Tuesday 26 December 2017

"Alhaji" Gero linked with move to Iran’s Esteghlal FC

Nigerian footballer Salisu Abdullahi "Alhaji" Gero has reportedly been linked with a move to the Iranian professional football club Esteghlal Tehran, which currently plays in the Persian Gulf Pro League.

Diogu: I will continue to represent Nigeria for as long as I can

As Nigeria look to qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China, team captain Ike Diogu reaffirmed his passion to play for his parents' country. An emblematic player for Nigeria over the course of the past five years, the 6ft 9in (2.05m) power forward has experienced joy, frustration and hope while wearing the jersey of Africa's No.1 team.

Katsina Utd versus Pillars game will be tough, says Nwagua

By Taofeek Babalola

Kano Pillars striker Nyima Nwagua has predicted a tough encounter between his side and Katsina United in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) opener on January 14, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Aggreh terminates FC IfeanyiUbah contract over unpaid salaries

By Taofeek Babalola

Prince Aggreh has ended his contract with FC IfeanyiUbah over his unpaid eight month salaries, Sportinglens.blogspot.com can exclusively reveal.

Friday 22 December 2017

CHAN 2018: Ikouwem’s invitation swells Enyimba contingent to 5

Enyimba youngster Ikouwem Udoh has received a call-up to the senior national team. The 20-year-old was invited to the camp of the home-based Super Eagles side as part of preparations for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in January.

Tuesday 19 December 2017

NPFL OPENER: Abia Warriors won’t treat MFM with kids gloves, says Everton

By Taofeek Babalola

Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia manager, Rafael Everton has revealed that his team is well prepared to face Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) Football Club of Lagos in one of the opening games of the 2017/18 Nigeria Professional Football League(NPFL) which starts on January 14.

Monday 18 December 2017

African Best Player Award: CAF drops Moses, list Aubameyang, Salah, Mane

For the umpteenth time, the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) have failed to look towards the direction of Nigeria as Super Eagles winger, Victor Moses' name was conspicuously missing in the three players left for the Africa Player of the year award on Monday.

Sunday 17 December 2017

Wikki Tourists won’t underrate Go round FC, says Kurba

.Big Elephants return to ATBS for training today

By Taofeek Babalola

Wikki Tourists media officer, Bala Kurba has revealed to SportingLife that Go Round FC will be a difficult opponent to play against when the team sides meet for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) opener on January 14, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Katsina Utd are not afraid of Kano Pillars, says Biffo

By Taofeek Babalola

Katsina United technical adviser, Abdullahi Biffo has revealed that his side will be at their top form when they host Kano Pillars in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday one fixture on January 14 at the Katsina Township Stadium, Sportinglens.blogspot.com.

Plateau United start NPFL title defence against Nasarawa United

By Taofeek Babalola

Plateau United will start the defence of their Premier League title with an away game against Nasarawa United when the 2018 season gets underway on January 14.

Friday 15 December 2017

Wikki Tourists ready for league kick off, Mangut boasts

By Taofeek Babalola

Wikki Tourists Chief Coach, Mbwas Mangut has confirmed his team’s readiness for the 2018 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) which commence on January 14, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Everton intoduces new philosophy at Abia Warriors

By Taofeek Babalola

Abia Warriors manager Rafael Everton is confident that his wards will adhere to his new philosophy before the commencement of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) in January, Sportinglens.blogspot.com understands.

SHOCKER: CAF drop Nigerian referees for CHAN 2018 championship

By Taofeek Babalola

No Nigerian referee will be on duty when the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) commence in Morocco in January, Sportinglens.blogspot.com can reveal.

Judo Championship: Nsirim charges judokas

President of the Nigeria Judo federation, Prince Timothy Nsirim has admonished judokas at the 2017 loveth Howell National open Judo championship to show the character of a champion on the mat and cultivate new friendship.

Thursday 14 December 2017

Coca-Cola to bring World Cup trophy to Nigeria March 17

By Taofeek Babalola

Nigerian football followers will have a chance to see World Cup trophy live in Nigeria courtesy of Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Sportinglens.blogspot.com understands.

Friday 8 December 2017

Baba Jada satisfies with Wikki Tourists preparation

By Taofeek Babalola

Wikki Tourists General Manager Auwalu Baba Jada has commended his team’s preparation for the forthcoming Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) which kicks off January 14 despite their exit from the ongoing Ahlan Cup pre-season tournament in Kano, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Ahlan Cup: Kano Pillars thrash Katsina United

By Taofeek Babalola

Kano Pillars confirmed their supremacy over Katsina United on Friday after humiliating their opponent 4-1 to reach the final of the maiden edition of the Ahlan pre-season tournament in Kano, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Thursday 7 December 2017

Ronaldo wins fifth Ballon d’Or Award

Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been named as the winner of the 2017 Ballon d'Or.

We are getting use to Imama's style, says Bata

By Taofeek Babalola

El Kanemi Warriors young star Hussein Bata has said that he and his teammates are adapting to the new tactical approach their technical adviser, Imama Amapakabo has introduced to the team, Sportinglens.blogspot.com 

Monday 4 December 2017

Mighty Jets appoint Bernard Ogbe as technical adviser

The Chairman of Nigeria National League side, Mighty Jets FC of Jos, Chief Alex Wukari has approved the appointment of former Enyimba FC and Gombe United Manager, Bernard Ogbe as the Club's new Technical Adviser.

Sunday 3 December 2017

Nigeria versus Argentina game won’t be easy-- Eguavoen

.Says Albiceleste will play for revenge

By Taofeek Babalola

Former Super Eagles coach Austin Eguavoen has said that the last Group D encounter between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Albiceleste of Argentina at the Russia FIFA World Cup would be an epic clash, Sportinlens.blogspot.com reports.

Ethiopia force Flamingos to 1-1 draw in Addis Ababa

Nigeria’s U17 girls, Flamingos on Sunday had to battle both their Ethiopian counterparts and an unfriendly weather in Addis Ababa, but still came off the pitch with a 1-1 draw in the second round, first leg of a 2018 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup qualifying fixture.

Adetunji resumes training after four months injury layoff

Sunday Adetunji has resumed training with his club, Abia Warriors of Umuahia after being sidelined by injury for four months, Sportinglens.blogspot.com understands.

Friday 1 December 2017

Ikpeba warns: Iceland, Croatia won’t be pushover

.Wants Rohr to study their games
By Taofeek Babalola

Former AS Monaco of France forward Victor Ikpeba has warned Nigeria not to underrate Iceland and Croatia in their World Cup group matches, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Ighalo: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia wary of Nigeria

.Says Eagles will qualify from Group D
.Prefers England group
By Taofeek Babalola

Super Eagles forward Odion Ighalo has said that Nigeria has all it takes to qualify from its World Cup group and go far in the Russia 2018 FIFA World, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Russia 2018: Nigeria to play Argentina, Iceland, Croatia

For the fifth time in six FIFA World Cup appearances, Nigeria will be playing against Argentina in the group phase come next year summer in Russia. Three –time African champions Nigeria will also tackle European teams Iceland and Croatia in Group D.

Monday 27 November 2017

20 Nigerians bag FIBA certification ahead of 2019 World cup qualifiers

Nigeria will not be in short supply of FIBA certified table officials and statisticians when the D’Tigers kicks off their 2019 World Cup campaign next year.

El Kanemi Warriors beat Plateau Utd, return to Maiduguri

El Kanemi Warriors defeated league champions Plateau United 2-1 in a pre season friendly match played at the Jos Township stadium on Monday evening.

Sunday 26 November 2017

Abia Warriors sign five new players

.Upgrade 2 from team "B"

Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia have fortified its squad with the signing of five new players and upgraded two others from the Team “B" in preparation for the forthcoming 2017/18 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

Kano Pillars want to win everything, says Musa

.Cherishes Gold Cup trophy
By Taofeek Babalola

Kano Pillars technical adviser, Ibrahim Musa has said that Sai Masu Gida is poised to win all title in the forthcoming season, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Friday 24 November 2017

Sunday Faleye is not a 3SC player, says Elutabe

The President of Lagos based Nationwide side Freestan Football Club, Prince Efemena Elutabe has made a swift reaction to a recent press release by the management of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan, declaring one of its players Sunday Faleye missing from camp.

Abia Warriors are work in progress, says Everton

Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia Manager, Rafael Everton has called on the club's teeming supporters worldwide to exercise patience as the team is still work  in progress.

Ramos wears mask for full training

Real Madrid were boosted by Sergio Ramos returning to full training on Friday. Captain Ramos had trained alone on Thursday, having suffered a broken nose in last weekend's 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.

Messi equals Ronaldo with fourth European Golden Shoe

Lionel Messi drew level with Cristiano Ronaldo's tally of four European Golden Shoes after receiving the award at a ceremony on Friday.

El Kanemi to play five friendly games in one week

.End one month pre-season camping in Benin
.To register 40 players 

By Taofeek Babalola

Players and officials of El Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri are set to play five Grade A friendly matches within a week after completing their one month pre-season camping in Benin City, Edo State, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reveals.

Kano Pillars are Gold Cup champions

Kano Pillars have emerged the champions of this year's prestigious pre-season tournament, Gold Cup, after defeating the defending Champions, Lobi Stars of Makurdi 1-0 at the Kwara State Stadium in Ilorin on Friday, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Femi Thomas closes to Rangers’ move

By Taofeek Babalola

Rangers International Football Club of Enugu are close to completing a deal for the former Akwa United goalkeeper Femi Thomas, Sportinglens.blogspot.com understands.

Thursday 23 November 2017

Buhari, Fresh, Ogunjobi storm Ilorin for Gold Cup final

The glamorous Gold Cup Pre-Season Tournament final is set as expected as arrangements have been concluded ahead of what would be the most exciting pre-season tourney in Nigeria.

3SC declares Sunday Faleye missing

The management of the Shooting Stars Football Club, (3SC) has declared one of its players, Sunday Faleye missing after his failure to show up in training since the beginning of the month without any form of communication.

Tuesday 21 November 2017

No disappointment over Gold Cup exit, says Biffo

Katsina United technical adviser, Abdullahi Biffo says his team’s purpose of participating in this year’s prestigious Gold Cup tournament has been achieved, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

IZU'S SALARY SAGA: 3SC is paying to Izu father's account every month

The management of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan has cleared the air on the allegations of salaries and allowances owing its former player late Izu Joseph, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Lobi Stars advance to second Gold Cup final in two years

Ayo Saka's 19th solo effort helped Lobi Stars advanced to the final of the 2017 Gold Cup Preseason Tournament on Tuesday in Ilorin after defeating Katsina United 1-0 in the first semi final fixture played at the Kwara State Stadium.

Don't underestimate CHAN rivals, Ezenwa warns

Nigeria captain Ikechukwu Ezenwa has warned against complacency as they seek to shed an underachievers tag at African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournaments.

Kano Pillars need defensive midfielder, attacker, says coach Musa

.To register 30 players for NPFL

By Taofeek Babalola

Kano Pillars technical adviser Ibrahim Musa has revealed to Sportinglens.blogspot.com that his team is still in need of a defensive midfielder and a central attacker before the commencement of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) new season.

D’Tigress players received Federal Government cash reward

Captain of the D’Tigress, the 2017 Women FIBA Africa cup of nations’ title team, Aisha Mohammed says the latest gesture by the Federal Government to pay them 17.5 million naira as earlier promised by President Muhammadu Buhari will spur the team to do better in future.

Thursday 16 November 2017

Maradona angry Argentina lost to Nigeria

Diego Maradona stated his desire to have another coaching opportunity with the Argentina national team, after Tuesday’s 4-2 defeat in a friendly against Nigeria.

NPFL kick-off January 14

•Club Licensing documentation ends January 5

•Season ends September 30

Activities to kick-start the 2017/18 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season which began with the on-going club licensing will enter the next stage with the annual NPFL Pre-season tournament from December 11-17, 2017 to usher in the grand season opening matches on January 14, 2018.

Ambode, Udom confirm presence for Nigeria Sports Award

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and Akwa Ibom State Governor, Gabriel Udom are among dignitaries that have been confirmed to grace the 2017 edition of the Nigerian Sports Award slated to hold on Friday, November 17, 2017.

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Nigeria Shock Argentina

Nigeria's Super Eagles came from two goals down to beat Argentina 4-2 in an international friendly encounter at the Krasnodar Stadium in Russia on Tuesday.

Monday 13 November 2017

Gombe Bulls record first continental win

Kator Gar powered Gombe Bulls to their first win on the continent at the ongoing FIBA Africa Zone 3 club championship for men when they defeated Civil Defenders by 76points to 66.

FIBA throws Hoopers out of FIBA Africa Zone 3 qualifiers

Rivers Hoopers have been thrown out of the 2017 FIBA Africa Champions Cup Zone 3 qualifiers on Sunday. This was made known to the club by FIBA Africa Zone 3 during the technical meeting for coaches and officials hours to the commencement of the tournament on Sunday.

Messi reveals: Why I skip Eagles’ game

Lionel Messi has revealed reasons behind his decision to be excused from Tuesday's friendly encounter against the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Sportinglens.blogspot.com understands.