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Nigeria must beat Ghana as Spurs welcome Liverpool

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Nigeria must beat Ghana as Spurs welcome Liverpool

Ghana v Nigeria @Stade General Seyni Kountche @7:30pm on September 15

Eaglets in a testy tie against Ghana’s Meteors

Coach Manu Garba’s team has weathered losing his best players to MRI at the WAFU Zone B 2019 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers to reach the final. Garba will be looking to Olakunle Olusegun to score the goals that will take the Golden Eaglets to the final phase of qualification for the U-17 World Cup – which the Eaglets have won on five occasions.

The Eaglets will renew their rivalry with the Black Meteors of Ghana on Saturday at the Stade General Seyni Kountche in a winner takes all encounter. Olusegun has scored four of the nine goals the Eaglets have scored in Niamey while the Ghanaians have scored just the four goals and conceded two. The winner Ghana will join Morocco, Cameroon, Uganda, Angola, and Tanzania for the final phase scheduled for Tanzania in 2019.

Current Form: Ghana [W-W-D-L-W]; Nigeria [W-W-L-L-L]

Head to head

17/04/17 U17AQ Ghana 2 – 0 Nigeria

14/04/13 U17WC Nigeria 6 – 1 Ghana

15/03/07 U17AQ Ghana 0 – 2 Nigeria

Prediction: Ghana 1-2 Nigeria

Tottenham v Liverpool @Wembley Stadium @12:30pm on September 15

Spurs will try to win without Lloris and Alli

Playing against Liverpool at the present is a hard task but the absences of Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli has made Tottenham’s task a much tougher one.

With the two players in their starting 11, Tottenham’s winning percentage is over 60 per cent and tellingly, without the duo that average drops to just about 30 per cent.

The 4-1 thrashing handed the Reds does not come into Saturday’s equation at all says Mauricio Pochettino. “We are always confident we can beat any team. But, of course, the game on Saturday will be completely different to [last season]. It’s a different season.

The Reds are looking good to make a tilt at the EPL title after an unbeaten start to the 2018/19 season, keeping three clean sheets in the four matches already played. This should be a cracker and should make clear the title credentials of both teams.

Current Form: Tottenham [L-W-W-W-L]; Liverpool [W-W-W-W-W]

Head to head

04/02/18 PRL Liverpool 2 – 2 Tottenham

22/10/17 PRL Tottenham 4 – 1 Liverpool

11/02/17 PRL Liverpool 2 – 0 Tottenham

25/10/16 LEC Liverpool 2 – 1 Tottenham

27/08/16 PRL Tottenham 1 – 1 Liverpool

Prediction: Tottenham 2-2 Liverpool

Watford v Man. United @Vicarage Road @5:30pm on September 15

Jose’s United cannot afford to be stung at Vicarage Road

Will the Hornets continue to sting and will the Red Devils make it a perfect five to start the EPL season? There will be answers to this at Vicarage Road on Saturday as Javi Gracia’s Watford seek to continue their perfect start against a stumbling Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho’s side have an almost perfect win rate against Watford – winning 11 of their past 12 confrontations though maintaining this may be hampered by the injury absences of Luke Shaw, Phil Jones, and Marouane Fellaini while Marcus Rashford starts a three-game suspension for his red card against Burnley.

Mourinho cannot contemplate a loss with all the rumours flying around that he is one loss from the sack and with Zinedine Zidane, waiting in the wings to take over at Old Trafford.

Current Form: Watford [W-W-W-W-W]; Man. Utd [W-L-L-W-L]

Head to head

Sun 13/05/18 PRL Man. Utd 1 – 0 Watford

Tue 28/11/17 PRL Watford 2 – 4 Man. Utd

Sat 11/02/17 PRL Man. Utd 2 – 0 Watford

Sun 18/09/16 PRL Watford 3 – 1 Man. Utd

Wed 02/03/16 PRL Man. Utd 1 – 0 Watford

Prediction: Watford 2-2 Man. United

Galatasaray v Kasimpasa @Turk Telekom Stadyumu @6pm on September 14

Nigerian goal scorers set for battle

Defending champions at home to current league leaders should be an exciting match because Kasimpasa have won all four league games this season, scoring 10 goals and conceding just four. Gala need to bounce straight back from the 4-0 thrashing suffered at the hands of Trabzonspor before the international break.

Galatasaray have Henry Onyekuru in good goalscoring form – having broken his duck for Nigeria against Liberia during the international break while Kasimpasa also have a Nigerian in good form in Emem Eduok.

Current Form: Galatasaray [L-W-W-W-L]; Kasimpasa [W-W-W-W-D]

Head to head

18/02/18 SÜL Kasımpasa 2 – 1 Galatasaray

16/09/17 SÜL Galatasaray 2 – 0 Kasımpasa

06/05/17 SÜL Galatasaray 1 – 3 Kasımpasa

04/12/16 SÜL Kasımpasa 1 – 2 Galatasaray

24/04/16 SÜL Galatasaray 4 – 1 Kasımpasa

Prediction: Galatasaray 3-1 Kasimpasa

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England wins Croatia to reach Nations League final four

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Harry Kane elevated England into the Nations League semi-finals as Gareth Southgate’s side scored twice in the last 12 minutes to seal a dramatic 2-1 victory over Croatia on Sunday.

England were on the brink of relegation to the second tier of the competition after Andrej Kramaric gave Croatia the lead against the run of play in the second half at Wembley.

But Southgate’s vibrant young side pulled off a stirring escape act in the closing stages to gain a measure of revenge for their World Cup semi-final defeat against Croatia earlier this year.

Jesse Lingard came off the bench to poach England’s equaliser and captain Kane was on hand to turn in the winner with five minutes left.

England’s fight back took them to the top of Group A4, above Spain and relegated Croatia, and they can look forward to playing in the last four in June next year.

It was a cathartic moment for England, who have made a habit of suffering painful defeats against Croatia, with this year’s World Cup woe following the 2007 loss that cost them a place at Euro 2008.

 

 

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Super Eagles qualify for AFCON 2019

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Super Eagles of Nigeria have on Saturday qualified for the African Cup of Nations, AFCON 2019.

Super Eagles clinched THE qualification for the 2019 AFCON, after drawing 1-1 with Bafana Bafana of South Africa.

It will be their first time at the continental championship since 2013.

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National Division 1 Basketball League To Kick off November 27

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The Nigeria Basketball Federation has announced that the Total National Division 1 League will start on the 27th of November 2018.

In a letter sent to the 20 teams by the Secretary-General of the Nigeria Basketball Governing body, Chimezie Asiegbu, Alake Sports Centre in Ijeja, Abeokuta will host teams in Atlantic Conference.

While 11 Teams in the Savannah Conference are expected to be at the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi in Benue State between 27th of November and 4th of December to battle for 2 available National Final 4 slots.

Teams competing in the Atlantic Conference are Base Hawks, O.S Lions (Osun), Raptors (Lagos), T. Joba (Akwa Ibom), Comets (Lagos), Police Bombers (Lagos), Impression Academy (Delta), Akure Raiders (Ondo) and Invaders from Ado Ekiti.

While Apa Flames (Benue), Dashon Mambas, Benue Braves, Kano Pyramids, Yobe Desert Warriors, Zamfara Shooters, Chip Giants, All Stars of Abuja, Nigerian Army, Jewel Bulls, and Kada Stars battle it out in the Savannah Conference.

Indoor Sports Hall of National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos will host the final between 17th and 22nd of December with the top 2 teams gaining promotion to the National Premier League for the 2019 season.

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