Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has admitted that the team will miss their top striker Victor Osimhen when they face Sierra Leone in Tuesday’s (today) 2021 African Cup of Nations at the Siaka Stevens Stadium.
Rohr who watched as the Eagles were held to a 4-4 draw last Friday in Benin stated that the players are ready to fight for the entire duration of the game.
“We are confident, they (Nigerians) should believe that the players can fight for all Nigerian supporters and they will give their best,” Rohr told the Nigeria Football Federation media in Freetown.
“I think we are ready for this match. We’ll miss Osimhen, perhaps there will be another change in the team, but the players will have the honour to represent the country, they will give their best and will fight till the end of the match.
“Our objective all the time is to win the game. We wanted four points in both legs to qualify, it’s still possible and I believe in my team, and I think we can do that, it will be difficult like I told you before the first leg, we saw in the second half that they have a good team, but we can play very well.
“We showed it in the first 30 minutes the other day, we want to play our football like that. Playing forward, scoring goals but defending better than we did the last time.
“The expectation is to have a good match, we’ve discovered the condition of the stadium, the grass and the hot weather. The travelling was okay, a bit long but I think we can recover in the afternoon,”
Assistant captain, William Troost-Ekong, says the team is ready and hungry to fight for a win.
“We’ve prepared like any game we’ve done with this team, we’re not underestimating anyone, and I think if we can just bring what we did in the last game in the first half and make sure we keep our concentration and see out the game, I think we have a very good chance to do what we want to do,” Troost-Ekong said.
“Nigerians should expect a team that is going to be very hungry, to get the win, and we want to qualify as soon as possible.”
Neymar Penalty Keeps PSG On Course In Champions League
A nervy Paris Saint-Germain were outplayed for long spells but held on after an early Neymar penalty to beat RB Leipzig 1-0 on Tuesday and revive their Champions League campaign.
Last season’s runners-up had lost two of their opening three matches in Group H and would have been staring at an early exit from the competition had they lost again to the Germans behind closed doors at the Parc des Princes.
Yet Neymar’s 11th-minute spot-kick proved enough for PSG as Leipzig failed to convert any of the chances that came their way.
Both sides are now level on six points with two games still to come, with Manchester United three points clear at the top of the section after easing to a 4-1 victory over Istanbul Basakeshir on Tuesday.
Crucially, PSG have the head-to-head advantage over Leipzig, thanks to an away goal, if the two teams end level on points. They lost 2-1 when the teams met in Germany three weeks ago.
Thomas Tuchel’s team go to Old Trafford next and the feeling is that the French champions could still just as easily advance to the last 16 in the first place as they could fail to qualify at all.
They brushed Leipzig aside in the semi-finals of last season’s competition in Lisbon in August but collapsed worryingly in their last meeting with Julian Nagelsmann’s team after taking an early lead.
Here they again went in front and then succeeded in seeing the game out despite struggling desperately to maintain possession and stop the waves of Leipzig attacks.
The spot-kick was awarded when Marcel Sabitzer was rather harshly adjudged to have fouled Angel di Maria just inside the area.
Neymar stepped up to roll the ball home from 12 yards for his first Champions League goal of the season on what was his first start in almost a month after injury.
Alongside him, Kylian Mbappe saw his European goal drought go on — Ligue 1’s leading scorer has still not scored a Champions League goal in 2020 in eight appearances.
Nevertheless, PSG did not need their French World Cup-winning superstar to be at his best as Leipzig — who have not managed to replace Timo Werner since the Germany striker left for Chelsea — were unable to turn their dominance of possession into goals.
Dayot Upamecano saw his header tipped over by Keylor Navas and Emil Forsberg turned a Dani Olmo cross over the top in the first half.
The pressure continued at the start of the second half, but Forsberg and Sabitzer notably missed the target and the chances dried up after the home side reverted to a three-man central defence in the closing stages.
Abia State Ambassador For Sports In Boxing, Promises To Develop Grass Root Boxing
Nigeria ex international boxer and Abia State Ambassador for sports in boxing, Mazi Ikechukwu Okoronkwo has promised to give grass root boxing his undivided attention.
He stated in his residence at Enugu that he will strive harder to maintain the level of grass root Boxing development in Enugu State While developing and promoting Boxing in Abia State considering new appointment as Sports Ambassador (Boxing) in Abia State.
Mazi Comr Ikechukwu Okoronkwo stated that his Vision is to add value to Nigerian Students in the area of Boxing
As A professional, Sports development have no tribal sentiment. What is needed is talented youth.
Abia State belong to God
Liverpool Beats Leicester Despite Major Absences
Liverpool were not derailed by an injury crisis as Jurgen Klopp’s men produced a dominant display to beat Leicester 3-0 and move level on points with Premier League leaders Tottenham.
Klopp was missing seven first-team regulars through injury and top scorer Mohamed Salah due to a positive coronavirus test, but Liverpool still swept aside a Leicester team who had started the weekend on top of the table.
Jonny Evans’s own goal was just reward for the Reds’ bright start before Diogo Jota set a record-breaking start to life at Anfield.
The Portuguese international became the first Liverpool player to score in his first four home league games when he headed home Andy Robertson’s inch-perfect cross.
Kasper Schmeichel in the Leicester goal kept the score down as he made a series of second-half saves, notably from Sadio Mane and Jota, while Evans had a lucky escape as the post prevented him from scoring a second own goal.
Roberto Firmino thought he had been denied just his third league goal in 24 games when the Brazilian’s shot came back off the post and his follow-up was cleared by Marc Albrighton with just 10 millimetres of the ball not over the line.
But Firmino rounded off a brilliant team performance by rising highest to meet James Milner’s corner.
Another muscle injury suffered by Naby Keita was the only negative for Klopp on a night when his side showed they will not give up their title easily despite losing centre-backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for the rest of the season.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has now lost all three meetings against his former club and just like the previous meeting between the sides, which Liverpool won 4-0 in December, the Foxes were shown the gulf they have to bridge to become title contenders.
Harvey Barnes wasted one big opportunity for the visitors when he sliced wide Jamie Vardy’s cross at 1-0.
But the end to a six-game winning run sees Leicester fall back to fourth, two points off the top.
Liverpool paid tribute to former goalkeeper Ray Clemence, who died aged 72 after a long battle with prostate cancer this week, before kick-off.
Alisson Becker wore a replica of Clemence’s jersey from the 1981 European Cup final win over Real Madrid in the warm-up, while his former teammates Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush paid their respects from the stands.
And two of Liverpool’s greatest ever players also got the chance to show their appreciation to the current crop, who surpassed a club record they set between 1978 and 1981, as Klopp’s men are now unbeaten in 64 league games at Anfield stretching back to April 2017.
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