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Nigerians React As Super Eagles Fall Short Against Zimbabwe




Nigerians have expressed their disappointment on social media following the Super Eagles‘ 1-1 draw against Zimbabwe, marking their second consecutive draw in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.

Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho saved Nigeria’s blushes in Butare after he drew level with a fine curler from inside the box.

The Jose Peseiro-led side, however, could not get a winner despite all efforts as the Zimbabweans ensured that there was no taste of victory for the Eagles.

The draw meant the Super Eagles are still without a win in their qualifying campaign for the 2026 World Cup, as they have picked up only two points from a possible six.

For Nigerians on social media, this outcome adds to the disappointment, and many are advocating for the dismissal of Peseiro.

@Sauce_999331 wrote: “Sack the coach.. use AFCON as preparation to qualify for the World Cup.

My 2 cents!

Terrible situation our football administrators got us in’

@preciousekeke: “If pesiero survives a sack letter after this dismal outing, then the NFF should tell us what he has against them.”

@isibor266: “The entire team and coaching crew should be disbanded. This is a shame and a waste of scarce resources.”

@yoboydonchichi: “You can never do anything again. Please drop this slogan after another disgraceful result against Zimbabwe. With a failure like Jose Peseiro as a coach, Nigeria can never achieve anything in football.”

@gagnatbiz: “We are not doing it again o.. We want a better performance with a win at the end. Not all this draw and “let’s do it again”.

Wake up!!!”

@Mvolgap: xUseless: “NFF, do you shameful people need people to tell you to sack this coach and this goalkeeper? Not every player needs to be invited into the national team, just like the late Steven Kishe said.“


Oyo Gov’t Set To Screen Players For Female Team









The Oyo State Government is set to embark on an exciting initiative to identify and nurture young talents for its female football team.


This is contained in a statement, signed by the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Ms. Wasilat Adegoke in Ibadan on Wednesday.


According to her, the screening exercise which is to commence on Tuesday 6th February, will take place in the seven geo-political zones in the state.


The screening exercise for Oyo Zone will take place on, Tuesday at Durbar Stadium Oyo, between 9am and 11am, while at Ogbomoso Zone will be held at Soun Township Stadium from 1pm to 3pm same day.


At Kisi Zone on Wednesday, 7th February the screening will start from 9am to 11am.


Adegoke said for Saki and Iseyin zones, on February 7th, prospective players will be screened at the Saki Township Stadium by 12 p.m and Iseyin Township stadium by 4pm.


“Similarly, the Ibarapa Zone would take a queue for the screening at Methodist Grammar School Igboora and Eruwa Township Stadium on Thursday, 8th February at 10am to 12noon and 3pm respectively”, she added.


The Ibadan Zone Screening will take place on 17th February at Ikolaba high School, Ibadan, at 10 O’clock in Ibadan.


The Commissioner commended Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde for supporting sports development.


According to her, the program aligns with the long-term vision of the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration to establish a robust developmental team, and identify talents from the State.

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Ogun State Chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, has felicitated the Sports Philanthropist, Solomon Enilolobo on the occasion of his 40th birthday.


SWAN in a statement signed by the Secretary of the Association, Comrade Segun Folarin said the contributions of the celebrant to the uplift of sports development in the state especially at the grassroots level is acknowledged.


“Your philanthropic gestures towards the development of sports through various donations remained unparalleled.”


“As you celebrate the you climbed the 4th ladder on the earth, the Association wishes you the best in all your endeavours.”


Comrade Folarin urged the former Aspirant for Abeokuta South State Constituency 1 in Ogun House of Assembly election, Solomon Enilolobo to sustain his philanthropic gestures for the overall development of sports in the state.

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 Messi Speaks Ahead Of Inter Miami’s Clash With Ronaldo’s Club





Former Barcelona star player, Lionel Messi, has expressed his anticipation for the upcoming Riyadh Cup, where he will face his arch-rival, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi’s club, Inter Miami and Ronaldo’s Saudi Arabia club, Al Nassr, will both participate in the highly-anticipated tournament, known as ‘The Last Dance’, which will be held at the state-of-the-art Kingdom Arena from Monday, January 29 to Friday, February 8.

This event could potentially mark the final encounter between Messi and Ronaldo, who have faced each other 35 times throughout their professional careers.

Out of these matches, Messi has emerged victorious 16 times, while Ronaldo has secured 10 wins, with nine draws in their encounters primarily in Spain and the Champions League.

Interestingly, both players found the back of the net in a friendly match last October when PSG, Messi’s former club, played against the Saudi All-Stars, resulting in a thrilling 5-4 victory for Messi’s team.

It is worth noting that this match took place shortly before Messi’s transfer to the United States.

However, taking to his social media page earlier, the Argentine forward, Messi wrote: “I can’t wait to be part of #RiyadhSeasonCup with my team Inter Miami CF, as we face top Saudi clubs in a historic championship.”

The game will serve as a preseason tournament for Inter Miami, with the new regular MLS season holding between February 21 and October 19, while the playoffs, October and December.

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