Aderonke Ogunleye (Reporting from South Africa)

Posts by Aderonke Ogunleye (Reporting from South Africa):

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Flying Eagles group opponents, Brazil, picks strong squad for U20 World Cup

The Nigeria U20 team, the Flying Eagles will have to brace for a tough start at the 2015 edition of the FIFA U20 World Cup as their first opposition in Group E, Brazil, have released a strong squad for the tournament. A statement released by the world football governing body,…

Amaju Pinnick , NFF chairman

NFF President warns players on national team call-ups

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has urged players given the chance to play for the Super Eagles to have a rethink before accepting invitation offers to the national team. While addressing journalists in Abuja, Mr. Pinnick, who recently returned from the UK from a medical trip,…

Enyimba Coach Kadiri Ikhana

How we won in Port Harcourt ​ — Enyimba ​C​oach

The head coach of Enyimba FC, Kadiri Ikhana, has said that the psychological effect of the last match ​his team​​ played a goalless draw at home with Giwa FC, spurred them to the away victory over Dolphins FC in Port Harcourt in their Week 9 outing. In a​n interview​ with…

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U20 World Cup: Pr​ofile of Nigeria​n​ Squad to 2015 ​tournament​

Head Coach of the Nigeria U20 Flying Eagles, Manu Garba​,​ has submitted his final squad to FIFA​. The team, presently camped in Germany, will feature at this year's FIFA World Youth Championship which will take place in New Zealand. The reigning ​African ​champions will face the tournament's five-time winner, Brazil​,​…

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Confederation Cup: Warri Wolves face tough hurdle after Congo defeat

​Nigeria's only surviving team in continental tournament this seaso​n, ​Warri Wolves​,​ have a mountain to climb to make the group phase of the CAF Confederation Cup as they were walloped 3-0 in their first leg playoff tie against Congolese club, AC Leopards. The Nigerian flag bearers have before now enjoyed…

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INTERVIEW: Why sponsors should ignore English League, focus on Nigerian League – Dikko

Despite the seeming apathy by fans, the Chairman of the League Management Company, Shehu Dikko, insists that the Nigeria Premier League is a big brand which must not be ignored by corporate organizations in Africa. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, he also says that the LMC is making all…

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Keshi invites 26 players for Chad clash

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has released a list of 26 home-based professionals who will kick-start the team’s camping programme ahead of next month’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Chad. Familiar faces Daniel Akpeyi, Solomon Kwambe, Chibuzor Okonkwo, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Rabiu Ali, Kunle Odunlami, Gbolahan Salami and Ezekiel…

Dino Melaye

Jonathan’s government ​”​most corrupt in Nigerian history​”​ –​ Senator-elect,​ Melaye

A former House of Representative member and a Senator-elect, Dino Melaye, has accused the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, of running the most corrupt government in the history of Nigeria. In a​n interview​ with PREMIUM TIMES, ​​​Mr. Melaye,​ who was recently elected to represent the Kogi West senatorial district, said the…

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World Cup: ​We​ fear no ​team — ​Falcons striker, ​Dike

Super Falcons striker, Courtney Dike​,​ has said that she and her teammates are not afraid of any team at the 2015 edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup which will hold next month in Canada. Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES, the 21-year-old striker said the Falcons are blessed with the required…

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World Cup: Nigeria promises Falcons $250,000 if they play finals

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has pledged huge monetary reward to the FIFA World-Cup bound Super Falcons in Canada. In a chat with players after their routine training in Abuja on Wednesday, the president of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick, told the girls that if they made it out of the…

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Portsmouth striker​, Ini-Abasi,​ targets World Cup with Falcons

Super Falcons and Portsmouth striker, Umuotong Ini-Abasi, has said if chosen for the 2015 FIFA World Cup, her dream as a footballer will come true.   In a chat with PREMIUM TIMES in Abuja, the 20-year-old player said it is the dream of all footballers to play at any FIFA…

warri wolves

Confederations Cup: Warri Wolves ready for Congo trip

Warri Wolves, the only Nigerian club left in the Confederation’s Cup, will depart Warri on Wednesday for Lagos and leave for Congo Brazzaville on Thursday morning via Ethiopian Airline for the first leg of the third round against Athletic Club Leopards de Dolisie. According to a press release from the…

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Dolphins coach targets upward swing on League table

Dolphins coach, Stanley Eguma, has said it is time for his side to move up the log of the table in the eight-week old Nigeria Premier league. Following their draw in Oghara on Sunday against Bayelsa United, Stanley Eguma regretted the two points dropped saying it is a game his…

Mohammed Gambo

Kano Pillars’ Gambo Muhammed resumes training after robbery attack

Kano Pillars striker, Gambo Muhammed, has resumed training after successful surgery from the wounds he got during an armed robbery attack on their way to a league match. The team was attacked along Abaji-Lokoja road on March 3 on their way to play an away match against Heartland of Owerri.…

Emem Eduok

Nigeria’s Emem Eduok scores hat trick in Tunisia

Nigeria and Esperance forward, Emem Eduok, scored a hat trick for his club during a league match on Saturday. The player helped his Tunisian club side, Esperance, triumph over Stade Gabesien in a largely one-sided encounter in which they recorded a massive 6-1 win. Despite the huge win, Esperance are…

Falcons

Olympic Qualifiers: Super Falcons benefit from Mali pullout

The task of qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics Women’s football event has been made easier for the Super Falcons of Nigeria who, without kicking a ball, are through to the next phase of the qualifiers following the withdrawal of Mali from the race. The Super Falcons were originally meant…

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Scorer of Nigeria’s “wonder goal” at Africa Championship inspired by mum

Bernard Bulbwa flipped the ball over his head with a back heel and then lobbed it into the top corner from outside the area, an attempt only made by extremely skillful footballers. Bulbwa, who narrowly missed winning the 2013 U17 FIFA world cup in Dubai with his counterparts, is known…

Ebikabowei Victor Ben, a.k.a General Boyloaf

INTERVIEW: Jonathan is a disappointment – ex-militant leader, Boyloaf

A former militant leader in the Niger Delta, Ebikabowei Victor Ben, a.k.a General Boyloaf, speaks to PREMIUM TIMES’ Aderonke Ogunleye about the outgoing administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, and the incoming Muhammadu Buhari government. Boyloaf says the oil rich Niger Delta did not benefit from the Jonathan Presidency. He pledges…

Eyimba

We failed to utilize chances ​ — Enyimba Captain

The captain of Premier League side, Enyimba, Chinedu Udoji, has said that his team lost to Gabros FC because they did not utilize the chance created.   In an interview with PREMIUM TIMES, the defender​,​ while praising his teammates, said if they had converted their chances​,​ they would have defeated the…

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Confederations Cup: Warri Wolves ready for AC Leopard

Nigeria’s representative at the 2015 edition of CAF's Confedetions Cup, Warri Wolves​,​ have said they are ready ​to face AC Leopard. Wolves were on Tuesday drawn to play AC Leopard of Congo in the last match before the group stage​. With the first leg away, the Managing Director of the…

Obafemi Martins

Obafemi Martins named in the MLS Team Of the Week

Nigeria and Seattle Sounders striker, Obafemi Martins​,​ has been named in the Major League Soccer Team of the Week again after another splendid performance for his club. Martins, who scored twice in his team’s 3-1 victory over New York City FC on Sunday, was one of three Sounders ​players ​named…

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Nigeria League Round Up:  Sunshine Stars record biggest away win

Sunshine Stars over the weekend recorded the biggest away victory so far this season in the Nigeria Premier League as they humiliated Heartland FC​ ​0-3 at the Dan Ayiam stadium in Owerri. The victory in Owerri was surprising ​for many ​as the Akure Gunners have struggled to win their own…

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Nigeria seeks new coach for men’s basketball team

The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, has declared vacant the job of coach of the men's national team, D'Tigers. The President of the NBBF, Tijani Umar, who stated this at the end of the federation's board meeting on Sunday, said the board unanimously agreed to this decision after due consultation with…

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APC will not discriminate against women -​ Party’s women leader

National Women Leader of the All Progressive Congress, Ramat Aliyu, talks to PREMIUM TIMES about the need to create an enabling environment for women in the Muhammadu Buhari administration which is to take ​off May 29. Ms. Aliyu denied the allegations that APC is an "Islamic party." She says the…

Mfo​n​ Udoh

​​Our priority is ​t​o win ​the ​​Nigerian ​league – ​Enyimba’s ​Mfon Udoh

One of the top players with Enyimba International FC, Mfo​n​ Udoh, has declared that the number one priority for him and his teammates this season is to wrestle the Nigeria League title away from current holders, Kano Pillars. Udoh, who has the record of scoring the most goals in a…