JUST IN: OFFICIAL! Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo Finishes As AFCON 2019 Top Scorer [SEE FULL SCORERS CHART]

Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo has won the Africa Cup of Nations Golden Boot award after finishing top of the goal-scorer standings. The former Watford frontman scored five goals in as many games as the Super Eagles progressed to the semi-finals before losing to eventual winners Algeria, who beat Senegal 1-0 in the final. Ighalo scored a consolation from the penalty spot in the 2-1 defeat before scoring the only goal in the third place play-off victory over Tunisia. [READ ALSO] BREAKING: Algeria defeat Senegal to Claim AFCON 2019 title in Cairo Despite not making it through to the final in Cairo, Ighalo finished ahead of Liverpool’s Senegalese star Sadio Mane, who [Read]

BREAKING: Algeria defeat Senegal to Claim AFCON 2019 title in Cairo

CAIRO – The Desert Foxes of Algeria have won the 2019 African Cup of Nations, AFCON, tournament in Egypt after beaten Senegal 1-0 on Friday. It was Algeria’s second time of winning the AFCON after 29 years. Algeria opened scoring through Baghdad Bounedjah on 2nd minute. He tried his luck from the edge of the box and his shot took a deflection and went past the stranded Alfred Gomis. On 38 minutes, there was a penalty appeal after M’Baye Niang of Senegal went down under a challenge from the defender. All players chase the referee but he was not interested in the penalty claim. [READ ALSO] JUST IN: OFFICIAL! Nigeria’s Odion [Read]

Odion Ighalo Joins Mikel Obi, Retires from Int’l Football

Nigerian forward, Odion Ighalo has announced his retirement following the Super Eagle’s third placed victory over Tunisia on Wednesday night at the ongoing African Nations Cup in Egypt.  Odion, who is the highest goal scorer in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, informed coach Gernot Rohr of his decision before leaving to join his club in China immediately after the game. “He had discussed his decision with the coach before the third-place match, saying that the constant abuse was taking a toll on his young family but he was advised to keep it under wraps for the moment. After the game, he gave his jersey as a souvenir to the [Read]

Super Eagles Captain, Mikel Bows Out of Int’l football

Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, on Thursday, announced his retirement from international football. The 32-year old midfielder took to his verified Instagram page, to announce thsit was time for him to bow out of the team and let the young ones take over. Sharing a photo of himself in the national jersey, Mikel Obi wrote, “Egypt is a country where I’ve started and have finished my national career. “In 2006, I played my first official championship for my country. 2019 African Cup of Nations marks my last championship for national team with Super Eagles. “My national career started in 2003 under 17 World Cup and I’m grateful for the [Read]

AFCON 2019: Super Eagles Pick Up Eighth Bronze Medal in Cairo

CAIRO – The Super Eagles of Nigeria have won the bronze medal of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, after beating Tunisia 1-0 at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo, Egypt. This is the eighth  bronze medal for Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations. Odion Ighalo got the goal in the third minute, making him the current highest goal scorer of the competition with five goals. #Nigeria have now won the third-place a record 8 times at the #AFCON tournament. #SuperEagles have never lost a Bronze Medal match at the competition. 1976 1978 1992 2002 2004 2006 2010 2019 Second place :1984, 1988, 1990 & 2000. AFCON champions 🏆: [Read]

Leceister City Move To Secure Samuel Chukwueze’s Signature, Man City, Arsenal Show Keen Interest

Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that English Premier League club, Leicester City have table a bid to sign Nigeria winger, Samuel Chukwueze. The 20-year-old is among the nine forwards Brendan Rodgers shortlisted in his efforts to turn the fortunes of the club around for the coming season. The former Swansea and Liverpool gaffer also pencilled Maxwell Cornet, Brais Mendez, Bertrand Traore, Leon Bailey,Florian Thauvin, Nicholas Pepe,Hakim Ziyech and Malcom on the shortlist. Leicester are understood to have made contact with the Villarreal winger, although Manchester City and Arsenal have also made enquiries. At 20 years and 49 days, Chukwueze became the youngest scorer at [Read]

BREAKING: Algeria break Nigerians hearts, Defeat Eagles 2-1 for AFCON final

John Izabi,  Riyad Mahrez with a superb last minute match-winning Free kick goal as Nigeria reaps rewards of playing sluggishly defensively rather than a tight marking and attacking – minded strategy… Odion Ighalo got the consolation goal from the penalty spot after VAR review after an Ekong own goal in the first half. Algeria to face Senegal who defeated Tunisia 1-0 in Friday’s final while Nigeria plays Tunisia in the 3rd place match on Wednesday. #Have_Ur_Say 🎤   [Read]

Man Of The Match Award: I Feel Special Winning — Chukwueze

Super Eagles winger, Samuel Chukwueze says he is excited about winning the Man of the Match Award after Nigeria dispatched South Africa to reach the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations going on in Egypt.  “MoTM @chukwueze_8: “it’s my first tournament with the senior side and it feels good to earn a win for my team by scoring. It’s more special to get the MotM trophy,” he said after he was presented with the award. The Villarreal striker who was on for the entire duration got on the score sheet in the 27th minute after being set up by Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi. [READ ALSO] BREAKING: Super Eagles Defeat S/Africa [Read]

BREAKING: Super Eagles defeat S/Africa 2-1 to Qualify for AFCON Semi-finals

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have defeated Bafana Bafana of South Africa in the quarter finals by two goals to one to book their place into the semi finals of the ongoing TOTAL African Cup of Nations in Egypt. With goals from Samuel Chukwueze and defender Williams Troost Ekong, the Super Eagles will be gunning for their fourth AFCON title as the tournament progresses in Egypt. Bongani Zungu cancelled out Chukwueze’s opener in the 79th minute before Ekong scored in the 87th minute to give the eagles a victory against the South African side for a place in the last four of the AFCON tournament. South Africa had knocked out [Read]

BREAKING: Unimpressive South Africa Stun Hosts Egypt to Set Up AFCON Quarter Final Against Super Eagles

The Bafana Bafana of South Africa have stunned Mo Salah – led host country, Egypt by one goal to nil in the ongoing African Nations Cup. The only goal of the match was scored by L. Torch in the 85th minute to set up a quarter final clash with the Super Eagles of Nigeria who earlier in the day defeated defending champions, Cameroon by 3-2. This win sees the South African shockingly knocking out the five – time AFCON champions,  hosts and pre-tournament hot favourite from the ongoing competition. See the rest of the match details below as captured by NEWS FLAKES NG; [Read]

BREAKING: Eagles Survive Lions Scare, Knock-out Defending Champions 3-2 to Qualify for Quarter Finals

By John Izabi,  The Super Eagles of Nigeria few moments ago in far away Egypt knocked out the defending Champions, Cameroon by three goals to two, to book a place into the last eight of the ongoing TOTAL African Cup of Nations. The eagles got up to a flying start in the pulsating encounter with a sweet first half goal from striker Odion Ighalo following a free kick from a set piece which resulting into a cross and consequently Ighalo firing into the net from a close range after taking a slight deflection off the foot of the Cameroonian defender.   But the defending indomitable lions got back smoking in [Read]

Brazil breaks Messi, Argentina hearts to reach Copa America Final

Brazil is headed to the Copa America final, while Argentina heads back to the drawing board as its trophy drought continues. Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino each assisted each other, as Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 Tuesday night at Estadio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte to clinch a place in the championship match. The sworn enemies were both looking to vanquish some past ghosts in this semifinal. For host Brazil, it returned to the place of its most infamous defeat–a 7-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup semifinals–and emerged victorious to move onto the final. For Argentina, it was about quieting its throngs of critics and ending a trophy drought–one [Read]

AFCON 2019: Super Eagles To Play Defending Champions Cameroon in Round of 16 [SEE FULL FIXTURES]

CAIRO  – The Super Eagles of Nigeria have officially been set up in a 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) round of 16 clash against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon on Saturday at the Alexandria Stadium in Egypt’s Industrial city of Alexandria. The defending champions failed to overcome Benin Republic at the Ismaila Stadium in a keenly contested goalless draw in their final group game, a draw which meant they lost their top spot in the group to rivals, Ghana. Second half goals from Jordan Ayew and Thomas Partey saw Ghana cruise to a 1-0 victory against the Djurtus of Guinea-Bissau at the Suez Stadium. The Black Stars cruised to [Read]

BREAKING: Super Eagles Become First Team To Qualify for AFCON 2019 Knock-out Stage, Defeat Guinea

By John Izabi,  The Super Eagles of Nigeria few moments ago defeated their Guinean counterparts  to become the first team to qualify for the knock out stages of the ongoing African Nations Cup taking place in far away Egypt even with a game to spare at the Alexandria Stadium. The Gernot Rohr – tuted side attained the feat after pipping the Guinean team one – nil courtesy of a 73rd minute second half strike by defender Kenneth Omeruo. With this result, the team has now secured six maximum points from two games following their first match one-nil win over Burundi. A below –par first half gave way to a lively [Read]

Excitements As Impressive Super Falcons Qualify For Knock-out Stages of Women’s World Cup [SEE FULL STANDINGS]

PARIS – The Super Falcons on Thursday qualified for the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup for the first time in 20 years. The Falcons have reached the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup just once before now, a quarter-final appearance in the competition in the United States in 1999.     They will confront former champions Germany in the last 16 of the 2019 Women’s World Cup in Grenoble on Saturday. The Falcons qualified as one of the best losers to the round of 16 after finishing third in Group A behind France and Norway but had to endure a torrid time before confirming their place in [Read]