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Updated: Osimhen named man of the match as Super Eagles thrash Lesotho 3-0



Victor Osimhen has been named man of the match in Nigeria’s 3-0 win against the Crocodiles of Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Tuesday.

Osimhen scored the opening goal for the Super Eagles in the 22nd minute of the game and later set up Oghenekaro Etebo for the second goal five minutes after the break.

The 22-year-old Napoli forward, who was replaced by Paul Onuachu 14 minutes from time, finished the qualifiers joint top scorer with five goals alongside Zambia’s Patson Da.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria were at their best in the match, beating Lesotho 3-0 in their last African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match in Lagos. They were playing for the first time in Lagos after 20 years, with about 8,000 fans allowed into the Teslim Balogun Stadium to cheer them to victory.

The Nigerian side had already qualified for AFCON after defeating Benin Republic by a lone goal at the weekend in Port Novo.

Tuesday’s match was therefore going to be an entertaining one as the home side had no pressure on them.

The match saw the Super Eagles scoring their first goal on 23 minutes through Victor Osimhen.

Oghenekaro Etebo scored Nigeria’s second goal on 50 minutes of the match.

Etebo latched on to a loose ball and beat the Lesotho goalkeeper.

Paul Onuachu, who came in as a substitute on 76 minutes to replace Osimhen got the third goal for the Eagles on 83 minutes.

It was Onuachu who gave Nigeria the win against Benin on Saturday by scoring the lone goal of the match after coming in as a substitute.

The Super Eagles dominated the match from the beginning to the end as they entertained the Lagos fans who have been yearning for Eagles to play in the state for a long time.

The Eagles had 61 per cent ball possession, with 13 goal attempts and six shots on goal, while Lesotho had no shot on goal.

The Eagles finished as group L leader with 14 points, winning four games and drawing two.

The game between Sierra Leone and Benin in Freetown will determine which team qualifies for AFCON as second in the group.

Sierra Leone will need to win the match with at least two goals to qualify for AFCON, while a draw will see Benin through.


Everton confirm former Burnley boss Dyche as new manager



Everton have confirmed the appointment of former Burnley boss Sean Dyche as their new manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

The report came on Monday that Dyche had been chosen by the Everton board as Frank Lampard’s successor, after also holding talks with former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa.

Dyche, according to a Sky Sports report, is the seventh permanent manager hired by Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri since he took over the club nearly seven years ago.

Lampard’s last game in charge was a 2-0 defeat at fellow strugglers West Ham on January 21, which kept them second-bottom on 15 points after 20 games – two points below the safety zone.

The Merseyside club had been floundering under the former England international, having last won a league game in October when they beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at home.

Lampard was appointed by Everton in January 2022 after he managed Chelsea from 2019/2021 and Derby County in the second tier in 2018/19, but Dyche will now be tasked with arresting the slide towards the Championship.

Dyche told the club’s official website, “It’s an honour to become Everton manager. My staff and I are ready and eager to help get this great club back on track.

“I know about Everton’s passionate fanbase and how precious this club is to them. We’re ready to work and ready to give them what they want. That starts with sweat on the shirt, effort and getting back to some of the basic principles of what Everton Football Club has stood for for a long time.”

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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.


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



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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