Gernot Rohr lists Mikel, 24 others for 2019 AFCON camp

Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr, yesterday listed midfielder Mikel John Obi in a 25-man squad to prepare for the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Egypt. Ademola Olajire, Director of Communications at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), in a statement said Rohr also placed six other players on standby. Mikel, who captained the team at the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia last year summer, had not been with the squad for some time now. That was since Nigeria’s elimination from the Russia 2018 finals, after a…

Mikel ready to rejoin Super Eagles for AFCON 2019

John Mikel Obi is ready to make a return to the Super Eagles for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, reports Completesports.com. Mikel, 31, last appeared for the three-time African kings against Argentina – their last Group D game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The former Chelsea midfielder failed to appear in any of Super Eagles six qualifying games en route Egypt 2019, prompting speculations he might have decided to call time on his international career. However, Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has consistently…

Five games that won Manchester City premier league glory

Manchester City held off a record-breaking challenge from Liverpool to become the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League title with a 4-1 victory over Brighton on Sunday. AFP Sports looks at five games that helped Pep Guardiola’s men edge Liverpool out by a solitary point. Manchester City 2 Liverpool 1 A shock run of three defeats in four Premier League games in December saw City fall seven points behind Liverpool ahead of their New Year showdown at the Etihad. Guardiola conceded the title would be over…

Liverpool humiliates Barca 4-0, qualify for Champions League final

Barcelona did it again; the impossible; throwing away a three-goal first-leg lead in the Champions League. Except this time it was worse. Worse than last season’s beating by Roma because they knew just what they were in for at Anfield, a step away from the final. Barcelona turned their 3-0 triumph at Camp Nou into dust, lying down and becoming a red-and-blue carpet for Liverpool to walk over into the final. Liverpool’s fourth goal in their 4-0 win, the winning strike, summed up Barcelona’s total failure, everybody sleeping as Divock…

Eaglets crash again, lose third place match to Angola

Nigeria finished outside the medals’ zone after losing 2-1 to Angola in the third-place match of the 2019 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania on Saturday. The Golden Eaglets however kept their ticket to the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil. The technical crew of the five-time world champions must be quite worried how the Eaglets’ scorecard showed a steady decline in the tournament. First, they narrowly edged a nine-goal thriller against Tanzania, won by a goal from the spot against Angola, came from behind to draw against Uganda,…

Otedola presents $50,000 cheque to Christian Chukwu for foreign medical treatment

Billionaire Femi Otedola has given the sum of $50,000 for the medical care of former Super Eagles coach, Christian Chukwu. Christian Chukwu who is one of Nigeria’s greatest footballers ever, will be traveling first week of May to the UK for further treatment. He had earlier received initial treatment through the help of Enugu State government. The $50,000 cheque was presented to Chukwu on Wednesday by Philip Akinola, the COO of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Ltd, one of Otedola’s companies. Present during the presentation were Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the governor of…

Tiger Wood bounces back, wins first major title in 11 years

Tiger Woods completed one of sport’s great all-time comebacks to end an 11-year major title drought at the Masters on Sunday by claiming a fifth Green Jacket. A gritty two-under 70 clinched a one-shot victory over Dustin Johnson, Brooks Keopka and Xander Schauffele earning the 43-year-old a 15th major title that many thought would never come and instantly renewed talk of a run at Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18. Not since the 2008 U.S. Open had Woods hoisted a major trophy while the last of his four Augusta titles came…

2019 AFCON: Nigeria in ‘easy group’ faces Burundi, Guinea, and Madagascar

Super Eagles of Nigeria have been handed ‘easy opponents’ in group B for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt. The Super Eagles of Nigeria will face Guinea, Madagascar, and Burundi in group B to advance to the knock out round in the summer African tournament at the Alexandria stadium. The host nation, Egypt is drawn against DR Congo, Uganda, and Zimbabwe in group A. Cote D’Ivoire who will be featuring for the 23rd time at the African showpiece in Egypt is paired against Morocco, South Africa and…

Otedola offers to foot Coach Christian Chukwu’s medical bills

Billioanire businessman, Femi Otedola, has offered to foot the medical bill of ailing former Super Eagles’ coach, Christian Chukwu. In a chat with The Cable, Otedola said he will foot the entire cost of the operation as a “token of support to a great Nigerian who served his country to the best of his ability.” Chukwu, one of Nigeria’s most influential footballers in history who captained the national team to their first Africa Cup of Nations title in 1980, is suffering from prostate cancer which has affected his leg. Although…

Ronaldo Shakes Off Injury Scare; Says, ‘I’ll be back in one or two weeks’

Cristiano Ronaldo says he expects to return to action in one or two weeks as he does not think his recent injury is overly serious. The injury had forced him out of Portugal’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Serbia on Monday which ended 1-1. Ronaldo went off in the first half with an apparent hamstring injury. “I’ll know more in 24 or 48 hours,” he told reporters. “It happens, it’s football. If you go out in the rain you get wet … I’m calm, I’ll be back in one or two…

U-19 Cricket Team Return to Nigeria After Win

Nigeria U-19 cricket team, the Young Yellow Greens, returned to the country on Monday after their victorious performance at the ICC U-19 World Cup qualifiers in Windhoek, Namibia. The team’s unbeaten run at the qualifiers earned the country a slot in the ICC-19 World Cup slated for South Africa in 2020 for the first time. The country also won the Africa Division 1 after defeating Sierra Leone, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and host, Namibia. Ogbimi Uthe, Coach of the team, told NAN at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos that…

Former US President Invites Eight-year-old Nigerian Chess Champion, Tanitoluwa

Ex-United States President, Bill Clinton, has invited eight-year-old Nigerian chess champion, Tanitoluwa Adewumi and his parents to his office in Harlem. Replying to a  tweet by media personality, Kyle Griffin, Clinton said, “Refugees enrich our nation and talent is universal, even if opportunity is not.” This story made me smile. “Tanitoluwa, you exemplify a winning spirit – in chess and in life. And kudos to your hardworking parents. You all should stop by my office in Harlem; I’d love to meet you.” It was reported that the Adewumis comprising of…

Britain’s Wealthiest Man Aims To Snap Up Chelsea From Roman Abramovich

Britain’s wealthiest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe is still interested in buying Chelsea but his valuation is vastly below that of owner Roman Abramovich. Sportsmail broke the news of Ratcliffe’s offer for the Premier League side last year but a deal is not close to being done. Ratcliffe, who has net worth of £21billion, will become the owner of cycling giant Team Sky – naming it Team Ineos after his petrochemicals company, but would like to add Chelsea to his portfolio. However, Abramovich never took the British billionaire’s interest seriously, with…

UEFA Justifies PSG Penalty kick Decision in VAR Explanation

European football ruling body UEFA on Friday gave an explanation about the reference to video technology to decide on the Presnel Kimpembe handball incident on Wednesday. UEFA said the incident which led to Manchester United’s extraordinary 3-1 victory over Paris St-Germain (PSG) in the 2018/2019 UEFA Champions League was “a serious missed incident’’. The competition organisers released a statement on their website detailing the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) after the system played a decisive role during the week’s last-16 second-leg games. The most debated decision saw PSG…