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Mikel returns to Nigeria squad ahead of Africa Cup of Nations

Nigeria's release of their 25-man provisional squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday was marked by one notable return, that of skipper John Obi Mikel.

The midfielder, 32, has not suited up for the Super Eagles since June of 2018 when the Nigerians were eliminated by Argentina in the group stage of the FIFA World Cup.

There was some uncertainty about whether he would play for Nigeria again, although coach Gernot Rohr left the door open for the Middlesbrough midfielder to walk through...

'First love' Uganda left Sredojevic with lifelong wound

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has acknowledged that leaving his role as head coach of his "first love" Uganda in July 2017 -- in the midst of the World Cup qualifying campaign -- will always be the biggest regret of his life.

The Serbian has enjoyed a long relationship with the East African nation, having first arrived there in his early 30s in 2002, but despite enjoying success over two spells in the country - both in club and international management - he struggles to shake the regret...

Nigeria legends Kanu and Okocha hold the key to Afcon glory

The scene: With one game to go in the group stages of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana, Nigeria were staring elimination in the face.

An opening day loss to Cote d'Ivoire, coupled with Mali's 1-0 win over Benin, was followed by a 0-0 draw with Mali which left the Super Eagles with just one point going into the final round of group games, and facing the very real prospect of an embarrassing early exit.

The Nigerians, under the tutelage of German Berti Vogts, not only needed to beat Benin,...

Liverpool's Keita out for two months, will miss Africa Cup of Nations

Steve Nicol gives his thoughts on Liverpool losing the Premier League title this season after a title race for the ages against Manchester City.
The ESPN FC panel don't have a bad word to say about Liverpool's performance but are in awe of the way Lionel Messi almost single-handedly beat them back.

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita will miss the rest of the season and the Africa Cup of Nations after being ruled out for two months with a groin injury, Jurgen Klopp said on Friday.

The Guinea international had to be substituted during the first half of Liverpool's 3-0 defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday after going down following a challenge from Ivan Rakitic.

Keita, whose debut season at Anfield has been disrupted by injuries, was beginning to find form and had scored three goals in his previous...