Argentina include Lionel Messi for Nigeria clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Barcelona star Lionel Messi

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Oct 23, 2017. 19:00

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are set to test their strength against Argentina in a friendly next month and the South Americans have announced their squad.

The La Albiceleste manager Jorge Sampaoli has released the list of foreign based players who are expected to line up in a friendly set for Russia.

Sampaoli has included skipper and Barcelona star Lionel Messi, Juventus‘ Paolo Dybala, Inter-Milan captain Mauro Icardi and Paris St. Germain’s Angel Di Maria.

Although the squad is yet to be complete as Sampaoli still has to announce local-based players, the encounter is set to be a thriller.

The Argentine squad:

Goalkeepers: Romero, Guzman, Marchesin.

Defenders: Marchesin, Fazio, Mercado, Otamendi, Pezzella; Salvio.

Midfielders: Biglia, Banega, Acuna, Paredes, Emiliano Rigoni, Kranevitter, Papu, Perotti.

Forwards: Messi, Aguero, Icardi, Di Maria, Dybala

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Senegal include Liverpool star Sadio Mane for South Africa clash – Premier League 2017/2018

Sadio Mane of Senegal Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Oct 19, 2017. 13:30

Senegal have announce their squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against South Africa and they have included the injured Liverpool forward Sadio Mane.

Mane has been included despite his existing hamstring strain after he was douubtful for the home and away games against Bafana Bafana on November 10 and 14 respectively.

Liverpool said the forward could be out for up to six weeks on October 10 after he damaged his hamstring in their 2-0 win over Cape Verde in Praia.

“In my mind there’s no doubt he will be with us for the double header against South Africa and that he will be 100% fit,” said Senegal coach Aliou Cisse to BBC.

“Until now, he has just been doing some individual training – running in straight lines – but from next week, he is going to train harder and start working with the ball.”

Cisse’s men need two points from their remaining two qualifiers to ensure their passage to next year’s finals in Russia.

The Lions of Teranga initially lost 2-1 to Stuart Baxter’s men in Polokwane last year, but FIFA ordered a replay after finding Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey guilty of match manipulation.

The replayed game will take place in South Africa on 10 November, with Dakar set to host the final qualifier four days later.

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Liverpool include Mohamed Salah in touring squad – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Monday Jul 17, 2017. 11:00

Liverpool have included Egyptian star Mohamed Salah in their touring squad a preseason tournament in Hong Kong.

The Reds will be participating in the Premier League Asia Trophy against Leicester City, Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion. Liverpool will face Palace in their opening match on July 19.

Salah recently made his unofficial debut for his new English club and scored in a 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic on Friday.

Unfortunately Senegalese star Sadio Mane will miss the tour as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

Liverpool squad: Karius, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Lovren, Milner, Firmino, Coutinho, Salah, Gomez, Henderson, Sturridge, Grujic, Klavan, Moreno, Lallana, Mignolet, Origi, Solanke, Matip, Stewart, Flanagan, Kent, Ward, Woodburn, Alexander-Arnold.

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Man City include Kelechi Iheanacho in touring squad – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Arsenal‘s Alex Iwobi (right) and Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho

Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jul 06, 2017. 12:00

Manchester City have included Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho in their squad for a preseason tour of the United States.

This is despite numerous reports linking the Super Eagles star with a move away from the Etihad Stadium. The likes of West Ham United and Leicester City have emerged as potential suitors for the 20-year-old.

Iheanacho has been part of City’s first team squad for the past two years and has a fine return of 21 goals in 64 official appearances for the Premier League giants.

However, he struggled to have win playing time under manager Pep Guardiola, especially in the second half of last season when Gabriel Jesus established himself as the team’s foremost striker, hence the rumours of a transfer.

Iheanacho inclusion in Manchester City’s touring party is good news for his future with the club, though it does not necessarily mean a move away from the Etihad Stadium can be completely ruled out.

Some of the City players left out of the squad include goalkeeper Joe Hart, Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony, as well as the trio of Samir Nasri, Eliaquim Mangala and Jason Denayer.

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