U-20 AFCON: Flying Eagles Opponent Names Salah in 21-man Squad
2023 Africa U-20 Cup Of Nations Hosts, Egypt Have Named Star Man, Salah Pasha In Their 21-man squad for the competition.
Salah is one of the biggest stars in the squad unveiled by head coach, Mahmoud Gaber on Friday.
The youngster scored three goals for the team in the Arab Cup last year.
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The host nation will face seven-time champions Nigeria, Mozambique and Senegal in Group A.
Egypt will face Mozambique in the opening game of the competition on Sunday, February 19.
The Flying Eagles will face Senegal same day at the Cairo International Stadium.
EPL: Arteta To Sell Seven Arsenal Players [Full List]
Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, is willing to let at least seven players leave the club this summer, the UK Sun reports.
The Gunners’ record signing Nicolas Pepe is set to head the queue.
Pepe arrived at the Emirates from Lille in 2019 in a deal worth £72m. The Ivorian winger has scored just 16 goals in 80 league appearances for the club.
He is spending the current season on loan at Nice.
Pepe is one of seven players currently out on loan who could be in line for permanent exits.
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The others are Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Cedric Soares, who are all playing for Premier League clubs.
Abroad, Nuno Tavares is with Marseille, while Alex Runarsson is at Alanyaspor and Pablo Mari is in Italy with Monza.
All of the players may find themselves looking for new clubs once those deals come to an end.
Serie A: Napoli President Speaks On Plan To Sell Osimhen This Summer
Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis has conceded that the Partenopei could sell their talismanic forward, Victor Osimhen, this summer.
Osimhen has been linked with a big money move from the Serie A leaders.
European giants, Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested in the Nigeria international.
The 24-year-old has been in fantastic form for Napoli this season leading the club’s charge for a first league title in three decades and first UEFA Champions League title.
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The forward has scored 21 goals in 23 league appearances.
Osimhen has further registered four goals in five outings in the Champions League.
“There’s always the indecent proposal, the numbers are made by the others,” De Laurentiis told Corriero dello Sport.
“We’re waiting. They are extraordinary boys. My contracts are unique, they come from the cinema, so nobody moves if we say no. We will see.”
Peseiro Must Go, Angry Fans Tell NFF After Guinea-Bissau’s Defeat
Top football stakeholders in the country have called on the Nigeria Football Federation to sack Jose Peseiro, following the Super Eagles’ uninspiring 1-0 loss to Guinea-Bissau in a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.
A first-half strike from Mama Balde secured a comfortable win for the Djurtus, who move one point clear of the Eagles to top Group A, with three games to play.
The defeat dented Eagles’ AFCON qualification hopes, but boost the Djurtus chances of reaching the continental showpiece for a second consecutive time in Ivory Coast, having appeared at the delayed edition in Cameroon last year.
It was the first time in three decades that the Eagles failed to win a game in three straight games.
The three time African champions suffered earlier friendly defeats in the hands of Algeria (2-1), Portugal (4-0) and Guinea Bissau 1-0.
Since Peseiro took charge as coach of the Eagles, he has recorded only two wins — against Sierra Leone and Sao Tome — in the seven games that he has been with the three-time African champions.
He was not with the team when they lost to Costa Rica in a pre-World Cup friendly last November.
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Former Eagles defender Sam Sodje believes Peseiro’s defensive frailties were exposed by the Djurtus.
“You can’t win games if you do not defend well as a team,” Sodje said.
“He (Peseiro) should leave. Even the best teams defend well as a unit. We lost to Djurtus because they defended well.”
Ace sports broadcaster, Temisan Okomi, questioned the competence of Peseiro and his technical abilities.
“At the rate we are going I don’t even know if we have a coaching problem or a team problem,”Okomi began.
“The truth of the matter is that Peseiro is absolutely not useful as a coach to us. Its not working at all. He has only won two games in seven games, its untenable. The problem we have is that we cannot even sack him because we don’t have money but if we can, the NFF should sack him immediately.
“Peseiro has not worked for us and we need to find another coach fast.”
Football analyst Ralph Chidozie-George told Saturday PUNCH that Peseiro should be replaced to avoid further embarrassing results.
“Peseiro does not deserve to be the coach of the Eagles,” Chidozie-George said.
“The Eagles job is bigger than him. He does not have what it takes to coach Nigeria. He also does not have the strong will to lead the team.
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“From his results, we’ve only been able to beat Sierra Leone and Sao Tome and another low country as Guinea-Bissau just defeated the Eagles at home and he has lost all his friendly games. This is not the coach that will take the Eagles beyond the mediocre level Gernot Rohr left the team.
“His list of players for the game doesn’t look like a team selected based on current form, and as you can, see all the players who struggled for game time at their respective clubs messed up our game against Guinea-Bissau.”
Afolabi Gambari, another journalist, believes Peseiro lacks the technical ability to lead the Eagles out of the doldrums.
“Peseiro’s competence is suspect, as far as I know,”Gambari said.
“He is clueless and not desirable of the Eagles and because of the cost, he should just go away.”
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