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“Nigeria Are Great Underachievers Of World Football” – Arsene Wenger

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Former manager of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, has described Nigeria as the “great underachievers of world football”.

The retired French tactician who is currently the head of FIFA’s global football development believes that with the number of talents at the disposal in Nigeria, the country ought to have achieved more in international football.

Arsene Wenger argued further that Nigeria has all it takes to be a great footballing nation, but the country hasn’t completely realized that potential.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have appeared in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations seven times but managed to win it three times despite being regarded as the giants of Africa.

The Nigerian men’s football team has won gold, silver, and bronze medals at the Olympics held in Atlanta in 1996, Beijing in 2008, and Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

In the 90s, the Super Eagles of Nigeria were so dominant that they were ranked 5th best team in the world by FIFA but they are now ranked outside the top 20.

As for the Super Falcons, they are the most successful women’s team in Africa and have played in all editions of the World Cup. However, they have managed to reach the quarter-final stage once in the history of the competition.
“Nigeria has incredible talent but they are the great underachievers of world football,” Arsene Wenger said according to Punch.

The Frenchman is one of the most successful coaches in English football, having won a record seven FA Cups, three league titles, and two Manager of the Year awards.

To get Kanu in 1999, Wenger shattered the previous English transfer record for an African player by paying Inter Milan £4.5 million.

Additionally, the 73-year-old gave Alex Iwobi his major break at Arsenal by allowing him to make his debut in a Carabao Cup fourth-round game against Sheffield Wednesday when he was still a teenager.

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Breaking: Enugu Rangers Emerge NPFL Champions

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Enugu Rangers on Sunday emerged champions of the 2023/2024 Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL) champions.

The team emerged as NPFL champions after defeating Bendel Insurance 2-0 in front of their home fans in Enugu.

Kenechukwu Agu put Rangers ahead after 32 minutes in the game, and Chidiebere Nwobodo increased the home team’s advantage after 65 minutes on the clock.

The win cements the top spot for the Enugu-based side, and their final game of the season, which is away to already relegated Gombe United, would be a mere formality.

Details later…

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NFF Breaks Silence Over Finidi George’s Resignation

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The head of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ibrahim Gusau, has told newsmen that he is unaware of Super Eagles coach, Finidi George’s reported resignation.

Naija Latest Gist reports that Finidi George made headlines on Saturday morning after reports of his sudden resignation surfaced on the internet.

The embattled Super Eagles coach had stepped down after the NFF declared its intention to bring in an international expert as the Super Eagles’ new coach, following their poor showing in the 2026 World Cup qualifying rounds.

The Eagles have only managed to score three points out of a possible 12, landing them in fifth place in Group C, which has cast doubt on their chances of qualifying.

Their poor performances have angered the nation’s football-loving population, who are still reeling from the team’s failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The announcement by the NFF on Thursday sparked a variety of reactions, with some Eagles supporters urging the federation’s board and George to step down.

Reports suggest that George is furious over the NFF’s decision to meet with the sports minister two days prior, without addressing the issue of players arriving late to training and the NFF’s lack of effort to rally support from Nigerians in Ivory Coast for the Eagles’ match against Benin Republic on last Monday.

The reports also indicate that George resigned from his position as the Eagles’ coach this morning (today).

However, when asked about the news making the round on Saturday, Gusau said he was unaware of George’s decision to let go of his appointment as Super Eagles coach.

“Not yet aware,” Gusau reportedly told The PUNCH in a chat on Saturday, June 15.

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Transfer: Galatasaray Makes Fresh Offer For Nigeria’s Wilfred Ndidi

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Galatasaray, the reigning champions of the Turkish Super Lig, are intensifying their efforts to secure the services of Leicester City star, Wilfred Ndidi.

Naija Latest Gist reports that Ndidi is set to become a free agent by the end of the month, and negotiations are ongoing between Leicester City and the midfielder regarding a potential contract extension.

Renowned transfer expert, Nicolo Schira, has reported that Galatasaray has put forward a three-year contract offer to Ndidi, possibly extending it for another year.

The 27-year-old defensive midfielder has been a key player for Leicester City since he arrived in 2017.

However, with his current deal expiring soon, Ndidi appears to be considering a move away from the King Power Stadium.

Reports from Fanatik suggest that Leicester City has struggled to persuade Ndidi to commit his future to the club, opening the door for Turkish teams to enter the race for his signature.

Apart from Galatasaray, Trabzonspor and Besiktas are reportedly interested in securing Ndidi’s services.

Trabzonspor, looking to strengthen their attacking and midfield options, have shown interest in Ndidi and Paul Onuachu.

The Black Sea Storm are determined to sign Ndidi and have presented an attractive offer, including a significant signing bonus.

On the other hand, Galatasaray has strongly proposed a three-plus-one-year contract to entice Ndidi to choose them over other potential suitors.

Ndidi’s consistent performances at Leicester City have made him a highly sought-after player in the transfer market.

Last season, the Nigerian player played 36 matches, scoring six goals and providing six assists for the Foxes.

In addition to his club contributions, Ndidi has been a key player for the Nigerian national team, featuring prominently in their recent FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against South Africa and Benin Republic.

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