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Nigeria’s Super Eagles on Friday night defeated their West African rivals, Black Stars of Ghana, in an entertaining Marrakesh international friendly after goals from Cyriel Dessers and Ademola Lookman.

In the course of the game, the Nigerians had the clearest chances of the match and Ghana was conditioned by an expulsion in the second half.

The victory was recorded despite the absence of Victor Osimhen.

Rangers forward Cyriel Dessers netted a first-half penalty awarded for handball.

Ademola Lookman also fired home late off the bench after the Black Stars had been reduced to 10 men following the dismissal of Jerome Opoku.

Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew’s cool stoppage-time penalty after Bright Osayi-Samuel had brought down Antoine Semenyo gave Ghana a consolation goal in the entertaining showdown in Morocco.

Victory over their rivals will give Nigeria a lift after last month’s Africa Cup of Nations final defeat by hosts Ivory Coast, under interim coach and Super Eagles legend Finidi George.

 

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Covenant beats UI, UNILAG, 35 other Nigerian varsities in global rankings (See full List)

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Covenant beats UI, UNILAG, 35 other Nigerian varsities in global rankings (See full List)

 

A respected British magazine, The Times Higher Education, has named 39 universities in Nigeria on its 2024 World universities rankings across 108 countries.

It ranked Covenant University as the first among the 39 in Nigeria that made the list.

The University of Ibadan came second while Federal University of Technology, Akure and University of Lagos took the third and fourth position, respectively.

A report by the Nation notes that globally, the University of Oxford tops the ranking for the eighth year in a row but others in the top five have seen shifts in their ranks. Stanford University moves up to second place, pushing Harvard University down to fourth.

This year’s ranking analysed more than 134 million citations across 16.5 million research publications and included survey responses from 68,402 scholars globally. Overall, we collected 411,789 data points from more than 2,673 institutions that submitted data, The Times Higher Education stated.

The complete list of best Nigerian universities 2024 as compiled by the British magazine:

1. Covenant University

2. University of Ibadan

3. Federal University of Technology, Akure

4. University of Lagos

5. Bayero University

6. University of Ilorin

7. University of Nigeria

8. Afe Babalola University

9. University of Benin

10. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

11. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology

12. Lagos State University

13. Nnamdi Azikiwe University

14. Obafemi Awolowo University

15. University of Port Harcourt

16. Abia State University

17. Akwa Ibom State University

18. Alex Ekwueme Federal University

19. Babcock University

20. Baze University

21. Bells University of Technology

22. Benson Idahosa University

23. Delta State University, Abraka

24. Edo State University

25. Edwin Clark University

26. Elizade University

27. Evangel University, Akaeze

28. Federal University of Kashere

29. Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun

30. Federal University of Technology, Minna

31. Federal University of Technology, Owerri

32. Fountain University

33. Landmark University

34. Nasarawa State University, Keffi

35. Niger Delta University

36. Plateau State University

37. Thomas Adewumi University

38. Veritas University

39. Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano

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Europa: Liverpool suffer 0-3 humiliating home defeat by Atalanta

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Europa: Liverpool suffer 0-3 humiliating home defeat by Atalanta

Liverpool face a huge battle to stay in the Europa League after suffering a shock home defeat to Atalanta in the quarter-final first leg at Anfield, London.

Former West Ham forward Gianluca Scamacca scored in each half, before ex-Chelsea player Mario Pasalic added a late third goal to ensure the Italians start strong favourites to reach the semi-finals when the sides meet in next Thursday’s return in Bergamo.
Scamacca broke the deadlock in the 38th minute after Caoimhin Kelleher allowed his low drive to creep under him.
On a deeply frustrating night for below-par Liverpool, Darwin Nunez missed two big chances, while Harvey Elliott’s curling attempt struck the bar before dropping on to the post.
Mohamed Salah, who started on the bench, forced a fine save from Juan Musso after Kelleher had atoned for his error to stop the unmarked Teun Koopmeiners from doubling Atalanta’s lead.
The Egyptian also had a goal disallowed for offside, but the Reds were flat and lacked urgency in their play – and were punished for some dreadful defending.
Scamacca – who had just one season at West Ham before joining Atalanta last August – took advantage of being left unmarked by doubling the lead with a crisp finish on the hour.
Pasalic’s 83rd-minute strike came after Brazilian midfielder Ederson was afforded too much space to shoot and, when Kelleher made a save, the Croatian snapped up the rebound to score.
The winners of this tie will face Benfica or Marseille in the semi-finals, with Benfica establishing a 2-1 first-leg advantage to take to France next week.

Jurgen Klopp looked bewildered at the final whistle after seeing his side comprehensively beaten by Atalanta, who sit sixth in Serie A and trail leaders Inter Milan by 32 points.
The Liverpool boss, who made six changes to the side that drew 2-2 at Manchester United on Sunday, has enjoyed some incredible European nights under the lights at Anfield during his nine years in charge.
But this could well be the last time he experiences a European home game after his side were a poor second-best to a clinical Atalanta, whose players and management team celebrated in front of their jubilant travelling fans long after the final whistle.

-BBC Sport

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Fenerbahce fined over Turkish Super Cup walkout

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Nigerian international Bright Osayi-Samuel’s Turkish club, Fenerbahce, was fined 115,000 euros ($123,175) on Thursday for protesting during the Turkish Super Cup.

Fenerbahce staged a walkout in the first minutes of last Sunday’s match against Galatasaray, alleging unfair treatment. They fielded an Under-19 team and left the field after Galatasaray took an early lead.

In response, the Turkish Football Federation awarded Galatasaray a 3-0 victory and fined Fenerbahce heftily.

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Fenerbahce’s president, Ali Koc, emphasized the need for a reset in Turkish football, expressing discontent at what the club perceives as biased treatment. Fenerbahce, currently vying for their first Turkish title since 2014, trails champions Galatasaray by two points with seven rounds remaining.

The club had requested a postponement of the Super Cup ahead of their Europa League quarter-final against Olympiakos, scheduled for Thursday. Additionally, Fenerbahce urged for a foreign referee to officiate the Super Cup, citing previous unfavorable treatment by Turkish referees. However, both requests were denied by the Turkish Federation.

Fenerbahce fined over Turkish Super Cup walkout

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