Cameroonian Issa Hayatou’s 29-year reign as president of the Confederation of African Football has come to an end.
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- Barcelona score six goals at home to complete historic comeback
- Late brace from Neymar and Roberto strike erases Cavani’s away goal
- Paris travelled to Barcelona with a 4-0 first-leg advantage
- No side had ever gone through after losing first game 4-0
- Barcelona reach quarter-finals for record tenth successive season
Barcelona pulled off the biggest comeback in UEFA Champions League history, obliterating Paris Saint-Germain’s 4-0 first-leg win with a 6-1 victory, Sergi Roberto scoring the decisive goal at the last.
Substitute Sergi Roberto scored a dramatic late goal as Barcelona pulled off the biggest comeback in UEFA Champions League history to pip Paris Saint-Germain to the quarter-finals.
Beaten 4-0 in the first leg, Barça set out determined to become the first team in UEFA club competition history to overcome that deficit – and their hopes of a famous ‘remontada’ began taking tangible form when Luis Suárez beat Kevin Trapp to a bouncing ball and headed just over the goal line with less than three minutes gone. Read more
Yakubu Aiyegbeni, the former Nigerian international is far from retirement.
Russell Slade, boss of Coventry City FC, a Champions league team in UK has confirmed that Yakubu is now training with the team.
The former Premier League star, famously called Yak, began the training on Monday. The Sky Blues believe he could supply the vital goals needed to avoid relegation.
It is understood the 34-year-old former Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, and Blackburn Rovers striker would stay at the Sky Blues for the rest of the season, if he can prove his fitness. Read more
Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has approved the appointment of former Super Eagles Captain, Christian Chukwu as Chief Executive Officer and Manager of Rangers International FC of Enugu.
The approval came after a fact-finding meeting held on Monday at the Government House, Enugu, between the governor and stakeholders of the team.
The interest groups that attended the meeting included members of Rangers FC board, management, players, supporters club and others. Read more
Nigeria won bronze at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 after an entertaining 3-2 win against Honduras in Belo Horizonte’s Estadio Mineirao.
Samson Siasia’s side enjoyed a three-goal advantage shortly before the hour mark thanks to Sadiq Umar’s brace and Aminu Umar’s 49th minute goal, but Honduras gave the African side a late scare as Antony Lozano and Marcelo Pereira reduced the deficit to just one goal.
Nigeria started brightly and put Honduras under early pressure. They came agonisingly close to taking the lead on seven minutes when Mikel John Obi found Aminu Umar, whose effort struck both posts. Umar had another good opportunity minutes later but was denied by goalkeeper Luis Lopez. Read more
For a large part of the match both sides were playing conservatively but Nigeria certainly looked the most threatening in attack. Fresh from scoring four goals last time out, Oghenekaro Etebo attempted several shots in the half—with his right foot, left foot and with his head—but he was unable to get the better of Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Linde.
Oghenekaro Etebo was the star of the night scoring four goals as Nigeria defeated Japan 5-4 in a thrilling, back-and-forth encounter in the second match of Group B at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016.
The second match in Group B didn’t take long to spring into life. Hiroki Fujiharu crossed to the far post for Ryota Ohshima who connected well with a volley, but his shot was saved by Emmanuel Daniel, and Nigeria just managed to scramble the ball away for a corner.
Two minutes later, Nigeria forward Sadiq Umar opened the scoring after Imoh Ezekiel had his shot saved following some superb dribbling on the right wing. Umar was right there to tap in the second chance after Japan goalkeeper Masatoshi Kushibiki spilled it right in front of him. Read more
The MKO Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta will on Tuesday 2nd August, 2016 host the finals of the GTBank-Ogun State Principals Cup. The much anticipated fixtures will light up the Rock City as thousands of football lovers and supporters from the Egba, Ijebu, Remo, and Yewa divisions of the State will troop to Kuto to witness the soccer spectacle.
The girls will kick off the day’s encounter as defending champions, Muslim High School seek to retain their title as they take on Iganmode Grammar School, who are playing in their first final. Emerging from the Egba, and Yewa divisions respectively, both schools have 30 goals to their credit, and are expected to raise the tally in the final. The Iganmode girls have conceded the least number of goals in the competition so far, and will be looking to tighten their defense against the leading scorer of Muslim High School, Iyabo Ajani who scored a hat trick in the 4-0 semifinal victory against Makun High School.
• Portuguese coach has won 22 trophies since 2003
José, 53, has managed at the top level of European football for over a decade and in that time has won league titles and cups in four countries (Portugal, England, Italy and Spain), as well as winning the UEFA Champions League twice – in 2004 with FC Porto and in 2010 with Inter Milan.
Announcing the appointment, Ed Woodward said: “José is quite simply the best manager in the game today. He has won trophies and inspired players in countries across Europe and, of course, he knows the Premier League very well, having won three titles here.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome him to Manchester United. His track record of success is ideal to take the club forward.”
José Mourinho said: Read more
The FIFA Council today appointed Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura of Senegal as FIFA Secretary General (SG). Ms Samoura is a 21-year veteran of United Nations programmes who is currently the UN’s Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria. The announcement was made by FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the 66th FIFA Congress in Mexico City.
“Fatma is a woman with international experience and vision who has worked on some of the most challenging issues of our time,” President Infantino said. “She has a proven ability to build and lead teams, and improve the way organisations perform. Importantly for FIFA, she also understands that transparency and accountability are at the heart of any well-run and responsible organisation.”
As required under FIFA statutes, Ms Samoura will undergo an eligibility check administered by the independent Review Committee, per Article 37 of the FIFA Statutes. Ms Samoura will assume the role of FIFA Secretary General before mid-June.
For the first time in Leicester 132-year history, Leicester City Football Club are the champions of England after securing the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League title on Monday night.
From a team that spent the majority of last season rooted to the bottom of the table and among the favourites for relegation this term, a combination of team spirit, hard work and talent has seen them transform into champions.
In the toughest league in the world, the Foxes have led the way at the top of the table since an emphatic 3-0 win over Stoke City on 23 January and have answered every question asked of them throughout the campaign.
The title victory comes just two years after the team secured a record-equalling seventh second tier title and a just seven seasons since claiming the third tier crown back in 2009.
Emirates and AC Milan are celebrating their partnership with the unveiling of a bespoke decal which depicts the club’s football players in action on an A380 aircraft that operated on the Dubai – Milan – New York JFK route.
The first flight of the “AC Milan A380”, A6EET operated as EK0205, and touched down at Malpensa International Airport in Milan on Wednesday 9th of March. The decal, spanning over 500 square metres of the world’s largest passenger aircraft, shows AC Milan players, Riccardo Montolivo, Mario Balotelli, Carlos Bacca, Keisuke Honda, Alessio Romagnoli, and Mattia De Sciglio.
“As a global brand connecting people with their passions, we are constantly looking at ways to bring people closer to their favourite sports teams. Emirates has been a proud sponsor of AC Milan for almost a decade and we are excited to showcase our sponsorship with the club around the world. We hope that the AC Milan branded A380 excites both football and aviation fans alike,” said Boutros Boutros, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Marketing and Brand.
“The sponsorship between AC Milan and Emirates continues, they are two international brands with millions of fans and customers around the world. They have built their relationship on common values such as style, elegance and innovation. The personalization of the Emirates A380 livery with the image of our players will create a growing link between Milan and its fans and between the airline and its passengers. I’m proud and I thank Emirates for being once again on our side,” said Barbara Berlusconi, Executive Vice President and CEO of AC Milan.
From Milan, the “AC Milan A380” continued onwards to New York JFK on the non-stop service from Italy’s commercial capital. The aircraft will continue to operate to the 37 destinations currently served by the Emirates A380 around the world.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja spoke of a love relationship between him and the game of football.
The President was speaking after receiving the Glo/CAF Platinum Award for Good Leadership which was conferred on him last week in Abuja in recognition of his support for football which resulted in Nigeria winning two major international tournaments last year.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Solomon Dalung received the award on behalf of the President and presented it to him at the Presidential Villa today. Read more
AFRICAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Pierre-Emerick AUBAMEYANG (Gabon)
AFRICAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR – BASED IN AFRICA – Mbwana Aly SAMATTA
WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Gaelle ENGANAMOUIT (Cameroon)
YOUTH PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Victor OSIMHEN (Nigeria)
MOST PROMISING TALENT OF THE YEAR – Etebo Peter OGHENEKARO (Nigeria)
COACH OF THE YEAR – Herve RENARD (France) – Former Coach of Cote d’Ivoire
REFEREE OF THE YEAR – Bakary Papa GASSAMA (Gambia)
NATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR – Cote d’Ivoire
WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR – Cameroon
CLUB OF THE YEAR – TP Mazembe (DR Congo)
Charles Kumi GYAMFI (Ghana)
Samuel MBAPPE LEPPE (Cameroon)
AFRICA FINEST XI
Goalkeeper: Robert Muteba KIDIABA (DR Congo)
Defenders: Serge AURIER (Cote d’Ivoire), Aymen ABDENNOUR (Tunisia), Mohamed MEFTAH (Algeria)
Midfielders: Andre AYEW (Ghana), Yaya TOURE (Cote d’Ivoire), Sadio MANE (Senegal), Yacine BRAHIMI (Algeria),
Forwards: Mbwana Aly SAMATTA (Tanzania), Pierre-Emerrick AUBAMEYANG (Gabon), Baghdad BOUNEDJAH (Algeria)
Djigui DIARRA (Mali)
Azubuike OKECHUKWU (Nigeria)
Kelechi NWAKALI (Nigeria)
Zinedine FERHAT (Algeria)
Adama TRAORE (Mali)
Victor OSIMHEN (Nigeria)
Kermit ERASMUS (South Africa)