Athletes delighted as FG lifts ban on contact sports

Nigerian athletes were in ecstatic mood on Thursday after the federal government lifted the ban on football and all other contact sports in the country with effect from Monday Oct 19. The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on…

Footballers ‘scared’ of returning to action in Ghana

Some players and coaches in Ghana’s professional football leagues have told the BBC they are “scared” to resume playing and that football is “not ready”. This despite the government of the west African country, which has had more than 32,000…

Premier League clubs set date for season restart

Premier League clubs are aiming to restart games from June 8, according to reports. That date is the best case scenario as clubs were also told they may be able to start training again from May 18. But it also…

Coronavirus: All football below National League to end

All football in England below the three divisions that make up the National League will end immediately and all results will be expunged. It means there will be no promotion or relegation in these leagues. The same will happen in…

Soccer style of Nigeria – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

We played the game. It entailed any number of men or women running about kicking any roundish object. We had no special name for the game. Then the man from overseas came. He brought balls and boots and talked of…

Copa America: Conmebol ban Messi (Punch)

The Argentine superstar’s punishment for his straight red in the third-place playoff against Chile has been confirmed. The Albicelesta captain has been hit with a one-game ban (as per ESPN) for that red card he received in the third-place playoff…

Neymar snubs PSG pre-season (Punch)

Paris St-Germain say they will take “appropriate action” after Brazil striker Neymar failed to turn up for the first day of pre-season training. The 27-year-old was due back at the club’s training ground on Monday. This forward has been linked…

Frank Lampard appointed Chelsea head coach (Punch)

Frank Lampard was appointed Chelsea head coach on Thursday, confirming a dramatic return for one of the club’s greatest ever players. Lampard has signed a three-year contract with the Premier League club, where he spent 13 years and became the…

Messi vows to play on after latest Argentina heartache (Guardian)

Lionel Messi vowed to extend his international career after yet another bid to win a major title with Argentina ended in failure at the Copa America on Tuesday. The 32-year-old Barcelona star, who infamously quit international football after Argentina’s defeat…

There was a man called MKO Abiola-Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

It’s cool by most Nigerians that June 12 has been given its due as Democracy Day. The current politicians in Nigeria should copy the common touch of Bashorun MKO Abiola, the dogged man who won the June 12, 1993 presidential…

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