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NFF fixes date for 2024 President Federation cup final

The final of the 2024 President Federation Cup will be held at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja on Saturday, June 29.

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, announced on Wednesday that the men’s and women’s final will be played on the same day.

The women’s final will begin at 1pm while the men’s final will commence at 4pm, as has been the tradition for so many years now.

Meanwhile, the quarter-finals of the women’s competition will take place on Wednesday, 19th June, with Benin City, Asaba and Enugu as host centres.

The semi-finals of the men’s competition will take place on Thursday, 20th June, with Abuja and Lafia as host centres.

In the men’s semi-final, Abia Warriors and Kano Pillars will clash at the Lafia City Stadium on Thursday.

El-Kanemi Warriors and Kebbi United will do battle in the other semi-final at the NFF/FIFA Goal Project, Abuja also on Thursday

 

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Super Eagles drop to 39th in latest FIFA world ranking

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have fallen one spot to 39th in the FIFA World Ranking for July. The team retained its June points total of 1,498.93 but slid further down the global ranking table.

The team had previously experienced a significant drop from 30th to 38th in June following underwhelming performances in the World Cup Qualifying matches.

Despite the global decline, the Super Eagles maintained their 5th position in Africa, trailing behind Morocco, Senegal, Egypt, and Côte d’Ivoire.

The latest ranking reflects a busy period in international football, with three continental competitions and numerous friendlies taking place in June and July, totalling over 125 matches worldwide.

Argentina remains at the top after successfully defending their CONMEBOL Copa América title. Following their semi-final appearance in UEFA EURO 2024, France holds the second spot.

Spain, newly crowned European champions, jumped five places to third. England climbed to fourth, surpassing Brazil, who dropped to fifth, while Belgium fell three places to sixth.

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NFF calls for applications for position of Supersand Eagles’ Coach

The Nigeria Football Federation has requested for applications from suitably qualified candidates for the vacant position lol of the Coach of Beach Soccer National Team, otherwise known as Supersand Eagles.

The public notice, which is on the Federation’s website has specified for candidates to have attended at least one beach soccer refresher course organized by the NFF, be conversant with, and abreast of, the ever-changing rules and dynamics of the game and possess at least CAF C Coaching License.

A candidate must also have been involved in beach soccer activities in the last three years to be considered, while playing experience locally and internationally could prove to be an added advantage.

Applications will close at midnight of Friday, 12th July 2024, with a successful candidate to be named in a matter of days, as the Supersand Eagles get set for a two-leg Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against their counterparts from Mauritania.

 

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France beat Portugal on penalties to reach Euro 2024 semi-finals

France defeated Portugal 5-3 on penalties on Friday to qualify for the semi-finals of Euro 2024 in Germany, setting up an encounter with Spain.

The match ended goalless after 90 minutes which necessitated an extra time, which also ended goalless.

Penalties were therefore needed to decide which country progresses to the semi-finals and France carried the day, scoring all five of their kicks, with Juan Felix missing his kick for Portugal.

It was Cristiano Ronaldo’s last Euro competition as he is 39 years old.

Earlier in the 63rd minute, Vitinha blew a huge opportunity. He was totally unmarked and fired a first-time shot towards goal from a few yards out, but Mike Maignan reacted superbly to keep the ball out.

In the 70th minute, Eduardo Camavinga spurned a great opportunity from inside the 6-yard box. The ball flew narrowly wide off the left post.

Four minutes later, Ousmane Dembele created a yard of space for himself and tried an effort from the edge of the box, but it went just wide off the left post.

In the 108th minute, Joao Felix latched onto a lofted pass from Francisco Conceicao on the edge of the six-yard box, but misdirected his header and sent it just wide of the left post

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