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EPL: Iwobi joins Everton for Switzerland preseason camp

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Super Eagles midfielder Alex Iwobi was among the Everton players that departed for a pre-season training camp in Switzerland on Monday.

Twenty-six players made the trip, including 18-year-old Nigerian-born midfielder Francis Okoronkwo.

The Everton squad will spend five days in the Swiss Alps.

The Toffees will face Swiss second-division club Stade Nyonnais in a friendly at the Centre Sportif De Colway Complex on Friday.

They have other friendlies lined up against Wigan Athletic, Bolton Wanderers, Stoke City, and Sporting Lisbon.

Iwobi was named Everton’s best player last season.

He featured in all of the club’s 38 Premier League games.

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Odegbami urges NFF to engage indigenous coach for Super Eagles

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Ex- international, Segun Odegbami, has called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), to look inward for an indigenous coach to handle the Super Eagles.

Odegbami who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos, said that Nigeria needed a better hand to handle the Super Eagles.

NAN reports that Peseiro had in a farewell message on his official X handle, thanked the NFF and other stakeholders for the opportunity given to him serve

“Unless we want to be enslaved forever, in our colonial mentality where we think that only the white can oach us to success.

“All around us, we hear about some Nigerians who are excelling in all fields of endeavours and they are leaving the country to go and help other countries.

“Football is not a rocket science, but a simple game, we have lots of Nigerians who have all the qualifications to take us to any level.

“For me, I won’t suffer from colonial mentality again and enough of foreign coaches, now, it’s time for a Nigerian Coach to handle our national team, ” he said.

He urged the erstwhile Super Eagles Coach, Peseiro to move on out of the coaching role of the Super Eagles.

Odegbami said that Peseiro had performed averagely as coach of the Super Eagles.

“Peseiro did not resign as the story is being peddled, his contract ended and it was not renewed, end of story.

“He should bow out when the ovation is loud. If the ovation is not loud, government wouldn’t have given him the award that nobody could have ever imagined.

“Peseiro got a reward that has never been given to any coach in the world, not because he won the AFCON, but because he came second.

“He should leave Nigeria alone to face the future. We need a coach who will take us to win something because we are tired of coaches that cannot win anything for us, ” he said.

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Lagos will host best FASU Games — Sanwo-Olu

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says the government is ready to give the Lagos State University and the University of Lagos maximum support, to ensure the success of the upcoming All African University Games, which will be co-hosted by the two institutions from September 20 to 29.

Sanwo-Olu made the pledge during a courtesy visit to his office by a delegation of officials from both universities.

The Vice-Chancellor of LASU, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, said the institutions would build on the state’s excellence in hosting, safety, tourist attractions, and economic strength.

Her UNILAG counterpart, Prof. Folasade Ogunsola, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ayo Atsenuwa, also thanked the Governor for his continuous support for universities and sports development.

This edition of the games holds historical significance as it marks the first-ever joint hosting by two universities and Sanwo-Olu expressed Lagos State’s enthusiasm in welcoming the rest of Africa to the country.

“It is the Nigerian flag that you are flying, so all the invited universities from across Africa will see the best of Nigeria. It will be a thing of joy if we can host the best FASU Games ever, setting a high standard for future editions,” the Governor said.

He also urged the institutions to seek private sector collaboration to elevate the event, promoting Lagos and Nigeria to the rest of Africa.

The last time Nigeria hosted the FASU Games was in 2004 at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi.

The 13th edition in Lagos is expected to welcome over three thousand athletes and officials. The local organising committees for the Games have been established, and various sub-committees have commenced work to ensure the success of the event.

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Paris 2024: Waldrum urges Falcons to be more clinical infront of goal

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Super Falcons’ Coach Randy Waldrum has urged his team to be more clinical in front of goal.

He said this was critical, if they intend to beat their South African counterparts to the final round qualification ticket to the Paris 2024 Olympics.

The nine-time African champions pipped Cameroon’s Lionesses 1-0 in a crucial second leg Women’s Olympic football qualifier, after a pulsating encounter in Abuja.

But they could have paid dearly had the visitors nicked an away goal late in the tie.

Nigeria had several chances to kill the game in the first half after enjoying a good start to the encounter.

However, poor finishing from Jennifer Echegini, Rasheedat Ajibade, Toni Payne, and Esther Okoronkwo left Nigeria holding on for dear life after Cameroon gained the upper hand in the second half.

Waldrum told reporters during a post-match conference that his team created alot of chances but failed to make them count, adding that the weather also had an adverse effect on the players.

“In the match we had some chances that we missed and it was a match we really struggled to win.

“You can go back and look at the opportunities that we had. We could have easily finished the game at half time.

“So, we have to be more efficient and clinical around our opponents vital area and convert chances into goals.

“I would have also preferred the match to be played in the night because the weather was hot, but we can’t complain because the players are all Nigerians and are used to it,” he said.

On his tactical approach to the game, he said he ensured that the best 11 started the match at home, adding however that he had confidence in every player, even those that didn’t play the match.

Coach Waldrum made the bold decision to bench Bay FC forward Asisat Oshoala, choosing instead to start Okoronkwo in attack.

Juventus star Echegini also made the starting eleven of the encounter after sitting on the bench from kickoff in the first leg.

It proved to be an inspired decision as both Echegini and Okoronkwo combined to score the decisive goal.

Aside from the goal, the two players were classy with the ball and fought hard without it to make the Super Falcons attack lively in the first half.

Oshoala emerged from the bench in the second half and did her bit, but coach Waldrum would be thanking his stars for going with his gut’s decision to start Okoronkwo.

The coach also said  that the team had some players sidelined with injury, saying however that he was hopeful that they would recover before their next game.

“We have some injuries that we must take care of before our next round against Bayana Bayana of South Africa.

“We will get the videos of our next opponent, play it and study it to know how to deal with them,” he said.

The nine-time champions of Africa take on reigning African champions South Africa in the final round fixture  in April.

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