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ABUJA — President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate withdrawal of Nigeria from all international basketball competitions for a period of two years with immediate effect. Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja. Dare, represented by Ismaila Abubakar, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, said the ban became imperative following the recurring crisis that have plagued the development of the sports in the country....

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The shirt Diego Maradona wore in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final match has been sold for £7.1 million. On June 22, 1986, Maradona scored two of the most famous goals ever for Argentina against England. In the 51st minute, the Argentine gave his side the lead with a blatant handball, a goal he would dub ‘The Hand of God’. Four minutes later, he scored the ‘Goal of the Century’ as he picked up the ball...

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored an excellent equaliser to spare Manchester United a third successive English Premier League defeat as they drew 1-1 at home with Chelsea on Thursday. Ralf Rangnick’s side lost their previous two games to Liverpool and Arsenal by an aggregate score of 7-1. But while the performance on their return to Old Trafford was by no means impressive, they at least avoided another loss. In spite of a dismal first-half showing in which...

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Eintracht Frankfurt secured a brilliant 2-1 win away at West Ham United in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday. Bundesliga colleagues RB Leipzig also fought to a 1-0 home win over Rangers. Daichi Kamada nudged the winner for Eintracht Frankfurt early in the second half to the delight of the 3,000 fans who backed the Eagles in London. And they will be dreaming of a trip to Seville for the May...

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The result of Nigeria vs Ghana World Cup qualifier football match has created an opportunity for many Ghanaians to banter with Nigeria on social media. The Black Stars held the Super Eagles to a 1-1 draw at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja on Tuesday to qualify for this year’s World Cup in Qatar. The two teams had settled for a goalless draw in the first leg played at the Baba Yaro Stadium in...

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ABUJA — Nollywood actor, Williams Uchenna, and actress Mary Remmy Njoku have reacted to the Super Eagles’ failure to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Nigerian Super Eagles lost on away goals to the Black Stars of Ghana at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja on Tuesday. Reacting to the defeat, Uchemba opined that Nigeria losing the World Cup slot might be a good thing. According to the actor, “Maybe it’s good we...

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KUMASI — Ghanaian actor, John Dumelo, has taken to social media to mock Nigeria’s Super Eagles following their 0-0 tie with Ghana’s Black Stars in the first leg of their World Cup qualifiers at the Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi. The actor, who has much confidence in the Ghanaian football team, had stated before the game that there’s no way Nigeria will win the match, vowing to walk barefoot from his nation’s capital, Accra to Lagos,...

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LAGOS — Omoyele Sowore, the presidential aspirant under the African Action Congress, AAC, has berated former Super Eagles players for endorsing and praying for the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu over his presidential ambition. Sowore, in a Facebook post, described the senior players’ visit to Tinubu, who is pursuing the APC’s presidential ticket, as one “driven by hunger.” The West African Pilot News had earlier reported that some former Super...

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LAGOS – The All progressives Congress (APC) national leader and presidential aspirant, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, hosted some former Super Eagles players and delegates of Kanu Heart Foundation at his Bourdillon residence on Saturday, March 19. The visit was ahead of a novelty football match between the ex-Eagles Internationals and Team Asiwaju in commemoration of Tinubu’s 70th birthday on Sunday, March 20 at Onikan Stadium, Lagos at 2:00pm. During the visit, the players gave Tinubu a...

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The German club, Borussia Dortmund on Friday evening took to Twitter to celebrate Nigerian music star, Davido and the club’s former Nigerian players, Sunday Oliseh and Victor Ikpeba. The club celebrated Nigerian players who had played for the club in the past, Sunday Oliseh and Victor Ikpeba, between 2000 and 2004, and 1999 and 2002 respectively with the caption, “BVB loves Naija. Sunday Oliseh x Victor Ikpeba.” In another tweet, the black and yellow club...

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