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Asaba to host Nigeria/Egypt friendly

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The capital city of Delta State, Asaba has been confirmed by the Nigeria Football Federation as the venue for the friendly match between the Super Eagles and the Pharaohs of Egypt in March.

The Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta State.

The two sides have already secured qualification to the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) and will play a friendly on March 26, 2019 at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta State after their last AFCON qualifying games in March.

It is understood that the decision to play the friendly in Asaba was taken after the NFF reached an understanding with the Delta State government who promised to underwrite a substantial chunk of the match costs.

The friendly will take place four days after the Eagles take on Seychelles in their final Group E AFCON Qualifier at the same venue where they were held to a goalless draw by the Cranes of Uganda in November 2018.

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Nigeria matches into AFCON semi-finals

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Nigeria became the second team (after Senegal) to reach 2019 Africa Cup of Nations semifinal after defeating South Africa 2-1 at the Cairo International Stadium on Wednesday night.
Samuel Chukwueze opened the deadlock after 27 minutes. VAR was used to confirm South Africa’s equalizer scored by Bongani Zungu after 74 minutes, but William Troost Ekong scored one minute from time to send the Super Eagles for the semifinal for the first time since they were crowned champions in 2013.
South Africa will leave Egypt with heads high after reaching the last eight despite playing in the group of death, and then eliminating hosts and favorites Egypt from the Round of 16.
Wilfried N’didi gave Bafana Bafana an idea of what to expect when he had the first shot after 6 minutes. And despite seeing South Africa with more possession, Nigeria had the lion share of chances.
Chukwueze broke the deadlock after 27 minutes after receiving the ball from Alex Iwobi inside the vital area. His initial shot was deflected from defense but he managed to collect the ball again and score past Ronwen Williams between South Africa’s posts.
South Africa tried to equalize but couldn’t pose real threats to Nigeria’s defense and goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.
After the break, Nigeria was about to double their lead. Peter Etebo sent a scorcher from a free kick but Williams hand and the crossbar stopped him after 51 minutes.
And after 73 minutes VAR interfered to give South Africa the equalizer. From a free kick, Bongani Zungu sent a header that wronged Akpeyi. The goal was initially ruled offside but VAR proved the ball came from a Nigerian defender back to let the goal stand.
Iwobi tried to restore Nigeria’s lead but his shot missed the target after 80 minutes.
And when it seemed the game is going to extra time, Williams made a fatal mistake when he missed a corner kick to leave William Troost Ekong to score in the empty net wending the Super Eagles to the semifinal.
The Super Eagles will now wait to see their opponents from Algeria and Cote d’Ivoire who lock horns in Suez on Thursday.

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Super Falcons scrape into knockout stage

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The Super Falcons on Thursday qualified for the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup for the first time in 20 years. The Falcons have reached the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup just once before now, a quarter-final appearance in the competition in the United States in 1999.


They will confront former champions Germany in the last 16 of the 2019 Women’s World Cup in Grenoble on Saturday.

The Falcons qualified as one of the best losers to the round of 16 after finishing third in Group A behind France and Norway but had to endure a torrid time before confirming their place in the last 16 of the event.

The African champions had ended their Group A campaign with three points, courtesy of a 2-0 win over the Korea Republic and losses to former champions Norway (3-0) and hosts France (1-0).

But they had to wait three days later after their final group game on Monday to know their fate.
And the Nigerians were almost left frustrated after Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses beat New Zealand 2-1, meaning they (Falcons) had to slip from third on the best third-placed teams table to fourth.

A 3-0 win for Chile over Thailand would have ended the Falcons dreams of qualification but having led 2-0, the South Americans lost a penalty late on in dramatic fashion to hand the Nigerians a spot in the knockout stage.

Cameroon also qualified as one of the third best-placed teams, thus making it the first time two Africans will reach the knockout stages of the competition.

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Super Falcons lose to France

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Nigeria’s Super Falcons suffered a 0-1 defeat to France in their last group game at the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup on Monday night, June 17, at Roazhon Park.

The encounter saw the Falcons win the first corner of the contest after three minutes through Francisca Ordega, but nothing came out of it, with France clearing their lines. The hosts were beginning to get more possession of the ball after 12 minutes of action, but the 11-time African champions ensured they kept maximum concentration to stop France from scoring at Roazhon Park.

In the 25th minute, France came close to breaking the deadlock off a free-kick, but Nigeria managed to keep the French side at bay. Three minutes later, the Super Falcons escaped another attacking threat from Les Bleus as sores remained goalless.
At the end of the first 45 minutes, two additional minutes were played out, but none of the teams were able to scores as the scoreboard read Nigeria 0-0 France. In the second half, France continued pilling up the pressure on the Africans champions, but Super Falcons held on to keep the game barren.

Six minutes after the hour mark, Falcons goalkeeper Chaimaka Nnadozie executed a brilliant back-to-back saves to deny the French side from netting, before conceding a penalty after Ngozi Ebere was handed the marching order courtesy of a second yellow card for the poor challenge inside the box. The referee needed the VAR before confirming the spot kick. However, after Renard missed the penalty kick, the VAR ordered for a retake, with goalkeeper Nnadozie getting a yellow card for leaving the line before the kick.

Despite the other late chances, France could not increase the scores as Nigeria held on to suffer their second defeat, with the scoreboard reading Nigeria 0-1 France at the blast of the final whistle. The Falcons will now wait for the other group games to be completed to find out if they reached the last 16 round

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Tyson Fury vows to stop Wilder

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Britain’s Tyson Fury says he will beat Deontay Wilder in a world heavyweight title rematch that looks set to take place early next year.

Fury, 30, stopped German Tom Schwarz in round two on Saturday in his first fight since a draw with Wilder in December which Fury felt he won.

“I already beat him once so I’ll beat him again,” said Fury.

“He’s going to get a fully match-fit, sharp Tyson Fury. It’s the biggest fight in world boxing.”
Fury, wearing shirts bearing the American stars and stripes, produced a clinical display to beat the previously undefeated Schwarz, 25, in Las Vegas.
Fury’s British promoter Frank Warren said he is likely to fight again in September or October, possibly in New York, before a rematch against American Wilder.

“It’s highly probable that fight will happen early next year. All parties want to make that fight happen,” Warren told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek.

The rematch could eclipse the pay-per-view record of 4.8m buys set by the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout in 2015, said Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum.

Wilder, 33, returned to action in May with a sensational first-round knockout of Dominic Breazeale to retain his WBC world heavyweight title in New York.

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