Super Eagles Midfielder, Etebo Joins Stoke City For $8.5m

England’s midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek (L) vies with Nigeria’s midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo (C) and Nigeria’s defender Bryan Idowu (R) during the International friendly football match between England and Nigeria at Wembley stadium in London on June 2, 2018.

 

Nigeria midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo took a break from his World Cup preparations to join English Championship club, Stoke, on Monday.

Etebo will be a member of the Nigeria squad when the World Cup gets underway in Russia on Thursday.

The 22-year-old is free to concentrate on his international commitments after leaving Portuguese side Feirense in a £6.35 million ($8.5 million) switch to second-tier Stoke.

Etebo agreed to a five-year contract with Stoke, who were relegated from the Premier League in May and are hoping to win promotion from the Championship next season under new boss Gary Rowett.

“We’re really excited to have got the deal over the line for Etebo. I’m looking forward to seeing him in a Stoke City shirt as I’m sure our supporters are too,” Rowett said.

Etebo spent the second half of last season on loan with Las Palmas in La Liga and will link up with his new Stoke team-mates after the World Cup.

He has been capped 14 times by Nigeria and came on as a substitute in last week’s friendly defeat against England at Wembley.

Nigeria face Argentina, Iceland and Croatia in the group stage of the World Cup.

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Omagbemi, Iwobi Others Selected For CAF Awards

CAF Awards, Florence Omagbemi, Kelechi IheanachoSuper Falcon’s coach, Florence Omagbemi and Nigerian international, Kelechi Iheanacho, have made the final shortlists for the 2016 Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Awards.

Top scorer at the just concluded Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON), Asisat Oshoala, was also included on the list.

Others who also received nominations are Super Eagles duo, Alex Iwobi and Oghenekaro Etebo as well as Nigeria’s U-23 team.

Omagbemi, who recently led the Falcons to their eighth AWCON title in Cameroon, was nominated in the coach of the year category while Oshola was nominated in the women’s player of the year class.

Etebo and Iheanacho were also shortlisted in the promising talents category.

For the youth player of the year award, Iwobi would contend with Ghana’s Eric Ayiah and Sandra Ansah, Franck Jessie of Cote d’Ivoire and Sikiki Maiga from Mali.

Nigeria Trash Algeria 3-1 In World Cup Qualifier

World Cup Qualifier: Nigeria Trash Algeria 3-1 in UyoThe Super Eagles of Nigeria have beaten the Desert Warriors of Algeria 3-1 in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Chelsea forward Victor Moses scored Nigeria’s first goal in the 26th minute after a mix up in the Algerian defence.

Captain Mikel Obi added a second on 42 minutes after beating the offside trap set by the Algerian defence.

Nabil Bentaleb pulled one back for Algeria in the second half but Victor Moses’s 2nd goal of match wrapped up all three points for the Super Eagles.

Nigeria now have six points from the two matches played and have created a 4-point lead after Cameroon and Zambia played a 1-1 draw in the group’s other game.

Cameroon are second with two points while Zambia and Algeria who have both lost to Nigeria have one point each.

Georges Leekens’ men are now in danger of missing out on the 2018 World Cup in spite of having some of the continent’s most in-form players and being ranked third in the continent behind the Ivory Coast and Senegal.

Before the match, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, promised Super Eagles players $10,000 for every unreplied goal they score against Algeria, in the World Cup qualifier.

Governor Udom made this promise, when he visited the team at their Le Meridien Hotel camp, accompanied by his predecessor, Godswill Akpabio.

The Governor had donated 10million naira to the three-time African champions, after they defeated Tanzania 1-0 in September.

Governor Udom Promises Super Eagles $10,000 Per Goal

Governor Udom Promises Super Eagles $10,000 Per GoalAkwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has promised Super Eagles players $10,000 for every unreplied goal they score against Algeria, in Saturday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Governor Udom made this promise, when he visited the team at their Le Meridien Hotel camp, accompanied by his predecessor, Godswill Akpabio.

The Governor had donated 10million naira to the three-time African champions, after they defeated Tanzania 1-0 in September.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will host Algeria in this weekend’s biggest African qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup.

Algeria, ranked third in the continent behind the Ivory Coast and Senegal, face a resurgent Group B pacesetters Nigeria at the ‘Nest of champions’ in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

While Algeria could not hold an early lead in a surprise 1-1 home draw with Cameroon in October, Nigeria made a perfect start by winning 2-1 in Zambia.

The Uyo showdown marks the debut of Belgian coach, Georges Leekens, the third handler of Algeria this year after Frenchman Christian Gourcoff and Serb Milovan Rajevac.

Starting Line-up

Coach Gernot Rohr has released his team list for the crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Daniel Akpeyi starts in goal while Kenneth Omeruo, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun and Elderson Eciejile will file out in defence.

Captain Mikel Obi and Ogenyi Onazi will marshal the midfield while Victor Moses, Oghenekaro Etebo, Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi are the forwards.

The game kicks off 5pm Nigerian time.

Siasia Rues Defensive Frailties As U-23 Face Denmark

Nigeria Colombia game: Samson Siasia commentsCoach Samson Siasia says he will concentrate on building a solid defence-line after Nigeria U-23 team’s 0-2 loss to Colombia in their final Group B game at the Men’s Olympics Football Tournament Rio 2016.

The African champions are getting set to tackle Group A runners-up, Denmark, in the quarter finals on Saturday.

At the post match conference on Wednesday, Siasia said: “Of course when you make too many changes, it won’t work the way you expected.

Didn’t Do A Good Job

“Going into the knock-out stage, that’s a different ball game. If you lose, you go home, so all those mistakes we have been making mostly in the backline have to be corrected.

“We didn’t do a good job on the Colombian forwards. We really have to work harder on our defending.

“In the first half, we had a couple of good chances and Etebo had a very good one that he should have scored. But one good thing about him is that he always put himself in good positions. He didn’t score today; that’s football. Hopefully, in the next game, we can convert our chances and defend better”.

On his assessment of the Colombia squad, Siasia stated: “Colombia has always been a good team, in spite of the challenges they faced before coming to the Olympics. All the teams at this tournament are good; you just have to take your chances when you have them.

“The Colombians took their chances against us and are now in the quarter –finals”.

On the injury to Oghenekaro Etebo, Coach Siasia said he would have to wait for the verdict of the medical crew. On his part, Captain Mikel Obi said the team did not take the game lightly.

“That’s football. We are professionals and could not have underrated the Colombians. We will work harder ahead of our next game.”

The Nigeria U-23 delegation departed Sao Paulo on Thursday morning for Salvador, where the team confronts Denmark at the Arena Fonte Nova on Saturday evening.

CAF Fines Nigeria For Overcrowded Stadium

CAFThe Confederation Of African Football (CAF) has fined the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) 5,000 dollars for overcrowding and lack of security during the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt in Kaduna in March.

On March 29, the gates to the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, venue of the match was thrown open for football fans causing over 50, 000 spectators to cram into the 15, 000-capacity stadium.

Rising from their disciplinary board meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, the African football governing body handed down the fine, while threatening further sanctions if there was a similar incident in future games.

The game ended in a 1-1 with Mohammed Salah scoring a late equaliser for the Pharaohs.

Meanwhile, the CAF disciplinary committee has also fined Egypt’s FA 5,000 dollars because of the excessive use of lasers during the return leg fixture against Nigeria.

The incident occurred during their African Cup of Nations qualification return leg clash in Alexandria.

The Pharaohs won the game 1-0 and ended Nigeria’s hopes of a place at the next Cup of Nations in Gabon.

Super Eagles To Miss AFCON 2017 After Egypt Loss

Super EaglesThe Super Eagles of Nigeria will miss the 2017 edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) after losing by a lone goal to the Pharaohs of Egypt on Monday in Alexandria.

Although, it was 0-0 at half time, the Egyptians always looked more likely to win the match having rattled the Nigerian defence on many occasions in the first half.

The Nigerians were limited to short passes, unable to convert their possession into attempts on goal.

The second half saw the Pharaohs maintaining the momentum and finally got their goal in the 65th minute.

Ramadan Sobhy shot towards the Nigerian goal and the ball rolled under goalkeeper Akpeyi’s arm thinking his defence line would clear it.

The Eagles’ introduction of Alex Iwobi failed to produce the spark seen in the reverse leg in Kaduna and the Egyptians saw out the match to seal their qualification for the AFCON.

The Eagles went into the Alexandria game in dire need of a win to give them a boost for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ticket but the resilient Pharaohs ensured that the 3-time champions miss out for the second consecutive edition.

Nigeria’s chances became slimmer following Chad’s withdrawal from the AFCON qualifiers, as Egypt topped the group, leading Nigeria with two points and Tanzania on one point.

The win has now created an insurmountable 5-point lead for Egypt as only the match against Tanzania is left to play.

Siasia Starts Moses, Umar In Super Eagles Game

SiasiaSuper Eagles coach, Samson Siasia has made three changes to his starting line-up against Egypt in Alexandra.

Victor moss and Aminu Umar start for the Super Eagles while Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho returns to the bench.

South Africa-based Daniel Akpeyi will be in goal after Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme who was ruled out due to illness.

Siasia will also stick with Stanley Amuzie at left back and Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi will not start despite serving out his suspension.

The coach had said ahead of the battle of supremacy against Egypt in group G of the 2017 AFCON qualifier that there is no room for complacency in Alexandria.

He insisted that this is the time the team must break the jinx of never defeating the Egyptians since 1990.

The coach added that all players were aware of this fact, stressing that whoever gets to play must fight very hard for the country.

AFCON Qualifier: Super Eagles Ready For Egypt – Siasia

Super eaglesSuper Eagles Interim Coach, Samson Siasia, says there is no room for complacency in Alexandria.

Siasia’s statement is coming as the Eagles get set to take on the Pharaohs of Egypt on Tuesday evening in a battle of supremacy in group G of the 2017 AFCON qualifier.

He insisted that this is the time the team must break the jinx of never defeating the Egyptians since 1990.

The coach added that all players are aware of this fact, stressing that whoever gets to play must fight very hard for the country.

The game has been scheduled for 5.35PM Nigerian time.

The Egyptians forced the Super Eagles to a 1-1 draw first leg of the AFCON qualifier, which was played before a massive crowd of supporters inside the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, northwest Nigeria.

Following Chad’s withdrawal from the race, Egypt top the group with four points, with Nigeria second on two points and Tanzania on one point.

The Eagles go into the Alexandria game in dire need of a win to give them a boost for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ticket.

Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, has been ruled out of the match due to illness.

Eagles Keeper Carl Ikeme Out Of Egypt Match

carl ikemeSuper Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, is out of Tuesday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt in Alexandria.

Super Eagles medical crew confirmed that the goalkeeper has stomach upset which has kept him out of training since Friday’s game in Kaduna.

Reacting, Head Coach Samson Siasia allayed fears that the absence of the goalkeeper would hamper the team’s chances of victory on Tuesday.

Coach Siasia said that one of his reserves goalkeepers, Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa could get the job done in Alexandria.

Nigeria go into the Alexandria game two points behind Egypt and are in dire need of a win to give the Eagles a boost for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ticket.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria conceded a late goal against the Pharaohs of Egypt to draw their AFCON qualifier 1-1 in Kaduna.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi says the team will have to fight like never before in the second leg match.

Mikel called on his teammates to give more than 100% to ensure Nigeria gets all three points in Alexandria on Tuesday.

Players and officials will leave the country for the game on Monday to Alexandria and train at the match venue in the evening.

The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) holds in Gabon.

Mikel Says Super Eagles Must Fight

Super EaglesSuper Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi says the team will have to fight like never before in the second leg match against the Pharaohs of Egypt in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

With the first leg ending in a draw in Kaduna, Mikel called on his team mates to give more than 100 percent to ensure Nigeria gets all three points in Alexandria on Tuesday.

Players and officials will leave the country for the game on Monday to Alexandria and train at the match venue in the evening.

Nigeria are two points behind Egypt and a win will give the Eagles a boost for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ticket.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria conceded a late goal against the Pharaohs of Egypt to draw their AFCON qualifier 1-1 in Kaduna.

The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) holds in Gabon.

Chad Pull Out Of AFCON Qualifier

ChadSuper Eagles’ group opponent, Chad has withdrawn from the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers citing financial constraints.

The team were scheduled to take on Tanzania in the return leg of the qualifier on March 28 in Dar Es Salaam.

Chad were sitting at the bottom of group G with no point from three losses to Egypt, Nigeria and Tanzania.

These results will therefore be nullified according to CAF rules and regulations.

That leaves table leaders Egypt with four points, ahead of Nigeria in second with two and Tanzania with one.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is yet to react to the recent development.