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Nigeria shines at weightlifting championship in Uganda

Nigeria shines at weightlifting championship in Uganda

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Athlete at a weightlifting competition By Georgina AdegbieThe President of Nigeria Weightlifting Federation (NWF), Mohammed Yahaya, says the country’s weightlifters have won nine gold medals so far at the ongoing African Junior/Youths Weightlifting Championships in Uganda. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 2017 edition of the Championships which started on Saturday is expected to end this Saturday in Entebbe. Yahaya told NAN in Abuja on Tuesday that the athletes would however still win more gold medals for the country before the end of the tournament. “Our athletes are well prepared for the competition, with only three of them (female) winning nine gold medals”. He named the medallists as Islamiyat Yusuf (53 kg), Fatima Yakubu (53kg) and Monica Uweh (48kg). “I’m happy for t
France, Portugal join Russia World Cup train

France, Portugal join Russia World Cup train

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Portugal national team- Russia World Cup bound France and Portugal have clinched qualification for the World Cup, joining 17 other countries that have booked spots in the Russia FIFA World Cup train.France qualified Tuesday night, thanks to goals from Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud in a hard-fought 2-1 win over Belarus on Tuesday. Didier Deschamps’s side successfully completed their tricky challenge of beating Bulgaria and Belarus in their final two qualifiers. The victory at the Stade de France meant they avoided the tension of the playoffs that they had to endure to reach the last two finals. But although they finished top of Group A, Deschamps’s team were less than convincing as already-eliminated Belarus repeatedly penetrated their rearguard. “We are happy, even if qualifying is
South Korea 1 Morocco 3: Tannane double seals comfortable win

South Korea 1 Morocco 3: Tannane double seals comfortable win

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Morocco continued their fine run of form with a 3-1 friendly win over South Korea, with Oussama Tannane scoring twice for the Atlas Lions. Oussama Tannane was at the double as Morocco eased to a 3-1 victory over South Korea in Biel, Switzerland. Las Palmas forward Tannane's last goal came in November 2016 for Saint-Etienne against Angers, but he finally ended his drought with two early strikes for Herve Renard's team. Morocco – who face a crunch clash with Ivory Coast next month as they look to secure a first World Cup appearance since 1998 – added a third through Ismail El Haddad early in the second half before Tottenham forward Son Heung-min grabbed a consolation for South Korea from the spot. It only took Tannane seven minutes to open the scoring as the striker fired Amine Harit's pa
South Korea 1 Morocco 3: Tannane double seals comfortable win

South Korea 1 Morocco 3: Tannane double seals comfortable win

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Morocco continued their fine run of form with a 3-1 friendly win over South Korea, with Oussama Tannane scoring twice for the Atlas Lions. Oussama Tannane was at the double as Morocco eased to a 3-1 victory over South Korea in Biel, Switzerland. Las Palmas forward Tannane's last goal came in November 2016 for Saint-Etienne against Angers, but he finally ended his drought with two early strikes for Herve Renard's team. Morocco – who face a crunch clash with Ivory Coast next month as they look to secure a first World Cup appearance since 1998 – added a third through Ismail El Haddad early in the second half before Tottenham forward Son Heung-min grabbed a consolation for South Korea from the spot. It only took Tannane seven minutes to open the scoring as the striker fired Amine Harit's pa
Shehu Abdullahi wants adequate preparations for 2018 World Cup

Shehu Abdullahi wants adequate preparations for 2018 World Cup

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Anorthosis Famagusta's Shehu Abdullahi says the Super Eagles must prepare adequately for the 2018 World Cup if they hope to go far in the competition. The Eagles defeated the Chipolopolo of Zambia 1-0 courtesy Alex Iwobi's strike. And Abdullahi who was named man of the match expressed his delight being a part of the team and opines that a good preparation will help Gernor Rohr's men in Russia. “It is always every player’s joy to go to the World Cup and it was the reason we were very happy at the end of the game," he told Goal. Related "We celebrated wildly in the dressing room but we need to also focus on having a good World Cup next year. “It was crucial that we got the World Cup ticket before the final game because it will take our minds off pressure. “We will go to Algeria with a relaxe
Shehu Abdullahi wants adequate preparations for 2018 World Cup

Shehu Abdullahi wants adequate preparations for 2018 World Cup

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Anorthosis Famagusta's Shehu Abdullahi says the Super Eagles must prepare adequately for the 2018 World Cup if they hope to go far in the competition. The Eagles defeated the Chipolopolo of Zambia 1-0 courtesy Alex Iwobi's strike. And Abdullahi who was named man of the match expressed his delight being a part of the team and opines that a good preparation will help Gernor Rohr's men in Russia. “It is always every player’s joy to go to the World Cup and it was the reason we were very happy at the end of the game," he told Goal. Related "We celebrated wildly in the dressing room but we need to also focus on having a good World Cup next year. “It was crucial that we got the World Cup ticket before the final game because it will take our minds off pressure. “We will go to Algeria with a relaxe
World Cup: Messi, Argentina in battle of Quito

World Cup: Messi, Argentina in battle of Quito

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Lionel Messi’s Argentina fight in Quito to stay in World CupLionel Messi and Argentina will be fighting for their World Cup lives on Tuesday as the South American heavyweights take on Ecuador aiming to avoid a humiliating failure to qualify for next year’s finals in Russia. The eyes of the football world will turn to Quito’s Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa to see if the once unthinkable prospect of a World Cup without Messi is to become a stunning reality. The two-time World Cup winners head into the final round of South American qualifiers in sixth place, outside the top four positions which grant automatic qualification and trailing fifth-placed Peru, who occupy the playoff spot, on goal difference. Yet with only two points separating third-placed Chile (26 points) with seventh-placed Paragua
World Cup: Messi, Argentina in battle of Quito

World Cup: Messi, Argentina in battle of Quito

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Lionel Messi’s Argentina fight in Quito to stay in World CupLionel Messi and Argentina will be fighting for their World Cup lives on Tuesday as the South American heavyweights take on Ecuador aiming to avoid a humiliating failure to qualify for next year’s finals in Russia. The eyes of the football world will turn to Quito’s Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa to see if the once unthinkable prospect of a World Cup without Messi is to become a stunning reality. The two-time World Cup winners head into the final round of South American qualifiers in sixth place, outside the top four positions which grant automatic qualification and trailing fifth-placed Peru, who occupy the playoff spot, on goal difference. Yet with only two points separating third-placed Chile (26 points) with seventh-placed Paragua
Iceland sets record qualifying for Russia World Cup

Iceland sets record qualifying for Russia World Cup

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Iceland team celebrates for making World Cup Iceland and Serbia have added their names to the list of Russia 2018 participants after qualifying directly from Groups I and D respectively in Europe. The Icelanders’ feat is particularly notable as they have qualified for their first-ever FIFA World Cup™ and will become the least populous nation to compete at the global finals. They secured that place in history with a nervy but thoroughly merited 2-0 win over Kosovo in Reykjavik, rounding off a memorable campaign that has seen them edge out the likes of Croatia, Ukraine and Turkey. Star man Gylfi Sigurdsson scored one and laid on another for Johann Gudmundsson as Heimir Hallgrimsson’s remarkable side kicked off a massive party in the Icelandic capital. Serbia, meanwhile, return for the firs
LIVE: Wales vs Republic of Ireland

LIVE: Wales vs Republic of Ireland

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James McClean was the hero as the Republic of Ireland secured a tense 1-0 victory over Wales in a shoot-out for a World Cup play-off spot at the Cardiff City Stadium. Wales dominated possession but, in the absence of injured star forward Gareth Bale, lacked conviction in the final third and saw their 10-match unbeaten run in competitive home fixtures brought to an end by McClean. Although top spot in Group in D was not out of reach for either side before kick-off, Serbia's 1-0 victory over Georgia gained them automatic qualification to Russia 2018 and forced Martin O'Neill's side into the play-offs. Chris Coleman's men appeared to be in control from kick-off but struggled for creativity after a blow to the head resulted in Joe Allen being substituted before half-time. It was a lapse in con
LIVE: Wales vs Republic of Ireland

LIVE: Wales vs Republic of Ireland

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James McClean was the hero as the Republic of Ireland secured a tense 1-0 victory over Wales in a shoot-out for a World Cup play-off spot at the Cardiff City Stadium. Wales dominated possession but, in the absence of injured star forward Gareth Bale, lacked conviction in the final third and saw their 10-match unbeaten run in competitive home fixtures brought to an end by McClean. Although top spot in Group in D was not out of reach for either side before kick-off, Serbia's 1-0 victory over Georgia gained them automatic qualification to Russia 2018 and forced Martin O'Neill's side into the play-offs. Chris Coleman's men appeared to be in control from kick-off but struggled for creativity after a blow to the head resulted in Joe Allen being substituted before half-time. It was a lapse in con
LIVE: Israel vs Spain

LIVE: Israel vs Spain

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A stunning strike from Asier Illarramendi ensured Spain finished their World Cup qualifying campaign with a flourish as they edged out Israel at the Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem. Julen Lopetegui's much-changed side were a long way from their fluent best and had to rely on a moment of magnificence from the Real Sociedad midfielder, who thrashed a 25-yard half-volley into the top corner of Ariel Harush's net in the 76th minute. Pedro had earlier wasted a golden opportunity to break the deadlock at the end of the first half, while Jonathan Viera and Marco Asensio also came close with long-range strikes. Spain, for whom Sergio Busquets earned his 100th cap, had already secured their place in Russia next year following a 3-0 win over Albania on Friday, and Illarramendi's goal means they finish Gr
LIVE: Israel vs Spain

LIVE: Israel vs Spain

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A stunning strike from Asier Illarramendi ensured Spain finished their World Cup qualifying campaign with a flourish as they edged out Israel at the Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem. Julen Lopetegui's much-changed side were a long way from their fluent best and had to rely on a moment of magnificence from the Real Sociedad midfielder, who thrashed a 25-yard half-volley into the top corner of Ariel Harush's net in the 76th minute. Pedro had earlier wasted a golden opportunity to break the deadlock at the end of the first half, while Jonathan Viera and Marco Asensio also came close with long-range strikes. Spain, for whom Sergio Busquets earned his 100th cap, had already secured their place in Russia next year following a 3-0 win over Albania on Friday, and Illarramendi's goal means they finish Gr
Kante misses France’s final World Cup qualifier

Kante misses France’s final World Cup qualifier

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N’Golo Kante sidelined for France game (Reuters/NAN) Chelsea midfielder N‘Golo Kante has been ruled out of France’s final 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at home to Belarus on Tuesday due to a muscle injury.National team coach Didier Deschamps disclosed this after Kante limped off shortly after half an hour and was replaced by Adrien Rabiot during France’s 1-0 away win over Bulgaria on Saturday. The 1998 champions have now moved within touching distance of qualifying for next year’s World Cup in Russia. “I can’t count on him for the next game. It’s a muscular problem behind the thigh,“ Deschamps said. ”Kante and Rabiot pretty much swapped. It is fixed for Tuesday. “N‘Golo had a crucial part to play, obviously. After N‘Golo’s injury, Adrien Rabiot came on in the same role, maybe not with the
Norway 1 Northern Ireland 0: Brunt own goal cannot halt visitors’ play-off party

Norway 1 Northern Ireland 0: Brunt own goal cannot halt visitors’ play-off party

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An uninspiring defeat in Norway followed news that Northern Ireland had booked their place in the World Cup qualifying play-off round. Chris Brunt's comical own goal failed to take the shine off Northern Ireland's achievement in reaching the World Cup play-offs on Sunday. Brunt volleyed into his own net with 19 minutes remaining as Michael O'Neill's men slumped to a 1-0 defeat in Norway but were still celebrating come the final whistle after Slovakia leapfrogged Scotland in Group F earlier in the day to ensure Northern Ireland could not end the campaign as the worst runners-up in the UEFA section. This was a drab contest as Norway enjoyed the better chances but, without injured talisman Josh King, looked unlikely to make the breakthrough until Brunt's bizarre intervention. A fine campai
Liverpool forward Salah bags brace to send Egypt to first World Cup since 1990

Liverpool forward Salah bags brace to send Egypt to first World Cup since 1990

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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was the hero for Egypt as he booked their first appearance at a World Cup since 1990. The Pharaohs headed into a meeting with Congo knowing that victory would see them progress as winners of their qualification group. They were, however, made to sweat on their place in Russia until the dying stages of a crunch clash. Related Everything looked to be going to plan when Salah opened the scoring just past the hour mark, but a dramatic stoppage-time penalty was required to get the job done. Two goals from @22mosalah - one a 95th-minute penalty - helped secure World Cup qualification for Egypt tonight! https://t.co/kzniUZ1KCE pic.twitter.com/4jrr6nBCzZ — Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 8, 2017 Salah broke the deadlock to put Egypt in control, but Congo hit back tw
Breaking: Salah wins World Cup ticket for Egypt

Breaking: Salah wins World Cup ticket for Egypt

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Mohamed Salah and other team mates jubilate for making Russia Egypt picked the second African ticket, after Nigeria, to the Russian FIFA World Cup, on Sunday after grinding out a 2-1 win over stubborn Congo in Alexandria.The Congolese nearly ruined Egypt’s World Cup hopes, after Boukah Moulou cancelled Mohammed Salah’s 64th minute goal in the 87th minute. But undaunted Pharaohs piled on the pressure against the visitors. Thanks to Salah again who found the net deep in stoppage time via a penalty kick, to give Egypt a memorable,hard fought victory over bottom-placed Congo. Egypt, though a powerful force in African soccer, have been missing in World Cup tournaments since 1990. They are now top of Group E with 12 points, while their closest rivals, Uganda have eight points after being held at
Robben: Netherlands’ World Cup chances are over

Robben: Netherlands’ World Cup chances are over

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A brutally honest Arjen Robben admits Netherlands have no chance of securing the miracle seven-goal victory over Sweden required to book a World Cup play-off berth. The Oranje narrowly avoided elimination with a late 3-1 win in Belarus on Saturday, but the result means they remain little more than a mathematical chance of finishing second in Group A. England 5/1 to beat Lithuania 1-0 Related Sweden earlier romped to an 8-0 rout of Luxembourg to effectively kill off those chances, with Janne Andersson's side boasting a three-point buffer and vastly superior goal difference ahead of their trip to Amsterdam on Tuesday. And Robben, who scored an 84th-minute penalty to restore his side's lead in Belarus, concedes the 2010 World Cup finalists are set to miss Russia 2018. "This hurts. It is unfor
World Cup winner Tostao: Brazil won’t deliberately harm Argentina

World Cup winner Tostao: Brazil won’t deliberately harm Argentina

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Brazil will want to beat Chile even if it helps Argentina in World Cup qualifying, according to Tostao. Tite's Brazil have already sealed a spot at Russia 2018 ahead of hosting Chile on the final matchday in CONMEBOL qualifying on Tuesday. The nation's rivals, Argentina, are sixth – outside even the play-off spot – ahead of a trip to Ecuador, but a win would see them secure at least a top-five finish. Tostao, a World Cup winner with Brazil in 1970, insisted Tite's side would be desperate to beat Chile, who are also at risk of missing out. "The sports programs here in Brazil have talked a lot about that. They ask the question if we have to support Brazil or we must support for Argentina to miss the World Cup," he told La Tercera. "The rivalry with Argentina is very big and everyone knows th
Southgate: England stars must prove themselves as big players

Southgate: England stars must prove themselves as big players

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Gareth Southgate says England's stars cannot be considered "big players" until they prove themselves on the world stage. Although England sealed World Cup qualification with a 1-0 home win against Slovenia on Thursday thanks to a late Harry Kane strike, they have often struggled for cohesion during the campaign. 17/4 for England and Lithuania draw Related Bored home fans floated paper aeroplanes on to the Wembley turf ahead of Kane's late impact, although England's effectiveness in an unbeaten qualifying run is not in doubt. But while England's squad features Champions League winners such as Gary Cahill and players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who have moved for big transfer fees, Southgate believes his men have not yet done enough to be considered among Europe's elite. "Well, are they big