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Semi Ajayi ‘honoured’ after making Nigeria debut in Seychelles win – football news

Semi Ajayi feels ‘honoured’ after making his international debut for Nigeria in their 3-0 win over Seychelles in Saturday’s African Cup of Nations qualifying game.

The Rotherham United defender was introduced for injured right-back Chidozie Awaziem in the 73rd minute of the encounter and put in a decent showing to help the Super Eagles see out a comfortable victory.

And following his maiden appearance for the Super Eagles, the former Cardiff player has taken to the social media to show his excitement.

“Was an honour to make my international debut today,” Ajayi tweeted.

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“Humbled to finally represent my country at the highest level and even more grateful to mark it with a win and clean sheet. Thank you God.”

Nigeria take on Libya in the next qualifying game on October 9 and the former Nigeria youth international will be hoping to continue his progress with the team.

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Ahmed Musa excited to lead Nigeria past Seychelles – football news

Ahmed Musa has expressed delight after leading Nigeria to a 3-0 victory over Seychelles in Saturday’s African Cup of Nations qualifying tie.

The 25-year-old’s opener and efforts from Chidozie Awaziem and Odion Ighalo ensured that the Super Eagles flew past the Pirates at Stade Linite.

The win has helped Gernot Rohr’s men get their qualification campaign back on track after suffering a 2-0 defeat to South Africa in their group opener last year.

And the Super Eagles all-time World Cup highest goalscorer has taken to the social media to revel in the victory.

“Great team victory! Three points to help us qualify for the African Cup of Nations. Happy to get a goal,” Musa wrote on Instagram.

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Nigeria are third in Group E standings with three points from two games and face Libya in their next qualifying game on October 9.

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‘Who cares about Victor Moses?’ – How fans reacted to Nigeria victory – football news

Nigeria began life without Victor Moses to spank Seychelles 3-0 at the Stade Limite on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Ahmed Musa, Chidozie Awaziem and Odion Ighalo handed Gernot Rohr’s men a vital away victory in the Group E encounter.

While celebrating the win, football fans pointed that the Chelsea star – who quit international football – claiming that Bordeaux’ Samuel Kalu is a better replacement.

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‘Nigeria in Seychelles for serious business, not vacation’ – Gernot Rohr – football news

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has highlighted the importance of a win against Seychelles in Saturday’s 2019 African Cup of Nations encounter.

A 2-0 loss to South Africa in June 2017 saw the three-time African champions, who have failed to qualify for the last two continental tournaments, place third in Group E, with Libya and South Africa leading the way in that order.

Victory over bottom-placed Seychelles would put the Super Eagles back on track; a result the German handler insists his side must get.

“Everyone realizes the importance of this match. We are currently number three in our group and that position does not befit Super Eagles of Nigeria,” Rohr told thenff.com.

“It is not good for us because it is outside the qualification range.

“The players know this. They know that on Saturday they have to show character to put our campaign back on track with a good result.”

“We are not here on vacation. We are here for serious business,” he stated.

“We have a young, ambitious team and Nigeria has a better pedigree in the game of football than Seychelles. But we must not underrate them in any way or take things for granted.

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“The World Cup is behind us now, but we must allow the lessons we learnt in Russia to make us better and more efficient in our approach.

“The Cup of Nations is the focus now and we must get a good result on Saturday to get our campaign back, and then we can now look ahead with determination to win the remaining matches in our group to qualify easily for the championship.”

 

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Nigeria defender Omeruo eyes 2019 Afcon qualifiers Group E top spot – football news

Kenneth Omeruo hopes Nigeria get a win over Seychelles in Saturday’s 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers to improve their standing in Group E, and ultimately help clinch the top spot.

The Super Eagles started their Afcon qualifying campaign on the wrong foot with a 2-0 home loss to South Africa in June 2017. The result meant they are third in the log.

Libya, after getting five unreplied goals past Saturday’s hosts Seychelles, top the group with Stuart Baxter’s side behind them. Both teams trade tackles in the other group match.

And while a win in this round does not guarantee Gernot Rohr’s men the group’s summit, it does help to get their campaign back on track and place them in contention for the top slot, as the Leganes defender wishes for.

“On paper, we are favourites but we all know there are no more minnows in African football,” Omeruo told reporters.

“We have to focus on the game and win on Saturday to get back to the top of the table of the AFCON qualifiers, so we will approach the game with all seriousness and try to pick all maximum points.”

The new format set to debut at the 2019 Afcon will see an increase in teams participating with 24 nations, as opposed to the previous 16, set to get involved in Cameroon.

Alongside hosts Indomitable Lions, 12 group winners and 11 best runners-up will qualify for the continental showpiece.

Meanwhile, with centre-back William Troost-Ekong and all of Rohr’s options at right-back ruled out of the clash, it is yet to be seen what role Omeruo plays against Gavin Jeanne‘s men on Saturday.

 

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NFF ban Nigeria assistant coach Salisu Yusuf over bribery incident, fined $5000 – football news

The Nigeria Football Federation have handed Salisu Yusuf a year ban from all football activities and fined him $5000 over his involvement in a bribery incident.

The Super Eagles assistant coach was caught on camera collecting an amount of money believed to be worth $1000 from some undercover journalists posing as agents and in return he promised two of their players a place in his squad for a competition.

After concluding their investigation into the incident and allowing the coach to defend himself, the NFF Ethics Committee have found the 56-year-old guilty and subsequently sanctioned him for his action.

The monetary punishment must be redeemed within the next three months.

“The NFF Committee on Ethics and Fair Play have placed a one–year ban from all football-related activities on Super Eagles’ Chief Coach, Mr. Salisu Yusuf,” read a statement from NFF Ethics Committee.

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“Following its consideration of a complaint by the NFF as well as the Coach’s defence of a video documentary in which he was seen to accept the sum of $1,000 from an undercover reporter posing as a player’s agent. The coach must also pay a fine in the sum of $5,000 to the Federation within three months.”

Yusuf was part of Nigeria’s coaching crew to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and led the home-based Super Eagles to the final of this year’s African Nations Championship [CHAN] in Morocco.

 

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