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Mikel Absent, Simon returns As Rohr Names Match Squad For Libya Matches

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Rohr Names Match Squad For Libya Matches
For the second game in a row, Super Eagles Captain, John Obi MIkel will not be playing for Nigeria in the African Nations Cup qualifying series following the national team handlers’ decision to accept his exemption plea. Mikel was excused from the last match against Seychelles in Mahe as he pleaded to be given time to recuperate fully from the injury he copped at the Russia 2018 World Cup.

The Guardian could not ascertain yesterday if he was excused from the fresh 23-man squad released by Coach Gernot Rohr for next week’s games against Libya for the same reason. But a source in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) simply said Mikel would return in due course.In the squad released by Rohr yesterday are Moses Simon, who has not played for Nigeria since injury ruled him out of June’s World Cup, William Troost-Ekong, Alex Iwobi and Ola Aina, who missed the match against Seychelles due to injury.

Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa is the only home–based professional in the squad. China–based forward Odion Ighalo and Russia –based defender Bryan Idowu are also among the pack that has been called to hunt for the six maximum points against Group E leaders Libya in the Matchday 3 and 4 games. Nigeria host the first leg at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Saturday, October 13 with the return scheduled for the 18,000–capacity Stade Taïeb Mhiri in the city of Sfax, Tunisia on Tuesday, October 16.

Also back in the team is former junior international, Isaac Success, but Italy–based Simeon Nwankwo, who was in Seychelles and scored against Liberia in a friendly last month, is omitted. 2015 U17 World Cup–winning captain Kelechi Nwakali is also overlooked.

According to the NFF, all the invited players are to report in Uyo next Monday.Libya coach Adel Amrouche has also named a very strong squad that will confront the Super Eagles in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.The double-header clash could determine the fate of both teams. Libya leads the group with four points, while Nigeria sits third with three points on the table.

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Morocco And Spain To Place Joint Bid For 2030 FIFA World Cup

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Morocco And Spain To Place Joint Bid For 2030 FIFA World Cup

Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez says Spain and Morocco are discussing the possibility of placing a joint bid for the 2030 FIFA world cup.

The Spanish Premier has already held talks with Morocco’s King Mohammed the sixth about the same. If the bid were to be successful, it would present the possibility of one of the most interesting world cup showdowns ever.

According to the Spanish Prime Minister, the bid would involve Portugal as well. The first joint hosting of the world cup was in 2002. The tournament was hosted by Japan and South Korea, for the first time in Asia.

This will not be the first joint hosting bid by three countries. The 2026 FIFA world cup will be jointly hosted by the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

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Gernot Rohr Searches For Grade A Matches To Prepare Super Eagles For AFCON 2019

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Gernot Rohr Searches For Grade A Matches To Prepare Super Eagles For AFCON 2019

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr wants top friendlies to prepare his team for the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

The Super Eagles are already qualified for the tournament with a game to spare, and Rohr is hopeful that the team will be kept busy with at least three grade a matches.

The Super Eagles have won the AFCON three times, but they are only back in the tournament proper in four years after they failed to qualify for the last two editions in 2015 and 2017.

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Tendai Mtawarira Launches Foundation In Zimbabwe

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South African national rugby team player, Tendai Mtawarira, nicknamed “The Beast”, has launched a foundation aimed at introducing the game to rural areas in Zimbabwe, his home country.

The Get Involved Foundation also seeks to foster social cohesion and promote education across Africa.

Explaining his motivation, Mtawarira says he represents the whole continent, and wants to inspire all youths in Africa.

Mtawarira plays for the Durban-based side, The Sharks, and the national team. He says he wants to use his foundation, launched in London on Sunday, to give African children a better chance in life through sport.

Mtawarira has played for the Springboks for the last 11 years and amassed more than 100 caps, a rare feat in the game.

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