Monday May 25th, 2015
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Toure to stay at Manchester City – agent

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Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure’s agent performed a U-turn on Monday by declaring that the Ivory Coast midfielder would remain at Manchester City for next season.

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Ancelotti quits Real Madrid

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Real-Madrid

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that he intends to take a year out of the game for health reasons.

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Blatter must go, says Platini

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Blatter

UEFA president Michel Platini has thrown his weight behind Jordan’s Prince Ali bin al Hussein in his bid to unseat Sepp Blatter as the head of football’s world governing body FIFA.

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Amata, Okon-George shine in Dakar

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Amata

ALL Africa Games high jump champion, Doreen Amata continued her excellent run of form this season with a 1.94m jump at the IAAF world challenge in Dakar, Senegal.

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Flying Eagles need self-confidence to face Brazil –Lawal

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Ahead of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup cracker between the Flying Eagles of Nigeria and their counterparts from Brazil, a former Nigerian international, Garba Lawal has advised the Coach Manu Garba tutored side to believe in themselves that they can defeat the South Americans.

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FIFA Under-20 WC: Manu targets Brazil’s defeat in opening game

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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 05: Head coach Manu Garba celebrates after the FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013 Semi Final match between Sweden and Nigeria at Al Rashid Stadium on November 5, 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by FIFA)

Flying Eagles coach, Manu Garba is targeting all three points when his team face Brazil in their opening game of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup starting in New Zealand May 30. The Flying Eagles have a poor record against South American countries in the tournament, but Garba stated that this will not be the case when they play Brazil in the Group E pairings on June 1.

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Falcons happy with World Cup tour

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Super Falcons

Super Falcons captain and midfielder Evelyn Nwabuoku has hailed the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for adequately preparing the team for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

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Shell Cup: Okorocha College wins!

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*Okorocha

Rochas Okorocha Foundation College, Ogboko Imo State, yesterday won the 2015 edition of the annual NNPC/Shell Cup.

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Drogba leaves Chelsea for second time

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Chelsea's Ivorian striker Didier Drogba wears the crown holding a camera as he poses during the presentation of the Premier League trophy after the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge in London on May 24, 2015. Chelsea were officially crowned the 2014-2015 Premier League champions.  AFP PHOTO

Didier Drogba’s final Chelsea game ended in curious fashion as he was carried off by his team-mates during their 3-1 Premier League home victory over Sunderland on Sunday.

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Drogba, Mikel help Chelsea clinch title

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Chelsea's Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic (top C) and Chelsea's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho (R) place the crown of the Premier League trophy on the head of Chelsea's Ivorian striker Didier Drogba (bottom C) surrounded by team-mates during the trophy presentation after the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge in London on May 24, 2015. Chelsea were officially crowned the 2014-2015 Premier League champions.  AFP PHOTO

Ivorian legend Didier Drogba and Nigerian John Obi Mikel helped Chelsea defeat Crystal Palace 1-0 at the weekend and clinch the English Premier League title.

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Keshi calls Enyeama, Balogun, 13 others for Chad

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Leon-Balogun

Coach Stephen Keshi has invited goalkeeper and skipper Vincent Enyeama and 14 other overseas –based professionals for next month’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Chad in Kaduna.

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Enyiazu drums support for grassroots athletics

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Former high jumper, Alex Enyiazu has called on sports authorities in Nigeria to pay more attention to grassroots athletics development, if the country were to produce top quality athletes like Jamaica.

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Spectacle as Qatar holds Emir Cup with 2022 in mind

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emir-cup

A foreign sports journalist was heard thanking his colleague for advising him to wear a jacket as they moved to leave for the final of the prestigious Emir Cup here in Doha yesterday.

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These Eagles ‘re jittery—Keshi

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Keshi

Coach Stephen Keshi has said most of the players called up for a training camp in Abuja were jittery on first day of the training as the Eagles began preparations ahead of a 2017 AFCON qualifier against Chad next month.

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FIFA Under-20 WC: Eaglets’ mentality still in us—Awoniyi

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Taiwo Awonity of Nigeria celebrates after scoring against Uruguay during his FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013 football match in Sharjah on November 2, 2013. AFP PHOTO / STR

Flying Eagles striker, Taiwo Awoniyi said after the Flying Eagles rounded off training in Germany that the squad’s winning mentality remains as high as ever, just like in their days with the Golden Eaglets.

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Amokachi: My FA cup experience

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Amokachi

“Once you are hired, you have to start winning but people fail to realise that football is not like that again as other teams are also preparing, so it takes some time for the results to start coming in. It takes time to get to greatness. Westerhof had about five years in Nigeria and those years gave him the chance to build a very formidable team .

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Eagles must go back to wing play — Babangida

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Tijani Babangida

Former Super Eagles winger, Tijani Babangida tells Coach Stephen Keshi to resort to wing play before his Eagles can fly again in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, reports JOHN EGBOKHAN. T ijani Babangida is an household name to followers of Nigerian football.. Born on September 25, 1973 in Kaduna, Babangida, who operated for country and clubs as a winger, whose pace and style were often compared to those of the great Dutch legend Marc Overmas caused sleepless nights for most defenders.

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2015 U-20 World Cup: Ghana coach names final squad

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Members of the Ghanaian team pose for a group picture ahead of a group stage football match between Ghana and the USA at the FIFA Under 20 World Cup Turkey at Kadir Has stadium in Kayseri on June 27, 2013. AFP

Ghana coach Sellas Tetteh has named his final 21-man squad for the FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand later this month, according to media reports in Accra on Friday.

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FIFA Women W/Cup: Bring the trophy home, NFF charges Falcons

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Nigeria team celebrating their 7th championship

The Nigeria Football Federation has charged the Super Falcons to surpass the records of their predecessors in 1999 when they crashed out of the FIFA World Cup in the quarter finals.

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U20 W/Cup: FIFA names F/Eagles youngest team

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ready to go ... Flying Eagles players celebrate in one of their matches at the last African Youth Championship. Flying Eagles are set to take on the World at the FIFA U-20 Championship in New Zealand.

The Flying Eagles have been rated the youngest team heading to the FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand.

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Eagles bank on league break to crush Chad

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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

Optimism is high in the camp of the Super Eagles ahead of the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifying match with Chad at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in the Kaduna on June 13,

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Falcons arrive Toronto

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Super Falcons

Super Falcons have landed in Toronto, venue of their training tour with high hopes ahead of the World Cup kicking off in June .

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Scrabble players hold thank you tourney to celebrate Gov Akpabio

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The outgoing Chief Executive of Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency Governor Godswill Akpabio ( CON) will tomorrow be treated to a “thank You Championship” by Nigerian Scrabble players.

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F/Eagles set for 25-hour flight to New Zealand

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•Flying Eagles... Ready to fly in Senagal

Flying Eagles will be set for a most demanding 25-hour flight across three continents when they depart Germany on Sunday night for the FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand.

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Qatar holds Emir Cup with 2022 FIFA World Cup in mind

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emir-cup

As Qatar prepares grounds for a groundbreaking and successful hosting of the FIFA World Cup in 2022 the country’s football administrators plan to show its readiness for the global football tournament with the final of the 2015 Emir Cup holding this Saturday in Doha.

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Okpekpe winners to join national team

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Athletes at the Okpepe Road race

The top 11 Nigerian athletes at the just concluded 10 kilometre Okpekpe Road Race have been called up to the national camp ahead of the All Africa Games and Olympics Games.

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U-20 W/Cup: Success, Iheanacho to start from bench

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Kelechi Iheanacho

Europe-based strikers Isaac Success, Kelechi Iheanacho and Moses Simon are most likely to start the U20 World Cup from the bench as coach Manu Garba plans to integrate them gradually into his team in New Zealand. The Europe-based stars did not turn up at a training camp in Nurnberg, Germany, and would instead head directly

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Feyenoord officials laud Shell Cup players

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L-R: International Relations Manager, Feyenoord Academy, Netherlands, Mr. Gido Vader; Head Coach,   Feyenoord Soccer Schools and Ex-Super Eagle Striker, Mr. Mike Obiku and Social Investment Manager, Shell Petroleum Development Company, Mrs. Abayomi Adeleye, at the Media chat on the 2015 NNPC-Shell Cup, in Lagos, yesterday.

The Feyenoord technical team currently in Nigeria to train players and coaches participating in the 2015 Shell Cup football competition have showered praises on the talents produced by the sponsors.

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GTCF plans big for St Paul’s school sports

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The Greater Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, founded by ex-international Paul Okoku has unfolded plans to make this year’s edition of St. Paul Primary School, Ebute Metta a colourful and memorable affair.

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Keshi wants Awoniyi in Super Eagles

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WAY TO NEW ZEALAND: Taiwo Awoniyi points the way to New Zealand 2015 after scoring against Congo yesterday.

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi said that he will be delighted to have Flying Eagles star Taiwo Awoniyi his squad.

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16 players arrive in Super Eagles camp for 2017 AFCON qualifier against Chad

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BRAZIL, Campinas : Nigeria's team members jog during a training session in Campinas, Sao Paulo, on June 18, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. AFP PHOTO

No fewer than 16 Super Eagles players on Thursday arrived camp in preparation for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier match against Chad.

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CBN Tennis Open: Babalola, Melissa cruise on

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tennis-agugbon

New Tennis sensation, Melissa Ifidzhen Thursday, cruised into the semi-finals of the 37th Central Bank of Nigeria Men and Woman Senior TennisOpen, when she defeated Patience Onebamho 6-0, 6-0 in one of the quarter-final matches played.

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