Month: June 2018

World Cup 2018: FIFA sanctions Maradona over middle finger gesture.

  [contact-form][contact-field label=”Name” type=”name” required=”true” /][contact-field label=”Email” type=”email” required=”true” /][contact-field label=”Website” type=”url” /][contact-field label=”Message” type=”textarea” /][/contact-form] Argentine football legend, Diego Maradona has been sanctioned by FIFA for swearing and giving the middle finger in front of millions of TV viewers as he celebrated Argentina’s late winner against Nigeria on Tuesday in the Saint Petersburg Stadium. For that disgraceful act, The 1986 World Cup winner will no longer be paid as an ambassador of world soccer governing body FIFA. His behaviour has been termed embarrassing and provocative hence he will no longer receive the £10,000 he was receiving from the world...

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Cancer fight: Carl Ikeme announces complete remission.

One year after Super Eagles and Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme was diagnosed with acute leukemia, the British Nigerian has provided an update on his condition on his social media accounts. ‘After a year of intense chemotherapy I would like to share that I am in complete REMISSION. I still have hurdles to pass to be cured,but hopefully I can move on with some normality! I would like to thank everyone for there support over the past year. Thank you❤ #Grateful🙏🏽’ Expectedly, there have been an outpour of reactions to the good news. His club side, Wolves excitedly tweeted,...

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Opinion: The 2019 Nigerian Presidential Elections | By: Tony Ogunlowo

The Nigerian Presidential Elections are barely a year away. It’ll be an interesting and definitive election that the whole of Nigeria – and the rest of the World – will be watching very carefully. Again it’s going to be a test to see if democracy can survive in Africa. Traditionally incumbent Presidents can expect to win a majority of the votes cast with a ‘swing vote’ – floating or undecided voters – deciding whether they’ll be elected for a second term or not. Nigeria is a funny country and nobody knows what this ‘swing vote’ will be: the electorate...

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2018 World Cup: Download Super Eagles’ theme song, ‘Dem Go Hear Am’.

Aiteo Group (www.AiteoGroup.com), the Official Optimum Partner of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), last Saturday premiered to industry applause, an official theme song to mentally boost the Super Eagles of Nigeria to go for glory at the Russia 2018 World Cup. This is also as they pledged to donate $50,000 to the team ‘for every unreturned goal’ scored at the Mundial. The rousing theme song titled, ‘Dem Go Hear Am, meaning “Go Show Them” was put together by Nigeria’s Hip-Hop/Afrobeat luminaries; Olamide and Phyno. The Single, has been well received by Nigeria’s teeming football and music fans, and is currently enjoying massive...

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Spain Sack Julen Lopetegui On The Eve Of World Cup

Spain have sacked manager Julen Lopetegui just one day before the start of the 2018 World Cup. Lopetegui was announced as Zinedine Zidane‘s successor at Real Madrid and will resume duty immediately after the World Cup. The president of the Spanish FA (RFEF) Luis Rubiales revealed that he was not informed of Lopetegui’s new role, he only heard about Madrid’s impending appointment five minutes before the official announcement. Rubiales told reporters at a press conference in Krasnodar. “We have been forced to dispense with the national coach. We wish him the best of luck. What the Spanish team achieves, will have to do with the work he has developed....

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World Cup 2018 snub: See how favourite stars reacted.

Some stars have been inevitably left out of the 2018 World Cup squads. While some omissions were shocking, others had it coming (considering dip in form or unimpressive performances in their clubs). Morata, Benzema, Javi Martinez, Dimitri Payet, Marcos Alonso, Martial, Cesc Fabregas, Mauro Icardi, Alexandre Lacazette, Leroy Sane, Hector Bellerin are some of the few people who were dropped by their countries. While some took the news in their stride, others reacted strongly. So here’s how some of  they reacted to being dropped out of their respective squads. Leroy Sane: “Thank you so much everyone for your encouraging messages yesterday and today. I’m obviously disappointed I won’t participate in the World Cup but I have to accept this decision and I’ll give it my all to bounce back stronger 🔥⚽🔥 Nothing but the best of success to the @dfb_team in Russia. Go get that title!” Karim Benzema: “Mr [Le] Graet, with all due respect, you’ve lost an opportunity to remain silent. I’ve discovered your true face, and this isn’t the one that said he appreciated me and wouldn’t discuss the subject of team selections!” Christian Benteke: “Dissapointed to have been left out of the squad going to the #WorldCup. I’ll keep working hard and come back stronger. Now let’s all get behind the @BelRedDevils and show them our support!” Morata: “Lots of luck in the World Cup. I will be supporting and...

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Russia 2018: FIFA World Cup fixtures

It is 8 days to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Who else is giddy with excitement? So yesterday, I mentioned that the 32 participating teams have released their final squads for the tournament See the full list here. 736 players will feature at the finals, 65 matches will be played at 12 venues. Now, we bring you all the fixtures in Nigerian time. And here’s wishing Nigeria all the best in the tournament. Yes, you can bring it home! Group stages Thursday 14 June Russia vs Saudi Arabia (Group A) – Moscow (Luzhniki) – 4pm Friday 15 June Egypt vs Uruguay...

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Russia 2018: Check out the official 23-man squads

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup starting in 9 days time, the qualified 32 teams have released their final squads for the tournament. 736 players will feature at the finals, 65 matches will be played at 12 venues and only 1 winner will emerge at the end of the event. Some of the players left out of their teams include Morata, Benzema, Javi Martinez, Dimitri Payet, Marcos Alonso, Martial, Cesc Fabregas, Mauro Icardi, Alexandre Lacazette, Leroy Sane, Hector Bellerin and many more. Hosts, Russia face Saudi Arabia in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday 14 June. Take a look at the final squads...

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Opinion: Curbing the menace of the marauding Fulani herdsmen | By: Tony Ogunlowo

I’ve been asked to write about the marauding Fulani herdsmen who have been causing havoc and mayhem where ever they go. This is a very sensitive and volatile topic that nobody will write about unless it’s about their murderous antics. But nevertheless let’s see what I have to say. Surprisingly I’ll sit on the fence here: a lot of blood has been shed on both sides; there are no winners or losers here, everybody is suffering. What you have going on here is the equivalent of opening up the floodgates to Hell: on the one hand you have a...

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