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Argentina – Nigeria Match: I don’t understand how it wasn’t a penalty – Mikel

Nigeria captain Mikel Obi has been left disappointed with the referee from Turkey after the Super Eagles were denied a penalty in the Group D match against Argentina in Saint Petersburg which the South Americans won by 2-1 on Tuesday, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports. The teams were at that stage tied at 1-1 with Nigeria just needing a draw to progress to the Round of 16 when Argentinean defender Marcos Rojo headed the ball onto his own arm in the penalty…

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Mikel suffers fracture, to play with a cast against Argentina

Pius Ayinor, St Petersburg, Russia Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has confirmed that his captain Mikel Obi suffered a fracture when on Friday but that the Super Eagles medical team members are working very hard to get him fit for the last Group D match against Argentina on Tuesday, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports. Rohr added that the midfielder could play with a cast. The coach said in a video uploaded by the Nigeria Football Federation’s media team that the scan conducted on Saturday showed that the…

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Super Eagles to get winning bonus for Croatia loss

Pius Ayinor, Russia Super Eagles have been handed a rare opportunity to recover the $10,000 they each lost when they were beaten 2-0 by Croatia in their opening match of the 2018 World Cup, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports. The First Vice-president of the Nigeria Football Federation Seyi Akinwunmi, who announced the development to journalists in St Petersburg, Russia on Tuesday, said the federation had worked out a pattern for the players to recover the money purely as an incentive. The NFF…

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Never Let Corruption Kill The Beautiful Game

  Corruption in sport is as old as sport itself. From the FIFA-Blatter scandal in Russia-doping, corruption in sport has many forms, faces, and dimension. It might take in the form of match-fixing by players, referees, and criminals. Or blood and urine lab officials demanding monster pay from athletes to influence results, club owners and administrators insisting on kickbacks for players’ transfers, government officials rigging bids for construction contracts. Money laundering in the form of purchase of clubs, players…

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World Cup: Eagles to Land Russia Monday in Naija Outfit

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will end their pre-World Cup camp in Austria on Monday and leave for Russia on the same day aboard a chartered flight. They arrive in Moscow ahead of their opening Group D game against Croatia in specially designed Nigerian outfit instead of the tracksuits they had always used, reports Extrasportsnigeria.com. They will face Russia on Saturday, June 16 in the start of their World Cup campaign. The Eagles entered the Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmanndsdorf…

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Ghana FA President Nyantakyi Resigns Amidst Bribery Allegations

The Ghana Football Association has announced the resignation of Kwesi Nyantakyi as president of the FA. Nyantakyi made this decision after a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Association on Friday, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports. Nyantakyi said in a statement sent to the GFA General Secretary on Friday which reads, “After a meeting of the Executive Committee this afternoon I decided to resign as President of the Ghana Football Association. “It stemmed out of the controversies generated by the investigative…

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Nwankwo Kanu Robbed in Russia

Russian police have confirmed that former Nigeria striker Nwankwo Kanu was robbed in Russia on Sunday. The former Super Eagles captain had $11,000 stolen from his luggage when he flew into the country for the World Cup and the pre-World Cup events. State news agency TASS reports that Kanu flew in from London through Moscow and on to Kaliningrad, where Nigeria plays Croatia in its opening World Cup Group D match on June 16. When he arrived, he found…

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Vote for  Mr Africa!

Often we hear that African leaders are corrupt, incompetent, selfish, visionless…. (continue counting till the day breaks…). While we question why those clueless Africans are elected or accepted by the masses, more questions come to mind. Could it be that the African masses share some blames for the incompetence and bad leadership of their leaders? Or can one argue that some Africans perhaps exhibit some characteristics of their leaders? The same leaders they criticise? Same genes? Hum! Isn’t time…

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Super Eagles jersey sold out on day one

Nigeria’s much-awaited new World Cup kits were sold out literally in minutes on day one as desperate buyers filed out for the jersey. The queues seen in The UK on Friday may end debates in Lagos if the Super Eagles kits were actually as much in demand as projected by the Nigeria Football Federation. The Sun and other dailies in The UK reported that hundreds of supporters queued outside London’s Nike Town store upon its release Friday morning as they vied…

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Super Eagles Wives Approved, Coach Bans Call Girls

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has stated that Super Eagles players would be allowed to have their wives and girlfriends visit them at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He, however, added categorically that the players will not be allowed to cosy up with call girls in Russia, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports. Rohr who spoke on Friday at a town hall meeting in Uyo insists there is no harm in allowing the players’ family members to visit them after games at the World…

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Mikel Arteta to Replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta the former Gunners midfielder’s has agreed in principle to succeed Arsene Wenger as Arsenal Manager. The club is believed to make the announcement soon, immediately the 36-year-old Spaniard signs the contract in the coming days. It may sound surprising to many, who might have been expecting a high profile coach to replace Arsene Wenger, but the club settled for Arteta, Pep Guardiola’s current assistant coach at Manchester City because Arsenal wants a young and dynamic coach, who…

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World Cup: Nigeria’s Provisional List

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has named Mikel Obi, goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa; defenders Abdullahi Shehu, Elderson Echiejile and Leon Balogun but it is debutant Kano Pillars striker Junior Lokosa that underlines the opportunity available to all as the countdown to Russia 2018 World Cup continues. The attacker is the current highest goal scorer in the Nigerian league. There had been quite some clamour to give the player a chance to complete the long list of strikers from abroad. The provisional…

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