Bahamas 2017: Dalung Boosts Athletes Ahead of Commonwealth Games

By Akinwale Kasali The Sports minister, Solomon Dalung has urged athletes preparing for the Commonwealth Youth Games scheduled to hold in Nassau, Bahamas,  in July to work hard for success in the competition. Dalung, who visited the athletes at the Package B Hostel, National Stadium, Abuja, at the wekeend, urged them to believe in themselves. The minister said, “I came here to encourage you and to see how you all are faring in camp. “I’m aware that you have already spent one month and will be leaving for the Commonwealth…

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South Africa Thrash Nigeria

By Akinwale Kasali Prior to the match, the Bafana Bafana of South had promised to defeat Nigeria at the Godswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, but analysts and soccer enthusiasts thought the Southern African country was boosting. Second half goals from Tokelo Rantie and Percy Tau seal a 2-0 win for the South Africans. The win is the first competitive victory the Bafana Bafana has recorded against the three time AFCON champions. The loss puts the Super Eagles in the three position on the log with Libya leading the…

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Rohr Drops Ahmed Musa

Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, opted for Chippa United netminder, Daniel Akpeyi, and will field a back four of William Troost-Ekong, Chidozie Awaziem, Abdullahi Shehu and Elderson Echiejile Out-of-favour Leicester City forward, Ahmed Musa, has been left out in the Super Eagles starting line up against South Africa for Saturday’s (today) African Cup of Nation’s qualifying match against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, opted for Chippa United netminder, Daniel Akpeyi, and will field a back four of William Troost-Ekong,…

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Super Eagles Brace Up for The South African Challenge

By Akinwale Kasali The city of Uyo, Akwa Ibom is agog for the African Cup of nations Qualifiers against arch-rivals, the Bafana Bafana of South Africa. The Stuart Baxter coached team have been boasting of recording a victory at the home ground of the Eagles. It would be recalled that the South Africans denied the Super Eagles of Nigeria from hoisting the nation’s flag at the AFCON 2015 championship in Gabon after the Super Eagles forced a 2-2 draw against the southern african country at the same Goodswill Akpabio Stadium.…

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Rohr Pleads With Super Eagles Players to Defer Fast

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has pleaded with Super Eagles players observing the Ramadan fasting to defer it for their upcoming cracker against the Bafana Bafana Boys of South Africa. This the coach says will give the players the energy and the commitment to give their best against the nation’s perennial rival. Though, the stage is now set for the June 10 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 qualifier in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, between  the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the National team of South Africa, the Bafana Bafana.…

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Security Beef Up Cardiff Stadium Ahead of UEFA Champions League Final

Saturday’s Champions League final between Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid and Gianluigi Buffon’s Juventus will take place amid taut security following last week’s fatal terror attack in Manchester. The suicide attack at Manchester Arena, which left 22 dead and scores injured, means vigilance will be heightened, but unprecedented security measures were already in place for the game. “The security operation for the four-day period covering June 1-4 will be the biggest ever seen for a sporting event in the UK,” says the Football Association of Wales (FAW). Most noticeably, the retractable…

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Super Eagles Move Up In Latest FIFA Ranking

This is good news for soccer enthusiasts. Since the coming of Gernot Rohr, the Super Eagles have witnessed drastic improvement. The Super Eagles of Nigeria moved up in the latest FIFA Ranking released on Thursday in both the continent and world. Super Eagles Gernot Rohr’s men who previously occupied the 40th position in the world moved two places and are now 38th while they sit pretty in the 4th position on the continent. The Eagles who are yet to lose a game in their German tactician’s tenure will today battle…

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Wenger Signs New Arsenal Deal

Arsene Wenger has ended speculation over his future by signing a two-year contract extension with Arsenal, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. Arsenal manager, Wenger had sparked by fears he might end his 21-year reign by delaying his decision over whether he would accept Arsenal’s offer of a new deal until the end of the season. But after winning the FA Cup for a record seventh time on Saturday, the 67-year-old Frenchman hinted he would stay and the decision has now been made official following meetings with the Gunners’…

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NFF Unveils Super Eagles 23-Man Squad

By Akinwale Kasali Nigeria Football federation, NFF has unveiled the list of invited players to prosecute the African Nations Cup qualifiers against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa at the Godswill Akpabio’s International Stadium in Uyo. Super Eagles list comprises of Arsenal bound Henry Onyekuru and recalled Victor Osimhen. The Rohr led side will tomorrow square-up against the Hawks of Togo before coming back to Nigeria to round-up preparations for the South Africa game. The Super Eagles have failed to make it to the last two editions of AFCON. The…

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Tottenham Hotspurs Holds on to Pochettino

Tottenham executive chairman Daniel Levy on Thursday declared manager Mauricio Pochettino would be staying at Spurs next season, saying: “I’m sure he’s not going anywhere”. Pochettino The Argentine’s future has been the subject of speculation after Spurs secured second place in the English Premier League behind champions Chelsea, with Barcelona and Inter Milan reported to be among those interested. But Levy responded swiftly when asked about Pochettino’s future by reporters in Hong Kong, where Tottenham will play a friendly on Friday. “Is he going somewhere?” Levy said, pointing out Pochettino…

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‘We Have Exchange Cup for Victims’ Lives’ – Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said his side would give up their Europa League trophy if it would bring back the 22 victims of Monday’s terror attack in Manchester. United beat Ajax 2-0 in Stockholm on Wednesday to win the Europa League for the first time, but the game was overshadowed by the deadly suicide attack on concert-goers at Manchester Arena, which also left dozens injured. “If we could, we would obviously change the people’s lives for this cup, immediately,” Mourinho told reporters at the Friends Arena. “We wouldn’t think…

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Rooney Left Out of England Squad

By Akinwale Kasali With less than 24 hours after leading his club, Manchester United to the triumph of the Europa Cup in Stockholm, Sweden, yesterday night, the all time highest goal scorer Wayne Rooney was Thursday left out of the England squad for next month’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland and a friendly against France. The 31-year-old striker has lost his place at Manchester United and was similarly omitted from Gareth Southgate’s England squad announced in March, although he was carrying a knee injury at the time, but is now…

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Arsenal Majority Shareholder, Stan Kroenke, Refuses to Sell Share

Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke responded Monday to speculation about a possible takeover by insisting his company KSE UK’s shares in the English Premier League club “are not, and never have been for sale”. In a brief statement to the London Stock Exchange, headlined “Response to media speculation”, KSE said: “KSE UK Inc notes the recent media speculation concerning its shareholding in Arsenal Holdings PLC and confirms that its shares are not, and never have been, for sale.” It added: “KSE is a committed, long term investor in Arsenal and…

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Real Madrid Wins Spanish La Liga

By Akinwale Kasali It looked like a tall dream after the 3-2 defeat to Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona club side. But a determined Real Madrid team gathered momentum form that defeat to record over six straight wins. A 4-1 triumph over Celta Vigo was the turning point that sealed the league trophy. Many had thought that Malaga football club could be the spoiler, but within two minutes into the last match of the season for both side, Portuguese sensation and current world footballer of the year, Cristiano Ronaldo swung into…

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Conte Targets Double with Chelsea

By Akinwale Kasali Less than24-hours after his club triumph in the Barclays English Premier, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has immediately turned his attention to matching fellow Italian Carlo Ancelotti by winning the ‘Double’ in England after his record-breaking team were presented with the Premier League trophy at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Chelsea Champions of England The west London club, crowned champions of England for the sixth time in their history, enjoyed a party after two goals from substitute Michy Batshuayi and strikes from Willian, Eden Hazard and Pedro saw them…

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Rohr Calls off France Camping for Super Eagles

The Super Eagles will no longer hold a training camp in Paris before their African Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa on June 10. Gernot Rohr, the coach of the national team disclosed that the proposed friendly with the Togolese National Team has been cancelled, though it was never approved by the Nigeria Football Federation in the first place. Super Eagles manager Rohr had specially requested to play Togo in a friendly before the meeting with South Africa. ‘’The coach called off the friendly in Paris so as to…

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Isaac Success Faults Rohr on Iheanacho

Watford wonderkid Isaac Success named Kelechi Iheanacho as the best footballer he has played with in his career when he was put on the spot, and has reminisced about their partnership in the Nigerian youth teams. Kelechi Iheanacho contests for the ball with a Senegalese opponent Success is on the same page as Nigeria U15 coach Danladi Nasidi, saying the Manchester City talent is best when he’s playing as a second striker not a number nine. ‘’I have played in Spain, I am playing here (England) now but I haven’t…

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Boxing: Joshua, Klitschko for October Rematch

By Akinwale Kasali Welsh rugby could have an impact on Anthony Joshua’s next move with scheduled autumn internationals putting the boot into the initial plans for a November return, The Independent reports. It is looking highly likely that the IBF and WBA heavyweight champion will face Wladimir Klitschko in an immediate rematch after their enthralling classic at Wembley last month. Klitschko, who dropped Joshua in the sixth but was stopped himself in the 11th, is expected to trigger the rematch clause in the initial fight contract with a return in…

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Ronaldo Scores 400th Goal for Real Madrid

By Akinwale Kasali Current World Footballer of the year and the captain of the Portuguese national team that conquered the rest of Europe in the 2016 EURO championship, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored his 400th goal for Real Madrid in a pulsating encounter against Sevilla. Agritty first-half performance was enough to haul Real Madrid to a 4-1 win in a potentially problematic home clash against Sevilla on Sunday evening, which eventually turned into a comfortable victory. Two games remain, with Zinedine Zidane’s squad knowing that their LaLiga fate very much remains…

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FIFA Lifts Messi’s Ban

By Akinwale Kasali Argentina and Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi has seen his four match ban lifted by world soccer governing body, FIFA. Messi, 29, was banned for insulting an assistant referee during a World Cup qualifier against Chile in March. FIFA’s appeal committee described Messi’s behaviour as “reproachable” but decided the evidence against him was insufficient. Here is FIFA’s verdict: The FIFA Appeal Committee has upheld the appeal lodged by the Argentinian Football Association, on behalf of the player Lionel Messi, against the decision taken by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee,…

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