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 .
Tiger Woods Hospitalised After Car Crash
US golfer Tiger Woods was hospitalized Tuesday after a car crash in which his vehicle sustained “ major damage , ” the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s department said .
Woods, the sole occupant, was removed from the wreckage by firefighters and paramedics and taken to a local hospital for treatment , a statement said.
The extent of his injuries was not known . The roll -over collision near Los Angeles did not involve any other vehicles .
FIFA Clears Eight Players For Super Eagles
FIFA has cleared eight new players for the Super Eagles.
Fulham’s forward Ademola Lookman is on top of the list.
Others on the list are:
* Jordan Torunarigha Hertha BSC
* Nathan Tella Southampton FC
* Tosin Adarabioyo Fulham FC
* Ovie Ejaria Reading FC
* Noni Madueke PSV
* Sheyi Ojo Cardiff City
Arsenal Complete Martin Odegaard Signing
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Arsenal have made an official statement to confirm that they have signed Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on loan. The 22-year-old Norwegian international has joined the Premier League heavyweights for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
Odegaard was touted for big things upon returning from his impressive loan spell at Real Sociedad, having been recalled from a two-year spell with La Real early, last summer. However, the 22-year-old has struggled to nail down his spot in Zinedine Zidane’s side, managing just nine outings in all competitions till date. His situation alerted Arsenal, who have quickly moved to sign him.
The interest from Arsenal makes a great deal of sense, seeing as they have lacked a genuine creative powerhouse in the squad this season. While Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka provided respite in recent weeks, the Gunners have still been in need of another out-and-out attacking playmaker, especially following the infamous departure of Mesut Ozil.
On his part, the young Norwegian was intent on temporarily leaving Real Madrid, which brought Arsenal on the verge of signing him this week. With Los Blancos unwilling to let him join Real Sociedad again, Arsenal became the favourites to sign him and have now secured his services. Upon his arrival, Mikel Arteta expressed his delight at having landed Odegaard.
The Arsenal boss said, “It’s great that we’ve secured Martin to come to us until the end of the season. Martin is of course a player that we all know very well and although still young, he has been playing at the top level for a while. Martin will provide us with quality offensive options and we’re all excited to be integrating him into our plans between now and May.”