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Nigerians In South Africa Wear Super Eagles Jersey2010 W/Cup

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Officials of the Nigerian Consulate and Nigerians living in South Africa wore the Super Eagles colours, as the country celebrated its last “Football Friday’’ before the World Cup.

Tidesports South African source reports that the world’s most spectacular sporting event will start on June 11 and end on July 11.

Some of the Nigerians also hoisted the country’s flag on their cars as they drove around the city of Johannesburg.

The Nigerian Consulate officials in Johannesburg donned the Super Eagles colours for the day’s duties in solidarity with the team.

The Consul-General, Mr Okey Emuchay, said the Eagles would make Nigeria proud during the football tournament, adding that the consulate’s mission was to make the atmosphere conducive for the Eagles to perform well.

“We are all donning the Eagles colours to mobilise support for the team,” Emuchay said, promising that Nigerians in South Africa were ready to give support to the team.

The Super Eagles played a friendly match against North Korea in Johannesburg on Sunday (June 6) and they were also be hosted by the Nigerian mission in the country.

The team will begin their World Cup campaign with a match against Argentina at the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg on June 12.

“Football Friday” is a programme in South Africa whereby South Africans don the Bafana Bafana colours every Friday.

As the last one was celebrated on Friday, FIFA President Sepp Blatter officially handed over the World Cup trophy to South Africa’s Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe in Pretoria.

Blatter lauded South Africans for the interest they had shown in hosting the first World Cup tournament on African soil.

He noted that the preparations for the competition were in order, while the teams coming in to South Africa were happy.

Blatter lauded former President Nelson Mandela’s role in securing the hosting rights for South Africa and said that from his interaction with Mandela, the icon wanted to be at the opening ceremony.

Motlanthe said that South Africa had worked hard to ensure that it fulfilled all the FIFA requirements in hosting the World Cup.

He thanked Blatter for believing in South Africa’s competence to host the football tournament amid the pessimism in some quarters.

By FIFA protocol, a Head of State is expected to receive the World Cup trophy before the onset of the football tournament and Motlanthe, in his capacity as Acting President, accepted the cup on behalf of the South African government.

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… As Coach Expresses Optimism To Qualify For 2026 W’Cup

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Newly appointed Super Eagles coach Finidi George has set his sights firmly on securing qualification for the 2026 World Cup, demanding unwavering commitment from his top players as the team aims to get their faltering qualifying campaign back on track.
Unveiled to the media in Abuja on Monday, Finidi, who succeeded the outgoing Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro, wasted no time in laying out his immediate priorities, two crucial 2026 World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Benin early next month.
“Nigeria comes first, that’s what I expect from every player I invite. You have to be playing in your club, and you must have the commitment,” Finidi told reporters on Monday.
Recognising the importance of a strong start, the former Ajax winger emphasised the significance of the upcoming clash against South Africa.
“The first targets are to qualify for the World Cup and AFCON (Africa Cup of Nations), and a win over South Africa will set the tone.”
Nigeria currently finds itself in third place in their qualifying group, with just two points from as many games, while South Africa sits second with three points.
Finidi, who has signed a year’s contract with an option for an additional year, acknowledged the immense pressure that comes with leading the national team of a country with over 200 million people.
However, he exuded confidence in his ability to withstand the scrutiny, stating, “I have a tough skin.”
While his salary remains undisclosed, the 53-year-old coach expressed a willingness to prioritise performance over immediate financial rewards.
“The salary is good enough for me, it’s not as much as that of (Jose) Peseiro.
“Money is good, but if you add value to what you do, the money will come. Then they can come and ask ‘Coach, how much do you want?” Finidi said.

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I’m Not Under Pressure, I’ve Tough Skin – Finidi

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New Super Eagles Coach, Finidi George, has underlined that the word pressure is not in his dictionary and appealed for support from key stakeholders including the media.
Speaking after his unveiling yesterday in Abuja, the former Enyimba of Aba coach said; “In life you cannot be afraid. As you see me here, I am a quiet person but I’m not afraid of anything. The worst you can get in football is not getting the result, the best you can get is winning all the time, and I will try my best to make sure that the team functions properly and we start winning games.”
On whether is under pressure to justify his appointment, the coach stressed; “Pressure, I don’t think I have it. I have that tough skin and I want to plead you guys, the media we need your support.
“What is in the contract is boldly written, what the NFF wants and Nigeria in general, but for me personally my first target is to make sure we are in line to qualify for the World Cup. AFCON qualifiers definitely will be coming up soon, but the major step for me is these two games that we have.
“If we can win against South Africa and Benin, we will set the tone.”
During the unveiling ceremony, the NFF confirmed that ex-Super Eagles striker; Daniel Amokachi and Abiden Baruwa will be the assistant coach and goalkeeper coach respectively.
The first assignment for Finidi, who won the Champions League with Ajax in 1995, is to qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

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Amusan Becomes World’s Fastest Woman, Sets New Track Record

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Nigerian sprint icon Tobi Amusan has become the world’s fastest woman in the women’s 100m hurdles after running a world-leading 12.40 seconds.
In a thrilling race, the world record holder secured the victory, leaving behind Danielle Williams, the world champion, who clocked her best time of the season at 12.46 seconds. Following closely was American Christina Clemons, claiming the third spot with a time of 12.54 seconds.
This triumph means the Nigerian athlete has now claimed the top spot globally, surpassing American Tonea Marshall’s previous record of 12.42 seconds set in late April.
Tobi Amusan’s impressive win arrives just two months before the Paris 2024 Olympics, setting the stage for an exciting competition ahead.
John Enoh, the minister of sports development, on his X handle congratulated Amusan over the feat.
Take your flowers Tobi Amusan, you stormed to an emphatic win in the women’s 100m hurdles at the Jamaica Athletics Invitational, clocking a time of 12.40s (0.9), a World Lead time!
You defeated World Champion Danielle Williams, who came 2nd in 12.46s, while Christina Clemons.
“Take your flowers Tobi Amusan, you stormed to an emphatic win in the women’s 100m hurdles at the Jamaica Athletics Invitational, clocking a time of 12.40s (0.9), a World Lead time! You defeated World Champion Danielle Williams, who came 2nd in 12.46s, while Christina Clemons was 3rd in 12.54s,” he wrote.
“Tobi, you keep making our country proud. Paris Olympics is around the corner, your performance gives us hope just like others, that Nigeria is set to break a jinx. Keep soaring, we are proud of you.”

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