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Libya Vows Revenge As Eagles Seek Another Win

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Libya Vows Revenge As Eagles Seek Another Win

Libya’s interim coach, Omar Al-Maryam believes his side have the quality to avenge the 0-4 loss to Nigeria when they meet in the reverse fixture of their Cameroon 2019 African Nations Cup qualifier in Sfax, Tunisia today.

Three goals by Odion Ighalo and a lone strike by Samuel Kalu gave Coach Gernot Rohr’s team a commanding 4-0 win and also moved Nigeria up to the second position on the Group E log behind South Africa.

Libya knows that anything short of a win will make their qualification for the African championship near impossible hence their determination to have one over the Eagles. Only two teams will qualify for the championship from Group E.

Al-Maryami says his team has nothing to lose today and therefore must go all out for the goals that will give them victory.

He also blamed Saturday’s loss on ill-luck, saying his boys were punished for some ‘uncharacteristic’ mistakes.

“We were unlucky not to have scored minutes after we conceded, but this result hasn’t changed anything. We have a good team and we will fight,” Al-Maryami said.

He added: “We have a young squad that is very ambitious. Unfortunately, we lost three points and we are sure of taking them back in the second leg, but we must attack the Nigerian team to score.”

The Libyans will go into the game without their captain, Muhammad Nashnoush, who is suspended having copped two yellow cards in the qualifying series.

While Al-Maryami sees this game as an opportunity for his boys to get their pound of flesh from Nigeria, Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernot Rohr says he will introduce a different game plan that will confound the Mediterranean Knights.

Acknowledging that the Libyans will come for revenge, Rohr says, “Our plan is to do well and be very serious in the second leg.

“It will be more difficult, because this team lost 4-0. When you lose 4-0 and you have the chance to play three days later, you want to show that you are better than 4-0.

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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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Tendai Mtawarira Launches Foundation In Zimbabwe

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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