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World Cup: Sports Minister Drums Support For Eagles, Warns Against Distraction

Minister of Youth and Sport, Solomon Dalung has appealed to Nigerians to show solidarity and support to ensure the success of Nigeria team at the FIFA World Cup in Russia Dalung in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja by his Special Assistant, Media, Nneka Ikem-Anibeze, thanked the team for their commitment, patriotism and unity of purpose as the World Cup approaches. He urged the team and other stakeholders to continue to produce the desired results in their friendly games and aspire to win the cup. According to him, the…

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Brazilian Star, Neymar’s Future Doubtful At PSG

Neymar’s future at Paris Saint-Germain has seemed in doubt for some time, which in theory seems odd given the fact that the Brazilian has been in the French capital for less than 10 months. Rumors of another massive move have loomed for months, particularly after PSG crashed out of the UEFA Champions League in the Round of 16 to Real Madrid — which just so happened to be when Neymar went down with an injury. Despite having recently returned to training with the incumbent Ligue 1 champions and posting to…

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Williams Withdraws From Madrid Open

Serena Williams has withdrawn from next week’s Madrid Open, stating she needs more time to prepare for her first clay season since giving birth. The 23-time Grand Slam champion fell to early exits at Indian Wells and the Miami Open in her only previous WTA Tour appearances this year. Williams, 36, is a two-time champion in the Spanish capital, winning the 2012 and 2013 editions of the tournament. “We regret the absence of Serena,” organiser Manolo Santana said. “She is one of the great champions of our sport, she has…

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Messi Wins Fight To Register His Name As Trademark

A European court has ruled that Lionel Messi, the world’s top earning footballer, can trademark his own name. The Barcelona and Argentina striker fought a seven-year fight to be able to use his name on sports goods. His original application was challenged by the Spanish cycling brand, Massi, which argued that the names were too similar and would cause confusion. But the EU’s General Court ruled that the footballer was too well known for confusion to arise. The ruling comes days after France Football magazine reported Mr Messi had overtaken…

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South African Referees Reject $.030m To Fix Match In Lagos

Four South African match officials were offered $30,000 to fix an international club game in Nigeria this weekend, their country’s national soccer association said Thursday. Referee Victor Gomes, assistant referees Johannes Moshidi and Athenkosi Ndongeni, and fourth official Thando Ndzandzeka were offered the bribe in cash ahead of Nigerian team Plateau United’s Confederation Cup game against Algerian club USM Alger in Lagos on Saturday, the South African Football Association said. SAFA said Gomes immediately reported the incident to the Confederation of African Football, which runs the Confederation Cup. CAF has…

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14 Hockey Players Die In Canada Auto Crash

A bus carrying a group of Canadian junior hockey players collided on Friday with a semi-trailer on a rural highway in Saskatchewan, killing 14 people, Canadian media reported citing police. Fourteen more were injured — including three critically — in the accident involving the Humboldt Broncos team bus, which was heading north for a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff game against the Nipawin Hawks, the Saskatoon StarPhoenix reported. Royal Canadian Mounted Police inspector Ted Monroe had said at a news conference late Friday that there were “fatalities among the passengers…

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World Cup Friendly: Super Eagles Lose 0-2 To Serbia

Two second half goals by Serbian forward Aleksandr Mitrovic ensured the Super Eagles lost 0-2 to Serbia in London on Tuesday in an international friendly. With work permit issue holding back team captain Mikel Obi in China, and midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo still down with injury, the Eagles were under-strength. Forward Kelechi Iheanacho was also knocked out by a broken arm, and Rohr saw his squad further depleted just before the contingent left for the stadium. Defender Leon Balogun also reported sick and had to be replaced. In the event, Chidozie…

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Russia 2018: After Beating Poland 1-0, Tough Task Ahead Of Super Eagles

Nigerians have much to be optimistic about following Friday’s 1-0 friendly victory over Poland in Wroclaw as they took one more major step towards the World Cup in Russia. Francis Uzoho grew into the encounter and, in the second half, demonstrated the kind of quality that suggests that the Super Eagles may not need to worry too much about their goalkeeper this summer. The William Troost-Ekong-Leon Balogun central-defensive partnership was secure and resolute, while Joel Obi returned to international football in some style and avoided injury. However, Nigeria’s attack remains…

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Super Eagles Coach Explains Exclusion Of Ajiboye From His List

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr believes that it was a ‘logical’ decision to leave Dele Ajiboye out of  his list despite his heroics during the African Nations Championship. Goalkeeper remains a problem position for the national side following the retirement of Vincent Enyeama and Catl Ikeme’s leukaemia diagnosis. However, despite demonstrating his  quality performance during the Super Eagles 1-0 semi-final victory over Sudan, Ajiboye was overlooked for Nigeria’s squad ahead of their upcoming friendlies against Poland and Serbia. “They had already their chance,” began Rohr  when asked about Ajiboye and…

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FIFA World Cup Begins 4-Day Tour In Abuja, Lagos 

The original trophy to be handed over to the 2018 FIFA World Cup-winning team at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15 will arrive in Nigeria today Wednesday. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said on its website on Tuesday that the trophy will arrive at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja aboard a chartered flight at 11 a.m. The trophy is on a tour of 91 cities in 51 countries across six continents before the 21st FIFA World Cup. The competition is scheduled for June 14 to July 15…

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