Aubameyang Wins Africa Footballer Of The Year Award

Gabon and Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has won the 2015 Glo-CAF African Footballer of the Year award, ending the dominance of Cote d’Ivoire and Manchester City Star Yaya Toure.

Toure had won the award for four straight years before ending up behind Aubameyan on Thursday in Abuja.

Ghana and Swansea City Star, Andre Ayew was the second runner up.

Aubameyang has been in phenomenal form for Dortmund this season, scoring 27 goals in all competitions in as many appearances.

Born in 1989, he started his career at Milan before joining Saint Ettienne in 2011 after four loan spells with clubs in France.

The 26-year-old joined Dortmund in 2013 and has since made a mark on the German club, winning two DFL Supercup in 2013 and 2014.

Although Dortmund has no desire to sell the player, several top clubs are interested in signing him with reports emerging on Thursday that Arsenal may bid for him.

With a transfer fee expected to be as high as £60m, long-term admirer Arsene Wenger may opt to look elsewhere for talent.

[easy-social-share buttons="facebook,twitter" counters=0 style="button"]

Nigeria Dream Team Win Under-23 AFCON Title

Samson Siasia’s Dream Team VI have emerged winners of the Confederation of African football (CAF) Under-23 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Two goals from Oghenekaro Etebo – a penalty in the 15th minute and a solo run that ended in a delicate finish in the 40th minute – rendered Algeria’s solitary goal – an own goal either side of Nigeria’s goals – mere consolation.

Etebo’s brace brought his tally in the tournament to five, making him the highest goal scorer in not only this year’s edition but in the history of the tournament.

Algeria had a penalty on 68 minutes after Ndifreke Effiong fouled Amokrane in the 18-yard box, but – for the second time in the competition – Emmanuel Daniel saved a spot kick, coolly parrying Ferhat’s shot, which was then cleared by his defenders.

‘Les Fennecs’ threatened further but Daniel made a string of impressive saves to keep the score 2-1 at half time, and also by the blast of final whistle.

South Africa will join Nigeria and Algeria to represent the continent at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, after beating hosts Senegal 3-1 on penalties in the third-place match played earlier on Saturday.

[easy-social-share buttons="facebook,twitter" counters=0 style="button"]

Fury Beats Klitschko To Emerge New World Heavyweight Champion

British heavyweight boxer, Tyson Fury, has defeated former champion Vladmir Klitschko to seal the world heavyweight title, in a 12 round duel.

The 27-year-old Fury was awarded the fight in Duesseldorf 115-112, 115-112 and 116-111 by the judges to take Klitschko’s WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO belts as the Ukrainian suffered his first defeat since 2004.

Earlier in the fight, many spectators at the venue called it for Fury, including the ringside teams from Sky and HBO.

The new champion celebrate his victory by signing Aerosmith’s “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” in the ring.

“I want to thank my lord and saviour Jesus Christ for giving me this victory,” said a tearful Fury who has now won all 25 of his professional fights.

“It’s hard to come to a foreign country and win. When I got the point docked I thought I had lost,” he said. “You’re a great champion Vlad, thanks very much for having me. “It was all fun and games in the buildup; I just wanted to be confident, young and brash.”

Klitschko said there is a rematch clause in the fight contract, adding it was too soon to talk about retirement and admitted he was surprised by Fury’s speed despite his towering 2.06m frame.

“I prepared well, but my speed was missing tonight and I didn’t expect the speed from him,” said Klitschko, who turns 40 in May.

“I knew I needed a knock-out at the end,” he added after his fourth professional defeat.

[easy-social-share buttons="facebook,twitter" counters=0 style="button"]

Buhari To Redeem 30-year-old Pledge Made To Golden Eaglets

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the batch of Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets who first won the Under-17 World Cup in 1985, that his administration will fulfill the promises made 30 years ago during a reception held at Dodan Barracks with the players, in celebration of their outstanding victory.

In a statement released by Mal. Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, President Buhari said it had been brought to his attention that a directive which he gave to the state governments at the time had not been complied with.

“It is a pity that those promises were never fulfilled,” he said. “It is unfortunate that our players, who did us proud on the world stage went unrewarded for their efforts, despite a presidential directive to the state administrators that they be honored in their home states.”

The statement noted that, of the various promises made to the players at the time, only the Federal Government fulfilled its own commitment–by sponsoring the players on a trip to watch the 1986 World Cup, which took place in Mexico. The houses, scholarships and naming of streets after each player were supposed to have been catered for by the states. The statement noted that shortly after the commitment was given, the Military administration under General Muhammadu Buhari was replaced and that despite repeated representations made to succeeding governments by the players and their officials, the promises made were left unfulfilled.

“I apologize for whatever embarrassment and disillusionment in your country these raised and then dashed hopes may have caused you,” he said. “My government will do all within its power to remedy the situation.”

[easy-social-share buttons="facebook,twitter" counters=0 style="button"]

Eaglets Beat Mali To Clinch U-17 World Cup Title

The Nigeria Golden Eaglets in the early hours of today defeated Mali by a two goal margin to retain the FIFA U-17 World Cup hosted by Chile.

Victor Osimhen stole the show once again thanks to his record-breaking tenth goal of the tournament, with Funsho Bamgboye adding a second moments later.

Samuel Diarra had saved an early Osinachi Ebere penalty as the Malians played their part in an entertaining finale to Chile 2015.

The penalty came as both sides were just finding their rhythm in the opening exchanges, Chato the culprit with a handball. Ebere saw his low effort saved brilliantly by Diarra, the No17’s follow up header hit the bar before a third bite of the cherry was blocked by the Malian defence.

Both sides had chances in a tense opening period, with Golden Eaglets skipper Kelechi Nwakali hitting just wide and Boubacar Traore seeing his glancing header tipped over by Akpan Udoh.

The second half saw the game burst into life, with Emmanuel Amuneke’s words clearly working their magic on the Nigerian youngsters. Osimhen shrugged off the challenge of Mamadou Fofana before hitting a wonderful dipping half volley towards goal, which Diarra spectacularly saved. Udochukwu Anumudu then smashed a thunderous effort at goal, which rebounded back off the crossbar and was cleared away.

Mali did not heed those warnings. Good approach play by substitute Chinedu Madueke saw him tee up Osimhen for his record-breaking goal, seeing him surpass the 9 goals scored by Florent Sinama Pongolle in 2001 and Souleymane Coulibaly ten years later.

The holders doubled their advantage mere minutes later, with Bamgboye bursting down the Nigerian left before smashing a powerful effort at goal, Diarra standing little chance.

Despite a couple of late chances for Mali, from corner kicks, Nigeria retained possession for large spells and saw the game out to retain their crown.

[easy-social-share buttons="facebook,twitter" counters=0 style="button"]

Buhari Chats With Golden Eaglets On Telephone, Ask Them To Repeat 1985 Feat

Ahead of the U-17 World Cup final between Nigeria and Mali on Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, had a telephone chat with members of Nigerian team.

Buhari spoke with each member of the team, charging them to repeat the feat of 30 years when Nigeria became the first African country to win a FIFA tournament.

The Golden Eaglets first won the cup in 1985, when Buhari was Nigeria;s Head of State. They have since then won three other times 1993, 2007 and 2013.

Buhari charged the team to “do it again” because it will encourage Nigerians, particularly the youths.

[easy-social-share buttons="facebook,twitter" counters=0 style="button"]

U-17 World Cup: Nigeria Beats Mexico, To Face Mali In Final

The Golden Eaglets booked a place at the final of the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup after defeating Mexico by 4-2 in the Semi-final match played on Friday.

With the win, Nigeria will now face Mali in an all Africa affairs in the final of the tournament.

Mali would be playing at the final of the U-17 World Cup for the first time after defeating Belgium 3-1.

Mexico opened the scoring through Kevin Magana but great efforts from Kelechi Nwakali and Orji Okwonkwo put the Golden Eaglets ahead.

Diego Cortes’s solo effort levelled matters before Osinachi Ebere and Victor Osimhen’s late record-equalling penalty saw the defending champions into an all-African final against Mali.

Mexico will face off against Belgium in the match for third place earlier the same day.

[easy-social-share buttons="facebook,twitter" counters=0 style="button"]

Champions League: Real Madrid, Manchester City Qualify For Next Round

Manchester City produced their best performance of the Champions League to ensure a 3-1 win away at Sevilla, becoming the forst English team to record a result there.

Despite injuries to talismanic striker Sergio Aguero and play maker David Silva, a front three of Sterling, Navas and Bony was sufficient to get the result in the bag and ensure qualification with two matches to go. Goals from Sterling, Fernandinho and Wilfried Bony cancelled out Sevilla’s only goal.

Despite enjoying the bulk of the possession, Sevilla found it near impossible to break down the City defence and were ruthlessly exposed by Sterling, Navas and Yaya Toure on the break.

Real Madrid also qualified for the next round with a slim 1-0 win over PSG. The highlight of the night was another clean sheet for Kaylor Navas, who remains unbeaten in the champions league so far.

Manchester United kept their qualification hopes alive with a 1-0 win over CSKA in a match that was notable for profligacy on both ends of the pitch.

[easy-social-share buttons="facebook,twitter" counters=0 style="button"]

U17 World Cup: Nigeria Plummets Brazil To Reach Semi-final

Defending champions,the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria cruised into the FIFA U-17 World Cup semi-finals after stunning Brazil with three goals in first half.

Victor Osimhen, with his eighth goal in five games, Kingsley Michael and Udochukwu Anumudu battered Brazil.

The Eaglets played the rest of the game out at a canter to reach the final four.

The coach Emmanuel Amuneke-led Eaglets side will now meet the winner of today’s quarter-final between Ecuador and Mexico in the semi finals on Thursday.

The sour point for the Nigerian team was the yellow card to enterprising forward Funsho Bamgboye in the second half, which effectively ruled him out of the semi final tie.

Bamgboye, who got a red card in the team’s second group game against Chile was already on a yellow card he got in the second round match against Australia.

The Samba Boys were brighter in the opening stages, either finding Akpan Udoh in fine form in the Nigerian net or hitting their opportunities off target, with Rogerio and Evander the worse culprits.

The South Americans were however made to regret their missed opportunities when the lethal Osimhen extended his lead at the top of the goalscoring charts.

John Lazarus crossed from the Nigerian right and the Nigerian No9 headed in, via a deflection off Eder Militao.

Barely a minute after, Nigeria doubled their lead through Kingsley Michael while Anumudu made it three after hitting a left-footed drive from distance which skipped off the turf, and past the Brazilian goalkeeper.

The second period saw few clear-cut opportunities, with Funsho Bamgboye and Evander going closest for either side but, in truth, it was a mere procession for the holders to take a step closer to retaining their title. They will head to Concepcion for Thursday’s semi-final.

[easy-social-share buttons="facebook,twitter" counters=0 style="button"]

FIFA U-17: Eaglets Thrash Australia 6-0 To Advance To Quarter-finals,

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets early Thursday advanced to the quarter-finals of the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.

The Eaglets defeated their Australian counterparts 6-0 at the 23, 000 capacity Estadio Sausalito, Vina Del Mar.

It was a tough first half that saw three Eaglets players – Michael, Bamgboye and Enogela being cautioned.

However, a hat-trick by Victor Osimhen boosted the morale of fellow teammates when he scored the first goal in the 22 minutes shortly after Bamgboye was cautioned.

In the 24 minutes, an Australian player committed a foul inside their box thus earning Nigeria a penalty that was converted to a goal in the 25 minutes by Kelechi Nwakali.

To put smile on the faces of football loving Nigerians, Osimhen, again, scored the third goal in the 73 minutes.

Again, in the 79 minutes, Osimhen, scored the fourth goal thus, making the Eaglets dream of advancing to the quarter-finals a reality.

Michael Essien scored the fifth goal in the 86 minutes while Samuel Chukwueze added another goal in the 88 minutes to confirm the Eaglets supremacy over the Aussies.

The Eaglets will now battle Brazil for a place in the semi-finals.

Nigeria’s Eaglets are the defending Champions of the U-17 World Cup having won the last edition held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

[easy-social-share buttons="facebook,twitter" counters=0 style="button"]

FIFA Presidency: Blatter Throws Weight Behind Orji Kalu

Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter, has declared support for Nigeria’s Orji Kalu to succeed him.

Kalu, a former Governor of Abia State, north-east Nigeria, is gunning for FIFA top job alongside an ex-international, Segun Odegbami.

While Odegbami has formally declared his bid and appears to be enjoying the backing of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Orji Kalu on his part is yet to formally declare his ambition.

Also, the Confederation of African Football is due to meet next week to decide on a candidate for the election scheduled for next year.

However, Blatter told a Swiss Radio on Sunday, that Kalu has what it takes to the world football to the next level if given the chance.

His words, “The position of the FIFA president is too important to be left to just anybody.

“I have heard of some candidates who want to take over from me.

“But I find the businessman from Nigeria, Kalu, very qualified and interesting because he is not only a businessman, but a politician with lots of contacts and corporate experience.

“He can bring his great experiences to bear in the running of world football.

“He is passionate about the game.

“I remember how he sponsored one of Nigerian clubs to win the CAF championship twice.

“He is a man that can take world football to the next level.

“If Africa hopes to win the support of other federations, then they must cue behind the Nigerian businessman.

“Football has developed beyond just anybody taking over.

“I sacked Jerome Champgne in 2010, so how can he come back to lead an Association he tried to destroy.

“You need a man who can command respect and win friends for football.

“With Kalu, Africa stands a better chance.”

[easy-social-share buttons="facebook,twitter" counters=0 style="button"]

Vincent Enyeama Retirement Saga: Sunday Oliseh Opens Up [Plus Video]

The dramatis personae in what has become known as the show of shame of Belgium have been speaking on their actions even as they put aside their differences to confront Congo in a friendly match today in Belgium.

Gaffer Sunday Oliseh who described the altercation as a normal disagreement in a family, however, has explained his actions of stripping first choice goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama of the Eagles captain’s band and handing it over to CSKA Moscow forward Ahmed Musa.

Speaking to Toyin Ibitoye, Oliseh said

‘’I want a captain who is disciplined. A leader who can motivate other players. A player who  comes to camp early. I want a young player not a retiring player as captain. And Ahmed Musa is that player. He is my captain’’, Oliseh said.

“As a coach I have looked at the team and I have looked at Nigeria going forward. We need a captain who will think of staying with Nigeria for several years to come, who is regularly in the front.

Watch full clip Below and see more Revelations from his last Night’s Interview.

[easy-social-share buttons="facebook,twitter" counters=0 style="button"]