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Mikel’s Eagles’ Influence Worries Croatia’s Coach

Zlatko Dalić
Croatia’s coach, Zlatko Dalić has disclosed that one of the biggest worries he has about playing Nigeria in their first match at next year’s World Cup is that midfielder Mikel Obi is a very motivational captain for the Super Eagles. Casting his mind ahead of the June 16, 2018 Group D clash in Kaliningrad, Dalić admitted that it would be...

No Match bonus for Germany until Quarter-final in Russia

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, Germany
German players will receive £265,000 each if they successfully defend their World Cup title in Russia next year, the country's football association (DFB) said on Wednesday. When Germany won the title at the Brazil World Cup in 2014, the players received a bonus of £265,000 each. The team under coach Joachim Low will receive no payout for group stage victories or...

Russia 2018: Eagles World Cup not affected despite FIFA sanction

Super Eagles
Nigeria have been penalised with the loss of two points for fielding an ineligible Super Eagles player in a World Cup qualifying tie but this has not affected their appearance in Russia at next year’s finals. The Super Eagles, who had already qualified for the finals, drew 1-1 but FIFA awarded the match to Algeria by a 3-0 scoreline after...

Pinnick Issues Apology for “Error and Assumption” over FIFA sanction

Amaju Pinnick, FIFA, NFF
NFF President Amaju Pinnick has issued an apology for the near fiasco of fielding an ineligible player for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Algeria and has promised the "restructuring of the Technical and Competitions Department. Pinnick also gave an account of what transpired, admitting the FA received an official letter from FIFA about the status of the suspended...

Russia 2018: Poland confirms March friendly with Nigeria

Poland vs Nigeria
Poland Football Association (PZPN) has confirmed they will host Nigeria in an international friendly on 23 March. Both nations will use the game as part of their preparations for next year's World Cup finals in Russia. "We can confirm that on March 23, we're playing with Nigeria, a decision on the venue of the match is yet to be made." Poland...

Russia 2018: Nigeria game most important – Croatia Coach Dalic

Zlatko Dalić- Russia 2018
Croatia national team coach Zlatko Dalić has admitted that their opening game against Nigeria at the Russia 2018 World Cup is the most important match for them in Group D. Zlatko Dalic was appointed Croatia coach following the sacking of Ante Cacic ahead of their crunch Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Ukraine in October. ''Nigeria is not a typical African...

Super Eagles Coach confirms Poland Friendly

Poland, 2018 FIFA World Cup
Nigeria will get a pre-World Cup friendly against Poland according to Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr. The Super Eagles already have a friendly against England in the works as part of the preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. NFF General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi confirmed the Three Lions friendly but the FA are mum on one against Poland. But, Rohr confirmed the team...

2018 World Cup: Messi expresses Worries About Nigeria

Lionel Messi
Argentina star Lionel Messi has admitted that he is wary of facing Nigeria in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup. Argentina, Nigeria, Iceland and Croatia were drawn in the 2018 World Cup Group D. A month ago, the Super Eagles won 4-2 in a friendly encounter against the Albiceleste -with Messi rested - in Krasnodar, Russia. In an interview with...

Super Eagles World Cup team almost complete

Gernot Rohr, Super Eagles
Ex Nigeria defender Ifeanyi Udeze believes Super Eagles Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr already knows his team for the 2018 world cup. Rohr will select 23 players for the final tournament in Russia and Udeze insists the German tactician already has a good idea which names will make the cut. Through the six qualifying matches he took charge of, Rohr invited 40...

Gernot Rohr Needs Martins at the World Cup

Obafemi Martins , FIFA World Cup, Super Eagles
Ex Super Eagles player Ifeanyi Udeze has made a controversial call for veteran striker Obafemi Martins' return to the team ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The 33-year-old Martins has 41 caps for Nigeria and last appeared in the colors of the team in the world cup second round qualifiers against Swaziland. Udeze insists the Shanghai Shenhua striker is the...