Buhari salutes renowned goalkeeper, Emmanuel Okala at 71

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday felicitated with Emmanuel Okala, the goaltender of the defunct national football squad the Green Eagles on his 71st birthday, which comes up on Tuesday. The Green Eagles metamorphosed into the Super Eagles in 1994. In a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the president rejoiced with the sportsman who earned global recognition and awards for his prowess in the field of play. The president joined Okala’s family, team mates, fans and professional colleagues in celebrating the auspicious occasion. He stated that Okala’s anniversary brought…

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NFF appoints José Peseiro as Super Eagles Manager

The Nigeria Football Federation, (NFF), on Sunday announced the appointment of José Santos Peseiro as the new Head Coach of the Senior Men National Team, Super Eagles. The appointment is with immediate effect, subject to the signing of agreed terms between the NFF and Peseiro. José Vitor dos Santos Peseiro, 62 last month, is a Portuguese who played as a striker in his days and has wide and varied experience coaching top clubs and national teams across four different continents, namely Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. An educationist with…

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Buhari redeems 28-year FG vow to ‘94 Eagles

The Federal Government, on Friday, fulfilled its promise of allocating houses to the victorious 1994 Super Eagles Team after 28 years. The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, handed over the Certificate of Occupancy (C-of-Os) of three bedrooms Federal Government houses to each team member in Abuja. The promise was actually made by the then military government of Gen. Sani Abacha, when the Super Eagles Squad won the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Tunis, Tunisia, in 1994. The players presented with the C-of-Os are Peter Rufai, Austine Eguaveon,…

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Roman Abramovich writes off £1.5bn debt that Chelsea owe him

Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, has written-off the £1.5bn debt that the club owes him as a gesture of goodwill after confirming he will sell the Blues. The Russian confirmed, in a statement on Wednesday night, that he will end his 19-year association with the club and he’s now open to offers for the Blues. “I have always taken decisions with the club’s best interests at heart”, said Abramovich. “In the current situation, I have therefore taken the decision to sell the club, as I believe this is in the best…

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Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare gets 10-yr ban for doping violations

Nigerian sprinter, Blessing Okagbare, has been banned for a total of 10 years for multiple breaches of anti-doping rules, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Friday. Okagbare, who has an Olympic silver medal in the long jump from the 2008 Beijing Games, was provisionally suspended before the 100 metres semi-finals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics last year. An AIU statement said the sole arbitrator adjudicating the case concluded that Okagbare’s “use of multiple prohibited substances” was “part of an organised doping regimen in the lead-up to the Tokyo Olympic…

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Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa donates ₦2m to former Nigerian player-turned-bus driver, Kingsley Obiekwu

Super Eagles of Nigeria captain, Ahmed Musa, has offered support to former player, Kingsley Obiekwu. According to several reports, Musa donated a sum of two million naira to help Obiekwu. Obiekwu, a former Super Eagles player, is now a bus driver, according to a post by Okwuluora on Facebook. The post said: “At Abakpa Motor Park, I saw former Super Eagles Defender, Kingsley Obiekwu (Shagari Udoji) loading buses and driving Sienna to Nsukka. I hugged and greeted him, then cried like a man. Life can be cruel. Yes, He never…

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Nigeria rises in latest FIFA rankings, now third in Africa

…As FIFA clears ex-England U-20 striker, Lookman, to play for Nigeria The Super Eagles of Nigeria have climbed up four places in the latest FIFA rankings, notwithstanding exiting the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations, (AFCON), at the first knockout round. Nigeria, now up to 32nd in the world, climbed above hosts Cameroon, finalists Egypt, and Tunisia who ended Nigeria’s run at the AFCON. Newly crowned African champions, Senegal, remain the highest-ranked African side and 18th in the world. The Atlas Lions of Morocco are second in Africa and 24th…

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Amuneke now Chief Coach of Super Eagles, Eguavoen as Interim Technical Adviser – NFF

…Dumps Peseiro Former Coach of Tanzania, Emmanuel Amuneke, has been appointed the Chief Coach of the Super Eagles, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced yesterday. The federation also announced that Augustine Eguavoen, who led the team to the African Nations Cup (AFCON), is retained and would continue as the teams’ Technical Director/Technical Adviser (Interim). According to the NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, “The NFF Board has approved a recommendation of the Technical and Development Committee retaining Augustine Eguavoen as Technical Director/Technical Adviser (Interim) while Emmanuel Amuneke becomes the Chief…

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AFCON 2021: Nigeria eliminated after 1-0 defeat to Tunisia

……Eguavoen steps down as Super Eagles coach Tunisia, on Sunday, eliminated Nigeria from the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, (AFCON). The match ended in a 0-0 draw at half-time after both Nigeria and Tunisia failed to score. However, a second-half goal from Yossef Msakni ensured Tunisia qualified for the AFCON last-8. In the 64 minutes, Alex Iwobi was shown a red card during the encounter in Cameroon, after the referee upgraded his yellow card to a red one following a VAR review for a bad attack and the Super…

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2022 World Cup playoffs: Nigeria to play Ghana

…As AFCON 2023 qualifiers draw confirmed Nigeria’s Super Eagles will have to get the better of the Black Stars of Ghana if they hope to qualify for a fourth straight FIFA World Cup after both sides were paired up in the play-off draw for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. This was confirmed yesterday, after the draw was conducted in Douala, Cameroon. The games will take place between March 24 and 29, with the first leg taking place in Ghana while the return leg will come up in Nigeria. They will…

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