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AFCON 2019: Samuel Kalu, Who Collapsed In Training ‘Now Fit To Play Guinea’

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The camp of the Super Eagles of Nigeria bubbled specially on Monday evening after news came that Samuel Kalu had been declared fit after he collapsed on Friday in training.

Kalu is now fit to feature for the Eagles at the ongoing 32nd Africa Cup of Nations after another test was carried out on him in Cairo.

Dayo Enebi Achor, Super Eagles team administrator said that the doctor, Ibrahim Gyaran, travelled to the Egyptian capital with Kalu to conduct the test alongside a CAF medical officer.

“Kalu has been declared fit to play as from now,” Achor said.

“His featuring in Wednesday’s match against Guinea however depends on if he is picked by the technical crew led by coach Gernot Rohr.

The pacy Girondins Bordeaux of France ace, who also performed creditably as a wing back in the AFCON 2019 ticket –winning 1-1 draw with South Africa in Johannesburg in November 2018, collapsed while about to take a corner kick at training in Alexandria on Friday evening.

He was quickly stabilised but taken to hospital for a round of tests, where he was said to be dehydrated and needed to take more fluids.

The scare knocked him out of the reckoning for selection for Saturday’s 1-0 defeat of Burundi in Nigeria’s first match of the 32nd edition of AFCON at the Alexandria Stadium.

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Nigeria vs Algeria: Rohr Reveals Mistake Super Eagles Made, Singles Out One Player

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Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has admitted his players were relaxed at the end of the game when they wanted to force Algeria into extra time in their Africa Cup of Nations semi-final clash.

Nigeria had leveled the game through Odion Ighalo’s penalty after they went behind in the first half.

But with the final kick of the match, Riyad Mahrez struck an unstoppable free-kick past Daniel Akpeyi, to ensure the Desert Foxes will play in the final.

Rohr, speaking to Reuters, hailed Mahrez ass the “genius who made the difference”.

He said: “It was a big fight until the last minute, it was a wonderful match, I think my players wanted it to go to extra time thinking Algeria were more tired.

“We scored an own goal, unlucky, but we have come back every time in this tournament and this time we came back on a penalty. But a wonderful free kick from a football genius made the difference.”

Nigeria will face Tunisia in Wednesday’s third-place encounter at the Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo.

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Nigeria Vs South Africa: Interesting Head-To-Head Statistics As Eagles Battle Bafana Bafana Today

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The past days have been filled with the intense build-up to what could easily pass as one of the most important games ever between South Africa and Nigeria at the ongoing AFCON 2019 tournament in Egypt.

Both teams will battle for a place in the semi finals today in Cairo.

Here are interesting heads-to-head stats ahead of the game at the stadium of horror.

  • Nigeria are three-time African champions while Bafana Bafana won the tournament as hosts in 1996.
  • South Africa beat Nigeria away in their opening match of the AFCON qualifiers in June 2017 and were held 1-1 in the return fixture.
  • Nigeria have not won South Africa in their last five meetings.
  • The last time Nigeria defeated the South African national team was in a CHAN group stage game on August 19 ,2014 where Super Eagles won by 3-1 in Cape Town.
  • Ahmed Musa was the last Nigerian player to score against South Africa. it was in an international friendly in 2015 which ended in a 1-1 draw at Nelspruit.
  • South Africa have only managed to beat the Super Eagles twice in all and only once in a competitive game.
  • Nigeria’s first defeat against South Africa came in 2004. The 2-1 loss in 2004 was in friendly game used to mark Nelson Mandela’s birthday.
  • In 1992, Nigeria thumped South Africa 4-0 in Lagos on their return to international football after years of being banned owing to apartheid rule back. It was their first head-to-head meeting.
  • The most recent head-to-head meeting between the two sides was in August 2013 for the Nelson Mandela Challenge at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Again Nigeria proved too much for South Africa by winning two-nil through Uche Nwofor’s brace of goals.

Head to Head record:

  • Nigeria 2-0 South Africa, semi-final in 2000
  • Nigeria 4-0 South Africa, group stage in 2004

Total head-to-head matches played: 13

  • Nigeria wins: 6
  • South Africa wins: 2
  • Draws: 5

See Breakdown below:

  1. 10 Oct 1992 Nigeria v South Africa            4-0      FIFA World Cup
  2. 16 Jan 1993 South Africa v Nigeria            0-0      FIFA World Cup
  3. 10 Feb 2000 Nigeria v South Africa            2-0     Africa Cup of Nations
  4. 31 Jan 2004 Nigeria v South Africa            4-0      Africa Cup of Nations
  5. 17 Nov 2004 South Africa v Nigeria           2-1      International Friendly
  6. 01 Jun 2008 Nigeria v South Africa            2-0      FIFA World Cup
  7. 06 Sep 2008 South Africa v Nigeria            0-1      FIFA World Cup
  8. 14 Aug 2013 South Africa v Nigeria           0-2       International Friendly
  9. 10 Sep 2014 South Africa v Nigeria           0-0       Africa Cup of Nations
  10. 19 Nov 2014 Nigeria v South Africa          2-2       Africa Cup of Nations
  11. 29 Mar 2015 South Africa v Nigeria          1-1        International Friendly
  12. 10 Jun 2017 Nigeria v South Africa L        0-2        Africa Cup of Nations
  13. 17 Nov 2018 South Africa v Nigeria         1-1        Africa Cup of Nations
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BREAKING: Chelsea Confirms Frank Lampard As New Head Coach

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Former Chelsea midfielder, Frank Lampard has been appointed as the new head coach at Chelsea on a three-year contract.

The club legend has put pen to paper on a three-year deal to run through till 2022. The Englishman replaces Maurizio Sarri, who left the Blues for Juventus on June 16, 2019.

Frank Lampard took his first steps into coaching last year when he was appointed as the manager of Championship club Derby County. Under Lampard, the Rams managed to secure a top-six spot and qualify for the playoffs. They then beat Leeds United in the semi-finals, before losing the promotion final to Aston Villa.

Prior to that, Lampard enjoyed a stellar career as a player with Chelsea. The Englishman joined the Blues as a youngster from London rivals West Ham United and went on to achieve the status of a club legend.

During his playing time, the Chelsea number eight made six hundred and forty-eight (648) appearances and even became the club’s record scorer with two hundred and eleven goals (211). He won three Premier League titles with the Stamford Bridge outfit, four FA Cups, two League Cups, one UEFA Europa League, and one UEFA Champions League.

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