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Papilo tricky pass gave me the winning goal against cameroon – John Utaka

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Resigned Nigeria worldwide John Utaka has recalled his triumphant goal in an epic Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal conflict against an elegant Cameroonian group in February 2004.

The Super Eagles camp was tossed into chaos when two strikers in Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Victor Agali, in addition to left-back Celestine Babayaro were ousted from the group because of indiscipline after a 1-0 misfortune to Morocco in their opener, however they despite everything figured out how to make it out of the gathering after successes against South Africa and Benin to set up a gathering with the Indomitable Lions, who were the protecting bosses.

Samuel Eto’o on 43 minutes gave Cameroon the lead, Okocha reestablished equality with a staggering free-kick from close to the punishment region on the stroke of halftime, before Utaka made it 2-1 with 17 minutes left on the clock after a splendid help from Nwankwo Kanu.

“Papilo you know is so tricky. At the point when I watched the game later, I saw the manner in which he situated his body before he played the pass, he befuddled the safeguards, they were thinking he was going to play left,” Utaka said on Instagram Live.

“I recognized what he would do, so promptly I wasn’t in any event, pausing, I began going. Against Angola away he did likewise, that was a long time after.

“At whatever point I see him situating himself I’ll go on the grounds that I realize he will drop the pass.

“At the point when I got that show on the road I said the main thing I can do isn’t to sit around on the grounds that the goalkeeper will shut down the more I sit around.

“I was looking right however I realized I was going to play left, he got a slight touch ready.

“I expected to drag him to one side with the goal that I can confound him in light of the fact that the goalkeeper is tremendous also. I said on the off chance that I take one more touch, he will shut down on me so I said let me discharge the ball first time. ”

Utaka talked about the force of the game against a Cameroon side that incorporated straightforward focal safeguard Rigobert Song, who was his skipper at French club Lens that season.

“The force of the match was insane, coming out from the passage, you can feel the warmth yet that is the delight of playing football, that strain, that weight is the magnificence of the entire thing. You are coming out the group is singing.

“At the point when I state pressure, you realize like 200 million individuals are viewing. It resembles a sink or swim issue.

“We know the group we are confronting were an extremely, decent group – top strikers, midfielders, protectors. They were the protecting victors, extremely solid group. One way or the other we expected to go past them.

“I was messing with him (Song) when we were coming out from the passage, I needed to welcome him and he said I shouldn’t contact him yet it was a joke.

“After the game he praised me and said there was not a lot they could do and wished me well,” Utaka closed.

Utaka and Kanu later became partners at Portsmouth and won the FA Cup with the club in the 2007-2008 season.

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Semi Ajayi has warned Super Eagles not to get carried away

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Former Arsenal U21 captain Semi Ajayi has warned his exceptional Eagles teammates no longer to get carried away in advance in their mouthwatering round of sixteen Africa Cup of nations in opposition to Tunisia, who’s above them in the FIFA ranking.

Nigeria go into the war of the Eagles on the again of three successive wins within the institution stage, making the three-time African champions firm favorites to boost to the quarterfinals while Tunisia managed most effective one win at the same time as dropping their different games in institution F.

The awesome Eagles proved they have an amazing squad intensity by beating Guinea-Bissau 2-zero despite 8 changes to the beginning lineup, considered one of which saw Ajayi update Kenneth Omeruo.

Speaking to NFF television, Ajayi said: “really, I 100 percent accept as true with within the guys that we’ve in this squad, we’ve an abundance of expertise and certainly the potential to go all the way.

“but it isn’t always about speaking, we need to do it at the pitch, we need to live centered and now not get too carried away, we do this, stay humble and work difficult with a bit of luck we are able to achieve our capacity.”

The 2021 Africa Cup of countries has already visible some upsets with defending champions Algeria and four-time winners Ghana removed from the opposition after finishing bottom of their respective group.

Ajayi has advised his teammates that they have to display recognition to their opponents if they want to avoid a surprise removal.

“genuinely there’s no person team that has a divine right to the AFCON. All of us is concerned, we’ve got already visible upsets occur already so simply due to the fact you have got massive names and large groups it’s the AFCON all and sundry can beat every person so we’ve got to show all of us admire and i am certain different groups are displaying us admire. We will see who wins.”

Now not contemplating the African countries Championship where best domestic-based players are fielded, Nigeria have met Tunisia nineteen instances in the beyond and the head-to-head record is even as the terrific Eagles have six wins, the north Africans have six wins as well and 7 matches were drawn.

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Augustine Eguavoen Speaks About Tough game against Tunisia

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Nigeria’s manager Augustine Eguavoen says he countenances a difficult duel between his awesome Eagles and the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in Sunday’s Africa Cup of nations spherical of sixteen come upon in Garoua.

Tunisia’s marketing campaign has been somewhat ravaged by using advantageous COVID tests and the group simplest certified for the knockout level as one of the high-quality losers, completing in third location behind The Gambia and Mali, and prevailing best one among their 3 matches even as losing the other .

The coach said, “I assume a completely tough sport against the Tunisians. Our group will now not be lulled into any feel of superiority over any group right here till we do the business on the field. Tunisia is a massive name in African football and we need to well know that, regardless of the manner wherein they reached this degree.

“we’ve watched some of their games and from what we recognize of them in the distant beyond and in lucid reminiscence, they may be by no means a crew to take for granted.”

Eguavoen’s 51 caps for Nigeria did not include a come upon with Tunisia, but he changed into a head train of the top-notch Eagles while Nigeria upended the Carthage Eagles on penalty shootout in Port said in Egypt 16 years in the past to ship the Cup holders out of the match at the region final degree.

“That changed into a huge, massive recreation and a memorable one for me. The in shape ended 1-1 in regulation and the extra time and we needed to pass into penalties. We misplaced two of our first 3 kicks or something like that after which bounced back whilst our goalkeeper (Vincent Enyeama) stopped in their kicks. It became a candy victory,” Eguavoen informed NFFTV.

At the Al Masry Stadium on 4th February 2006, Obinna Nsofor scored for Nigeria earlier than Karim Haggui leveled for the Cup holders. Inside the shootout, Joseph Yobo and Yusuf Ayila overlooked as Chedli and Ben Achour did for Tunisia. Taye Taiwo, Nsofor and Obafemi Martins scored, as did Namouchi, Guemamdia and Jose Clayton for Tunisia. In surprising demise, John Mikel Obi and goalkeeper Enyeama scored for Nigeria as did goalkeeper Ali Boumnijel and Hadj Massaoud for Tunisia, however after Nwankwo Kanu scored for Nigeria, Riadh Bouazizi noticed his kick stored by way of Enyeama.

In dim and remote memory, Tunisia reached the very last spherical of the 1978 FIFA global Cup African series after a personal purpose with the aid of Godwin Odiye in Lagos on twelfth November 1977 removed Nigeria, however, the following year, Nigeria earned the bronze medals of the 11th AFCON when Tunisia abandoned the fit inside the 42nd minute following an equalizer through Baba Otu Mohammed. Nigera has been presented the match 2-0.

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In 1980, each country tied 2-2 on aggregate in a Spain 82 world Cup qualifying fixture, with Nigeria proceeding after a penalty shootout. In 1985, Tunisia edged their 1986 global Cup qualifying fixture 2-1 on aggregate – a lone aim by way of Okey Isima canceled out with a two-purpose blitz inside the first 15 minutes of the return in the Stade El Menzah in Tunis.

In current and decent memory, Nigeria edged their starting encounter of the 2000 Africa Cup of nations four-2 in Lagos, with Jay-Jay Okocha and Victor Ikpebe incomes a brace each. In 2009, a 2010 FIFA global Cup qualifying fixture ended zero-0 and 2-2 in Tunis and Abuja, and in 2019 Nigeria gained the bronze medals of the thirty-second AFCON 1-zero in Cairo at the rate of the Carthage Eagles.

Their latest come upon became a friendly recreation in Austria in October 2020, which ended 1-1 with Nigeria’s purpose scored by way of Kelechi Iheanacho.

On Sunday on the Stade Roumdé Adjia, Nigeria will document out with three wins in 3 from their organization section marketing campaign. The Tunisians were simplest able to defeat Mauritania while losing to Mali and The Gambia. Both countries are led by means of indigenous coaches. Mondher Kebaier will take a seat at the Tunisians’ bench.

The healthy could be Eguavoen’s sixteenth for Nigeria across three stints, at some point of which he has walked off the pitch victorious in 13 of the preceding 15, with simplest narrow defeats. He is also the handiest guy to have coached Nigeria to win all three group phase fits on the AFCON, attaining this in both his AFCON odysseys in 2006 and 2022.

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AFCON 2022 : Nigeria and Egypt on the same group D

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Algeria, defending champion of the African Cup of Nations (CAN), will face Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast, in the clash of Group E of the 2022 edition (January 9-February 6), according to the draw made in Yaoundé on Tuesday. Cameroon, host country of the competition and second most titled nation in Africa with five trophies, will face in the opening match Burkina Faso on January 9 in Yaoundé, then Ethiopia and Cape Verde.

Egypt, seven-time winners of the CAN, will face Nigeria in Group D in another highly anticipated first round match. Sudan and Guinea Bissau will accompany both teams.

The Algerian Fennecs, led by Riyad Mahrez and undefeated in 27 games, are favourites for a third title. The first, second and best four thirds in each group will advance to the round of 16.

Senegal, another contender for the final victory, with its star Sadio Mané, inherited group B with Malawi, Guinea and Zimbabwe. Ghana and Morocco will start as favorites in Group C against the Panthers of Gabon and Comoros.

Finally, in group F, Tunisia and Mali, two outsiders of this CAN, will face Gambia and Mauritania.

The competition in Cameroon, initially scheduled for 2021, was postponed to January-February 2022 because of the pandemic.

Below is the full composition of the groups.

Group A: Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Cape Verde

Group B: Senegal, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Malawi

Group C: Morocco, Ghana, Comoros, Gabon

Group D: Nigeria, Egypt, Sudan, Guinea-Bissau

Group E: Algeria, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast

Group F: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Gambia

The top two finishers in each group as well as the four best third-place finishers qualify for the round of 16.

Match for the third place will take place on Sunday, February 6 in Yaoundé while the f inal will hold on Sunday, February 6 in Yaoundé.

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