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AFCON 2019 qualifier: Ahmed Musa back to training

February 22, 2019 Editor 0

Nigerian international and Al Nassr winger Ahmed Musa has resumed training one month after recovering from a thigh muscle injury The 25 year old forward return comes as a major boost to Gernot Rohr’s men who will face Seychelles in their final group game in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier next month in Asaba,Delta State. Musa last featured Read More

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Super Eagles Striker Ighalo sticks with Chinese club ahead 2019 AFCON

February 14, 2019 Editor 0

Super Eagles’ forward, Odion Ighalo will still have another season in the Chinese league after efforts to transfer to Europe failed at the close of last month’s transfer window. He has now joined Shanghai Shenhua FC from fellow Chinese Super League (CSL) side Changchun Yatai Football Club. In joining Shanghai Shenhua, Ighalo has also teamed up with Quique Sánchez Flores who Read More

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Breaking: Mikel Obi undergoes medical, ready to join Middlesbrough

January 22, 2019 Editor 0

John Obi Mikel will end his two-year stint in China to join Championship side Middlesbrough in the coming days. The former Chelsea midfielder was desperate to seal a move back to England as his wife and two young children remained in the United Kingdom following his move to Tianjin TEDA. Middlesbrough have come to Mikel’s rescue, according to The Sun, as the Nigerian Read More

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Ex-Super Eagles Defender, brother in soup over fraud

January 22, 2019 Editor 0

Former Super Eagles defender, Efe Sodje, alongside his brothers Stephen and Bright, were given prison sentences for fraud last year, it can now be reported. According to Sky Sports, the three brothers were found to have syphoned more than £60,000 (over N28m) given to the Sodje Sports Foundation, a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation found. They were jailed in September Read More

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Kanu Nwankwo eyes Arsenal return

December 27, 2018 Editor 0

Nwankwo Kanu could someday make a return to Arsenal as a Manager at the club as he reveals coaching is an option he is open to in the future. Kanu spent five seasons with the premier league club, where he won two league titles, including a PL and FA Cup double in 2002, and is certain a career in management is a possibility. “It might happen Read More

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Super Eagles stuck in same position in latest FIFA ranking

December 20, 2018 Editor 0

Nigeria retained its 44th place in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday as well as the fourth place on the African ranking. Belgium will end the year as No. 1 ahead of world champions France in the global rankings released by FIFA on Thursday. Belgium, beaten by France in the World Cup semi-finals, edge Didier Deschamps’ team by one Read More

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Why I invited Ighalo, Onyekuru, Collins – Rohr

October 12, 2018 Blueprint 0

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has explained that Odion Ighalo was called up for the team’s 2019 Africa Cup Nations qualifying double header against Libya due to his consistent scoring form in the Chinese Super League for Changchun Yatai. Ighalo has scored 20 CSL goals for Changchun Yatai so far this season, but has barely been impressive for the Super Read More

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2019 AFCON Qualifiers: Nigeria Vs Libya Eagles go big to bring down Knights

October 12, 2018 Blueprint 0

Nigeria will put her strongest foot forward right from kick off against Libya’s Mediterranean Knights in Saturday evening’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Akwa Ibom Stadium in Uyo. Coach Gernot Rohr underscored the No-Option-To-Victory stance on Thursday, and has instructed his charges to dig deep into their reserves and replicate what they did against African champions Cameroon Read More

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NFF Elections: 2019 AFCON Qualifier: Bafana tackle Eagles in Johannesburg

September 22, 2018 Blueprint 0

Bafana Bafana of South Africa have announced they will host the Super Eagles in a crucial 2019 AFCON qualifier on November 17 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. Bafana’s recent matches have been staged in Durban. However, SAFA announced that the country’s team will now play their next two AFCON qualifiers at the 80,000-capacity FNB Stadium – vs The Pirates Read More

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Onyekuru happy to score first Eagles goal

September 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

Henry Onyekuru is thrilled to score his first goal for the Super Eagles in Tueday’s 2-1 exhibition game win against the Lone Star of Liberia. Onyekuru opened scoring for the Super Eagles in the game with Simeon Nwankwo netting the other goal. It was the first time Onyekuru who is loan at Turkish club, Galatasaray from Premier League outfit, Everton Read More

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Rufai storms Umuahia replacement in Eagles for grassroots coaches

September 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

Former Super Eagles captain, Peter Rufai will on Friday tutor some Grassroots coaches in Abia State on recent trends in developing grassroots players. The Football Coaching Clinic which is being packaged by Carl Academy and Football College Umuahia, a brain child of Abia Warriors chairman, Pastor Emeka Inyama is expected to be declared open by the Abia State Sports Commissioner Read More

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AFCON qualifiers: Seychelles recruit bankers, others for Eagles

September 10, 2018 Blueprint 0

As from 1.30pm on Saturday, Nigerian time, Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Pirates of Seychelles will square up during matchday two of 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier inside at the 10,000 – capacity Stade Linite in Victoria on Mahe Island. Incidentally, Seychelles Squad is reportedly made up of mainly professionals including Bankers, construction Workers among other. Both teams are in Read More

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Bribe: NFF bans, fines Eagles coach Yusuf

September 7, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian Football Federation ethics committiee has banned Super Eagles assistant coach Salisu Yusuf for one year from all football activities after finding him culpable following a video footage broadcast which showed him accepting money, in return for favour, from undercover reporters posing as football agents. Yusuf was also fined $5,000 which must be paid to the Federation within three Read More

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Balogun eager to kick off new EPL campaign with Brighton

July 24, 2018 Blueprint 0

Super Eagles and Brighton & Hove Albion new defender, Leon Balogun, on Thursday said he was looking forward to the start of the English Premier League (EPL) with his new club. The 2018/2019 EPL season is expected to kickoff on Aug. 10. Balogun said he was beaming with enthusiasm after joining his new teammates for the pre-season programme, adding that Read More

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Mikel does not relate with me anymore, father laments

July 24, 2018 Blueprint 0

The father to Super Eagles captain, Pa Michael Obi, has opened up over his estranged relationship with his son, John Mikel Obi and his recent kidnapping . Pa Obi unequivocally declared that there is no love lost between father and son anymore and lamented the frosty relationship existing between them to Blueprint Sport in Jos . “As I learnt foreign Read More

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World Cup: Eagles lose by lone goal against Czech Republic

June 6, 2018 Blueprint 0

A 25th minute goal by Tomas Kalas was enough for the Czech Republic to confine the Super Eagles of Nigeria to a back-to-back defeat in their final warm up match before they depart for the World Cup in Russia. The match played at the Rudolf Tonne Stadion in Austria was abandoned for 5 minutes in the second half as torrential Read More

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JUST IN: Aina, Agu dropped as Rohr release 23 man list

June 3, 2018 Blueprint 0

Ola Aina and Mikel Agu have been dropped from the the final 23 man list of the Super Eagles to the 2018 football World Cup in Russia. Nigeria will face Argentina, Iceland and Croatia in the preliminary round of the competition which will kick off on June 15. The release of the list comes less than 24 hours after the Read More

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

June 2, 2018 Blueprint 0

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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Russia 2018: Ndidi rallies teammates on opening games’ focus

April 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has declared that the Super Eagles’ key to qualifying for the second round of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup was to win their opening two games. Ndidi told FIFA World Cup Russia magazine the team’s final game against Argentina in Saint Petersburg on June 26 would be a very tough one. The Super Eagles Read More

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Buhari salutes Adegboye Onigbinde at 80

March 4, 2018 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday joined all sportsmen and sports loving Nigerians to congratulate former Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles, Adegboye Onigbinde, on his 80th birthday, March 5, 2018. The President felicitated with the highly respected  football coach and administrator, his family, friends and teeming fans, on the landmark of turning an octogenarian, with all the retinue of awards, recognitions and Read More

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I’m fulfilled as a football Administrator –Adepoju

February 24, 2018 Blueprint 0

Former Super Eagles Captain, Mutiu Adepoju after retiring from his playing career in 2006 for both club and country has been involved in the administrative aspect of the round leather game. Currently the Spanish La-Liga representative in Nigeria, Adepoju bared his mind on sundry issues. Paul Okah captured them. LMC/La-Liga partnership/coaching programme I am impressed with the level of commitment Read More