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Qatar 2022: NFF confident of Super Eagles’ qualification

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General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mohammed Sanusi, has given assurances that the Super Eagles will qualify for the 2022 FIFA World cup in Qatar.

Speaking when the executive members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) went to celebrate his birthday with him in his office at the Moshood Abiola National stadium in Abuja, Dr Sanusi stated that all hands were on deck to ensure that Nigeria’s flag is hoisted in Qatar next year.

“The game in Cape Verde was not an easy one bearing in mind that they have been unbeaten in their home soil over the past five years.

“With that in mind, they thought it was going to be business as usual when they scored first. But our boys fought back to level scores and got a deserved winner late in the game.”

“We are assuring Nigerians that the NFF will do everything humanly possible to ensure that the Super Eagles qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.

“We give God the glory and we thank the federal government and Nigerians for their support and prayers,” the NFF chief scribe stated.

Earlier, while presenting a massive designer birthday card to Dr Sanusi, the FCT SWAN chairman, Bunmi Haruna, charged the NFF not to relent in the quest to qualify Nigeria for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

“We congratulate the NFF and Nigerians for the excellent results the Super Eagles recorded against Liberia and Cape Verde in the world cup qualifiers.

“These victories could not have happened by chance, they are obviously results of well-planned preparations and determination of the NFF and the team.

“As we look forward to the rest of the matches, we want to urge the team not to relent, and to be cautious that nothing has been achieved until we qualify for the world cup.

“On our part, we will continue to support the NFF, the Super Eagles and other national teams to succeed in all competitions,” the FCT SWAN boss stated.

The Eagles have two wins from two games against Liberia and Cape Verde and sit top of Group C with six points.

Despite missing 10 regular players in the last match away to Cape Verde, Nigeria was able to grind out a 2-1 win after defeating Liberia 2-0 four days earlier.

The Super Eagles will next month play the Central African Republic in continuation of their quest to be at the Qatar 2022 world cup.

Joshua Odeyemi, Dailytrust

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Man United contact Napoli for Osimhen

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Undergoing a massive rebuild and in desperate need of a goal scorer, Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen this summer.

According to Corriere dello Sport (via thefaithfulmufc), the Red Devils have contacted the Partonopei to discuss a potential move for the Nigerian forward. After enduring a disappointing 2021/22 campaign, United are looking at a fresh approach this summer under new manager Erik ten Hag.

Last season, the 13-time Premier League champions scored just 57 goals in 38 Premier League games. 37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo was the club’s most impressive forward as he scored 18 goals in 30 games, but the five-time Ballon d’Or winner wasn’t supported by his teammates. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Edinson Cavani scored just nine league goals between them.

Furthermore, the club are set to part ways with Cavani, Jesse Lingard, and Juan Mata after the expiration of their contracts at the end of the month. They are therefore expected to prioritize signing a top-quality forward.

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Victor Osimhen who joined Napoli from Lille in the summer of 2020 for a club-record fee of €70 million might just be the answer to their prayers and provide the support a veteran Ronaldo needs.

The striker, who scored 18 times and made six assists in 32 games last season, is also on the radar of other top English clubs including Arsenal and Newcastle.

Labelled a ‘phenomenal‘ player for his performances in the past, Osimhen has already scored 15 goals and provided 8 assists in just 23 games for Nigeria. He scored four goals as the Super Eagles thrashed Sao Tome and Principe 10-0 in a match-day two fixture of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match.

He was also on target on match-day one for the Eagles as they rallied back from a goal down to beat Sierra Leone 2-1 at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

The Italian side’s president, Aurelie De Laurentiis, is renowned for being a tough negotiator and is reportedly reluctant to entertain the idea of selling Osimhen for less than £86m.

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Chelsea, Man United tussle over Neymar

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Chelsea, Newcastle, and Manchester United could make a move for PSG winger Neymar this summer.

Neymar is highly regarded as one of the best players to have ever graced a football pitch, and the Brazilian has won countless trophies during his time at Barcelona and PSG.

His time at the French champions could be over, however, with RMC Sport reporting that he is considering looking for a move away from the club this summer.

The report also claimed that three Premier League clubs could make a move, naming Newcastle, Chelsea, and Manchester United.

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Due to the likely astronomical wages that come with signing Neymar, not many clubs will be able to afford the Brazilian winger.

Although the report doesn’t suggest the trio of clubs are seriously considering signing Neymar, there’s no doubt there would be interest from all three clubs, simply due to what he can offer to their side.

Neymar has managed 342 goals during his whole career, but that is only a small percentage of what he can provide. His creativity and dribbling ability mean he’s such a handful for opposition defenders, and the prospect of him playing in the Premier League is an exciting one.

A move to Manchester United and Newcastle seems unlikely due to their Champions League status, but linking up with former manager Thomas Tuchel and former teammate Thiago Silva could be on the cards.

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Okoye: My ambition is the Premier League

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Super Eagles goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye is preparing ahead of the new season and has indicated his desire to help the club gain promotion back to the top flight.

Okoye, 22, was a £5m signing from Dutch side, Sparta Rotterdam in January.

He only joined up with the Hornets at the off season having been on loan at Sparta Rotterdam since January.

“I think in every player’s head is going back up to the Premier League,” the former Fortuna Düsseldorf goalkeeper said. Okoye was quoted by Watford Observer as saying;“ It’s important to have ambition.

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“On a personal level, I just want to help fulfill that ambition for the other players and the club. The more playing time the better, but most of all I want to see myself grow as a person and a goalkeeper.”

The German-born goalkeeper said English football has always been a dream and he will work hard to make it come true.

”If I can get playing time and improve then that is fantastic. I grew up watching English football and it was always a dream to play in this country.

“As a kid, it was English football I wanted to play in and now I’m going to put the work in to make that happen.”

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