Give Benitez time, pleads record-breaker Ronaldo

Give Benitez time, pleads record-breaker Ronaldo

World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo claimed Real Madrid fans should get off coach Rafael Benitez’s back after a record equalling 8-0 mauling of Malmo in the Champions League. Ronaldo set a new record for goals scored in the Champions League group stage by hitting four against the Swedish champions on Tuesday to take his tally in this season’s competition to 11. Madrid have now won five consecutive games since being embarrassed 4-0 at…

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Liverpool’s Sturridge injured again

Liverpool’s Sturridge injured again

The 26-year-old has only recently recovered from knee and foot injuries and has made only three appearances for new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who was appointed in October, as a result. The last of those, a substitute appearance in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Newcastle United, is thought to have resulted in a hamstring strain. But media outlets said Sturridge would be unavailable for “weeks rather than months”. Speaking last month, Klopp said that Sturridge, whose…

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African footballers ‘prey’ for child traffickers

African footballers ‘prey’ for child traffickers

Most African footballers who go to Europe fail and become prey for child traffickers, the president of a solidarity association said on Tuesday. “The failure rate (for African footballers in Europe) is higher than amongst European players due to cultural reasons,” said Jean-Claude Mbvoumin, president of the Football Solidarity Association, at an event in Dakar aimed at protecting young African footballers. “The failure rate for African players is very high… we don’t know what happens…

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CAF U-23 AFCON: Nigeria in crunchy tie against Mali

CAF U-23 AFCON: Nigeria in crunchy tie against Mali

Nigeria will play their opening game of the CAF Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations, when they face Mali in the group B pairing at the Caroline Faye Stadium in M’bour, Senegal. At stake, is the 2016 Olympic qualification ticket. Having missed the 2012 edition and also missing the chance to win the gold medal at the 2015 Africa Games in Congo, the team coached by Samson Siasia is under pressure to deliver. The match against…

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NCC Tennis: Team Kalotari take commanding lead

NCC Tennis: Team Kalotari take commanding lead

TEAM Kalotari of Port Harcourt took a commanding 3-0 at the end of proceedings on the first day of the third place match. Making the most of his new found form and status, current national champion Thomas Otu, shook off a shaky start that saw him lose the first set to Team Ogun’s Michael Igbinovia before powering home 4-6, 6-2, 4-1(scratch). Sylvester Emmanuel, winner of the Dala Hard Court a week ago, doubled the points…

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Iheanacho attributes City success to Aguero, Bony

Iheanacho attributes City success to Aguero, Bony

FORMER Golden Eaglets star Kelechi Iheanacho has revealed that he is getting valuable lessons from key Manchester City players like Sergio Aguero and Wilfred Bony, hence his excellent runs at the club. “They talk to me ever day in training, giving me advice and encouraging me to keep going and doing well,” he said. “They tell me I will be a great player one day, so I will keep listening and working hard. “The manager…

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2020 Olympics: RCCG to ‘redeem’ Nigerian sports

2020 Olympics: RCCG to ‘redeem’ Nigerian sports

THE Nigeria Olym-pic Committee has entered a partnership with the Directorate of Sports of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG on ways of making Team Nigeria Olympic champions again at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The Memorandum of Understanding between the NOC and the RCCG was signed on Monday afternoon in a brief ceremony at the boardroom of the Olympic Committee in Lagos. The Secretary General of the NOC, Honourable Tunde Popoola and the…

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Fresh arrests in FIFA corruption investigation

Fresh arrests in FIFA corruption investigation

Berlin – More than a dozen people were arrested on Thursday in Switzerland in connection with corruption allegations at football’s international governing body, a FIFA report said. Some of the pre-dawn arrests were made at the same hotel where other FIFA officials were arrested in May, the report said. The raid was carried out by Swiss authorities in the context of a US-led investigation. The charges, expected to target South and Central American football leadership,…

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Uzoenyi to quit his N100m a year job in SA

Uzoenyi to quit his N100m a year job in SA

Ex-Enugu Rang-ers winger Ejike Uzoenyi is expected to soon quit South African club Mamelodi Sundowns, where he is reportedly on 5m Rands (about 100 million Naira) a year. Former Nigeria international Uzoenyi has not been registered for this season’s Premier Soccer League after injuries caused him to fall down the pecking order at ‘The Brazilians’. Uzoenyi’s agent Mohammed Lawal said he hopes to agree with Sundowns to release the player in January. “He will certainly…

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Awoniyi, Success lead foreign pros for Rio Olympics qualifiers

Awoniyi, Success lead foreign pros for Rio Olympics qualifiers

Nigeria have named Germany-based striker Taiwo Awoniyi and Isaac Success from La Liga side Granada in a final squad for the 2015 African U23 Nations Cup in Senegal, which will serve as qualifiers for next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Awoniyi is one of several foreign-based professionals picked for the tournament, which kicks off on November 28 in Dakar. The 18-year-old striker is on loan to FSV Frankfurt in the German second division from…

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