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23rd, Feb 2022

Super Falcons Set To Qualify For Africa Women's Cup of Nations

Stade Robert Champroux in Abidjan

Nigeria’s senior female football team, the Super Falcons, took a giant stride towards qualification for the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations by beating Cote d’Ivoire 2-0 at the Moshood Abiola Stadium last Friday.

Ifeoma Onumonu got both goals on either side of halftime, as the Super Falcons put up a decisive display to thrill the Abuja fans in the tie’s first leg.

 

The second leg will be played today, Wednesday 23rd February 2022, at the Stade Robert Champroux in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, by 5pm.

 

The Super Falcons head coach, Randy Waldrum was bullish of his side’s chances ahead of the game. He says they won’t sit back on their two-goal lead in the tie but instead would look forward to scoring more goals to put the tie to bed.

 

“I’m confident. We got the win and scored two goals (in the first leg), but we all know there are two legs to it. So, we have to come out with the attitude that we have to score goals here and win the game. We can’t sit back and try to protect that two-goal lead.”

 

Asisat Oshoala will miss the game as she is still sidelined with an injury, but according to Waldrum, this will not deter the girls. He says, “I think the girls have moved on. It was disappointing the day she was injured. For a few hours, it was a bit of shock, but then they realized the next player had to be ready to play. Their mind is completely on the game.”

The Super Falcons, the reigning African champions, will be aiming to qualify for the tournament, which holds from the 2nd to 23rd of July 2022 in Morocco. An added incentive for the Falcons is that the four semi-finalists from the Women’s Nations cup will qualify automatically for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup that will be played in Australia and New Zealand.

 

A win, draw or a loss by a one-goal margin will be enough to see the Super Falcons through. We wish the Super Falcons the best of luck as we will be cheering them on today.

 

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23rd, Jan 2022

Countdown To Nigeria vs Tunisia

It’s official. The Super Eagles of Nigeria will face Tunisia in the Round of 16 after the Tunisians finished third in their group.

The fixture is a repeat of the third-place play-off at the 2019 tournament, which the Super Eagles won courtesy of Odion Ighalo’s strike.

The Tunisians have had a difficult tournament, losing twice and winning once. This is in contrast to the Super Eagles, who have been in imperious form, winning all three matches, scoring six goals and conceding just one goal from the spot.

 

Date, Kick-off Time and Venue

The match will be played at the Roumde Adija Stadium in Garoua by 8pm on Sunday, January 23, 2022.

 

Team News

There is no injury concern for Austin Eguavoen’s side. After springing eight changes in the last match to give his starters some rest, it is expected Eguavoen will revert to his starting 11 for the first two games.

 

Where To Watch Nigeria vs Tunisia

You can watch the game live on Supersport channel 202 and 209, GOTV channel 33 and 34, AIT, STV, and NTA networks. You can also follow us on our social media channels for live updates of the game.

Twitter – @MTNNG

Instagram – @MTNNG

Facebook – MTN Nigeria

 

We at MTN are proud supporters of Nigerian football, and we wish the Super Eagles the best of luck in their quest for continental glory.

#ThisIsNaija #WhereFootballLives

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19th, Jan 2022

Countdown To Guinea-Bissau vs Nigeria

Fresh from their 3-1 win against Sudan in game two, the Super Eagles of Nigeria would be hoping to make it three wins out of three at the football fiesta taking place in Cameroon.

The game, which takes place on Wednesday, January 15, 2022, at the Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua, by 8pm, could see most fringe players getting playtime as Nigeria have already qualified as group leaders for the next round.

The Super Eagles are on six points, while the second-placed team, Egypt, are on three points. The best points that Egypt can acquire is six, and having lost to Nigeria in the first match of the group, means the Super Eagles are ahead on Head-to-head versus Egypt.

You can watch the game live on Supersport channel 202 and 209, GOTV channel 33 and 34, AIT, STV, and NTA networks.

Nigeria would be playing the third-best team from either group B, E or F on January 23, 2022.

We at MTN are proud supporters of Nigerian football, and we wish the Super Eagles the best of luck in their quest for continental glory.

#ThisIsNaija #WhereFootballLives

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15th, Jan 2022

Countdown To Nigeria vs Sudan

Fresh from the win against Egypt, the Super Eagles will be taking on Sudan in their second match of the tournament and hoping to claim all three points to secure qualification to the next round.

The match will be played on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at the Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua, by 5pm. You can watch the game live on Supersport channel 202 and 209, GOTV channel 33 and 34, AIT, STV, and NTA networks.

Get ready to cheer the Super Eagles to victory.

 

Did You Know:

The Nigerian male football team have made 19 appearances at the most significant African football fiesta and have won it three times, been runners up four times, and bronze medalists eight times.

We wish the three-time African champions, the Super Eagles, the best of luck in their quest to be champions of Africa for a fourth time.

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11th, Jan 2022

Iheanacho: We Were Not Scared of Egypt

Match winner, Kelechi Iheanacho was pleased with our 1-0 against Egypt and declared the team’s aim is to get to the final and win the tournament.

Coach Eguavoen also gave some insight into his tactics and how we managed to keep Salah quiet.

Kelechi Iheanacho’s 30th-minute strike was enough to seal the win and set the pace for the Eagles to qualify for the next round with a win against Sudan on Saturday.

Read every word from Austine Eguavoen, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Egypt coach, Carlos Queiroz‘ post-match conference below.

 

Kelechi Iheanacho (Man of the Match):

I am happy to represent my country, I am happy to score and hopefully, this team can work together and achieve our aims, get to the final, and win the tournament.

We prepared for this game and the competition, we have been working hard since we resumed in Abuja. Egypt are a strong team and they have great players but we were not scared of them. We have confidence and we have a good team.

 

Nigeria coach, Austin Eguavoen:

The reception has been great since we arrived in Garou. It has been an interesting tournament from the first game.

We know the strength of our players. We know Ejuke is good from the left side, and it was impossible to substitute Simon. It was a tactical change and Ejuke had chances to finish the game. For Umar, maybe the first time on such a big stage, he gave me some excuses after the game and we will talk to him later.

Salah is one of the best players in the world. The strategy wasn’t a specific marker, but we instructed the players to close him down at any time and there must be a second player behind the marker.

The same set of players, every coach has their style, philosophy, and leadership. I told the players to see me as their brother and father. For my assistants, I called them my colleagues. We have a path towards the same direction and we have the privilege to serve the country.

 

Egypt coach, Carlos Queiroz:

It was clear in the first half, we had a bad first half. Our opponent dictated the game, they deserve to take the lead in the first half. In the second half, we created chances. We had a clear penalty and the referee didn’t award it. The situation of the penalty is not an excuse for our defeat. It was not our day and also for the referees. It was a penalty and it was impossible for VAR not to check it.

Nigeria deserves their win, we will recover and be ready for the next two games. We respect Nigeria a lot, we didn’t play well in the first half. In the second half, we dominated. We lost the ball very quickly, we lost cohesion, but in the second half after the first half conversation, we played and control the game.

 

The Super Eagles play Sudan on Saturday, January 15, 2022. We will be cheering the team and hoping we pick up three more points.

#ThisIsNaija #WhereFootballLives

 

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11th, Jan 2022

Nigeria vs Egypt: Press Conference

Super Eagles coach, Austine Eguavoen, spoke yesterday to the press ahead of the Super Eagles’ first match of the tournament against Egypt. He believes his boys are ready for today’s showdown and the other games. Meanwhile, Egypt coach, Carlos Queiroz was full of praise for the Super Eagles in his press conference.

Read every word from Austine Eguavoen and Carlos Queiroz’ press conference below…

Super Eagles coach, Austin Eguavoen:

About the game Vs Egypt tomorrow:

I have been in this tournament before in 2016 and we finished with the Bronze medal, one thing I can guarantee is that the boys are ready to contest and fight in every game. They (Egypt) have their game plan and we have our plans as well, we shall see how it turns out tomorrow.

Eguavoen on European responses on the tournament:

We have to respect people’s opinions, but there are regulations to release players. It boils down to the individual players, you have to fight for it. We also battled such when we were playing and we fought it because it’s a privilege and honour to play for your country.

Eguavoen on winning the tournament:

It’s a joyful thing to win the AFCON, we will work hard to win, but we have to take it game by game. It’s about the team and country, I am not looking at personal glory, I am looking at the honour we will bring to our country.

Eguavoen on Jamilu Collins:

Collins should arrive tonight, he had issues with his club and the issue has been resolved, he will arrive tonight.

Eguavoen on the appointment of Portuguese coach, Jose Paseiro:

I can say, I am the boss of the new coach (Paseiro), and we have been talking. Collaboration is good, anything we are doing here, it’s important we build a team for him to continue when he takes over and add his own style. It’s important for us to have a good team for the World Cup qualifiers.

Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa:

“This is my last AFCON and I want to give it my best just like other competitions I have represented Nigeria. I will always give my best when I am called up, either tournament or the qualifiers.”

 

Egypt Press Conference

Egypt coach Carlos Queiroz:

It’s a pleasure to play against such a great nation (Nigeria) with many great results and players. They have quality players, we want to be among the best in the tournament and play against the best countries.

I have experience in different competitions, you can’t reach the top of the world if you don’t give it a step. Our ambition is simple, we want to win every time and focus, we also want to play the best football, because the team that plays good football stands a chance of winning.

Egypt captain Mohamed Salah:

Nigeria has players to win the tournament, I am just one player in my team. I don’t take questions and reactions personally, they have good players, but we will try our best to win tomorrow.

I am proud to have fans all over the world, there is always pressure to perform in all the games because of the fans.

I would love to win a major title for Egypt, I am proud to wear the shirt and give my best. I was happy when we qualified for the World Cup after decades of missing the tournament. Team award comes first, I want to win with Egypt. We will do our best to win the tournament, we have a good team.

 The ‘little tournament’ controversy:

“Klopp was saying it as a joke, he wants us to come. He told me, he wishes me to win, I don’t know what he said to Mane. In England, they regard the AFCON as a big tournament.”

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11th, Jan 2022

Countdown To Nigeria vs Egypt

Africa’s biggest football fiesta kicked off on Sunday, January 9 when hosts Cameroon defeated Burkina Faso 2-1 in the opening match of the tournament.

The Super Eagles will be taking the field against Egypt on Tuesday, January 11th, 2022 and will be aiming to start their campaign on a winning note.

The match will be played at the Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua by 5pm, and can be viewed on the following channels:
DSTV Channel 202
DSTV Channel 209
GOTV Channel 33
GOTV Channel 34
All NTA Networks
AIT Network
STV Network

We wish the Super Eagles the best of luck in their quest to be champions of Africa for a fourth time.

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09th, Jan 2022

Countdown To Africa’s Biggest Football Fiesta

Cameroon

Africa’s biggest football fiesta starts on Sunday, January 9 when hosts Cameroon face Burkina Faso at 4pm. The 52-game tournament which has 24 teams vying to be champions concludes with the final on the 6th of February, 2022.

The Super Eagles’ first match will be against Egypt on Tuesday, January 11th by 4pm. Subsequent matches against Sudan and Guinea-Bissau will be played on the 15th and 19th of January by 4pm and 7pm respectively.

The Super Eagles group matches will be played at the Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua. We wish the Super Eagles the best of luck in their quest to be champions of Africa for a fourth time.

 

GROUPS

Group A: Cameroon (hosts), Burkina Faso, Cape Verde Islands, Ethiopia

Group B: Guinea, Malawi, Senegal, Zimbabwe

Group C: Comoros Islands, Gabon, Ghana, Morocco

Group D: Egypt, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, Sudan

Group E: Algeria, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone

Group F: Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Tunisia

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21st, Sep 2021

Aisha Buhari Tournament Finale

The maiden edition of the Aisha Buhari tournament ended with South Africa taking home the prize, beating the Super Falcons 4-2 at the Mobolaji Johnson Stadium on Tuesday, September 21st, 2021.

After going down 3-0 by halftime, a spirited display saw the Super Falcons attempt a comeback with two quickfire goals from Vivan Ikechukwu before a late penalty sealed the defeat.

In the words of Vince Lombardi, it’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.

#WeMove On to the next one, Falcons

We, at MTN, are proud to be the Platinum sponsors of this tournament as well as the Official Communications Partner of the Super Falcons.

#ThisIsNaija #WhereFootbalLives #PlayForGood

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15th, Sep 2021

Falcons soar past Mali

FALCONS SOAR PAST MALI

Nine-time African champions edged Mali 2-0 in the opening match of the Aisha Buhari tournament. The exciting match played at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, formerly Onikan Stadium, Lagos, saw Monday Gift fire a brace to secure the win for the Falcons, after a colourful opening ceremony.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu was joined by the President of the Federation International Football Association (FIFA), Gianni Infantino, to attend the opening round of the maiden Aisha Buhari Women’s Cup.

President of Confederation of African Football (CAF), Mr. Patrice Motsepe, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, and top FIFA officials joined in Infantino’s entourage to the stadium.

First Lady of Lagos, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu and members of the Lagos State’s Executive Council were not left out. The stands were also filled with teeming green and white supporters who serenaded the stadium with songs, dances and band performances.

The tournament, themed “Playing For Good”, is aimed at uplifting the girl child in the continent, and seeks to promote female football in Africa, gender equality and draw attention to development issues affecting women. The Falcons will aim to continue their good form in their next match against South Africa on Tuesday, September 21st, 2021.

We, at MTN, are proud to be the Platinum sponsors of this tournament as well as the Official Communications Partner of the Super Falcons.

Head over to the gallery to see pictures from the match.

#ThisIsNaija #WhereFootbalLives #PlayForGood

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15th, Sep 2021

Countdown to Aisha Buhari Cup 2021

The Super Falcons would be participating in the maiden Aisha Buhari Invitational tournament. The six-nation invitational being organized in honour of the name and Office of the First Lady of the Federal Republic, Dr (Mrs) Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, and themed “Playing For Good”, is aimed at uplifting the girl child in the continent.

The competition slated from 15th – 21st September, holds at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena and Agege Stadium, Lagos, and features hosts Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Morocco and South Africa’s ‘A’ Women teams. The Super Falcons play Mali on the 15th of September by 5pm and South Africa on the 21st of September, 2021.

We, at MTN, are the Platinum sponsors of the tournament as well as the Official Communications Partner of the Super Falcons. We will be there to cheer the 9-time African champions, Super Falcons, in their quest for glory.

#MTNxNFFPartnership

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02nd, Sep 2021

MTN and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Agree Strategic Partnership

On the 2nd of September, 2021, we signed an official exclusive partnership with Nigeria’s Football Federation (NFF). This partnership was made formal through a signing ceremony held at Marriot Hotel, Ikeja, and witnessed by some of our board members, the Chairman, Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, the CEO, Karl Toriola, and NFF officials, led by the President, Amaju Pinnick.

Also in attendance were the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, and some members of the Super Eagles squad – Ahmed Musa, Wilfred Ndidi, William Troost-Ekong, and Victor Osimhen.

This is the latest investment from MTN in growing a relationship with Nigeria’s dynamic football ecosystem.

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23rd, Oct 2016

MTN 5th Chukker Pink Polo Tournament

Kangimi Resorts, Kaduna

The Kangimi Resort in Kaduna State is the venue

of the 2016 edition of the MTN Pink Polo. The tourney will

attract leading female polo players, top dignitaries

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06th, Apr 2015

MTN 2015 GOLF CHALLENGE

Lakowe, Eti Osa

MTN 2015 Golf Challenge

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24th, Nov 2016

MTN 2016 Golf Challenge

Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Golf is recognised as elitist, stylish, urbane and above all, a gentleman’s game which is symbolic in the Corporate World. Currently, MTN Nigeria is seen strong supporter of golf in Nigeria,

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