Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Nigerians in the 2014 Champions League

In this feature, goal.com profiledthe four Nigerian players contesting the Champions League this season
EDITORIAL
By Ed Dove

The Champions League returns tonight with the beginning of the first series of group-stage games. Both fans of the teams involved and neutral observers alike are excited at the prospect of another terrific season of elite European competition.


Hopefully this year’s tournament can cumulate with a final as dramatic as last season’s showpiece between Madrid rivals Real and Athletic.

But will there be a Nigerian player involved?

Godfrey Oboabona pictured with wife and daughter

Godfrey Oboabona, a Super Eagles and Rizespor Defender added a year today.

All intending girls should keep off, this one has been taken!


Picture after the cut

Serena Williams Is America’s Greatest Athlete

Serena Williams’s victory over Caroline Wozniacki puts her in rarefied company in the history of women’s tennis. It was her eighteenth Grand Slam singles title

This week, as the sports world repays our slavish attention with more lousygrotesque news, it’s worth noting that, on Sunday, the greatest American athlete in a generation won the U.S. Open, again, for the sixth time and the third year in a row.


NFF/FIFA Security officer retires



Nigeria’s FIFA Security Officer retires from Police Force

The Nigeria Football Federation has praised the energy and uncommon commitment of Assistant Commissioner of Police, Elder Gideon Akinsola for his duties around and away from the Nigeria Police Force, as the renowned officer marked his retirement from the Force with a thanksgiving service in Lagos on Sunday.

Nigerian Football: NFF to hold 2014 Extra-Ordinary Congress in Warri


After a two-month long seemingly unending crisis in the Nigerian Football Family, there seem to be peace at the valley as Chris Giwa step aside and the NFF arranged a congress which will determine a new date for an election.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Aderonke Ogunleye denies romance with Tunde Aderibigbe of the NFF



A respected and award winning investigative Nigerian sports writer, Aderonke Ogunleye has denied cooked-up reports from a blog allnigeriasoccer.com popular for maligning and blackmailing footballers and top sport writers.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Keshi picks Yobo, Enyeama, Mikel, 20 others for World Cup


Defender Joseph Yobo will play in his third FIFA World Cup finals and have
opportunity to become Nigeria’s first –ever century – international after
he was named in the African champions’ final list of 23 for Brazil 2014.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

World Cup 2014: NFF perfects Eagles’ Brazil 2014 run-in

The Nigeria Football Federation has perfected all arrangements that have to do with the Super Eagles’ run-in to the 20th FIFA World Cup finals, according to Nigeria football spokesman Ademola Olajire.

World Cup 2014:'Nigeria will shock the world' Ladipo

Chairman of the Nigerian supporters club, Rafiu Ladipo in an interview with SPORTDIVA.NETon Tuesday in Abuja has revealed that a total number of 800 supporters will support the Super Eagles in Brazil.

AFRICA YOUTH GAMES 2014: TEAM NIGERIA WINS FIVE GOLD MEDALS

Team Nigeria has recorded five gold medals at the ongoing African Youth Games (AYG) in Gaborone, Botswana.

The latest gold medals came in courtesy of Esther Etim in the Girls 52kg category Judo event and Ogini Olasunkanmi in the Boys Singles Quarter-finals Table Tennis event.

Ancelotti backs Inzaghi as AC Milan coach

Real Madrid's Champions League winning coach, Carlo Ancelotti, has backed former player Filippo Inzaghi as the ideal candidate to take over as manager of AC Milan.

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid face Uefa charges

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are facing disciplinary action over their behaviour during the Champions League final in Lisbon, Uefa said on Tuesday.

World Cup 2014: Maigari demands winning mentality from Eagles

President Jonathan makes Brazil plan

Nigeria leader, President Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR will travel to the FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil once the Super Eagles earn a place in the last eight.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Super Eagles beg Dangote and Tony Elumelu to redeem $1milion and $500000 pledge respectively

African champions Nigeria have urged business magnate Aliko Dangote to redeem the $1million he promised them for winning the Africa Cup of Nations last year.

“We understand the busy schedule of Alhaji Dangote, we are just reminding him and his aides to help remind him,” skipper Vincent Enyeama said on the team’s behalf.

Also yet to redeem his pledge to the team is Tony Elumelu, who promised the team $500,000, after their AFCON 2013 conquest.

“It’s just a reminder to patriots who are very busy and may not have been prompted after they made their pledges, because the players are determined to bring more honours to fatherland at the forthcoming World Cup,” the Lille goalkeeper added.

Enyeama was full of praise for Cross River State government, particularly Governor Liyel Imoke, for redeeming his promise to give members of the victorious Super Eagles team at the last Nations Cup in South Africa, one plot of land each in the state capital, Calabar.

Last week, NFF president Aminu Maigari, delivered the land papers fresh from Government House in Calabar, to team administrator, Dayo Enebi Achor, who has since commenced their distribution to all the players and officials.

“We want to thank Governor Imoke and the good people of Cross River state for redeeming his pledge to us as a team, we promise that we will not disappoint him anytime we return to Calabar to play any game,”Enyeama said.

The plots of land are in the choice area of Calabar and State Sports Commissioner Patrick Ugbe has assured that most of the players and officials have already said they will build in the city and live in their properties

The Cross River state capital is generally regarded as one of the cleanest cities in Africa and Nigeria’s number one tourism destination.





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Nigerian Premier League: Fans, Officials welcome presence of Civil Defense 

The League Management Company's (LMC) pact with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) got off to a good start in Umuahia where Abia Warriors hosted Kaduna United in one of the opening games of the 2013/14 Glo Premier League season. The 'Red side of Abia' as Abia Warriors are now known won 2-0 with goals from Uluocha Chima and Bishop Onyeudo. And fans, club officials, players and football administrators in separate comments commended the added security measures introduced by the LMC in conjunction with the NSCDC.

Abia Warriors were having their initiation game in the Glo Premier League but left no one in doubt of their intentions to retain a place in top flight league with the recruitment of seasoned campaigners such as Ogbonna Okemiri, Wasiu Sowemimo, Emmanuel Fabiyi, Chidozie Johnson and Onyekachi Okoye amonst others.
 
"The presence of the Civil Defense Corps is a good development", remarked Hon. Emeka Nwosu, a former Political desk Editor at the defunct Daily Times newspaper. "We have always been worried about the security at match venues but with the presence of these chaps, I will keep coming to cheer Abia Warriors", he added

Garba Lawal, the General Manager of the visiting Kaduna United described the presence of the Civil Defense Corps members as "very reassuring because we simply had to focus on the game and not worry about our safety"

Abia Warriors center back, Wasiu Sowemimo also commended the enhanced security situation at the stadium, saying, "everyone is at risk when security us not adequate because as a home team, you may be attacked by the home fan when you disappoint them. But seeing these officers is very good even though we didn't wish to disappoint the fans and thank God we also won well in our first game".

Vice Chairman of  the Imo State Football Association, Sir Emmanuel Ochiagha who was in Umuahia to see the game promised to personally liaise with the officers at the Imo State command to ensure that the partnership continued. "We are all too happy to work with the LMC to improve security at games and make it convenient for fans to turn out and in the process raise the FA share of the gate takings".

Towards ensuring safety at Glo Premier League venues, the League Management Company (LMC) had made overtures to the command headquarters of NSCDC to compliment the efforts of the Nigeria Police as Security Stewards.

This move was easily embraced by the Commandant of NSCDC, Dr. Ade Abolurin who received a delegation of the LMC led by the Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar, and promised to deploy his officers to venues of the Match Day One games as a test run operation.
 
Abolurin had told the delegation, "We are very happy to support the LMC and our clubs to provide security for Match officials, players and more importantly, fans, declared Abolurin and added, “I have followed the league keenly and believe that the civil defense will be part of the innovations the LMC is bringing to the game".

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