Friday November 21st, 2014
Friday November 21st, 2014
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We gave it our best shot – Pinnick

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South African goalkeeper Darren Keet reacts after he was injured during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying football match between Nigeria and South Africa at Akwa Ibom stadium in Uyo, Nigeria, on November 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO

The Nigeria Football Federation has accepted full responsibility for the failure of the Super Eagles to reach next year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals in Equatorial Guinea.

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Five zones for Abebe cricket challenge

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Nigerian cricketers

In a concerted move to revive the fortunes of cricket in the country, female players from five zones of Nigeria are now in Abuja for the John Abebe Cricket championship which is taking place this weekend in the nation’s capital.

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Adebayor accuses mum of doing ‘juju’ against him

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Emmanuel Adebayor

Tottenham Hotspur Emmanuel Adebayor is on a warpath his family after accusing him of neglecting them.

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Afe Babalola University to host NPUGA 2015

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The 2015 Nigerian Private University Games(NPUGA) will hold at the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti(ABUAD) in December 2015.

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Afcon failure: Keshi’s future uncertain

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Keshi

STEPHEN Keshi is still unsure whether he will remain as Super Eagles coach following Wednesday’s 2-2 draw against South Africa in Uyo.

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Keshi: We took South Africa for granted

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Keshi

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi believes his players only have themselves to blame after failing to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. The Super Eagles will not be present to defend their continental crown at next year’s Equatorial Guinea showpiece after Wednesday’s 2-2 draw against South Africa proved insufficient in terms of qualification from Group A.

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Eagles shock Wyclef

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Wyclef Jean

GLOBAL music superstar Wyclef Jean has spoken out of his shock about the Super Eagles failure to make it to next year AFCON.Prior to the game the multi award winning music sensation spoke of his support for the team and their 2-2 draw expectedly frustrated him.

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Six charged in French match-fixing probe

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Six people, including the presidents of Ligue 1 side Caen and Ligue 2 Nimes, were charged on Thursday in connection with a match-fixing inquiry that has rocked French football.

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Gumel returns as NOC president

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File Photo: Nigeria’s Ajoke Odumosu (R) hands the baton to Regina George as they compete in the women’s 4X400 relay final of the London 2012 Olympic Games in London. PHOTO - AFP.

Former Director of Facilities at the National Sports Commission (NOC), Habu Gumel, yesterday at the Nelrose Hotel, Asaba, defeated incumbent Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) president, Sani Ndanusa, to become the new leader of the body.

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Okocha questions Eagles’ passion

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South African defender Eric Mathoho (L) tries to stop Nigerian attacker Ahmed Musa during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying football match between Nigeria and South Africa at Akwa Ibom stadium in Uyo, Nigeria, on November 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO

Former Nigeria captain, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha has questioned the level of passion among current players of the Super Eagles following their exit from the Africa Cup of Nations.

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Flying Eagles to begin camping for 2015 AYC finals on Monday

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TOO OLD FOR EAGLES? — Flying Eagles.

The camp of the national under-20 male football team, the Flying Eagles, will be opened on Monday ahead of the 19th African Youth Championship (AYC) taking place in Senegal.

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Bayern pay off Allianz Arena — 16 years early

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Bayern Munich will be able to boost their star-studded squad in future after paying off the 346 million euros (US$433.245m) cost of their Allianz Arena — 16 years ahead of schedule.

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AFCON 2015: Eagles crash out

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IT IS FINISHED: Mikel Obi's mood says it all about Nigerian football.

Reigning champions the Super Eagles will not defend their title in Equatorial Guinea after failing to qualify from Group A

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Ghana beat Togo to seal 2015 AFCON spot

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Ghanaian fans

Ghana beat Togo 3-1 yesterday to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations as winner’s of Group E. Goals from Abdul Majeed Waris, Mubarak Wakaso and an own goal scored by Sadate Akoriko handed the Black Stars the sweet victory before its home fans in Tamale.

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Ivory Coast secure qualification

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Ivory Coast players celebrate after forward Gervinho scored a goal against Tunisia during the 2013 African Cup of Nations match at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. AFP PHOTO

Ivory Coast secured qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals after playing to a goalless draw with Cameroon in Abidjan yesterday.

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Obafemi Awolowo Stadium tennis court wears new look

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Tennis

As part of its determination to put the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium back on track, the National Sport Commission, has embarked on the reconstruction of the dilapidated tennis court inside the arena.

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Guinea too good for Uganda

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Guinea have beaten a ten-man Uganda 2-0 in Morocco and qualified for the 2015 Africa Nations Cup finals along with Ghana.

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Keshi shuns media, South Africa’s coach hails team

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Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi

Super Eagles’ Head Coach Stephen Keshi on Wednesday in Uyo shunned the mandatory post-match briefing after his team drew 2-2 with visiting South Africa at the Ibom International Stadium.

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We should’ve beaten Nigeria – Mashaba

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Coach Shakes Mashaba

Bafana Bafana coach, Shakes Mashaba has praised his players for putting up an outstanding performance against the Super Eagles in Uyo but regretted that the tie ended in a draw.

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US embassy ruins Okagbare’s honeymoon

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Blessing Okabere crying

The US embassy in Abuja has rocked the boat for African sprint queen, Blessing Okagbare who recently got married to her heart-throb Igho Otegheri.

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AIPS to hold historic meeting in Addis Ababa

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Athletics

Kenenisa Bekele, holder of the world record and Olympic record in both the 5,000 and 10,000 and compatriot Haile Gebrselassie, the Ethiopian long-distance track and road running legend will attend the AIPS Executive opening on November 19 in Addis Ababa

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Bafana deny Eagles 2015 AFCON ticket

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Nigeria's midfielder John Mikel Obi (C) falls next to South Africa's defender Thabo Matlaba (L) and midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi (R) during the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifying football match between South Africa and Nigeria on September 10, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. AFP PHOTO

Bafana Bafana, Wednesday night, at the Nest of Champions in Uyo, held Nigeria to a 2-2 draw. Despite this scoreline, Nigeria failed to qualify for 2015 Africa Nations Cup.

Tokelo Rantie scored a brace for the Mandela nation while Sone Aluko scored Nigeria’s goals.

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We don’t have creative midfielders – Okocha

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Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha,

African football legend, Austin Jay Jay Okocha has given the greatest hints that he may soon bounce back to the sport that brought him fame and fortune to help in discovering young creative midfielders.

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Bafana coach vows to end Nigerian jinx

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Keshi and Mashaba

South African coach, Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba, said his team has one aim at the Nest of Champions in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State and that his to break the jinx of not bating Nigeria in any competitive match.

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Real Madrid, Microsoft to create digital platform

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Winston Reid header helped New Zealand gets a draw against a dominant Slovakia side in their Group F opener in Rustenburg (FIFA)

Real Madrid C.F and Microsoft have signed a landmark agreement accelerating the digital transformation of the club through technology

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Furman: It’ll be tough playing Nigeria

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Dean Furman

Bafana Bafana have their eyes solely fixed on a victory against their arch nemesis, Nigeria, when the two nations battle in the final qualification rounds of the 2015 CAF African Cup of Nations today.

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We cannot afford to be over-confident – Pinnick

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Nigeria's forward Peter Odemwingie (3rd-R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Group F football match between Nigeria and Bosnia-Hercegovina at the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 21, 2014.  AFP PHOTO /

NFF President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, observed on Tuesday that the Super Eagles cannot afford to be over –confident going into Wednesday’s crucial Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana.

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Defeat not an option, Mark tells Eagles

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David Mark and Stephen Keshi

As the Super Eagles of Nigeria confront national team of South Africa the Bafana Bafana in the last qualification stage of African Cup of Nations, AFCON, today, the Senate President, David Mark has told the players and technical crew of the national team that a defeat of the South African team is not an option but a must.

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Watch Eagles for N500

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Ticket prices for the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifier between Super and Bafana Bafana of South Africa have been released.

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Brazil end year with morale-boosting win

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Brazil ended a disappointing year with a 2-1 win over Austria in an international friendly in Vienna on Tuesday.

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Akanni charges Eagles to ‘kill’ Bafana Bafana

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Nigeria's midfielder John Mikel Obi (C) falls next to South Africa's defender Thabo Matlaba (L) and midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi (R) during the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifying football match between South Africa and Nigeria on September 10, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. AFP PHOTO

Former Nigeria international, Waidi Akanni has charged the Super Eagles to remain focused and deliver the 2015 Afcon ticket to their teeming fans who have remained steadfast in their belief in the team.

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Babatunde: Eagles ‘ll destroy Bafana

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Michael-Babatunde

Injured Super Eagles ace Babatunde Michael has said that Nigeria are fired-up to thrash Bafana Bafana today to advance to AFCON 2015.

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