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2018 World Cup: Watford’s Isaac Success gets first Nigeria call-up

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Watford striker Isaac Success has been named in the Nigeria squad for the first time for their World Cup 2018 qualifier in Zambia on 9 October.

He has played at youth level for Nigeria, helping them win the 2013 Under-17 World Cup.

His Watford team-mate Odion Ighalo has been left out to attend the burial of his father a day before the match.

John Mikel Obi is also on the 23-man list despite not playing for Chelsea yet this season.

Obi captained Nigeria at the Olympics in Brazil and led them to a bronze medal but has not featured for new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte since his return.

Coach Gernot Rohr has largely kept faith with the side that earned a 1-0 win over Tanzania in a dead-rubber 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in early September.

But there are recalls for Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi, Chelsea loanee Kenneth Omeruo and Belgium-based midfielder Anderson Esiti, who all missed Rohr’s first game in charge of the Super Eagles.

Injured Moses Simon is listed after assuring Rohr that he would be fully fit before the game.

Nigeria are in Group B, with Cameroon and Algeria – who have both been at the past two World Cup finals – placed alongside 2012 Africa Cup of Nations winners Zambia.

There are five groups of four teams with only the winners of each group making it to the tournament in Russia.

Nigeria have missed out on the last Nations Cups but have appeared at the last two World Cups in South Africa and Brazil, reaching the last 16 in 2014.

Nigeria squad:

Goalkeepers: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England); Emmanuel Daniel (Enugu Rangers); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah)

Defenders: Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); William Troost-Ekong (Haugesund FC, Norway); Kenneth Omeruo (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); Jamiu Alimi (Kano Pillars); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Musa Muhammed (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey); Elderson Echiejile (Standard Liege, Belgium), Kingsley Madu (SV Zulte Waregem, Belgium)

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea, England); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium); Nosa Igiebor (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel), Anderson Esiti (KAA Gent, Belgium)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Isaac Success (Watford FC, England); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Brown Ideye (Olympiacos FC, Greece)

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Durban Court Convicts Nine for public violence in South Africa.

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Following the chaotic scenes that occurred after the Nedbank Cup semi-final at Moses Mabhida Stadium in April, South African Police Services (SAPS) have confirmed that nine people have been convicted of public violence.



Kaizer Chiefs were knocked out of the competition after losing 2-0 to eventual champions Free State Stars, which prompted scores of angry fans to storm the pitch, causing damage worth R2.6 million.

The SAPS issued out a statement on Thursday, revealing that nine of the 11 suspects who appeared in the Durban Regional Court in connection with the incident were successfully convicted.

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The incident left 18 people injured, with six admitted to hospital, and the match result prompted Steve Komphela – who coached Kaizer Chiefs at the time – to resign from his post after a tumultuous tenure where the club failed to secure silverware in three years.

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The club was fined by the PSL, and was forced to stage two home matches at the venue – against Polokwane City and Chippa United -behind closed doors.

Should a similar incident occur in the next 24 months, Amakhosi will have to play another home fixture without any crowd support, according to PSL sanction.

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Deontay Wilder warns ‘nervous’ Tyson Fury ahead of December 1.

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WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has warned he will be Tyson Fury’s “worst nightmare” and show he is a “gift from God” on 1 December.




The American, 33, says he is “over prepared” for the Los Angeles bout and feels Fury has shown nerves in adding trainer Freddie Roach to his team.

Roach has said he will be Fury’s cut man and work under trainer Ben Davison.

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“They can instruct him, motivate him but there’s only one man in the ring,” said Wilder. “It ain’t no team thing.”

“When you get multiples of trainers, for me that is nervous behaviour.”

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