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Nigeria v Cape Verde: Five (5) Cape Verdean Players To Watch Out For

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The Nigerian Super Eagles will be put to a litmus test on Tuesday as the Gernot Rohr tutored side engages the ‘Blue Sharks’ of Cape Verde in one of the CAF Qatar 2022 world cup qualifiers series.

After garnering a total of 12 points after Matchday 5 fixture against the ‘Lone Stars’ of Liberia in Morroco.

The Nigeria Super Eagles will have their fate of qualification in their hands on Tuesday when they trade tackles with Cape Verde as a point(s) will see the team through to the next round.

As the Eagles gears up for tomorrow’s tie, a fixture many tagged a ‘Walk Over Match’ here are Five (5) Cape Verdean Players who can wreck havoc to spoil the Eagles Party if not closed down or marked out.

1. Ryan Isaac Mendes da Graça (Al-Nasr, Saudi Arabia)


Born on 8th January 1990, Ryan Mendes is a Cape Verdean international who currently plys his trade with Saudi Arabian top-flight league giants, Al Nasr.

With a total of 12 international goals to his name, Ryan Mendes ranks as one player the Cape Verdean side will be relying on to bring in delightful deliveries from the channels as the Al Nasr Winger is blessed with plenty of speed.

Ryan Isaac Mendes da Graça scored his side only goal in Cape Verde win against Liberia.

2. Júlio Tavares (Al Faisaly FC)


Born 19 November 1988, the Cape Verdean striker who plies his trade with Saudi Arabian Professional league outfit, Al Faisaly FC, ranks amongst the player to be on the look out for when the Super Eagles trade tackles with the ‘Blue Sharks’ tomorrow.

The bulky striker scored one of his side goal in their (2-1) win against, Central Africa Republic on Saturday.

With 6 international goals for the Cape Verdean National team, in 2013 Tarvas played in all matches at 2013 Africa Cup of Nations where his team advanced to the quarterfinals.

3. Ianique dos Santos Tavares (Fehérvár FC)


Born on 28 May 1988, Ianique dos Santos Tavares is a Cape Verde International left back who plys his trade with Hungarian top-flight league giant’s, Fehérvár FC.

With 2 international goals to his name, the left back is often relied on by the ‘Blue Sharks’ for counter attacks from the channels as his blessed with an explosive pace which aids him in running the channels expertly.

The left back bagged his 2nd goal for the Cape Verdean national team in their dramatic win against Central Africa Republic on Saturday.

4. Dylan Tavares dos Santos (Xmax)


The 25years Swiss based defender will be out to help his side grind out a point(s) in Lagos when the trade tackles with the Nigeria Super Eagles.

The defender scored his side only goal in the first fixture against the Super Eagles at home.

5. Jaílton Alves Miranda (U.D. Leiria)


Popularly known as ‘Kuca’ the Striker earned his first cap for Cape Verde on 28 March 2009, in a 5–0 friendly win over Equatorial Guinea.

Kuca scored his first goal on 15 November 2014, contributing to a 3–1 home win over Niger for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Striker ranks as one player the team play revolves around him and will be relied on by the visitors to cause an upset on Tuesday in Nigeria when they go toe-toe with the Super Eagles.

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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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