Nigeria Escape FIFA’s Ban, As FG Recognises Pinnick As NFF Boss

By Akinwale Kasali For the umpteenth time in less than a decade, Nigeria has escaped FIFA’s dangling hammer for power tussle by the Nigeria Football federation, NFF. The leadership tussle between Amaju Pinnick and Chris Giwa can be traced back to the Goodluck Jonathan administration, before it escalated few months back, forcing FIFA to wield the big stick on the NFF. he Presidency on Monday said it recognised the Amaju Pinnick-led executives of the Nigerian Football Federation as the authentic executives of the federation. The Senior Special Assistant to the…

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Falconet Bows Out

By Akinwale Kasali The hope of the Falconets of Nigeria to progress beyond the quarter finals stage of the Under-20 FIFA World was dashed earlier today by the Spaniards Under-20 Women national team who defeated the gallant Falconets of Nigeria 2-1. The Nigeria’s Under-20 Women’s team crashed out of the ongoing Women’s World Cup in France having conceded two first half goals, before Peace Efih responded with a goal in the second half of the encounter. All efforts by the Nigerian girls to equalised was dashed as the Spainish defense…

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Barcelona Eyes Pogba

Barcelona president Josep  Bartomeu has left the door open on a potential move for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, after saying the club could still do business before the Spanish transfer window closes, Sky sports reports. Despite being handed the captain’s armband for the opening 2-1 win against Leicester City, Pogba’s comments after the game hinted at tensions at Old Trafford. Asked about Pogba after Barcelona’s 2-1 Super Cup win against Sevilla, Bartomeu said: “I won’t speak of any names, we have respect for all clubs and there are 20 days…

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Falconets Zooms Into Quarter Final, To Face Spain

By Akinwale Kasali No one gave the Falconets a chance. After the team’s 1-0 loss to Germany in the opening match of the Group D encounter, soccer enthusisats had written them off. The team bounced back in their second group game against Haiti, winning by Rasheedat Ajibade solitary spot kick in the first half of the encounter to signal the preparedness of the Falconets to make a mark in France. Again, stand –in Captain Rasheedat Ajibade was the heroine as the Nigeria U20 girls weaved their way into the 9thFIFA…

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Courtois Joins Real Madrid

By Akinwale Kasali Thibaut Courtois was unveiled today as a Real Madrid player under the usual pomp and circumstance, including a press conference and a presentation in the stadium in front of thousands(?) of fans, and the former Chelsea and Atlético Madrid-man wasted no time in showing where his true loyalties lie. While in terms of Chelsea, Courtois kissing the Real Madrid badge on his unveiling is about as meaningless as badge kisses get — we’re clearly under no delusions that Chelsea was a place he loved to be anymore…

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Mourinho Confident Of Sanchez’s Magic To Lift Man Utd

Manchester United need Alexis Sanchez to fire when they kick off their Premier League campaign against Leicester City on Friday as they seek to put a troubled pre-season behind them. United’s build-up to the new campaign has been dominated by manager Jose Mourinho’s persistent grumbles over the strength of his squad. Unlike most of Mourinho’s stars, Sanchez had a first full summer off in nine years as Chile failed to qualify for the World Cup, ensuring he should be fresh enough to show why United handed him a contract reportedly…

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Pogba Set To Leave Manchester United

France World Cup star Paul Pogba is determined to end his fractious relationship with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and move to Barcelona, according to British media reports on Wednesday. The 25-year-old — who scored in the 4-2 World Cup final win over Croatia — has agreed terms with Barcelona for a deal worth £89.5 million ($115 million, 100 million euros) over five years, according to the Daily Mail. The reported agreement would see him pick up £346,000 a week, almost double what he earns atThe Sun claims the former…

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Germany Pips Falconets

By Akinwale Kasali The Falconets of Nigeria were humbled ny their German counterpart 1-0 at the ongoing FIFA Under-20 World Cup in France. The Danjuma led Falconets succumbed to the firing power and the attacking prowess of the Germans by conceding the only goal of the match in the 63rd minute of the encounter, courtesy of Stefanie Saunders. The defeat means that the Falconets need to beat the Haitians in their second Group D encounter on Thursday to have any hope of advancing into the knockout stages of the competition.…

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Falconets Faces German Hurdle

By Akinwale Kasali The Falconets of Nigeria will today file out against Germany Under-20 National team in the FIFA Uder-20 Wold Cup in France. Since the inception of the female age grade competition, Nigeria has never missed out, coming close to winning the coveted trophy, but were denied by the German ladies four years ago. This is however a revenge mission. Coach Christopher Danjuma masterminded the team to five wins in the CAF qualifiers to seal a place at the World Cup, before naming his final 21-man squad for the…

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Sarri On Chelsea’s Radar After Conte’s Sack

By Akinwale Kasali The handwriting was boldly written on the board. Having lost the dressing prior to the end of last season, it was obvious that Italian Coach, Antonio Conte was only waiting to receive the boot. Some players in the Chelsea fold has compalined of the tactics of the coach, forcing Belgian captain, Eden Hazard to publicly say that the coach was playing him out of position following Chelsea’s champions league exit, having suffered a 4-1 aggregate defeat to Spanish giant, Barcelona. The long-running saga over  Conte’s future appears…

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