Monday September 1st, 2014
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South African Premiership coach axed

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Boebie Solomons has become the second South African Premiership coaching casualty of a season that is just 25 days old.

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Chris Giwa dismisses ban threat

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FROM LEFT: FORMER NFF BOARD MEMBER, VICTOR BARIBOTE; NEW BOARD MEMBERS, MR FELIX OBUAH, CHIEF EFFIONG JOHNSON, MR SANI FEMA; NFF PRESIDENT, MR CHRIS GIWA AND CHIEF OBINNA OGBA, AFTER THEIR MAIDEN VISIT TO THE MINISTER OF SPORTS, MR TAMMY DANAGOGO, IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY (28/8/14).

The new head of Nigerian football, whose disputed appointment has thrown the domestic game into turmoil, has dismissed the threat of sanctions from world governing body FIFA.

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Suarez pops by for Liverpool farewell

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Barcelona striker Luis Suarez said goodbye to his former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard during a visit to the club’s Melwood training base on Monday, the former England captain revealed.

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Messi to miss World Cup final rematch

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Lionel Messi of Argentina (R) looks dejected after a goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by FIFA

Argentina captain Lionel Messi will miss his side’s friendly against world champions Germany on Wednesday due to a groin strain, his club side Barcelona confirmed on Monday.

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Mikel helps Chelsea

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BRAZIL, Campinas : Nigeria's midfielder John Obi Mikel takes part in a training session in Campinas, Sao Paulo, on June 18, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA Football World Cup. AFP PHOTO

A solo goal by Senegalese Mame Biram Diouf gave Stoke City a stunning 1-0 weekend win at reigning English Premier League champions Manchester City.

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GEJ FC comes alive in Abuja

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President Goodluck Jonathan (m) juggling the Suckett Football to electricity (a new invention)

A new club named after President Goodluck Jonathan has been registered to compete in the 2014/2015 season of the Nigeria Nation Wide League.

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Obudu mountain race gets Nov.8 date

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The Local Organising Committee for the Obudu international mountain race and the African mountain running championships has announced Saturday November 8, 2014 for this year’s two-in-one race.

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FIFA’s deadline expires today

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BRAZIL, Costa do Sauipe : Fifa president Joseph Blatter gestures during a press conference in Costa do Sauipe, state of Bahia, Brazil on December 3, 2013. The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil final draw will take place December 6. AFP PHOTO

There are very strong indications that Sports Minister Tammy Danagogo may waive off the impending FIFA hammer that looms over Nigerian football by midnight today if Chris Giwa refuses to vacate office by midnight.

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Igbokwe wants Giwa to vacate office

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Giwa

Chairman of NFF Disciplinary Committee and Secretary of South East football stakeholders conference, Barrister Iyke Igbokwe has called on all Nigerians to prevail on Chris Giwa to immediately vacate the NFF Secretariat.

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Musa nets double in CSKA’s big win

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OUT OF REACH . . . Super Eagles forward Ahmed Musa (R) dribbles Mali’s goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa to score Nigeria’s 4th goal during their AFCON 2013 semi-final match in Durban. Nigeria won 4-1. Photo:AFP

Ahmed Musa, repaid the faith shown by CSKA Moscow manager, Leonid Slutsky, to play him as a centre forward by scoring twice in Sunday’s Russia Premier League match against FC Rostov.

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Fenerbahce part ways with Yobo

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Yobo

Former skipper of the Super Eagles, Joseph Yobo, is now a free agent from Turkish Super Lig club, Fenerbahce confirmed that he has been released.

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2022 World Cup: Qatar boost Sports Medicine, attract world stars

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Aspetar

And one of the things Qatar hope the 2022 World Cup will inject not only into their country but also the entire Middle East is a rich football culture. That way, world football governing body would have also achieved their aim of spreading and developing the game in all parts of the world. And that’s why their project of taking the World Cup to all parts of the world is a lofty and worthy venture.

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NFF Crisis: Danagogo denies fueling fued

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Tammy Danagogo

As the threat by FIFA to ban Nigeria by Monday September 1, hit hard on Nigerian sports officials, the Sports Minister Tammy Danagogo has denied any involvement in the Nigeria Football Federation flutter, which has thrown up two factions.

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AWC can derail Women league, Tahir warns NFF

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Members of Nigerian team during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games first round Group F women's football match against Germany at the Shenyang Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2008.Germany won 1-0

Taraba Queens chairman, Mustafa Tahir has warned the Nigeria Football Federation and the women league board not to allow the forth coming African Women Championship to derail the national League.

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2015 AFCON Qualifiers: Rwanda lose appeal against expulsion

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US goalkeeper Tim Howard (R) reacts after Portugal's forward Silvestre Varela (L) scored during a Group G football match between USA and Portugal at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 22, 2014.   AFP PHOTO

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has rejected an appeal by Rwanda against their disqualification from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

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Our athletes have done well – Nesiama

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Athletics Federation of Nigeria technical director, Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama in reviewing the performances of Nigerian athletes at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, the African Championships in Marrakesh, Morocco and the World Junior Championships in Eugene Oregon, USA declared that the country’s runners did well in face of the prevailing circumstances.

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Liverpool ease past Spurs, Arsenal held

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UNITED THEY STAND: Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, fourth left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his second penalty against West Ham at Upton Park in London on Sunday. (Reuters)

Liverpool reasserted their Premier League title credentials with a breezy 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, but Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at Leicester City.

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Ebola-hit S/Leone’s Nations Cup matches to go ahead

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Cape Verde forward Heldon (L) vies with S/Africa defender Thabo Matlaba during a group A football match at the 2013 AFCON in Soweto, Saturday AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONG

Sierra Leone’s football authority said on Sunday the team’s upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers would go ahead despite a devastating Ebola outbreak which has killed more than 1,500 people.

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NFF Crisis: Nigeria faces fresh FIFA sanctions

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Maigari

World soccer governing body, FIFA has urged Chris Giwa to stop parading himself as the Nigeria Football Federation president. A letter signed by FIFA secretary-general, Jerome Valcke gave Giwa and his backers up till midnight of Monday September 1 to vacate the NFF secretariat.

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Erico hails Keshi’s patriotic zeal

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Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi

Former Super Eagles assistant coach, Joe Erico has described as pure patriotism coach Stephen Keshi’s acceptance to temporarily oversee Nigeria’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) double-header against Congo DR and South Africa on September 6 and 10, respectively.

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Maigari’s Tuesday arrest was over NFA secretariat fire incident, says NSC

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Umeh and Maigar

The National Sports Commission (NSC) on Saturday in Abuja said Tuesday’s arrest of Aminu Maigari, a former Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) was unrelated to the association’s elections.

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Ebola: Nations Cup: Cote ‘d Ivoire risk disqualification

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The Elephants of Cote ‘d Ivoire will be disqualified from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if they forfeit their qualifier against Sierra Leone because of fears over Ebola.

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Chelsea beat Everton in goalfest, City crash

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ChelseaMikel

Chelsea overpowered Everton 6-3 in a remarkable game on Saturday to preserve their 100 percent record in the Premier League, after Manchester City were stunned by Stoke City.

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Di Maria shines but Burnley frustrate United

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Louis van Gaal is still searching for his first competitive win as Manchester United manager after a 0-0 draw at promoted Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday.

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Barca welcome back Neymar, lose Iniesta

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

Brazilian star Neymar will make his first appearance of the season when Barcelona travel to face Villarreal on Sunday, but the Catalans will have to do without the injured Andres Iniesta.

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I’m one of world’s best at number 10 – Ozil

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Mesut Ozil

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has reacted to criticism of his performances by declaring that he is one of the world’s best number 10s, but is being played out of position. Ozil, 25, joined Arsenal from Real Madrid a year ago in a club-record £42 million ($69.7 million, 31.1 million euros) transfer, but he shone only

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FIFA nullifies Giwa’s election

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter

The decision of the Ministry of Sports to mastermind and give credence to the kangaroo election that produced Chris Giwa as the new President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has drawn the rwath of FIFA, which has ordered Giwa to vacate the Glass House by Monday.

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South South All Comers meet thrills all

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Breezing... Edidiong Ofonime Odiong, she and others junior athletes stole the show at the South South Championships.

Last Saturday at the U.J. Esuene Stadium, it was quite a thrill watching athletes from the South South zone and others jostle for cash and honours during the fourth South South All Comers meet.

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Osaze, Moses face City’s fire

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Victor Moses

Super Eagles attacking duo of Osaze Odemwingie and Victor Moses will today face their first real test in the Premier League, when they travel with Stoke to confront Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

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FIFA threaten to ban Nigeria, warns Giwa to stop parading self as NFF officials

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BRAZIL, Costa do Sauipe : Fifa president Joseph Blatter gestures during a press conference in Costa do Sauipe, state of Bahia, Brazil on December 3, 2013. The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil final draw will take place December 6. AFP PHOTO

World football governing body FIFA has warned Nigeria could be banned by Tuesday if an “elected” executive committee led by Chris Giwa does not vacate the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) office by midnight Monday.

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Serena: The secret behind my success

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Serena Williams

Serena Willaim won the women’s singles crown in the last two editions of the U.S Open at Flushing Meadows. In this interview,, Serena, outlines her mission at the ongoing tournament and reveals why she has remained a dominant force in the game.

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FIFA will ban Nigeria – Kodjo-Williams

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Kojo William

Williams has warned that the election crisis rocking the football house was capable of derailing Nigeria’s bid to qualify for the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Morocco.

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