Fidelity Bank shine at Nigerian Bankers Games

How best can one describe the Nigerian Bankers Games finals football match between Fidelity Bank and United Bank for Africa yesterday? Nerve-wracking, enthralling, gruelling, entertaining, mesmerizing, ecstatic? You just can’t be wrong on any of these fronts! Simply put: The match lived up to its billing as it had everybody sitting on the edge of their seats. The Okonkwo tutored boys drew the first blood, converting from a well-taken throw-in. The lead was however short-lived as the Tony Elumelu boys benefited from a defensive mix-up to score the equalizer. From…

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NFF cautions Rohr over incessant contract breaches

The Nigeria Football Federation says it has asked Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Mr. Gernot Rohr to explain reasons behind several breaches of the contract that he signed with the body, which forbids him to divulge to the public/media information on some aspects of the contract. Speaking in Abuja on Wednesday, NFF’s Technical Director, Mr. Bitrus Bewarang said Mr. Rohr’s new-found love for disclosing information beyond technical matters to the media is highly unprofessional and against the spirit and letter of his contractual relationship with the football –ruling body. “In as…

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Meet Super Eagles’ top 10 earners in Europe

Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi is the highest-paid Super Eagles player in Europe this season, Sports Extra reports. The 22-year-old, who joined the Foxes from Genk for £17m in 2016, earns £3.9m per annum, (approximately £75,000 a week) according to a study by Spotrac. Ndidi, barring any last-minute hitch, will play his 100th game for Leicester City in Saturday’s clash against Brighton & Hove Albion at the King Power Stadium. He is also the fifth highest earner at Leicester behind Jamie Vardy (£7.28m), Kasper Schmeichel (£6.76m), Johnny Evans (£4.16m) and Adrien Silva (£4.16m).…

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“I have learnt from past mistakes” -Mourinho

New Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho says he has learnt his lessons and will not repeat the mistakes of his past managerial roles at Spurs. The Portuguese replaced Mauricio Pochettino on Wednesday, ending an 11-month spell out of management following his sacking by Manchester United. Mourinho described himself as “humble” in his first news conference as Spurs boss, saying he spent his time away from football analysing his career. “I realised I made mistakes,” he said. “I’m not going to make the same mistakes. I’ll make new mistakes – but not…

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Why I lost to Ruiz -Joshua

Nigerian British born boxer, Anthony Joshua said his first career defeat at the hands of Andy Ruiz Jr. was due to a lack of experience and he had become a “smarter” fighter ahead of December’s rematch. Mexican-American Ruiz produced one of boxing’s biggest upsets when he dethroned the previously undefeated world heavyweight champion with a seventh-round stoppage at New York’s Madison Square Garden in June. “It wasn’t burnout. The issues I faced in the last camp, it’s just down to lack of experience,” he told BBC. “Even though it was…

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Mourinho takes over at Tottenham

Jose Mourinho was on Wednesday appointed Tottenham’s new manager to replace the sacked Mauricio Pochettino, with the club languishing 14th in the Premier League. The Portuguese former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United manager signed a contract until the end of the 2022/23 season, the north London club said in a statement. Pochettino, 47, transformed Spurs’ fortunes after arriving from Southampton in 2014 and although he failed to win a trophy he took the club to the Champions League final for the first time in their history just six months…

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FirstBank’s Lagos Amateur Open Golf Championship achieves global recognition with WAGR listing

 Nigeria’s premier and leading financial services provider, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced that the FirstBank Lagos Amateur Golf Championship scheduled to Tee-Off on Friday, 15 November 2019 is now listed amongst the golf tournaments in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR). The WAGR isoffered by the R&A and the United States Golf Association as a global service to golf.  Through incorporation and assessment worldwide of both amateur and professional events, WAGR™ encourages the international development of the competitive game. Since 1894, FirstBank has continued to promote the growth and development…

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Origi, the hero as Liverpool youngsters dump Arsenal out of League Cup

Liverpool reached the League Cup quarter-finals in thrilling style as their incredible 5-5 draw against Arsenal was followed by a 5-4 penalty shoot-out triumph on Wednesday. Both Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Arsenal boss Unai Emery made 11 changes for the fourth round tie, but the understudies served up one of the most entertaining games of the season at Anfield. Arsenal enjoyed a memorable 6-3 League Cup quarter-final win at Liverpool in 2007, but this time they squandered multiple leads in an even more dramatic clash. In the shoot-out, Dani…

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Alimi’s brace fail to save home-based Eagles from CHAN exit

The home-based Super Eagles will miss out of the party at the CHAN 2020 in Cameroon in spite of a 2-0 win against Togo at the Agege Stadium in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigerian side put on a spirited effort to overturn the 1-4 first-leg deficit, but they failed and thus lost 3-4 aggregate. The Eagles had to ring seven changes from the players who featured in Lome and were soon rewarded with two goals, courtesy Sikiru Alimi’s brace in the 4th and 66th…

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Why I dumped Super Eagles for England -Tomori

Chelsea defender, Fikayo Tomori, has revealed he opted to play for England over Nigeria because they were the first to hand him a senior international call-up. England coach, Gareth Southgate, included Tomori and fellow Chelsea player, Tammy Abraham, in his 25-man squad for their Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. According to the 21-year-old, “England is such a big nation, as well as Nigeria and Canada, so I think I was going to be happy with whoever called me up – but it’s nice it is England,”…

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World record beckons as FirstBank Georgian Cup sponsorship hits a century

In furtherance of its commitment to the growth and development of sports, nation-building and the economy at large, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced its sponsorship of the Georgian Cup of the Kaduna Polo Tournament for the 100th consecutive year, possibly the longest-running sports sponsorship in the world and a Guinness Book of Records potential. The 2019 edition of the epoch-making sports championship runs from October 12 – 20, 2019 at the Kaduna Polo Club, Murtala Mohammed Square, Kaduna. The Kaduna Georgian Cup Centenary Polo Tournament commenced in 1919, with FirstBank…

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Osaze storms PGA

Former Nigeria international, Osaze Odemwingie, has been admitted into the Professional Golfers Association. The former Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion forward shared contents of his admission statement on social media. “I am very proud to become a member of this great association (PGA),” the 38-year-old added. “Congratulations, as of today your registration with the PGA has been accepted and a place on the PGA Training Programme and University of Birmingham Foundation Degree in Professional Golf Studies has been allocated to you. “Your amateur status has now been relinquished and…

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Oshoala shines in Barca’s lone goal victory

Super Falcons captain, Asisat Oshoala, scored the winner as Barcelona beat Sporting de Huelva 1-0 in their Spanish Primera Iberdrola clash on Sunday. Oshoala’s goal condemned Huelva with Nigeria’s Peace Efih, Ghana’s Princella Adubea, Equatorial Guinea’s Oluwatobiloba Olanrewaju and Gambia’s Fatoumata Kanteh to a fourth league defeat. With Sunday’s goal, Oshoala has now scored four goals in five league matches this season for Barcelona. The win sees Barcelona retain the summit of the log on goal difference with 13 points from five matches, while Huelva are 13th with three points…

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Sports Minister, Dare, Adepoju Hail Super Eagles As Nigeria Brazil Friendly Ends 1-1

Sports Minister, Sunday Dare and former Super Eagles’ midfielder, Mutiu Adepoju, have hailed the Super Eagles’ performance in their one-all draw with Brazil in their international friendly in Singapore. Eagles took the lead after 35 minutes when Joe Aribo found space in a packed penalty box to rifle in a low shot past Manchester City’s Ederson. Brazil equalised three minutes into the second half when Casemiro fired home from close range, after he was quickest to react when a Marquinhos header came back off the woodwork. Reacting to the outcome…

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Adama Traore’s brace sting ManCity at home

Adama Traore’s late double stunned Manchester City, who suffered a shock 2-0 defeat at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday that left them eight points behind Premier League leaders, Liverpool. Wolves forward Traore struck twice in the final 10 minutes to condemn the champions to their first home league defeat since they lost to Crystal Palace on Dec. 22. Yet it was City’s second defeat in their last four league games following the 3-2 loss at Norwich City last month and it will increase Liverpool’s belief that they can win…

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Meet Emmanuel Dennis, the Nigerian wonder kid whose brace dazzled Real Madrid at home

Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis, the Nigerian wonder kid whos brace against 13 times champions of UCL, Real Madrid, was born on 15th of November 1997. The 21-year-old who began his career at Accademia di Abuja in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, plays as a striker for Belgian First Division A side Club Brugge and the Nigeria national team. In March 2016, Dennis signed with Ukrainian Premier League club Zorya Luhansk. He made his debut in a game against Olimpik Donetsk on 24 July 2016, where he scored the opener in a 3–0 victory. Dennis started the season on the bench mostly before being given his UEFA Europa…

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Ronaldo hits 127th Champions League goal in Leverkusen 3-nil drubbing

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal in this season’s Champions League, sealing a 3-0 win for Juventus over Bayer Leverkusen in their Group D game in Turin on Tuesday. Ronaldo blasted in the third goal in the 89th minute to extend his record to 127 strikes in the competition to add to Gonzalo Higuain and Federico Bernardeschi’s earlier efforts. Juventus move top of Group D, level on four points with Atletico Madrid, who defeated Lokomotiv Moscow 2-0 in Russia. The Italian champions had been held 2-2 by the Spaniards at…

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Club sacks popular French striker for stealing N27.5m wristwatch

Nice have terminated the contract of 18-year-old striker Lamine Diaby Fadiga after he admitted stealing a 70,000-euro ($76,500) watch from team-mate Kasper Dolberg “out of jealousy”, the club said Tuesday. “My situation of failure contrasted with the success and aura of Kasper. I lashed out at him for no reason, perhaps out of jealousy,” Diaby Fadiga wrote on Twitter. The arrival of Danish forward Dolberg from Ajax this summer relegated Diaby Fadiga to the under-19s, and he had also struggled with injury. “Rather than fight on the pitch to give…

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African Freestyle Football Federation commends Heritage Bank

African Freestyle Football (AFFC) Championship 2019 in collaboration with World Freestyle Football Association (WFFA) have commended Heritage Bank Plc for its pivotal role in enhancing youth development and engendering Nigeria’s entertainment space on the world’s stage. The 2019 African Freestyle Football Championship ended on a high note, with defending champion Abdul Titi Kone of Cote d’Ivoire emerging as the African Champion once again. This event marked the 2nd edition of the African Championship and the 3rd annual edition of the Nigerian Championship hosted by Feet ‘n’ Tricks International Limited. The…

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‘Getting knocked down was good’ says Joshua vow to defeat Ruiz

Anthony Joshua says he has been forced to make “drastic changes” to his lifestyle in a bid to win back the heavyweight titles he lost to Andy Ruiz earlier this year. Joshua, the former IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight world champion, was knocked out by Ruiz in New York in June in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. Dethroned champion Joshua says the magnitude of the loss has forced him to evaluate every aspect of his life as he prepares to face Ruiz in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia on…

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Maradona returns to Argentina as coach

Argentine legend Diego Maradona will take over as coach of Superliga side Gimasia, the club announced on its Twitter account on Thursday. “Welcome Diego! Every corner of the most beautiful club in the world greets you,” the La Plata-based club said. The former Argentina coach quit his job at Mexican second-division outfit Dorados in June for health reasons after just nine months in charge. His new club, officially known as Gymnastics and Fencing, is currently bottom of Argentina’s 24-club Superliga, with just one point from five matches. Maradona’s appointment at…

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Obaseki is dead

Former Nigeria Professional Football League chairman, Oyuki Obaseki, is dead. According to The Punch, Obaseki died at the age of 75 after a protracted illness in Benin City, Edo State on Sunday. TheThe football administrator, according to sources had been sick for over three years until his death. He was the second vice-chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation from 2007 to 2009. Obaseki is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.

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Siasia responds to FIFA allegations

Embattled Ex-Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia,  has accused FIFA of bias and vowed to clear his name after world governing body FIFA handed the former U-23 coach a life ban from football over an allegation of match-fixing brought against him. Siasia who was in charge of Nigeria from 2010-11 and in 2016 was also in charge of the country’s U-20 and U-23 sides expressed shock and anger at his ban adding that he never received any letter from FIFA.  “I don’t know anything about this. I did nothing wrong and I…

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How Siasia incurred FIFA’s anger

Its double tragedy for Nigerian born former Super Eagles player and Coach as world football ruling body FIFA banned Samson Siasia for life after the ethics committee claimed it found him guilty of bribery allegation. The hammer is coming in the midst of emotional torture which the former Nantes striker is undergoing following the kidnap of his mother Madam Ogere Siasia. A release Friday by FIFA confirmed that the former international has also been asked to pay a fine of CHF 50,000 ($51,000) about N18.5million. The former U-23 coach is…

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Liverpool open EPL account with Norwich 4-1 thrashing

Liverpool taught newly-promoted Norwich a lesson on the opening night of the new Premier League season with a 4-1 win at Anfield on Friday to lay down an early marker in the title race. Norwich captain Grant Hanley’s hapless own goal just seven minutes in set the tone for what could be a long season for the Canaries before Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Divock Origi made it 4-0 at half-time. Teemu Pukki pulled a goal back for Norwich in the second half as Liverpool took their foot off…

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More troubles for embattled NFF boss, Pinnick

The crisis rocking the president of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Melvin Pinnick continued as he has been reportedly dropped from all CAF standing committees including the all-powerful AFCON Organising Committee, which he headed. According to SCORENigeria “Amaju has been stripped of his membership of all CAF committees including being President of the very important AFCON Organising Committee. “He is now just an ordinary floor member on the CAF executive committee.” Besides previously holding down the Presidency of the AFCON Organising Committee, Pinnick was also a member of the Emergency…

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Breaking: Mikel quits Super Eagles

Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi has retired from the national team. He retired following the third-place finish of the Super Eagles at Egypt 2019 AFCON. Mikel took to his verified Instagram page to make the announcement. Spotting his photo in the national colours, the former Chelsea ace wrote: “Egypt is a country where I’ve started and have finished my National career. “In 2006 I played my first official championship for my country. 2019 African Cup of Nations marks my last championship for National Team with Super Eagles. “My national career…

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Again, gunmen kidnap Siasia’s mother

Gunmen on Monday abducted Madam Beauty Ogere Siasia, the mother of former Super Eagles striker, Samson Siasia. The 76-year-old woman is being abducted for the second time in four years. The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that the woman was taken away by armed men around 2:00 a.m. from her home in Odoni, Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. She was earlier abducted in November 2015 and released 12 days after. When contacted the Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa Command, Mr. Asimni Butswait, said the command had deployed a team to…

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Algeria will be tough, Odegbami warns Super Eagles

Segun Odegbami, an ex-international, said on Sunday that the semi-final between Nigeria and Algeria at the ongoing African Cup of Nations would be tough. Odegbami made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota, Ogun State. He noted that the Super Eagles needed to listen to their coach and technical crew as the match between them and the Desert Foxes of Algeria “would be hard.” “Our success when the Green Eagles played against Algeria in the final of the 1980 Nations Cup that we won by 3-0…

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Zenith Bank commends Super Eagles, pledges to boost team

Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, commended the fighting spirit of the Eagles adding that they have displayed the quality of champions. Onyeagwu’s Zenith Bank is one of the major sponsors of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the national football teams. The Zenith Bank boss noted that to have sent the defending champions out of the competition was a good indication of the team’s readiness to win the AFCON. He said: “The Super Eagles have been amazing so far and we appreciate their efforts at the AFCON…

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Chukwueze, Ekong open AFCON goal accounts as Nigeria dismiss South Africa

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are through to the semi-finals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after defeating the Bafana Bafana of South Africa 2-1 at the Cairo International Stadium. In the game dominated by the Nigerian side, Villareal’s hitman, Samuel Chukwueze and Udenese of Italy’s defender, William Troost-Ekong got their names in the score-sheet to seal Nigeria’s place in the last four

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AFCON: Rohr’s in-laws, Madagascar shock Super Eagles, Coach says ‘No shame’

Africa Cup of Nations newcomers Madagascar pulled off a stunning upset of Nigeria on Sunday with a 2-0 win over the three-time former champions to clinch a place in the last 16. Coach Gernot Rohr says “there’s no shame” losing to Madagascar after his highly-rated side crashed 2-0 to Madagascar in their final group B game on Sunday at the Africa Cup of Nations ongoing in Egypt. Rohr’s wife is from the Indian Ocean Island. A goal from LalainaNomenjanahary and a deflected  free-kick  from  Carolus Andriamahitsinoro saw debutants Madagascar finish…

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Buhari approves money for protesting Super Eagles players

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved some of the funds for the Super Eagles campaign at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. The payment came after the players staged a protest on Tuesday over their outstanding bonuses and allowances at the Helnan Palestine Hotel in Egypt. The Nigerian Football Federation’s Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, confirmed that the federation received part of the money on Tuesday morning and immediately started the process to convert the money to US dollars to pay the players. He said, “We want to specially thank…

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Oshoala makes statement with N11m 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Nigeria’s Super Falcons star and FC Barcelona Ladies forward, Asisat Oshoala, is surely celebrating her arrival in the big league as she bought herself a brand new 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class for the summer. Oshoala’s new car described as a ‘wonder on wheel’ is valued at $33,100 (N11m) according to the thecarconnection.com. She proudly uploaded pictures of her newly acquired machine on her Instagram page status with a caption, “New summer legs. Landed and sitting pretty.” The former African footballer of the Year recently joined FC Barcelona women’s team on a…

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AFCON: Finidi warns Super Eagles

As the African Cup of Nations kicks off in Egypt today, a former AFCON winner and ex-Super Eagles’ winger, Finidi George has cautioned both players and technical crew of the senior national team not to get complacent ahead of their opening match fixture against Burundi. Speaking exclusively to AOIFootball.com, the 1994 World Cup debutant reiterated that there are no minnows in African football because every team coming into the competition has a mentality of trying to win it. “On paper, Nigeria should beat Burundi but we have seen time and…

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Alleged corruption: FIFA forces CAF boss, Ahmad to step down on eve of AFCON

A drastic and dramatic overhaul of African football is expected to be announced on Thursday, the eve of the kickoff of the African Cup of Nations, in the wake of corruption scandals consuming the Confederation of African Football. The CAF executive committee took a stunning decision on Wednesday to cede control of the running of the organisation and have FIFA general secretary, Fatma Samoura parachuted in as “FIFA High Commissioner for Africa”, according to sources. No announcement has been made by African football’s governing body but CAF president, Ahmad Ahmad…

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Platini detained over Qatar 2022 Bribery Scandal

One of football’s most powerful administrator and a former UEFA president Michel Platini has been detained by police in France as part of an investigation into the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. The 63-year-old was questioned and detained by the Ministry of Justice amid an investigation into the awarding of the hosting rights of the tournament An investigation into the controversial decision to allow Qatar to host the tournament, despite the Western Asian country’s human rights record and logistical problems posed by the nation’s laws, has led to the…

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France 2019: Falcons target draw against France for knockout stage

After a ressurgence that earned the Super Falcons a victory over highly-rated South Korea on Wednesday, the Nigerian side now targets a draw against host France in the final group match. The Super Falcons had boosted Nigeria’s chances of qualifying for the next round in the ongoing FIFA Women World Cup in France with a 2-0 victory over South Korea. The first goal arrived in the first half when South Korean defender Kim Doyeon kicked the ball into her own net following strong pressing by Falcons striker Desire Oparanozie. Barcelona’s…

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No surprises as Rohr drops Iheanacho, Ajayi from Super Eagles AFCON 2019

Super Eagles Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr on Sunday named his final 23-man squad to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, leaving out Kelechi Iheanacho and Semilogo Ajayi. Iheanacho, who struggled for regular playing time at English Premier League outfit Leicester City in the 2018/2019 season, failed to convince Rohr he was worthy of a place in the final list. Ajayi, who was a standout performer for Rotherham United in the SkyBet Championship in England, could not displace more experienced players to make the team to Egypt. The News Agency of…

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CR7 adds Nations League to laurels as Portugal beat Holland 1-nil

Portuguese talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo added the inaugural Nations League title to the Euro 2016 triumph as Portugal pip Netherlands 1-nil in Porto on Sunday. The Dutch defensive pairing of Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt largely kept Cristiano Ronaldo quiet, but Valencia winger Goncalo Guedes proved the match-winner as his rocket-like shot fired past Jasper Cillessen in the Netherlands goal. Portugal had the advantage of an extra day’s rest and not being forced to extra time against Switzerland in their semi-final as the Dutch were, in seeing off England…

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AJ pockets £20m in ‘night of nightmare’ loss to Ruiz

Andy Ruiz Jr might have produced one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight history on Saturday, but his pay cheque was distinctly lightweight, compared to Anthony Joshua’s. The Mexican stunned Britain’s WBA, IBF and WBO champion to shake up heavyweight boxing’s established order in dramatic style. Ruiz is understood to have made only around £5m from the fight at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden, The SUN has reported. Compare that to the whopping £20m Joshua is thought to have made and you see just how wide the gulf in class between…

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Okocha in money laundering mess, charged to court in Scotland

Former Super Eagles captain Austin Okocha has appeared in court in Aberdeen facing money laundering charges, Aberdeen Evening Express reports. The Punch reported that Okocha, who is better known as Jay-Jay, appeared in private at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Friday. The 45-year-old, who describes himself on his social media profile as “The Football Magician”, made 124 appearances in the Premier League, scoring 14 goals for Bolton Wanderers between 2002 and 2006. The former Paris Saint-Germain and Fenerbahce star, who represented Nigeria at the 1994, 1998 and 2002, World Cups, faced…

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Neymar in rape scandal

Star striker Neymar has been accused of raping a woman at a hotel in Paris, Brazilian media reports said on Saturday, charges that the player’s father slammed as attempted blackmail. According to a complaint filed with Sao Paolo police and reported by the UOL and GloboEsporte websites, the Paris Saint-Germain star is accused of “using violence to have sex with the victim without her consent.” Sao Paulo’s security secretariat would not provide a copy of the complaint to AFP, confirming only that one had been filed but saying its contents were classified.…

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Andy Ruiz beat Anthony Joshua to claim 3 Heavyweight belts

Andy Ruiz Jr produced one of the biggest shocks in the history of heavyweight boxing to rip Anthony Joshua’s IBF, WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles from him and tear up the division’s proposed plot lines. In a truly remarkable fight at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Ruiz floored Joshua four times en route to a seventh-round stoppage which stunned this famous arena and handed the Briton his first defeat as a professional. Joshua was a 1-25 favourite with bookmakers and will now join the likes of Lennox Lewis and…

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English fans set Madrid ablaze

Thousands of English football fans draped in their team’s colours gathered in Madrid ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham, many still desperately seeking tickets for the match. In the central Sol square, several men held up handmade signs reading “Buy tickets” as chanting supporters from both sides walked past, many carrying beers, with temperatures already approaching 30 degrees centigrade. Among them was Kemam Kalkavar, a Turkish engineer and lifelong Liverpool fan who flew from Ankara with a group of friends for the match and was willing…

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Klopp names 23 man squad for Champions League final

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has named his 23 players for the Champions League final, with all travelling players set to feature in the match-day squad. Klopp and his players will fly out to Madrid on Friday, ahead of a press conference and training session later in the day. The final is then on Saturday—meaning the Reds have flown out a day later than they did to Kyiv last year, as the boss bids to keep the pre-game routine as normal as possible for the players. In the build-up to the final there had…

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AFCON 2019: HotSports Promise Freebies, Superlative Viewing Experience

The management of HotSports Nigeria Ltd, has promised Nigerians a superlative experience spiced with freebies for viewers for keeping faith with NTA and a fun-filled package comparable to what is available on other networks across the globe. President/CEO of HS Media Group, owners of HotSports brand, Taye Ige spoke at the headquarters of the Nigerian Television Authority in Abuja, at a ceremony heralding the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding appointing HotSports Nigeria Ltd as the “Official Exclusive Marketing Company” of Nigerian Television Authority, for AFCON 2019. Ige noted “it’s…

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HotSports Wins AFCON Marketing Rights

HS Media Group, Nigeria’s foremost marketing and production company, has won the Rights to market the 32nd African Cup of Nations starting in Cairo on June 21. It will be broadcast on NTA terrestrial television channels across Nigeria. This remarkable development will be sealed with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) at a signing ceremony in Abuja on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. The Africa Cup of Nations is Africa’s biggest football tournament, where Nigerian fans can look forward to an enthralling continental football fiesta.

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Outcry Over Iheanacho’s Inclusion In AFCON 2019 List

Football fans have criticised Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, over the inclusion of Leicester City’s out of favour forward, Kelechi Ihenacho in his 25man list for the tournament slated for next month in Egypt. Fans speaking on a popular Lagos based Sports Radio yesterday evening, lambasted Rohr for bringing into the team “a player whose performance at club and the national team has dwindled below acceptable levels. Among several others, a caller questioned angrily if the national team is a “platform to revive a player’s failing career. Coach Gernot Rohr…

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