By Francesca Hangeior
President Bola Tinubu is currently hosting Nigeria’s National football team, the Super Eagles at the State House Council Chambers.
This is coming barely 48 hours after they battled unsuccessfully for the top spot at the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations against the host country Côte d’Ivoire.
In a statement he released after the match, Tinubu had commended the team, the coach, the crew and the entire management team for their “hard work, assiduity, and sacrifice to come this far in the tournament,” acknowledging the hurdles they consistently surpassed with steadily improving performance as they pulled through to the finals.
The President had urged Nigerians to be of good cheer, stressing that “we won a great victory in the hearts of Africa and the world by our grit, rigour, and determination in the field of play.”
“Let this passing event not dispirit us, but bring us together to work harder. We are a great nation bound as one by the green-white-green banner of resilience, joy, hope, duty, and untiring love.
“To those cherished Nigerian youths expressing their gifts in communities, drawing lines in the sand as they play football in their humble rectangles of play, you can be our heroes tomorrow, do not relent in your pursuit. My administration is here to make dreams come true,” Tinubu had said.
Ex-Super Eagles goalie, Egbo wants to continue from where coach Peseiro stopped
Ex-Nigerian goalkeeper Ndubuisi Emmanuel Egbo has thrown his hat in the battle for the vacant Super Eagles coaching role.
Former Nigeria goalkeeper Ndubuisi Emmanuel Egbo has said he would be open to taking the vacant coaching role with the Super Eagles.
Recall the search for the next Nigeria coach has begun after Jose Peseiro parted ways with the team following a 22-month stint.
Egbo, who made history as the first African coach to win a major European league title, spoke about the Super Eagles role following his feat years ago in Albania.
“It is my country, I’m 100% Nigerian even though I have a European passport,” Egbo told Channels TV in an interview.
Emmanuel Egbo started off his managerial career as a goalkeeper coach.
Emmanuel Egbo started off his managerial career as a goalkeeper coach. (Photo Credit: Egbo/IG)
“Anytime I’m called upon to come and help, to raise the football of my country up because I am expecting Nigeria one day to be challenging to win the World Cup, which we have not done for a long time now.”
“So, I’m always open; we can never say never to our country,” he stated about the possibility of managing the Nigerian job if offered.
It’s like a military service that anytime we are called upon we have to do it for our country,” he added.
The 50-year-old led KF Tirana to the Albanian league title in 2019/2020 season – their first championship in 11 years.
Egbo is a former Super Eagles goalkeeper, earning 12 caps and playing at two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments – 2000 and 2002.
After retiring, he moved into coaching, starting as a goalkeeper coach before he worked his way up to become Tirana manager three years ago.
Our Performance Against City Was Very Good, Says Ten Hag
Manchester United boss, Erik Ten Hag, believes his side put in a very good performance against Manchester City on Sunday but were unlucky not to get a point out of the game
The Red Devils had a bright start as early as the eight-minute with a 26-yard screamer from Marcus Rashford to beat Ederson but a Phil Foden double turned the tide in City’s favour, before Erling Haaland put the game to rest in injury time.
But the Dutchman says his side did well despite the defeat at the Etihad Stadium.
”I think also [in] defending, we closed the middle very good, we defended the box very good. So the performance from our side was very good,” he said in a post-match interview.
“It’s about getting behind the defending line and with the speed from Garnacho and Rashford. And I think that went very well – we were already up after a couple of minutes. Good breakthrough from Garnacho, Rashford was in the perfect scoring position and then, quickly after the goal from Rashford, we had our moments and more throughout the game.”
‘A Win Was Possible’
Ten Hag indicated that he was impressed with how his side’s tactical awareness, feeling they were simply undone in a couple of ‘defining moments’,
”We had our moments after it as well, to go for a second one. I think we defended very well. But then [there were] two I will say defining moments where we almost make a breakthrough and we conceded the first goal and also the second goal after also a defining moment, when Garnacho is through on the break. So yeah, then you are disappointed,” he said.
”We have to accept it, but it is what it is. But still, I think we had the opportunity to at least get one point, but also a win was possible.”
Despite the loss, the Dutchman believes his side are still improving and do not need to dwell on a bad night at the Etihad.
“We had one bad, bad performance last week [against Fulham], where we didn’t play that well, but from this year on, I think we are really progressing. You have to get some points back, and then you have to win a game like today against City. And there are more coming games,” he said.
”There are still many games to play and everyone can beat everyone. So things can quickly turn around. So we have to win our games. Number five could be a position for the Champions League, so, as I say, we have to fight for it.”
Details Of How Man City Beat Man Utd 3-1 To Close In On Liverpool
Phil Foden scored twice as Man City came from behind to beat Man United 3-1 on Sunday and close to within one point of Premier League leaders Liverpool.
Erling Haaland also struck in stoppage time to leave the title race perfectly poised ahead of City’s trip to Liverpool next weekend.
Marcus Rashford’s wonder strike had fired United into a shock lead at the Etihad.
Haaland was then guilty of a miss that will go down in Premier League folklore when he fired over with an open goal just before half-time.
Foden ensured City did not slip up in the title race as he blasted into the top corner to level and produced a composed finish 10 minutes from time.
Haaland then rolled in his sixth goal in four Premier League derbies against United to atone for his earlier miss.
An 11th league defeat of the season for United leaves Erik ten Hag’s men 11 points adrift of the top four with 11 games remaining.
The former Ajax boss was furious that City’s equaliser was allowed to stand as he claimed Rashford had been fouled at the other end seconds earlier.
But United could have few complaints after being thoroughly outplayed by their rivals for almost the entire match.
Rashford rounded on his critics this week as he hit back at questions of his commitment.
The England international has been a pale imitation of the forward who scored 30 goals last season for most of this campaign but showed a glimpse of the quality he is capable of to open the scoring on eight minutes.
City pleaded in vain for an offside flag against Bruno Fernandes and he layed the ball back for Rashford to smash in a stunning long-range effort off the underside of the bar.
Pep Guardiola’s men dominated from that moment on but were kept at bay for nearly an hour by wayward finishing and some fine goalkeeping by Andre Onana.
Twice the Cameroonian foiled Foden when clean through, while Rodri was also denied by a smart stop low to his left.
At the other end, Rashford should have doubled United’s lead before the break.
A slip from Ruben Dias put Rashford clean through, but a poor touch allowed Kyle Walker to race back and clear.
United’s lead remained intact until half-time but only thanks to a moment that will be replayed for years to come.
City finally cut the visitors’ mass ranks of defence to shreds as Rodri’s cross was headed back across goal by Foden, inviting the finishing touch by Haaland.
However, he incredibly turned the ball over with the goal gaping from point-blank range.
The rearguard action from the Red Devils was finally undone as Foden produced a strike to match Rashford’s in the first half.
Ten Hag was furious that a foul had not been awarded to Rashford at the other end, but he appeared to go to the ground too easily under contact from Walker.
Rodri picked out Foden, who cut inside and arrowed a blistering shot into the top corner.
A slick one-two between Foden and Julian Alvarez opened up the United defence for the decisive goal as the England international fired in his 18th of the season.
Haaland’s redemption rounded off a fine afternoon for the English champions.
Rodri dispossessed Sofyan Amrabat and teed up the Norwegian to curl beyond Onana.
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