UEFA Champions League: Montella Plot Sanchez’s Fall

Montella: Aiming for victory

Ahead of today’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie between Sevilla and Manchester United at the Pizjuan Stadium in Seville, Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella joked he might have to use a novel approach to dealing with the threat of Alexis Sanchez when his team come up against Manchester United in the Champions League on Wednesday, AFP reports. “Manchester have fantastic players and Sanchez has improved hugely over the course of his career,” said Italian Montella, who knows the Chilean from the time he spent in Serie A with Udinese.…

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Messi Breaks Chelsea Hoodoo

Messi: Breaks goal drought

Lionel Messi struck for the first time in nine games against Chelsea to give Barcelona the upper hand from the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday by salvaging a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. Willian’s fine strike just after the hour mark had put Chelsea in command after earlier hitting both posts in the first half. However, one moment of carelessness cost Chelsea dear as Andres Iniesta intercepted Andreas Christensen’s pass to tee up Messi to swing the balance of the tie in Barca’s favour 15…

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PyeongChang 2018: Team Nigeria Make History

Bobsled Team: Made history

Nigeria’s  Akuoma Omeoga and  Seun Adigun made history on Tuesday  as the  first Africans to  feature  in  bobsleigh  at the Winter Games currently ongoing in PyeongChang, South Korea. The duo finished in 52.21 seconds  and 52.55 seconds to place  20th  (the bottom of the hill)  in  women’s  heats 1 and 2  at the 2018   Pyeongchang  Winter Games in South Korea. But the  American-born  athletes  have reason to celebrate as their  timing was an improvement  on the one  from their  training heats on Sunday – 52.96 and 53.60. In heat 1,…

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Arsenal FC Announces Record Shirt Deal With Emirates

Arsenal: Discloses profits

Arsenal announced the club’s biggest-ever sponsorship deal on Monday, extending their shirt partnership with Dubai-based airline, Emirates, by five years. The Gunners confirmed the branding of Emirates, which began its sponsorship agreement with the north London club in 2006, would continue to feature on the shirts and training kit of all of their teams until the end of the 2023/2024 season. “Our shirt partnership is the longest-running in the Premier League and one of the longest relationships in world sport,” said Ivan Gazidis, chief executive of the club, who have…

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NFF/AITEO Awards: FIFA President, Infantino, To Grace Award Ceremony

Infantino: To grace occasion

By Akinwale Kasali For the first time, the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, alongside its top sponsor, Aiteo, will host the maiden edition of the Aiteo/NFF awards where players, teams and coaches that have shone like star over the past years will be honoured. The award ceremony which is scheduled for today, 19th February, 2018, at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos. For the best Super Eagles player, Chelsea FC midfielder, Victor Moses has Leicester City FC midfielder, Wilfried Ndidi to contend for the award. In the female category, reigning…

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Former Enyimba FC Captain, Udoji, Dies

Udoji: Dies in auto crash

The management of Kano Pillars FC on Monday confirmed the death of their defender, Chinedu Udoji, who died in a ghastly auto crash in Kano late on Sunday. The Media Officer of the club,  Idris Malikwa, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Kano that the player was involved in a car accident after visiting his former teammates at Enyimba FC in a hotel. “This tragic accident happened along Club Road in Kano and his remains had been deposited at the Murtala Muhammad Hospital Mortuary.”‎ Malikawa said that an official of…

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Ronaldo Says PSG Tie Will Define Real Madrid’s Season

Ronaldo: Eyeing victory

Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that Real Madrid’s season is now effectively all about their looming Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain as the Spanish giants trail off the pace in La Liga. “The tie…is one that could define the whole season,” the Portuguese forward told Real’s website after picking up a prize for best player in the world last season from the website Goal.com. “We’re going to come up against a great team with excellent players, whom we respect a lot. “But we’ve already shown that we have a very…

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World Cup Qualifiers: NBBF Releases 18-Man D’Tigers Squad

D'Tigers: Go for the ticket

D’Tigers coach Alex Nwora on Sunday named  the country’s  18-man squad  for the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers in Bamako, Mali, from February  23 to 25. On the list released by the Nigeria Basketball Federation,  five players from the squad who helped Nigeria win silver at the  2017 Afrobasket and two  members of  the 2015 Afrobasket winning squad topped the list. Agua Caliente Clippers’ Ikechukwu Ireogbu,  Ike Nwamu (Sioux Falls Skyforce),  Chile-based Bryant Mbamalu (CD Vildivia),  China-based Ike Diogu (Schun Blue Whales) and Turkey-based Ayodeji Akindele (Belediye Spor), who shone…

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CAF Continental: Mixed Outing For Nigeria Club Sides

Plateau United: Records home win

Nigerian champions Plateau United defeated Cameroon’s Eding Sport 3-0 in their CAF  Champions League   match  in Jos on Sunday while  the country’s other representatives in the competition MFM drew 1-1  with Real Bamako in Mali. However, Aiteo Cup champions Akwa United slumped to a shock 2-1 home defeat by Banjul Hawks in their CAF Confederation Cup game in Uyo on Sunday. Plateau dominated the match as the Cameroonian champions struggled to find their rhythm. The Nigerians went ahead in the 19th minute through captain Golbe Elijah. The visitors fought for…

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Courtois Set To Bid Chelsea Farewell

Courtois: Heading to Real Madrid soon

Thibaut Courtois has fuelled Real Madrid transfer speculation by saying his “heart is in Madrid”, even though he is in talks with Chelsea over a new deal. The 25-year-old, who is under contract with Chelsea with 2019, has reportedly emerged as a target for reigning La Liga and European champions Real. In an interview with Belgian publication Sport/Foot Magazine, Courtois confirmed talks are ongoing with Chelsea, but also spoke about his love of Madrid, where his two children live. “My personal situation is related to the city of Madrid,” he…

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