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Ahmed Musa of Nigeria during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals, Semifinals match between Algeria and Nigeria at Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt on 14 July 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu-BackpagePix

Nigeria recall Ahmed Musa for 2021 Africa Cup qualifiers

Nigeria recalled skipper Ahmed Musa, South Africa-based goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi and midfielder Mikel Agu on Monday for next month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho.
Nigeria dropped two places to second in the latest Beach Soccer Ranking for African team and Sand Eagles star Abu Azeez is disappointing.

Sand Eagles star reacts to beach soccer stars award nomination

Sand Eagles forward Abu Azeez has has nominated for the 2019 Beach Soccer Stars, Best Male Player of the Year; for a third year running.
Coach Martins

Africa Cup of Nations debutants Mauritania name squad

French head coach Corentin Martins has called-up experienced forwards Moulaye Ahmed Khalil and Ismael Diakhite as well as youngsters Mohamed Dellah Yali and El Hacen El Id who plays for Real Valladolid in Spain for the competition.

Injured Luis Suarez included in Uruguay’s Copa America squad

Barcelona star Luis Suarez was included in Uruguay’s Copa America squad on Thursday despite undergoing knee surgery just three weeks ago.
(L-R) Arsenal's Spanish defender Hector Bellerin, Arsenal's Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka and Arsenal's English striker Danny Welbeck celebrate their first goal an own goal scored by Watford's Northern Irish defender Craig Cathcart during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Watford at the Emirates Stadium in London on September 29, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS /

Arsenal out to maintain winning run on long Europa League trip

Unai Emery's Arsenal are looking to keep up their winning run when they make their longest ever journey for a competitive game to face Qarabag in Azerbaijan in the Europa League on Thursday.
Europa League

Europa League: Arsenal drawn with Sporting Lisbon

The complete draw for the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League group stage, made in Monaco on Friday.
Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi

Mikel Obi to miss Cup of Nations qualifier

Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel will miss his side’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Seychelles next month, but coach Gernot Rohr still named 16 World Cup players in his squad on Friday.
Croatia’s Luka Modric celebrated after scoring against Argentina on Thursday. Elsa | Getty Images

Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic in Croatia squad to face Portugal, Spain

Luka Modric, awarded the Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup, and his midfield partner Ivan Rakitic have both been called up to the Croatia squad for matches against Portugal and Spain in September.

Ola Aina, Mikel Agu on standby as Super Eagles name final 23 for World...

Nigeria have named a final 23-man squad for the World Cup with Chelsea defender Ola Aina and Mikel Agu from FC Porto placed on standby.

Cristiano Ronaldo leads Portugal World Cup friendlies against Egypt, Netherlands

Cristiano Ronaldo headlined the Portugal squad named on Thursday to face Egypt in Zurich on March 23 and the Netherlands in Geneva four days later.

Injured Neymar out of Brazil’s friendlies against Russia, Germany

Brazilian coach Tite on Monday made the best of injured star Neymar’s forced absence by bringing new names into the national squad for friendlies against Russia and Germany.

Major January transfers in Europe

AFP Sport rounds up some of the most notable deals to have happened in Europe as the January window prepares to slam shut on Wednesday.

Robin van Persie returns to Dutch squad

Dutch coach Dick Advocaat on Friday recalled record goalscorer Robin van Persie from the international wilderness to a 24-man squad for World Cup qualifiers against France and Bulgaria.

Neymar denied Barca return in Champions League groups

Neymar will be denied an immediate return to Barcelona when the Champions League draw is made in Monaco on Thursday.

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House of Reps summons ministers over power sector crisis

The House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, and his Labour and Employment counterpart, Chris Ngige, to explain why nothing was done regarding the 21 days ultimatum given by Electricity Workers Union over unpaid benefits to disengaged employees of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), as well as improved condition of services by their current employers.