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Finidi George has stepped down from his role as the head coach of the Super Eagles. The 52-year-old gaffer confirmed his resignation via WhatsApp chat with TheCable on Saturday. Finidi’s exit from the role comes a few days after the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) announced a plan to appoint a foreign technical adviser for the team. The former Enyimba FC manager managed only two competitive games as the Eagle coach since his appointment in April. He led the team to a 1-1 home draw against South Africa in his first game and a 2-1 loss to the Benin Republic in…
Nigeria’s World Cup qualifying hopes took a heavy blow with a 2-1 defeat by Benin on Monday, but Ghana and Algeria salvaged wins while Egypt drew after all three were behind at halftime. Ghana's Jordan Ayew got a hat-trick as they beat the Central African Republic 4-3 in Kumasi after trailing 2-1 at the break, while Algeria were 1-0 down to Uganda in Kampala but second-half goals from Houssem Aouar and Said Benrahma secured a 2-1 win. Mohamed Salah came to Egypt’s rescue with a sensational equaliser for a 1-1 draw in Guinea Bissau. Nigeria lost away to Benin, who…
Former Nigerian winger Finidi George has been appointed as the head coach of the national team, the Super Eagles, officials announced on Monday. The 53-year-old, who previously served as an assistant coach, steps into the role following the departure of former coach Jose Peseiro, whose contract was not renewed despite leading Nigeria to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year, where they were defeated by the hosts, Ivory Coast. George, who had a stint as interim coach for two friendlies in March, securing a victory over Ghana and suffering a defeat against Mali, now assumes the…
Super Falcons of Nigeria have qualified for the women’s football event of the 2024 Olympics in Paris. Nigeria defeated South Africa 1-0 on aggregate in the final round of qualifiers to book a place at the Games for the first time since 2008. Rasheedat Ajibade’s 43rd-minute penalty in the first leg proved historic as the Falcons held on to a pragmatic goalless draw at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Tuesday. Randy Waldrum kept faith in the same line-up that clinched the vital home win on Friday. The Falcons dominated the match in the early stages. They held on to the…
Two-time world champion Anthony Joshua knocked out mixed martial arts star Francis Ngannou in just the second round of their heavyweight clash in the early hours of Saturday. Joshua had his Cameroonian opponent on the canvas in the first round and twice more in the second in a brutal and brief exhibition of punching power. Ngannou, 37, a former UFC heavyweight champion, was taking part in only his second professional boxing match, having lost a split decision to Tyson Fury in an October fight that saw him put the WBC champion on the canvas in the third round. “I thought…
Nigeria's Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro said on Friday he had left the job only weeks after taking the team to the Africa Cup of Nations final. He made the announcement on X, formerly Twitter, confirming the end of his contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). “Yesterday, we concluded our contract with the NFF. It was a pride and honor to coach the Super Eagles. It has been 22 months of immense dedication, sacrifice, emotion, and enormous enthusiasm. We feel a sense of fulfilment,” he wrote. Peseiro took Nigeria to the Cup of Nations final for the first time since…
The Super Eagles of Nigeria have lost 2-1 to the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire in the final of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON). The Eagles surrendered a goal lead to the Ivorians at the Olympic stadium, Ebimpe, Abidjan, on Sunday. Nigeria conceded only two goals en route to the final but let in just as many goals against a rejuvenated Cote d’Ivoire side. The Elephants were a different team from the earlier side that lost to the Eagles in the group stage and needed to wait till the final match of the group stage to qualify for the second…
Sunday, 11 February 2024 04:55

AFCON: South Africa win third place

South Africa took third place at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in the Ivory Coast when they edged the Democratic Republic of Congo 6-5 on penalties after a goalless draw at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium on Saturday. South Africa midfielder Teboho Mokoena hit the outside of the post with the first kick after which the next eight efforts were all successful, leaving DR Congo captain Chancel Mbemba needing to score to win the contest. But South Africa goalkeeper Ronwen Williams saved Mbemba's effort was saved, taking the shootout into sudden death. Williams then saved again from Meschak Elia to…
Thursday, 08 February 2024 04:44

Nigeria beat South Africa to secure AFCON final

Super Eagles of Nigeria have qualified for the final of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast. Nigeria defeated Bafana Bafana of South Africa on penalties in the semi-final at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake on Wednesday. Both teams played out a one-all draw through the regular period and extra time before the Eagles triumphed 4-2 in the penalty shootout. The match was a record 15th semi-final AFCON semi-final appearance for the Super Eagles, and it was a nervy encounter that pushed them to the breaking point. Victor Osimhen was only announced fit on the eve…
The Super Eagles put up a professional performance to eke out a 1-0 win over surprise quarterfinalists Angola. A first half goal from Ademola Lookman, his third in the tournament, was all the Nigerians needed to book their place in the semi-final for the 16th time, where they will take on DR Congo or Guinea, who play the second quarterfinal later on Friday night. Stanley Nwabali was fit enough to start in goal, and coach Jose Peseiro went with the same team that defeated Cameroon. Nwabali kept his fourth consecutive clean sheet to become the third Nigerian goalkeeper to keep…
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