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Qatar 2022: Messi and Argentina dethrone France to lift FIFA World Cup

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• It’s Argentina’s third World Cup trophy after previous triumphs in 1978 and 1986

Lionel Messi and his Argentina teammates are the new world champions after battling to a nervy 4-2 penalty win over France in the final game of the Qatar 2022 World Cup on Sunday.

First-half goals from Messi from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute and another from Angel di Maria in the 36th minute put Argentina in the driver’s seat as they looked to be on course for an emphatic victory.

However, the tables were turned in the second half as Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in two minutes to get Les Bleus level with Argentina.

The first came via a penalty in the 80th minute after Nicolas Otamendi fouled Randal Kolo Muani in the box. Mbappe stepped up to the spot and drilled it past Emiliano Martinez

Then, just a minute later, Mbappe drilled another thunderous strike to drag the game into extra time.
Messi thought he had won it with an extra-time goal, but Mbappe was on hand to make it 3-3 as he completed his hat trick.

Messi celebrates goal against France in the World Cup final. [PHOTO CREDIT: FIFA Twitter page]

In the penalty kicks that came afterwards, Mbappe took the first kick and scored while Messi went for Argentina and also scored.

Kingsley Coman failed to score the second kick for France, but Dybala scored for Argentina.

For the third kick, Tochuameni played it wide for France while Parades scored for Argentina

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Kolo Muani took the fourth kick and scored while Montiel scored what was the decider as they won 4-2 on penalty kicks.

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This is Argentina’s third World Cup trophy after previous triumphs in 1978 and 1986.

The outing in Qatar, which will most likely be the last at the World Cup, has been phenomenal for Messi.

Aside from setting the record for the most played games at the World Cup with 26 appearances,
While Messi is celebrating winning the only major trophy previously missing from his cabinet, France have been denied the chance of becoming the first world champions in 60 years to retain their crown.

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Cote D’Ivoire win AFCON 2023, defeat Nigeria 2-1, Mbah congratulates Super Eagles

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Cote D’Ivoire win AFCON 2023, defeat Nigeria 2-1
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Ivory Coast came from behind to defeat Nigeria 2-1 in the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Super Eagles were looking to lift the trophy for the fourth time in their history.

Jose Peseiro’s men took the lead in the first half through William Troost-Ekong’s header.

But the Ivorians levelled after the break through Franck Kessie’s header.

With a few minutes left in the game, Sebastien Haller flicked the ball past Stanley Nwabali.

The Elephants have now levelled with Nigeria on three continental titles.

Meanwhile, Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu state, has commended the Super Eagles of Nigeria for their good showing at the 2023 African Cup of Nations where they lost slimly to the host nation, Cote d’Ivoire, in the final match, saying they made the nation proud nevertheless.
“Not many people gave the Super Eagles any chance going into the tournament, but they surged all the way to the final. The exploits of the Super Eagles underscores what we can achieve as a nation when we stand together as we have done for weeks that the tournament lasted; and it is my hope that the largely young national team builds on the successes of the tournament, and that as a nation we build on the national concord and purpose displayed in the course of AFCON 2023. Hold your heads high, the Super Eagles, for you made us proud,” Mbah stated.
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AFCON 2023 Final: Nigerian VIPs to storm Cote d’Ivoire in 15 private jets

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Very Important Personalities from Nigeria are set to storm Abidjan, the capital of Cote d’Ivoire for the final match of the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday (today) between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and The Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire.

Today’s encounter between the Super Eagles and The Elephants in Abidjan is due to start at 9pm Nigerian time.

According to information from aviation sources in Abidjan, no fewer than 15 private jets have secured permission to land in the country from Nigeria.

It was learnt that the permissions were sought by private jet owners from the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja; Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital; and Lagos State.

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Akpabio hails Super Eagles gallant victory over South Africa

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Akpabio hails Super Eagles gallant victory over South Africa
Senate President, Godswill Akpabio and Super Eagles

President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, CON has congratulated Nigeria’s Super Eagles for qualifying for the finals of the TotalEnergies 2023 AFCON by beating the Bafana Bafana of South Africa by 4 – 2 in a penalty shootout.

Akpabio, in a congratulatory message through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Hon. Eseme Eyiboh said the result of the match was a product of Nigeria’s team spirit and unwavering resilience.

He said the Nigerian team displayed a high sense of discipline and industry to subdue their South African counterpart.

“On behalf of my family, my constituents, the Senate and the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I wish to heartily congratulate our boys for soaring the skies like the Super Eagles that they are; and the coaching crew for being tactical and professional.

“What the Super Eagles displayed this evening is the Nigerian spirit of resilience and the team work we are known for. From their play pattern, all the players exuded a high level of discipline, cooperation and unity of purpose.

“By this victory, the Super Eagles have affirmed that they are not in Cote D’Ivoire for a party, but to defend our national prestige and will certainly bring the trophy back to Nigeria, by the grace of God.

“While I urge the team not to lose focus until the trophy is ours, I advise Nigerians to savour this victory and imbibe the unity and spirit of resilience exuded by the Super Eagles in believing in Nigeria and the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Ahmed Bola Tinubu that despite the challenges of today, we will certainly smile tomorrow”.

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