Injured Daniel Apeyi has charged fellow goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa to justify his starting spot in today’s World Cup qualifier against Cameroon.
A relapse of a thigh injury in Eagles training forced Akpeyi to miss out on the World Cup qualifiers and hand Ezenwa his first start for the Super Eagles in a competitive game.
“Akpeyi and I have spoken. He told me, ‘I believe you can do it, just go out there and make us proud.’ I have also spoken with Carl Ikeme, (who is undergoing treatment for acute leukaemia) and he also told me I can do it.
“They are behind me with prayers, all I need is to just keep focus and leave the rest to God.”
The IfeanyiUbah goalkeeper said he in turn has wished both rivals quick recovery.
“Daniel and Carl are my brothers and I always pray for quick recovery for them,” Ezenwa told SCORENigeria.
He added that international exposure – 2007 U-20 World Cup, NPFL playing tour of Spain and the 2016 CHAN – has prepared him for today’s challenge.
“The experiences from these competitions will go a long way in helping me,” he said.
“I don’t see playing against Cameroon as something so big because I have been doing it before and I have played against bigger clubs in Europe.
“To play against Cameroon is a good thing and it’s a good exposure for me because it’s a World Cup qualifier.
“I just need to be focused on the game.”
Super Eagles Captain, Mikel Obi Retires From National Team
The 32-year old Super Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi has announced his retirement from the national team.
Obi retired after the Super Eagles of Nigeria took the third position at the 2019 AFCON.
This was confirmed in a post on his verified Instagram handle.
He said, “At the age of 32 it’s time for me to retire from the National team and let the youth take over, who’ve done an amazing job securing a bronze medal at AFCON 2019.”
Moving the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations
With Africa’s premier soccer tournament now underway in Egypt, the continent’s top teams are fighting it out for a position in the finals and the ultimate honour of winning the Total Africa Cup of Nations 2019. Along with the teams comes a massive influx of fans and spectators, joining local people going about their daily business and putting a big strain on transport nodes. That’s being alleviated in Egypt, and Cairo especially, with transport solutions from Thales.
The 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations is the 32ndedition of the tournament which takes place every two years. Organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), it takes place from 21 June to 19 July 2019 and features 24 teams from across Africa.
With more than 50,000 tourists expected to join regular traffic in the cities across Egypt where matches are taking place, Cairo Metro network is playing a crucial role in keeping the tournament moving. Football fans from all over the African continent are using Cairo Metro Line 3 to reach the Stadium station to watch their national teams compete. Thales has supplied Revenue Collection System (RCS) and Integrated Communications and Security (ICS) solution for this line, contracted back in 2007.
In fact, three additional stations were put in service, ahead of the first match, specifically to aid increased demand from fans and citizens alike. And while looking after fans is an obvious priority for the duration of the football tournament, citizens deserve the most convenient, easy-to-use and practical solutions to keep everyone moving freely.
That’s where Thales technology shines. With a longstanding record of providing fully integrated solutions for the city’s Metro owner, National Authority for Tunnels (NAT), , the company first engaged with NAT when it first introduced Line 1 in the 1981. From that day forward, Thales has become the partner of choice for the supply of both Revenue Collection Systems (RCS) and Integrated Communications and Security systems (ICS) for all Cairo Metro Lines.
The expertise which has helped support an improved standard of urban services for the Egyptian people is, in effect, being leveraged so that all football fans and citizens are able to buy tickets and get to their destinations safely and smoothly without encumbrance.
Back in 2016, Thales was awarded for the supply of 850 gates for Cairo Metro Line 1 and Line 2, which is another sentiment for the company’s commitment in supporting its Egyptian customer.
With a doubling of the number of passengers carried on the line expected, safety is as always paramount. But at the same time, solutions which drive efficiency are essential so everyone can get their ticket and take their seat on time.
It’s an exciting time in Egypt right now, and not only because of the sizzling soccer. Development of new metro lines is being powered by some of the world’s foremost technology and expertise. And that means a great experience for football fans—and lasting value for citizens long after the Cup is hosted by one of Africa’s best football team.
Buhari to Super Eagles: Two More Victories And We Are There!
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Super Eagles for another spectacular outing that has confirmed Nigeria’s progress to the Next Level in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Egypt 2019.
With a well-deserved victory over the Bafana Bafana of South Africa, President Buhari said he believes like millions of other sports-loving Nigerians, that “the mission of having the trophy in our hands for the fourth time is almost accomplished for the high flying Eagles”.
This was contained in a statement issued by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President
Buhari urged the team and their handlers to remain focused, disciplined and scale the remaining two hurdles to glory.
He affirmed that the crop of players in the national football team represent the resilient and indomitable Nigerian spirit, which must be reflected in all other areas of national life.
President Buhari also assured the players that Nigerians are praying for them to fly higher and get to the peak of the tournament, knowing that the taste of victory is sweet and what they have achieved so far is pleasing to Nigerians irrespective of ethnic, religious or political inclination.
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