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Gabriel Jesus Cleared To Make Debut Against Tottenham

Manchester city have been cleared to play 19-year-old Brazilian winger, Gabriel Jesus, against Tottenham on Saturday, after formally completing his £27 million move from Palmeiras. The Brazil international, Jesus, has agreed to a five-year deal with City in August. He stayed with Palmeiras until the end of the Brazilian season in December. The footballer has won an Olympic gold medal with his country, having scored three times in the men’s football tournament in Rio, after which he was promoted to the senior Brazil team, for whom he has scored five times in six games. Jesus arrived City at the...
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AFCON 2019: Super Eagles to battle South Africa, Libya for qualification

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will have to battle against South Africa and Libya in their bid to return to competing at the biennial Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON 2019. Placed in Group E in the draws conducted on Thursday, the Super Eagles will also be facing Seychelles in the AFCON 2019 qualifiers. The three-time African champions have failed to qualify for two straight AFCONs – the 2015 and 2017 editions – and the third in four editions, after also missing out on the 2012 edition. The next AFCON will be hosted by four-time African champions, Cameroon. Only group winners are guaranteed a place...
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See The Full List Of Winners At FIFA’s ‘The Best Awards’ 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo was tonight crowned the 2016 FIFA Best Male player of the year while Carli Lyod of USA won the FIFA Best Women’s player of the year award. It was also a good night for Leicester City coach Claudio Ranieri who won the coach of the year award for his phenomenal success last season. See full list of winners below… 1. The Best FIFA Men’s Player Award (Nominees: Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi) Winner-  Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/ Real Madrid) 2. The Best FIFA Women’s Player Award (Nominees: Melanie Behringer, Carli Lloyd and...
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Kanu Nwankwo makes list of 48 football legends

Kanu Nwankwo, ?Nigerian soccer Icon, has been named as one of the 48 legends in the history of world football. The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) released the list on Monday. ?This is one of the biggest recognition for the ex-Arsenal striker. ?Kanu made history by leading the Nigerian U-23 team to gold medal at the 1996 Olympic games. As a teenager, he was a key member of the Ajax team that dominated Europe and won the UEFA cup. He went on to score some amazing goals for Arsenal FC and celebrated the exemplary “unbeaten run” with the team. Kanu has...
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Chapecoense Officially Handed Copa Sudamericana Trophy

The Brazillian club that left the world mourning recently following a plane crash which killed their players, Chapecoense, have been given the Copa Sudamericana trophy. Chapecoense's plane crashed on the to the Copa Sudamericana final in Medellin, Colombia in late November.  Seventy-one people died in the crash, 19 of them players of the Brazillian team, who had risen from second-tier domestic football to a continental final within a short period. CONMEBOL, the South American governing body, handed over the trophy to Chapeconse on Wednesday evening at the draw for the 2017 Copa Libertadores...
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Enyimba to play home games in Calabar next season

Former Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enyimba, will now play their home fixtures in the new season in Calabar. This new development was confirmed by the club’s chairman, Felix Anyansi-Agwu. Enyimba have played their home matches in Umuahia and Port Harcourt last season, as the Enyimba International Stadium is under reconstruction. “Playing in Calabar will help our preparations,” Anyasi-Agwu said. “We have previously played in Calabar and we chose to return there because there is no premier league club based there, so Enyimba we will be the focus there.” The...
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Chapecoense Change Club Crest to Honour ‘Eternal Champions’ Who Died

Two stars have been added to the badge - one to mark their Copa Sudamericana award and one to commemorate the lives lost Chapecoense have added two stars to their badge as part of their tributes to those lost in an air disaster late last month. The plane carrying the Chapecoense squad, technical commission and a number of journalists for the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final crashed en route to Medellin two days before the match was due to take place, killing 71 people on board.   Chapecoense have since been named as the winners of the competition by South American football's...
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Senate Orders Dalung, NFF to Pay Falcons

The Senate on Wednesday asked for the prompt payment of Nigerian female football team, the Super Falcons, of all salaries and allowances due to them. The lawmakers lamented the trend of maltreatment of Nigerian athletes going for international competitions. The Super Falcons players had won the African Women Cup of Nations for the record eighth time in Cameroon on Saturday. The Chairman, Senate Committee on Sports, Senator Obinna Ogba, while moving a motion by raising a point of order, decried the treatment metted out on the victorious Falcons, who were now stranded and couldn’t return...
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La Liga Nigeria Plans More Fans’ Viewing Parties

LaLiga Nigeria country manager Mutiu Adepoju has said the organisations plan more fans’ viewing parties after bringing together fans for last weekend’s El Clasico. A select number LaLiga fans in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja enjoyed an exclusive viewing party organised by LaLiga Nigeria at the weekend. The event, which took place at the Cher Bar and Grill in Wuse, was fun-filled affair as fans of both clubs felt the final 1-1 draw was a fair reflection of the game. LaLiga Nigeria Country boss Adepoju said the office organised the party to bring fans of both clubs together in a relaxed...
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Iniesta To Feature In El Clasico – Enrique

Andres Iniesta is in contention to make his return from a knee injury when Barcelona meet Real Madrid in El Clasico on Saturday, Luis Enrique has confirmed. The Spain international suffered ligament damage during the dramatic 3-2 La Liga win at Valencia on October 22, leaving the field in tears following a strong challenge from Enzo Perez. Iniesta was initially expected to miss between six and eight weeks of action, but he looks set to return sooner than predicted. And Luis Enrique is confident he can be involved on Saturday, as Barca seek to avoid falling nine points behind their bitter rivals at...
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Tottenham Game Will Be Difficult – Moses

Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses believes that the side must be at their best if they are to record a win in Saturday’s Premier League fixture against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. The leaders will seek to win their seventh league game in a row when they face Mauricio Pochettino’s men at Stamford Bridge. But the Nigeria star Moses, who was voted man-of-the-match in the Blues’ 1-0 win against Middlesborough at the Riverside last weekend, is expecting a tough game against Spurs who are unbeaten in the league this season. “We know it will be a difficult game and we know how good Spurs are,”...
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Neymar’s Family Maintains Innocence

NN Consultoria, the company owned by Neymar's father, has responded to the latest attempt by Spanish prosecutors to seek a jail term for the Barcelona star, insisting the parties under suspicion will be cleared of any wrongdoing. A two-year prison sentence and €10 million fine is being sought for the Brazil international, as well as fines and jail terms for his father and mother, over alleged corruption surrounding his transfer from Santos in 2013. The case stems from a complaint by investment group DIS, which owned 40 percent of Neymar's economic rights and claims it received less money than it was...
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Aurier to m=Miss PSG’s Clash against Arsenal After Being Banned from Entering UK

Serge Aurier will miss PSG's Champions League clash with Arsenal after British authorities banned the right-back from entering the country. The Ivory Coast international was sentenced to two months in prison in September for elbowing a police officer, though the punishment was suspended and Aurier has launched an appeal. PSG have issued a strongly-worded statement regarding the matter, insisting that they are "stunned by the incomprehensible situation", having claimed that British authorities initially granted Aurier an entry visa in October. However, they claim that the authorities have performed...
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Rohr: Super Eagles Needs New Players

Technical Adviser of Nigeria, Gernot Rohr, has admitted he needs new players in his team, before the 2018 World Cup qualifiers double-header against Cameroon in August 2017. Rohr was speaking in an interview on radio where he also allayed fears his team won’t play enough matches in preparation for the qualifiers. The Germans says the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches, which will begin in March 2017, will be a good testing ground to help the Super Eagles gel. “We have a match with Egypt in Dubai for them to prepare for the AFCON,” he said. “The next AFCON qualifiers begin...
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Algeria Were Punished By Nigeria For Stupid Tactics – Bonfrere Jo

Dutch-born former Nigeria coach, Jo Bonfrere has heaped plaudits on Super Eagles for dealing appropriately with Desert Foxes in Sunday's Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium Uyo. Bonfrere, who had predicted a tough clash against the Algerians, praised the Super Eagles' performance on the night, especially the huge scoreline as well as being able to capitalise on the defensive frailties of the North Africans in the match. Bonfrere remarked that Algeria made the game much easier for the Super Eagles by falling back deep right from the kick off. "It is a...
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Turkish Team Gets Punished For Winning 20-0

In a bizarre turn of events, an amateur club in Turkey have had their match bonuses withheld after being accused of humiliating their opponents in a heavily one-sided clash. Turkish club Ulubey Belediyespor thought they had done an incredibly impressive job when they defeated their rivals Karabukspor 20-0 but were left shocked at the events that followed. The club's president Isa Turkcan in a statement, said: "Our players didn't show respect to their opponent, so I'll punish them and won't give them their bonuses. Credit: dailytrust
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Super Eagles To Face Egypt In January Friendly

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will face the Pharoahs of Egypt in an international friendly match in January 2017. The match is expected to hold it Dubai it was also gathered, though a definite date in January is yet to be fixed. According to a media release from the Nigeria Football Federation, Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr will use the game to test the home based players who were left out of the  Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying match against Algeria in Uyo. “We have a friendly against Egypt in Dubai in January, which will enable me to look at the home-based players, but I will continue to...
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Golden Eaglets Land In Korea Ahead Of Suwon Cup Tourney

Nigeria’s U-17 boys, Golden Eaglets, on Tuesday arrived the Korea Republic to contest in the four-Nation U-19 Suwon Continental Cup against England, Iran and hosts, Korea.   The Eaglets on Monday departed the country via Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos on a seven hour non-stop flight aboard Qatar Airways to Hamad International Airport in Doha, from where they embarked on another nine-hour flight and landed at Incheon Airport in Seoul 5:14pm local time (9:15 am in Nigeria), with temperature oscillating between three and five degree Celsius.   In Seoul, the contingent was welcomed by...
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