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Afcon 2019: Nwankwo Kanu drums up support for Nigeria ahead of Burundi showdown

Ex-Nigeria international Nwankwo Kanu has called on fans to get behind the Super Eagles ahead of their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) opener against Burundi on Saturday.

Gernot Rohr's side is set for their first game in Africa's foremost football competition since 2013 and will take on the Central African team in their opening Group B fixture billed for the Alexandria Stadium.

Kanu helped Nigeria to second-place at the 2000 edition of the Afcon and he is also part of the seven legends selected by Caf as this year's tournament ambassadors in Egypt.

AFCON 2019: Egypt hammers Zimbabwe 1-0

By Valentine Amanze

Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers can revive Kelechi Iheanacho’s career, says Efe Ambrose

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers could present Kelechi Iheanacho with the opportunity to resuscitate his career, according to Nigeria international Efe Ambrose.

Iheanacho has endured a rocky time at the Foxes since his move from Manchester City in 2017, and last season he managed just nine starts, scoring one goal.

I see myself more at a national team than a club, saya Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has dropped hints to his future plans, revealing that he sees himself becoming the manager of a national team rather than another club.

The former Manchester United boss has been out of coaching work since being sacked by the Red Devils in December 2018 and has recently appeared as a pundit for broadcaster beIN SPORTS.

In an interview broadcast by Eleven Sports however, the 56-year-old revealed he still has the desire to take on new challenges in the world of management.

“I want to compete in new competitions,” he said.

AFCON will be like a war, declares Nigeria's Alex Iwobi

Nigeria forward Alex Iwobi said that the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will be a serious battle as 24 countries compete for the ultimate crown.
For the first time since its inception, there will be 24 teams at the Afcon finals including the Super Eagles.
The West Africans are set to return to the continental stage since 2013 and they have been placed in Group B against debutants Burundi and Madagascar, and Guinea.
Ahead of their opening fixture against Burundi on June 22, Iwobi disclosed that the tournament would not be an easy ride for any team in Egypt.

Loss to Colombia highlights scale of Messi's task to win Copa

There is nothing Lionel Messi craves more than winning a trophy with Argentina but his side's haphazard performance in the 2-0 Copa America defeat by Colombia on Saturday laid bare the difficulty of the task he faces.

Messi, who turns 32 later this month and is running out of chances to lift a trophy with his country, had warned that Argentina were far from favorites to win this Copa America after losing the finals in 2015 and 2016 to Chile on penalties.

Lindelof sees 'excitement' at Man Utd as Red Devils rebuild for 2019-20

Victor Lindelof sees cause for “excitement” at Manchester United despite the Red Devils taking in another summer rebuild.
The 2018-19 campaign proved to be a forgettable one for all concerned at Old Trafford.
Another managerial change was made, as the baton passed from Jose Mourinho to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, while a sixth-place finish means no Champions League football for 2019-20.
Daniel James has become the first arrival of what is expected to be a busy transfer window, with there the promise of more fresh faces to come.

Sports Van Dijk: Liverpool hungry for more success after Champions League glory

Virgil van Dijk says Liverpool are hungry for more success after winning the Champions League.

A 2-0 win over Tottenham in Madrid this month broke Jurgen Klopp's trophy duck at the club.

Liverpool missed out on the Premier League title, though, finishing a point behind Manchester City in their quest to win the league again 29 years on from their previous triumph.

And Van Dijk, who was part of the Netherlands team that lost the Nations League final to Portugal, feels Liverpool will want even more success when they return for the 2019-20 campaign.

Arsenal's 2019-20 Premier League fixtures in full

Arsenal open their 2019-20 Premier League campaign at Newcastle United and have to play fellow top-four hopefuls Liverpool and Tottenham inside the first month of the season.

Unai Emery's men, who will not be playing Champions League football next term having finished fifth and lost in the final of the Europa League to Chelsea, face a tricky opening-weekend trip to St. James' Park before returning home to take on Burnley.

A visit to Anfield on August 24 is then followed by the first north London derby of the season.

2019 World Cup: Super Falcons hammer Korea 2-0

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By Valentine Amanze

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