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Ronaldo: I don’t care about FIFA

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Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best media-trained athletes in the world – but everybody has off days.

The Real Madrid superstar lost his cool when asked a question about FIFA, world football’s governing body.

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Enyimba overtake Sunshine at top   

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Six-time champions Enyimba have overtaken Sunshine Stars at the top of the Nigeria Premier Football League.

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Siasia’s men triumph, Falcons crash out of Olympics

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Nigeria's soccer team players run with balls during a training session at the Waverley Soccer Complex in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on June 9, 2015, ahead of their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup group D football match against Australia to be played on June 12. AFP PHOTO

Nigerian football got a major boost Sunday in Point Noire as the men’s Olympic team progressed to the CAF U-23 Championship, where the three qualifiers for Rio 2016 Olympics will be decided.

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Arsenal vs Chelsea: Who wins Community Shield ?

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Recent winners of the English Community Shield ahead of Sunday’s Wembley showdown between Premier League champions Chelsea and FA Cup holders Arsenal:

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Chelsea vs Arsenal: Five questions ahead of the Community Shield

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Premier League champions Chelsea face FA Cup winners Arsenal in the Community Shield on Sunday. Here AFP Sports looks at five questions to ponder in the traditional curtain raiser to the English season:

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Rio 2016: We’re in Congo to win — Siasia

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The battle line is drawn as Nigeria seek to pick a ticket to the African U-23 championships which is a qualification tourna-ment for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Between Nigeria and this ticket is the Congolese national U-23 side handled by Frenchman Claude Le Roy.

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2016 Olympic Games: Mmadu tips Falcons to fly over Equatorial Guinea hurdle

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Nigeria's soccer team players run with balls during a training session at the Waverley Soccer Complex in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on June 9, 2015, ahead of their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup group D football match against Australia to be played on June 12. AFP PHOTO

Former Super Falcons midfielder, Maureen Mmadu has backed the national team to over come their Equatorial Guinean counterparts when they clash in today’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualifier in Bata, Equatorial Guinea.

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Glo Premier League: Dolphins striker, Egwim, records hat trick

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Dolphins Football Club of Port Harcourt striker, Ifeanyi Egwim, on Saturday, attributed his three goals against Nassarawa United in a GLO Premier League match to hard work.

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Arsenal, fans hail legend ‘Papilo’ Kanu @ 38

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Arsenal football club and fans across the world are celebrating the 39th birthday of former Super Eagles captain, Nwankwo ‘Paipilo’ Kanu

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Arsenal seek title proof in Chelsea encounter

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Chelsea's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech (L) and English defender Gary Cahill (C) defend a shot on goal from Arsenal's Polish-born German striker Lukas Podolski (R) during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in London on October 5, 2014. Chelsea won the game 2-0. AFP PHOTO

Arsenal’s readiness to mount a sustained title challenge in 2015-16 will be tested at Wembley on Sunday when they face Premier League champions Chelsea in the Community Shield.

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Five questions ahead of the Community Shield

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Premier League champions Chelsea face FA Cup winners Arsenal in the Community Shield on Sunday. Here AFP Sports looks at five questions to ponder in the traditional curtain raiser to the English season:

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Okpala: No regrets taking NFF to CAS

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Ex-international, Sylvanus Okpala holds no punches when it comes to football discourse. He was made the assistant Super Eagles coach under Stephen Keshi. But he was summarily disengaged by Nigeria Football Federation administration of Aminu Maigari after the national team won the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa and it seems the hornets’ nest was

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All Nigeria Championships: Ogunlewe shocks Egwero to national 100m title

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DOWN AND....Ngozi Okobi (R) of Nigeria and Morgan Brian (#6) of USA battle for the ball during the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Japan 2012, Semi Final match between Nigeria and USA at National Stadium on yesterday in Tokyo, Japan. USA beat Nigeria 2-0.

The women 400m also produced an excitement. It was a hot contest between Patience Okon George and Regina George, but it was Okon George who held onto her lead from the last curve to finish at 51.31 seconds, while flamboyant George checked in at 51.65 seconds. Margaret Etim was third with 52:64.

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Pillars can’t win title – Esom

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“I feel Enyimba have an edge over Sunshine Stars because of their experience and the quality of players in their fold. Both teams are tied on 36 points and the difference at the end of the day will be the team with the tradition, experience and greater desire. It all points to an interesting battle between these two teams”, added Esom.

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Don’t write us off – Ganaru warns Pillars critics

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STUMBLE: Shooting Stars Adeyinka Adedeji(l) stumbles during a GLO Premier League match between Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan and Kano  Pillars in Ibadan yesterday. 3SC won 1-0. Photo courtesy LMC Media

In his second spell at Kano Pillars, Coach Baba Ganaru has warned critics and foes of the defending league champions not to write off their chances of bouncing back to give a strong challenge for the title. Pillars hopes of defending their title seem a tall order given that they are nine points adrift of leaders Sunshine Stars and Enyimba, who both have 36 points.

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Siasia: Bring on Congo

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Coach Samson Siasia insists he is not afraid to lead his charges into the lion’s den for tomorrow’s deciding African U-23 Championship qualifier against Congo in Point Noire.

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Rangers eye revenge against Enyimba

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File photo: Rangers players during a match

Hopes were dashed the last time Rangers met Enyimba at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium in Enugu on July 19. For the first time since 2007, six-time league champions, Enyimba recorded a 2-1 win win against their oriental brothers. The win did not come easy as Enyimba had to dig deep to score the winner in the closing minutes of the highly entertaining match that got fans rolling from end to end to keep up with the pace of the unfolding end-to-end football spectacle that captured the imagination of fans who watched it live on television.

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OAUTH agog for NISONMG

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About 500 athletes are expected to fight for laurels as the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), Ile-Ife hosts the 5th edition of the Nigeria Schools Of Nursing and Midwifery Games [NISONMG] The Games run from August 4—7 at the sports Complex of OAU.

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Enugu sports on the move

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Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State ignited the State, Thursday, July 16th 2015, when he inaugurated his State Executive Council at the New Exco Chambers in the New Government House, a multi-billion naira architectural masterpiece built and furnished to taste by the Former governor, Sullivan Chime.

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Our financial base stands us out from others – Winners Golden Bet

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As the European football season begins this Sunday, with Chelsea battling Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium, front-line Nigerian sports betting company, Winners Golden Bet has promised football fans that they were guaranteed of their full winnings if they bet with the firm. In this interview with Sports Vanguard, the Executive Director of

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Okagbare eyes World Championship, All Africa Games tickets

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Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor reacts after winning the women's 100m event at the Diamond League athletics meeting in Shanghai on May 17, 2015. AFP

Olympic and World Championships medalist, Blessing Okagbare is on course to cruise into the 15th World Championships in Athletics and the 11th All Africa Games both scheduled to hold this year.

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Oliseh: Road to Russia 2018 ‘ll be tough

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Newly appointed Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh has warned his countrymen and women not to expect miracles from him, even as he assured that the country can qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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Baba Ganaru takes charge at Pillars

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Mohammed Baba Ganaru has officially taken the reins as head coach of Nigerian champions, Kano Pillars.

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It’s crunch time for Siasia’s team, Falcons

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Nigeria's soccer team players run with balls during a training session at the Waverley Soccer Complex in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on June 9, 2015, ahead of their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup group D football match against Australia to be played on June 12. AFP PHOTO

Adrenalines will run wild this weekend as Nigerians wait with on the edges to know if their soccer teams will have any chance of playing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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We ‘re condemned to beat E/Guinea – Falcons coach

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Super Falcons at the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Group D match between Sweden and Nigeria at Winnipeg Stadium on June 8, 2015 in Winnipeg, Canada.   Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

Super Falcons stand-in coach, Christopher Danjuma, has revealed that his side are condemned to win their away game at Equatorial Guinea in the return leg of their Olympic qualifier on Sunday.

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All Nigeria Championships: Okagbare docks trials

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African and Commonwealth Games champion, Blessing Okagbare was not in action at the 2015 All Nigeria Athletics Championships which began at the Warri City Stadium yesterday as excused herself from the championships.

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Mikel could face Arsenal on Sunday

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Mikel trains with the team in Canada

Arsenal and Chelsea are set to renew their fierce rivalry when they face off against each other in the FA Community Shield tie on Sunday at the Wembley.

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Arsenal display FA Cup in Lagos

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Arsenal Football Club of England on Thursday displayed the English FA Cup the team won in Lagos

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Newcastle seal Mbemba swoop for £8m

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Newcastle have completed the signing of Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba, the Premier League club confirmed on Thursday.

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Umu Eze wins Asagba football tourney

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Umu Eze has emerged champion of the 2015 edition of the Asagba of Asaba football tournament held in honour of the Asagba of Asaba, Prof. Chike Edozien.

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All Africa Games: Our ultimatum is to win laurels for Nigeria – Tennis coach

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National Tennis Coach, Rotimi Akinloye, on Thursday in Abuja, said Nigeria’s tennis team to upcoming All Africa Games in Congo was determined to win laurels for the country.

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Nigeria wins 11 medals at Powerlifting Championships in Kazakhstan 

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Nigerian male and female powerlifters won 11 medals and broke three world records at the just-concluded Powerlifting World Open Asian Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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