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Yekini didn’t get deserved recognition – Oliseh

Former Super Eagles captain and coach, Sunday Oliseh, says late former teammate Rashidi Yekini did not get the recognition he deserved during his playing career. Yekini, who died on May 4, 2012 aged 48, helped the Eagles win the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia, where he was top scorer with five goals and...

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Abia Warriors’ Adekunle replaces Omeruo for AFCON qualifiers

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has handed a late call-up to Abia Warriors defender Adeleke Adekunle as a replacement for Leganes star Kenneth Omeruo. Spanish Segunda side Leganes had gone back on their word to allow Omeruo link up with the Eagles for their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho. Leganes...

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Eagles must return to Lagos to be great again – Oliseh

Former Super Eagles captain and coach, Sunday Oliseh, talks about the Golden Generation, his new book and more on Kick and Follow. Correspondent EBENEZER BAJELA monitored the interview Why did you use ‘Audacity to Refuse’ as title of your new book that will be published soon? It’s because it sums up my whole life and...

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UNIBEN to host athletes ahead of Edo 2020

Athletes expected to take part at the forthcoming Edo 2020 National Sports Festival will be camped at the University of Benin, Edo State. This was made known in a media statement made available to Saturday PUNCH on Friday. The National Sports Festival is billed to hold from April 2 to 14. Speaking in Benin City...

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Pillars fans assaulted ref – Aiyenugba

Kwara United goalkeeper, Dele Aiyenugba, has told The PUNCH that Kano Pillars fans turned off the lights at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna and assaulted the match referee during their Nigeria Professional Football League clash on Wednesday. The Afonja Warriors lost 2-0 to Sai Masu Gida in the encounter. “After the first half, some set...

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Okoye focused amid Ajax link

Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper Maduka Okoye says reports linking him with a move to Ajax are mere rumours. Okoye has been in fine form for Sparta and has caught the attention of the Amsterdam giants, who are reportedly interested in bringing him to the Johan Cruijff Arena. Speaking after their 2-0 victory over RKC Waalwijk, Okoye, […] Read Full Story

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Dare mourns ex-Eagles star Dina

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has commiserated with the family of former Green Eagles midfielder, Jide Dina, over the demise of the ex-player. Dina died on Thursday, after a protracted illness. His death was confirmed by the management of Mighty Jets in a statement signed by the Jos-based club’s Director of Media […] Read Full Story

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Brazilian Alves hails NPFL players

Kwara United’s Brazilian winger Lucas Alves has hailed the Nigeria Professional Football League, saying it’s competitive and blessed with talented players. Alves, who last played for American side, Seahorses LA, joined the Ilorin-based club during the last transfer window ahead of the 2020/21 season. “The Nigerian football league is very good, very competitive with a […] Read Full Story

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NFF fines Bayelsa Queens N.6m

Nigeria Women’s Football League leaders, Bayelsa Queens, have been fined N600,000 by the Nigeria Football Federation following the club’s breach of the NWFL rules, Saturday PUNCH reports. Fans of Bayelsa Queens side encroached the field in the 79th minute during their game against Edo Queens on February 17, 2021. On Friday, the disciplinary committee of […] Read Full Story

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Osimhen not a flop – Shorunmu

Ebenezer Bajela Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ike Shorunmu, has backed Napoli striker Victor Osimhen amid mounting pressure on the young striker, who has struggled to make the expected impact following his record signing. Osimhen joined the Italian Serie A giants this season for an initial transfer fee of €70m and has missed a significant number […] Read Full Story

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FG backs Pinnick for FIFA Council seat

Ebenezer Bajela The Federal Government has declared its backing for Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick’s quest to be a member of the FIFA Council, saying that a victory for him would benefit not just Nigeria but Africa as a continent. Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development at a press […] Read Full Story

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Fashanu applauds Belgium goal king Onuachu

Ebenezer Bajela Former Wimbledon star, John Fashanu, has praised Genk striker Paul Onuachu following his scintillating performance for the Belgian club this season. Onuachu struggled in front of goal last season after joining Genk from Midtjylland, managing 10 goals in 29 matches. The Nigeria international has now settled down well at the club this term, […] Read Full Story

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Leadership tussle rocks Adamawa United

Ebenezer Bajela Nigeria Professional Football League side, Adamawa United, have found themselves in a precarious situation following the leadership tussle in the club, The PUNCH reports. The crisis took a new twist after the club’s chairman, Emmanuel Zira, was suspended by the state’s sports commissioner, Sanusi Farooq, with Abdulahi Abdulkadir appointed as acting chairman. Zira […] Read Full Story