Thursday September 18th, 2014
Thursday September 18th, 2014
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Wheelchair basketball athletes happy with participation in Ghana tourney

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*PLAYTIME: Wheelchair basketballers doing their thing

The players who represented Nigeria at a recent two-day wheelchair basketball tournament in Ghana on Monday expressed happiness with their participation, saying it afforded more exposure.

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Abia Warriors pays players N150,000 minimum salary

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Action recorded during a Nigerian league match

Ladan Bosso, the Technical Director of Abia Warriors FC on Monday said the club had adopted the new salary scale stipulated by the League Management Company (LMC).

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Lagos State Baseball Association promises to grab all slots in MLB tryout

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Manager, Nigeria's National Cricket Team, Mr Olisa Egwuatu (R), speaking on  the team's victory at the Jersey 2013 World Cricket League in Abuja. Team Nigeria defeated
Vanuatu, Bahrain, Kuwait and Argentina but lost to Jersey, to pick a silver medal in  the competition.

The Lagos State Baseball and Softball Association (LSBSA) on Monday expressed the confidence that its players would grab all available slots at the forthcoming Major League Baseball tryout in Lagos.

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UCL Preview: Arsenal to repeat Dortmund trick, Monaco hope

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Arsenal's English midfielder Theo Walcott (C) is congratulated by team-mates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League group F football match Marseille v. Arsenal on September 18, 2013 at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, southern France. AFP PHOTO

Arsenal will be looking to win in Dortmund for the second season running, while the opening night of the Champions League group stage also sees Liverpool’s return and last season’s runners-up Atletico Madrid in action.

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Nigeria shelve Keshi contract talks – officials

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Stephen Okechukwu Keshi

Stephen Keshi’s future as Nigeria coach hangs in the balance with a decision on whether he stays on only likely to come in the days before the team’s next crunch game

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Van Gaal wants more from match-winner Di Maria

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Manchester United's Dutch manager Louis Van Gaal watches from the dug out during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on August 16, 2014. Swansea City won the game 2-1. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS

Manager Louis van Gaal urged Angel di Maria to give even more after he inspired Manchester United to a 4-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers on his home debut.

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UCL Preview: Real Madrid aim to defend title, Liverpool return

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Arsenal will be looking to win in Dortmund for the second season running, while the opening night of the Champions League group stage also sees Liverpool’s return and last season’s runners-up Atletico Madrid in action.

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Moyes’s tactics were embarrassing, amateurish—Ferdinand

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Rio Ferdinand has revealed what he believes were a series of mistakes David Moyes made during his unsuccessful stint as manager of Manchester United — including the banning of chips the night before matches

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Keshi may sign contract before Sudan clash – NFF

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Coach Stephen Keshi

As part of efforts to ensure that the Super Eagles come out victorious in their next two matches in the on-going 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said that it is making arrangements to see that Coach Stephen Keshi signs his contract before the tie coming up in October.

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Obafemi offers to help Keshi’s Eagles

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Obafemi Martins

With Super Eagles strikers struggling to find their range in front of goal for Nigeria in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying race, Seattle Sounders striker Obafemi Martins has said he hopes his form in Major League Soccer (MLS) will earn him a Nigeria recall.

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FIFA to support West Africa Ebola-hit countries

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BRAZIL, Costa do Sauipe : Fifa president Joseph Blatter gestures during a press conference in Costa do Sauipe, state of Bahia, Brazil on December 3, 2013. The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil final draw will take place December 6. AFP PHOTO

President of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), Sepp Blater, on Saturday said the organization would give full support to three West African countries heavily hit by the Ebola Virus Disease.

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Gabon shock Eaglets 2-1

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Golden Eaglets

Golden Eaglets, were beaten 2-1 by Gabon Sunday in their final round first leg 2015 African U-17 qualifier at the Stade Augustin Monedan de Sibang in Libreville.

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NFF will decide Keshi’s fate — Sports Minister

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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

Following public outcry about coach Stephen Keshi’s handling of the two African Nations Cup qualifiers, Sports Minister Tammy Danagogo has left the Nigeria Football Federation to decide who will handle the Super Eagles for their remaining matches.

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Eagles lack fitness and finesse — Owolabi

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Nigeria's midfielder Mikel Obi (C) clashes with South Africa's defender Thabo Matlaba (R) during the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifying football match between South Africa and Nigeria on September 10, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. AFP PHOTO

Former Nigerian international, Felix Owolabi MON has harped on the need for a physical trainer to be appointed for the Super Eagles to improve their readiness in the remaining games of the African Cup of Nations qualifying series, saying both games played so far against Congo and South Africa were disappointing.

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Diack says ‘goodbye’ to athletics

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IAAF President Lamine Diack who opened the Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco yesterday said that the event will be his last as he prepares to step down next summer.

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NFF crisis reason for Eagles failings, says Dimeji Lawal

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Tamuno Danagogo, Sepp Blatter and Aminu Maigari

Ex- international Dimeji Lawal has put the blame of the Super Eagles’ low performance in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers squarely on in-fighting in the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, saying that is expected of a house in disarray and without a head.

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Eaglets set to battle Ebola frightened Gabonese

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Golden Eaglets

Nigeria’s under-17 team,the Golden Eaglets landed in Libreville, Saturday for the African Under- 17 championship qualifier and are ready to punish their Gabonese opponents who subjected them to a harrowing travel ordeal, because of concerns for the Ebola virus running riot in West Africa.

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Costa sends Chelsea clear, City thwart Arsenal

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Chelsea’s Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa (L) scores his third goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge in London on September 13, 2014.  AFP PHOTO

Diego Costa plundered a hat-trick as Chelsea moved three points clear at the Premier League summit by coming from behind to beat Swansea City 4-2 on Saturday.

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Chelsea 4-2 Swansea City: Costa scores hat-trick

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Chelsea’s Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa (L) scores his third goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge in London on September 13, 2014.  AFP PHOTO

Diego Costa hit a superb hat-trick as Chelsea came from behind to beat Swansea City 4-2 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

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Arsenal denied by late Demichelis header

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Arsenal's Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey (L) refuses to celebrate with French striker Olivier Giroud after scoring the opening goal against his former club Cardiff City during their English Premier League football match at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff on November 30, 2013.  AFP PHOTO.

Martin Demichelis’ late header saved Manchester City from a second successive defeat as the Premier League champions rescued a thrilling 2-2 draw against Arsenal on Saturday.

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Eagles have lost their chance — Mashaba

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Nigeria's forward Peter Odemwingie (3rd-R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Group F football match between Nigeria and Bosnia-Hercegovina at the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 21, 2014.  AFP PHOTO /

Bafana Bafana coach, Ephraim ‘Shakes” Mashaba has taunted that Super Eagle have spurned their opportunity to secure an automatic qualification ticket to next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.

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Stoke vs Leicester:Moses eyes win

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Victor Moses  in  training in Campinas, Sao Paulo, on June 18, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA Football World Cup. AFP PHOTO

Victor Moses has said he looks forward to Stoke City beating Leicester City on Saturday to sustain the momentum after a big win at Manchester City.

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Eagles: Uduaghan calls for reflection

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Thursday was a sports day in Asaba The Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Gbenga Elegbeleye was there to extol the virtues of sports development and to thumb up for Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan for his huge investment in sports that he said has made Delta the number one state in sports. The commissioning

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NFF protest over Eaglet’s refusal into Libreville

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The Nigeria Football Federation has sent a strong letter of protest to the Confederation of African Football over Friday’s unsavoury incident in Lome, which saw Gabonese authorities disembark members of the U-17 National Team delegation from a Gabon –bound ASKY Airline flight.

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Eaglets going for goals in Gabon, says Coach Amuneke

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Amuneke

Nigeria’s under-17 team, the Golden Eaglets, will go for victory when they confront their Gabonese counterparts on Saturday, the head coach of the team, Emmanuel Amuneke, has said.

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Pistorius convicted of culpable homicide, but walked free on bail

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*South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during his trial  AFP PHOTO

“Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide Friday for shooting his lover Reeva Steenkamp, but walked free on bail ahead of what could still be a stiff prison sentence.

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Newcastle owner has no plans to sell – club

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Manchester United's Dutch forward Robin van Persie (2R) wins a header during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Newcsatle United at OId Trafford in Manchester on December 7, 2013. Newcastle won the match 1-0. AFP PHOTO.

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has no plans to sell the club until the end of next season at the earliest, the Premier League club announced Friday.

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Ghana sack coach Appiah, eye Rajevac for a return

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Kwesi Appiah

Ghana’s football association announced on Friday the firing of national team coach Kwesi Appiah, ending months of speculation about the fate of the controversial coach.

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Ex-rangers international announces death of Ernest Ufele

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Ex-Rangers International on Friday announced the death of Ernest Ufele, one of the founding players of Rangers International FC of Enugu in the early 1970s.

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Chukwu: It ’ll be difficult for Eagles to qualify

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Former Super Eagles coach Christian Chukwu has said that it was going to be difficult for the Super Eagles to qualify for next year’s AFCON in Morocco.

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AFCON 2015:CONGO: Eagles can’t catch us again

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Nigeria's forward Peter Odemwingie (3rd-R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Group F football match between Nigeria and Bosnia-Hercegovina at the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 21, 2014.  AFP PHOTO /

After romping to two consecutive wins in the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign, Congo have boasted that African champions, the Super Eagles cannot catch them again in the race to secure a place in the tournament, slated to hold in Morocco.

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Amadu bemoans Eagles poor play

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Vikazi

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) yesterday accepted that the country’s qualification for the Morocco 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) championship was on a tight rope after losing to Congo at home and managing a draw against South Africa.

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