AFCON 2019: Rohr drops Mikel Obi due to injury

Rohr, speaking to the press in Lagos yesterday, said captain John Mikel Obi asked to be excused because he was just recovering from an injury. “I considered his excuse and the long journey he has to make from China. He needs to focus on his fitness in order to recover fully for club and country. […]

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Nigeria stage sit-in at WWC over unpaid bonuses

Nigeria players are staging a sit-in protest, refusing to leave their hotel in France until all of their outstanding bonuses are paid, following the team’s elimination from the Women’s World Cup on Saturday. Players told ESPN they are owed bonuses from two games, against Gambia and Senegal, from as far back as two years ago, amounting […]

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Nigeria v Burundi Player Ratings

#1 Daniel Akpeyi: 4.5/10  Made a crucial save to prevent Burundi going ahead early on, but seemed less assured as the game went on, and by the end of it had returned to his error-prone best. Gave away a corner needlessly, and dropped an easy cross late in the game. #2 Abdullahi Shehu: 4/10  Looked off-colour and […]

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Romelu Lukaku set for Man Utd exit after agreeing £180k-a-week Inter Milan deal

The Manchester United striker has a deal in principle to land £180,000-a-week wages when a fee is agreed between the clubs. Romelu Lukaku has agreed terms with Inter Milan Lukaku will be allowed to leave for £75million after losing his place under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. And the 26-year-old is ready to move to Italy to get his career […]

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FIFA to take over the running of CAF & African football

 A drastic and dramatic overhaul of African football is expected to be announced on Thursday, the eve of the kickoff of the African Cup of Nations, in the wake of corruption scandals consuming the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Ahmad Ahmad, New CAF Prresident The CAF executive committee took a stunning decision on Wednesday to […]

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Nigeria’s defeat, a shame – Captain

Captain of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Mikel Obi, regretted the loss of Super Falcons to France. He assured the Falcons of  Super Eagles’ support. He said, “I just want to say well done for your efforts. You (Falcons) have been doing wonderfully well. Though you lost on Monday, you’ve given your best. “I don’t want […]

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Complete day-by-day schedule for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Complete day-by-day schedule for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt (all kick-off times GMT, two hours behind local time): FIRST ROUND June 21 Group A: Egypt v Zimbabwe, Cairo International Stadium 2000 June 22 Gp A: Democratic Republic of Congo v Uganda, Cairo Stadium 1430; Gp B: Nigeria v Burundi 1700, Guinea v […]

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Real Madrid To Sign Eden Hazard From Chelsea For £88.5m

Eden Hazard is set to join Real Madrid after the Spanish club agreed a fee in the region of €100m (£88.5m) plus add-ons with Chelsea. The Guardian say the two clubs finally agreed a fee after the Blues initially wanted closer to £115m for the Premier League’s top playmaker. The breakthrough came after days of […]

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Ex-UEFA president Johansson dies at 89

Lennart Johansson, who was president of European football body UEFA from 1990 to 2007, has died at the age of 89, the Swedish football federation said on Wednesday. “Swedish football is in mourning. Lennart Johansson has died. He passed away on the evening of June 4 aged 89 after a short illness,” the federation said. […]

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Neymar Denies Rape Accusation

According to a police report filed in São Paulo, the woman alleges that the attack took place in a hotel in the French capital, where Neymar plays for Paris St-Germain (PSG).
Neymar sought to prove his innocence by posting what he says is an exchange of Whatsapp messages between the pair.

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No time to experiment with new players – Rohr

Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr says two months to the Nations Cup in Egypt is too short a time to experiment with new players.
Rohr who has dismissed insinuations in some quarters that he is under pressure to win a laurel with the team he inherited from former international Sunday Oliseh in 2016, maintained that the devil you know is better than the Angel you know nothing about.

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I’ll be back at Juventus 1000% – Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has pledged his immediate future to Juventus in the wake of their eighth straight Serie A title.
The Portugal international striker, who joined the Bianconeri from Real Madrid in the summer, became the first man to win league titles in England, Spain and Italy on Saturday after his team wrapped up the Scudetto.

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Bundesliga Names Okocha As Tour Ambassador

Former Super Eagles captain, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha has been named as the StarTimes and Bundesliga Legend Tour ambassador in Nigeria.
The three-day tour, which kicks off on 25 April 2019 in Lagos, is meant to promote the league in the country.

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Eagles to pocket N1.6bn if they win 2019 AFCON

All the countries competing at this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt will receive at least $600,000 each, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced following the draw that took place in Cairo on Friday, April 12.
For the first time in the history of the competition, 24 teams are participating and this will bring additional revenue to CAF.

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FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy Arrives Nigeria on Tour

The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja is already agog in anticipation of the arrival of the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy, which is expected on Nigerian soil on Thursday.
The Women’s World Cup trophy’s stop-over is coming 13 months after the FIFA World Cup trophy (for men) also made a stop in Nigeria ahead of last year’s FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.

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Leicester’s Coach : Ndidi plays like Steven Gerrard

Leicester City coach Brendan Rodgers said midfielder Wilfred Ndidi reminds him of Steven Gerrard while at Liverpool.
Wilfred Ndidi Ndidi has been handed a holding midfield position by the Northern Irish tactician, similar to the one the former England captain played for the Reds, and he has continued to flourish.

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Top 5 highest-paid players & coaches revealed

Unsurprisingly, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi tops the player’s list, with Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone being the highest paid coach.
The Top five highest-paid players are as follows

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Iheanacho’s Career Recently

Already in England, tongues are wagging among football pundits that Iheanacho has not been listed among the roll call of players in the English Premier League that are set to star for their respective countries at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. He and no one else is going to be the loser.

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Lionel Messi names Eden Hazard and Sergio Aguero in his top five players in the world

Hazard could be joining Messi in La Liga next season as Chelsea’s talisman is expected to move to Real Madrid at the end of the season. Aguero, meanwhile, plays alongside Messi for Argentina’s national side, while he became Manchester City’s top league goalscorer of all time last month. And Messi considers both players to be […]

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Messi: My son asks me ‘why in Argentina people want to kill you’

When I made the decision to return, there were many who criticised the decision. My 6-year-old son asked me: “Dad, in Argentina why do they want to kill you”. I tell him that it’s just a handful of people. I’ve shown my desire to play for Argentine and don’t need to prove this to anyone”.

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