Bash Ali: We’ll Have Nothing To Do With Your fight- FG

The Federal Government has foreclosed any involvement in the novelty boxing match, Guinness World Boxing Project, being promoted by former World Cruiserweight Champion, Bash Ali, with an assertion that the proposed bout falls under the purview of the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control, being a professional category that is purely a business concern. The government distanced itself from the fight in a series of documents and correspondence with Bash Ali, who has now been informed through his lawyer, B.O. Nafagha & Co, to refrain from acts that interfere with the…

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OVID-19FIFA Re-Schedules Women’s U20, U17 World Cup To 2021 Cancels 2020 Best Award Ceremony

The women’s Under-20 World Cup tournament in Costa Rica and Panama, postponed from August to September due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has now been rescheduled for January 20 to February 6 of next year, the world governing body FIFA said on Tuesday. The women’s Under-17 World Cup in India, originally planned for November, has also been rescheduled for February 17 to March 7, 2021. Dates were confirmed after taking into account the time needed to complete qualification tournaments. FIFA also confirmed the Futsal World Cup, originally scheduled for September to…

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Nigeria Suspends All Sporting Activities

The Federal Government has announced the suspension of all football activities in the country in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. This was contained in a letter signed by Director, Federation Elites Athletes Department in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Tayo Oreweme, and addressed to presidents and secretaries-general of national sports federations on Wednesday. The letter, titled ‘Suspension of all national and international competitions including qualification tournaments for Tokyo 2020 games,’ directed all federations to suspend all national and international competitions. The order comes a day after the…

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Mike Obi Quits Turkish Club Over Coronavirus Fears

John Obi Mikel, Trabzonspor, criticized the decision for games to go ahead in Turkey with the coronavirus outbreak Mikel joined the Turkish club as a free agent on a two-year deal last summer. No reason was given for the mutual termination of the contract, but Trabzonspor confirmed the former Super Eagles captain gave up his remaining wages. “The professional football player agreement between our company and John Obi Mikel on 30.06.2019 start date 31.05.2021 has been mutually terminated. “With a mutual termination agreement, the football player gave up all his…

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Sokoto Wins Four Trophies As National Handball Championship Ends

The National Under 12 and 15 Handball Championship ended on Friday with Sokoto Rima teams winning four trophies at the end of the competition. The competition, which started on February 28, had 25 teams from seven States and five academies that included under 12 boys and girls teams and under 15 boys and girls teams. Rima team won the first trophy in under 15 boys and under 12 girls, while Lagos State teams won the under 15 girls and under 12 boys. The second and third positions for under 15…

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Manchester United Star Ighalo Matches Personal Record In Derby County FA Cup Victory

Manchester United star Ighalo matches personal record in Derby County FA Cup victory Odion Ighalo matched his personal best for an English club with his brace in Manchester United’s 3-0 victory over Derby County in Thursday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie. Ighalo teamed up with the Red Devils from the Chinese Super side Shanghai Shenhua on loan in January and has been in sparkling form. The former Super Eagles star was handed his second start and made the most of the opportunity, scoring just before the half-time break to double United’s…

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Ighalo A Throwback Not Playing For Money At Man Utd’ – Ferdinand

 ‘Ighalo a throwback not playing for money at Man Utd’ – Ferdinand sees striker silencing critics Odion Ighalo is the perfect “throwback” for Manchester United, says Rio Ferdinand, with the Nigerian striker driven by passion for the club he supported as a boy rather than monetary gain. The Red Devils have struggled to find those qualities at times in the transfer market. That has led Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to favour a different approach to recruitment, with greater emphasis being placed on players with promise and home-grown talent. United broke that mould in…

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Edo State To Introduce VAR Technology In National Sports Festival

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is to be used in Nigeria for the first time during the football events of the 2020 National Sports Festival to be hosted by Edo State later this month. The VAR was introduced to Africa first time during the AFCON 2019 in Egypt last June. Morocco also made history as the first African country to apply the VAR technology in a domestic match for the first time. However, the technology is one of the many state-of-the-art technology already installed at the refurbished Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium…

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Gov. Ugwuanyi Receives 20th National Sports Festival Torch Of Unity

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, received the “Torch of Unity” at the Government House, Enugu, ahead of the 20th edition of the National Sports Festival, billed to hold in Benin City, Edo State, in March this year. The Torch of Unity’s movement across the 36 states of the country, designed to promote unity, peace, and solidarity among Nigerians through participation in sports, was recently flagged off at the State House, Abuja, by President Muhammadu Buhari. Speaking, Gov. Ugwuanyi expressed delight that the federal government through the Ministry of Youth…

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Why NFF Appointed Yobo As Eagles’ Assistant Coach – Pinnick

President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has given reasons for Joseph Yobo’s appointment as Super Eagles assistant coach. Mixed reactions have trailed the decision of the NFF to pick Yobo, a former captain of the national team, as Gernot Rohr’s assistant. But Pinnick, in an exclusive interview with Sunday PUNCH, said Yobo’s appointment was a unanimous decision of the NFF’s Executive Committee. “The NFF is very excited with his appointment and will take it as a responsibility to ensure that he gets the requisite (coaching) qualifications at the highest…

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