PHOTONEWS: Buhari, Tinubu, Saraki, Aregbesola Attend Ajimobi’s Son Wedding In Kano

President Muhammadu Buhari alongside the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Saturday alongside 20 other APC governors attended the wedding fathia of Fateemah Ganduje, daughter of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje and Idris Ajimobi, son of Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi held at the Central Mosque in Kano metropolis.

The Islamic wedding which was superintended by the Emir of Kano, Mohammadu Sanusi II had President Buhari as the groom’s guardian and Asiwaju Tinubu as the bride’s guardian with the wife collecting N50,000 as dowry.

The event attracted dignitaries from far and near.

The following photos were captured by Aregbesola’s official photographer, Dolapo Julius.

‘I Wont Forget Players Who Won World Cup Ticket’ – Rohr

The Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has indicated on building a squad for next year’s World Cup, he will give priority to players who won the group B qualification ticket.

However, the German-born coach stated that he wouldn’t also ignore Nigerian players who are doing well with their clubs and could fit in into areas of the team that need fortification. “The players who qualified us for the World Cup, I don’t forget them,

” Rohr said. “Maintaining exactly the same team (for the World Cup) will be difficult as the team will keep changing because of injuries and some of the players not playing regularly at their clubs.

“We will continue to follow these players, but perhaps we will need in one, two positions better players, possibly a better team.”

Some of the players who featured prominently in the highly successful qualification campaign include John Obi Mikel, Odion Ighalo, Victor Moses, Moses Simon, Ogenyi Onazi, Wilfred Ndidi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Shehu Abdullahi. Youngsters like Henry Onyekuru have proved to be too hot to ignore, even as Rohr is under pressure to recall senior players like Vincent Enyeama and Obafemi Martins.

FIFA, CAF Investigate Nigeria, Zambia 2018 World Cup Qualifier

FIFA and Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) have launched an investigation into the behaviour of the Copper Bullets fans during Nigeria’s 1-0 win over Zambia on Saturday evening, reports

Photographs show the Zambia fans displaying a banner,’H.E. E.C. LUNGU GOD BLESS YOU’ in the stands at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, in support of ‘unpopular’ Zambian president, Edgar Chagwa Lungu.

FIFA does not allow political messages during games, which means that Zambia could be fined by football’s governing body as a result at the end of the inquiry.

“However, keeping in mind that the rules need to be applied in a neutral and fair manner across FIFA’s 211 member associations, the display, among others, of any political or religious symbol is strictly prohibited.

“In the stadium and on the pitch, there is only room for sport, nothing else,’’ chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, Claudio Sulser was quoted as saying by Zambian Observer.

It is claimed that the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) were not aware of the behaviour of the Zambian fans in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernot Rohr has revealed that Alex Iwobi was the only player he introduced against Zambia ‎in a bid to change tactics in the 1-0 win.

Rohr, who made two other substitutions, admitted the other changes were made due to injuries to the players who started the game, but that of Iwobi was planned before the game.

Iwobi who scored the winning goal for Nigeria replaced Moses Simon, and according to Rohr, he was lucky to have tucked home the winner 16 minutes from full time.

Rohr said, “Onazi had an injury. He started the game very well. He had an injury, which looks like a hamstring. It’s not easy as we had to make two changes due to injuries and only one tactical change but they did well.

“We were very lucky that the player (Iwobi) who came in ‎got the goal for us. But I believe starting with Simon Moses and bringing in Alex Iwobi when he was brought on was not so easy for us… but we knew he could make the difference.”



Source: The Guardian

Who Needs What For World Cup Qualification

Who needs what to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with 13 of the 32 nations already qualified:


A World Cup without Lionel Messi. That is the very real prospect facing Argentina, who face already-eliminated Ecuador at altitude on Tuesday.

The Albiceleste drew 0-0 at home to Peru on Thursday to fall not only out of the four automatic South American qualifying places for next year’s finals in Russia but also the fifth place that offers a playoff spot against New Zealand.

Sitting sixth, Argentina now almost certainly need to win their final pool game in Ecuador or miss out entirely on the global footballing showpiece.

Twice winners of the World Cup, Argentina have beaten finalists at Brazil 2014 and lost in the final of the last two Copa America.

Only Brazil has so far qualified, with Uruguay, Chile, Colombia and Peru all ahead of Argentina.


Cristiano Ronaldo’s European champions Portugal face a game at home against Switzerland on Tuesday that will see one of the two teams seal the sole automatic qualifying spot.

The Swiss beat Portugal in their opening group match and are unbeaten, as are Ronaldo’s team since that defeat.

Belgium, England, Germany and Spain have all already qualified.

France will book their ticket with three points against Belarus, while the Netherlands, finalists in 2010 and semifinalists four years ago, see their hopes hanging by a thread as they bid to avoid failing to qualify for successive major tournaments for the first time since 1986, having also missed out on Euro 2016.

Trailing Sweden by three points, only a massive victory over the Scandinavians in Amsterdam will save the three-time World Cup runners-up.


Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia and South Korea have already qualified from Asia.

But all eyes are on Syria whose World Cup dream was kept alive on Thursday as they came from behind to draw 1-1 with Asian champions Australia and set up a nerve-jangling play-off second leg in Sydney on Tuesday.

The winner of that match will face the CONCACAF federation’s fourth-placed team for a spot in Russia.


Gernot Rohr’s Nigeria has booked their berth at next year’s showpiece tournament, a 1-0 victory over Zambia on Saturday seeing them take an unassailable lead in their qualifying group.

Final qualifiers take place in November, with Tunisia, Morocco and Senegal having all made solid starts.

Three countries guaranteed not to be making the trip will be Algeria, Cameroon and the Gabon team of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.


Costa Rica and Mexico will be heading to Russia.

A win for the United States against the bottom of the hexagonal table Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday will seal the Americans’ ticket to eighth consecutive finals – and even a point should do it.

Panama, beaten 4-0 by a Christian Pulisic-inspired US side last time out, now look destined for a play-off match against either Syria or Australia to land a World Cup place for the first time in their history.



Source: AFP

Nigeria Face Epic Zambia Test

Nigeria will look to take a decisive step toward qualifying for the 2018 World Cup when they host Zambia in Uyo on Saturday evening. The Group B match will be held at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, kick-off at 6 pm CAT.

The equation is very simple for Nigeria: they come into the game with a three-point lead over Zambia at the top of the standings and know that a win will mathematically secure their place at the global showpiece in Russia next year.

A draw will leave them three points clear with one match to play and a much better goal difference, but wouldn’t quite button down their World Cup spot just yet.

As for Zambia, a win is their only realistic chance of reviving their World Cup hopes. If the Southern Africans can get the better of the Super Eagles in Uyo, it would leave the teams level on points heading into the final round of matches in November.

It all seems set up for a glorious home win for Nigeria, who would love nothing more than to seal a sixth World Cup appearance in front of their fans, having already outplayed Algeria and Cameroon at the same venue.

Yet German coach Gernot Rohr has admitted that Zambia will pose a stern threat and has warned his team not to underestimate Chipolopolo.

“I can’t predict the scoreline against Zambia because it would not be an easy match,” Rohr told CAF’s official website

“Zambia can be dangerous because they also have a good team. I don’t think it would be a 4-0 win for us but the most important thing for us is to win even if it’s by one or two goal difference.

“I have seen a lot of videos of the Zambian team and I must confess they are a very good side, much better than the team we played last October, but we are not afraid.

“We only have to give them respect but we won’t make the mistake Algeria made by underrating Zambia; they have quick strikers but we shall be ready for them.”

Following their impressive back-to-back wins over Algeria in the previous international window, Zambia head to Nigeria with a quiet confidence that they can upset the West African giants – especially if they are mentally strong.

“This game will be highly psychological, therefore we are working on their mental strength before the match,” coach Wedson Nyirenda told the FAZ website.

“Every player and everyone on our bench knows and believe that this time is our time. God can only show you the fish and it up to you to fish it out.

“Looking at the way we worked against Algeria home and away it tells a lot of stories. The boys now know and believe it can be done.

“Nigeria is a different team we are not going to be big-headed because we beat Algeria we are focused on looking at Nigeria only.”

The teams have met 18 times according to Fifa’s statistics database, with Nigeria claiming seven wins compared to five for Chipolopolo. Their last meeting was in October last year in Ndola, where the Super Eagles claimed a 2-1 away victory.

The other Group B match between already eliminated sides Cameroon and Algeria will be played simultaneously at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde.



Source: Supersport

Rohr Believes Eagles Wont Make Algeria Mistake

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has delivered a stern warning to his team ahead of their Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Uyo on Saturday.

The Super Eagles are in a commanding place to book their place in the Russia finals after amassing 10 points from four games to sit atop the World Cup qualifying Group B. They are followed by Chipolopolo in the second place on seven points, while African champions Cameroon are third in the group on three points and Algeria last in the table on one point.

Zambia defeated Algeria in their qualifying double-header (3-1 in Lusaka on September 2 and 1-0 in Constantine three days later) to breath a fresh life into their World Cup qualifying campaign.

Chipolopolo, who are seeking their first World Cup appearance, opened their qualifying campaign with a 2-1 home loss to the Eagles in Ndola on October 9, 2016 before earning a point in their 1-1 draw against Cameroon in Limbe on November 12, 2016.

Nigeria could back themselves into a corner with a bad result in Uyo, giving Zambia, who play their last qualifier against Cameroon at home on November 6 (with Algeria hosting Nigeria in Constantine the same day), a huge advantage in the race to Russia.

And Rohr, whose side need a win on Saturday to book their Russia 2018 ticket, has sounded the alarm on the threat posed by the highly motivated opponents.

“I have seen a lot of videos of the Zambian team and I must confess they are a very good side much better than the team we played last October but we are not afraid,” the German manager said in an interview with on Tuesday.

“We only have to give them respect but we won’t make the mistake Algeria made by underrating Zambia; they have quick strikers but we shall be ready for them.”

The former Burkina Faso and Gabon coach, who has only lost one competitive game since he replaced Sunday Oliseh last year, added, “I can’t predict the scoreline against Zambia because it would not be an easy match.

“Zambia can be dangerous because they also have a good team; I don’t think it would be a 4-0 win for us but the most important thing for us is to win even if it’s by one or two goals.”

Rohr insists the Eagles must show their fighting spirit to overcome the East Africans’ physical approach.

He said, “We are going to show a good fighting spirit; we want to go to Russia to show the world that we are a very good team with a good fighting spirit. In this game against Zambia, the players would show what they can do defensively and offensively.

“Our goal is to win the game and there is no doubt about that. It’s a good situation for us because even a draw is still okay but we want to win.”


Zambia To Camp In Ghana For Eagles Clash

Nigeria’s main challenger for a spot at the Russia 2018 World Cup, Zambia has decided to camp in Ghana to prepare for next month’s crunch Group B qualifier against the Super Eagles, reports

The Chipolopolo will spend a week in the West African nation to acclimatise ahead of the must-win game. According to Zambia’s itinerary, the CHAN and COSAFA team will head to Spain for a two-week intensive training before the foreign-based players link up with the rest of the squad in Ghana to finalise preparations.

“So we will send them to Europe for two weeks. The players who have been playing COSAFA and CHAN will go first and then their colleagues will join them, then we will move into Ghana for a week then go into Nigeria and fight to win because we believe we have a chance to go to the World Cup,” FAZ president Andrew Kamanga said.

The Super Eagles lead Group B with 10 points and would need an outright win to confirm their third straight World Cup qualification, while Zambia needs a win in Uyo to tie with Nigeria on 10 points to take the group down to the wire.

Kamanga says October’s World Cup qualifier against Nigeria is a must win the match to ensure their qualification for the 2018 tournament in Russia.The Super Eagles, who are undefeated in four matches in the qualifiers, are being tipped by many pundits to take care of business and qualify for their sixth World Cup, but Kamanga is brimming with confidence after the Chipolopolo did the double over Algeria.

“We are putting in every effort to make sure that this team is adequately prepared as we face Nigeria, which for me is the do or die game as whoever wins that game will be assured of going to Russia 2018,” Kamanga told

“But most interestingly in this group, we are the only ones who have never been to the World Cup, but with the favour, we continue to draw on we should be able to qualify, come November because we have the advantage of playing Cameroun in the final round.”

Eagles Arrive Uyo In Preparation For 2018 World Cup Qualifier

The Super Eagles will begin preparation for their Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Cameroon today with half of the players invited for the matches already in town.

Nigeria will meet Cameroon min Uyo on Friday and travel to Yaoundé four days later for the reverse leg of the double header.The Guardian’s check yesterday revealed that 11 players are already in Uyo for the encounter, which victory will confirm Nigeria’s passage to Russia.

Among the early birds are Leicester City’s Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi, Mikel Obi, Mikel Agu, William Troost-Ekong, Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Odion Ighalo, Oghenekaro Etebo, Dele Alampasu, Eddy Onazi and Elderson Echiejile.

Germany-based defender, Leon Balogun twitted yesterday that he was on his way to Nigeria, but The Guardian could not ascertain if he had arrived in Uyo

Chelsea star, Victor Moses was said to have departed London for Nigeria on Sunday, while Kelechi Iheanacho was reported to have assured Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officials to he would be in for the team’s first training session today.

While the Eagles are getting ready for the preparations for the game, Cameroon’s striker, Christian Bassogog has thrown a challenge to the Nigerians, saying the Indomitable Lions are coming to Uyo to thrash Gernot Rohr’s men.

Bassogog told that they would attack the Super Eagles from the blast of the referee whistle to the end.“Nigeria is a strong team. They have very good players and many of them are playing in Europe. But we must defeat them if we are to maintain our qualifying hopes.

“We should take the game to them. We need to fight to defeat them. “Our players are young, but we are strong as a team. He is a good coach. He knows what the players are good at so he can get the best out of us. In this team, everyone has his chance.

“These are matches I want to win. We are not in an ideal position but these are qualifying games for the World Cup. I will do my utmost to help our team.”

Nigeria lead group B with six points after beating Zambia and Algeria while Cameroon is second on two points following their two draws with Algeria and Zambia.