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2019 AFCON: Rohr, Nigeria In Dilemma Over Samuel Chukwueze

Villareal star Samuel Chukwueze have to choose between playing at the Africa Cup of Nations and Under-20 World Cup for Nigeria, Concise News understands.

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This news medium understands that his Spanish La Liga side Villarreal have told the 19-year-old that he cannot play in both competitions.

The Under-20 World Cup ends in Poland on 15 June with the Nations Cup in Egypt starting six days later.

While reacting to the development, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr described it as a “dilemma.”

“It is a little dilemma that we must try to fix and hopefully there will be a good solution,” Rohr told BBC Sport.

“I understand when the club say it is impossible for him to play in the Afcon and youth World Cup.

“Chukwueze has good qualities and we already see why he plays at the top level in Spain.”

The winger has scored in La Liga, Europa League and Spanish Cup this season despite only earning promotion to the first team from the reserves.

On the international scene, he also made his senior debut for Nigeria against Uganda back in November 2018.

“He has an interesting ability which makes him a very important talent for any team he plays with,” Rohr added.

“I saw this quality when he played with us and the Olympic team, we must support Chukwueze and our other players too.”

Champions League: How Nigerian Clergyman’s Prophecy Fell Flat

Prophet Temitope Aduroja’s prophecy that no English side will win this term’s Champions League fell on its face on Wednesday night.

Concise News understands that Prophet Aduroja in his 2019 prophecy had noted that this season’s Europe elite club competition will not be won by an English side.

No English Team will win Champions League this season,” number five of his prophecies on sports noted.

However, a hat trick from Lucas Moura sent Tottenham to the final of the competition ahead of Ajax, shattering the clergyman’s earlier prediction.

Champions League: Lucas Moura Speaks After Firing Tottenham Into Final

Tottenham star Lucas Moura has admitted that the team’s coach, Mauricio Pochettino, handed them a pep talk that pushed them to claim the win over Ajax.

Concise News had reported that Spurs defeated Ajax 3-2 after a superb hat-trick from Moura.

The first leg of the encounter had ended 1-0 in Ajax’s favour, meaning the English side advanced based on the away-goal rule.

Speaking after the clash on Wednesday, Moura said the coach’s talk to the team after the first half was instrumental to the win.

“In the changing room, the gaffer said we need to score one goal,” he told Spurs TV.

“If we score one goal we are in the game and when I scored the first, it gave us a lot of motivation to keep working and to keep fighting.

“After the second one, that’s football, everything is possible and we needed to believe.

“I always say that we need to believe and I believed.

“If we play like this, everything is possible.”

Tottenham will face Liverpool on June 1 in an all-English final in Madrid.

Champions League Top Scorers After Semi-final Matches

Tottenham‘s stunning comeback against Ajax on Wednesday completed the semi-final round of matches which produced magical moments.

Spurs’ victory means it will be an all-English final in Madrid on June 1 after Liverpool had produced their own incredible comeback against Barcelona on Tuesday.

With most of the teams that started the 2018/2019 Champions League now eliminated, here are the leading scorers in the competition.

Leading Champions League scorers after Wednesday’s match:

12: Messi (Barcelona)

8: Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

6: Aguero (Man City), Ronaldo (Juventus), Marega (Porto), Tadic (Ajax)

5: Dybala (Juventus), Dzeko (Roma), Kane (Tottenham), Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Neymar (PSG), Sterling (Man City), Moura (Tottenham)

Champions League: Football Is Cruel, Devastated Ajax Coach Admits, Reveals Why Team Lost

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag has said his side could not “shut down” in their semi-final defeat to Tottenham in a Champions League tie on Wednesday.

Spurs produced a stunning comeback when Lucas Moura stroke in the 96th-minute to hand his side a spot in the final.

The match ended 3-0 in Spurs favour, 3-3 on aggregate with Tottenham moving to the final on away goal.

Speaking after the team threw away a 2-0 advantage from the first leg, Ten Hag, however, said he is proud of the boys.

“We tried to shut the game down and we didn’t manage,” admitted Ten Hag.

“I told the players it is very hard to find the right words in a moment like this and that football is cruel.

“We have to endure the cruel side tonight but we have to go on.

“The Champions League final is so unique and the players all realise that very well so you need time to get over it, but we have to get back on track on Sunday.”

Ajax have already won the Dutch Cup this season and can still complete a domestic double before the end of the campaign.

They are toe-toe with PSV Eindhoven at the top of the Eredivisie heading into the final two matches.

The side will play Utrecht at home on Sunday, meaning there is little time to wallow in this defeat.

“We will have to deal with this and regain composure,” he added.

“We owe it to ourselves and the fans. We have had a great season, we have one prize and this group of players is so resilient. We will be there on the pitch on Sunday.”

Harry Kane Hopes To Play Champions League Final

Harry Kane has said he hopes to be fit for Tottenham’s Champions League final against Liverpool after watching his teammates beat Ajax in a thrilling semi-final.

Kane, who has not played since April 9 due to an ankle injury, was at the Johan Cruyff Arena as Lucas Moura scored a last-gasp winner to complete an incredible comeback, booking Spurs’ place in the final on away goals after a 3-3 draw on aggregate.

The England striker ran onto the pitch at the full-time whistle to celebrate with his elated team-mates and manager.

The final takes place in Madrid on June 1 and Kane is hoping that he will play a part.

“Hopefully [I will be fit in time],” Kane told BT Sport. “Rehab is going well so far. I start straight line running this week.

“So far so good, we will see. If it carries on like it should then I hope to be, but there’s still a few weeks to go.”

Spurs looked to heading out of the Champions League as they trailed Ajax 3-0 on aggregate at half-time of the second leg in Amsterdam, but a second-half hat-trick from Lucas saw Spurs reach the final in thrilling style.

“Just incredible,” said Kane. “Disappointing first half, we didn’t start well and let them play and they scored two goals. At half-time, we said it’s 45 minutes to give everything. It could be our second to last game of the season, we don’t have to worry about being tired, just give everything.

“When Lucas got two then you’re thinking we are going to score, then Jan [Vertonghen] hit the crossbar and you think that’s it, it’s not our day, but Lucas scores a great finish at the end. Speechless really.

Ajax Vs Tottenham: Emotional Pochettino Reacts To Spurs Comeback Victory

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino struggled to contain his emotions as he described an “amazing” night for Tottenham in their dramatic Champions League semi-final win over Ajax.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg in London, Spurs fell 2-0 behind at half-time, but a second-half Lucas Moura hat-trick, including a 96th-minute winner, sends Spurs to Madrid to face Liverpool in the final on June 1.

Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Pochettino could not keep back his tears, as he had on the pitch after full-time, and thanked football for giving him this moment.

“It’s still difficult to talk, the emotion is amazing,” he said. “Thank you football, thank you these guys, these players are my heroes. I told you in the last year, I told everyone that we have a group of players who are heroes. They showed today. The second half was amazing.

“Thank you. Thank you football. Thank you to our fans. Thank you to the people who believed and helped us achieve this amazing moment. It’s difficult to describe.

“The game against Man City [quarter-final] and today, it’s amazing. I am so grateful to be a coach. To have a chance to play in this final is amazing. For my family. It’s amazing to award them.”


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