Monday April 21st, 2014
Monday April 21st, 2014
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Brazil World Cup provisional list: Osaze in, Ike Uche out!

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Osaze Odewengie and Ike Uche

AS Nigerians await the release of the 35-man provisional World Cup list from coach Stephen Keshi tomorrow, we can authoritatively inform that all the players who played at the Africa Cup of Nations victory in South Africa in 2013 except Ike Uche are included in the list.

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Amuneke: Mali must fall

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Amunike

Mali must fall Golden Eaglets’ Coach Emmanuel Amuneke (MON) believes his record as a national team coach would start on a winning note on Monday when Nigeria face Mali at the WAFU B Under-17 Tournament in Togo.

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World Cup: Iran, not Nigeria, will qualify with Argentina — Dejagah

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Nigeria and Iran will open the Group F of the 2014 World Cup on June 16 and both countries’ football officials and players know that a bad start will spell doom for their campaign, most especially when Argentina have been tipped to clinch the top spot in the group.

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World Cup: Coaches, Ex-Internationals differ on Eagles’ wives, kids

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Mario Balotelli (L) vies with Nigeria's defender Azubuike Egwuekwe (R) during the International friendly

Just 54 days to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, some Nigerian football managers and ex-Internationals have called on the Super Eagles players, their managers and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to save Nigeria from disgrace at the Mundial following rumors making the round that Super Eagles players are bent on taking their wives and kids to the World Cup. Why some see it as a welcome development, others say it will make the players to lose concentration, adding that Nigerian players are not yet ripe for such.

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SportsGuard: Izilein: Why Omidiran should speak up now?

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A few weeks ago, former Super Eagles Assistant Coach, Sylvanus Okpala opened up on why he took the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF to the Court of Arbitration for Sports. The former captain of both the Flying and Green Eagles said he was seeking justice over his wrongful sack and needed the NFF to pay him off his contract which was supposed to run till after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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Okoku raises funds for Greater Tomorrow Foundation

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The dream of former Eagles midfielder Paul Okoku to put a smile on the faces of less-privileged children in the society got a big boost yesterday when the Greater Tomorrow Foundation was launched at a colourful and pomp ceremony in Abuja.

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Don’t kill C/River grassroots programme, Imoke begs future governors

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Governor Imoke

Cross River State governor, Liyel Imoke has urged his would-be successors not to jettison his grassroots sports development programme that has made the State a powerhouse in youth sports competitions in the country.

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Martial artists ready for battle in Benin

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Chika Chukwumerije at the Beijing 2008 Olympics where he won a bronze medal.

Top Nigerian taekwandoists, judokas, kick-boxers and karate practitioners have their sights set on the maiden National Martial Arts Festival tagged ‘Agoma Opens’, scheduled for May 13- 18, 2014 in Benin City, Edo State.

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LMC fines Kaduna United, bans Supporters Club

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Pillars midfield star Rabiu Ali and a  Kaduna United player

Following reported breach of security around Match Officials in Kaduna by members of the Kaduna United Supporters Club after the Match Day 6 encounter between hosts Kaduna United and Heartland FC, the League Management Company (LMC) has banned the official Supporters Club of the team from all league games for a period of one year.

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Sunderland dent Chelsea EPL title hope

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Stoke City's English striker Peter Crouch (R) celebrates scoring the equalising goal during the English Premier League football match between Stoke City and Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke on Trent on December 7, 2013.  AFP PHOTO.

Sunderland condemned Chelsea to their first home Premier League defeat under Jose Mourinho with a stunning 2-1 victory on Saturday that took Liverpool a step closer to the title.

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Iheanacho, Nwakali rue Man City’s slump in EPL

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Kelechi Iheanacho

Two members of the Manchester City youth team, Kelechi Iheanacho and Chidiebere Nwakali, have expressed sadness at the recent slump of the Citizens in the Barclays English Premier League.

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World Cup 2014: Eagles, will fall flat, says Bosnia coach

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NIGERIA, Calabar : Nigeria's (top L-R) midfielder John Obi Mikel, defender Kenneth Omeruo, forward Brown Ideye, forward Emmanuel Emenike, defender Godfrey Oboabona, defender Efe Ambrose, (bottom L-R) midfielder Victor Moses, defender Uwa Echiejile, goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, midfielder Ogenyi Onazi and midfielder Ahmed Musa pose for a group picture before the 2014 FIFA World Cup African zone second leg play-off football match between Nigeria and Ethiopia in Calabar on November 16, 2013. Nigeria won 2-0. AFP PHOTO/

While Nigeria and Iran football officials are thinking about winning their opening game of the 2014 World Cup on June 16, Bosnia-Hezergovina coach Safeg Susic has different views of who qualifies from the group F, he has tipped his country and Argentina to go through.

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Sports, tool for national unity, rebranding — Danagogo

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Tamuno Danagogo

The Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Dr. Tamuno Danagogo has identified sports as a veritable tool for re-branding Nigeria’s image, boost national unity, serve as a bridge builder as well as foster peaceful co-existence in the country.

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NFF charges Falcons on 2014 AWC

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Super Falcons at their training for Nation's Cup in Abuja on Tuesday

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF has challenged the Super Falcons not to rest on their oars as they prepare for the African Women Championship qualifiers

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Ogba foresees revival of relays fortunes

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Nigerian Athletics relay team in an international event

As Nigeria relay teams step out for the 2014 season today at the Mt SAC relays Championships in Walnut, California USA, Athletics Federation of Nigeria president, Solomon Ogba is hopeful that Nigerian sprinters will re-enact the relay glory days.

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Abesan Estate hosts Olympian, Chukwumerije

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FAILED BID ••• Chukwumerije (r) in action for Nigeria.

As part of efforts to popularize taekwondo as well as to take the sport to the grassroots, three-time Olympian, Chika Chukwumerije will be hosted to a one-day workshop with kids by a club in Abesan Estate in Ipaja Area of Lagos.

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Beam your search light on us, Hilbrow FC star tells Amuneke

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Golden Eaglets

A Nigeria- born South Africa-based Hilbrow Police FC star Uche Nwankwo, has charged the Golden Eaglets Head coach, Emmanuel Amuneke to extend his search for quality and result-oriented players for the new Golden Eaglet to Nigerian young stars playing out side the shores of this country if he hopes to surpass the records of his predecessor.

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I am African, show me more respect— Toure

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Yaya Toure

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure insists he doesn’t get enough respect from the rest of the football world because he is African.

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Sani Kaita joins Enyimba on loan

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Kaita

The Super Eagles player to the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa has teamed up with the Aba Millionaires on a three month deal

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Flying Eagles train on Good Friday, drop 3

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STRATEGISING . . . Nigeria’s U-20 footballers mapping a new strategy during a training session  ahead of their clash against England today in Armenia, Colombia in a FIFA U-20 World Cup Round of 16 match. Photo:   AFP

Nigeria U-20 male team, the Flying Eagles, on Good Friday shunned the holiday festivities to train at the practice pitch of the Abuja National Stadium.

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Chelsea can cope with double bid, says Cech

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Petr Cech insists Chelsea can cope with the demands of challenging for a Premier League and Champions League double as the Blues face Sunderland at the start of an eight-day period that could define their season.

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2014 W/Cup Ambrose: Eagles will stop Messi

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Messi

Celtic star Efe Ambrose has backed the Super Eagles to shine at Brazil 2014, saying the African champions will stop top stars like Lionel Messi of Argentina on their way to glory.

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Keshi can surpass my achievement —Westerhof

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Clemens Westerhof

Former Eagles Coach, Clemens Westehof has tipped his protege and former captain, Stephen Keshi to surpass his achievement with the Super Eagles.

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African athletes converge on Okpekpe for training

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PIC. 5. GOV. ADAMS OSHIOMHOLE (3RD R) OF EDO AND OTHERS TAKINGOFF DURING THE VIP RACE AT THE OKPEKPE INTERNATIONAL 10KM ROADRACE IN AUCHI, EDO, ON SATURDAY (4/5/13).

ATHLETES from some Africa countries and Northern Nigeria are currently in the hilly and mountainous community of Okpekpe for training ahead of the 2nd edition of Okpekpe ten kilometres road race.

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Taraba target three points against Giwa

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Kano Pillars

Coach of Taraba Football club, Nduka Ndubuisi has urged his boys to go for victory when they clash with Giwa FC this weekend in the ongoing Nigeria Professional football league.

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What I would ask Keshi on Tuesday

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Stephen Keshi

ON Tuesday, Stephen Keshi will face the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF. He is expected to submit a provisional list of players for the 2014 Brazil World Cup to the federation and thereafter answer some questions from members and defend the list.

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NFF tasks Falcons on AWC, W/Cup tickets

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Super Falcons at their training for Nation's Cup in Abuja on Tuesday

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has told the Super Falcons to brace up for enormous tasks of qualifying for the African Women Championship (AWC) in Namibia and the World Cup in Canada.

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Team SWAN calls up Ogazi, Alao, Obi, Awogu

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Ahead of the Lagos SWAN Cup 2014, the technical committee in conjunction with the Team SWAN Coaching crew after weeks of scouting and deliberation has released a provisional list of players that will take on the Nollywood All Stars at the novelty match to herald the official opening ceremony of the SWAN Cup 2014. A

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Injured Super Eagles’ defender Balogun to return to action May

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Leon-Balogun

Leon Balogun, the injured Super Eagles defender, will be fit for action in two weeks time, an official said on Thursday in Abuja.

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2014 World Cup: Tammy Danagogo pledges support for supporters club

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Tamuno Danagogo

The Minister of Sports, Tammy Danagogo, on Thursday pledged the ministry’s support to the Nigeria Football Supporters Club to mobilise its members for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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Ref accuses FIFA of playing politics

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FIFA

Nigerian FIFA badged-referee, Peter Edibe has slammed FIFA for dropping him from officiating at the World Cup in Brazil, a development, which he claims has robbed Nigeria of the chance to have a referee at the world cup.

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Nigeria spy on Iran in South Africa

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Emmanuel Emenike and Keshi

The Nigeria Football Federation is not taking anything to chance as they have delegated some coaches to South Africa to spy on Iran, one of their opponents for the Brazil World Cup starting in June.

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