Cyriel Dessers in,Victor Osimhen out as NFF release 30 man list for May/June friendlies

Nigeria will play two series games against the El Tri of Mexico and Ecuador in the United States Of America on the 29th of May and 3rd of June 2022 respectively. 

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), have released a 30 man list for the friendlies against Mexico and Ecuador.

Nigeria will play two series games against the El Tri of Mexico and Ecuador in the United States Of America on the 29th of May and 3rd of June 2022 respectively. 

Cyriel Dessers who has been on form for Feyenoord Rotterdam makes a return to the squad for the first time since 2019.

However, there are notable omissions from the list. Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi of Union Berlin and Al Hilal’s Odion Ighalo are not invited.

The list comprises of nine new invitees with most of them coming from the Nigerian Professional Football League. 

Goalkeepers: Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands); Adewale Adeyinka (Akwa United); Ojo Olorunleke (Enyimba FC)

Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (AC Omonia, Cyprus); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Isa Ali (Remo Stars); Chidozie Awaziem (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Calvin Bassey (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ibrahim Buhari (Plateau United)

Midfielders: Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Watford FC, England); Chiamaka Madu (Rivers United); Babatunde Afeez Nosiru (Kwara United); Azubuike Okechukwu (Yeni Malatyaspor, Turkey); Samson Tijani (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria); Alhassan Yusuf (Royal Antwerp FC, Belgium)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Fatih Karagumruk, Turkey); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Ademola Lookman (Leicester City, England); Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria, Spain); Emmanuel Dennis (Watford FC, England); Cyriel Dessers (Feyenoord FC, The Netherlands); Victor Mbaoma (Enyimba FC); Ishaq Rafiu (Rivers United)

The Super Eagles are yet to have a coach after the NFF disengaged the Austin Eguavoen led crew in March 2022.

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Nigeria trounce Ghana in WAFU B U20 Championship

The Flying Eagles won thanks to goals from Aminu Muhammad and Ahmed Abdullahi.

On Sunday, the Flying Eagles defeated their Ghanaian opponents in the WAFU Zone B cup game.

The Flying Eagles won thanks to goals from Aminu Muhammad and Ahmed Abdullahi.

Muhammad took advantage of a deep pass from the Nigerian defense before around the goalkeeper. He scored from a tight angle to give the Flying Eagles an early lead in the fifth minute.

Both teams gave it their all, with the Nigerians standing out in defense.

The Ladan Bosso-led team took the lead at halftime and proceeded where they left off in the second half, continuously knocking on the Black Meteors’ door.

Nigeria scored in the 78th minute to take control of the game and take the lead in the group.

Burkina Faso will be their next opponent, with the group leaders anticipated to qualify for the African U-20 Championships.

Nigeria missed out on the last competition after failing to secure a spot in the WAFU tournament.

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AWCON 2022: Super Falcons drawn against South Africa, Burundi and Botswana

The Super Falcons will begin their AWCON title defense with a match against South Africa in Group C.

The Super Falcons will begin their AWCON title defense with a match against South Africa in Group C.

Nigeria won their 11th championship in 2018 after defeating South Africa.

The 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) draw has been completed, with South Africa, Burundi, and Botswana placed in Group C alongside 11-time African champions Nigeria.

CAF Director of Competitions Samson Adamu, Cameroon and Inter Milan striker Ajara Nchout, as well as Morocco’s former minister of sports Nawal El Moutawakel, performed the drawings at the Mohamed VI Complex in Rabat, Morocco.

CAF gave seeded teams Morocco, Cameroon, and the Super Falcons automatic positions in Groups A, B, and C, respectively, ahead of the draw on Friday.

The top two teams from each group will go to the quarter-finals automatically, while the third-place team will compete for a spot in the last eight as one of the two best losers.

The Super Falcons qualified for the AWCON in February after defeating Cote d’Ivoire 3-0 on aggregate. They will now focus on the competition in Morocco.

Nigeria is the defending champions and have won the title three times in a row, having won the event in 2014, 2016, and 2018, and has won the AWCON an unprecedented 11 times.

In Morocco, up to 15 players from Nigeria’s AWCON roster might make their tournament debut.

The 2022 showcase will be the first time that 12 teams compete in the women’s continental event, up from 8 in previous tournaments.

The tournament, which will take place in Morocco from July 2 to 23, 2022, will also serve as an African qualifier for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.

The top four teams at the AWCON will automatically qualify for the World Cup with two more teams, proceeding to the inter-confederation play-offs to seek a place in the Australia-New Zealand-hosted tournament.

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NFF disengages Eguavoen and Super Eagles Technical Crew

The NFF have let go of interim Super Eagles boss, Augustine Eguavoen as a result of the failed World Cup qualification attempt.

NFF disengages Eguavoen and Super Eagles Technical Crew

The Nigerian Football Federation have let go of interim Super Eagles boss, Augustine Eguavoen as a result of the failed World Cup qualification attempt.

They have withdrawn the two-year contracts offered to the technical crew just two days before the first leg of the World Cup play-off against Ghana.

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A new crew will be announced after a proper review to lead the new charge of reinvigorating the Super Eagles to face future challenges appropriately.

“We thank the coaches and team officials for their service to the nation and wish them success in their future endeavours,” said NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi.

The Men’s national team of Nigeria under Cerezo failed to make it to 2022 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Qatar and as a result there’d be a shake up in the technical crew of the team.

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Nigeria Pitch Awards 2022: Wilfred Ndidi, Victor Osimhen, Paul Onuachu, Oshoala and other Nigerian stars get nominations

The 8th edition of the Nigeria Pitch Awards will take place on Sunday March 27th in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Nigeria Pitch Awards 2022: Wilfred Ndidi, Victor Osimhen, Paul Onuachu, Oshoala and other Nigerian stars get nominations

The 8th edition of the Nigeria Pitch Awards will take place on Sunday March 27th in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The organizing committee made the announcement on Saturday.

It is scheduled to take place following the second leg of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off match between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Black Stars of Ghana.

Mr Shina Philips, President of the Awards, said in a statement that in addition to the announcement of winners for all award tiers, First Lady, Dr Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, will be honoured with a Special Achievement in Sports Award for her influence on the development of women’s football in Africa.

Mrs Betsy Obaseki, Edo State First Lady; IGP Usman Alkali Baba, Inspector General of Police; and Mr Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation will also be honoured at the occasion.

The announcement of winners in 17 award categories will be among the other highlights of the 8th Award Ceremony. It should be mentioned that the nominees were revealed on January 5, 2022 in Lagos by the organizers.

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The King of the Pitch award will be a tight race between three outstanding footballers. Victor Osimhen of Napoli FC in Italy, Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City FC in England, and Paul Onuachu of KRC Genk in Belgium are nominated for the award.

Asisat Oshoala of FC Barcelona Femenino is nominated for the Queen of the Pitch award alongside Gift Monday of FC Robo Queens and Uchenna Kanu of Tigres UANL in the Mexican Liga MX Femenil.

Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, and Nyesom Wike of Rivers State will vie for the award of “Football Friendly Governor of the Year.”

Leicester City FC’s Kelechi Iheanacho is nominated for the Striker of the Year Award alongside Napoli’s Osimhen and Genk’s Onuachu.

NFF sponsors, leading airline Air Peace, communications giant MTN, and oil and gas solutions provider AITEO Group are all nominated for the Corporate Sponsor of Football Award.

Goalkeeper of the Year, Defender of the Year, Midfielder of the Year, Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, Sam Okwaraji Award, Best Grassroots Football Development Program, Football Pitch of the Year Award, and Football Journalist of the Year are among the other awards to be handed out on the night.

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NFF appoint Randy Waldrum as head coach of the Super Falcons

64-year old American, Randy Waldrum has been announced by the NFF as the new head coach of the Super Falcons.

64-year old American, Randy Waldrum has been announced by the NFF as the new head coach of the Super Falcons. The news of an appointment comes with a sigh of relief, as many Nigerian football fans have been waiting for news on a coach, since Thomas Dennerby quit the Super Falcons after the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Waldrum is a very experienced manager, who has spent most of his career coaching in the United States of America. He has coached in 5 different universities, and won 2 National Championships. Waldrum has also coached professionally, as he was Head Coach of Trinidad and Tobago women’s team between 2014 and 2016.

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CHESTER, PA – OCTOBER 24: Coach Randy Waldrum of Trinidad & Tobago walks on the field prior to the game against Costa Rica in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship semifinal game on October 24, 2014 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Waldrum is in fact no stranger to Nigerian football in certain ways. He was appointed technical adviser and head coach of the Super Falcons in 2017, but turned down the role.

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