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Nigeria Power Rankings: Red-hot Osimhen returns to the summit

What a month November was. Lille's Victor Osimhen returned to claim top spot, and the newly-committed Nigerian Cyriel Dessers shot to the dizzying heights of second in his first appearance on the list.

Such was the quality of play by Nigerians around the world that only four players made it back in from the October list. This were Osimhen, Wilfred Ndidi, Sadiq Umar and Moses Simon.

As if insulted by having had his top spot taken from him, striker Osimhen returned with a vengeance to wrench it back...

Nigeria's footballers in a giving mood as the festive season begins

As the festive season kicks off in earnest, with Thanksgiving week in the USA the first stop, Nigeria's footballers have been getting into the giving spirit themselves.

Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has signed an endorsement deal with Skyline University, the first private university in the northwest of Nigeria, and immediately announced that he was offering scholarships to 100 students of the institution.

"I am a great believer in the importance of education, hence my excitement in joining this...

Could a return to Chelsea restart Victor Moses's Nigeria career?

It has been nearly 18 months since Victor Moses announced his retirement from international football, but now, after a failed spell in Turkey, a rumoured return to England, and parent club Chelsea, could spark his career back to life.

The retirement news came as a shock to football fans, and there were many who believed, and still do, that it was a premature decision to take for the then 27-year-old.

Then still with Chelsea proper, he was at the prime of his international career, and one of the...

Africa Cup of Nations qualifying: Five big observations

Less than four months after Algeria defeated Senegal to clinch the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations title, qualifying for the 2021 edition has begun, with a series of fascinating fixtures across the continent during the international break.

There were shocks aplenty, several fine performances, and a handful of individuals who stood out above the rest. Here are Ed Dove's five big observations from the opening two rounds of Afcon qualifying.

Afcon champions remain the team to beat

Six teams took the maximum...

Afcon Under-23: Amapakabo's gamble fails to pay as Nigeria's problems come home to roost

Cape Verde beat Nigeria in the Plate quarterfinals. To watch WAFU Cup of Nations, sign up for ESPN+.

Nigeria's elimination from the Africa Under-23 Cup of Nations in Egypt, at the hands of South Africa on Friday, brings the curtain down on a miserable few months for the country's home-based national teams; and while coach Imama Amapakabo will take the lion's share of the criticism, some enduring problems have underpinned this succession of failures.

In a month and a half, Amapakabo's Nigeria lost both games at the WAFU Cup of Nations, missed out on qualification for the African Nations Championship...