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54,000 youths compete for laurels as 19th NNPC/Shell Cup kicks off


Some 54,000 students from 2,750 secondary schools across the Nigeria are competing for honours in the 19th edition of the NNPC/Shell Cup now holding at centres in 36 states of the Federation including Abuja, in the biggest youth football championship in Nigeria. “This is another opportunity for young football talents to develop their dreams while still studying, and another platform ...

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NFF calls for resignation of integrity officers

Amanju Pinnick

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has directed all its affiliate bodies to send to the National Integrity office, six copies of resignation letters of officials who are playing multiple roles in the administration of football in the country. NFF Integrity Officer, Dr Chris Emeruo, said that, for football to be more credible in the country, the concerned officers must resign ...

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NPFL: Plateau United retains top spot


As the first half of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season ends, Plateau United of Jos has returned to the top spot. This came about as United sunk Katsina United 3-0 to top the table with 35 points from 18 games. MFM Football Club of Lagos lost 0-2 to fifth-placed Akwa United of Uyo, and finished second place with ...

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Odemwingie signs for Indonesian club, Madural


Nigerian forward Peter Odemwingie is set to show his wealth of experience in Indonesia this week. The veteran player, who represented the Super Eagles at the 2010 and 2014 World Cup finals, has been without a club after leaving English championship side, Rotherham, earlier this year. The 36-year-old credited the influence of Michael Essien, who plays for the rival club ...

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Maradona denies ordering Messi’s four-match ban


Argentine legend, Diego Maradona has denied ordering Lionel Messi’s four-match ban by FIFA over hefty suspension for outburst. He told newsmen that it hurts him when they say he had an influence in Messi getting suspended for four matches. “I swore to God l knew nothing.” “I’m going to speak to FIFA president Gianni Infantino because it’s terrible. Those who ...

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CAF Champions League: Rangers, Rivers United crash out


Two Nigerian football teams over the weekend crashed out of this year’s CAF Champions League. Enugu Rangers International Football Club defeated Zamalek FC of Egypt by 2-1, but failed to achieve the target of advancing to the group stage, in the return leg clash of the competition, played at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu in Enugu State. The Nigerian side ...

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Enemies of Man Utd abound – Mourinho


Self-styled Special One, José Mourinho, has lambasted Manchester United’s relentless schedule as the team will have to play three games in the space of seven days. With injuries ravaging his club, the Manchester United manager could not but say, “We have lots of enemies (fixture schedule). Normally the enemies should be Rostov but we have a lot of enemies. It’s ...

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Our performance against Bayern was very disappointing – Wenger


If Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, had followed his hunch or consulted a crystal ball before the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, March 7 2017, he probably might have stayed home and avoided the disgrace he encountered at the  Emirates Stadium in London. Firstly, there was a demonstration before the kick-off, as a ...

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Victor Moses extends contact with Chelsea


It was all smiles at the Stamford Bridge stadium in London on Wednesday, March 1 2017 when Super Eagles striker, Victor Moses, extended his contact by two years with Premier League leader, Chelsea. The new extended contact is worth £75,000-a-week, which is a significant pay rise to his previous £45,000-a-week wages, after becoming a crucial member of Antonio Conge’s table-topping ...

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Wenger rejects £30m record offer from China


Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has turned down an offer to leave the Gunners and move to China as manager, despite the offer of a mouth-watering £30 million a year. This stunning offer from China would have made him the world highest-paid manager in the world. Reports say an unnamed Chinese club was prepared to pay Wenger £30 milion-a-year net, twice ...

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