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Chairman of the Technical and Development Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, Chris Green, wants the present crop of Super Eagles to be retained for the Fifa 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia in October.
Nigeria laboured to a 1-0 win over the Taifa Stars of Tanzania in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Uyo last weekend, a meaningless result in terms of the qualifying, as Egypt had already earned the sole group G ticket.
Green says he is satisfied with the team’s performance and wants continuity. He complained about the state of the pitch which he felt held back the Super Eagles on match day.
***** Super Eagles striker Kelechi Iheanacho is keen to replace Sergio Aguero in Saturday’s Manchester derby, if he is selected by Pep Guardiola.
Manchester City’s Aguero is suspended for the big game against Manchester United at Old Trafford, which means that Iheanacho could get his first Premier League start under Guardiola.
The 19-year-old attacker, who scored a stunning goal for Nigeria in last Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Tanzania in Uyo, says he is looking forward to the prospect.
Away from Nigeria and Nigerian soccer stars now,
***** FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he is not yet certain that the 2026 World Cup finals would feature 40 teams, even though he personally favours an expanded tournament
Infantino also said that he would be glad for several countries to share the hosting of the World Cup, describing it as much a “social event for the whole world” as a global sporting competition.
Infantino made a 40-team World Cup a key part of his campaign before his election in February. But he has now admitted that it was not entirely up to him to decide whether the 2026 finals should be increased from the tournament’s current 32-team format.
**** In the English premier League EPL, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen has signed a four-year contract extension.
Eriksen had been in negotiations with Tottenham since early last season and those talks have finally yielded an extended deal worth a reported £75 000 per week
The 24-year-old had been linked with Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus while the discussions dragged on.
But Denmark international Eriksen, signed from Dutch club Ajax in August 2013, admitted he was relieved to have committed his future to the north London team.
**** And, Diego Costa seems to now be in favour with Spain’s national team. Again after a couple of terrific displays.
Since coming on for Alvaro Morata after the Real Madrid forward picked up a knock in Spain’s 2-0 win over Belgium in Brussels last week, Costa has done nothing but impress new coach Julen Lopetegui.
The Spanish coach who recalled Costa after the player was omitted from Spain’s Euro 2016 squad, was delighted to see the Chelsea striker score twice in the 8-0 demolition of Liechtenstein in Monday’s World Cup qualifier.
******* And to tennis,
World number one Serena Williams set a new Grand Slam record of 308 victories with a win over Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan at the US Open in New York.
The American won 6-2 6-3 to pass Roger Federer in the all-time list of matches won at the tennis majors.
She moves on to the quarter-finals, where she will face Romanian fifth seed Simona Halep, who beat Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 7-5.
***** And finally in Atlethics, A paralysed woman who completed the London Marathon in a “bionic” suit has set her sights on completing the Great North Run.
Claire Lomas, from Leicestershire, will be the first person to take on the Great North Run using a robotic suit.
She will begin the event on Wednesday, five days before the run starts, and complete the final mile on Sunday.
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