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AFCON 2023: Gov Abiodun congratulates Super Eagles on victory over Angola

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Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has congratulated the Super Eagles for qualifying for the semi-final at the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cote d’Ivoire.

The governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Lekan Adeniran, in a statement in Abeokuta on Saturday, said he praised the resilience and the team spirit displayed by the players in overcoming their opponents.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Super Eagles on Friday defeated their Angolan counterpart by one scored in the 41st minute by Ademola Lookman.

Abiodun urged the team to do Nigeria proud by qualifying for the final of the African football showpiece.

“I extend my warmest congratulations to our beloved Super Eagles on their impressive triumph over Angola, securing a well-deserved spot in the semi-finals of the African Cup of Nations.

“The team’s extraordinary display of skill, tenacity, and teamwork has made our nation proud.

“This victory is a testament to their hard work and dedication and I commend every player and member of the coaching staff for their exceptional performance.

“As a state, we stand firmly behind our national team and will continue to support them as they strive for further success,” he said.

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Ancelotti skeptical on Madrid star winning the Ballon d’or

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Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti has seen his side perform admirably domestically and in the Champions League. He led them to their 36th La Liga trophy while also preparing for a Champions League showdown with Borussia Dortmund after defying the odds and eliminating Pep Guardiola’s Man City.

Many players have been a revelation as they have been phenomenal. The blend of old and experienced players with young and agile players has been a perfect sync so far.

Amongst the players heralded for personal honours and with the Ballon d’or in view, fans and pundits have tipped Toni Kroos who is now 34 years for the Ballon d’or.

Ancelotti in a statement revealed that he will fancy the Germany international  winning the coveted award, but  it may not be possible. He said that if Kroos wins the Champions League and Euros 2024, he may have an opportunity to fight and win it.

In his statement (via @MadridXtra), Ancelotti said “Ballon d’Or for Kroos? Yes I would like it but he won’t win it. Or maybe…anything can happen.

“There is the Euro this summer, if he wins the Champions League and the Euro with Germany… he could fight for the Ballon d’Or.”

Kroos who bagged an assist in his side’s demolition of Alaves is hoping to win the champions league for the 6th time and came out of international retirement to lead his side to glory in the Euros 2024 on home soil.

 

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Okonkwo named in League Two’s Team of the Season

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Wrexham United goalkeeper, Arthur Okonkwo has been named in EFL League Two’s Team of the Season.

The 22-year-old goalie has kept 13 clean sheets in the league this season.

The Nigerian has started 34 of Wrexham’s 44 League Two fixtures.

The Arsenal-owned shot-stopper played a starring role in the Red Dragons wrapping up a top-three finish and back-to-back promotions.

Okonkwo will be available this summer as his contract at Arsenal is about to expire.

There is expected to be a massive scramble for his signature following his exploits with Wrexham.

 

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Njoku talks up Rangers, Abia Warriors oriental derby

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Abia Warriors captain Augustine Njoku is optimistic of a good outing in the oriental derby clash with Rangers.

The highly anticipated Nigeria Premier Football League matchday 30 tie will take place at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu on Tuesday (today).

Rangers have lost just once in their last 10 league games.

Njoku, who said his side had prepared adequately for the game, boasted that they were unperturbed by Fidelis Ilechukwu’s side’s current form.

“I believe we can do better against Rangers in Enugu on Tuesday(today),” he stated to the club’s media.

“We have had a long training session during the week and we have prepared ourselves adequately for the game.

“We are not bothered about their current form as we respect any team we are playing against in the league.

“We will do our best to get a good result from the game.”

 

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