Okpotu, Olatunbosun back in NPFL after Euro trials

April 19, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Anthony Okpotu and Sikiru Olatunbosun have rejoined their respective NPFL clubs after trials in Europe. Last season’s hotshot Okpotu tried out with Brondby IF of Denmark for a week after he was scouted at the CHAN in Morocco. He is now in line for league leaders Lobi Stars next game against Kano Pillars. Olatunbosun was at Swiss club FC Zurich Read More

Rangers sign ex-Super Eagles players Nwofor, Uzochukwu

April 19, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Seven-time Nigeria Professional Football League champions Enugu Rangers have signed former Super Eagles forward Uche Nwofor till the rest of the season. The Flying Antelopes have also announced the acquisition of midfielder Ugonna Uzochukwu on a short-term deal. Nwofor and Uzochukwu are back for their second stints at the Enugu club following impressive spells in the past. “We have signed Read More

NFF wants FIFA to advance $2m to pay Eagles bonus

April 19, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

SCORENigeria can exclusively reveal that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has requested from world football governing body FIFA to advance them $2 million (more than 720 million Naira) so as to pay the Super Eagles qualification bonus before the first ball is kicked at the World Cup in Russia. In yet another scoop by SCORENigeria, NFF general secretary Mohammed Sanusi Read More

CAF declares Bayelsa stadium unfit for international games

April 19, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) says the Samson Siasia stadium in Yenagoa, Bayelsa capital, is not fit for international football matches. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that CAF Medical Committee member, Dr Peter Singabele, said CAF came up with decision after the stadium failed rain flood control test on Wednesday. He said during the Restoration Cup Draws Read More

CWG fallout: Team Nigeria return today, sprinter allegedly absconds

April 18, 2018 Ikenna Okonkwo. Abuja 0

Team Nigeria contingent comprising athletes and officials at the just concluded Commonwealth Games in faraway Australia will finally arrive Abuja International Airport on Wednesday evening. Their flight is expected to touch ground by 3.15pm. Media Aide to Minister of Youth and Sports, Nneka Anibeze who disclosed this to Blueprint Sports noted that already, the team are on their way back. Read More

FIFA probe Russia over racist chants

April 18, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against World Cup hosts Russia over monkey chants heard during a friendly international against France, a spokesman told AFP on Tuesday. Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele were allegedly targeted by racist chanting during the match in Saint Petersburg last month. “We have no further comment at this stage,” the FIFA Read More

S/Eagles foes Croatia to tackle Brazil in friendly

April 18, 2018 Gbenga Isaac. Abuja 0

Nigeria’s Russia 2018 World Cup group opponents Croatia will play Brazil in a friendly at Anfield on 3 June, Liverpool have confirmed. The match will kick off at 3pm. The game is part of both teams’ preparations for the World Cup later in June. “Brazil is the most attractive team in the world, and it makes me proud that the Read More

SWAN disagrees with Dalung over Team Nigeria performance

April 18, 2018 AbdulRaheem Aodu. Kaduna 0

The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) on Tuesday said Nigeria’s performance at the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast could have yielded better results if Team Nigeria had prepared better. The association, following a review of Team Nigeria’s performance in Gold Coast and in comparison with earlier appearances, faulted the position of the Minister of Youths and Sports that Read More

Russia 2018: Ezenwa back in Enyimba training

April 18, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

  Super Eagles goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa has resumed training one week after suffering an ankle injury. Ezenwa who has four international caps for the Super Eagles is in contention to face Bidvest Wits in Wednesday’s second leg CAF Confederation Cup of their play-off tie at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar, a club official revealed. The 29-year-old Ezenwa hurt his Read More

Kano Pillars lose secretary Bichi

April 18, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Kano Pillars have announced the sudden demise of their secretary, Zakari Akilu Bichi Bichi died Tuesday morning at the Mallam Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital. The funeral and burial rites for the late Bichi which is expected to be performed according to muslim injunction is currently going on at his family residence in Bichi Town, Kano State. “It is with great Read More

Team Nigeria performed better in Australia – Dalung

April 16, 2018 Gbenga Jolaosho. Abuja 0

  The Federal government of Nigeria has again rewarded the remaining part of Team Nigeria athletes and officials who won medals at the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. The Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung on the occasion, thanked the athletes for making the country proud with their podium performance. In his remarks, Barrister Dalung stated that Read More

CWG: Aruna Quadri settles for silver on final day

April 16, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Nigeria’s table tennis player Aruna Quadri settled for silver medal on the final day of Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Singapore’s Gao Ning, who suffered shattering defeats in the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, beat Aruna 11-7 11-8 5-11 3-11 11-9 11-5 in the men’s singles final to collect his second table tennis gold of the day. Gao said Read More

Asaba 2018: S/Africa unveil big squad for ASAC

April 16, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

After their good show at the just-concluded Commonwealth Games, South Africa are aiming for more glory in athletics. Athletics South Africa have unveiled an ambitious 127-member national preparation squad for the 2018 CAA African Senior Championships in Asaba, Nigeria between August 1-5. The squad features several athletes that won medals at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, including sprinters Read More

NVBF set to host African Volleyball tourney

April 14, 2018 Blueprint Newspaper 0

After concluding the zonal qualifiers of the maiden edition of the Nigeria Volleyball League, the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF) is set to host zone 3 of the African Volleyball Club Championship. The championship is billed to take place between 15th – 22nd of April in Lagos; according to the Chairman Media and Publicity of the NVBF, Kehinde Lamidi. Male and Read More

Adekuoroye, Oborududu, Amusan scoop Gold medals

April 14, 2018 Blueprint Newspaper 0

2017 World Silver medallist, Odunayo Adekuoroye on Friday in Gold Coast, Australia became the first Nigerian female wrestler to win the first gold medal in the sport. She was the defending champion. She has now won it two consecutive times at the Commonwealth Games. Adekuoroye defeated India’s Pooja Dhanda 7-5 points in the women’s 57kg wrestling freestyle event, as she Read More

Korea Centre prepares Taekwondo Athletes ahead 2024 Olympics

April 14, 2018 Ikenna Okonkwo 0

  Aware of long term preparation which guarantees medal success, Korea Cultural Centre (KCC) has already began bid to queue behind Nigeria’s charge for medals harvest in taekwondo at the 2024 Olympic Games. To this end, the centre has stepped up training sessions for kids, aged between three and 10 years old, alongside in-house poomsae and Kyrougi championships. The latest Read More

Premier League week 34 preview Spurs battle the Citizens

April 14, 2018 Gbenga Isaac 0

  Manchester City will look to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat when they take on Tottenham at Wembley. The Citizens have had to endure one of the worst periods in their history as they first lost 3-0 to Liverpool in their first leg Champions League encounter, failed to seal the Premier League title after losing to 3-2 Manchester United, and Read More