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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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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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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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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Nike Unveils New Super Eagles Kits

Super Eagles new kits, inspired by the traditional Agbada design, have been unveiled by the sportswear giants Nike. The master class jerseys were unveiled in New York. According to Heidi Burgett, Nike Senior Director, Global Communications, the new home kit hand-drawn design fuses the traditional aesthetic of an Agbada robe with a modern football design, while the new away kit trim is inspired by Onanism. A broader collection of Super Eagles apparel includes a poncho, vest, dress, & more. The last design was accepted globally and was named the best…

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Nigeria Plans To Host AWCON

Nigeria’s football federation has confirmed their interest in hosting the 2020 African Women Cup of Nations. The Super Falcons have won the tournament as hosts on three previous occasions – 1998, 2002 and 2016 – and are also the current holders having claimed the 11th title overall in 2018. The President of the Confederation of African Football, Ahmed, told French radio station RFI that Equatorial Guinea is another nation hoping to stage the event. A host for the tournament later this year is trying to be found after Congo-Brazzaville pulled…

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CAF Crown Mane, Oshoala As Africa’s Best Players

Saido Mane was on Tuesday crowned the 2019 CAF Player of The Year ahead of Mohamed Salah (Egypt) and Riyad Mahrez (Algeria). The 2019 CAF Awards ceremony was held at the Albatros Citadel Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada, Egypt, with top football dignitaries in attendance. Mane, who had been a finalist in the previous three editions, was also in the top five for the 2019 Ballon d’Or, a crown ultimately won by Lionel Messi. Super Falcons captain Asisat Oshoala also clinched a fourth African Women’s Player of the Year crown at the awards…

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Nigeria Retains 31st Position In FIFA Ranking

Nigeria’s Super Eagles retained their spot as the world’s 31st team in the World Football Ranking for the month of December. In the ranking table on the website of world football governing body FIFA on Thursday, Nigeria has garnered 1,493 points, the same as they had in the November ranking. The ranking still helped the team retained the third spot on the continent, behind Senegal and Tunisia. On the global scene, Belgium is the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking’s Team of the Year for the second successive time after a record-breaking year…

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