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Rohr Admits Selection Headache Ahead Of Sierra Leone Clash

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Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has hailed goalkeeper Maduka Okoye and debutants Kevin Akpoguma and Zaidu Sanusi, after the team ’ s friendlies in Austria , but admits this will make selection of players difficult ahead of their 2022 AFCON double-header qualifier against Sierra Leone a difficult task.
The Eagles lost 1 -0 to Algeria before they were held 1 -1 by Tunisia Tuesday night in their build – up to the forthcoming AFCON double-header against Sierra Leone next month.
“ We saw confirmation in those games like the goalkeeper ( Maduka Okoye ) , the left back ( Zaidu Sanusi) and the new defender who came in to the team ( Kevin Akpoguma ) . He can play in the defence and at right back and also in the midfield as well .
“ I think the team is in a good shape and I believe these very good friendly games will help us to return to winning ways when we play Sierra Leone next month ( home and away ) .
“ Good results next month may see us qualifying for the 2022 AFCON already, ” Rohr told the Super Eagles official Youtube Page in an interview after the draw with Tunisia .
“ Now it is going to be difficult for me to pick our list for the AFCON qualifiers next month because of the new boys who did well .”
“ It was a very good training camp with the boys .
“ We are happy to have had this opportunity to be camped in Austria for 10 days . It was a very good feeling to be together again after being away for 11 months , although we missed some key players in midfield, our three goalkeepers and our goalscorer . We had to find a solution to these problems .
“ The two games were very close. It was not a friendly , they were competitive games .
“ We have some positives to pick out from the games because inspite of missing some key players we still competed well . If we had them for these games we would have won both games .
The Eagles will host the Leone Stars in Asaba on November 9 , before the two teams clash again in Freetown not later than November 17 .
Benin and Lesotho are the other teams in the group .

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Former Senegalese Footballer, Papa Diop Dies At 42

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Former Senegalese International, Papa Bouba Diop has died at the age of 42, according to reports. Canal+. The former Fulham and Portsmouth midfielder passed away following a long illness.

Diop also represented West Ham and Birmingham in England, as well as winning 63 caps for his country Senegal.

Diop retired from professional football in 2013 after leaving Birmingham.

He started his career at Senegalese club ASC Diaraf in 1996 and had spells in Switzerland with Vevey, Neuchatel Xamax and Grasshoppers.

Diop moved to France to play for Lens in 2002 before he joined Fulham in 2004.

He spent three years at Craven Cottage, scoring nine goals in 84 appearances, before his switch to Portsmouth in 2007.

He was part of the Pompey side that won the 2008 FA Cup, coming on as a 78th minute substitute in the 1-0 win over Cardiff.

Diop played 72 times for Portsmouth before leaving to join AEK Athens.

He only had a brief spell at AEK between 2010 and 2011 before moving back to England with West Ham in 2011.

Diop’s international career began in 2001 and he played for his country at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

He will be remembered for scoring the goal to beat defending champions France 1-0 in the first game of the tournament.

Tributes have flooded in for the former midfielder.

Lens posted a message on their Twitter account shortly after the news of Diop’s death.

The tweet read: “It is with great sadness that Racing Club de Lens has just learned of the disappearance of its former player Papa Bouba Diop, at the age of 42.

“We offer our deepest condolences to his loved ones.”

Former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted: “How terribly sad. Taken so young. RIP Papa Bouba Diop.”

(SOURCE: Express UK)

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Maradona No Longer Wanted To Live, Says Manager

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Diego Armando Maradona’s manager and friend, Stefano Ceci, said the legend ‘was tired and let himself die’ while the family around him was ‘tearing each other’s hair out.’
The Napoli and Argentina icon died on Wednesday at the age of 60 after numerous health problems and addictions that ravaged his life and career.
“There’s an investigation into Diego’s death and people now point the finger at what could’ve been done, but that’s a concept that should be extended to his entire life,” manager Stefano Ceci told Radio Kiss Kiss.
“Diego was always alone: people only ever thought about Maradona. Diego stopped being Diego when he turned 17. He was very difficult to deal with as a person, because he was fragile, full of insecurities, humble and good-natured. I have 20 years of wonderful memories.
“Recently he was letting himself go, physically and mentally. I think he was tired and let himself die, he no longer really wanted to live.
“The family chaos that surrounded Diego meant he never had real peace. Even now that he’s dead, they are still tearing each other’s hair out.
“At least now he can be with those he loved the most, his mother and father. Now Diego is in peace.”
Maradona was buried next to his parents in Buenos Aires.

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Football Legend, Maradona Is Dead 

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Football legend Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60 as a result of cardiac arrest.
He recently underwent an operation to remove a blood clot on his brain on October 30.
Mirror reports that the Gimnasia boss fell unwell after his side beat Patronato 3-0 and was taken to hospital in La Plata, near the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires.
Scans discovered a subdural hemetoma, requiring Maradona to undergo immediate surgery to remove the problem before being sent home to continue his recovery.
Reports in Argentina say Maradona was showing signs of recovery, but the 60-year-old then suffered a cardiac arrest and has passed away.
A tweet by the Argentine Football Association through its President Claudio Tapia, expressed its deepest pain at Maradona’s death saying he will always be in their hearts.
Gary Lineker referred to Maradona as “arguably the greatest of all time”.
Lineker tweeted: “By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time. After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he’ll finally find some comfort in the hands of God.”

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