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2026 WCQ: Osimhen, Chukwueze will miss Lesotho, Zimbabwe games – Peseiro

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Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze will not be included in Nigeria’s squad for the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho and Zimbabwe, as confirmed by head coach Jose Peseiro. Both players sustained injuries during Nigeria’s friendly match against the Green Falcons of Saudi Arabia last month.

Although Samuel Chukwueze has returned to training, Victor Osimhen is still in the process of recovering from his injury. Peseiro has made it clear that they won’t be selected for the matches against Lesotho and Zimbabwe to avoid taking any unnecessary risks.

Peseiro stated, “Samuel Chukwueze and Victor Osimhen will not be called up during the next break; we want to avoid any risks.” He expressed his regret for their injuries and emphasized the importance of collaboration with the clubs, as the clubs are responsible for the players’ payments.

The Super Eagles are scheduled to face Lesotho at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo on Thursday, November 16, and then play against Zimbabwe at the Huye Stadium three days later.

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FIFA ranking: Nigeria drop, Spain, Argentina, France top list [Full list]

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria have dropped one position in the latest FIFA world rankings.

The Super Eagles are now the 39th best team in the July ranking published by FIFA on Thursday.

Recall that Nigeria was the 39th best team in the world in the June ranking.

However, the Super Eagles are currently the 5th best team in Africa, while Morocco are number one in Africa and now the 14th best team in the world.

Behind Morocco are Senegal, Egypt, Ivory Coast and Nigeria.

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However, Argentina is the number one best team in the world, followed by France, Spain, England, Brazil, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Colombia and Italy, making the top 10.

Others that made the list from 11-20 positions are Uruguay, Croatia, Germany, Morocco, Switzerland, USA, Mexico, Japan, Senegal and Iran.

CREDIT: DAILY POST

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Liverpool Offer Van Dijk To Atletico Madrid

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Liverpool have offered their captain Virgil van Dijk to Atletico Madrid.

The Netherlands international could leave the Premier League giants this summer transfer window.

Van Dijk’s contract at Anfield will end in the summer of 2025.

The Dutchman has been a key player and a leader for the club, especially under Jurgen Klopp since his arrival from Southampton in January 2018 for a reported fee of £75 million.

He has played 270 games for the Reds, contributing 23 goals and 12 assists, helping the Premier League side win almost every trophy available.

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Football365 now reports that Liverpool have offered the 33-year-old to Atletico Madrid this summer.

This is basically because the Reds want to start a new era following Jurgen Klopp’s departure.

However, Atletico Madrid are said to be uninterested on taking up the offer.

The Spanish side are said to be looking at players with a lower profile and wages to manage their finances.

CREDIT: LEADERSHIP NEWS

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BREAKING: Euro 2024 final: Oyarzabal scores winner as Spain defeat England 2-1

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Spain defeated England 2-1 to win Euro 2024 on Sunday night.

The first half ended goalless, but it was La Roja who took the lead immediately after the break.

Nico Williams finished off a fine team move past Jordan Pickford.

The Three Lions levelled the game in the 73rd minute, after substitute Cole Palmer drilled the ball in.

Mikel Oyarzabal then slid in to tuck home Marc Cucurella’s low cross.

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The result means England have lost back-to-back European Championship finals.

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