IOC provisionally lifts ban on Kuwait 2 days ahead of Asian Games

By Aliyu DANLADI The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Thursday provisionally lifted a ban on Kuwait two days before the start of the Asian Games, allowing the country to participate under its own flag. Kuwait’s national Olympic committee (KOC) has been banned since October 2015 after the government was accused of interference with a new sports law. As a result, Kuwaiti athletes had to compete under the Olympic flag at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016 and they have no access to IOC funds. “In the interest of Kuwaiti…

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Acting President Osinbajo has not endorsed Pinnick-led NFF faction, Dalung insists

By Meletus DANLADI The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, on Thursday in Abuja said Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has not endorsed the Amaju Pinnick-led faction of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Dalung, in a statement released by Nneka Ikem-Anibeze, his Special Assistant on Media, said media reports to that effect were incorrect. The reports had claimed that Osinbajo’s endorsement was in view of the threat by world football governing body FIFA to ban Nigeria indefinitely from its activities by Monday. FIFA had on Tuesday said it would…

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FIFA Ranking: Nigeria drops to 41st position

By Meletus EZE Nigeria’s Super Eagles on Thursday dropped by one spot to 41st position in the new ranking formula adopted by World football governing body, FIFA. In the ranking table published on FIFA website, Nigeria garnered 613 points in August, placing it sixth on the continental stage behind Senegal, Congo DR, Ghana, Morocco and Cameroon. On the global scene, France climbed to the summit of a much-changed FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking in the first edition of the global ladder since the new ranking formula took effect. France, up from its…

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Victor Moses retires from international football

By Meletus EZE Nigeria’s Victor Moses has announced his retirement from international football at the age of 27 in order to focus on his club career. Chelsea wing-back Moses, who made 37 appearances for Nigeria, played every minute of the African nation’s World Cup campaign in Russia where Nigeria was eliminated in the group stage. “I have experienced some of the best moments of my life wearing the Super Eagles shirt and have memories with me that will last a lifetime,” Moses said in a statement on Twitter. “However, I…

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FIFA says Nigeria, Ghana risk being suspended over federation leadership crisis

By Kunle SHONUGA World football governing body FIFA on Tuesday said it would go on to suspend Nigeria and Ghana from football activities if they failed to comply with its instructions by Monday. FIFA, in a statement by its Media Office, said it had been notified about ongoings in the two federations, and it viewed them as “undue interference in their affairs’’. It said Nigeria must ensure the NFF offices in Abuja are occupied by the Amaju Pinnick faction of the federation’s Congress by Monday. FIFA, however, said whatever decision…

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FIFA U-20 World Cup: Nigeria’s falconets draw China to reach quarter finals

By Meletus EZE Nigeria U-20 female football team Falconets on Monday played 1-1 with China in their final group match to reach the quarterfinals of the 2018 U-20 FIFA World Cup in France. Nigeria qualifies on superior goals aggregate having rounded up their group matches on four points with China. The Falconets had lost 0-1 to Germany and bounced back with a 1-0 victory over Haiti before playing 1-1 draw with China who desperately needed a victory. China beat Haiti 2-1 in their first game but went down 0-2 to…

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Pinnick-led NFF’s Benin congress illegal and inconsequential – Giwa

By Aliyu DANLADI President of another faction of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Chris Giwa, has said the Extraordinary General Assembly in Benin by the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF is not only illegal but also inconsequential. It would be recalled that the Benin congress had, among other issues, directed a review of the NFF election guidelines in a bid to accommodate all aggrieved parties. The directive, which was part of the communique issued by the congress at the end of the meeting, also asked all parties to withdraw their court cases.…

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ITTF unveils seeding lists for 2018 Nigeria Open

By Thompson ABISOLA The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has unveiled the seeding list for the 2018 ITTF Challenge Seamaster Nigeria Open holding from Aug. 8 to Aug. 12 in Lagos. A total of 169 players made up of 108 men and 61 women from 27 countries will be competing at the 46,000 dollars prize money championships which is the second highest prize money tournaments in ITTF Challenge Series. The ITTF said on Sunday on its website that 32 players made made the men’s singles seeding, with Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri…

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U-20 AFCON: Nigeria whips Mauritania 5-0 to qualify 6-1 aggregate

By Aliyu DANLADI The Flying Eagles on Saturday affirmed their superiority over their Mauritanian counterparts by defeating them 5-0 to qualify 6-1 aggregate for the 2019 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). TBI Africa reports that in the match played at the Agege Stadium in Lagos Nigeria were emphatic in qualifying as they completely overwhelmed their opponents. Nigeria were quick to take off from where they stopped a week ago in the first leg match of the fixture in Nouakchott which ended in a 1-1 draw. Wasiu Alalade put them…

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FG evacuates 230 stranded Nigerians in Russia, Friday

By Meletus EZE The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said Nigerians stranded in Moscow, Russia at the end of the 2018 World Cup Tournament would be evacuated today. The Ministry’s Spokesperson, Dr Tope Elias-Fatile, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja said over 230 stranded Nigerians had been cleared to board an Ethiopian Airline flight to Abuja on Friday. He said that the development was sequel to Mr President’s directive that stranded Nigerians in Russia be evacuated with immediate effect. According to him, the Ministry and Nigerian mission in Moscow…

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