I am ready to lead the Super Eagles at AFCON – John Obi Mikel

John Obi Mikel has confirmed he is available to return to Nigeria’s Super Eagles for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, according to a team official.

The former Chelsea star last played for Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and was not involved in the qualifying for this year’s Nations Cup.

“Mikel has met with coach (Gernot) Rohr in England and he has confirmed he will feature at the Nations Cup in Egypt,” said a top team official.

The 32-year-old Obi, now with English Championship side Middlesborough, has won 85 caps and scored six goals since his full international debut in 2005 against Libya. Continue reading “I am ready to lead the Super Eagles at AFCON – John Obi Mikel”

Super Eagles ‘confident’ for Afcon after Egypt win

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr hailed his side’s friendly victory over Africa Cup of Nations hosts and favorites Egypt, but admitted they still need to improve before the tournament starts in June.

A stunning goal by Paul Onuachu inside a minute proved to be the winner for Nigeria inside a packed Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.

“This was not a good match, it was a great match for us against one of the top favourites for the Africa Cup of Nations,” Rohr told reporters after Tuesday’s game.

“We still have to improve, but we’re about 69-percent ready for the Africa Cup.” Various games for weekend matches are available on Site

Three-time African champions Nigeria will play two more friendlies to prepare for the event, which they last qualified for in 2013, when they lifted the title. Continue reading “Super Eagles ‘confident’ for Afcon after Egypt win”

Egypt select six venues for African Nations Cup

Egypt has chosen six venues across five cities to host this year’s African Nations Cup finals, local media reported, including the Port Said Stadium where 72 supporters died in the country’s worst violence at a soccer venue in 2012.

After a board meeting, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) confirmed that Cairo Stadium, Borg el Arab Stadium in Alexandria and Ismailia stadium are among the venues chosen for the tournament.

Other venues are the army-owned June 30 Stadium, on the outskirts of Cairo, and the Suez stadium.

The 74 000-seater Cairo Stadium hosted the finals of previous Nations Cup tournaments in 1986 and 2006.

The June 30 stadium replaces Al Salam, another venue on Cairo’s outskirts which hosts the domestic and African Champions League matches of the country’s most popular club, Al Ahly. Naija and Bet

The Port Said Stadium was closed for five years after the 2012 disaster that followed a league match between Al Masry and Al Ahly. Continue reading “Egypt select six venues for African Nations Cup”

Nigeria vs South Africa, Rohr wants quick AFCON qualification

The Bafana Bafana squad is shaping up well ahead of their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Nigeria on Saturday.

Coach Stuart Baxter was more than happy following Wednesday’s practice game at Steyn City School in which he tried what might be his preferred starting 11.

Without giving much away with three days to go before the crunch game against the Super Eagles of Nigeria, the Bafana Bafana coach said he had an idea of his starting lineup although one or two changes might still come to mind.

“I have an idea of what I need to do although there might be one or two changes and I also need to fine-tune a few areas ahead of Saturday’s game. But I must say that I was very happy with the training today,” he told journalists on Wednesday.

He said Thulani Serero who carries a lot of the home crowd’s expectation on his shoulders had been very comfortable on the ball although he was tentative in the beginning. Place bet on today matches on NaijaBet

“As I said earlier, we have not yet picked the final team for Saturday’s game but Thulani is doing well and as the match progressed during the practice game, he became very comfortable on the ball.”

With Dean Furman and Kamohelo Mokotjo, the regular pairing in the field of play, all out injured, the team will pick a new pairing and are confident that whoever is picked will rise to the occasion. Continue reading “Nigeria vs South Africa, Rohr wants quick AFCON qualification”

Mikel Obi out of Afcon qualifier clash against South Africa

Nigeria has again left out captain Mikel John Obi from next month’s crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in South Africa after they named a 23-man squad.

China-based Mikel Obi, who made his Nigeria debut in 2005, has not played for the country since he captained the team to the World Cup in Russia in June.

Officials have said the former Chelsea star was previously left out of the squad to allow him time to recover from niggling injuries.

But he has since fully recovered and is now playing regularly for his Chinese club, Tianjin Teda.

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has recalled Sporting Charleroi striker Victor Osimhen and midfielder Mikel Agu, who is based in Portugal.

Villarreal young forward Samuel Chukwueze has been handed his first call-up. Continue reading “Mikel Obi out of Afcon qualifier clash against South Africa”

Libya coach resign ahead of qualifier against Super Eagle

Libya coach Adel Amrouche has resigned just days before his side are to due face Nigeria in an African Nations Cup qualifier.

His departure has been confirmed by the Libyan Football Federation and on Wednesday by Belgian Amrouche, said that he was frustrated by working conditions with the team.

The 50-year-old, who was born in Algeria, was only appointed in May and his first match in charge last month saw Libya force a 0-0 draw in South Africa. Various AFCON qualifier Betting options are available on site

Forced to play all their home qualifiers at a neutral venue because of the tenuous security situation in the North African country, Libya travel to face Nigeria on Friday and then play them again in the return in Sfax, Tunisia on Monday.

Libya has four points from their first two games in their bid to qualify for the 2019 finals in Cameroon, ahead of South Africa on goal difference with Nigeria one point behind.

Seychelles are last in the group without any points.

The top two teams qualify for the finals next June

Cameroon insists it will be ready to host Afcon in 2019

A top Cameroon football official said on Sunday that his nation “will be ready” to host next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, even though the final decision has been delayed.

Cameroon’s hosting of African football’s showpiece event has been in jeopardy for months since the decision to increase the tournament from 16 to 24 teams.

The Confederation of African Football had been expected to confirm Cameroon as host on Friday at their meeting in Sharm el Sheikh, but instead postponed a vote until the end of November,

It said there had been a “big delay in the building of infrastructure” in Cameroon. Latest Odds are available for today’s games on NaijaBet

But Dieudonne Happi, the interim head of the west African country’s crisis-hit football federation, said: “In the current state of things, I can tell you bluntly and without any risk of being wrong that Cameroon will be ready.

“The delay will be made up,” said Happi, the chairman of the Cameroonian federation’s normalisation committee, adding that the country will be ready “no later than December 31”, the deadline set by CAF in March. Continue reading “Cameroon insists it will be ready to host Afcon in 2019”

God told Egypt keeper El Hadary to retires aged 45

Veteran Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El Hadary has retired from international duty aged 45, after breaking the record for oldest player to appear at a World Cup in Russia.

“After reflecting at length and asking God, I have decided to retire from international football,” El Hadary wrote on Facebook late Monday.

El Hadary, nicknamed “High Dam”, won 159 caps for his country during a 22-year international career that saw him win the Africa Cup of Nations four times. Place bet on Live matches 24/7 

At the age of 45 years and 161 days, El Hadary smashed Colombian stopper Faryd Mondragon’s record for oldest player at a World Cup when he took to the field against Saudi Arabia in Volgograd this summer.

He wrote that he was “very proud” to have finally “realised the most important, biggest, dearest dream of playing at the World Cup”. Continue reading “God told Egypt keeper El Hadary to retires aged 45”

CAF Champions League: Sundowns ready for revenge against Togo Port

Mamelodi Sundowns will square off with AS Togo Port in the 2018 CAF Champions League Group C match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa on Friday.

The Brazilians are a wounded side having lost 1-0 to Togo Port in an encounter which was played at the Stade Municipal in Lome, Togo almost two weeks ago.

The defeat left Sundowns placed fourth on the Group C standings with two points from three matches. They are three points behind the leaders, Wydad Casablanca with three games left.

The South African champions are desperate for their first win in this year’s group stage and they will be hoping that their key attacker Sibusiso Vilakazi rediscovers his scoring form.

The 28-year-old forward, who has scored once in this year’s Champions League group stage, has the ability to inspire the Brazilians to victory in Pretoria. Place bet on Live Matches & Virtual Games on NaijaBet

Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane has stressed the importance of defeating Togo Port at home. Continue reading “CAF Champions League: Sundowns ready for revenge against Togo Port”

Madagascar sent Bafana out of Cosafa Cup

Madagascar beat South Africa 4-3 on Sunday in a penalty shootout after their 2018 Cosafa Cup quarterfinal match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane ended goalless.

The home nation got off to a positive start as they controlled possession stakes and dictated the flow of the game.

Bafana created their first scoring opportunity as early as the fifth minute when a right-sided free-kick was cleverly worked into the Madagascar box, but Lebohang Maboe shot just wide of the target from 14 yards out.

Luther Singh proved to be a real threat for the Madagascar defence and should have opened the scoring in the 20th minute when he broke through on goal, but he was denied in a one-on-one with goalkeeper Jean Leda.

Madagascar did not really offer much in the way of attack in the opening half, but they did manage a stinging shot on goal courtesy of Jaotombo Bourah just after the half-hour mark. His 24-yard effort, however, sailed over the crossbar. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

Maboe had another great scoring shot for Bafana in the 35th minute when he broke into the box from the right, but Leda was on hand yet again for Madagascar to stop him from close range.

The half ended goallessly.

Continue reading “Madagascar sent Bafana out of Cosafa Cup”

Morocco Sink Nigeria to Chan glory

Morocco romped to an emphatic 4-0 victory over Nigeria in the final of the 2018 African Nations Championship at Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca on Sunday night.

The Atlas Lions become the fourth different winner of the Chan, joining DR Congo, Tunisia and Libya on the honours board after they overpowered the Super Eagles, who played most of the second half with just 10 men.

Morocco gave an early warning of their attacking potency when striker Ayoub El Kaabi headed home from Ismail Haddad’s corner kick in the seventh minute, but the goal was correctly ruled out because the ball had passed out of play in its flight. Place bet today’s game on NaijaBet

El Kaabi took centre stage again in the 15th minute when he met Haddad’s left-flank cross with an acrobatic overhead kick and rattled Nigeria’s crossbar with the effort, underlining the Atlas Lions’ early dominance.

Nigeria came into the game a little more as the first half wore on, but the hosts remained dangerous in attack and finally broke the deadlock just before the interval. Continue reading “Morocco Sink Nigeria to Chan glory”

Nigeria’s Rohr excited with England friendly

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr believes England will give his players the ideal test of their readiness for the World Cup when they meet in a friendly in June. excited

The Super Eagles take on the Three Lions at Wembley Stadium on June 2 in preparation for the tournament in Russia that kicks off on June 14.

Rohr described the fixture as “good news for myself and the entire team” and said Gareth Southgate’s side were “very strong presently and… will give us a very good match”. Place bet on today’s matches on NaijaBet.com

“We will be able to test our readiness for the World Cup when we meet the Three Lions at Wembley,” he added.

England on Wednesday also announced a second warm-up game against Costa Rica on June 7 and Southgate said both matches would help his players adapt to different styles of play. Continue reading “Nigeria’s Rohr excited with England friendly”

Mohamed Salah: Rejected From Chelsea to African king

It took Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah just three years to transform from a Chelsea reject to being crowned African Player of the Year in Ghana on Thursday.

Salah failed to blossom after moving from Swiss outfit Basel to Stamford Bridge, leading to him being loaned to Serie A sides Fiorentina and AS Roma, then sold to the latter.

At Roma, his career took off as he scored 29 goals in two seasons and created 17 others to draw the attention of several English Premier League suitors. Predict tomorrow’s FA Cup matches to win Big NaijaBet

Liverpool made a successful £34.3 million bid and Salah has not looked back since, scoring 23 goals in 29 matches in all competitions.

He has made a habit of bagging braces with the most recent helping Liverpool come from behind at home to edge Leicester City 2-1 last month.

Seventeen of the goals have come in the Premier League, placing him second in the scorers’ charts, only one goal behind Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur. Continue reading “Mohamed Salah: Rejected From Chelsea to African king”

Tough choice – Who will win African Footballer of the Year award?

Africa will crown its best soccer player on Thursday but the electors have a tough choice in deciding between the three candidates for the 2017 African Footballer of the Year award.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund and Gabon goes up against Liverpool’s Senegalese Sadio Mane and Egyptian Mohamed Salah with none of the final three candidates having a defining achievement over the last 12 months to set them apart.

The winner will be announced at the annual Confederation of African Football awards being hosted in Accra, Ghana. Place bet on your favorite sport NaijaBet

Aubameyang, who was the African Footballer of the Year in 2015 and runner-up in the last poll to Riyad Mahrez, finished as top scorer in the Bundesliga last season, netting 31 goals, and continued his form in front of goal into the new campaign.

He also scored the winner in the German Cup final in May but that is hardly likely to resonate with the voters, who are the national team coaches and captains from each African country plus a selected panel of journalists. Continue reading “Tough choice – Who will win African Footballer of the Year award?”

Nigeria drop to ninth in New FIFA ranking

A ‘boardroom’ defeat led Nigeria to drop one place to ninth in the FIFA Africa rankings for December released on Thursday.

Nigeria had a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Algeria last month changed to a 3-0 defeat by FIFA officials after they fielded suspended Abdullahi Shehu. Place bet on Africa League on NaijaBet

The result did not affect on the final standings with Nigeria finishing five points ahead of Zambia with Cameroon third and Algeria last.

Ghana moved above Nigeria to eighth and Algeria rose to 10th with 2015 Africa Cup of Nations title-holders the Ivory Coast falling out of a top 10 headed by Senegal.

Africa Top 10

1. Senegal (world ranking 23),
2. Tunisia (27),
3. Egypt (31),
4. Democratic Republic of Congo (39),
5. Morocco (40),
6. Burkina Faso (44),
7. Cameroon (45),
8. Ghana (50),
9. Nigeria (51),
10. Algeria (58)

CAF award finalists : Aubameyang, Mane, Salah to contest

Prolific goalscorers Mohamed Salah of Egypt and Pierre-Emerick  Aubame-yang of Gabon were named on Monday among the three finalists for the African Player of the Year award.

Sadio Mane of Senegal completes a list announced in Ghana for the highest annual Confederation of African Football (CAF) individual honour.

Liverpool sharpshooter Salah is the leading English Premier League scorer this season with 14 goals, having moved from Roma in the off-season.

He also scored crucial goals as Egypt reached the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which will be the first appearance by the Pharaohs at the global showpiece in 28 years. Latest Africa League Odds on NaijaBet.com

Borussia Dortmund striker Aubameyang lies second in the Bundesliga scorers charts with 13 goals, two less than Poland and Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski. Continue reading “CAF award finalists : Aubameyang, Mane, Salah to contest”

Yakubu retired on his 35TH Birthday

Former Portsmouth and Everton forward Yakubu Aiyegbeni has retired from professional soccer on his 35th birthday.

Yakubu, who also played for Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers, made 250 Premier League appearances and scored 96 goals in a career spanning 20 years and featured three times for fourth-tier side Coventry City this year before being released.

“I would like to officially announce my retirement from professional football today,” Yakubu said. NaijaBet.com

The powerful striker scored 21 goals in 57 appearances for Nigeria and took part in four Africa Cup of Nations as well as the 2010 World Cup.

“The Yak… is 3rd best all time scorer of the senior national team. Thank you for the memories,” the Nigerian Football Federation tweeted.

RUSSIA 2018: Iwobi returns, as Rohr name Mikel, Moses, Ighalo, others for Zambia clash


ARSENAL’s Alex Iwobi, captain John Mikel Obi, Odion Ighalo, Victor Moses and 22 others have been invited by Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr for next month’s all –important FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifying showdown against the Chipolopolo of Zambia in Uyo.

The list which was made known today (Tuesday) by the NFF’s Communication Department, informed that Iwobi who missed out in the double header against African champions, Cameroon Indomitable Lions due to injury will be making a comeback to the team.

Recall he was on the goals scorer’s sheet as Nigeria beat the Copper Bullets 2-1 in Ndola on matchday 1 of the African Qualifiers. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com

The is essentially the same personnel that decimated the Indomitable Lions, with defenders Leon Balogun, Abdullahi Shehu, William Ekong and Elderson Echiejile, midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Ogenyi Onazi and Oghenekaro Etebo and forwards Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, and Anthony Nwakaeme also included. Continue reading “RUSSIA 2018: Iwobi returns, as Rohr name Mikel, Moses, Ighalo, others for Zambia clash”

Eagles improve in latest Fifa ranking

Nigeria have continued to make progress in the Fifa monthly ranking as the Super Eagles are now ranked fifth in Africa and 40th in the World.

According to the latest ranking released on Thursday, Nigeria moved two places from seventh to fifth in Africa and one place from 41st to 40th in the world ranking.

The Super Eagles played out a 1-1 draw with Senegal last month and were to take Burkina Faso after that but the game was cancelled due to visa issues that affected the Etalons. Place Bet on Live matches at NaijaBet.com

Brazil are the new number one team on the planet usurping bitter rivals Argentina while Egypt are top dogs in Africa.

Africa Top 10

1. Egypt

2. Senegal

Continue reading “Eagles improve in latest Fifa ranking”

Rohr Satisfied with draw against Senegal

Nigerian Coach Genoit Rohr was impressed with the outcome of the friendly match with Senegal in London. In his post-match press conference inside the bowels of the Hive Stadium he spoke on a wide range of questions arising from the match.

“We chose to play Senegal because of their physicality as we will be playing Cameroon in our next qualifiers. It was great to see how our players stood up to the challenge of playing teams like these. I was happy with them in that respect”.

On the subject of Cameroon who are now African Champions and whether that factor changes the dynamics going into that qualifier “most definitely” Rohr said. Predict today’s World cup qualifiers Matches on NaijaBet.com and Win Big

“Now they have more confidence. They have players who have the belief that being champions brings but we know that if we are to win in Cameroon it will give us a great chance of being at the World Cup”.

Rohr also provided updates on the state of Ogenyi Onazi who was taken off injured. Continue reading “Rohr Satisfied with draw against Senegal”

Eagles resume preparations for Lions and Stallions

The Super Eagles, in London for the international week had their first training session on Tuesday at The Hive training ground of Barnet FC.

The players were put through their paces in various light work by the technical crew led by Gernot Rohr.

At a ridiculously cold weather for this time of the year the 16 players in camp as at the time of the training were full of banter and laughter.

Carl Ikeme is the only goalkeeper at this point while new invitees Tyrone Ebuehi, Chidozie Awaziem and Noah Joel Sarenren Bazee looked to be integrating very well. Play Bet on today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com

The Leicester City duo of Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi along with fellow Premier League star Isaac Success showed plenty of commitment during the one-touch passing exercises.

These players have had long seasons already so there was not much physical exercises. Rohr and his team made sure most of the work done by the players was with the ball. Continue reading “Eagles resume preparations for Lions and Stallions”

Ahmad elected as new CAF President

Madagascan Ahmad Ahmad was elected president of the Confederation of African Football Thursday, ousting veteran leader Issa Hayatou after 29 years in office to usher in a “new dawn” for the sport on the continent.

Ahmad, head of Madagascar’s football federation, won the election in the Ethiopian capital by 34 votes to Hayatou’s 20, official results showed.

Delegates cheered and pumped their fists in the plenary hall after the announcement of the result which heralded the departure of the last of the old generation of leaders in world football.

Ahmad, a 57-year-old father of two, had a discreet playing and coaching career before he took the reins of the Madagascar football federation in 2003. NaijaBet

His rare and determined bid for “change” at the head of the CAF this year took many by surprise, and the incumbent was seen as the favourite. Continue reading “Ahmad elected as new CAF President”

Cameroon will be difficult for Nigeria – Garba Lawal

The ex-international predicts a tough 2018 World Cup qualifying clash with the African champions, but urges Gernot Rohr’s men to be focused

Former Nigeria international Garba Lawal believes the 2018 World Cup qualifier clash between Nigeria and African champions Cameroon will be a difficult contest.

Gernot Rohr’s men will face the Indomitable Lions in a double-header on August 28 and September 2 respectively, with the three-time African kings hoping for at least four points out of six to confirm their place for Russia 2018.

Despite the Super Eagles leading Group B with six points – four points ahead of Hugo Broos’ men, the 42-year-old urged the country’s senior national side not to relent. Naija and Bet

“I’m happy for Cameroon emerging as African champions. Nobody gave them a chance, but that’s football for you,” Lawal said.

“Now we are playing Cameroon in a double header [qualifier]. We’ve played two games and got six points from them. Continue reading “Cameroon will be difficult for Nigeria – Garba Lawal”

Eagles to face Senegal, Burkina Faso in friendlies Match

The Super Eagles will play the two tune-up games to assess their readiness for this year’s Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifiers

Nigeria will face Senegal and Burkina Faso in international friendlies billed for March, the Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed.

The Super Eagles did not feature in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations played in Gabon, and they will use the games against the west Africans to step up preparations for this year’s Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifiers. Naija and Bet

Gernot Rohr’s men will take on Senegal on March 23 in London, and will face Burkina Faso four days later.

Super Eagles media officer, Toyin Ibitoye disclosed that coach Rohr will announce his squad for the ties in few days time. Continue reading “Eagles to face Senegal, Burkina Faso in friendlies Match”

Ghana coach Avram Grant resigns

Avram Grant and the Ghana Football Association have parted ways after the Israeli announced his resignation on Tuesday morning.

At about midday local time, he was seen leaving the Ghana FA Secretariat for the last time, with some officials seeing him off into his Land Cruiser.

“After an extremely amicable meeting with the president of Ghana FA, and following more than two successful years in charge of the national team, I’ve informed Mr Nyantakyi that the time is right for me to move on to a new challenge and I thank him for the opportunity,” his statement said. NaijaBet.com

The Black Stars failed to win the just-ended Afcon despite a sixth successive semifinals, having lost 1-0 in the bronze medal match against Burkina Faso on Saturday.

“I’ve hugely enjoyed my time in Ghana taking over after the disastrous 2014 World Cup campaign and rebuilding the squad to reach the final in the African Cup of Nations for only the second time in 23 years, and also the semifinal of this year’s competition,” Grant said. Continue reading “Ghana coach Avram Grant resigns”