Super Eagles Forces Senegal to a Stalemate

By Akinwale Kasali If not for the 84th spot kick converted by Manchester City Striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, the Teranga Lions of Senegal could have defeated the Nigerian side. Moussa Sow had put the Senegalese on the driving seat in the 54th minute, with a sublime finish. Not relenting on their oars, the youthful Nigerian side captained by Trabzonspor midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi, fought tooth and nail, before been awarded a penalty after a Senegalese defender fouled a Nigerian player in the 18 yard spot. The match ended 1-1 at the Hive…

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GOTV Boxing Night 11: Ogunsanya Doles out N2 Million to Best Boxer

A whopping N1million has been added to the cash prize for the best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 11, holding on Sunday at the Liberty Stadium Ibadan, courtesy Mr. Adewunmi Ogunsanya, Chairman, Multichoice Nigeria. This means that the best boxer at the event will go home with N2million in addition to the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy, donated by Mr. Ogunsanya in memory of his wife. According to Flykite Productions, organisers of GOtv Boxing Night, Mr. Ogunsanya is providing additional N1million in continuation of his support for the sport and in…

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MFM Go Top, As Rivers United and Enugu Rangers Continue Their Poor Run in the Domestic League

By Akinwale Kasali Rivers United and Enugu Rangers continued their poor run this season. Few days after both teams were booted out of the CAF Champions League, in a rescheduled match at the domestic front, both teams lost to their hosts. A brace from top scorer Stephen Odey secured a nervy 2-1 win against Rivers United in a rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League clash at the Agege Stadium yesterday. Two first half penalties from Odey gave MFM the win and increased his goals to 12 this season. Rivers United’s goal…

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Podolski Bows Out from International Football with a Thunderous Strike

By Akinwale Kasali Lukas Podolski’s second-half thunderbolt goal on his final appearance for Germany was all Germany needed to defeat the three lions of England in an international friendly played at the Dortmund stadium, Western Germany. Teammates threw the German midfielder in the air after the friendly football match of Germany England in Dortmund, western Germany, on March 22, 2017. It was Podolski’s last match with the German team. The 31-year old who currently plays as a forward for Turkish club Galatasaray is regarded as one of the best German…

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Ikeme Ruled Out of Super Eagles Friendlies Due to Injury, as Okeowo Replaces Him

Super Eagles’ goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, has been ruled out of Thursday’s friendly against Senegal in London following an injury. The Wolverhampton Wanderers of England goalkeeper was missing in the team’s final training session due to a knock. With Ikeme out injured, the Super Eagles’ gaffer, Gernot Rohr, drafted in the relatively unknown goalkeeper, Tope Okeowo of Peckham All Stars, as a replacement. It is very likely that Okeowo will man the goal for Nigeria as the other invited goalkeepers, Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa, were still being expected as of…

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Super Eagles Battle Ready for Senegal and Burkina Faso

by Akinwale Kasali Portugal-based midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo  and Bosnia-Herzegovina-based defender Musa Muhammed will  arrive  at the Super Eagles camp in London on Wednesday after enduring  plenty of pains  to obtain  visas to enter Britain  ahead of their friendly games against Senegal and Burkina Faso. Nigeria face Senegal’s Teranga Lions on Thursday  – and   Burkina Faso’s Stallions on March 27  in the English capital. Spokesman for the  Nigeria Football Federation Ademola Olajire confirmed that Feirense’s  Etebo and Zeljeznicar’s  Musa, as well  as Ifeanyi Ubah goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, would  join their colleagues…

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Odemweingie Joins Indonesian Club

By Akinwale Kasali Nigerian International, Peter Osaze Odemweingie has teamed up with Ghanaian star, Michael Essien, at the Indonesian league. Both players signed for Indonesia League One club side, Madura United. The Russian born Nigerian will be unveiled in some days’ time as their marquee signing. Odemweingie becomes the next high profile signing of the Indonesian club, following the signing of Essien last week. Haruna Soemitro, Madura United manager, confirmed Odemweingie’s arrival to the media, and his hopeful that the experience of Odemweingie would spur the team to greater heights…

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Rivers United, Enugu Rangers Bow Out of CAF Champions League

By Akinwale Kasali The hope of any Nigerian club side hoisting the nation’s flag at the club continental championship, CAF Champions League has been dashed. Many soccer fans had thought that Rivers United through the next qualifying round after recording a 3-0 win in the first leg at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, penultimate weekend. Surprisingly, the Sudanese side, El Merrikh, upturned the three goal deficit, defeating the Rivers State team 4-0 to record a 4-3 aggregate scoreline, in front of their vociferous fans who cheered the…

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Leicester City Faces Atletico Madrid in UEFA Champions League Quarter Finals

Leicester City Football Club faces a tough battle against Diego Simeone side, Atletico Madrid for a place in the semi finals of the coveted European club competition. Though the English club side has already made history by making the cut beyond the group stage and also getting this far. But a surprise win over the Madrid club side will see the team become the beautiful bride in European football, just the way Iceland national side against all odds got to the quarter of euro 2016 at the expense of England….

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20-year Old Bazee Doubtful for Super Eagles Friendlies

The hope of German-born Hannover 96 forward  Noah Joel Bazee  may have to wait to make his Nigeria debut as he faces a battle to be fit for the friendly games against Senegal on March 23 and Burkina Faso on March 27. Both matches will be played in London. The 20-year-old, whose father is a Nigerian and his mother a German,   switched  his international allegiance to Nigeria following pressure from the Super  Eagles German manager Gernot Rohr. Rohr, who is said to be enthralled by the 1.82m right midfielder’s directness, pace, power,…

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Leicester City: Pride of England in the Making

By Akinwale Kasali The star gazers saw nothing else and it looked like the celestial power were guiding the football orbit in that direction. No one could have predicted that both Arsenal and Manchester City, best teams in England, would be knocked out so easily in the second round, with lowly rated Leicester City advancing. No one gave the team a chance. Like the rejected stone that became the chief cornerstone. This can be said to be the lot of the Foxes of Leicester City Football Club of England, who…

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Hayatou Bows Out, As He Lost To Ahmad in His Re-election Bid

By Akinwale Kasali After over two decades of being at the helm of affairs of the Confederation of African Football, CAF, Cameroon born octogenarian, Issa Hayatou was defeated by Madagascan born, Ahmad Ahmad. The Madagascan football chief Ahmad was elected president of the Confederation of African Football Thursday, ousting veteran leader Issa Hayatou after 29 years in office. Ahmad won the election in the Ethiopian capital by 34 votes to Hayatou’s 20, official results showed. Ahmad had challenged Hayatou and promising change After a discreet playing and coaching career Ahmad…

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Leicester City Continues Its UEFA Champions League Fairytale Journey

  In progressing to the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time, Leicester City preserved a golden thread stretching back all the way to last season’s miraculous Premier League title success. The thread has worn close to breaking in recent weeks, with Leicester’s perilous slide towards the relegation zone costing popular manager Claudio Ranieri his job. But after overcoming a 2-1 deficit to beat Sevilla in the Champions League last 16, the sense of fearlessness that became their hallmark a year ago has returned. “They looked so fluid and had…

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History Beckons Ahead Manchester United-Chelsea FA Cup Cracker

These two giants of the English game have often gone head-to-head in The Emirates FA Cup since first meeting in the competition more than a century ago. And during that period, Manchester United have had Chelsea’s number – winning eight of 11 meetings. But the Blues have won the last two and are heading into this clash top of the Premier League table and full of confidence. However, form goes out of the window when it comes to The FA Cup and as we gear up for what promises to…

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Mixed Results for Rangers and Rivers United in CAF Champions League

By Akinwale Kasali The chances of 2016 Nigeria Premier Football League, NPFL, Champions Enugu Rangers of reaching the group stages of the CAF Champions League was dealt a massive blow on Sunday as it lost the first leg of the second round tie 4-1 against Zamalek of Egypt in Cairo. Former Heartland FC of Owerri striker, Stanley Ohawuchi, scored the first goal of the game in the eighth minute for Zamalek. Things went from bad to worse for Rangers at the El-Salam Stadium in Cairo as two quick goals in…

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Referee Aytekin Faces Demotion Aftermath of Barca-PSG Game

Reports in Spain claim that Deniz Aytekin may be removed from UEFA  Champions League duty following his display, which was marred by a number of controversial decisions, according to The Independent. The German official’s decision not to award PSG a penalty when Javier Mascherano brought down Angel di Maria in the box has fallen under particular scrutiny. Mascherano later admitted, “It is clear that I did foul Di Maria but I think that is not the reason why we eliminated PSG.” Aytekin went on to award Barcelona an injury-time penalty…

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Malawi Pulls Out of AFCON, CHAN Due to Paucity of Funds

Malawi have pulled out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2018 African Nations Championship due to lack of money in a move the government criticised as “hasty”. The Football Association of Malawi said in a statement on Sunday that “having considered all available options” it was withdrawing “due to lack of funding”. The country, ranked 103rd in the world, also halted its search for a foreign coach. Alfred Gunda, the head of FAM, said that the withdrawal “cannot be avoided looking at the current level of desperation…

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Barcelona Record Historic Comeback in UEFA Champions League

Barcelona proved bookmakers wrong by upturning a 4-0 deficit against Paris Saint Germain. Barcelona had earlier in the first leg succumbed to a 4-0 defeat to the Parisian. But a 6-1 triumph in the second leg was historic. Neymar hailed the best game of his career after Barcelona pulled off the greatest comeback in Champions League history by scoring three times in the dying minutes against a stunned Paris Saint-Germain. The Brazilian scored an 88th-minute free kick and a penalty in the 91st before setting up Sergi Roberto’s clincher in…

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LA Galaxy Ready to make Ibrahimovic Highest Paid MLS Player

LA Galaxy have told Zlatan Ibrahimovic they are prepared to make him the highest paid player in Major League Soccer history if he joins them from Manchester United this summer. Ibrahimovic only joined United on a one-year deal last summer. There is an option for the Swede to stay longer but while the club are desperate to keep him, the 35-year-old is yet to agree. Ibrahimovic has scored 26 goals for United this season. He will start Thursday’s Europa League last-16 first-leg tie with Russian side Rostov but is about…

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Super Eagles Maintains Position on FIFA Ranking

The Super Eagles position on FIFA rankings remains unchanged in March, with Nigerians maintaining their berth as 7th in Africa and 41st in the world. With only four ‘A’ international games considered for the March edition, there are few changes in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. South American heavyweights Argentina and Brazil remain in first and second respectively, while reigning FIFA World Cup champions Germany stay third. The top 20 are unchanged from February except for two notable exceptions. Poland (12, plus 2) reached their best ever world ranking, joining Wales…

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