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Former Super Eagles coach Adegboye Onigbinde has said preparations for Nigeria’s  Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Cameroon should begin immediately.

Nigeria will take on Cameroon in August 2017 after grabbing maximum six points from their first two matches in the qualifying series. The  Eagles beat  Zambia 2-1 in their first Group B match in Ndola in October before  defeating Algeria  3-1 on Saturday in Uyo.

Onigbinde, who led Nigeria to the final of the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations, told our correspondent that the Eagles   should not get carried away with  their  victory over Algeria.
“It was a lovely performance the Eagles put up against the Algerians on Saturday. They neutralised the potent Algerian attack and that should be commended,” the former Shooting Stars coach said.
“But while we are getting excited over the victory, we should not forget that the journey has not ended yet. I believe it has just begun. The team still needs at least two more wins in their remaining four matches to guarantee them a place in Russia.”
He added, “The next game against Cameroon may seem far but it is close. The boys should keep up their form and the coach (Gernot Rohr) should begin preparations for the match from now. There are areas he will need to work on and the players needed for those areas should be tested during the windows through friendly matches. Cameroon are one of Nigeria’s bitter rivals in African football and their failure to register a win in their first two matches will make the match one to look forward to.”

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Super Falcons book France, South Korea, Norway in World Cup

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Nigeria celebrates lifting the trophy during the 2018 TOTAL African Womens Cup of Nations Final match between Nigeria and South Africa at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium, Cape Coast on 01 December 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix


African champions, Nigeria’s Super Falcons have been drawn alongside hosts France, South Korea and Norway in Group A of the FIFA Women’s World Cup next year.

Two-time champions Germany are in Group B with China, Spain and Africa’s second representatives South Africa, while 2015 hosts Canada are with European champions the Netherlands, Cameroon and New Zealand in Group E.

The ceremony at La Seine Musicale in Boulogne-Billancourt, just outside Paris, also set reigning champions the United States up for a clash with Thailand to begin their defence of the title.

Hosts France in Group A would meet with South Korea in the opening game of the 24-team tournament at the Parc des Princes in Paris on June 7 as Les Bleues hope to match their male counterparts, who won this year’s World Cup in Russia.

The final will be played on July 7 in Lyon, the 58,000-seat stadium in the city that is home to the women’s Champions League holders.

In other highlights of the draw, England and Scotland will meet each other in their opening game after being placed in the same group in Saturday’s draw alongside former winners Japan as well as Argentina.

For England, the draw co-hosted by their former star Alex Scott handed them the tantalising prospect of an opening game in Group D against old rivals Scotland in Nice on June 9. Scotland are making their debut in the competition.

England and Scotland also met in their opening group game at Euro 2017 in the Netherlands, with England romping to a 6-0 victory on their way to a semi-final defeat against the hosts.

United States, the champions in 2015, are in Group F with Sweden, Thailand and tournament newcomers Chile.

The USA have won three of the previous seven tournaments.

Australia were among the top seeds but Alen Stajcic’s side must face Brazil and Italy as well as debutants Jamaica in Group C.

The Matildas will meet Italy in their opening game in Valenciennes on June 9.

All the Groups:

Group A:
FRANCE
KOREA REP.
NORWAY
NIGERIA

Group B:
GERMANY
CHINA PR
SPAIN
SOUTH AFRICA

Group C:
AUSTRALIA
ITALY
BRAZIL
JAMAICA

Group D:
ENGLAND
SCOTLAND
ARGENTINA
JAPAN

Group E:
CANADA
CAMEROON
NEW ZEALAND
NETHERLANDS

GROUP F:
USA
THAILAND
CHILE
SWEDEN

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EPL: Mourinho takes decision on Pogba’s chance of playing for Man United again

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Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho has taken a decision on midfielder, Paul Pogba’s chances of still playing for the club.

Mourinho and Pogba have been at loggerheads ever since a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham back in February.

And Mourinho reportedly labelled Pogba a ‘virus’ after their 2-2 draw with Southampton last week.

The 25-year-old found himself benched for the Red Devils’ 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday.

It is said that because of the midfielder’s ability, Mourinho will still give him game time.

Pogba has been tipped to leave for Barcelona or Juventus.

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EPL: Chelsea’s squad to face Manchester City revealed

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Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, faces no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s match against Manchester City.

Sarri will however have to choose between Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud to lead the line, as he seeks to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat at Wolves in midweek.

Chelses squad:

Goalkeepers: Arrizabalaga, Caballero, Green

Midfielders: Fabregas, Jorginho, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic

Forwards: Hazard, Pedro, Giroud, Willian, Morata

Potential Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Giroud, Hazard.

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