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2021 AFCON: Why Super Eagles performed poorly, by Rohr

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Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr has said the poor condition of the pitch at the Siaka Stevens stadium, Freetown, was responsible for the poor performance of the team against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in Tuesday’s match.

The Super Eagles played an uninspiring goalless draw against the Leone Stars in the reverse fixture of their Group L 2021 AFCON qualifier.

The Eagles remain leaders of the group with eight points after four games, while Sierra Leone are third with three points.

Rohr, reviewing the game on the team’s official Twitter account, praised the performance of some his players, singling out Maduka Okoye for being the most impressive, and lamenting the long ball tactics used by the home team, which scuttled the efforts of the Eagles’ to secure the much needed three points.

Rohr stated, “The team did well, especially our goalkeeper who had a very good match. Last time, he conceded four goals, which was not his fault. And today, he showed everyone what he can do. Our defence did well, but the pitch was very difficult to play good football and they were playing long balls.

“The point means we stay top of our group and I believe we are in the right direction.”

The Eagles will in their next match play away to Benin Republic in March 2021.

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Mourinho Compares Victor Osimhen to one of the African legend, Didier Drogba

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AS Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has compared Super Eagles of Nigeria and Napoli of Italy hitman, Victor Osimhen, to Chelsea and Ivory Coast legend, Didier Drogba.

NEWSBREAK reports that the  Nigerian striker netted a world-class goal as his side, Napoli, marched towards the Serie A title on Sunday. Osimhen’s classic goal came against Mourinho’s Roma at the Diego Maradona stadium where Napoli won 2-1.

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Speaking after the match, Mourinho, a former Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid manager, said: “He (Osimhen) is of the same level as Drogba, but Didier didn’t dive.

“If Victor changes, then OK. I’d buy him if I was at a club with a lot of money. However, if he does go to England one day, he needs to change, because in Italy they put up with this sort of behaviour, whereas in the Premier League, they’d come down hard on him.”

He added: “I told him that he scored a wonderful goal and needs to stop diving so much. His goal was fantastic, he did the same thing when we met earlier this season, so he’s a fantastic player. But he mustn’t dive.”

Osimhen, 24, is currently the highest goal scorer in the Italian league Serie A with 14 goals scored in 16 matches.

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Kelechi Iheanacho’s record goal helps Leicester qualify for last 16 FA Cup

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Leicester city needed the goal from Nigerian footballer Kelechi Iheanacho to avoid a shock elimination from the FA Cup with a 1-0 win at Walsall on Saturday.

The Nigerian has scored more goals in the competition than any other player since making his debut in 2016.

Iheanacho’s 17th goal in 23 FA Cup appearances had some fortune as his strike from the edge of the box took a deflection for the only goal 23 minutes from time.

Leicester, Leeds and Man United join Manchester City as the first four sides to book their place in the last 16 of the competition.

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French footballer gets 30-year ban for punching referee

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An amateur footballer in France, described as a “fanatic”, was on Friday banned from playing for 30 years for punching a referee.

“The penalty is appropriate. These fanatics must not be able to set foot on a football pitch again. They have no place there,” said Benoit Laine, president of the Loiret football district in central France.

The 25-year-old player, who was not named by officials, was angry at being sent off while featuring for Entente Sportive Gatinaise in a local cup game on January 8.

He punched the referee so hard that the official was signed off work for two days.

The team was also kicked out of the tournament for the next two seasons.

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