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Lookman’s Historic Hat-Trick Ends Leverkusen’s Unbeaten Streak as Atalanta Win Europa League
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Lookman’s Historic Hat-Trick Ends Leverkusen’s Unbeaten Streak as Atalanta Win Europa League

, Nigeria’s Super Eagles forward Ademola Lookman scored a stunning hat-trick, leading Atalanta to a 3-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League final on Wednesday. This win not only ended Leverkusen’s impressive 51-match unbeaten run but also marked Atalanta’s first trophy in 61 years. Lookman’s exceptional performance made him the first player to score a hat-trick in a European final since 1975, securing Atalanta’s maiden continental trophy. Reflecting on the achievement, Lookman expressed his elation, saying, “One of the best nights of my life. Amazing performance from the team. We’ve got to celebrate, we made history tonight.” Atalanta, a team that has long been overshadowed by nearby giants AC and Inter Milan, has experienced a golden era under the guidance of Gian Pi...
Ibrahim Babangida Dies in Car Crash
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Ibrahim Babangida Dies in Car Crash

Tragic news struck the football community today with the passing of Ibrahim Babangida, a former Super Eagles player, in a fatal accident on the Zaira road. The accident also involved his brother, Tijani, who serves as the president of the Professional Footballers Association of Nigeria (PFAN), along with his wife, son, and maid. A somber statement from Emmanuel Babayaro, the General Secretary of PFAN, confirmed Ibrahim's untimely demise in the accident. However, there is a glimmer of hope as Tijani and the rest of his family are reportedly receiving medical attention and are said to be responding positively to treatment. The Nation
2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup: Nigeria Wins Australia 2:3 in Stunning Comeback
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2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup: Nigeria Wins Australia 2:3 in Stunning Comeback

In a thrilling and historic match at the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, Nigeria achieved a remarkable comeback victory against co-hosts Australia, becoming the first African nation to win a match at the prestigious tournament. The game took place at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, leaving The Matildas facing a first-round exit. Australia, still missing the influential Sam Kerr due to injury, dominated much of the first half, and it looked like they had made a decisive breakthrough in stoppage time when Emily van Egmond scored the opening goal. This marked Van Egmond's first goal at the tournament in an impressive 12 years since she last found the net against Equatorial Guinea on July 3, 2011. However, Australia's lead was short-lived as Uchenna Kanu equalized for Nigeria just before hal...
Kai Havertz to Move to Arsenal From Chelseas for £65m
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Kai Havertz to Move to Arsenal From Chelseas for £65m

In a significant transfer development, Arsenal Football Club has reached an agreement with Chelsea Football Club for the acquisition of German international forward Kai Havertz. The deal, valued at approximately £65 million, has been agreed upon by the two clubs. While the finer details of the agreement are yet to be disclosed, it is understood that the clubs have established an initial understanding that enables Havertz to engage in discussions regarding personal terms and undergo a medical examination. The transfer fee for the 24-year-old Havertz, who exhibited an impressive performance last season with nine goals in 47 games for Chelsea, includes potential add-ons that could further increase the overall cost of the deal. Havertz, who made his move from Bayer Leverkusen to Chel...
<strong>2023 U-20 AFCON: CAF Congratulates Flying Eagles MOTM Winner</strong>
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2023 U-20 AFCON: CAF Congratulates Flying Eagles MOTM Winner

Confederation of African Football, CAF, has congratulated Flying Eagles striker, Solomon Agbalaka, following his impressive performance in the win over Egypt which resulted in a Man of the Match Award at the 2023 U-20 AFCON. The Flying Eagles of Nigeria defeated the Young Pharaohs of Egypt 1-0 at the Cairo international stadium on Wednesday, February 22. Agbalaka scored the sole goal of the match when he headed in to give Nigeria the lead in the 71st minute. Reacting, CAF in a tweet on its official Twitter handle congratulated the youngster. The tweed read, “Congratulations Solomon Agbalaka, our #NGAEGY Total Energies Man of the Match!” The win marked the Flying Eagles first win in the competition after they were beaten 1-0 by group leaders, Senegal on Sunday, February ...
<strong>CAF Robbed Me Of Best Player Award in 2013 – Mikel</strong>
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CAF Robbed Me Of Best Player Award in 2013 – Mikel

Mikel Obi, former Super Eagles captain, has claimed that he was robbed of the 2013 African Player of the Year award by the Confederation of African Football, CAF. Mikel was the star performer for Nigeria during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa as he helped his country clinch the tournament. No Nigerian has won the African Player of the Year award since 1999, when Kanu Kwankwo won the honour ahead of Ghanaian defender, Samuel Kuffour following his impressive form in front of goal for Arsenal. Since then, no Nigerian footballer has gone home with the accolade but only Austin Okocha (twice, in 2003 and 2004) and Mikel Obi (in 2003) were among the final three nominees before losing to Samuel Eto’o and Yaya Toure. Speaking on the award, Mikel in a YouTube intervie...
<strong>Super Eagles Will Qualify For World Cup Under Peter Obi – LP VP</strong>
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Super Eagles Will Qualify For World Cup Under Peter Obi – LP VP

Datti Baba-Ahmed, the vice presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, has expressed optimism that the Super Eagles will qualify for the World Cup if Peter Obi wins the presidential election. Recall that Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, losing out to Ghana. Baba-Ahmed stated this on Sunday when he featured alongside Peter Obi, on The Peoples Townhall, an event organised by Channels Television and its partners He said they would prioritize ensuring that Nigeria wins the Nations Cup as well as qualification for every World Cup tournament.   Recall that the three-time Africa Cup of Nations failed to make it to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, losing the spot to Ghana. See Also: Tinubu Describes Obasanjo’s Endorsement of Obi As ‘Blind Leading ...
<strong>Why Osimhen Is Serie A Strongest Striker – Totti</strong>
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Why Osimhen Is Serie A Strongest Striker – Totti

Francesco Totti, Italy and AS Roma legend, has named Napoli forward, Victor Osimhen as the best striker in the Italian Serie A. Totti was instrumental in the Italian squad that clinched the FIFA World Cup in 2006. Totti in an interview with BepiTv1 said, “The strongest striker in Serie A? In my opinion, it is Osimhen. First, because he (Osimhen) scores when the ball falls to him he scores. “And then he makes himself available to the team. He is always in the right place at the right time.” See Also: Victor Osimhen Scores His 30th Goal for Napoli The Nigerian striker produced 10 goals and three assists in 30 appearances in his debut season in Italy despite injury woes, suspensions, and coronavirus issues. Osimhen has improved on those numbers as he bagged 18 goals and...
<strong>Why 2022 World Cup Is Greatest For Africa – Oliseh</strong>
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Why 2022 World Cup Is Greatest For Africa – Oliseh

Sunday Oliseh, former Super Eagles coach, has rated the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar as the best so far for African teams. Morocco made record as the first African team in history to qualify for the World Cup semi-final against France after they defeated Portugal 1-0 in the quarter-final. The Atlas Lions of Morocco topped group F after finishing ahead of Belgium, Croatia, and Canada. The North African side then beat Spain in the round of 16, emerging victorious with a 3-0 scoreline in the penalty shootout. Morocco will play against defending champions France in Doha’s Al Bayt Stadium on Wednesday (today). Commenting on the match, Oliseh tagged this the greatest tournament for Africa as each African side that participated in the tournament won at least one match. Olis...
<strong>Qatar 2022: Figo Blames Santos For Morocco Defeat</strong>
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Qatar 2022: Figo Blames Santos For Morocco Defeat

Luis Figo, a Portugal legend, has called out head coach, Fernando Santos for the team’s ouster from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Figo during an interview with Sportskeeda, said that Santos was not supposed to bench Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal’s defeat against Morocco in the quarter-finals. See Also: World Cup: He’s Exceptional – Van Gaal Lauds Ziyech The former Portugal international who represented them at the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup, said Santos cannot win the World Cup while benching Ronaldo, noting that the coach got the decision wrong. However, Ronaldo who has clocked 37 years was also left on the bench for the round of 16 match against Switzerland, with 21-year-old Goncalo Ramos being favoured to start. Figo said, “You can’t win the World Cup with Cristiano...