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AFCON 2024: Cote d’Ivoire Beats Nigeria To Win 3rd AFCON Title

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The just concluded Africa Cup of Nations took place in Ivory Coast, and there was an incredible roller coaster ride for the hosts as they went from near-total embarrassment to champions of the continent.

The mighty Elephants of Ivory Coast triumphed over Nigeria in a thrilling match on Sunday, taking home the Africa Cup of Nations trophy for a record-breaking third time! After falling behind early, the Ivorians showed true grit and determination, coming back with two goals to snatch victory from the claws of the Super Eagles.  It was a dramatic turnaround and a historic win for the Ivory Coast team and their fans.

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While Nigeria hadn’t lifted the trophy since 2013, they were hungry for their fourth win, having triumphed in 1980, 1994, and 2013. Cote d’Ivoire, champions in 1992 and 2015, also dreamed of glory. The match kicked off with a bang! Nigeria’s defender, William Troost-Ekong, thumped in a header in the 38th minute, sending the crowd into a frenzy. But Cote d’Ivoire wouldn’t give up easily.

Even though they were behind, Ivory Coast kept their heads held high and controlled most of the game (they had the ball 65% of the time!). They kept working together beautifully, passing well and moving the ball quickly. They fought back and equalised in the 62nd minute with a powerful header from Franck Kessie. He ran to the corner, hand raised in a triumphant salute, as the orange-clad crowd erupted in joy. Both goals were headed beauties—exciting displays of aerial skill!

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The final saw Ivory Coast’s relentless pressure finally pay off! Haller’s goal from Adingra’s cross sent the packed 60,000-seat stadium into a frenzy at the obvious victory. Haller, who had already scored once after overcoming an ankle injury, found the net, and this goal was especially meaningful as it came just a year after his recovery from cancer.

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It was a major victory for him, both on and off the field.

The small group of Nigerian fans in their green and white barely stood a chance against the roaring home crowd.

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Haller’s winning goal sparked celebrations that will echo through the night in Abidjan and across the entire nation of 27.5 million people!

Nigeria, despite their strong defence, let in the same number of goals in the final as they had in the entire tournament put together. Their coach, José Peseiro, had hoped for a strong defence to bring home their fourth title.

“We played great, but Ivory Coast was just better today,” Peseiro admitted. He felt the pressure on his players, praising the home team for staying calm under fire.

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Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna Jr. Wins Bronze Medal On Global Table Tennis Stage

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A young Nigerian table tennis star, Quadri Aruna Jr., has made his mark on the world stage. Following in the footsteps of his legendary father, Quadri Aruna Sr., the talented 11-year-old secured a thrilling bronze medal at the prestigious World Table Tennis Youth Contender Cup.

His impressive performance, showcasing both skill and determination, is a shining example of rising talent in the sport and a source of immense pride for Nigeria. This bronze medal is just the beginning of what promises to be an exciting journey for the young player on the international table tennis scene.

The Aruna family’s table tennis dynasty continues to shine. Young Quadri Aruna Jr.’s recent victory adds another beautiful chapter to their legacy, showcasing his unwavering dedication and grit. This achievement fills Nigeria with immense pride, as the young athlete becomes a beacon of inspiration for aspiring sports fans across the nation.

His relentless pursuit of excellence on the table serves as a powerful reminder that dreams, coupled with hard work, can truly become reality.

The jubilant cheers echoed as congratulations rained down on young Quadri Aruna Jr., a rising star in the world of table tennis. His triumphant bronze medal at the recent tournament marked the exciting beginning of a promising career.

The nation is proud of his victory, drawing inspiration from his dedication and talent. This young athlete, like a beacon, shines brightly, urging other aspiring players to chase their dreams and excel on the court.

The Aruna family’s legacy in table tennis continues to flourish, with young Quadri carrying the torch and promising a future brimming with success for Nigerian sports.

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Taiwo Awoniyi Sets A Premier League Record

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Nigeria’s star striker, Taiwo Awoniyi, has etched his name in the English Premier League history books. He recently claimed the coveted title of “Highest Shot Conversion Rate” since the previous season commenced. His impressive feat has turned heads across the league, solidifying his position as a player to watch.

Taiwo Awoniyi, the Nigerian striker, is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest from Liverpool.

Despite being sidelined for 12 games due to injuries, he has delivered an impressive performance on the pitch.

In fact, his performance has surpassed that of other well-known players. One of the players is Erling Haaland, the Norwegian striker who currently plays for Borussia Dortmund. Others include Hee-Chan Hwang from RB Leipzig, Callum Wilson from Newcastle United, Diogo Jota from Liverpool, and Ivan Toney from Brentford.

Taiwo Awoniyi is currently firing on all cylinders. Reports reveal a remarkable shot conversion rate of 28.6%. This shot conversion exceeds even the prolific Erling Haaland of Manchester City, whose rate sits at 26.1%.

What makes this feat even more impressive? While Haaland boasts a higher total of 52 goals since last season, Awoniyi has achieved his success with just 16 goals. This means he’s making the most of his chances, converting them into goals at a rate that surpasses even some of the league’s top scorers.

Following his triumphant return from injury, Taiwo Awoniyi has been on a tear for Nottingham Forest. He has netted twice in his last five matches. His crucial opening goal in the 2-0 triumph over West Ham United proved instrumental in propelling the team further away from the dreaded relegation zone.

While his dream of representing Nigeria at the 2023 AFCON tournament may have been put on hold, Taiwo Awoniyi’s unwavering commitment to his club is evident.

As the team gears up for a Premier League clash against Aston Villa, all eyes will be glued to Awoniyi. Football stans are eager to see if he can maintain his exceptional form.

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These African Countries Are Set To Clash As AFCON 2025 Qualifier Kicks Off

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The road to the AFCON 2025 (Africa Cup of Nations) begins for eight determined nations on March 20th, 2024!

The excitement is visible as the Confederation of African Football (CAF) officially announced the preliminary round draw in Cairo, Egypt, following the conclusion of the 34th AFCON tournament in Cote d’Ivoire earlier this month.

In this first stage of qualifying, football fans will witness four captivating clashes: Somalia will lock horns with Eswatini, while Sao Tome and South Sudan prepare for a thrilling encounter. Meanwhile, Chad and Mauritius will be vying for dominance, and Djibouti and Liberia gear up for an electrifying match.

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These preliminary fixtures promise to be a thrilling prelude to the main event as each team strives to earn their place among the elite contenders for the prestigious AFCON 2025 (Africa Cup of Nations) title.

According to CAF, “a total of 52 nations will be engaged for the CAF Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2025 qualifiers.”

The qualifiers will begin with a preliminary stage.

During this stage, the eight nations that are ranked the lowest according to the FIFA Rankings will compete against each other in matches that involve two legs. This means that each team will play one match at their home stadium and one away. Only the four teams that emerge victorious from this stage will advance to join the other 44 teams in the group stage. In the group stage, all 48 teams will compete to qualify for the main tournament.

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