Iheanacho faces critical year

Iheanacho faces critical year

What have Phil Foden and Kelechi Iheanacho have in common? Both have lit up an U17 World Cup and an association with Manchester City. Africansportonline's Tunde Coker on the future of Nigeria's Super Eagle.

Martins gives Shanghai the advantage

Martins gives Shanghai the advantage

Shanghai Shenhua’s Obafemi Martins scored from close range to earn them a narrow 1-0 win over local rivals Shanghai SIPG in the first leg of the Chinese FA Cup final on Sunday.

No fast track at Liverpool for Solanke

No fast track at Liverpool for Solanke

Jurgen Klopp says Dominic Solanke does not expect to be fast-tracked into becoming a regular starter at Liverpool despite his England promotion.

Rohr full of praise for NFF

Rohr full of praise for NFF

Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr is full of praise for the Nigeria Football Federation for the “professional and committed manner” it handled the Super Eagles’ 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Nigeria come from behind to beat Argentina

Nigeria come from behind to beat Argentina

Alex Iwobi scored twice as Nigeria stunned Argentina 4-2 in Krasnodar, Russia, on Tuesday, while Sergio Aguero was reportedly taken to hospital after fainting in the dressing room.

Nigeria reach early bonuses agreement

Nigeria reach early bonuses agreement

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) reached an agreement with the national team over earnings for the World Cup in Russia on Tuesday, hoping to avoid a pay strike similar to the one in Brazil in 2014.

Feisty draw leaves Nigeria unbeaten

Feisty draw leaves Nigeria unbeaten

Already-qualified Nigeria failed to finish their preliminary campaign on a winning note but got in some good preparation for next year’s World Cup in a feisty 1-1 draw away at Algeria on Friday.

Algeria is an important game for Rohr

Algeria is an important game for Rohr

Nigeria will be looking to end their successful qualifying campaign with a victory against Algeria, having already qualified for the World Cup.

Mikel lifts the lid on his United transfer

Mikel lifts the lid on his United transfer

Super Eagles skipper John Mikel Obi has opened up on the sensational wrangle between Manchester United and Chelsea which saw him sign deals with both clubs before giving in to Roman Abramovich and saying 'no' to Sir Alex Ferguson, twice.

Abraham wants Chelsea spot

Abraham wants Chelsea spot

Tammy Abraham is hoping his fine form while on loan at Swansea City and the resulting England call-up are the first steps on his long journey towards clinching a first-team spot at his parent club Chelsea.

The 20-year-old striker, currently on a season-long loan spell at the Liberty Stadium, has scored four goals in 11 Premier League appearances this season.

Abraham was rewarded with a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for friendlies against Germany and Brazil as he looks to grasp every opportunity to improve his chances of cementing his place at Chelsea.

“My main focus is Swansea but pushing on, my main target is to be in that Chelsea squad,” he told reporters.

”It’s not going to be easy, you look at the players that are there, but you have to keep pushing and keep working as hard as you can.

Abraham is one of 34 players Chelsea currently have out on loan, with the London club often criticised for not showing enough faith in the young players.

He could be in line for an England debut in either of the next two fixtures, with striker Harry Kane ruled out after sustaining a knee injury.

”I feel like I‘m ready but it won’t be easy,“ Abraham said on the prospect of making his England debut. ”I will have to keep proving to the manager why he picked me and working as hard as I can.

“It would be a fantastic thing for me, big confidence boost to show I‘m going in the right direction.”

England host Germany on Friday and meet Brazil four days later.

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