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target=_blank rel=noopener>NFF hails late Laloko as ‘an astute football administrator’

The Nigeria Football Federation has expressed shock and sadness at the death on Monday of a former Technical Director of the Federation and one-time Technical Adviser of The Gambia National Team, Chief Kashimawo Laloko. Chief Laloko, the Olori Parakoyi of Egbaland, died at the Sacred Hearts Catholic Hospital, Abeokuta at the age of 76. GeneralRead More
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target=_blank rel=noopener>NSF 2020: Edo threatens to disqualify COVID-19 non-compliant athletes

Edo State deputy governor, Phillip Shaibu has boosted the preparations of the State’s athletes for the National Sports Festival with a N2m donation. This is just as Edo State has threatened to send back any delegation that fails to adhere to COVID-19 protocols. Rt. Hon. Shaibu announced the donation while addressing Edo State Sports CouncilRead More
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target=_blank rel=noopener>National Sports Festival: Okagbare, Oduduru, others ‘dump’ Delta State

Delta State’s plans of sweeping all the sprints medals at the National Sports Festival starting on April 2 in Benin City, has been dealt a blow. Top Nigerian athletes like Blessing Okagbare, Divine Oduduru, Raymond Ekevwo, Itseoritse Itsekiri and another foreign-based preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games have told the Delta State Sports Commission,Read More
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target=_blank rel=noopener>Sunshine Stars’ players protest alleged plan by Ondo govt to sell club

By Dayo Johnson, Akure Aggrieved players and officials of the Ondo state owned Football Club, the Sunshine Stars have protested against the alleged plan of the state government to sell the club. They staged a protest to the Governor’s office in Akure, the Ondo state capital, lamenting that the governor Rotimi Akeredolu-administration had neglected theirRead More
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target=_blank rel=noopener>Mauritania, Ethiopia qualify for Africa Cup of Nations

Mauritania won and Ethiopia were trailing in an abandoned match as they secured places Tuesday at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, raising the number of qualifiers to 21 for the 24-team tournament. Ethiopia were losing 3-1 to already-qualified Ivory Coast in Abidjan after 80 minutes when the Ghanaian referee collapsed and the visiting teamRead More
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target=_blank rel=noopener>South Africans lament Bafana Bafana ouster from AFCON 2021

South Africa’s men’s football team are “very much aware” of the “emotional pain” they have caused the country’s population by failing to qualify for the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations, coach Molefi Ntseki has said. Bafana Bafana needed only a point away in Sudan to make it to the finals in Cameroon nextRead More
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target=_blank rel=noopener>Nigeria’s Wilfred Ndidi ranked 13th best player in the world

Super Eagles and Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has been ranked as the 13th best player in the world for the first quarter of 2021 by the highly respected CIES Football Observatory. Ndidi has an index of 85.5 having played 852 minutes in the first quarter of 2021. The top star in the world accordingRead More
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target=_blank rel=noopener>NPFL: Enyimba recovers from MFM setback to earn 1-0 win over Dakkada

Coming out from a disappointing 0-1 loss to MFM, Enyimba coach Fatai Osho made three changes to the side that played in Lagos. He replaced Gabriel Orok with Chukwudi Esobe (who was making his debut for Enyimba), Victor Mbaoma with Tosin Omoyele & Hassan Abubakar With Abiodun Adebayo. Enyimba FC started the match on theRead More
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target=_blank rel=noopener>NPFL: Madugu marks new Techincal Adviser role at Adamawa Utd with draw

Justine Madugu began his journey as Technical Adviser of Adamawa United in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) with a draw against visiting Wikki Tourists of Bauchi. Both clubs came into the contest on the back of defeats in their previous matches. Adamawa United were walloped 5-0 by Kwara United while Wikki Tourists lost atRead More
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target=_blank rel=noopener>NPFL: Jigawa GS edge MFM 1-0 in close encounter in Kaduna

Jigawa Golden Stars FC went back to winning ways following a deserved victory over visiting MFM FC of Lagos in a MatchDay 18 tie of the 2020/2021 NPFL season at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna. Jigawa were awarded a spot-kick when MFM defender handled the ball in the box and Jigawa striker, Samuel Stone steppedRead More
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*-tape-trial-real-madrid-striker-reacts-as-court-fixes-date/ target=_blank rel=noopener>Benzema’s s** tape trial: Real Madrid striker reacts as court fixes date

Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, has reacted after it emerged he will appear in court for his alleged involvement in blackmailing former France teammate, Mathieu Valbuena, over a s** tape. Recall that the Versailles prosecutor’s office had said on Tuesday that Benzema would face trial in court from October 20-22 this year for his alleged
Benzema’s s** tape trial: Real Madrid striker reacts as court fixes date

target=_blank rel=noopener>AFCON 2022: All 24 countries that qualified confirmed Full list

The 24 countries that qualified for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, have been confirmed. They are Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Ghana, Sudan, Gambia, Gabon, Morocco, Mauritania, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Egypt, Comoros, Algeria, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Benin. Cape Verde defeated Mozambique 1-0 following the conclusion
AFCON 2022: All 24 countries that qualified confirmed Full list

target=_blank rel=noopener>Serbia vs Portugal: Man United’s Matic mocks Bruno Fernandes, Ronaldo over disallowed goal

Manchester United midfielder, Nemanja Matic, has mocked his club’s teammate and Portugal international, Bruno Fernandes over Cristiano Ronaldo’s disallowed goal during Portugal’s World Cup qualification game against Serbia. Fernandes returned to Manchester United’s training ground earlier after he was shown a yellow card during the match against Serbia and was suspended for yesterday’s clash against
Serbia vs Portugal: Man United’s Matic mocks Bruno Fernandes, Ronaldo over disallowed goal

target=_blank rel=noopener>Chelsea vs West Brom: Ilkay Gundogan defends Kai Havertz

Manchester City midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan, has defended Chelsea’s Kai Havertz ahead of the Blues’ Premier League clash with West Brom on Saturday. Havertz has failed to live up to Chelsea’s expectations since he joined the club from Bayern Leverkusen in a £62million deal last summer. The Germany international has scored just once in the Premier
Chelsea vs West Brom: Ilkay Gundogan defends Kai Havertz

target=_blank rel=noopener>Chelsea loanee, Fikayo Tomori speaks on his future at AC Milan

Chelsea defender, Fikayo Tomori, has insisted that he doesn’t have the final say on his future. Tomori is currently on loan at Serie A giants AC Milan from Chelsea. “I am not the only one to decide my future,” Tomori told Gazetta Della Sport. “I am enjoying myself, I am living the moment, I am
Chelsea loanee, Fikayo Tomori speaks on his future at AC Milan

target=_blank rel=noopener>Ronaldo close to breaking Ali Daei’s record after Portugal’s victory against Luxembourg

Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, is closing in on the Iranian, Ali Daei’s record of 109 goals- the most ever in men’s international football after scoring in his side’s World Cup qualifier 3-1 win against Luxembourg on Tuesday night. A goal from Ronaldo and a strike each from Diogo Jota and João Palhinha ensured Portugal defeated
Ronaldo close to breaking Ali Daei’s record after Portugal’s victory against Luxembourg

target=_blank rel=noopener>EPL: Solskjaer refuses to sign player for Man United over haircut

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that he had turned down signing a football star for Manchester United because of the player’s haircut. The Norwegian gaffer says he pays just as much attention to the player’s mentality, character and background. Solskjaer said that he cut short the scouting mission on one of the
EPL: Solskjaer refuses to sign player for Man United over haircut

target=_blank rel=noopener>EPL: Sergio Aguero’s preferred club revealed as he leaves Man City

Departing Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero, will join Barcelona this summer as other top European sides, Chelsea, Manchester United, Inter and Paris Saint-Germain, also show huge interest, according to Marca. Manchester City at the weekend announced that the record goalscorer will leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season when his contract expires.
EPL: Sergio Aguero’s preferred club revealed as he leaves Man City

target=_blank rel=noopener>UEFA announces venue for Chelsea’s Champions League ties against FC Porto

UEFA has announced that the two legs of Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final tie with Porto, will be played in Seville. Chelsea was due to travel to Estadio Do Dragao for the first leg on April 7, before welcoming the Portuguese side to Stamford Bridge six days later. However, UEFA has now confirmed both fixtures will
UEFA announces venue for Chelsea’s Champions League ties against FC Porto

target=_blank rel=noopener>AFCON qualifier: Arsenal’s Elneny refuses to play as substitute, asks Egypt coach not to invite him again

Arsenal midfielder, Mohammed Elneny, has rejected the Egypt coach, Hossam El Badry’s request for him to warm-up at half-time during their African Cup of Nations qualifying game against Kenya. The Arsenal star went ahead to tell the national team coach that he would not play and demanded that he be not invited to the team
AFCON qualifier: Arsenal’s Elneny refuses to play as substitute, asks Egypt coach not to invite him again

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