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Lagos Wants Super Eagles Back

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BY BOLAJI OKUNOLA.

As Nigerians still feel the pains of a home loss to South Africa in the race to 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, opinions are being shaped on the future of the Super Eagles in the next assignments.
A somewhat crisis situation analysis meeting is scheduled to hold on Tuesday as the Nigerian sports minister, Solomon Dalung, meet with the technical committee of the Nigeria Football Federation.
Before then, another meeting of the NFF Technical Committee will also hold with the technical adviser, Gernot Rohr in attendance.
Meanwhile, an official of the Lagos State Government, Anthony Adeyinka Adeboye who is a Senior Special Assistant to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on sports told Sports Village Square that the NFF should consider returning the national team to its city of birth, Lagos.
He re-echoed the voice of Governor Ambode who had earlier in year while inspecting the derelict Lagos National Stadium called for the return of the Super Eagles to Lagos and that his government was ready to acquire and repair the fast degenerating Federal Government facility.
Adeboye explained to Sports Village Square that a good team should be able to win anywhere, especially within its national borders, but conscious efforts should also be made to maximise home advantage.
To him, Lagos offers that maximum advantage to the Super Eagles, considering the large football followership that the city commands and the enthusiasm shown when supporting teams.
“I realise Lagos fans are all willing to see Super Eagles play in the city state. In those days, no major team challenged the Super Eagles at home and go scot free not to talk of minors. Lagos remains the slaughter slab of visiting teams”, remarked Adeboye.
“We have good soccer pitch here at the Teslim Balogun Stadium and I am confident the Surulere National stadium will soon be in right order to host the giants of African football like it used to be in those days.”
Lagos last hosted the full strength Super Eagles on January 13, 2001 when the team beat Zambia 1-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
The other matches played in April 2004 were in the experimental LG Cup tournament in which Nigeria and the other participating team, Jordan and Senegal fielded second-string sides.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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BREAKING! Nigeria Football Federation is finished with Finidi

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Following the poor run of the Super Eagles in the on going qualifying series for the 2026 World Cup which has seen the Super Eagles languishing almost at the bottom of a group in which they were previously the favourites, the Nigeria football Federation (NFF) that they has relieved Finidi George as the head coach of the national team.

Rising from a crisis-managing meeting, the NFF announced that it has resolved to employ an expatriate Technical Adviser for the Super Eagles in the coming weeks, ahead of the AFCON qualifiers and the remaining FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

 The deduction is that the tenure of Finidi George has come to an end after two competitive matches as a substantive coach and two others in friendly matches as a caretaker coach.

Also, the NFF resolved to beef up its Technical Department with more qualitative hands. Equally, the Technical and Development Sub-Committee will be re-jigged with immediate effect.

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Struggling Super Eagles to know AFCON 2025 qualifying round opponents in three weeks

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It has not been a pleasant outing so far for the Super Eagles in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. They have another nine months to wait to reset their arsenal.

But while the World Cup qualifying series go on recess, attention now focuses on the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series.

In exactly three weeks’ time, the Super Eagles will know their opponents in the qualification race for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

Next year’s finals, which will be the 35th edition of Africa’s flagship football championship, will be staged by Morocco.

Preliminary stage survivors Chad, e-Swatini, Liberia and South Sudan will join 44 others for the draw that will hold at the SuperSport studios in Johannesburg, South Africa in the afternoon of Thursday, 4th July.

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The 48 countries will be drawn into 12 groups of four teams each, with the top two teams in each pool qualifying directly to the finals in Morocco.

The first two games of the qualification series will take place in the FIFA window in September (2nd – 10th), with two other matches in the window in October (7th – 15th) and the final two games in the November window (11th – 19th).

Nigeria’s Super Eagles are the runners up at the last edition.

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Date and venue fixed for draw for Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2025 Qualifiers

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The journey to the  CAF Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2025 will resume with the draw for the Qualifiers on Thursday, 04 July 2024, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The draw will be conducted at SuperSport studios in South Africa at 14h30 local time (15h30 Cairo time, 12h30 GMT).

48 Nations, including the four winners from the preliminary round (Chad, Eswatini, Liberia and South Sudan) will be drawn into 12 Groups of four teams each to battle it out for places at the finals.

Headlining the confirmed Nations for the draw are reigning African champions Cote d’Ivoire joined by Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, DR Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini and Ethiopia.

Others include Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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The qualifiers are scheduled to kick-off in September 2024 to determine the first 24 nations that will compete for Africa’s biggest event, the  CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco in 2025.

Fresh from the thrills and successes of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023 where the host nation defied all odds to claim their third title, a line-up of intriguing matches is expected for the journey to the 35th edition of the showpiece continental sporting event.

In attendance will be selected CAF legends, representatives of the participating teams, members of the Local Organising Committee for Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2025 amongst others.

-CAF

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