25
Mar2017

Nigeria, Burkina Faso friendly cancelled

Nigeria, Burkina Faso friendly cancelled

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Saturday said Super Eagles’ second international friendly, against Burkina Faso in London on Monday, has been called off over UK entry visa hitches. Ademola Olajire, NFF’s Director of Media and Communications, said in a statement that the development was after seven players in the...

24
Mar2017

Super Falcons climb up in FIFA ranking

Super Falcons climb up in FIFA ranking

The Super Falcons of Nigeria has moved up by one spot in the latest FIFA women’s ranking released on Friday. Florence Omagbemi’s ladies moved up to 34th position in the world and number one in the African continent. Despite not featuring in friendly matches and recent women invitational tournaments, the...

22
Mar2017

Rohr must fix Super Eagles' problems, says Adepoju

Rohr must fix Super Eagles' problems, says Adepoju

The former midfielder wants the German to use the London friendlies to solve his team's problems ahead of their competitive fixtures later this year. Ex-international, Mutiu Adepoju says Nigeria technical adviser, Gernot Rohr must use the friendly matches in London to fix his side’s weaknesses ahead of the African and...

20
Mar2017

Footballer makes wife and 'girlfriend' speech blunder

Footballer makes wife and 'girlfriend' speech blunder

A footballer whose post-match interview went viral after he thanked his wife and girlfriend has denied being unfaithful. Ghanaian Mohammed Anas, of South Africa's Free State Stars, told the BBC he was referring to his daughter. "My family knows that I call my daughter my girlfriend. That's what I was...

20
Mar2017

FIFA bans Ghanaian referee for life for 'match manipulation'

FIFA bans Ghanaian referee for life for 'match manipulation'

Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey has been banned for life by Fifa for what it calls "match manipulation". The ban results from a penalty he awarded to South Africa in a 2-1 win over Senegal in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in November. He penalised Kalidou Koulibaly for handball, but replays...

19
Mar2017

Federer v Wawrinka: An all Swiss final at Indian Wells

Federer v Wawrinka: An all Swiss final at Indian Wells

Australian Open champion Roger Federer will face compatriot Stan Wawrinka in an all-Swiss final match at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells in California, the U.S.. The match will be played at 9pm Nigerian time. Wawrinka swept past Spain’s Pablo Busta, the world number 23, 6-3 6-2 in...

18
Mar2017

West Brom humiliate Arsenal

West Brom humiliate Arsenal

Arsenal on Saturday suffered a fourth defeat in five league games as Craig Dawson’s double helped West Brom inflict a major blow to the Gunners’ hopes of a top-four finish. Dawson capitalised on some awful defending from the Gunners to head both of his goals from corners – the first...

17
Mar2017

FIFA bars Mali from international football

FIFA bars Mali from international football

World football body, FIFA on Friday in Zurich said all of Mali’s football clubs have been suspended from international competitions, after the country’s government interfered in the national association. FIFA took action after Mali’s sports Minister, Housseini Amion Guindo, decided to replace the executive body of the Malian Football Association...

17
Mar2017

Jose Mourinho: Manchester United are not ready to dominate Premier League

Jose Mourinho: Manchester United are not ready to dominate Premier League

Manchester United "are not ready to be a dominant force" and fans should forget about a return to the days of Sir Alex Ferguson, manager Jose Mourinho has told BBC Sport. United won 13 Premier League titles under Ferguson, but Mourinho says it is now impossible to be so dominant....

16
Mar2017

CAF Elections: All the winners and losers

CAF Elections: All the winners and losers

Amaju Pinnick, President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on Thursday won a place on the CAF Executive Committee for the 2017 to 2021 cycle. Pinnick won 32-17 to beat the President of the Football Association of Benin Republic, Anjorin Moucharafou, to the West B Zone seat. The News Agency of...

16
Mar2017

Was Africa right to axe Issa Hayatou?

Was Africa right to axe Issa Hayatou?

CAF have voted Ahmad Ahmad as the new president, but is it the right choice? The winds of change swept through African football on Thursday when the federation chiefs voted for Ahmad Ahmad as their new Caf President at the expense of incumbent Issa Hayatou. Hayatou, who has held the...

14
Mar2017

Rangers can perform Barca feat against Zamalek –Ocheme

Rangers can perform Barca feat against Zamalek –Ocheme

Enugu Rangers central attacker, Edoh Ocheme has said his side are capable of upturning the huge deficit against the Egyptian giants, Zamalek Sporting Club. The Nigerian champions went down 1-4 to the Mediterranean Knights in Sunday’s Caf Champions League first round fixture clash at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo....

13
Mar2017

Mexico mourns soccer-less weekend as referees hold strike

Mexico mourns soccer-less weekend as referees hold strike

Mexican sports fans mourned a weekend without soccer Sunday after referees refused to officiate at games in protest of the Mexican league's decision not to impose tougher punishments on two players who shoved officials. The sports newspaper Record published a banner headline Sunday reading "We are going to miss you!"...

11
Mar2017

Iwobi doubtful ahead of FA Cup clash

Iwobi doubtful ahead of FA Cup clash

Nigeria international Alex Iwobi could miss Arsenal's Emirates FA Cup quarter-final encounter against Lincoln City on Saturday. The attacking midfielder missed Arsenal's midweek clash with German giants Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League clash in London. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that Iwobi and his team-mate Danny Welbeck...

08
Mar2017

Nike unveils hijab for Muslim athletes

Nike unveils hijab for Muslim athletes

Nike has unveiled a hijab for Muslim female athletes. The Nike Pro Hijab has been in development for a year, the company said. Athletes contributed input into the product, and figure skater Zahra Lari was among those who tested it. The pull-on hijab is made of light, stretchy fabric that...

08
Mar2017

Serena to lose number one ranking over injury

Serena to lose number one ranking over injury

Serena Williams is set to lose her number one ranking after pulling out of the BNP Paribas Open and Miami Open tournaments due to injury. The 35-year-old, who landed her 23rd Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open in January, said she hoped to be back in action soon....

06
Mar2017

AFCON U-20: Senegal, South Africa qualify for semi-finals

AFCON U-20: Senegal, South Africa qualify for semi-finals

Senegal and South Africa won their games on Sunday in Ndola to join hosts Zambia and Guinea in qualifying for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in May in South Korea. Senegal beat Cameroon 2-0 to top Group B of the Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Zambia to...

05
Mar2017

Murray wins first title of year in Dubai

Murray wins first title of year in Dubai

World number one Andy Murray won his first title of 2017 with a 6-3 6-2 victory over unseeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the Dubai Tennis Championships final on Saturday. Murray lost his first two service games of the match but overcame that poor start to win in Dubai for the...

04
Mar2017

Soccer lawmakers mull tennis-style penalty shootout pattern

Soccer lawmakers mull tennis-style penalty shootout pattern

Soccer's lawmakers are looking to make penalty shootouts even more unpredictable by adopting the format used for tiebreakers in tennis. Teams currently alternate in shootouts, but the International Football Association Board says research shows the first team taking kicks has a 60 percent chance of winning. IFAB is seeking trials...

04
Mar2017

Argentina: Football matches cancelled as players go on strike

Argentina: Football matches cancelled as players go on strike

Argentine Football Association has postponed two top division matches that were due to take place on Friday following the collapse of negotiations to call off a players' strike. Many clubs are facing a major financial crisis and have not paid salaries for several months. The footballers' union says the strike...

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