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Qatar 2022: Fake news story claims Arab nations told Fifa they will boycott World Cup

Qatar 2022: Fake news story claims Arab nations told Fifa they will boycott World Cup

2017-07-17 07:59:50

A fake news story claiming Arab nations had demanded that Fifa strip Qatar of the 2022 World Cup appeared on a website designed to look like a credible Swiss news publication. The story appeared to surface on 'The Local' website and said six nations called Qatar 'the base of terrorism'. Fifa have dismissed quotes that were accredited to their president Gianni Infantino. The story was then widely reported by several major news organisations. The Local has said that it was a copycat website and it "neither wrote, posted nor removed that article". The story first appeared on Saturday night and… continue reading


Enyeama not ready for Super Eagles now, says Shorunmu

Enyeama not ready for Super Eagles now, says Shorunmu

2017-07-13 08:11:48

Former Super Eagles Goalkeeper trainer, Ike Shorunmu has called on the national team manager, Gernot Rohr, to handle with caution the issue of goalkeepers for the country’s 2018 World Cup qualifying matches against Cameroon slated for Uyo next month and September. Shorunmu, who expressed shock over the health condition of Super Eagles number one, Carl Ikeme, which has automatically excluded him from the Cameroun clash, said picking a replacement for the crucial games ahead needed careful planning. He advised Rohr to look beyond former Super Eagles’ Captain, Vincent Enyeama, saying the Lille of France goalkeeper is tuned off the team,… continue reading


Tottenham in last-minute bid to steal Iheanacho from Leicester

Tottenham in last-minute bid to steal Iheanacho from Leicester

2017-07-12 08:05:38

Reports in the English media last night say Tottenham Hotspur have emerged as late contenders in the race to sign Manchester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho.The 20-year-old Nigerian international Iheanacho has long been linked with a departure from the Etihad, with the arrival of Gabriel Jesus at the club earlier this year pushing the youngster further down the attacking pecking order behind the Brazilian and fellow South American superstar Sergio Aguero. It was reported on Monday afternoon that Leicester City had secured a deal for the youngster worth a fee in the region of £25 million, having beaten off interest from… continue reading


Rafael Nadal stunned by Gilles Muller in Wimbledon epic

Rafael Nadal stunned by Gilles Muller in Wimbledon epic

2017-07-11 08:10:22

Rafael Nadal suffered fresh Wimbledon misery on Monday as the two-time champion crashed to a stunning 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13 fourth round defeat against Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller. Just weeks after winning his 10th French Open title, Nadal was condemned to his fifth exit before the quarter-finals in his last five visits to Wimbledon. “It was not my best match against a very uncomfortable opponent,” said Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion. “Well done to him. He played great, especially in the fifth set but I fought to the last ball.” The 31-year-old Spaniard, finally worn down by Muller after… continue reading


Unnamed Nigerians bid to host Joshua-Klitschko rematch in Abuja

Unnamed Nigerians bid to host Joshua-Klitschko rematch in Abuja

2017-07-10 07:52:15

Nigerians may yet watch live in Abuja the much-anticipated world heavyweight boxing title rematch between holder, Anthony Joshua and former champion, Wladmir Klitschko. IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has been told there are two bids on the table from Nigeria to stage his rematch against Wladimir Klitschko, according to The Sun. Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport, has been sifting through mega-money offers to put the fight on in Nigeria’s capital Abuja and a decision is expected early this week on where and if the clash goes ahead. This past April, Joshua got off the floor in… continue reading


Eagles won’t rate Cameroon based on Confederations Cup outing, says NFF

Eagles won’t rate Cameroon based on Confederations Cup outing, says NFF

2017-06-27 07:54:57

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says the Super Eagles would not use the performance by Indomitable Lions of Cameroon at the on-going FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia as yardstick in rating them ahead of their World Cup qualifiers in August. The Eagles have a double-header with the Lions on August 28 in Uyo with the return fixture four days later in Limbe. Cameroun, who are the African champions, were knocked out of the Confederations Cup in Russia on Sunday following a 3-1 defeat to Germany, exiting with one point from three matches. Speaking with The Guardian yesterday, Secretary General of… continue reading


NBA draft portends bright future for D’Tigers

NBA draft portends bright future for D’Tigers

2017-06-26 07:59:23

Five players of Nigerian descent were among the talented basketballers selected with the 2017 NBA Draft late on Thursday. The unprecedented number into the NBA got Nigeria’s national coach, William Voigt quite excited, reports extrasportsnigeria.com. On Friday Voigt tweeted, “The future is bright” in reference to the five picks.The American is already warming up for a defence of the African title after his last outing at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Ogugua ‘OG’ Anunoby – Indiana – 6’8? 215lbs was picked at number 23 by no other than Toronto Raptors, headed by a former Nigeria international, Masai Ujiri. Anunoby suffered the… continue reading


Sanchez inspires Chile to 2-0 defeat of Cameroon

Sanchez inspires Chile to 2-0 defeat of Cameroon

2017-06-19 08:00:17

Arturo Vidal’s late header helped Chile to a 2-0 win over Cameroon in their Confederations Cup Group B opener in Moscow on Sunday, as the video assistant referee played a prominent role. Chile dominated an entertaining, but goalless, first half as Eduardo Vargas saw his strike ruled out by the video assistant. The Copa America champions had to wait until the 81st minute though to find a breakthrough, which was provided by a flying header from Bayern Munich midfielder Vidal. Vargas, who missed a host of earlier chances, added a second in added time after another video review. The victory… continue reading


Ronaldo wants to quit Real Madrid

Ronaldo wants to quit Real Madrid

2017-06-17 07:57:20

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave the club and Spain after being accused of committing tax fraud in the country, a report in Portuguese sports daily A Bola said yesterday. The newspaper said its story was based on a reliable source and that the 32-year-old four-times world player of the year had already made up his mind to ask the club for a transfer. It said that Ronaldo was “deeply disenchanted” with the allegations against him.Spanish prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against the player accusing him of defrauding tax authorities of €14.7 million by hiding his image rights… continue reading


Confederation Cup: Cameroon opens campaign against Chile

Confederation Cup: Cameroon opens campaign against Chile

2017-06-16 08:14:51

African champions, Cameroon will begin their quest to be the first team from the continent to win the Confederations Cup when they tackle Chile on Sunday. Cameroun, making a comeback 14 years later, will participate for the third time in its history of this competition. It was in 2003 that the Indomitable Lions gave their best performance by reaching the final against France. Mourning the tragic death of Marc-Vivien Foé, the Cameroonians also fell 0-1 to the European champions. The African champions once again will be going into the challenge as outsiders hoping to make such a good course as… continue reading


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