FIFA postpones 2022 World Cup qualifiers

The International Federation governing association football, FIFA has confirmed that the 2022 World Cup qualifiers scheduled for Africa during June have been postponed to September due to the Covid-19 pandemic and stadiums not meeting international standards. In the announcement today, FIFA disclosed that there will now be double match days in September, October and November with the 10 group winners advancing to the final round next March. Africa has been allocated five places at the 32-nation tournament in Qatar, which has been moved from its traditional mid-year setting to November…

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Jose Mourinho announced as Roma’s new head coach

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has reached an agreement with AS Roma to become the club’s Head Coach for the 2021/22 campaign. The Portuguese manager, who was sacked in April after just seven months in charge due to Tottenham Hotspur’s poor performance, has agreed to a three-year contract with AS Roma which will run till June 2024. In the early hours of today, AS Roma announced that their current manager, Paulo Fonseca, would leave the club at the end of the current season. Hours later, they announced their agreement…

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Just In: Sports Minister dissolves Boards of Olympics Sports Federations

Minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dare, has announced the dissolution of boards of all national Olympic sports federations (NSF) in Nigeria. The minister pronounced the dissolution in a statement on Friday. The dissolution is coming barely a day after the rift between the ministry and Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) cost the country its spots at the world athletics (WA) relays billed for Poland on May 1-2. Details to follow…

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Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa set to rejoin Kano Pillars

The captain of the Nigerian national team, Ahmed Musa, is set to return to Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Kano Pillars, according to ACL Sports. The 28-year-old is set to join Pillars on a flexible short-term deal, as he is yet to land a foreign team. It was gathered that negotiation is ongoing while the contract is expected to last till the end of the 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League season. Musa has remained clubless since he left Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia in October. Musa spent three years playing…

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Nigeria qualifies for AFCON 2021

…Super Eagles defeat Benin Republic 1-0 in Porto Novo Nigeria has booked its place as the 17th country to qualify for the AFCON 2021 in Cameroon. The country qualified even before its players, the Super Eagles, kicked-off Saturday’s clash with Benin Republic, in the capital, Port Novo. Nigeria, the three-time continental winner in 1980, 1994 and 2014, will feature in the competition for the 19th time when the next edition kicks-off next January.  The Super Eagles finished in third place at the last edition in Egypt two years ago.

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Just In! Gunmen attack Adamawa United players, abduct driver

The driver of Adamawa United Football Club was abducted along Benin-Ore expressway on Friday when gunmen attacked the bus conveying the players and officials to the Nigerian Professional Football League in Lagos. Accordingto reports, the vehicle conveying the team was attacked at about 11:45 p.m., last night The gunmen dispossessed both players and officials of their belongings including phones and match allowances. The team was on its way for the week’s 11 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) fixture against MFM Fc in Lagos. It was gathered that the driver of…

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British-Nigerian, Anthony Joshua becomes UK’s richest boxer

British-Nigerian boxer Anthony Joshua has become Britain’s richest boxer, the first to officially reach £100 million. Data provided by his company Sparta Promotions shows profit growth by over £60m to £109m. The heavyweight champion could pocket a whooping £100m if he fights arch-rival Tyson Fury later this year. According to Sparta’s recently-filed latest accounts, Joshua banked £57.35m between February 2019 and 2020 from fights, according to the UK Mirror. Joshua also pocketed an extra £6.55m from marketing, sponsorship and endorsements. Figures reveal the business turned over £63.9 million for the…

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“My ministry needs N81m to cut grass in Abuja stadium” – Sports Minister

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has disclosed that it will cost the sum of N81m to cut the overgrown grass at MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja. Speaking at a one-day seminar organised by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, FCT chapter, Mr Dare said the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, made the cost assessment for the ministry. Picture caption: The MKO Abiola national Stadium “We approached AEPB to come see what can be done to clear the grass and weed in the stadium and…

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Football legend, Diego Maradona, dies of heart attack at 60

Diego Maradona, the Argentine who became one of soccer’s greatest players with a roguish cunning and extravagant control, died yesterday in Tigre, in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina plunging the sport and his native country into mourning.  He was aged 60. His spokesman, Sebastián Sanchi, said the cause was a heart attack.  Renowned along with Pele as one of the finest players ever to grace the field, the Argentine World Cup-winning captain had undergone brain surgery this month and died of a heart attack, a member of his entourage told AFP. …

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Mohamed Salah tests positive for coronavirus

Liverpool and Egypt winger, Mohamed Salah has tested positive for Coronavirus, a big blow to both country and his club. Salah, who is on international duty with Egypt, is asymptomatic, at the moment, is scheduled to line up in the African Cup of Nations match against Togo today, Saturday. Egypt FA issued a statement, saying: ‘The medical swab conducted on the mission of our first national football team showed that our international player, Mohamed Salah, the star of Liverpool, was infected with the Coronavirus after his test came positive, although…

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