Russia 2018: The Decider

The Super Eagles face the Indomitable Lions’ hurdle, hoping to cement its place at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup By Akinwale Kasali  When the world soccer governing body, Federation International Football of Association, FIFA, announced September 1st and 4th as dates for the double header between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, it became crystal clear that with a possible six points garnered from Uyo, Nigeria and Yaoundé, Cameroon, by the Super Eagles, it will surely secure them…

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Yusuf Optimistic Of Victory

Basking from the euphoria of last weekend’s victory and qualification for the CHAN 2018 tournament, Super Eagles Assistant Coach, Salisu Yusuf, said on Monday that the team hoped to win all its matches in both Championship of African Nations (CHAN) and the West African Football Union (WAFU) tournament. Yusuf made the remark in an interview in Abuja, ahead of the team’s preparations for the championships. He said that the team would require extra-hard work to edge out their opponents. “There is need for extra-hard work and training in order to…

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Klopp Believes Liverpool Is Extraordinary

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will attempt to clinch their place in the lucrative Champions League group stage this week as they take a 2-1 lead into their play-off second leg against Hoffenheim. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick and a second-half own goal handed the Reds a commanding advantage in Germany, but Mark Uth’s late strike provided Hoffenheim with a glimmer of hope ahead of the return at Anfield. Klopp rotated his squad for Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the Premier League, making five changes to the team with Wednesday’s European encounter…

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Neymar Slams Barcelona Bosses

Following his exit from the Nou Camp, Barcelona few weeks ago, the most expensive world footballer has slam the bosses at the Catalan. The Paris Saint-Germain’s world record signing Neymar launched a scathing attack on his former club’s directors, saying “Barca deserve much better”. The people in charge at the Catalan giants “are not the people who should be there, for the direction of Barca,” Neymar told reporters after scoring twice on his home debut as PSG thumped Toulouse 6-2 in Ligue 1 on Sunday. “I want to speak the…

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Afrobasket 2017: D’Tigress Zoom Into Quarter Final

Nigeria’s D’Tigress on Sunday became the first team to qualify for the quarterfinals of the 2017 Women’s Afrobasket with two games at hand, after a comprehensive 106-72 win over Egypt in Bamako, Mali. It was the Nigerian girls’ third win in as many games in Group B following their opening 80-69 win over Mozambique on Friday and the 84-47 defeat of DR Congo a day later. The other teams in the Group are champions Senegal and Guinea. The top four teams qualify for the quarterfinals. It was Egypt’s first defeat…

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Rohr Optimistic of Enyeama’s Return

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has expressed optimism over the return of Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama to the national team but ruled him out of the crucial 2018 World Cup double-header against African champions Cameroon, scheduled for September 1 and 5 in Uyo and Yaoundé respectively. Enyeama, Nigeria’s most capped player, quit international football in 2015 after a bust-up with then Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh, who had stripped him of the captain’s armband. The 2013 AFCON winner has since rebuffed moves — even from Rohr — for his return to…

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Super Cup: Real Madrid Awaits Ronaldo’s Card Appeal

Cristiano Ronaldo was hit with a five-match ban by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) on Monday for pushing the referee after being sent-off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg win over Barcelona on Sunday. The World Player of the Year received an automatic one-match ban for his dismissal and an extra four games for his reaction as “a sign of his disapproval” the RFEF said in a statement. Real Madrid expect today the final word by the Spanish Football Federation on the appeal lodged by the club…

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Wenger Says No Progress On Sanchez Talk

Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal remain at an impasse over new contract talks, manager Arsene Wenger said on Wednesday. Wenger’s admission will only heighten speculation the 28-year-old Chile international forward will join Premier League rivals Manchester City. Sanchez, who played under City manager Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, is presently injured with an abdominal strain which will keep him out of Saturday’s game against Stoke City and prevented him from playing in the opening 4-3 win over Leicester City. “He (Sanchez) is a player who goes into the final year of his…

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Fans Celebrate Okocha and Siasia

Football fans worldwide are celebrating two Nigerian ex-international players, Austin Jay Jay Okocha and Samson Siasia. Okocha who clocked 44 today was born on August 14, 1973. Siasia, on the other hand, turns 50. He was born in 1967. The two players were important members of the men’s senior National team, Super Eagles, that appeared at the country’s first World Cup participation in 1994. Some of Okocha’s best club football moments were in German Bundesliga side, Eintracht Frankfurt; Turkish top flight team, Fenerbahçe; French side Paris Saint-Germain and English side…

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Costa Says Chelsea Treating Him Like A Criminal

Diego Costa has accused Chelsea FC of treating him like a “criminal”, in a forthright newspaper interview which will deepen the breach with the Premier League club. The striker is seeking a move back to Spain in the transfer window. He has not played for Chelsea since the FA Cup final in May, following which he claims manager Antonio Conte sent him a text, telling him he was not in his plans for the new season. Costa was interviewed at home in Brazil on the same day Chelsea lost their…

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Brazil Topples Messi’s Argentina In FIFA Ranking

Captained by the Paris Saint Germain striker Neymar Brazil have knocked Germany off the top of the FIFA rankings released on Thursday. World champions Germany dropped to second despite winning the Confederations Cup last month after some rolling historical results were devalued. Lionel Messi’s Argentina are in third and modest Switzerland, with a 100 per cent record in World Cup qualifiers, are fourth, which is higher than they have been since 1994. Poland, who boast Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski amongst their ranks, are at a historic high of fifth having…

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LA LIGA Delays Neymar’s Transfer Certificate

Neymar is poised to make his much-anticipated debut for Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday when they travel to Guingamp in their second game of the Ligue 1 season. However, the French league are still waiting on a transfer certificate from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) before the Brazilian can finally play. The certificate has to arrive before Sunday if Neymar is to take to the pitch at the Stade du Roudourou this weekend, with it possible that FIFA may have to intervene if the RFEF do not send the document by…

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IAAF Championship: Nigeria Still Missing on Medals Table

Nigeria has yet to win a medal at the ongoing International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in London in spite of the potential of the 14 athletes representing the nation. African countries like Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Uganda, Morocco, Cote d’Ivoire and Tanzania are already on the table as at Day 5 of the championships. Nigeria’s top-rated athletes like Margaret Bamgbose, Patience Okon-George and Yinka Ajayi didn’t make it to the final of the women’s 400m event. Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor could not qualify for the final of the 100m, while…

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Musa Set To join Hull City

Hull City are the new favourites to sign Leicester City striker Ahmed Musa, according to the bookmakers. The Tigers’ odds of recruiting the Nigeria international have been slashed to 3-1 with various bookies, placing Hull at the top of the market ahead of West Brom and previous favourites Fenerbahce. Turkish side Fenerbahce are understood to have made a £16m bid, while West Brom are said to be interested in taking Musa on a season-long loan. Hull may also prefer a loan move, but Leicester will want to recoup at least…

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Neymar Left Barcelona Out Of Respect For Messi

Neymar Sr says his son made the world record €222m move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain out of respect for the Blaugrana talisman, Leo Messi. The 25-year-old Neymar Jr last week moved to the Ligue 1 side on a five-year deal reportedly worth €600,000 (£540,000) per week after tax. Though many analysts have opined that the Brazillian left the Nou Camp for the money, his father claimed his son left because he did not want to challenge the status of Messi out of respect for his teammate. Speaking in a…

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Wenger Fearful Of Another Slow Start

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the strength of competition in the Premier League means his side cannot afford another false start if they are to challenge for the title. Arsenal have lost three of their last four opening games, with last term’s 4-3 defeat at home to Liverpool setting the tone for a campaign in which they missed out on Champions League qualification for the first time since 1997. Wenger’s men launch the new campaign at home to Leicester City on Friday and he urged his players to harness the…

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Super Cup: Ronaldo Could Line Up Against Manchester

Cristiano Ronaldo could face former employers Manchester United on Tuesday as the Portuguese star has been named in Real Madrid’s Super Cup squad. There were initial doubts over his inclusion as the 32-year-old missed his side’s summer tour of America after he was given an extended break following the Confederations Cup. Ronaldo took to Instagram to say he was ‘looking good’ as he walked through Madrid Airport with his team-mates. Cristiano Ronaldo has finally returned to training with Real Madrid but the defending European champions are set to be without…

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Mourinho Says Neymar’s Deal Isn’t Expensive

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said Wednesday he does not believe the record-shattering 222 million euro ($260 million) transfer fee Paris St Germain are willing to pay for Neymar is expensive. But the Reds boss, speaking after his side beat Sampdoria 2-1 in Dublin in a pre-season friendly, is concerned how the staggering figure will affect future transfers. Mourinho shelled out 105.2 million euros ($111 million) last summer to re-sign their former midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus, but the French outfit are poised to double that record to tempt the…

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NaijaBet Opens Betting On Buhari’s Return

Nigeria’s ailing President Muhammadu Buhari who has been away in London for almost three months has become the subject of a sports betting game in his homeland. A popular sports gaming site, NaijaBet.com, is asking those interested to stake their money on when Buhari who left Nigeria on May 7 on his latest medical trip to the British capital, would return. The company usually focusses on English Premiership, Champions League and other sporting events, but recently launched the ‘Buhari to Return’ game: ///YOU CAN BET ON IF HE WILL RETURN…

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Klitschko Retires

By Akinwale Kasali Former heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko has retired from boxing – ruling out a rematch with Britain’s Anthony Joshua. The Ukrainian, 41, was knocked out in the 11th round by current world champion Joshua t Wembley Stadium in April. Joshua, 27, had hoped Klitschko would sign his rematch clause for a proposed fight in Las Vegas on 11 November. “I have achieved everything I dreamed of, and now I want to start my second career after sports,” said Klitschko. The two-time former champion, who held the unified…

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