Algeria have outscored every team in the tournament so far and beat Senegal 1-0 in the group stage.
Senegal have won four straight games since their loss to the Desert Foxes. The Teranga Lions have kept five clean sheets from six games, but will be without star defender Kalidou Koulibaly this weekend.
Algeria are heavy favourites but Senegal cannot be ruled out with Liverpool forward Sadio Mane in their ranks.
Senegal- Kalidou Koulibaly is suspended for the final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and his absence is a huge blow for Senegal. Salif Sané will make his first appearance since Senegal’s opening game of the tournament as a result. Various Betting Options are Available on site for today’s games
Ismaila Sarr could start after an impressive substitute appearance in Sunday’s semi-final victory over Tunisia. Continue reading “AFCON Match Preview: Senegal vs Algeria”
Nigeria and South Africa qualified for the last eight following hard-fought wins over holders Cameroon and hosts Egypt, respectively.
The Super Eagles, though, are the team that are favourites to win this one due to their formidable frontline. They have scored five goals in four games while Bafana Bafana have found the back of the net twice.
Nigeria, also have a 6-1 advantage with four draws from 11 previous matches against South Africa. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
Nigeria- Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr is expected to start the same XI that beat Cameroon 3-2 in the thrilling last-16 contest in Alexandria on Saturday.
Right-back Chidozie Awaziem is a booking away from suspension. Continue reading “AFCON Match Preview: Nigeria vs South Africa”
The Super Eagles are heavily tipped to top Group B upon their return to the Nations Cup, after failing to qualify for last two editions. To achieve that, they will need a positive start against Burundi.
Burundi are making their debut at this year’s championship. They finished second in their qualifying group behind Mali having remained unbeaten, winning two of six.
Nigeria- Head coach Gernot Rohr has no injury worries going into Saturday’s must-win encounter.
Striker Odion Ighalo is expected to lead the line after scoring seven goals in six matches during qualifying. Various betting options are available on site
John Obi Mikel is also in line to start after returning to the squad despite missing the entire qualification process. Continue reading “AFCON Match Preview: Nigeria vs Burundi”
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Nigeria’s most expensive wing-back, Ola Aina, has sent a message to Leicester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Rotherham United defender, Semi Ajayi, after the pair were dropped by coach Gernot Rohr from Super Eagles’ final 23-man 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, squad.
Both players did not feature on Saturday as Nigeria were held to a 0-0 draw by Zimbabwe in an international friendly played in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
Aina, who is set to join Torino from Chelsea, urged Iheanacho and Ajayi to keep their heads up, have a very nice break, recharge and be ready for the next season, adding that the duo were just unlucky. Various AFCON odds are available on NaijaBet
“It’s very unfortunate. Unfortunate because they [Kelechi Iheanacho and Semi Ajayi] probably deserve to be here as much as anyone of us, you know. It’s just unfortunate,” Aina was quoted by Completesports as saying. Continue reading “Nigeria dropped Iheanacho, Ajayi from AFCON squad”
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 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”
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”
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 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
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”
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”
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”