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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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Euro 2024: Ronaldo sets new record as Portugal crush Turkey 3-0

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Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo made history again as his team triumphed 3-0 over Turkey at Euro 2024 on Saturday.

Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes scored, with an own goal by Samet Akaydin, securing a straightforward victory.

Ronaldo assisted Fernandes in scoring the final goal, tapping into an empty net.

This assist marked the 39-year-old’s seventh in the competition, adding another record to his impressive collection.

The victory ensured Roberto Martinez’s team advanced to the last-16 as group winners.

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Aguero set to make return to football

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Former Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has announced that he is on the verge of returning to football as a club owner. Aguero, however, declined to disclose the name of the club.

The 36-year-old made this revelation during a recent conversation with Argentine streamer Coscu, whose real name is Martin Perez Disalvo.

When asked about his interest in returning to football as a manager, the former Barcelona star replied, “The truth is that I’m considering getting involved in a football club as an owner. I’m not going to reveal which club it is, but I believe we are on the right track. I enjoy being able to manage, to help the club progress, and to build a strong team and staff.”

Aguero retired from professional football in 2021 after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, just days after being hospitalized.

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EPL: Ex-Arsenal player, Kevin Campbell is dead

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Arsenal announced on Saturday that their former player, Kevin Campbell, has passed away at the age of 54.

Campbell, a striker, played for the Gunners, Nottingham Forest, and Everton.

Throughout his nearly 20-year career, he scored 148 goals in 542 club appearances.

“Everyone at Everton is deeply saddened by the death of our former striker Kevin Campbell at the age of just 54.

“Not just a true Goodison Park hero and icon of the English game, but an incredible person as well – as anyone who ever met him will know. RIP, Super Kev,” an Everton statement read.

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After retiring from playing in May 2007, Campbell went on to have a successful career in the media.

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