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2019 AFCON: Nigeria know opponents today, may face Ghana, Ivory Coast

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The Super Eagles are among the top seeded teams placed in Pot 1 for the draw ceremony of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for Cairo, Egypt on Friday (today).

The six seeded teams put in Pot 1 for the draw are Egypt (hosts), Cameroon (champions) and the quartet of Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria and Morocco – based on their positions in the latest April FIFA World Ranking.

Three-time African champions, Super Eagles, are in for a tough and tricky draw following the draw procedures released by the Confederation of African Football on Thursday.

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Gernot Rohr’s men face the prospect of being placed in the same group with perennial rivals Ghana and Ivory Coast, who are in Pot 2.

Other countries in Pot 2 are Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Guinea and Algeria

Pot 3 consists of South Africa and some of the continent’s dark forces: Uganda, Benin, Mauritania, Madagascar and Kenya.

Tanzania, who are managed by former Nigeria international Emmanuel Amuneke are placed in Pot 4 along with Zimbabwe, Namibia, Guinea Bissau, Angola and Burundi.

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Nigeria will lead one of the six groups of the 24-team AFCON 2019, and by chance, Amuneke’s Taifa Stars could emerge from Pot 4 and be the last team in the Eagles’ group.

The Eagles were one of the first teams to secure a place in Egypt 2019, qualifying with a game in hand after holding the Bafana Bafana of South Africa to a 1-1 draw in their penultimate qualifying game in Johannesburg.

They failed to qualify for the last two editions of the tournament. They last appeared at the AFCON finals in 2013 in South Africa and won the title after edging Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final courtesy of Sunday Mba’s first-half strike.

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The draw ceremony, which will hold at Giza, near Cairo, kicks off at 7pm Nigerian time on Friday.

Several former African stars Yaya Toure, Mark Fish, El Hadji Diouf, Moustafa Hadji amongst others are expected to witness the draw ceremony.

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Ronaldo snubs C. Ronaldo names Messi as number one

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Brazil football legend, Delima Ronaldo in a recent statement has snubbed Portugal international, Cristiano Ronaldo as he lists the top five football players he loves watching.

Ronaldo named Argentine star Lionel Messi as his number one while adding that he loves to watch the likes of Mohamed Sallah, Kylian Mbappe, Eden Hazard and Neymar.

“Messi, of course, he is number one, it is a talent that we will take 20 or 30 years to see something similar.

“I also like Salah, Hazard, Neymar, that I love watching him play, of course Mbappe,” Ronaldo Delima explained according to AS.

The debate between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will continue to go on even after they retire from football.

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The two players have won many titles in their careers, however, the World Cup is the only trophy any of them is yet to win.

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Tyson may die in the ring against Fury- Dillian Whyte warns WBC president

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Tyson may die in the ring against Fury- Dillian Whyte warns WBC president

WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman has warned British professional boxer, Dillian Whyte that former heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson, may die in the ring.

Sulaiman had publicly backed Tyson’s proposed comeback and even said he would support the 53-year-old making a run for British fighter, Tyson Fury’s heavyweight title belt.

Tyson has been posting training videos recently, with reports suggesting the American could return to the ring in a series of exhibition fights in Australia.

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But according to Whyte, it is silly for Sulaiman to be encouraging Tyson to challenge the reigning heavyweight champion, Fury.

“It’s silly. If they cannot sanction a fight with me for three years, why the hell are they going to sanction a fight with a 53-year-old man and a 31-year-old man?

“It makes no sense. That is silly. Mauricio and I are cool, but it is a very silly thing to say.

“He should not be encouraging it.

“What if he comes back and dies in the ring? What is going to happen then?

“We have already got enough darkness and enough mud thrown on the sport as it is, we do not need anymore,” Whyte told talkSPORT.

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Ighalo to remain in Man Utd till 2021

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Nigerian international, Odion Ighalo has secured a move to stay at Manchester United till next year.

Odion Ighalo has “agreed” a loan extension with Manchester United until end of January 2021 with the transfer awaiting FA approval.

The agreement with his parent club Shanghai Shenhua officially expired on Sunday night, and it appeared as though United had failed in a bid to keep the striker at the club.

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But according to The Telegraph, both sides have now come to an agreement for the 30-year-old to stay in Manchester until the new year.

The deal is said to be awaiting confirmation with FA for registration.

It is claimed Ighalo will then discuss a new contract with Shanghai Shenhua once he returns in 2021.

The news comes after his agent Atta Aneke confirmed talks were in place for the ex-Watford man to remain at Old Trafford.

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Aneke told Nettavisen:

“We are nearing an agreement with Manchester United on an extended loan.

“The agreement will mean that Ighalo will remain with them until January 2021.”

Ighalo swapped the Chinese Super League for the Premier League in a shock deadline day loan deal back in January.

And it is understood Ighalo took a 40 per cent pay-cut on his £300,000-a-week wages in China to make his dream switch happen.

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He scored four goals in eight games before the season was suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic – leaving his loan contract to the run-up.

The Nigerian made a personal plea to Shanghai Shenhua to let him finish the season at Old Trafford, before returning to China, and it appears his wishes have been met.

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