Tag: Nigeria

Nigeria working on luring England’s Tammy Abraham

Nigeria working on luring England’s Tammy Abraham

African Sports
Nigeria are hoping to persuade Swansea City teenager Tammy Abraham to play for the Super Eagles rather than England. On loan from Chelsea, the striker was born in London but can play for Nigeria through his father. The 19-year-old has already played for England at youth level but can still switch allegiances because he has yet to play for the senior side. "We are working on getting Abraham," said Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick. Tammy Abraham's full name is Kevin Oghenetega Tamaraebi Bakumo-AbrahamPinnick is hoping his relationship with Abraham's father can help his bid. "Tammy is like my son. His father and I grew up in the same neighborhood," he said. "So when they talk about him, I just laugh because I know what to do." Abraham has scored t...
African Champions fail to qualify for World Cup

African Champions fail to qualify for World Cup

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African champions Cameroon cannot qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia after a 1-1 draw with Nigeria in Yaounde on Monday. The result means Cameroon have just three points from four matches and can no longer finish top of Group B. Nigeria took the lead after 30 minutes through Moses Simon after the ball broke to him in the area. Cameroon equalised in the 75th minute as substitute Vincent Aboubakar scored from the penalty spot. The other fourth round match in this group sees Algeria host Zambia in Constantine on Tuesday. A win for Zambia will take them to seven points just three behind Nigeria with two games to play while Algeria must win to keep alive any slim hopes they still have of going to Russia. Cameroon, the African Champions dominated the opening ex...
Broos admits Cameroon’s World Cup hopes are over after Nigeria defeat

Broos admits Cameroon’s World Cup hopes are over after Nigeria defeat

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Hugo Broos admitted that Cameroon's 2018 World Cup qualification hopes are all but over following their 4-0 defeat to Nigeria on Friday in Uyo. The Super Eagles are top of Group B on nine points after three matches, seven ahead of African champions Cameroon. They meet again in Yaounde on Monday, with Broos admitting there is nothing but pride at stake. "There is no pressure anymore on Monday, Nigeria have nine points, we have two points," Broos said. "But there is only an honour to defend, there is no importance to this. I just hope my players will have the same mentality that I have - that they will fight on Monday till the last minute - to beat Nigeria. "If we had won this game, we would have a chance, but we lost it and I hope everyone will learn from this." Goals from...
Iwobi ruled out of Nigeria’s game against Cameroon

Iwobi ruled out of Nigeria’s game against Cameroon

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Nigeria have suffered a blow ahead of their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Cameroon in Uyo on Friday, after Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi withdrew from the squad with a thigh muscle strain. The 21-year-old will also miss the away leg against African champions Cameroon in Yaounde on 4 September, according to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Iwobi was due to join the Super Eagles training camp on Monday after Arsenal's Premier League game at Liverpool on Sunday. Iwobi, the nephew of legendary Nigeria star Jay-Jay Okocha, had played in Nigeria's first two World Cup qualifiers against Zambia and Algeria, scoring in a 2-1 win in Zambia in October last year. He has been replaced in Nigeria's squad by CSKA Moscow striker Aaron Samuel, who was placed on standby last week. S...
Ola Aina: England youth international earns Nigeria call-up

Ola Aina: England youth international earns Nigeria call-up

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Chelsea's Ola Aina, currentlyon loan at championship club Hull City has been named in Nigeria's squad for next month's 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon. London-born Aina has played for England at youth level from under-16 through to under-20 level. Aina, 20, missed a friendly against Togo in June as his international switch had not been confirmed. He trained with Nigeria in March after a friendly against Senegal in London. Also named in the 23-man squad by coach Gernot Rohr is uncapped Israel-based striker Anthony Nwakaeme. Captain John Mikel Obi and Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses are both back after missing June's 2019 Nations Cup home defeat against South Africa with injury. Other experienced players making a return include defender Leon Balogun, in-form C...
Nigeria’s Ogenyi Onazi denied work permit to join Birmingham

Nigeria’s Ogenyi Onazi denied work permit to join Birmingham

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Nigeria international Ogenyi Onazi has been denied a work permit to play for English Championship side Birmingham City. Birmingham had agreed terms with the 24-year-old to sign him fromTurkish side Trabzonspor. However the Football Association turned down a first application for a work permit for Onazi last week. An appeal made by the club was rejected on Wednesday despite Onazi being a regular in the Nigeria national team. BBC Sport understands that the player and his representatives are bitterly disappointed that the panel rejected an appeal. Onazi has played 38 times for the Super Eagles and helped them to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and reach the last 16 of the World Cup in Brazil a year later. However Nigeria's failure to qualify for the past two editions ...
Leukemia diagnose: Carl Ikeme grateful for support

Leukemia diagnose: Carl Ikeme grateful for support

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Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has thanked fans and colleagues for their "incredible" support since he was diagnosed with acute leukemia in July. The Nigeria international, 31, is undergoing chemotherapy. "The support you've shown me has been incredible," said Ikeme in a video message played at Molineux before Saturday's 1-0 win over Middlesborough. "It's really helped me get through these first few weeks and will help me get through the rest of my treatment." Wolves supporters held cards spelling Ikeme's name before kick-off, Wanderers players wore special T-shirts during their warm-up and the cover of the match programme - designed by ex-Wolves captain Jody Craddock. Several events raising funds for Birmingham-based charity Cure Leukemia have been staged since Ikeme's diagno...
Liverpool send Nigeria’s Taiwo Awoniyi on loan again

Liverpool send Nigeria’s Taiwo Awoniyi on loan again

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Nigeria youth international Taiwo Awoniyi has been sent for a third loan spell by his English club Liverpool. This time the 19-year-old, who is yet to make a first-team appearance for Liverpool, has joined Belgian club Mouscron for the season. The striker joined Liverpool on a long-term deal in August 2015 from Imperial Academy in Nigeria. He joins DR Congo's Jonathan Bolingi and Cameroon's Fabrice Olinga on loan at the club. Awoniyi, who helped his country win the Under-17 World Cup in 2013, spent last season on loan at Dutch side NEC Nijmegen. He also played at the 2015 Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, netting twice and then helped Nigeria win the 2015 African Under-23 Championship in Senegal. However he missed out on playing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. His o...
FIFA Rankings: Ghana drops one step for July

FIFA Rankings: Ghana drops one step for July

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The Ghana Black Stars have dropped in latest edition of the FIFA/Coca Cola Ranking for the month of July. Ghana has moved one step up from 49 to the 50th position on the current World FIFA ranking released. The Black stars failed to gather points following defeats to Mexico and the United States of America in their last friendly games. Ghana maintained their ninth position in Africa behind Egypt, Senegal, Cameroon, Tunisia, Nigeria, Algeria, Burkina Faso and DR Congo. Below are the first 10 countries in Africa for the of July 1 Egypt 2 Senegal 3 Congo DR 4 Tunisia 5 Cameroon 6 Nigeria 7 Burkina Faso 8 Algeria 9 Ghana 10 Ivory Coast
Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme diagnosed with acute leukaemia

Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme diagnosed with acute leukaemia

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Wolves and Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme is to begin chemotherapy after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia. The Championship club say Ikeme, 31, returned "abnormal blood tests" during pre-season testing and further checks confirmed the diagnosis. Ikeme has been with Wolves for his entire career, making more than 200 appearances for Wanderers. Thirty-three of those came last season, having previously been in the team that won the League One title in 2013-14. "It would be an understatement to say that everyone at Wolves has been shocked and saddened to hear the news of Carl's diagnosis," said Wolves managing director Laurie Dalrymple. "That relates to both players and staff as Carl has been at the club for a very long time and remains such an integral personality within ...