Enrique Looks Forward to El-Clasico Triumph

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique insists his final season in charge can still end in glory despite bowing out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage to Juventus. Luis Enrique Juventus held onto their 3-0 first leg lead to progress to the last four by blunting Barca’s star-studded attack in a 0-0 draw on Wednesday. Neymar left the field in tears, but around the Camp Nou there was appreciation for Barca’s valiant effort by the near 100,000 crowd. “It’s a sad night, but we tried until the last minute and…

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Super Eagles Moves Up to 40th Position In Latest FIFA Ranking

Super Eagles of Nigeria improved on their performance in the FIFA rankings from last month by moving up two places in Africa to become 5th and one place to become 40th in the world as against the 7th and 41st positions occupied respectively in the last rankings. The only game the Super Eagles played after last month’s rankings was against Senegal which ended in a 1-1 draw. The game against Burkina-Faso was called off. Meanwhile, Brazil surged to the top of the FIFA world rankings for the first time in…

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Boxing: Pacquiao Faces Horn

Philippine world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is to fight undefeated Jeff Horn on his home turf in Australia, the Filipino star’s camp said Wednesday. The announcement of the July bout ends months of speculation on who the 38-year-old Filipino dubbed “Pac-Man” would face next as he seeks to prolong a stellar career that saw him win world titles in eight different weight classes. “We signed the Jeff Horn contract this morning. Fight is July 2 in Brisbane, Australia,” Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz told AFP by text message. Koncz said Pacquiao…

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Wenger Says His Future at Arsenal Not Yet Sorted Out

By Akinwale Kasali Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said his future was “not sorted completely” on Thursday as he ducked another opportunity to make an announcement about what he intends to do. Wenger, Arsenal’s manager since 1996, has come under fire from fans after the club were humiliated by Bayern Munich in the Champions League and dropped out of the Premier League top four. The Frenchman said recently that he would make an announcement on his future “very soon”, but he refused to divulge any information when invited to do so…

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FIFA Suspends Messi

By Akinwale Kasali The hope of Argentina qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has been dealt a big blow few hours before the Argentine football team suffered a 2-0 loss to Bolivia in La Paz. The loss puts Argentina in the fifth position, falling off the pecking order for an automatic qualification slot, with a play-off imminent. Their next five matches will see Lionel Messi following his suspension by FIFA, the world soccer governing board for misconduct on the part of the highly rated maestro. Lionel Messi’s…

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Rohr Cancels England Venues for Eagles Matches

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr said England will not be a choice of venue for the next friendly international to be played by the national team. super eagles Rohr was speaking against the background of the botched friendly against Burkina Faso in London. The match was abandoned after Burkina Faso failed to get UK visas for most of their players. The Super Eagles had played a 1-1 draw with Senegal on March 23 at the same venue. However, Rohr could not get his wish to test his youngsters against Burkina…

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Nigeria-British Boxer Wins Fight in 20 Seconds

Nigerian-British boxer and Rio 2016 Olympian Lawrence Okolie took just 20 seconds to score a knockout win on his professional debut. The 24-year-old British cruiserweight who has a Nigerian parents caught compatriot Geoffrey Cave with two solid right hands. The bout followed Anthony Crolla’s points defeat by Jorge Linares at Manchester Arena. “Sorry to everyone that missed me fighting,” Okolie tweeted. “The good news is a Won by KO in 20 seconds!! Bad news is I’m back in the cage for now.” London-based Cave, 33, has now lost all three…

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Iwobi Promises to Convince Arsenal to Sign Iheanacho

Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi believes he can influence a transfer move for Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho to the North London club. Iwobi feels the Gunners can cash in on the ‘funniest guy he knows’ but doesn’t see it happening in the coming months. Alex Iwobi The 20-year-old hailed his companion with the City forward and disclosed why he would love to see him in Arsenal’s traditional red and white jersey. ‘I tell you, you should see us [him and Iheanacho] on Snapchat! Always bantering,” Iwobi said. “We’re roommates right now…

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Ebuehi’s Dad Happy with Son’s Decision to Play for Nigeria

By Akinwale Kasali Marvin, the father of Holland-based defender Tyronne Ebuehi,  says he is happy that his son has finally committed his international future to Nigeria. Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr   named Ebuehi in the Super Eagles’ squad to face Algeria in a Russia   2018  World Cup qualifier in November last year  in Uyo, but  the 21-year-old rejected the invite on the ground  that the time was not right. The ADO Den Haag right-back, who has a Dutch mother, was favoured to choose Holland ahead of Nigeria before he honoured Rohr’s…

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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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