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Spain Honour Iniesta With Naked Statue For 2010 World Cup Winning Goal
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Spain Honour Iniesta With Naked Statue For 2010 World Cup Winning Goal

Spain has marked the 10th anniversary of the country's 2010 victory over Netherlands in the FIFA World Cup held in South Africa. Barcelona legend, Iniesta, now playing in Japan, was the hero that night in Johannesburg as he struck four minutes from the end of extra-time to secure Spain's World Cup success. Iniesta's hometown of Albacete have now honoured their most famous son with a naked statue showing a mirror image of his position as he struck the winner that night. Locals from Albacete were to celebrate the unveiling of the statue on July 10 but Coronavirus restrictions mean it'll be held next year.
Jinadu: Nigeria teenager sets career target at West Ham United
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Jinadu: Nigeria teenager sets career target at West Ham United

In the wake of signing his first pro contract with the Hammers, the Nigerian goalkeeping sensation reveals what he craves to achieve in the sport Daniel Jinadu has set a three-pronged target at West Ham United, with his major priority a desire to feature in the Premier League. Achieving ambitious goals remains a possibility for the teenage goalkeeper who starred for Nigeria during the 2019 U17 Fifa World Cup in Brazil. Alongside Keenan Appiah-Forson, Harrison Ashby, Sam Caiger, Dan Chesters, Will Greenidge and Joshua Okotcha, the 17-year-old signed his first professional contract with the English top-flight side last week – a result of his consistency and diligence for the club’s U18s during the 2019-2020 season.
Amokachi Begs Nigerian to forgive Yakubu Aiyegbeni for 2010 World Cup Blunder Against South Korea
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Amokachi Begs Nigerian to forgive Yakubu Aiyegbeni for 2010 World Cup Blunder Against South Korea

Former Nigerian international, Daniel Amokachi, has pleaded with Nigerians to forgive former Super Eagles striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni over the missed goal against South Korea at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. According to Amokachi, Nigerians have yet to pardon Aiyegbeni for over a decade he committed the blunder in front of an empty post. He explained that in football, it was a natural thing for great players across the world to mess up in front of goalkeepers. “It is not new in football. I have missed a good goal opportunity before. “Great players across the world had messed up in front of goalkeepers. “We need to forgive him [Yakubu Aiyegbeni] so that he can enjoy his retirement,” Amokachi told Brila FM. Meanwhile, Ayegbeni had since apologised to Ni...
‘Your legacy lives on’ – Yobo pays heartfelt tribute to late Stephen Keshi
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‘Your legacy lives on’ – Yobo pays heartfelt tribute to late Stephen Keshi

The Super Eagles’ assistant coach took to social media to put out a heartfelt tribute to commemorate the death of the Nigeria icon Nigeria football legend Joseph Yobo has posted an emotional tribute to Stephen Keshi, who passed away on June 7, 2016. Keshi - the only man after Mahmoud El-Gohary to win the Africa Cup of Nations as a player and coach - passed away after suffering a heart attack at the age of 54 on this day four years ago - six months after losing his wife Kate to cancer. Yobo developed an incredible bond with the ‘Big Boss’ during his time as Super Eagles coach, having captained his team to winning the 2013 Afcon staged in South Africa. Also, he played a key role in his side’s 2014 Fifa World Cup outing where the three-time African champions bowed out to France in t...
‘I was Prepared for Everything Messi did on That Day’ -Vincent Enyeama for the First time Speaks on World Cup Heroics, Respect for Kanu Nwankwo & Arsenal
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‘I was Prepared for Everything Messi did on That Day’ -Vincent Enyeama for the First time Speaks on World Cup Heroics, Respect for Kanu Nwankwo & Arsenal

Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has spoken out about his heroics during the group stage match between Nigeria and Argentina in the 2010 World Cup while also revealing he always respected former Arsenal player Kanu Nwankwo and is  a fan of Arsenal football club. Due to his excellent saves over and over again, Vincent Enyeama was named the Man of the Match though Argentina defeated Nigeria by 1-0 in the group stage match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and Enyeama says he was ready for the Barcelona star man. "I had studied Messi the night before (with Chidi Odiah) so everything he did that day, I was prepared for it. I already knew what he was going to do."   Former Hapoel Tel Aviv and LOSC Lille goalkeeper Enyeama said in an Instagram Live interview with EaglesTr...
World Cup: FIFA Drops Plan To Expand Qatar 2022 To 48 Teams
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World Cup: FIFA Drops Plan To Expand Qatar 2022 To 48 Teams

FIFA shelved a proposed expansion of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the world football body’s president Gianni Infantino. The 2022 tournament in the Gulf state will now be played with 32 nations taking part. FIFA said it had abandoned the expansion plans “following a thorough and comprehensive consultation process” which led to the conclusion that “under the current circumstances such a proposal could not be made now”. “(The tournament) will, therefore, remain as originally planned with 32 teams and no proposal will be submitted at the next FIFA Congress on 5 June,” FIFA said in a statement.
“We will not kneel to ask a player to return” – Rohr coy on Victor Moses’ Nigeria return
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“We will not kneel to ask a player to return” – Rohr coy on Victor Moses’ Nigeria return

The German tactician says he will not stand in the way of the Fenerbahce man if he wishes to return to the national team Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr discloses that he is ready to welcome Victor Moses back to the national team but insists he will not ‘kneel’ to have him rescind his retirement decision.The 28-year-old called time on a six-year international career after the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia. With Nigeria making their 18th appearance at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, the Fenerbahce forward has been linked with a return to the Super Eagles squad. However, Rohr reiterated that he will not beg the 2013 Afcon winner to overturn his decision.
Nigerian Girls Tricked Into Sex Slavery During Russia World Cup Rescued
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Nigerian Girls Tricked Into Sex Slavery During Russia World Cup Rescued

Over 2000 Nigerian girls who were brought to Russia last year for the FIFA World Cup under the guise of being football fans have been forced into sex slavery, prostitution by the traffickers who brought them into the country. Blessing Obuson, a teenager from Edo state, pictured below was one of them. According to a Reuters report, Blessing Obuson thought Russia’s soccer World Cup would be an opportunity to find a job and flew into Moscow from Nigeria last June on a fan ID. Instead, she found herself forced to work as a prostitute. She said her madam had confiscated her passport and told her she’d only get it back once she’d worked off a fictional debt of $50,000.Obuson told her story to a rare English-speaking client who got anti-slavery activists involved. Two Nigerians we...
Mikel Linked with Fenerbache after Tianjin Teda Exit
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Mikel Linked with Fenerbache after Tianjin Teda Exit

Super Eagles’ captain, John Mikel Obi, has been linked with a move to Turkish giants, Fenerbache, a few days after he cancelled his contract with Chinese club, Tianjin Teda. Mikel, 31, agreed to the termination of his contract with Tianjin Teda on Thursday ending his two- year stay with the club. The former Chelsea midfielder refused to travel with the team for their pre-season training in Spain and announced his departure later. He signed a three-year contract with Tianjin Teda in January 2017, joining from English Premier League side, Chelsea after he was frozen out by then Blues manager, Antonio Conte. Mikel made 31 appearances for the Chinese side, registering three goals and three assists. According to a report in French online news outlet, L’equipe, Mikel is now attracting th...
Mikel Obi Foundation Holds Football Clinic in Partnership with Kwesé
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Mikel Obi Foundation Holds Football Clinic in Partnership with Kwesé

The Mikel Obi Foundation in partnership with multi-platform broadcast network, Kwesé, on Sunday held a football clinic for children in Lagos. The clinic saw 150 boys and girls aged 3 – 15 years from the Little Tigers Football Club receive first-hand coaching on football basics namely; ball passing, receiving, trapping, dribbling and shooting. The football clinic is a build-up to the launch of “Nigeria’s Next Football Superstar”, a Mikel Obi Foundation initiative which is aimed at giving back to the community. Mikel Obi, said the clinic “is about giving back to the community, to Nigeria. Home is where it all started for me. I will always want to give back to Nigeria, to my community”. He added that it was the right time as he now has the right support to make the initiative a s...
Akpoguma Says He Will Play For Nigeria Only if He Doesn’t Get Germany Call-up
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Akpoguma Says He Will Play For Nigeria Only if He Doesn’t Get Germany Call-up

22-year-old Hoffenheim defender Kevin Akpoguma, who stopped for an interview with football analyst, Oma Akatugba, disclosed that he only play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria if he does not get a Germany call-up soon. Akpoguma, who was linked with the Super Eagles before the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, was born to a German mother and Nigerian father is eligible to play for the Super Eagles. However the footballer, who has played across various youth levels and even captained the German U-20 team that knocked out Nigeria’s U-20 team Flying Eagles in the quarterfinal stage of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, stated he might consider a Super Eagles offer if he doesn’t get a Germany call-up to the senior team. He said, ”The thing is that I was born in Germany and I have played for all the...
FIFA WORLD CUP 2018:  England Trashes Panama
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FIFA WORLD CUP 2018: England Trashes Panama

England has booked a ticket into the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup in Russia after demolishing Panama, 6-1, on Sunday. Combined with Belgium's win on Saturday, the Three Lions have assured a spot into the knockout stage, and now all that's left is to decide is who finishes first in the group. England took a 5-0 lead into halftime and picked up a hat trick from Harry Kane and a double from John Stones. The match also featured a wonderful and historic moment as Panama scored its first World Cup goal, and fans celebrated like the team had just won the tournament.  Here are the goals: Just eight minutes in, Stones headed home a set piece to give the Three Lions the lead for good. Kane scored on a penalty kick 22 minutes in Jesse Lingard got in on the action 10 mi...
FIFA World Cup: President Buhari Receives The Original Trophy In Abuja
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FIFA World Cup: President Buhari Receives The Original Trophy In Abuja

The FIFA world cup finally arrived in Nigeria and President Muhammadu Buhari , Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and the sports minister were in hand to receive it. The president received the original FIFA World Cup Trophy ahead of the 2018 Football World Cup. FIFA representative France Christian Karembeu, President Coca-Cola West Africa Mr Peter Njonjo and Chairman House Committee on Sports Hon. Godfrey Gaiya and others.  The president also received the CHAN Super Eagles Team and Bobsleigh Winter Olympic Team in State House.
CHAN: Super Eagles Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa Explains His Good Form
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CHAN: Super Eagles Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa Explains His Good Form

Nigeria goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa has explained his good form at the on-going 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals in Morocco. The shot-stopper led his country to a 2-1 victory over Angola in the quarter-final clash in Tangier on Sunday. Ezenwa, who is captaining the home-based Super Eagles at the tournament, walked away with the Total Man of the Match accolade at the end of the game. Prior to that he had conceded one goal in three group stage matches with Nigeria finishing top of the Group C. “I have to thank the team especially the coach who was very calm in the technical area pushing the team and believing that we will get the win,” he said. “The performance was great because we continued to push and tried to get the goal after going down and we did just that...
Still Trending As Google Honors Stephen Keshi With Doodle
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Still Trending As Google Honors Stephen Keshi With Doodle

Google today celebrates Nigerian football icon Stephen Keshi, on the occasion of his 56th birthday. The technology firm honoured the former Super Eagles Captain on its doodle.   Doodle is a special logo on Google’s homepage that is temporarily alternated and intended to celebrate holidays, events, achievements and people.   Born in Azare, Bauchi State, Nigeria, Keshi was a member of the famed St. Finbarrs College Football Academy of 1977.   He was later called up and played for the Junior Eagles and the Super Eagles in preparation for the 1980 African Cup of Nations.   Google said football took Keshi all over the world, as he played across Africa, Europe, and the US. Known affectionately as “Big Boss”, he was beloved as a player for the national t...
Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr Can’t Wait For The FIFA World Cup
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Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr Can’t Wait For The FIFA World Cup

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr says he cannot wait to see the 2018 FIFA World Cup underway as he hopes to make an impression. The Super Eagles mentor revealed he is excited to lead the West Africans to Russia in June this year. Nigeria is one of the teams that will represent the African continent at the global showpiece together with Tunisia, Morocco, Senegal and Egypt. Pitted in Group D with Croatia, Iceland and Argentina, Rohr says he is hopeful they can stun the 1998 World Cup third-placed side. “Yes, I’m impatient and a little excited too, we’re proud to have been the first Africans to qualify for the World Cup,” the German said to a French website. “Now we have to make a good result at this World Cup. We have some hope of a good result in our first match against Croatia.” ...
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Enyeama To Return To Eagles

Former Nigerian international, Edema Fuludu, has added his voice to the debate whether former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama should return to the national team ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Fuludu who spoke to The Authority Sports in Abuja said it will be counter- productive to have the former Enyimba International of Aba to be part of the squad in Russia, warning that such could bring disharmony to the now cohesive team. According to him, such will only amount to encouraging somebody to reap where he did not sow. However, the former New Nigerian Bank player admitted that the goalkeeping area is very important in a team, but quickly posited that the same players who struggled to qualify the team should also be given the opportunity to represent the country at the Mun...
BREAKING: Chelsea Sign Ross Barkley From Everton For Reported £15m
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BREAKING: Chelsea Sign Ross Barkley From Everton For Reported £15m

Ross Barkley (born 5 December 1993) is a professional English footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Premier League club Everton and the English national team. He has played for Everton for most of his career, which included loan spells for Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United. Barkley made his full international debut in 2013. He played for England at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and was selected in Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2016 but did not appear in any of England's matches. Managers and teammates have compared his style of play to those of Michael Ballack, Paul Gascoigne and Wayne Rooney. More to follow...
Mohamed Salah Named 2017 African Player Of The Year
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Mohamed Salah Named 2017 African Player Of The Year

Egypt international Mohamed Salah has been named 2017 Caf African Player of the Year award. Salah takes home the award for the first time ever, as he managed to defeat competition from fellow finalists Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the awards ceremony in Accra. The 25-year-old turned in a stunning campaign for Liverpool in 2017 as he scored 17 goals in 21 games after joining the English Premier League side from AS Roma. On the international scene, he helped Egypt to a second place finish at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, including goals against Ghana and Burkina Faso. His brace against Congo in October helped the Pharaoh qualify for their first Fifa World Cup since 1990 to round off a sensational year. Aubameyang, meanwhile, scored an incredible 31 goals in 32 appearance...
World Cup: Nigeria Showed Quality With Win Over Argentina – Croatia’s Ivica Olic
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World Cup: Nigeria Showed Quality With Win Over Argentina – Croatia’s Ivica Olic

Croatia assistant coach Ivica Olic insists his side must be at their best to beat the Super Eagles in their group game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The Europeans have been drawn in Group D along with the three-time African champions, Argentina and debutants Iceland. Even though it will be the first meeting between both countries at the senior level, Olic has huge regards for the West Africans. “Nigeria made a statement with their 4-2 win against Argentina in the friendly in Krasnodar, ” the former Bayern Munich star said. “Here is Nigeria, so it is. I was immediately struck that on November 14, Nigeria played in Russia a friendly match with Argentina where they won 4-2. “True, Messi did not play. It was an encounter in which Aguero had health challenges. At half-tim...
World Cup: It Will Be Difficult To Beat Iceland – Gernot Rohr
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World Cup: It Will Be Difficult To Beat Iceland – Gernot Rohr

Gernot Rohr has said Iceland will be a difficult team to beat at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Rohr said none of the teams in Group D – Nigeria, Argentina, Croatia and Iceland – will qualify easily for the second round. “Croatia with some of the best players in the world and the very strong Icelend team, who were at the Euro 2016 in France will be difficult to beat,” Rohr, who qualified Nigeria for the World Cup without losing any game, said. “Difficult draw for us. Argentina will be very aware of us now. “Croatia and Iceland played already together when we met Argentina in Krasnodar. “In this group, everybody knows the opponents well.” The Super Eagles of Nigeria will face Iceland on June 22, 2018 at the Volgograd Stadium in the second Group D game.
Presidency To Host The Super Eagles Before Leaving For Russia
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Presidency To Host The Super Eagles Before Leaving For Russia

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung, has revealed that the Federal Government will organise a send-forth party for the Super Eagles before leaving for Russia the venue of 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Plateau-born sports administrator said he believes that the Super Eagles will qualify without difficulty having beaten Argentine in a friendly match. “Honestly, I see Super Eagles qualifying from the group and even go ahead to set Africa record by reaching semi-final. The government will ensure that the Eagles is provided with the necessary logistics to enable the team excel in Russia,” Dalung said.
FIFA World Cup 2017 Draw: Nigeria To Play Argentina, Iceland, Croatia
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FIFA World Cup 2017 Draw: Nigeria To Play Argentina, Iceland, Croatia

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association(FIFA) has released the much anticipated country stage grouping of the Russia 2018 World Cup draw. The Super Eagles of Nigeria were drawn in Group D to play against Iceland, Croatia and Argentina in the group stage. Group A Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay Group B Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran Group C France, Australia, Peru, Denmark Group D Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria Group E Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia Group F Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea Group G Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England Group H Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan Few weeks ago, Nigeria defeated Argentina 4-2 in a friendly match,many believe such feat can be repeated again.
Nigeria Can Win FIFA World Cup – Amaju Pinnick
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Nigeria Can Win FIFA World Cup – Amaju Pinnick

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick, has emphasised his belief that the Super Eagles can win the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Pinnick first said this in Russia when Nigeria came from two goals down to defeat Argentina 4-2 in a friendly match in Krasnodar. Speaking to a local audience of journalists in Russia the President of the NFF said Nigeria is a country of dreamers who would work for their dreams to come true. Pinnick repeated his statement on Monday in Lagos while unveiling the promotional code for the World Cup. But former Super Eagles defender, Waidi Akanni, said it is a dream too far for Nigeria.
World Cup: Super Eagles Can Cope With Tough Group Opponents – Elderson Echiejile
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World Cup: Super Eagles Can Cope With Tough Group Opponents – Elderson Echiejile

Super Eagles defender Elderson Echiejile has said that the team will be ready to face whichever group opponents, the FIFA World Cup Draw scheduled for December 1 will throw up. The Super Eagles qualified for the World Cup with a game to spare and have even demonstrated that they could compete with the world top ten teams by beating Argentina 4-2 in a friendly in Russia. As fans await the Draw, there are fears the Eagles might get tough group competitors, who could limit their chances of advancing to the next round. “We are not afraid of anyone, any team. We just want to keep our preparation in top form, play quality friendly games and we will be ready for anyone in our group,” Echiejile said on Brila FM. “This could be our time, right now we have things going well with the team, s...
World Cup: Super Eagles Can Shock Big Teams In Russia – Emmanuel Amuneke
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World Cup: Super Eagles Can Shock Big Teams In Russia – Emmanuel Amuneke

Nigeria must be ready to face the best teams in the world at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, according to former Super Eagles star Emmanuel Amuneke. The Super Eagles of Nigeria are in Pot 4 ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup draw billed for Friday, December 1 in Russia and Amuneke believes the team can show their class if they brace themselves for the challenges which come with playing at the biggest stage like the FIFA World Cup. “The World Cup is the biggest stage for any team or player to show their prowess and the Super Eagles should not be cowed about the prospect of beating the top teams,” Amuneke, who is the new coach of Al Khartoum Watani of Sudan, said. “Obviously, nobody gave the team (Super Eagles) a chance to beat Argentina in Tuesday’s international friendly but we a...
New NPFL Season Kicks Off January 14, Super 4 Next Month
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New NPFL Season Kicks Off January 14, Super 4 Next Month

The League Management Company (LMC) has announced the new NPFL season will kick off January 14 and end on September 30, while the pre-season Super 4 will be played December 11 to 17. This announcement puts the rest various speculations as regards the kick-off date for the new season. LMC chief operating officer Salihu Abubakar said the draw for the fixtures and AGM will also be staged next month. “The 2017/18 season will start at all centers on January 14 and in the first stanza, there will be three midweek matches on match days 2, 4 and 5, while the midseason break will be from April 30- May 5 and a longer break for the FIFA World Cup from June 14-July 15,” disclosed Abubakar. “Resumption from the World Cup break will be on July 18 with match day 25 which will be the first of ...
Ikechukwu Ezenwa good enough as Super Eagles World Cup No. 1 – Ike Shorunmu
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Ikechukwu Ezenwa good enough as Super Eagles World Cup No. 1 – Ike Shorunmu

Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Ike Shorunmu believes Ikechukwu Ezenwa has what it takes to be in goal for the team at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup despite calls for the recall of the retired Vincent Enyeama. Ezenwa has been favoured ahead of the likes of Daniel Akpeyi, Dele Alampasu and Dele Ajiboye in recent games for the Super Eagles. He was in goal in the home and away fixtures World Cup qualifying fixtures against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon and the qualifiers Zambia and Algeria. The FC IfeanyiUbah goalkeeper came under criticism for his poor display in last Friday’s fixture against Algeria with some already clamouring for the return of the experienced Enyeama ahead of the World Cup. But Shorunmu, the Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper at the 2002 World Cup finals...
CAF Congratulates Nigeria, Four Other Africa’s 2018 World Cup Teams
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CAF Congratulates Nigeria, Four Other Africa’s 2018 World Cup Teams

The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has sent a congratulatory message to the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the quartet of Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal for qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The five African representatives for the 2018 FIFA World Cup was confirmed on Saturday after Morocco and Tunisia secured their qualification from Group C and A respectively. Morocco beat Cote d’Ivoire 2-0 away in their final group game while Tunisia’s 0-0 home draw against Libya was enough to seal their qualification. On Friday, Senegal qualified for their second World Cup since Korea/Japan 2002 following their 2-0 away win against South Africa in a replay of their Group D tie. The Super Eagles and Egypt had earlier booked their World Cup tickets on matchday five i...
Bayern Munich’s James Rodriguez Looking For Leipzig Springboard
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Bayern Munich’s James Rodriguez Looking For Leipzig Springboard

His coach Jupp Heynckes was also enthusing about the Real Madrid loanee. “He’s an imaginative player and also did a lot to help out the team, both in attack and defence. That is exactly what I demand from him,” said the 72-year-old treble-winning coach, but still remaining true to his principles as a football tactician. “I’m a coach who demands even more. We will still be working on things together.” High praise from a man who has won it all, but also a challenge for even more from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot winner. James looked at home on his first Bundesliga start at the Allianz Arena and added real impetus to Bayern’s attacking game against the compact defence of ten-man Leipzig. The 26-year-old had more touches of the ball than anyone on the pitch in the first half, and by th...
FIFA Launch Hindi Twitter Account For #FIFAU17WC
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FIFA Launch Hindi Twitter Account For #FIFAU17WC

FIFA has launched a new Twitter account @FIFAHINDI - the first global sports federation to do so - to cater for football fans in the most widely spoken language in the host country: Hindi. The account will keep fans updated on the progress of the 52-match tournament, taking them on a journey across all six venues, as 24 teams compete for one trophy. Goal will also inform fans about important information related to their fan journey, and will retweet the very best fan tweets, as #FootballTakesOver in India. At FIFA, we are committed to further deepening our engagement with fans around the world, and enabling them to share their love of football. We know Indian fans are not only excited about the FIFA U-17 World Cup, but are huge supporters of the FIFA World CupTM as well. We will therefo...
WCQ: Super Eagles Will Fight To Earn 3 Points Against Zambia – Ogenyi Onazi
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WCQ: Super Eagles Will Fight To Earn 3 Points Against Zambia – Ogenyi Onazi

Super Eagles midfielder Ogenyi Onazi has assured that the team will fight and bag the three points against Chipolopolo of Zambia in Saturday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match in Uyo. The Eagles will welcome Zambia at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium for their reverse fixture on matchday five of the qualifiers. In the first meeting in Ndola in October 2016, the Eagles won 2-1, thanks to goals from Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho. A win for Nigeria against Zambia will secured a sixth FIFA World Cup appearance for the three-time African champions. According to the NFF on their verified Twitter handle, Onazi who is expected in Uyo today (Tuesday), stated that he and teammates will do everything possible to secure the World Cup ticket. “We will give it all it take...
Kante In The Spotlight, Whether He Likes It Or Not
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Kante In The Spotlight, Whether He Likes It Or Not

Kante’s former manager at Leicester City, Craig Shakespeare, told The Mirror: “N'Golo used to come to training with us in his mini, and as far as we know, he still drives his mini. He popped in to see us recently at the hotel when we played Crystal Palace, which sums his personality up. He came in to see the staff and the players. We all looked for a big Bentley outside but he is still in his mini. He always keeps his feet firmly on the ground.” Thx to fans, players, staff & Coach of @LCFC for the warm welcome. Merci au public, joueurs, staff et au Cocah pour l'accueil chaleureux! pic.twitter.com/FPViPuVliJ — N'Golo Kanté (@nglkante) January 16, 2017 An English Premier League winner with Leicester City in 2015/16, and then with Chelsea in 2016/17, Kante is a candidate for this year’...
OFFICIAL: Marcelo Has Signed A New Contract With Real Madrid Until June 2022
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OFFICIAL: Marcelo Has Signed A New Contract With Real Madrid Until June 2022

Marcelo is a Brazilian professional footballer for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Brazil national team. He plays mainly at left back but can also operate as a left winger. In 2005, he won a Campeonato Carioca with Fluminense and in 2006 he was named to the Brasileirão Team of the Season, at age 18. By the end of the year, he joined Real Madrid for a $8 million fee. As of 2017, he has played 11 seasons at Madrid, scoring 28 goals in 408 matches. There he won three UEFA Champions Leagues, being elected to the Squad of the Season two times, as well as four La Liga titles. Marcelo debuted for Brazil in 2006 against Wales, scoring a goal. He was part of Brazil's squad in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he reached the semi-finals and was named to the tournament's Dream Team. He was named ...
Ticket Sales For 2018 FIFA World Cup To Start On 14 September 2017
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Ticket Sales For 2018 FIFA World Cup To Start On 14 September 2017

“We have put in place a ticketing system that will enable all fans a fair chance to secure tickets. Throughout history, fans have made a key contribution to the fascination of the FIFA World Cup. Russia promises to be a unique continuation of this history, with outstanding organisation and a great atmosphere in the stadiums,” said FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura. Tickets will be available during the following sales phases: Sales phase 1 (divided into two stages) During the first period of sales phase 1, which starts on 14 September and finishes on 12 October 2017, fans will be able to submit their ticket applications. During this sales period, it will make no difference whether they submit their applications on day 1, the last day or any time in between, as all applications will hav...
FIFA World Cup European Play-Off Draw To Take Place On 17 October
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FIFA World Cup European Play-Off Draw To Take Place On 17 October

While all nine teams qualifying directly as European group winners will be known on 10 October, the eight best runners-up will be decided by ranking criteria as stated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Regulations, namely points, goal difference, goals scored, goals scored away from home and disciplinary ranking, with the results against teams ranked 6th not being taken into account. The eight teams will be paired into four home-and-away ties, with the matches foreseen to be played in the period between 9 and 14 November.The play-off ties will be decided by aggregate score over two legs, though, in the event of a draw, the team that scores more away goals will qualify. If the winner is still not decided at the end of normal time in the second leg, the match will go to extra time with two periods ...
WCQ: I Will Score Against Cameroon – Ighalo
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WCQ: I Will Score Against Cameroon – Ighalo

China based Super Eagles’ striker, Odion Ighalo, has expressed his desire to put his name on the scorers sheet in Friday’s Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Cameroon. Ighalo who has not been finding his form in the nations’ colours since his invitation by German Coach, Gernor Rohr, has however. being in top form at his China club, where he has been banging in goals. The 28-year-old hopes to replicate that form in the game against Camer­oon, noting that he returned to the Super Eagles with his goal scoring boot. He has been in top form in recent weeks, scoring goals weekly for his Chinese Super League side, Changc­hun Yatai. The former Watford FC forward is on the leading scorers’ chart with 11 goals this season, and he looks charged up for this Fri­day’s 2018 ...
WCQ: Rohr Gives Sunday Deadline To Eagles
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WCQ: Rohr Gives Sunday Deadline To Eagles

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has mandated all players to report to camp on Sunday in Abuja with the exception of Victor Moses and Alex Iwobi who will be engaged with their respective clubs in the Premier League action that day. The coaches are looking forward to having five days of training and perfect strategies on how to stop the Cameroonian team who are eager to overturn the six points lead garnered by the Super Eagles from two matches in the group B of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. “Every player is expected to arrive Abuja at the weekend with the exception of Victor Moses and Alex Iwobi, who will be playing (for their respective clubs) on Sunday. They will join up with the team in Uyo on Monday latest.” Rohr said he was expecting China-based John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo ...
Qatar Restores Diplomatic Ties To Iran Amid Regional Crisis
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Qatar Restores Diplomatic Ties To Iran Amid Regional Crisis

Qatar restored full diplomatic relations with Iran early Thursday, disregarding the demands of Arab nations now locked in a regional dispute with the energy-rich country that it lessen its ties to Tehran. In announcing its decision, Qatar did not mention the diplomatic crisis roiling Gulf Arab nations since June, when Qatar found its land, sea and air routes cut off by its neighbors over Doha’s policies across the Mideast. However, the move comes just days after Saudi Arabia began promoting a Qatari royal family member whose branch of the family was ousted in a palace coup in 1972. “Qatar has shown it is going to go in a different direction,” said Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, a research fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University who lives in Seat...
Ideye Wants China-Based Players Back In Super Eagles
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Ideye Wants China-Based Players Back In Super Eagles

Tianjin Teda forward Brown Ideye has urged Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr to invite the Chinese Super League players for next month’s World Cup qualifying games against Cameroon. Ideye disclosed that the Nigeria internationals based in China deserve invitation for the crucial games ahead and still have a huge role to play in the team. The Super Eagles remain at the summit in group F with six points from two games and will continue their qualification quest for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia against the Afcon champions on September 1 in Uyo. And the former Olympaikos forward believes captain John Obi Mikel, Odion Ighalo and Obafemi Martins merit a call-up in the Rohr’s squad following their outstanding displays in their clubs. “It is going to be tough against the African cham...
Mikel Obi Says His Wife’s Family Will Kill Him If Nigeria Doesn’t Qualify For Russia 2018 World Cup
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Mikel Obi Says His Wife’s Family Will Kill Him If Nigeria Doesn’t Qualify For Russia 2018 World Cup

Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi has revealed his personal motivation for Nigeria to qualify for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup. Mikel, who is married to a Russian woman Olga Diyachenko, revealed that his Russian family, relatives and friends are expecting Nigeria to qualify.Speaking to FIFA.COM, he said:“My wife is Russian and many of our relatives and friends are from Russia. They are all expecting Nigeria to qualify for the next World Cup. I think they will kill me if I fail them,” he added, laughing.“We are in a very good position in our group. We have two wins from two games, and in our last game we beat Algeria at home. We have a very good young team and the players play good football. If we can win our next match (at home to Cameroon on 31 August) it will edge us...
WAFU Nations Cup: Eagles, Black Stars Renew Rivalry
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WAFU Nations Cup: Eagles, Black Stars Renew Rivalry

The competition has been scheduled for September 9 to 24 and teams are expected to feature wholly home-based professionals. All is now set for the WAFU Cup of Nations tournament for senior national teams in the sub-region after the draw ceremony for the tournament scheduled for September took place at the Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra on Thursday. The competition has been scheduled for September 9 to 24 and teams are expected to feature wholly home-based professionals. Nigeria’s Super Eagles have been drawn in Group A alongside host nation Ghana, with Mali and Guinea also involved in a unique format that will see teams play single games before proceeding to the quarter finals. Ghana and Nigeria have seven African titles between them, with the Super Eagles and the Black Stars featuring ...
2018 W’Cup: Cameroon, Not Nigeria‘ll Be In Russia – Moukandjo
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2018 W’Cup: Cameroon, Not Nigeria‘ll Be In Russia – Moukandjo

Cameroon captain Benjamin Moukandjo is confident that they will beat the Super Eagles of Nigeria to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Cameroon and Nigeria face off in a doubleheader in August/September for the top spot in Group B of African qualifiers. Cameroon are second in the group after two games with two points while Nigeria top with six points. The Indomitable Lions just left Russia, venue of next year’s FIFA World Cup where they played in the FIFA Confederation Cup. “We showed that we’ve got quality, but obviously, we’ve still got work to do if we’re going to trouble the big boys,” Moukandjo told FIFA official website of Cameroon’s Confederation Cup results, losing to Chile and Germany and getting a draw against Australia all in the Group Stage. “We’ve got a young ...
Mikel, Musa, Moses Will Stop Cameroon – Onigbinde
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Mikel, Musa, Moses Will Stop Cameroon – Onigbinde

As Nigeria prepares for the destiny shaping tie with Cameroon in the countdown to the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup, former Super Eagles manager Adegboye Onigbinde believes that the quick recovery of the injured duo of Mikel Obi and Victor Moses and the rediscovery of form by Ahmed Musa will be key to the team’s qualification. The three ‘M’s will certainly form a potent strike force against Nigeria’s next opponent, Cameroon in August.. Musa’s form has dipped of late as he had to play as substitute in the Super Eagles while not getting considerable match time in his Premiership club, Leicester. Mikel and Moses last featured for Nigeria in the 3-1 victory over Algeria last November in the World Cup qualifier. Incidentally, all goals for Nigeria were scored by the duo, with Chelsea’s Mo...
Eagles’ll Pick World Cup, AFCON Tickets – Chris Green
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Eagles’ll Pick World Cup, AFCON Tickets – Chris Green

Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Barrister Chris Green, has expressed confidence that the Super Eagles will qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations championships, despite Saturday’s defeat by South Africa in Uyo. The three –time African champions suffered a shock 2-0 reverse against the Bafana Bafana on Matchday 1 of the Cameroon 2019 qualifiers, and Nigeria now lie third in Group E, following Libya’s 5-1 defeat of Seychelles on Friday. However, Green, a ranking member of the NFF Executive Committee, who held the same position when Nigeria won a third Africa Cup of Nations title in South Africa in 2013, played at the FIFA Confederations Cup and reached the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, said there is no need to...
Garba Lawal Celebrates His 43rd Birthday Today
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Garba Lawal Celebrates His 43rd Birthday Today

Garba Lawal (born 22 May 1974) is a former football midfielder from Nigeria who worked as the General manager at Kaduna United F.C. Career Lawal has had his most successful time at Roda JC in the Dutch Eredivisie. He also played for Julius Berger F.C. in Nigeria and Chinese side Changsha Ginde. In August 2009, he announced his return as a player-coach for Makurdi side Lobi Stars, He was named General Manager of Kaduna United in February 2014. International career Lawal is regarded as one of the most versatile players in the Nigeria national football team of the 1990s and early 2000s often being used for any position ranging from defence to attack on the left wing. Lawal took part at the FIFA World Cups in 1998, where he played a key role in the 3-2 win over Spain in Nigeria's ...
‘Recalling Enyeama To Eagles Can Cause Bad Blood’ – Adegoke Adelabu
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‘Recalling Enyeama To Eagles Can Cause Bad Blood’ – Adegoke Adelabu

Former Green Eagles winger, Adegoke Adelabu has kicked against plans by team manager, Gernot Rohr to recall former goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama to the fold ahead the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 AFCON qualifiers. Enyeama announced his retirement from the Super Eagles in October 2015 following a conflict with former handler coach Sunday Oliseh. Adelabu, who played for the then IICC Shooting Stars of Ibadan, told The Guardian yesterday that the best thing to do is to leave Enyeama out of the team saying: “The issue of multiple captains could bring personality clash into the team, and in a way, cause serious damage to our qualification.  
Akosua Puni Essien Buys Como, Italian Club, Takes Its Full Possession
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Akosua Puni Essien Buys Como, Italian Club, Takes Its Full Possession

Michael Essien's Wife Buys Italian Club,Takes Its Full Possession (photos) Former Chelsea star Michael Essien's wife Akosua Puni Essien has purchased Italian football club Como for £206,000 at auction.The club were in Serie B as recently as last season: The acquisition does not include the club’s board, training ground or the brand. However, Essien’s purchase at the bankruptcy auction will see the club now known as FC Como. In a statement on their website, Como suggested that the new owner is "honoured to be part of a club which has 110 years of history." Como were in the top flight in 2002-03, although three back-to-back relegation plunged the club into a difficult financial position and subsequent bankruptcy. They re-entered the Italian football setup in 2005-06 in Serie D....
Super Eagles Remain On 45th Spot In FIFA Rankings
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Super Eagles Remain On 45th Spot In FIFA Rankings

Super Eagles remain on 45th spot in FIFA Ranking The Super Eagles remained unmoved at the 41st position in the FIFA World ranking for the month of March. The ranking table was published on the website of the world football governing body on Thursday. Though unmoved in the ranking, Nigeria had one point less, from 686 in February to 685 at present. The FIFA ranking also kept the Super Eagles as the seventh-placed team in Africa behind Egypt, Senegal, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Tunisia and Congo DR. On the global scene, there are also few changes because only four “A” international games were considered. South American heavyweights Argentina and Brazil remained in first and second position respectively, while reigning FIFA World Cup champion Germany came third. The top 20...