Thursday August 28th, 2014
Thursday August 28th, 2014
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NFF Congress: Minister, delegates disagree over venue

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Tamuno Danagogo, Sepp Blatter and Aminu Maigari

The unfolding drama surrounding the 2014 Elective Congress of the Nigeria Football Federation, originally scheduled for Tuesday, August 26 in Warri, has assumed an intriguing dimension that has seen the once strong and united body of Nigerian football torn into fragments.

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Champions League: We’ll finish off Besiktas at the Emirates — Wenger

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ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger remains confident his men can finish the job and qualify for the Champions League after battling to a goalless draw against Besiktas in Istanbul, where midfielder Aaron Ramsey was sent off.

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Libya withdraw from hosting Africa Cup of Nations

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Libya have withdrawn from hosting the Africa Cup of Nations in 2017, citing the unstable security situation in the country.

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Falconets gunning for revenge

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Players of Nigeria pose for a team photo prior to the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014 group C match between Korea Republic and Nigeria at Moncton Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Moncton, Canada. (Photo  FIFA)

“I remember that game,” said Nigeria’s Uchechi Sunday, casting her mind back four years to the final between the Super Falconets and the host nation at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Germany 2010. “I was on the bench feeling really nervous and apprehensive, hoping that my team would score.”

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Bolt sets new 100m indoors best time of 9.98sec

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Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt set a new best time of 9.98sec for the rarely run 100m indoors at Warsaw’s national football stadium on Saturday.

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Win and get `heroines’ welcome’, Jonathan tells Falconets

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President Goodluck Jonathan has assured the Falconets of “a heroines’ welcome’’ should they triumph over Germany in Sunday’s final of the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

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No going back on elections — Minister

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Tamuno Danagogo

The Honourable Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports Commission, Dr. Tammy Danagogo has insisted that the General Assembly of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), where elections into the Executive Committee of the football-ruling body are to hold must take place on August 26 in Warri, Delta State.

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Moses: Osaze didn’t know I would join Stoke

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Victor Moses

Victor Moses has revealed that fellow Nigerian teammate Osaze Odemwingie did not know that the latter had the chance to join Stoke City during the summer transfer market.
The former Wigan Athletic star also revealed that he secretly sought advice from Osaze, prior to making a final decision on his move.

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Moment of truth beckons Falconets

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CELEBRATION: Falconets celebrate after the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup match against New Zealand at Moncton   in Moncton, Canada, Sunday night. Photo: FIFA.

Tomorrow’s final of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada is a repeat of the 2010 showpiece between the then hosts Germany and Nigeria. That game went the way of the European side, an outcome the in-form Africans will be aiming to avenge this weekend.

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Nwosu: What I told Okwaraji before he died

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Henry Nwosu

It has been 25 years since Samuel Okwaraji died while playing for the Eagles at the National Stadium, Lagos. It was a FIFA 1990 World Cup qualifier against Angola. Nigeria won the match 1-0 but painfully lost Okwaraji to the cold hands of death.

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Mourinho: Cech is unhappy

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Manager Jose Mourinho can understand why a “top professional” like Petr Cech is not happy at losing his status as Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper – but will not offer any players selection guarantees. Belgium international Thibaut Courtois started in goal for the opening English Premier League match at Burnley on Monday night, which the Blues won 3-1.

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Football enthusiasts optimistic Falconets will beat Germany on Sunday

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Some Abuja football enthusiasts on Friday expressed confidence in the ability of the national under-20 women team to win the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada on Sunday.

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NFF election: Danagogo hopeful

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Tamuno Danagogo

The Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo, on Friday in Abuja said he was hopeful the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) would hold “a very successful’’ Elective Congress on Tuesday in Abuja.

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Guild of Sports Editors calls for probe of NFF fire

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Razed NFF secretariat

The Guild of Sports Editors has called on the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, institute a judicial panel of enquiry into the fire that gutted the secretariat of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Wednesday.

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England investigates Odemwingie’s transfer

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The transfer of Nigeria interna-tional striker, Peter Odemwingie from West Bromwich Albion to Cardiff is being investigated by the Football Association (England FA).

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Asisat can make things happen – Devdebo

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Asisat Oshoala

Still basking in the euphoria of his wards’ 6-2 whitewash of Korea DPR in the semi final of the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada, Falconets coach, Peter Devdebo is happy with the heroics of his top striker, Asisat Oshoala in the tournament so far.

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NFF: No elections on August 26

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Umeh and Maigar

The Nigeria Football Federation has called on all Nigerians to discountenance a statement by the Chairman of NFF Electoral Committee, Mr. Amoni Biambo, to the effect that elections into the NFF Executive Committee will hold at the General Assembly of Tuesday, 26th August, 2014.

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Federation holds U-17 championships towards Judo World Junior Championship

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Chika Chukwumerije at the Beijing 2008 Olympics where he won a bronze medal.

The Nigeria Judo Federation (NJF) on Thursday said that it had concluded arrangements to organise the National U-17 Judo Youth Championships as part of preparations for the 2014 Judo World Junior Championships.

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2015 Afcon qualifier: Eagles to know opponent next week

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THANK YOU ALL . . . Super Eagles’ striker Peter Odemwingie (2ndL) thanks the fans after their international friendly match against Scotland at Craven Cottage in London ahead of the FIFA World Cup . Photo: AFP

The Confederation of Africa Football CAF has fixed Wednesday the 27th of August as the day the appeal board will meet in Cairo Egypt ,on the case by the Fédération Rwandaise de Football Association (FERWAFA) over their disqualification from the Orange Africa Cup of Nations –Morocco 2015 qualifiers.

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4-goal haul delights Oshoala

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In-form Super Falconets midfielder Asisat Oshoala has expressed delight with her goal scoring form after hitting four goals in Nigeria’s 6-2 win over Korea DPR in their Semi Final game on Wednesday.

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NFA board elections: Aug. 26 date is sacrosanct, says Electoral Committee chairman

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Amoni Biambo, Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) Electoral Committee, on Thursday said elections into the association’s board would hold as scheduled on Aug. 26 in Abuja.

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FIFA endorses NFF General Assembly

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World football –governing body, FIFA, has endorsed the plan by the Nigeria Football Federation to hold a General Assembly on Tuesday, 26th August to consider and approve a new roadmap for elections into the NFF Executive Committee.

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Keshi deserves reappointment

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Nigeria's coach Stephen Keshi gives a press conference at the Baixada Arena in Curitiba on June 15, 2014, on the eve of their Group F 2014 FIFA World Cup football match against Iran. AFP PHOTO

Watching television news on Wednesday August 20, 2014, it was reported that 23 Coach-less Super Eagles players have been invited to camp in preparation for the qualifying series of next year’s Africa Nations Cup.

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Wenger cool on Chambers England talk

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted it is too early to be speaking about Gunners teenager Calum Chambers as an England defender.

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Di Maria wants to leave Madrid – Ancelotti

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File photo: Real Madrid's players pose as they celebrate their victory 2-1 over Barcelona at the end of the second leg of the Spanish Supercup football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona on August 29, 2012 at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid.    AFP PHOTO

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that midfielder Angel di Maria has asked to leave the European champions before the end of the transfer window.

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Super Mario on brink of shock Liverpool move

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Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli is on the brink of a shock move to Liverpool, media in England and Italy reported Thursday, two weeks after Reds boss Brendan Rodgers ruled out a bid for the controversial striker.

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Afcon, FIFA U-17 trophies rescued from fire

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Skipper of Nigerian football team Joseph Yobo (C) holding the Africa Cup of Nations trophy arrives at the airport in Abuja, on February 12, 2013. The newly crowned African champions Nigerian Super Eagles arrives in Abuja to a warm reception by fans and government officials after defeating Burkina Faso to win the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa. AFP PHOTO

The Nigeria Football Federation has declared that it was able to rescue some of the trophies won by the national teams from its offices after a blaze swept through the building on Wednesday morning.

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NFF Building Fire: Umeh, Baribote call for probe

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First vice president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Chief Mike Umeh has called for a security investigation into the strange fire that gutted some offices of the football house insisting that the development was surprising because it happened during the office hour when members of staff were on duty.

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Falconets down Korea DPR, soar into final

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Asisat Oshoala scored four times as Nigeria reached the final with a thumping 6-2 victory over Korea DPR in the highest-scoring semi-final ever seen at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Oshoala also laid on two more goals in a win that leaves the Super Falconets to face either France or Germany on Sunday at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, and the North Koreans to play for third place at the same venue

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We ‘ll get over it, says Maigari

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NFF President Aminu Maigari has thanked God that no lives were lost in the fire incident at the Glass House Wednesday morning.

“We are grateful to God Almighty that no lives were lost in the fire incident, we are optimistic that we would get over this incident, and I am sure that the security agencies would step in immediately to investigate what had happened,” Maigari told media.

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Oshoala: I’m not under pressure to score

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After two player-of-the-match performances and three goals, and emerging as her team’s most influential player, Super Falconets midfielder Asisat Oshoala says she is not under pressure to continue her impressive form when they take on Korea DPR in their semi final duel today.

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Falconets plan early goal against North Korea  

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CELEBRATION: Falconets celebrate after the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup match against New Zealand at Moncton   in Moncton, Canada, Sunday night. Photo: FIFA.

Falconets coach Peter Dedevbo has said he hopes his team score an early goal to unsettle North Korea in Wednesday’s U20 Women’s World Cup semi-final.

The Falconets have been to the semi-finals twice – in 2010 they reached the final, where they lost out to Germany, while in 2012 they did not go beyond that stage.

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