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#AFCON2019: Kanu blames Ighalo for Super Eagles narrow win against Guinea

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Nigerian retired footballer and former Super Eagles captain, Kanu Nwankwo, has blamed Odion Ighalo for Super Eagles narrow 1-0 win over Guinea on Wednesday.

Although Kanu is happy at Nigeria’s qualification for the round of 16 at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, he feels the margin should have been bigger if Ighalo was not selfish.

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Nigeria became the first country to qualify for the Round of 16 following victory over the Syli Stars, thanks to Kenneth Omeruo’s header in the second half.

We are more relaxed now after the win over Guinea to advance to the next round.

“We had few chances to score more goals in the first half when Odion Ighalo had a good chance to pass the ball to Musa but he did not do so.

“Guinea are no pushovers, but we took our chances,” the two-time Africa Player of The Year told CAFOnline.

The former Arsenal star also refused to predict who will win lift the AFCON title adding that it’s still early days in the tournament.

“I don’t want to predict who will win the tournament now after two games but after the group games then we can see the real teams in contention.”

Kanu played in six AFCON tournaments for Nigeria without scoring a goal.

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Mexico’s third tier, Coyotes Tlaxcala, ‘court’ Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been told how “handsome” he would look in the kit of a Mexican third tier side.

Coyotes Tlaxcala made the flirty transfer approach to the Juventus star on Twitter amid rumours over his future.

The team based in the state of Tlaxcala – just east of Mexico City – mocked up a picture of Ronaldo in their red camo style kit accompanied by a witty caption.

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They wrote:

“Did you see how handsome you would look with the Coyotes, my commander @Cristiano Ronaldo?

“But, you strawberries, tell Juventus to answer the phone to us.”

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Barca reject RB Leipzig, Gladbach offers for Ilaix Moriba

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Barcelona have turned down Borussia Monchengladbach and RB Leipzig’s approaches for highly-rated 17-year-old midfielder, Ilaix Moriba.

According to AS Sport, the German outfits wanted to take him on loan, but Barca are not interested in letting him go.

Ilaix Moriba is one of the most promising young people in Europe. Despite being a first-year youth, the midfielder has already established himself in the midfield of Garcia Pimienta’s Barça B and in the U-17 team.

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Sports director Eric Abidal is very confident in the progression of the midfielder and wants him to be the leader of Barça B next season.

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Man City goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo, set to join Real Betis

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Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is set to join La Liga side Real Betis, according to reports.

Bravo was one of Manchester City’s first signings for Pep Guardiola and the Chilean quickly replaced Joe Hart as the first-choice goalkeeper.

Brazilian international Ederson has emerged as the new number one, though Bravo managed 17 appearances last season.

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The 37-year-old is wanted by new Real Betis manager Manuel Pellegrini, with Goal.com reporting that the ‘keeper is willing to take a paycut to facilitate a move.

Bravo is best known for his time in Spain as Barcelona’s goalkeeper when he shared duties with Marc-Andre ter Stegen before being forced into the reserve role.

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The Chilean was also linked with moves to Arsenal, Celtic, Galatasaray and City-affiliated group New York City FC.

Bravo will remain with the club until the conclusion of their Champions League involvement, with the side due to play Lyon in Lisbon as part of UEFA’s mini end-of-season tournament.

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