First 11: Nigeria Dwell up for W/Cup Playoff Foes + This Week’s Biggest Sports activities Tales

First 11: Nigeria Dwell up for W/Cup Playoff Foes + This Week’s Biggest Sports activities Tales


The plan for the 2022 World Cup playoffs for Africa will elevate on Saturday (this day) with the Gargantuan Eagles presumably facing Egypt, Cameroon, and Ghana. Earlier within the week, Nigeria had been additionally paired with Tunisia within the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) spherical of 16.

These and extra are portion of tales that perform First Eleven this week!

W/Cup Qualifiers:  Who Will Nigeria Play?

(High L-R) Nigeria’s goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, defender Kenneth Omeruo, midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, forward Taiwo Awoniyi, midfielder Joe Aribo, defender William Troost-Ekong, (bottom L-R) forward Kelechi Iheanacho, defender Ola Aina, defender Zaidu Sanusi, forward Samuel Chukwueze and forward Moses Simon pose forward of the Neighborhood D Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 soccer match between Nigeria and Sudan at Stade Roumde Adjia in Garoua on January 15, 2022. Daniel BELOUMOU OLOMO / AFP

Nigeria will know their opponents within the playoff for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. The Gargantuan Eagles had a tumultuous coast en path to this stage. They lost at house to the lowly-ranked Central African Republic in one in every of their video games and survived Cape Verde of their final match to perform the closing lap of qualification for the competition.

The team, which is already without prolonged-time manager, Gernot Rohr, after the uninspiring showings, are in Pot 1 for the draws billed for Saturday in Cameroon.

Africa’s soccer ruling body had ranked the groups based mostly exclusively on the November 19 FIFA rating that will ogle the three-time continental champions avoid a pair of of the heavyweights.

Nigeria is in Pot 1 alongside Algeria, Ivory Waft, Morocco, Tunisia, and Senegal. This system the Gargantuan Eagles obtained’t be meeting any of these aspects. Their opponents, will, on the opposite hand, advance from Pot 2 which entails Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, and DR Congo.

The playoffs will pick plot in March with the major leg space to be played at the house of the lower-ranked aspects.

2023 AFCON Draws

Other than the draws for the playoffs, pairings for the third spherical of 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers will additionally be held within the Cameroonian metropolis of Douala. The competition is billed for the Ivory Waft next summer.

Warfare Of Eagles

A titanic replica of the trophy of the Africa Cup of Nations is seen sooner or later of the opening ceremony of the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 soccer tournament at Stade d’Olembé in Yaounde on January 9, 2022. KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP

Saturday’s draws will possible be coming days after the pairings for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) had been confirmed. Excessive-flying Gargantuan Eagles – who obtained all community stage video games – are up against 2004 winners, Tunisia.

Nigeria, attempting for a fourth AFCON title, face the Carthage Eagles in Garoua on Sunday. The time for the game is 8: 00 pm (WAT).

In one other mouth-watering spherical of 16 clash, Ivory Waft – who despatched defending champions, Algeria, packing from the tournament –  pick on Egypt.  The complete fixtures are here.

NFF’s Spot

File picture of Austin Eguaveon

Whereas the Gargantuan Eagles have all the pieces going for them at the AFCON, that is now not the destiny of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) which is in predicament over the team’s coach, Austine Eguaveon.

The vulnerable global was appointed on an interval in-between foundation following Rohr’s dismissal. He had one ingredient to stop: pick the boys to the AFCON. Weeks after his fresh role, the federation named Portuguese, Jose Paseiro, as the substantive manager of the 2013 champions. Paseiro was expected to make a decision over at the conclude of the competition and lead Nigeria to the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Nonetheless that won’t be the case as calls to make a decision the 1994 AFCON winner gathered momentum. Eguaveon has obtained the hearts of millions of Nigerian fans following Nigeria’s stellar showing in Cameroon.

The president of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick, admitted that Eguaveon could also very successfully be retained if he wins the competition as against the earlier announcement. Requires indigenous coaches to take care of the team have additionally heightened in most modern weeks.

Discounted World Cup Tickets

(FILES) On this file picture taken on December 10, 2021 a stare of the Education Metropolis Stadium within the Qatari metropolis of Ar-Rayyan. – Qatar World Cup ticket gross sales had been launched at lowered costs on January 19, 2022 with residents and migrant workers in a position to attend video games for ethical $11 as issues persist over Covid-19. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

Some distance from Nigeria, tickets for the next World Cup have long previous on sale at discounted costs. Whereas authorities are yet to substantiate if fans will possible be allowed to attend the video games as issues over COVID-19 persists, migrant workers can attend the suits for ethical $11.

FIFA opened a plan that provides contributors match tickets for as puny as $69 for global fans. Here’s about one-third lower than in Russia 2018. Nonetheless a ticket for the closing could presumably price up to $1,607.

FIFA’s Most productive

Lewandowski narrowly lost the Ballon d’Or to Messi. Photo: Credit: [email protected]_Official

And in what appears love a consolation for lacking out on the Ballon d’Or, Roberto Lewandowski, obtained the FIFA Men’s Player of the Year.

The Bayern Munich forward beat 2021 Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi, to make a decision house the prize in a ceremony held on Monday.

Egypt and Liverpool striker, Mohamed Salah, was additionally in contention for the award. Lewandowski was now not the glorious winner on the day. Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, additionally claimed the FIFA Special Award. Chelsea and Senegal goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy, picked up the goalkeeping prize.

Djokovic Deported!

Novak Djokovic was denied aces to participate in the Australian Open despite ab exemption from two panels of medical experts
On this file picture taken on October 22, 2020, Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic attends an open-air press convention in Belgrade. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP)

Difficult on to tennis! Serbian star, Novak Djokovic’s Australian Originate vaccination row ended in deportation. Djokovic was deported by the Australian authorities on Sunday after a protracted dispute over his vaccination converse.

The Australian authorities stated it took the dedication in converse now to not attend vaccine hesitancy. It additionally insisted that the nation’s authorized pointers need to stand irrespective.

Djokovic’s deportation additionally triggered reactions from across the globe. Followers support house hailed the tennis star’s insistence, with the family announcing, love the player, that they had been disappointed.

Osaka Crashes Out

Defending Champion Naomi Osaka crashes out of the Australian Open
Japan’s Naomi Osaka reacts as she plays against Amanda Anisimova of the US sooner or later of their females’s singles match on day five of the Australian Originate tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 21, 2022. William WEST / AFP

In spite of the drama, the Australian Originate persevered seamlessly. Naomi Osaka’s defeat is one in every of the repugnant losses recorded to this point within the championship.

The Japanese player lost to unseeded American, Amanda Anisimova, within the third spherical of the competition on Friday morning.  The vulnerable world number one had obtained the major space on Margaret Court docket Enviornment nonetheless did now not shut out the match with Anisimova winning 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10/5). Friday’s victory sets Anisimova with Ashleigh Barty.

Benitez Fired

File picture of Rafa Benitez

Sooner than Osaka’s ouster, there was additionally one other dismissal. This time, it was vulnerable Liverpool manager, Rafa Benitez, who purchased the hammer.

The Spaniard was sacked as Everton manager, about 200 days after he took over the job. Benitez paid dearly for a chain of unlucky outcomes that saw Everton lose nines of their final 13 video games.

“Benitez, who joined Everton in June 2021, has left the membership with quick stop,” the membership added.

Manchester United account, Wayne Rooney – who at the present manages Championship aspect, Derby – is favoured to make a decision over the job!

Robinho Sentenced

Robinho Handed Nine-year Term For Rape
This file picture taken on September 28, 2013, exhibits AC Milan’s Brazilian forward Robinho sooner or later of the Italian Seria A soccer match AC Milan vs Sampdoria, on September 28, 2013, in San Siro stadium in Milan.  Olivier MORIN / AFP

The vulnerable Liverpool manager’s dismissal got here in per week where a court docket in Italy upheld Brazil’s Robinho’s 9-year sentence for the gang rape of a young girl.

The vulnerable AC Millan player’s lawyer, Jacopo Gnocchi, stated that judges “deemed that the allure filed by the player was inadmissible and that therefore the sentence is closing”.

Judges at the Court docket of Cassation in Rome stated the sentence dates support to January 2013.

Jacopo Gnocchi stated that judges “deemed that the allure filed by the player was inadmissible and that therefore the sentence is closing”.

The 37-year-passe did now not attend any of the hearings touching on to the case. He was among a community of six males accused of taking portion within the rape of an Albanian girl celebrating her 23rd birthday in a Milan nightclub.

“A complete of 15 Italian magistrates have in solutions the accusations to had been broadly proven. Our wish is that Brazil carries out the sentence,” Gnocchi renowned.

In 2017, the Brazilian had the conviction and sentence confirmed for a 2d time. This followed his loss at the Milan Court docket of Allure in December 2020.

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