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Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 18, 2019
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Nigeria clinched its eighth bronze medal in Africa’s premier football tournament on Wednesday as Alex Iwobi described Nigeria’s third-place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations as a huge success.

The Super Eagles defeated Tunisia 1-0 at the Al Salam Stadium on Wednesday, thanks to Odion Ighalo’s first-half effort.

The victory stretched Nigeria’s unbeaten record in third-place playoff matches to eight games and their winning streak against the Carthage Eagles at AFCON to five matches.

A semi-final loss to Algeria dashed their hopes of winning the coveted title on Sunday, but Iwobi sees the bronze medal as motivation for Gernot Rohr’s “young” team to do more.

“It is a great achievement considering the quality of the 24 teams, especially as our team is very young,” Iwobi told Caf media.

“We’re happy with this medal, hopefully, we can do better in the next Africa Cup of Nations.”

The Arsenal midfielder was a regular fixture in the Super Eagles’ team in Egypt and featured in all of their matches.

He picked the most difficult game he played in the tournament and also reserve praise for the fans.


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 16, 2019
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Calistus Anyichie, a Nigerian-born basketball player died on Sunday after he got drowned at Buttermilk Falls State Park near Ithaca, New York.

The sophomore student at Binghamton University, was a member of the University’s basketball team and was majoring in political science before his death.

The body of the deceased was found at the base of a 15-foot bank, after the Crews responded to the drowning at the 300 block of West King Road at upper Buttermilk Falls State Park at around 5 p.m on Sunday.

He had attended St. Mary-Assumption High School, where he played basketball for three years, was the team captain and was also selected all-conference as a senior.

 

Nigerian basketball player Calistus Anyichie drowns in US

 

“There are no words. There is no blueprint for how to deal with such a painful loss,”  Tommy Dempsey, head coach of the Binghamton University men’s basketball team, said in a statement. “We all loved Calistus so much. He was such a special young man. We are devastated.”

 

It was also gathered that the Nigerian NBA prospect averaged 1.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 9.1 minutes per game last season at Binghamton.


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 13, 2019
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Lionel Messi has been named the Best International Men’s Football Player at the ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards.

The Barcelona and Argentina star earned the award after achieving his sixth Golden Boot by ending the 2018/19 season as the top goalscorer in LaLiga Santander with 36 goals in 34 games, as he helped his side become champions yet again.

He also bagged 12 goals in the Champions League, helped the Catalans to the Copa del Rey final and played a part as Argentina reached the Copa America semi-finals.

Lionel Messi is also however embattled in controversy as a result of the criticisms from organizers of the just concluded Copa America.


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 12, 2019
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FIFA has made public its decision of increasing the minimum ban as punishment for racist to 10 games.

In a statement released on Thursday, the world football governing body stated that it would start inviting players to make victim statements at disciplinary hearings.

FIFA stressed that they “will not let down victims of racist abuse,” adding that they “may be invited by the respective judicial body to make an oral or written victim impact statement.”

For a first offence, playing a match with a limited number of spectators and a fine of at least 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,000) shall be imposed on the association or club concerned.”


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 12, 2019
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The Super Eagles of Nigeria’s opponents at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations was confirmed as the Desert Warrior of Algeria yesterday night after the North African side defeated Cote D’ Ivoire on penalties following a stalemate in normal time.

Algeria boasts of a formidable attacking line up led by Manchester City winger, Ryan Mahrez.

The North American side is also physical in their display and is equally strong defensively.

The crunch clash between the two sides would take place at the Cairo international stadium on Sunday, 8pm, Nigerian time.

As much as Super Eagle’s fans home and abroad long for victory to proceed to final round, It’s wise to understand that the game won’t be a walk over.


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 12, 2019
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Barcelona have officially announced the signing of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid, with the French forward putting pen-to-paper after the Blaugrana paid his full €120m (£107m/$134m) release clause.

The former Real Sociedad forward and 2018 World Cup winner has signed at the Camp Nou for the next five seasons through to June 2024 – a contract that includes a buyout clause of €800m.

The move has not been without drama, as Atleti recently hit out at both Barca and Griezmann himself for their conduct after it was revealed that the two parties had been in negotiations and reached an agreement in March – a time during which Diego Simeone’s side were still fighting in La Liga and the Champions League.

Indeed, Atletico were only informed by the World Cup winner in May that he wanted to leave at the end of the season, further frustrating Los Rojiblancos after delaying making public his intention to stay in a televised announcement the season before.

With the deal now completed, however, Griezmann will link up with Lionel Messi and co as the current Spanish champions aim to win the Liga title for a third consecutive season.

A product of Real Sociedad’s youth system, Griezmann will bring even more goals to a team that netted 90 times in the league last season – some 35 more than Atletico and 27 more than Barca’s bitter rivals Real Madrid.

During his prolific five-year stay in the Spanish capital, the 28-year-old helped himself to 133 goals in 257 appearances across all competitions, and has also bagged 29 for his country since making his France debut in March 2014.

The Macon-born star becomes Barcelona’s third most expensive signing in the club’s history behind Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele.

It is understood Griezmann’s lawyer deposited the required buy-out funds at La Liga headquarters in Madrid on Friday morning.

Real Sociedad – the club that took a gamble on the attacker after many clubs in his home country of France had rejected the chance to sign him – will receive €24m (£22m/$27m) of the total transfer fee.

Now that the two-year transfer saga is finally at an end, Griezmann will look to form a lethal trio alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 12, 2019
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Samuel Chukwueze, the scorer of Nigeria’s opening goal during their clash with the Bafana Bafana of South Africa yesterday has set a groundbreaking record.

He has become the youngest player to find the back of the net at the ongoing campaign. after bundling home the ball in the first half of the match yesterday.

The 20-year- old Villareal forward was simply unplayable throughout the entire duration of the match as he constantly gave the South African backline some torrid time with his pace and trickery.

His goal during the match yesterday was his first after seven matches in the colour of Nigerian jersey.

Recall that he also won the man of the match, making yesterday’s match a glorious play for him.


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 12, 2019
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South African players are each entitled to R520k which it’s equivalent in Naira is 13 million following defeat from the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the Quarter Final stage of the AFCON tournament.

Before the quarter-finals match that eventually got the Bafana Bafana knocked out from the tournament, they had a payment plan for their campaign.

For reaching the last eight of the 2019 AFCON in Egypt after a 1-0 victory over Egypt on Saturday in Cairo, each player had a guaranteed R520,000.

Here’s the breakdown of the bonus payment plan as guaranteed by the South African Football Association;

– R320 000 for reaching the last 16
– R520 000 for the quarter-finals
– R670 000 for the semi-finals
– R920 000 for winning the tournament

They however couldn’t hit the R670,000 jackpot, as their journey in the 2019 AFCON was cut short by the Super Eagles of Nigeria.


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 12, 2019
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Nigerian billionaire, Aliko Dangote together with Femi Otedola have both independently pledged a sum of $75,000 (27m) for every goal scored by the Super Eagles in their remaining games.

The Super Eagles team had earlier gotten $75,000 from Aiteo Group, for the three goals scored in their 3-2 victory over Cameroon in the Round of 16. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu gave each player $5,000, while HoseaWells Okunbo, a businessman, promised $20,000 per player.

As they take on Algeria on Sunday in the Semi-Final Match of the 2019 AFCON, Dangote has promised $50,000 per goal, while Otedola pledged the sum of $25,000 for each goal scored.


Akeem ReachnaijaJuly 11, 2019
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The African Cup of Nation 2019 is going down well with chants of victory from Nigerians home and abroad.

Recall that just last night, Nigeria’s Super Eagles secured a very huge victory against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa with 2 goals to 1.

Below is the details about the Semi-final line-up and top scorers in the tournament.

Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals line-up in Egypt this Sunday (both kick-off times GMT):

At 30 June Stadium, Cairo

Senegal v Madagascar/Tunisia (1600)

At Cairo International Stadium

Nigeria v Algeria/Ivory Coast (1900)

AFCON leading scorers

Africa Cup of Nations leading goalscorers after the quarter-finals:

3: Bakambu (COD), Ighalo (NGR), Mane (SEN), Ounas (ALG)

2: Belaili, Mahrez (both ALG), Elmohamady, Salah (both EGY), Andriamahitsinoro (MAD), J. Ayew (GHA), Bahoken (CMR), En-Nesyri (MAR), Okwi (UGA), Olunga (KEN), Pote (BEN), Yattara (GUI), Zaha (CIV), Zungu (RSA)