Tuesday 29 May 2018

NFF’s plans for board elections is a distraction to Eagles’ World Cup, Says Dalung

.Orders federation to stop all election activities
.Seeks legal advise from Attorney-General over Giwa/NFF Supreme Court verdict

By our reporter 

The Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung has said that a call for purchase of forms and setting up of an electoral committee for the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) next executive board at this time was a distraction to the team's preparation, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports. 

Farewell: Super Eagles to meet President Buhari on Wednesday morning

The Russia 2018 World Cup –bound Super Eagles contingent will now meet with His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday morning. The session was earlier slated for Tuesday evening.

Sunday 27 May 2018

Federation Cup: Lobi Stars, Nasarawa Utd, Tornadoes win state finals

.3SC to play Crown FC on June 12

By Taofeek Babalola

Nigeria Professional Football League sides, Lobi Stars FC , Nasarawa United and Niger Tornadoes were all crowned champions of their respective states Aiteo Federation Cup winners in the finals decided on Sunday, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Crime Busters shock Rangers in state Federation Cup final

Perennial Enugu State Federation Cup champions and seven time Nigerian league champions, Rangers International FC at the weekend surrendered the trophy to national amateur side, Crime Busters FC who inflicted a 2-1 victory over the defending champions at the main bowl of the Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium, ‘The Cathedral’.

FEYSOC to immmortalise Isha with U21 Soccer Tournament

By Taofeek Babalola

Federation of Youth Soccer Clubs (FEYSOC) Niger State Chapter is set to Immortalize late Hussaini Isah Babayaro with an annual Under 21 Youth Soccer Tournament with effect from next year 2019, Sportinglesn.blogspot.com reports

Egypt 'optimistic' Salah will be fit for World Cup

The Egyptian national team has declared that they are "optimistic" Liverpool star Mohamed Salah will be fit for the World Cup, despite suffering a suspected dislocated shoulder in the Champions League final.

Niger Tornadoes offset all players' outstanding bonuses

By Taofeek Babalola

Niger Tornadoes Management Committee has paid all the outstanding  match bonuses of their players for the 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Friday 25 May 2018

DR Congo delegation arrive Nigeria with 28 players

The delegation of Senior National Team of Democratic Republic of Congo, otherwise known as Simba, flew into Port Harcourt on Thursday night ahead of Monday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Send Forth encounter with the Super Eagles.

Ahmed Musa secures freedom for 40 prison inmates

.Gives money, food items to needy
By Taofeek Babalola

Super Eagles' forward Ahmed Musa has secured freedom for 40 prison inmates in Kano as part of Ramadan goodwill, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports

Iheanacho admits: Messi is something else

.Relishes chance to play against Argentine

Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho is cherishing the chance to face Lionel Messi when Nigeria comes up against Argentina in the FIFA World Cup this summer.

Ronaldo rejects comparisons with Salah

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted that he cannot be directly compared to Mohamed Salah as his Liverpool counterpart "is different to everyone".

Thursday 24 May 2018

Nominations Open for 2018 Nigerian Sports Award

…Organizers solicit sponsorship

Nominations are now open for the 2018 edition of the prestigious Nigerian Sports Award as entry from the general public for the various award categories starts on May 23 and runs till October 7, 2018.

Tuesday 22 May 2018

Harry Kane to captain England at World Cup

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has been confirmed as England's captain for this summer's World Cup in Russia.

Nasarawa United’s game was very easy for Pillars, Says Musa

By Taofeek Babalola

Kano Pillars technical adviser Ibrahim Musa has said that his side’s matchday 22 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash against Nasarawa United was one of their easiest matches this season, Sportinglens.blogspot.com.

Leon Balogun joins Brighton & Hove Albion

Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun has joined English Premier League side, Brighton & Hove Albion on a two-year deal, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Abara: Hussaini Isah will be remembered forever

.Dedicates win over FC IfeanyiUbah to Isah
By Taofeek Babalola

Niger Tornadoes technical adviser Hamza Abara has dedicated his side's 2-1 win over FC IfenyiUbah in the matchday 22 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) at Nnewi to the club's defender late Hussaini Isah, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Sunday 20 May 2018

Eagles may play Akwa Utd on May 26

Taofeek Babalola

Coach Gernot Rohr has revealed that Super Eagles would engage Akwa United in a training game in Uyo on May 26 to assess his players as part of preparations for the FIFA World Cup in Russia next month.

Injured players must report to camp early-- Rohr

Taofeek Babalola

Super Eagles technical Gernot Rohr coach has warned all the injured players in the 30-man provisional squad to report to camp early to be assessed by the team's medical personnel, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Thursday 17 May 2018

Lacazette, Martial left out of France World Cup squad

Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette have both been left out of France's squad for this summer's World Cup with Didier Deschamps naming both on the reserve list instead.

Kano Pillars back Lokosa for Eagles’ 23-man final squad

The management of Kano Pillars Football club is confident that the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) leading goal scorer, Junior Lokosa will be part of the Super Eagles’ final 23-man list for the 2018 Russia World Cup in June,” Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Monday 14 May 2018

Niger Tornadoes’ Hussaini Isah is dead

The management of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)side, Niger Tornadoes is bereaved following the death of their defender Hussaini Isah, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Messi, Agüero, Higuain make Argentina's 35-man preliminary list

Super Eagles’ opponents, Argentina have named its preliminary 35-man squad for this summer’s World Cup, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Ocheme, Forsah, six others join Wikki Tourists

By Taofeek Babalola

The management of Wikki Tourists of Bauchi has strengthened the team with eight new players in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) mid transfer window, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Lokosa, Ajiboye make Eagles’ 30-man provisional list

By Taofeek Babalola

Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has included the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) top scorer Junior Lokosa in the team’s 30-man provisional squad released on Monday ahead of the next month’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Sunday 13 May 2018

Lokosa scores 18th goal of the season in Katsina Utd’s rout

By Taofeek Babalola

Kano Pillars forward Junior Lokosa scored two goals in Sai Masu Gida's 3-1 win over Katsina United in the match day 21 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano on Sunday to take his season's goals tally to 18, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

De Gea wins golden glove

Manchester United's David De Gea won his first Premier League golden glove after recording 18 clean sheets during the season.

Salah breaks goals record as Liverpool secure top four

Mohamed Salah made Premier League history as Liverpool secured fourth place with a 3-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Nanen Imenger joins Akwa United

By Taofeek Babalola

Former Lobi Stars forward Barnabas Nanen Imenger has joined Akwa United in a short term free loan deal, Sportinglens.blogspot.com can reveal.

Friday 11 May 2018

Nadal's clay-court streak ends with Madrid loss

Rafael Nadal lost to Dominic Thiem 7-5, 6-3 in the Madrid Open quarterfinals Friday, breaking the defending champion's run of 21 straight wins on clay courts. Nadal hadn't lost a single set on clay since falling to Thiem a year ago in the Italian Open quarterfinals.

Ronaldo resumes training following ankle injury

Cristiano Ronaldo was back in action as Real Madrid trained ahead of their clash with Celta Vigo on Friday morning.

BREAKING NEWS: Injury stops Dani Alves from World Cup

Paris Saint-Germain defender Dani Alves has been ruled out of this summer's World Cup finals in Russia through injury.

Maikaba sure of victory over Guinea Bissau

By Taofeek Babalola

Flying Eagles assistant coach Abdu Maikaba is confident of Flying Eagles' victory over Guinea Bissau in the first leg of a 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations second round qualifying fixture on Saturday, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports. 

Katsina United not on revenge mission against Pillars, Says Biffo

By Taofeek Babalola

Katsina United technical adviser Abdullahi Biffo has said that his side is not motivated by the prospect of retribution against Kano Pillars when the two teams square off in the matchday 21 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano on Sunday, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Kelvin Itoya emerges NPFL Match Day 19 VAT Wonder Goal winner

Kelvin Itoya’s goal from a free kick in Rangers 3-0 defeat of Wikki Tourists on Match Day 19 was picked by majority of voters that participated in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) VAT Wonder Goal award, an online poll that shortlists goals scored on particular match days for fans to choose the most creative and exciting.

Monday 7 May 2018

Obaje thrilled with win over Go Round FC

By Taofeek Babalola

FC Ifeanyi Ubah forward Godwin Obaje has expressed his joy over his side’s 2-1 win over Go Round in the matchday 20 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Sunday, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports. 

Wikki Tourists drop Ndukwu, Bertto, Bala, five others

.To sign four players
By Taofeek Babalola

The management of Wikki Tourists of Bauchi has parted ways with eight of their players in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) mid transfer window, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Tuesday 1 May 2018

Ibrahim Musa condemns Heartland tactics

By Taofeek Babalola

 Kano Pillars technical adviser Ibrahim A. Musa has decried Heartland FC delayed tactics pattern during Sunday’s matchday 19 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) (NPFL) game, stressing that they could have scored more goals if the opponents opened the game.

Wikki Tourists players train under Jos Ice Rain

By Taofeek Babalola

It was a rare occasion for the players and officials of the Wikki Tourists of Bauchi as they enjoyed their Tuesday evening training session as it 'snowed' Ice rain at the new complex stadium Zaria road, Jos in preparing for the rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) against Plateau United, Sportinglens.blogspot.com reports.

Niger Tornadoes release 18 players

.Sign six, to bring six more
By Taofeek Babalola

Niger Tornadoes FC of Minna have released 18 players out of the registered 37 players in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) mid-season transfer window, Sportinglens.blogspot.com  reports.