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FIFA ranking: Super Eagles are 6th in Africa, 38th in world

Nigeria are the 38th best team in the world and sixth in Africa, according to the latest FIFA ranking for the month of August released on Thursday.


The Super Eagles latest position is one up from last month’s 39th place in the world, while they maintained their position on the continent behind Egypt, Senegal, Congo DR, Tunisia, and Cameroon respectively.

Meanwhile, Brazil have knocked Germany off the top of the FIFA rankings.

World champions Germany dropped to second despite winning the Confederations Cup last month after some rolling historical results were devalued.

Lionel Messi’s Argentina are in third and modest Switzerland, with a 100 per cent record in World Cup qualifiers, are fourth, which is higher than they have been since 1994.

Poland, who boast Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski amongst their ranks, are at a historic high of fifth having dropped just two points in their own qualifiers as European champions Portugal dro…

We’ll Sort Out Goalkeeper Problem — Rohr

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has assured Nigerians that the safest pair of hands will man the post, when the team takes on Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions in their World Cup qualification match in Uyo on Friday.


Rohr disclosed that the coaching crew will pick the best amongst Akpeyi, Dele Alampasu and Ikechukwu Ezenwa who was in good form when the home-based Eagles beat Benin Republic to qualify for the CAF Africa Nations Championship.

“We have Akpeyi, we have (Ikechukwu) Ezenwa, we have (Dele) Alampasu, we will see.

“We have a local goalkeeper, we have a very young one and we have another one (Akpeyi) who is more experienced.

“He is playing in South Africa, and we will see with our goalkeeper coaches to determine who will start the game.”

The Super Eagles will play host to Cameroon in Uyo on September 1, 2017 and the return leg game is scheduled to be played in Yaoundé three days later.

Liverpool vs Arsenal: Thierry Henry reveals he almost walked out of Anfield

Liverpool vs Arsenal: Thierry Henry reveals he almost walked out of Anfield Former Arsenal striker, Thierry Henry, has revealed that he was so unimpressed by Arsene Wenger’s team’s performance against Liverpool, that he wanted to leave Anfield.


Liverpool hammered the Gunners 4-0 on Sunday, thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohammed Salah and Daniel Sturridge.

Henry says his former club are on a downward slide, before “everything is comfortable” at the Emirates and there is no pressure.

“I wanted to leave [the stadium] because I don’t relate to the team at the moment. That’s the problem.

“Everything is comfortable at Arsenal. It’s not the kind of pressure that you have at a big club,” the Sky Sports pundit said after the game.

Liverpool agree to negotiate with Barcelona Coutinho

Liverpool agree to negotiate with Barcelona Coutinho: Liverpool owners, Fenway Sports Group, have agreed to negotiate with Barcelona over the possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho.


The Americans had issued a public statement earlier this month, making it clear that the 25-year-old midfielder was not for sale.

But Spanish outlet, Sport, claims discussions with Coutinho’s representatives on Friday night, have persuaded them and they are now willing to listen to what Barca have to offer.

Liverpool have already rejected three bids from the La Liga giants, despite the Brazilian handing in a transfer request.

It said all that remains is for Liverpool to sign a replacement, before agreeing to sell him for close to £148m.

BREAKING: Liverpool agree club record deal for Leipzig midfielder, Naby Keita

BREAKING: Liverpool agree club record deal for Leipzig midfielder, Naby Keita Liverpool have agreed a club record deal to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, with the player officially joining in July 2018.


The Reds have agreed to pay the £48m release clause that will allow him to move next summer, plus an undisclosed premium.

The 22-year-old had been one of Jurgen Klopp's primary targets this summer, but Leipzig had refused to sell.

The deal will surpass the £35m paid to Newcastle for Andy Carroll in 2011.

The German side finished second behind champions Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga last season, allowing them to qualify for the Champions League group stage.

Liverpool had already had two offers for the Guinea international rejected this summer - the second understood to be around £70m - but now a compromise deal has been reached where Leipzig keep their prize asset this season and manager Klopp gets the player next summer.

So far this summer, Liverpool have signed winger Mohamed …

The Federal Government has declared Friday, 1st and Monday 4th September, 2017 as public holidays to mark Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

The Federal Government has declared Friday, 1st and Monday 4th September, 2017 as public holidays to mark Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
This was confirmed by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, who made the declaration on behalf of the FG in a statement on Monday.
He congratulated Muslim faithful and all Nigerians, urging them to use the occasion to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of Nigeria.
Dambazau also urged citizens to join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, in its avowed determination to build a peaceful and harmonious country, “where the rights of every citizen are protected and guaranteed, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The Minister assured Nigerians of security and safety in all parts of the country, emphasizing that security agencies have been directed to maintain peace and protect lives and property.
He condemned in strong terms the prevalence of hate speeches in the country and warned…

Ousmane Dembele unveiled in front of 18,000 fans at Camp Nou

French wonderkid Ousmane Dembele’s presentation as Barcelona’s newest star was overshadowed by the tense atmosphere surrounding the Catalan club as fans jeered and called for president Josep Maria Bartomeu to resign.
The 20-year-old became the second most expensive player ever after completing a 105 million euro ($125 million) deal that could rise to 147 million with add-ons from Borussia Dortmund on Friday.
However, Barca’s planned programme for a blockbuster presentation was delayed for nearly two hours due to a paperwork issue in releasing his registration from Dortmund.
The patience of 18,000 fans at the Camp Nou was tested with whistles during the delay and chants of “Bartomeu resign”.
Barca’s board has been under huge pressure due to the club’s fading fortunes on the field and the loss of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record 222 million euros earlier this month.
The attendance was also well down on the 50,000 fans that welcomed Neymar on his presentation four years ago.
Fo…

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Monday that his wife, Priscilla Chan, has given birth to their second child, a baby girl named August

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Monday that his wife, Priscilla Chan, has given birth to their second child, a baby girl named August.
Mark Zuckerberg ​expressed his happiness on his Facebook page.​ ​”​Priscilla and I are so happy to welcome our daughter August!​”, he said adding that
“​We wrote her a letter about the world we hope she grows up in, and also hoping she doesn’t grow up too fast.​”​ ​
Dear August, Welcome to the world! Your mom and I are so excited to see who you will become. When your sister was born, we wrote a letter about the world we hoped she and now you will grow up in — a world with better education, fewer diseases, stronger communities, and greater equality.
We wrote that with all the advances in science and technology, your generation should live dramatically better lives than ours, and we have a responsibility to do our part to make that happen. 
Even though headlines often focus on what’s wrong, we still believe these positive trends will…