Menotti Writes Off Super Eagles Against Argentina

Argentina 1978 World Cup winning coach, César Luis Menotti, has said that Argentina are assured of three points in their 2018 World Cup clash against Super Eagles on June 26. Both countries have met four times in the group stage of previous editions of the World Cup, and it has been a close affair with the South Americans winning by a single goal-margin each time. ‘’ ’The group is satisfactory, we are better than in the 78 World Cup that we had Italy, Hungary and France,’’ Menotti said in an…

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Buhari Writes Senate For Confirmation Of 10 CCB Nominees

President Muhammadu Buhari has written the Senate seeking confirmation of 10 nominees of the Code of Conduct Bureau. Senate President, Bukola Saraki, read the president’s letter on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday. The letter is seeking urgent confirmation of the president’s nominees.  The letter stated that in compliance with section 541 of the 1999 constitution as amended and in pursuant to sections 1(2) and 1(3) of the code of conduct bureau act LFN 2004, the president wrote to request the confirmation of the nominees. “The curriculum vitae of…

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Nigeria Drops Nine Places In Latest FIFA Ranking

The Super Eagles of Nigeria dropped nine places to 50th position on the latest FIFA ranking despite defeating Argentina 4-2 in a recent friendly. Nigeria, which were ranked 41st in the world and 5th in Africa last month, are now 8th on the continent. The Eagles’ drop comes after they drew 1-1 with Algeria in their final group game of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign and defeated Argentina 4-2 in an international friendly in Krasnodar, Russia. Senegal rose to their highest ever position on the ranking to berth at 23rd globally…

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Nigerians’ cash hoarding starves banks of funds

Nigerians have devised means through which they address the issue of money laundering: Hoarding raw cash. Architect Ukpe (not his real name) was invited by a client who wants to build a house in Aja area of Lagos. The plan was for a block of six flats. The total cost of the land and erected structure was put at N420 million. After the whole negotiation, the owner called the architect inside his house at Lekki phase 2 and brought out 2 bags, one  full of dollars and the other full…

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Akpeyi Blames Referee For Costly Mistake

Super Eagles goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi  said  he was aware of the rules when he handled the ball outside the area during the first half of the friendly match between Nigeria and Argentina in Krasnodar, Russia, on Tuesday. The Chippa United custodian  blamed the assistant referee for the mix-up, stating that the official had raised the flag for an offside before he handled the ball. Although Argentina had a legitimate complain as the referee did not blow the whistle, television images showed Porto’s  Chidozie Awaziem backing Akpeyi, informing referee Bezborodov that…

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Maradona Still Angry Over Argentine Loss To Nigeria

Argentine legend, Diego Armando Maradona stated his desire to have another coaching opportunity with the Argentina national team, after Tuesday’s 4-2 defeat in a friendly against Nigeria. Nigeria fought back from two goals down in the match staged in Krasnodar, while Jorge Sampaoli’s side was without Lionel Messi for their second of two matches in Russia. Maradona, a former Argentina captain and manager, published a comparative table on his Instagram account showing that his period as a coach of the team had the highest efficiency among all the managers that…

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Emenalo On Monaco’s Radar

It came as a shock to London Club side, Chelsea Football Club, when Michael Emenalo Michael Emenalo tendered his resignation letter to the Chelsea management. The ex- Nigerian international ended his 10-year association with Chelsea following his sudden departure as the club’s technical director as questions continue to mount over Antonio Conte’s managerial reign at the club. The ex-Super Eagles defender has been a key figure behind the scenes at the club for the past decade. He worked in the scouting and coaching departments before being promoted to his current…

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FESTAC 77 Was Not Fetish – Obasanjo

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has punctured some people’s perception that the World Black Festival of Arts and Culture, held in Nigeria in 1977, was fetish. Some people have argued that it was the fetish nature of the festival that brought socio-economic and political problems to Nigeria. But Obasanjo, who was the military head of state at the time, said this was far from the truth and that the festival was a celebration of the identity of the black race. He said this in Lagos on Monday at the opening…

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Nigeria/Argentina Friendly: Sampaoli Says Eagles Will Be Tough

Coach of Argentina Jorge Sampaoli has revealed the reason why the Super Eagles of Nigeria will give them a stern test in next month friendly game which will take place in Russia. The game will serve as part of the preparations for both teams ahead of the World Cup 2018 in Russia, after both of them secured their spot with convincing wins in games where they need a win to progress. Argentina will play their first warm up game against Russia before taking on Nigeria four days later, and Sampaoli…

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Ordega Joins Atletico Madrid

Super Falcons forward  Francesca Ordega says a desire to compete at the highest level explains her loan move to Spanish club Atletico de Madrid Femenino. The 24-year-old has joined on loan until March from United States women’s side Washington Spirit. “As a professional you want to continue to improve by competing at the highest level on a regular basis,” Ordega said. “Once the opportunity to play for a top side like Atletico Madrid presented itself, I thought why not?” “It’s a great honour and I feel very grateful and wonderfully…

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I Don’t Pick Games As Speculated – Victor Moses

Chelsea star Victor Moses has dismissed suggestions he picks and chooses the games he plays for Nigeria, insisting he always wants to be fit before appearing for his country, AFP reports. Moses, 26, made his Nigeria debut in 2012 when he changed his international allegiance after representing England at various age-grade levels. He has since won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations for Nigeria and featured at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Moses played a key role in the draw and victory in back-to-back matches over Cameroon this month…

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Obasanjo Against Restructuring

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has explained why he is opposed to those who are advocating for the restructuring of the country. Obasanjo, who stated this in an interview with Channels Television, said Nigerians should rather advocate for a better management of the country’s resources. According to him, instead of fighting for restructuring, people should be concerned about inclusiveness and the restructuring of their minds. He stated, “I have spoken to six different people who talk about restructuring and the six of them gave me different points of view. The other…

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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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Buhari Says Nigeria Unity Is Not Negotiable

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said the unity of the country would not be open to any negotiation. The President, in its first statement to Nigerians since he returned to Nigeria after a 104-day medical vacation in London, added that political mischief makers who were fuelling ethnic violence would be dealt with. Buhari, who said he was not against legitimate concerns, noted that different groups must air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence. “The National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate…

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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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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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Mbappe’s Root Traced to Nigeria

Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe has attracted some of the biggest sides in world football in the last few weeks, making the 18-year-old football’s most courted teenager. The striker took Europe by storm last season, scoring 26 goals in all competitions in his first full season at  senior club level. Mbappe is one of the most sought  after players in the summer transfer market in  Europe. Reports on Tuesday claimed that the teenage sensation has Nigerian origin. Close followers of the emerging striker acknowledge his ability to carve out goals, not…

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Global Bank’s rating:Zenith drops position

The Bankers Magazine, a subsidiary of Financial Times of London, just released the list of top 1000 banks in the world, and Zenith Bank made the list with five other Nigerian banks.But it has at the same time dropped from being the 7th largest Bank in Africa to being the tenth, while the National Bank of Egypt moved to the the fifth place. Zenith Bank was the biggest in Nigeria and 10th in Africa and the 430th bank in the world. FirstBank as the second largest bank in Nigeria, currently…

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Buhari on life-support for 20 days, needs prayer – Fayose

Today, it makes 53 days since our President; Muhammadu Buhari left Nigeria to attend to his health challenges abroad. No official information as to his whereabouts and his state of health. Like every other Nigerians, I do not wish the president dead, I have therefore maintained dignified silence since we were told that the President embarked on his second medical trip abroad this year. However, the recorded audio message which was released by the Presidency as the President’s Ramadan message to Nigerians necessitated my setting the records straight today. No…

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