World Cup: Iceland contact ex-Eagles’ coach

Nigeria’s opponents in Group D of the 2018 World Cup, Iceland, have underlined their determination to stop the Super Eagles at the Mundial as they contacted the former national team assistant coach Roland Andersson to join their technical crew. Anderson worked with the former Eagles’ handler Lars Lagerbäck and both Swedes were in Nigeria’s dugout at the 2010 World Cup hosted by South Africa. Anderson also helped Lagerbäck while he was coaching Iceland at the 2016 European Championship. ”Roland Andersson will probably continue with us. He was a national assistant…

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UEFA League: Barca eye yet another famous comeback

    Little over a month after producing the greatest comeback in Champions League history, Barcelona need another special turnaround as they face Juventus in the second leg of their quarter-final on Wednesday. Luis Enrique’s side were taken apart in the first leg in Turin, losing 3-0 to a Juve team inspired by Paulo Dybala, who scored twice. In the last 16 they became the first team ever to overturn a 4-0 deficit when they beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in the return at the Camp Nou, so fans are hoping…

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UEFA League: Lewandowski set to face Madrid’s shaky defence

    Real Madrid’s struggling defence will probably have to keep Bayern Munich’s deadly striker Robert Lewandowski at bay in the Bernabeu to reach the Champions League semi-finals. Real will be defending a 2-1 lead from the first leg of the quarter-final, which the Polish hitman missed with the shoulder injury that also kept him out of the German side’s 0-0 draw at Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga on Saturday. However, Lewandowski trained on Sunday and is poised to return as Bayern look for goals on Tuesday against a Real…

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CAFCC: Rivers Utd beat Rayon Sports 2-0

Rivers United on Sunday took a step closer to the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup after defeating Rayon Sports of Rwanda 2-0 in Port Harcourt. The Garden City outfit is the only Nigerian team on the continent after the elimination of Rangers who lost 5-2 on aggregates to Zesco United of Zambia at the weekend. A goal apiece in each half from Emeka Atuloma and Guy Kuemian gave Rivers a 2-0 lead ahead of the second leg tie this weekend in Rwanda. It would have been 3-0 in…

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Ahmedu, Omotayo, Yusuf, call for NSC’s return

The President of the Federation of International Basketball Association, Africa Zone 3, Colonel Sam Ahmedu, athletics coach, Professor Seun Omotayo, and Former Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Federation, Tijani Yusuf, has called for the return of the National Sports Commission. The trio noted that sports had suffered a lot in the country and the only way forward was the return of the commission with top technocrats in charge. “The NSC must come back,” Ahmedu said. “This was part of the Recommendations of the National Sports Reform Committee. A bill…

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Anthony Joshua: ‘Being a boxer you have to be a man of the people’

Anthony Joshua has never lost a professional fight and he’s won every bout with a knock-out. But in two weeks he faces the fearsome Wladimir Klitschko, aka Dr Steelhammer. Should he be nervous? Alex Clark meets the bricklayer turned boxer Anthony Joshua, the Hertfordshire bricklayer who has become British boxing’s greatest star, is a busy boy. After months of trying to find a gap in his schedule, we finally isolate a weekend in Watford. Within 24 hours, that’s shifted to a Friday in Sheffield, and a modern, unremarkable cul-de-sac on…

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La Liga: Messi keeps Barca’s title hope alive

  Lionel Messi kept Barcelona’s title hopes alive with two goals and an assist to see off Real Sociedad 3-2 as Spain’s top two edged five-goal thrillers ahead of next weekend’s El Clasico. Earlier on Saturday, Isco struck at the death to keep Real Madrid three points clear and with a game in hand at the top of the table after twice coming from behind to beat Sporting Gijon 3-2. Barcelona will need Messi on this form if they are to produce another miracle Champions League fightback against Juventus on…

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Mourinho the Drama King and his extraordinary 10 jibes

Jose Mourinho, has become the most dramatic club coach in the world and at a point he was adjudged the best coach on planet earth having won titles in the major leagues in Europe. He is widely regarded by several players and coaches to be one of the best managers of his generation and one of the greatest ever managers. Players, coaches, and commentators describe him as one of the greatest and most successful managers in the world. In 2015, Mourinho was named Portuguese Coach of the Century by the…

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Rohr: Home-based Eagles must wait for their time

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Super Eagles chief coach, Gernot Rohr, has called on home-based Eagles stars to wait for their appropriate time to make it to the first squad of the senior national team. The Eagles’ coach told Sunday Telegraph in an interview that, the clamour by some Nigerian football stakeholders to have home-based stars in the main Super Eagles team will not work out for now, as the players still have enough time to prove themselves worthy playing in the top flight Nigerian league. “I think, they just have to wait for their…

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Russia 2018 will be dream come true, says Olarenwaju

Kayode Olarenwaju, one of Nigeria’s top goal scorers in the European leagues this season having netted 17 goals, has revealed his dream of recording more caps playing for the Super Eagles of Nigeria after having a taste of the action in the international friendly game against Senegal in London last month. Kayode, 23, made his debut for Nigeria in the 1-1 draw with Senegal, and he is optimistic that the Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr was impressed with his gamechanging appearance as a second-half substitute. He said: “It was nice to…

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