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Ferguson urges Rangers to keep Bassey
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Ferguson urges Rangers to keep Bassey

 Share Rangers legend Barry Ferguson thinks the Light Blues should do everything to keep Calvin Bassey at Ibrox and insisted the Nigerian international’s performances last season left him in awe. Bassey has been linked with a number of clubs over the summer but Ferguson believes that another year at Ibrox will really help his development ahead of an inevitable move to the Premier League. The Super Eagles star has quickly become one of Rangers’ most important players and Ferguson is desperate to see him stick around in Glasgow a while longer. “I’d chain him up,” Ferguson said [Go Radio Football Show]. “Anything just to make sure he doesn’t leave. “Last year I was in awe of him, I’ve got to be honest with you. “Some of the performances he puts in and he’s stil...
FIFA president Infantino is trying to tear me down because he thinks he’s doing better – Sepp Blatter
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FIFA president Infantino is trying to tear me down because he thinks he’s doing better – Sepp Blatter

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has accused current president, Gianni Infantino of trying to destroy his reputation, as he and former UEFA boss Michel Platini battle court cases involving bribery and corruption while at the head of world football. Prosecutors have requested a 20-month prison sentence for the pair, with a verdict expected at the start of July but Blatter believes it is just a witch-hunt spearheaded by Infantino to destroy his reputation. “I want to clear my honour. When I arrived, we were nothing. And when I left, we were an international organisation, solid economically, socially, culturally, even politically," Blatter explained to RTS. "I don’t know why, but Infantino doesn’t want me. He even tries to artificially create a case against me. “He wants to...
Kylian Mbappe reveals how racism made him almost quit French national team
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Kylian Mbappe reveals how racism made him almost quit French national team

Football star, Kylian Mbappe has revealed that he almost quit the France national team after receiving racist abuse following his penalty miss at Euro 2020. France were sent packing by Switzerland at the round of 16 stage last June, after Mbappe’s spot kick was saved by Yann Sommer. French Football Federation president, Noel Le Graet, claimed that the PSG star was thinking about retiring from international football afterwards because of the lack of support he received following the crucial penalty miss. French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet claimed in a newspaper interview released on Sunday that Mbappe was thinking about retiring from international football after the tournament because of the lack of support he received following the crucial penalty miss. Le ...
Former Egypt boss knocks Mohamed Salah for his lack of contribution to the national team
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Former Egypt boss knocks Mohamed Salah for his lack of contribution to the national team

Former Egypt coach,  Hassan Shehata has claimed Mohamed Salah 'hasn't done anything' for the national side despite his performance for his club.  Salah endured double disappointment with Egypt this year after they were beaten by Senegal in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in February. Egypt then failed to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar after losing to the same opponent in a play-off, with Salah missing from the spot in the penalty shootout. The Liverpool forward has won all four domestic trophies and the Champions League for Liverpool but has been unable to replicate that success with Egypt.  And Shehata, who guided Egypt to three straight AFCON titles between 2006 and 2010, believes Salah should contribute more...
Neymar’s private jet ‘is forced into an emergency landing en route to his homeland from Barbados’
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Neymar’s private jet ‘is forced into an emergency landing en route to his homeland from Barbados’

PSG forward Neymar's private jet was forced to make an emergency landing after leaving Barbados, according to reports. The aircraft was said to be returning to the Brazil star's homeland from Barbados when it was forced to declare an emergency. It's unclear if the footballer was on board at the time of the incident.  According to The Sun, the aircraft landed safely in the northeast of Brazil following the scare. Neymar had earlier shared a photo to his Instagram story of himself and his sister Rafaella posing on a runway next to a plane.  The Brazilian also shared a photo taken from inside a plane overlooking Miami as they jetted back from holiday in the US.  Neymar, his sister, and his girlfriend Bruna Bian...
NPFL: Peseiro thrilled  with  Ilorin hospitality
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NPFL: Peseiro thrilled  with  Ilorin hospitality

 Share Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro  said  he was thrilled with the hospitality accorded him at Ilorin when he went to watch Sunday’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) tie between Kwara United and Sunshine Stars. The newly engaged  national team manager is expected to integrate a sizeable number of players  from the domestic league  into the Super Eagles  as part  of his contract and  Ilorin was his first port of call  in what is expected  to be a regular visits to league centres across the country. “It was a pleasure to meet and discuss Nigerian football with representatives from Kwara United and Sunshine Stars yesterday,” the 62-year-old former Venezuela coach noted via his verified Twitter handle @Jos...
Friendly: Super Falcons face Japan in Kobe Oct. 6th
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Friendly: Super Falcons face Japan in Kobe Oct. 6th

 Share Nine-time African champions and FIFA World Cup ever-present Nigeria will take on the Senior Women National Team of Japan in a prestige international friendly match at the Noevir Stadium, Kobe on Thursday, 6th October this year. The date falls within one of the FIFA Women International Windows for this year. Nadeshiko Japan, which is the alias of the Women National Team of Japan, are rated 13th in the world, while the Super Falcons are 39th . Both teams have clashed only once at competitive level – at the 2004 Olympic Women’s Football Tournament. Nadeshiko pipped the Falcons 1-0 at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus on 14th August 2004. Two back-to-back friendlies in 2013 were won 2-0 each by Nadeshiko. Japan’s entertaining girls won the FIFA Worl...
WAFU B U17 Semis : Eaglets go for broke against Baby Elephants
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WAFU B U17 Semis : Eaglets go for broke against Baby Elephants

 Share Head Coach Nduka Ugbade has assured that Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets will go all out against their Ivorian counterparts in today’s first semi-final match of the on-going WAFU B U17 Championship in Cape Coast, Ghana. Both teams take to the pitch of the 15,000 –capacity facility at 3pm Ghana time (4pm Nigeria time) before the second semi-final between hosts Ghana and Burkina Faso at the same venue. He said:  “The match against Cote d’Ivoire is of high importance to us. In fact, I have reminded the players that this one is the biggest match of their lives. They must win to secure a ticket to the U17 Africa Cup of Nations, and from there to the U17 World Cup, and from there to several opportunities and possibilities “Whatever we have done here (beating Ghana and Togo)...
Cristiano Ronaldo’s staff crashes his £1.7m Bugatti Veyron into a wall in Spain (photos)
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s staff crashes his £1.7m Bugatti Veyron into a wall in Spain (photos)

Cristiano Ronaldo's staff has crashed one of the two luxury cars he had shipped to Majorca for his family's summer holiday in Spain.  The Man United striker's £1.7million 900 horsepower Bugatti Veyron is said to have crashed in the east coast resort of Sa Coma. An employee of the footballer was reportedly at the wheel at the time of the accident.  The accident happened around 11am this morning, June 20.  The driver was unharmed but the front of Cristiano's expensive motor was damaged. Cristiano jetted to Majorca with his five children and girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez on June 14. They are renting a luxury home at the foot of the Tramuntana Mountains and enjoying days out on Cristiano's super yacht. Kindly leave your comment, like and share this...
Man.U legend Ryan Giggs set to step down as Wales coach while awaiting trial for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend
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Man.U legend Ryan Giggs set to step down as Wales coach while awaiting trial for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend

Ryan Giggs is set to step down as Wales manager. The Manchester United legend, who temporarily left the role after being charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend is to announce his decision in the coming days, as revealed by Mail+. He has been leave from his post since November 2020 and faces a domestic violence trial in Manchester on August 8. Giggs's trial was adjourned for close to seven months to August 8 following a backlog of cases at Manchester Crown Court. The 48-year-old  is accused of controlling and coercive behaviour against his former girlfriend Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020. Giggs is also accused of assaulting Ms Greville, causing her actual bodily harm, and of the common assault of her younger sister, Emma Grevil...
Ex-Footballer Samuel Eto’o pleads guilty to tax fraud to avoid prison time
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Ex-Footballer Samuel Eto’o pleads guilty to tax fraud to avoid prison time

Former Cameroon footballer, Samuel Eto’o has struck a deal with Spanish prosecutors to avoid going to jail for tax fraud he committed while playing for Barcelona, a court in the city announced Monday, June 20. Eto’o, who played for Barcelona from 2004 to 2009, received a fine and a 22-month suspended sentence but will not serve any time, as is customary in Spain for prison terms of under two years for non-violent crimes. Following the agreement with the government, Eto’o, 41, will pay a fine of 1.8 million euros ($1.9 million). The record four-time African footballer of the year and Jose Maria Mesalles — his former representative, who for his part was sentenced to 12 months and a fine — must reimburse Spanish tax authorities for the amount defrauded, around 3.9 million euros....
Former Madrid star, Cicinho who started drinking alcohol at Ex-Brazilage of 13 admits he used to turn up for Real Madrid training drunk while suffering from alcoholism
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Former Madrid star, Cicinho who started drinking alcohol at Ex-Brazilage of 13 admits he used to turn up for Real Madrid training drunk while suffering from alcoholism

Former Real Madrid right-back, Cicinho has revealed he used to turn up for training drunk while suffering from alcoholism. Cicinho spent two years at the Bernabeu after completing a move from Brazilian side Sao Paulo in 2005, featuring 32 times for Real and collecting a La Liga winners' medal in 2007.  In an interview with EPTV show Ressaca, via Goal, the ex-Brazil spoke candidly about his struggle with alcoholism over the past decade. He also  recalled arriving for training during his time in Madrid while intoxicated.    'If you ask me if I've ever been to training drunk at Real: yes. And I drank coffee to remove the smell from my breath and bathed in perfume.'  'Speaking of my profession, as a former professional football player...
Footballer Aleksandar Kolarov announces retirement from football at 36 after a successful 18-year career
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Footballer Aleksandar Kolarov announces retirement from football at 36 after a successful 18-year career

Former Manchester City full-back, Aleksandar Kolarov has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 36. Kolarov, 36, had spent two years at Inter Milan after three years at Roma since leaving Manchester City in 2017. The Serbia international spent seven years at City, helping them to their first two Premier League titles, plus one FA Cup and two League Cup successes. The footballer is retiring from playing to look to become a sporting director or a scout. In a statement, Kolarov said: "I always knew that sooner or later this moment will come. Although I am sorry that I am closing one chapter of my life, I am grateful that I managed to achieve what has always been my dream. "I thank all the people who followed me in this first part...
CAF Awards to hold on July 21 in Morocco
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CAF Awards to hold on July 21 in Morocco

The organizers of the Confederation of African Football have announced plans for this year’s edition of the prestigious award ceremony.  According to a statement from CAF Communications Department published on cafonline.com, the awards will hold on Thursday, 21 July, in Morocco. “This year’s edition of the prestigious award ceremony for African football, the CAF Awards 2022, will return on Thursday, 21 July 2022 in Morocco,” the statement read. “The CAF Awards will be held ahead of the final of Africa’s flagship women’s competitions, TotalEnergies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 20223 scheduled to take place between 02 July – 23 July 2022. “The event will also coincide with the two-year anniversary of the launch of the CAF Women’s Football Strategy. “In ...
PGA Tour: Matt Fitzpatrick wins the US open, becoming first British man to win title since 2013
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PGA Tour: Matt Fitzpatrick wins the US open, becoming first British man to win title since 2013

?????? Matt Fitzpatrick has become the first British man in nine years to win the US Open after a thrilling final-round battle with world No.1 Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris. The 27-year-old finished six under at The Country Club to secure the first major trophy of his gulf career, with his final round including five birdies with three bogeys on Sunday, June 19. The pick of his shots came on the 18th with a brilliant effort from a tricky bunker position which landed on the green. Reacting to the win, Fitzpatrick says he has finally achieved his lifelong dream. ‘It’s what you grow up dreaming of,’ said Fitzpatrick. ‘It’s something I’ve worked so hard for for such a long time. I’ve got to give myself credit: I had so much patience today. ‘I said to [caddie...
Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards engaged to footballer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
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Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards engaged to footballer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards and footballer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are engaged to be married. Edwards revealed over the weekend that her longtime partner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, asked her to marry him and she said yes. She shared the news via her Instagram, where she posted photos from Chamberlain's sunset proposal alongside an image of her ring. “Last night the love of my life got down on one knee and I said… YES!” the singer captioned a series of photographs from the special moment. . Kindly leave your comment, like and share this story: FOR MORE INFOR, NEWS UPDATE AND LIVE STERAM JOIN US BELOW AND PLEASE HELP TO REACH 1K SUBSCRIBERS ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL THANKS AND GOD BLESS https://youtu.be/EmD6FSuOK_c
FINA votes to restrict participation of Trans women in Elite Swimming Competitions
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FINA votes to restrict participation of Trans women in Elite Swimming Competitions

FINA, the international governing body for swimming has voted to restrict the participation of trans women in elite women’s races.  The new policy will require transgender athletes to have completed their transition by the age of 12 in order to compete in women’s competitions.  “This is not saying that people are encouraged to transition by the age of 12. It’s what the scientists are saying, that if you transition after the start of puberty, you have an advantage, which is unfair,” James Pearce, spokesperson for FINA president Husain Al-Musallam, told The Associated Press. “They’re not saying everyone should transition by age 11; that’s ridiculous. You can’t transition by that age in most countries, and hopefully, you wouldn’t be encouraged to,” Pearce continued. “B...
‘I’m not proud of it’: Zinedine Zidane opens up on his famous World Cup final headbutt on Materazzi
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‘I’m not proud of it’: Zinedine Zidane opens up on his famous World Cup final headbutt on Materazzi

Football icon,  Zinedine Zidane has revealed he is 'not proud' of the famous headbutt which saw his playing career come to an end. The former France midfielder retired in 2006 after a stellar playing career, with his final match being the 2006 World Cup final between Italy and France. In the match, he headbutted Marco Materazzi in the second half of extra time, received a red card before Italy went on to win the game on penalties.  Via Football Italia, Zidane told Telefoot: 'I'm not at all proud of what I did, but it's part of my past.' It was speculated that Materazzi provoked Zidane. Zidane had already planned to retire after the tournament, meaning the red card shown by referee Horacio Elizondo brought a premature end to his career. Zi...
Why I wanted to quit France duty: Mbappe speaks
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Why I wanted to quit France duty: Mbappe speaks

Kylian Mbappe denied he almost quit France duty due to criticism of his Euro 2020 displays, revealing it was racist abuse that almost pushed him to retire from Les Bleus. French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet told Le Journal du Dimanche that Mbappe was angry and did not want to play for his country again after facing flak from angry fans. The 23-year-old failed to score in any of his four outings in last year’s competition, with France surprisingly eliminated by Switzerland in the last 16. Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe missed the decisive spot-kick as the reigning world champions suffered a shock defeat on penalties following a 3-3 draw after extra time. Mbappe responded to Le Graet’s comments by saying on Twitter: “Yes, however, I explained to him cl...
Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan sets new African women’s hurdles record
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Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan sets new African women’s hurdles record

Nigeria's Tobi Amusan has set a new African record in the women’s 100 metre hurdles in 12.41s at the Diamond League meet in Paris. Amusan who had the third best run of the season, is only behind Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn at 12.37s and Alaysha Johnson of the US with 12.40s.  The 25-year-old Nigerian athlete was a second faster than she was in the September 2021 Diamond League final where she broke Gloria Alozie’s 23-year-old national and continental record. This is coming after she got two gold medals in women’s hurdles and 4×100 meter relay at the recently concluded African Athletics Championship in Mauritius. Kindly leave your comment, like and share this story: FOR MORE INFOR, NEWS UPDATE AND LIVE STERAM JOIN US BELOW AND PLEASE HELP ...
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka’s yellow card against Leeds is being investigated amid suspicions of a major betting scandal
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Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka’s yellow card against Leeds is being investigated amid suspicions of a major betting scandal

Arsenal midfielder, Granit Xhaka's yellow card in the team's win at Leeds last season is being investigated by the National Crime Agency amid suspicions of a major betting scandal. The FA conducted a six-month investigation and have referred the matter to the country’s leading organised crime agency in a development which indicates serious concerns over corruption and possible criminality. The FA opened their inquiry after being alerted to suspicious betting patterns relating to a yellow card shown to Xhaka towards the end of Arsenal’s 4-1 win at Elland Road on December 18.  The alarm was raised by an unusually large bet of about £52,000 placed during the match on Xhaka to be booked in the final 10 minutes despite the fact that Arsenal were winning 4-1.&nbs...
Irish born footballer Emmanuel Osadebe ready to dump Ireland for Super Eagles
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Irish born footballer Emmanuel Osadebe ready to dump Ireland for Super Eagles

Irish footballer, Emmanuel Osadebe has revealed he's ready to play for Nigeria, shutting the door on his chances of representing the Republic of Ireland. Born in Dundalk, Ireland, to Nigerian parents, the midfielder is eligible to play for both countries at the international level. The former Tottenham Hotspur schoolboy, 25,  has played at the youth level for the Republic of Ireland, earning a first call-up to the U-21 setup in 2015. Now 25, the midfielder is ready to switch his allegience to the Super Eagles of Nigeria.  “Ireland’s not for me; I want to play for Nigeria,” Osadebe told the Telegraph and Argus. “I’m still only 25 years old, and if I have a good season this year and then a couple more higher up, I know it can happen...