Birmingham City Targets Nigeria Defender, Abdullahi

Shehu Abdullahi. Photo: Wikimedia

 

English championship club, Birmingham City are on the trail of Nigeria defender, Shehu Abdullahi when the January transfer window opens. 

Abdullahi has been a key player for cypriot outfit Anorthosis Famagusta since linking up with the club from Portugal in September 2016.

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The 24-year-old is in the final year of his contract at the club, and according to the Birmingham mail, he will be available for around £500,000 in January.

Anorthosis are looking to cash in on Abdullahi as they risk losing him for nothing when his contract expires next summer.

Swaziland Hold Nigeria To Goalless Draw In 2018 World Cup Qualifier

nigeria-super eaglesSwaziland on Friday held the Super Eagles of Nigeria to a goalless draw in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Somhlolo National Stadium in Lobamba.

Nigeria’s head coach, Sunday Oliseh, this time opted for a centre-back pairing of Efe Ambrose and Godfrey Oboabona with Shehu Abdullahi and Elderson Echiejile, playing as full-backs.

The Super Eagles from the outset pressed high up against the Swazis, but lacked the sharpness to open up the defense of Harris Bulunga’s men.

The second leg will take place on November 17, when Nigeria will play hosts to Swaziland at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.

The winner on goal aggregate over the two legs will qualify for the final qualifying round.

Siasia Invites 31 Players To U-23 Training Camp

siasiaHead Coach of the Nigerian national U-23 team, Samson Siasia, has called up 31 players to camp in preparation for next month’s All-Africa Games, in Brazzaville, Congo.

The list, which is made up of mostly players who qualified the Dream Team for the games, has some new faces including Lucky Jimoh, Bright Onyedikachi and Olisah Ndah amongt others.

The invited players are expected to report in Abuja from Wednesday, August 12.

The dream team will face Ghana, Senegal and Egypt in Group B of the men’s football tournament from September 3 to 18.

Recently, Siasia picked 20 players for the crucial African U-23 Championship qualifier against Congo in Pointe-Noire.

 

 

 

Siasia Picks 20 Players For Congo Return Leg Clash

siasiaNigeria’s Under-23 Coach, Samson Siasia, has picked 20 players for Sunday’s crucial African U-23 Championship qualifier against Congo in Pointe-Noire.

While addressing the players after their last practice match at the FIFA/NFF Goal Project in Abuja on Wednesday, Coach Siasia said that all the players are good enough to make the trip, but it was impossible for everyone to be in Congo for the battle.

He assured the players left out to continue to work on their game as they could form part of the team for the All Africa Games.

“For those of you selected, this is a golden opportunity for you to show to Nigerians and the world that your first leg victory was not a flash in the pan, and as such you must fight hard when we get to Pointe Noire and beat the Congolese.”

The team takes a slim 2-1 win to Pointe Noire and must avoid defeat to stand a chance of qualifying for the eight nation CAF Under-23 Championship in Senegal.

The selected players for the task ahead are: Daniel Emmanuel, Atanda Sodiq, Stanley Amuzie, Azubuike Okechukwu, Olusegun Oduduwa, Erhun Obanor, Godwin Saviour, Etebo Oghenekaro, Junior Ajayi, Usman Mohammed, Etor Daniel, Yusuf Mohammed, Chima Akas, Semiu Liadi, Shehu Abdullahi, Kingsley Sokari, Taiwo Awoniyi, Umar Aminu, Austin Oladapo and Sincere Seth.