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Super Eagles ready for 2026 World Cup Qualifier showdown against Lesotho

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On Thursday evening, Nigeria’s national football team, the Super Eagles, is set to face Lesotho in a 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo. Head coach Jose Peseiro has already announced his 23-man squad for the upcoming match, featuring prominent players like Kelechi Iheanacho, Ademola Lookman, Alex Iwobi, Frank Onyeka, Taiwo Awoniyi, and Olaoluwa Aina from various European clubs.

Regrettably, Peseiro will be without key players such as Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, and Wilfred Ndidi for the match against Lesotho. Nigeria and Lesotho have faced each other three times since 2007, with Nigeria winning all three encounters. The Super Eagles are expected to continue this trend as they host Leslie Notsi’s side.

In Group C of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier, Nigeria will also compete against Zimbabwe, Benin, South Africa, and Rwanda. The team heads into this game after a 3-2 victory against Mozambique and a 2-2 draw against Saudi Arabia in their last friendly matches in October. Despite losing eight games and winning five under Peseiro before the recent friendlies, expectations are high for a successful World Cup qualifying series.

Wakanda FC midfielder Alpha Markus Sidi expressed optimism about Nigeria’s chances against Lesotho, emphasizing the team’s strength and ability to secure a win at home. Despite the absence of key players like Osimhen and Ndidi, Sidi highlighted players to watch, including Taiwo Awoniyi, Frank Onyeka, Ola Aina, and Ademola Lookman.

Sidi predicted a 2-0 victory for the Super Eagles in the upcoming match. The kickoff time for Nigeria vs Lesotho is scheduled for 5 pm.

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Serie A: Osimhen on target in Napoli’s draw at Cagliari

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Victor Osimhen found the net for the second game in a row as Napoli settled for a 1-1 draw against Cagliari.

Osimhen put Napoli ahead in the 65th minute when Giancomo Raspadori intercepted Tommaso Augello’s pass and delivered a cross to the back post for Osimhen to head home.

This marked the Nigeria international’s eighth goal of the season in the league.

Despite numerous opportunities, Napoli failed to extend their lead, and Zito Luvumbo leveled the score for the home team in added time.

With 37 points from 25 matches, Napoli climbed to ninth place in the standings.

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UCL: Calzona warns Osimhen, others on player selection

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Napoli coach Francesco Calzona has issued a stern warning to Victor Osimhen and his fellow players, emphasizing that he will base his selection for matches solely on performance, without considering their names or reputations.

Taking over from Walter Mazzarri on Monday, Calzona made significant substitutions during Napoli’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona on Wednesday night, including star forwards Osimhen and Kvicha Kvaratskhelia.

Despite the Serie A champions securing a draw in the first leg of the Round of 16 contest at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, Osimhen was replaced immediately after scoring the equalizer in the 75th minute.

“I keep the players on the field who are performing well, I don’t take into account their names,” Calzona emphasized to Sky Sports Italia after the match.

Calzona further explained that he had not been tempted to keep Osimhen on the field longer after his goal. “No, in fact, I had been prepared to substitute him earlier, but due to tactical considerations, I kept him on for a few more minutes.”

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Ex-Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel confirms exit from Bayern Munich

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Thomas Tuchel has verified his exit from Bayern Munich. The club had previously announced that the German coach would depart at the conclusion of the ongoing season. The decision to part ways was mutual between the club and Tuchel. Confirming the conclusion of his tenure with Bayern, Tuchel informed reporters on Tuesday, “We have agreed to terminate our partnership after the conclusion of this season. Until then, my coaching staff and I will continue to strive for maximum success for FC Bayern.”

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