26 years after, Ugbade still baffled by exclusion from US ’94 Eagles

It is 26 years since Nigeria made its debut at the biggest football event in the world, the World Cup, hosted by the United States. At the Mundial, which was eventually won by Brazil, the Super Eagles were rated as…

8 years after, Nigeria yet to immortalise Rashidi Yekini

Eight years after his demise, Nigeria is yet to immortalise the legendary Rashidi Yekini who scored the country’s first ever goal at the FIFA senior World Cup. He achieved the feat at the 1994 World Cup in the United State…

Me and my friend, the football mogul, Jasper – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Football, is without question, the one subject that unites all Nigerians. When the Super Eagles win, Nigerians do not recognize the different geo-political zones in their rejoicing. It annoys me no end that football is placed in the back pages.…

Lukaku confident he is over post-World Cup slump (Supersport)

Lukaku confident he is over post-World Cup slump (Supersport) Romelu Lukaku believes he has finally emerged from his post-World Cup slump, with the Manchester United striker revealing he had to shed muscle to adapt to the demands of the Premier…

Four years to go but little World Cup joy for Qatar workers (Guardian)

Stonemasons Ojor and Raju take their lunch break sitting on a pavement near the smart central Doha complex they have helped build as Qatar prepares to host the 2022 World Cup in exactly four years’ time. “I made a mistake…

Super Eagles will win FIFA World Cup one day, says Pinnick (Guardian)

The President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Melvin Pinnick, has expressed the hope that Nigeria’s Super Eagles will one day win the FIFA World Cup. Pinnick expressed the hope on Friday in Uyo after playing in the maiden novelty match…

Ballack ‘surprised’ Loew kept Germany job after woeful World Cup (Punch)

Michael Ballack believes Germany coach Joachim Loew should have lost his job in the wake of their woeful World Cup performance in Russia. Ballack, 42, who captained ‘die Mannschaft’ between 2004-2010, is the first senior figure in German football to…

Russian goalkeeper Akinfeev retires from international football (Guardian)

CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, Russia’s World Cup team captain, announced Monday he was retiring from international football after playing 111 times for his country. Akinfeev, 32, said after 15 years with the national side he had decided to give…

Star Lager beer excites customers with cash, prizes worth N400m

Star Lager beer launched one of its biggest promo tagged Star United We Shine Millionaires Promo; one of the biggest ever giveaway by Nigerian Breweries aimed at rewarding its loyal customers with cash and prizes worth over 400 million Naira.…

Falconets to face Haiti after 1-0 loss to Germany in World Cup group opener

Nigeria women’s under-20 football team, the Falconets, lost to German counterparts in their opening Group D game at the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The Falconets were unlucky as they fell to the three-time champions by a lone…

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