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At least eight dead in Stampede outside Cameroon's Africa Cup of Nations game against Comoros

Written by 25 January, 2022
The football world has gathered in mourning over the death of at least eight fans and 38 injured at the Yaounde Olembe Stadium in Cameroon on Monday before the host nation's round of 16 match in the Africa Cup of Nations, the government said in a statement. Images shared on social media, showed screaming fans being crushed at an entrance gate before the game against Comoros. According to eyewitness reports, people were “trampled” upon as fans forced their way into the stadium. “Eight deaths were recorded, two women in their 30s, four men in their 30s, one child, one body taken away by the family,” said a preliminary health ministry report obtained by AFP on Tuesday. Communications Minister Rene Emmanuel Sadi said that 38 people were injured in the crush, including seven seriously, according to a statement. Children are also believed to be among those involved in the tragedy with…

AFCON 2021: Tunisia upset Nigeria to reach quarter-finals

Written by 24 January, 2022
The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia defeated 10-man Super Eagles of Nigeria 1-0 in a round of 16 match played at the Roumdé Adjia Stadium in Garoua as captain Youssef Msakni's long-range strike sends Tunisia into Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals despite missing seven players due to Covid. Tunisia captain, Youssef Msakni powered home a low shot from outside the penalty area two minutes into the second half, Maskni found space to shoot from outside the box after beating a defender, Nigerian Shot-stopper Maduka Okoye had a touch on the ball, but was not enough from preventing a goal. For a side that won all three of their group games and even rested the majority of the starting XI for their previous match, tournament favourites Nigeria looked out of ideas in the face of some heroic defending. Nigeria’s Moses Simon, Wilfred Ndidi and Samuel Chukwueze had all missed chances early in…

2021 AFRICA CUP NATIONS: Group Stage wrap-up and Day 1 Round of 16 Preview

Written by 22 January, 2022
Following an eventful conclusion of the group stage of the Africa Cup of Nations, sixty-eight goals were scored and ten of them came from spot kicks after thirty-six matches. The knockout phase of the tourney will see sixteen teams continue their quest; Group winners and runners-up from each of six groups joined by the four best losers who are the four best-ranked third-place nations in their groups. Cape Verde, Malawi, Tunisia and Comoros got the best third-place finish spots Teams that made it to the Knockout phase are: Egypt, Nigeria, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Mali, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Guinea, Gambia, Morocco, Malawi, Tunisia and Gabon. The group stage came with lots of surprises, controversies, and upsets. Four-time Africa cup of Nations champions Ghana failed to win a match and were defeated by debutant Comoros Island in their last group game. The black stars of Ghana were joined…

Jota's Brace Sends Liverpool to League Cup final

Written by 21 January, 2022
Diogo Jota brace against Arsenal secures Liverpool’s place at Wembley set up a Carabao Cup final with Chelsea next month. Jota put Liverpool on course for Wembley with a first half strike and he clinched their berth with a late second goal in the semi-final second leg After a goalless draw at Anfield despite playing much of the match with 10 men after Granit Xhaka's red card, Arsenal headed into the clash under the lights at the Emirates Stadium with renewed confidence but Arteta's youthful side were exposed by Liverpool. Arsenal started impressively, Alexandre Lacazette hitting the woodwork from a free-kick, but Liverpool struck after 19 minutes when Jota's scuffed shot after a fine run beat scrambling Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale. Lacazette missed Arsenal's best chance after the break, shooting over when clean through, but Liverpool had chances of their own and sealed their first final in this competition since…

AFCON 2021: Super Eagles to face Tunisia in the round of 16

Written by 20 January, 2022
Following the conclusion of the Group Stage of the Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria’s quest for a fourth AFCON trophy in Garoua continues as the Super Eagles will take on another Eagle, the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in the Round of 16 at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon on Sunday. Austin Eguavoen and Super Eagles are familiar foes with the Tunisians, in 2006 when Eguavoen led the Eagles to the nations cup and won all group stage fixtures, Nigeria defated Tunisia in the quarter final on penalties and the last time both teams met at the AFCON was in Egypt, where the Super Eagles claimed 1-0 victory to win the bronze medal. The Super Eagles finished top of Group D ahead of Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau, scoring six goals and conceded one, winning all their three group stage games while the Carthage Eagles lost 1-0 to Gambia…

AFCON 2021: Austine Eguavoen Keep the Eagles Flying

Written by 20 January, 2022
The Super Eagles of Nigeria becomes the only side at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations to win all three group stage fixtures after defeating Guinea-Bissau 2-0 in the third and final round of Group D of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2021, thus dashing the dream of Djurtus of making it through to the next round of the competition. Goals from Sadiq Umar and Captain William Troost-Ekong give Super Eagles a comfortable win over Guinea-Bissau; Nigeria finish top of Group D and Egypt qualify as runners-up. The result ensured Cape Verde and Malawi advance as two of the four best third-placed teams in the group stages, with the latter reaching the knockout rounds for the first time. Nigerian had already guaranteed their place in the round of 16, but the victory ensures the three times champions finish the group stage with 9 points and Coach Austine Eguavoen…

The Super Eagles might be cast in bronze but still capable of putting things Thoroughly Golden

Written by 11 January, 2022
Against all odds, the much anticipated 33rd edition of the rescheduled African Cup of Nations eventually kicked off in Cameroon as the host came from a goal down to win 2-1 over Burkina Faso at the Olembe Stadium.African biggest stars across Europe flying the colors of their national teams, as 24 nations compete against each other to determine the next champion of the continent, grabbing the attention of the world with the biggest football showpiece on the African continent.The Super Eagles of Nigeria's quest for a fourth title has been marred with lots of crises from missing a couple of players due to injuries, COVID restrictions, and the Club's refusal to release them for National duties. Emmanuel Dennis of Watford and Odion Ighalo who retired after the last edition of the tourney as the top scorer were both not released by their respective teams while Victor Osimhen of Napoli got…

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Super Eagles move a step closer to World Cup play-off

Written by 13 November, 2021
The Super Eagles of Nigeria scored twice from the spot to record a 2-0 victory over Liberia in Tangier to remain top of their group with 12 points in matchday 5 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup group stage qualifier while Cape Verde came from a goal down to beat Central Africa Republic to remain second.