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AFCON 2023: Super Eagles beat Guinea-Bissau, qualify for round of 16

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Super Eagles advanced to the next round of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Monday in Abidjan with a 1-0 win over Guinea-Bissau.

The result meant Nigeria finished second after group leaders Equatorial Guinea held firmly to Group A top spot after a 4-0 annihilation of hosts Côte d’Ivoire.

In their match played at the Stade Felix Houphouet Boigny in Abidjan, the Super Eagles did raise their game with the hopes of a resounding win.

But they were largely held back by their opponents who knew they had nothing to lose but could serve as spoilers.

With the Super Eagles suffering a few injuries and some key players rested, they struggled to keep this up and were rather on the back foot mostly.

Needing to win to keep their position and advance, Nigeria kept up holding on to the game and deservedly got rewarded in the 37th minute through an own goal.

A Simon Moses pullout from the left flank had put the Guinea-Bissau defence on the edge.

With Victor Osimhen advancing into the goal area, Opa Sangante miserably bundled the ball past his goalkeeper into the net for the match’s lone goal.

The result made it two wins and one draw for seven points from three matches for Nigeria to finish second.

They will now meet the Group C runners-up in the second round.

Meanwhile, Equatorial Guinea beat hosts Côte d’Ivoire 4-0 to win Group A, advancing into the second round ahead of Nigeria.

Cote d’Ivoire can still join the two from the group in the round of 16, depending on the results from other groups

 

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Bayern Munich: Thomas Tuchel to leave at end of season

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Manager Thomas Tuchel will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

The 50-year-old replaced Julian Nagelsmann at the German champions in March 2023 on a deal until June 2025.

But the former Chelsea boss will depart a year earlier than planned as part of “a sporting realignment” at Bayern.

 

He led Bayern to last season’s Bundesliga title after taking over in the spring but they now sit eight points behind leaders Bayer Leverkusen after back-to-back league defeats.

 

One of those was an emphatic 3-0 loss to Leverkusen – and they were also beaten 1-0 by Lazio in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

 

Bayern CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen said both parties agreed to “mutually end our collaboration” following “an open, good conversation”.

 

“Our goal is to carry out a sporting realignment with a new coach for the 2024-25 season,” he added.

 

“Until then, every individual in the club is expressly challenged to achieve the maximum possible in the Champions League and the Bundesliga.

 

“I also explicitly hold the team responsible. Especially in the Champions League, we are convinced after the defeat at Lazio we will advance to the quarter-finals with our fans behind us.”

 

Tuchel, who has also managed Paris St-Germain and Borussia Dortmund, said: “We will leave after this season. Until then, my coaching team and I will continue to do everything we can to ensure maximum success.”

 

The German, who won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2021, oversaw a quarter-final defeat at the hands of eventual winners Manchester City in Europe last season.

 

However, his Bayern side were able to pip Borussia Dortmund on the final day of the Bundesliga campaign – because their rivals drew 2-2 at home to Mainz – to seal an 11th straight German title.

 

England captain Harry Kane arrived from Tottenham Hotspur in a deal worth an initial 100m euros (£86m) in the hope of securing domestic and European success.

The German, who won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2021, oversaw a quarter-final defeat at the hands of eventual winners Manchester City in Europe last season.

 

However, his Bayern side were able to pip Borussia Dortmund on the final day of the Bundesliga campaign – because their rivals drew 2-2 at home to Mainz – to seal an 11th straight German title.

 

England captain Harry Kane arrived from Tottenham Hotspur in a deal worth an initial 100m euros (£86m) in the hope of securing domestic and European success.

 

But a damaging period has seen Bayern slip further behind Xabi Alonso’s Leverkusen side in the Bundesliga and they also must overturn a first-leg deficit against Lazio to stay in Europe.

 

Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at Bochum was their third in a row in all competitions.

 

 

 

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House of Reps. hails Super Eagles over AFCON performance

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House of Reps. hails Super Eagles over AFCON performance

House of Reps. hails Super Eagles over AFCON performance

Nigeria’s House of Representatives has congratulated the Super Eagles team for clinching the Silver Prize at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations for a fifth time.

A statement by the House Spokesperson, Akin Rotimi Jr., appreciated the entire players and coaching crew for their spirited efforts as well as the team captain, William Troost Ekong for emerging ‘Man of the Competition’ hosted by Cote d’Ivoire.

The House expressed confidence that the achievement would inspire not just the multitude of sports talents across the country but Nigerians in other spheres of influence to do more for their fatherland.

The statement noted that the team has used their sterling performance to unite Nigerians across religious, ethnic and political lines promising to continue supporting programmes and policies that promote sports and youth development.

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Tinubu Extols Super Eagles’ Grit and Talent Following AFCON Triumph

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Tinubu Extols Super Eagles’ Grit and Talent Following AFCON Triumph

President Bola Tinubu lauds the indomitable spirit and remarkable talent showcased by the Super Eagles during their remarkable journey at the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cote d’Ivoire. Despite narrowly missing the top spot, Tinubu celebrates the team’s unwavering determination and resilience, recognizing their stellar performance as a testament to the Nigerian spirit.

In a statement issued by presidential spokesman Ajuri Ngelale, President Tinubu extends heartfelt commendations to the entire Super Eagles squad, coaching staff, crew, and management team for their exemplary efforts throughout the tournament. He highlights their relentless pursuit of excellence, emphasizing the significance of their achievement in uniting and inspiring the nation.

Acknowledging the challenges overcome and obstacles faced along the way, Tinubu emphasizes the team’s steadfast resolve and consistent improvement, culminating in a hard-fought journey to the tournament finals. He underscores the importance of resilience and perseverance, urging Nigerians to draw inspiration from the Super Eagles’ triumph in the face of adversity.

Tinubu urges citizens to remain optimistic and united in the wake of the tournament’s conclusion, emphasizing the enduring spirit of resilience, hope, and unity that defines the Nigerian identity. He calls upon the youth to seize the opportunity to pursue their dreams with passion and determination, recognizing their potential to become future heroes and ambassadors for the nation.

In a stirring message of encouragement, President Tinubu reassures the nation of his administration’s unwavering commitment to supporting and empowering Nigerian youth, pledging to provide opportunities for them to realize their full potential. He emphasizes the importance of collective effort and national unity in overcoming challenges and achieving greatness.

As the nation reflects on the Super Eagles’ remarkable journey at AFCON 2023, President Tinubu’s words serve as a rallying cry for unity, resilience, and determination. He reminds Nigerians of the power of sport to unite and inspire, calling upon citizens to harness the spirit of the Super Eagles as they strive towards a brighter future for the nation.

In closing, President Tinubu expresses confidence in the ability of Nigerians to overcome obstacles and achieve greatness, urging citizens to remain steadfast in their pursuit of excellence. He emphasizes the importance of fostering a culture of resilience, optimism, and unity, echoing the sentiments of hope and determination that define the Nigerian spirit.

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