Sanchez bust-up reports ‘false’

March 7, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger dismissed reports of a trainingground bust-up involving star forward Alexis Sanchez as “completely false” on Monday. Th e 28-year-old was reported to have stormed off the training pitch last week before becoming involved in an angry confrontation with his teammates, but he took part in training on Monday and shook hands with Wenger before the session. Read More

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Ill-luck to blame for Nasarawa’s woes

March 7, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

Nasarawa United’s Abdulrahman Bashir has blamed ill-luck for their lack of success in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) this season after another loss in Lokoja against Niger Tornadoes on Sunday but reckoned that the Solid Miners will soon get their bearing back. Th e Lafi a side fell to the goals of Musa Wakili from the penalty spot and Read More

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Kano Pillars fan faces court charges over goal celebration

March 7, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

By Wale Olawale Kano A Kano Pillars fan will be dragged to court for encroaching on the fi eld of play, in a week 12 Nigeria Professional Football League match between Pillars and Enyimba of Aba on Sunday evening at Sani Abacha Stadium. Kano pillars FC Security offi cials confi rmed the arrest of one Ibrahim Muhammad Bello Panshekara , Read More

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FEAD polls: Ministry yet to release election guidelines

March 7, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

By Lekan Olaseinde & Gbenga Jolaosho Abuja- Th e Ministry of Youth and Sports has disassociated itself from the electoral guidelines currently in circulation announcing that the ministry is yet to release guidelines for the forthcoming sports federation’s elections. Th e Director,Federations and Elite Athletes Department (FEAD) Mrs Hauwa Kulu- Akinyemi said that the purported document in circulation should be Read More

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FIFA clarify Bazee can play for Nigeria if …

March 7, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

Th e international governing body for football, Fifa, has cleared the air regarding the eligibility of Hannover striker Noah Joel Sarenren Bazee for the upcoming international friendly matches against Senegal and Burkina Faso. A Nigeria Football Federation international expert earlier insisted that the German-born wonderkid will play against the West African opponents with or without an international passport. When quizzed Read More

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Handball tasks corporate bodies on sponsorship

March 7, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna- Th e Secretary General, Handball Federation of Nigeria, Malam Mohammed Maigidansama has called on corporate organisations and philanthropist to sponsor active competitions in handball to promote the game. Speaking during an interactive session with handball premier league coaches ahead of the National Open Handball Championship scheduled to take place in Benue between March 19-29, Maigidasama said Read More

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South Africa qualify for U-20 World Cup

March 6, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

South Africa booked a place in U-20 Africa Cup of Nations semifinals and subsequently the U-20 FIFA World Cup with an emphatic 3-1 win over Sudan at the National Heroes Stadium on Sunday. Goals from Phakamani Mahlambi, Grant Margeman and Sibongakonke Mbatha ensured Amajita progress to the next round of the AFCON  and also book a ticket in in Korea. Read More

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Moses extends stay at Chelsea till 2021

March 4, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

By Gbenga Jolaosho Abuja Victor Moses has penned a new deal with Premier League leaders Chelsea, with the Nigerian tying himself to the club until 2021. Th e Super Eagles player has become a key fi gure as a right wingback in Antonio Conte’s Blues and has been rewarded with a new deal. “I feel very excited. I’m delighted to Read More

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‘Akwa Utd clash a-must-win’

March 4, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

Nasarawa United head coach, Kabir Dogo says that the topfl ight clash against visiting Akwa United is a must-win encounter. Th e Solid Miners are up against the Promise Keepers in Th ursday’s top-fl ight matchday 11 clash at the Lafi a Township Stadium. Dogo said his side have been re-jigged to grind a creditable result against the Uyo outfi Read More

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Emeruwa quits NFF Disciplinary Committee

March 3, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 1

By Gbenga Jolaosho Abuja Th e National Integrity Offi cer, Dr. Christian Emeruwa has voluntarily quit his position as secretary of the NFF Disciplinary Committee. Citing “on-going integrity reforms and the fact that I occupy an offi ce that will defi nitely have to take matters before the NFF Disciplinary Committee,” Dr. Emeruwa, who is also special assistant to the Read More

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NFF, match agent confirm details of Eagles’ London games

March 3, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

Th e Nigeria Football Federation and its Offi cial FIFA Match Agent, Jairo Pachon of Eurodata Sport have further confi rmed details for the two international friendly matches the Super Eagles will play against Senegal and Burkina Faso in London later this month. Currently on a fi ve –match winning streak, since losing 0-1 to African vice champions Egypt in Read More

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Aguero not sure of future at Manchester City

March 3, 2017 Muhammed Adamu 0

Sergio Aguero scored twice in Wednesday’s 5-1 FA Cup fifth round replay win over Huddersfield Town Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero says the club are yet to speak to him about where his future lies. Speculation about Aguero’s future intensified after he lost his place to 19-year-old Gabriel Jesus last month. Manager Pep Guardiola says he wants to keep the Read More

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Sand, Sand Eagles know foes today

February 28, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

Th e Nigeria Beach Soccer team, Sand Sand Eagles will know their foes for this year’s FIFA Soccer World Cup fi nal in Bahamas later this evening. Th e draws which is schedule to hold in Nassau, will see Nigeria, having participated in four World Cups (2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011), reaching the quarter fi nal stages, will be hoping Read More

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Tough games awaits ABS FC – Oyedeji

February 28, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

ABS FC midfi elder Samuel Oyedeji has said that he is expecting the club’s matches in the next three weeks to reveal how they will perform in the Nigeria Professional Football League this season. Th e Saraki Boys face Enugu Rangers, Kastina United, Remo Stars and Enyimba FC in their next three encounters. “Th e next three weeks will be Read More

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Danladi urges investment in sports development

February 28, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

By Ene Osang Abuja Th e Chairman of Nasarawa United Football Club Barrister Isaac Danladi, has harped the importance of sports sponsorship, saying its benefi ts are immeasurable. Danladi who is also the Chairman, Chairmen of the 20 premier leagues in the country, made the call while fi elding questions from journalists on the upcoming Nigeria Polytechnic Games (NIPOGA) in Read More

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Two female wrestlers off to Austria

February 28, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

Ahead of next year Commonwealth Games in Australia, the President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF), Daniel Igali, has confi rmed that two of the nation’s top female wrestlers, Mercy Genesis and Aminat Adeniyi, are currently in Vaasa, Finland, preparing for the games holding in Australia. Igali said both the United World Wrestling (UWW), an international governing body for the Read More

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Ambode, Dalung to inspect National Stadium, Lagos

February 28, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

Th e Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Lagos State government will begin a two-day working visit of the National Stadium, Surulere and various youth centres in Lagos tomorrow Th e inspection kick starts what will eventually end up as cooperation between the federal government and Lagos state to renovate the dilapidated National Stadium. Th e edifi ce has Read More

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Crystal Palace team coach vandalised

February 28, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

Crystal Palace’s team coach was vandalised prior to Saturday’s 1-0 win over Middlesbrough, with the club’s name and colours sprayed on to it. Contrary to speculation, the coach had not been provided for Boro to use for their visit to Selhurst Park. Th e Eagles used another bus to travel to the Premier League game. A club spokesman said: “Th Read More

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FIFA back troubled St Petersburg pitch

February 28, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

FIFA has disclosed that it was confi dent problems plaguing the pitch at the new Saint Petersburg stadium will be fi xed in time for the Confederations Cup in June. Last year inspectors said the retractable pitch at the 68 000-seater Saint Petersburg Arena — which is set to hold the opening and fi nal games of the Confederations Cup Read More

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Win sends Svitolina to career high 10th

February 28, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina hit a career high world ranking after her victory in Dubai helped her crack the WTA top 10 released on Monday. Th e 22-year-old moved up three places to 10 after beating former world number one Caroline Wozniacki in Saturday’s fi nal. Denmark’s Wozniacki moved up one place to 14th. Serena Williams remains on top of the Read More

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United fans can convince Ibra to stay – Mou

February 28, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he is convinced Zlatan Ibrahimovic will stay at the club, and joked that fans should “go to the door of his house” to convince him. Ibrahimovic produced a superb performance in the EFL Cup fi nal win over Southampton to fi re his side to victory with his 25th and 26th goals of the Read More

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Thiem takes Rio Open

February 28, 2017 Blueprint Newsroom 0

Austrian Dominic Th iem secured his eighth ATP title with a 7-5 6-4 win over Pablo Carreno Busta in the fi nal of the Rio Open. Second seed Th iem, who became the favourite after top seed Kei Nishikori was knocked out in the fi rst round, did not lose a set the entire tournament. Th iem, 23, came through Read More

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