The Nigerian international midfielder Sunday Mba, who was the star of the show as his country won the African Cup of Nations in February, is being linked with a $1 million dollar-rated move to Arsenal, around 600,000 GBP.
The talented attacking midfielder shot to stardom by scoring the winning goal against the Ivory Coast in the Afcon semi-final and subsequently scoring the only goal against Burkino Faso to win the title for the Super Eagles.
22-year old Godfrey Oboabona will not be totally unheard of at Arsenal. The centre back plays for Sunshine Stars FC and the Nigerian national team. He played the full 90 minutes in direct opposition to the Arsenal striker Gervinho as the Ivory Coast were knocked out of the African Cup of Nations at the quarter-final stage.
If Ivan Gazidis has not been telling the Arsenal fans porkies, then Arsene Wenger is going to have asignificant amount of money to spend on players in the summer. He didn't use much in January, so should have well over £50 million to strengthen for next season.
The defence has certainly been a bit fragile, and one player who has the talent and strength to boost it seems to be looking for a move to England.
Arsene Wenger has told the media that he would have added to the Arsenal squad last month if he had been able to find available players of the right quality, but he could not, apparently. Many Arsenal fans were hoping for another striker, with David Villa the centre of a great deal of speculation, but Barcelona apparently refused to sell.
The Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF) and Soccer United Marketing (SUM) announced on Wednesday March 6, 2013 that the Mexican National Team will face the current Africa Cup of Nations champion, Nigeria, on Friday, May 31 (9:00 p.m.
Das nenne ich mal eine Prämie. Sieben Tage Frei-Sex hat die Vereinigung der nigerianischen Prostituierten, kurz ANP, jedem Nationalspieler Nigerias versprochen, wenn sie den Titel beim Africa Cup 2013 holen würden. Sieben ganze Tage! Und wie wir seit gestern nun auch wissen, hat diese Prämie den Spielern Beine gemacht.
When Nigeria won the Africa Cup of Nations last weekend, we already knew the Association of Nigerian Prostitutes promised to give them a week of free sex for their achievement. Now Nigeria president Goodluck Jonathan has added to their haul and though his offerings couldn't match the ANP's, they were still pretty great.
Nigeria overcame Africa Cup of Nations favourites Ivory Coast on Sunday, putting the Super Eagles in the final four of the competition. Stephen Keshi's side now face dark horse Mali in the semi-finals on Wednesday, after which the winner may face current favourites Ghana in the final on Sunday.
Defeating Mali and the Black Stars will be no easy feat, but to encourage the West African nation to bring home their third Africa Cup of Nations trophy, the Association of Nigerian Prostitutes — yes, there is an official Association of Nigerian Prostitutes — have promised seven days of free sex if they win.
The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finished last weekend. All of the players are back with their respective clubs, their focus now on club glory rather than on the international arena. It's a good time to take a short look back at some of the statistics that came out of this enthralling tournament. Perhaps the biggest story of this years Africa Cup of Nations was the failure of Ivory Coast's "golden" generation to lift the trophy that had almost seemed their birthright.
The curtain closed on the 2013 African Cup of Nations with a match that neatly encapsulated the prevailing plot of the tournament: Disjointed, uneven stretches of play punctuated by decisive flashes of brilliance.
Catalonia vs Nigeria 2013 Friendly Highlights 1-1 Sergio Gonzalez penalty Bright Dike Goal Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Catalonia vs Nigeria 2013 Friendly Highlights 1-1 Sergio Gonzalez penalty Bright Dike Goal Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Catalonia vs Nigeria 2013 ( Catalunya Super Eagles VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Catalonia vs Nigeria 1-1 ( Sergio Gonzalez pen/ Bright Dike) Estadio Cornella-El Prat, Espanyol- January 2, [.
For all the praise heaped upon Burkina Faso for their unexpected run to the AFCON 2013 final, there is little doubting that Nigeria were the best team in the tournament. The Super Eagles only showed this intermittently in the final itself, most importantly with the appropriately-named Sunday Mba's stunning winning goal and goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama's stunning 72nd-minute save from substitute Wilfried Sanou.
Over the past couple of weeks Africa has transformed into the centre stage of world football, where South Africa hosted the 29th edition of the African Cup of Nations. Like all tournaments, twists and turns unfolded on such a vibrant place where the beautiful game is played: title-holders Zambia crashed out early, Cabo Verde made a name for themselves and Drogba once again failed to take the trophy home for Les Éléphants.
Winning the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 1994, Nigeria were obviously eager to celebrate after beating Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final. In fact, Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama was so eager to celebrate that as soon as the referee took the ball from him and blew the final whistle, he tried to jam his head between the official's legs and lift him up on his shoulders.
Nigeria won their third Africa Cup of Nations title, beating Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final. Midfielder Sunday Mba scored the match's only goal and it was one worthy of a title. In the 40th minute, Mba took control of a deflected ball just outside the box, flipped the ball over a defender's head and scored with a volley just before another defender could get to it.
This weekend's must-see fixture is the African Nations Cup final when Nigeria and Burkina Faso duke it out in Johannesburg.
Burkina Faso will be taking part in its first ever African Nations Cup final, and they have been handed a big boost following a successful appeal of striker Jonathan Pitroipa's controversial red cardin the semi-final match against Ghana.
After a mid-week round of international matches, club sides all over the world return to action this weekend, with a full programme of matches in all of the major leagues. With some top European clashes on offer this weekend, plus of course the small matter of the African Cup of Nations to settle, there are a wealth of games well worth the watch over this coming weekend.
Comienza en Sudáfrica la 29na edición de la Copa Africana de Naciones . La competencia se disputará del 19 de enero al 10 de febrero Johannesburgo, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Nelspruit y Rustenburg. En este torneo resaltaran las ausencias de Egipto, Camerún y Senegal. La Copa Africana de Naciones se juega desde 1957 con una periodicidad de 2 años.
With the Africa Cup of Nations 2013 almost here I thought I'd take a look at the players who make up the sixteen squads taking part in the competition. Some of the graphics are interactive, so feel free to have a click around.
The above graphic was made with infogr.am and the data came from the ever reliable wikipedia.
Winning a major international tournament should always be a cause of celebration. But Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama did his best to get himself in trouble in the aftermath of his side's African Cup of Nations win by trying to pick up the referee. Perhaps he was struggling to contain his excitement at the prospect of [.
African Cup of Nations review: Nigeria crowned kings of the continent - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The African Cup of Nations came to a dramatic close on Sunday, with Nigeria ending a 19-year drought at the competition to lift the winner's trophy for the third time in their history with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Burkina Faso.
Nigeria vs Burkina Faso AFCON 2013 Final Highlights February 10 Mba Goal Super Eagles Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Nigeria vs Burkina Faso AFCON 2013 Final Highlights February 10 Mba Goal Super Eagles Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Nigeria vs Burkina Faso 2013 ( Nigeria Burkina VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Nigeria vs Burkina Faso 1-0 ( Mba) FNB Stadium, Johannesburg- 10 February, 2013- 18.
Burkina Faso and Nigeria are scheduled to meet tonight in the finals of the African Cup of Nations! Jonathan Pitroipa, Burkina Faso's squad's star striker, who has unfortunately been suspended from the game, has been speaking about the exciting final.
As we posted to the tumblr yesterday morning, there were at least 10 international matches of interest yesterday, ranging from the Africa Cup of Nations semifinals in the morning, to a bunch of international friendlies in mid-afternoon, and capped off by the 1st three Hex matches.
Here's a roundup of various match notes and observations from the CultFootball crew:
The twoAfrica Cup of Nations semifinals: I put on the first semifinal, Mali vs Nigeria, midway thru the 1st half, and quickly saw Nigeria go up 3-0 within the span of 20 minutes.
Ghana disappointed again. Granted, they have not looked good in the tournament, and were lucky not to be eliminated by Cape Verde, but they remained favourites against Burkina Faso, who had never made it to a final before. As two years ago, penalty kicks in South Africa proved to be Ghana's doom, and just as Ivory Coast, Ghana must start to consider whether they are also a version of "old Spain",
Nigeria's Africa Cup of Nations squad will be offered a week of free sex if they bring the trophy home. An organisation representing the country's sex workers says Chelsea star Victor Moses and his team-mates will be entitled to freebies for a week providing they win the tournament. Jessica Elvis, national secretary of the [.
In the last years the Ivory Coast has been one of the most hyped African teams. And with reason: headed by Didier Drogba the team has one of the strongest teams of experienced players in the best European leagues. But again and again they have disappointed. South Africa 2013 has been no exception. Today they lost 2-1 in the quarterfinals against a Nigeria that has been criticized throughout the
Ivory Coast vs Nigeria AFCON 2013 Highlights Tiote Emenike Mba Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Ivory Coast vs Nigeria AFCON 2013 Highlights Tiote Emenike Mba Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Ivory Coast vs Nigeria 2013 ( Cote d'Ivoire Super Eagles VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Ivory Coast vs Nigeria 1-2 ( Tiote/ Emenike, Mba) Royal Bakofeng Stadium, Rustenburg- Africa Cup of [.
Cheick Tiote will be on his way home from South Africa after the Ivory Coast the favorites were beaten 2-1 by Nigeria in the quarter finals of the African Cup Of Nations (AFCON) in Rutenbyurg Soutyh Africa. Emmanuel Emenike gave Nigeria the lead after 43 minutes with a long range shot that was [...]
With the time difference I have not had much chance to watch the Africa Cup of Nations. A couple of days ago I saw Nigeria's two penalty victory against Ethiopia in Group C that put the giants in the next round. Nigeria is eager for a success that has eluded the African giants for years, but their team is not looking that strong.
Ethiopia vs Nigeria AFCON 2013 Highlights 0-2 Victor Moses Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Ethiopia vs Nigeria AFCON 2013 Highlights 0-2 Victor Moses Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Ethiopia vs Nigeria 2013 ( Walyas Super Eagles AFCON VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Ethiopia vs Nigeria 0-2 ( Moses*2) Royal Bakofeng Stadium- 29 January, 2013- 17.
Capturing the nature of the African Cup of Nations - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The African Cup of Nations has kicked off and even though Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, etc. are being touted as the usual favourites. But the nature of the competition is such that any of the participants can pull off a shock win.
Nigeria vs Burkina Faso 2013 AFCON Highlights Emenike Traore Goals Ambrose Red Card Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Nigeria vs Burkina Faso 2013 AFCON Highlights Emenike Traore Goals Ambrose Red Card Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Nigeria vs Burkina Faso 2013 ( Super Eagles Burkina VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Nigeria vs Burkina Faso 1-1 ( Emenike/ Traore) Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit- 21 January, 2013- 18.
Back when NBC and MLS announce their partnership NBC said they would carry every match online. Then reality happened and legal streams did not. Today, that changes. NBC Sports Live Extra will carry over 1000 events in the next year including MLS games.
The first NBC Sports Network event to be live streamed will be tonight's NHL matchup featuring the Tampa Bay Lightning hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30 p.
Nigeria is back on top of the African football landscape, after a gritty 1-0 victory over Cinderella side Burkina Faso in the African Cup of Nations final.
Nigerian midfielder Sunday Mba scored the game's only goal in the 40th minute in stunning fashion, flicking the ball over a defender with his right foot, before finishing into the far post with his left.