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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Super Eagles: Gernot Rohr reveals new Europe-based goalkeeper for Nigeria

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernor Rohr, has revealed his plan to introduce young Germany-born goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye, into the Nigeria’s senior national team. The German coach has seen the Fortuna Düsseldorf II goalkeeper as the solution to Super Eagles goalkeeping problem after 2019 African Cup of Nations disappointments. Daniel Akpeyi, who was named the number one goalkeeper at the just-concluded tournament in Egypt, came under scathing criticisms for a largely unconvincing display. Okoye is eligible to play for either Germany or Nigeria but the former Bayern Leverkusen safe…

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Nigeria climbs to 33rd position in latest FIFA ranking

The Super Eagles have been rewarded for their bronze win in the recently-concluded Africa Cup of Nation tournament in Egypt, Goal.com reports. In a list released today by FIFA, Nigeria has moved up to 33rd place from 45th position in the FIFA World Rankings. Rewarding the Super Eagles’ efforts in the 32nd AFCON, the Super Eagles climbed 12 places from their 45th position in June, accruing 1481 points. The Nigerian team finished second in the group stage, and defeated the five-time African champions, Cameroon in the Round of 16 and…

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Gernor Rohr names ‘very important’ player in Super Eagles

Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr has described Super Eagles left-back, Jamilu Collins, as a “very important” member of the team. He also likened the defender to a German player due to the hard work he puts in during training. Collins had to wait until the quarterfinal before making his debut at the African Cup of Nations in Egypt due to injury he suffered in the final training session before the opener against Burundi. The Paderborn 07 left-back was handed his maiden Nigeria call-up for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against…

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AFCON 2019: Algeria is champion of Africa, breaks 29-year jinx

Algeria has been crowned champions of Africa for the first time since 1990 following their 1-0 win over Senegal in the final. For Senegal, the AFCON title remains elusive as they failed in the final hurdle just like they did in 2002 against Cameroon. A 2nd-minute goal scored by Baghdad Bounedjah was enough to end the 29-year wait for another AFCON title by Algeria who last conquered the continent in 1990 when they hosted. Bounedjah’s opener for Algeria was the fastest goal at the Total Africa Cup of Nations 2019…

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AFCON 2019: Super Eagles qualify for semi-finals

The Super Eagles are through to the last four of the Africa Cup of Nations, following a thrilling 2-1 win over South Africa on Wednesday night. Samuel Chukwueze gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead at the break, latching onto his own rebound to slot past the goalkeeper. However, Bafana Bafana levelled in the second half, thanks to Video Assistant Referee (VAR) decision. With the match looking to head into extra time, William Troost-Ekong forced the ball over the line in the final minute of play. Nigeria will now play the…

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Nigeria Vs South Africa: Rohr gets major boost as Mikel Obi returns to training

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr has been handed a selection boost ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final against South Africa, as captain John Obi Mikel resumed training today. The midfielder took part in a light training during the team’s recovery session on Sunday morning, seven days after he limped out of Nigeria’s 2-0 defeat to Madagascar. It leaves Rohr positive about his chances of playing against Bafana Bafana on Wednesday, July 10. The German had given a hint about Mikel Obi’s fitness, after the 3-2…

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Lampard includes two Nigerians in squad for pre-season games

Newly appointed Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has included two Nigeria-eligible players on the roster, for upcoming matches in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Young striker Ike Ugbo and central defender Fikayo Tomori were among the travelling party that flew out on Friday. Tammy Abraham has been omitted from the group, while promising youngsters Tariq Uwakwe and Faustino Anjorin were not been considered. Of the five aforementioned players of Nigerian descent, only Abraham and Tomori have debuted for Chelsea’s first-team. Ugbo returned for the second half of last season, after an unsuccessful…

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