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Brazil legend Pele escaped government coup in Nigeria by pretending to be aircraft pilot

Posted Thursday, February 04, 2021 by hits

Pele may be one of the best footballers ever to play the game, but the Brazil hero was once forced to pretend he was an aircraft pilot in order to escape Nigeria as a military coup ensued. The Santos legend was on a trip to Nigeria in 1976 when a faction of armed soldiers attempted to overthrow the government. Pele was in Lagos with then-Wimbledon champion Arthur Ashe for a trip sponsored by P...Full Story »

Napoli sign Nigeria forward Osimhen from Lille

Posted Saturday, August 01, 2020 by ESPN95 hits

Napoli have completed the signing of forward Victor Osimhen from Lille, the club announced on Friday. Sources had told ESPN that Napoli had made an offer of €70 million and were confident of landing the 21-year-old, whose desire had been to play in the Premier League. Manchester United and Chelsea were keen also keen on Osimhen. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis announced the deal...Full Story »

Ifeanyi George: Enugu Rangers, teammates pay tribute to Nigeria forward after another fatal road crash

Posted Monday, March 23, 2020 by ESPN136 hits

Tributes flooded in for Nigeria international Ifeanyi George who died on Sunday. Tributes have been paid to Enugu Rangers and Nigeria striker Ifeanyi George, who was killed in a road traffic accident on Sunday morning. George, 26, was driving to Lagos from Enugu when his vehicle collided into a stationary truck. The player was returning home after being granted leave by Rangers due to the NPF...Full Story »

Charitable Man Utd signing Odion Ighalo funded £1m orphanage in Nigeria to look after poverty-stricken kids

Posted Saturday, February 01, 2020 by hits

NEW Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo was just 17 years old when he left Nigeria, but the striker never forgot his roots. Former Watford star Ighalo - who is joining the Red Devils on a six-month loan deal from Shanghai Shenhua - used his whopping £300k-a-week Chinese wages for good by funding an orphanage in his home town. Former Watford striker Odion Ighalo opened an orphanage in N...Full Story »

Ighalo on target to earn Nigeria third place

Posted Thursday, July 18, 2019 by PA82 hits

Odion Ighalo’s early strike earned Nigeria third spot at the Africa Cup of Nations after a 1-0 win over Tunisia.The former Watford forward scored in the third minute as the Super Eagles won at the Al Salam Stadium on Wednesday.It was his fifth goal of the tournament and he is the competition’s top scorer ahead of Friday’s final between Algeria and Senegal.Nigeria have finished ...Full Story »

Tunisia(N) vs Nigeria - Nigeria can learn from mistakes – Iwobi

Posted Wednesday, July 17, 2019 by PA530 hits

Alex Iwobi believes Nigeria can learn from the heartbreak of their Africa Cup of Nations semi-final defeat to go on and secure third place in the tournament.The Super Eagles were beaten 2-1 by Algeria when Manchester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez scored a free-kick deep into stoppage time.With hopes of a third Africa Cup of Nations title dashed, Gernot Rohr’s side must now lift themselves t...Full Story »

Algeria(N) vs Nigeria - Iwobi talks up golden generation as Nigeria bid to reach final

Posted Saturday, July 13, 2019 by PA610 hits

Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi believes Africa Cup of Nations semi-finalists Nigeria are standing on the brink of a golden future.The Super Eagles, tournament winners on three occasions, play Algeria in Cairo on Sunday for a place in the final.“I hope we can achieve in this year’s edition and even if we don’t do that this time we can achieve more in the future because we are a youn...Full Story »

Nigeria leave it late to reach Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals

Posted Thursday, July 11, 2019 by PA96 hits

William Troost-Ekong’s late strike sent Nigeria into the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations at the expense of South Africa.The Udinese centre-back struck in the 89th minute to seal a 2-1 win at the Cairo International Stadium.Samuel Chukwueze opened the scoring for Nigeria in the first half only for Bongani Zungu to level in the second half after VAR intervened.The Super Ea...Full Story »

Nigeria(N) vs South Africa - South Africa head coach Baxter plays down favourites tag

Posted Tuesday, July 09, 2019 by PA459 hits

South Africa head coach Stuart Baxter has played down his side being labelled as favourites for the Africa Cup of Nations title by Nigeria boss Gernot Rohr ahead of their quarter-final showdown.The Bafana Bafana produced a shock 1-0 win over hosts Egypt in their last 16 clash at the Cairo International Stadium, which resulted in the Pharaohs sacking head coach Javier Aguirre.Rohr claimed South A...Full Story »

Nigeria fight back to see off Cameroon

Posted Sunday, July 07, 2019 by PA77 hits

Nigeria produced a second-half comeback to beat Cameroon 3-2 and book their place in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.The Super Eagles had taken an early lead through Odion Ighalo’s deflected effort in the 19th minute.However, Cameroon turned the match around with two quick goals just before half-time.Stephane Bahoken got on the end of Christian Bassogog’s lofted cross...Full Story »

Nigeria(N) vs Cameroon - Seedorf confident Cameroon can handle pressure

Posted Saturday, July 06, 2019 by PA213 hits

Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf insists neither he nor his players are feeling the pressure of defending their Africa Cup of Nations title.A second-placed finish behind Ghana, as a result of scoring fewer goals, has set up a last-16 meeting with Group B runners-up Nigeria.But with progress to the knockout stage the starting point for Cameroon’s defence to get serious Seedorf shrugged off t...Full Story »

Madagascar stun Nigeria in Africa Cup of Nations

Posted Monday, July 01, 2019 by PA60 hits

Africa Cup of Nations debutants Madagascar stunned Nigeria by beating the three-time champions 2-0 to confirm their place in the last-16 by surprisingly topping Group B.Nigeria, who had already guaranteed their spot in the knockout phase prior to the game at the Alexandria Stadium, will need to improve significantly on this performance if they are to progress.The Super Eagles fell behind in the ...Full Story »

Nigeria(N) vs Guinea - Samuel Kalu passed fit to face Guinea following health scare

Posted Tuesday, June 25, 2019 by PA198 hits

Samuel Kalu has been declared fit for Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations clash with Guinea on Wednesday.The striker was rushed to hospital after collapsing during training last Friday amid fears of a heart problem but he was subsequently diagnosed with dehydration.Kalu missed Nigeria’s opening victory over Burundi as a precaution but could play a part against Guinea.Coach Gernot Ro...Full Story »

Nigeria vs Burundi - Ighalo believes Nigeria's Super Eagles can soar in Africa Cup of Nations

Posted Friday, June 21, 2019 by PA137 hits

Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo says his country can win the Africa Cup of Nations as they prepare to kick-off their campaign against Burundi.The Super Eagles, who last won the tournament in 2013, take on the Group B minnows in Alexandria on Saturday, hoping to take the first steps towards a fourth title.The former Watford striker said in an interview with the Nigeria Football Federation: “If...Full Story »

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