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ASUU Strike Tops Search On Google In 2019

Google on Wednesday announced the results of its ‘2019 Year in Search’ with Academic Staff Union of Universities’ (ASUU) strike topping this year’s trending news search. Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Google Communication Officer, said that ASUU strike was followed by `AFCON 2019’, ‘Naira Marley’ and the ‘Women’s World Cup 2019’. Kola-Ogunlade said that the results of the ‘Year in Search’ offered a unique perspective on the year’s major moments and top trends based on searches conducted in Nigeria. “This year’s top trending…

Nigeria Has Shown Me So Much Love – Rohr

Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr has said the love Nigerians have shown to him is overwhelming, which is why he is attached to the country and the national team. He however admits that there is a section of the country which he “doesn’t feel this love.” Recall that the German led the Eagles to a third-place finish at last month’s African Cup of Nations in Egypt. “We have difference between Francophone countries and Anglophone countries but I didn’t have any problem adapting (in Nigeria) because I was welcomed by…

Mikel Obi Makes Trabzonspor Debut

Former Super Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi will today make his debut for the Turkish side, Trabzonspor when they play Sparta Prague in the Europa League third round qualifying game. According to Sports Extra, Obi was among the traveling squad of Trabzonspor to Prague. The 20-man squad also included fellow international, Anthony Nwakaeme while Ogenyi Onazi could not be part of the party, as he still recuperating from the injury, which has kept him out of the game for eight months. Recall that Mikel joined…

AFCON 2019: Stuart Baxter Resigns As South Africa Coach

Following a disappointing outing at the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON 2019 in Egygt, Stuart Baxter has resigned as South African coach. According to reports, Baxter was widely unpopular with the South African public, while the media welcomed his decision to leave a job reportedly worth 490,000 rands ($33,500/30,000 euros) a month. “I feel that I cannot continue to work with the required professionalism and passion as I have done,” the 65-year-old England-born Baxter told a press conference at a…

Super Eagles Stars Storm Benin As Colleague, Onyekuru Ties Knot

All is now set for Super Eagles striker, Henry Onyekuru to walk down the aisle with his long-time girlfriend, Esty, tomorrow, Saturday in Benin, Edo State. Esty, who has been dating the striker for a while has a one-year-son with him. According to reports, the ceremony is expected to have several Nigerian internationals in attendance. Reports further said John Ogu, Oghenekaro Etebo, Kenneth Omeruo, Victor Osimhen, Wilfred Ndidi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa are some of the players who have confirmed their attendance. …

AFCON 2019 FINAL: Senegal Hopes For History In Battle Against Algeria

The Cairo International Stadium in Egypt will once again come alive when the Tarranga Lions of Senegal battle the Desert Foxes of Algeria in the Final match of the African Cup of Nations, AFCON 2019 today (Friday). The game will mark the conclusion of the 32nd edition of the competition, which witnessed an increase in the number of participating teams from 16 to 24. While Senegal will be hoping to mark history having never won the crown at the competition, Algeria on the other hand will be seeking a second title, with…

MIKEL OBI: Why I’m Retiring From Super Eagles

Captain of the Super Eagles, John Mikel Obi has announced his retirement from the country’s national team. This comes barely a day after the eagles secured a third-place win of Bronze medals over Tunisia at the ongoing African Cup of Nations, AFCON 2019 in Egypt. While announcing his retirement on his Instagram handle on Thursday, Mikel wrote: “Egypt is a country where I’ve started and have finished my National career. In 2006 I played my first official championship for my Country. 2019 African Cup of Nations marks my…

AFCON 2019: Rohr Satisfied With Eagles’ 3rd Place

Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr has expressed satisfaction over Nigeria’s third place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Egypt. Odion Ighalo’s early goal in the third minute gave Nigeria a 1-0 win over Tunisia in their third-place playoff on Wednesday. The 30-year-old forward, who is the tournament’s top scorer with five goals, was gifted an easy tap-in following a Tunisian defensive mix-up at the Al Salam Stadium. This was after Jamilu Collins’ cross from the left was poorly parried by…

Weird Reactions To Super Eagles Loss In Egypt

The Super Eagles of Nigeria lost to Algeria’s Desert Foxes at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, semi-final on Sunday. The Eagles defeat has since generated weird reactions from Nigerians on the social media. In reactions gathered by THE WHISTLER, some Nigerians blamed the country’s green jersey for the defeat. According to them, the Gernot Rohr’s side would have emerged victorious if the team had worn the green and white jersey rather than the dark green jersey. See tweets below: …

AFCON 2019: Despite Semi-Final Defeat, Rohr Says Future Bright For Youthful Nigeria

Following their 2-1 defeat to Algeria in the semi-final match yesterday at the ongoing African Cup of Nations, AFCON 2019, coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr says the experience gotten at this year’s tournament will make the team stronger. The team suffered a painful, last-gasp defeat to the North African country in the extra time after full time. While noting that the loss was “tough to digest” for his players, Rohr maintained that the current crop of Super Eagles had the potential to become “very good” given…