Monday 29 August 2016

3SC pummel Kano Pillars 4-0

Shooting Stars Sports club (3SC) FC of Ibadan thrashed visiting Kano Pillars 4-0 on matchday 33 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan on Sunday evening.

Sunday 28 August 2016

MFM, Abia Warriors game postpone till 8am tomorrow

The week 33 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match between Mountain of Fires and Miracles Ministries (MFM) FC and Abia Warriors has been shifted till 8am tomorrow morning due to waterlogged pitch at the Agege Stadium.

‘Enyimba still in title race’ – Aigbogun

Enyimba head coach, Paul Aigbogun believes his side have been hurled back into the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title race after they beat Akwa United 2-1 on Saturday.

Siasia slams Dalung, NFF

.Quits as U-23 coach

SAMSON Siasia, who coached Nigeria’s men’s football team to a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, is quitting the game in his country because of what he describes as “a disrespectful system”.

Super Eagles open camp on Monday

Nigeria’s senior men’s squad, Super Eagles will open camp in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom State on Monday for Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Tanzania.

Akwa United fan dies in bus crash

ONE supporter of Akwa United Football Club were yesterday feared dead while many sustained different degrees of injuries in Ekparakwa Junction, Oruk Anam Local Government, Akwa Ibom State, in an auto crash involving a Toyota Coaster Bus.

Friday 26 August 2016

UEFA to allow extra Champions League spots for top leagues

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) on Friday announced that from 2018 all four major European leagues - La Liga, Bundesliga, Premier League and Serie A - will see four teams enter the group stage without having to go through a qualification round.

MFM will bounce back to winning ways, says Onuwa

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos midfielder, Chukwuka Onuwa has said his side will use this weekend match to bounce back to winning ways. MFM FC will host Abia Warriors Football Club of Aba this Sunday in match day 33 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) scheduled to hold at the Agege Township Stadium.

MFM FC set for eight days of football survival

As the 2015/16 Nigeria Professional Football League season gradually grinds to an end, the Olukoya Boys are set for eight days of Football that will see them play three crucial matches starting from this Sunday, August 28, 2016. MFM FC currently occupies the 18th position on the Nigeria top-flight table with 37 points from 29 league matches.

Ikorodu United adopt MKO Abiola Stadium as new home ground

Ikorodu United FC of Lagos has requested and secured approval from the League Management Company (LMC) to play the remaining of its 2015/16 home fixtures of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta.

Thursday 25 August 2016

Arsenal 'close to agreeing Shkodran Mustafi deal'

Arsenal are reportedly close to agreeing a deal for Valencia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi. The Gunners have been involved in protracted transfer negotiations with Valencia for a number of weeks now as Arsene Wenger looks to bolster his defensive options before next Wednesday's transfer deadline.

Matuidi to Juventus done

It’s reported Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have agreed a deal for midfielder Blaise Matuidi. The French international had already agreed a contract with the Bianconeri, and the two clubs met in Monaco today to try and work out a transfer fee.

Cillessen pens Barcelona five-year contract

Jasper Cillessen has become Barcelona's fifth summer signing after putting pen to paper on a five-year contract at the Nou Camp. The goalkeeper has joined from Ajax for £12million and will compete for the No 1 spot with Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury.

Arsenal agree £16.9m bid for Perez

Arsenal have agreed the signing of Lucas Perez from Deportivo for £16.9million after revising the structure of their bid. Arsenal were told their initial offer was 'unacceptable' as they attempted to pay the 27-year-old striker's buyout clause in two instalments but his club Deportivo demanded the fee in one payment.

Bravo completes Manchester City move

Claudio Bravo has completed his move from Barcelona to Manchester City on a four-year deal. The Chilean goalkeeper completed his medical at the club earlier this week, but the move was held up while Barcelona waited for official confirmation that they had signed Jasper Cillessen as Bravo's replacement.

Chelsea hand Eduardo one-year contract

Chelsea have announced the arrival of goalkeeper Eduardo from Dinamo Zagreb on a one-year contract. The 33-year-old, a part of Portugal's victorious Euro 2016 side, joins the Blues a few days after his club side confirmed that a deal was in place.

Manchester City drawn Barcelona in Champions League

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will return to former club Barcelona in the Champions League after the two sides were drawn in the same group. 

Ronaldo named UEFA Best Player

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named UEFA’s Best Player in Europe 2016, beating Antoine Griezmann and Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale. Ronaldo topped a vote of journalists ahead of Bale and Atletico Madrid’s Griezmann, claiming the award for the second time, the first in 2014.

Kwambe, Agbim, Nane, Atamba resume training

Lobi Stars have been handed a significant injury boost with the news that Solomon Kwambe, Barnabas Nane Imenger, Chigozie Agbim and James Atamba have all resumed full training session with the rest of the squad.

Wikki Tourists are not under pressure, Says Obaje

Wikki Tourists top striker Godwin Obaje has revealed that he and his teammates are in the right frame of mind for Sunday’s week 33 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game against FC IfeanyiUbah in Nnewi.

Mohammed plots Ikorodu Utd’s fall

.Cherishes two goals against Sunshine Stars

El Kanemi Warriors central defender, Mohammed Hussaini believes his side have what it takes to pick a point in this weekend’s Week 33 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game against Ikorodu United.

Monday 22 August 2016

Baleria dedicates Rivers Utd's win to Ganaru

Kano Pillars chief coach Kabiru Baleria has dedicated their 1-0 win over Rivers United in the week 32 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to technical adviser Mohammed Baba Ganaru. Baleria was in charge of Sai Masu Gida during Sunday's game at the Sani Abacha Stadium in the absence of coach Ganaru who was in Maiduguri to visit his sick mother.

Mikel return to Chelsea on Wednesday

.Keen to impress Conte on return

Nigeria international John Obi Mikel is expected to arrive in London on Wednesday morning after helping Nigeria win the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games. The Chelsea midfielder said that he is hopeful of impressing new manager Antonio Conte when he returned to training with the rest of the squad.

Thursday 18 August 2016

Iheanacho signs new Manchester City deal

Nigeria international Kelechi Iheanacho has spoken of his excitement after signing a contract extension with Manchester City until 2021. Kelechi Iheanacho has signed a new deal with Manchester City that will keep him at the club until 2021.

Ikorodu Utd banish to Abeokuta stadium

Struggling Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) outfit, Ikorodu United, have been order to play their next three home matches at the MKO Abiola Stadium in the southwest city of Abeokuta. The club were sanctioned by the League Management Company (LMC), which oversees the running of the Nigeria top-flight following "crowd disturbances" during and after one of their recent home matches against 3SC at the Onikan Stadium in Lagos.

Our tactics worked against MFM, Says Abdullahi

Warri Wolves head coach Mansur Abdullahi has explained that their tactical approach against Mountain of Fire and Miracles ministries (MFM) FC in the week 31 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match  helped them to secure a draw. The match which was played at the Agege Township Stadium on Wednesday ended 1-1.

Mathias targets top four finish with El-Kanemi

El-Kanemi Warriors FC midfielder Samuel Mathias believes his club can finish in the top four at the end of the season. The Borno Armies held Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) to a goalless draw and secured a vital away point during their week 31 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan on Wednesday.

Tuesday 16 August 2016

Nigerian-born UK-based coach tips Dream Team VI for final

Nigerian-born United Kingdom, UK-based coach, Obinna Maduike, has tipped Dream Team VI for the final of the 2016 Rio Olympics Men’s Football event in Brazil. Maduike, who is on scholarship in the United States as part of the programme to prepare him  to  acquire the prestigious “UEFA B” football  coaching licence, is thrilled with the performance of Samson Siasia and his boys at the ongoing Rio Olympics where the Nigerian Dream Team VI  progressed to the semi finals of the soccer event.

Hart to leave Manchester City this month

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart will reportedly leave the club before the end of the current transfer window. Hart has been City's first-choice goalkeeper for the past six seasons, but speculation over his future surfaced following Pep Guardiola's appointment as manager.

Mikel declares: I want to win Olympic gold medal

John Obi Mikel’s list of professional honours reads like something we all responded with when we were asked, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” when we were in primary school: A Premier League champion, a UEFA Champions League winner, a four-time FA Cup winner and a CAF Africa Cup of Nations champion. However, the list is not complete yet.

At Rio 2016, Mikel is embarking on an entirely different challenge: to lead Nigeria’s ‘Dream Team VI’ to its second Olympic Men’s Football Tournament gold medal. And as he told in an exclusive interview, the quality of the Rio 2016 tournament has been “amazing” and akin to the Champions League.

Ahead of Nigeria’s semi-final clash with Germany, Mikel talks about their successful campaign so far, his leadership on the team and writing a new chapter in Nigeria’s history in the tournament.

Lloris out four weeks

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has been ruled out of action for around four weeks after suffering a hamstring injury. The 29-year-old hurt himself in the opening-day 1-1 draw against Everton and will now miss matches against Crystal Palace and Liverpool.

Okafor predicts more goals

Rivers United attacker, Onyekachi Okafor believes his break through goal against Ikorodu United will open the floodgates as he looks to inspire the Port Harcourt club to an unlikely Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title. The former Warri Wolves striker netted the second goal as Rivers United overcame Ikorodu United 2-0 in a rescheduled NPFL game in Port Harcourt last Friday.

Rio Olympics: Oduduru cruises to 200m semis

. Comes 2nd behind Usain Bolt  

Nigeria’s Divine Oduduru has qualified for the semi final of the 200m at the ongoing Rio Olympic after finishing in 2nd behind Usain Bolt in the heats.

City, Barca agree Bravo deal

Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo will join Manchester City this week for €25m, according to Sport.

Tevez linked to Napoli, Inter

Napoli are considering a move for Carlos Tevez, but his agent would rather get him to Inter instead.

Fabregas wants Real Madrid move

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has reportedly been in contact with Real Madrid about a possible transfer this month.

Havelange dies aged 100

Former FIFA president Joao Havelange has died in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro at the age of 100.

The Brazilian was Sepp Blatter's predecessor at world football's governing body, serving from 1974 to 1998.

Nigerian footballer dies in Azerbaijan

A young Nigerian footballer, Michael Umanyika, died on Monday while training with Azerbaijani First Division club, Zagatala PFK.

Monday 15 August 2016

Dream Team VI: NOC Investigates Counterfeiting of PVCs

.NFF linked in breach

Minister of Sport, Barrister Solomon Dalung has instructed the Nigeria Olympic Committee to investigate the counterfeiting of Personal Identification Cards in the Dream Team VI contingent.

Thursday 11 August 2016

No hard feelings over Spain trip miss, Says Bata

El Kanemi Warriors striker Hussein Bata has said that he will continue working harder to become one of the best players in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). Bata, a 100 level student of the Department of Education University of Mauduguri, was among the NPFL top players shortlisted for the Laliga-NPFL Spain tour but he was replaced on the eve of the trip due to Visa problem.

NFF releases membership of various committees

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have released 20 standing committees and two judicial bodies.

Siasia promises to improve Dream Team defense against Denmark

. Bewarang joins team

Following the Nigeria U23 team’s 0-2 loss to Colombia in their final Group B game at the Men’s Olympics Football Tournament Rio 2016, Coach Samson Siasia has said he will concentrate on building a solid defence –line as the African champions get set to tackle Group A runners –up Denmark in the quarter finals on Saturday.

Nigeria climb up to 67th in FIFA World Ranking

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have moved three places up in the latest FIFA Rankings released on Thursday by the world football governing body. The Eagles who moved up six places up in last month’s rankings to claim the 70th spot following wins over Mali and Luxembourg are now placed 67th in the world as stability reigns in the top 20 position.

Tuesday 9 August 2016

Dream Team paid camp allowances

29 members of the U-23 National team have been paid their camp allowance for the first 11 days. The minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung disclosed this after his parley with the team following their 1-0 victory over Sweden on Monday.

Dream team to wear white jerseys against Colombia

Nigeria U-23 team, Dream Team VI, will for the first time in the tournament, don white jerseys in the game against Colombia on Wednesday. The players have already been handed two pairs of white jerseys each, as has been the practice since the commencement of the tournament.

Siasia to rest Stars against Colombia

Samson Siasia has disclosed that he intends to rest some of his starters in the Wednesday’s Group B final game against Colombia at the Arena dos Corinthians. Glory –chasing Nigeria U23 team has arrived in Sao Paulo ahead of Wednesday’s game against Colombia.

Gernot Rohr seal two –year deal as Eagles Technical Adviser

The Nigeria Football Federation and Mr. Gernot Rohr have signed a two –year contract that will see the former Gabon, Niger and Burkina Faso coach work as Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles. The simple ceremony at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja saw NFF President Amaju Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi signing on behalf of the Nigeria federation, in-between Mr. Rohr’s own signature.

Monday 8 August 2016

Nigerian Sports Award hails Dream Team VI

. Salutes Aruna Quadri

Organizers of the Nigerian Sports Award have hailed the heroics of the national U-23 team (Dream Team VI) as they progressed to the quarter-finals at the Men’s Olympics Football Tournament Rio 2016 after a 1-0 victory over Sweden in Group B encounter last night at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus.

2018 World Cup qualifiers: NFF pick Amiesimaka stadium for Eagles games

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have announced Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt as Super Eagles home venue for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. NFF President, Amaju Pinnick divulged that the Federation has settled for Port Harcourt as the Super Eagles permanent home ground for the World Cup qualifiers.

Men's Olympic Football: Umar heads Nigeria into last eight

Nigeria progressed to the quarter-finals at the Men's Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 after a 1-0 victory over Sweden in Group B thanks to a Sadiq Umar header at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus.