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Osimhen leaves fans purring with spectacular assist for Napoli (Watch video)

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Super Eagles and Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, on Saturday, produced an astonishing piece of skill to provide an assist in Napoli’s 2-1 defeat of Cagliari in an Italian Serie A match.

The African Footballer of the Year had earlier opened the scoring for Napoli in the 69th minute, but Cagliari’s Leonardo Pavoletti equalised for the visitors a few minutes later.

As the hosts were finding it difficult to break down the solid and stubborn Cagliari, it took what a fan described as a “filthy and ridiculous” piece of skill by Osimhen to get the much needed win for Napoli.

Three minutes after Pavoletti’s goal, the Nigerian forward received the ball from Giacomo Raspadori just inside the area, flicked the ball onto his chest before performing several lap kick-ups in the middle of the area with no less than four defenders tracking him.

He managed to hold off defenders before heading the ball forward and with a supreme burst of space and fancy footwork, managed a cutback in the direction of Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who fired the ball into the back of the net from close range.

The spectacular display of skill by the talented Lagos-born forward is also the most talked about sporting moment in the past 24 hours just as it has been the most trending topic on X.

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Nigeria, Zambia clinch women Olympic football slots for Paris 2024

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The Super Falcons of Nigeria and the Copper Queens of Zambia on Tuesday picked the last two spots in the women’s football tournament at the Paris Olympics after winning two-legged playoffs in the fourth round of African qualifiers.

While Nigeria played out a goalless draw against the Banyana Banyana of South Africa in Pretoria to qualify after a 1-0 win in Abuja last week, Zambia needed an extra time win to get past Morocco in Rabat in their second leg encounter.

The Copper Queens successfully turned a 2-1 first-leg home defeat into a 3-2 aggregate triumph with a 2-0 win over the Atlas Lionesses at Moulay Hassan Stadium.

Orlando Pride of USA striker, Barbra Banda, opened the scoring for Zambia in the 38th minute and got her brace when she converted a penalty in the 105th minute to send her country to the Olympic starting in July.

However, the two African countries have been drawn into tough groups for the football event at the Games.

The Super Falcons will take on world champions Spain and former world champions Japan and Brazil in Group C at the Olympics while Zambia is in Group B alongside France, former champions the United States and Germany as well as last year’s women World Cup semi-finalists, Australia.

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Spain denies Nigeria’s ‘Future Eagles’ visa for international tournament

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Spanish authorities have denied Nigeria’s Under-15 football team, popularly known as Future Eagles, the opportunity of participating in an international invitational tournament which would also feature Belgium, Italy and England.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), in a post on its X handle on Tuesday, said members of junior football team including the players and their officials were denied visas to attend the tournament in Spain.

The Nigerian football body said though the Spanish embassy did not give reasons for the visa denial, the team would “therefore not be travelling to take part in the Uefa U16 Development Tournament.”

The Future Eagles made up of 20 players and seven officials, were set to depart Nigeria on Tuesday, ahead of their first match against Belgium scheduled for Friday, before squaring up against Italy and England.

The Uefa Under-16 Youth Development Tournament, which is organised by Europe’s football governing body, has been held since 2012 and is intended to expose elite junior players to international football and ease their transition into senior levels of the sport.

The Future Eagles, coached by Patrick Bassey, recently returned from a tournament in Morocco where they won one match and lost one against their Moroccan counterparts on a two-match tour of that North African country.

Their first game had ended in a 2-3 defeat, but they bounced back to win the second game 5-3 in the city of Kenitra.

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