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São Tomé And Príncipe Coach To Use Foreign Players Against Super Eagles

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The head coach of São Tomé and Príncipe, Adriano Eusébio, will use foreign-based players against the Super Eagles of Nigeria on Sunday, September 10.

Before now, the national team of São Tomé And Príncipe was mostly made up of players plying their trade in the local league. But that has greatly changed ahead of their last 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Super Eagles.

On Monday, the São Tomé and Príncipe coach unveiled his 22-man squad for the clash which will take place at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, and they are all based abroad.

The coach aims to use his new setup to land his first win in the AFCON qualifiers after suffering four defeats including a 10-0 defeat to Nigeria on June 13, 2022.
Fans of the bottom-placed team in Group

A are criticizing the team, the coach in particular, for snubbing local-based players for foreign-based players ahead of an “inconsequential match”.

In his response to the criticism, the São Tomé and Príncipe coach said he decided to invite foreign-based players for the game because he wanted to use the match to start preparing for the 2026 World Cup qualifier which is set to commence two months from now.

He said, “This call is already thinking about the World Cup qualifying games that start in November, we have to take into account that, at this time, we will not have championships in the country and the players will be in vacation mode.”

While the outcome of the game between São Tomé and Príncipe vs. the Super Eagles of Nigeria is inconsequential for the away team, the Super Eagles who have already booked their place for the 2023 AFCON, need to win the game to boost their FIFA ranking and silent critics. The game will kick off at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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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.

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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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