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Drogba Backs Arsenal For Title


Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has backed Arsenal to win the Premier League this season. Drogba, speaking to promote his autobiography ‘Commitment’, feels Manchester City will be strong contenders but has offered his support to Arsene Wenger’s side, who have his former Blues team-mate Petr Cech in goal. “I think Manchester City will be as strong as they have been in ...

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Siasia Hopeful As Eagles Land In Dakar


Nigeria’s team arrived Dakar, Senegal  for the U-23 African Cup of Nations, with coach Samson Siasia hopeful of achieving the primary aim of qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The delegation left Banjul where they have been camped for ten days and arrived Dakar on aboard Arik Air.They have also arrived Mbour which will host the first group B ...

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2018 World Cup: Abdullahi Backs Oliseh To Qualify

Sunday Oliseh

Super Eagles midfielder Shehu Abdullahi says it will be a difficult task qualifying for the FIFA 2018 World Cup but he is confident coach Sunday Oliseh can lead to them to get the ticket. Abdullahi played at right back in the two second leg Africa zone qualifier against Swaziland and did quite well especially in the return leg in Port-Harcourt. ...

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No Place For Doping In Golf, Says Abbo -150 Golfers Tee Off At 9th CBN Tournament

By Tony Ezimakor Abuja Captain of IBB International Golf and Country Club  Hamid Abbo has said that doping has no place in golf. He spoke against backdrop of increasing menace of doping across all sports globally, pointing that golf is sports for gentlemen. He  spoke as 150 amateur golfers get on the tee this Saturday  at prestigious IBB International Golf ...

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Enyimba Can Win CAF Champions League Again, Says Ikhana

By Chibuike Chukwu, Lagos Still smarting from its triumph at the just-concluded Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), champions, Enyimba International of Aba, has vowed to give the CAF Champions League all the attention it requires in order to possibly have a shot at the title once again. Speaking to Daily Independent recently, coach of the side, Kadiri Ikhana, expressed optimism ...

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2015 Glo-CAF Awards: Abuja Set To Host Africa


The city of Abuja, the capital of Nigeria is already agog with excitement as it prepares to host top stakeholders in the African football community at the 2015 Glo-CAF Awards on January 7, 2016. Abuja is hosting the awards for the second time, having hosted the inaugural edition of Glo-CAF Awards in 2005. In a press statement released on Tuesday ...

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Senegal 2015: Osimhen Replaces Success


Reigning FIFA U-17 World Cup goal king, Victor Osimhen has eventually been listed among Nigeria’s final 21-man squad for the 2015 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations scheduled to begin this weekend in Senegal. Osimhen who was earlier excluded from the official list submitted by coach Samson Siasia emerged a late replacement for the Granada striker, Isaac Success. The Nigeria Football ...

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U-23 Eagles Jet Out For Senegal Cracker


Osimhen, Awoniyi, Okechukwu boost team Barring any last minute changes, the U-23 Eagles will Wednesday depart Banjul, Gambia, where it has been camping for the past 10 days for Senegal where the CAF U-23 Africa Cup of Nations will take place. Sirajo Hassan, secretary of the team revealed that the delegation made up of 23 players, 10 officials will depart ...

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Eagles Not Scared Of Egypt –  Igbonu

Super Eagles players celebrate one of their goals against Niger in Port Harcourt on Tuesday

Super Eagles midfielder, Sylvester Igbonu, has said Nigerians should not fret over the team’s AFCON qualifier games against the Pharaohs of Egypt when hostilities resume in 2016. Speaking exclusively to New Telegraph, the FC Ufa of Russia player says they have what it takes to get the maximum points against Egypt over two legs. “I am not trying to disrespect ...

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NFF Congressmen For Leadership Training In UK


The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), says it has concluded arrangements to take members of its Congress to the United Kingdom (UK), for a four-day leadership training. A statement posted on the website of the NFF on Tuesday in Abuja said that persons in the first batch of the programme, scheduled to hold between Dec. 4 and Dec. 7 in London, ...

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U-23 AFCON: Success, Awoniyi Lead Siasia’s Squad


Isaac Success of La Liga side Granada and FSV Frankfurt striker Taiwo Awoniyi lead Nigeria’s U-23 team’s final 21-man squad for the 2015 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations as the four players invited by coach Samson Siasia from the victorious U-17 world champions failed to make the cut. Victor Osimhen, who won the Adidas Golden Boot at the Chile 2015 ...

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Benitez Gets Real President Backing


Real Madrid president Florentino Perez on Monday gave under-fire coach Rafael Benitez his full backing, just two days after a smarting 4-0 home defeat to arch rivals Barcelona. “The coach Rafael Benitez has our full support and confidence. He was picked for his professionalism, his achievements, his experience and his ability,” said Perez. Perez, 68, acknowledged “we had a very ...

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Ighalo: Bring On Cote d’Ivoire, Algeria


…prefers team success to personal glory Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, has said Nigeria is not afraid of meeting top sides like Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Algeria when the final phase of the World Cup qualifiers begins in 2016. The Sunday Oliseh-led team which struggled to defeat Swaziland 2-0 over two legs to qualify for the group stage is not ...

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Golf Is For All Not Rich Alone – Says Amateur Golfer


Augustine Igbuku, an amateur golfer, on Monday debunked claims by golf enthusiasts that the game was exclusively for prominent personalities. Igbuku spoke  on the sidelines of a two-day Golf Invitational Tournament held at Rumukurushi Golf Club, Port Harcourt. Igbuku, who is the Captain of the club, said the game could be played and enjoyed by both young and old, provided ...

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Buy Good Players Or I Leave, Baraje Tells Akwa United


Head Coach Of Akwa United Football Club, Zachary Baraje, ordinary should be happy after giving the club its first ever Federation Cup after defeating Lobi Stars of Makurdi on Sunday. Yes, he seemingly is, but not completely, as has given the club conditions that would warrant his stay there in the coming season. Speaking after the match, Baraje said, “Yes ...

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2015 Federation Cup: Baraje Commends Players For Beating Lobi To Lift Trophy


Zachary Baraje, Head Coach of Akwa United football club on Sunday commended his players for their 2-1 triumph over Lobi Stars FC of Makurdi, in the final of the 2015 Federation Cup. The win means that Akwa United clinched their first ever Federation Cup title. Akwa held possession from the beginning to the end of the game in spite of ...

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Sunshine Queens Attribute 2015 Federation Cup Victory To Consistency


Adenike Adekunle, the Captain of Sunshine Queens FC of Akure, has attributed the team’s 2015 Federation Cup victory to consistency. The Sunshine Queens of Akure defeated Bayelsa Queens 4-2 on penalties to lift the Women’s 2015 Federation Cup trophy at the Teslim Balogun stadium, Lagos. The encounter went into penalties after both teams’ ended proceedings 1-1 at regulation time. Adekunle ...

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Toblow Unhappy With Dearth Of Quality Sprinters


Nigeria athletics coach, Tobias Igwe, popularly called ‘Toblow’, has said the recent performance of the country’s sprinters calls for concern Speaking to New Telegraph, the coach said Nigeria had been a force to reckon with in the past within the continent and world in general, but the reverse has been the case recently. The country’s athletes failed to win gold ...

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Basketball: Aminu Shines But Fails To Lift Club


Nigeria national team star forward, Alade Aminu, at the weekend scored 18 points for Hapoel Eilat but failed to lift his side over Hapoel Jerusalem, who ran away with a 99-73 win. Aminu is the older brother of Portland Trailblazers forward, Al-Farouq Aminu, and was in the D’Tigers’ team that won a maiden AfroBasket title earlier in the year in ...

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Ighalo: Watford Didn’t Deserve Loss To Man United


Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo has said his English Premier League club Watford deserved at least a draw against Manchester United in Saturday’s 2-1 home loss at Vicarage Road. Ighalo was brought down for a penalty in the 86th minute which was converted as the equaliser by Hornets’ captain Troy Deeney, but he was denied a goal by Manchester United goalkeeper ...

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Lobi Stars, Akwa United Lock Horns In Federation Cup Final

Fed Cup

Either of Lobi Stars of Makurdi and Akwa United are just hours away from becoming winner of this year’s Federation Cup competition. The two will lock horns today at the Teslim Balogun stadium, Surelere, Lagos. Both teams holds this match so dear, as they all battled to stay in the elite league in the immediate past season of the Nigerian ...

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Nigeria’ll Do Well At Rio Olympics – Dalung


The Minister for Youths and Sports Solomon Dalung has said Nigeria will do well at the 2016 Rio Olympics, pledging to that the sports ministry would do everything possible to make sure that Nigerian athletes are top contenders at the Games. Dalung, who spoke at the Nigeria Sports Awards ceremony in Lagos on Friday, reiterated his commitment to rid the ...

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Nigeria U-23 Hits Real De Banjul 3-0


The U-23  National Team, Dream Team, yesterday  defeated  Gambian  top team, Real De Banjul  3-0 in its first friendly game at a pre-Africa U-23 Cup of Nations camp in The Gambia. The encounter which was played at the FIFA Goal Project,  Banjul  and watched by a handful ofspectators  including the President of the  Gambian  Football Federation, Lamin Kaba Bajo, Secretary ...

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NFF Celebrates Rashidi, Opone At Fed Cup Finals


The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has concluded plans to honour some of the country’s great soccer players both living and dead at today’s Federation Cup finals scheduled for the Teslim balogun Stadium, Lagos. Top on the list of those to be honoured is former Super Eagles goal poacher, late Rashidi Yekini. The vent has been planned to hold at the ...

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Adeyinka: Lagos Set To Host Best Ever Fed Cup Finals


The Senior Special Assistant to the Lagos State Governor on Sports, Honourable Adeboye Anthony Adeyinka, has declared the state’s readiness in hosting one of the best ever Federation Cup finals at the Teslim Balogun Stadium today. The SSA told Sunday Telegraph in his office at the weekend that, the state has put in place experienced Nigerians to man the different ...

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