The Super Eagles squad arrived Nigeria in the early hours of Wednesday from Freetown Sierra Leone after holding the Leone Stars to a goaless draw on Tuesday.
This was disclosed by the team’s media officer, Babafemi Raji.
According to Raji, the team arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at about 2am.
Despite failing to defeat the Leone Stars in back to back encounters, the Eagles still top Group L on eight points after four games played, Benin Republic are second on seven points, Sierra Leone are third on three points while Lesotho occupies the bottom spot on two points.
Up next for the Super Eagles is an away tie against Benin Republic on 22 March 2021 with the last round off the qualifiers at home against Lesotho on 30 March 2021.
In Europe, Lothar Matthaus has branded Germany’s 6 nil humiliation at the hands of Spain as a total failure and has called for a major rethink surrounding Joachim Low’s plans with the national team.
Tuesday night’s result was Germany’s worst defeat since 1931, ensuring that the home side progressed to the Nations League finals next year at their expense.
Even with Manuel Neuer in goal, Spain ran riot in Seville, leaving Matthaus to demand the return of the dismissed trio of Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller in a bid to offer more leadership in the side.
Despite playing integral roles in Germany’s World Cup triumph six years ago, Hummels, Boateng and Muller all had their international careers cut short by Low last year, with the 60-year-old believing it was a time for fresh faces following their World Cup embarrassment in 2018.
However, following their latest humiliating defeat, Matthaus believes the axing was far too premature.
France head coach, Didier Deschamps, has suggested he understands Paul Pogba better than Manchester United Manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as the World Cup winning coach praised the midfielder’s pride and talent.
Pogba is a regular for France but has started just one of Manchester United’s last four league games with Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Fred currently Solskjaer’s preferred midfield options.
Deschamps praised Pogba’s performances on the national stage, claiming the way to get the best from the 27-year-old is to allow him to express himself.
To some transfer news; Manchester City are ready to revive their interest in Lionel Messi sooner than planned by making a January transfer swoop for the Barcelona icon.
City had looked to pounce for the Argentine superstar this summer, when he tried to force his way out, but were rebuffed when Barcelona blocked his exit by insisting on demanding his astronomical £625m release clause was met.
However, according to new report, the Premier League outfit are considering making an offer to sign Messi mid-season for a fee rather than waiting until he becomes a free agent next summer.
It is believed a bid of around £50m may be enticing enough for the Spanish giants who are resigned to losing the six-time Ballon d’Or winner in just over seven months’ time as a free agent.
To Motor Sports; Seven-time Formula One world champion, Lewis Hamilton, has been named the most influential black person from Britain.
The Powerlist 2021 which honours the most powerful people of African, African Caribbean and African American heritage in the UK put the Mercedes driver, the only Black driver in F1 history, top of its list.
Hamilton has been outspoken in support of the Black Lives Matter movement this year and encouraged his fellow F1 drivers to take a knee before races, which he has done at every event this year.
He also launched the Hamilton Commission, which aims to increase the number of Black people participating in motor racing.
Speaking of the award, Hamilton said he is so proud to be acknowledged, especially within the black community.
Caster Semenya’s lawyer said Tuesday they will take her case to the European Court of Human Rights in what is likely to be a last-ditch legal challenge against regulations that require the South African and some other female athletes to artificially lower their natural testosterone levels to compete.
Greg Nott, who has represented Semenya for more than a decade, gave no timeframe for their challenge at the Strasbourg, France-based court, but it is unlikely there would be a resolution before the Tokyo Olympics next summer.
Semenya, the two-time Olympic champion in the 800 meters, has twice lost legal appeals against World Athletics’ highly contentious testosterone limits, first at sport’s highest court in Switzerland in 2019 by a 2-1 majority of the judges, and then at the Swiss supreme court in September.
The rules require female athletes with conditions called differences of sex development that lead to high natural testosterone to lower it to below a specific level through birth control pills, hormone-blocking injections or surgery in order to be allowed to compete. The rules apply to track events with distances from 400 meters to the mile.