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AFCON: Five (5) Super Eagles Defence Options

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Since the emergence of the ‘Oyinbo Wall’ in the current Nigeria Super Eagles team, there has been less concerned towards scouting and breeding a new defensive partnership that can give the duo of Leon Balogun and Troost-Ekong a run for their money in the Super Eagles team.

Healthy competition often encourages one to always be at his very best at all times knowing there is an option, waiting to be give due opportunity to showcase and prolly over thrown the present option.

With the African Cup of Nations and the World Cup in view for next year for the Nigerian Super Eagles team, here are Nigerian eligible defenders who can give the ‘Oyinbo Wall’ duo of Leon Balogun and Troost-Ekong a healthy competition in the Nigeria Senior National team.

1. KENNETH OMERUO (Leganes, Spain)
The former Nigeria U20 defender has grown through the ranks to establish himself as one who discharge his defensive duties with grits.

The Spanish based defender has often been ever present in the current Nigeria Super Eagles team but hardly seen on parade on Matchday.

Omeruo style of play has often been likened to that of Super Eagles legendary defender, Taribo Way, as he possesses a ‘Never Say Die’ spirit.

With the African Cup of Nations and the World Cup billed for next year, Omeruo has all it takes to help solidify Super Eagles backline.

2. IGOH OGBU (Lillestrom, Norway)
The former U20 rock solid defender has continued to be impressive in the Norwegian OBOS-LIGAEN and has shown reason why he is a suitable option for the Eagles backline.

Ogbu at the weekend led his side to another convincing home win wherein he was further listed in the team of the week in the Norwegian top-flight league following his overall performance against, Strømsgodset.

Ogbu ranks as one defender who can arguably give the Super Eagles defence line depths.

3. JOSHUA AKPUDJ (BFC Daugavpils, Latvia)
Joshua Akpudje since arriving Latvia top-flight league as never failed to impress, little wonder the former MFM was handed a contract extension by his Latvia based outfit.

The former U23 star ranks as one centre back who can add youthful energy in the Nigeria Super Eagles team.

4. OLISAH NDAH (Orlando Pirates, South Africa)
The Former Remo Stars and Akwa United rock solid defender is no doubt an option to picked ahead of the Super Eagles campaign in two continental competitions slated for next year.

Since teaming up with the ‘Buccaneers’ Ndah has continued his impressive form while plying his trade in the Nigeria professional football league.

5. CHIDOZIE AWAZIEM (Antalyspor, Turkey)
Awaziem in the last Super Eagles outing showed reasons why he doesn’t need to be a bench warmer in the Nigeria Super Eagles team.

Awaziem is one defender in the Eagles fold that is yet to be explored to the team advantage, the Turkish based defender ability to play more than in one position makes him a huge asset.











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Yusuf Abdullahi: Fast Rising Top Talent Dazzles In Nigeria Flying Eagles Training

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Highly rated Nigeria youngster, Yusuf Abdullahi, has been spotted in training with the Nigeria Under-20 team (Flying Eagles) as the team intensified preparations for football event in the All African Games which will take place in Ghana.

The sensational goal poacher who scored five goals in game in the Nigeria topflight league with Kano Pillars was handed invite by Coach Ladan Bosso upon return from Norway.

Afterwards his heroics, Yusuf Abdullahi, who has been a ‘hot cake’ in the transfer market has been in Norway where to negotiate a potential move to top Norwegian Eliteserien league giants.

Dazzling in the Nigeria Under-20 training Cup for All African Games, Coach Ladan Bosso, has been given thumbs up for his rich scouting network to ensure the best for the Nigeria Flying Eagles team.

The towering youngster, Yusuf Abdullahi, is tipped to bring in something different and outstanding in the Nigeria Flying Eagles team for All African Games with his killer instinct passes and goal scoring prowess.

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AFCON23: Nigerians Owes José Peseiro Apologies

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Failure as they said has no friends whilst success comes with lots of friends and family members inclusive.

Success never comes overnight as it requires time, consistency, believing in your craft will surely draw the much needed success closer than expected.

The Nigeria Super Eagles yesterday stepped into the semi-finals of the on-going African Cup Of Nations In Abidjan, Ivory Coast following its 1-0 win over Angola, all thanks to Lookman Ademola first half goal which was enough to separate the two sides at full time.

Prior to the African Cup Of Nations, the Nigeria Super Eagles were written off by its own country people following the team strings of poor run with its Portuguese gaffer, Jose Peseiro, described as an ‘incompetent’ Coach by many Nigeria Football enthusiasts.

José Peseiro suffered all manner of insults and cyber bullying by Nigerians as well as in the hands of the Nigeria Football Federation as he was forced to take a pay but he was undeterred knowing his worth and ability.

Nigeria Super Eagles Coach, Jose Peserio, suffered all manner of negative criticism from Nigeria Football enthusiasts, Journalists and Pundits starting from its Provisional list for the AFCON down to his list of 25 players for the competition.

The Portuguese gaffer amidst all negative criticism remained focused and never allowed side talks from naysayers distract him as he knows his Onion and was ready to prove it.

“We said it, the Nigeria Super Eagles team is too big for Jose Peserio to handle, the team cannot qualify for group stages ” these were words of many Nigerians, pundits and analysts after the team 1-1 draw in its first game in Group A against Equatorial Guinea.

The team squared up against host Nation, Ivory Coast and cruised to a 1-0 win and went ahead to record a 1-0 win over Guinea-Bissau to secure a place in the round of 16 but still, the Coach Jose Peserio tutored side was under fire as they described the team qualification as a fluke.

In all group stages, the Nigeria Super Eagles team conceded only once and still stretched its clean-sheet with their 2-0 win over Cameroon in the round of 16 down to its 1-0 win over Angola in the quarter-finals.

Against all odds, against all criticism by Naysayers, Coach Jose Peserio has silenced all criticism against him with success stories following the Nigeria Super Eagles qualifications for the semi-finals of the AFCON.

At this point, Nigerian football enthusiasts, Journalists, Analysts and Pundits needs to unanimously come together and tender an apology to the Nigeria Super Eagles gaffer as his big feats in the AFCON has brought smiles in the faces of millions of Nigerians who called for his sack prior to the competition.

As early stated, Success takes time and requires consistent as Jose Peserio has turned around the fortunes of the Nigeria Super Eagles team in the AFCON with its high level of consistency in formations and personnel’s.

With the team setting it’s eyes on the trophy, Portuguese gaffer, Jose Peserio deserves an apology letter from all Nigerians who doubted his ability.

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Super Eagles Coach Peseiro Prepares for Challenging Quarterfinal Showdown Against Angola

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Super Eagles Coach Peseiro Gears Up For Tough Quarterfinal Clash With Angola

Jose Peseiro, the head coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, has revealed that the team is actively preparing for their upcoming quarterfinal match against Angola. After a recovery and training session in Abidjan, Peseiro shared valuable insights into the team’s preparations and provided an update on the condition of goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali.

Peseiro emphasized the significance of the recovery and training session in ensuring the players are in peak condition for the crucial quarterfinal clash. The session focused on maintaining the players’ fitness levels and sharpness as they gear up for the decisive stage of the tournament.

Regarding Stanley Nwabali, the team’s goalkeeper, a fitness test was conducted to assess his readiness. The medical team, along with Peseiro, is closely monitoring Nwabali’s condition, and decisions regarding his participation in the upcoming match will be based on the results of the evaluation.

With Peseiro’s strategic approach and the team’s dedicated focus, the Super Eagles are determined to face the tough challenge posed by Angola in the quarterfinals and advance further in the tournament.

Coach Jose Peseiro of the Super Eagles has emphasized the need for unwavering focus and a collective team effort as they gear up for the intense quarterfinal clash against Angola. Peseiro highlighted the importance of giving 100% effort in every aspect of preparation, including training, nutrition, and rest.

Recognizing the strength of the Angolan team, Peseiro emphasized the significance of meticulous planning and outstanding teamwork to secure victory in what is expected to be a challenging match.

“We must maintain complete focus, giving our all in every activity, every day – be it training, meals, or rest. Our team must operate at 100%. We are up against a formidable opponent in Angola. To emerge victorious, we need to deliver a fantastic performance.”

Under the guidance of Coach Peseiro, the Super Eagles are fully committed to meticulous preparation and a united team effort as they face the intense quarterfinal clash against Angola.

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