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Joshua, Ngannou face off ahead of March 8 big fight

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British-Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua, and Cameroon’s Francis Ngannou had a face-off on Monday ahead of their March 8 fight scheduled to hold in Saudi Arabia.

It was the first time the two African heavyweight stars would face off following a press conference Monday in London for the much talked about boxing match.

According to MM Magazine, after the press conference, the two engaged in a serious staredown, but other than that, the former champions appeared to be cordial with one another.

“Joshua, 34, had previously described a potential bout with Cameroon-born Ngannou as a “gimmick fight,” the magazine wrote.

“The 37-year-old Ngannou, a
former UFC champion, only made his professional boxing debut in October, when he knocked down Tyson Fury before losing a close decision.

“Joshua (27-3, 24 KOs) seeks another marquee win after five-round drubbing of Otto Wallin this past December. The British standout has won three straight fights to bounce back from a pair of losses to Oleksandr Usyk, which saw Joshua lose his WBA, IBF, WBO, and The Ring titles.

“This will be just the second boxing bout for Ngannou (17-3 MMA), a former UFC heavyweight champion. Ngannou parted ways with the UFC in January 2023 and later signed with the PFL, with the option to pursue a boxing career. He did so this past October, making his boxing debut against Tyson Fury.

“Ngannou put on a stunning performance against Fury, knocking him down in Round 3 and falling just short via split decision”, it added.

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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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