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.

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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

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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”

Cameroon down Egypt to win Afcon 2017

Vincent Aboubakar came off the bench to score a stunning winner with two minutes left as Cameroon fought back to beat Egypt 2-1 in a thrilling Africa Cup of Nations final in Libreville, Gabon, on Sunday.

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny had given Egypt the lead midway through the first half and Egypt looked to be on course to win an unrivalled eighth Cup of Nations crown in their first appearance at the tournament since 2010.

But Nicolas Nkoulou, who had come off the bench in the first half, headed in the equaliser just before the hour mark and fellow substitute Aboubakar slammed in the winner in the 88th minute. Naija and Bet

That sparked bedlam in a near-capacity crowd of more than 38 000 in Gabon’s capital, made up in its majority by Cameroonian supporters.

It is a fifth Cup of Nations crown for the Indomitable Lions, a first since 2002, and the first time they have beaten Egypt in the final in three attempts. Continue reading “Cameroon down Egypt to win Afcon 2017”

Cameroon sink Ghana to reach final

Cameroon will face Egypt in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final following a 2-0 win over Ghana in the second semifinal played at the Stade de Fran-ceville, in the Gabonese city of Franceville, on Thursday evening.

Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui and Christian Bassogog were on target for the Indomitable Lions as their fairytale run continued as Hugo Broos led Cameroon to their first final since 2008.

Cameroon dominated the opening half hour, and following a rather cagey start, a chance from a corner-kick in the eighth minute sparked a relent-less spell of pressure, with the Black Stars lucky to hold on. NaijaBet.com

Adolphe Teikeu lost his marker before directing a powerful header on goal, but lucky for the West Africans – who were playing in their sixth success-ive semifinal – Harrison Afful was well-positioned to clear off the line.

Robert Ndip Tambe then missed a golden chance in the 12th minute.Benja min Moukandjo fired a pin-point ball into the area, but his teammate could only succeed in directing his resulting shot straight at Brimah Razak from close range. Continue reading “Cameroon sink Ghana to reach final”

Match Preview : Cameroon v Ghana

Ghana will seek another Africa Cup of Nations final appearance when they clash with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon on Thursday at the Stade de Franceville, Franceville.

The Black Stars lost in the last finals in Equatorial Guinea to Ivory Coast on penalty kicks and will look to bury the ghosts of Malabo.

They will be up against a Cameroon side who have surprised many by making it all the way to the semi-finals. A new look Indomitable Lions squad barely scrapped through the group stage but seem to get better with each passing game. NaijaBet.com

Two draws and a win in the group stage meant they came second in Group A behind Burkina Faso to set up a clash with the Teranga Lions.

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Ghana – have a poor record against Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations but Asamoah Gyan is determined to seize another chance to reach AFCON glory by defeating Cameroon in Thursday’s semi-final. Continue reading “Match Preview : Cameroon v Ghana”

AFCON Match Preview : Burkina Faso vs Egypt

The Burkina Faso side, coach by Paul Duarte have improved with each passing game and will fancy their chances against Egypt on Wednesday.

Egypt have been one of the most consistent sides in the tournament, though not flashy by any means, their effectiveness has seen them win all their games bar the first group game that they drew with Mali.

An added spice to the equation is that Egypt is the only team in the tournament yet to concede a goal while Burkina Faso has scored in all their games.

Ahmed Hegazi has been colossal for the North Africans in the centre of defence and he will also be counted upon to lock out an impressive Burkinabe attack. Win big on NaijaBet.com

It will be a clash of two teams with contrasting styles. Burkina Faso’s counter-attacking, compact defending game against an Egyptian side who love to play expansive football under Hector Cuper.

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Burkina Faso – has also been strong defensively with a solid defensive line of Issoufou Dayo, Bakary Kone and Yacouba Coulibaly. Continue reading “AFCON Match Preview : Burkina Faso vs Egypt”

Mohsen out of Afcon due to injury against Morocco

Key Egyptian player is out of the Afcon after scans confirmed he has done his anterior cruciate ligament.

The Al Ahly forward suffered the injury in their 1-0 win against Morocco, and the Egyptian Football Association confirmed the news on Tuesday.

Mohsen, 27, went off shortly before half time against Morocco in Port Gentil at the weekend. His replacement in that game was Sporting Braga’s Ahmed Hassan Koka, who may also start against Burkina Faso on Wednesday. Place your Bet on NaijaBet.com

That semifinal will be the first game Mohsen would have missed in all the North African giants’ games. Surprisingly he had not been a sure starter before the tournament, but had secured his place in a pre-tournament prep game against Tunisia.

Egypt play Burkina Faso at the Stade de l’Amitié in Libreville.

Ghana set eyes on winning AFCON 2017

The Black Star says the team must beat the Indomitable Lions in the semi-finals on Thursday to get closer to their ultimate target.

Deputy Ghana captain Andre Ayew has urged the outfit to maintain focus ahead of their semi-final clash with Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

The Black Stars seek to make the final for the second consecutive time in Thursday’s fixture in Franceville, but with an ambition to win the cup this time around. Place your bet on Ghana to win both remaining match on NaijaBet.com

Ayew netted the winner in the 2-1 quarter-final triumph over DR Congo on Sunday, becoming Ghana’s joint-all-time scorer at the Afcon with eight goals.

“Cameroon is a tough team,” Ayew said.

“We know the kind of opponent we are going to face, and so we have to prepare ourselves very well. Continue reading “Ghana set eyes on winning AFCON 2017”

Burkina Faso look to upstage Egypt

Alongside a trio of the continent’s most successful teams in the African Nations Cup semifinal line-up, Burkina Faso’s ambition burns brightly as they seek another chance to win their first major title.

Four years ago, Burkina Faso were surprise runners-up at the Nations Cup in South Africa and have confirmed that potential with a place in the final four at the tournament in Gabon.

Now they are looking to book another place in the final when they meet Egypt in the last four on Wednesday. Naija and Bet

“We dream of doing better than in 2013. It will not be easy. We cannot know what the future will be, only God knows,” said their coach Paulo Duarte.

“The important thing is that the players do not lose their humility.” Continue reading “Burkina Faso look to upstage Egypt”

Ghana secure AFCON semi-final for the six in a row

Jordan Ayew and his elder brother, Andre, were on target as they fire Ghana to a 2-1 victory over DR Congo DR to secure the Black Stars’ spot in the AFCON semi-finals for the sixth straight time.

DR Congo should have gone ahead after seven minutes when Mbokani rounded Razak Brimah, but ended up hit the upright from close range. There was a good tempo to the opening 20 minutes of the first half, although Congo looked more threatening especially with the presence of Mbokani upfront. Naija and Bet

Brimah was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the opening half, as was called upon to keep out Mbokani’s strike from distance. Ghana, meanwhile struggled to carve out any clear-cut chances in the opening half and looked to be missing the presence of Gyan.

The Black Stars came out firing in the second half and eventually broke the deadlock after 62 minutes as Jordan Ayew calmly curled a powerful effort into the top corner. After he scored, he wept. Continue reading “Ghana secure AFCON semi-final for the six in a row”

Aubameyang recovering from Afcon disappointment

In typical big player fashion, Gabon star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is shrugging off the disappointment of being unable to lead his nation past the Afcon group stages.

Despite not losing a match, the Panthers crashed out of Group A with minnows Guinea Bissau, leaving Burkina Faso and Cameroon to advance.

But photos on his social media pages show the Borussia Dortmund striker jetting back in style to Germany. The 27-year-old scored two goals in three games for the Panthers as they became the fourth hosts to be knocked out in the group stage.

“On my way back to @bvb09 #aubameyang #pea17 #backontrack #bvb #phillipplein #pleinhero #allthewayup,” Aubameyang posted on Instagram.

Gabon drew 1-1 with Guinea-Bissau in the tournament opener, repeated the score against Burkina Faso, and then finished goalless with Cameroon.

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