Thursday December 18th, 2014
Thursday December 18th, 2014
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African players in Europe review

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Delightful... Chelsea’s Nigerian midfielder John Mikel Obi celebrate with team-mates

African players in Europe review – Wilfried Bony scored his eighth goal in 10 games for Swansea, while in France Fallou Diagne (Rennes) and Ismael Diomande (Saint Etienne) saw red in Ligue 1. ENGLAND WILFRIED BONY (Swansea City) Bony scored his eighth goal in 10 games as Swansea lost 2-1 at home to Tottenham Hotspur.

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Siasia: I’m not depending on foreign based stars

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With only a handful of the invited overseas based players showing up to the team’s camp for screening, Dream Team VI coach Samson Siasia has said that he will not be overly dependent on overseas based players as he bids to raise another Olympic team for Nigeria.

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Yobo returns to S/Africa

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Yobo Joseph

Former Super Eagles skipper Joseph Yobo is believed to be considering a sensational move to one of the top clubs in South Africa in January.

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FCMB commits to youths, as COPA Lagos ends

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The 2014 edition of the COPA Lagos Beach Soccer tournament, sponsored by First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Limited, came to a colourful and impressive end lastnight with the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Bank, Mr. Ladi Balogun, assuring of the Bank’s commitment to continuously support initiatives that will promote the well-being of Nigerians and the country at large.

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Victor Moses to return in New Year

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Victor Moses

Eagles forward Victor Moses, could make a return to action for Stoke City in about three weeks.
According to the Stoke Sentinel, the Potters manager, Mark Hughes, expressed optimism that the winger looks set to make a return before or after the New Year since he turned up at the club’s 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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Tennis teens break into senior top 8

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7-year-old Iye Onoja doing her thing

Three top teenage tennis stars who recently graduated from the junior tennis circuit have broken into the top 8 ranking as of right. They could easily have been four if Moses Michael, winner of the Lagos Governor’s Cup, did not quit the NPA Senior championships to go abroad in search of ATP points.

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MFM wins Church World Cup

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It’s official. The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos have been declared the best football playing church in the world.

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Anthony Ujah scores fourth goal in five league games

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Anthony Ujah

Bayern Munich finished the weekend nine points clear in the Bundesliga after second-placed VfL Wolfsburg were held to a 1-1 draw at home by mid-table Paderborn on Sunday. Wolves’ took a 1-0 lead after Paderborn centre-back Rafael Gomez turned the ball into his own net on 17 minutes and the hosts should have finished the

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BET9JA to honour agents, others

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UNNING  TO THE END... These athletes in their various state colours challenged for medals during the 17th National Sports Festival which draws to a close today in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The organisers are promising a spectacular Closing Ceremony. Photo by Chijioke Nwanpka

In appreciation of their role in positioning Bet9ja to occupy a prime place in the sports betting business in the last one year, the management of KC Gaming Network Ltd is rolling out the drums in honour of its agents and workers with outstanding performance during the year.

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Flying Eagles call up Iheanacho, 8 other foreign-based players

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•Flying Eagles celebrating with their African trophy in South Africa.

The Flying Eagles have invited for camping nine foreign-based players, including Kelechi Iheanacho and Isaac Success, ahead of the 2015 African Youth Championship (AYC) in Senegal.

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Female Saudi fan red-carded for entering men-only stadium

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A female fan who disguised herself to infiltrate the male-only domain of a football stadium in Saudi Arabia has been red-carded, a police statement obtained on Sunday says.

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Yaba Tech wins 2014 NIPOGA

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The Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, has emerged the overall winners of the 18th Nigeria Polytechnic Games (NIPOGA), tagged BIDA 2014, held at the Federal Polytechnic, Bida.

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Golden Eaglets camp opens today

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Emmanuel Amuneke,Golden Eaglets’ Head Coach, has said that fresh opportunities would be given to new players as the national Under-17 team’s camp opens in Abuja today.

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Canada 2015 Women W/Cup: We ‘ll shock the world, says Falcons coach

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Super Falcons at their training for Nation's Cup in Abuja on Tuesday

Coach Edwin Okon believes Nigeria can “shock the world” in the so-called ‘Group of Death’ at the 2015 women’s World Cup in Canada.

The African champions are drawn against two-time world champions, the United States, in Group D alongside Australia and fifth ranked Sweden, who conceded just one goal in 10 qualifying matches.

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Copa Lagos: Sand Eagles suffer first defeat

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Nigeria’s Super Sand Eagles were beaten for the first time at the Copa Lagos Beach Soccer when they lost 4-5 to Ivory Coast on Saturday.

The Super Sand Eagles who have won the three previous editions of the Copa Lagos trailed the Ivorians at the end of the first period by two goals.

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Ikoyi Club 1938 Masters tournament winners to get N250,000

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The inaugural edition of the Ikoyi Club 1938 senior tennis Masters tournament serves off December 16 to December 20 at the club’s ground in Ikoyi.

Disclosing this durng the week, the chairman of the club’s tennis section, Ede Osemwengie told journalists that it was the first time a a proper tennis tournament based on the cumulative performance of players on the Nigerian tennis circuit will be holding in the country, adding that the Nigeria Tennis Federation has given its backing to the event and has made available its current players’ ranking as at December 8 to serve as the basis for the invitation of the players.

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Church World Cup: MFM set to make history

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History beckons as the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos battle Colombia tomorrow in the final of the Church World Cup in Goa, India.

The Nigeria representatives are tipped to become the first church to lift the cup as they had defeated the South Americans 3-0 in the group stage. Match is 4 pm Nigerian time.

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No going back on 2018, 2022 World Cups – FIFA

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Aspire Dome is seen in Doha in this aerial view. Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup.

Secretary General of FIFA, Jerome Valcke has, for the umpteenth time, clarified the position of the world football governing body in regard to the Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 World Cups when he told France RMC Sport that “the awarding of the World Cups 2018 and 2022 is a closed process.”

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Wolfsburg set to sign China’s Zhang

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Bundesliga high-flyers VfL Wolfsburg expect to complete the signing of China midfielder Zhang Xizhe from Beijing Guoan in the coming days, Wolves’ director of sport Klaus Allofs said Saturday.

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I’m still best man for Liverpool – Rodgers

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has declared that he remains the best man for the job despite disappointing recent results, in comments published by several British newspapers on Saturday.

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Eagle’s job: Move on with your life, Chukwu tells Keshi

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Former Super Eagles coach Christian Chukwu has told Stephen Keshi not to bother trying to retain the Nigerian national team coaching role.

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2014 NFF Elections: Analyzing Ajunwa’s verdict

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A very good friend of mine (Names withheld) sent me a DM (Direct message) via twitter asking why we (Nigeria) love to make a ridicule of ourselves among the comity of nations in the football family.

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Mikel’s Russian girlfriend celebrates his first Champions League goal

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Olga Allegra, thMikel-lovee Russian girlfriend of Nigeria and Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel, is proud of her man netting his first UEFA Champions League goal during the London side victory over Sporting Lisbon of Portugal.

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OML 58 football tourney kicks off

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The 13th OML 58 Football tournament kicked off Thursday at the Okeh Grammer School, Elelewon Okinali Rivers State after a colourful opening ceremony with dance and culture on display.

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I didn’t forge Fifa letter – Amadu

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Musa Amadu

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) scribe Musa Amadu has denied allegations of forgery of a Fifa letter that upheld the ‘majority’ decision of the NFF Appeals Committee on the general elections held in Warri on September 30.

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More pros join Dream Team

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TOO OLD FOR EAGLES? — Flying Eagles.

The number of foreign-based players invited to the camp of the national men’s U-23 football team, Dream Team VI increased from two to seven as the coach Samson Siasia led technical crew battle to separate the boys from the men.

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FirstBank expresses commitment to Dala Court Championship

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7-year-old Iye Onoja doing her thing

Nigeria’s leading financial institution, FirstBank Limited has expressed its commitment to the sponsorship of one of the nation’s most prestigious tennis championship, the Dala Hard Court Tennis Championships.

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We aim to top our group – Falcons coach

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Falcon-AWC

Despite being grouped in what many analysts have described as the ‘group of death’. chief coach of the senior national women’s football team, the Super Falcons Edwin Okon has boasted that the sim of his team is to come out as leaders of the group when the championship begins in Canada.

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Nigerian football in transition – Amadu

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Nigeria's midfielder John Obi Mikel (L) defends against Sudan's Muhannad El Tahir (C) during the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifying football match in Khartoum on October 11, 2014. Sudan defeated Nigeria 1-0. AFP PHOTO/EBRAHIM HAMID

General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Musa Amadu yesterday said the current crisis going on in Nigerian football is a phase which will reposition the game in the long run.

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Man City apply for work permit for Iheanacho

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Kelechi Iheanacho

English Premier League champions, Manchester City have applied for a work permit for Nigeria youngster Kelechi Iheanacho.

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Copa Lagos 2014: Nigeria names squad

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COPA

Head coach of the Nigeria’s beach soccer team, nicknamed Super Sand Eagles, Coach Audu Adamu Ejor has announced his final squad of 10 players for the Copa Lagos 2014.

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Chelsea Vs Sporting Lisbon: Mikel scores

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John Mikel Obi netted a 56- minute goal against Sporting Lisbon at Stamford Bridge tonight

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