Rohr Replaces Idowu With Anaemena As Eagles Prepare For Squirrels

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A file photo of Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr. Ben STANSALL / AFP

 

 

Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has called up Enyimba FC defender, Ifeanyi Anaemena, to the team’s camp.

This comes as the team prepare to open their 2021 AFCON qualifying campaign against Benin Republic’s Squirrels on Wednesday in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

Anaemena will also be part of the squad for the Day Two clash with Lesotho in Maseru on Sunday next week.

But Russia-based left-back, Bryan Idowu, who submitted his international passport for renewal will not be available because the document is not ready for him to travel to Nigeria for the encounter.

In October, Anaemena was impressive for the Eagles team B in their 2020 African Nations Championship qualifier against Togo at the Agege Stadium.

He has also been a key player for Enyimba, two-time CAF Champions League winners, as they reached the group phase of this year’s CAF Confederation Cup competition.

Captain Ahmed Musa and 13 other players arrived at the Eagles’ Ibom Meridien Hotel and Resorts on Monday while the remaining nine squad members re expected on Tuesday morning.

The 14 who trained on Monday evening are Musa, goalkeepers – Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi and Maduka Okoye; defenders – Kenneth Omeruo, Chidozie Awaziem, Olaoluwa Aina, Jamilu Collins and Oluwasemilogo Ajayi; midfielders – Alex Iwobi, Ramon Azeez and Wilfred Ndidi; and forwards – Samuel Kalu and Victor Osimhen.

Those arriving on Tuesday morning are defenders William Ekong, Anaemena, and Abdullahi Shehu; midfielders Mikel Agu and Joseph Ayodele-Aribo; as well as forwards Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze, Paul Onuachu, and Emmanuel Dennis.

Ayodele-Aribo, who plays for Glasgow Rangers in Scotland, has scored in the Eagles’ last two games – against Ukraine (2-2) and Brazil (1-1) – incidentally the only two matches he has played for Nigeria.

The Super Eagles will train at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium on Tuesday evening before their match with the Benin Republic on Wednesday.

Rohr Invites Players For 2021 AFCON Qualifiers

 

Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has selected his squad for next month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against the Benin Republic and Lesotho.

Captain Ahmed Musa is making a return from injury and midfielder Ramon Azeez has been retained after seeing action in 1-1 draw international friendly match with five-time world champions Brazil in Singapore.

Goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi is called for the first time since the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt this year summer – first choice Francis Uzoho is out for several months after his horrific injury against Brazil – and defender Kenneth Omeruo is also back, while there is another opportunity for midfielder Mikel Agu to justify his place in the team.

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France-based utility player Samuel Kalu returns after missing the prestige friendly game against Brazil. Stoke City’s Oghenekaro Etebo is on standby as a result of his injury and is being monitored.

Nigeria, who won bronze in Egypt will open their campaign for a place in Cameroon 2021 against the Squirrels of Benin Republic at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo on Wednesday, 13th November. When that is done, the team will travel to Maseru to play the Crocodiles of Lesotho on Sunday, 17th November.

23 EAGLES TO BATTLE BENIN REPUBLIC & LESOTHO

Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany)

Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (CD Leganes, Spain); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia)

Midfielders: Alexander Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ramon Azeez (Granada FC, Spain)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge, Belgium); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France);

Standby: Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Peter Olayinka (SK Slavia Prague, Czech Republic); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City, England)

Nigeria’s Super Eagles Drop One Spot On FIFA Ranking

A file photo of Super Eagles. AFP photo

 

 

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have dropped by one spot on the latest FIFA world ranking.

According to the report published by the world’s football governing body on Thursday, the Eagles slipped to 35th spot in the month of October.

The team scored garnered 1,481 points as against 1482 points recorded in the month of September.

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Despite the slight drop, Nigeria remain the third-best team in Africa behind leaders Senegal and Tunisia who sit 20th and 29th with 1,546 and 1,495 points, respectively.

Meanwhile, world leaders Belgium, France, and Brazil maintained their positions following the over 180 international matches played recently.

England, Uruguay, Portugal, Croatia, Spain, Argentina, and Colombia complete the list of top-10 best teams in the football world.

Similarly, four teams Ukraine (22nd, up 3), Japan (28th, up 3), Turkey (32nd, up 4) and Russia (37th, up 5), recorded the most significant rises in the month of review.

Draw With Brazil Is Huge Boost For Super Eagles, Says Rohr

Brazil’s forward Gabriel Jesus fights for the ball during an international friendly football match between Brazil and Nigeria at the National Stadium in Singapore on October 13, 2019. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

 

Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has praised his team for putting up a good performance in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Brazil in a friendly match in Singapore.

Five-time world champions Brazil had to dig deep before securing the equalizer as the Super Eagles had them chasing the ball in the first half following Joseph Ayodele-Aribo’s 35th-minute goal.

“This result is a good confidence booster for the team. We now have to prepare for the more competitive games next month.

“I am happy we stayed organized even when the Brazilians mounted a lot of pressure on us in the second half. The only negative thing is the injury to Francis Uzoho,” the Franco-German said.

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Aribo’s goal, his second in a second appearance for the Super Eagles, was a clinical finish as he received a pass from Moses Simon and then maneuvered his way through a number of Brazilian legs to shoot past goalkeeper Ederson.

Brazil drew level three minutes into the second half through Casemiro. And despite several attacks from the Samba Boys, the three-time African champions stayed strong and could have won it if Aribo and Samuel Chukwueze had converted late chances.

The team doctor, Ibrahim Gyaran has confirmed that goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, who horribly twisted his leg as he went for the ball from a corner kick, will be out for about six months,

Nigeria host Benin Republic on 14th November in the opening day of the 2021 AFCON qualifying campaign. On 19th November, they will take Lesotho for a matchday two action.

Casemiro Denies Super Eagles Victory Over Brazil

Brazil’s midfielder Casemiro (#5) kicks the ball to score an equaliser during an international friendly football match against Nigeria at the National Stadium in Singapore on October 13, 2019. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

 

 

The Super Eagles of Nigeria were forced to a 1-1 draw in their international friendly match against Brazil on Sunday at the National Stadium in Singapore.

A few minutes into the game, Lille forward Victor Osimhen attempted to grab a lead for Nigeria with a shot on target but was saved by Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes.

The Eagles continued a good job by containing the South American side in the early minutes of the match while controlling the pace.

Brazil also made an attempt with a beautiful header by Gabriel Jesus while goalkeeper Francis Uzoho was quick to save the Eagles.

Brazil’s forward Gabriel Jesus (R) and Nigeria’s defender Jamilu Collins during the international friendly football match at the National Stadium in Singapore on October 13, 2019. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

 

The game became more interesting for thousands of Nigerians watching when Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo set the Super Eagles on the lead.

Aribo made with a brilliant finish after making his way through Brazilian defenders and fired past goalkeeper Moraes in the 35th minute, thanks to efforts from the duo of Lille and Nantes forward, Victor Osimhen and Moses Simon.

The Super Eagles shared a video of the goal on its verified Twitter handle.

 

Casemiro Denies Super Eagles

 

Nigeria sustained the tempo with the 1-0 scoreline which lasted till the end of the first half.

However, Brazilian forward Casemiro cut short the expectations of Nigerians who were optimistic that the Eagles would win the match.

Barely three minutes after the restart, the Real Madrid midfielder denied the Super Eagles victory with an equaliser.

Brazil’s midfielder Casemiro (R) celebrates after scoring an equaliser during the international friendly football match against Nigeria at the National Stadium in Singapore on October 13, 2019. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

 

On the other hand, Osimhen missed a chance of putting Nigeria on the lead again in the 52nd minute.

The 20-year-old headed on target from Villarreal midfielder Samuel Chukwueze’s cross but was promptly saved by Moraes.

While the match was ongoing, Maduka Okoye made his debut as he replaced injured Francis Uzoho while Paul Onuachu came in for Osimhen.

Brazil’s defender Marquinhos (L) and Nigeria’s forward Victor Osimhen fight for the ball during the international friendly football match at the National Stadium in Singapore on October 13, 2019. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

 

Simon and Alex Iwobi were also replaced by Emmanuel Dennis and Ramon Azeez just as Peter Olayinka and Abdullahi Shehu substituted Samuel Chukwueze and Joe Aribo respectively.

On Brazil’s side, those substituted are Neymar – Philippe Coutinho, Everton – Richarlison, Roberto Firmino – Gabriel Barbosa, Arthur – Fabinho, and Gabriel Jesus – Lucas Paqueta.

The match ended 1-1.

VIDEO: Super Eagles Grab Half-Time Lead Against Brazil In Singapore

Brazil’s forward Neymar (R) fights for the ball with the Super Eagles of Nigeria’s midfielder Wilfred Ndidi during a friendly international football match at the National Stadium in Singapore on October 13, 2019. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

 

 

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have taken the lead ahead of Brazil in the ongoing international friendly match between the two teams.

The match which kick-off at 1:00PM Nigerian time, is ongoing at the National Stadium in Singapore.

Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo set Nigeria on the lead with a brilliant finish after making his way through Brazilian defenders and fired past goalkeeper Ederson Moraes.

The goal came in the 35th minute with efforts from the duo of Lille and Nantes forward, Victor Osimhen and Moses Simon, respectively.

The Super Eagles shared a video of the goal on its verified Twitter handle.

Watch the video below:

Super Eagles Train In Singapore For Brazil Match

A file photos of Super Eagles of Nigeria during a training session.

 

 

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have begun training sessions in Singapore ahead of Sunday’s international friendly match with five-time world champions Brazil.

Stoke City of England’s Oghenekaro Etebo was a late withdrawal from the roster, but all the other 21 players trained on Thursday morning and would train twice on Friday.

The official training session would take place on Saturday, with the match scheduled to kick off at 1pm Nigeria time the following day.

Eagles’ Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has opted not to call any more players following the withdrawal of Etebo, and Wednesday’s withdrawal of defender Olaoluwa Aina as a result of injury.

The Franco-German already replaced defender Kenneth Omeruo with Tyronne Ebuehi, while Efosa Solomon-Otabor joined the camp following Samuel Kalu’s unavailability.

Solomon-Otabor and forward Peter Olayinka joined the team for the first time while Ebuehi returned for the first time since the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.

Former junior international midfielder Ramon Azeez also made a return, and defenders Abdullahi Shehu and Chidozie Awaziem, as well as midfielder Wilfred Ndidi also returned after missing the 2-2 draw with Ukraine in Dnipro in September.

See the names of the 21 Super Eagles to battle Brazil below:

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Omonia FC, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Emil Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany)

Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (CD Leganes, Spain); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Tyronne Ebuehi (SL Benfica, Portugal); Jamilu Collins (SC Paderborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England)

Midfielders: Alexander Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Anderson Esiti (PAOK Salonica, Greece); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ramon Azeez (Granada FC, Spain)

Forwards: Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Efosa Solomon-Otabor (PFC CSKA Sofia, Bulgaria); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge, Belgium); Peter Olayinka (SK Slavia Prague, Czech Republic).

Brazil Names Strong Squad For Super Eagles Friendly

 

Five-time world champions, Brazil have named a strong squad made up of the likes of Neymar and Gabriel Jesus for next month’s friendly against the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Singapore.

The 23-man squad also has Manchester City’s goalkeeper, Ederson as well as Premier League stars, Roberto Firmino, Fabiano and Richarlison.

Coach Tite has also invited uncapped goalkeeper Santos, Renan Lodi and Matheus Henrique.

The Super Eagles and Selecao will clash for the second time on October 13 at the National Stadium in Singapore.

In 2003, Brazil defeated Nigeria 3-0 in a friendly game played in Abuja.

Super Eagles Lose One Spot, D’Tigers Gain 10 Spots In World Rankings 

 

Nigeria lost a place in the FIFA ranking for the month of September, ranking 34th. In the league table published Thursday on the website of the governing body of world football, Nigeria collected 1,482 points in the month under review, compared to 1,481 points in August.

However, despite the fall of a place, Nigeria still occupies the third position on the continent behind Senegal and Tunisia, with 1,546 and 1,493 respectively. On the world stage, Belgium remains at the top of the FIFA world rankings after several weeks rich in international soccer actions.

During the period under review, 78 friendly matches, 74 continental qualifiers, and 60 FIFA World Cup ™ qualifiers, Qatar 2022 ™, were held. Although the teams in the top 10 remain unchanged, there have been some movements. France (second, top 1) and Brazil (third, bottom 1) exchanged places, while Spain (seventh, 2%) is the top 10 in the ranking. This surprises NetBet fans.

The Cayman Islands (193rd, 11th place) and Granada (160th, 13th place) are the largest mixed point climbers, reaping the rewards of their success in the CONCACAF League of Nations. In fact, the increase of 13 places in Granada means that they are the highest climber in September.

Other notable rising countries include Jamaica (47, 5 of 5), which is in the top 50. The others are the Republic of Ireland (28 of 4), Russia (42 of 4), Guatemala (133 of 11), Suriname (142 of 9), Montserrat (187 of 9) and Djibouti (186 of 4). 9) Djibouti recently beat Eswatini (150th, 11th down) in two sets to qualify for the second round of the African World Cup for the second time.

Meanwhile, Kosovo (119th, up to 1) was rewarded for his impressive performance in the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifier by reaching his best position in the FIFA ranking. The Cook Islands are not classified in the last classification because they have not played in an international “A” match in the last four years. After their next international “A” match, they will be included again in the standings with their total points since July 2019 plus / minus points won or lost in the new match. Recalled that Nigeria moves 12 points up in the last FIFA ranking prior to this.

On the other hand, Nigerian D’Tigers climbed 10 places in the FIBA ​​Men’s World Ranking recently presented by Nike on Thursday. According to FIBA, the ranking was updated after the conclusion of the 2019 FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup in China.

The United States retained its first-place status, but Spain, the recently successful World Cup champion, closed the gap. Nigeria’s qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was also critical for its recent 23rd place on a previous 33rd place, even taking first place on the continent.

Meanwhile, there was a big move up the leaderboard, with Australia (673.6) coming in third. Argentina took fourth place (670.5) and fifth place in France (665.4). Entering the World Cup as Team No. 11, Australia received extra points for beating top teams in France and Lithuania.

It was on the way to his best performance in the flagship event. Argentina, a finalist of the World Cup, also won a place at the expense of France. Total points in France increased during the World Cup, but they were not enough to offset the successes achieved by Australia and Argentina.

The Czech Republic (596.8) and Poland (583.0) were among the highest, with strong World Cup exhibits reflected in the recently updated ranking. The Czechs gained 14 places and are now tenths, while the Poles climbed to 13th place, winning 12 places https://sport.netbet.ng/.

The trajectory also indicates other World Cup participants, such as Nigeria, Tunisia, Jordan, Japan, and Ivory Coast posted double-digit gains. However, the countries that lost ground are those who were not present in the tournament of 32 teams in China. The men’s FIBA ​​World Ranking, presented by NIKE, will be updated after qualifying for the February Continental Cup.

Gernot Rohr’s Mother Dies At 97

A file photo of Super Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr, and his mother, Elizabeth. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

The mother of Super Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr, is dead.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced this in a tweet on Thursday.

According to the nation’s football governing body, Rohr’s mother, Elizabeth, died at the age of 97.

It, however, did not say when and where she died.

NFF condoled with the Super Eagles Head Coach and prayed that the soul of the departed rests in peace.

See the tweet below:

Rohr Invites Musa, Other Players For Ukraine Friendly

 

Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has called up 23 Super Eagles players for the international friendly with the Senior National Team of Ukraine scheduled for Dnipro Arena on Tuesday, September 10 with Saudi Arabia-based Skipper Ahmed Musa leading the call.

Tyronne Ebuehi, who missed the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals where Nigeria won bronze due to injury, has been recalled after recovering from injury, and Oluwasemilogo Ajayi and Kelechi Iheanacho who couldn’t make the AFCON team are back in the mix.

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England –based duo Alex Iwobi and Iheanacho have been listed in midfield roles. Germany –based goalkeeper Emil Maduka Okoye has been invited for the first time, as Scotland –based midfielder Joe Aribo, but there is no place for South Africa –based goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.

Goalkeepers Francis Uzoho and Ikechukwu Ezenwa, defenders William Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Leon Balogun and Jamilu Collins, midfielders Wilfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo and forwards Victor Osimhen, Moses Simon, Henry Onyekuru and Samuel Chukwueze have also been called.

Ukraine is rated number 25 on the FIFA ranking while Nigeria is 33rd.

Dangote Splashes $50,000 On Super Eagles After Otedola Redeems Pledge

A file photo of Mr Aliko Dangote.

 

 

Africa’s richest man and President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has fulfilled his pledge of $50,000 per goal to the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced this on Wednesday via its verified Twitter handle.

This comes a day after Nigerian billionaire businessman Mr Femi Otedola paid the sum of $25,000 to the Eagles.

Mr Dangote was represented at the NFF’s office in Lagos by the Group Managing Director (GMD) of Dangote Group, Mr Olakunle Alake, accompanied by the Chief Corporate Communications Officer, Mr Anthony Chiejina.

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The Eagles, on their part, were represented by midfielder John Ogu as well as the team’s administrator and kit manager, Enebi Achor and Chidi Ngoka, respectively.

Both Dangote and Otedola had promised the Super Eagles $50,000 and $25,000 respectively per goal in their semi-final clash with Algeria in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations which held in Egypt.

The Eagles were only able to score a goal as they lost 2-1 to Algeria, although William Troost-Ekong scored an own goal before Odion Ighalo levelled the scoreline.

However, Riyad Mahrez denied the Nigerian team a place in the final with a brilliant free-kick while Algeria went ahead to beat Senegal to lift the trophy.

The Super Eagles also triumphed over Tunisia in the third-place match to claim the bronze medal of the competition.

Read the tweets below: