Thursday February 26th, 2015
Thursday February 26th, 2015
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Falcons have a date with Mali

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Falcons in action

Mali will be Super Falcons’ opponents in the final round of qualifiers for the women’s football tournament of the 11th All Africa Games following the withdrawal of Gabon.

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Bonus row rocks Dream Team

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Siasia disappointed after the Nation's Cup ouster

High-riding Dream Team VI have rejected a win bonus of $1,000-a-player for their 4-1 win in Gabon in an All Africa Games qualifier at the weekend.

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Zambia lie in wait for Dream Team

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dream-team

Zambia’s U-23 side will be the Dream Team’s next opponents in the race to the 11th All-Africa Games after they must have seen off Gabon, following the withdrawal of Madagascar.

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Lagos ITTF World Tour: Injury stops defending champion

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Nadeen El-Dawlatly

Women’s singles defending champion of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour tagged Lagos Open, Egypt’s Nadeen El-Dawlatly has been ruled out of this year’s tournament scheduled to serve off on March 10 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Man City make U-turn on Iheanacho

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Iheanacho

Manchester City have made a sensational U-turn to have Kelechi Iheanacho feature for Nigeria at next month’s African Youth Championship.

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Police dog bites player during match

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Nig-dog

A Brazilian player was taken to a hospital for an anti-rabies shot after being bitten by a police dog during a match. The incident happened in the second half of a first-division game between Democrata and Tupi on Sunday in the Minas Gerais state regional championship. Democrata striker Joao Paulo was bitten on his left

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Pinnick to visit Mourinho, Pellegrini next month

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Pinnick

Apparently excited by the success of his just concluded meeting with the manager of English Premiership side Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has revealed that he will return to England to also meet with the managers of Chelsea and Manchester City football clubs, Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini respectively.

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N. Korea bars foreigners from marathon over Ebola fears

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Lagos Marathon

North Korea has banned foreigners taking part in its annual international Pyongyang marathon in April because of continuing concerns over the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, specialist tour groups said Monday.

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Keshi: NFF waits on B/Faso before naming Eagles’ coach

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Keshi

With Stephen Keshi in the frame to becoming the next coach of the Stallions of Burkina Faso, it has been gathered that the Nigeria Football Federation will announce a successor to the former Super Eagles captain almost immediately if he is named as coach of the Francophone country.

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CAF U-17: Eaglets to confront South Africa

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Golden Eaglets

Boubacar Traore grabbed his third goal of the CAF U17 championships with a calm finish on 34 minutes to lead Mali to a 1-0 win over defending champions Cote d’Ivoire, a victory which sealed their top spot in Group B and a semi-final date against Group ‘A’ runners-up Guinea.

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Mobil schools sports final gets March 7 date

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The 18th annual inter-house sports competition of the Olatunde Lawrence Memorial Schools, Nursary and Primary held at the Gaskiya Estate Mini Stadium, Lagos. Ikamt Babatunde of yellow house leading Okpe Sarah of green house and Latifat Ibrahim in the 50m girls event for nursary pupils. Photo by Sylva Eleanya.

The postponed grand finale of the Akwa Ibom State/NNPC/MPN Schools Athletics Championships will now hold on March 7 in the main bowl of the Akwa Ibom International Stadium.

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My team’s work in progress – Siasia

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Siasia

Head Coach of the U-23 National Team, Samson Siasia has said though his team won 4-1 against Gabon on Saturday, the squad is still work in progress as he is still trying to get the right players for the each position. Commending the boys for putting up a brave show in their first competitive game,

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Tennis Club holds service of songs for Okoya-Thomas

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Molade Okoya-Thomas, BOT Chairman

The Lagos Lawn Tennis Club (LLTC 1895) will on Monday, March 2, hold a Special Service of Songs in honour of Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas, MFR, FCNA, KSS, a notable sports enthusiast who died recently.

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Onaolapo, Omotayo talk tough ahead Lagos ITTF World Tour

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Ojo Onaolapo

Italy-based duo of Ojo Onaolapo and Olajide Omotayo believe the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour tagged Lagos Open would provide Nigeria an ample chance to confirm its superiority in the sport.

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Elegbeleye commends Eaglets for picking World Cup ticket

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CHEERS! . . . Golden Eaglets captain Kelechi Nwakali celebrates with a teammate after beating Niger Republic 2-0 at CAF U-17

The Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC) Honourable Gbenga Elegbeleye has praised the resilience and determination of the Golden Eaglets which got the team victory and qualification for this year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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NFF clears air on Iwobi

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Iwobi

The Nigeria Football Federation has cleared the air on why it took Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi to Gabon for Saturday’s 11th All-Africa Games qualifier. According to NFF’s Director of Technical, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme, the NFF decided to take the striker along as part of the new administration’s policy of encouraging Nigerians in the diaspora to identify

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We’ve accomplished our mission to Niger – Amuneke

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Amuneke

Golden Eaglets qualification for the Fifa Under-17 World Cup in Chile has been attributed to determination, team work and self belief.

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Eaglets secure World Cup ticket

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Kelechi Iheanacho, Chigozi Obasi, Raymond Japhet and Abdullahi Alfa of Nigeria celebrate their victory after the FIFA World Cup UAE 2013 Final between Nigeria and Mexica at Mohamed Bin Zayed Stadium on November 8, 2013 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo FIFA/FIFA)

FIFA U-17 World Cup reigning champions, the Golden Eaglets yesterday secured a semi final berth at the ongoing African U-17 championship and a ticket to the 2015 U-17 FIFA World Cup billed for Chile later in the year. The Eaglets achieved the feat after a 3-1 thumping of the Junior Chipolopolo of Zambia in their final group match of the tournament in Niger.

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Rio 2016: Babalola heads to Dubai for first Paralympics qualifier

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Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in east London on August 29, 2012.  AFP PHOTO

Para athletics sprinter, Hannah Babalola is determined on picking a ticket to the Rio 2016 Paralympics as she has concluded arrangements to participate at the 7th Fazaa International Athletics Competition in Dubai, which is the first in the series of qualification.

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French President calls victim of Chelsea fans’ racist abuse

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ChelseaMikel

The black Frenchman who was the victim of racist abuse by Chelsea football fans on the Paris Metro has received a personal message from President Francois Hollande.

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Tennis : Kienka, the last man standing, recalls how they killed the Clara Udofa dream

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Godwin Kienka at a tournament  event with Venus Williams

By John Egbokhan He has a portrait of himself and current world number one, Novak Djokovic hanging somewhere in his living room. The smile on the face of the current Australian Open champion was unmistakable. But the picture is not a recent one. The man who appears in the image alongside the Slovak champion is

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Flying Eagles worry over Yahaya

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Musa Yahaya challenges for the ball with Erdal Rakip of Sweden during the FIFA U17 group F match between Sweden and Nigeria at Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium on October 22, 2013 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by  FIFA)

The Flying Eagles are sweating on the fitness of star forward Musa Yahaya, who is nursing a knee injury he suffered in a warm-up match in Ghana. The former Golden Eaglet is expected to undergo a scan to determine the extent of the injury he suffered when he was tackled in the Flying Eagles second friendly against Ghana on Wednesday.

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Siasia seeks win in Gabon

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Siasia at the 5-A-side finals in Lagos

Coach Samson Siasia has urged the U-23 team to beat Gabon in today’s All Africa Games qualifying game in Libreville to convince Nigerians that they are the next Super Eagles.Speaking to the players yesterday, Siasia said with the quality of players at his beck and call that he was not expecting anything less than a win against the Gabonese.

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Eaglets get last chance for World Cup ticket

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Eaglets

The reigning world champions at the under-17 level, the Golden Eaglets will today get their final opportunity to qualify to defend their trophy in Chile, when they clash with Zambia at in their final group A match at the African u-17 Championships in Niger. Eaglets top their pool with four points but can ill afford losing to their |Zambian foes, who with a victory will leapfrog the west Africans and qualify for the junior World Cup holding later in the year in south America.

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Messi: I had many problems last year

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Ronaldo-Messi

Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi admits he went through “many problems on and off the pitch” last season. The 27-year-old failed to pick up a trophy for club or country and also faced charges of tax evasion.

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Okocha succeeds Pinnick as Delta FA chairman

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Former Super Eagles captain, Austin Okocha

Former Super Eagles captain, Austin Okocha has been elected as the Chairman of the Delta State Football Association. At the elections held yesterday in Asaba, Okocha got 26 out of the 27 votes that were available to become the new Delta FA boss.

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Lmc thrills with 2014/2015 league draws

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ball

It was a moment of high hopes as the Nigeria League Management Company (LMC) organized the 2014/15 Glo sponsored Nigeria Professional Premier League draws at the prestigious Transcorp Hilton in Abuja, the nation’s capital. The event which attracted the who is who in Nigerian league started by 7.30 pm. Banters here and there. Old friends were meeting again. It was conviviality galore.

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Mourinho: I’m ashamed of racist fans

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Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho is “ashamed” of the Chelsea fans who prevented a black man from boarding a Paris train before their Champions League tie on Tuesday. Amateur video showed a man being pushed from the Metro train while a group chants, “we’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it”.

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City ‘cannot drop points’ against Newcastle

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Yaya Toure

Manuel Pellegrini says Manchester City cannot afford any more dropped points if they are to defend their Premier League title. Yaya Toure will be back in the side against Newcastle today as the champions set out to win at home for the first time in four games, and Pellegrini said: “It’s important to have Yaya back, he’s an important player for us.

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Racial abuse: Chelsea apologises to black Frenchman

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Chelsea's Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel (R) talks with Referee Mark Clattenburg during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London, on October 28, 2012. AFP PHOTO

Chelsea “apologised unreservedly” on Friday to the black Frenchman racially abused by some of their fans on the Paris Metro. The commuter, identified as Souleymane S, a French-Mauritanian, was repeatedly prevented from boarding a train by Chelsea supporters travelling to the Parc des Princes for the Champions League match against Paris St Germain on Tuesday.

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GOtv Boxing Seminar: Discussants focus on boxers’ packaging

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Boxing fans who throng the Youth Centre at the Redemption Camp to watch the maiden of the  Dove Golden Belt Boxing tournament.

The conduct of a boxer is key to the success or failure of his career. This was emphasised Wednesday in Lagos by numerous resource persons at a seminar organised by Flykite Productions for a major boxing promoter in Nigeria, GOtv.

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Pillars begin title defence with Heartland

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Kano Pillars

Reigning Nigeria Premier League champions, Kano Pillars will begin the defence of their title with a trip to Owerri where they will clash with old rivals, Heartland FC in a match analysts have dubbed as the star match of the week.

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