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NIGERIA AFRAID OF CAMEROON AHEAD OF WORLD CUP

West African football giant Nigeria are afraid of the form of their World Cup rivals Cameroon ahead of their clash in the qualifiers.


Both sides are set to meet in August and September. Nigeria are afraid that the confidence in the team following their African Cup of Nations (AFCON) win might give them the edge. Cameroon are also reputed to have the best defence on the continent.

The defensive unit Cameroon employs are strong, fast and are goalscorers. Most of the goals they scored in Gabon 2017 were from the defenders or defensive midfielders. They are unarguably the biggest threat for Nigeria and they could really stop the Super Eagles from playing in the forthcoming World Cup.

Cameroon are closely behind Nigeria after two rounds of matches in the qualifiers. They forced a draw against Algeria and Zambia but were impressive at AFCON, topping Group B. On the other hand, Nigeria have six points from two games and have +3 goal advantage. Zambia are third with a point. Continue reading “NIGERIA AFRAID OF CAMEROON AHEAD OF WORLD CUP”

FIFA PRESIDENT WANTS VIDEO REPLAYS AT THE NEXT WORLD CUP

The president of FIFA Gianni Infantino has put some plans in motion to enable the use of video replays at the next world cup in 2018.


According to him, it would help the referees and other match officials to avoid some serious mistakes that could have easily been avoided.

Being that wrong judgments on the part of match officials have been a very big source of controversy in the past tournaments, Gianni has planned to eradicate any mistakes by providing better surveillance equipments.

On Wednesday, after the first summit of the body, Gianni had said in a comment to reporters that, he believes that the presence of video replays will help officials to make proper and well-informed decisions before awarding penalties, red and yellow cards and even goals.

“It will not answer all the questions a referee can have but it will help them not to make serious mistakes, how? With a referee in front of a TV monitor who looks at the footage and in the space of two, here, four seconds can advise the field referee if he is asked or if he has not seen a serious mistake. Continue reading “FIFA PRESIDENT WANTS VIDEO REPLAYS AT THE NEXT WORLD CUP”

Strachan’s Job Depends on Scotland’s Performance against England, Says Nicholas

Gordon Strachan position as the Scotland boss is reportedly hanging by the thread due to poor sets of results in the World Cup 2018 qualification campaign.


The national team has had only one win in the opening three matches and it was against minnows Malta. Since that opening day victory, Scotland have gone on to suffer a 3-0 thumping at the hands of Slovakia and only a 1-1 draw with Lithuania. Strachan was appointed as the national team boss in January 2013 and the team already had the disappointment of failing to qualify for the Euro 2016 when a number of home nations managed to do so.

Best known for his time at Celtic, Strachan has not been at the best of his game for the last couple of years now. Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas says that the upcoming game for Scotland, against England, will be the key match that would decide the future of Strachan. Another loss would put the team at grave disadvantage when it comes to qualification. Continue reading “Strachan’s Job Depends on Scotland’s Performance against England, Says Nicholas”

ALLARDYCE TO GRANT MICHAIL ANTONIO DEBUT FOR ENGLAND

New England manager Sam Allardyce has decided to grant Michail Antonio his first invitation to play for the Three Lions.


The uncapped player has started this campaign well, scoring his second of the term in the game against Manchester City. The qualifiers poised for the international break would be a good opportunity for him to earn his first cap for England.

Red Devils player Luke Shaw will be in action when England meet Slovakia on September 4 in the World Cup qualifier. This makes for another surprise from Allardyce since Shaw was yet to play for the three Lions since breaking his leg in the last campaign. Man City’s Joe Hart has been invited to stay in goal despite his problems at the Etihad.

After missing out of the Euro 2016, Arsenal forward Theo Walcott and Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater have been recalled to the team. The surprises include Jack Wilshere and Ross Barkley. Both players have been ignored, but Everton’s Phil Jagielka received a call to serve.
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Jurgen Klinsmann has set a lofty target of reaching the semifinals

The United States national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has set a lofty target of reaching the semifinals at the World Cup 2018.


The US has steadily shown improvement under the regime of the German. Part of the success has been bringing several players of German nationality – who are also eligible for the US citizenship – into the national team and this has increased the quality quite tremendously. In terms of its World Cup history, the US national team has been on the rise since it hosted its very first World Cup in 1990. Since then, they have qualified for every World Cup and the tradition is expected to continue for the World Cup 2018 as well.

After having reached the round of 16 in the last two editions, the natural progression for the US national team would be to reach the quarter-finals. Klinsmann, though, has set an ambitious target of reaching the semifinals at this major tournament. It has been speculated for a long time that teams outside the traditional favourites list could go on and win the World Cup at some point in the future. Klinsmann managed to win the Confederations Cup at the first instance in 2013. He will be hoping to use this experience and guide the national team to achieving this lofty target in Russia.
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Chris Coleman to retire after 2018 World Cup

Wales manager Chris Coleman has stated that he will retire after the 2018 World Cup campaign.


The manager has enjoyed unprecedented success with Wales at the Euros where he has brought them to the semi-final, and he said that would continue until the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Chris Coleman stated that he would be ending his Wales management career at the end of the campaign whether Wales make it through to the finals or not. He believes that he has been a manager for quite some time now and that it is time to take a break from the Wales national side.

He said that there is talent in the Wales side and that the team is still young. He stated that he would give his best in the World Cup qualifiers so as to help the team make it to Russia. Wales will be starting their World Cup qualifier on the 5th of September and will be facing Moldova.

Chris Coleman said that it is a pleasure for him to manage Wales and that he wants to go to the end of his contract. He stated that he does not want to take advantage of Wales success and use it as a stepping stone to get another contract elsewhere. He stated that he would finish what he has started in Wales and hopes that he can take the team to Russia.
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