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Nigeria qualifies for 2018 FIFA World Cup #Russia 2018

  • Nigeria secure ticket to Russia 2018 with win over Zambia
  • First of Africa’s side to book their place
  • Will be their sixth appearance since debuting in 1994

Nigeria have become the first African side to book their place at 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia after a 1-0 win over Zambia in Uyo earned them an unassailable lead at the head of Group B.

Alex Iwobi repeated his feat of being the thorn in the Zambians’ side, once again finding himself on the scoresheet against the Chipolopolo. Having scored in the first Group B game between the sides, he came off the bench in the second half to end Zambian hopes of creating a final day climax on 6 November, instead seeing the Super Eagles book a spot at their sixth finals. Read more

GTBank holds Football Development Camp for Students and Coaches

Guaranty Trust Bank plc is set to sponsor 40 outstanding young talents discovered at its football tournaments as well as 60 school coaches on an all-expense paid intensive player development and coach-training programme tagged “Camp GTBank.”

 

Camp GTBank is a football and educational development initiative designed to train and develop outstanding football talents discovered at the GTBank football tournaments which include the GTBank-Lagos State Principals Cup, GTBank-Ogun State Principals Cup and the GTBank Masters Cup. Since its inception in 2011, Camp GTBank has helped kick start the careers of more than 120 footballers, some of whom have been selected to represent the country in international tournaments at various levels, and are currently playing in both domestic and foreign league clubs.

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Grand Finale of the GTBank Masters Cup (Season 6) holds today

The 2017 edition of the GTBank Masters Cup will reach its climax on today, Thursday 29th June at the famous waterfront Onikan stadium in Lagos. The prestigious secondary schools football tournament is destined to end on an historic note as old rivalries will be renewed in the two matches that will feature the four most outstanding teams in this year’s competition.

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Results: GTBank-Ogun State Principals Cup (Season 5) Semi Finals

Students and football lovers in Ogun State defied the torrential rainfall as they trouped out enmass for the semi-final fixtures of the GTBank Ogun State Principals Cup at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

Makun High school, Sagamu and Muslim high school, Isolu kicked off the female fixtures and remained inseparable after extra-time before Muslim High school narrowly secured their ticket to the finals by winning 3-4 on penalties

In the second game of the female fixtures, Iko Gateway Grammar School, Idiroko secured the only goal of the tie in the 19th minute.  Hannah Adeyanju’s moment of brilliance was enough to send her side to the finals and eliminate Our Lady of Apostles, Ijebu Ode.

As expected, the male category had it all – from hard tackles to great saves and spectacular goals – to leave spectators excited. Pakoto High School, Ifo locked horns with Anglican Grammar School. Goal scoring machine; Toheeb Olalekan of Pakoto High scored in the 10th and 27th minute to put his side 2-0 up and on course for victory. Anglican Grammar School, Ota rallied but were only able to reply one of the goals in the 32nd minute.   Read more

Arsenal brings the Emirates FA Cup to Dubai

Fresh from their victory over Chelsea FC, Arsenal brought the Emirates FA Cup once again to Dubai after the team’s record 13th victory of the historic trophy.

The Emirates FA Cup made its way to Arsenal Soccer Schools Dubai at 7he Sevens so that it’s lucky students could join in to take special individual and group photos with the trophy, and over 120 kids had their photo taken with the iconic trophy.

Arsenal Soccer Schools Dubai is a joint venture between Emirates and Arsenal, open to boys and girls of all abilities, aging from five to 20. Each year, more than 400 children are taught to “Play the Arsenal Way’, based on the same principles taught to the first team. The training programme is also designed to help aspiring young footballers develop their skills on the pitch, ensuring they have a platform to reach their potential. Read more

#CAFelections: Ahmad topples Hayatou after 29 years in power

Cameroonian Issa Hayatou’s 29-year reign as president of the Confederation of African Football has come to an end.

Ahmad Ahmad

He was ousted today in the much anticipated election for the African footballing top post by Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad.

Ahmad, 57,  won the poll 34-20 at the CAF Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Issa Hayatou

The 70-year-old Cameroonian Hayatou,  had been in power since 1988 and was seeking an eighth four-year term.

Prior to joining the race, Ahmad was the President of Malagasy Football Federation, and not much had been heard from him over the years because he was a silent member of Caf’s Executive Committee.

He is from a northwestern Malagasy village and is the first Madagascan to run for the presidency of a continental confederation.

Ahmad changed his stance when he revealed that he would be the one to take on Hayatou.

Hayatou had been concerned that Ahmad was pulling the strings from Southern Africa, especially when 24 African football association (FA) presidents met with FFfA president Gianni Infantino in Harare recently.

In Southern Africa, Ahmad gained the confidence of Cosafa last month, not surprisingly since its headed by Chiyangwa.

Ahmad’s progress would come as a relief to South Africa, as their association had long bemoaned the political power struggle Safa faced against the French language nations in the North of Africa.

Hayaatou’s exit seems to be welcome news to many football fans in Africa who feel it was high time left the scene

Leicester City through to Champions League Quarter-Finals

Goals from Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton turned the tie on its head but the Foxes were equally indebted to Kasper Schmeichel, who denied the ten-man visitors from the spot

Leicester City’s remarkable UEFA Champions League debut surges on after the English title holders ousted a Sevilla side that have won European silverware for the past three seasons to reach the last eight.

Trailing 2-1 from the round of 16 first leg, Leicester reversed their fortunes with goals from Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton but there was plenty more drama to come. First Samir Nasri was sent off, then the ten men won a penalty. However, Kasper Schmeichel, who had denied Joaquín Correa from the spot in Seville, repeated the feat against Steven N’Zonzi as the Foxes held on. Read more

Champions League: Barcelona make history with stunning comeback

  • 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

Lagos ready to take over Surulere National Stadium

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday declared the readiness of the State Government to take over the Surulere National Stadium from the Federal Government and transform the facility from its present deplorable condition to a world class sporting centre.

Speaking after embarking on an extensive inspection tour of the facilities in the Stadium alongside the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung; Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Mr. Amaju Pinnick and other top government functionaries, Governor Ambode said it was unfortunate how things had degenerated, but expressed preparedness to hit the ground running towards restoring the old glory of the Stadium once officially handed over to the State.

The Governor, who recalled how enthusiastic and interesting it was for people in the past to visit the Surulere Stadium even with their families to watch matches and catch fun among others, said repositioning the Stadium would not only help to bring about layers of employment but that it would also facilitate family bonding. Read more

Yakubu joins Coventry City on trial

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

Christian Chukwu heads new Rangers management

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 survive late Honduras fightback to win bronze #RIO2016

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.

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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

#Rio2016: Umar heads Nigeria into last eight #football

Nigeria progressed to the quarter-finals at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 after a 1-0 victory over Sweden in Group B thanks to a Sadiq Umar header at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus.
RIO 2016 Nigeria vs Sweden Football

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.
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#Rio2016: Etebo stars as Nigeria win nine-goal thriller

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.

Etebo

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

GTBank – Ogun State Principals Cup (Season 4) Finals holds tomorrow

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.

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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.

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