Saturday March 28th, 2015
Saturday March 28th, 2015
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Christian Chukwu: My father once dubbed me a vagabond for opting for football

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As you can see, we have started our leagues, which is now growing gradually, and I am sure that before we get to the half-way stage of the season, our players, our teams, our coaches would have put their acts together to give fans better football. You can see that the crowd is gradually coming out to watch the matches, which is the most important thing in the development of our league. When our matches start attracting the right kind of crowd, the sponsorship will come and the game itself will be very interesting, exciting and attractive.

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Mashaba vows to compound Eagles woes

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After steering South Africa to a 3-1 defeat of Swaziland, Coach Ephraim Shakes Mashaba has boasted that the Super Eagles would suffer a similar fate in the hands of the Bafana Bafana in tomorrow’s international friendly match at the Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit. South Africa are riding on a crest-wave of renewed soccer optimism following the thumping of Swaziland on Wednesday, with fans of the former apartheid state hailing the boys for their strong show of performance away from home.

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Ifeanyi Uba unites ex-internationals, plans for new stadium

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Nnewi, the commercial city of Anambra State was a place to behold last Sunday. It had all the trappings that made it special for soccer fans. The ever famous Rangers International were in town for a league match. And their opponents were the new kids on the soccer block – Ifeanyi Uba FC, the club owned by oil tycoon, Ifeanyi Uba. The Nnewi businessman is pulling strings to bring life to his home matches. He invites stars to grace the occasion. That attracts some fans to the stadium.

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Pinnick spits fire on Eagles: Buckle up or be bundled out!

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Patriotic fervour, defined by hard –fighting spirit, positive attitude and pride in wearing the green-white-green, was the underlying message on Wednesday night as chieftains of the Nigeria Football Federation held a frank-talk session with players and officials of the Super Eagles, following the shock 0-1 loss to Uganda in Uyo.

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Our football is down – Amokachi confesses

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Super Eagles assistant coach Daniel Amokachi has stated that Nigeria’s football is down, but was confident the future of the game remains bright in the country.

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Star introduces reward platform for football fans

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Nigeria supporters celebrate their team's  2-0 win over Ethiopia on January 29, 2013 after a 2013 African Cup of Nations Group C football match at the Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg. AFP PHOTO

Football fans in Nigeria are anxiously awaiting the debut of a new football platform called Star Football Superfans, which is set to recognize, celebrate and reward the passion of football fans.

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Shakes: Nigeria want payback

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Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba believes Nigeria feel it will be payback time when they meet in an international friendly at the Mbombela Stadium this Sunday.

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NFF Board ratifies Sanusi’s appointment

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The Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday formally ratified the appointment of Dr. Mohammed Sanusi as the General Secretary of the Federation.

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Enyeama doubtful for Bafana clash

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Super Eagles captain Vincent Enyeama has been sidelined by a back injury and could miss the South Africa, Nigeria friendly in Nelspruit on Sunday.

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S-H-A-M-E! Eagles beaten in Uyo

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BRAZIL, Curitiba : (From top L) Nigeria's team midfielder John Obi Mikel, forward Emmanuel Emenike, defender Kenneth Omeruo, defender Godfrey Oboabona and defender Efe Ambrose (from bottom L) forward Victor Moses, goalkeeper and captain Vincent Enyeama, forward Ahmed Musa, midfielder Ogenyi Onazi, midfielder Ramon Azeez and defender Juwon Oshaniwa pose during a Group F football match between Iran and Nigeria at the Baixada Arena in Curitiba at the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO

Nigeria fell to a shock 1-0 defeat at the Akwa Ibom Stadium to Uganda in an international friendly match played last night.

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CHAN: Nigeria, Ghana battle again

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*Black Stars' - Ghana's national football team players jog during a training session on October 9, 2013 in Accra. Ghana will play Egypt on October 15 in a qualification match for the 2014 Football World Cup.   AFP PHOTO

Nigeria and Ghana, two long time rivals will slug it out in the same qualification group for the 2016 African Nations Championship. Confederation of African Football will unfold the draws on Sunday April 5.

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Emenike back in Istanbul after tantrum exit

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Nigeria and Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike on Wednesday returned to Istanbul after disappearing for two days following his dramatic walk-out from a weekend derby match.

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Eagles, Cranes do battle in Uyo

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BRAZIL, Curitiba : (From top L) Nigeria's team midfielder John Obi Mikel, forward Emmanuel Emenike, defender Kenneth Omeruo, defender Godfrey Oboabona and defender Efe Ambrose (from bottom L) forward Victor Moses, goalkeeper and captain Vincent Enyeama, forward Ahmed Musa, midfielder Ogenyi Onazi, midfielder Ramon Azeez and defender Juwon Oshaniwa pose during a Group F football match between Iran and Nigeria at the Baixada Arena in Curitiba at the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO

The stately Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo will come alive today, when the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Cranes of Uganda lock horns in a prestigious international friendly match.

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Eagles eye win against Uganda – Amokachi

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Super Eagles will be gunning for victory when they face the Cranes of Uganda in an international friendly today at the Uyo Stadium.

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Int’l friendlies not for FIFA rankings – NFF

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Spain's forward Fernando Torres heads the ball to score against Nigeria during their FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group B football match, at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza on June 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has taken a swipe at those who criticize it for allegedly scheduling international friendly matches with countries considered as weak football playing nations, insisting that the essence of the matches is not for the monthly FIFA rankings but to keep the team in shape ahead of its numerous competitive engagements.

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Danagogo hails F/Eagles, D’Tigers performances

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Tammy Danagogo

Sports Minister and Chairman, National Sports Commission, Dr. Tammy Danagogo has commended both the Flying Eagles and the National Men’s Basketball team, D’Tigers for their performances last weekend, stressing that Nigerians are proud of them.

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Ifeanyi Uba FC’ ll maintain winning run – Dobrev

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DO OR DIE AFFAIR: A typical scene  from the Nigerian league.

Coach Mitko Do brev of Ifeanyi Uba FC has promised to turn the Newi-based outfit into a winning team in the 2014-2015 Nigerian Premier League season.

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Okagbare, others receive Olympic Scholarships

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Team Nigeria’s quest for medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil received a boost yesterday when Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC, received the approval of the IOC for 12 Nigerian elite athletes to benefit from the Rio 2016 Scholarship for Athletes programme.

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AYC title a personal honour says Sanusi

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AFRICAN CHAMPIONS: F/Eagles celebrate their victory

Newly appointed general secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Sanusi Mohammed has described the Flying Eagles seventh AYC title as a “personal honour”.

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Amokachi: Eagles will miss Ideye against Uganda

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Stand-in Super Eagles coach, Daniel Amokachi has admitted that the team will miss injury-stricken West Brom striker, Brown Ideye, who has been ruled out of tomorrow’s international friendly with Uganda at the Uyo International Stadium, Akwa Ibom.

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Baseball & Softball: World body invites Nigeria to global tourney

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The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) in recognition for the strides being made by the Nigeria Baseball and Softball Association (NBSA) has invited Nigeria to participate in the 11th Women’s World Softball championship, which would hold from Aug. 9 to Aug. 15 in Oklahoma, U.S.

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Nigeria can win 2018 FIFA World Cup, says Elegbeleye

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Gbenga Elegbeleye, Director-General, National Sports Commission (NSC), said on Tuesday expressed optimistic that Nigeria could win the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Russia.

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Women League: Taraba, Cerezo Queens set for new season, say Tahir, Ikenwa

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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

As the Congress of the Nigeria Women Premier League holds this weekend to fashion out modalities for the 2015 season, both Taraba Queens chairman, Mustapha Tahir whose team are campaigners in the premier cadre and Augustine Ikenwa, proprietor of Lagos based Cerezo Queens who are in the professional league division one say their teams are ready to play.

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NOC President heaps plaudits on F/Eagles, D’Tigers

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HAPPY BUNCH ... D’Tigers savouring their moment of glory. They are up against Cameroon today.

President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC, Engineer Habu Gumel has paid tributes to two national teams, the Flying Eagles of Nigeria for winning the African Youth Championship trophy for a record seventh time while also doffing his hat for Nigeria’s men’s Basketball team, D’Tigers for winning the inaugural 4-Nation Challenge Series in South Africa.

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Glo League: Teams are impressive says LMC

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Even though Kwara United of Ilorin picked up just a point off their match with Wikki Tourists FC in the 1-1 week three match, a top official of the club appears to be happy at the outcome.

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Ex-Ugandan coach predicts tough Nigeria/Uganda friendly in Uyo

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UNITED STATES, JACKSONVILLE : JACKSONVILLE, FL - Forward Jozy Altidore #17 of the United States shoots and scores his second game of the game behind defender Joseph Yobo #2 of Nigeria during the international friendly match at EverBank Field on June 7, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida. AFP

Harrison Okagbue, a former Coach of the Cranes of Uganda, has advised the Super Eagles to expect a tough match in its friendly with the East Africans in Uyo on Wednesday. Okagbue, who coached the Cranes from 1999 and 2001, told the newsmen in Awka on Tuesday that the game would be an emotional one for him and a battle between his head and his heart.

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Enyeama joins African centurions

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Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama will swell an exclusive group of African footballers to 24 Thursday by making his 100th international appearance.

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Michel Platini elected UEFA president for third time

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Employees of a radio station take photographs of the UEFA Champions League trophy in the southern German city of Munich on May 14, 2012 as  FC Bayern Munich face Chelsea in the final today in Munich. AFP PHOTO

UEFA on Tuesday elected French football legend Michel Platini unopposed for a third straight term as president of Europe’s governing body.

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Under-fire Blatter appeals for ‘unity’ to soccer chiefs

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Tuesday appealed to his biggest critics to show unity and solidarity ahead of an election in which he faces an unprecedented challenge to his rule.

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Chukwu raises Eagles alarm

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Former Super Eagles coach, Christian Chukwu has warned that the delay in naming a coach for the senior team was undermining the progress of the three-time African champions.

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WYC: F/Eagles not afraid of Brazil

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AFRICAN CHAMPIONS: F/Eagles celebrate their victory

Victorious Flying Eagles who won their seventh African Youth title are in no mood to fear any team at the bigger stage during the World Youth Championship in New Zealand. As African Champions, the Manu Garba-tutored champions would have ain the same vein that the Flying Eagles would be going to New Zealand as a Champion of Africa. ‘’We’re Champions already and will continue in that line. There is nothing to be afraid of’’.

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Nigerians in Europe: Ogbeche, Odubajo hit target

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Ikechukwu Uche was a 71st minute substitute for Villarreal in their 2-0 loss at home to Sevilla. Having been knocked out of the Europa League last week, Unai Emery’s men repeated the trick to expand their lead over the Yellow Submarine to six points. Uche’s cameo came too late to impact the result, as goals in the 49th and 65th minutes decided the tie.

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