NPFL: Lobi tie is a must win – Oke

June 6, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Enyimba’s Oke Ogagatewho has acknowledged the importance of victory in today’s meeting with league leaders Lobi Stars. The experienced defender, who made his league debut only this past weekend, also spoke on his experience since joining the club, appraised his performance in the 4-3 loss to Nasarawa United in Lafia, and talked about the team’s aspirations for the rest of Read More

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Abaji, Kuje turn stadia to farmland, refuse dump

June 6, 2018 Ikenna Okonkwo. Abuja 0

The deplorable state of the stadia facilities in the Federal Capital Territory have continued to anger sports stakeholders who vehemently lamented the rot, decay and outright lack of maintenance culture in the country. Visibly irked Chairman of the FCT FA ,Alhaji Musa Talle have called on the Minister of the Nation’s capital, Musa Bello to beam his searchlight on the Read More

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Proceed to Russia, Okorocha tells Sports Commissioner

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has charged the newly appointed Commissioner for Sports in the state, Barr. Dan Chibuzo Iwuorie to prepare to proceed to the 2018 World Cup in Russia expected to kick off next week Okorocha gave the charge on Monday, while swearing in the commissioner along side others at the Sam Mbakwe Expanded Exco chambers situated Read More

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AWCON Qualifiers: Super Falcons confront Gambia today

June 6, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Super Falcons of Nigeria will this evening (Wednesday) confront their counterparts from Gambia in the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifying tie in Banjul. The reigning Africa women’s champions, Super Falcons, flew into Gambia on Monday and have been training at the FIFA Goal Project (Technical Training Centre) in Banjul. The winner between the Super Falcons and Read More

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Injured Salah included in Egypt’s World Cup squad

June 5, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Mohamed Salah has been included in Egypt’s squad for World Cup 2018 as he seeks to shake off a shoulder injury in time to play some part in the finals. The Liverpool forward forms part of Hector Cuper’s plans despite nursing an ailment which threatened to dash his international dreams entirely this summer. Having tangled with Real Madrid skipper Sergio Read More

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Nwankwo Kanu ‘robbed of N4m’ at Russian airport

June 5, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Nwankwo Kanu, Nigeria football legend, has reportedly lost $11,000 (N4 million) cash kept inside his suitcase in Moscow, capital of Russia. The Nigerian star had arrived Moscow from London. Confirming the incident, Russian police said two loaders at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport were the primary suspects. Kanu reported the money missing when he reached Kaliningrad, where featured in a World Cup Read More

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NFF lauded for providing top class accommodation in Austria

June 5, 2018 Gbenga Jolaosho 0

Players and officials of the Super Eagles have thumped-up the Nigeria Football Federation for doing the needful to secure the world –renowned Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmannsdorf, Austria for the team’s final camping programme before the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. “This place makes a whole lot of sense. I am truly impressed. The Nigeria Football Federation has improved Read More

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Players get jersey numbers, FIFA integrity briefing

June 5, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

After the selection of 23-man Super Eagles squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Sunday and the final list forwarded to FIFA against the June 4 deadline, the players have been assigned squad numbers. The captain, John Mikel Obi, picked the No.10 jersey, made famous by Pele and Diego Maradona and famously sported by Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha for Read More

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Mikel assures Eagles’ total concentration in Austria

June 4, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Captain Mikel Obi has promised the Super Eagles will get down to serious business at their training camp in Bad Tatsmannsdorf, Austria. The Eagles will finalise their preparations for the World Cup in Austria, where they will play a final test game against the Czech Republic on June 6 before they fl y out to Russia on June 11. Mikel Read More

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Russia 2018: Nigeria Super Eagles name final World Cup

June 4, 2018 Gbenga Jalaosho 0

Following Nigeria friendly game with England on Saturday, the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has finally named his 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup slated for Russia. Having already trimmed down the provisional squad to 25 before the friendly game which the Th ree Lions won 2-1 at Wembley Stadium, Rohr was left with the decision of dropping two Read More

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Rohr admits Joel Obi not 100% fit

June 4, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr has admitted a lethargic performance by Joel Obi against England, revealing the Torino midfi elder is not 100% fit. But despite the Eagles gaff er observation he still named Obi in his final 23 players he announced on Sunday for the world football fi esta in Russia. “Joel Obi had some problems to get into his Read More

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Eagles land, settle down in Austria

June 4, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Nigeria’s 2018 FIFA World Cup squad have arrived and settled down at the Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmannsdorf, Austria on Sunday evening, as Coach Gernot Rohr and the NFF intensified the final phase of preparation for the team on all fronts. Earlier on Sunday, Technical Adviser Rohr dropped defender Ola Aina and midfi elder Mikel Agu from the 25 men Read More

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Kenya to feature many athletes at African Athletics Championships in Asaba

June 4, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Over 60 Kenyan athletes are expected to take part in the 21st Senior African Athletics Championships to be staged in Asaba, Delta State from Aug. 1-5. After a not too encouraging outing at the last Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, Kenya are looking to make a big statement in Asaba with their ‘A’ athletes Athletics Kenya President Jack Tuwei Read More

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‘Super Eagles‘ll go far in Russia if…’

Dr Amos Adamu needs no introduction as far as Nigerian sports is concerned. Apart from leading defunct National Sports Commission (NSC) as its Director General, he organised a  All Africa Games, the first of its kind in Nigeria, in 2003. Blueprint Weekend Sports crew sought his views ahead of 2018 World Cup in Russia among other issues. Target need for Super Read More

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Okocha named in FIFA Legends squad for 2018 W/Cup

June 1, 2018 Paul Okah 0

Nigerian football legend and Super Eagles captain, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, has been named in the FIFA Legends squad that will face the Russian National Team Legends in an exhibition match ahead of the 2018 World Cup tournament. The exhibition match will take place at the Football Park in Kaliningrad on Sunday, June 3, 2018. Names in the FIFA legends squad Read More

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Austrian Embassy depletes Eagles’ backroom staff

June 1, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Embassy of Austria in Nigeria has denied key staff of the Super Eagles’ workforce entry visa into their country for the team’s final phase camping programme billed to begin on Sunday. Several months ago, the Nigeria Football Federation concluded arrangements with the world –renowned Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmannsdorf, for the Eagles to put finishing touches to their World Read More

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Ramsey signs new Arsenal deal

June 1, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Arsenal have offered midfielder Aaron Ramsey a new contract. The 27-year old Wales international is entering the final 12 months of his deal at the Emirates and could leave on a free transfer next summer. Ramsey joined the Gunners in 2008 from hometown club Cardiff City and has scored 36 goals in 234 Premier League appearances. Former Arsenal defender Martin Read More

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Russia 2018: Neuer to be Germany No 1

June 1, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Manuel Neuer will be Germany’s first-choice goalkeeper if he makes Joachim Low’s World Cup squad, despite not having played since September. Bayern Munich’s Neuer, 32, missed almost the entire season after breaking his foot and undergoing surgery. Head coach Low picked four goalkeepers in his 27-man preliminary squad, which he will cut to a final 23 on Monday. “Manuel will Read More

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Zidane steps down as Real Madrid coach

June 1, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane made the surprise announcement on Thursday that he was leaving the European champions after winning an unprecedented third straight Champions League title. “I think it’s the moment, both for me, the team and the club (to step down). It’s a strange moment to do so, I know, but an important one too. I had to Read More

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Kwese Premier League goes on Round One break

June 1, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

After four weeks of uninterrupted basketball action, the 2018 Kwese Premier League goes on break after the conclusion of Round one of the league. In the Atlantic Conference of the league, Kwara Falcons of Ilorin top the table with 14 points, Hoops and Read finished in second place with 12 points, while newly promoted Anambra Flames finished third with 11 Read More

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Nigeria vs England: S/Eagles camp bubbles as Victor Moses joins team

June 1, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Chelsea star Victor Moses has joined his Super Eagles teammates in their London camp ahead of their pre-World Cup friendly against England at Wembley on Saturday. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed Moses’ arrival on their verified Twitter handle on Thursday. The football body stated that the Eagles players are all in camp now. “Victor Moses has joined the team Read More

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