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Osimhen Returns as Rohr Invites 24 for Sierra Leone

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After missing out of the Super Eagles friendlies against Algeria and Tunisia in Austria, Napoli’s striker, Victor Osimhen, returns to the Super Eagles ahead of the double-header against Sierra Leone next month.

Nigeria plays Sierra Leone in 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers in November and for the encounters, the team manager, Gernot Rohr, has called up Ahmed Musa, defender William Ekong, midfield enforcer Oghenekaro Etebo and 21 others.

Defenders Kenneth Omeruo, Leon Balogun and Chidozie Awaziem, midfielder Alex Iwobi and forwards Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze and Chidera Ejuke are also called.

Nigeria’s leading marksman in the series, Victor Osimhen returns after missing out of this month’s friendlies against Algeria and Tunisia, just as midfielder Joseph Ayodele-Aribo and South Africa –based goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.

Switzerland –based goalkeeper Sebastian Osigwe will hope to earn his first cap for Nigeria, while defenders Kevin Akpoguma and Zaidu Sanusi, who impressed in the friendlies in Austria, have been handed opportunities to add to their caps.

There are seven players on standby, including defender Abdullahi Shehu, goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, midfielders Ramon Azeez and Samson Tijani, and forward Paul Onuachu.

The Super Eagles take on the Leone Stars at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City on Friday, 13th November before flying to Freetown for the return game on Tuesday, 17th November at the Siaka Stevens Stadium.

Players are expected to report at the Protea Hotel Emotan in Benin City on Monday, 9th November. Victory in both encounters will all but guarantee Nigeria a slot at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations finals holding in Cameroon.

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Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Sebastian Osigwe (FC Lugano, Switzerland); Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Boavista, Portugal); William Ekong (Watford FC, England); Olaoluwa Aina (Fulham FC, England); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto, Portugal); Kevin Akpoguma (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Germany)

Midfielders: Oghenekaro Etebo (Galatasaray, Turkey); Tyronne Ebuehi (FC Twente, Netherlands); Frank Onyeka (FC Midtjylland, Denmark); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Unattached); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Emmanuel Dennis Bonaventure (Club Brugge, Belgium); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia)

Standby: Francis Uzoho (APOEL Nicosia, Cyprus); Samson Tijani (TSV Hartberg, Austria); Abdullahi Shehu (Omonia Nicosia, Cyprus); Ramon Azeez (Granada CF, Spain); Kelechi Nwakali (SD Huesca, Spain); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium)

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Moroccan Defender, Mohamed Abarhoun, Dies Of Stomach Cancer

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Mohamed Abarhoun, Moroccan professional footballer, is dead.

Abarhoun, who played as a defender, died from stomach cancer aged 31.

Abarhoun’s former club Caykur Rizespor has confirmed that the seven-cap Morocco international passed away on Tuesday after being diagnosed with stomach cancer earlier this year.

In a statement the club said: “We have learned with sadness the news of the death of our former football player Mohamed Abarhoun, who has been receiving treatment for a while.

“We wish Allah’s mercy to Mohamed Abarhoun, who passed away, and our condolences to his family, relatives and community.”

Abarhoun spent seven years playing in Morocco for Moghreb Tetouan, where he won two league titles, before moving to Portuguese side Moreirense, who he left last year to join Rizespor.

At international level, the defender helped Morocco’s under-23 side qualify for the 2012 Olympics and went onto play twice at the Games in London.

He also played for Morocco at the 2014 African Nations Championship, the tournament for locally-based players, in South Africa as well as two friendlies.

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Botswana Completes Renovation Of Athletes Village

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The Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) says it has spent 4.1 million Pula (around $375,000) to refurbish its athletes’ facility.

The facility has 16 units, which contained eight two-bedroom apartments and eight one-bedroom apartments all with a lounge, kitchen and bathroom.

Speaking during the handing over ceremony of the facility on Tuesday in Gaborone, Tumiso Rakgare, Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, said the facility was acquired in 2007 for purposes of athletes lodging, while in camp.

“This was done as a long-term strategy to cut costs as athletes had to be booked in hotels during national team camps.’’

Over the years, the facility had been serving its purpose, though maintenance and upkeep had been lacking due to constant usage by the athletes, added Rakgare.

Rakgare further said the ministry made it a priority to make funds available to assist in refurbishing the facility to improve its aesthetic appeal.

He also advised the commission to use the facility, to generate revenue when athletes are not in camp.

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SPORTS NEWS IN 60 | 1 – 12 – 2020

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Newscentral’s Joe Hanson bringing you headlines of the latest sports stories from Africa today.

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