NFF President, Amaju Pinnick Elected CAF Executive Member

The President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has been elected an Executive Member of the Confederation of African Football, CAF.

He was elected at the ongoing CAF elective Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Pinnick, the new representative of Zone B on the CAF Executive Committee, polled 32 votes to unseat the incumbent, Moucharafou Anjorin of Benin Republic who polled 17 votes.

Anjorin, in 2013, replaced Nigeria’s Amos Adamu, following the three-year ban slammed on the latter by the World Football Ruling Body, FIFA.

Abiodun defeated the then NFF president Aminu Maigaari.

Pinnick, a close ally of FIFA President Gianni Infantino, has now reclaimed Ngeria’s seat in CAF.

Prior to the election, Amaju Pinnick had declared open support for the new CAF president Ahmad Ahmad, insisting that it was high time the earstwhile, Isa Hayatou was replaced after 29 years at the helms of African Football.

Ahmad Defeats Isa Hayatou To Emerge New CAF President

After 29 years in charge as the President of the Confederation of African Football, CAF, Mr. Isa Hayatou, has finally been ousted.

He has just been defeated by the President of Madagascar Football Association, Ahmad Ahmad, at the ongoing CAF elective Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Ahmad, Hayatou’s main challenger garnered 34 votes to defeat the incumbent who polled 20 votes.

The newly elected CAF president is serving his third term as Madagascar FA Boss. He had also served as Sports Minister of his country.

Nigeria’s FA Boss Amaju Pinnick is contesting a seat on the CAF executive committee.

He is challenging the incumbent, Benin Republic’s Anjorin to represent Zone B.

FA Cup: Chelsea Beat Man United To Set Up Semi-final Clash With Spurs

Chelsea will meet Tottenham Hotspur in The Emirates FA Cup semi-final, 50 years on from meeting in the FA Cup Final.

Spurs, who lifted the FA Cup for the eighth and last time in 1991, beat Millwall 6-0 in Sunday’s quarter-final.

N’Golo Kante’s goal separated Chelsea and Manchester United on Monday.

It means the Red Devils have now gone 12 games without success against the men from Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have won the FA Cup five times since the turn of the Millennium.

Manchester City, began the weekend with a 2-0 victory at Middlesbrough, and they will take on Arsenal in the last four.

The Gunners, targeting a record 13th FA Cup, ended Lincoln City’s dream on Saturday evening with an emphatic 5-0 win.

The semi-finals will be played at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 22 April and Sunday 23 April 2017.

Barca Trash PSG In Historic Champions Leaque Comeback

FC Barcelona players celebrate their last goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match FC Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 8, 2017.
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Barcelona’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez is about to throw his t-shirt to fans as he celebrates their 6-1 victory at the end of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match FC Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 8, 2017.
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Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi acknowledges the crowd at the end of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match FC Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 8, 2017.
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Barcelona’s midfielder Sergi Roberto (2ndR) celebrates their victory goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match FC Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 8, 2017. Barcelona won 6-1.
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Sergi Roberto scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time as Barcelona capped a sensational Champions League fightback to thrash Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 and reach the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

“I threw myself at it with everything,” Roberto told BeIN Sports Spain as his outstretched leg turned home Neymar’s cross.

Despite Luis Suarez’s early opener, a Layvin Kurzawa own goal and Lionel Messi’s penalty, Barca, who lost the first leg 4-0, looked down and out when Edison Cavani volleyed home what seemed to be the vital away goal for PSG.

However, Neymar restored Barca’s belief as he firstly fired home a sensational free-kick two minutes from time and then converted from the penalty spot.

And Roberto capped the biggest comeback in Champions League history when he stretched to turn home Neymar’s dinked cross to the delight of a near 100,000 at a rocking Camp Nou, making the score 6-5 on aggregate.

“It is a difficult night to explain with words,” said outgoing Barca boss Luis Enrique.

“It was a horror movie, not a drama, with a Camp Nou that I have seen very few times as a player or coach. “What defines this victory is the faith that the players and fans had.”

PSG coach Unai Emery accepted his side lost their composure in the closing stages as he suffered a 12th defeat in as many visits to the Camp Nou. “The truth is we have let a huge opportunity get away and we are aware of that,” said Emery.

“In the last two minutes we lost everything we had recovered in the second-half. Barcelona are capable of this in their stadium. In the last few minutes they played all or nothing and they have beaten us.”

Barca also enter the record books by reaching the quarter-finals for a 10th straight season.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi was blunt in his summary. “It’s a nightmare for everyone. Three goals in seven minutes is very difficult. Everybody is upset but now is not the time to talk about it.”

Enrique warned the French champions on Tuesday that his side were capable of scoring six and they needed the full 95 minutes to pull of a miracle revival.

No side had ever come back from a 4-0 first leg deficit in the Champions League, but after much pre-match hype of a historic turnaround, Barca truly believed when Suarez opened the scoring after just three minutes.

The PSG defence was stationary as Marquinhos headed Rafinha’s cross high into the air and Suarez nipped in ahead of the flapping goalkeeper Kevin Trapp to nod in despite Thomas Meunier’s best efforts to clear off the line.

– Shambolic defending –
Barca’s hopes were further raised five minutes before the break thanks to more shambolic PSG defending.

Andres Iniesta reached Suarez’s hopeful through ball and his backheel provoked Kurzawa into shanking the ball into his own net on his weaker right foot.

The second period started just as the first ended as Barca edged closer to the history books when Neymar was clipped by the prone Meunier and, after consultation with one of his assistants, German referee Deniz Aytekin pointed to the spot.

Messi made no mistake with the penalty to rifle home his 11th Champions League goal of the season.

Only when 3-0 down did PSG begin to come out in search of the crucial away goal and were rewarded just after the hour mark when Kurzawa made amends for his earlier error by heading down a free-kick and Cavani connected sweetly on the volley to register his 38th and seemingly most important goal of the season.

PSG were then to rue to huge missed chances by Cavani and Angel di Maria to put the tie completely beyond Barca. Just when Barca looked down and out Neymar restored hope when he curled home a sensational free-kick high into the top corner.

And as the match entered stoppage time, Barca were awarded a second controversial penalty when Suarez tumbled under a challenge form Marquinhos. Neymar this time took responsibility to send Trapp the wrong way.

“This is the best game I have ever played. For what it meant, for what we experienced and because I am in great form,” Neymar told BeIN Sports. “I know that we have made history. A team like this can do anything.”

And the Brazilian also showed a cool head amongst a mad final minute when he cut inside before chipping into the box for substitute Roberto to extend his right leg just enough to beat Trapp and leave PSG floored.

Eagles Coach, Rohr Drops Mikel, Lists Musa, 24 Others For Lions, Etalons Friendlies

Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has listed goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, midfielder Ogenyi Onazi and forwards Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho for this month’s international friendly matches against Senegal and Burkina Faso in London. But Skipper John Obi MIkel is conspiculoous by his absence in the list. Rohr did not give any explanation for the omission of the midfielder, who referred joined Tianjin Teda in the Chinese League.

But home–based goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, defenders Leon Balogun and William Ekong, midfielders Wilfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo and forwards Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi and Moses Simon are in the list.

Experienced left back Elderson Echiejile, Portugal–based Chidozie Awaziem, Israel–based John Ogu and Watford FC of England forward, Isaac Success are also called.

Germany–based forward Noah Joel Bazee and Holland–based defender Tyronne Ebuehi will join up with the squad for the first time, while youngster Victor Osimhen, record top scorer at the FIFA U17 World Cup, returns.

The Super Eagles will be up against Senegal’s Teranga Lions on Thursday, 23rd March before taking on the Etalons of Burkina Faso four days later. Both matches will be played at The Hive, home ground of Barnet Football Club.

The full list
Goalkeepers: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah)

Defenders: Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); William Paul Ekong (KAA Gent, Belgium); Kenneth Omeruo (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); Uche Henry Agbo (Granada FC, Spain); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Musa Muhammed (FC Zeljeznicar, Bosnia Herzegovina); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Elderson Echiejile (Sporting Gijon, Spain); Kingsley Madu (Zulte Waregem, Belgium); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal)

Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Isaac Success (Watford FC, England); Noah Joel Bazee (Hannover 96, Germany); Victor Osimhen (Wolfsburg FC, Germany).

Burglars Attack ABS FC Office

The office of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), side, Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) Ilorin FC, was early Friday morning burgled by yet to be identified persons

The Director of Football of the club, Alloy Chukwuemeka, disclosed this in an interview with the newsmen in Ilorin on Friday.

He said he was called by Club’s Administrative Secretary, Mrs Funmilayo Owolabi around 9am this morning that the office has been attacked.

“I am very surprised to see that our office was burgled, what are they looking for?.

“We don’t have money to toy around with and if we do, are we going to keep it in the office?, the answer is No.

“We are still accessing what the burglars had went away with.

“My office, our administrative office, Media and Marketing offices were burgled.

“We have noticed that our complete computer system is missing, a generator is missing.

“Other items we discovered missing are keyboard, foot wears.

“Though, we are still accessing the level of damages done to the office because we may not know now what documents have been affected.

“They opened some of the drawers we kept some documents, so we may not know which is missing for now” Chukwuemeka said.

The ABS FC Director of Football and Secretary of the Nigeria Premier League Club Owners, said the burglars broke into the office through the ceiling.

He explained that they went straight to the administrative Secretary’s office, with their foot and fingers print on the wall of the office.

Chukwuemeka added that the matter has seen been reported to the police and that investigation had started to fish out the burglars.

He said it may be a funny way of distracting the club but the former Yobe Desert Media Officer said his team is ever focused and will remain so.

Mikel Wins First Game At Chinese Club

Super Eagles skipper, Mikel Obi, has finally grabbed his first victory since moving to the Chinese side, Tianjin TEDA, in January.

TEDA defeated Japanese J3 Ryukyu FC 5-2 in their penultimate test game on Wednesday.

The modest Chinese Super League (CSL) club have been on an appalling eight-game losing streak against Borussia Monchengladbach U23s, St. Pauli, Dinamo Bucure?ti, Dynamo Kiev, Gyeongnam FC, Busan, Ulsan Hyundai and Gyeongju Citizens.

The victory comes barely 24 hours after Mikel’s Eagles teammate, Brown Ideye, joined his captain at the club from Greek champions, Olympiacos.

News of Ideye’s arrival might have lifted the spirits of the team who have desperately been in the hunt for goals.

The ex-West Brom forward who grabbed 13 league goals prior to leaving Greece will definitely provide the much-needed firepower.

TEDA’s performance against Ryukyu will serve as a morale booster ahead of the start of the new CSL season.

Ideye Joins Mikel, Others In Chinese Club

Super Eagles forward, Brown Ideye, has completed a move to the Chinese Super League (CSL) from Greek champions, Olympiacos.

Ideye, 28, joins Tianjin TEDA – club of Eagles skipper, Mikel Obi, on a three-year deal.

The ex-West Bromwich Albion man becomes the latest high-profile Nigerian to move to the Asian nation following the footsteps of Mikel, Obafemi Martins and Odion Ighalo.

His decision to switch to the CSL will come as a shock to many considering his fine run of form for Olympiacos this season which has seen him notch 13 goals to lead the scorers chart.

Also, the 28-year-old was on track to clinch a double considering Olympiacos lead the pace in the league and already through to the Greek Cup final.

But obviously, there are other things on the mind of the former youth international.

Ideye moved to Greece in August 2015 from English club West Brom.

He was West Brom’s then-record club signing when he joined them in 2014 from Dynamo Kiev, but failed to justify the huge price tag.

Ideye made his international debut for Nigeria in August 2010 and has scored six goals in 27 appearances for the Super Eagles.

In 2013, he helped his country clinch their third Africa Cup of Nations title, scoring in the 4-1 semi-final victory over Mali.

Seven-year-old Girl Win 10km Children Version Of Lagos Marathon

A seven-year-old, Damilola Oluwaseun, became the spotlight of the 2nd Access Bank Lagos City Marathon when she ran 10km of the 42km race.

Oluwaseun, who joined the race at 32km which is at the end of Lekki Bridge, said she was elated to have run 10km.

“I feel happy that I was able to run the 10km, it was not easy but it was worth trying. It feels good,’’ she said.

The race started at the National Stadium, Lagos and finished at the Eko Atlantic City.

No fewer than 64 foreign and 102 local elite athletes participated in the race that registered 55,000 runners from 27 countries, including Nigeria.

The top place winner will cart away 50,000 dollars, second place 40,000 dollars and third place 30,000 dollars respectively.

Abraham Kiptom and Rhoda Jepokorir of Kenya won the international male and female categories.

Philip Sharabutu also defended the first Nigerian male title and Emmanuel Gyang came second in the Nigerian male category.

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Cameroon Wins 2017 AFCON Title

Cameroon have won the 31st edition of the Africa Cup of Nations after beating Egypt 2-1 on Sunday.

The Indomitable Lions came from behind to clinch a historic fifth continental title at the expense of the Pharaohs in Libreville, Gabon.

Second half strikes from substitutes Vincent Aboubakar and Nicolas N’Koulou cancelled out Mohamed Elneny goal for the Pharaohs.

The trophy caps an unbelievable tournament for Hugo Broos’ team who were written off prior to the commencement following several first team players pulling out.

Burkina Faso finished third after beating Ghana 1-0 on Saturday.

The next edition of the biennial showpiece will be hosted by Cameroon in 2019.

Uber Announces Global Sports Partnership With Manchester United

Uber is excited to announce its global sports partnership with Manchester United, the first partnership of its kind for the innovative technology platform. A partnership that is set to provide an exclusive experience to fans globally, that use the ride sharing app, and will give them access to a front seat experience into the game and Manchester United, a football team with one of the largest fan bases in the world.

This partnership will look to increase fans’ match day experience by offering pick-up and drop-offs at Old Trafford, creating a convenient and easy travelling experience for fans on game day. Beyond the local offering, fans in 30 countries including South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya will be brought closer to their favourite team.

Soon, fans from around the world will be able to enjoy behind-the-scenes content from their favourite team and experience a more united match day with fellow supporters – irrespective of where fans are watching. There will also be a chance to win a trip to the club’s legendary Theatre of Dreams.

“This partnership allows us to connect riders in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya with a one of a kind Manchester United experience.” Alon Lits, General Manager for Uber Sub Saharan Africa said in a statement.

Uber is proud to have Manchester United as its first global sports partner, and over the next several weeks, will be revealing more details on what specific experiences Manchester United fans can expect to see in their home countries. Uber looks forward to connecting Manchester United Fans from around the world, who all share in the mutual language of football.

Wolves Stun Liverpool With FA Cup Fourth-round Win At Anfield

Talk of a crisis may be premature but Liverpool’s season is certainly in freefall after an FA Cup exit to Wolves heaped more scrutiny on Jurgen Klopp and his players.

The Championship side’s deserved 2-1 victory at Anfield, coming just three days after the Reds’ EFL Cup semifinal defeat to Southampton, only added to the growing despondency which has descended on the Merseyside club this month.

This year has not been kind to Liverpool with just one win — over League Two Plymouth in a third-round replay — in eight matches and the writing was on the wall after just 52 seconds when Richard Stearman headed home a free kick, albeit it from an initial offside position.

When an unmarked Andreas Weimann ran through the middle to easily round Loris Karius just before half-time the anger felt by the home crowd could only be exceeded by an agitated Klopp.

Divock Origi sparked a frantic last five minutes and then had a shot cleared off the line, but it was too little, too late.

In the space of four weeks Liverpool have gone from title contenders and being in two cup competitions, one of which they were 180 minutes from Wembley, to being left to fight for Champions League qualification with a slender two-point cushion over fifth-placed Manchester City.

Whatever Klopp’s complaints, however, the manager must shoulder some of the responsibility for the defeat against a team 18th in the division below after making nine changes from midweek with only Karius and forward Roberto Firmino surviving.

Wolves themselves made seven changes including 20-year-old Harry Burgoyne, who with just two league