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Netizens Lament As Guinea Beat Super Eagles 2-0 In Pre-AFCON Friendly

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Nigerians on social media are lamenting the loss of the Super Eagles to Guinea in a pre-AFCON friendly played today (Monday).

They are also expressing reservations about the team’s chances of doing well at the AFCON scheduled to start on the 13th of January in Cote d’Ivoire.

The doubt and scepticism followed the Super Eagles’ 2-0 loss to Guinea in the recent friendly match played at the Bani Yas Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

The Jose Peseiro-led squad, failing to find the net, experienced a demoralising defeat against Guinea, casting a shadow over their preparedness for the imminent AFCON tournament.

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Fans took to social media to lament the loss.

X user, timidakolo, remarked, “Our beloved Super Eagles is now a mockingbird.”

Miraculousound shared his thoughts, stating, “I still wonder what the team has been preparing in the camp. If they can lose a friendly game, what kind of confidence or fear factor will be in the mind of their opponent heading into the competition? Super Eagles, it is well.”

Johndoe_pa expressed surprise, saying, “So Guinea won Nigeria 2-0 and everywhere is quiet? Imagine supporting the Super Eagles and Arsenal at the same time. Su!c!de mission…”

Buchi Laba voiced frustration, saying, “The one thing that seriously gets me so angry about the Super Eagles is this: ‘let’s go it again!’ Do what again, please? Repeat failures again! Get away!”

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Also writing on X, marieterezz said, “Bunch of weaklings. Theirs is to complete the numbers after which they collect their money from the NFA and then run back to their respective clubsides. Bunch of unpatriotic losers.”

Writing in broken English, Abradinho1 questioned the team’s performance, saying, “No be the same people wey dem tell us say dem beat people 12 -0 be dat. Then, what happened?”

Im_ScraPer added a touch of sarcasm, saying, “The #SuperEagles have just lost 2 – 0 to Guinea, who are ranked 80th in the FIFA rankings. Me, I know say na fine JERSEY parade we wan go do for CAMEROON.”

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Nigeria’s Basketball Team Withdraws From Afrobasket Qualifiers Over Lack Of Funds

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Nigeria’s basketball team popularly called the D’Tigers has withdrawn from the Afrobasket qualifiers window over lack of funds.

D’tigers made this announcement on Wednesday evening after it complained of not getting funding from the Federal Government.

The PUNCH reports that President Bola Tinubu, in January, cleared the outstanding payment that FG owed the Super Eagles and other sporting teams of the country.

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According to a statement on the X handle of Tinubu’s Media Centre, on Sunday, the payment entails the clearing of the senior national team coach salaries running up to 15 months, payments of allowances and promises due to the senior national teams, females, and Under-20 national team.

The statement reads, “President @officialABAT has approved the payment of N12 billion outstanding backlog for Nigeria’s National teams of various sports, which includes Super Eagles and others.

“The payment entails the clearing of the senior national team coach salaries running up to 15 months, payments of allowances and promises due to the senior national teams, females, and Under-20 national team.”

However, D’Tigers on its X handle wrote, “Despite several 2020 Olympians committing, D’Tigers forfeit this AfroBasket Qualifiers window due to lack of funds from the government.”

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Recall that in 2022, former President, Muhammadu Buhari, approved the withdrawal of Nigeria from international basketball competitions for two years.

A statement issued by the then Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ismaila Abubakar, said the presidential directive followed the intractable crisis that has dogged and crippled the development of basketball in the country in form of the leadership crisis at the Nigeria Basketball Federation.

The statement said the decision to withdraw the country was made to concentrate efforts by the government towards revamping the sport from the grassroots as well as domestic leagues which have become moribund.

The sports ministry also said an Interim Management Committee will also be set up to oversee the management and development of the domestic basketball leagues in the country to further address other related issues around the development and advancement of the game in the country and to utilise the period of break to address all contentious issues among stakeholders.

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FULL LIST: AFCON 2025 Preliminary Draw

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The preliminary draw for the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations has been held today at the Confederations of African Football headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.

The draw followed the conclusion of the 34th edition of the competition hosted by Ivory Coast.

The preliminary draw had the eight lowest-ranked teams according to the FIFA ranking: Somalia, Djibouti, Sao Tome, Chad, Mauritius, South Sudan, Liberia and Eswatini.

The teams will play on home and away basis during the FIFA Window of March 18 to March 26.

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Below is the full list of the AFCON preliminary draw:

Somalisa Vs Eswatini

Sao Tome Vs South Sudan

Chad Vs Mauritius

Djibouti Vs Liberia

The just concluded 2023 AFCON was held in Côte d’Ivoire and won by the host team, the Elephants.

They defeated the Super Eagles of Nigeria 2-1 in the final of the tournament.

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Emerse Fae Confirmed As Cote d’Ivoire Head Coach After AFCON Triumph

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Emerse Fae was on Monday rewarded for guiding Ivory Coast to the African Cup of Nations title as interim coach by being given the job full-time.

“Emerse was until now interim coach and has just been confirmed today as full coach,” the Ivoirian federation boss Idriss Diallo said.

The Elephants were facing elimination when they fired veteran French coach Jean-Louis Gasset in January after winning just one of their three group games.

The next day, results fell the hosts’ way and they squeezed through as the last of the four best third-placed teams. Fae, a former Ivorian international who had never coached before, took over.

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Fae oversaw an incredible turnaround.

In the last 16, the Ivorians came from behind to beat holders Senegal on penalties. Then, playing much of the match with 10 men, they came from behind to beat Mali in extra time in the quarter-finals.

After beating the Democratic Republic of Congo 1-0 in the last four, they came from behind once more to beat Nigeria 2-1 in the final and lift the trophy.

 

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