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Int’l Friendly: Tunisia Holds Nigeria To 1-1 Draw

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Former African champions, Super Eagles, and their Tunisian counterparts battled to one-all draw at the Jacques Lemans Arena in Austria, yesterday.
Skipper Ahmed Musa, who was introduced in the second half of Nigeria’s one nil loss to African champions, Algeria, last Friday led Super Eagles attack with Kelechi Iheanacho.
Super Eagles’ gaffer, Gernot Rohr also opted for Alex Iwobi, Semi Ajayi, Samuel Chukwueze and Moses Simon for the midfield role.
Maduka Okoye retained his place in goal, while Kenneth Omeruo, Leon Balogun, Zaidu Sanusi and Kevin Akpoguma provided him with cover.
Iheanacho finished nicely to fire Nigeria into the lead.
The Leicester striker connected Musa’s back heel flick to hit the back of the net in the 20th minute of the game..
The Tunisians attempted to level score but Balogun, Omeruo, Sanusi and Akpoguma stood stoutly to stop their foray into the Eagles’ defence.
Against all expectations, Iheanacho fluffed a good opportunity to extend the lead as he failed to convert a spot kick.
Nigeria was awarded the penalty kick after Tunisian goalkeeper, Ben Mustapha hacked Musa in the vital area.
While Nigeria was hoping retain the lead into the break, the Tunisians broke from the left flank as Mohamed Drajer connected a low cross to level score in the 43rd minute.
Scores stood at one all at half time.
Nigeria’s best chance in the second half fell in the legs of Cyriel Dessers but his volley was cleared off the goal line.
Nigeria will resume her Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign with a double header against the Lone Stars of Sierra Leone next month, while the other qualifying games of the series against Benin and Lesotho is slated for March 2021.
The Rohr-lads currently lead Group L of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with six points from two games and are being trailed by Benin Republic who have three points, while Lesotho and Sierra Leone have so far picked one point each.

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Sports Journalist Launches Book, Next Week

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A book which chronicled events that happened a thousand games and watched live by a veteran and versatile sports journalist in Nigeria, China Acheru, titled “A thousand Times on Same Road,” is set to be launched next week.
The author of the book, China Acheru, said what inspired him was a question asked when he celebrated his 1000 games watched live two years ago.
Acheru said this in a chat with Tidesports, yesterday, that journalists do not write enough in an event, especially things that happened behind the scene.
According to him, the book was written to be a reference point, mostly for sports journalists in the country.
“What inspired me to write this book was when a journalist asked me after my celebration of 1000 matches watched live, what next? So I decided to put down my experiences I got in every game.
You are aware journalists do not write enough stories in a match, mostly the ones that happened behind the scene,” Acheru said.
He explained that the book which is about 300 pages, should be taken as an archive that can be referred to at any moment and was not intended to discredit and malign anybody,
The veteran sports journalist said one of his greatest challenges while writing the book was what story to leave out or to put in, because the stories were enormous.
He used the forum to advise journalists all over the world particularly sports journalists, to always keep records to give their reporting more credibility.

 

Tonye Orabere

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Champions League Is Our Competition -Bayern Munich

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Bayern Munich’s forward, Thomas Mueller, has said that the Champions League holders are “happy to be playing in our competition again” ahead of their group-stage game at Lokomotiv Moscow.
Bayern visited the Russian capital last night looking to build on a 4-0 thrashing of Atletico Madrid in last week’s Group A opener.
“We’re happy to be playing in our competition again,” Mueller told a pre-match press conference.
“We want to continue the flow we currently find ourselves in.
“We’re confident, the team is in form, the omens are positive.”
Bayern, who have won their last six matches in all competitions, have reached the Champions League knockout stage in each of the last 12 seasons.
“Bayern are always among the favourites, we are always in the mix in spring,” added Mueller, who has won the European Cup twice with the Bavarian giants.
“At the moment, we feel very, very strong, but that won’t help us in March and April when it comes to the knockout stage. However, I have faith in the club and the team.”
Lokomotiv had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Salzburg last week before suffering a shock defeat in the Russian Premier League by Rotor Volgograd.
But Bayern boss Hansi Flick had warned his side not to be complacent against a team who finished bottom of their group last season and in the 2018-19 campaign.
“(Lokomotiv) are one of the most in-form teams in the Russian league,” he said.
“They have conceded the fewest goals and have some great attacking players in (Fedor) Smolov and Eder. We need to stay alert and focused.”
Lokomotiv coach Marko Nikolic said his side would go into the game with a point to prove.
“Our attitude is good. We are facing the best team in Europe, so what kind of attitude can we have? We are very happy for a chance to play against such opponents,” he said.
“Scepticism is always there, but it’s not my job to answer the critics who don’t believe in us.”
At the end of the encounter last night, Bayern maintained winning streak with a 2-1 victory in Moscow.

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46 Nations Back CAF Boss For Second Term

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A letter has been sent to Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad from 46 of the 54 member associations requesting him to run for a second four-year term.
President of Southern African football body COSAFA, Philip Chiyangwa, confirmed to Tidesports source that a letter supporting Ahmad had been delivered to the former Malagasy politician.
The presidency election is scheduled for Rabat next March and the 60-year-old has until November 12 to decide whether he will seek re-election.
A simple majority — 28 votes if each association participates — is required to win the election but no official has announced their candidacy.
Algeria, Botswana, the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe were the eight nations not included in the letter of support.
Ahmad scored a stunning victory three years ago over incumbent Issa Hayatou, a Cameroonian who had ruled African football for 29 years.
The letter praised Ahmad, but made no mention of various controversies surrounding him, including being probed by the FIFA ethics committee for alleged financial irregularities, which he denies.
At the request of Ahmad, FIFA sent secretary general Fatma Samoura to CAF headquarters in Cairo last year to assist for six months in the running of the organisation.

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