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Preview: Nigeria vs. Sudan – Prediction, Team News, Lineups

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Preview: Nigeria vs. Sudan - Prediction, Team News, Lineups

Nigeria Super Eagles will face Sudan in the second match of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2021 group stage on January 15, 2021.

The Super Eagle started the tournament with a well convincing 1-0 win against one of the favorites ‘Egypt’

Their today’s opponent, Sudan, played a goalless draw against Guinea-Bissau in their opener game.

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They will be looking to pick up their first victory, as they square off against the Nigerian team to secure a spot in the next round.

Nigeria vs Sudan Head-to-Head

Saturday’s game will mark the 15th meeting between the two nations. Nigeria has won eight of its previous meetings, while their opponent has won twice. There have been four draws between the two sides.

The two sides last faced off in the African Nations Championship back in 2018. Nigeria won the game 1-0.

Nigeria Form Guide (All Competitions): W-D-W-W-L

Sudan Form Guide (All Competitions): D-L-L-L-D

Team News

Nigeria

Kenneth Omeruo came off injured against Egypt last time out and though he returned to training, the central defender may not play against Sudan.

Leicester City man Wilfried Ndidi picked up a knock on Tuesday as well but should be fit enough to start at the weekend.

Sudan

Sudan has no injured players ahead of their task against the Super Eagles.

Predicted XI

Nigeria Predicted XI (4-2-2-2):

  • Maduka Okoye; (GK)
  • Ola Aina, (DF)
  • Semi Ajayi, (DF)
  • William Troost-Ekong, (DF)
  • Zaidu Sanusi; (DF)
  • Wilfried Ndidi, (MF)
  • Joe Aribo (MF)
  • Kelechi Iheanacho (MF)
  • Moses Simon, (FW)
  • Samuel Chukwueze (FW)
  • Taiwo Awoniyi (FW)

Sudan Predicted XI (4-4-2):

  • Ali Abdullah Abou; (GK)
  • Mustafa Elfadni, (DF)
  • Salaheldin Nemer, (DF)
  • Mustafa Abdelgader Karshoum, (DF)
  • Mazin Mohamedein; (DF)
  • Gomaa Abbas Omer, (MF)
  • Mohamed Al Rasheed, (MF)
  • Walieldin Khedr, (MF)
  • Abdelrazig Omer; (MF)
  • Yasin Hamed, (FW)
  • Mohamed Abdelrahman (FW)

Nigeria vs Sudan Prediction

Nigeria is the favorite to win today’s game and keep a clean sheet in the process.

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BREAKING: FC Barcelona Sells 24.5% Of Barça Studios For €100Mn

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FC Barcelona Sells 24.5% Of Barça Studio For €100Mn

Spanish La Liga club, FC Barcelona has announced a 24.5% sale of Barça studios for €100 million to Orpheus Media.

With the club in financial crisis, the deal will help The Blaugrana register their new signings and then proceed with other deals, revealing the sale on its official website in a statement.

“FC Barcelona announces the sale of 24.5% of Barça Studios to the company Orpheus Media, managed by Mr.Jaume Roures, an audiovisual production company with a long history of producing content, for 100 million euros. The statement read.

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“The agreement complements the one signed on 29 July with Socios.com and will help to accelerate the growth of the club’s digital, NFT, and Web.3 strategy.

“The sale was conducted under the authorization of the General Assembly of FC Barcelona Members last October 23.

“With this investment, the strategic partners in Barca Studios show confidence in the value of the project and the future of digital content in the world of sport.”

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FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup: Nigeria’s Falconets Wins Opening Game

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FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup: Nigeria’s Falconets Wins Opening Game

Nigeria’s Falconets have begun the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica with a win, defeating France 1-0 on Friday in Group D’s opening match.

The two-time runner-up against all odds defeated Europe’s top team France after an hour-long delay and gameplay under tough rain.

The goal came late in the game, as Falconets’ top scorer in the African qualifying series, Flourish Sabastine’s strike in the 85th minutes led her team to victory.

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Nigeria U20 women started the game well regardless of the weather that hindered movements of the ball, as Esther Onyenezide who operates from the Falconets midfield still caused panic in the French team’s vital area with an intelligent free kick barely seven minutes into the game.

With the rains still pouring, Mexican referee Francia Gonzales opted to stop the game in the 20th minute as visibility was increasingly becoming impossible for both teams.

The suspension lasted exactly one hour.

Magnaba Folquet had to desperately clear the ball from goal eight minutes after the resumption, as Nigeria pushed forward.

In the second half, both teams fought even harder. Two minutes before the hour mark, Mercy Idoko failed to connect properly at the end of a sweet team move, and 20 minutes from time, goalkeeper Oyono Omini provided a critical block in the vital area as France surged forward.

In the 72nd minute, substitute Chiamaka Okwuchukwu was hindered from getting anything positive as Flourish Sabastine got a cross into the French vital area.

The game flowed from end to end as both teams attacked with zest and defended resolutely.

Substitute Jade Nassi thought she had put France ahead when she slotted home from a goalmouth melee that followed a corner kick in the 80th minute, but referee Gonzales consulted the Video Assistant Referee who correctly ruled out the strike.

Five minutes later, Nigeria got the goal that their effort and enterprise deserved when Flourish Sabastine raced onto a brilliant Mercy Idoko pass, kept her composure, and slotted past goalkeeper Marie-Morgane Sieber with some flourish.

The Falconets’ next game is on Sunday against the Korea Republic at the Estadio Alajuela Morera Soto. Victory in that game will automatically assure Nigeria of a place in the tournament’s quarter-finals.

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Smithies: Leicester Signs Schmeichel Replacement

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Smithies: Leicester Signs Schmeichel Replacement

The 2015/16 English Premier League champions, Leicester City have completed the signing of English goalkeeper, Alexander Smithies.

The 32-years-old is set to stand in as replacement goalie, after The Foxes’ captain, Kasper Schmeichel’s unexpected departure after 11 years with the club.

Sports Journalist, Fabrizio Romano disclosed this, as the club is yet to make its official statement.

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“Leicester is set to complete their first summer signing. Alex Smithies has just signed a contract valid until June 2024, medical already done during the afternoon. Romano tweeted.

“Official statement expected soon.”

The Englishman began his youth career at Huddersfield, before making it to the senior tea in 2007. Smithies made his first-team début on 5 December 2007. He came on as a 76th-minute substitute after Matt Glennon was sent off during Huddersfield Town’s 4–1 defeat by Southend United.

On 20 August 2015, Smithies joined Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-year deal.

He was initially the backup goalkeeper to Rob Green. Due to a clause in his contract, Green did not play from 1 January 2016 to the end of the season, giving Smithies the opportunity to vie for the number 1 spot.

Three years later, the goalie signed for newly promoted Premier League club, Cardiff City on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

He made his debut in a 3–1 League Cup loss to Norwich City on 28 August.

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