Thursday 24 August 2017

Shakespeare: Iheanacho is getting back to fitness

.Says he won’t push him too far
By Taofeek Babalola

Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare has revealed that the Super Eagles striker Kelechi Iheanacho is building match fitness after seeking specialist opinion on a lingering toe complaint.

Adetunji promises to be back stronger

Abia Warriors Football club of Umuahia top scorer this season, Sunday Adetunji has assured his numerous fans across the globe that he will be back soon after speaking from the hospital bed for the first time since he successfully underwent a surgery on his fractured left arm.

Ronaldo wins UEFA Best Player award

Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first player to win the UEFA Best Player in Europe award three times as he was handed the coveted prize for the 2016-17 campaign on Thursday.

Tottenham drawn with Real Madrid, Dortmund in UCL group stage

Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a tricky Champions League draw stage draw, as they will face defending champions Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and APOEL.

Rivers United kit manager, Uduak James dies

The kit manager of Rivers United FC, Uduak ‘Amanaman’ James has died. Amanaman slumped and died at his residence in Elelenwo, Port Harcourt on Thursday, August 24, 2017.

Tuesday 22 August 2017

BATTLE FOR RELEGATION: We'll fight till the End, says Bode Daniel

By Taofeek Babalola

Shooting Sports Club of Ibadan (3SC) of Ibadan striker Bode Daniel says his side will not throw in the towel in the battle against relegation with three matches to end the 2016/2017 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, reports.

Danjuma invites 30 Falconets for Tanzania tie

Newly –installed Head Coach of Nigeria U20 Women National Team, Falconets, Chris Danjuma on Tuesday rolled out a list of 30 players who have been invited to the team camp in Abuja ahead of next month’s FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup qualifying fixture against Tanzania.

Rohr names 23 players for Cameroon clash

The Nigeria Football Federation have announced the 23 players summoned for the World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon in the first week of September 2017.

School donates kits to Kano Pillars

By Taofeek Babalola

A private school in Kano State, Musa Iliyasu College, has donated sports kits worth thousands of naira to Kano Pillars.

Nwagua cherishes goal against Abia Warriors

By Taofeek Babalola

Nwagua Nyima described his relief following "a bit of a dry spell" – after the Kano Pillars forward roared back into form on Sunday, scoring a brilliant opener in his side’s 2-0 win over Abia Warriors in the match day 35 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.

Bosso suspends, fines Yahuza Bala, Okonkwo, Haliru

By Taofeek Babalola

El Kanemi Warriors technical adviser, Ladan Bosso has placed a fine on three of his players for indiscipline, SportingLife can reveal.

Monday 21 August 2017

Rooney becomes second player to score 200 Premier League goals

Wayne Rooney has achieved another milestone by scoring his 200th Premier League goal. The 31-year-old Everton striker reached the feat at the home of Manchester City when he netted in the first half of the league contest on Monday evening.

ZONAL HANDBALL ELIMINATIONS: Ocheho charges Zonal reps to fight age-cheat

By Taofeek Babalola

The President of the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN) Samuel Ocheho has charged Zonal representatives in the federation to fight aged cheat in the ongoing under 17 Youth Games Zonal eliminations.

Neymar: Barca board must go

Neymar claims Barcelona “have board members that shouldn’t be there” and suggests his former team are no longer competitive.

NPFL has improved, says Zango

By Taofeek Babalola

Gombe United defender Umar Zango has rated the standard of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) very high, reports.

2017 Afrobasket: Akhator hopeful against Guinea

Ahead of their fourth group game on Tuesday against Guinea, D’Tigress super star, Evelyn Akhator is confident of another world class act as the 2017 FIBA Women Afrobasket tournament hots up in Mali.

Agege Local Govt boss pledges support to MFM

By Taofeek Babalola

The newly elected chairman of Agege Local Government Ganiyu Egunjobi has promised that his administration will give all necessary support to Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) FC.

Sunday 20 August 2017

Women’s Afrobasket: Nigeria qualify for quarter-finals after win over Egypt

Egypt’s women national basketball team have lost 106-72 to Nigeria in their third game of the 2017 Women’s Afrobasket on Sunday.

Friday 18 August 2017

Emeteole buried in Abia State

.Chukwu, Okala, others pay him last respect
By Taofeek Babalola

The remains of late Kelechi Emeteole has been laid to rest on Friday at his village, Amiyi Obinohia, Isikwuato Local Government Area in Abia State, reports.

Iheanacho sees specialist over toe injury

Super Eagles and Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho has visited a specialist as he continues to struggle with a toe complaint.

Girona confirm Kayode Olanrewaju’s loan move

Girona have confirmed a season-long loan deal with Manchester City for striker Olarenwaju ‘Larry’ Kayode.

Shakespeare reveals: I won’t put pressure on Iheanacho

By Taofeek Babalola

Leicester City manager Shakespeare says he doesn’t want to rush Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho as he settled into life at City following his big money move from Manchester City.

Thursday 17 August 2017

AITEO CUP: Kogi United banned for two years

.Match awarded to Rangers  
By Taofeek Babalola

Kogi United have been banned by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) from participating in the next two (2018 and 2019) editions of the Federation Cup (AITEO CUP), reports.

Boboye, Maikaba, Ilechukwu, Biffo, others jostle for national teams jobs

By Taofeek Babalola

Notable Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) coaches have been invited for interview for the vacant coaching job of the national teams, reports.

Florence Omagbemi shortlisted for FIFA Women's Coach Award

By Taofeek Babalola

Former Super Falcons coach, Florence Omogbemi has been listed among the 10 nominees for the Best FIFA Women's Coach of the Year Award.

Tuesday 15 August 2017

Nigeria’s U-15 Eagles to play Morocco in friendly games

The U15 National Team of Nigeria, known as Future Eagles, will on Wednesday and Thursday play two international friendly matches against their Moroccan counterparts in Rabat, Morocco.

African Handball Tourney: 27 players train in Lagos

Twenty seven players under the watch of three coaches have commenced training in Lagos ahead of the 2018 senior African Nations Handball tourney.

Adetunji undergoes successful surgery

Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia striker, Sunday Adetunji has undergone a successful surgery on his fractured left arm at the Federal medical Centre, Umuahia.

Nomination opens for 2017 Nigerian Sports Award

.Event to be held on November 17
By Taofeek Babalola

The nominations for the 2017 edition of the prestigious Nigerian Sports Award (NSA) are now open for Nigerians to nominate individuals and teams who have distinguished themselves in their various sporting events for the categories of the award, can reveal. 

Afrobasket: D’Tigress to depart for Mali on Wednesday

D’Tigress team will depart on Wednesday for Bamako for the 2017 Afrobasket tournament at 9:45am aboard an Air Cote d’Ivoire flight.

Monday 14 August 2017

Bosso insists: Hope for a continental ticket is still much alive

By Taofeek Babalola

El-Kanemi Warriors technical adviser Ladan Bosso has said that his side’s 2-0 win over FC Ifeanyi Ubah in the match day 34 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Monday has kept alive their hope for a continental ticket at the end of the season.

Olumide Oyedeji joins Luoyang

Chinese National Basketball League (NBL) side Luoyang have strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 36-year old Nigerian international center Olumide Oyedeji (210-111kg-81).

Ronaldo hit with five-game suspension

Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo has been hit with a five-game suspension following his red card in Sunday night's Spanish Super Cup first leg against Barcelona at Camp Nou.

Abia Warriors won for Adetunji, says Biffo

Abia Warriors football club of Umuahia Chief Coach, Abdullahi Usman Biffo has dedicated his side’s 2-0 win over visiting Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan in a match day 34 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game at the weekend to the club’s injured top scorer, Sunday Adetunji.

Sunday 13 August 2017

Wikki Tourists accept LMC sanction

By Taofeek Babalola

The management of Wikki Tourists of Bauchi has accepted all charges leveled against the team by the League Management Company (LMC).

El Kanemi, FC Ifeanyi Ubah hold Monday morning

By Taofeek Babalola

The matchday 34 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash between El Kanemi Warriors and FC Ifeanyi Ubah will be played Monday morning at the Maiduguri Stadium.

CHAN qualifier: Benin Republic pip Nigeria

Skipper Mama Seibou scored from the penalty spot with four minutes left to put Benin Republic in the driving seat of their 2018 African Nations Championship qualifying fixture against Nigeria.

Friday 11 August 2017

Eagles will beat Benin Republic, Mathias boasts

By Taofeek Babalola

El Kanemi Warriors midfielder Samuel Mathias has said that Home-based Eagles will do everything to come out victorious against their opponents, Squirrels of Benin Republic in Sunday’s first leg encounter of the 2018 African Nations Championship qualifying qualifier in Cotonou.

MFM won’t surrender to Plateau Utd pressure, says Zikiye

By Taofeek Babalola

Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) FC of Lagos defender, Jonathan Zikiye has revealed that his side is more focused for this Sunday’s matchday 34 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash against Plateau United.

Wikki Tourists fined N2.250m, to play 3 matches behind closed doors

.To pay cost of damaged Rangers bus

The League Management Company LMC) has ordered Wikki Tourists to play three games behind closed doors in addition to paying a fine of N2.250m for various violations of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Framework and Rules. 

Kano Pillars fans’ support is beyond imagination, Nwagua reveals

By Taofeek Babalola

Kano Pillars forward Nwagua Nyima is on cloud nine over the maximum support he and his teammates are enjoying from their fans during home games.

Thursday 10 August 2017

Leicester City coach banks on Iheanacho to end 24-year Arsenal jinx

Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare is resting hopes on Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho to end their Arsenal hoodoo on Friday night in the kick-off game of the Premier League campaign.

Conference 6 playoffs start August 14

The Conference 6 playoffs of the 2016/2017 Kwese Premier Basketball League has been slated for 14-19 August. This was contained in a statement released on Tuesday by the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF.

New adjustment fixtures: NPFL season to end Sept 9

The League Management Company (LMC) has adjusted the dates for the last four match days of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season. The adjustment was made to give way for CHAN, World Cup qualifying matches and Federation Cup fixtures.

Birmingham City agree €4.5m deal for Onazi

Birmingham City have completed a €4.5million deal to sign Nigerian midfielder Ogenyi Onazi, according to reports in Turkey.

FIFA RANKING: Super Eagles move up two places

.Brazil now world number one

The Super Eagles of Nigeria has moved up two places in the new FIFA ranking released on Thursday morning.

CHAN EAGLES: Salisu drops Alimi, Aggreh, Udoh, Okemute 6 others

.Picks 20 to tackle Squirrels

By Taofeek Babalola

Super Eagles chief coach Salisu Yusuf has named 20 players that will don the colour of Nigeria for Sunday’s 2018 African Nations Championship qualifying match against Benin Republic.

Gambo resumes full training after three months

By Taofeek Babalola

Kano Pillars striker Gambo Muhammad gave his team something to cheer when he resumed full training session on Wednesday morning with the rest of the squad, can reveal.  

Tuesday 8 August 2017

D’Tigress to face Raptors in friendly game

Plans have been concluded by the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Basketball Federation to organize the first test match for the Senior Women National team as they continue their training camp ahead of the 2017 Women Afrobasket tournament.

Biffo warns players: Don't get carried away by win over Lobi Stars

By Taofeek Babalola

Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia Chief Coach, Abdullahi Usman Biffo has charged his players not lose focus by their astonishing 4-2 away victory over Lobi Stars in a week 33 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) encounter in Makurdi on Sunday, reports.