Ronaldo ‘seals’ £173m-per-year huge 

November 30, 2022 Editorial IV 0

Portugal skipper Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly agreed a record-breaking £172.9million-a-year contract with Saudi Arabia giants Al Nassr. Ronaldo had his Manchester United contract terminated earlier this month, following his controversial statements in a TV interview. And according to Spanish newspaper, Marca, the 37-year old is said to have agreed a two-and-a-half year deal with Al Nassr worth £172.9million per year. Read More

NSF 2022: Delta picks first gold medal

November 30, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The host state began the festival with a gold medal, a signal that they are ready to defend the trophy won in Edo state as defending champion   on their home soil. Delta state picked their first Gold medal in the Cycling event. Team Delta Cyclists beat three other states, Oyo, Plateau and Lagos to emerge winner in the 12km mixed Read More

Onyekuru resumes training after injury

November 30, 2022 Editorial IV 0

Henry Onyekuru has resumed training with Turkish club Adana Demirspor after an injury that first ruled him out of Super Eagles friendlies in Algeria in September. The 25-year-old Onyekuru resumed full training Tuesday. Adana Demirspor are third on the Super Lig table with 24 points from 13 matches, five points behind leaders Fenerbache.

Brazil great Pele admitted in hospital 

November 30, 2022 Editorial IV 0

Brazil legend Pele has been admitted to hospital but his daughter has confirmed there was “no emergency” involved. Earlier on Wednesday, ESPN Brasil reported Pele had been taken to Sao Paulo’s Hospital Albert Einstein with “general swelling”. But Pele’s daughter Kely Nascimento posted on Instagram that there was “no new dire prediction”. Pele had a tumour removed from his colon in September Read More

CAF hails Senegal’s qualification to 2022 World  Cup Round of 16

November 30, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has extended their congratulatory message to Senegal on the team’s qualification to the Round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Recall that Aliou Cisse’s side defeated Ecuador 2-1 at the Khalifa International Stadium, to finish second position in Group B with six points behind the Netherlands. Moises Caicedo briefly gave Ecuador Read More

Australia shock Denmark to waltz into 2022 World Cup last 16

November 30, 2022 Editorial IV 0

Australia reached the last 16 of the World Cup for only the second time in their history with a 1-0 win over a disappointing Denmark on Wednesday. Winger Mathew Leckie scored the winner on the hour with a smart run and finish to end Denmark’s Qatar hopes at the group stage. Australia, who made the knockout rounds in 2006 when Read More

Qatar 2022: Tunisia pip France, crash out

November 30, 2022 Editorial IV 0

French-born Wahbi Khazri scored the only goal of the game as Tunisia upset World Cup holders France 1-0 at the Education City Stadium on Wednesday, but the shock victory was not enough for them to join the defending champions in the last 16 of the tournament in Qatar. Khazri steered home a 58th-minute winner amid a cluster of defenders for Read More

Former US Open champion Raducanu receives MBE from king

November 30, 2022 Editorial IV 0

British tennis player Emma Raducanu was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) on Tuesday, a little more than a year after she shocked the sporting world when she became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam. The then-18-year-old Raducanu catapulted her career to new heights when she won 10 matches without dropping a set Read More

VIDEO: Officials subject athletes to sleep on bare floor, damaged hostel space at National Sports Festival in Asaba

November 30, 2022 Solomon Arowolo 0

An embarrassing clip from Asaba, Delta state capital, venue of the ongoing 2022 National Sports Festival (NSF) has revealed accommodation space provided for elite athletes from various states. The video shot shows how mattresses were kept on bare floor inside a provided accommodation with damaged windows. According to Nigeria’s Ministry of Youth and Sports development, up 14, 000 athletes, aside Read More

#Worldcup: England set up Senegal clash in knockout stage

November 30, 2022 Solomon Arowolo 0

Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden capitalised on their starting roles to help England eliminate Wales from the World Cup with a 3-0 win which also secured top spot in Group B and set up a last-16 tie with Senegal. England boss Gareth Southgate had been grilled since the disappointing goalless draw with USA about Foden’s lack of game time in Read More

#Worldcup: USA subdue Iran, face Netherlands in last 16

November 30, 2022 Solomon Arowolo 0

USA qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup as runners-up in Group B after Christian Pulisic’s goal was enough to beat Iran 1-0. In what was a shootout for qualification, it was the USA that relished the jeopardy, playing with great energy and attacking intent as Pulisic bundled home the crucial goal on 38 minutes. The Chelsea man Read More

Tiger to skip Hero World Challenge

November 29, 2022 Editorial IV 0

Tiger Woods pulled out of the Hero World Challenge because of a foot injury he said he sustained in “preparation and practice” to play. The tournament begins on Thursday at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas. Woods has hosted it since 2000. “I’ve developed plantar fasciitis in my right foot, which is making it difficult to walk,” Woods posted to Read More

Jalingo 2022: Stakeholders clamour for change in NOC leadership

November 29, 2022 Editorial IV 0

Ahead of the elective congress of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC slated for December 15, 2022, in Jalingo, Taraba State, some concerned stakeholders have began clamouring for a transformational change in the leadership of the NOC. Many of the stakeholders are concerned about the comatose state of the NOC and strongly want a positive and proactive leadership for the body, Read More

Spurs join Premier League race for Nigeria’s Osimhem

November 29, 2022 Editorial IV 0

Tottenham Hotspur are the latest Premier League club to be linked with Victor Osimhen. Manchester United, Newcastle United and Liverpool have long been linked with the Napoli striker. Italian transfer reporter Enrico De Lellis has told Calciomercato that Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has urged the London club to sign Osimhen. It’s hard to imagine Tottenham splashing a fortune on a new striker, Read More

Cameroon FA opens up over Onana’s suspension

November 29, 2022 Editorial IV 0

Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) has confirmed that first choice goalkeeper Andre Onana has been suspended from the Indomitable Lions squad due to disciplinary issue. Onana played the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 defeat to Switzerland and had been expected to feature in Monday’s clash with Serbia, only for numerous reports to claim that the Inter stopper had been banished Read More

#Worldcup: Kalidou Koulibaly volleys as Senegal becomes first African team to book last 16 place in Qatar

November 29, 2022 Solomon Arowolo 0

Kalidou Koulibaly proved an unlikely matchwinner as Senegal reached the last 16 of the World Cup with a 2-1 victory over Ecuador, who are out of the tournament. Senegal will now play the winners of Group B – the group which England currently top – on Sunday night. The Chelsea defender’s superb volleyed winner came only two minutes after Moises Read More

New Zealand golfer Ko returns to No 1 in world

November 29, 2022 Editorial IV 0

New Zealand’s Lydia Ko is atop the women’s golf world rankings for the third time in her career, regaining the No 1 spot on Monday a week after her LPGA Tour Championship triumph. Ko, who first reached No 1 in 2015, passed American Nelly Korda, who had moved atop the rankings on November 14 after a one-stroke victory at the Read More

#Worldcup: Brazil, Portugal book last 16 spot

November 29, 2022 Solomon Arowolo 0

With Neymar missing the game due to an ankle injury, the five-time champions laboured for long periods of the match as they struggled to breakdown the determined defensive set up of their Group G opponents. Bruno Fernandes scored twice to send Portugal through to the knockout stages from Group H with a game to spare after beating Uruguay 2-0. Cristiano Read More

FA Cup: Again, Manchester City face Chelsea, United host Everton

November 29, 2022 Solomon Arowolo 0

Manchester City will host Chelsea in an English domestic cup competition again in the FA Cup third round, while Manchester United take on Everton and holders Liverpool welcome Wolves. The teams faced each in the Carabao Cup in November and will meet again at the Etihad Stadium in early January. Elsewhere in the draw, 14-time winners Arsenal – a competition Read More

No rift between Southgate, Foden – Grealish

November 28, 2022 Editorial IV 0

England winger, Jack Grealish has debunked rumour circulating in the media that there is a rift between head coach, Gareth Southgate and Phil Foden. Foden, who was expected to start in the Three Lions midfield at the World Cup, has been coming on from the bench despite his impressive performance for Manchester City in the Premier League. Despite being one Read More

My son will represent Nigeria –  Oliseh

November 28, 2022 Editorial IV 0

Former Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has said his footballing son Denzel will represent Nigeria even though he is also eligible to play for Belgium and Morocco. Denzel Oliseh was born in Belgium and his mother is Moroccan born in Belgium and so he could also play for either country. However, Oliseh senior was clear on the country his son Read More

I’ll be back in 3 weeks – Nwakali

November 28, 2022 Editorial IV 0

Kelechi Nwakali has announced he will return from a knee injury in three weeks. The 24-year-old midfielder was injured at the weekend during a 1-0 loss suffered by his Segunda Division club SD Ponferradina at Malaga CF. “Road to be back, see you in 3 weeks,” Nwakali announced on Twitter accompanied by a photo showing that he has already begun Read More

National Sports Festival: Confusion as athletes, officials grapple with distorted kickoff information 

November 28, 2022 Editorial IV 0

The 2022 National Sports Festival (NSF) is still faced with uncertainties including several shifts with exact dates events are meant to kick off. Ministry of Youth and Sports development had informed the public that this year’s NSF will officially begin on Monday November 28,  but as at the time of filling this report, Blueprint gathered that construction work is still Read More

2022 World Cup: How Cameroon roared back to draw thriller with Serbia

November 28, 2022 Editorial IV 0

·           Cameroon kept their hopes of reaching the World Cup last 16 alive as they battled back from two goals down to draw a six-goal thriller with Serbia in Group G. Cameroon took the lead through Jean-Charles Castelletto but Strahinja Pavlovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic replied to give Serbia a half-time advantage. Aleksandar Mitrovic added a third for Serbia and they Read More