| Africatime
Sunday 26 March 2017
(AFP (eng) 03/24/17)
Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho's penalty seven minutes from time secured a 1-1 draw with Senegal, preserving Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr's unbeaten record on Thursday. Veteran striker Moussa Sow had given the Senegalese -- ranked five places higher than the Nigerians in the African football rankings -- the lead early in the second-half. That goal looked like giving the Teranga Lions a first win in their last 14 meetings, dating back to 1977, in a match watched by just over 2,000 diehard fans in Barnet. The spectators had to sit through a pretty uneventful first 54 minutes before 31-year-old Sow struck to give Senegalese coach Aliou Cisse, one of the stars of their remarkable run...
(AFP (eng) 03/16/17)
Africa will host a Commonwealth Games one day despite the blow of Durban being stripped of hosting the 2022 edition, David Grevemberg, the chief executive of The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), told AFP. Durban lost the right to host the Games on Monday -- just 18 months after being awarded them -- when it failed to meet criteria laid down by the CGF, primarily over costs. "I wouldn't want to make a judgement call," Grevemberg told AFP on the sidelines of a briefing by 2018 Games hosts Gold Coast on Wednesday. "Durban has hosted some great events, it is a fantastic city and are wonderful warm hosts with bright ambitions and great aspirations. "However, it takes more than a municipality,...
(AFP (eng) 03/06/17)
Nigerian center Festus Ezeli, who has yet to play for the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, will miss the full campaign after undergoing left knee surgery in the next few days. The team announced Sunday that the 27-year-old African, a Golden State Warriors reserve on their 2015 NBA championship squad and the 2016 team that won an NBA record 73 games, would undergo the operation next week in Vail, Colorado. Ezeli signed a two-year contract worth $15.2 million with the Trail...
(AFP (eng) 03/03/17)
Former Nigerian football supremo Amos Adamu on Friday blamed what he said was the FIFA "mafia" for his two-year ban from the game for ethics violations. Adamu, who sat on the world governing body's executive committee and was West African Football Union president from 2008-10, was excluded from all football-related activity from February 28. The 62-year-old was previously handed a three-year ban in 2010 for accepting bribes in relation to the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups...
(AFP (eng) 03/01/17)
Nigeria looks likely to back Confederation of African Football president Issa Hayatou for re-election, despite the personal preferences of the head of the country's football association. Sports minister Solomon Dalung told a meeting of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) executive committee they would vote in "Nigerian interest" at next month's vote. Long-time CAF boss Hayatou is seeking another term of office but NFF president Amaju Pinnick has said his preferred candidate was Madagascar's Ahmad Ahmad. Dalung indicated that by "Nigerian...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/18/17)
Seven suspected Boko Haram militants blew themselves on the outskirts of a northeast Nigerian city on Friday, a local aid agency said, in an attack witnesses said targeted refugees preparing to return to their home villages. The bombing took place outside Maiduguri, the population center at the heart of a government campaign to eradicate the Islamist group, whose more than seven-year insurgency has killed 15,000 people and forced some two million from their homes. The Borno State Emergency Management Agency said eight members of a local militia, the civilian Joint Task Force, were wounded in the attack, which underscored Boko Haram's ability to continue to operate despite the government's insistence
(Daily Trust 02/15/17)
Super Falcons forward Asisat Oshoala has left Women’s Super League One club Arsenal Ladies in England to join Chinese side Dalian Quanjian. The 22-year-old won the BBC’s Women’s Footballer of the Year Award in 2015 before joining Arsenal from Liverpool. She helped the Gunners win the Women’s FA Cup at Wembley in May and recently won the 2016 African Women’s Player of the Year Award. Oshoala also played for Nigeria at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The...
(AFP (eng) 02/13/17)
Enugu Rangers and Rivers United of Nigeria were among the happiest clubs after the first matches of the 2017 CAF Champions League at the weekend, even though neither won. Rangers and United faced tough preliminary round away assignments at JS Saoura of Algeria and Real Bamako of Mali respectively, and both drew to leave themselves well placed to progress. The return matches will be staged this weekend in Nigeria with places in the second and final qualifying round up for...
(Xinhuanet 02/13/17)
Nigeria and Egypt will lead 14 other African countries to this year's International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Championships holding in Dusseldorf, Germany. The qualification of the participating teams was based on their attendance of continental tournament held in Agadir, Morocco in 2016, while other African countries that will join Nigeria and Egypt for the tournament are Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Cote d'Ivoire, Gabon, Libya, Morocco, South Africa, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo and Tunisia. According to the list...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
Up to 18 players at the just-completed Africa Cup of Nations could be involved in the new-look CAF Champions League when it kicks off this weekend. Among them is Georges Bokwe, one of two unused goalkeepers in the Cameroon squad that defeated Egypt in the final last Sunday in Gabon. Bokwe was kept out of the starting line-up by the consistent brilliance of Spain-based Fabrice Ondoa, who was included in the team of the tournament. But Bokwe is the first...
(AFP (eng) 02/07/17)
World football's governing body FIFA on Tuesday said it had extended a ban on five officials who have been involved in a leadership battle for control of the game in Nigeria. FIFA said its disciplinary committee had "decided to extend the five-year ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity" on Chris Giwa and four others. The ban would apply worldwide, it said in a statement on its website. Giwa, the former owner of Giwa FC in the...
(AFP (eng) 02/01/17)
Nigerian international striker Odion Ighalo became the latest Premier League player to head to China when Watford agreed to sell him to Changchun Yatai for a reported club record £20million ($25m, 23.3m euros) on Tuesday. The 27-year-old -- capped 12 times -- enjoyed a superb season for the Hornets last term scoring 17 goals on their return to the Premier League and also reaching the FA Cup semi-finals. He was rewarded with a new five-year contract last August but this...
(AFP (eng) 01/12/17)
Nigeria boast one of the strongest current national teams in Africa, but will not be among the 16 countries challenging for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations title from Saturday. The 'Super Eagles' were much less formidable early last year and taking only one point of a possible six against Egypt condemned them to second place in a qualifying group. Ordinarily, Nigeria could have squeezed through as one of the best two runners-up, but the withdrawal of Chad reduced the...
(Premium Times 01/10/17)
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has written to NFF President Amaju Pinnick to commiserate with Nigeria over the killing of former youth international Douglas Uzama. In a letter dated January 6 and personally signed by him, the FIFA head wrote: “I would like to express my deepest sympathy on hearing the news of the tragic passing of Nigerian youth international Douglas Uzama. “On behalf of FIFA and the worldwide family of football, please allow me to extend my deepest condolences to...
(AFP (eng) 01/09/17)
Gabon witnessed one of the most sensational finishes to an Africa Cup of Nations tournament when no-hopers Zambia stunned the Ivory Coast to win the 2012 final. Zambia failed to qualify this time, but the Ivorians will be among the favourites again when the competition returns to the central African state with the first fixtures scheduled for Saturday. AFP Sport rates the chances of the 16 challengers for the $4 million (3.8 million euros) first prize (last three competitive results...
(This Day Live 01/06/17)
Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel has become the latest big name player to join the Chinese Super League gold rush after leaving Chelsea for Tianjin Teda, Reuters reported on Friday. Mikel, who failed to make a single appearance for Antonio Conte’s side this season, had a medical in the port city some 130 kilometres from Beijing on Thursday and the Asian Football Confederation confirmed the deal on Friday. The 29-year-old, who spent more than a decade at Stamford Bridge, was...
(AFP (eng) 01/04/17)
Premier League champions Leicester are set to sign defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi from Belgian club Genk to fill the gap left by the influential N'Golo Kante. The Nigerian international has agreed a five-and-a-half-year contract and his move for a reported £15 million ($18 million, 17 million euros) will be officially rubber-stamped once a work permit is granted. The 20-year-old has already undergone a medical at Leicester and hopes to complete his move to the King Power Stadium later this week...
(The Guardian Nigeria 12/31/16)
The challenges, the trials and tribulations faced by all Nigerians in 2016, a year which, to say the least, was hard for them, I strongly believe, are a necessary crucible of fire the country needed to pass through in order to emerge on the other side well refined and shining like gold. The government of President Buhari may not have done things the best way, or even in ways that most people think they should, but that should not detract...
(Vanguard 12/27/16)
One of the major problems inhibiting the development Nigerian football is paucity of funds. The NFF has failed to meet several financial obligations to players and coaches of the national teams and recently, players of the Super Falcons staged a sit in protest in their hotel, in Abuja after their triumph at the Africa Women Cup of Nations tournament. Former Nigeria international, Henry Nwosu believes the solution to the frequent poor state of finances of the NFF. He said the...
(AFP (eng) 12/23/16)
Somewhere out there is a new Nwankwo Kanu or a Jay-Jay Okocha, but it is not easy for the thousands of pretenders to become Nigeria's newest football hero to get a foot on the ladder. There are hundreds of football academies across the country of 180 million people but few put their star-struck trainees on the road to a contract in Europe. Each week, more than 400 aspiring heroes aged between six and 18 attend the Barcelona football academy in...

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