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AFCON 2017: Rohr Invites Mikel, Ikeme, 21 Others To Camp

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Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has invited 23 players, including Captain John Obi Mikel and goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, for September’s 2017 Africa Nations Cup qualifying match against Tanzania.

The Tidesports source reports that the match is “a dead rubber’’ as both teams have already been eliminated from the tournament.

A statement by Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said that Rohr and the Super Eagles would use the game as rehearsal for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying series clash with Zambia in Ndola in October.

The Franco-German named Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles by NFF two weeks ago, called up three goalkeepers, eight defenders, four midfielders and eight forwards for the game scheduled for Uyo Stadium on September 3.

Mikel Obi would be joined in the midfield by Ogenyi Onazi, Belgium-based former youth international, Wilfred Ndidi and Israel-based Nosa Igiebor, who has not featured for Nigeria since missing the cut for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Emmanuel Daniel joins Carl Ikeme and Ikechukwu Ezenwa to fight for the gloves, while home-based Jamiu Alimi finds a place among Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Chidozie Awaziem in the defence.

Other defenders on the list are Abdullahi Shehu, Musa Muhammed, Elderson Echiejile and Kingsley Madu.

Rohr, a former defender, has also opted for a strong attacking line, with assistant captain Ahmed Musa leading Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Victor Moses, Imoh Ezekiel, Odion Ighalo, Brown Ideye and youngster Victor Osimhen.

All the players have been directed to report in Uyo on August 28.

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CAF Postpones AFCON Draws

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The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has postponed the Total Energies Africa Cup final draws.
CAF said in a statement it took the decision at the request of the Cameroon Local Organising Committee (LOC) due to logistics related to the Covid-19 pandemic, adding that a new date will soon be announced.
The draw was initially scheduled for 25 June 2021 and a new date will be announced in due course.
CAF said it would continue to work together with its partners, the Cameroon government, and the LOC with the objective of making the Total Energies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 a successful event and a great celebration of African football.

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Imminent Return Of Sports Excites Captain

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Abia warriors Captain and home-based Super Eagles defender, Austin Obaroakpo has stated that the imminent return of sports is a good development for every player and all stakeholders of sports.
Speaking in a chat with  Tidesports source, Obaroakpo said it’s a thing of joy for footballers that have been out of action in the last six months and the accompanying effects of the Lockdown which inhibited players from been able to travel abroad for trials and other opportunities.
It’s a thing of joy not just for only me but for the entire Nigeria Football Federation because we are resuming football after been out of football for close to six months. So it’s a thing of joy for everybody. And those traveling outside and those traveling abroad for trials it will be a good one for them and for everybody. It’s a good development and for sports in general.

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Ikhana Makes Case For Former Falcons’ Players

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Former Super Falcons Coach, Khadiri Ikhana, has stated that one of the former Super Falcons players should be given the job to coach the women’s senior national team.
Ikhana told Tidesports source in a chat that the former Falcons players were all brought up in Nigeria with the experience to guide these younger players, and also have the technical ability for the role.
“Most of the players that grew up from the female team are brought up in this country,”
“They have the experience, the woman experience to guide these girls because they know what they are up to”.
“They have the technical ability, they’ve played the game to a stage whereby, even without going for coaching course, they can become a coach.”
“They have good managers, you know, I can make mention of their names but, this is not the time we all know them you know, we have so many of them you know, that can do the job so, why not call three or four of them to handle the job. “Ikhana concluded.
Ikhana was appointed manager of the Nigerian women’s national team in April 2012, before resigning in November 2012.

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