Friday 13 March 2015

Super Falcons: NFF proposes N524m for Canada 2015

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has proposed a budget of N524 million naira, for the Super Falcons 2015 FIFA Women World Cup campaign in Canada later in the year.
The NFF said they would spend N6.3m for return tickets for eight government officials, which includes a number of ministers, permanent secretaries, and members of the national assembly, while the sum of $68,000 would be paid as their estacode allowances for

Footballer dumps Norway, agrees to play for Nigeria

Norwegian-born Nigerian footballer, Akinbola Akinyemi has dumped Norway and revealed his ambition to play for Nigeria.
The 22-year-old Follo FK midfielder was born in Oslo to Nigerian parents, making him eligible to don the colours of the European country.
My parents are both Nigerians. I’m eligible to play for Norway but I want to play for

Nigerian Football Federation: Association end contract renewal talk with Adidas

The Nigerian Football Federation has ended the contractual talks with sports wear company, Adidas
According to sources, the federation has decided to explore other sponsorship options.
A source told the newspaper that the ‘Glass House’  has began talks with other brands to

Thursday 12 March 2015

Egwuekwe Warns Wolves Mates Against Ethiopian Foes

Ahead of Saturday’s CAF Confed. Cup match

Warri Wolves Captain and Super Eagles defender, Azubuike Egwuekwe has warned his team mates that the match against Dedebit SC of Ethiopia on Saturday in the CAF Confederation Cup second round, first leg will be tough and urged the fans to come out in thousands to cheer them to victory.
Azubuike spoke when reminded that Dedebit who plays their matches in Bahir Dar Stadium, about

Kanu Hails F/Eagles Win Against Congo

Former Super Eagles captain Nwankwo Kanu has hailed the Flying Eagles following their 4-1 win against Congo which sealed Nigeria’s qualification for the 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup in New Zealand.
Goals from Taiwo Awoniyi, Muhammed Musa (brace) and Ifeanyi Matthew saw the

Ahead of FIBA-African Basketball Championship: D’Tigers Star Okeke undergoes Scans Wednesday

All is not well with the National senior men’s basketball team, D’Tigers as the team will be without the service of one of the top players, Onyeka Okeke who sustained serious injury during yesterday’s training in Abuja, Complete Sports can exclusively report.
The players camped in Abuja are preparing for the 2015 FIBA-Africa Basketball Championship qualifier

Falcons draw Confluence in warm-up tie

Super Falcons head coach Edwin Okon has said his side are expecting a tough challenge from the Nigeria Women's Premier League (NWPL) side, Confluence Queens.
Falcons will engage the Lokoja-based side in a warm-up match on Saturday at the Fifa Goal Project ground, Abuja preparatory for the All Africa Games (AAG) qualifying match against Mali in

Sad'eeq off to a flyer at Gent

KAA Gent new-signing Sad'eeq Yusuf Ahmat made an impressive debut in a friendly match against FCV Dender just one week after joining the Belgium Jupiler League club.
The away game which featured several Gent first-team players was played on Tuesday evening at

Nigeria moved one step up on the March FIFA Rankings, now 41st in the world

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have moved one step up in the current FIFA rankings which was released for the Month of March 2015.

The nation's national team, who are still without a coach and also missed the African Cup of Nations in Equitorial Guinea were 42nd in the February edition of the rankings.

The Nigeria's senor national team have only been able to play two friendly games this


Kano Pillars star striker Gambo Mohammed has undergone surgery to remove bullets lodged in his body after his club’s bus was attacked last week by robbers.
 Gambo is therefore the only player who suffered gunshot wounds during the incident and who is still in


The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have said they have made “tremendous” progress in talks with Stephen Keshi over a new contract as coach of the country.
Talks started at about 4pm Nigerian time on Wednesday with Keshi, his brother and manager Emmanuel Ado and his lawyer in attendance, while the NFF had their technical committee chairman Felix Anyansi-Agwu, technical committee member Ahmed Fresh, NFF head of legal department Okey Obi, NFF director of marketing Idris Adama and Emmanuel Ikpeme , NFF deputy secretary general in


Flying Eagles coach Manu Garba has insisted his team will not let up until they have won the 2015 African Youth Championship in Senegal.
The Flying Eagles smashed past Congo 4-1 to be the first team qualify for the FIFA U20 World Cup in


Nigeria advanced to the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup after they trounced Congo 4-1 on Wednesday despite playing over 70 minutes a man short.
The Flying Eagles thus recorded maximum six points from two matches in Group A of the African Youth Championship, while Congo are on a point.
The Nigeria U20s scored first in the fifth minute, when Ifeanyi Matthew went clear, kept his cool before

Wednesday 11 March 2015

Lagos Open: Attention on Quadri as main draw starts

Top seed, Aruna Quadri, will play his first game today (Wednesday) as the main draw of the ongoing ITTF World Tour takes centre stage. Although his opponent is yet to be determined as the preliminaries were still ongoing as at the time of filing this report, the Nigerian star player is expected to move to the round of 16 when he mounts Table 1 in the round of

Esuku wins three medals at Qatar Taekwondo

Nigeria and Taekwondo Commonwealth gold medalist, Josephine Esuku, has expressed satisfaction after winning three medals – two gold and one bronze medal at the just concluded Qatar International Taekwondo Opens, held in Doha, Qatar, from March 6 to 10. The University of Benin graduate who sponsored herself to the Qatar trip was also given the

Nigeria Basketball: Oyedeji, Ugboaja Join D’Tigers

–Ahead of African Championship qualifier Against Burkina Faso
Former NBA star, Olumide Oyedeji has joined the national men’s basketball team, D’Tigers ahead of Saturday’s FIBA –Africa Basketball Championship qualifier against Burkina Faso, Complete Basketball Magazine can exclusively report.
Oyedeji who was part of the team that won bronze at the 2011 African Championship in Madagascar, was brought in by Coach Sani Ahmed to make the team stronger ahead of the qualifiers for both the

Nigeria-born Festus Baise gets call-up to Hong Kong squad

Sun Pegasus utility man Festus Baise is the latest foreign-born player to be called up to the Hong Kong team in preparation for World Cup soccer qualifiers, South China Morning Post reports.
Coach Kim Pan-gon said the Nigeria-born player, who can play either centre half or as a


The Nigerian lower house has offered to help chase Stephen Keshi out of the country as there is still no clear resolution over the a new contract for the coach.
Chairman of the house committee on sports Godfrey Ali Gaya made the sweeping remark during the

AAG Qualifiers: We won’t take Zambia for granted

Nigeria’s Dream Team V1 assistant coach Fatai Amoo has said the side will not take for granted the challenge of the Zambian under-23 side.
The Nigerians will confront the Southern African opponents in the final round qualifying match for a place in the upcoming All Africa Games (AAG) in Congo Brazzaville.

Amoo said his side will fight hard to win well in the first leg fixture in Abuja so as to make the

Nigeria aim for maximum points against Congo

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles will go into the second group game against Congo with a win behind their minds as that will qualify them for the Fifa Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand later in the year.
The Garba Manu tutored side beat hosts Senegal 3-1 to nick the three points at stake and improve chances of qualifying for the world event.
A brace from Taiwo Awoniyi and a beautiful strike by midfielder Ifeanyi Matthew set the tone for the

After Dubai Championship heroics, Babalola targets more honours

Nigerian para-athlete Hannah Babalola has her sights set on winning more medals internationally after she posted an impressive outing at the just-concluded 2015 Fazza International Athletics- IPC Grand Prix
Babalola won two gold medals in the 100m and 200m T54 category and two silver medals in the

Tuesday 10 March 2015

Nigeria National League (NNL): Biffo ready for Tornadoes challenge

Newly appointed Niger Tornadoes head coach, Abdullahi Biffo says he is delighted to be back in management and in the saddle at the Minna-based side.
Biffo, who has handled Kogi United and Giwa FC, picked up his appointment letter on Tuesday and has promised to do his best to get the team back to the Glo Premier League.
The Nigeria National League (NNL) side, Niger Tornadoes dispensed off the services of Godwin Uwua after the team failed to qualify for the Premier League last season and Biffo has been given

CAF Confederation Cup :Dolphins not afraid of Club Africain

Dolphins manager, Stanley Eguma says the club will not be facing Tunisia side, Club Africain with fear when they square up in the first leg of their first round Caf Confederation Cup tie on Saturday.
Both sides meet at the Stade Olympique de Radès, Radès this weekend with the Tunisians, slight favourites on paper, favoured to advance to the second round.
Eguma however believes his side can tear the form books to shreds and progress to the next round of the competition at the expense of the heavily-fancied Tunisians.
“Club Africain is a good team. They have shown they are extremely strong but we are not scared because we know that if we work hard, we will overcome them.
“I am sure we will win. We have been doing our homework on them and we know their strengths and weaknesses,” Eguma told
Club Africain, 12-time Tunisian league champions and African club champions in 1991 also finished as runners-up in the 2011 Caf Confederation Cup.
The club, founded in 1920, currently sit at the top of the Tunisian Ligue 1 (top flight) standings with 43 points from 20 matches.
Eguma acknowledges that Dolphins must be at their best over both legs to stand any chance of further progress in the competition at the expense of Club Africain but frowned at their preparations for the first leg in Tunisia.
“On Monday, we had to beg the (Dolphins) players to train because they are owed five months salaries.
“It affected us in our opening (Nigeria Professional Football League) match against Kwara United (which ended 1-1 in Port Harcourt last Saturday).
“I do hope things improve before we leave for Tunisia,” he said.
Dolphins, making their fourth appearance in the Confederation Cup, reached the final at their maiden attempt in 2005.
They failed to go past the group stages in their second appearance in 2007 and were knocked out in the second round 2008.

Aiyegbeni named the current richest Nigerian player

Former Super Eagles striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Kalu Uche have emerged as the highest paid Nigerian football players in the recently compiled report of Nigerian footballers' earners list .
The new report has it that the former Super Eagles striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni has been named the 'Richest Nigerian Player'.
The pundit report also explained that Reading FC of England striker, Aiyegbeni and Kalu Uche are

POLITICS AND FOOTBALL: Former Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo question's Buhari's health

Former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo who is a known supporter of President Goodluck Jonathan has opined that his rival in the 2015 Presidential elections, Muhammadu Buhari, is not fit to lead the country.
In a new article written by the former Everton FC defender, berated the All Progressives

MUST READ: Super Eagles striker mounts goat while celebrating goal for Koln

Super Eagles and Cologne striker Anthony Ujah scored a goal for the German clubside over the weekend but got in the news for his bizarre celebration.
The Benue State born footballer scored in the 82nd minute in Sunday's Bundesliga match against Eintracht Frankfurt and immediately ran over to the touchline where the

John Utaka: Nigerian international set for Nollywood

Former Nigerian International, John Utaka has been reported to be ready to become a full time actor in the Nigerian movie industry.
According to sources close to the player, the Sivasspor of Turkey footballer is madly in love

Heineken ‘90 prizes in 90 minutes’ promotion kicks off

The Heineken’s “90 prizes in 90 minutes” promotion in Nigeria kicks off this month as the return leg of the knockout stages begin in earnest.
From March 17, Heineken fans stand a chance to win fantastic prizes during every minute of the UEFA Champions League matches. All a fan needs to do to participate is enjoy a bottle of Heineken and send their unique code found under the crown cork to 20822.
This innovative promotion is part of the exciting package from Heineken’s “Champion the

NBA: Aminu records career-high six steals

Al-Farouq Aminu came off the bench on Sunday night (Monday morning Nigerian time) to snatch a careerhigh six steals as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 100-93 in the NBA.
The Nigeria international, who joined the Mavericks at the start of the season from the New Orlean Pelicans, also scored 13 points, including a three-pointer. He also added

CHARITY: Oladipo donates $15,000 towards cancer research

American-born Nigerian basketball star, Victor Oladipo, has donated $15,000 (around N3 million) towards breast cancer research at the Indian University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Centre.
The Orlando Magic star, who played for Indiana University’s basketball team before making the jump to the NBA, made the donation on Monday while visiting patients in the

Basketball Flakes: Dodan Warriors target top-two finish in DSTV League

Pick 17 players for 2015 campaign
Head Coach of the Dodan Warriors, Chris Nomigo, has set his sights on securing a top-two finish in DSTV’s Premier Basketball League which will be his second season at the helm of affairs.

The Lagos-based club ended last season’s league campaign in third place despite losing a number of their star players from the previous campaign to runners-up, Mark Mentors of Abuja.
Last season was Nomigo’s debut campaign as a Head Coach in the DSTV Premier Basketball League, and a thirdplace finish was worthy reward for all the effort put into

Monday 9 March 2015

Lobi, U23s to re-open Aper Aku Stadium

Former Nigerian league and Cup champions, Lobi Stars, will re-open the Aper Aku Stadium with a friendly match against Nigeria’s Under-23, fondly called Dream Team, on Saturday, March 14.
Lobi return to the Aper Aku Stadium, which is their traditional home ground this term, after several years playing at different stadia as their home ground. learnt that the match was arranged as Lobi’s match day two opponents, Enyimba, will be busy with their 2015 Caf Champions League first round clash against

Nigeria qualifies for 2015 African Beach Soccer Championship

Nigeria on Monday qualified for the 2015 African Beach Soccer Championship finals after Libya announced its withdrawal from the qualifying competition, the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) said.
The association said in a statement on Monday on its website that Libya’s withdrawal has been communicated to it.
Nigeria, who are the 2007 and 2009 champions, will now play in the finals scheduled for

Sports minister lauds Korea over support for taekwondo

For their   immense  support in the last few years, the Minster of Sports/ Chairman, National Sports Commission (NSC), Tammy Danagogo has commended the government and people of Korea Republic over the development of taekwondo in Nigeria.
In a letter signed by the minister and addressed to the Ambassador, Republic of Korea, it stated that

POWER HORSE BEACH SOCCER: Fans praise Sand Eagles for finishing third at Beach Soccer tournament

Football fans on Sunday praised the Nigeria Super Sand Eagles effort for finishing third at the Power Horse Beach Soccer African Trophy in South Africa.
The Sand Eagles defeated their South African counterparts by 9-3 to finish third.
Kayode Tijani, a sport analyst, while commending the team said  in Lagos that the team could have done more if given adequate support to prepare for the competition.
Tijani urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), to promote beach soccer by organising a

Sports get N6.7bn allocation for 2015

Photo : NFF President Amaju Pinnick (r) explains a point at the reception for Super Falcons yesterday at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos. Sports Minister and Chairman NSC, Dr. Tammy Danagogo (m) and NFF Vice President Seyi Akinwumi look on. Photo: Akeem Salawu.

The Federal Government has allocated N6.7billion to the Sports sector for the 2015 fiscal year.
This information was obtained in Abuja on Friday during the budget defence for 2015 at the Senate Sports Committee.
Following a downward review of N11billion proposal for the sports sector. It showed that the NSC got a separate allocation of N4.94billion.
Sen. Adamu Gumba, Chairman, Senate Committee on Sports, urged the NSC and its affiliates, to


Team Nigeria retained their African Junior Athletics Championships title by winning 12 gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals ahead of South Africa and Ethiopia.
The South Africans garnered a total of 23 medals made up of nine gold,seven silver and seven bronze medals to place second while host Ethiopia won six gold, 12 silver and 10 bronze medals for third

2015 Budget: NFF gets N1.2billion

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has received an allocation of N1,242,523,749 in the 2015 Budget.According to reports, the football house expected three times that amount, to enable it run its affairs, which includes the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.The U-17 have also qualified for the

2015 Africa Junior Tennis: Oyinlomo Leads Team Nigeria

Oyinlomo Quadri reaffirmed her readiness for a remarkable outing at the ITF Africa Junior Tennis Championship which commences this week in Tunis, Tunisia, by clinching the top prize at the 1st MP Tennis Championship concluded at the Lagos Country Club, Ikeja at the weekend.

Quadri, the Western & Central African U-14 Girls’ champion edged her Tunisia-bound teammate, Angel McCleod in a thrilling final winning 4-2, 3-5 10-5 to set off for the clay court tournament at the Mediterranean country on a winning note.
“I will do my best to make sure that I get a medal for Nigeria in the AJC,” The 13-year-old said after her

Nigerians Abroad: UCHE ON TARGET, UJAH scores again

Ideye, Emenike, Yakubu fire blanks; Echiejile, Oboabona, Ike Uche 
benched; Omeruo not listed, Ujah celebrating with a goat
Brown Ideye, Victor Anichebe (West Brom): In-form Super Eagles striker Brown Ideye was in action for West Brom for 90 minutes but couldn’t prevent them from crashing out of the FA Cup as they lost 2-0 to Aston Villa. The game was Ideye’s 23rd appearance, and he has scored six goals. His Nigerian team-mate Victor Anichebe was not dressed for the match as he is yet to recover from a groin injury.
Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Hope Akpan (Reading): Former Super Eagles attacker Yakubu Aiyegbeni was

D’Tigers Return To Camp Ahead Of FIBA-Africa Qualifier

National men’s basketball team, D’Tigers returned to camp yesterday in preparation for the FIBA-Africa Championship qualifier against Burkina Faso after observing few days break.
Coach Sani Ahmed who spoke to Complete Sports after arriving at the Abuja camp said he decided to give the players few days break so that they could refresh themselves having spent close to a month in

Obafemi Martins scores for Sounders in season Opener

Obafemi Martins scored a goal as his MLS side Seattle Sounders started the new season with a 3-0 victory over New England Revolution on Sunday night.The Nigeria striker scored his side's second


Nigerian sports minister Tam Danagogo has warned the Nigeria Football Federation not to employ a lesser coach than Stephen Keshi should the ex-Togo coach decline to lead the Super Eagles.
Keshi has until Thursday this week to revert to the NFF over the contract offered him.
"What I have urged the NFF to do is makes sure that should Keshi not be

Sunday 8 March 2015


Nigeria champions Kano Pillars are asking that their CAF Champions League match next weekend against Moghreb Tetouan of Morocco be moved after they were attacked by robbers last week.
Vice-chairman of the Pillars continental committee Ibrahim Galadima said he hopes the


Nigeria international Ahmed Musa is now the leading scorer in the Russian league after his brace helped CSKA Moscow beat Terek Grozny 2-1 on Saturday.
Ahmed Musa now has nine goals under his belt ahead of teammate Bibras Natcho and Hulk of Zenit, who each have eight goals.


One-time Nigeria league hot shot Akarandut Orok has written his name in gold in Bahrain as he helped his club reach the Bahrain Kings Cup final for the first time in their history.
 The former Akwa United forward opened the scoring for Al Hidd and was brought down in the box for the penalty that was converted for the second goal as they beat


Nigeria U23 ace Umar Aminu was among the goals as his Turkish second division team Osmalispor thrashed Giresunspor 4-0 on Sunday.Osmanlispor are third on the league table with 41 points in 23 games. The former Samsunspor striker scored his side’s second goal in the

NPFL UPDATE: Bayelsa forced to a draw with Lobi, Wikki beat 3SC

Wikki Tourists defeated fellow promoted side 3SC 2-0 in their first game of the season in Bauchi on Sunday.
Former JUTH FC forward Victor Yakubu gave the hosts Wikki Tourists the lead in the sixth minute with a superb header to score the first goal of the 2014/2015 season.
 Yakubu completed a brace as he scored from the penalty spot in the 56th minute to give Wikki 2-0 lead.
 Bayelsa United forced visiting Lobi Stars to a 1-1 draw in their first league game in Benin on Sunday.
 Coach Justin Tenger-led side took the fight to Bayelsa United and were rewarded with the lead in the 43rd minute when Obioma Arinze scored.
 Lobi new boy Uche Ihuerulam fails to scores against his former team on the hour mark.
 Respite came for Bayelsa United when Eric Frimpong nodded home the equaliser in the 75th minute.
 Bayelsa United captain Salomon Junior was sent off in the 90th minute for pushing an opponent inside the Lobi box.


Nigeria beat host country Senegal 3-1 on Sunday in an opening African Youth Championship game in Dakar.
Hosts Senegal dominated the game in the second half after they fell behind courtesy of two early strikes.
The Flying Eagles went ahead after eight minutes when Taiwo Awoniyi beat the

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