Month: August 2018

Photos: Amokachi, Siasia, Eguavoen, others feature in novelty match

The doors of the Enyimba International Stadium in Aba in September were thrown open on Sunday August 26, 2018 with a novelty match between Ex-Enyimba players & 1998 Super Eagles squad. The match which was captained by Uche Okechukwu, had in attendance, the likes of Ike Shorunmu, Austin Eguavoen, Taribo West, Dan Amokachi, Samson Siasia, Tijani Babangida, Mutiu Adepoju, Garba Lawal to mention a few Gov Okezie Ikpeazu (he plays football every weekend) took the ceremonial kick-off after which both sides traded tackles. It was highly entertaining & the ex Eagles still had moves. The game ended 1-0 in favour of ex Enyimba Stars. The fully refurbished, 20,000 seating capacity stadium  is now awaiting re-certification by NFF and CAF to resume hosting NPLF and CAF matches. It was reconstructed by an indigenous Sports Company Monimichelle Sports Nig Ltd with Ebi Egbe from Bayelsa State as CEO. He renovated Sampson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa.   Credit:...

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Simi to feature in Kunle Afolayan’s new movie, Mokalik

Afropop/Soul singer is set to feature in Kunle Afolayan’s new movie titled Mokalik. The announcement was made by the award-winning actor, alongside a picture of himself and Simi, captioned: “It is Official: Simi @symplysimi is featuring in “Mokalik” a Kunle Afolayan film. ‘Jamb Questiom’ crooner, Simisola Ogunleye, aka Simi, has accepted a role in Kunle Afolayan’s coming film, ‘Mokalik’ (Mechanic). The agreement was formalised on Sunday, at the filmmaker’s office, in Lagos.” The film also stars the likes of Femi Adebayo, Ayo Adesanya, Faithia Williams, Lateef Oladimeji to mention a few.   ‘Mokalik’ (Mechanic) follows the career of an 11-year-old boy, Jaiye,...

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Arsene Wenger in Liberia to receive country’s top honour

Ex-Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger arrived Liberia today where he’s due to get the nation’s highest honour. The Frenchman was George Weah‘s first European football coach, who brought him to Monaco in 1988.  George Weah who was elected President of Liberia months ago had always spoken of Wenger in glowing terms, because of his impact in bringing him to Europe, where he laced his boot for Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan, and became Fifa World Player of the Year in 1995. He retired from football in 2003 and went into politics.   On Friday, 23rd August, 2018, Wenger will be given the title...

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Nigeria escape FIFA ban

FIFA have confirmed that the legitimate leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick has been given back effective control of the NFF and its offices and thus, they will no longer suspend Nigeria. Recall that the governing body said if the NFF offices are not handed back to the legitimate President Amaju Pinnick on August 20, the NFF will be suspended with immediate effect for contravening articles of FIFA statutes. The Federal Government stepped into the case and wrote to FIFA on Saturday agreeing, amongst other things, to allow football to be run on FIFA Statutes...

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Messi left out of UEFA’s Men’s Player of the Year shortlist.

Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi has been left out of UEFA’s three-man shortlist for Men’s Player of the Year award. Nominees include Mohammed Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo & Luka Modric.  Mo Salah becomes the first ever  Premier League player to be shortlisted for the award and also the first African player to make the shortlist. The Egyptian international scored 44 goals in 52 games for the Reds last season as his side lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League final. Ronaldo and his former teammate, Luka Modric helped Real Madrid to clinch their third consecutive European Cup. In the last five seasons,...

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Victor Moses’ retirement: Something is not right somewhere – Segun Odegbami

Former Nigeria international, Segun Odegbami, has reacted to the Victor Moses’ retirement from international football. In an article article posted by guardian.ng, the ex Super Eagles forward opines that there is more than meets the eye. Excerpts from the article below: “He is 27 years old. Under normal circumstances no player voluntarily retires from international football at an age that he is at his very best – experienced, mature, exposed, comfortable and at the peak of his physical fitness. So, to retire at 27 means something is not right somewhere. This is the case of Victor Moses. It may take a psychoanalysis of...

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Former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan has died

Former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan has died at age 80. His wife and their three children, were by his side before he breathed his last today Saturday 18th, August, 2018 in Switzerland. Born in Ghana in 1938, the great humanitarian and statesman who devoted his life to peace and reconciliation served as the the first Black (7th) Secretary-General of the United Nations, who served from 1997 to 2007.  In 2001 he won the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize.He had been a member of The Elders, a group of global leaders working for human rights, since...

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Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, Coca-Cola & NBC Sign MoU to Empower 1,000 Women

The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), Coca-Cola Nigeria Ltd and its bottling partner, Nigeria Bottling Company on Wednesday August 15th, signed a partnership agreement to empower 1,000 women in Lagos State. Through this partnership framework the selected women will receive training in financial literacy and business skills as well as start-up capital to integrate them into the Coca-Cola value chain as retailers of the Company’s beverage products. This partnership is anchored on Coca-Cola’s 5by20 Programme which is the Company’s global commitment to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs across the its value chain by 2020....

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La Liga’s new deal will see clubs play in USA and Canada.

LaLiga has announced a 15-year partnership with Relevent, a multinational media, sports and entertainment group that will see clubs play regular season games in USA and Canada. The agreement states that at least one La Liga match will be played across the Atlantic, making it the first European league fixture to be played outside of the continent. Speaking to reporters (via the Mirror), Relevent chairman Stephen Ross revealed his excitement about the deal. “This extraordinary joint venture is the next giant leap in growing soccer’s popularity in North America. This unique relationship will create new opportunities for millions of North American soccer...

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Victor Moses releases statement on international retirement.

Nigeria/Chelsea midfielder, Victor Moses, has released a statement announcing his retirement from international duty. The 27 year-old announced the decision on his social media pages said he is focusing on club career and family.  Moses, who represented England at various youth levels before joining the Super Eagles in 2012 garnered 37 caps for Nigeria. Below is a full statement from him. “I would like to announce that after much thought I have made the decision to retire from playing international football. I have experienced some of the best moments of my life wearing the Super Eagles shirt and have memories with...

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Nigeria, Ghana get FIFA warning

FIFA on Tuesday threatened to suspend the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) with for contravening articles of FIFA statutes. The world football’s governing body have given the NFF deadline of Monday, August 20, to hand back NFF offices to Amaju Pinnick led executive committee or face immediate expulsion from all its activities. A FIFA statement warned. It all started in July when the government’s sports ministry directed the NFF to comply with a court order to overturn Pinnick’s election and recognise Chris Giwa as its head; a move that was not endorsed by FIFA and threatened suspension unless it was re-run. Pinnick...

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Acting President Osinbajo Orders Immediate Overhaul Of SARS

  Following persistent complaints and reports on the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) that border on allegations of human rights violations, Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has directed the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to, with immediate effect, overhaul the management and activities of SARS. The directive was announced by the Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande,  in a statement signed on Tuesday. According to the statement, Osinbajo instructed the IGP to ensure that any unit that emerges from the overhaul is intelligence-driven, restricted to the prevention and detection of...

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Opinion: A Lesson in Resilience | By: Tony Ogunlowo

For more than three weeks last month 12 boys, the youngest of them being just 11 years old, were trapped in a cave in Thailand, not knowing whether they were going to get out – alive – or not. For the first 9 days of their ordeal before they were found they were in pitch darkness, they had no food or clothes apart from what they wore and had to resort to drinking water dripping off the walls to stay alive. At no point did they give up hope of being rescued even though they were in a helpless...

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Emmanuel Amuneke named Tanzania national team coach

Former Nigerian international, Emmanuel Amuneke has been named coach of the Tanzania national team.  The 47 year-old who represented Nigeria at the 1994 World Cup signed a two-year contract.  He take over from erstwhile coach, Salum Mayanga, who was axed for dismal results. Amuneke’s first outing will be against Uganda in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying clash on September 7, 2018. He will look to get the Taifa Stars’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign back on...

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Ahmed Musa completes his switch from Leicester to Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia.

Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa has completed his switch from Leicester City to Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia. The Super Eagles forward signed a four year contract with the club touted to be the biggest in the Arabian Peninsula. The move was confirmed with a video of a flight from UK to Al-Nassr’s stadium and an official welcome message from the club. He joins for £17.5m (+ add ons) on a four-year deal with an option to extend. #ALNASSR signed a four year contract with Nigerian left winger and former @LCFC player Ahmed Musa @Ahmedmusa718, welcome to the Global Club Ahmed! pic.twitter.com/03gAQvOW6q — AlNassr...

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