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13th African Games: Falconets defeat Morocco 2-0 in group B opener

The Falconets of Nigeria on Friday night defeated their Moroccan counterparts by 2-0 courtesy of an own goal and a second by A.Yina just before halftime to kickstart their 13th African Games on a winning note.

The Nigerian girls, who won Gold in 2019 in Morocco, opened scoring in the 19th minute through an own goal and then doubled their lead just before halftime through A.Yina.

The girls mounted pressure on their opponents but were undone by lack of clinical  finishing.

Their next Group B match will be against Senegal on Monday night.

Cameroon are the other team in this group

The top two teams in each group advance to the semifinals.

Nigerian have been tagged overwhelming favourite to retain the title they last won in Rabat, Morocco four years ago.

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NFF appoints Many Garba as Golden Eaglets’ Head coach

The Board of the Nigeria Football Federation has appointed former U17 World Cup winner Manu Garba as Head Coach of the Nigeria U17 boys, Golden Eaglets.

Garba had, in the same role, led the Golden Eaglets to win the FIFA U17 World Cup for Nigeria in the United Arab Emirates in 2013, Nigeria’s fourth triumph at that stage.

Garba’s squad in 2013 included Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi, Isaac Success, Musa Mohammed, Chidiebere Nwakali and goalkeeper Dele Alampasu.

The squad, which finished as runners-up at the African U17 Championship in Morocco after a penalty shootout defeat by Cote d’Ivoire, defeated Mexico 6-1 in their opening game, drew 3-3 with Sweden and hammered Iraq 5-0.

In the Round of 16, they ran Iran ragged 4-1, dispatched Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter-finals and trounced Sweden 3-0 in the semi-finals, before they dislodged Mexico by the same margin in the final to lift the trophy.

Garba will now immediately resume the role and take charge of the team’s preparations for next month’s WAFU B U17 Championship, taking place in Ghana, according to the NFF.

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NFF to decide on new Super Eagles head coach nextweek

The Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, will meet next week Tuesday in Abuja to decide on a new head coach for super eagles.

According to a report in SCORENigeria, the committee has already shortlisted seven coaches for the vacant position.

Former internationals Finidi George and Emmanuel Amuneke are the two leading candidates for the position.

Finidi led the team in interim capacity for the friendlies against Ghana and Mali last month.

The immediate task of the new coach will be the crucial 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Bafana Bafana of South Africa and Squirrels of Benin Republic in June.

The games will take place on June 3 and 11, respectively.

The Super Eagles are yet to record a win in their group after they drawing their opening two games against Lesotho and Zimbabwe

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Doma United Goalkeeper, Osayi Kingdom seals move to Nordic FC

Doma United goalkeeper, Kingdom Osayi has sealed a move  to Swedish side, Nordic FC.

Osayi will team up with his new club in the summer

The youngster was in the stands during Doma United’s clash with Plateau United at the New Jos Stadium on Saturday.

Plateau United defeated the Savannah Tigers 4-0 in the game.

The goalie kept seven clean sheets in the first half of the season.

Osayi won the NPFL Player of the Month for November.

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