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Nigeria vs Iceland : Super Eagles on fire, Vikings in trouble – Odegbami

Nigeria vs Iceland : Super Eagles on fire, Vikings in trouble – Odegbami

2018-06-22 10:06:39

The Vikings of Iceland that held Argentina to a draw in the first game of Group D in the FIFA World Cup in Russia, will have it tougher with Nigeria’s Super Eagles in the crunch match starting at 4pm today. Chief Segun Odegbami, former Nigeria international, who held a pep talk with the Nigerian team in Volgograd on Thursday speaking on Nigeria vs Iceland game made the prediction in a post on Facebook Super Eagles will fight, said Odegbami about his impressions of the team that lost to Croatia 2-0. “I saw their spirit. They will fight like they have… continue reading


Argentina vs Croatia: How we won the match —Modric

Argentina vs Croatia: How we won the match —Modric

2018-06-22 09:44:43

Captain Luka Modric hailed his Croatia side’s “deserved” 3-0 victory over Argentina on Thursday but called on them to keep their feet on the ground after qualifying for the World Cup knockout rounds. Zlatko Dalic’s men outclassed their opponents in Nizhny Novgorod, leaving Lionel Messi and two-time world champions Argentina on the brink of an embarrassing group-stage exit. “Let’s not be euphoric or get ahead of ourselves,” said Real Madrid midfielder Modric, who scored the second goal. “Of course this win will boost our confidence for the next game, and we have shown we can create opportunities, but let’s keep… continue reading


Eagles train for stamina, in hot weather

Eagles train for stamina, in hot weather

2018-06-21 09:51:19

The Super Eagles had two training sessions yesterday with emphasis on building the players’ stamina and adapting to the expected sweltering heat in Volgograd on Friday. The Eagles will meet Iceland tomorrow in Volgograd, a city with a temperature akin to what obtains in the northern part of Nigeria. According to forecasts, the weather in Volgograd is expected to be around 34 degrees Celsius, which will suit the Nigerian players. It has been an ideal weather for the Eagles this week with the outside temperature at 32 and 34 degrees Celsius on Tuesday and yesterday. The weather today is expected… continue reading


NFF pleads for continuous support as Eagles leave for Volgograd tomorrow

NFF pleads for continuous support as Eagles leave for Volgograd tomorrow

2018-06-20 11:53:39

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) yesterday begged Super Eagles’ fans to desist from doing things that could cause disaffection among the players, saying the team needs to be psychologically ready for Friday’s second group game against Iceland. The Super Eagles, based in Essentuki, are scheduled to move to Volgograd, venue of the second game, tomorrow Addressing the media yesterday in St. Petersburg, NFF First Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi said it has become imperative for every Nigerian to rally round the Eagles, as they try to qualify for the second round of the competition after the opening day loss to Croatia,… continue reading


Pinnick hopeful Super Eagles will advance to next round

Pinnick hopeful Super Eagles will advance to next round

2018-06-19 13:09:49

President of Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick has declared that notwithstanding the 0-2 loss to Croatia in their first match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the Super Eagles have the wherewithal to lift themselves up and still reach the knockout rounds of the competition. Croatia made good from set-pieces in Kaliningrad on Saturday, to top Group D ahead of Argentina and Iceland, who finished 1-1 and have one point each.“We expected to win against Croatia but it did not happen and the whole team, as well as the Federation, have put that behind us and… continue reading


All eyes on Salah as Russia take on Egypt

All eyes on Salah as Russia take on Egypt

2018-06-19 13:00:16

World Cup hosts Russia face an Egypt side buoyed by the likely return of star man Mohamed Salah on Tuesday knowing a win will all but guarantee a place in the last 16. Liverpool wizard Salah missed his team’s defeat to Uruguay on Friday as he struggles to recover from the shoulder injury sustained during last month’s Champions League Final. Salah’s shoulder has continued to cause him problems in Russia, and last weekend he needed the help of three team-mates to put a shirt on during a training session. However the 26-year-old is desperate to start in what is a… continue reading


World Cup: Some Belgians want to see me fail – Lukaku

World Cup: Some Belgians want to see me fail – Lukaku

2018-06-19 12:22:38

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku will “remember to have fun” at the World Cup, despite claiming “some people in my own country want to see me fail”. The 25-year-old Manchester United forward started against Panama in Sochi on Monday. But he feels many Belgium supporters do not appreciate him and are unaware of his poverty-hit childhood. “If you weren’t with me when I had nothing, then you can’t really understand me,” he said. “When I went to Chelsea and I wasn’t playing, I heard them laughing at me. When I got loaned out to West Brom, I heard them laughing at… continue reading


Spain face World Cup date with destiny against Iran

Spain face World Cup date with destiny against Iran

2018-06-19 11:56:44

Spanish playmaker, Isco, says Wednesday’s match against Iran will determine their World Cup destiny as they seek to register their first win in Russia following a gripping 3-3 draw against Portugal. Champions in 2010 and among the favourites this year, Spain’s World Cup ambitions were kept in check, almost single-handedly, by a stunning Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick. The draw came just two days after Spain’s campaign was thrown into disarray by the shock sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui following an untimely announcement by Real Madrid that he would join the 13-times European champions after the tournament. Fernando Hierro, Spain’s sporting director,… continue reading


Rohr still hopeful of qualification despite Eagles’ loss to Croatia

Rohr still hopeful of qualification despite Eagles’ loss to Croatia

2018-06-18 09:31:18

Despite losing 0-2 to Croatian in their opening game of the on-going FIFA World cup in Russia, Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernot Rohr still harbours hope that his side will qualify for the second round. Nigeria sits bottom of group D with no point, Croatian leads the group with three points, while Argentina and Iceland have a point apiece following their 1-1 draw in the group’s opening game. Croatia exploited Nigeria’s inability to defend set pieces to beat the Eagles 2-0, but Rohr hopes Friday would be better when his wards will meet Iceland. The Franco-German said at the post match… continue reading


No hiding place for Croatia, Mikel boasts

No hiding place for Croatia, Mikel boasts

2018-06-16 09:27:54

The long awaited moment has come, and the battle ground is the Arena Baltika in Kaliningrad, where the Super Eagles will face Croatia in their Group D opening match at 2000 hours. Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel says there is nothing to worry about the European side, though he is aware they are going to face very difficult opponents who parade a squad full of stars. The former Chelsea midfielder revealed that the most tactical team will emerge victorious and has stressed the importance of the Super Eagles dominating the game.‘’Croatia is a great team. Every team in this… continue reading


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