DR Congo move to bid for AFCON 2029

February 24, 2024 Admin II 0

Despite the African soccer governing body yet to open the bidding process for the 2029 African Cup of Nations, DR Congo have declared interest in staging the events. The president of the country Felix Thisekedi during a press conference disclosed the interest of the country in staging the biennial competition. ”I didn’t want to say it now.” But, I still Read More

At last, CAF confirms AFCON 2025 schedule

February 20, 2024 Blueprint News 0

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has reached an agreement in principle for the 2025 Cup of Nations to be played in July and August next year in Morocco. Earlier this month CAF president Patrice Motsepe refused to confirm the dates of the next Africa Cup of Nations, with organisers left with little time to stage a qualifying competition were Read More

Host nation proposes kick-off for AFCON 2025

February 17, 2024 Admin II 0

After sealing an agreement with the World soccer ruling body, the Local Organising Committee of the 2025 African Cup of Nations has submitted a proposed date to the Confederation of African Football. Morocco had been picked as host. The timing of the 35th edition of AFCON has recently become the subject of discussion between FIFA and CAF. The timing of Read More

AFCON 2023 highest goalscorer incurs suspension

February 14, 2024 Blueprint News 0

The Equatorial Guinea Football Federation excludes Emilio Nsue from the national team along with Edu Salvador. This decision follows several episodes of serious indiscipline and an unpleasant incident during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), where Ivory Coast won the title. Emilio Nsué, despite his brilliant performance as the AFCON’s top scorer with five goals, is suspended due to Read More

Ivorians celebrate victorious Cote d’ivoire team as President doles out cash, other gifts

February 13, 2024 Blueprint News 0

Following their home victory in the final against Nigeria and their trophy parade on the streets of Abidjan, the Elephants of Côte d’Ivoire were received by the President of the Republic, Alassane Ouattara, on Tuesday during an official ceremony. The President showered the entire team with massive gifts and a villa each. Each African champion was granted a villa worth Read More

Breaking: Super Eagles bag national MON award, get plots of land, flats

February 13, 2024 Blueprint News 0

President Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday, rewarded the Super Eagles of Nigeria with a national award (Member of the Order of the Niger, MON), flats and land in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). President Tinubu made the pronouncement when he received the players and officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja. The delegation is Read More

Amidst criticism, Iwobi takes surprise action, fuels likely Super Eagles’ retirement call after AFCON 2023 final loss

February 12, 2024 Blueprint News 0

Super Eagles midfielder, Alex Iwobi, has deleted all the pictures he put up on his official Instagram page. A quick check by Blueprint on Monday afternoon confirmed that only one video is left on the account. The video was posted 10 weeks ago and the comment section is locked. Iwobi is one of the players who came under criticism following Read More

Happening now: Super Eagles depart Abidjan to Abuja day after AFCON 2023 final loss

February 12, 2024 Ikenna Okonkwo 0

The players, technical crew and other officials of the Nigeria’s Super Eagles are about now heading back to Abuja from Abidjan, Cote d’ivoire, venue of Sunday night’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations final. This was disclosed by the team’s media officer Babafemi Raji on Monday. According to the team’s travel itinerary, Raji said they would leave their camp at Pullman Read More

Cote d’ivoire government makes crucial declaration day after winning third AFCON title

February 12, 2024 Blueprint News 0

Cote d’Ivoire has declared Monday a work-free day to celebrate Les Elephants Africa Cup of Nations triumph. The hosts defeated Nigeria 2-1 on Sunday night to win their third AFCON title. The Super Eagles went in front through William Troost-Ekong eight minutes before the break. Emerse Fae’s side, however, scored twice after the break through Franck Kessie and Sebastien Haller. Read More

After losing AFCON 2023 final to Cote d’ivoire, CAF consoles Nigeria’s Nwabali

February 12, 2024 Blueprint News 0

The Confederation of African Football, (CAF), on Sunday night consoled Super Eagles goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali following Nigeria’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, (AFCON), final 2-1 defeat to Ivory Coast. Nwabali, who has been impressive for Nigeria at the 2023 AFCON, failed to lead Jose Peseiro’s men to victory against Ivory Coast. The Chippa United shot-stopper conceded two goals against the Read More

South Africa’s Bafana Bafana down DR Congo, claim AFCON 2023 bronze

February 11, 2024 CAF 0

South Africa claimed the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations third place play-off on Saturday, beating DR Congo 6-5 on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes. It hands Bafana Bafana only their second ever AFCON bronze medal and first since 2000. South Africa triumphed after a dramatic shootout in Abidjan. Both sides rang the changes following exhausting semi-final defeats. The Read More

AFCON 2023: NFF chief pays condolence visit to late Chief Angus Nwoye’s family 

February 10, 2024 Admin II 0

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Ibrahim Musa Gusau, has paid a condolence visit to the family of Chief Angus Nwoye, the Nigerian multi-millionaire businessman who slumped and died at the Stadium de la Paix in Bouake during the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final match between Nigeria and South Africa on Wednesday. “We are terribly shocked at this unfortunate incident, Read More

Crisis hits CAF over appointment of referees for AFCON 2023 third place, final clash

February 10, 2024 Blueprint News 0

With two games to the end of the 2023 African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast, crisis is presently rocking the referee’s commission of the African Soccer governing body. According to report, Moroccan official Redouane Jiyed was initially appointed to take charge of the third-place play-off between DR Congo and South Africa but was later removed. Blueprint learnt that the Read More

Breaking [AFCON 2023 final]: Tinubu pulls out, picks Shettima to lead FG’s delegation to Abidjan

February 10, 2024 Blueprint News 0

President Bola Tinubu has directed Vice President Kashim Shettima to lead a presidential delegation to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, (AFCON), in Côte d’Ivoire. This was made in a statement by Stanley Nkwocha, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Communications, Office of the Vice-President. Blueprint reports that the Super Eagles will take on Read More

AFCON finals: Patriotism at all-time high as Nigerians unite behind eagles

‘… Nigerian Spirit of high significance’ … Tinubu leads high-powered delegation … Haller seeks revenge … Cardiologists warn against over excitement Sunday’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) final match between Nigeria and the host, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), is one that Nigerians are looking forward to with high hopes. Can the Super Eagles live up to expectations by lifting the Read More

Breaking [Cote d’ivoire vs Super Eagles]: Tinubu to storm Abidjan, become first Nigeria’s President to watch AFCON final live since 1980

February 9, 2024 Blueprint News 0

Nigeria’s president Bola Ahmed Tinubu will be in attendance when the Super Eagles take on hosts Cote d’Ivoire in the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Patrice Motsepe revealed the news during his interaction with the media on Friday. Motsepe was asked during his press conference at the Palace de Read More

South Africans threatens Nwabali over goalkeeping heroics in AFCON 2023 semi-final clash

February 9, 2024 Blueprint News 0

Super Eagles goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali has reportedly been threatened by South Africans not to return to his clubside, Chippa United following his heroics against the country. Nwabali, who has been impressive for Super Eagles in the AFCON so far, plies his trade for Chippa United in South Africa. While speaking on Channels Television on Thursday, former Super Eagles international, Idah Read More

Breaking: Shettima storms Cote d’ivoire to cheer Super Eagles against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in AFCON 2023 semis

February 7, 2024 Blueprint News 0

The Vice President, Kashim Shettima, at the instance of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has left Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, for Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, to lend the President’s unwavering support to the Super Eagles of Nigeria as they take on South Africa in the semi-final of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament. The match will be played at the Read More

Breaking [AFCON 2023]: Peseiro rings change, rolls out Super Eagles’ troops against South Africa *See lineup

February 7, 2024 Blueprint News 0

Nigeria’s left-wingback Zaidu Sanusi will miss today’s AFCON 2023 semi-final match between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and South Africa’s Bafana Bafana due to injury. The Eagles’ defence will feature Bright Osayi-Samuel and Ola Aina, forming a robust five-man lineup to combat South Africa’s offensive prowess. Lineup 1. Stanley Nwabali 2. Ola Aina 3. Calvin Bassey 4. Semi Ajayi 5. William Troost-Ekong Read More