Bolt trains with Norwegian top-flight side

May 31, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt is training with Norwegian top-fl ight football team Stromsgodset. The Jamaican sprinter, 31, is scheduled to play a training match against Norway Under19s in his week at the club. Bolt, the 100m and 200m world record holder, has already trained with Borussia Dortmund and South African club Sundowns this year. “Maybe a club will see Read More

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Ekong wins ‘Big Bull Rice Man of the Match Award’

May 31, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

TGI Group, the official Food Sponsor of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, through its locally produced rice brand, Big Bull Rice, has rewarded William Troost-Ekong, the team’s defender, for putting up an outstanding performance at the farewell friendly between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Leopards of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ekong who scored Nigeria’s goal in a one-all draw Read More

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Rohr drops Agbo, Lokosa, two others

May 31, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has dropped four players from his World Cup-bound squad. However, Moses Simon is currently nursing a thigh injury and will be out of action for at least three weeks, will be travelling with the team, according to team sources. Dropped from the squad are Standard Liege defender Uche Agbo, Bulgaria-based Stephen Eze, Dele Ajiboye of Read More

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Saraki: These Eagles are role models, best-organized ever

May 31, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

President of the Senate of the Federal Republic, Distinguished Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Tuesday night described the present crop of Super Eagles as the best –organized ever, as he bade them farewell to the 21st FIFA World Cup finals in Russia. At a brief but gorgeous event inside the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria’s number three man and leading Read More

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2018 FIFA World 018 FIFA World Cup special: up special: Mikel Obi ikel Obi leads 25 eads 25 Eagles to agles to London

May 31, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Skipper Mikel John Obi was joined on the chartered fl ight from Abuja to London on Wednesday afternoon by deputy skipper Ogenyi Onazi, defender Kenneth Omeruo, pacy winger Ahmed Musa and 21 other players as the Super Eagles headed for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. There will be stop-overs in London and Austria. Mikel, Onazi, Omeruo and Musa all Read More

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Buhari to send-forth S/Eagles tonight

May 29, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) will this evening at the State House Aso Rock meet with Super Eagles players, offi cials and top echelons of the Nigeria Football Federation ahead of the team final departure to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Meanwhile ,the leadership of NFF has concluded arrangements for a seminar on wealth creation, investments and portfolio management Read More

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Wike lays Real Madrid FC Academy foundation in P/H

May 29, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Rivers Government on Monday laid the foundation for the Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt, the state’s capital. Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers assured sports stakeholders at the foundation laying at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt that the academy would be inaugurated in seven months’ time. Wike commended the management of Real Madrid FC Academy for making Read More

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Super Eagles to drop 5 players before England friendly

May 29, 2018 Paul Okah, Abuja 0

Coach of the home-based Super Eagles of Nigeria, Salisu Yusuf, has said that five players will be dropped before the team will leave Abuja for the friendly match against England on Saturday. He stated this while fielding questions from newsmen at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja Tuesday. According to Coach Yusuf, “The draw against Congo DR was fair, Read More

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TVS Motorcycle, Big Bull rice for MVP

May 28, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

More motivation is in store for players of the Super Eagles to give their best on today against the boys from Congo DR as NFF partners, Simba Group (sole marketers of the popular tricycles, Keke, and motorcycles in Nigeria) and TGI (makers of Big Bull rice) have concluded plans to reward the most outstanding player of the day. Simba Group Read More

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Mikel expects tough clash against talented side

May 28, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi is not taking the friendly with Democratic Republic of Congo lightly as he and his teammates gear up for the Russia 2018 World Cup. The World Cup-bound Nigeria side will face their African rivals in a send-off friendly at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt on Monday evening. Apart from the missing Everton forward Read More

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Russia 2018 Send Forth match: S/Eagles, Simba set Port Harcourt on fire

In what represents the last opportunity for Nigerian Football fans to cheer the Super Eagles at home before this summer’s FIFA World Cup finals, the three –time African champions clash with the Simba of Democratic Republic of Congo at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium on Monday evening. Simba’s delegation of 28 players landed in Port Harcourt on Thursday night, boasting they Read More

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Salah will be fit for World Cup-Egyptian FA

May 28, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Mohamed Salah’s injury in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat is “serious” according to Jurgen Klopp, but Egypt are confident he will be fit for the World Cup. Salah left the pitch in tears after being pulled down by Real captain Sergio Ramos in the Reds’ 3-1 defeat. “It’s a really serious injury,” said Klopp. “He is in the hospital for Read More

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Champions League should be named after me – Ronaldo

May 28, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Cristiano Ronaldo has suggested his record in the Champions League is so good that UEFA should name the trophy after him. The 33-year-old helped Real Madrid to a 3-1 win over Liverpool in the final in Kiev on Saturday night to win his fifth Champions League title – more than any other player. While he did not find the net Read More

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Changing face of SWAN

May 26, 2018 Ikenna Okonkwo 0

Echoes from SWAN 54th full congress At the moment, there is a new horizon in the structure, style and overall conduct of the country’s special breed of journalists, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN). You could be wondering why I placed the tag ‘special breed’ on Sports Writers members of fourth estate of the Realm. The nomenclature, which I strongly Read More

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Recruitment test: JAMB, police announce date, instructions for shortlisted candidates

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the Nigeria Police have fixed May 25 for the conduct of examination for candidates shortlisted for recruitment into the police. A statement signed by the police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police Jimoh Moshood explained how candidates could identify their exam centres. “The Nigeria Police Force wishes to inform all successful candidates in Read More

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How FIFA shut World Cup door on amazing Nwakali, Usman

May 25, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Kelechi Nwakali and Usman Mohammed, who shone for the Super Eagles B against Atletico Madrid, cannot feature at next month’s World Cup as they are not on the 30-man provisional squad announced recently, according to FIFA rule governing the competition. Nwakali and Usman Mohammed have sparked off a clamour for them to be part of the World Cup squad after Read More

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World Cup: Iheanacho looking forward to tackle‘idol’ Messi

May 25, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Kelechi Iheanacho hopes Nigeria ‘get something’ from their tie against his ‘idol’ Lionel Messi and Argentina at the World Cup. Gernot Rohr’s side are pitted with Croatia, Iceland and La Albiceleste in Group D of the global tournament. However, they only get to play Jorge Sampaoli’s men in their final group game on June 26 as their campaign starts with Read More

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Simon, Abdullahi miss Super Eagles training Session

May 25, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Gent of Belgium forward Moses Simon and Bursaspor of Turkey ace Shehu Abdullahi didn’t take part in Super Eagles full training session yesterday. The duo was carrying knocks picked up in action for their respective club before arriving the camp of the Super Eagles ahead of the training game against Congo DR in Port Hacourt. They however had a session Read More

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NFF plans Town Hall event for Port Harcourt

May 23, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The Nigeria Football Federation has concluded plans for a massive Town Hall event that will bring together various stakeholders of the game in Port Harcourt on Monday. Billed for the Hotel Le Meridien (Ogeyi Place) in the Garden City, the event will present an opportunity for administrators, partners and sponsors of the NFF, football enthusiasts, fans, media representatives and other Read More

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Emenike vows to bounce back from ack from injury spells

May 23, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Nigerian striker Emmanuel Emenike has vowed to bounce back from a loan spell with Spanish club Las Palmas where injuries stopped him from playing a single minute of football. The 31-year-old ex-Super Eagles international joined Las Palmas from Greek giants Olympiakos in January with high hopes, but it all ended in a heartbreak. Speaking to the BBC website, Emenike said Read More

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Balogun completes move to Brighton in EPL

May 23, 2018 Gbenga Jolaosho. Abuja 0

Super Eagles centre-back Leon Balogun has joined English Premier League club Brighton from Mainz of Germany, and come next season he will become a foe to the duo of Victor Moses of Chelsea and WifredNdidi of Leicester. “Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of Nigeria international defender Leon Balogun,” Brighton announced on their official website on Tuesday. Balogun, Read More

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40 schools for Faith Academy U-17 mini sports festival

The maiden edition of Faith Academy Mini Secondary Schools Sports Festival, is billed to commence in Kaduna on June 22, 2018 with 40 schools expected to participate. Chairman of Faith Academy Sports Committee, Nden Emmanuel disclosed this to sports writers at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna Tuesday. Speaking on behalf of the Main Organising Committee, he said that the event Read More

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