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Nigeria vs Tunisia: Fans react as Super Eagles finish in third-place at AFCON 2019

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Nigerians have reacted as Super Eagles defeated Tunisia 1-0 on Wednesday, to win bronze in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations third-place playoff.

The Super Eagles missed the chance to play in the final, after they were beaten 2-1 by Algeria, with Riyad Mahrez smashing in the winner with the last kick.

However, Odion Ighalo’s early goal, ensured Gernot Rohr’s men clinched bronze medal.

The victory means Nigeria has never lost a third-place fixture in the history of the AFCON, winning all eight they have featured in.

The three-time champions had already won bronze seven times before, three more than Ivory Coast in second place with four.

Nigerians took to social media applauding and celebrating Super Eagles for winning the bronze.

Here are some comments gathered by DAILY POST from Twitter:

@dreadnstyn “Nigeria has now won a record of 8 third place bronze medals in the AFCON 2019.”

@IStunch “It obvious Nigerians are not happy with third place , we all think we deserve better ,#TUNNGR.”

@Okorocollins11 “Congratulations to the Super Eagles of Nigeria. third place finish. #AFCON2019⁠ ⁠ Ighalo Iwobi Chukwueze Moses Simon.”

@D_i_p_o “I can’t believe Rohr and his boys are celebrating a third place win, unacceptable!

@_Realben “It turned into a free kick practice towards the end. We got third place, but we have also learned that this crop of super eagles have potentials.”

@Jamesjerry963 “We don win o! Thanks to our home kit. Home kit (Good-luck Jersey) Played 5, won 5.Away kit (Bad-luck jersey) Played 2, lost 2. My people know the type of clothes you wear, it can decide your fate o!

@ObyAgomuo “Dear Super Eagles,
Thank you for keeping us happy for the past three weeks. You tried this year but we expect more from you in the future. From, Concerned Nigerians.”

@iam_alfred1 “When you feel bad winning the bronze, remember Egypt that hosted AFCON2019⁠ ⁠ and has Muhammed Sallah but didn’t get to the semi-finals.Congratulations Super Eagles,Congratulations Nigeria!

@Ace_classiq “Francis Uzoho is miles better than Akpeyi ! May we never experience a Goalkeeper like Akpeyi again.”

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AfroBasket: D’Tigress to face Mali in final

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Nigeria’s senior national women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, have qualified for the final of the ongoing 2019 AfroBasket Women’s championship in Dakar, Senegal.

D’Tigress, defending champions of the competition, defeated their Malian counterpart 79-58 on Friday to advance to the final as they strive to retain the trophy they won in 2017.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the team won the semis against Mali.

Nigeria’s Ezinne Kalu was the star player with 19 points, while Mali’s Meiya Riders had 14 points.

D’Tigress had earlier thrashed DR Congo 79-46 in the quarter-finals, demolished Cameroon 106-39 and crushed Tunisia 75-26 in the group stage.

The championship, which began on August 10 will end on Sunday.

Nigeria will now face winner of the Senegal versus Mozambique match in the final on Sunday.

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Pirates abduct three Russian sailors in Cameroon

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Three Russian crew members of a cargo ship have been abducted by pirates near the port of Douala in southern Cameroon, the Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday said.

The cargo ship “Marmalaita” belonging to the Danish company, Ultrabulk, carrying the flag of Antigua and Barbuda, was attacked by unknown people on Thursday.

According to the Russian Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroonian authorities and representatives of the ship-owner company are taking steps to clarify the incident, the statement said.

Russian diplomats are actively working with Cameroonian authorities and the ship-owner to facilitate the quick release of the Russian citizens, a report by Xinhua, said.

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Chinese government offers scholarship to 58 Nigerians

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The Chinese Government has awarded scholarships to 58 Nigerians among whom were 16 doctorate degree students, 39 masters’ degree and three undergraduates, according to a report byPUNCH.

The beneficiaries received their university admission notices from the Counselor, Embassy of China in Nigeria, Mr Li Xuda, in Abuja on Friday.

Addressing the awardees during a pre-departure briefing, the Ambassador of China to Nigeria, Dr Zhou Pingjian, encouraged them to work hard in fulfilling their dreams and to observe and learn what brought China to where it is today.

He said, “This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

“In these years, China has always placed education as fundamental to its pursuit of national rejuvenation.

“Every year, hundreds of Nigerian students get scholarships and chase their dreams in China; some of them are sponsored by Chinese companies.

“Last year at the Confucius Institute, University of Lagos, the body of Chinese investors announced the award of scholarships to 63 students of the university to study in Chinese institutions.”

The envoy added that 6,845 Nigerian students were studying in China with 512 covered by Chinese government scholarship.

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