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Messi reveals he wore good-luck charm against Nigeria

Lionel Messi has revealed that he wore a good-luck charm as they entered their do-or-die Group D clash with Nigeria in St Petersburg on Tuesday, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports. The Argentineans were condemned to be eliminated if they had less than outright win in the game having accrued only a single point from their opening two World Cup fixtures. The pressured Barcelona attacker scored a quality goal, controlling a pinpoint pass from Ever Banega with two immaculate touches before blasting into…

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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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Africa and the Misplaced Priorities

Time and opportunities wait for no one. Life is full of risks and opportunities; you need to take the right steps and make the best decisions in order to achieve something tangible in life. Opportunities are, in fact, chances that not only come to us in life but are equally created for ourselves, following many years of hard work and sacrifices. Unfortunately, if you do not grab the chances or make the right choices and decisions in life, you…

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Statement to the UN Security Council on the Situation in Darfur.

Mr. President, 1. Thank you for your invitation. Allow me to begin by congratulating you on assuming the Council’s Presidency and wish you every success in steering the important work of this august body throughout the month of June. Mr. President, Your Excellencies, 2. It is over thirteen years since the Council referred the situation in Darfur to the International Criminal Court and directed me to report to it every six months on actions taken and progress made pursuant…

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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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Dictatorship: The Issue Of Financial Returns

Some critics have argued that Africa has been the birthplace of dictators. From “Field Marshal” Idi Amin of Uganda, “Emperor” Jean-Bedel Bokassa of Central African Republic, General Sani Abacha of Nigeria, Mobutu Sese Seko (DRC) to  Hissene Habre (Chad), the long list is endless. These and more African heartless dictators have – even though they may have been dead – milked, plundered, wretched their countries, and caused immense hardship to their subjects. The dictators systematically turned their various countries…

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Making a Breakthrough from Failures

It is an open secret that Africa is facing colossal challenges in different aspects of life. Some of these gargantuan problems are caused by massive corruption, which leads to other precarious menaces like poor education and healthcare, as well as social problems. To some individuals, these social challenges are part of the rat race, as such, one must learn to adapt and live with them; others, however, see the failures as a call for an urgent need to learn…

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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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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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When The Lie Detector Takes Over From The Police and Prosecutor

We hardly can discuss problems facing Africa without first talking about endemic and tenacious corruption. Sadly, the level of corruption in Africa has become so mountainous and yet common, that sometimes, many Africans hardly lose a night’s sleep over the cankerworm, which has effectively destroyed the continent and created increasingly a precarious future for young Africans. But accepting the infectious corruption as a way of life in Africa is hardly the best way to kill the giant monster sucking…

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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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