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Okoku Accuses NFF of Pursuing Vendetta Against Keshi—Vanguard

Ex-international Paul Okoku has accused the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) of pursuing personal vendetta against Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi. Speaking on phone from his base in the USA, the 1984 Nations Cup silver medalist, said that it was sad that Keshi who guided the Super Eagles to the AFCON glory in South Africa a couple of months back, was being subjected to unnecessary attacks ... Read More »

Eaglets maul Ghana 6-1

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets Sunday night began their quest to win the CAF U-17 tournament with a 6-1 thrashing of Ghana. In the match played in the Moroccan city of Marakech, striker Isaac Success scored four goals, as the Nigerians announced themselves as the team to beat in the eight-nation tournament, which also serves as the qualifiers for the FIFA U-17 Championship holding later in the ... Read More »

Eagles Will Beat Kenya –Maigari

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president,  Mallam Aminu Maigari has predicted the Super Eagles will get their 2014 World Cup quest back on track with a win in Kenya in June. African champions Nigeria had to force the Harambee Stars of Kenya to a 1-1 draw at home last month to leave their qualifying campaign for Brazil 2014 on a shaky note. They still lead Group ... Read More »

Nigeria Withdraw from African Nations Championship Qualifiers- BBC

The Nigeria Football Federation has withdrawn its team from the 2014 African Nations Championship qualifiers due to financial constraints. Nigeria were set to play Ivory Coast in Calabar between 21-23 June, in the tournament for locally-based players. The NFF’s Emeka Inyama announced that the withdrawal was taken by the football authority to cut costs. “We have a lot of financial commitments and we have to ... Read More »

Amodu’s Appointment as Technical Director Good for Nigeria – Colin Udoh

Nigeria football administrators have appointed Shuaibu Amodu as the new technical director. A former Media Officer of the Super Eagles, Colin Udoh, on Thursday described the appointment of Shuaibu Amodu as the new Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA, as a welcome development. Udoh told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the former Super Eagles Head Coach had the requisite experience ... Read More »

Messi-inspired Barca Reach Semis

Lionel Messi came off the bench to kick-start a Barcelona fightback as the four-time winners reached the Champions League semi-finals on away goals. Javier Pastore’s clipped finish put Paris St-Germain ahead for the first time in the tie, 3-2 on aggregate. But Messi, who suffered a hamstring strain in the first leg, inspired Barca and was involved as Pedro hammered home from 15 yards. Andres ... Read More »

Mikel Struggling for Europa League Motivation

Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi says he finds it hard to motivate himself for his side’s Europa League matches and is desperate to return to the Champions League next season. The west London club take a 3-1 lead to Russian club Rubin Kazan in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday, having seen their Champions League title defence ended in the group ... Read More »

NFF Slashes Keshi’s Salary by 50%; Sacks Okpala, Alaya, Others – Premium Times

The NFF said it is having financial challenges. In what appears a cost cutting measure in Nigerian football management, the Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday slashed the salary of the Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, by 50 per cent; and also sacked some staff. Keshi is now to receive N2.5 million ($16,000), instead of the initial N5 million. The NFF took the decision following its ... Read More »

Balotelli Suspended For Three Games – Daily Times

AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has been suspended for three matches by the Italian league’s disciplinary committee on Tuesday after insulting an assistant referee. The Italy international was given a one-match ban after picking up a fourth yellow card of the season in last Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Fiorentina. He was banned for a further two games after insulting a linesman at the end of ... Read More »

Oliech to Miss Super Eagles Visit – Daily Times

Kenya skipper Dennis Oliech is suspended for next Junes 2014 World Cup qualifier against African Champions Nigeria in Nairobi. The French-based striker together with first choice goalkeeper Arnold Origi will miss the crucial game after accumulating two yellow cards each in the qualifiers. Both players picked up their second cautions during last month’s 1-all away draw to the Super Eagles in Calabar. Harambee Stars coach ... Read More »

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