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Paul Le Guen turns down Nigeria job

 By Colin Udoh

Gernot Rohr's first Nigeria squad includes Mikel, Iheanacho, Musa

Gernot Rohr
Gernot Rohr was named Nigeria boss last month.

Gernot Rohr has named his first Nigeria squad, picking five England-based players and a handful from the 2016 Olympic team squad to face Tanzania in an 2017 African Nations Cup tie.

Neither country can qualify for the tournament, with the single qualifying place already won by Egypt, but the Super Eagles are using the game as a dress rehearsal for the 2018 World Cup qualifying clash away to Zambia in Ndola in October.

Rohr, named this month as Nigeria coach, has selected 23 players with captain...

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Gernot Rohr confirmed as Nigeria's technical adviser

Gernot Rohr has agreed to move to Nigeria for the role.

Nigeria have appointed Gernot Rohr as technical adviser, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed.

Rohr, 63, who has previously coached Gabon, Niger and Burkina Faso, has signed a two-year contract and replaces Sunday Oliseh,who resigned in February. The German was appointed after the NFF's failed attempt to secure the services Paul Le Guen last month. 

"I am enthusiastic to get to work," Rohr said. "This is a big challenge because Nigeria has big players everywhere and has...

 By Colin Udoh

NFF picks Gernot Rohr as new national team manager

Gernot Rohr, right, with NFF Technical Commiittee chairman Chris Green in Abuja on Saturday.

After failing to land Paul Le Guen, the Nigerian Football Federation have chosen Gernot Rohr to take charge as manager of the senior men's national team.

On Saturday, the NFF's Technical and Development Committee met with Rohr and recommended his candidature to the Executive Board. Committee vice-chairman Ahmed Yusuf Fresh said the team was convinced of the former German defender's suitability for the job after a long session with him in Abuja.

"The committee was impressed with Mr. Rohr's profile...

Kelechi Nwakali completes Arsenal move with five-year deal

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson and Steve Nicol assess the latest transfer rumblings from around the world of football.
Kelechi Nwakali starred for Nigeria at the Under-17 World Cup last year.

Arsenal have completed the signing of highly rated Nigerian teenager Kelechi Nwakali on a five-year contract and said he will be sent out on loan for the upcoming season.

The deal has been in the works since January but wasn't formalized until this week, and the club announced on Friday that the 18-year-old Nwakali had joined the academy.

"Kelechi, who joins us as a young professional, will look to gain experience with a loan move in the coming months," Arsenal said in a statement, without specifying...

 By Colin Udoh

John Obi Mikel denies donating cash to Nigeria Olympics squad teammates

John Obi Mikel is the captain of Nigeria's Olympic football team.

ATLANTA -- Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel has denied media reports that he donated $30,000 to assist his cash-strapped teammates in the country's Olympics team.

The Nigeria under-23 squad, together with select overage players like Mikel, are training in Atlanta ahead of next month's Olympics in Brazil.

Reports on Thursday claimed that Mikel had pitched in with the money to assist the team, but the Chelsea star told ESPN FC there was no truth to them.

"I was first told of this story by a friend who...