Tuesday 30 May 2017

Olarenwaju Kayode voted Austrian Bundesliga player of the year

Nigeria’s international Olarewaju Kayode has been voted the best player in the Austrian Bundesliga.

Zidane: Dybala is a threat

Four days ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League final against Juventus, Zinedine Zidane has talked to media during the Merengues’ media day organized at the club’s training ground.

How Gabriel Jesus ‘painter’ transforms from £3,500 a year earner to £75,000 per week

Gabriel Jesus may be living the high life after emerging as one of the most exciting young strikers in world football, but the Manchester City star's humble beginnings are still fresh in the memory.

Eguavoen cherishes win over Enyimba

By Taofeek Babalola

Sunshine Stars Technical Adviser, Austin Eguavoen has admitted that his team’s victory over Enyimba FC of Aba eased the burden on him and his players.

NHRC to partner Akwa United on sanctity of contracts

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has expressed its willingness to partner Akwa United Football Club in sensitizing players of the club on their rights as professional footballers.

Wenger agrees new two-year deal

Sky sources understand Arsene Wenger has agreed a new new two-year contract with Arsenal and we expect an official announcement on Wednesday.

EA SPORTS FPL AWARDS: Sanchez, Alli lead winners

Alexis Sanchez and Dele Alli have been rewarded for exceptional seasons for Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur respectively by being recognised in the EA SPORTS Fantasy Premier League 2016/17 awards.

Ronaldo named world's most famous athlete

Cristiano Ronaldo is the most famous athlete in the world, according to a study by broadcaster ESPN. The Real Madrid forward has beaten off competition from NBA superstar LeBron James and arch-nemesis Lionel Messi to sit top of the rankings, which are compiled using a tailored algorithm.

Monday 29 May 2017

Valverde confirmed as new Barcelona manager

Barcelona have confirmed that Ernesto Valverde will take over as the club's new manager for the next two seasons. 

Huddersfield clinch promotion to Premier League

Huddersfield Town are the 49th club to earn a place in the Premier League after a penalty shoot-out victory over Reading in the Championship play-off final.

Tiger Woods spends hours in jail after arrest

Tiger Woods was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in the early hours of Monday morning. The former world No 1 was pulled over by police on Military Trail South of Indian Creek Parkway near his home at 3am (EDT) in Jupiter Island, Florida, and booked into Palm Beach County Jail at 7.18am. He was released from custody at 10:50am.

Ogunbote: Enyimba paid for carelessness

By Taofeek Babalola

Enyimba FC technical adviser, Gbenga Ogunbote has attributed his team’s missed chances for their loss to Sunshine Stars in the matchday 21 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash at the Ondo State Sports Complex Akure on Sunday, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reveals.

CAF appoint Somalian referees for KCCA, Rivers United clash

Confederation Africa Football (CAF) has appointed Somalian FIFA referees to handle the CAF Confederation Cup game between Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) FC and Rivers United of Nigeria. The match will be played at Phillip Omondi stadium, Lugogo next Saturday in Kampala.

Rivers United, Akwa Utd tie postponed

By Taofeek Babalola

The League Management Company (LMC) has called off Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday 22 clash between Rivers United and Akwa United earlier scheduled for Wednesday.

ABS FC seal five years PUMA sponsorship deal

By Taofeek Babalola

Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC of Ilorin will formally lunch its new kit in partnership with PUMA on Thursday, Sportinglens.blogspot.com understands.

Sunday 28 May 2017

Sunshine Stars pip Enyimba in Akure

Ajibola Otegbeye's 68th minute goal from the spot earned Sunshine Stars FC a hard fought victory against Enyimba FC at the Ondo State Sports Complex Akure in a week 21 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash.

Mathias Samuel scores 11th goal of the season

By Taofeek Babalola

El Kanemi Warriors midfielder, Mathias Samuel continues his impressive run in the ongoing season as he netted his 11th goal of the season during his side’s 2-1 win over Rivers United in the matchday 21 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) encounter in Maiduguri on Sunday, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports. 

West Ham submit bid for Iheanacho

West Ham United have reportedly made a bid for Manchester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho. The promising 20-year-old has rarely featured under Pep Guardiola at City, having made his last start for the club against Burnley in January, leading to a number of Premier League outfits reportedly registering their interest in the frontman.

RED CARD! Chelsea fans blast Moses for defeat

Chelsea supporters have singled out Nigeria International Victor Moses for blame following Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Arsenal in the FA cup final at the Wembley stadium. 

Tope Orelope joins Sunshine Stars

By Taofeek Babalola

The management of Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure has announced the signing of former Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) midfielder, Tope Orelope for the second stanza of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Pogba arrives in Mecca for 'umrah'

Manchester United star Paul Pogba has arrived in Saudi Arabia to mark the start of the Muslim holy month Ramadan just few days after lifting the Europa League trophy with victory over Ajax in Stockholm.

Friday 26 May 2017

Kano Pillars coach Musa plots FC Ifeanyi Ubah fall

By Taofeek Babalola

Kano Pillars FC Acting Technical Adviser Ibrahim Musa is confident that Sai Masu Gida will get a positive result in the marchday 21 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)   encounter FC Ifeanyi Ubah on Sunday at Nnewi Stadium, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Kwara Utd player Abdulazeez dies during training

Kwara United FC youngster Saka Abdulazeez slumped and died during training session with his team this morning. In a statement signed by the media officer Kwara United FC Abdul Waheed Bibire the young lad was pronounced dead upon arrival at a local hospital.

LMC fine Rangers N6.5m over fans' hostility

. Baba Agu banned

By Taofeek Babalola

Rangers International Football Club have been sanctioned by the League Management Company (LMC) following a review of incidence that occurred during and after Match Day 20 fixture of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) against Gombe United last Sunday in Enugu, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

FANS VIOLENCE: LMC slam Sunshine Stars with N5m fine

.Home matches to be played behind closed doors indefinitely

By Taofeek Babalola

Sunshine Stars FC of Akure have been sanctioned by the League Management Company (LMC) as a result of its fans’ violence during and after Match Day 20 of the Nigeria Profesional Football League (NPFL) clash against Lobi Stars of Makurdi in Akure, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reveals. 

FA CUP FINAL: Moses wants revenge on Arsenal

.Seeks second trophy in a week

By Taofeek Babalola

Super Eagles' winger Victor Moses is looking for an outright win in this weekend's FA Cup final as he warned Arsenal that he and his team-mates still think about the early-season 3-0 defeat that turned their season as they hunt a historic double at Wembley.

Thursday 25 May 2017

Supera Eagles will not underrate Corsica - Echiejile

Super Eagles and AS Monaco wing- back Elderson Echiejile has said the Super Eagles will not underrate the Corsica Senior National Team when both sides lock horns on Friday evening at the Stade Francois Coty, Ajaccio.

Lobi Stars' Shehu returns to training

Lobi Stars defender Nasiru Shehu has resumed training with the rest of the squad after two weeks break, Sportinglens.blogspot.com understands.

AFCON QUALIFIER: Baxter names squad for Nigeria clash

Ahead of their upcoming 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria next month, Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has announced his squad. The English-born manager said he is pleased with his selections as he introduced Cape Town City winger Aubrey Ngoma.

Alhassan, Aremu, Ifeanyi out of ABS tie

The trio of Alhassan Ibrahim, Aremu Afeez and Ifeanyi Ifeanyi will not be available for selection this weekend when Akwa United engage ABS FC of Ilorin in a return leg league duel but coach Abdu Maikaba says he is optimistic that the absence of the three players will not affect his plans for the match.

VAT Wonder Goal: Saka, Abdulwaheed, Ogechukwu shortlisted

Gombe United’s Afolabi Abdulwaheed, Ayo Saka of Rivers United and Enyimba’s Ogechukwu Leonard have been shortlisted for the inaugural VAT Wonder Goal award for Match Day 20. The three made the cut from the total of 18 goals scored across the centers in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) last weekend.

Nkiyu: Wikki Tourists’ confidence is back

By Taofeek Babalola

Wikki Tourists Technical Adviser Bala Nkiyu has said that his boys are more determined than ever before as he promised to turn things around for the team, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Tuesday 23 May 2017

Kano Pillars coach Musa hails players' resilience

.Dedicates win to club's chairman
By Taofeek Babalola

Kano Pillars acting technical adviser, Ibrahim  Musa has praised the commitment of his players during Sunday’s 1-0 win over Niger Tornadoes in a matchday 20 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano, Sportinglens.blogspot.com report. 

Alhassan, Maikaba win April LBA gongs

Akwa United head coach Abdu Maikaba and midfielder Alhassan Ibrahim have emerged League Bloggers Awards (LBA) manager and player for April respectively. The LBA announced on Tuesday that the Akwa United duo emerged winners "following their outstanding performances in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) in the month under review."

Onyekuru, Echiejile, 10 others in Eagles’ camp

By Taofeek Babalola

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed the arrival of 12 players in the Super Eagles camp in Corsica ahead of Friday friendly encounter against senior team of Corsica. Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports that the team is camped at the Best Western Hotel, Ajaccio Amiraute.

Olaifa cries out: 3SC must escape relegation

By Taofeek Babalola

Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan (3SC) FC defensive midfielder, Tolu Olaifa has charged his colleagues to brace up for the challenges ahead of them so as to save the club from relegating to the lower division.

Proud Moses celebrates EPL title with family

By Taofeek Babalola

Super Eagles winger Victor Moses is still basking in the euphoria of Chelsea English Premier League title as he celebrated with his family.

Baxter plots Super Eagles fall in AFCON clash

Newly appointed Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter says he is ready to cause an upset against Nigeria when the two bitter rivals clash in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier next month.

Monday 22 May 2017

Zikiye thrilled with MFM move

By Taofeek Babalola

Jonathan Zikiye has described his move to Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries FC of Lagos as the best thing to happen to him this season. Zikiye made a last minute switch to the Lagos-based side after he was released by Wikki Tourists during the mid-season transfer window.

Eguavoen: Our goal was wrongly disallowed

By Taofeek Babalola

Sunshine Stars FC technical adviser, Austin Eguavoen has blamed the shock home loss on his team’s profligacy as he wondered why Sunshine Stars stoppage time goal was disallowed by the referee.

3SC 0 vs 3 FC Ifeanyi Ubah: Small doctor entertains Ibadan fans

It was the turn of football fans in the ancient city of Ibadan in their hundreds of thousands to have one unforgettable experiences, and it came courtesy of Star Lager Beer on Sunday. The event was a league match between two top Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs, Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) FC of Ibadan and Ifeanyi Ubah FC.

FROM ZERO TO HERO, Olayinka Williams, MVP Milo Basketball Championship

From the playoffs until the grand finale at the Central Conference for the 19th Edition of the Milo Basketball Championship, 15-year-old Olayinka Williams made himself memorable with his exceptional display of sportsmanship, talent, and resilience. His hard work and determination paid off with a double win as his team emerged one of the Champions of the region while he was named the Most Valuable Player for the boys’ category. In this interview with Taofeek Babalola, Williams reveals what drives his love for basketball and his aspirations for the future.

2017 NBC Lagos yacht club boat racing thrill fans

Boat race lovers in Lagos were treated to a wonderful experience of splashing fun and excitement at the sixth edition of the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) sponsored Lagos Yacht Club Annual Boat Racing Competition which was held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Lagos Yacht Club, Onikan, Lagos.

Sunday 21 May 2017

Wikki Tourists out of relegation zone

Coach Bala Nikyu started his reign as Wikki Tourists Technical Adviser with a resounding 3-0 victory over Abia Warriors in the matchday 20 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Messi wins La Liga top scorer

Lionel Messi has regained the Pichichi Trophy for the first time since 2012-13 by finishing as La Liga’s highest scorer. The Argentine netted 37 times for Barcelona this season, claiming the award for a fourth time and finishing eight goals ahead of last term’s leading marksman Luis Suarez.

Real Madrid secure 33rd LaLiga title

Real Madrid have won their first LaLiga title for five seasons, sealing glory with a 2-0 win at Malaga. Zinedine Zidane's Champions League finalists went into the final day of the season needing a point at La Rosaleda to oust bitter rivals Barcelona as champions.

Angel Gomes Youngest players in Premier League history

Manchester United youngster Angel Gomes has become the first player born in the 21st century to feature in the Premier League after his appearance against Crystal Palace. The attacking midfielder was born on August 31, 2000.

Courtois wins Golden Glove award

Thibaut Courtois has won the Premier League Golden Glove award for the 2016-17 season, holding off competition from Tottenham's Hugo Lloris. 

Kane delights at perfect Golden Boot glory

Tottenham star Harry Kane took pride in the "special" achievement of retaining the Premier League Golden Boot after scoring a second hat-trick this week in Tottenham's 7-1 hammering of relegated Hull City.

Kante named Player of the Season

After winning a second Premier League title in a row, N’Golo Kante has added to his awards by being named the EA SPORTS Player of the Season for 2016/17. Twelve months on from helping to steer Leicester City to a shock title, the 26-year-old Chelsea midfielder played a key role in the Blues becoming champions for the second time in three seasons.