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Osimhen grabs brace as Super Eagles seal AFCON ticket after win against Sierra Leone



Victor Osimhen scored twice as the Super Eagles sealed a place at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations after the Super Eagles defeated Sierra Leone 3-2 in Monrovia.

Osimhen has scored seven goals in five games in the qualifiers.

The visitors started the game on the front foot, pinning their hosts back.

Osimhen gave Nigeria a well deserved lead in the 19th minute.

The Napoli forward lifted the ball above Sierra Leone goalkeeper Ibrahim Sesay, following a long ball from the defence by centre-back Kenneth Omeruo.

Samuel Chukwueze missed the chance to double Nigeria’s lead in the 27th minute.

The Villarreal winger shot straight at Sesay after he was put through on goal by Osimhen.

Osimhen doubled the Super Eagles lead two minutes after the hour mark.

The Super Eagles remain on the front foot and nearly scored the third in the 39th minute but Simon’s fierce shot was saved by Sesay.

Sierra Leone pulled a goal back through Mustapha Bundu three minutes before the break.

The tempo of the game dropped after the break.

The hosts came close to equalising in the 54th minute, but goalkeeper Adebayo Adeleye reacted quickly to push the ball away.

Substitute Kelechi Iheanacho was denied by Sesay 12 minutes from time after he was set up by Osimhen.

Augustine Kargbo equalised for Sierra Leone in the 84th minute

Iheanacho scored the winning goal in stoppage time.


EPL: Fulham boss thumbs up Bassey’s display against Nottingham Forest





Fulham manager, Marco Silva has showered encomium on Calvin Bassey following his impressive performance in the club’s big win against Nottingham Forest.

The Nigeria international was deployed on the left side of a back three in the 5-0 thrashing of Steve Cooper’s side at the Vicarage Road on Wednesday night.

Bassey received rave reviews for his display in the game.

Silva praised the defender for adapting to the new position.

“Bassey played on the left-hand side, which is usually Tim’s role, and it was nice to see him perform as well, ” the gaffer said after the game.

The 23-year-old’s international teammate Alex Iwobi scored a brace for Fulham in the encounter.

Bassey joined Fulham from Eredivisie outfit Ajax in the summer.

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He reminds me of Lampard – Evra hails Man Utd midfielder






Former Manchester United vice-captain, Patrice Evra has hailed midfielder Scott McTominay for his impressive display against Chelsea on Wednesday.

Evra said that McTominay reminds him of Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, adding that the Scotland international always performs in big matches.

McTominay scored a brace as Man United defeated Chelsea 2-1 in Wednesday’s Premier League tie at Old Trafford.

His brace against Mauricio Pochettino’s side was his sixth goal this season in all competitions for the Red Devils so far.

He is Man United’s top scorer for the season so far and Evra is impressed with him.

“McTominay is always there when it is an important game scoring goals,” Evra told Amazon Prime.

“He reminds me a bit of Frank Lampard. He is doing this for United and the Scottish national team so very well done.

“He could have scored four. After the game he was a little bit disappointed. He had so many chances, he is always in the right place and always running into the box, this is why he reminds me of of Lampard tonight.”

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CAF Awards 2023: Nnadozie, Abiodun, Super Falcons among final top three nominees




Chiamaka Nnadozie has made the final shortlist for the 2023 CAF Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year.

Nnadozie was outstanding for Nigeria at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

The shot stopper also played a crucial role in her club, FC Paris’ maiden appearance in the group stage of the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

South Africa’s Andile Dlamini and Morocco’s Khadija Er-Rmichi are the other goalies nominated for the award.

In the Women’s Young Player of the Year category, Deborah Abiodun will slug it out with Comfort Yeboah (Ghana) and Nesryne El Chad (Morocco).

Nigeria was among the final three nominees in the Women’s National Team of the Year category.

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