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Arteta: David Luiz was rusty, Ozil’s omission was tactical

  Mikel Arteta said there was a reason why he did not select David Luiz from the start against Manchester City, after the Brazil defender’s disastrous appearance from the bench contributed to Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat. The centre-back gifted a goal to Raheem Sterling, then was sent off for the foul on Riyah Mahrez which was also […]

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EPL: Guardiola ‘very concerned’ over Garcia’s injury

* As Luiz accepts blame for Arsenal defeat Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said he is “very concerned” after defender Eric Garcia was taken to hospital following a collision against Arsenal. The 19-year-old collided with City keeper Ederson late on in the 3-0 Premier League win at Etihad Stadium, reports the BBC. Garcia received treatment […]

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Chukwueze wins Man-of-the-match in Villarreal’s win

Super Eagles sensation, Samuel Chukuweze, was named man-of-the-match following Villarreal’s hard-fought 1-0 home win against Real Mallorca at the Estadio de la Ceramica on Tuesday. Chukwueze, who featured for 90 minutes in the game provided the assist for Carlos Bacca’s goal in the 15th minute. The Nigerian raced down the wing, getting away from a […]

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Nigerian coaches and the litany of corruption allegations

    In just his first season, Chris Ugwuanyi had established himself as one of the hottest strikers in the Beninoise league; he had scored five goals in just 11 matches for one of their biggest clubs and was tipped for a big thing in that tiny country.   But for the Imo State-born footballer, […]

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Kidnappings: Nigerian football stars as endangered species

Statistically, Nigeria records more than 1,000 kidnapping incidents in a year and there are many that are unreported. AJIBADE OLUSESAN writes that due to their immense fame and fortune, football stars have become preys in the hands of these criminals who have visited them and their families with untold agonizing experiences of abduction   Lionel […]

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Jabbing football out of Nigeria’s mangled image

  AJIBADE OLUSESAN writes that the negative public perception of the Nigeria Football Federation has affected the growth of the game in the country and this could be stemmed if NFF becomes more transparent in its dealings.       Thirteen members of the board of the Nigeria Football Federation, on June 10, 2010, converged […]

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Onyekuru joins Plug Sports

Plug Sports, a brand management company has announced the signing of Super Eagles striker, Henry Onyekuru, as one of its ambassadors. Making this announcement recently, the company which is a subsidiary of the Plug Entertainment promised to take the career of the player to the next level.   Onyekuru, who currently play for Monaco was […]

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The pains of 1980 AFCON winners and growing calls for retirement benefits

Nigeria won the Nations Cup for the first time in 1980 and our correspondent AJIBADE OLUSESAN explores the lives of the heroes who earned the country that success 39 years ago and discovered that many of them are suffering debilitating health issues. Their plights have deepened discourse for the establishment of retirement benefits for retired […]

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How Match-Fixing Threatens the Integrity of Sports

    Integrity is one of the most important things in professional sports. Without it, there can be none. All athletes and teams participating in a competition need to do their best to win – everything allowed by the rule of the competition they participate in, and nothing more. Of course, athletes do fail to […]

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How Match-Fixing Threatens the Integrity of Sports

    Integrity is one of the most important things in professional sports. Without it, there can be none. All athletes and teams participating in a competition need to do their best to win – everything allowed by the rule of the competition they participate in, and nothing more. Of course, athletes do fail to […]

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