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Leicester advance in FA Cup as Iheanacho scores first VAR goal in England

Leicester advance in FA Cup as Iheanacho scores first VAR goal in England

2018-01-17 09:39:53

Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho scored the first goal in English football to be awarded using the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) as Leicester City advanced in the English FA Cup. The former English Premier League champions reached the FA Cup fourth round with a 2-0 replay victory over third-tier Fleetwood Town on Tuesday. Iheanacho, who had put the hosts ahead in the first half, was initially ruled offside when he deftly chipped the ball over the goalkeeper into the net in the 77th minute. But the goal was given after consultation between referee Jon Moss and the VAR. Video replays… continue reading


Leon Balogun, Anthony Ujah suffer racial abuse in Germany

Leon Balogun, Anthony Ujah suffer racial abuse in Germany

2018-01-15 11:05:50

Mainz’s Nigeria international Leon Balogun said he and another Nigerian footballer Anthony Ujah were victims of racist abuse in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Hanover 96. Visitors Mainz threw away a two-goal lead as Hanover striker Niclas Fuellkrug scored a hat-trick before Balogun revealed the abuse. “Anthony Ujah and I were insulted by monkey noises from the Hanover 96 fans while we were warming up,” Berlin-born Balogun wrote on Twitter, which Ujah retweeted. “I’m shocked that such behaviour exists in the Bundesliga in 2018.” Hanover has apologised, while the German Football Association (DFB) set to investigate. continue reading


Eagles need Poland friendly to be ready for Croatia – Rohr

Eagles need Poland friendly to be ready for Croatia – Rohr

2017-12-11 07:59:52

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr believes the friendly match against Poland will be key for the Super Eagles as they seek to win their Group D Russia 2018 World Cup first game against Croatia at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 16. The Europeans, who are 33 places higher than the three-time African champions in the latest FIFA rankings, have never played Nigeria at senior level. Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic indicated last week he was having sleepless nights worrying about the tactical approach to enable the Blazers to get something from their clash against the Eagles. And Rohr, who also… continue reading


Russia 2018: Eagles end qualifiers unbeaten

Russia 2018: Eagles end qualifiers unbeaten

2017-11-11 11:36:11

Nigeria yesterday night ended the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers unbeaten after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Algeria in Constantine yesterday. A goal from Hapoel Beer Sheva midfielder, John Ogu, and a converted penalty from Yacine Brahimi ensured the two sides shared the points at the Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui. The Super Eagles, who had qualified for the Mundial before the match, finished top of Group B with 14 points while the Algerians are last with two points the North Africans failed to win a match in the qualifiers. The Eagles qualified with a 1-0 victory over Zambia… continue reading


Mikel, Rohr Focus On Unbeaten Run As Super Eagles Face Algeria Tonight

Mikel, Rohr Focus On Unbeaten Run As Super Eagles Face Algeria Tonight

2017-11-10 11:23:26

Super Eagles skipper Mikel Obi has stated that the team is focused on finishing the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign unbeaten . The Super Eagles have recorded four wins and one draw in the five games they have played so far, clinching the sole ticket in Group B at the expense of Zambia, Cameroon and Algeria. Mikel who may start the encounter from the substitutes bench added that his teammates won’t be complacent when they file out against a rejuvenated Algerian side at the Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui Constantine tonight. A win or draw for the Eagles tonight will stretch Nigeria’s… continue reading


Abraham has no regrets about Nigeria snub

Abraham has no regrets about Nigeria snub

2017-11-07 11:05:50

New England call-up Tammy Abraham says he never considered playing for Nigeria at international level despite repeated overtures from the Nigerian Football Federation. Tammy Abraham Abraham’s father is Nigerian and a childhood friend of Nigerian federation president Amaju Pinnick, who claimed in September that Abraham had decided to play for the west African country. But Abraham, an England Under-21 international, denied the claim and having been called up for England’s forthcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil, the striker is not entertaining second thoughts. “I see myself as being a long-term England player,” Abraham, 20, told reporters at England’s St George’s… continue reading


Rohr may invite new players as Argentina land in Russia today

Rohr may invite new players as Argentina land in Russia today

2017-11-06 08:29:56

Following the spate of injury induced withdrawals from Nigeria’s team to the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier and the international friendly game against Argentina, Super Eagles’ Coach, Gernot Rohr, is thinking of inviting new players to fill the void created by the absentees. As at last count, Odion Ighalo, Simon Moses, Victor Moses and Ogenyi Onazi were said to be unavailable for the matches due to various degrees of injury. Among the players expected to fill the void are the three initially placed on standby by Rohr, including Kenneth Omeruo and Alhassan Ibrahim, as well as Girona striker, Olanrewaju Kayode.… continue reading


FIFA approves Nigeria, Argentina friendly

FIFA approves Nigeria, Argentina friendly

2017-11-04 08:51:31

World football-governing body, FIFA, has approved the friendly match between Nigeria and Argentina as scheduled in Krasnodar, Russia, on November 14. This was contained in a letter forwarded to the Football Union of Russia, addressed to the General Secretary, Aleksandr Alaev, and signed by FIFA’s Director of Competitions, Christian Unger. The letter, dated October 31, read, “FIFA would like to thank you for complying with the regulations governing international matches by submitting the relevant information and authorisations for the following tier 1 international match: Argentina vs Nigeria, Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar, November 14, 2017. “In accordance with Article 7 of the… continue reading


Arsenal Beach Soccer team to play at COPA Lagos

Arsenal Beach Soccer team to play at COPA Lagos

2017-11-03 08:24:04

The annual beach soccer tournament organized by Kinetic Sports has disclosed that the Arsenal Beach Soccer team will feature in this year’s event scheduled for December 8 to 10 at Eko Atlantic City. This is the first time the Arsenal Beach Soccer team will be coming to Africa and Nigeria. Arsenal Beach Soccer team are the current Cup holders of the English National League, after lifting the title in London with a 7-2 win over the erstwhile champions, Silesia BS St Neots. The team has expressed excitement for the opportunity in featuring in this year’s edition of COPA Lagos. Every… continue reading


CAF lists three Nigerians among nominees for African players awards

CAF lists three Nigerians among nominees for African players awards

2017-11-02 09:55:08

Three Nigerian players are now in line for consideration for continental football awards in January after being listed among nominees by the Confederation of African Football ( CAF ). The three players include overseas-based Victor Moses and William Troost-Ekong who have been nominated for the African Player of the Year award. Egypt-based Junior Ajayi who plays for Egyptian side Al Ahly has also been nominated for the African Player of the Year Based in Africa 2017 award. 30 players each have been nominated for the two topmost categories of the awards. The winner of each award will be decided by… continue reading


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