D’Tigress players receive FG’s N17.5m cash reward

Players and officials of the senior women basketball team, the D’Tigress, have praised President Muhammadu Buhari after receiving the Federal Government’s N17.5m earlier promised for winning the 2017 Women FIBA Africa Cup of Nations adding that the latest gestures by thepresidency will spur the team to do better in future. The players were paid N1m each while the five technical crew members each got N500,0000. Speaking on her team mates’ behalf after receiving the transaction alert of N1m which is her own share of the presidential reward, the captain Aisha…

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CHAN 2018: Ezenwa wary of Libya, Rwanda

Super Eagles Home-based captain, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, has warned against complacency as they seek to shed an underachievers tag at African Nations Championship tournaments. Considered one of the favourites for the 2018 title in the competition for home-based stars, Nigeria was placed in Group C with Libya, Rwanda, and Equatorial Guinea. Nigeria failed to qualify for the first two out of four previous tournaments, then finished third in 2014 before making a shock exit after the first round last year. Many Nigerian supporters believe the country will coast to a top-two…

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Pepsi Academy turns 25, Laloko counts blessings

Pepsi Football Academy is 25 years old today after it was founded on November 22 1992. The renowned academy, which started operating at the old Agege Stadium at inception, has produced many players for clubs and different cadres of the national teams. Among the players are former Chelsea midfielder and current Super Eagles’ captain John Mikel Obi who plies his trade in the Chinese Super League. Others are Elderson Echiejile, Osaze Odemwingie and Stephen Makinwa. It has also registered well in competitions across the West African sub-region as well as…

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2018 World Cup: CAF aims to help African qualifiers

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has set up a committee in order to help the continent’s World Cup qualifiers prepare for next year’s finals in Russia. The new committee will be lead by the Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi, who is also a CAF vice-president. The presidents of the five World Cup qualifiers’ football associations – Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia – along with Zambia’s Kalusha Bwalya make up the rest of the committee. CAF’s executive committee has already agreed to postpone March’s 2019 Africa Cup of…

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Pinnick: Eagles to play only Russia-bound teams

…confirms five top friendlies NFF unveils World Cup roadmap Dec 9   Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick, has revealed that the Super Eagles will play friendly matches with only countries that have qualified for Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup as the team prepares for the Mundial. Speaking in his office on Tuesday (yesterday), Pinnick said some top countries who qualified for the World Cup had already expressed interest to play against the Eagles after the master class performance against Argentina when the team secured a 4-2 victory. “We are…

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Audition for TYTF 2017 festival begins in Lagos

Talented youths, who want to be part of this year’s ‘The Youth The Future Festival’, now have the opportunity to register for the sports and entertainment event. The audition will hold at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on November 25, while the three-day main event is scheduled for December 1 to 3 at the same venue. According to the organisers of the festival with the theme, Peace and Love, the event is aimed at bringing Nigerian youths from across the country together with a view to developing the talents in them….

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Zenith /Delta Principal’s Cup: More zonal qualifiers emerge

More teams have qualified for the zonal stage of the Zenith/Delta Principals Cup football competition organised for all secondary schools in the state. The Season 2 of the Zenith Bank-sponsored competition has engaged many of the young ones in the state in the past five weeks. Only recently, the first qualifier for the next stage of the competition emerged from Oshimili South Local Government as officials forwarded Osa Dennis Secondary School as the winner from the LG. Four more schools have also joined Osa Dennis Secondary School to confirm places…

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