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World Cup Qatar 2022: FIFA opens application for tickets
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World Cup Qatar 2022: FIFA opens application for tickets

The opening of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 ticket application phase will be launch today 19 January 2022, with ticket products and packages set to attract fans from the region and across the globe to a special celebration of the beautiful game. With a range of enticing options available in this opening phase, fans worldwide have a chance to secure their seats so they do not miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime experience. “This is a FIFA World Cup for Qatar, the region and the world, and the products launched today reflect FIFA’s goal of bringing the beautiful game to as many fans globally as possible,” said FIFA’s Secretary General, Fatma Samoura. “It will be a festival of football that will see fans experience the rich culture and history of the region through the platform of football a...
FIFA mourns as François Carrard dies at 83
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FIFA mourns as François Carrard dies at 83

The former International Olympic Committee Director General Mr Francois Carrard has passed away in his home city of Lausanne, aged 83. Mr Carrard chaired the FIFA Reform Task Force in 2015. FIFA has paid tribute to the former Director General of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Mr Carrard led the IOC administration for 14 years, playing a key role in reshaping and reforming the organisation during his tenure, which ran from 1989 until 2003. Following his work at the IOC, he headed FIFA’s independent reform committee and was chairman of the Reform Task Force – upon which FIFA President Gianni Infantino also sat before being elected president the following year. “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of François Carrard,” President Infantino said on Monday. ...
Royal Rangers FC emerge champions of ‘Odiofele Unity Cup’ in Anambra
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Royal Rangers FC emerge champions of ‘Odiofele Unity Cup’ in Anambra

Royal Rangers FC have emerged champions of Odiofele Unity Cup organised by Ekwulimmiri Football Association, Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State. Royal Rangers FC Emerge Champions Of 'Odiofele Unity Cup' In Anambra Royal Rangers emerged top after drubbing humbling Young Stars FC with a 2-0 win in the final game of the competition. The White-on-Red jersey team were rewarded with N300, 000 cash for their efforts while the second placed all Green Young Stars carted home N200,000 cash prize. In the third place march, All Stars FC defeated Ari-Zion FC with 3-1 on penalties after playing 1-1 in regulation time to emerge third and fourth placed winners to go home with N100,000 and N50,000 respectively. The competition was played in honour of the memory of late Chief...
Belgium, Canada take 2021 honours in FIFA Coca Cola Rankings
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Belgium, Canada take 2021 honours in FIFA Coca Cola Rankings

Belgium top the FIFA/Coca-Cola Rankings for the fourth consecutive year; This year’s ‘Most Improved Side’ are Canada with a 130.32-point gain; Qatar in Top 50 as we head into 2022. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, only 352 full internationals were played in 2020. Not since 1987 (323 matches) had so few games been played in a calendar year. By contrast, planet football made up for lost time in 2021 with a record breaking 1116 matches played. While the quantity of games changed radically from one year to the next, the top ranked team in the FIFA/ Coca-Cola World Ranking has remained the same! For the fourth year in a row, Belgium end the calendar year in pole position, albeit only just ahead of Brazil (2nd)by 2.1 points. France (3rd) complete the podium for 2021. On their part, Ca...
Anambra South indoor games hold in Nnewi
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Anambra South indoor games hold in Nnewi

By: Isaac Ojo Ifeanyi Ubah club house in Nnewi, Anambra State on Sunday played host to eminent personalities and sportsmen and women who were on hand to be part of the maiden edition of Anambra South indoor games. The theme of the event is "Celebrating our cultural games." In his welcome address, Mr Ifeanyi Ugochukwu (Mercedes Benz) the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Thanos Sports Colloquium, the organizers of the sporting event said that the program was meant to rediscover games. Ugochukwu said that participants who emerge victorious in traditional wrestling, 'ncho' Scrabble and draft will go home with mouth watering prizes. He pointed out that the event was powered by Ifeanyi Ubah Foundation, Dossy Oil, Capital Oil, De Next Centre, YPP among others. ...
Sports encourages youth towards healthy activities – Bilawal
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Sports encourages youth towards healthy activities – Bilawal

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada PAKISTAN: Young parliamentarian on Saturday said that promoting sports and culture activities could be the best tool to wipe out social evil and encourag youth towards healthy activities in the militancy suffered district Khyber. Speaking at the prize distribution ceremony, MPA Bilawal Khan Afridi said that the main purpose of the event was to promote such healthy activites.He said sports and culture events could motivate youth to contribute and discourage anti social elements. He said peace could be maintained when the government along with the civil society promote sports and culture in the region. He said presence of hundreds of spectators at the Jamrud sports stadium proved that peace has returned to the region. He urged people to work for the longlast...
Bungoma County Teams off to Winnings Start in Embu KICOSCA
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Bungoma County Teams off to Winnings Start in Embu KICOSCA

By: Dishon Amanya Bungoma county government teams began their games on a winning note as Kenya Inter Counties Sports and Cultural Association (KICOSCA), entered day three in Embu county.  Bungoma's Basketball Men and Women got off to a good start by humbling the host Embu county in their opening matches, at Embu University grounds.  Men avenged their early loss to Kisumu County in their first match of the tournament by beating Governor Martin Wambora's men 26-20 and Bungoma Women handing them identical defeat of 22- 17 in hotly contested matches. Patrick Opiyo from the Department of Health led the way for Bungoma men, scoring 18 points. It is his third KICOSCA tournament playing for Bungoma consecutively with Sirengo Kennedy, Kevin Murumba, Derrick Nalubi, Brian Masibay...
FIFA slams two years global ban on Nigerian coach
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FIFA slams two years global ban on Nigerian coach

The World Football governing body, FIFA has slammed a two years global ban on Remi Amadi, Coach of Cofine FC of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. By this ban Amadi will not take part in all football-related activities for the period. The world body’s Disciplinary Committee conveyed this decision to the Nigeria Football Federation NFF. The development is a consequence of a similar ban imposed on the Coach by the NFF Disciplinary Committee during its August 16 meeting. It was gathered that the NFF Integrity Unit forwarded the said decision of the NFF Disciplinary Committee and all the relevant documentations to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee via a letter dated 25th August 2021, requesting the Committee to extend the sanction to have a worldwide effect, in accordance with Article 66, FIFA D...
Blue Tigers of India to play Bangladesh in first SAFF Championship match
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Blue Tigers of India to play Bangladesh in first SAFF Championship match

India will play its first football match in the South Asia Football Federation (SAFF) Football Championship on October 3.  The Indian Blue Tigers will slug it out with Bangladesh National Team.  India had defeated Bangladesh by 2-0 in the 2022 World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers in June this year. As a result, India will be mentally ahead in the first match against Bangladesh.  Then on October 7, 8 and 11 India will play against Sri Lanka, Nepal and the host country Maldives respectively.  The top two teams will play the final on October 13 after the Group League. The Indian National team is currently practicing at city of Kolkata which is the capital of one Indian State of West Bengal with 24 footballers.  The team’s football coach ...
SWAN Bauchi chapter calls for detachment of Wikki Tourist Football Club from state Ministry of Sports
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SWAN Bauchi chapter calls for detachment of Wikki Tourist Football Club from state Ministry of Sports

Bauchi state chapter of the Sports Writer Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has called on the state government to detach Wikki Tourist Football Club of Bauchi state from the State ministry of Sports and move to the office of the Governor. This was disclosed in a communique issued at the end of SWAN congress meeting held at the NUJ Secretariat on Thursday, expressing displeasure on the performance of Wikki Tourist Football Club in the just concluded Nigeria Professional Football League "NPFL "season, despite government huge financial support. According to the Communique, "we call on Governments to always appoint only people with sports background to heads sports Ministry, Department and Agencies". They also appealed for the reorganization of sporting associations to revival school spo...
Chelsea Tuchel gives Kante, Mendy injury update for UCL final
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Chelsea Tuchel gives Kante, Mendy injury update for UCL final

The Chelsea's midfielder and goalkeeper gave their team a boost with a swift return to training following groin and rib problems respectively Injured Chelsea pair N'Golo Kante and Edouard Mendy could yet play a part in the Champions League final after making the Blues squad for Saturday's showpiece.  Tuchel and his players flew out from Gatwick Airport to Porto yesterday ahead of this weekend’s huge all-English final in Portugal. Edouard Mendy and N’Golo Kante had been injury doubts for the Blues, but both returned to training on Wednesday – and Tuchel has allayed fears over the key duo. “N’Golo is looking good and I hope he stays like that for Saturday,” Tuchel said. “Edou made a huge improvement with the management of pain from when the injury happened, which is goo...
Resign: Real Madrid say goodbye to legend Zidane
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Resign: Real Madrid say goodbye to legend Zidane

Zinedine Zidane second departure as a coach has been confirmed by the Spanish club on Thursday, just days after they were beaten to the La Liga title by Atletico Madrid. “It is now time to respect his decision and show our appreciation for his professionalism, dedication and passion all these years,” Real Madrid said in a statement on its website. “Zidane is one of Real Madrid’s great myths and his legend beyond his role as coach and player at our club.” The Frenchman’s departure comes at the end of a disappointing campaign for the 13-time European champions, who also lost to Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals as they failed to win a trophy for the first time in 11 seasons. Only 10 days ago Zidane, who has a contract until 2022, denied press speculation he had alr...
Super eagle player Onuachu wins POTY award in Belgium, Golden Boot
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Super eagle player Onuachu wins POTY award in Belgium, Golden Boot

Super Eagles and Genk forward Paul Onuachu has been named the Jupiler Pro League Professional Footballer of the Year award for the 2020/21 season following a fine season performance. . The Nigerian forward also picked the Golden Shoe Award following a brilliant performance for Genk. The 26-year-old beat Club Brugge’s Noa Lang and Beerschot’s Raphael Holzhauser to the individual prize. He also bagged the Golden Boot (Golden ‘Bull’ in Belgium) after scoring 33 goals and providing five assists in 38 league appearances for the Smurfs. Genk failed to win the league as they came second behind winners Club Brugge. But the club won the Belgian Cup, with Onuachu playing a key role in their race to the title. The Nigeria international has beenreportedly linked with a move to b...
French League 1: After 10yrs Lille beat PSG, Monaco to claim first league title
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French League 1: After 10yrs Lille beat PSG, Monaco to claim first league title

 Lille have been crowned Ligue 1 champions for the first time since 2011 on the final day of a memorable season. Christophe Galter's side headed into Sunday evening’s last round of 2020/21 fixtures holding a one-point lead over  Paris Saint -Germain at the summit and knowing that a win away at Angers would see them claim only a fourth French top-flight title. The three teams all stood the chance of clinching the championship as they were all separated by three points going into the final round. But a win was all that leaders Lille needed to seal their first league triumph since 2011, and they achieved it with a 2-1 away victory over Angers. Goals by Jonathan David and 35-year-old Burak Yilmaz (penalty) helped them secure their fourth Ligue 1 title in the history of the co...
Dortmund beat Leipzig 4:1 to win fifth German Cup
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Dortmund beat Leipzig 4:1 to win fifth German Cup

Borussia Dortmund put up a fine performance on Thursday night to beat RB Leipzig in the 2020-21 German Cup final. Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho both scored twice as Borussia Dortmund withstood a second-half fightback in teeming rain to beat Leipzig 4-1 in the German Cup final on Thursday. It was a fifth-ever triumph for Dortmund in the competition, having also won it in the 1964–65, 1988–89, 2011–12 and 2016–17 seasons. . Sancho curled in the opener in the fifth minute and tapped in a third before the break. Haaland scored the second goal and rounded off the scoring late on after Dani Olmo had scored a consolation for Leipzig. Manager Julian Nagelsmann, who is taking charge of Bayern Munich next season, had been hoping to sign off with his and Leipzig’s first piece...
Nigeria’s Mustapha ranked world’s best cadet player
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Nigeria’s Mustapha ranked world’s best cadet player

Nigeria’s teenage table tennis sensation Musa Mustapha has been ranked world’s best in the boys’ U-11 by the International Table Tennis Federation. Mustapha becomes the second African to be rated number one in the world after Hana Goda was in 2020 named the best U-15 girls in the world. The Abuja-based Mustapha was part of the Nigerian team that won the 2019 ITTF Junior Circuit in Ghana, with the world table tennis body monitoring the player in the last three years, after he made his senior debut at the 2018 Nigeria Open in Lagos. In the rankings released by the ITTF, Mustapha, with 128 points, is number one in the U-11, while he is also ranked 17th in the U-13 category. The Al-Faizun Junior Academy pupil is expected to be part of the World Youth Series later in the year i...
EPL: Jorginho’s agent Santos releases new comment on midfielder’s future at Chelsea
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EPL: Jorginho’s agent Santos releases new comment on midfielder’s future at Chelsea

Jorginho has been linked to a transfer for Napoli and Juventus from Chelsea in the past. His current contract with Chelsea will expire in 2023. The Italian international has become a firm favorite under current Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel in the heart of the Blues’ midfield. Speaking about Jorginho’s future at the West London club, Santo told TuttoMercatoWeb: “He has a two-year contract with Chelsea. “Think about playing the European Championship. And then the World Cup in Qatar. “He will stay at Chelsea, one hundred percent.” He added: “We will talk about [a new deal] In a few months. “ EPL: Jorginho’s agent Santos releases new comment on midfielder’s future at Chelsea
Touts sold Eagles, Lesotho match tickets for N15,000
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Touts sold Eagles, Lesotho match tickets for N15,000

Tickets for the Nigeria versus Lesotho 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Tuesday were sold for as much as N15,000 despite a directive from the Lagos State Government that tickets were free and should not be sold, The PUNCH reports. The Confederation of African Football had allowed the Nigeria Football Federation to have 30 per cent of Teslim Balogun Stadium’s 24,325 capacity. With demands for tickets in the state high because the Super Eagles were playing competitive football in Lagos for the first time in 20 years, the state government announced that the tickets would be distributed free of charge to selected members of the public. “The game is not open to the general public. Tickets will not be sold. We are working with the Nigeria Footba...
I want to play for Nigeria, says Brazilian Alves
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I want to play for Nigeria, says Brazilian Alves

Brazilian Lucas Alves has revealed his admiration for the Super Eagles while making it clear that he dreams of playing for the Nigerian national team in the near future, The PUNCH reports. The Kwara United winger has never hidden his love for Nigerian football and its array of stars and has now said that he hopes to one day don the Eagles’ green and white jersey. “I have been watching Nigerian national team matches and I do enjoy them,” Alves said in a chat with The PUNCH. “It won’t be out of place for me to switch nationality and maybe play for Nigeria. I love the country and I would like to get an invitation to play for the Super Eagles soon. It would be great to play for Nigeria. “I know there are a lot of quality players and competition in my position and every other p...
Mikel: How former Chelsea manager Conte punished me for representing Nigeria
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Mikel: How former Chelsea manager Conte punished me for representing Nigeria

John Obi Mikel has opened up on how he was punished by former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte for deciding to represent Nigeria at the 2016 Olympics. The midfielder was called up by the West African country for the tournament as one of the over-age players and got the nod from the Blues hierarchy to honour the invitation but not Conte, who warned him he would never play for the club again if he sticks to his decision. The 33-year-old went on to captain Nigeria to win the bronze medal in the competition to become the first country to clinch all three medals at the Olympic Games after also scooping the 1996 gold and the 2008 silver medals. Mikel has now revealed he was forced to train alone and never given an opportunity to feature for Chelsea on his return from international duty wh...
Kelechi Iheanancho equals Didier Drogba’s goal record for highest-scoring African in FA Cup
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Kelechi Iheanancho equals Didier Drogba’s goal record for highest-scoring African in FA Cup

Super Eagles of Nigeria and Leicester City striker, Kelechi Iheanancho has equaled the record set by Ivorian football legend Didier Drogba for the most goals scored by an African player in the FA Cup. Drogba scored 12 goals in the competition before leaving Chelsea in 2012. On Sunday, March 21, Iheanacho netted twice in the FA Cup fixture against Manchester United at the King Power Stadium to take his goal tally in the competition to 12. His first goal came in the 24th minute of the game before he scored the second in the 78th minute. “I’m delighted for Kelechi,” said Leicester coach Brendan Rodgers. “I see improvement in him and, day by day, he trains so hard.” The former Manchester City star will be hoping to officially break the record when they face Southampton in t...
Roman Abramovich warns Tuchel of unexpected changes
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Roman Abramovich warns Tuchel of unexpected changes

Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich when speaking with Forbes Magazine, made it clear that his policy is to make managerial changes at the right time. The billionaire who is from Russian risked the wrath of Blues’ fans when he sacked club legend, Frank Lampard in January. But his replacement, Thomas Tuchel is unbeaten in his first 13 games, into the quarter-finals of the Champions League and preparing for Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Sheffield United. Tuchel has reportedly been given a target to finish in the top four this season. And Abramovich has reiterated his objectives at the helm of Chelsea. “I think we are pragmatic in our choices. And we are comfortable making the right changes at the right time to ensure we can achieve our long-term ambitions. “I hope ...
Chelsea to play Porto in Champions Q-final, Bayern vs PSG
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Chelsea to play Porto in Champions Q-final, Bayern vs PSG

Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City have discovered their fate following the draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. Liverpool will face Real Madrid in a rematch of the 2018 final, as the Reds look to reach this season’s showpiece which will be held at the Atatürk Stadium, Istanbul, the scene of their thrilling 2005 final victory over AC Milan. Manchester City will be seeking to reach the semi-finals for the first time under Pep Guardiola and have been drawn to face Borussia Dortmund in the last eight, the Premier League leaders set to face the competition’s leading scorer and rumoured transfer target in Erling Haaland. Chelsea have been handed a favourable looking tie against Portuguese outfit Porto, who caused an upset to reach the quart...
Report: Chelsea weighing up move for Sergio Aguero
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Report: Chelsea weighing up move for Sergio Aguero

With Chelsea on the hunt for a big name new striker, I guess it was only a matter of time before we started hearing crazy links like this. Or is it so crazy? We know Chelsea were close to signing before he joined Manchester City, as reported by The Telegraph back then. However, that was way back in 2009, and the Argentinian international will be turning 33-years old this June. Another thing that occurs this June – Aguero becomes a free agent, which is where these links have arose. It wouldn’t be the first time Chelsea signed a world class player in their 30s as a free agent, just look back to last summer signing Thiago Silva. The report comes from The Daily Mail, and it suggests that Aguero wants to stay in the Premier League, with Chelsea and Barcelona monitoring the s...
Wilfred Zaha becomes first EPL player not to Kneel before a game
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Wilfred Zaha becomes first EPL player not to Kneel before a game

Ivory Coast and Crystal Palace forward, Wilfried Armel Zaha on Saturday became the first player in EPL not to kneel before the kick-off a match. He stood tall in the game against West Brom at Selhurst Park. It has become a tradition for players to kneel in sports to tackle the fight against racism. The player has called for greater efforts towards education on racial inequality saying social media companies should start taking “strong action” over racism. According to Zaha: ” I feel like taking the knee is degrading because growing up my parent just let me know i shoukld be proud to be black no matter what and I feel like we should just stand tall. “There is no right or wrong decision, but I feel kneeling has just become a part of the pre-match routine and whether we kn...
Pinnick becomes third Nigerian to win FIFA Council seat, returns as CAF vice-president
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Pinnick becomes third Nigerian to win FIFA Council seat, returns as CAF vice-president

The Nigerian football administrator is among the six African leaders that will represent the continent on the Fifa Executive CouncilThe President of the Nigerian Football Federation Amaju Pinnick has been elected into the Fifa Council after a landslide victory. Pinnick defeated Malawian FA president Walter Nyamilandu by 43 votes to eight during the Caf General Assembly held in Rabat on Friday. He becomes the third Nigerian elected into the prestigious council after Oyo Orok Oyo (1980-1988) and Amos Adamu (2006-2010). Pinnick will be joined by Egypt's Hany Abou Rida, Morocco's Fouzi Lekjaa, Mali's Mamoutou Toure, Benin's Mathurin De Chacus and Sierra Leone's Aisha Johansen in the main decision-making organisation of the world football governing body. Prior to his success at...
S’African billionaire, Motsepe, takes over from Ahmad as CAF President
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S’African billionaire, Motsepe, takes over from Ahmad as CAF President

South African Billionaire businessman Patrice Motsepe has emerged as the new president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The new tenure was confirmed at the 43rd edition of the Ordinary and Elective CAF General Assembly held in Rabat, Morocoo on Friday. Motsepe, 59, who ran unopposed in the election, will be taking over from Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad, who had been head of the African football body since March, 2017 after he unseated long-time President, Issa Hayatou. Ahmad was going to run for a second term in office but was barred from running amid allegations of misconduct. The other candidates also vying for the seat of president, including Jacque Anouma (Côte d’Ivoire), Augustine Senghor (Senegal) and Ahmed Yahya (Mauritania), all withdrew from the race ov...
Osimhen ends goal drought in Napoli’s big win over Bologna
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Osimhen ends goal drought in Napoli’s big win over Bologna

Super Eagles forward, Victor Osimhen has ended a four-month goal drought after he scored for Napoli in their 3-1 victory over Bologna in the Serie A on Sunday. The 22-year-old, who started the game from the bench and was introduced on 54 minutes, netted Napoli’s second goal on the 65th minute. The last time Osimhen scored was in November 2020 in the away fixture of the Bologna tie. Lorenzo Insigne had opened the scoring in the eighth minute before Osimhen scored on his return to the squad following an injury layoff. Roberto Soriano halved the deficit for Bologna in the 73rd minute. The visitors then started pushing for an equaliser but Insigne took the game beyond them when he scored Napoli’s third in the 76th minute. With the brace, Insigne now has 13 goals to his n...
AFCON Qualifiers: Eagles get dates for Benin Rep., Lesotho clashes
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AFCON Qualifiers: Eagles get dates for Benin Rep., Lesotho clashes

Three-time African champions, Nigeria will face West African brothers Benin Republic on Friday March 27 in Port Novo after the Confederation of African Football confirmed dates for the remaining AFCON qualifiers, AOIFootball.com reports.Needing just a point to qualify for the tournament, Eagles gaffer, Gernot Rohr will lead his boys in their first clash of the year with the Eagles winning the reversed fixture 2-1 in 2019 after goals from Victor Osimhen and Samuel Kalu canceled out a Stephen Sessegnon opener.Similarly, the Eagles will also play host to Lesotho on Tuesday, March 30 in Lagos, marking a return to the city after a 10 years’ absence.The Super Eagles will camp in Lagos for both games with Rohr and his team expected to depart for Benin on the 25th of March and will return to ...
Popular Nigerian Footballer slumps, dies during training (Photo)
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Popular Nigerian Footballer slumps, dies during training (Photo)

A Nigerian footballer, Ibrahim Odiba has slumped and died while training at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja, the State capital. The tragic incident happened in the morning of Saturday, February 20, 2020. According to eyewitnesses, Odiba, an ex-ABS FC midfielder, was full of life when he resumed for training and even when he slumped, no one suspected it was going to be his last. The Kogi born one time player of Kaduna United had joined his colleagues in the ‘Kogi All Stars’ training at the Confluence Stadium, without showing signs of declining health. One of the members of Confluence All Stars, Tomiwa Lawal told OnwardNews24 that Odiba was a lively and friendly member who has always shown optimum professionalism all through. He said Odiba will be greatly missed just as he...