Yusuf, Ezenwa: WAFU final defeat, blessing in disguise

Five Eagles in Best XI Charles Ogundiya just back from Ghana The Super Eagles home-based coach, Salisu Yusuf, and captain Ikechukwu Ezenwa have said the 4-1defeat suffered in the hands of Ghana in the final of the just concluded West Africa Football Union competition is a blessing in disguise. Nigeria did not concede a goal leading to the final but let in four on Sunday including two penalties. Yusuf however said the defeat and the mistakes of the defenders would help the players to get better at the Africa Nations…

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FIFA rankings not true reflection of Eagles’ status – Onazi

Following Nigeria’s recent drop on the monthly FIFA rankings, Super Eagles’ assistant captain, Ogenyi Onazi, has dismissed the exercise, saying it is not a true reflection and position of the team’s current form and achievement. Speaking to AOIFootball.com from his base in Turkey, the midfielder, said that the team had had more wins than losses in recent matches which should have reflected their actual position on the monthly rankings, but that he was shocked to see the team dropped six places to 44th. “I find this worrisome. How can we…

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Ezenwa needs support, not criticism – Akpeyi

Emmanuel Tobi Chippa United of South Africa keeper, Daniel Akpeyi, has thrown his weight behind Super Eagles teammate and keeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, following criticism that trailed the team’s loss to Ghana in the final of the 2017 West African Football Union Cup in Accra on Sunday. The home-based Eagles with Ezenwa in goal suffered an embarrassing 4-1 defeat to arch-rival Ghana despite beating the same Black Stars 2-0 during the last group game match that aided Nigeria’s qualification for the semifinal of the competition. “Ezenwa needs support and not criticism….

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NCC Tennis league: Team Muller hits semis despite member losing mum, dad

Team Muller at the weekend in Lagos defeated Team VGC Lions 7-0 to secure a semifinal place in the ongoing NCC Tennis League with only one round robin match outstanding in the Blue Group. This was despite the sad news of Muller team member Emmanuel Idoko losing his mum and dad the same week of the tie. Idoko, who has proved to be a dependable support for the outstanding Joseph Imeh, lost his mum on the Tuesday preceding the tie but showed up for his match on Saturday against Martins…

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Dalung okay with WAFU Cup silver

Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has expressed satisfaction with the silver medal won by the home-based Super Eagles in the WAFU Nations Cup final. Dalung who was in Accra to cheer the team during their 4-1 loss to hosts Ghana in the final stated that sportsmanship was not only about winning but also losing. “We cannot win the trophy all the time and that’s why it’s called sports. Overall, the players did very well but unfortunately they came second. I am not disappointed but satisfied with their performance.”…

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LMC urges Eagles to build on gains of WAFU

Players and officials of the Super Eagles squad to the just ended West African Football Union tournament in Ghana have received commendation from the League Management Company which urged them to build on the lessons learnt from the sub-continental championship for the 2018 African Nations Championship. The players were drawn from the Nigeria Professional Football League organised by the LMC. LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko, who witnessed the final on Sunday, said he was impressed by the fight in the players that saw them come from the brink of ouster at…

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Enyimba tempt Ghana WAFU coach with big offer

Damilola Olaleye Former African champions, Enyimba Football Club of Aba, have concluded plans to sign Black Stars coach Maxwell Konadu by putting an audacious bid following his tactical brilliance at the just ended WAFU competition. Enyimba finished third in the just ended league and will be competing in the CAF Confederation Cup this season. Konadu has redeemed his image by leading the home-based club to win the regional competition, thrashing rivals Nigeria 4-1 in the final. The triumph is particularly sweet for the former Asante Kotoko coach after he had…

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