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Super Eagles Rating Player-By-Player Vs Uganda

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Completesportsnigeria.com’s ADEBOYE AMOSU appraises the performance of Super Eagles players in the 0-0 draw with the Cranes of Uganda in Tuesday’s international friendly encounter at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.

DANIEL AKPEYI 6/10

The Chippa United of South Africa goalkeeper was virtually on holiday in the game as the Ugandans didn’t offer much in attack against the Super Eagles.

BRYAN IDOWU 6/10

Deployed as a right-back for the first time in a Super Eagles shirt. Idowu was solid defensively but didn’t contribute much to the Super Eagles’ attacking play.

SEMI AJAYI 7/10

Made two important interceptions that would have resulted into goals. The centre-back didn’t do his chances of future call-ups any harm.


Int’l Friendly: AFCON 2019 Bound Eagles, Uganda Cranes Draw In Asaba

JOHN OGU 6/10

Started the game as a centre-back before been moved into midfield in the second half and gave a solid display all through.

JAMILU COLLINS 7/10

Collins is gradually making the Super Eagles’ left-back position his own. He posted another impressive display. The Paderbon of Germany defender kept Uganda captain, Emmanuel Okwi quiet for most of the game.

OGHENEKARO ETEBO 6/10

Etebo was substituted after the break, making way for William Troost-Ekong. Combined effectively with the duo of Mikel Agu and Alex Iwobi in midfield.

MIKEL AGU 7/10

Got the chance to stake claim for a shirt in the team after missing out on a place in the squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and gave a spirited display in the encounter. He was unlucky not to score the winning goal nine minutes from time.

ALEX IWOBI 7/10

Gave an improved performance from Saturday’s game against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa. He was substituted late on by Henry Onyekuru.

SAMUEL CHUKWUEZE 8/10

A superb performance from the Villarreal forward who made his international debut for the Super Eagles in the game. He was a thorn in the flesh of the Ugandans despite playing only one half.

AHMED MUSA 6/10

The stand-in captain didn’t make much impact in the game as expected. He was replaced by Moses Simon in the second half.

VICTOR OSIMHEN 5/10

Toiled hard to impress without much success. Missed a good chance to score the game’s opening goal from a Samuel Chukwueze corner kick in the first half.

SUBSTITUTES

SAMUEL KALU 6/10
A lively performance from the Bordeaux of France man who caused problems for the Ugandans following his half-time introduction for the lively Samuel Chukwueze.

ISAAC SUCCESS 5/10

Failed to much impact following his introduction for the ineffective Victor Osimhen after the break.

WILLIAM TROOST-EKONG 6/10

Brought more solidity to the Super Eagles defence after coming in for Oghenekaro Etebo.

MOSES SIMON 5/10

Made few incursions into the opposition defence after his introduction for Ahmed Musa but soon fizzled out.

HENRY ONYEKURU 4/10
The Galatasary of Turkey forward was largely anonymous in the nine minutes he spent on the pitch.

KELECHI IHEANACHO

Not Rated. He came in as a late replacement for John Ogu



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Buhari appoints Amokachi as SA on sports

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Former Super Eagles player and Nigerian Football Ambassador, Daniel Amokachi, has been appointed as Special Assistant on Sports to President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I am pleased to inform you that Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved your appointment as Special Assistant on Sports,” the appointment letter dated August 17, 2020, and signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha, reads in part.

As special assistant on sports, Amokachi is expected to advise the President on all sports matters.

The former Everton of England forward, who was earlier in the year named Nigeria’s Football Ambassador, is expected to mentor youngsters and promote the game at the grassroots.

Nicknamed “The Bull”, Amokachi began his career in Kaduna with Ranchers Bees Football Club of Kaduna, played for Club Brugge of Belgium, Besiktas of Turkey, Everton of England and Colorado Rapids.

He played in two World Cup finals, USA 1994 and France 1998. He was a member of Nigeria’s 1994 African Cup of Nations winning team and won the 2013 edition in South Africa as assistant to the late Coach Stephen Keshi.

Amockachi also won Gold with team Nigeria in the Football event of the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.

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Tennis: Djokovic confirms US Open participation

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Novak Djokovic confirmed on Thursday he will play at the US Open, ending speculation about his presence at the first Grand Slam tournament since the season restarted following the coronavirus-enforced shutdown.

“I’m happy to confirm that I’ll participate at #CincyTennis and #USOpen this year,” the 33-year-old world number one tweeted.

“It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on many sides, but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited,” added the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

The US Open gets underway behind closed doors in New York on Monday August 31, with Djokovic arriving in the United States on Saturday to tune up in the Western and Southern Open, which is normally played in Cincinnati but has been moved to New York this year.

His decision to take part is a major boost for the US Open after a host of headline names pulled out.

Djokovic makes his competitive return after being heavily criticized for hosting a charity tennis event in the Balkans in June at which he and a raft of players tested positive for COVID-19.

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Sam Okwaraji: NFF begins process to retire Eagles No.6 jersey

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Sam Okwaraji: NFF begins process to retire Eagles No.6 jersey

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) is pondering a move to retire the Super Eagles No.6 jersey previously worn by the late Sam Okwaraji, The PUNCH reports.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick made this known during an interview on a radio programme Sports Salsa, which was aired on Kennis 104.1 FM on Wednesday.

Okwaraji died of congestive heart failure minutes after he slumped during a 1990 World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Angola on August 12, 1989, inside the main-bowl of the National Stadium, Lagos.

The game ended 1-0 in favour of the Eagles.

“Someone made a proposal about retiring the jersey (No.6) at the start of the year and I think it is not too much for us to do that,” Pinnick said.

“I will forward the proposal to the executive committee for implementation because it has been said already. So, we will see how we can retire that shirt in honour of a great patriot (Samuel) Okwaraji.

“His (Okwaraji) death was very tragic because he was a player who showed dexterity, professionalism and maturity each time he played for the Eagles.”

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