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There was confusion at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, yesterday, after a plain cloth policeman attempted to open fire on Super Eagles’ players while trying to arrest Chairman of the League Management Committee, Shehu Dikko.

The players just touched down in the country after their last weekend’s match against Zambia where they won by 2 goals to one.

It was gathered that as soon as the Eagles and their officials filed out from the arrival hall to the beating of drums and songs, two plain-cloth policemen accosted Chairman of the LMC, Dikko, claiming that Abuja Police Commissioner wanted to see him.

According to Vanguard, they had no arrest warrants.

As officials and players came to the scene to know what was going on, one of the officers pulled out his gun and fired some shots.

Pandemonium ensued as the Eagles scampered for safety.

Both officials and fans resisted the arrest as they asked for their warrant of arrest.

The Police official was adamant to pleas as he threatened to shoot anybody that stood on his way. NFF President, Amaju Pinnick pleaded that they should not turn the joy of victory to sadness from the 2-1 win of Zambia in the 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Cameramen who were clicking for pictures were threatened by the adamant officer who said that he cared less over the victory of the Eagles. By this time, Policemen at the Airport joined and persuaded the officer to put away his gun.

Dikko had been declared wanted by a Federal High Court sitting in Jos who ordered the LMC to suspend the Nigerian League and reinstate Giwa FC which filed the suit pending the determination of the suit before it.


AFCON: President Tinubu Rewards Super Eagles With National Honours, Plots Of Land In FCT [PHOTOS]



Nigeria’s President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Tuesday, rewarded the Super Eagles of Nigeria with a national award of Member of the Order of the Niger, MON, piece of land and flats in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

President Tinubu made the pronouncement when he received the players and officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The delegation is led by the Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh.

The Super Eagles finished as runners-up in the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), hosted by Côte d’Ivoire.

All the team members, clad in green attire, and officials were in attendance, including Alex Iwobi, who had faced cyber attacks following Nigeria’s loss to Cote d’Ivoire at the final of the just concluded African Cup of Nations.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, President Tinubu commended the team, the coach, the crew, and the entire management team for their hard work, assiduity, and sacrifice to come this far in the tournament, acknowledging the hurdles they consistently surpassed with steadily improving performance as they pulled through to the finals.

The President had urged Nigerians to be of good cheer, emphasising that we won a great victory in the hearts of Africa and the world with our grit, rigour, and determination in the field of play.

“Let this passing event not dispirit us but bring us together to work harder. We are a great nation bound as one by the green-white-green banner of resilience, joy, hope, duty, and untiring love.

“To those cherished Nigerian youths expressing their gifts in communities, drawing lines in the sand as they play football in their humble rectangles of play, you can be our heroes tomorrow, do not relent in your pursuit. My administration is here to make dreams come true,” the president said.

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AFCON 2023 Awards: Nigeria’s Troost-Ekong Wins Player Of The Tournament [SEE FULL LIST]



William Troost-Ekong, Super Eagles captain, has been crowned the best player of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) as Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) rolls out awards to deserving players.

Troost-Ekong scored three goals in the tournament as he led Nigeria to a second-placed finish at the AFCON.

South Africa goalkeeper Ronwen Williams won the award of the Goalkeeper of the tournament after his heroics to power the Bafana Bafana to a third-placed finish.

Equatorial Guinea’s Emilo Nsue, who right from the group stage nicked 5 goals. got the Golden Boot award.

Cote D’Ivoire coach Emerse Fae won the coach of the tournament after leading his side to AFCON glory.

The Bafana Bafana of South Africa, however, won the Fair Play award.

See AFCON Awards 2023 Full List below

Best Goalkeeper

Ronwen Williams – South Africa

Fair Play Team award

South Africa

Golden Boot winner

Emilio Nsue – Equatorial Guinea (5 goals)

Silver Boot winner

Gelson Dala – Angola (4 goals)

Bronze boot winner

Mostafa Mohamed – Egypt (4 goals)

Man of the competition

William Troost-Ekong – Nigeria

Best Young Player award

Simon Adingra – Ivory Coast

Best Coach award

Emerse Faé – Ivory Coast

AFCON 2023 Winner: Ivory Coast

AFCON 2023 Runners-up: Nigeria.

AFCON 2023 Third Place: South Africa

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Super Eagles’ Goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali Laments AFCON Defeat, Apologizes To Nigerians



Stanley Nwabali, Nigeria’s goalkeeper, has lamented the Super Eagles’ 2-1 defeat in the hands of Cote d’Ivoire in the final of the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday, describing it as a disappointing and frustrating end.

He, however, apologised to Nigerians for the loss.

Nwabali made his position known in a post on Instagram.

Nigeria initially took the lead in the 18th minute through a header from William Troost-Ekong, but Cote d’Ivoire equalised in the 63rd minute and secured the winning goal in the 87th minute, prompting celebrations among the hosts and their fans at the Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan.

Nwabali shared a picture of himself looking disheartened on the pitch, accompanied by the caption: “A disappointing and frustrating end. I deeply apologise to Nigerians. I was once a fan, still a fan and I understand how it feels giving you a disappointing night. We take full responsibility. Thanks for the whole support till the end. I love you all “

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