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France 2018: Falconets Proceeds to Quaterfinals

Falconets in France 2018

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Nigeria U-20 female football team Falconets on Monday played 1-1 with China in their final group match to reach the quarterfinals of the 2018 U-20 FIFA World Cup in France. Nigeria qualified on superior goals aggregate having rounded up their group matches on four points with China. The Falconets had lost 0-1 to Germany and bounced …

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Iniesta scores outrageous first goal in Japan

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By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Spanish great Andres Iniesta scored a sublime first goal for Japanese side Vissel Kobe on Saturday, helping them to a 2-1 win over J-League rivals Jubilo Iwata. The former Barcelona playmaker, who completed a surprise move to Japan over the summer after a glittering career with his boyhood club, produced a moment of outrageous skill to …

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Saudi Arabia is new destination for trafficked Nigerian girls

GEOFFREY ONYEAMA Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs

The Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, is worried over the rate Nigerian girls are trafficked and trapped in the Saudi Arabia for forced labour and rape. Onyeama said in Abuja when the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Director General, Dame Julie Okah–Donli, briefed him on the outcome of the investigation on Nigerian girls trafficked …

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Melbourne City Loans out Daniel Arzani to Man City sign Aussie

Daniel Arzani: joins Manchester City from Melbourne City

By Joseph Aigbonosumua Manchester City are now exploring a development pathway for Australian teenager and midfielder Daniel Arzani who is expected joined  England champions Manchester City from sister club Melbourne City on loan. Further announcement regarding the transfer will be made in the coming days,” said the club in a statement. The 19 year-old Iranian born player was hailed as one …

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AFTERMATH OF RUSSIA 2018: Nigerian govt spends $1m to evacuate stranded Nigerian and Ghanaian fans from Russia

GEOFFREY ONYEAMA Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, said Federal Government spent one million dollars to evacuate 355 Nigerian football fans stranded in Russia after the 2018 World Cup. Onyeama made this known on Monday in Abuja while fielding questions from newsmen, and said that the evacuation was done in two batches of 155 persons and 200 persons. …

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FRANCE 2018 U-20 WWC: Nigeria looses Opening March to Germany

Germany vs Nigeria FIFA WWC France 2018

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Nigeria’s U-20 women team, the Super Falconets lost 1-0 to the three time World Champions, Germany in their opening Group C game at the 2018 FIFA Women’s World Cup ongoing in France. This is the third defeat suffered by the Nigerian U-20 side in the hands of the German Womens U-20 team. They had lost in …

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Ahmed Musa moves to Saudi Arabia

Ahmed Musa

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   A Saudi Arabia football club, Al-Nassr  has entered into a Four year contract with Super Eagles forward, Ahmed Musa. Musa was before this transfer deal with English Premier League side, Leicester City. The 25-year-old speedster, who scored two goals for Nigeria at Russia 2018, joined Leicester from CSKA Moscow in 2016 but found it hard to …

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FRANCE 2018: DStv, GOtv To Broadcast FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Live

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   All 32 matches of the 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup holding in France are to be broadcast live on DStv and GOtv and across SuperSport’s online and digital platforms. The biannual tournament kicks off on 5 August, giving hosts France an opportunity to celebrate a second world football title in the space of two months, …

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Breaking: Buhari elected new Chairman of ECOWAS

President Buhari at Ecowas

Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari has been elected as the new Chairman of the ‏Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Buhari was elected at the just concluded ECOWAS Summit in Lome, Togo on Tuesday 31st July 2018. “The announcement was made shortly after a closed session of Heads of State of the Commission,” Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant to Buhari on New …

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Team Nigeria Win 105 Medals In Africa Youth Games

Team Nigeria weightlifter receiving medals

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Nigerian representatives at the just concluded African Youth Games (AYG) in Algiers, Algeria on Saturday, have ended their campaign with a total number of 105 medals won from 19 sports. The African Youth Games was held from July 18 to July 28. With weightlifting accounting for the the largest chunk of the medals gotten, with a total of 18, comprising …

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Wizkid Becomes Ciroc Brand Ambassador

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Ciroc, a brand of ultra premium spirit vodka names Nigeria’s Wizkid as its brand ambassador Popular Nigerian singer, Wizkid, has bagged a deal as the ambassador of Ciroc, a brand of eau de vie vodka. Wizkid took to his official Twitter account to announce the news while advising people to drink responsibly. @wizkidayo “New Deal Alert! Officially with Ciroc, let’s …

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Nigeria Will Continue To Support Peace-Building Efforts, Fight Against Terrorism – Buhari

President Buhar in Lome Togo

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged the continuous support of the country for the fight against terrorism and other crimes, especially in the West and Central sub-regions of Africa. The President made the promise on Monday in Lome, the Togolese capital during a joint summit of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the Economic Community of West African States …

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Lemar Targets Champions League Triumph With Atletico

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By Joseph Aigbonosumua   France midfielder Thomas Lemar wants to lift the Champions League trophy in his debut season at Atletico Madrid with the Spanish club set to host next year’s final. “I’m going to give everything possible to go the furthest and win this Champions League,” Lemar said Monday as he was unveiled by Atletico following his arrival from …

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Russia 2018: MRA sues Nigerian govt for failure to disclose official delegation and cost

Super Eagles of Nigeria

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   The Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has sued the federal government over its failure to disclose the list of Nigerian footballers and coaches, supporters, government officials and their aides who travelled to Russia last month for the 2018 World Cup and whose travel expenses were covered through public funds as well as the total cost to the …

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Tokyo 2020: Olympic venues hit by construction delays

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By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Construction delays at two key Olympic venues could force Tokyo Games organisers into a reshuffle of test event schedules, the organising committee said. The Olympics Aquatics Centre, which will host swimming and diving events, are two months behind schedule, according to organisers. Also, the Sea Forest Waterway, venue for the rowing and canoeing events in 2020, …

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Barcelona To Host Real Madrid For First Clasico In October

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By Joseph Aigbonosumua Defending Spanish champions Barcelona will host Real Madrid on October 28 in the first Clasico of the 2018/19 season, the Spanish football federation said Tuesday. Real Madrid, who finished third in the league, 17 points behind champions Barcelona, will host the second meeting of the two Spanish giants on March 3, the federation added as it unveiled …

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Maurizio Sarri Records First Winning As Chelsea Beat Perth Glory

Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi (C) tries to run around Perth Glory’s Scott Neville (L) during their football friendly match at Optus stadium in Perth on July 23, 2018. Greg Wood / AFP

By Joseph Aigbonosumua Chelsea’s new manager, Maurizio Sarri made a winning start as the new manager of Chelsea by defeating Perth Glory 1-0 in a friendly on Monday. The Italian, who replaced countryman Antonio Conte earlier this month, was without his team’s World Cup stars in front of a sell-out crowd of 60,000 at the new Perth Stadium. The Blues …

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South Korean Lawmaker Under Corruption Probe Commits Suicide

Roh Hoe-chan

A prominent South Korean lawmaker who was being probed over a bribery scandal has committed suicide, police said Monday.  Roh Hoe-chan, a three-term lawmaker of the left-leaning Justice Party had been under investigation for allegedly receiving 50 million won ($44,300) from a powerful political blogger linked to many top politicians. The blogger, widely known by his online nickname “Druking”, is …

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FRANCE 2018 U-20 WWC: We will go beyond second-place finish -Falconets

Falconets

By Joseph Aigbonosumua Mansur Abdullahi, the Falconets’ assistant coach, on Friday in Abuja said the team has been working towards winning the 2018 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in France. The national under-20 women team’s best outing at the mundial is the runners-up position in 2010 and 2014, losing both times to Germany. “Our predecessors played in the finals but …

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George Weah’s Life Just Like A Film Script – Wenger

george weah

Arsene Wenger has compared the life of George Weah to a film script following his former player’s election as president of Liberia. Weah, who played for Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan during a glittering career, last week secured a stunning run-off victory in the West African country’s first democratic transfer of power in decades. Idolised in Liberia as “Mister …

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BREAKING: Wenger Fined £40,000, Banned For Three-Matches

Arsene Wenger

Arsenal FC manager, Arsene Wenger has been handed a three-match touchline ban and fined by the Football Association over comments he made about the refereeing of Sunday’s Premier League game against West Brom. In a separate case, the Arsenal boss has also been asked by English football’s governing body to provide his observations on what he said about penalty decisions that went …

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Freed Tyson Fury calls out Joshua

furry and joshua

Tyson Fury called out Anthony Joshua to fight minutes after the UK Anti-Doping Agency revealed he is free to fight again, The Independent reports. Fury accepted a backdated two-year suspension from boxing after he tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone in February 2015. He has not fought since his stunning world title triumph over Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, …

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Wole Soyinka Wins The Europe Theatre Prize

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Professor Wole Soyinka, the 1986 Nobel Prize winner in Literature, has won this year’s The Europe Theatre Prize. Announcing the award, the General Secretary, The Europe Theatre Prize, Alessandro Martinez, said Professor Soyinka won the Special Prize category of the award for his consistency “as a proponent of an ideal bridge between Europe and Africa in a deeply delicate period …

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Saudi Prince Salman revealed as buyer of Jesus $450 million paint

Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” $450.3m bought by Saudi Prince Salman

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is the actual buyer of a painting of Jesus by Leonardo da Vinci that sold for a record-breaking $450 million (N162 billion) at auction last month, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The young crown prince, known by his initials MBS, used an intermediary to buy the much-sought-after painting of Christ, “Salvator Mundi,” the …

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President Buhari to attend ‘One Planet Summit’ in Paris

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President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday depart Nigeria for Paris, France where he will join over 50 world leaders in the One Planet Summit. The summit holds on Tuesday. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President will be accompanied by the governors of Adamawa, Kano, and Ondo States as well …

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Swiss govt to return $321m stolen by Abacha to Nigeria

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Switzerland will return to Nigeria around 321 million dollars in assets seized from the family of former military ruler Sani Abacha via a deal signed with the World Bank, the Swiss government said. Transparency International, a corruption watchdog, has accused Abacha of stealing up to five billion dollars of public money during the five years he ran the oil-rich country, …

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World Cup: Nigeria draw Argentina again

super eagles celebrating

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have drawn Argentina once again in the World Cup, the fifth time since 1994. In the draw held for the 32 competing nations  in Moscow today, Nigeria and Argentina were drawn together in Group D. The two countries first met in 1994 World Cup. They met again at the group stage three other times in 2002, 2010, 2014. …

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War crimes suspect, Bosnian Croat Praljak, dies after taking poison in court

Bosnian Croat Praljak

Bosnian Croat war criminal Slobodan Praljak died in a hospital on Wednesday after drinking poison in a dramatic courtroom scene after UN judges upheld his 20-year sentence the Croatia’s state-run news agency said. The 72-year-old died in hospital, according to the HINA agency quoting a source close to Praljak, after he drank from a brown bottle at his appeal judgement at …

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Egypt Terror Attack: President Sisi pledges forceful response

EGYPT TERROR ATTACK

Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has vowed to respond with “the utmost force” after 300 people were killed at a North Sinai mosque during Friday prayers. The al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed was bombed and fleeing worshippers were then gunned down. The Egyptian military has said it has conducted air strikes on “terrorist” targets in response. No …

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Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as Zimbabwe President

Emmerson Mnangagwa

Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in as the President of Zimbabwe. Mr. Mnangagwa was sworn in amidst cheers by thousands who gathered at the stadium. The former president, Robert Mugabe, resigned on Tuesday, ending a 37-year rule that was characterized by political and economic chaos. Mr. Mnangagwa, who was vice president, was earlier sacked by Mr. Mugabe early November for …

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