Friday 30 June 2017

Bode Daniel prays for luck against Wikki Tourists

By Taofeek Babalola

Shooting Sports Club of Ibadan striker, Bode Daniel is seeking for divine favour when his side face Wikki Tourists in the matchday 27 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash on Sunday at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba Ibadan.

Kano Pillars is a complete team now, coach Musa boasts

.Dedicates ABS draw to Governor Danguje
.Pillars vs Rivers Utd game move to end of July
By Taofeek Babalola

Kano Pillars acting technical adviser Ibrahim A Musa believes that Sai Masu Gida is now a better and complete team following his side’s 1-1 draw against Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Matchday 26 clash at the Kwara State Stadium Complex in Ilorin on Wednesday, reports.

Deulofeu joins Barcelona on two-year deal

FC Barcelona have confirmed that they plan on bringing Gerard Deulofeu back to Spain this summer on their website, with the Catalans activating the winger’s buy-out clause.

BREAKING: Appeals Committee cancels AFN election

.Pick July 7 for bye-election
.Ebewele, Rosa Collins reinstated

The election of Ibrahim Gusau as the President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria has been annulled. The annulment was announced on Friday in Abuja by the National Sports Federations Elections Petitions Appeal Committee during a media briefing.

Falcons inflict first home loss on Hoopers

Rivers Hoopers were beaten 72-81 by a ruthless Kwara Falcons side on Thursday in Port Harcourt. Hoopers forward, Buchi Nwaiwu scored 12 points and 7 rebounds the only player from the totally subdued home team to score in double digits.

CAF Confederation Cup: Rivers United get money boost

The Rivers State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Felix Obuah has promised Rivers United FC players the sum of N1,000,000 (One million naira) if they win their match against Club Africain of Tunisia in the ongoing CAF Confederation Cup competition on Sunday at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Elekahia, Port Harcourt.

ABS’ Metu out for 12 weeks

By Taofeek Babalola

Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) Ilorin FC, winger, Chigozirim Metu will not be seen in action for his team for the rest of the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season after suffering a fracture on his tibia, learnt. 

Thursday 29 June 2017

Xavi, Eto'o, Puyol, others touchdown in Argentina for Messi wedding

Some of Lionel Messi's current and former Barcelona team-mates have touched down in Argentina ahead of his highly-anticipated wedding to Antonella Roccuzzo on Friday. 

Biffo: I can’t believe that we lost to Gombe United

By Taofeek Babalola

Abia Warriors technical adviser, Abdullahi Biffo insisting that his team's 2-1 defeat to Gombe United in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday 26 game had nothing to do with bad officiating but rather a result of loss of concentration and a bit of hard luck, can reveal.

Ogunjobi Golden Cup begins July 1

Arrangements have been concluded for the second edition of Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi Golden Cup, scheduled to kick-off on Saturday July 1, at the Oshogbo Township Stadium.

Duke Udi spit fire: Nigerian referees are problem, threatens to quit

By Taofeek Babalola

Sunshine Stars technical adviser, Duke Udi has blamed center referee Akinsanya Akintunde from Oyo State for his side’s 2-1 defeat to Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries FC during matchday 26 encounter at the Agege Stadium and threatened to resign if the situation remains unchanged, reports.

Ronaldo announces birth of twin sons

Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has confirmed that he has fathered twins, following reports that he used a surrogate to mother the babies.The Real Madrid striker made the announcement hours after his Portugal team was kicked out of the Confederations Cup on penalties by Chile.

Tuesday 27 June 2017

Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina is ‘five months pregnant with baby girl’

BABY rumours sparked by Georgina Rodriguez’s tummy bump took a leap forward Monday night after it was claimed she was nearly five months pregnant with a girl. It emerged earlier this month Cristiano Ronaldo and his girlfriend may be planning a ‘super baby’ after reportedly visiting a clinic which does DNA tests to check the make-up of a possible child.

FIFA’s report on Russia’s 2018 bidding dismisses Western media allegations — LOC chief

A recently published report of FIFA Ethics Committee’s Investigatory Chamber proves that Russia’s bidding committee made no violations whatsoever securing its right for hosting the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup, Russia’s senior football executive told TASS on Tuesday.

Mourinho bids his father emotional farewell

Jose Mourinho said an emotional goodbye to his father Felix on Tuesday morning as he attended his funeral in Setubal, Portugal. The Manchester United manager confirmed that his father had passed away on Sunday evening at the age of 79 after suffering with ill health for several months.

Ahmad Usman wins VAT Wonder Goal 5

Ahmad Usman of Wikki Tourists polled the highest number of votes for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) VAT Wonder Goal for Matchday 24. The Wikki man finished in the voting process for the best goal of the matchday under review ahead of Andrew Ikefe of Niger Tornadoes and Musa Suleman of Katsina United.

Everton sign Onyekuru, loan to Anderlecht

Everton have pulled off a significant transfer coup by landing Henry Onyekuru from Belgian outfit KAS Eupen. The Nigeria striker finished last season as the joint leading scorer in the Belgian Super League with 22 goals in 38 games – 10 of those came in the final 10 games – and he has attracted the attention of a number of top clubs across Europe.

Kano Pillars are hungry for points at ABS, says Nwagua

By Taofeek Babalola

Kano Pillars striker Nwagua Nyima is positive that his side will get something from Wednesday’s matchday 26 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) against Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) in Ilorin, can report.

Gombe United trio return for Abia Warriors' clash

By Taofeek Babalola

Gombe United have received injury boost ahead of Wednesday’s matchday 26 of the Nigeria Professional football League (NPFL) encounter against Abia Warriors as the deputy captain, Alhassan Yusuf, Saleh Mohammed and Sadiq Shuaibu have resumed full training session after nursing various degree of injuries, can reveal.

RELEGATION BATTLE: Manu Garba demands 100% commitment from players

By Taofeek Babalola

Gombe United technical adviser Manu Garba has made a passionate appeal to his wards to redouble their efforts so as to save the team from relegation, can reveal.

Monday 26 June 2017

De Bruyne marries girlfriend Michele Lacroix

Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne has tied the knot with his girlfriend Michele Lacroix. The couple, who have a one-year-old son named Mason Milian, have been dating since 2014.

Man Utd close to signing Matic from Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic has reportedly moved to the brink of joining Manchester United. With Blues head coach Antonio Conte looking at ways to strengthen his squad, it has been claimed that Matic could be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge and United boss Jose Mourinho is an admirer of the Serbian having worked with him during his time in West London.

Man City propose Aguero, Sanchez swap deal

Manchester City have reportedly proposed a swap deal involving striker Sergio Aguero and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez. Since the end of the season, City have been heavily linked with a move for Sanchez, who has just one year remaining on his contract at the Emirates Stadium.

Victor Wanyama has street named after him in Tanzania

Just 24 hours after being announced as Kenya's most influential sporting personality, Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama had a street named after him in Tanzania... but the kindhearted gesture did not last long!

Ranieri named as Nantes manager

Claudio Ranieri has been unveiled as the new manager of French club Nantes after signing a two-year contract. The 65-year-old Italian, who famously led Leicester City to an improbable Premier League title triumph in 2016, was presented with the distinctive yellow shirt of the Ligue 1 club and toured their Stade de la Beaujoire home before taking training with his new squad.

Crystal Palace unveils Frank de Boer as new manager

Frank de Boer has revealed he took advice from Louis van Gaal ahead of becoming new Crystal Palace manager. The Dutchman has signed a three-year deal worth £2.5million per season to take over at Selhurst Park.

Mourinho's father Felix dies aged 79

Jose Mourinho's father Felix has passed away at the age of 79. The Manchester United manager posted a black-and-white photograph of himself as a young boy alongside his father, a former goalkeeper, on his Instagram account.

ABS FC to debut new Puma kits against Kano Pillars

The Management of Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) Ilorin FC, has concluded arrangements to commission its new Puma kits against Kano Pillars on Wednesday in Ilorin. The Club's Director of Football, Alloy Chukwuemeka, told the players after Monday's training in Ilorin, that they will seize to wear anything again but Puma.

Maikaba wary of Remo Stars' threat

Akwa United Football Club technical adviser Abdu Maikaba has said that his team will treat their host, Remo Stars with respect despite their position on the log when both meet in one of matchday 26 fixtures of the Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL on Wednesday in Shagamu.

2018 CHAN QUALIFIER: I have 44 players now, says Salisu Yusuf

.To reduce the list after meeting with NFF
By Taofeek Babalola

Super Eagles chief coach Salisu Yusuf has revealed that he has listed out about 44 players as the team gear up preparation for the 2018 CHAN Championship.

Friday 23 June 2017

Victor Anichebe joins Beijing Enterprises

By Taofeek Babalola

Victor Anichebe has joined the league of Nigerian players that are plying their trade in China after completing a move to Beijing Enterprises on a free transfer.

Rivers Hoopers extend winning streak to five games

A late rally ensured Rivers Hoopers beat Nigeria Customs by 96-91 points at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Lagos on Thursday thus extending their imperious winning streak on the road to five games.

Thursday 22 June 2017

Ronaldo is not ready to pay €14.7m tax

Cristiano Ronaldo has no intention of paying the €14.7m (£12.9m) he has been accused of defrauding the Spanish taxman upfront, his agency Gestifute have told Spanish news agency EFE.

Bosso lauds NFF over payment of coaches’ salaries

By Taofeek Babalola

President of the Nigeria Football Coaches Association Ladan Bosso has heaped praises on the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for offsetting all outstanding salaries of past and present National team coaches.

Hazard heads out for summer haircut, continues recovery

Chelsea star Eden Hazard has shared an update from his road to recovery as he looks to overcome an ankle injury suffered on international duty. It has already been revealed that the Belgian forward will miss the start of the season following his fracture at the start of June, but he seems in good spirits this week.

Suarez breaks down in tears as boyhood club name pitch after him

Luis Suarez broke down in tears as he made an emotional return to the pitch in Uruguay where he first kicked a football. The Barcelona star and his family went back to his first club, Nacional, where a new synthetic pitch has been named in his honour.

Xhaka proposes to partner Leonita Lekaj

While some players are away sunning themselves or kissing dolphins during their summer vacation, Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has been doing something altogether more romantic.

Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf's mother is dead

Super Eagles chief coach Salisu Yusuf’s mother Hajiya Binta Yusuf has died. She was 88 years old, can reveal.

LMC dedicates Matchday 26 to Emeteole

•NPFL players, officials to wear black armbands
•To observe one minute silence

Players and match officials of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) are to turn out with black arm bands to honour a former coach of prominent NPFL clubs, Kelechi Emeteole who passed on in the early hours of Wednesday.

Tuesday 20 June 2017

Nikyu targets more away points

By Taofeek Babalola

Wikki Tourists technical adviser, Bala Nikyu has set his sight on getting more away points before the end of the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, can reveal.

Lobi Stars’ Makalala loses mother

By Taofeek Babalola

Lobi Stars defender Victor Makalala is bereaved at the moment following the passing away of his mother Mrs Mercy Okpoh, reports.

Monday 19 June 2017

ABS’s game was tough, says Agoye

By Taofeek Babalola

Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan head coach, Edith Agoye has admitted that his side laboured to earn their victory over Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) in the Match-Day 25 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash on Sunday, reports.

Duke Udi quits Osun United as coach

Ex-international Duke Udi, Monday afternoon resigned from his position as head coach of Osun United Football Club.

Perjury: Modric could face up to five years in prison

Luka Modric could face five years in jail if found guilty after Croatian authorities opened an investigation into possible perjury.

Ronaldo cries out: 'They're treating me like a criminal in Spain'

Cristiano Ronaldo believes he has been ‘treated like a criminal’ in Spain because of the recent tax probe. Speaking to Zinedine Zidane, the 32-year-old legend has expressed his desire to leave Real Madrid because of this, and has been linked to Bayern Munich and Manchester United.

Sanchez demands £420,000 a week from Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich are reportedly being forced out of making a move for Alexis Sanchez as they cannot match the Arsenal forward's wage demands.

Perez re-elected Real Madrid president until 2021

Florentino Perez will serve another term as Real Madrid president after standing unopposed for re-election, the club have announced. 

Sunshine cannot go on relegation, Alimi boasts

By Taofeek Babalola

Sunshine Stars forward Sikiru Alimi is confident that his side will maintain its top flight position at the end of the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, reports. 

Sunday 18 June 2017

Man Utd to offer de Gea plus £183m for Ronaldo, Morata

Manchester United are reported to be readying an eye-watering bid comprising David de Gea and a cash sum in exchange for Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata.

Wikki Tourists get first away point

By Taofeek Babalola

Wikki Tourists FC of Bauchi forced FC Ifeanyi Ubah to a goalless draw in the matchday 25 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) at the Nnewi Township Stadium on Sunday, reports.