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Top 5 unforgettable Super Eagles AFCON moments

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The 2022 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) kicks off in Cameroon on January 9, with the Super Eagles expected to fly the Nigerian flag high in their opening clash against Egypt next Tuesday.

Top 5 unforgettable Super Eagles AFCON moments - Naija News 247
Top 5 unforgettable Super Eagles AFCON moments

With a rich love and history of football, Nigeria has had its fair share of hit and misses with the continental tourney.

The country has experienced moments of irrepressible joy that saw streets filled with euphoric crowds and hurtful times when the land winces all over in pain after an uncomfortable loss to arch-rivals.

Without further ado, here are five of those memorable Super Eagles AFCON moments:

Nigeria vs Algeria 1980: Maiden AFCON triumph on home soil

Nigeria made her debut at the tournament in 1963 and didn’t qualify beyond the group stages. But better performances in subsequent editions saw the team finish third in 1976 and 1978.

The following edition of the continental tourney, held in Nigeria, was the launchpad where the country announced its footballing talent to the rest of Africa and the world.

With revolutionary players like Segun Odegbami, Christian Chukwu, Muda Lawal, Best Ogedengbe, Nigeria cruised to her first AFCON trophy at a packed national stadium in Surulere.

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A first-half brace from the electrifying Odegbami was complimented by a stab-in by Lawal in the early minutes of the second half, ensuring a comfortable 3-0 win over Algeria in the final.

Nigeria vs Zambia: Tunisia ’94 and the ‘golden generation’

After that bubbly evening in Lagos in 1980, it will take another 14 years and a pack of insanely talented players, adorably dubbed “golden generation” by Nigerians, before the country calls itself champions of Africa once again. In a white and black checkered jersey, the Eagles defeated Zambia 2-1 at the Stade El Menzah in Tunis to claim their second AFCON trophy.

Emmanuel Amunike’s brace came fast and was enough to turn the outcome in favour of Nigeria after the country suffered an early goal from Elijah Litana.

Cameroon vs Nigeria: Ikpeba’s penalty miss in 2000

Nigerians will never forget the picture of a crew-cut wearing Victor Ikpeba with hands on his head as the referee Mourad Daami signalled that his penalty, which subsequent TV replays showed clearly crossed the line, was missed.

Agonizingly, it was in front of thousands of Nigerian fans that filled the national stadium in Surulere to its floodlights.

They were all expecting the Super Eagles to win another AFCON trophy on home soil like they did in 1980.

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The Lions punctured the excitement with two first-half goals from Samuel Eto’o and Wilfred Mboma, but Jay-Jay Okocha dragged the Eagles back into the game before Chukwu Nduweke restored parity — leading the game to a penalty shootout.

Nwankwo Kanu and Ikpeba were the only two that missed theirs as Cameroun stunned the over 30,000 Nigerian fans at the stadium in broad daylight.

Nwankwo Kanu and Ikpeba were the only two that missed theirs as Cameroun stunned the over 30,000 Nigerian fans at the stadium in broad daylight.

Nigeria vs Cameroon: Sweet revenge against Cameroon in 2004

The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, the then defending champions, had basked in the era of a deep-rooted dominance of African football.

As ever, Nigeria had a constellation of superstars who could cause havoc to opposition teams.

But there was another subplot to this clash in Monastir, Tunisia. Jay Jay Okocha, the BBC African footballer of the year, was apparently shunned by CAF, which handed the footballer of the year award to Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o, and subtly, it was a battle for supremacy between these two African stars. Amazingly, both players scored, and their goals came with just five minutes difference.

Eto’o scored first from a counterattack after the Eagles defence was slit open by Geremi’s pass, and Jay Jay replied almost immediately, curling in a freekick that left Idris Kameni rooted to his spot. The game was sealed, and the hegemony of Cameroon on African football was broken when Nwankwo Kanu languidly put a through-ball to John Utaka, whose firm shot ricocheted in off the upright.

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Nigeria vs Burkina Faso: 3-star Eagles

After almost two decades of near misses and a series of third-place finishes, Super Eagles eventually won their third AFCON trophy in front of teeming fans at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg.

All it took was a half-volley from the right boot of Sunday Mba, which dinked over Daouda Diakite and nestled into the far corner.

The late Stephen Keshi became only the second man to lift the trophy as a player and as a coach after Egyptian Mahmoud El Gohary.

He was also the country’s last captain to lift the cup until that Sunday night in Jo’burg.

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#CAFAwards2022: CAF Reacts To Oshoala Warm Hug With Sadio Mane

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The Confederation of African Football popularly known as CAF held an award ceremony yesterday in Rabat, Morocco where outstanding African players were duly rewarded for their hard work which doesn’t go unnoticed.

The Best Player in the men’s category was won by former Liverpool forward and Bayern Munich new boy, Sadio Mane and the women’s category won by Nigeria’ Asisat Oshoala with some other awards won in other categories.

Sadio Mane was named the CAF footballer of the Year beating fellow Teranga Lions teammate and Chelsea’s shot stopper, Edouard Mendy and former Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah to the award which was the case for Asisat Oshoala who made history by winning her fifth record award as the first ever player to do so in history, after surpassing Samuel Eto’o and compatriot Perpetua Nwokocha who had four each as the joint most before yesterday.

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The side of attraction during the ceremony was when Asisat Oshoala’s name was called out as the winner for the prestigious award in the women’s category, she gave Sadio Mane a warm hug as a sign of mutual respect before mounting the podium to give a brief speech to commend those who made it possible for her.

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Reacting in that regard, the African football governing body popularly known as CAF with a post via their verified Twitter handle posted the name of the two winners with colours showing their nationalities after which it was complemented with the caption:

“Nothing to see here, just two GOATs greeting each other”.

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Mike Tyson thinks he’s going to die ‘really soon’

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Despite being a multi-millionaire, boxing legend Mike Tyson has acknowledged his financial troubles with his wife and expressed his belief that his death is approaching “very soon.”

The former heavyweight champion, 56, said to trauma and addiction therapist Sean McFarland on his podcast “Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson” that he feels his time is almost over.

Of course, Tyson continued, “We are all going to die one day.”

Then, when I see those tiny marks on my face in the mirror, I exclaim, “Wow. That indicates that I will soon reach the end of my shelf life “.’

Money “doesn’t matter to me,” Tyson continued in a morbid dialogue, adding that it gives one a false sense of security.

I usually tell people that when you have a lot of money, you can’t expect anyone to love you because they believe that money will make them happy and since they have never had money before, he continued.

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When you have a lot of money, you think you’re invincible, which is untrue.

Tyson added that he speaks with his third wife Lakiha Spicer, who claimed that money will ensure her long-term stability after his death.

“Exactly what is security?” He questioned.

“I’m not sure. Is it secure to deposit money in a bank and receive a check each week that will allow you to support yourself for the rest of your life?

It does not guarantee that you won’t contract a sickness or be struck by an automobile. Can you be protected by money if you jump from a bridge?

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In 1985, Tyson competed in his first professional fight and defeated Hector Mercedes at the age of 18.

As the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC, and IBF belts, as well as the only heavyweight fighter to unify them in succession, “Iron Mike” immediately developed a reputation for his vicious and terrifying approach.

He was sentenced to three years in prison for the July 1991 rape of teenaged Desiree Washington, and in 2003, he declared bankruptcy despite having made over $30 million from some of his fights and $300 million throughout his career.

Tyson is also notorious for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear during their fight in June 1997.

After the bout in Las Vegas, a portion of Holyfield’s right ear that had been severed during the chomp was discovered on the ring floor.

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Morocco vs Nigeria: Date, Kickoff Time, Venue, How to Watch 2022 WAFCON

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The Morocco Women’s National Football Team (Lionesses of Atlas) will on Monday face the Super Falcons of Nigeria in the semifinal of the ongoing 2022 Women Africa Cup of Nation (WAFCON) in Morocco.

The match will hold at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat and the kickoff time is 21:00 Nigeria Time (+1 GMT), same as Morocco Time.

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2022 WAFCON Semi-Final Match Details

  • Morocco vs Nigeria
  • Date: Monday 18th July 2022
  • Time: 21:00 Nigeria and Morocco Time (+1 GMT)
  • Venue: Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, Rabat, Morocco

How to Watch 2022 WAFCON Semi-Final

The game will be live on SuperSport and SABC.

Morocco (Host) defeated Botswana by 2-1 in the quarterfinal to book a date with Nigeria who beat Cameroon by 1-0 in another quarterfinal on Thursday. Both sides are through to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia/New Zealand.

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