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I Am Not Playing For Super Eagles – Billing

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The midfielder of Bournemouth Club, Phillip Billing has declared his intention of not playing for Nigeria’s Super Eagles Team. Billing made tis known to the head coach of the team, Gernot Rohr.

The 23 year old midfielder who has both Nigerian and Danish citizenship is said to have played for Denmark’s U-19 and U-21 football teams.


Rohr initially wanted him to play for the Eagles, Billing however declared his intention and decision to play for Denmark.

“It would be strange to stand up for Nigeria when I feel 100 per cent Danish. Of course, I have Nigerian roots and am half Nigerian, but I was raised and born in Denmark. I have a Danish mother, Danish little brother and Danish little sister and a Nigerian father. But this is Denmark I want to stand for. That’s my big dream.


He (Billing) noted that Rohr wanted him to play for the Eagles because of the upcoming World Cup and the African Cup of Nations.

He has since communicated his decision to the Denmark coach, Kasper Hjulmand

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Retired England Footballer Crouch Obtains Nigerian Passport

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Retired English professional footballer, Peter Crouch who hopes to represent the Super Eagles, has obtained a Nigerian passport.

Crouch announced via his official Twitter account that; ”So excited to get my Nigerian passport through today”.

Before his retirement, Peter had scored 22 goals for his country. He also appeared twice at the World Cup.

Source: pmnewsnigeria.com

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Awoniyi To Fight For Mainz’s Bundesliga Stay

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Nigeria’s Mainz 05 Striker Taiwo Awoniyi has asserted that the objective of his on loan German club is to ensure they remain in the Bundesliga beyond this season.

Though Awoniyi’s resolve suffered a setback on Sunday after Mianz were thrashed 5-0 at home by Leipzig , the former junior international stressed they would keep on pushing hard throughout the remaining seven games of the season.

“I can only be glad and be upbeat about the away point that we got. All glories to God for everything. I can only thank God for the goal,” Awoniyi said about his first goal of the season against FC Cologne.

The FIFA U-17 World Cup winner also praised the effort of the German Football Federation and the German Government for the proactive measures done to ensure restart of the Bundesliga season amidst Coronavirus pandemic.

He said: “I am a player that is ready to give everything to the course of Mainz 05 in the last games that we have in the German Bundesliga and ensure that we remain in the competition at the end of the season.

Mainz face FC Union Berlin in one of the midweek games today and must avoid a defeat if they do not want to slip into the relegation zone.

Source: thenationonlineng.net

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How I Almost Quit Playing For Barca – Messi

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The world best player, Lionel Messi has revealed how he ‘wanted to leave’ Barcelona in 2016 due to the pressure on him amid a tax case with the Spanish government.

Speaking to radio station RAC1, Messi explained how he felt he was being ‘mistreated’ along with Jorge, his father.

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The two of them were found guilty of tax fraud and handed a 21-month suspended prison sentence.

“At that time, with the mess of the treasury, I wanted to leave, not for wanting to leave Barca but wanting to leave Spain,

” Messi told RAC1.“I felt that I was being very mistreated and I didn’t want to stay here. I never had an official offer because everyone knew my idea to stay here.

“It was very difficult for me and my family because people don’t know much about what’s going on.

“The truth is that it was hard for everything that happened but it is better that my children were small and did not know. It was very difficult for me and my family because people don’t know much about what’s going on.”

The case however, found that Messi, along with Jorge, was guilty of defrauding the Spanish government of €4.1m between 2007 and 2009.According to the court ruling, the pair were found guilty of tax havens in Belize and Uruguay to conceal earnings from image rights. This made Messi to contemplate his footballing future in the country.

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