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Abdulrahman hopes D’tigers players can ride above NBBF crisis ahead FIBA world cup qualifiers

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Former assistant coach of Nigeria’s men basketball national team D’Tigers Mohammed Abdulrahman has stated that he hopes the players of the men senior basketball national team are able to ride above all of the problems rocking the governance of the game in Nigeria ahead of the commencement of the FIBA world cup qualifiers which begins Friday in Angola.

Abdulrahman speaking in a chat with brila.net stressed that the current situation if it gets to the players, could spell doom but once the players are able to put all of that behind them, the D’Tigers are still good enough to get the job done and get her world cup qualifiers underway on a positive note.

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Enyimba can’t afford to disappoint Nigerians ahead Al-Itihad clash

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Enyimba FC player Samuel Kalu has stated that the People’s Elephants can’t afford to disappoint Nigerians and as such will go all out to get a win away against the Libyan side. 

Kali speaking In a chat with brila.net said the game is a very important one for the club because Enyimba can’t afford to make it to the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.

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Aruna reveals luck factor aided ITTF world championship third round progression

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Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna has revealed that the luck factor played a part in his progression into the third round of the International Table Tennis Federation’s world championship after winning his second-round match against Victor Ishiy of Brazil at the world championship in Houston Texas last night to set up a third-round meeting with Indian’s Sathiyan Gnanasekaran.

Aruna speaking in a chat gathered by brila.net while speaking with ATTF media expressed delight while admitting been lucky to have turned the game around against his Brazilian opponents who had started the game better. Aruna will play his third-round opponents on Friday the 26th of November 2021.

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Sacking Rohr just before AFCON is a disaster waiting to happen – Ikpeba

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Former African footballer of the year Victor Ikpeba believes the Nigeria Football Federation should hold on to Gernot Rohr and ignore the calls for his dismissal.

 

According to the reports, Rohr and the Federation are working on the termination of the agreement they signed last year, following the poor performance of the Super Eagles.

 

Rohr has qualified Nigeria for the 2022 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon and the next round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but fans and ex-players weren’t impressed with the performance of the team.

 

Speaking on the issue, Ikpeba opined that, Rohr has done the needful by qualifying for the tournaments and should be allowed to complete the club.

 

Ikpeba stressed that, employing a new coach, four weeks before the tournament is a disaster waiting to happen.

 

“It is less than 48 days before our first game against Egypt at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. The speculation about his sack has been intense and I’m really surprised.

 

“Rohr has done the needful qualifying the Eagles for the World Cup playoffs. Yes, we were not brilliant against Cape Verde but he has done the needful. Why not wait till after the AFCON and take a decision on his future. It will be a disaster if that happens now. If you sack Rohr and employ another coach if the team fails at the AFCON who takes the blame?

 

“What will the new manager change. What changed in 2002 and in 2010. It was a disaster. This will happen again if Rohr is sacked now. My worry is that we forget history and we should not. Those who sacked the late Amodu Shuaibu twice said he was not good enough. Gernot Rohr has been too soft with the players the NFF can help him.” Read more …

Victor Moses compound Napoli’s woes with superb performance for Spartak Moscow

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Former Super Eagles Victor Moses continues his impressive form in the Europa League as he helped Spartak Moscow to a 2-1 win over Napoli on Wednesday.

 

Moses created one of the goals as Spartak Moscow beat Napoli 2-1, in the Group C encounter played in Russia.

 

The former Chelsea star has now assisted four goals and scored two in five games in this season’s Europa League for Spartak.

 

Sobolev put the hosts ahead inside the opening three minutes. The striker stepped up to convert a penalty after the referee punished Stanislav Lobotka for bringing down Quincy Promes just inside the box.

 

On the 29th minute, Moses picked out Aleksandr Sobolev with a perfect cross and the attacker made no mistake as he headed home his second of the game.

 

Macedonian striker Elif Elmas reduced the deficit for Napoli on the 64th minute, but they were unable to find the equalizer, before the final whistle.

 

The result lifts Spartak Moscow to the top of the table, with seven points after five games played, the same points as second-placed Napoli.

 

Legia Warsaw is third with six points, Leicester City remains bottom of the table with five points. Both will meet later today. Read more …

Zaidu Sanusi struggles as Porto fell to Liverpool at Anfield

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Super Eagles left-back Zaidu Sanusi was in action for FC Porto in their 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday.

 

The 23-year-old defender played the entire minutes of the UEFA Champions League Group B encounter, but struggled to contain rampaging Egyptian forward Mohammed Salah.

 

Zaidu was the culprit for Liverpool’s second goal as he failed to deal with long to Jordan Henderson, who then picked out Salah to fire home.

 

Recall that Sanusi also struggled when both sides met back in September for matchday two.

 

Thiago Alcantara opened the scoring seven minutes into the second half with a lovely strike, sending the ball back towards goal and into the bottom corner after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s freekick had been half-cleared.

 

Despite the defeat, Porto remains second on the table with 5 points, one point ahead of AC Milan who defeated Atletico Madrid at home. Read more …

2021/2022 NPFL season to kick off in December

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The 2021-2022 Nigeria Professional Football League Season will start in December, according to reports.

 

Insiders confirmed the League Management Company is working round the club to ensure the new season kick-off in the middle of next month.

 

December 17th has been proposed as the likely kick-off date and the League organizers could make it official in the next few days.

 

According to the unconfirmed fixtures circulating on social media, reigning champions Akwa United will host Kano Pillars, while Katsina United welcomes Shooting Stars SC of Ibadan to the Patanmi stadium in Gombe.

 

Lobi Stars will lock horns with Rivers United at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, while Enyimba FC will host neighbors Abia Warriors in Aba.

 

The solid miners Nasarawa United will travel to Owerri to face Heartland.

 

HERE ARE FULL NPFL MATCHDAY 2021/2022 FIXTURES

 

Gombe United v Shooting Stars

 

Akwa United v Kano Pillars

 

Lobi Stars v Rivers United

 

Katsina United Rangers International

 

Enyimba v Abia Warriors

 

Sunshine Stars v Wikki Tourists

 

Niger Tornadoes v Plateau United

 

Kwara United v Dakkada

 

MFM FC v Remo Stars

 

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Digging Deeper Into Liverpool’s 2-0 Win over Porto

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Liverpool v Porto - UEFA Champions League - Group B - Anfield
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We rejoice in the success of our young winners and snicker at the notion of a Group of Death.


Winners

Tyler Morton: It’s been a quick ascent for the 19-year old this season, from making his first team debut as a substitute in the League Cup two months ago, through his first start, first Premier League appearance, and tonight, his Champions League debut at a packed Anfield in a showcase contest.

Beyond the feel-good story of a childhood fan making the first team, Morton was really good! Featuring alongside his idol Thiago — and getting front row seats to the Spaniard’s obscene 30-yard daisy-cutting volley — the teenager did not for a second look out of place, displaying tremendous spatial awareness, intelligent movement, crisp directional touches and accomplished passing throughout.

He’s not exactly a threat to Fabinho quite yet, and a lack of top-shelf athleticism may place a hard ceiling on his final form, but like Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott before him, Morton has proven himself capable of stepping in and doing a job for the team, which, in a season that looks likely to creep close to the 60-game mark, is an invaluable asset for Jürgen Klopp.

Fresh Legs: Liverpool are in the beginning stages of a 13-game run over a total of 43 days. As such, the ability to rotate the squad and keep the legs of your starters as fresh as possible could prove absolutely crucial down the stretch, and with two Champions League dead rubbers and a League Cup match in that stretch, one expects Klopp to make full use of his squad depth.

The German made four changes from the side that put Arsenal to the sword on Saturday, and made sure to substitute Thiago, Salah and Mané as soon as the second goal was scored in order to give the lads some minutes off while still keeping them in rhythm. It’s smart squad management and hopefully enough to keep the Reds humming along at their current, impressive pace.

Losers

The Group of Death: The Reds really put that designation to shame, didn’t they. Winning five straight in what was broadly considered the toughest group across the board in the competition and securing top spot at the earliest possible juncture, scoring 15 goals along the way, Liverpool have quite simply shown that there are levels to this, and they are at the very top one.

The knockout rounds are far less predictable than the group stage, and even winning the group does not inoculate the Reds from potentially facing off with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Inter and Real Madrid in the round of 16, but with the quality Klopp’s men have shown so far this season, they should inspire more fear in any prospective opponents than they’ll feel themselves.

Neco: Trent Alexander-Arnold is the best right-back in the world. He’s critical to the way Liverpool play. He’s a scouser, a future captain, and certain to feature on top ten, five and three lists over club greats in the decades to come. Replacing him, even for a single game, is a tall task for anyone, but especially for Neco Williams.

The Welsh fullback is a fairly talented player, and is coming off a tremendous international break, where he scored and generally caused havoc for Wales’ opponents as they secured a playoff spot in their World Cup qualification bid, but he also represents, without a doubt, the biggest drop-off in talent from first to second choice in the Liverpool squad.

His lack of attacking production can be mitigated by talent in other areas of the pitch against lesser opposition, but it is fast becoming apparent that keeping Trent fit and ready to play throughout the season is going to be of prime importance to Liverpool if they are to succeed in their ambitious goals.


What Happens Next

Games are coming thick and fast every three to four days from now until the new year starts, so the Reds will have to recovery quickly in order to prepare for a visit from Ralph Hassenhüttl’s Southampton on Saturday, before they travel across the park to partake in the first Merseyside derby of the year next Wednesday.

Liverpool 2, Porto 0 – Match Recap: Reds Win, Mo Scores. The Usual.

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Liverpool FC v FC Porto: Group B - UEFA Champions League
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We react to Liverpool’s Champions League victory over Porto and give you a chance to vote for Man of the Match.

Liverpool FC 2 – 0 FC Porto

Liverpool: Thiago 52’, Salah 70’

Pre-Match

Liverpool have won the first four Champions League Group Stage matches, and the rest of the group have conspired to ensure that the Reds will be top of the group no matter what happens. Of course we want to win all the matches. But just think of the LOLZ if we take the night off and Atletico Madrid get eliminated from Europe.

Klopp went with a fairly strong line-up, though not one without changes or surprises! The biggest surprise is Tyler Morton getting his Champions League debut, alongside Thiago and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the center of the park. Sorry, Harvey Elliott, but there’s a new teenage sensation at Anfield. Further back we have Neco Williams coming in for Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Ibrahima Konaté coming in for Virgil van Dijk. And finally, Takumi Minamino gets a deserved start, with Diogo Jota on the bench. Also worth note: Captain Alisson Becker!


First Half

Porto start brightly, keeping Liverpool pinned back near the edge of the box for the opening few minutes. The makeshift side, understandably, looks a bit out of sorts, but they manage to ride out the early pressure without giving away any chance of note.

The visitors nearly score the opener after Tsimikas gets caught out in possession. Porto whip in a cross, picking out an attacker, who heads it onto Joel Matip’s arm at close range, and the ricochet thankfully goes just wide. A few minutes later, Porto create a 2 v 1 break on goal, but put the shot just wide (thanks, in part, to an iffy last-ditch challenge from Tsimikas). These Reds are living dangerously.

Pepe goes off injured about halfway through the half. If you’re thinking that this might be the last time Anfield ever “welcomes” him, well:

Liverpool haven’t created much of note this half, and when they finally create a clear cut chance, Sadio Mané is just offside. Unlucky, but the Reds have looked dangerous in patches tonight, especially on the counter, and have just lacked the final ball.

The Reds go into the intermission both lucky to not be down a goal and also unlucky not to be in the lead. The ball is round, etc. Both Mohamed Salah and Mané have nearly gotten in behind on several occasions. It has been far from a classic European Night at Anfield so far, and the occasion means that is unlikely to change. However, there’s definitely a winner out there tonight, if the Reds can put together a moment of brilliance or two.

Let’s check in on what’s happening in the other group game…

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Second Half

GOAL! OK, there was the out-of-the-blue, against-the-run-of-play goal that Mané’s should have been. Ox sent in a free kick from a wide area, but it was cut out by a Porto defender. But don’t worry, Thiago can just score a screamer from about 30 yards. Holy shit, what a strike. You won’t see them hit more cleanly than that.

With an hour gone Kloppo brings off (wonder) goalscorer Thiago for Jordan Henderson, and Kostas Tsimikas for Andy Robertson.

GOAL!! Mo has been relatively quiet tonight. But he’s shown throughout his Liverpool career, and especially this season, that he only needs a moment to create some magic. Mo and Hendo played a brilliant 1-2, then Mo sent a defender the wrong way and beat the keeper to the near post.

And that goal was Mo’s last touch of the match! Fabinho comes on in his place, and Sadio gets replaced by Divock Origi.

And Origi immediately goes on a crazy run, beating multiple defenders, then wildly misses out on a teammate with an attempted pass, and then nearly wins a penalty (it was just outside of the area). So. Perfect start for the enigma that is Divock Origi. It’s his game now, we’re merely here to witness his brilliance. Not like Thiago’s brilliance. Or Salah’s. But brilliance nonetheless.

Klopp makes his final sub, bringing on James Milner for Ox with about 10 minutes to go. I reckon that’s ample time for Milly to pick up his customary yellow for a tactical foul.

And yep, Milly picks up a yellow for the wonderfully shithouse act of not allowing an opponent to quickly take a free kick.


Final Thoughts and Man of the Match

Liverpool have now outscored Porto 18-2 in the six Champions League matches under Klopp. Tonight was far from the most impressive performance against the Portuguese side, but it was a great performance under the circumstances.

Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid have lost against AC Milan. Lovely.

Champions League 2021-22 Match Coverage: Liverpool vs. Porto

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FC Porto v Liverpool FC: Group B - UEFA Champions League
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Liverpool welcome FC Porto to Anfield for the fifth match of the Champions League group stages. The Reds have already advanced, securing first place in the group after just four games, while the Portuguese side need a win to keep their hopes alive for finishing second. Stick with The Liverpool Offside for full coverage of Wednesday evening’s match.

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