FULL DRAW: African countries know foes in 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign

The draw for the Group Phase of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 took place on Tuesday in Cairo, Egypt, with 40 African countries discovering their fates for the Second Round of the qualifying campaign. The teams representing 40 countries across the CAF region were divided into ten groups of four teams each for the penultimate stage of the continental journey to Qatar. The group details are: Group A: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Djibouti Group B: Tunisia, Zambia, Mauritania, Equatorial Guinea Group C: Nigeria, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Liberia…

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World boxing champion, Anthony Joshua prostrates for Buhari, presents belts

The world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, yesterday prostrated before President Muhammadu Buhari as a sign of respect to the number one citizen of Nigeria. Joshua was photographed presenting his IBF, WBA, WBO, and IBO titles to Buhari on Saturday, in the United Kingdom. The 30-year-old was also seen taking some shots with the President. According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Joshua was the cynosure of the meeting held with a select group of the Nigerian Community in the United Kingdom.…

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Dangote plans to buy Arsenal FC in 2021

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote has disclosed his new plans of taking over the ownership of Arsenal Football Club. He said the Arsenal project will get an unrivaled attention after completing the current ones which are designed to take “the company to the next level.” “I’m trying to finish building the company and then after we finish, maybe some time in 2021 we can,” Dangote was reported to have said, in a recent interview on the ‘David Rubenstein Show’, in September. The businessman has made no secret of his desire…

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Liberty Radio Head of Sports, Mowiz bags ‘Football Journalist of the Year’ award

The group Head of Sports of Liberty Radio, a Kaduna-based radio station has clinched the award of ‘Football Journalist of the Year’ at the Ballers Award, which took place on Sunday in Lagos. Mohammed Suleiman, popularly known as Mowiz, was announced as winner ahead of six others, namely: Bolarinwa Olajide (Cool FM, Nigeria Info, WazobiaFM), Fisayo Dairo (ACL Sports), Sam Ahmadu (Savidnews), Tolu Olasoji (Freelance), Austin Okon-Akpan (Channels TV) and Oluwajoba Ogunwale (Soccernet). The signed writer for Opera News was also voted the ‘Best Sportscaster’ North, South and Eastern Nigeria…

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Sadio Mane crowned ‘Africa’s 2019 Player Of The Year’

Liverpool star, Sadio Mane was crowned on Tuesday as Africa’s 2019 Player of the Year for the first time at an awards gala in Egypt on Tuesday. The 27-year old Senegalese striker was up against his Liverpool teammate, Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian who won the award the last two years, and Algerian Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City. “I am really happy and at the same time I am really proud to win this award”, said Mane, at the ceremony organised by the Confederation of African Football, CAF) in the Egyptian…

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Super Eagles Job: NFF President Says Coach Rohr to get strict contract clauses

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick says the Federation is willing to offer Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr a fresh contract but with a caution that strict clauses would be injected in order to help the cause of the national team ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers. Rohr’s contract as Eagles Coach will end in June, but Pinnick confirmed in Lagos that the Federation would table a new contract in January, adding that everything would be conducted in the best interest of Nigerian football. According…

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FIFA Award: Messi beats Ronaldo, Van Dijk to win Men’s player of the year

Lionel Messi, Barcelonian forward, has set a record of winning the FIFA best male footballer of the year six times. The 32-year-old was announced the winner at a ceremony on Monday; beating his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk, who was recently named UEFA player of the year. Having missed the cut last season, Messi scored 36 league goals to clinch the 2019 gong. He won the European Shoe for the sixth time. With 13 assists, Messi was involved in over half of all the goals scored by Barcelona…

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Kano club signs player for N5,000

A teenager, Ibrahim Salisu Iriyos, has become the most expensive football player in Kano FA Division II league after Super Stars club signed him for the sum of N5, 000. According to BBC Pidgin, Iriyos used to play for Aston Villa Gano, before his transfer to Super Stars. The report said the striker had earlier shown interest in playing for Super Stars after training with the club. It added that the management of Super Stars took note of his striking prowess before the goal and made a bid to sign…

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I will beat Anthony Joshua again, says Andy Ruiz

Andy Ruiz Jnr has dispelled concerns he has taken his eye off the ball ahead of his money-spinning rematch with Anthony Joshua by insisting he has ‘the hunger’ to defend his titles. The Mexican achieved his life-long ambition of becoming the first-ever heavyweight champion from his country when he stunned Joshua by stopping him in seven rounds back in June. Ruiz, who came face to face with Joshua for the first time on Wednesday since that historic night in New York, renews his rivalry with the Brit on December 7…

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Van Dijk, Ronaldo and Messi shortlisted for FIFA award

The same trio go head-to-head again after also being nominated for UEFA’s Player of the Year, which the Liverpool defender won. Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Virgil van Dijk have been named as the final three-man shortlist for FIFA’s The Best men’s award. The same trio were nominated for UEFA’s Player of the Year, with Liverpool’s Van Dijk becoming the first defender to win the award at the Champions League draw ceremony last week. Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric won the award last year, beating Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah…

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Van Dijk wins UEFA player of the year

Virgil van Dijk has been crowned UEFA’s Men’s Player of the Year for 2018-19. The Liverpool defender’s outstanding form for club and country last season – which included Champions League glory, 97 points in the Premier League and a Nations League final appearance – saw him pip Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the prize. Van Dijk was announced as the recipient of the honour at the draw for the 2019-20 Champions League group stage, in Monaco on Thursday evening. The winner was decided by a vote of the 80…

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Nigeria’s Raymond Ekevwo emerges Africa’s fastest man

Running a time of 9.96 secs to win in Morocco, Nigeria’s Raymond Ekevwo has emerged as the winner of the 100m event at the ongoing 2019 African Games. Another Nigerian, Usheoritse Itsekiri, came third in a time of 10.02secs. Both times by the runners are their personal best times. This is the first time since 2007 that Nigeria will win gold in the men’s 100m event at the African Games. Ekevwo already gave a glimpse of what to expect as he was the fastest through the first two rounds of…

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NFF reacts to FIFA’s life ban on Samson Siasia, reveals next action

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has finally reacted to last week’s life ban imposed on former player and manager, Samson Siasia by a committee of football world governing body, FIFA. The NFF in an August 19 statement said its lawyers were reviewing the decision by the FIFA Ethics Committee. The Committee last Friday announced that it had placed a life ban from all football-related activities on Siasia. FIFA said in a statement on Friday that the adjudicatory chamber of their independent Ethics Committee found that Siasia was “guilty of having…

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Messi, Ronaldo and Van Dijk shortlisted for UEFA awards

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk have been named candidates for this year’s UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award, European football’s governing body announced on Thursday. The prize will be awarded to one of the trio during the draw for the Champions’ League group stage in Monaco on August 29, after they were shortlisted by a jury of coaches and journalists. England’s Lucy Bronze, Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg and France’s Amandine Henry have been shortlisted for the women’s award. All three play for European champions Lyon.…

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Nigerians spend close to N1trillion on sports betting annually – Research

A recent research has shown that Nigerians spend more than 730 billion Naira annually on sports betting, with a profit of 2-billion-naira profit generated from the venture. The research also indicates that more than 60 million Nigerians spend over 3, 000-naira daily placing bet stakes. Some of those engaged in the act, who interacted with newsmen over the weekend, said they took to betting to generate quick cash while hustling for other income-generating ventures. A 28-year-old Fashion designer, Segun Mukoro, had this to say about his betting habit: “Yes I…

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