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FIFA U-17 World Cup: Eaglets beat Australia 6 – 0

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Reigning FIFA U-17 World Cup champions Nigeria advanced to a quarter-final meeting against Brazil on the back of a hat-trick from the impressive Victor Osimhen, ending Australia’s run with a one-sided 6-0 victory in Vina Del Mar.

The tale of the first half was compacted into a three-minute period as Nigeria scored twice sandwiched either side of a gilt-edged opening for Australia.

It was 2-0 at the interval, and the game was still a contest until the final 17 minutes before Nigeria ran riot against an Australian side looking flat after surviving the ‘group of death’.

The Aussies started in pro-active fashion, but it was Funsho Ibrahim Bamgboye who hit the post with a rasping shot from the edge of the penalty area as Nigeria’s first effort narrowly failed to break the deadlock. Read more

FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP: Nigeria ease past hosts and into last 16

Holders Nigeria continued their impressive start to their FIFA U-17 World Cup title defence by completing a comprehensive 5-1 victory over hosts Chile and progressing to the knockout stages in the process. A goal within 30 seconds by star man Samuel Chukwueze set the tone for a straightforward win, with the diminutive No8 grabbing a second in the second half after he had earlier been fouled for Kelechi Nwakali’s to score from the spot, and before he was felled for Victor Osimhen’s successful spot kick conversion.

Chile grabbed a consolation, before Funsho Bamgboye saw his marching orders, with Osimhen’s late header adding some gloss to the win, despite Nwakali missing his second penalty of the match after Chukwueze had been fouled in the penalty area for a third time.

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The African side were remarkably quick out of the blocks, opening the scoring after 22 seconds. Victor Osimhen, fresh from his goal in the opening game against USA, sprinted down the Nigerian left and slid the ball across the Chilean penalty area. The onrushing midfielder slammed home with ease. Read more

FIFA Exco confirms February 2016 election, approves more transparency for ethics proceedings

At its extraordinary session in Zurich yesterday, the FIFA Executive Committee approved a set of important measures to further strengthen its governance and increase the transparency of Ethics Committee proceedings while reiterating its commitment to necessary reforms already underway. The Executive Committee also confirmed 26 February 2016 as the date for the elective extraordinary congress.
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The committee agreed to an important change to the rules governing investigations and decisions made by the independent Ethics Committee. Article 36 of FIFA’s Code of Ethics will be amended to allow the Ethics Committee, at its discretion, to publish more information about its ongoing proceedings. The independent chairmen of the committee’s two chambers, Hans-Joachim Eckert and Cornel Borbély, had strongly advocated such an amendment, which will increase the transparency and understanding of their work.

Domenico Scala, in his capacity as chairman of the FIFA Ad-hoc Electoral Committee, provided information to the Executive Committee regarding the ongoing process for the FIFA presidential election. He explained that candidacies for the FIFA Presidency that are submitted in due time and form, but which relate to candidates who are subject to a (provisional or definite) ban from taking part in any football-related activity, will not be processed by the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee as long as such ban is valid and in force. The chairman also told the Executive Committee that, should such a ban be lifted or expire before the FIFA presidential election, scheduled for 26 February 2016, the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee would decide, depending on the respective exact point in time, on how to proceed with the candidacy concerned. Furthermore, Domenico Scala explained that the Appeal Committee Chairman Larry Mussenden has withdrawn from his position on the Ad-hoc Electoral Committee to avoid any appearance of a potential conflict of interest. Larry Mussenden’s deputy, Fernando Mitjans, will assume the role. Read more

Golden Eaglets Get FIFA Briefs

World football -governing body, FIFA has expectedly briefed players and officials of Golden Eaglets about details of their itinerary at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015.

In a formal meeting at the team’s Double Tree By Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, a team of FIFA officials including General Coordinator, Mario Monterrosa, Dr. Yacine Zerguini (FIFA Medical Officer), Esse

Baharmast (FIFA Referee Instructor) explained clearly with video presentation the rules and obligations to be followed throughout the competition.

“There is a need to play safe and with integrity;  and this is always the objective of FIFA ,”said Monterrosa.” Of course, there is need to play clean and follow the rules of the game in true spirit of sportsmanship and that is why this meeting is important.”

While Baharmast counseled the players on how best to avoid unnecessary cautions, Zerguini emphasized the need for players to safeguard their health by staying away from drugs not prescribed by team’s doctor.

“I want to advise you against taking any drug not recommended by your team doctor not even supplements some people would advise would allow you score 10 goals,” advised the vastly experienced Algerian who is one of FIFA’s leading orthopedic surgeons and also a member of Confederation of African Football (CAF) medical committee.

Meanwhile, the Golden Eaglets on Wednesday began their training sessions ahead of Saturday’s opening game against the United States of America in the chilling spring weather in Chile with temperature swinging between 10 and 15 Centigrade.

The training session was held at the Centro Deportivo Azul (CDA) in La Cisterna district of Santiago- which is the training ground of the popular local side, Universidad de Chile- about 25 minutes drive from the team’s Double Tree by Hilton Hotel camp.

Team Liaison Officer, Lucas Pablo described the poor weather condition in Santiago as unusual though it’s even expected to rain in the coming days.

 

“This was our first real contact with the weather in training here in Santiago but unfortunately it is even colder than Buenos Aires where we had our training camp,” noted coach Emmanuel Amuneke after the evening drill where all the players participated.  “You can see that it’s difficult for the boys but irrespective of our circumstance and even the weather, we shall do our best and be ready for our first game against USA on Saturday.”

The team, in the meantime, had the mandatory official training on Thursday at the Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos in Santiago ahead of the encounter against USA.

FIFA U-17: Buhari urges Golden Eaglets to bring the world cup home

buhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari extends his best wishes for a triumphant outing to the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria who are in Chile to participate in this year’s under-17 FIFA World Cup Tournament.

 

As the tournament opens tomorrow, President Buhari urges the Golden Eaglets to do their utmost best to match the outstanding performance of their victorious predecessors who have won the competition four times including the inaugural edition in 1985 and the last tournament in 2013.

 

The President assures the Golden Eaglets and their handlers of the full support of the Federal Government and all Nigerians as they strive to bring more sporting glory to their fatherland by outplaying all their opponents in Chile and winning the Under-17 World Cup for a record fifth time.

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President Buhari will follow the team’s progress through the tournament in Chile with keen interest and high expectation in the belief that the boys have the skills, dedication and determination required to make Nigeria world champions at the youth level once again.

 

He calls on the players to stay focused, avoid all distractions and put their globally acknowledged skills, ability and doggedness on display against the USA tomorrow, Chile on October 20, Croatia on October 23 and in all their subsequent matches to win the tournament and give millions of soccer-loving Nigerians the perfect end-of-the-year gift.

 

Garba Shehu
SSA to the President
(Media & Publicity)
October 16, 2015

 

Pakoto, Muslim High School win GTBank‘s Ogun Principals Cup

On Wednesday 15th July 2015 at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta. The rock city witnessed excellent field of play at the season three finals of Guaranty Trust Bank’s Ogun Principals Cup. Winners of the female and male category respectively; Muslim high school Isolu, and Pakoto High school, Ayede Ifo clinched the 3rd edition of the prestigious GTBank–Ogun State Principals Cup competition held.

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This season’s competition, tagged “Smash All Barriers” featured over 344 teams from the 4 qualifying zones – Egba, Ijebu, Remo and Yewa – in Ogun State, thereby attracting a more robust participation than the previous editions, with wider audience and followership.

 

The Female teams kicked off the finals as United Comprehensive High School, Wasimi Abeokuta played against Muslim High School, Isolu Abeokuta. The game started with both sides showing their class and skills until Adeyinka Jumoke broke the deadlock in the 19th minute with a curly free kick found the back of the net. However, the Muslim girls were not done yet until Nurudeen Wasilat doubled the lead few minutes after the start of the second half and that delivered the GTBank-Ogun State Principals Cup trophy to them.

But it was different in the male category. St. Anthony’s Grammar School, Esure, Ijebu Mushin scored first when Olaide Kehinde dribbled past the Pakoto High School goalkeeper to give his team the lead. However, Ishola Damilare equalized for Pakoto High School minutes before the break and it was level at half time. The second half was tense as both teams had chances to take the lead but the needed goal came from most valuable player of the match, Ishola Damilare for Pakoto High School and they were crowned Ogun State Principals Cup Champions for the first time. Read more

Emirates unveils Arsenal branded plane ahead of team’s pre-season trip to Singapore

emirate arsenal (1)Monday, July 13, 2015 — London, UK, 13th July 2015 – Emirates, a global connector of people and passions, and official partner of Arsenal Football Club has unveiled its first plane to feature Arsenal branding as the team fly out for the start of the club’s summer tour to Singapore this week.

The Gunners arrived in style on an Emirates B777-200LR chartered aircraft that has been specially designed for their Arsenal Singapore 2015 visit.

The specially customised Emirates 777 showcases the Arsenal crest alongside images of first team players, Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck, Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere on one side of the aircraft, and Santi Cazorla, Mesut Özil, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud on the other, making it easily identifiable from both on the ground and in the air. Menus and headrests on-board have also been given an Arsenal-themed transformation.
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The club will be playing two matches at the National Stadium in Singapore for the Barclays Asia Trophy 2015.

emirate arsenal (3)Emirates Airline first began its partnership with the Barclays Premier League club in 2004, and expanded its shirt sponsorship in 2006 to include the naming rights to Arsenal’s new home ground, Emirates Stadium.

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St Gregory, The Queens, @GTBANK Master’s Cup season 4 Winners 2015

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GTBank Masters Cup Season ended in a grand style as St Gregory Obalende distraught St Finbarrs Akoka Yaba in an enthralling 3-1-football match. It was an epic finals between two eternal rivals at Onikan Stadium while on the female side, Queens College Yaba showed Ansar UD-Deen, Itire why they are called “The Queens”.

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What a Friday to remember for youth football at Onikan Stadium when St Gregory gave a night mare to St Finbarrs Boys and Alumni to win the glorious cup and the Queens came from behind three times to stun Ansar-UD-Deen girls to retain her title.

The encounter which attracted capacity crowd that included some old boys of both colleges was the climax of a month-long GTBank sponsored Masters Cup tournament, organised by the Lagos First Generation Heritage Colleges Association. Read more

GTBank MASTERS CUP:Queens College, Ansar-UD-Deen Girls, St Gregory Boys and St Finbarr’s for the finals

The Guaranty Trust Bank’s Master Cup season 4 semi-finals on Friday, June 12th and 13th 2015 respectively at the Onikan Stadium Lagos saw Queens College, Ansar-UD-Deen Girls, St Gregory Boys and the foremost secondary school in Lagos, St Finbarr’s as they got their tickets to the finals.

Fatimah Oyebanji From Ansar-UD-Deen.The Masters Cup that was formerly known as The Heritage Cup was formed for first generation heritage schools and private schools. It has also become a football championship for the secondary school participants as it serves as a platform for the healthy sportsmanship and ultimately discovers raw football talents by scout agents.

The day one opening match from the female category; Queen’s College Yaba versus Ansar-UD-Deen Girls High School Isolo where the defending winners, Queens College crossed into the finals with a win of 4-0.

 

It started on a high note when barely three minutes into the match, Ariori Dolapo scored the first goal and later scored two more goals into the match to get a hat trick. At the eleventh minute, Dolapo input her second goal and by this time the Queens College dominated the field of play against Ansar-UD-Deen girls. The third goal came in the second half from Adeleke Adefunke. However, this did not stop the winning team from resting on their evident victory. Ariola Dolapo got his hat trick when she sealed their triumph with a fourth goal.

 

But it was a dramatic male semi-final match when Western College, Yaba played St. Gregory’ College Obalende as both team came to play for pride. It was goalless at half time but The Captain Ekene Jebefume of Western College broke the deadlock 9 minutes into the second half. However, Onigbo Oke of St Gregory’s College brought his team back by leveling up 10 minutes before full time.

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GTBANK MASTERS CUP (formerly Heritage Cup) SEMIFINAL: Western College VS St Gregory College

The battle line is drawn at GTBank Masters Cup season 4 as Onikan Stadium, Lagos is set to match the ground for Western College, Yaba and St Gregory’s College Obalende in an all trilling semifinal today, Friday June 12th 2015 by 2pm.

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Western College, Yaba has been participating in the GTBank Masters Cup since inception but they have not gotten past the semi-final round of the tournament. This season, they will be playing St. Gregory’s College, Obalende at the Semi-Finals

 

Western College emerged top of Group-D after winning all their matches and scoring 10 goals in the process, 5 of these goals were scored by their prolific striker Ekene Jebefume. At the quarterfinals, they faced stiff opposition from C.M.S Grammar School, Bariga whom they defeated on penalties after the dramatic game ended 3-3 in regulation time. Ekene got a hat trick in that game and inspired his team to victory. Read more

GTBANK Lagos masters cup semifinal season 4

The GTBank Masters Cup which is in its fourth season, is a football tournament for First Generation Heritage Colleges and Private Secondary Schools with pedigree in Lagos State, is currently in the semi-final round and 4 schools each in the male and female category will battle it at Onikan Stadium on the Friday 12th and Saturday 13th June 2015.

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It will be an interesting encounter in the Male Category as St. Gregory’s College Obalende will play Western College Yaba. St. Gregory’s College will be riding on their memorable win against old rivals Kings College Lagos whom they defeated 4-1 at the round of 16 while Western College will hope to play at the finals for the first time in the history of the competition when they file out against the Gregorians.

Debutant Jibril Martins Grammar School Iponri will be playing for glory when they face St. Finbarr’s College Akoka on Saturday June 13. Jibril Martins will be playing against a very compact St. Finbarr’s team that is very defensive and sharp on the attack.

For the young ladies, Queens College Yaba will play Ansar Ud Deen College Isolo in a bid to successfully defend their title. The defending champions dominated their group which had the likes of Holy Child College Ikoyi, Methodist Girls High School Yaba in the preliminaries while debutant Federal Government College Ijanikin have a big task ahead of them when they play a very attack minded Ansar Ud Deen Girls High School Itire side.

Winners will be rewarded with the sum of N750,000.00, N500,000.00 and N350,000.00 for 1st, 2nd     and 3rd place winners respectively in both the male and female categories. Read more

Emirates becomes new sponsor of The FA Cup for the next three years

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 30: A view of the FA Cup trophy following the announcement that Emirates will be lead partner and title sponsor for the next three years prior to the FA Cup Final between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on May 30, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 30: A view of the FA Cup trophy following the announcement that Emirates will be lead partner and title sponsor for the next three years prior to the FA Cup Final between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on May 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

London, UK & Dubai, U.A.E – 30th May, 2015; Emirates, a global connector of people and passions, and The FA, today announce that the airline will become the Lead Partner of The FA Cup, to be known as The Emirates FA Cup, from next season until 2018.

This season has seen one of the great FA Cup campaigns, from Middlesbrough beating Manchester City in the Fourth Round, to Bradford City shocking Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the same day. Over 2million fans have attended an FA Cup game this season with the competition also enjoying a resurgence in popularity amongst domestic and global television audiences.

With over 700 clubs entering the competition since it began in August, The FA Cup continues to touch all parts of the world’s favourite sport, with its distributions being critical to the lifeblood of non-league, amateur and grassroots football in England.

Emirates is a long-standing supporter of football with partnerships across Europe including AC Milan, Real Madrid, Olympiacos FC, Hamburger SV, Benfica, Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal. Throughout the next three years, Emirates will focus on bringing the world’s most prestigious domestic cup competition closer to its fans from across the nation as well as the rest of the globe.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 30:  Greg Dyke, Chairman, The FA and Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline lift The FA Cup following the announcement that Emirates will be lead partner and title sponsor for the next three years prior to the FA Cup Final between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on May 30, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan - The FA/The FA via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Greg Dyke;Sir Tim Clark

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 30: Greg Dyke, Chairman, The FA and Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline lift The FA Cup following the announcement that Emirates will be lead partner and title sponsor for the next three years prior to the FA Cup Final between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on May 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan – The FA/The FA via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Greg Dyke;Sir Tim Clark

Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said: “Football is a truly global sport, a unifying factor in many communities and nations across the world. Never is this more evident than with The FA Cup, which has an unrivalled heritage and draws a global audience of more than 1.1 billion people. The spirit of competition, fair play, and sparking the passions of a global audience, are all values we share at Emirates. That is why we are proud to be the first title sponsor of the tournament and we look forward to a long-term partnership to support and connect fans to their teams both here in the UK and across the world.” Read more

All set for GTBANK Lagos Principals Cup Finals » 20th May 2015 »Teslim Balogun Stadium

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Youth soccer development in Nigeria is set to rise as the stage is all set for the most anticipated finals of the 2015 Principals cup“ Smash all Barriers” kicks off at Teslim Balogun Stadium on Wednesday 20th May in Lagos.

 

GTBank has also restated its commitment to investing in grassroots and youth soccer development, as a vital step in helping Nigeria emerge a global power-house in soccer.

 

Speaking in the run up to the finals, Lola Odedina, the GTBank Communications General Manager noted that Nigeria cannot emerge a global soccer giant by wishful thinking. “It requires concerted efforts, long range planning, continuous investment and most importantly talent identification and development at the youth level. The need to catch them young and train them well has never been greater. Read more

Brazil 2014: Germany Wins 2014 FIFA World Cup

Gotze wonder goal crowns Germany champions

Germany are the 2014 FIFA World Cup champions, lifting the Trophy for the fourth time in their history after overcoming Argentina 1-0 courtesy of an extra-time goal by Mario Gotze at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

The substitute settled a tie that was in the balance from the first minute until the last with a finish of startling composure given the circumstances, pressure and surroundings. His strike proved the difference, with Argentina unable to respond in what little time remained, adding another star to the Europeans’ crest following their triumphs in 1954, 1974 and 1990.

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