Saturday April 25th, 2015
Saturday April 25th, 2015
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This weekend’s fixtures

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CRACKING... Nigeria’s midfielder Mikel John Obi (R) vies with Zambia’s midfielder Chisamba Lungu during  their  match yesterday at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. AFP PHOTO

This weekend’s fixtures: Sunshine Stars v Wikki Tourists – 4pm

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Ogbeide vows to cut Gabros to size

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Bayelsa-United-fc

“The FC Taraba victory was a real boost now followed with another morale booster, the draw at Sharks. “We’re not yet there but will continue to perfect our strategy until we get it 100% perfect then the catch-up race will end. “We’ll consolidate on the newly found winning aura against Gabros when both sides clash at the weekend,” said the former Warri Wolves coach.

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Sunshine Stars woos fans to stadium with drinks, umbrellas

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Sunshine-stars

Attendance at the Akure Township Stadium for the Match Day 4 fixture between Sunshine Stars and Dolphins reached a new high of 5,125 and officials of the club have attributed the improved turn-out to a new drive by the Club’s management which embarked on awareness campaign and introduction of incentives to reward fans.

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We won’t return empty-handed from Umuahia —3SCgoalkeeper

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Kola-Ige, 3sc Goalkeeper

“We’ve a bit of relief right now following the point we picked at Nasarawa United and the three points against Kwara United. “Prior to the last two decent results the pressure as well as tension was at its breaking point, you can feel and perceive it wherever you turn your face.

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NOW THAT KESHI IS BACK

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*Eagle's coach, Keshi

It is no longer news that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has settled for Stephen Okechukwu Keshi as the coach of the senior national team, the Super Eagles. The federation in announcing the recruitment of the former captain of the national team described him as the best man for the job.

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Why I attacked Keshi :Garba Lawal

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Garba-Lawal

Nobody can take away Keshi’s contributions to the Eagles because he gave his all for the nation. When I came into the team, Keshi was one of the persons who canvassed for me and always supported me. He was one of my closest friends and always wanted the coaches to feature players who were disciplined and able to deliver on the pitch.

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Mayweather: I’m not going crazy over Pacquaio

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Mayweather-&-Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio are in the final stages of preparation for their upcoming May 2 superfight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Given the circus-like atmosphere that has surrounded the event, from the five-plus years of waiting for it to happen, to the manner in which it came together, to the bizarre details surrounding tickets and closed circuit seating, it has truly dominated headlines from the moment it was believed to be and eventually became a reality.

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Mayweather: God doesn’t want Pacquiao to win

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Mayweather

There’s no question that Manny Pacquiao is the sentimental favorite heading into his epic May 2 showdown with Floyd Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout pits the two best fighters in the world in what figures to go down as the most lucrative in boxing history, though not even such stakes are enough for fans to not have to choose a hero and a villain.

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Guardiola to return to Barcelona in Champions League semis

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Learning curve: Neymar is happy to take all he can from new team-mate Lionel Messi

Pep Guardiola will return to face his former club Barcelona after the draw for the Champions League semi-finals on Friday paired the Catalans with Bayern Munich while holders Real Madrid were drawn against Juventus.

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Champions League semi-final draw

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Barca-Bayern

Draw for the semi-finals of the Champions League, made on Friday:

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Wenger hopes for luck as Mourinho eyes title

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UNEASY  MOMENT ... Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger (l) and  his Chelsea counterpart, Jose Mourinho in a moment of madness.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will hope to make it 13th time lucky against Jose Mourinho this weekend as his side attempt to delay Chelsea’s coronation as Premier League champions.

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It’s not easy to coach Eagles – Keshi

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Stephen Keshi

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has described coaching the Nigerian national team as a tasking job, but he insisted that he took the job because it is what he loves to do most.

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50 schools register for Lagos Athletics Relays

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Waiting for the 4x400 exchange in the USA vs the World

Lagos State Athletics Association (LSAA) on Thursday said not less than 50 schools across the country have registered for the maiden Lagos Athletics Relay Championships.

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FIFA U-20 W/Cup: City give condition for Iheanacho’s release

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Kelechi Iheanacho

Premier League champions Manchester City have said they are willing to release Nigeria starlet Kelechi Iheanacho for next month’s FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand if he came through a game without any concerns.

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We won’t dump Osaze, says Stoke chairman

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Osaze Odemwingie

Peter Osaze Odemwingie has received an assurance from Stoke owner that he will not be dumped by the club as he struggles to regain full fitness.

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Nike, NFF strike partnership deal

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SIGNING: NFF President, Amaju Pinnick (l) signs the dotted lines with a Nike representative in London Thursday.

Leading sportswear manufacturer, Nike is the new technical sponsor to the Nigeria Football Federation, supporting all national team levels and grassroots development.

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Xenophobia attacks: Emenike preaches unity

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Emmanuel Emenike

Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Emenike has called for peace and unity in South Africa following the xenophobia attacks that over taken the country.

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Video: Mikel’s best moment, do you agree?

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Delightful... Chelsea’s Nigerian midfielder John Mikel Obi celebrate with team-mates

A fan of Chelsea Fc, AYO T (@AyoT_) made the video below as the best moment of John Mikel Obi in Chelsea as the Nigeria midfielder celebrated his 28th birthday on Wednesday.

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The ‘Booby traps’ in Keshi’s contract

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*Keshi

The 53-year-old former Nigeria captain signed a new 2-year contract to continue as the Super Eagles coach, but he may not have as much ‘liberty of performance’ as he did in his previous contract. Clause 4.1 of the contract states that: “The NFF shall employ the head coach for a period of two (2) years.

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Chelsea offer Mikel to Southampton

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Mikel-Obi

Chelsea are ready to offer midfielder John Obi Mikel to Southampton in order to sign the £25 million-rated Morgan Schneiderlin, who is also wanted by Arsenal.

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AYAC: Kenyan rescues Nigerian athletes

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•United we Stand... Nigerian juniors pleading for adequate training and preparations for major international meets.

Nigeria’s participation in the second African Athletics Youth Championships has been rescued by an anonymous Kenyan who booked airline tickets for the team to travel last night to Mauritius.

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All set for Zenith Bank B/ball League

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Nigerian forward Al Farouk Aminu (L) vies with Lithuanian centre Jonas Valanciunas during the Men's preliminary round group A basketball match of the London 2012 Olympic Games Lithuania vs Nigeria on July 31, 2012 at the basketball arena in London. Lithuania won 72 to 53.AFP PHOTO

With teams expected to arrive in Abuja tomorrow in readiness for the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League, which begins on Saturday, the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has promised that this year’s edition would surpass previous editions.

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NFF to announce Keshi’s assistants

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Keshi  and Amaju

The Nigeria Football Federation have said they will announce the assistant coaches of the Super Eagles soon.

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Okpekpe Road Race gets Ecobank as official banker

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GOV. ADAMS OSHIOMHOLE (3RD R) OF EDO AND OTHERS TAKING 

OFF DURING THE VIP RACE AT THE OKPEKPE INTERNATIONAL 10KM ROAD 

RACE IN AUCHI, EDO, ON SATURDAY (4/5/13).

The Ecobank Rapid Transfer Service has been named the official money transfer service for the 3rd Okpekpe 10km road race scheduled for May 16th in Okpekpe town, in Edo State.

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Sunshine strippers beg LMC

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NO PAY, NO PLAY —Sunshine Star players  during one of their training sessions

The League Management Company (LMC) says is in receipt of letters of apology written by the two Sunshine Stars players who were earlier in the week sanctioned for their behaviour during the Match Day 4 league game against Dolphins and will not take further actions against them.

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Real Madrid, Juventus into Champions League semi-finals

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Tevez

Real Madrid, Juventus into Champions League semi-finals. Real Madrid defeated Athletico Madrid while Juventus oust Monaco from the tournament.

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UEFA Champions League: Chicarito sends Real Madrid to Semi-Final

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Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) scores at the end of the UEFA Champions League second-leg semi-final football match FC Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid CF in Munich, southern Germany, on April 29, 2014

Javier Hernandez scored the winner two minutes from time as Real Madrid once again shattered Atletico Madrid’s Champions League dreams with a 1-0 win on aggregate to progress to the semi-finals.

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Chelsea, Samsung, fans celebrate Mikel

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*Delightful... Chelsea’s Nigerian midfielder John Mikel Obi (r)  celebrate with team-mate  Branislav Ivanovic  after he scored the second goal for Chelsea in their  English Premier League football match against Fulham at Stamford Bridge.  It was Mikel ‘s second goal in his eight-year stay with the Blues. Photo AFP

Chelsea Football Club, has hailed Nigerian midfielder, John Mikel Obi as he turns 28. One of its sponsor, Samsung also hailed the midfield maestro.

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Football stakeholders task Keshi on transparency in his Super Eagles return

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Keshi

Some football stakeholders in Enugu have urged the re-appointed Chief Coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi, to be transparent in handling the team in this second tenure.

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Photos: Bayern boss, Guardiola’s underwear on display as he rips trousers

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Gua

“I’ll have to buy new ones for the next match”.

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Soccer fans unhappy with Keshi’s re-appointment

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Stephen Keshi

Soccer fans in Kaduna on Wednesday expressed disappointment with the re-appointment of Stephen Keshi as Head Coach of the Super Eagles by the Nigeria Football Association (NFA).

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Injury-hit Real tasked with breaking down Atletico wall

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Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo leaves the field with an ice pack bandaged on his left knee after a training session in Campinas, Sao Paulo, on June 18, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad

Real Madrid have the unenviable task of beating city rivals Atletico Madrid at the eighth attempt this season if they are to progress to a fifth consecutive Champions League semi-final

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