The Super Falcons of Nigeria continued their terrible run of form as they suffered a 1 - 0 loss to fellow African giants Ghana in the Women’s AFCON qualifiers. The Super Falcons of Nigeria were the huge favourites to emerge victorious due to their previous away results and records against Ghana.
With the AFCON coming up soon, a lot of players in the English Premier League would have to go represent their countries at the competition, and because of the time that they have to travel in order to train and prepare for the competition, these club might struggle as their top players would be away.
Winning an international trophy is certainly the biggest dream of every nation that participates in the game of football. While there are a huge number of nations that aren't so lucky in this regard, there are other nations that have won so many trophies already, and a few African countries aren't an exception.
The CAF Africa Cup of Nations, officially CAN, commonly known as AFCON or Total Africa Cup of Nations after its title sponsor, is Africa's premier international men's association football championship. The showpiece men's continental competition will be contested in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, 2022, with 24 teams competing.
With the African Cup Of Nations just a few months away, some clubs are preparing for life without some of their best players. However, there are some clubs who won't be really affected by the competition because of some reasons. 1. Manchester United. Manchester United would be without Amad Diallo and Eric Bailly as the duo would be representing Ivory Coast at the competition.
It is easy to forget that Super Eagles were historically underachievers. They always had great players yet failed to deliver when it mattered most. But then they have won three Africa Cup of Nations titles. Only, perhaps those victories were more of an exception than a new rule.
Chelsea start to the Premier League and UEFA Champions League this season, have seen the Blues win 6 Premier League matches drawing 1 and lost 1 with 16 points to sit on the summit of the Premier League table this season. They have also won 2 Champions League matches and lost 1 with 6 points to sit in the 2nd position in group H of the Champions League group stage matches.
Given the African Cup of Nation (AFCON) which will take place in January 2022, it is likely that Arsenal will be without two first team midfielders, and as such signing a central midfielder in the winter transfer window will be crucial for the club. Going through the Arsenal squad list, there are only five first team midfielders available for the entire season.
The 2021/2022 Premier League title race is already on with only two points separating to top 6 teams on the table after 7 games. Incidentally, the top 4 teams on the table at the moment are Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United, in that order.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been having a really nice time in the groups in which they have found themselves in the 2022 AFCON and World Cup Qualifiers. There's no stress about it that they are really lucky in those groups. Having teams like Cape Verde, CAR and Liberia in the World Cup Qualifiers and teams like Sierra Leone, Benin Republic and Lesotho in the AFCON Qualifiers, Nigeria tops both groups with 6 and 14 points respectively.
On Sunday, Gernot Rohr managed his 52nd game for the Super Eagles in their 2-0 victory over Central African Republic in Cameroon. Gernot Rohr is currently the longest serving Super Eagles coach having stayed five years on the job. In these 52 games, the German has won 27 games, drawn 11 and lost 14.
Nigeria moved a step closer towards qualifying for the next stage of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers but had to endure an embarrassing home defeat to Central Africa Republic in the process. The Super Eagles sit atop of Group C with 9 points from 4 games after following up a 1-0 loss at home with a 2-0 away win on Sunday.
Kenya and Mali will compete for first place in Group E of the African World Cup qualifiers in a double header hosted by Mali before the two countries meet in Nairobi for the return leg. Due to the political crisis in Mali, this game will be played in Morocco, and the teams are separated by two points, with Mali leading the group with four points and Kenya in second place with two.
Many nationals have made a great impact in topflight leagues in Europe especially in the Premier League league, making history with different clubs in the English topflight time immemorial. Africa, as a continent, has an indelible print in the sand of times in what is said to be the most competitive league in Europe.
For the majority of Premier League managers, the dreaded time has arrived. After Christmas, a slew of African talent will depart England to compete in the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), which will be held in Cameroon. Because this event was delayed for the club in the middle of the season owing to Covid-19 interruptions, the idea to host the competition in the new year has sparked outrage among Premier League managers.
Nigerian footballers across Europe seem to be on a recent goal scoring form this season. Ranging from those in the top five leagues in Europe to those in lesser leagues,it seems all are presently doing well in their respective clubs. The AFCON qualifiers which were played a few weeks ago seemed to have helped some of these stars who got a few playing minutes regain their confidence,same as the preseason where these Super Eagles players had to compete against different clubs across Europe.
When Nigeria failed to qualify for 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, the belief was that the road back to prominence for a once brilliant football nation would be long. Sunday Oliseh was employed to oversee a new generation of players but the honeymoon was cut short. Under coach Gernot Rohr, Nigeria know what it means to be happy again.
The African Cup of Nations is fast approaching and as usual, some African players will be headed to the competition, to represent their countries. Algeria are the current African champions of the African tournament that was last held in 2019. They won the AFCON trophy by defeating Senegal in the final 2 years ago.
Nigeria turned 61 on Friday, October 1, 2021. The country has made giant strides in the sports sector. Just as a person would take stock after getting a year older, we look at some of Nigeria's major achievements in sports since it gained independence Nigeria's Dick Tiger set the pace for the Nigeria's numerous achievements in sports when he beat Wilf Greaves in November 1960 to win the Middleweight Championship of the British Empire.
Nigerian fans were left disappointed, after the super eagles lost their world cup qualifying game against Central African Republic (CAR). The eagles did not only lose the home tie, they did not show any commitment. However, this is not the first time the team disappointed many Nigerians.