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Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, has claimed that the emergence of Stanley Nwabali as the new number one ends the superstition that he cursed the team




Enyeama retired from international football after 101 caps for Nigeria, following a disagreement with the then-head coach, Sunday Oliseh.

Since his exit, the three-time African champions have struggled to replace him.

With Maduka Okoye not available for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations and Francis Uzoho not convincing with his performances, coach Jose Peseiro called up Nwabali for the tournament.

Despite not playing any competitive game prior, Nwabali impressed as the team reached the final.

“I think Stanley (Nwabali) came in at the right time; for a long time, we have been clamouring for a goalkeeper,” Enyeama said.

“We didn’t readily have Okoye, and Uzoho had done well with the national team, but his form is unfortunate.

“I pray he continues in this good form and ends all the talks about me cursing the national team or casting a spell on the national team.

“I received a lot of nasty messages accusing me of all sorts, but thankfully, Stanley came in and helped change that narrative by breaking through the ranks.

“I didn’t curse the national team; if I had the power to do that, I could have currently changed the economic fortunes of Nigeria.”



 Benin Vs Nigeria PREVIEW: Super Eagles Eye First Win in 2026 World Cup Qualifiers




The anticipation is palpable as Nigeria’s Super Eagles gear up for a crucial encounter against Benin Republic’s Cheetahs on Monday. This match is significant in Nigeria’s quest for a first win in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, and all eyes will be on the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 5 p.m. (Nigerian Time).A Crucial Encounter

The Super Eagles are determined to secure their first victory in the qualifiers after a series of challenging fixtures. This match against Benin Republic presents a golden opportunity for Nigeria to assert their dominance and gain crucial points on the road to the 2026 World Cup. The team has been working hard in training, focusing on tactics and cohesion to ensure they deliver a top-notch performance.

The Stakes are High

For the Super Eagles, this match is more than just a game; it’s a chance to set the tone for the rest of their qualification campaign. With talented players like Victor Osimhen, Wilfred Ndidi, and Samuel Chukwueze expected to feature, Nigeria’s squad boasts the quality needed to overcome any challenge. The pressure is on, but so is the determination to succeed.

Benin Republic’s Challenge

On the other hand, the Cheetahs of Benin are not to be underestimated. Known for their resilience and tactical discipline, they will be looking to make a statement by securing a positive result against one of Africa’s football giants. The Benin team has been preparing rigorously, and playing on home soil will give them an added advantage as they seek to upset the odds.

Key Players to Watch

-Victor Osimhen: The Napoli striker has been in sensational form, and his goal-scoring prowess will be vital for Nigeria.
Wilfred Ndidi: A rock in midfield, Ndidi’s defensive abilities and ball distribution will be crucial in controlling the game.
Samuel Chukwueze: The Villarreal winger’s pace and creativity can unlock any defense, making him a key asset for the Super Eagles.

Benin Republic
Steve Mounié: The Huddersfield Town forward is known for his aerial ability and will be a constant threat to Nigeria’s defense.
Jordan Adeoti: A stalwart in midfield, Adeoti’s experience and leadership will be essential in orchestrating play for the Cheetahs.
Sessi D’Almeida: The industrious midfielder’s energy and work rate can disrupt Nigeria’s rhythm and create opportunities for Benin.

Tactical Battle

Nigeria’s coach, José Peseiro, will likely adopt an attacking approach, aiming to leverage the pace and skill of his forwards to break down Benin’s defense. Conversely, Benin’s strategy under coach Michel Dussuyer is expected to focus on a solid defensive setup, looking to exploit counter-attacks and set-pieces to trouble the Nigerian backline.

The Road Ahead

A win for Nigeria would boost their confidence and place them in a stronger position in the qualifiers. For Benin, a positive result would be a significant morale booster and could spark hopes of an unexpected qualification run. Both teams understand the importance of this fixture and will be giving their all on the pitch.


As the clock ticks down to kickoff, football fans across Africa and beyond eagerly await what promises to be a thrilling encounter. The Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium will be the stage where dreams are made or dashed, and the Super Eagles will be looking to soar high in their quest for World Cup glory.

Stay tuned for what promises to be an unforgettable match as Nigeria’s Super Eagles take on Benin Republic’s Cheetahs. Will Nigeria secure their first win in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, or will Benin pull off a stunning upset? All will be revealed on Monday.

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Nkana Aims to Foil Zesco United’s Championship Aspirations




After securing a victory over their rivals last week, Nkana is now focused on defeating struggling Zesco United in today’s Super League fixture.

Nkana enters the match brimming with confidence following their triumph over Power Dynamos in the Kitwe Derby, held at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.

Today’s encounter holds particular significance as Nkana aims to surpass the 40-point mark, a milestone that would bolster their chances of remaining in the league. Conversely, Zesco United is keen to avoid falling further behind league leaders Red Arrows.

Presently occupying the ninth position with 37 points, Nkana sits comfortably six points clear of the relegation zone. A victory today would all but secure their position in the league for the foreseeable future.

On the other hand, Zesco United currently holds the second spot with 51 points, trailing league leaders Arrows by 10 points. However, a defeat today would significantly dent their aspirations for clinching the title.

Today’s fixtures are as follows:

15:00 | Nkana Vs ZESCO United | Venue: Nkana Stadium
15:00 | Forest Rangers Vs Konkola Blades | Venue: Dola Hill
15:00 | Red Arrows Vs Kansanshi Dynamos | Venue: Nkoloma Stadium
15:00 | NAPSA Stars Vs Green Eagles | Venue: REIZ Arena

As the teams take to the pitch, anticipation is high for an exhilarating display of football prowess and determination.

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‘You will be suspended,’ FIFA warns FAZ




FIFA has issued a stern warning to the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) regarding potential repercussions should they heed a High Court order preventing their Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for today.

Despite FAZ’s plans to convene its ordinary AGM at the Government Complex, a High Court injunction obtained by soccer administrator Damiano Mutale has thrown a wrench into their plans.

In a letter dated April 26, 2024, addressed to FAZ General Secretary Reuben Kamanga, FIFA Member Associations Officer Kenny Jean-Marie urged FAZ to disregard the court order, suggesting that it represents undue influence by third parties.

Jean-Marie’s letter emphasized that the High Court’s order could be viewed as a violation of FIFA and CAF Statutes, potentially leading to sanctions against FAZ. He stated that any attempt by third parties to obstruct the FAZ AGM might prompt FIFA to intervene and consider imposing sanctions in accordance with its statutes.

Furthermore, Jean-Marie warned that if FAZ were to face suspension, it would result in Zambia being deprived of participation in sporting activities with other countries. This could lead to further sanctions, including the prohibition of sporting contacts with suspended member associations and the imposition of additional penalties by FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee.

The implications of such actions underscore the seriousness with which FIFA views the situation, highlighting the potential consequences not only for FAZ but for the broader sporting landscape involving Zambia.

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