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Nigeria Ready To Pop Champagne For qualification

Nigeria Ready To Pop Champagne For qualification

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The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) are planning a big champagne party for the Super Eagles if they defeat the Chipolopolo of Zambia in Saturday’s FIFA World Cup qualifier, Completesportsnigeria.com reports. The NFF, according a top source who pleaded anonymity, revealed that a wine company was partnered who agreed to provide cartoons of wine for the players and the rest of the officials to  celebrate the Eagles victory. The Eagles will qualify for the 2018 World Cup if they defeat Zambia here in Uyo. “I’ve seen many people criticise the move but I won’t comment on them. We will stay focused to ensure that our objective is achieved on Saturday,” the NFF top official said concerning the pictures of branded champagne bottles circulating on social media since late Thursday nig
2018 World Cup: Toure joins Ivory Coast coaching staff

2018 World Cup: Toure joins Ivory Coast coaching staff

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Kolo Toure has been appointed as part of the coaching staff for the Ivory Coast's senior national team. The ex-international will work as an assistant coach with Marc Wilmots for Friday's World Cup qualifier in Mali. He also has assistant roles on the coaching staff for the national team for locally-based players and the under-23 side, which takes part in Olympic qualifying. He is set to combine his Ivory Coast roles with his job at Celtic. Toure, 36, who won the Scottish title with Celtic last season, returned to the club as a technical assistant. At Celtic, the former Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City defender will be "supporting on all first-team coaching matters" and using his knowledge to assist the club's various youth levels.
2018 World Cup: Nigeria aim for a spot in their third straight finals

2018 World Cup: Nigeria aim for a spot in their third straight finals

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Nigeria, Egypt and Tunisia could all book their spots at the 2018 World Cup in the penultimate round of African qualifiers at the weekend. The Super Eagles can clinch a place in Russia with a win over visiting Zambia on Saturday. The chances for Egypt and Tunisia are a more complicated as they also have to rely on results elsewhere if they are to qualify for Russia. Africa's other two groups can only be decided next month. Nigeria will face second-placed Zambia in Uyo with their World Cup fate in their own hands. Zambia are they only side who can overhaul Nigeria at the top of Group B after Cameroon and Algeria's World Cup chances were ended last month. The Nigerians, who are aiming for a third straight World Cup finals, won 2-1 in Zambia in October in the opening game of...
Equatorial Guinea banned from 2019 Women’s World Cup

Equatorial Guinea banned from 2019 Women’s World Cup

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Equatorial Guinea have been expelled from the 2019 Women's World Cup in France for fielding 10 ineligible players and using forged documents. The players all took part in qualifying for the 2016 Olympic women's tournament in Brazil. The latest sanctions come on top of their ban from competing at the 2020 Olympics, which was issued last year. Fifa has also imposed a fine of $102,000 (£77,700) on the country's football association. An investigation by the world governing body found the 10 players were "not eligible to play for the representative team of Equatorial Guinea". Two more players - Muriel Linda Mendoua Abessolo and Francisca Angue Ondo Asangono - were given 10-match bans after being found to have used forged and falsified documents. As well as missing the 2019 Wom
Ivory Coast Seydou Doumbia out for two months for diving

Ivory Coast Seydou Doumbia out for two months for diving

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Ivory Coast Seydou Doumbia is facing two months on the sidelines after injuring himself diving trying to win a penalty for his Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon. He is set to miss the Elephants' final two 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Mali and Morocco. Ivory Coast's Belgian coach Marc Wilmots confirmed Doumbia had torn a tendon. Doumbia was shown a yellow card for diving and limped off the pitch during Sporting's European Champions League defeat by Barcelona. The 29-year-old went down on the edge of the area as he tried to go past Gerard Pique and then stayed on the ground needing treatment from the Sporting medical team. He was substituted just minutes before half-time and is one of several injuries Wilmots has ahead of the game on Saturday in Bamako. Crystal Palace's ...
Nigeria, Gabon others receives Fifa Punishment

Nigeria, Gabon others receives Fifa Punishment

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Fifa has handed out punishments to eight African nations for various offenses committed during September's 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Gabon fielded an ineligible player - Merlin Tandjigora, who should have been suspended - in the 3-0 home defeat by Ivory Coast on 2 September. The Panthers effectively escape with a fine as the main sanction for the error is to forfeit the match 3-0. Several teams suffered similar sanctions in 2014 World Cup qualifying. Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation has been fined just over US$30,000 and issued with a warning after fans invaded the pitch when they beat Cameroon 4-0 on 1 September. DR Congo were also given a warning and also handed a major fine, forced to pay Fifa around US$20,000, for incidents during their match against Tunis...
Emmanuel Eboue Transfer ‘On Hold’ After ‘Abnormal Blood Values’ Found in Medical

Emmanuel Eboue Transfer ‘On Hold’ After ‘Abnormal Blood Values’ Found in Medical

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Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue has had his transfer to Cypriot side Turk Ocagi Limasol put "on hold" after his medical revealed "abnormal blood values." According to Goal's Chris Wheatley, Tekin Birinci—who acted as an intermediary in the deal taking the free agent to Cyprus—confirmed Eboue is now being medically evaluated in England and denied speculation in the Turkish media that the 34-year-old has been diagnosed with HIV: "Emmanuel Eboue signed for a club and, as a normal procedure, we took him for a medical to check him out. "They found abnormal blood values so they didn't issue the licence and we took the decision to send him to England to have medical check-ups there. "It's wrong to say at this point he has HIV. Turkish news reports are wrong. I made it [Eboue’s si
African Champions League: North African battle in semi-finals

African Champions League: North African battle in semi-finals

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Four North African clubs are in action this weekend in the first legs of the African Champions League semi-finals. Three of the sides, Al Ahly, Etoile du Sahel and Wydad Casablanca, are former African champions league winners while USM Alger have finished as runners-up. Egypt's Al Ahly, who are aiming for a ninth title, are in Tunisia to play Etoile du Sahel on Sunday in a repeat of the 2005 and 2007 finals. On Friday USM Alger of Algeria host Morocco's Wydad Casablanca. Al Ahly go into their tie with Etoile du Sahel full of confidence from their 2-1 victory in Tunisia over Esperance last weekend in the second leg of the quarter-finals to progress 4-3 on aggregate. The clubs have clashed twice in Champions League finals with Ahly winning 3-0 overall in 2005 and Sahel turning...
Morocco tables bid for 2018 CHAN hosting rights

Morocco tables bid for 2018 CHAN hosting rights

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Morocco have reportedly moved into pole position to take over from Kenya as hosts of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), the regional tournament for domestically based players. “The kingdom has all the necessary infrastructure for this event which requires no more than four stadiums,” a source close to the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) was quoted as saying shortly after Kenya was stripped of hosting rights by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). South Africa and Ivory Coast are also apparently on standby but Morocco has considerable clout within CAF circles. Moroccan Football Federation president Fouzi Lekjaa is a member of the CAF inner circle and was a strong supporter of new CAF president Ahmad Ahmad. Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Equa
Manchester United sets sights on Senegalese youngster Diatta

Manchester United sets sights on Senegalese youngster Diatta

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Starsport understands United boss Jose Mourinho sent club scouts to watch Diatta in action for Norwegian club Sarpsborg 08 against Odd on Monday. Diatta, 18, is regarded as one of the most promising youngsters currently playing in Europe and United have monitored his progress in recent months. The midfielder has strength, athleticism and pace and has caught the attention of Mourinho and his coaching team. Sarpsborg handed Diatta a new four-year deal in February in a bid to keep him at the club. But this will not stop United from making a move should Mourinho decided he wants to add him to his squad.Diatta admits joining a European giant like United would be a dream come true. He said: "I'm young and just have to work hard. It's a dream for me to play to play in the big leagu...