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Akande out of Dream Team, Congo clash

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An action at a football league.  Chukwu proffers solution for better management as Okpala blasts NPL for laxity

Shooting Stars goalkeeper Abiodun Akande has been ruled out of Nigeria’s second leg CAF U-23 Championship qualifier against Congo. The goalkeeper just recovered from an ankle injury which saw him miss the first leg which Nigeria won 2-1 in Port Harcourt. “I won’t play the game against Congo this weekend because I just get back

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Pillars announce new coach tomorrow

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Kano Pillars

Champions Kano Pillars are expected to name a new coach tomorrow.

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Imo strike threatens Heartland return to Owerri

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CONGRATS — Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha (L) congratulates Heartland's captain, Chinedu Efugh. PHOTO: SYLVER ELEANYA.

Heartland may be forced to call off plans to return to their home ground of Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri because of an industrial action by civil servants in Imo State.

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Fifa: Platini to announce presidency bid

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Platini

UEFA president Michel Platini will announce he wants to be the next president of Fifa later this week.

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Blatter deserves Nobel Prize – Putin

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Russian President Putin

Moscow – Russian President Vladimir Putin, has said that FIFA President Sepp Blatter should be considered for a Nobel Prize for bringing countries together with international football.

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Zico in moves to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president

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ZICO

Brazilian football legend Zico said Tuesday he has formally asked the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) to put forward his candidacy to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president.

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Chelsea sell Filipe Luis back to Atletico

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Mikel trains with the team in Canada

Brazilian winger Filipe Luis is returning to Atletico Madrid just a year after they sold him to Chelsea, the clubs said Tuesday.

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Mikel can be Chelsea’s captain — Mourinho

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Mikel trains with the team in Canada

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has listed Super Eagles’s midfielder John Obi Mikel among the leaders in his squad, owing to the number of years he has spent at the Stamford Bridge

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Barca fined over whistling at Spain’s king

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Barca

Fans of both sides drowned out the Spanish national anthem with boos and whistles at the start of the match as Felipe stood solemn-faced. The controversy came at a time of high political sensitivities, with Catalan leaders campaigning for independence from Spain ahead of a key regional election expected in September.

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Eaglets undergo MRI test

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Golden Eaglets

As part of efforts to ensure that the national U-17 team, the Golden Eaglets is free of every trace of age falsification and excel at the forthcoming FIFA U-17 championship taking place in Chile in October, the Nigeria Football Federation last week decided to carry out a mandatory Magnetic resonate Imaging (MRI) test on all the players already in camp.

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Oliseh makes ‘U’ turn

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Oliseh

New Super Eagles coach, Sunday Olisey, has amended his earlier stance that only Nigerians who play in first division clubs will be welcomed to the team.

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Oliseh picks U-23 stars for Tanzania clash

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Oliseh arrives

Win or lose in Congo on Sunday, several Nigeria U23 stars are already part of the plans of new Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh.

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All Nigeria championships: Warri stadium worry athletes

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Athletes at the Okpepe Road race

Athletics Federation of Nigeria has ruled out moving the All Nigeria Championships to Sapele, after athletes groaned over harsh conditions at the Warri Township Stadium track facility venue of the All Nigeria championships, which begins tomorrow.

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Zenith Bank promises better female Basketball League

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GMD/CEO Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo (r) President NBBF, Tijani Umar pose with captain of Dolphins Basketball club holding the trophy

Dolphins Basketball club of Lagos at the weekend, out-dunked the defending champions, First Bank of Lagos 77-72 in the final of the 11th Zenith bank Women Basketball Championship held at the indoor sports hall of the National Stadium, Surulere Lagos. The champions carted home the Zenith Bank giant trophy as well as pocketed the N1.2m star prize.

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Rangers FC coach says league has improved

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league

Rangers Int’l FC of Enugu coach, Imama Amapakabo, said on Monday that the Nigeria Premier Football League had improved when compared to previous years.

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Mourinho tips Hazard to succeed Terry as captain

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Hazard

Jose Mourinho believes Eden Hazard has the leadership skills to be a candidate for the Chelsea captaincy in the future.
Hazard has become Chelsea’s biggest star and played a major role in the club winning the Premier League and Capital One Cup last season.

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Keshi’s suit: NFF confirms notice

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Keshi  and Amaju

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have confirmed they have received a letter from lawyers of sacked Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi demanding for a billion Naira compensation from the NFF for defamation.

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Le Roy calls 6 pros for Nigeria clash

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Claude Le Roy

Congo will now have six foreign-based professionals who were previously not released by their clubs for Sunday’s crunch CAF U23 Championship qualifier against Nigeria in Pointe Noire.

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Drogba joins Montreal Impact

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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

Former Chelsea star, Didier Drogba has signed with Montreal Impact, the MLS side have confirmed.

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Stoke sign former Barcelona winger Afellay

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aLLEY

Stoke City have signed former Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay on a free transfer, the Premier League club confirmed on Monday.

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Swarm of bees attack players in field, halt friendly match

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football

The incident happened at Oldham’s ground in north-west England where the home side were to face Blackburn Rovers with photographs showing the bees had built a hive around the goalposts at one end.

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Keshi demands N1b compensation from NFF

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Keshi

Sacked Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has demanded a compensation of a billion Naira (more than $400 million) from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for defaming him.

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All-Nigeria Championships: Greene expects standard performances

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Maurice Greene

The best of Nigerian athletes will fight to book a place in the country’s team to the IAAF world championships and the All Africa Games when they collide, at All Nigeria Championships starting in Warri from Wednesday July 29.

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W/Cup without Eagles unthinkable – NFF

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PINNICK-NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will “do everything it takes” to guarantee the qualification of the Super Eagles for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.

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Ujah hits goal 8th for Bremen

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Anthony Ujah

SUPER Eagles star, Anthony Ujah has continued his impressive run with German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen with his eighth goal of the pre-season in a 3-1 win over Spanish La Liga side Sevilla.

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Swaziland eager to upset Nigeria

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Flying Eagles

It is true that Swaziland is ranked 134 in the World and that since the rankings were introduced by Fifa its average position has hovered around 143 or so.

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Two-goal Hulk buries World Cup draw controversy

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Givanildo Vieira de Sousa, known as Hulk

Brazilian striker Hulk scored twice to bury the controversy of being axed from the World Cup draw as reigning champions Zenit St Petersburg cruised to a 4-1 win at Ural Yekaterinburg.

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Walcott close to signing new Arsenal deal

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Walcott

Arsene Wenger has revealed Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is on the verge of signing a new contract with the FA Cup winners.

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Rio 2016 qualifiers: Ikpeba backs Siasia to outsmart Le’Roy

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Victor Ikepba

Former Super Eagles striker, Victor Ikpeba said Nigeria’s Under-23 squad will overcome their poor display in front of the goalpost and come out tops in the second leg qualifier for the Africa Under-23 tournament against Congo this weekend in Point Noire.

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Moses scores as Chelsea beat PSG

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Moses celebrates his goal

Thibaut Courtois was the hero in Charlotte, scoring the winning penalty and saving two of PSG’s in the shoot-out following an exciting 1-1 draw in normal time.

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2018 W/Cup: Eagles won’t underrate any team — Oliseh

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UNVEILING: New Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh (m) was unveiled yesterday in Abuja. Here NFF President, Amaju Pinnick(l) and Sec.General Sanusi Mohammed  display Oliseh's No 15 Jersey during the ceremony

Super Eagles Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh is happy with results of the 2018 World Cup preliminary draw held in St.Petersburg, Russia on Saturday.

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Oliseh considers Iheanacho, Musa for Tanzania tie

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Kelechi Iheanacho (r) controls the ball during the 6-goal thriller against Brazil.

New Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh is seriously considering capping Flying Eagles stars Musa Mohammed and Kelechi Iheanacho in an AFCON qualifier in Tanzania in September.

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