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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Super Eagles lose 0-1 to Algeria in Austria friendly

Nigeria lost 1-0 to Algeria in an international friendly played on Friday in Austria. It was the first game the Super Eagles were playing this year, with te entire football calender disrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Gernot Rohr despite withdrawals and injuries named a fairly strong side to face the Desert Foxes. However, it was the African champions who took an early. Ramy Bensebaini tucked away a rebound after Maduka Okoye has pushed an effort away, to score the only goal of the game. Nigeria will play their next friendly…

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Another Nigerian striker tests positive for COVID-19

A few days after helping his club, US Monastir, to win their first-ever silverware beating Esperance 2-0 in the Tunisian Cup final, Nigerian striker, Anthony Okpotu, has tested positive for coronavirus. Okpotu, a former top scorer in the Nigeria Professional Football League, announced his positive status on his Twitter page on Friday with a promise that he would be back stronger. He emerged top scorer in the recently concluded Tunisian Ligue 1 with 13 goals which helped his team finish in third place. He wrote: “Season don finish, make person…

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Nigerians dominate Arsenal’s U-23 lineup against Brighton

Eight young players of Nigerian heritage made the lineup of Arsenal’s under-23 side that played Brighton and Hove Albion in a Premier League 2 Division One game on Friday evening. Five of the eight players made the starting eleven while three others were listed among the substitutes. The starters include Ryan Alebiosu, 18; Tolaji Bola, 21; and the trio of Tim Akinola, James Olayinka and Folarin Balogun — aged 19. While Alebiosu and Bola started from the defence, Akinola and Olayinka took over the midfield with Balogun spearheading the attack.…

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