Monday 31 July 2017

Man Utd sign Matic on three-year deal

Manchester United have confirmed the signing of midfielder Nemanja Matic from Chelsea in a three-year deal that sees the Serbian move to Old Trafford for £40million.

TAX TRIAL: I have never hidden anything, says Ronaldo

Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has released an official statement after appearing in court on Monday morning to answer claims of unpaid tax.

George's brace sinks Rivers United

Ifeanyi George netted twice as Rangers International FC defeated Rivers United in the match day 32 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) encounter decided on Monday morning  at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.

Sunday 30 July 2017

Tax trial: Ronaldo to appear in court on Monday

Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Madrid, where his trial for alleged tax fraud will begin on Monday.

Obuh warns: It’s not yet time for Kwara United to celebrate promotion

By Taofeek Babalola

Technical Adviser of Kwara United, John Sam Obuh who expressed relief with his side's 2-1 victory over  Kogi United in the Nigeria National League (NNL) clash in Ilorin on Saturday adding that the victory has put Kwara close to picking the ticket to the Premier League.

Rangers, Rivers Utd to play remaining 70 mins on Monday

By Taofeek Babalola

The matchday 32 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) between Rangers international and Rivers United was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu on Sunday.

Clasico: Barca conquer Madrid

Barcelona conquered Real Madrid in Sunday morning’s Clasico friendly, winning 3-2 to lift the US edition of the International Champions Cup.

Matic completes Man United medical

Nemanja Matic is set to be announced as a Manchester United player after a picture emerged of the Serbia international in the club's training gear.

Friday 28 July 2017

Iorfa junior: My father is one of the reasons I am playing football

Ipswich Town recruit Dominic Iorfa junior has revealed that his father inspired him to play football, reports. 

WAFU Nations Cup: Nigeria, 15 others to battle for US$ 100,000 winner’s prize money

The winner of the inaugural edition of the WAFU Nations Cup will earn US$ 100,000, organizers have announced. This was announced at the launch of the competition in Accra on Thursday evening.

Rangers declare Daniel Etor missing

.Reported him to NFF
By Taofeek Babalola

Rangers International Football Club of Enugu have declared that one of its players, Daniel Etor has left the training camp without official permission from the club, reports.

AHEAD OF ENYIMBA' CLASH: Kano Pillars to fly Apex Airline to Calabar on Saturday

By Taofeek Babalola

Players and officials of Kano Pillars will travel by air to Calabar on Saturday for their matchday 32 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) encounter with Enyimba on Sunday, can report.

Thursday 27 July 2017

Eagles, Black Stars renew rivalry in WAFU Nations Cup

All is now set for the WAFU Cup of Nations tournament for senior national teams in the sub –region after the Draw Ceremony for the tournament scheduled for September took place at the Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra on Thursday.

Wolves keepers unveil Carl Ikeme stand at Wednesfield FC

Wolves goalkeepers past and present were on hand to formally unveil a football stand named after Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.

Ajagba, Apochi to make professional debuts July 30

.Ink with Ringstar Sports

Accomplished Super Heavyweight amateur and 2016 Olympian Efe Ajagba and fellow Nigerian Heavyweight amateur standout Efetobor Apochi have signed-on to become the latest promising young fighters to join the Ringstar Sports roster. Both fighters will make their professional debuts on the Premier Boxing Champions event headlined by Victor Ortiz vs. Saul Corral this Sunday, July 30 live from Rabobank Theater in Bakersfield, California.

Nigeria can retain FIBA AfroBasket title in Tunisia, says Uzoh

African champions Nigeria are looking forward to retaining the continental title in September in Tunisia.
They will be back to a place where they won their first-ever African title two years ago, and Benjamin Uzoh, who played a pivotal role in the 2015 campaign, explained to FIBA. basketball why they can't wait for the tournament.
In this interview, the 6ft 3inch (1.91m) guard shares his thoughts on Nigeria’s opponents and the challenges they could face from Africa powerhouses Angola, Senegal and Egypt.

ABS FC fan visits injured Metu, presents gifts

A fan of Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) Ilorin FC, Alhaji Abdullateef Adedeji, has paid the club's injured winger, Chigozirim Metu, a visit.

FIBA sanction looms on NBBF over two boards

.Gives NBBF Nov 30 Ultimatum to End ‘War’
.May replace both Kida and Umar boards with a ‘Task Force’

The internal crisis rocking Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF) after two separate elections ushered in two different boards for the sport, basketball world governing body-FIBA, Thursday issued Nigeria an ultimatum to resolve the matter before November 30 or face sanctions.

Tuesday 25 July 2017

Football Coaching Clinic: Star partners NPFL to train league coaches in Abuja

By Taofeek Babalola

Over 30 participants drawn from the local league in Nigeria are currently attending coaching clinic at the Abuja National Stadium, reports. 

LMC wants six referees suspended for the rest of the season

.Match officials for FC IfeanyiUbah vs Gombe Utd fingered
.Center referee for Katsina United vs Kano Pillars too

Six match officials in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) whose performances have been adjudged as not meeting the high standard of the league have been suspended from further handling of matches for the rest of the 2016/17 season.

NCC Tennis league playoff to start Thursday in Lagos

The 2017 NCC Tennis League will hit-off Thursday at the National Stadium, Surulere with a playoff involving three teams vying to take the 12th spot in the main event. The playoffs will last three days.

Monday 24 July 2017

3SC’s Ebiaku discharged from hospital after collapse

Players and officials of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan have heaved a sigh of relief after their stand-in skipper, Promise Ebiaku was discharged from hospital after he was certified okay to leave the medical facility.

Home-based Eagles to train twice daily

By Taofeek Babalola

Super Eagles chief coach Salisu Yusuf has revealed to that Home-based Eagles will be having two training session every day.

Juventus make £36m signing of Bernardeschi

Italy winger Federico Bernardeschi has completed his move to Juventus for £35.8million from Fiorentina.

Man City announce Mendy £52m capture

Manchester City have taken their spending on full backs this summer up to £133million after completing the signing of Benjamin Mendy from Monaco.

CHAN QUALIFIER: Home-based Eagles to lodge at Tahir Hotel in Kano

By Taofeek Babalola can report that Kano State Government has given approval for the camping of Home-based Super Eagles players at the Tahir Hotel, Nasarawa Government Reserve Area (GRA) in Kano State in preparation for their fifth African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against Benin Republic.

MFM FC survives Plateau United scare

 Goals from Stephen Odey, Olatunbosun Sikiru and Onuwa Chukwuka propelled Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries FC to second spot on the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) log after a hard earned 3-2 home win over Katsina United FC on Monday morning.

Sunday 23 July 2017

CHAN QUALIFIER: Nigeria to play Benin Republic

Nigeria’s home-based Super Eagles will face the Republic of Benin in the final qualifying round for a place at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Kenya following Benin’s 7-6 penalty win against Togo in their second leg first round qualifier in Cotonou on Sunday.

Rivers Hoopers bid farewell to fans with Customs victory

Rivers Hoopers on Saturday defeated Nigeria Customs 81-65 points in their last game on home court of the 2016/2017 Kwese Premier Basketball League.

Heavy downpour moves MFM, Katsina United game to Monday morning

By Taofeek Babalola

The match day 31 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game between MFM FC and Katsina United at Agege has been shifted as a heavy downpour left the pitch waterlogged.

Alalade of ABS clinches VAT Wonder Goal 8

Wasiu Alalade’s late consolatory goal for Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC on Matchday 27 against MFM FC has been voted the VAT Wonder Goal 8 by over 2,800 fans that participated in the latest online poll.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Gombe United share the spoil

By Taofeek Babalola

Gombe United came from behind to force FC Ifeanyi Ubah to a 2-2 draw in the matchday  31 fixture of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) played at the Ifeanyi Ubah International Stadium, Nnewi on Sunday.

Friday 21 July 2017

2017/18 La Liga fixtures released

Real Madrid will start the defence of their La Liga title at the Riazor against Pepe Mel’s Deportivo La Coruna, it has been confirmed.

Salisu Yusuf warns players: Report to camp on Monday or forget call up

By Taofeek Babalola

Super Eagles chief coach Salisu Yusuf has revealed to that any player who fails to report to the Home-based Eagles team’s camp on Monday may lose his invitation.

Manager of the month award is a collective effort, says Musa

By Taofeek Babalola

Kano Pillars acting technical adviser, Ibrahim Musa has attributed his Manager of the Month Award to collective efforts from players, technical crew and management of the team, reports.

CHAN 2018 QUALIFIER: Salisu Yusuf to drop 10 players

By Taofeek Babalola

Ten out of 30 players invited to the home-based Super Eagles camp for their 5th African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying fixture in the ancient city of Kano would be drooped, reports SportingLife exclusively.

Neymar has 'told Barcelona players he is joining PSG

Neymar has privately confirmed his intention to complete a world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain and said goodbye to a select number of Barcelona team-mates, according to a report in Le Parisen.

Chelsea sign Morata on a five-year deal

Chelsea have completed the signing of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid for £70.6million. The Spain striker flew into Heathrow terminal on Thursday, and the Blues have now confirmed the club-record deal after he passed his medical at Cobham.

Oboabona joins Al Ahli Jeddah

Nigerian international Godfrey Oboabona has joined Saudi Arabian football club Al Ahli Jeddah on a one-year deal.

Amapakabo Arrest: LMC suspends Christian Chukwu from NPFL

Enugu Rangers general manager and former Nigeria captain Christian Chukwu has been suspended from all Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) activities with "immediate effect."

AMAPAKABO ARREST: Nigeria Football Coaches Association threaten legal action against Rangers

By Taofeek Babalola

Aftermath of the disgraceful arrest of former Coach of Rangers International of Enugu, Imama Amakapabo by the management of Rangers International FC of Enugu, the Nigeria Football Coaches Association is considering taking necessary steps to forestall future reoccurrence of such imbroglio, reports 

Nikyu decries strikers’ poor scoring abilities

.Wary of wounded Rivers United
By Taofeek Babalola

Wikki Tourists Technical Adviser, Bala Nikyu has decried the poor scoring abilities of his strikers after failing to utilise their scoring chances in their match day 30 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) against Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) on Wednesday in Bauchi.

Thursday 20 July 2017

Mbappe suitors accused of 'illegal' approaches

AS Monaco have reportedly accused several of Europe's top clubs of making illegal approaches for striker Kylian Mbappe. Manchester City are the only English team that the allegations have been levelled at, according to BBC Sport.

Kano Pillars' Musa, Nwagua emerge best coach, player

Kano Pillars duo of Ibrahim Musa and Nyima Nwagua have been named Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)best Manager and Player for the month of June by the League Bloggers Awards, reports

Tuesday 18 July 2017

LMC demands extra security personnel for Katsina Utd vs Kano Pillars game

By Taofeek Babalola

The League Management Company (LMC) has moved to forestall any crowd incidents during Wednesday’s match day 30 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) between Katsina United and Kano Pillars by designating the fixture as High Risk Match based on historic rivalry between the two teams, reports.

Ronaldo CONFIRMS girlfriend Georgina is pregnant with his fourth child

Cristiano Ronaldo has confirmed girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez is pregnant with his fourth child following months of speculation. The 32-year-old was asked by Spanish news outlet El Mundo whether he was 'happy' to have another child on the way, he replied: 'Yes, very much.'

Injuries stop Mohammed, Ossy, Boje from Wikki Tourists clash

The trio of Mohammed Mohammed, Martin Ossy and goalkeeper Abdullahi Boje of Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC of Ilorin, have been ruled out of match day 30 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash against Wikki Tourists of Bauchi on Wednesday, learnt on Tuesday.

Eduwo, Alaekwe, Alalade gunning for VAT Wonder Goal 8

Lobi Stars and former junior international, Kingsley Eduwo is among the three shortlists for VAT Wonder Goal 8 nominees that are now up for voting to determine the winner for Match Day 27. The other two contenders are Chijioke Alaekwe of FC IfeanyiUbah and Wasiu Alalade of Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS).

VAT Wonder Goal Award: Rabiu Ali to donate half of the money to Nasarawa Children Orphanage Home

A day after he completed marriage rite 
to Maryam at a colourful wedding ceremony, Rabiu Ali was presented his VAT Wonder Goal Award before an impressive turn out of fans at the Sani Abacha Stadium.

2018 CHAN QUALIFIER: Super Eagles’ invitation is not for pleasure, Pascal warned players

By Taofeek Babalola

Super Eagles Team Coordinator Pascal Patrick (Mon) has warned the invited CHAN Eagles players to see their invitation as a privilege and brace up for the team’s challenge, reports