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



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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AFCON 2022 : Nigeria and Egypt on the same group D




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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CAF has deferred the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations draw




Africa’s football overseeing body CAF has deferred the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations draw.

This was reported in a proclamation delivered on CAF’s true site on Sunday.

The draw was planned for June 25 in Yaounde, the capital city of the competition’s host country.

Be that as it may, on Sunday, CAF said the deferment was because of “strategic reasons identified with the Covid-19 pandemic” and another date would be reported at the appointed time.

“In line with CAF, the Cameroon Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has consented to defer the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 last draw for strategic reasons identified with the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The draw was at first booked for 25 June 2021 and another date will be declared at the appropriate time.

“CAF keeps on cooperating with its accomplices, the Cameroon government and the LOC with the goal of making theTotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 a fruitful occasion and an incredible festival of African football.”

It woule be reviewed that the 2021 AFCON has effectively been returned a year due to the pandemic.

CAF a month ago delayed the resumption of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers, which had been booked for the initial a long time of June, accusing the Covid-19 pandemic.

The gathering period of African qualifiers for the World Cup is presently because of start in September.

The Super Eagles will be one of the 24 nations that will take part at the following year’s AFCON.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has reported the deferment of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations attract because of ‘strategic relations identified with the Covid’.

Following the finish of the capability round in March with 24 nations affirmed for the following year’s competition in Cameroon, the gathering stage draw was first made arrangements for June 25 in the host country.

Notwithstanding, qualified groups will presently need to trust that another date will know their destiny in the rivalry after the Cameroon Local Organizing Committee acknowledged Caf’s solicitation for rescheduling.

“In line with Caf, the Cameroon Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has consented to delay the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 last draw for calculated reasons identified with the Covid-19 pandemic,” the assertion read on Caf’s site.

The draw was at first booked for 25 June 2021 and another date will be reported at the appointed time.

“Caf keeps on cooperating with its accomplices, the Cameroon government and the LOC with the goal of making the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 a fruitful occasion and an incredible festival of African football.”

The 2022 Africa Cup of Nations will start from January 9 to February 6 with six arenas set to have the games across five urban communities in Cameroon.

The biennial contest has been moved multiple times before Caf chose to hold it in January 2022 as a result of the Covid pandemic.

Cameroon were at first reserved to have the contest among June and July in 2021 however it was subsequently changed to the January/February space two years prior on account of climatic conditions.

Simply a month ago, the African football overseeing body again deferred the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers from this month to September because of ‘challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic’.

Algeria are the prevailing African heroes after they crushed Senegal 1-0 in the 2019 Afcon last in Egypt.

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Super Eagle Teslim Balogun Stadium Training Camp Adhere To COVID-19 Protocols Ahead Of Lesotho Clash





The Super Eagles will hold their last exercise at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos on Monday evening, beginning from 1800 hours.

Their last instructional meeting which will be administered by director Gernot Rohr is available to the media for just the initial fifteen minutes, at that point everybody will be compelled to leave the arena.

No columnist will be permitted into the arena when the Lesotho public group have a vibe of the Teslim Balogun Stadium turf because of COVID-19 conventions set up.

Besides, there will be no authority pre-match public interview because of the Covid pandemic.

The Super Eagles players and authorities were up toward the end of last night since they had to go to an occasion out of appreciation for Nigerian Federation president Amaju Pinnick following his political decision into the esteemed FIFA board.

Nigeria are ensured to top Group L of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers paying little heed to the result of their last match against Lesotho as they are as of now on 11 focuses, four more than the Republic of Benin, who are second in the standings.

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