Tuesday 31 October 2017

Ifeanyi Nweke joins Kano Pillars

By Taofeek Babalola

Rivers United FC right full back Ifeanyi Nweke has completed his move to the former Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions Kano Pillars FC, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Monday 30 October 2017

Deportivo’s keeper Uzoho, Nwakali get Eagles’ first call-up

Deportivo de La Coruña's goalkeeper Francis Uzoho and Manchester City young star Chidiebere Nwakali has been handed their first call-up to the Nigeria national team, being named in the Super Eagles’ 24-man squad to face Algeria (November 10), before facing two-time world champions Argentina (November 14) in an international friendly in Southern Russia.

El Kanemi hit Benin on Wednesday for camping

By Taofeek Babalola

Players and officials of El Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri will travel to Benin City on Wednesday for their pre-season camping in preparation for the 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, Sportinglens.blogspot.com can report.

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium to get new turf

By Taofeek Babalola

Sportinglens.blogspot.com can report that work has commenced to relay new pitch at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi for next football season.

Thursday 26 October 2017

Niger State Governor splashes N10m gift on Tornadoes

Niger Tornadoes FC of Minna on Thursday received N10 million gift from their sponsors, the Niger State government, for coming second in the maiden AITEO Cup competition.

Joshua vs Takam fight: Kwesé Free Sports live screenings start 6pm

The doors at the Sagamu and Lagos viewing centres will open from 6pm to give Nigerian boxing fans the opportunity to watch all the undercard fights when Anthony Joshua defends his world heavyweight titles against Carlos Takam on Saturday evening.

Governor Al-Makura appoints Musa Elayo as Chief Press Secretary

By Taofeek Babalola

Nasarawa State Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has appointed Musa Elayo as the chief Press Secretary, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Gold Cup: Kano Pillars to battle Lobi, Remo, Kwara Utd, Rivers Utd

Former Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Champions, Kano Pillars Football Club will compete in the fifth edition of Gold Cup Pre-season Tournament.

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Rafael Everton vows to make Abia Warriors one of the best

Abia Warriors new manager Rafael Everton said he is in Umuahia with the intention of making the club one of the best in the land adding that he was happy with what he has seen on the ground, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports. 

Wikki Tourists release Nwabulu, Ajoku, 8 others

.30 players attend screening
By Akanni Olawale

The management of Wikki Tourists of Bauchi has released 10 players out the squad registered for the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Kurfi, Babangida chat way forward for Polo

By Taofeek Babalola

Katsina United Chairman, Aminu Kurfi on Tuesday met with the Patron of EL-Amin polo club, Muhammed Babangida in Minna to discuss on how to improve and bring discipline to the game of Polo in Nigeria.

Dogo can be like Wenger, Ferguson in Nasarawa Utd, Says Danladi

.Chairman, coach in closed door meeting
By Akanni Olawale

Nasarawa United chairman Isaac Danladi has said that the club is enjoying the services of Kabiru Dogo as the team’s technical adviser and could become like Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson at Lafia, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Chinedu Udechukwu to join German club in January

By Taofeek Babalola

Katsina United chairman Aminu Kurfi has disclosed to Sportinglens.blogspot.com that the club has received an offer from a German club for the team’s top striker Chinedu Udechukwu.

Eagles tackle Argentina on Nov.14

World Cup-bound Nigeria will face Argentina in a friendly on November 14 in Krasnoder, Russia, after they rejected offers to play against Morocco, Iran and Saudi Arabia, officials said.

Sunday 22 October 2017

2017 FIFA player of the year: No Nigerian player deserves nomination, says Okocha

.Tips Ronado, Zidane for the award
By Taofeek Babalola

Former Super Eagles Captain, Austin Okocha has said that Nigeria did not have any player that stands out for the  FIFA player of the year nomination.

Friday 20 October 2017

Baba Jada sets Sunday resumption deadline for old players

.Tuesday for screening of new players 
By Taofeek Babalola

Wikki Tourists General Manager, Auwalu Baba Jada has warned that any old player who fails to report to the team’s camp in Bauchi on Sunday October 22 will not be regarded as a member of the club again, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports. 

Chinedu Udechukwu is not for sale, says Kurfi

By Taofeek Babalola

Katsina United are fully aware that they have a star in their ranks in Udechukwu Chinedu and are not willing to let him leave the club for any price.

Thursday 19 October 2017

Kwese TV to broadcast Joshua, Takam fight live in Sagamu

.2018 FIFA World Cup too
By Taofeek Babalola

Africa’s dynamic broadcaster, Kwese TV has secured exclusive broadcast rights that will allow viewers in Nigeria and across the continent to see the British-Nigerian born Anthony Joshua’s world Boxing title defence against Carlos Takam at Principality Stadium in Cardiff on October 28.

Tuesday 17 October 2017

Roma vs Chelsea: It’s difficult to cope without Moses, says Conte

By Olawale Akanni

Antonio Conte has admitted that his squad is struggling to cope with the absence of Nigerian International Victor Moses and other players who are nursing hamstring injuries ahead of Champions League clash against Roma on Wednesday.

2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: Nigerian fans to pay more for hotels in Russia

.As Russian owners hike prices
. Some hotels are charging seven times more than regular rates
By Taofeek Babalola

Nigerian fans planning to attend next year's World Cup in Russia next summer should be prepared to pay more for accommodation as many hotels have significantly hiked their prices, according to a report.

Monday 16 October 2017

Preko quits FC IfeanyiUbah

By Olawale Akanni

Ghanaian coach Yaw Preko might have ended his services with FC Ifeanyi Ubah if his recent comments are anything to go by, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports. 

Stop playing Aiteo Cup finals on artificial turf, Preko advises NFF

.Faults NFF for using CAF ball
By Olawale Akanni

FC Ifeanyi Ubah coach Yaw Preko has advised Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to look for a natural grass pitch to play finals of the Aiteo Cup if they want to see the best of the players, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Aiteo Cup: God has crown my effort, says Maikaba

By Taofeek Babalola

Akwa United technical adviser, Abdul Maikaba has attributed his Aiteo Cup success to God, saying that ‘I will cherish this for a long time’, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Aiteo Cup: Luck was against us- Bala

By Taofeek Babalola

Niger Tornadoes technical adviser, Abubakar Bala has praised his boys despite their loss to Akwa United in the final of this year's Aiteo Cup, insisting that luck was against his team, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Friday 13 October 2017

Plateau State Government set to complete new stadium for Plateau Utd

Plateau State Government are really leaving nothing to chance in making sure that the Ultra Modern Olympic size Stadium is ready for Plateau United to host the CAF Champions League, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Nasarawa Amazons win NWPL Super 4

Nasarawa Amazons emerged champions of the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL)after defeating Delta Queens 1-0 in the final of the Super Four played at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Edo State on Friday.

Tornadoes, Akwa battle in AITEO Cup final in Lagos

History will be made on Sunday when Niger Tornadoes FC and Akwa United clash at the Agege Stadium for the right to be the first team to hoist the glittering AITEO Cup, freshly delivered for the purpose.

AITEO CUP FINAL: Salisu to officiate Tornadoes, Akwa Utd game

By Taofeek Babalola
Kano State-based FIFA Referee, Bashir Salisu will be at the centre when Niger Tornadoes and Akwa United battle for the Aiteo Federation's Cup final at Agege Stadium, Lagos, on Sunday.

Victor Mboama closes to Kano Pillars’ move

By Taofeek Babalola


The management of Kano Pillars has opened talks with Remo Stars captain Victor Mboama with the hope of signing him for the forthcoming Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), Sportinglens.blogspot.com can reveal.

Rivers United drop Esosa Igbinoba, nine others

.Retain 21 players

By Taofeek Babalola

Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt have dropped former Nasarawa United midfielder, Esosa Igbinoba and nine others from the 31 players registered for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) last season, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Thursday 12 October 2017

SEX SCANDAL: Watford boss Silva warns Isaac Success

By Taofeek Babalola

Watford boss Marco Silva warned Nigeria international Isaac Success 'to be careful' after he was arrested following an incident at Sopwell House in Hertfordshire.

Abia Warriors sign Rafael Everton as new coach

.To be unveiled next week
By Taofeek Babalola

Abia Warriors FC has completed the signing of Brazilian coach Rafael Everton as new manager, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Niger Tornadoes arrive Lagos for Aiteo Cup final

.Akwa Utd round up final training in Uyo
By Taofeek Babalola

Players and technical crew of Niger Tornadoes arrived in Lagos on Thursday evening ahead of Sunday’s Aiteo Cup final match, Sportinglens.blogspot.com can reveal.

Tuesday 10 October 2017

Onyekuru to return to Everton in January

Everton are reportedly working on a deal to bring Henry Onyekuru to Goodison Park earlier than planned.

Kaka: I don't feel joy in playing football anymore

Kaka could follow Andrea Pirlo into retirement after the Brazilian midfielder admitted he doesn't enjoy playing football anymore.

Rohr to Nigerians: We won World Cup ticket together

Taofeek Babalola

Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr has expressed his appreciation to Nigerians for the support given to him and his team during their 2018 Russia FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Monday 9 October 2017

Gold Cup tourney name Select as official match ball

Select Sports company Denmark have confirmed its partnership with the Gold Cup preseason tournament. Its ball will serve as the official match balls when the 5th edition of the prestigious tourney for clubs in Nigeria's domestic league kicks off in Ilorin, Kwara State.

Sunday 8 October 2017

Imama Amapakabo joins El Kanemi Warriors

By Taofeek Babalola

Sportinglens.blogspot .com can report that the management of El Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri has signed former Rangers International FC of Enugu coach, Imama Amapakabo on a year deal.

Aiteo Cup final: Akwa Utd to face Niger Tornadoes

Akwa United defeated Sunshine Stars of Akure 3-1 in the second leg of the Aiteo Cup semi final clash at the God’swill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo on Sunday to qualify for the final on 3-2 aggregate.

Boboye, Maikaba, Ilechukwu, Udi battle for LBA award

The League Bloggers Awards (LBA) on Sunday revealed its shortlists for this year's end-of-the-season ceremony to cover the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), the Nigeria National League (NNL) and the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL).

Sex Scandal: Isaac Success arrested in UK hotel

Nigerian international Isaac Success was arrested by the UK police for allegedly assaulting four sex workers in a Hertfordshire hotel. According to reports, Success whose only on-pitch action this season was as a half-time substitute in the Watford’s Carabao Cup defeat to Bristol City, paid the sex workers £2000 for a night at a hotel.

Aruna Quadri emerges Polish Open winner

Aruna Quadri has been crowned the champions of the men’s singles event of the ITTF Challenge Polish Open.

2018 World Cup: Iwobi thanks Nigerian fans for ‘crazy’ atmosphere

Alex Iwobi has thanked the Nigerian fans who witnessed his winning goal for his country on Saturday night. Iwobi came on in the 66th minute for Nigeria against Zambia when the score was still 0-0. Within seven minutes, the 21-year-old has not only scored his second goal for his national team, he’d won the match and made the Super Eagles the first African team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Bosso gives reasons for El Kanemi exit

By Taofeek Babalola

Coach Ladan Bosso has revealed that his decision not to renew his contact with El Kanemi Warriors was necessitated by better offers he received from other clubs, sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Friday 6 October 2017

Zambia star Daka fit for Nigeria clash

News from the Zambia camp is that Zambia and Redbull Salzburg striker, Patson Daka has arrived in Nigeria. The Chipolopolo forward arrived to complete coach Wedson Nyirenda’s squad to face Nigeria on Saturday in Uyo in a crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Musa's hard work earns him Pillars' technical adviser job

Kano Pillars chairman Tukur Babangida has revealed that the confirmation of Ibrahim A. Musa and other technical crew members to lead the team in the forthcoming Nigeria Professional Football (NPFL)season was based on their commitment when they were in acting capacity last season, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Mawere: Zambia will shock Eagles in Uyo

Sports Minister Moses Mawere is upbeat Chipolopolo will overcome Nigeria in Saturday’s crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Uyo.

2017 Nigerian Sports Award: Voting opens for nominess

Organisers of the Nigerian Sports Award (NSA) have announced shortlist of nominees for the sixth anniversary edition of the prestigious sports awards ceremony.

England coach Boothroyd fears to lose young England stars to Nigeria

England u21 boss Aidy Boothroyd says Nigeria could look to lure more players away after the success of Alex Iwobi for the national side.

Fashola to represent Buhari at Nigeria's Zambia Match

Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works, and Housing, will represent President Muhammadu Buhari at Saturday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying showdown between Nigeria and Zambia in Uyo.