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No Fifa-badged Nigerian Referee Selected for U-17 W/Cup

Sportinglife.ng can report that no Nigerian made the total list of 57 referees for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup which kicks off from 6 October to 17 November in Brazil. A total of nine officials were picked in Africa by world football governing body with three pegged down for duty as Centre Referees, and six as Assistant Referees, with none as Video Assistant Referees. The three African officials that will function as center referees include; Gomes Victor from Republic of South Africa, Jiyed Redouane from…

Thinking Allowed: If Barrister Dalung had returned as Minister

Barrister Solomon Dalung, a Jos University trained lawyer was the immediate past minister of sports.  He was in that position for four years having been appointed in 2015 in President Muhammadu Buhari's first term. A former prison officer, who enjoyed decking his khaki and red beret wherever he went. Asked why he refused to part ways with his mode of dressing he said his unique dressing signifies the suffering of the poor in the country as well as the sacrifice of some Nigerians to keep the country united"…

Manchester United to decide Sanchez future on Thursday

Chile international, Alexis Sanchez will on Thursday (today) know if he would be moving to Inter Milan on loan from Manchester United. The unsettled attacker remains the subject of widespread speculation, with Inter said to be keen to sign him on loan for the 2019-20 campaign with the view to a permanent deal. United want more than €15m (£13.7m) and also want the Serie A side to pay a higher percentage of Sanchez's wages. According to The Telegraph, Inter is likely to find out on Thursday whether they have been…

Kanu Assures Heartland FC on Ihedioha’s Promise

Few days after his appointment as the Senior Special Adviser SSA, on sports to Imo state Governor, Kanu 'Papilo' Nwankwo has swiftly moved into action. Poised with the Governor Emeka Ihedioha's resolve to rebuild Imo state including the sports sector, the former Super Eagles captain during his visit to the Heartland FC training camp in Okigwe reiterated the governor's genuine intention to reinvigorate sports in the state and returning the glory days. The Nigeria Football Federation NFF, Ambassador who was won many…

Plateau United sign Cyprus based, 11 others ahead new season

Plateau United Football Club of Jos has signed 12 new players to strengthen its squad ahead of the 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season. The club in a statement by its Media Officer, Albert Dakup, said that the new players were to replace those released from the club at the end of last season. It said that the newly-recruited players include three attackers, five midfielders, two defenders and two goalkeepers. “The new players participated in a two-week rigorous training session and three…

South Africa tips Nigeria for table tennis glory despite Egypt’s threat

Despite the cocky posture of Egypt in the table tennis event of the 12th Africa Games, South Africa coach, Ashley Wagner believes Nigeria is a team to beat in Morocco. Nigeria and Egypt are top seeds in men and women events with winners in each event qualifying for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. But the South Africa tactician said tactically Nigeria has an edge over every team in the competition based on the quality of its players. "I must tell you that the title is there for Nigeria to win because they…

12th African Games: Taekwondo wins Team Nigeria first gold medal

Taekwondo event has fetched Team Nigeria its first gold medal at the 12th African Games after Chinazum Nwosu claimed the gold medal in the women -53kg. Sunday Onofe (-87kg) and Benjamin Okuomose (+87kg) added two bronze medals in the men event. Also, the quest for medals in taekwondo will continue today August 22 in six events just as the trio of Arinola Abdullateef, Bright Kolade, and Chiamaka Onumonu have declared they are good enough to make it to the podium. In cycling, Kenya's Tiffany Keep and Namibia's…

12th African Games: Nigeria, Egypt justify status to progress in table tennis

Defending champions in men and women events, Nigeria and Egypt showed their class in the group matches of the table tennis team event after both teams progressed to the quarterfinal stage of the 12th African Games holding in Rabat, Morocco. Being the qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Nigeria men's team made nonsense of Kenya and Madagascar while Egypt also inflicted defeat on Eritrea and Congo DRC. Just like it happened in the men's event, so it was in the women category, as the Nigerian ladies led by…

Fans to watch Ukraine, Eagles friendly for N6,000

Fans have been told 150 Ukrainian hryvnia (N2,160) for the September 10 international friendly between Ukraine's Yellow and Blue and Nigeria's Super Eagles at the Dnipro Arena. The above ticket price was announced on the twitter handle of the Ukraine FA on Wednesday. The FA have also fixed 400 Ukrainian hryvnia (N6,000) for fans wishing to watch from the VIP stand. Both sides who have announced their squads for the friendly match are meeting at the senior level. Nigeria and Ukraine met at the 2019 FIFA…

Six things you should know about new sports minister, Sunday Dare

Ninth from the South West Sunday Dare becomes the ninth Sports Minister from the South West, the last being Taoheed Adedoja under the government of Goodluck Jonathan The Second Journalist to man the post He also is also the second journalist to emerge as sports minister in the country after Bolaji Abdulahi Former Governorship aspirant Before his appointment, he vied for the Governorship seat in Oyo State under the APC Sponsored sports event His love for the grassroots is well known as he…