The players that will feature for Brazil in the high profile friendly match with Nigeria have been unveiled.
Coach Tite has released the list for the friendly match to be played in Singapore against Senegal and Nigeria.
The list includes Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City and PSG’s Neymar.
In the 23-man list are some returnees and three newcomers. Rodrigo Caio and Gabriel Barbosa, who won the gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, are back. 
Gabriel Jesus returns after suspension, just as Danilo was also called again. Already called for the first time are goalkeeper Santos, left-back Renan Lodi and midfielder Matheus Henrique. 
In revealing the squad, Coach Tite remarked that he had to be very careful in choosing the players for the African challenge.
“I seek in my professional life to look at different sides of situations for everyone to win. Right now it is the national team, clubs and athletes.  
“I saw Gabriel Barbosa’s manifestation of how proud he would be to be in the Brazilian team. 


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Now is the preparation period, now will come qualifying period, World Cup and America’s Cup. To form this final team, I have to give it a chance”
Full squad:
GOALKEEPERS: Ederson – Manchester City (ENG), Santos – Athletico  and Weverton – Palmeiras
DEFENDERS: Daniel Alves – Sao Paulo, Danilo – Juventus (ITA), Alex Sandro – Juventus (ITA), Renan Lodi – Atletico Madrid (ESP), Rodrigo Caio – Flamengo, Marquinhos – Paris Saint Germain (FRA), Thiago Silva – Paris Saint Germain (FRA) and Eder MilitΓ£o – Real Madrid (ESP).
MIDFIELDERS: Casemiro – Real Madrid (ESP), Fabinho – Liverpool (ENG), Arthur – Barcelona (ESP), Matheus Henrique – Guild, Lucas PaquetΓ‘ – Milan (ITA) and Philippe Coutinho – Bayern Munich (GER)
ATTACKERS: Richarlison – Everton (ENG), Gabriel Barbosa – Flemish, Gabriel Jesus – Manchester City (ENG), Roberto Firmino – Liverpool (ENG), Neymar – Paris Saint Germain (FRA) 

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Lobi Stars will battle with Kwara United in the final of the Gov Okowa Pre Season Tourney.

The Pride of Benue beat Niger Tornadoes 4-1 on penalties after full time scores was 1-1 while the Abdullahi Usman Biffo tutored lads shocked Rivers United 1-0.

Tornadoes opened the scoring in Asaba thanks to a huge slice of fortune. Musa Wakili picked his spot and curled the ball beyond goalkeeper John Lawrence.

Lobi Stars came from behind to cancel Tornadoes' lead as Abdkareem Mumini poked home the ball after goalkeeper Lucky Jimoh spilled Ernest Governor's deadly free kick to his path.

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The shootouts didn't favour Tornadoes as the duo of Afeez Nosiru and Ayodele Joseph saw their efforts hit the bar.

Alex Aghahowa, Earnest Governor, Douglas Achiv and Tayo Adebogun all scored for Lobi Stars.

In the other semi-final game, Kwara United displayed a professional approach to pip hard fighting Rivers United 1-0.

A third minute header from Ufere Chinedu made the difference for the Harmony Boys.

The final will be held on Thursday at the main bowl of the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.

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Lobi stars made it three wins out of three matches at the ongoing Governor Okowa Preseason Tournament in Asaba after they defeated Remo Stars 2-1.

Speaking after the game Vice Chairman Mr Mike Idoko has disclosed that the target of his side is to return to the continent while stressing that his side is not yet there despite their impressive display at the ongoing tournament.

"Like every other teams will say,  they all want to play on the continent, we planned and almost got it last time but the loss of our Technical Adviser a week to the NPFL Classification playoffs had a psychological effect on the team which made us lose out

" This season it is our desire to return Lobi stars to the continent and I know by the special grace of God plus the quality of the players we have recruited   with a Coach like Gbenga Ogunbote we will go back to the continent".


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He continued by saying that his side is yet not there as they will continue to strive to be the best within and outside the country.

"Lobi stars is a team in progress aside the teams that partook on the continent I don't think any team is ready for the commencement of the new season,

" Though we have produced some eye catching results during our preseason tournaments we will not be carried away as I believe that the coaching crew know what to do in order to get the team ready to challenge for honors next season, he concluded".

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The Experience, Versatile Vice Chairman Lobi Stars Football Club of Makurdi express satisfaction with the performance of boys in the ongoing Gov. Okowa Pre Season Tourney in Asaba, Delta State.

Speaking with the media, Mike Idoko also use the medium to explain and clear the air on the publication by daily trust online medium, about the lack of cooperation between the management and the technical crew, that it is rumour "the management and technical crew has a smooth working relationship.

According to Idoko, "I'm surprised because honestly I don't know where that person got his/her story from, as far as I am concerned we have no challenges whether you like it or not those are rumors

" When people see that you are actually trying to do something good they tend to go out and pass out damaging rumors but like I said earlier there is a healthy working relationships between the management and technical crew of my team.


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He Further said' "Today in Nigeria Ogunbote remains the best coach, whether you like it or not, coming to Lobi Stars is like a reunion because God used some of us to give him the break he had in football while he was with Shooting Stars and we brought him to Sunshine Stars to play  continental football, in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup.

" We have confidence in him, he has a very good track records with Enyimba Football club and Rangers Football Club, bringing Ogunbote 'Oracle' also has the endorsement and backing of His Excellency, Governor Samuel Ortom, now tell me where the series of issues threatening peace of the club is coming from" he enthused

He Concluded by rating the Okowa Pre Season tourney high, for good organisation, good publicity and good officiating, one of the best preseason tournament in the country and hope they will be able to sustain the momentum.

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Goals from Chinedu Udeagha and Abdulkareem Mumini secured a 2-1 win at the Stephen Keshi Stadium for Lobi Stars against Remo Stars on Monday afternoon - with nine points guaranteeing their place at the Gov Okowa Pre Season Tourney last four.

With one match left for the Pride of Benue in Group B, they joined Rivers United in the semi finals.

For Remo Stars, they bowed out of the competition with some positives despite picking a point and suffering three defeats.

In a first half of many chances, Ibrahim Yusuf stole in to power home from close range after Danlandi Isah couldn't save Akemini Kingsley's attempt.

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The Makurdi side rallied and Chinedu Udeagha levelled on 25 minutes. The former Rangers and Enyimba midfielder cut in from the left and delivered a shot to the bottom corner.

Substitute Abdulkareem Mumini scored a fantastic winner five minutes after the hour. The fair skinned forward netted from a goal mouth scramble for his second goal of the tournament.
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Rivers United Book Semi Ticket At Gov Okowa Pre Season Tourney

Rivers United qualified for the semi finals of the Gov Okowa Pre Season Tourney following a 1-1 draw with MFM FC in their final group match on Monday morning.

The Olukoya Boys produced an inspired performance and were held to a draw at the Stephen Keshi Stadium.

MFM FC under fire since the competition got underway went in front courtesy of a 4th minute spot kick from Clement Ogu.

Tony Bolus' wards were given a warning when Chigozie Ihunda's penalty kick came off the bar.

The Lagos side were stunned when Bakari Bamba equalised in the 85th minute.


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A delighted Stanley Eguma, Head Coach Rivers United while speaking with Gov Okowa Pre Season Tourney Media noted: “We took part in the Gov Okowa Pre Season Tourney with a view of giving some players some test games.

"And this has paid off as we now know the quality of each and every player.

"We've have used different squads for the games we played, as the experienced ones were used in the game against Delta Force, while a mix of our young lads and some who were recommended to us played today.

"At the end, the team got 8 points from four games. This is a good omen for us."

Table toppers Rivers United have accumulated eight points from four games while MFM FC have picked a solitary point in Group A.

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Niger Tornadoes forced Abia Warriors to a 1-1 draw at the Gov Okowa Pre Season Tourney on Sunday afternoon.

Minna based outfit Tornadoes protected their unbeaten streak with one win and two draws in three games. Abia Warriors have won one, drawn one and lost one match.

The Umuahia Warriors were the first to make a statement when Guy Kuemian expertly nodded home a well crafted cross from Ugwuka Emmanuel in the 11th minute.

Tornadoes responded instantly as the trio of Ismaila Sarki, Victor Abata and Kabiru Umar combined to level the scores.

Sarki Ismaila orchestrated the move, his cross was flicked by Victor Abata to Umar Kabiru who scored his first goal at the Governor Okowa Pre Season Tourney.


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Both teams threw in more attackers in order to steal the game as Uche Okafor twice denied Niger Tornadoes in the dying moments of the duel.

"We were sharp in the second half and scored. It was a good performance from my boys," Tornadoes coach Abubakar Bala told Gov Okowa Pre Season Tourney.

"The lapses noticed will be corrected. We are unbeaten after three games and want to finish the group games with our unbeaten run intact.

Abia Warriors young forward Amos Ogbuagu who shone in a substitute appearance was optimistic of his team's progress to the semi finals.

"We wanted the three points but couldn't get it. It's just one of those days when you play so well and don't win.

"Lessons have been learnt and we will move on to the next level," he reflected.

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In the light of the continued successes of its National Teams on the international scene, the Nigeria Basketball Federation has assured prospective sponsors of media mileage and global business exposure.

The federation, through its Vice President, Babatunde Ogunade said this on Friday during a meeting with Afro-American basketball superstar, Andre Ighoudala who is on an official trip to Nigeria.

According to Ogunade, the Nigeria Basketball Federation is leaving no stone unturned in boosting its financial capacity as relying on government as its sole financier is not sustainable in the long term.
Ogunade who in the company of fellow board members, Felix Awogu and Oni Afolabi said it was high time sponsors identified basketball as one of the key federations capable of positively exposing their brands to the global market.

“Since we took over in 2017, we have continued to enjoy unimaginable successes on the global stage. 

D’Tigress have won two Afrobasket titles, gotten to the quarter final of the World Cup while the men won silver medal at the 2017 Afrobasket, first country in the world to qualify for the World Cup as well as finishing as the best African team at the just concluded World Cup to pick the 2020 Olympics ticket.”

“The 3x3 teams have conquered Africa, been to the World Cup and are a strong force to reckon with. Today, I can boldly say basketball is one of the fastest growing sports in Nigeria.”


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Sequel to the new found status of basketball on the global stage, the NBBF believes private investors have a lot to gain in terms of media exposure if they partner with the federation.

“All eyes are on our national teams while the global media buzz around the teams have continued to increase. Investors, partners and sponsors have a lot to gain.”
“We have so many grassroots programs, Men’s Divisions one and two, the Zenith Women League and the Men’s Premier League that are in need of attention.”, Ogunade said.

In his response, Ighoudala who has won three NBA titles with the Golden State Warriors as well as the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the  2012 Summer Olympics titles with USA praised the performance of the D’Tigers at the World Cup.

“Congratulations on the qualification for the Olympics. I monitored the performance of the team in China and I was impressed by this amazing team. I also heard about the women’s team which also won the 2019 title. These achievements are commendable.”

Currently on the books of Memphis Grizzlies, the Silicon Valley investor and Jumia Nigeria,  Ighoudala assured the federation that he will look at possible ways to partner the federation in growing basketball in Nigeria.

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Ikeyina Chisom and Ifeanyi Anyanwu earned Cynosure FC a 2-1 win over Remo Stars at Stephen Keshi Stadium that strengthens their grip on second place in Group B of the Gov Okowa Pre Season Tourney.

The Abakaliki side have picked six points from three games at the tournament in Asaba.

Remo Stars have now lost two in a row, but they put up a good fight in Asaba, reducing the tally through birthday boy Akemini Kingsley.

It took just 15 minutes for the Deji Ayeni managed side to edge in front. The Abakaliki based outfit scored through Ikoyina who capitalised on a defensive gaffe to fire to the top corner of the net.

Dan Ogunmodede's boys would pay for their failure to convert clear cut chances, though, as Cynosure doubled their lead.

Anyanwu whipped a free kick through a sea of bodies and it landed at the back of the net four minutes before recess.

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Cynosure goalie Olugbu Onu kept out two shots in the opening four minutes of the second half.

In the 51st minute, Akemini halved the scoreline with a delightful curler into the far corner after latching on to Ismail Yakubu's sumptuous cross.

Anyanwu was unable to double his tally when, he was played through with a simple lofted pass, with John Bright this time getting a touch to the attempted lob.

The Sky Blue Stars, now with one draw and two defeats, enjoyed their fair share of possession in the remainder of the match, but a wayward strike at the back post three minutes from time was the best they could offer.

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