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CAF World Cup qualifying: Algeria, Cameroon, Nigeria all drawn together

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Nigeria face a stiff test to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Three of the five African teams at the 2014 World Cup have been drawn in the same group to qualify for the 2018 edition.

Only one of Algeria, Cameroon and Nigeria will play at the next tournament in Russia after the Confederation of African Football made the draw for five qualifying groups on Friday.

The three traditional powers were grouped with Zambia.

Just the group winners in all of five four-team pools will advance to the 32-team tournament in Russia.

Ivory Coast, who aim to reach their fourth...

 By Colin Udoh

Kelechi Iheanacho named in Nigeria's provisional squad for Olympics

Following the 2016 Rio Olympic draw for the men's and women's tournament, take a look at the venues.

Nigeria have named Kelechi Iheanacho alongside John Obi Mikel, Alex Iwobi and Odion Ighalo in their provisional squad for this summer's Olympic Games, despite opposition from Manchester City.

The Premier League club are yet to decide whether to release the teenage forward for the tournament, and it is reported he has agreed to stay with City in an effort to impress new manager Pep Guardiola during preseason.

The Olympics takes place from Aug. 4 to 20, meaning Iheanacho would miss a substantial amount...

 By Colin Udoh

Kelechi Iheanacho issue shouldn't overshadow Nigeria's Olympic prep

Kelechi Iheanacho would arguably perform well at the Olympics, but he must wait to earn his place.

There is plenty to be said for having a star player of genuine, game-changing quality on a football squad, especially one that is heading for a major tournament. In Kelechi Iheanacho, Nigeria have a youngster with the slowly realising potential to be among the best the country has produced.

It explains why Samson Siasia is so keen to have him as part of his Olympic team for the Games in Rio this summer. That desire has hit a snag, however, with the Nigeria coach lamenting early this week that...

 By Colin Udoh

Former Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo to play in Nigerian league

Joseph Yobo
Joseph Yobo will be honoured with a game this summer.

LAGOS -- Former Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo will see out his playing career in the Nigerian Professional Football League, organisers League Management Company (LMC) announced in a tweet on Tuesday.

Yobo, who spent almost a decade at Everton, will play the last 12 games of the season in his country's domestic competition under a special rule put in place by LMC.

Under the arrangement, returning former international players are signed on by the league, and drafted to any club who meet the player's...

Kelechi Iheanacho's involvement for Nigeria at Olympics in doubt

Kelechi Iheanacho enjoyed an impressive 2015-16 season with Manchester City.

Nigeria are still waiting to hear whether Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho will be able to play in the Rio Olympics, the nation's coach for the Games has said.

The national team's under-23 coach, Samson Siasia, says they are yet to have a reply from the Premier League club to requests for Iheanacho to be released so he can take part in the tournament in Brazil in August.

Unlike at previous Olympics, clubs are not obliged to release players to take part.

Iheanacho faces a difficult decision...