Rohr targets 6 more friendlies

November 14, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Gernot Rohr believes his side will need up to six friendly matches to be in optimum shape for the Russia 2018 World Cup. The team will face Argentina in a high-profile friendly on Tuesday in Krasnodar, Russia but Rohr, who has guided the Super Eagles to the World Cup via an unbeaten qualifying campaign, wants much more. “It’s very good Read More

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Argentina without Messi will be tough – Adepoju

November 14, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Ex-Super Eagles player Mutiu Adepoju has dismissed the absence of Barcelona star Lionel Messi from the international friendly between Argentina and Nigeria, stating it will not make any difference. After securing their places for next year’s World Cup, the Super Eagles and Argentina will meet in a friendly in Krasnodar, Russia, on Tuesday. But Argentina will be without star forward Read More

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Nigeria faces Argentina 5pm today

November 14, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The mouth watering international friendly between 2018 World Cup qualifiers Nigeria and Argentina will kick off by 5pm Nigerian time. Top official of the team also confirmed captain Mikel Obi will return to the Eagles starting line up after he was rested for Friday’s game in Algeria. “The game will start at 7pm local time, which is 5pm in Nigeria,” Read More

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Ojodomo runs riot as Katsina pip Jangorzo of Niger Rep

November 14, 2017 Gbenga Jolaosho 0

By Gbenga Jolaosho Abuja Youngster Micah Ojodomo was the star of the match as Katsina United started their pre-season campaign in style with a 3-1 win against Jangorzo FC of Niger Republic. It was ‘The Chanji Boys’ first match since the end of 2016/2017 NPFL season and the first match under new coach Abdullahi Biffo. Coach Biffo said he was Read More

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FIBA throw Hoopers out of Africa Zone 3 qualifiers

November 14, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Rivers Hoopers have been thrown out of the 2017 FIBA Africa Champions Cup Zone 3 qualifiers. Blueprint sports learnt that the decision to throw the team was made known to the club by FIBA Africa Zone 3 during the technical meeting for coaches and officials hours to the commencement of the tournament on Sunday. It was stated that the basketball Read More

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Cristiano Ronaldo welcomes baby daughter Alana Martina into the world

November 14, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Football star Cristiano Ronaldo has celebrated the birth of his fourth child – just hours after a reality TV star claimed he cheated on his girlfriend with her. The 32-year-old uploaded a photograph of his girlfriend Georgina Rodriquez, 22, holding their baby daughter next to him and his eldest son, Cristiano Jr. He wrote on his Instagram page: ‘Alana Martina Read More

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Voting for BBC African Footballer of the Year begins

November 13, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Voting for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2017 began yesterday. Tthe five-man shortlist of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane, Victor Moses and Mohamed Salah was revealed during a special live launch broadcast in London. Cameroon’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winner Arnaud Djoum was part of the panel to discuss the nominees, as were Nigeria’s 1996 Olympic Read More

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Ola Aina rates his performance against Mahrez

November 13, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

On loan Chelsea defender Ola Aina has given his personal assessment of his performance against Leicester City and Algeria star man Riyad Mahrez in Nigeria’s 1-1 draw against Algeria in Constantine on Friday. Deployed as a left full back as opposed to his preferred role as a right full back , Aina was part of the Nigerian defence which stood Read More

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Nigerian -born Solanke joins England squad

November 13, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

England have called up Liverpool striker Dominic Ayodele Solanke and Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook for Tuesday’s friendly against Brazil at Wembley. Solanke, whose father hails from Ogun State, was top scorer for England’s Under-20 World Cup-winning side during the summer, with Cook the captain. Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn, on loan at Norwich, was brought into the squad on Friday Read More

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…Enyeama declares hatred for Africa refs

November 13, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Former Super Eagles captain Vincent Enyeama has revealed that he hates African referees while reacting to the controversial penalty decision against Nigeria during the world cup clash with Algeria last Friday. The Super Eagles of Nigeria settled for a 1-1 draw with Algeria in a 2018 FIFA World Cupqualifier in Constantine. John Ogu had given the Super Eagles the lead Read More

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NFF shuns Finidi, picks Maikaba as Eaglets coach

November 13, 2017 Gbenga Jolaosho 0

By Gbenga Jolaosho Abuja The Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced the appointment of Abdullahi Maikaba as the new coach of the Nigeria Under-17 male football team. Despite reports linking former International Finidi George, the NFF announced Maikaba who presently handles Akwa United as the new coach alongside four others as his assistants. Maikaba will be Read More

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Mikel leads Eagles against Argentina

November 13, 2017 IKENNA OKONKWO 0

By Ikenna Okonkwo In Constantine, Algeria Captain of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Mikel Obi will be leading out his teammates when they file out against their Argentine counterparts in a friendly game in Krasnodar, Russia on Tuesday. Head coach Gernot Rohr who disclosed this to our Correspondent before they departed Algeria at the weekend explained that he left out some of Read More

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AFCON qualifier: NFF seek postponement of Seycheles’ clash

November 13, 2017 IKENNA OKONKWO 0

By Ikenna Okonkwo In Constantine, Algeria The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will this Thursday seek postponement of another round of 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier match against Seycheles scheduled for March next year. NFF President, Amaju Pinnick who disclosed this to Blueprint Sports in Constantine before Super Eagles departed Algeria to face Argentina in a friendly match, maintained that Read More

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Ozil dines out with Manchester City ace I Gundogan after Germany’s Wembley stalemate

November 13, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan may have been fighting for Germany on the Wembley turf on Friday evening, but they were paying respects to their Turkish heritage just a day later. The two Premier League stars both played as the current world champions were held to a 0-0 draw against England, and, following the result, Ozil took the chance to Read More

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NSCDC N18.1m unaccounted – Report

November 11, 2017 Admin 3 0

Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has not accounted for N18 million in 2015, an audit report reviewed by Premium Times has revealed. The report, which detailed financial records of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the federal government in 2015, is the latest from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation. The report revealed a common Read More

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Support Army for peace, COAS tells NIPR

November 11, 2017 Sadiq Abubakar 0

By Sadiq Abubakar In a bid to enhance relationship with professional institutions, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, has charged the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) to stand firmly with the Army in efforts to protect the country for peace and unity. A statement made available to newsmen, said Buratai gave the charge yesterday Read More

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Wanted! Fresh ideas for League Management Company

November 11, 2017 Ikenna Okonkwo 0

By Ikenna Ikonkwo A renowned researcher, Will Yakowicz once posited; “Ideas are cheap and plentiful in the beginning. Keeping the truly innovative ideas coming is the real challenge.” The assertion by this famous Writer has remained the blight of many People (at least in our immediate) that once began a commendable process which all of a sudden gets missing in Read More

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Wilder to Joshua: Come, I ‘ll beat you silly in 2018

November 11, 2017 Admin 3 0

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has continued to boast of his readiness to beat Anthony Joshua in his “safe haven” of Great Britain. Wilder, 32, defended his belt against Bermane Stiverne on Saturday, a week after Joshua retained the WBA and IBF crowns against Carlos Takam in Cardiff. In 2015, Stiverne became the only man to take Wilder 12 rounds, Read More

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Amuneke settles down with Sudanese club, mocks Nigeria league

November 11, 2017 Admin 3 0

Emmanuel Amuneke, has revealed that his appointment as coach of Sudanese club, Sporting Club Khartoum is a stepping stone in his career. The former Zamalek of Egypt and ex FC Barcelona of Spain winger, who led Nigeria U17s to FIFA U17 World Cup glory in Chile in 2015, had previously been linked to coach former club Zamalek. “I’m happy with Read More

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Exclusive: NFF Bosses strike deal wih Eagles, Rohr

November 11, 2017 Ikenna Okonkwo 0

By Ikenna Okonkwo In Constantine, Algeria. There are strong indications that the executive board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have entered an agreement with the Super Eagles specifically on how both the proceeds from the World Soccer Governing body, FIFA and any other accruing bonuses would be shared. Our Correspondent who is currently in Constantine, Algeria, venue of where Read More

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EPL: Pains, gains of ‘big’ summer spending

November 11, 2017 Ikenna Okonkwo 0

By Ikenna Okonkwo   Premier  League clubs will never be afraid to spend big money to improve their squad and last summer was no different. We will take a look at major spending carried out during last transfer period and the impact it is already having on clubs. Clubs in the top flight spent well in excess of £1billion as Read More

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Yobe acquires asphalt thresher, concrete mixer

November 9, 2017 Musa M. Buba 0

By Musa M. Buba Damaturu Yobe state governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has inspected newly acquired asphalt thresher and concrete mixing machines, purchased by the state Ministry of Works, Transport and Energy in a determined spirit to meet the high demand of road construction across the state,. Taking the governor round, the Commissioner in charge of the ministry, Alhaji Lawan Shettima Ali, Read More

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Koscielny and Silva swapped shorts after Manchester City’s win over Arsenal

November 9, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Laurent Koscielny and David Silva opted to grab a unique memento off each other after Manchester City beat Arsenal on Sunday. Following City’s 3-1 victory in the Premier League, the Arsenal defender and the City midfielder decided to swap shorts with each other. Yes you heard that correct. Shorts not shirts. The Premier League duo were left to hand over Read More

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Federer to face Zverev in ATP Tour Finals

November 9, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Six-time champion Roger Federer was paired in the same group as German debutant Alexander Zverev for next week’s ATP Tour Finals when the draw was made in host city London World No 1 Rafael Nadal, who is hoping to recover from a knee injury to play in the season-ending showpiece, heads the other group and will face Belgian David Goffin, Read More

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Boateng to miss England friendly, Kroos doubtful

November 9, 2017 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Germany central defender Jerome Boateng has been ruled out of the world champions’ friendly international against England at Wembley on Friday, the team said on Wednesday. Boateng has been nursing unspecified muscle problems, the German football association said in a statement, and would miss the game as a precautionary measure after a discussion with head coach Joachim Loew. It has Read More

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