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AFCON 2023: Sanusi Returns To Full Training, Osimhen, Troost-Ekong Rested

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Zaidu Sanusi is now in contention to start Nigeria’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations final clash with the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire after returning to full training on Friday night.

Sanusi missed Nigeria’s semi-final victory against Bafana Bafana of South Africa due to injury.

The FC Porto defender participated in all the training drills at the Police College Cocody, Abidjan.


Meanwhile, Victor Osimhen and William Troost-Ekong didn’t partake in the training.

The duo were rested and are expected to be part of the final session on Saturday (today).

The Super Eagles will face the hosts at the Alassanne Quattara Stadium, Ebimpe, Abidjan on Sunday.

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Not Arsenal, Prove Yourself Outside Serie A – Thierry Henry Tells Osimhen

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has sent a message to Napoli striker Victor Osimhen to prove himself outside of the Serie A.

Henry, who doesn’t want Osimhen to move to Arsenal, also wished the Nigerian all the best in his next career after Napoli.

Osimhen has been linked with Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal in the summer transfer window.

The current African Footballer of the Year will leave Napoli at the end of the season.

“I think he needed the goal today [against Barcelona]. At the AFCON, we saw him, he can lead the line, run into the channels, and has excellent hold-up play. How good can he be? He showed last year what he could do and won the African Player of the Year along the way, winning the Scudetto with Napoli and getting to the final with Nigeria,” Henry said on the UEFA Champions League show with CBS Sports Golazo.

“I’d like to see him now, what he can do in the Premier League or wherever he is gonna go or Paris Saint-Germain. Not Arsenal, I won’t go there. I want to see him take the next step and be more consistent with his output, but to be able to win the title with Napoli the way he did will stay in history forever, so all the best to him in his career.”

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Championship: Maresca Rues Ndidi’s Absence For Leeds United Clash

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Leicester City manager Enzo Maresca has lamented Wilfred Ndidi’s absence ahead of his side’s trip to Leeds United on Friday (today).

The Foxes head to Elland Road for a meeting of the Sky Bet Championship’s top two.

The Foxes currently have a nine-point lead at the top of the table.

Ndidi is the only player out injured from the first team group.

“The only one at the moment is Wilf. He is still injured. One of our best players, or best position, is Wilf. When he’s not there, we used Cesare,” Maresca told the club’s official website.

“Now they’re not there so we try to adapt. Unfortunately Wilf is still injured

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2024 Olympic Qualifiers: Waldrum Bemoans Short Preparation Window For Cameroon Clash

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Super Falcons head coach Randy Waldrum has voiced his displeasure over the short time frame available for his side to prepare for their 2024 Olympic Games qualifiers against Cameroon.

The West Africans only trained three times ahead of tonight’s first leg tie against the Indomitable Lionesses.

The Super Falcons will also have few days to prepare for the reverse fixture which will hold next week Monday.


Waldrum claimed the short preparation is not good enough for the team but is upbeat his players will be ready for the game.

“Anytime we have an international break, we don’t have much training time especially when you have two matches,” Waldrum told reporters.

“I think we are as prepared as we can be. Our players are playing abroad. Coming after the World Cup, I think the players are in great spirit.

“We respect Cameroon and we know it will be a great match in both legs but I think we would be ready.”

The American has selected 21 players for the third round tie.

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