Aderonke Ogunleye (Reporting from South Africa)

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Liberation Stadium passes LMC test for new season

The League Management Company inspection team has approved the Port Harcourt Liberation Stadium, home ground of Dolphins Football Club, for action in the new league season which begins this weekend. During the visit, the leader of the inspection team, Ifeanyi Dike, inspected the playing pitch, the dressing room, media corner…

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Confederation Cup: Warri Wolves, Dolphins pull through

Nigeria’s flag-bearers in the CAF Confederation Cup, Warri Wolves and Dolphins FC are through to the next phase of the competition after securing home wins on Saturday. While Wolves secured qualification in an empathic style, thrashing Racing Bobo Dioulasso 3-0, Dolphins FC had it tough as they had to rely…

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NFF to investigate attack on Sharks FC Coach

The Nigeria Football Federation has said it would investigate a supposed fans’ attack on the Head Coach of Sharks FC, Gbenga Ogunbote. Officials said on Friday evening that Ogunbote, who took Sunshine Stars FC to the semi finals of the CAF Confederation Cup a few years ago, was attacked by…

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Umaru Isah emerges Kogi FA Chairman

Umaru Isah, the team manager of Lokoja FC, has been elected the new chairman of the Kogi State Football Association till 2018. In elections conducted in Lokoja on Friday and supervised by a member of the NFF Executive Committee and Chairman of the NFF Referees Committee, Yusuf Fresh, Isah pulled…

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Nigeria football boss confirms receipt of “huge funds” from FIFA

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick​,​ has disclosed that the world Football Governing body, FIFA, has given the NFF its own share of the World Cup appearance fee. Mr Pinnick told PREMIUM TIMES at his office in Abuja that FIFA paid the Federation a huge sum of…

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Keshi blasts Nigeria Football administrators, labels them liars

The out-of-contract Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, on Wednesday called the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, liars. Keshi said the NFF lied to Nigerians about paying him his owed salaries as well as that of his backroom staff. Addressing journalists, the former Super Eagles defender said he would…

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Ondo FA suspends Sunshine Stars, Rising Stars over fraud

The Ondo State Football Association under the leadership of Sunday Ajayi has suspended all the football clubs in the state from engaging in any form of football activities till further notice. The clubs in Ondo State include amongst others Rising Stars, Sunshine Angels and Sunshine Stars who are in the…

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Flying Eagles to name final AYC squad Thursday

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles have to submit a final 21-man squad for the 2015 AYC to CAF by midnight of Thursday, officials have ​said. The Nigeria U-20 currently have a 28-man provisional squad that includes Belgium-based defender Wilfred Ndidi and Dolphins FC new signing Christian Pyagbara. Pyagbara joined the Flying Eagles…

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D’Tigers win test match ahead of Burkina Faso clash

The Senior Men National Basketball Team, D’Tigers, are looking good for their two-legged qualifier with Burkina Faso after posting a big win in their test match against an All-Stars selected basketball side on Wednesday in Abuja. D’Tigers, who are hoping to beat Burkina Faso to the 2015 Afrobasket ticket, won…

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Pillars to begin title defense against Heartland

Reigning Nigeria Premier League Champions, Kano Pillars will be starting their title defence away from home against Heartland FC of Owerri. This is according to the draws for the 2014/15 League season, which was conducted in Abuja on Wednesday. Pillars have dominated the domestic scene for the past three seasons…

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AYC 2015: Golden Eaglets draw 1-1 with Guinea

Nigeria's U-17 team, Golden Eaglets, on Wednesday forced their Guinean counterparts to a 1-1 draw at Stade Général Seyni Kountché at the on-going African U-17 Championship in Niamey. Team Captain Kelechi Nwakali yet again rescued the team with a vital equalizer in the second half from the spot kick after…

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Wenger pledges to work with NFF to develop Nigerian football

The Manager of English Premier League club, Arsenal FC, Arsene Wenger, has pledged to work with the Nigerian Football Federation to help develop football in the country. The manager made the pledge when he met with the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, at the Arsenal FC’s training ground where a wide…

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Ex-Warri Wolves player, Ike ThankGod, targets league title in Oman

Former Warri Wolves Player, Ike ThankGod, has said that he wants to win a league title with his new club, Fanja SC of the Omani Premier League. In an interview with PREMIUM TIMES, the 29-year-old lanky defender said he was hoping to win the league title and possibly move to…

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Why we signed Yakubu — Reading FC Coach

Head Coach of Reading Football Club, Steve Clarke, has givien insights into why he signed Nigerian striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, from Qatar despite claims that the player is already a ‘spent force’. Speaking on Reading’s official website, the proud Coach said amongst other things, the 32-year old Nigerian Striker can create…

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Kolo Toure retires from international football

The Ivorian and Liverpool player, Kolo Toure, has officially announced his retirement from International football. The 33-year-old centre-back made the disclosure barely after a week after his team won the 2015 Africa Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea. “It is with great emotion that I inform you that I am going…

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Canada 2015: Falcons get Switzerland and New Zealand Friendlies

The Nigeria female national team, the Super Falcons will play New Zealand and Switzerland in June as part of preparations towards the FIFA World Cup that will take place in June Canada, a top official of the Nigeria Football Federation told PREMIUM TIMES. The source said all arrangements are almost…

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CAF Champions League: Kano Pillars wins first leg in Juba

The Nigerian League defending ​c​champions, Kano Pillars, defeated opponent, Al-Malaika​,​ at home in an away match played in Juba, South Sudan. The race to the next round of the tournament started when the home team started displaying skills and dominated the first half which ended in a 0-0 draw. The…

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Super Falcons Coach invites 36 players to camp

The Nigerian female national team, the Super Falcons, are set to begin preparations for the 11th All-Africa Games qualifiers, 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers and the 7th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals. Also, the Head Coach of the team, Edwin Okon, has called up 36 players to camp. The invited players…

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Super Eagles to play Bolivia after Brazil snub

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has settled to have the Super Eagles play Bolivia in an international friendly after being snubbed by five-time world champions, Brazil. The NFF on Friday confirmed that the Eagles will now tackle the Senior National Team of Bolivia in an international friendly at the Akwa…

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Keshi still in charge of Eagles — NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has said that the out-of-contract Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi is still in charge of the team. Speaking to Tuesday after the Technical Commitee meeting in Abuja, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, Chairman of the Commitee said Keshi is still the Coach and that they have made recommendations…

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Afrobasket 2015: D’Tigers Coach Assures Nigerians of Victory

The interim coach of Nigeria’s senior national basketball team, Sanni Ahmed, has said his team was ready to go all out to win their first leg qualifying match of the 2015 Afrobasket Championship against Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou, later in February. Ahmed, who is currently conducting trainings with 14 home-based…

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Nigerian League boss warns governors against diversion of club funds for elections

The League Management Company, LMC, has urged state governments not to starve Premier League clubs of needed funds as they prepare for the 2014/15 football league season scheduled to kick off March 7. Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES in Abuja, the Chairman of the league body, Nduka Irabor, said funding for…

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Kano Pillars defeat Ghana U23 team in Accra

Nigerian Premier League Champions, Kano Pillars, defeated the Ghanaian U23 national team 1-0 in a friendly match in Accra on Saturday. Pillars last week stormed Ghana for a training tour as they intensify preparations for this year’s edition of the CAF Champions League. It was Rabiu Ali who scored Pillars…

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Ebimobowei scores for new club, Al Ahly

Al Ahly’s newly signed Nigerian striker, Peter Ebimobowei, scored his first goal for the team on Saturday in a 3-1 win over Ittihad El-Shorta club in the Egyptian League. Ebimobowei, a former Bayelsa United player, scored the goal in his second appearance since he joined the club in January. Prior…

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I want to change minds through biking – Ogbonnaya Kanu

Ogbonnaya Kanu is a motorcyclist, who has ridden bikes across Africa and in 29 countries around the world. According to his profile, he recently became the first Nigerian to ride from Nigeria to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa. Born in Lusaka, Zambia, to a Nigerian father and a…