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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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Sports head injuries Balanced reportage is required – Experts

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A group of more than 60 leading international neuroscientists, including Mark Herceg, PhD, a neuropsychologist at Northwell Health’s Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, NY, and a member of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, published a correspondence today in The Lancet Neurology, asking for balance when reporting on sports-related injury chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is a type of dementia associated with exposure to repeated concussions, and has been linked with a variety of contact sports such as boxing, football, American football and rugby.



Although CTE is commonly featured in the news media and discussed among peers, the medical community is just beginning to understand how to recognize the disease, guidelines for how to assess its severity have yet to be established.

“We don’t currently have a clear understanding of the link between CTE pathology and any specific symptoms,” noted Dr. Herceg. “It’s important to note to the public at large that CTE is at an early stage of scientific and medical understanding, with many important aspects of the disease yet to be established.”

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“Dr. Herceg and his colleague’s CTE research is timely and impactful as a major step forward to more clearly defining the risk and prevalence of this important syndrome,” said Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president and CEO of the Feinstein Institute.

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-Northwell Health

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UCL Round of 16: PSG Outplay Manchester United at home

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Despite the hope of reclaiming their place in Europe’s elite, Manchester United lost their first match under the watch of the interim coach Ole Gunnar Solksjaer in front of their fans to a better side; Paris Saint German in the first leg of knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League.



A match that became so intensive with lot of bookings in the second half needed former United’s star, Angel Dimaria’s exceptional performance to decide the pace as he gave the assist to both scorers from PSG Presnel Kimpembe and brilliant Kylian Mbappe.

The team now has mountains to climb as Manchester United’s prolific midfielder Paul Pogba will definitely miss the second leg in France after he was sent off through double yellow cards in the same match. which makes the hope of overturning the result in the return leg less achievable.

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A seemingly depleted PSG without Neymar jr and Edison Cavani will now welcome the Ole Gunnar’s side possibly without Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial in the second leg with the hope of a miraculous overturn.

Meanwhile AS Roma edged FC Porto in a close contest that ended two goals to one.

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