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AFCON 2023: Nigeria’s failure to beat Equatorial Guinea sparks permutations in Group A

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The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) match between Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea on Sunday, ending in a 1-1 draw, unfolded as a tense battle with potential implications for both teams’ journeys in the competition.

Beyond the scoreline, the encounter revealed a complex set of factors that could significantly affect the teams’ standing in Group A and their advancement to the Round of 16.

The Group Dynamics and Standings:

The draw had consequences for the Group A standings, adding complexity to the overall AFCON scenario. Ivory Coast leads Group A with three points from one game, followed by Equatorial Guinea in second place with one point. Nigeria holds third place with one point, and Guinea-Bissau is at the bottom with zero points. The standings are subject to change in upcoming matches.

Scenarios for Advancement into Round of 16:

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The draw puts Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea in a delicate position where each subsequent match becomes pivotal. If Nigeria loses to Ivory Coast in the next match and Equatorial Guinea defeats Guinea-Bissau, the Super Eagles’ chances of progressing from the Group stage could be at risk, and vice versa for Equatorial Guinea if they lose against Guinea-Bissau.

Impact on Goal Differentials:

Given the tournament’s emphasis on goal differentials for rankings, the 1-1 draw has direct consequences for both Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea. It provides insights into their offensive and defensive strategies, indicating potential adjustments needed for upcoming matches.

Potential Round of 16 Opponents:

Looking ahead to the knockout stages, the draw may influence the teams Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea could face in the Round of 16 if they advance from the Group stage.

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Regarding the Group A permutations, Audu Ojo, the head coach of Dawaki Rangers, emphasized that the Group remains open and noted the absence of pushover teams in Africa. Ojo praised Guinea-Bissau’s performance against Ivory Coast and acknowledged Equatorial Guinea’s goalkeeper’s exceptional saves in the match against Nigeria. He anticipates Ivory Coast making it to the knockout stages and expects Nigeria to finish second in the group.

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One shot dead in Nairobi as mass protest hits Kenya

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A 24-year-old protester has been shot dead during demonstrations against the taxation bill currently moving in Kenya.

The deceased was said to have participated in a protest in the capital, Nairobi, on Thursday evening, when thousands of people took to the streets across the country.

The protest was due to a parliamentary debate and vote on the controversial law.

According to a lawyer representing the family, the man was shot in the leg by police and died as a result of massive blood loss.

The man was not given immediate health attention for more than 20 minutes.

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One of the protest leaders called for people to come on Friday to the morgue of the hospital where the deceased lay in a show of solidarity with his parents.

The human rights organisation, Amnesty International reported that at least 200 people had been injured during Thursday’s protests in Nairobi alone.

Given the new tax law, many Kenyans fear that their cost of living will rise to an almost unmanageable level.

Entrepreneurs and business owners also fear significant losses due to declining purchasing power.

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Gov Abiodun, Obasanjo, Amosun mourn as Ogun monarch joins ancestors

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Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has praised the late Towulade of Akinale, Oba Femi Ogunleye, as a remarkable leader who significantly elevated his community’s profile. Oba Ogunleye, a distinguished journalist, passed away in the United Kingdom at 79.

In his condolence message to the Ogun State Council of Obas and the Akinale community, Abiodun highlighted Oba Ogunleye’s contributions to the development of Ogun State following his notable journalism career.

“We deeply mourn the loss of Oba Femi Ogunleye, a revered journalist and traditional ruler who passed away in London at 79.

“Oba Ogunleye was a giant in the media industry, dedicated to truth and accountability in journalism. As the Towulade of Akinale, he was a respected monarch who worked tirelessly to uplift his people and promote development in Ogun State.

“His illustrious career and selfless service have left a lasting impact on our society. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Ogun State Council of Obas, his family, friends, and the entire Akinale community.

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“May his soul rest in eternal peace, and may his legacy continue to inspire future generations,” Abiodun stated.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in a condolence message through his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, expressed shock at the monarch’s passing. Currently in South Africa for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s second-term inauguration, Obasanjo recalled Oba Ogunleye’s recent high spirits and travel plans, noting his absence will be deeply felt in Owu, Ogun State, and across Nigeria.

Similarly, Senator Ibikunle Amosun lauded the late monarch’s dedication to the development of Akinale, Owu Kingdom, Egbaland, and Ogun State. He remarked that as the first Towulade of Akinale, crowned in 2006, Oba Ogunleye played a pivotal role in many positive community developments and consistently promoted peaceful coexistence and unity among the people.

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Wike, Fubara: No individual can pocket Rivers – Asari Dokubo

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Former Niger Delta militant leader Asari Dokubo has warned that no individual will be allowed to dominate Rivers State.

Dokubo emphasized that only one person can serve as governor at a time.

His comments come amidst the crisis in Rivers State due to the expiration of local government chairmen’s tenure.

He urged the former chairmen to accept the end of their three-year term and not to cause any problems.

Speaking to his followers in Port Harcourt, Dokubo stated: “Local government tenure has expired today, June 17, 2024. They should quietly go home. If they wish to seek re-election in accordance with the constitution, they should do so.

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“But there is no provision for tenure extension in the constitution. Their term has ended. They should not create unnecessary issues for the state. I also advise young people not to let themselves be manipulated.

“Only one person can be governor of Rivers State at a time. We cannot have two governors simultaneously. The people of Rivers State are greater than Muhajid Asari Dokubo.

“Rivers State is larger than any single individual. No one can exploit and dominate the people of Rivers State. It is not possible.

“The people are demonstrating their power. They have independently taken over local government secretariats because this is about the people, and no one can argue that we voted for a three-year tenure for a chairman and that tenure should not exceed by even a second.”

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