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BREAKING: AFCON 2025 Postponed Due To Club World Cup

The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) scheduled for 2025 in Morocco has been rescheduled to January 2026.

The tournament will be delayed by six months, as it clashes with the expanded 32-team Club World Cup.

AFCON 2025 was originally scheduled to take place in June, but the Club World Cup is set to be played in the United States from June 15 to July 13.

CAF’s general secretary, Veron Mosengo-Omba, told BBC that the AFCON would now be held in early 2026, acknowledging the pressing issue of scheduling conflicts.

Mosengo-Omba highlighted concerns regarding player welfare, questioning the feasibility of players participating in both the Club World Cup and the AFCON consecutively.

“For the men, we need to make sure that the dates that we’ll be choosing will be in the interests of the players.

“For this, we need to balance different aspects and also discuss with our partners and then we complete [the dates]. Scheduling is a nightmare for everybody,” Mosengo-Omba said.

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I Prefer to Watch AFCON Football Over European Football, Says Mourinho

The refereeing at the ongoing African Cup of Nations, or AFCON, has received praise from former Chelsea and Roma coach Jose Mourinho.

Although the Portuguese strategist acknowledged that he prefers to watch the African event over European football, he said that Europe ought to imitate Africa’s integrity in officiating, particularly with regard to the application of Video Assistant Refereeing, or VAR.

He claimed that VAR’s rulings at the AFCON are not biased in favor of wealthy or well-known teams.

He recommended that VAR’s headquarters be located in Africa.

“I’ve seen more AFCON football than European league play. All they’re doing is educating us to be truthful. VAR is applied in the AFCON precisely as it should be, according to Mourinho, as reported by CFC News Report.

“They do not use it to help the money magnet teams or famous teams. This is why you saw the best out of every team . Because they know VAR is not hired behind the scenes but is for everyone. They listen even to their Players if the Ref missed something and go check. In Europe if I as a coach or a player plead with a ref to go check something, it is a red card for doing that. The headquarters for VAR needs to be in CAF.”

Recall that African Cup of Nations will climax today with the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the hosts, Cote D’Ivoire locking horns in the final.

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After the match between South Africa and Nigeria, Osimhen tells Boniface, “No Olosho Until We Win.”

In front of the 2023 AFCON championship match, Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen has given fellow national Victor Boniface assurances that the Super Eagles will maintain their focus.

Ivory Coast and Nigeria will compete for the continental trophy.

In their conversation, Boniface asked to be given two “oloshos” (prostitutes) for every Super Eagles player. Victor Osimhen, however, promptly corrected him, emphasizing that he and his colleagues are committed on taking home the AFCON championship in 2023.

When Osimhen subsequently enquired about Boniface’s level of fitness, the 23-year-old striker said that he is still struggling to get back to full health.

“Make them give Pere Nwa two Oloshos each for this night, una deserve am,” stated Boniface.

In response, Osimhen said, “Thunder, fire you. We don’t give up until we succeed, you hear?

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Kizz Daniel will follow through on his promise to fly a fan to the UK once Nigeria wins the 2023 AFCON.

Following Nigeria’s qualifying for the AFCON 2023 final, Nigerian singer Kizz Daniel has pledged to fly fans to the United Kingdom.

To get to the final, Nigeria had to defeat South Africa.

In a tweet, the singer had pledged to pay for the fan’s flight to the UK.

If Nigeria wins South Africa, the fan has arranged with Kizz Daniel to have him attend his upcoming gig at the Ovo Arena in the UK.

The fan asked, “Vado, take me to your next show, ovo arena, if super eagle wins today.”

Kizz Daniel said, “This I promise you… X is my witness 🤞🏿,” in acknowledgment of the wager.

However, Nigeria defeated South Africa, winning 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 deadlock at 120.

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AFCON: Lagos Prepares For Massive Watching Center Before South Africa vs. Nigeria Match

A massive watching center has been erected by the Lagos State Government at Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Onikan, as well as at several other spots throughout the state, ahead of the Super Eagles’ African Cup of Nations semi-final match versus South Africa on February 7.

A statement posted on the Lagos Government’s X handle states that 25 viewing centers have been established in various parts of the state to guarantee that every Lagosian is excited and amused.


“A massive watching center has been established by the Lagos State Government for the Super Eagles vs. Bafana Bafana match on Wednesday, February 7. To promote and guarantee that, the government maintains twenty-five viewing centers around the State.

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AFCON: Victor Osimhen is eligible to compete against South Africa.

In tomorrow’s Semi-Final match at the upcoming AFCON 2023, Super Eagles attacker Victor Osimhen will play against South Africa.

Osimhen reportedly received permission from the team’s medical staff to participate in the game, according to TheNation.

Note that due to stomach trouble, the Super Eagles did not have their star striker with them on Monday night’s trip from Abidjan to Bouaké.

Once the incident was confirmed by the team’s media officer, Babafemi Raji, a member of the medical team stayed behind in Abidjan to accompany him while the team medics kept him under strict observation.

Osimhen will join his teammates in Bouake after being cleared to play, according to reports in Abidjan, and he is anticipated to play in the match.

Striker for Napoli has played a significant role.

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AFCON: Nwabali, Osimhen, Lookman Included In Super Eagles’ Starting XI Against Angola

Stanley Nwabali, the goalkeeper for the Super Eagles, is set to guard the goalposts when Nigeria takes on Angola in the quarter-final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Friday evening.

Recall that The Chippa United keeper was a major doubt after he sustained a knee injury during Nigeria’s 2-0 win over Cameroon in the round of 16 clash last Saturday.

However, Super Eagles manager Jose Peseiro, has kept faith in his players who started against Cameroon in the round of 16, and expects them to get a good result against Angola.

Peseiro will maintain the 3-4-3 formation with the likes of William Troost-Ekong, Semi Ajayi, and Calvin Bassey to shield Nwabali.

Ola Aina and Zaidu Sanusi will be on the right and left flanks.

Alex Iwobi and Frank Onyeka will occupy the midfield, while Victor Osimhen, Ademola Lookman and Moses Simon will spearhead the attack.

The match will take place at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan at 6 pm.

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AFCON 2023: The Vision I Saw About Nigeria Vs Angola Match – Nathaniel Bassey

Gospel singer, Nathaniel Bassey has revealed that God showed him a vision concerning Super Eagles match against Angola.
The match will take place today, February 2 against Angola in the ongoing 2023 AFCON.
In the last game of Nigeria, Bassey had predicted about the injury of Super Eagles goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali.
Nwabali was injured in Nigeria’s 2-0 win over Cameroon making him doubtful for today’s game.
The Chippa United goalkeeper was fouled by Georges-Kevin N’Koudou while saving a cross in his box.
Bassey had said: “Me, I feel led to pray for our goal keeper. May the Lord help Him.”
Nigeria vs Angola is the first quarter-final game of the ongoing TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations by 6pm today.
All eyes are on the Super Eagles of Nigeria as they slug it out against Angola in the AFCON Cote d’Ivoire 2023.
The target for Nigeria is to qualify for the semi-final.
The winner between Nigeria and Angola on Wednesday February 7, 2024, at the 40,000-capacity Peace Stadium in Bouake, will face the winner of Cape Verde vs. South Africa to be played also on Friday.
Reacting on his verified “X” page, Bassey said:Why am I praying and the next thing I’m seeing is about super eagles? And hey, it’s not as though I’m thinking about them o per se… 
“Well, tomorrow we must take every chance that comes our way. It’s not the day to miss chances. 
“I saw two people on the bench crying. May we not have cause to weep about the match and any of our players. 
“If we have to weep, may it be for joy ooo. Amen. So it lifts the nation. It’s been tough lately.”
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Angola Players Promised Cash, iPhone 15 Incentive to Beat Super Eagles

Players of Angola national team have been promised money and iPhones if they beat the Super Eagles on Friday.
The two countries will clash in the Quarter finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Palancas Negras, who are fresh off a commanding 3-0 victory over Namibia in the Round of 16, were also promised cash gifts if they advanced to the final.
As reported by Angola Press Agency, Banco Angolano de Investimento, a bank in Angola, announced that it would reward each Angola player and coaching staff with the sum of five million Kwanzas (equivalent to approximately N5.41 million).
Aguinaldo Jaime, the President of the Board of Directors of UNITEL, a private Angolan mobile phone company, also gave an iPhone 15 with free calls, SMS, and internet for a year to every member of the Angolan delegation in Cote d’Ivoire.
The company Sodiam EP also pledged a substantial amount of $250,000 to both the national team and technical team if Angola secured a spot in the final of the 34th edition of the Nations Cup.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will face Angola at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium, Abidjan, on Friday, February 2, 2024, by 6 pm.
Both teams come into this match with an unbeaten record in the tournament.
Nigeria had victories against Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, and four-time champions Cameroon in the quarterfinals.
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AFCON 2023: I’m Giving Everything to Come Home With the Trophy — Victor Osimhen

Super Eagles star striker, Victor Osimhen has vowed to help the country win the 2023 AFCON trophy.
According to him, he’s ready to give his all.
Osimhen has been one of the standout performers in the tournament and on Saturday helped the Eagles reach the quarter-finals.
His unrelenting pressing saw him outmuscle a Cameroonian defender before setting up Ademola Lookman for the opener even though the reigning African Player of the Year has only scored one goal in this year’s AFCON which was against Equatorial Guinea.
He has now opened up on his desire to win the tournament with the current squad.
“I want to win something with this great squad,”he said on Osasu Obayiuwana’s X handle.
“I want to give Nigeria something that they will remember. I’m giving everything to come home with the [AFCON] trophy.”
Osimhen also said the team is not yet playing at their peak.
“I cannot lie, we haven’t played the best of our football yet. I think the whole team has this mentality of winning, we want to win,” Osimhen told reporters.
“For me, we are more like a family than just players. So for me, it is important to have this mentality of winning.
“I want to give kudos to my defenders. They have been focused since the start of this competition. We also have a good goalkeeper [Nwabali]. We want to keep this momentum going.”
The Super Eagles will take on the Palancas Negras of Angola in a quarter-final fixture on Friday.