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BREAKING: Nigerian takes over as new US national football team

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Nigeria’s football took a new turn for the right reasons, with the announcement on Tuesday, of the appointment of former Nigeria international, Michael Nsien, as the new head coach of the United States of America U-16 men’s youth national team.

The announcement on US Soccer’s website, said Nsien, the 41-year-old, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, was a member of the U-23 Eagles side that failed to qualify for the football event of the Athens 2004 Olympic games, would be expected to bring his wealth of experience to grow the youth team.

It said: “Nsien joins U.S. Soccer after four seasons in charge of FC Tulsa in the USL Championship, where he led the club to the most successful period in its history. A native Oklahoman, Nsien brings 12 years of experience coaching in his home state and holds a U.S. Soccer Pro License as well as a UEFA “A” License.

“A former Nigerian youth international, Nsien took the reins at FC Tulsa as interim coach midway through the 2018 season. After struggling his first two seasons in charge, Nsien led Tulsa to its two banner years in 2020 and 2021, reaching the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time ever and the first time overall since 2017.

“Born in Tulsa, Nsien rose through the coaching ranks in his hometown. Prior to joining the FC Tulsa staff as an assistant in 2017, Nsien enjoyed a decorated youth coaching career with Tulsa Soccer Club. As Youth Academy Boys Director and Elite Team coach, Nsien won eight state championships from 2010-18, while helping more than 100 players go on to play college soccer.

“From 2011-17, Nsien worked as an Olympic Development Program coach/scout in Region 3 across the southern/southeastern United States. In his role, Nsien identified players for Youth National Team selection, MLS academies and European tours, working with a number of individuals that have gone on to professional careers. At FC Tulsa, Nsien coached USMNT forward Jesús Ferreira, recently named to the USA’s 2022 FIFA World Cup roster.

“As a player, Nsien starred for four years at the University of Dayton and represented Nigeria at the U-23 level during its 2004 Olympic qualification campaign. Professionally, he spent time with LA Galaxy’s reserves and the Portland Timbers in the USL.”

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BREAKING: Senegal powers into Round of 16 in Qatar

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Senegal has become the first African side to qualify for the next stage of the World Cup presently going in on Qatar after beating Ecuador 2-1 in an action-packed final match at the group stage, the first time they African champions would be doing so since the 2002 edition.

Senegal, current holder of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), which they won in Egypt in February, had opened scoring through a penalty, but Ecuador was later to equalise, only for the African champions to power home again, two minutes later and sustained the lead till the 96 minutes the encounter lasted.

They will join The Netherlands, which won 2-0 against the host nation, Qatar, which neither won a match nor scored a goal, but lost their three matches.

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BREAKING: Morocco shocks Belgium in Qatar with 2-0 victory

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It would have been three in all, but with just part of the arms sticking out, was all it needed to cancel a beautiful freekick that would have sent Morocco in front at the nick of the first half after the Video Assisted Referee (VAR), was contacted.

But it did not deter the African side, 22 in the world ranking from their continuous onslaught, until the pressure paid off with another splendid freekick in the second half, from Abdelhamid Sabiri, which found its way at the back of the Belgian net, without touching anybody.

All attempts to equalise failed until well into three minutes of five minutes extra time, when a combination of a back-pass and one touch shot from Zakaria Aboukhlal, gave the African side, which had the best result ahead of the qualifiers without losing a match chance to complete the rout, becoming the first team in the continent to win a match in the ongoing global football event.

 

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BREAKING: Mighty Argentina, falls at S’Arabia’s feet in W’Cup shocker!

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Football pundits may take longer a longer time to unravel the mystery of Argentina, two-time World Cup winner falling at the feet of lowly-rated Saudi Arabia at the ongoing World Cup mundial in Qatar, despite parading some of the world’s most celebrated stars including seven time Balon D’or winner, Lionel Messi.

The world had been expecting a whitewash from the South Americans La Scaloneta, but it seems that the ginnie came out of the bottle to do the magic for Al-Suqour Al-Akhdhar otherwise known as the Green Falcons, leaving everyone stunned.

The game played at the Lusail Iconic Stadium, also left the Argentine team in blushes of shocks as most of them stood in one place, stupefied, apparently wondering what would have happened in a match, they began with a lot of promise, hitting the back of the net of the team of the world’s richest oil-producing country.

Messi, had stamped his authority by converting a penalty awarded his team masterfully, and expectations, was high that the downpour would commence from ther, but it was not to be, as Harve Renard, saw to it that his boys picked up the gauntlet to do maximum battle.

Two goals in quick intervals was all it took to get a stunned Argentine side and the world gaping in disbelief and remaines so till the full blast of the whistle, with the players smiling to the dressing room triumphantly, clinching the sweet memories of their victory, the first ever in a World Cup game to their heart.

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