Premier League approves £300m Saudi-backed Newcastle takeover

A Saudi Arabian-backed takeover of Newcastle United has been completed on Thursday, after the Premier League approved the £300m deal. The deal to buy Newcastle has been fraught with controversy and obstacles since four years ago. However, the new development brings to an end the 14-year ownership spell of Mike Ashley at the club. The English toplight approved the takeover after sale went through after the deal passed the Premier League owners’ and directors’ test. It is understood that the Saudi State would not control the club, instead the Public…

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Boost for girl-child as FIFA, CAF president arrive Nigeria for A’isha Buhari Cup

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and FIFA Council Member, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, says the presence of FIFA president, Gianni Infantino and CAF President, Patrice Motsepe, at the opening ceremony of the maiden edition of the A’isha Buhari Invitational Tournament, also known as A’isha Buhari Cup, in Lagos on Wednesday, is a boost to push for more attention to the challenges confronting the girl-child in Nigeria and the African continent. Infantino and billionaire businessman, Motsepe, who took leadership of the African football –ruling body six months ago, landed in…

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Nigeria ranked 3rd Best African Team at Tokyo Paralympics

…Finished with 10 medals Team Nigeria has ended its 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games with a total of 10 medals comprising four gold, one silver, and five bronze medals. Nigeria went to the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics with 22 athletes and won a total of 10 medals and is currently third on the log, while South Africa’s four gold, one silver, and one bronze medal place them fourth with Morocco in 5th position, with three gold, four silver, and two bronze medals. Lauritta Onye started the closing day of Nigeria’s contest by…

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World Athletics U-20 Championship: Nigeria wins inaugural 4x400m mixed relay gold

Team Nigeria lived up to pre-race billings as the 4x400m mixed relay team won the gold medal at the World U-20 Athletics Championship taking place in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. They set a new Championship record time of 3:19.70. The quartet of Johnson Nnamani, Imaobong Nse Uko, Opeyemi Oke and Bamidele Ajayi also made history as the first winners of the event at the World U20 Championship, beating Poland (3:19.80) and India (3:20.60). Team Nigeria made one change to the quartet that ran a then championship record of 3:21.66 in…

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Court restrains Dantata, Northern Club from organising 2021 Polo game in Kano

A Kano High Court has stopped Alh. Tajuddeen Aminu Dantata, the eldest son of a Kano business mogul, Aminu, and his Northern Turf Club Authority from conducting this year’s Polo competition. The High Court, presided over by Justice Ibrahim Umar, restrained Dantata (the Chairman Kano Turf Club) and Northern Turf Club Authority from holding or organising any horse racing in Kano on 14th and 15th August, 2021 or any date pending the hearing and determination of originating summons. According to the order, Kano State Government is included as 3rd respondent.…

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Ahmed Musa builds houses worth N1.4bn in Lekki, Lagos

Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, has reportedly ventured into real estate business in the high-brow Lagos neigbourhood of Lekki. The 28-year-old winger, who plies his trade for Turkish Süper Lig club Fatih Karagümrük built an estate of terrace houses in Lekki reportedly worth a staggering N1.4 billion. According to ScoreNigeria, the mini-estate was reported to have 20 housing units. However, rather than rent the houses, Musa is selling them to make more profits. The move is said to be his financial security and plan not to resort to going cap…

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Football: 120 Nigerian youths to benefit from international scholarship

A Dubai-based football club, Gulf United FC, and Committee Of Youth On Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS) are set to offer both academic and football scholarship to 120 Nigerian Youths.This was disclosed during the arrival of the management team of the club led by its Director, Jordi Shiel, to the country in Abuja.Shiels said that the club was a leading football academy in the UK and Middle East that had been committed to mentor young people in both football and academic career.He said the aim of the programme was to raise…

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Tokyo Olympics: 3 Nigerian athletes qualify for finals

A total of three Nigerian track and field athletes have qualified for the finals at the on-going 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games in Japan. They are Enoch Adegoke, Tobi Amusan and Ese Brume. Adegoke qualified for the final of the men’s 100m heat at the on-going 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games in Japan on Sunday. The 21-year-old finished second (10.00s) in Heat-2 of men’s 100m, just behind Zharnel Hughes, who kept the British hope alive by winning the second semi in 9.98seconds. Amusan, meanwhile, qualified for the Women’s 100m Hurdles final. She…

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Tokyo Olympics: Blessing Okagbare suspended for failing drug test

Nigeria’s sprinter, Blessing Okagbare, is out of the Tokyo Olympics after being suspended for failing a drugs test. Okagbare, who is a rival to Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smithhad, won her 100m heat yesterday, and was due to race in the semi-finals on Saturday against Asher-Smith and Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herath. According to the Athletics Integrity Unit, the 32-year-old had tested positive for a human growth hormone following an out-of-competition test on 19 July. This came after 10 other Nigerian athletes were declared ineligible for the Games because of non-compliance with out-of-competition…

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1994 African Cup Of Nations: FG allocates houses to Super Eagles squad

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the allocation of 3-bedroom houses to the Super Eagles squad that won the 1994 African Cup of Nations in Tunisia. The President’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, made the announcement in an issued statement yesterday. According to him, the approval followed a memo by Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola. The President approved the allocations in the States of preference, noting that six players and three technical crews have received their houses already. The beneficiaries include Peter Rufai,…

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