• NFF falls out with Siasia, says he's an ingrate, they will expose his secrets

    29/Aug/2016 // 726 Viewers

     

    Former coach of the U-23 Dream Team Samson Siasia has been labelled an ingrate by a top official of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). 

    The official threatened to expose Samson Siasia, if he continues to castigate the football house. 

    Siasia, who recently won bronze with Nigeria’s U-23 team at the 2016 Olympics,  said he is “done” working for Nigeria after feeling neglected by the NFF before and during the Rio games.

    The Dream Team were left stranded in the US just days ahead of the Olympics and arrived Manus, Brazil five hours before their first match against Japan with they eventually won 5 – 4.

    Reacting to the numerous claims by Siasia, the unnamed official toldOwnGoalNigeria.com: “We have endured Siasia’s excesses, he knows we have our own side of the story he is telling to the press. He shouldn’t forget that our recent spate of failure to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations was started by him.

    “He is an ingrate, we gave him the chance to relaunch himself with the U-23s but he showed us he is still the same person, we know how some players were selected both for the Super Eagles in the two games he handled and also for the U23s, he should just keep shut.

    “We have facts to show he was involved in some dealings that led to our failures at tournaments; as a matter of fact, go and ask any board member, we received more petitions about Siasia than any other coach, he knows it.

    “If he doesn’t keep shut, we will shame him and end his coaching career, a team that should have won gold, he selected players based on favoritism and he wants us to celebrate bronze with him; we are wiser than that.”

    Despite the troubles faced by the team, Siasia’s boys did the nation proud by winning bronze medal – Nigeria’s only medal at the games. 

    The Dream Team defeated Honduras 3 – 2 in a third place match played at the Maracana stadium.

    Credit: naij.com


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  • Nigeria eliminated by Egypt from Africa Cup of Nations

    30/Mar/2016 // 368 Viewers

     

    Alexandria (Egypt) (AFP) - Nigeria crashed out of contention to reach the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon after they lost 1-0 to Egypt in Alexandria on Tuesday.

     

    It's the second successive tournament the three-time champions have missed out on -- although last time they missed out as reigning title-holders.

    Egypt, with seven points from three matches, now need only a point from their final group game against Tanzania in June to qualify for the finals.

    Nigeria have only two points from three games and can no longer qualify, while minnows Tanzania would need to win their two remaining matches to have any chance of piping Egypt to the finals.

    Teenager Radwan Sobhi, who was picked ahead of Anderlecht striker Mahmoud Hassan, grabbed the all-important goal in the 65th minute, when his toed effort from just inside the box trickled past goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.

    England-based Victor Moses saw his shot crash against the post beyond the Egypt goalkeeper in the 84th minute, but it came back into play.

    But generally, Nigeria did not do enough to really trouble the Egyptian goal.


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    Egypt created the better chances in the first half but Nigeria also had their moments at a packed Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria.

    Egypt created two early openings –- Ahmed Hegazy headed narrowly wide after five minutes and almost immediately skipper Abdallah Al-Said also missed the target from inside the box.

    In the closing minutes of the first half, Akpeyi pulled off two big saves from Ibrahim Salah and Al-Said.


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  • Morocco qualify, Egypt close, Nigeria out in CAN qualifiers

    30/Mar/2016 // 322 Viewers

     

    Johannesburg (AFP) - Morocco became the first qualifiers for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon after beating Cape Verde 2-0 in Marrakech Tuesday.

    Star striker Youssef El Arabi scored twice early in the second half, the first from a penalty that resulted in a visiting footballer being red-carded.

    Morocco hold a six-point Group F lead over top-ranked African team Cape Verde with two rounds left and a head-to-head advantage having also beaten the islanders last Saturday in Praia.

    Frenchman Herve Renard, who led minnows Zambia and underachievers Ivory Coast to the African title in the past three tournaments, replaced Badou Zaki as Morocco coach a month ago.

    Egypt and Senegal also triumphed to virtually seal places at the 16-nation finals while Nigeria were eliminated and South Africa look set to join them on the scrapheap.

    A second-half goal from Ramadan Sobhy gave Egypt a 1-0 Group G win in Alexandria while Moussa Konate and Papa Souare goals earned Senegal a 2-1 Group K win in Niger.

    Record seven-time champions Egypt need one point from a June visit to Tanzania and Senegal one point from games against Burundi and Namibia to be certain of playing in Gabon next year.

    But defeat for three-time title-holders Nigeria means they will miss the African football showpiece for the third time in four editions.

    Former champions South Africa need a miracle after a drab 0-0 home draw with leaders Cameroon left them five points behind with two matchdays remaining.

    Sobhy struck on 65 minutes with a shot from inside the box that was deflected past goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.

    Victor Moses came close to levelling four minutes from time with a shot that struck the post and trickled across an unguarded goal.

    After Konate and Souare had given 2002 runners-up Senegal a two-goal half-time cushion in Niamey, Victorien Adebayor pulled one back for Niger.

    Senegal boast a 100 percent record after four rounds and are six points ahead of Burundi, who shocked Namibia 3-1 in Windhoek with Fiston Abdul Razak bagging a brace.

    South Africa, whose midfielder Hlompho Kekana scored a wonder goal from inside his half against Cameroon last Saturday, flopped in Durban.

    The Indomitable Lions were content to sit back against rivals too slow and predictable to create openings in a match they had to win.

    Minnows Mauritania forced a 0-0 draw in Gambia and host Cameroon in a top-of-the-table clash during June knowing victory will give them the lead.

    Max-Alain Gradel scored for defending champions Ivory Coast as they drew 1-1 in Sudan to retain a one-pont Group I lead.

    Liberia moved two points clear of more fancied Tunisia and Togo in Group A after a 5-0 win over traditional whipping boys Djibouti in Monrovia.

    William Jebor scored a hat-trick for the Lone Stars, whose last Cup of Nations appearance was 14 years ago when legend George Weah was captain.

    Togo were held 0-0 by Tunisia in Lome despite the return from self-imposed exile of star striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

    Democratic Republic of Congo scored late in each half through Joel Kimwaki and Jonathan Bolingi to beat Angola 2-0 In Luanda and build a two-point Group B advantage.

    Uganda, whose last played at the finals in 1978, wasted several good chances in a 0-0 Kampala draw with Burkina Faso, who top Group D on head-to-head records.

    Ethiopia led Group J pacesetters Algeria three times during a dramatic 3-3 draw in Addis Ababa with Faouzi Ghoulam salvaging a point by converting a late penalty.

    Guinea came from behind for a crucial 2-1 win over Malawi in Blantyre with Idrissa Sylla scoring the goal that kept alive hopes of overtaking Group L table-toppers Zimbabwe.


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  • JUST IN: Argentine tennis players celebrate first Davis Cup title (Watch Video)

    30/Nov/2016 // 122 Viewers

     

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  • Bizarre: Nigeria's striker scores 14 goals in 45 minutes

    30/Oct/2016 // 3401 Viewers

     

    The 17-year-old Nigeria-born  striker, Rinsola Babajide was on target fourteen times with a couple of assists in a collegiate cup game

    Rinsola  netted fourteen goals in the second half for the Univeristy of East London women's football team in their 40-0 demolition of the University College London at the British Universities and College Sports cup game.

    The UEL women were 15 goals up in the first half before rounding up the game with 25 goals in the second half in their second fixture of the BUCS Wednesday.

    Babajide who plays for Millwall Lionness was on target for the England U19 in their 2-1 victory over USA U19 at the Women's International Cup a week ago.

    The England youth international took to the social media to celebrate the victory.

    "40-0 win in a cup game vs UCL - scored 14 goals & a few assists  next round here we come , well done girls," Babajide tweeted.


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  • Super Eagles beat Luxembourg 3-1

    31/May/2016 // 401 Viewers

     

    The Super Eagles defeated Luxembourg 3-1 in their second international friendly in four days on Tuesday.

    It was their second win in four days after earlier pipping Mali 1-0 on Friday.

    Goals from Brown Ideye, Odion Ighalo and Kelechi Iheanacho, his second goal in two games, secured the win for the Eagles.

    Luxembourg’s goal was scored by Vincent Thill.

    The hosts almost went in front in the fifth minute but Musa Mohammed was on hand to clear the danger.

    Alex Iwobi had Nigeroa’s first real chance in the 11th minute, going one-on-one with the hosts’ keeper but the Arsenal starlet failed to score.

    A minute later Aminu Umar missed from close range off Ideye’s knock down.
    Ideye went close for the Eagles in the half hour mark but his effort was parried away by Luxembourg’s keeper.

    The Eagles finally broke the deadlock on 35 minutes through Ideye, who finished off a rebound by Onazi after Umar had set the chance up following a brilliant run from the left.

    It was Ideye’s first Nigeria goal since 2013, although he was out of the team for a long time.

    In the 57th minute, the Eagles made two changes with Moses Simon and Michael Babatunde replacing Alex Iwobi and Aminu Umar.

    The Eagles made another double change on 64 minutes, replacing the duo of Shehu Abdullahi and Onazi with Moses Simon and Raheem Lawal.

    Iheanacho made it 2-0 for the Eagles in the 69th minute, finishing off Simon’s pass with a simple tap-in following a mix-up in the Luxembourg defence.

    Substitute Ighalo had a glorious chance in the 79th minute when he had a one-on-one with the opposition keeper but he couldn’t find the back of the net.

    With six minutes remaining Ighalo finally put the ball in the net but it was ruled out for an infringement.

    In the 89th minute, Luxembourg got on the score sheet through Thill who took advantage of Omeruo’s slip up.

    But in the 91st minute, Ighalo restored the Eagles two goal lead to make it 3-1 off an assist from Iheanacho.


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