitious and confident players within the stipulated age bracket to avail themselves of the opportunity.

“We don’t have much time to waste and we are going to use just three weeks for open screening in order to have a close look at the 40 invited players,” stated Garba.”It will also be an opportunity for us to see others since many uninvited players may also turn up, based on our previous experience.”

Meanwhile, officials have warned that players coming for the screening exercise would as a matter of fact, take care of their personal welfare in terms of accommodation and feeding. They are advised to turn up with their playing kits as well as official documents to proof they are within the stipulated age bracket for the competition.

The Golden Eaglets would be away to Niger Republic on the first weekend of August, with the reverse fixture a fortnight later. The final tournament of the U-17 AFCON will be held from 2nd– 16th April 2017 in Madagascar.

Real Madrid beat Atletico on penalties to lift 11th UCL trophy

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Real Madrid are Champions League winners again for the 11th time after their 5-3 penalty win over City rivals Atletico Madrid in Saturday’s final in San Siro.

Ronaldo scored the last minute after Real Madrid were forced to extra time off a late equaliser from their rivals.
 
Yannick Ferreira Carrasco cancelled out a Sergio Ramos opener in the 79th minute, before the two teams played out a goalless extra-time period to force penalties in the European final.

Each of the first seven takers netted in the shootout, but Juanfran’s miss allowed Cristiano Ronaldo to step forward and win another crown for Real Madrid courtesy of a 5-3 penalty success.

Alex Iwobi handed Sanchez's no.17 shirt

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Nigeria international and Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi will swap his No 45 shirt at the club for the 17 last worn by Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez.

Sanchez leaves the No 17 for Iwobi having inherited the iconic number 7 seven made available following the exit of Tomas Rosicky. Fans of Iwobi can pre-order the shirt 11 days prior to its official release on June 3.

The Puma number is made up of the Gunners’ traditional red and white colours, and it features a vertical stripe down the centre of the shirt which is a darker shade of red.

Other shirt details include a distinctive vertical stripe down the front, a heat transfer gothic A on the reverse of the neck and a stitched V-neck and PUMA’s iconic T7 Form Stripe running along each sleeve.

The accompanying shorts are white with a red band along the side and the socks are red with the white PUMA cat on the front and have a white fold over top.

The short-sleeved replica shirt is available for £55, while the long-sleeved version can be purchased for £60. The authentic match shirt, however, will cost a staggering £100.

Moses, Akpom, Aluko promoted to EPL

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The Nigerian trio of Moses Odubajo, Chuba Akpom and Sone Aluko have secured promotion back to the English Premier League with Hull City after their 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday at Wembley.

The Tigers were relegated from the top flight last season but they have made a swift comeback to the elite division with their slim win.

Mohamed Diame, much like Dean Windass in 2008, proved the hero for City in the end when sending a bullet shot past star man Kieran Westwood to win the contest for Steve Bruce’s side.

Real Madrid and Atletico square off in all-Spanish Champions League final

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Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid CL finalIt will be a clash of the titans tonight in Milan as the best two Madrid clubs come head-to-head in the final of Europe's most prestigious football tournament, the UEFA Champions League. Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will do battle at the Estadio Guizeppe Meazza tonight to see who will be crowned champions of Europe for the 2015/2016 season.
Both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will be featuring in their second final in three seasons as they both came against each other in the final of the 2013/2014, a game to forget by the Colchoneros and one to remember by Los Blancos as they secured La Decima, their tenth title thanks to a 4-1 win over their rivals after extra time.
Things have changed since 2014 however, since that defeat, Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid have lost just once in ten meetings with their city rivals and that loss came in the Champions League last season. Atletico Madrid will go into the final looking for their first win against Real Madrid in the champions league for over 50 years.
It promises to be an exciting encounter tonight as Atletico Madrid players will be burning for revenge of their heartbreaking 2014 final loss. Real Madrid, led by star man Cristiano Ronaldo will want to win by all means possible as anything but a win will mean they have a bad season and will also mean Ronaldo's chances of winning the Ballon d'Or will be hanging by a thread, therefore, the Portuguese will be at his best in Milan to help his team win the trophy.
Both teams missed out on the league title to FC Barcelona which means the losing team in Milan will end the year trophyless once again. It is a battle between two great coaches, the experienced Diego Simeone and the new-but-doing-well Zinedine Zidane. Atletico have reached the final via a harder route after knocking out Barça and Bayern Munich but that doesn't mean they have the advantage of a Real Madrid team filled with a host of top class stars who are used to these kind of pressure.
Both teams have met on two occasions this season with the first ending in a 1-1 draw at the Calderon and then star man Antoine Griezmann helped his side to a 1-0 return leg win over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. Zidane will be without key defender Rafael Varane who is out with a hamstring injury and will deploy Pepe and Ramos, two experienced defenders in defence. Atletico Madrid are lucky as there are no major injury concern for them.
The game kicks off at 7:30pm.

Nigeria 1-0 Mali: Iheanacho come off bench to give Super Eagles victory

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Kelechi Iheanacho was the hero for the Super Eagles on Friday as his solitary strike in the 77th minute was enough to give Nigeria a 1-0 win over their Malian counterparts in a high-profile friendly played in Rouen, France on Friday.

Iheanacho who enjoyed a blistering season with Manchester City where he hit double figures despite his lean playing time came in as a substitute for Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi and he did not disappoint Coach Yusuf Salisu and his crew; scoring what turned out to be the winning goal 13 minutes before the end of the game.

There was not much to cheer between the two teams in the first half of the encounter even though debutant Musa Mohammed and Watford striker Odion Ighalo had decent chances to break the deadlock.

The Eagles of Mali also had their fair moments in the first period but both teams fired blanks in the first half.

With a flury of chances in the second half, the Eagles pressed for a winner and a cool finish by Iheanacho saved the day for the three-time African champions who will now face Luxembourg in their next game.

Okocha, Eto'o, Moyes present as Yobo end career with exciting testimonial game

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Former Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo scored twice in his testimonial game on Friday in Port Harcourt but it was another ex-Eagles captain Austin Okocha that wowed the fans with his bag of tricks and exquisite passes.
Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike took the ceremonial kick-off at the Adokiye Amiesiamaka Stadium and he received an ovation when he hit the bar from the penalty spot as  keeper Vincent Enyeama stood motionless.
Team Super Eagles, which paraded Enyeama, Danny Shittu, Ifeanyi Udeze, Godfrey Oboabona, Ahmed Musa, Emmanuel Emenike, Chukwu Ndukwe and Joel Obi, took the lead in the 5th minute through Emenike.
Cameroonian legend Samuel Eto’o then set up Team World’s equaliser with Ghanaian Sulley Muntari converting the ex-Barcelona star’s pass inside the box.
Thereafter, it was an Okocha show of skills and ball juggling artistery. The ex-PSG man had a field day selling dummies here and there with his flick-ons, back heels, precise passes and more to the admiration of Port Harcourt fans.
Joel Obi volleyed in Ambrose’s cross to make it 2-1 but Eto’o waltzed past Oboabona and Shittu before rounding off Enyeama to make score 2-2.
Fans were stupified as Enyeama pursued Eto’o around the pitch. The Lille man caught him and then celebrated the goal with him.
Emenike replied immediately using a series of leg-overs to dash past Dele Ayenugba in goal for Team World and put his side ahead 3-2.
Okocha then set up Musa on the left wing and the CSKA Moscow man passed to Emeike to shoot home.
Eto’o then held Okocha, calling on officials to substitute the ex-Bolton midfielder but the fans rejected his appeals. Okocha returned and continued his dazzling displays.
Captain Yobo reduced the score by stroking home Eto’o’s pass inside the box.
After the break, Yobo captained the Eagles and should have scored but his penalty was saved by Ayenugba.
He however made amends a few minutes later to put the Eagles up 5-3.
Actor, Osita Iheme, reduced the tally for Team World but it was too little too late as Yobo ended his final game a winner.

#YoboTestimonial : Nigeria XI Vs World XI - Live

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27/05/2016

The Garden City of Port Harcourt is agog, as football stars around the world assembled in Nigeria for Joseph Yobo’s testimonial happening today inside the Adokiye Amasiemaka Stadium.

7.14 pm' Referee blows the final whistle. It has been an eventful evening. It was a great moment for a great man, from a great nation. It ended: Team Nigeria 5 – 4 Team World
7.06 pm' Goal! Nollywood’s Osita Iheme scores. The ‘little’ player was assisted by Samuel Eto’o
6.55 pm' Goal! Yobo scores from the penalty spot for Team Nigeria.‎
Sub - Vincent Enyeama OUT Ike Shorunmu IN
6.46 pm' AY the comedian balloons the ball over the bar. That confirms his status as a comedian.
6.43′ Second half underway.‎
Referee signals the end of the first half. Team Nigeria4 – 3 Team World‎
6.23 pm' Goal! Joseph Yobo’s volley has been adjudged to have crossed the line. It’s now 4 – 3.‎
6.16 pm' It’s another goal masterminded by Jay Jay Okocha. Emenike gets his hat trick, as he is assisted by Ahmed Musa. 4-2
6.15 pm' Goal! Emmanuel Emenike completes a brace. The ex-international nutmegs Dele Aiyenugba to restore Team Nigeria’s lead. 3-2
6.13 pm: What a goal. Samuel Eto’o has finally made Enyeama crawl. It’s 2 – 2.
6.12 pm' Vincent Enyeama makes a superb effort to deny Samuel Eto’o from finding the back of the net.
6.05 pm' It is end-to-end now, as Jay jay Okocha continues to dazzle with scintillating skills here‎
6.01 pm' Joel Obi puts Team Nigeria back ahead. 2-1 now in their favour. ‎
6.00 pm' Goal! Sulley Muntari levels it. Team Nigeria 1-1 Team World.
5:58 pm' Goal! Emmanuel Emenike puts his team ahead. Team Nigeria 1-0 Team World
5:53 pm' The game is underway in Port Harcourt
Team Nigeria: Joseph Yobo, Vincent Enyeama, Chidi Odia, Mutiu Adepoku, Austin Okocha, Ahmed Musa, Alfred Chukwundukwe, Efe Ambrose, Godfrey Oboabona, Danny Shittu, Emmanuel Emenike, Kanu Nwankwo, Sulley Muntari, AY the comedian, Dele Ayenugba, Stephen Appiah, Ben Iroha, Austin Auguavoen, Lomana Lualua, Joel Obi
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