By Onukogu Kanayochuqu Jubal The NBBF presidential aspirant, Engr Musa Kida, has promised to pay equal attention to all the nation's six geo-political zones, if he wins the top seat of the sport federation. Ahead of the June 13,2017 national sports federation elections slated for Abuja, Kida debunked rumours making the rounds that he would relocate the NBBF's administrative headquarters to Lagos,if elected. He assured that for administrative purposes, the NBBF secretariat would remain in Abuja and that all zones would be given fair and equal attention in their quest to develop the game at the grassroots level. "If you take a careful look at the programmes that we have executed in the past, virtually all the zones have been affected positively. From the North West, North Central, North East, South South, South West and South East, all have benefitted from the Ahmadu Musa Kida Foundation-organised and sponsored programmes. Having stated that all the...
. Says Lagos State Deserves Pat On The Back The Nigeria Football Federation will soon embark on a nationwide developmental project for the Football Associations of the various States, in the form of mini Secretariats, so says NFF President Amaju Pinnick. Pinnick, while speaking at the Lagos State Football Association’s Ekofootball Review Public Presentation on Wednesday, said the project, to be financed by a major partner of the NFF, will see six such projects completed in Jigawa, Osun, Bayelsa, Borno, Kwara and Abia States before the end of this year. “We are working real hard to see that the focus returns to the grassroots. The States are closer to the grassroots and we have a responsibility to encourage them in that area, while we also work very hard to see that we qualify for the World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations championships. “Football administration is never a journey, but a destination....
The Super Eagles players and their fans are optimistic that the team will win the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Bafana Bafana of South Africa on Saturday in Uyo. Eagles’ defender, Trust Ekong, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday after the team’s training at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, that the players were poised to win. “It is going to be a good game, everyone is fit,’’ he said. “It will be a healthy competition, everybody is working hard to justify his slot.’’ NAN reports that Ahmed Musa, Kenneth Omeruo and Elderson Echiejile, who missed the first training session on Tuesday, were present in the Wednesday’s. Twenty-four players, including three goalkeepers are currently training in the team’s Uyo camp, which opened on Monday. Also, Eagles’ goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, said that they were ready for the game. He said that the other two goalkeepers, Daniel Akpeyi and Dele Alampasu, were...
BY DICKSON AGBO Arsene Wenger, now the most successful manager in FA Cup history. Recently,he personally  admitted that the lack of clarity on his own future had affected Arsenal throughout the season. But after guiding the Gunners to an impressive triumph over Premier League champions Chelsea at Wembley, the team spirit and character shown was hugely impressive and testament to the players involved. The pulsating final saw Wenger’s team match up with the formation which Conte has set the standard with this season, playing three defenders at the back despite a defensive injury crisis leaving Arsenal with only Per Mertesacker and Rob Holding as the two recognised senior centre backs alongside Nacho Monreal. There were concerns from vast swathes of fans about Mertesacker’s lack of pace, yet he displayed the required leadership qualities and intelligent reading of the game to keep out Chelsea’s attacking triumvirate for most of the game. His critics have...
BY DICKSON AGBO Super Eagles forward, Kelechi Iheanacho is expected to undergo a medical in France today with the English Premier League side, West Ham. The Nigerian will team up with West Ham on a permanent deal, with Manchester City having the option of buying him back after two years. The 20 year old went down the pecking order at City following the arrival of Brazilian Gabriel Jesus. His deal will be officially announced today. The player, who is on duty with the Super Eagles of Nigeria for the friendly games against Corsica and Togo, scored Nigeria’s lone goal in their 1-1 draw against Corsica on Friday. His move is expected to cost the Hammers £24m, a fee which will make him the most expensive Nigerian player beating the record set by Odion Ighalo when he moved to Chinese side Chanchung Yatai from Watford for £20m.
LEADERSHIP EDITORS Chelsea captain John Terry will leave the club at the end of the season after more than two decades there. He is their most decorated individual, with four Premier League titles, one Champions League, five FA Cups, a Europa League and three League Cups. He has made 713 Chelsea appearances since his 1998 debut - 578 as captain. “I feel I still have plenty to offer on the pitch but understand that opportunities here at Chelsea will be limited for me,” Terry, 36, said. Centre-back Terry, who has scored 66 goals for the club he joined as a 14-year-old, has made just four Premier League starts this season. He is the club’s third highest all-time appearance maker, behind Ron Harris and Peter Bonetti, and holds the club record for appearances as captain. “I will, of course, always be a Blue and am desperate to end my final season as a Chelsea player...
BY DICKSON AGBO Mountain of Fire and Miracles (MFM) FC will be without their two influential forwards, Stephen Odey and Sikiru Olatumbosun when the second stanza of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) kicks off this Sunday but Club Manager, Fidelis Ilechukwu while admitting it is a huge challenge, assured their fans that there are capable replacements for the duo. Odey is the league’s leading scorer thus far with 14 goals while Olatumbosun made global headlines with a Cable Network News (CNN) goal of the week after a spectacular goal against Rangers International at the Agege Stadium. Asked how he hopes to cope with the absence of two influential players recently called to the National team for the friendly games between Corsica and Togo national teams, the Coach responded that he has players who are capable of fitting into the shoes of these two players who have been very instrumental to MFM’s...
Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk has admitted that his client would be open to a move to Italy if the 34-year-old midfielder doesn’t agree a new deal at Manchester City. The former Barcelona man is out of contract at the end of the season although the Ivorian star is expected to be offered a new deal by Pep Guardiola. Toure - who joined City in 2010 for a fee of around £24 million - is keen for a quick resolution to his City future but the Sky Blues will not decide on new contracts until after Sunday’s Premier League finale away at Watford, with Champions League football still not guaranteed. ‘Italy is a beautiful country which he likes a lot. The standard of life is very good and Serie A is very competitive,’ Seluk told TMW. ‘At the moment, there is nothing definite or anything already underway with any club in particular, but...
Coach of Manchester City Pep Guardiola is hoping out of favour Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho will leave the club permanently in the summer as opposed to the option of leaving on loan. Iheanacho has fallen down the pecking order at the Etihad following the arrival of Gabriel Jesus, but his impressive statistics in front of goal has made him a top target for most teams in Europe. German clubs Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund have sounded out his representatives while West Ham and Everton have also inquired from his representative if he will be willing to join them this summer. Any deal for Iheanacho will most likely be a deal that involves the 20 year old leaving the club permanently with Guardiola needing the cash to fund some of his top target this summer, without necessarily dragging the club into problems with UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules. For now a fee of £20m has...
As the European league season winds up, StarTimes is set to bring live actions of the German Bundesliga from the various match venues this weekend to the living homes of football loving viewers. One of these matches will feature league leader Bayern Munich and AS Freiburg clash at the Allianz Arena on Saturday, May 20th. The match, expected to generate the usual passion will see the team described as the Bayern behemoth and already lifting the league trophy as it is seated comfortably on top the league table with 79 points and equally leading a 10 points gap ahead the closest rival will hosts the sixth on the table, Freiburg, albeit have not much to worry except the facts that it’s not in their DNA to let the home fans down with exciting and entertaining football. Freiburg, also described as Bundesliga’s most clinical team from the city of Freiburg currently in...