Zaki Quits As Morocco Coach

Badou ZakiBadou Zaki has quit as coach of the Atlas Lions of Morocco.

After 20 months of instability and inconsistent results, the Federation have agreed with Zaki to end his contract by mutual consent.

The former international goalkeeper, Zaki took over as Morocco manager for the second time in May 2014.

The team struggled recently and was knocked out of the African Nations Championship at the group stage.

Herve Renard, who was sacked by French club, Lille earlier this season, has been rumoured to be lined up to take over.

Ikechukwu Ibenegbu Joins Enyimba

Ibenegbu--EnyimbaHome Based Eagles midfielder, Ikechukwu Ibenegbu, has successfully completed his switch to the Nigeria Professional League champions, Enyimba.

The midfielder has signed a two-year deal with the People’s Elephant.

The former Warri Wolves player, said that he was excited heading off to Enyimba. He promised to bring added value to the side’s quest for laurels on the domestic and continental fronts.

Ibenegbu was a key player in the Super Eagles’ futile campaign at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Kigali, Rwanda.

Mali Beat Cote d’ Ivoire To Reach CHAN Final  

MaliMali scored a last-gasp winner to edge out Ivory Coast 1-0 in an enthralling encounter and reach the African Nations Championship final in Rwanda.

Yves Bissoouma struck in the 88th minute, slotting in after Hamidou Sinayoko had headed the ball down.

Mali will meet DR Congo in Sunday’s final, which will be played in Kigali.

However, the downside for Mali is the booking for inspirational midfielder, Sekou Diarra which rules him out of the final because of suspension.

DRC Coach Commend Team

DR Congo coach, Florent Ibenge, has hailed his team after advancing to the finals of the African Nations Championship.

Coach Ibenge admitted the Guineans were one of their toughest opponents in the competition describing them as the “Brazil of Africa” after giving them a torrid time.

However, Ibenge also praised his players for their resilience even after they conceded a late goal that almost demoralized them.

DR Congo won the inaugural African Nations Championship in 2009 and they are hoping to replicate the same form in the 2016 tournament.

Super Eagles Crash Out of CHAN

EaglesNigeria’s Super Eagles lost to Guinea’s Syli Nationale by a lone goal on Tuesday to crash out of the 2016 African Nations Championship (Chan) in Rwanda.

Guinea needed an outright victory to stand any chance of further progress to the knockout stages and they showed intent from the blast of the whistle.

The Eagles were made to sweat for a single shot at goal in the first 20 minutes of the game.

With the momentum behind them, Ibrahima Sankhon slotted in the goal on the stroke of half time after exchanges between Alseny Camara and Moussa Diawara opened up the Nigerian defence.

Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh had made changes to his starting line-up as tournament top scorer, Chisom Chikatara, an injury doubt before kick-off, was dropped and Sunshine Stars attacker, Tunde Adeniji started in place of the Abia Warriors man.

The Sunshine Stars striker returned to the starting line-up with Jamiu Alimi after a disastrous showing against Niger while midfielder Usman Mohammed, got his second start along with Austin Obaroakpo in the heart of the defence.

Chikatara was, however, introduced in the second half to salvage the game for the Nigerians but the Guineans held on for a famous win.

Nigeria finished third in the 2014 edition of the championship.

CHAN: Nigeria Ready To Confront Guinea In Rivabu

super eagles- oliseh-nigeria-ObafemiThe Super Eagles of Nigeria say they are ready for the final group game against the Syli Nationale of Guinea as they seek to guarantee qualification for the quarter finals of the African Nations Championship.

The team had a feel of the match venue as they trained at the Rubavu stadium on Monday, having also trained there the previous day.

All 23 players who made the trip are in excellent physical and mental shape ahead of the crucial West African derby.

Victory by any margin would guarantee Nigeria top spot in Group C, and a quarter final date with the second placed team in Group D.

The Eagles already have four points having beaten Niger Republic 4-1 in their first match and played 1-1 with Tunisia  in the second match.

CHAN: Super Eagles Arrive Rubavu For Final Group Game 

EaglesHome Based Eagles of Nigeria have arrived Rubavu, venue of their final group game against Guinea at the ongoing African Nations Championship in Rwanda.

The players and the technical crew arrived on Sunday morning and went ahead to hold their first training session.

Coach Sunday Oliseh said that victory against the National Elephants is not negotiable as the Super Eagles target a top finish in Group C.

It would be the third meeting between both sides and Nigeria have recorded a victory and a draw against the Guineans.

The Super Eagles have four points from two matches, while Tunisia are second on two points together with Guinea.

CHAN 2016: Home Based Eagles Arrive Kigali

EaglesThe home-based Super Eagles have arrived Kigali, Rwanda, for the African Nations Championship which holds from January 16 till February 7, 2016.

The team arrived Kigali early on Friday where they will begin their campaign on Monday, January 18, against next-door neighbours, Niger at 5pm Nigerian time.

Their next Group C match will be against Tunisia on January 22, also in Kigali.

The Eagles will have to travel to Gisenyi for their final group game against fellow West Africans, Guinea, on January 26.

Angola Hold Eagles To 1-1 Draw In Pretoria

EaglesAngola’s Palancas Negras held Nigeria’s Super Eagles B to a 1-1 draw in a pre-African Nations Championship friendly in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Midfield Marshal Paul Onobi was an early substitute as he sustained a knock in the 35th minute and was replaced by Usman Mohammed.

The Negras, who were silver medallists at the second African Nations Championship in Sudan five years ago, tried to pile pressure on the Eagles in the second half, but five substitutions made by Coach Sunday Oliseh kept them checked as the Eagles made remarkable progress.

Nigeria took the lead in the 84th minute when Ibrahim Attah Salau was brought down in the Angolan box, with midfielder Bartholomew Ibenegbu making no mistake from the spot.

Angola equalised from a corner kick with only two minutes left in the game.

The Super Eagles will play another friendly against Cote d’Ivoire in Pretoria on Monday.

The Nigeria delegation is expected to arrive in Kigali on January 15, three days to the Eagles’ first match of the 4th African Nations Championship against Niger Republic.

Nigeria Qualify For 2016 CHAN

Home-based-eaglesNigeria’s home based eagles have qualified for next year’s African Nations Championship (2016 CHAN) in Rwanda.

The eagles held hosts, Burkina Faso, to a goalless draw to advance 2-nil on aggregate.

The highlight of the match was recorded in the 21st minute, when the home team Burkina Faso failed to take the lead from the penalty spot after Austin Oboroakpo handled the ball inside his own 18-yard box.

The 2016 CHAN will kick off from January 16 to February 7.

Nigeria had on October 17 defeated Burkina Faso 2-0 in the first leg of the 2016 CHAN qualifier played in Port Harcourt.

Bature Yaro put Nigeria in front with a clean strike from an acute ankle after 24 minutes.

The Super Eagles doubled their lead in the 76th minute through a penalty taken by Gbolahan Salami after Ezekiel Bassey was fouled inside the box.

LMC Postpones League Matches For Chan Qualifier

lmcThe League Management Company (LMC) has rescheduled all Week 34 matches of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) earlier scheduled to take place at the weekend, owing to the African Nations Championship qualifying match between Nigeria and Burkina Faso.

The games will now be played on Wednesday, October 21.

Top clubs like Enyimba, Warri Wolves, Sunshine Stars and Wikki Tourists, who are in the hunt to win the title and continental tickets, have some of their key players in the Super Eagles home-based side that will take on the Stallions.

Enyimba of Aba leads the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) with 61 points from 33 games, and they are closely followed by Warri Wolves with 56 points from same number of matches.

UCL: Mourinho And Mancini React To 1-1 Draw

Chelsea Manager, Jose Mourinho was left to bemoan missed chances after a 1 all draw at Galatasaray and urged Chelsea’s fans to generate their own red-hot atmosphere in the return leg.

Fernando Torres scored after just nine minutes and Galatasaray drew level when defender Aurelien Chedjou took advantage of slack Chelsea defending at a corner.

Both managers are however wary of a tough game in the return leg.

Super Eagles’ Coach, Keshi Optimistic Of Good World Cup Performance

Super Eagles’ coach, Stephen Keshi, has expressed optimism that his team will put up an impressive performance at the FIFA World Cup, scheduled to kick off on June 12 in Brazil.

In an interview with FIFA.com, Keshi says he believes in the technical ability of the team, pointing out that the experience from the African Nations Championship also brought some good lessons that would aid preparations for the World Cup.

“It was good to spend five weeks together. These players are doing well and that is the bottom line. They will have a chance to be called up for the World Cup, though it is too early to name any names. That will happen closer to the time. Nigerians expect a lot from the team at the World Cup, so we will have to work very hard and make sure we can make them and ourselves proud,” he said.

The former Super Eagles captain used the opportunity to assure players in the domestic league that they had a chance of making the World Cup team if they performed impressively.

“I have worked with them. They know what I want; I know the standard I want them to be at before they can play. I have studied the players and managed to instil confidence in them. Once achieving those goals, they are ready to go, just like the professional players in Europe.”

Rejecting Foreign Assistant Offer

Meanwhile, the 2013 AFCON winning coach Stephen Keshi is in disagreement with his employers, the Nigeria Football Federation, after rejecting the offer of having a foreign assistant.

Keshi made it known that he had established a working experience with his current assistants and back room staff and would even prefer the reinstatement of his former assistant , Sylvanus Okpala, who was laid off after the last year’s African Cup of Nations victory in South Africa.

The Chief Coach said: “Nigeria is such a big country, blessed with a lot of talents. There are so many competent coaches in this country. It is nothing personal.”