By Adedapo Adesanya
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has re-opened the bidding process for the hosting rights of the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations.
The decision was made a week after stripping Guinea of the right to host the 2025 AFCON after the country formally stated that it was not ready to host the competition.
Guinea’s inability to host the competition was due to its infrastructural facilities not being ready enough to host the 24-team tournament.
Earlier this month, CAF President, Mr Patrice Motsepe, travelled to Conakry for discussions with the interim president, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, but said the decision dated back to July.
He said they would ask the CAF for fresh bids because Guinea will not be ready to host the event in 2025.
CAF today sent a notice to the Members of Associations to convey their interest in hosting the 2025 African Cup of Nations as well as the process that will be followed in the selection of the host country or countries.
In March, Colonel Doumbouya appointed a new organising committee, ousting the previous team, one of whose members publicly expressed doubts about the project’s feasibility. He issued a decree declaring the organisation of the 2025 CAN “of national interest and priority”.
It is not the first time a country has been stripped of hosting AFCON hosting rights.
Cameroon was stripped of the right to host the 2019 tournament because they weren’t considered ready but they were awarded the 2021 tournament – which took place earlier this year because of delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
AFCON 2025 Bid Timeline
The AFCON 2025 Bidding Process Timeline would be done from November 11, 2022, till February 10, 2023.
November 11, 2022- Deadline for Submission of Interest Declaration form.
November 16, 2022- Deadline for sending hosting documents to Member Associations that have declared interest by CAF.
December 16, 2022- Deadline for submission of the final bid, including all bidding and hosting documents.
January 05-23, 2023- Inspection visits by CAF
February 10, 2023- Appointment of Host Country by CAF Executive committee.
One-time champions (2015) Cote d’Ivoire will host the next edition of the AFCON in 2023.
TOP FIFA World Cup 2022 Betting Sites in Nigeria
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is ongoing in Qatar, and the country has made some adjustments to its laws that could affect how you can bet on the tournament. In this Smart Betting Guide, we’ll discuss how to find a safe and legal betting site for your FIFA 2022 betting needs and what factors should be considered when choosing one.
Popular betting sites in Nigeria
These are some betting sites you can use to bet on football matches. It’s important to recommend the best sites. The following are some of the best betting sites you can use to bet on football matches:
Nairabet is a well-known betting site in Nigeria. It has been around for many years and has been able to establish itself as one of the best betting sites in Nigeria. It offers a wide range of bets, including soccer matches and other sports events.
Nairabet’s customer support team is available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about the services or products offered on their website. This means that if there are any issues with your account or payment methods, you can contact them immediately without having to wait until after business hours when most companies aren’t open yet!
Bet9ja is a sports betting site that offers a wide range of betting options to bet on. It’s Nigeria-based, so you can expect to get all your information in English.
The mobile app has been designed with Android and iOS devices in mind, making it easy for you to place your bets wherever you happen to be.
Bet9ja also has its index: The best football predictions from Europe and beyond!
Surebet247 offers a wide range of betting options for customers to choose from. You can bet on the World Cup Final, which is due on July 15th, 2022, and get free bets from them. They also have bonuses that you can take advantage of when signing up with them, and they’re sure to be worth your time as well!
How to choose the best FIFA World Cup 2022 betting site in Nigeria
When it comes to choosing the best FIFA World Cup 2022 betting site in Nigeria, you should consider the following factors:
Important factors to consider when choosing a FIFA World Cup 2022 betting site in Nigeria
When choosing a FIFA World Cup 2022 betting site in Nigeria, there are several factors that you should consider. Some of these include:
As you can see, the world cup is a fun event to watch and bet on. And if you have never done it before, it’s time to give it a try! There are many options available in Nigeria where you can place your bets and win some cash. The best part of playing this game is that there is no limit on how much money you can win so long as your team wins (or loses).
Highest Paid Nigerian Footballer – How Much Do Nigerian Footballers Earn
Highest-Paid footballer from Nigeria
The phrase “Naija no dey carry last” has been evident in football recently as there has been an influx of Nigerian footballers playing abroad. Football is the most popular sport in Nigeria with millions of fans supporting their clubs abroad. Nigeria has always been a home of incredible football talents and with more amazing young footballers showing in recent years, the weekly wages of Nigerian footballers has been on a rise.
The huge wages being paid to Nigerian footballers isn’t a surprise as the impact of the players is evident in those teams. Aside from the high wages they earn, Naija footballers are being traded for a huge amount of money. In the summer of 2020, Victor Oshimen became the most expensive African footballer of all time as he joined Napoli from Lille for about $80 million-plus add-on. Hardly any top European league without a Nigerian footballer performing at a high level and earning huge wages. A good sign for the Super Eagles as the national squad is now full of top talents.
We have decided to go on an adventure to reveal the highest-paid footballers from Nigeria, who are also featured in the best football predictions bettors will find on Takebet Nigeria. We have searched all leagues where Nigerian players compete, from European leagues such as English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Bundesliga to other top leagues.
Let’s dig into the list of the highest-paid footballers from Nigeria.
Odion Ighalo – Striker, Al-Hilal – $170,000 (last know)
Odion Ighalo is one of the most popular Nigerian players. The striker became the first Nigerian international to play for Manchester United after he joined the club on loan from the Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in January 2020. Odion Ighalo scored five goals in 23 appearances before returning to Shanghai Shenhua at the end of his loan.
The Nigerian international joined Saudi Arabia’s Al Shabab from the Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua in 2021. Ighalo scored 10 league goals in 19 appearances for Shanghai Shenhua. Odion made his debut in 2005 and moved to Europe in 2008 where he joined Udinese. The Nigerian international joined Watford during the 2014-15 and scored 36 league goals in 90 appearances for the club.
Odion Ighalo represented the Super Eagles during the 2018 World Cup. The Nigerian international holds the record for the most goals scored during a single Africa Cup of Nations with seven goals in 2019.
Ighalo earned $170,000 per week in Al Shabab. Odion Ighalo joins Al-Hilal, another Saudi football club, after the AFCON 2021. His salary in the new club is currently unknown, but the striker is sure to keep his #1 spot.
Victor Osimhen – Striker, Napoli – $110,000
Victor Osimhen is currently one of the best strikers in Europe. The Nigerian international has been amazing for Napoli this season after a slow start to life in the Italian Club. Victor Osimhen became the most expensive Africa striker in history after he joined Napoli from Lille for a fee of about $80 million in the winter transfer of 2020.
The Napoli striker has scored 19 goals in 45 appearances for the Italian side. Osimhen had an incredible rise to glory as he wasn’t able to join either Zulte Waregem or Club Brugge in his early days due to Malaria. Victor was in Nigeria’s under-17 team that won the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The Nigerian international won the Golden Boot in the tournament with 10 goals. He also won the Silver Ball award during the tournament.
Osimhen missed out on the 2018 World Cup squad. He made his debut for the national team in 2017. The Nigerian international made the squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and has been brilliant since then. He has scored 10 goals in 18 appearances for the national team.
Victor currently plays in Napoli and he earns $110,000 per week.
Wilfred Ndidi – Midfielder, Leicester City – $100,000
Wilfred Ndidi is currently one of the best defensive midfielders in the world. The Nigerian international has been incredible since he joined Leicester City from Genk in the winter transfer of 2017 for $20m. Ndidi has scored 10 goals in 196 appearances since he joined the club.
The Nigerian international won the most tackles in the Premier League (138) during the 2017-18 season. He also won the most tackles in the league in the following season of 2018-19. Wilfred Ndidi was an important player of the squad that won the 2020-21 FA Cup as they defeated Chelsea by a goal to nil.
Ndidi represented Nigeria during the 2016 Summer Olympics. He made the squad for the 2018 World Cup as they were knocked out in the group stage. Ndidi also represented the Super Eagles in the 2019 and 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. He has 47 caps for the Nigerian national team.
Wilfred Ndidi currently plays for Leicester City and earns $100,000 per week.
Kelechi Iheanacho – Striker, Leicester City – $80,000
Seniorman Kelz as he is widely regarded came into the limelight after an impressive outing during the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The Nigerian international won the Golden Ball award as the Super Eagles won the tournament. Iheanacho scored six goals during the competition as he won the Silver Boot.
Kelechi Iheanacho joined Manchester City in 2015. Iheanacho scored 21 goals in 64 appearances for Manchester City as he won the English Football League Cup. The Nigerian international joined Leicester City for a fee of about $30 million in the summer of 2017. Iheanacho was brilliant during the 2020-21 season as he scored 12 goals in the Premier League, overperforming his expected goals of 8.20.
Iheanacho represented Nigeria during the 2018 World Cup. The Leicester City striker also represented the Super Eagles during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. Iheanacho has scored 12 goals in 42 appearances for the national team.
Kelechi Iheanacho currently plays for Leicester City and earns $80,000.
Alex Iwobi – Midfielder, Everton – $68,000
Alex Iwobi started his club career with Arsenal as he joined the youth team in 2004. The Nigerian international made his senior debut in 2015 for Arsenal against Sheffield Wednesday.
Iwobi scored 15 goals in 149 appearances for Arsenal as he spent four seasons with the senior team. The Nigerian international joined Everton from Arsenal for a fee of about $45 million in the summer of 2019. Iwobi won the FA Cup and two Community Shields with the Gunners. The Nigerian international has scored six goals in 80 appearances for Everton.
Alex made his international debut for Nigeria in 2015 although he started as a youth international for England. The Everton player has scored nine goals in 53 appearances for the Super Eagles. Iwobi scored the winning goal against Zambia to secure a spot for the Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup. He was featured in the 2018 World Cup as Nigeria was knocked out in the group stage.
Iwobi played for the Super Eagles in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The Nigerian international was sent off in the Round of 16 of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations as the Super Eagles suffered a 0-1 defeat to Tunisia.
Alex Iwobi currently plays for Everton and earns $68,000.
Victor Moses – Midfielder, Spartak Moscow – $56,000
Victor Moses was a popular player amongst Nigerian fans after he played a huge role in Chelsea’s Premier League triumph during the 2016-17 season. The Nigerian international started his club career in Crystal Palace before joining Wigan in 2010. Chelsea signed Moses in the summer of 2022 from Wigan. Moses went on loan to Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham United before returning for the 2016-17 season.
The Nigerian international was converted to a right wing-back under Antonio Conte as Chelsea won the league. Moses was later loaned out to different teams such as Fenerbache, Inter Millan and Spartak Moscow. The latter club signed the player on a permanent basis in July 2021. Victor Moses scored 18 goals in 128 appearances while playing for Chelsea. He won the Premier League, FA Cup and two UEFA Europa League titles with the Blues.
Victor Moses scored 12 goals in 37 appearances for the Nigeria national team. The Spartak Moscow player was an important player in Nigeria’s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations triumph. Moses featured for the Super Eagles in the 2014 World Cup and the 2018 World Cup where he scored a goal in the 1-2 defeat to Argentina.
Victor Moses currently plays for Spartak Moscow and earns $56,000.
Moses Simon – Winger, Nantes – $40,000
Moses Simon was Nigeria’s best player during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. The Nigerian international started his senior club career with AS Trencin in 2014 where he scored 17 goals in 39 appearances before joining Gent in 2015. Moses scored 21 goals in 136 appearances with Gent as he spent four seasons at the club before joining Levante. The Nigerian international won the Belgian Pro League and Belgian Super Cup while in Gent.
Moses joined Levante on loan for the 2019-20 season with an option to buy. The deal was made permanent the following season as he signed a four-year deal. Moses has scored 17 goals in 85 appearances for Nantes.
Simon made his debut for the Super Eagles in 2015 against Uganda. He has scored six goals in 45 appearances for the national team. Simon represented Nigeria during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
Highest paid Nigerian footballer FAQ
Who is the highest-paid footballer in Nigeria?
Odion Ighalo is the highest-paid Nigerian footballer. Ighalo joined Al Shabab from Shanghai Shenhua in January 2020 where he was being paid $402,000. The Nigerian international was the first player to play for Manchester United after he took a pay cut and received $200,000 to join the club on loan.
The Nigerian international was paid $170,000 in Al Shabab, and he is thought to stay in the same salary range in his new Saudi club, Al-Hilal, which he joins after the AFCON 2021.
Who is the richest Nigerian football player overall?
John Obi Mikel is the richest Nigerian footballer with a net worth of about $57 million. The Nigerian international is one of the greatest footballers in the country’s history. Mike Obi made his fortunes while playing for Chelsea in the Premier League. He spent 11 seasons at Chelsea where he scored six goals in 372 appearances for the club. Mikel won two Premier League titles, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Europa League, three FA Cup, one English Football League Cup and one FA Community Shield during his time at Chelsea.
Mikel Obi is currently a free agent after his contract with Kuwait SC was terminated just four months after joining the club.
Who is the most expensive footballer from Nigeria?
Victor Osimhen is the most expensive Nigerian footballer. Osimhen joined Napoli from Lille for a fee of about $80m in 2020 after scoring 18 goals in 38 appearances for the French club. The Nigerian international has scored 19 goals in 45 appearances for Napoli. Osimhen is being paid $110,000 per week in Napoli.
2022 National Sports Festival is an Opportunity for National Talents—Minister
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, has said the level of preparedness of many states at the ongoing 21st National Sports Festival (NSF) signifies that the country is filled with talent.
According to the Minister, who spoke to pressmen at the opening ceremony of the event, “My sight and focus are on the 10 days as I am looking for talents to deploy into the national teams for the next Olympics, France 2024.
“My immediate concern is searching for young talents to represent Nigeria at international competitions.
“I thank the Delta State Government for the adequate preparations made for the Festival because they did not have the entire 24 months to be ready rather they had 16 months.
“A lot of credit should go to the government, which for me, is one of the highlights of the Games and also, all the participating states of the federation.”
“We have five states that have registered their intention to host the next NSF, so it will be interesting to see how the bidding process goes.
“Come December 10, when we will announce the winner, we will also announce the next host of the Festival, the best state will win,” Mr Dare concluded.
The Minister had handed the Delta State Governor, Mr Ifeanyi Okowa, the torch of unity on Tuesday in Asaba after it had previously toured the entire 36 states, including Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The torch commenced its movement after it was flagged off by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
Delta State won the last edition of the festival hosted by Edo State in 2021 for the sixth time in a row.
Team Delta topped the medals table after winning 158 gold, 116 silver, and 110 bronze.
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