Why FIFA Banned Siasia for Life

ln a shocking move that has shocked not a few Nigerians, former Super Eagles player and Coach, Samson Siasia, has been banned, for life, by the Federation International Football Association, FIFA

By Akinwale Kasali ln a shocking move that has shocked not a few Nigerians, former Super Eagles player and Coach, Samson Siasia, has been banned, for life, by the Federation International Football Association, FIFA, for agreeing to manipulate a football match in exchange for bribe. In addition, he has also been fined to the tune of millions of Naira. With this ban, he will never have anything to do with the sport which brought him fame and wealth. For Siasia, it is a tripple whammy. The ban, the fine, and…

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Rohr Releases List For Ukraine Friendly, Drops Akpeyi, Ogu

Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr

By Akinwale Kasali The Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr has released a 23-man list that will trade tackles with Ukraine National Team in Kyiv, at the Dnipro Arena, the country’s capital on September 10. Rohr’s list consists of most players that hoisted the nation’s flag at the 2019 African Cup of Nations championship in Egypt The Franco-German tactician has sprung a few surprises while extending first time invitations to a couple of players with a view to handing them their international debuts John Ogu and Daniel Akpeyi who were members…

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Iwobi Becomes Nigeria Most Expensive Player Of All Time

Alex Iwobi

By Akinwale Kasali Alexander Iwobi ended his journey with his North London side, Arsenal Football Club over the week, moving to the Merseyside, to pitch tent with Everton Football Club. Iwobi, who had spent over a decade with Arsenal, joined the Toffees, as Everton is called, in a deal worth 43.3 million Euros. The move made Iwobi the most expensive Nigerian ever, breaking Kelechi Iheanacho’s 27.8 million Euros move to Leicester City from Manchester City. Iwobi graduated from the Arsenal ranks under former Gunners coach, Arsene Wenger. He won the heart of…

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Messi Banned From International Football, May Retire Soon

Lionel Messi

By Akinwale Kasali Argentine Superstar and Five-time World Best Footballer, Lionel Messi has been banned for three months by the South American Football body, CONMEBOL, following his allegation against the Continent’s body of being corrupt during the COPA America tournament. The Barcelona captain was handed a-$50,000 fine for his comments after his team’s 2-1 win over Chile in the third place playoff at the tournament held in Brazil. After the third place triumph by the Albaiceleste, as the Argentina team are called, Messi refused to accept his Bronze medal and,…

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Algeria Rules Africa, Breaks 29 Years Jinx

Algeria vs Senegal

By Akinwale Kasali A deflective strike from Al-Sadd Football Club of Qatar striker, Baghdad Bounedjah, was all the Desert Warriors of Algeria needed to lift the 2019 African Cup of Nations trophy. Algeria had waited 29 years to lift the illustrious African trophy, having lifted it last on home soil in 1990, defeating the Green Eagles of Nigeria 1-0 in the pulsating encounter. Like a repeat of AFCON 1990 where the Desert Warriors did a double against Nigeria with a 5-1 defeat in the group stage, before humbling the Coach…

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Will Super Eagles’ Bronze Save Rohr?

Super Eagles

By Akinwale Kasali The Super Eagles of Nigeria finished its campaign at the 2019 African Cup of Nations on a consolatory note, winning the bronze medal for the eighth time  in  the  history of AFCON. Odion Jude Ighalo scored the only goal of the third place match against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in the third minute to register his fifth goal of the Championship and, also, to maintain his top position in the highest goal scoring cadre at the competition. Ighalo could have increased his tally of goals, but…

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Rohr Could Be Sacked After AFCON Tournament

Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr

By Akinwale Kasali Super Eagles Coach Germot Rohr could be relieved of his appointment as head coach of the Nigerian National football team after the 2019 African Cup of Nations championship in Egypt. The decision to sack the Franco/German was reached immediately after the Super Eagles lost to the Desert Warriors of Algeria in that semi final match on Sunday. The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, led by Amaju Pinnick expressed their disappointment over the loss, emphasising that the substitutions made by Rohr killed the rythm of the team, and rendered…

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Why Algeria Beat Super Eagles; Nigeria To Play Third Place Match

Super Eagles of Nigeria

By Akinwale Kasali The Super Eagles of Nigeria has failed to feature in its Eight African Cup of Nations final, as a last-gasp set-piece from Leicester City midfielder, Riyad Mahrez, shattered  the hopes of coach Gernot Rohr side. The Desert Warriors of Algeria defeated the Super Eagles 2-1. The Algerians dominated the match right from kick-off, creating several scoring chances, but Super Eagles goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, saved the situation on,at least, two occasions. The pressure from the Algerians paid off, as a cross from Mahrez was deflected into the net…

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Super Eagles Cruises Into AFCON Semi Finals, Continues Its Dominance Over South Africa

Super Eagles

By Akinwale Kasali It could have been a dream year for the Bafana Bafana of South Africa, if it had defeated Nigeria In the Quarter Final of the on-going 2019 Africa Cup of Nations championship, having defeated Africa powerhouse, Egypt, in the Round of 16. Sadly, the fairytale journey of the coach Stuart Baxter side came to an end, as it lost 2-1 to its foe, the Super Eagles of Nigeria, in a highly tensed match. Nigeria took the lead in the 26th minute through Samuel Chukwueze, who registered his…

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AFCON: Super Eagles Faces South Africa Hurdle, As History Favours Nigeria

Super Eagles

By Akinwale Kasali This will be the third time in the history of Africa Cup of Nations championship that the Super Eagles of Nigeria will be facing the Bafana Bafana of South Africa. Interestingly, the Super Eagles have won the two previous encounters at AFCON 2000 and 2004. The first time both teams met at the continental showpiece was at the AFCON 2000 co-hosted by Nigeria and Ghana. It was at the Semi-finals  with Nigeria coming out victorious at 2-0. Again, both teams were pitched together in the same group…

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