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Brave Burundi fall at the hands of Nigeria

first_img0Shares0000Part of the action in the match between Burundi and NigeriaALEXANDRIA, Egypt, Jun 22 – Odion Ighalo came on as a second half substitute to break Burundi’s hearts, hitting the winner as the debutants lost 1-0 in their first Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group B match in Alexandria Saturday night.Burundi looked on course to hold on for a draw, but Ighalo hit the back of the net barely four minutes after coming on to hand the Super Eagles some precious three points. The Burundian team featured Sofapaka’s Mousa Omar who was started out on the right side of defense as well as Gor Mahia’s Francis Mustafa, with the latter coming off in the second half.Sofapaka keeper Justind Ndikumana and former Gor Mahia right back Karim Nizigiyimana both started on the bench.Despite being the better and more experienced team, Nigeria did not create the best chances of the opening half, Burundi making some three brilliant scoring opportunities.In the 14th minute, Cedric Amissi who had erstwhile scored in each of the last four Burundi games was picked out with a brilliant ball from Gael Bigirimana, but his shot inside the box went straight to keeper Daniel Akpeyi.Nigeria’s Samuel Chukwueze is challenged by Burundi midfielder Gael BigirimanaBigirimana had another brilliant opportunity when he struck a stinging freekick from range in the 28th minute with Akpeyi being forced to fist it away as it came with pace and power.The Swallows came ever so close in the 37th minute when Cedric Nsabiyumva’s header off a Shassir Nahimana freekick hit the bar.Nigeria had an early chance in the 12th minute when Paul Ebere forced keeper Jonathan Nahimana to a great save with a header off an Iwobi cross.Nigeria were forced to make a change six minutes to the break when Abdullahi Shehu was stretchered off and his place taken by Collins Chidozie on the right side of defense.The Eagles came back hungrier in the second half and played with more urgency.Six minutes after the restart, Kenneth Omeruo’s header at the backpost off a Peter Etebo freekick went inches wide. In the 70th minute, Samuel Chukweuze had a chance with a dinking effort as he raced though on goal from the left but the effort was over.A minute on the turn, Abdul Razak Fiston, Burundi’s top scorer during the qualifiers almost caught keeper Akpeyi off his line with a shot from range, but the shot stopper managed to dive well to his right and palm the ball away.Nigeria got their goal after 76 minutes when Ighalo was sent through with a beautiful through pass by Ola Aina before beating the keeper one on one.Burundi almost found a way back into the game immediately when Akpeyi made an error handling a cross, but Fiston could not take advantage, his shot at goal blocked.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Mike Ashley could listen to offers for Newcastle amid Chinese interest – reports

first_img1 Chinese investors are reportedly interested in Newcastle United Newcastle owner Mike Ashley could be ready to listen to genuine offers for the club amid interest from China.Reports on Monday suggested there has been fresh interest in United, who won promotion back to the Premier League at the end of last season, from Asia.The Magpies were not commenting on the matter, but there was no outright dismissal from sources on Tyneside either, which there has been in the past.It is not the first time a potential buyer has expressed an interest in the club, bought by Ashley for £134.4million in April 2007.However, no acceptable offer has ever been received and the Sports Direct tycoon has remained at the helm, much to the annoyance of his most vociferous critics.While he has not actively been looking for a buyer in recent years, he has always been open to an offer he could not refuse.Having regained top-flight for the second time in Ashley’s tenure, Newcastle represents an attractive proposition once again, although it remains to be seen whether or not anyone puts the required cash on the table, and if he is indeed prepared to do business.The sportswear magnate has already promised manager Rafael Benitez “every last penny that the club generates” from promotion, player sales and other income in the wake of promotion, and the Spaniard and chief executive Lee Charnley are currently working on his summer transfer wish-list.last_img read more