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Salah: From zero to hero

January 6, 2018 Admin 3 0

It took Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah just three years to transform from a Chelsea reject to being crowned African Player of the Year in Ghana few hours ago. Salah failed to blossom after moving from Swiss outfit Basel to Stamford Bridge, leading to him being loaned to Serie A sides Fiorentina and AS Roma, then sold to the Read More

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Presidential gaffe, 2018 soccer strokes

January 6, 2018 Admin 3 0

  Ikenna Okonkwo One bizarre stroke Nigerians got less than 48 hours to the end of 2017 was the shocking announcement of many Professionals, politicians and loyalists meant to either head or occupy board positions in various government agencies and parastatal under one ministry or the other. At first, many saw it as a welcomed development, coming from President Muhammadu Read More

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20 year-old Nigerian-born Wrestler begins 2018 as Africa’s number one

January 6, 2018 Admin 3 0

Nigerian wrestler, Mercy Genesis (48kg) is ranked number one in Africa in the January 2018 ranking released by the United World Wrestling (UWW). The African Champion who had been unranked, gained a step to start 2018 at number 20 – the only African in the ranking. Genesis, 20, broke into limelight after beating Rosemary Nweke at the 2015 All African Read More

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Liverpool Legend joins Big Brother

January 6, 2018 Admin 3 0

Football legend John Barnes has been revealed as the first confirmed male housemate on the female-led Celebrity Big Brother. Rylan Clark-Neal made the announcement on spin-off show Big Brother’s Bit on the Side, while this series stars settled in for their first night in the house. The 54-year-old former Liverpool player joined the house on Friday alongside a series of Read More

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Ballon d’Or: Lamentations of Emmanuel Adebayor

January 6, 2018 Admin 3 0

Emmanuel Adebayor is still oozing out torrent of regrets which culminated his playing career after he failed to win Ballon d’Or which was his major aim. Adebayor has played for Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham, though his sole major trophy came at the Santiago Bernabeu, where a six-month loan took in a Copa del Rey triumph for Los Read More

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AbdulMujeeb, Esuku, Anyanacho, others rise in latest NTF ranking

January 6, 2018 Admin 3 0

By Ikenna Okonkwo The Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) has released its inaugural National Ranking for Nigeria taekwondo practitioners who compete in the Olympic event of Kyeorugi [fight], with many young talents who have never represented the country topping the various weight categories. According to NTF Technical department; “the ranking is based on points attached to results gotten by athletes that Read More

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YSFON to FG: Bring back NSF, focus on C/wealth Games

January 6, 2018 Admin 3 0

By Ikenna Okonkwo The President of Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON), Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna has beckoned on the federal government to revive National Sports Festival after years of abandonment. Also, Alhaji Gawuna has called for adequate preparation of Athletes ahead of 2018 Commonwealth Games slated for Gold coast. “The revival of the National Sports Festival should also be Read More

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Gana inaugurates new N/Tornadoes management C’ttee

January 5, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

By Lekan Olaseinde   Abuja Two weeks after their appointment, the Niger state government has inaugurated the eight man Niger Tornadoes Management Committee with a mandate to win the Nigeria Professional Football League title. Inaugurating the management at the sports council in Minna on Thursday, the permanent secretary, Ministry of sports development, Alhaji Mohammed Gana also urged them to ensure Read More

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Macro grids as likely future of renewable energy

January 3, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

An increasing number of countries are employing direct current lines to move energy across continents. This could deliver clean energy where it’s most needed at any time, helping solve the problem of intermittent supply. Micro grids are the future While micro grids are in the public eye as a solution to power remote communities with solar, wind and other forms Read More

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Murray considers hip surgery

January 3, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Britain’s Andy Murray says he may have to consider surgery after withdrawing from the Brisbane International because of his long-term hip injury. The 30-year-old is down to 16th in the world, having not played since July. Murray said on Instagram surgery was a “secondary option, something I may have to consider but let’s hope not”. The Australian Open starts in Read More

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Fixture list ‘disaster’ – Guardiola

January 3, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Kevin de Bruyne, who has the most assists in the league this season, was carried off at Crystal Palace The Premier League’s congested schedule is a “disaster” for players, says Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola. City, who have a 12-point lead in the table with a game in hand, face Watford on Tuesday, their fourth match in 11 days over Read More

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Ezenwa, Ajiboye pay tribute to late Raymond King

January 3, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Super Eagles goalkeepers, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Ajiboye, have paid tributes to the late former international goalkeeper, Raymond King, following his death in Lagos on Monday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com. King, aged 52 died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital after a brief illness. The former flamboyant goalkeeper was a member of the Flying Eagles squad in 1979/80 and he made Read More

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…Eagles foes, Libya name strong squad

January 3, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Libya coach Omar Al-Marimi has named a strong 23-man squad for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco. The Mediterranean Knights are in Group C along with Nigeria, Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea. Top on the list is highly rated goalkeeper Mohammad Nashnoush who was in goal when the Mediterranean Knights won the competition in 2014. The Al- Ahli goal tender Read More

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CHAN: Salisu picks Ezenwa, Ali, Okpotu, 20 others for Morocco

January 3, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Stories By Lekan Olaseinde Abuja Head Coach Salisu Yusuf yesterday released his final squad of the Super Eagles B for the 5th African Nations Championship starting in Morocco next week, with goalkeeper and skipper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, midfield Trojan Rabiu Ali and marksman Anthony Okpotu listed. Ezenwa is joined for the goalkeeping duties by Oladele Ajiboye and Theophilus Afelokhai, and defensive Read More

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African Player of the Year: Again, Moses voted out

January 3, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

For the second time running, Nigerian and Chelsea star Victor Moses has been voted out in the ongoing 2017 CAF Team of the Year selection for the best winger in Africa. According to a poll published on CAF’s verified Twitter handle, Moses narrowly lost out to Morocco and Wydad Casablanca player Mohamed Ounnajem for the position of the best right Read More

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Unlucky Crystal Palace end Man City winning streak

January 1, 2018 Blueprint 0

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City were denied a chance to equal Bayern Munich’s record for the most consecutive wins in Europe after they were held to a 0-0 Premier League draw by Crystal Palace on Sunday at Selhurst Park. The draw ends Manchester winning streak of 18 games and it was the second time this season that Manchester City are dropping Read More

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Commonwealth Games: NBBF invites 20 players to camp

January 1, 2018 Blueprint 0

Stories by Lekan Olaseinde Abuja 20 players have been invited by the Nigeria Basketball Federation for the first phase of camping ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. In a memo signed by the Secretary General of the NBBF, Chimezie Asiegbu and sent to the respective clubs, the camping exercise which will be supervised by the duo of D’Tigers assistant coaches, Read More

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Falcons to face France in Paris

January 1, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President Amaju Pinnick has confirmed that the women’s senior national team the Super Falcons will play their counterparts from France in an international friendly in 2018. The game will be played in Paris on the 4th of April, 2018. Pinnick also rued Randy Waldrum’s rejection of the Super Falcons’ job, promising a new coach for Read More

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Dalung clears air on Buhari’s appointment

January 1, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung has called on football stakeholders to remain calm as efforts were being made to correct an oversight made following the recent appointments into the board of the Nigeria Football Federation by President Muhammad Buhari. The Federal government announced the appointment yesterday of over 1,000 members including 209 board Chairmen to fill Read More

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Goalless: Crystal Palace ends Man City’s winning streak

December 31, 2017 Blueprint Newspaper 0

    Manchester City’s long winning streak in the English Premier League has ended after they were held to a goalless draw by Crystal Palace.   The record breaking streak saw them surpass Arsenal and Chelsea who jointly held the record. The outcome not withstanding, City still remain comfortably at the top of standings with 59 points. The outcome could Read More

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George Weah: A Footballer with Presidential destiny

December 30, 2017 Admin 3 0

Former football star George Weah was on Thursday declared winner of keenly contested Presidential election of Liberia. As the news of Mr Weah’s victory emerged, his supporters began celebrating in the capital Monrovia. He will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female president, in Liberia’s first democratic handover in decades. As a footballer, George Weah won accolades few could Read More

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New dawn for Nigeria Taekwondo

December 30, 2017 Ikenna Okonkwo 0

  There appears to be real change sweeping across the length and breadth of Nigeria Taekwondo since the past four months after years of near comatose occasioned by lack of practical and proactive sporting programmes. The dwindling fortunes of Taekwondo in a country where majority of young People have remained unengaged climaxed woefully and turned soar in the mouth of Read More

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