• Success Misses Big Chance As West Ham Hold Watford

    Nigeria forward Isaac Success came close to scoring the winner for Watford in their 1-1 Premier League draw with West Ham at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
    Troy Deeney’s penalty shot Watford in front in the first half, but Ghana star Andre Ayew equalised in the 73rd minute for 10-man West Ham.
    Success, who came on as an 82nd minute substitute for Mbaye Niang, nearly stole the win for Watford in added time, just missing a touch in front of an open goal.
    West Ham’s Michail Antonio was give
  • NO EAGLES, NO PARTY: Four AFCON U-20 Tourneys Nigeria Have Missed

     
    As the 2017 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations takes off in Zambia with Nigeria absent, Completesportsnigeria.com's JAMES AGBEREBI relives past editions which Nigeria's Flying Eagles have missed…
     
     
    EGYPT 1991 U-20 AFCON
     
    Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) changed the African qualifiers for the U-20 World Cup from home and away games to a tournament format in 1991.
     
    Unfortunately, the Flying Eagles who were defending champions did not take part following a two-ye
  • NPFL: Remo Stars Hold 3SC As Akwa United Beat Abia Warriors

     
    By Adeboye Amosu:
     
    Photo courtesy LMC Media (3SC vs Remo Stars): 
    Shooting Stars of Ibadan failed to ease their relegation worries after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Remo Stars in their Nigeria Professional Football League matchday 10 clash on Saturday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
    Sunday Faleye put the Oluyole Warriors ahead in the 36th minute of the encounter but Victor Mbaoma equalised for the visitors eight minutes after the break.
    It was Mbaoma's
  • Moses Stars, Fabregas Scores On EPL Landmark As Chelsea Subdue Swansea

     
    By James Agberebi:
    Super Eagles star Victor Moses was impressive as Chelsea stretched their lead in the Premier League table to 11 points following their 3-1 win against Swansea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
    A goal each from Cesc Fabregas, Pedro Rodriguez and Diego Costa, made sure of the points for Chelsea.
    Spanish forward Fernando Llorente got Swansea's only goal, meaning all the goals were scored by Spaniards.
    Moses put in his usual sparkling shift at right wing-back for Chelsea
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  • Omeruo Scores First Alanyaspor Goal In League Win

     
    Nigeria defender Kenneth Omeruo opened his goals account for Alanyaspor who thrashed Adanaspor 4-1 in the Turkish Super League clash on Saturday.
    Omeruo, on loan from Chelsea, who made his 16th appearances this season for Alanyaspor in the game, scored on 37 minutes to make it 2-0.
    Vagner (penalty), Junior Fernandes and Emre Akbaba were the other scorers for Alanyaspor.
    Adanaspor's only goal was scored by Magaye Gueye from the penalty spot.
    The win lifted Alanyaspor to 14th in the le
  • Ndidi On Ranieri: Thank You, I’ll Miss You!

    By Johnny Edward:
    Leicester City’s Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has admitted that he will miss his former boss Claudio Ranieri, who was sacked last Thursday due to poor results, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
    The midfield, who was signed in the January transfer window from Genk by Ranieri, expressed his sadness on Saturday,two days after the Italian’s shock sacking was announced.
    “Sadly I didn’t get to spend much time with you, thank you for the opportunity,&rdqu
  • Wolves Fans Blast Ikeme Over Howler In Birmingham Defeat

     
    By James Agberebi:
    Fans of English Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers have come down hard on Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme following his first half error in his team's 2-1 home loss in the league to Birmingham City on Friday night.
    Ikeme looked to have easily caught a wayward cross from Craig Gardner, but dropped the ball straight into the path of Maikel Kieftenbeld who tapped the ball into the net to put Birmingham 1-0 up.
    Prior to scoring the first goal, Birmingham
  • Abia Warriors Captain Obaroakpo Out For Three Weeks Over Injury

     
     
    By Adeboye Amosu:
     
    Abia Warriors captain, Augustine Obaroakpo  has been ruled out of action for three weeks after sustaining a knee injury during a training session, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
     
    The centre-back recently returned to the team after missing four games due to a  toe injury.
     
    His injury is a big blow to the Umuahia- based side who have failed to pick positive results in recent games.
     
    They lost 1-0 at home against El-ka
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  • Odey: I want To Become NPFL’s All-Time Top Scorer

     
    By Adeboye Amosu: 
    Photo by Ganiyu Yusuf 
    MFM FC forward, Stephen Odey is looking to become the first player to break Mfon Udoh's goals record in the Nigeria Professional Football League, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
     
    Udoh who plays for seven-time NPFL champions Enyimba International FC of Aba, scored 23 goals in the 2014/2015 season to emerge as  the all-time top scorer in the top flight.
     
    Odey netted his sixth goal of the campaign in his side's 2-1
  • Oliseh’s Fortuna Sittard Extend Unbeaten Run, Win At FC Emmen

    By Johnny Edward:
    Fortuna Sittard coach, Sunday Oliseh, recorded his fourth win in charge of the Dutch second division side in Friday's 3-2 away win at FC Emmen – their fifth game without a defeat, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
    Finn Stokkers scored a brace in the encounter to extend Fortuna Sittard's unbeaten run to five games since their defeat to Almere City on the 27th of January.
    Perr Schuurs gave the visitors the lead in the 23rd minute of the encoun
  • NPFL: Odey Hits Goal No.6 As MFM Pip Rangers

    By Adeboye Amosu:
    MFM FC maintained their unbeaten home record with an impressive 2-1 win against champions Enugu Rangers at the Agege Stadium on Friday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.Sikiru Olatunbosun put the hosts ahead in the 32nd minute, while Stephen Odey addedthe second on the hour mark.Bobby Clement halved the deficit in the 81st minute.The encounter started on a cagey note with both teams trying to take control of the game.Obinna Nwobodo came close to handing Rangers the lead in the
  • Conte Expects Swansea To Be Tough, Sad Over Ranieri Sacking

     
    Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says Swansea City have been a difficult team to play against since Paul Clement took over.
    Prior to the appointment of Clement, who was assistant coach under Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea and Real Madrid, Swansea looked destined for relegation.
    Currently, Swansea are 15th in the league table following a good run of results.
    Looking ahead to Saturday's home game against a resurgent Swansea side, Conte stated in Friday's press conference that it w
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  • Mourinho Pays Shirt Tribute To Ranieri, Laments United’s Europa Draw

     
    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to the sacked Leicester City coach Claudio Ranieri while ruling Henrikh Mkhitaryan out of the EFL Cup final with Southampton at Wembley on Sunday.
    Mourinho however expects Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick to be available against the Saints.
    Mkhitaryan was replaced against Saint-Etienne after scoring United's goal in a 1-0 win in the second leg round 32 of the Europa League.
    Speaking in Friday's pre-match press confere
  • Europa: Simon, Esiti’s Gent To Face Genk As United Draw Rostov

    Nigerian stars Moses Simon, Anderson Esiti and Samuel Kalu of Gent will face Belgian Pro League rivals Genk while Manchester United have been drawn against Russia’s FC Rostov in the round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.Simon and Esiti played key roles as Gent eliminated Tottenham Hotspur in the round of 32 on Thursday.
    In other ties announced at the draw on Friday, Olympique Lyon will face AS Roma, Celta Vigo will battle Russia’s Krasnoda, while Ge
  • FC Ifeanyiubah Back Preko Despite Poor Run

     
    By Adeboye Amosu:
    FC Ifeanyiubah have thrown their weight behind head coach of the club, Yaw Preko despite the team's poor run of form this season, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.The Anambra Warriors failed to progress beyond the preliminary round of the CAF Confederation Cup, and presently occupy the 19th position in the Nigeria Professional Football League table after a poor start to the campaign.
     
    But the management of the Nnewi club has backed the former Ghana internatio
  • LMC Pays 50% Sunshine Stars’ Players’ Salaries, Debits Club

     
    The League Management Company (LMC) have paid 50 per cent of the of Sunshine Stars' players' outstanding salaries, and duly debited the cash-strapped Akure club,Completesportsnigeria.com reports. 
     
    The money will be deducted from the fund accruable to the club from the LMC at the end of the season, it was also gathered.
     
    Players of the Akure based club threatened to pull out of the Nigeria Professional Football League due to a dispute over unpaid wages.
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  • NPFL: MFM Face Rangers Test; 3SC, Remo Stars clash In South-West Derby

     
    By Adeboye Amosu:
    The 'Soccer Temple' Agege Stadium, Lagos  will be alive tonight (Friday) as hosts MFM FC face Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Enugu Rangers in a  matchday-10 fixture, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
     
    The Olukoya Boys who sit in the fourth position in the table are unbeaten at home so far  this season, and are also yet to concede a goal at their fortress in Agege.
     
    They also head into the game in good form
  • Oliseh Admits Tough Fight Against Relegation As Fortuna Sittard Clash With FC EMMEN 

    By Johnny Edward:
     
    Fortuna Sittard coach, Sunday Oliseh, is wary of home side, FC Emmen,  as he looks to lead  his side to extend their unbeaten streak to five matches when both teams clash at the Jens Vesting Stadium tonight in a Dutch second division fixture, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
     
    Under Oliseh, Fortuna Sittard have won three games and drawn three,  and an away defeat to Almere City.
     
    Oliseh who is aiming for his fourth win in c
  • UEL: Simon Thankful, Relishes Role In Gent’s Win Vs Spurs

    By Johnny Edward:
     
    Nigerian winger Moses Simon is pleased to be part of the Gent side through to the UEFA Europa League round of 16 stage at the expense of English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
     
    An own goal from Harry Kane and a late strike from substitute Jeremy Perbet earned the Belgian side a 2-2 draw in the second leg game at Wembley to advance 3-2 on aggregate. Gent had defeated Spurs 1-0 in the first leg at the Ghelamco Arena las
  • Europa: Simon, Esiti Help Gent Dump Spurs; Lyon, Gladbach, Genk Progress

    By James Agberebi:
    Nigerian pair Moses Simon and Anderson Esiti were in action for Gent as the Belgian club held 10-man Tottenham Hotspur to a 2-2 draw at Wembley Stadium on Thursday night to qualify 3-2 on aggregate in the second leg, round of 32 of their Europa League tie, Completespprtsnigeria.com reports.
    Nigerians Rabiu Ibrahim and Samuel Kalu were unused substitutes in the game. Forward Simon was withdrawn in the 74th minute while Esiti played all 90 minutes in the heart of Gent’s mo
  • Europa: Nwakaeme, Cameroon’s Abubakar Score As Hapoel Crash; Ajax, Roma Advance

    By James Agberebi:
    Nigerian forward Anthony Nwakaeme was on target for Hapoel Be’er Sheva who lost 2-1 to Besiktas and crashed out 5-2 on aggregate in the second leg, round 32 of the Europa League on Thursday night, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
    Nwakaeme scored in the 64th minute to make it 1-1.
    Cameroon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations hero Vincent Aboubakar gave Besiktas the lead on 17 minutes while Cenk Tosun got Besiktas’ second goal on 87 minutes.
    Also in action for Hapoel Be&rsq
  • Musa, Ndidi To Get New Coach As Leicester Sack Ranieri

    Leicester City confirmed on Thursday night that they have sacked their manager Claudio Ranieri.
    The Italian led the underdogs to a fairytale Premier League title only last season but has taken them to the brink of relegation this campaign.“Leicester City Football Club has tonight (Thursday) parted company with its First Team Manager, Claudio Ranieri,” the club stated on their official website.“Claudio, appointed City manager in July 2015, led the Foxes to the greatest triumph i
  • Defunct Gabros FC Owner Floats NNL Club, Nnewi United

    Former First Vice President of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA, Chief Gabriel Chukwuma has bounced back into club football ownership with the floating of Nnewi United which will campaign in the second tier domestic league, Nigeria National League, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
    Chief Chukwuma who first brought club football to the commercial city of Nnewi in 1998 with the acquisition of Iyayi Babes with Gabros International FC, has similarly taken over Dreams International FC
  • Defunct Gabros FC Owner Floats New NNL Club, Nnewi United

    Former First Vice President of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA, Chief Gabriel Chukwuma has bounced back into club football ownership with the floating of Nnewi United which will campaign in the second tier domestic league, Nigeria National League, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
    Chief Chukwuma who first brought club football to the commercial city of Nnewi in 1998 with the acquisition of Iyayi Babes with Gabros International FC, has similarly taken over Dreams International FC
  • Europa: Umar Missing As Olympiacos Cruise Past Osmanlispor

    By Johnny Edward:
     
    Greek Champions Olympiacos have qualified for the UEFA Europa League round of 16 after defeating Osmanlispor 3-0 on Thursdaynight.
     
    A brace from Karim Ansarifard and another strike from Tarik Elyounoussi helped Olympiacos advance to the next round of the competition for the first time since 2011/12 .
     
    With the first leg ending goalless in Greece, Ansarifard struck the opener in the 47th minute of the encounter for the Greek Champions.
  • Heartland, Ikorodu United Begin NPFL Quest As NNL Kick Off March 17

     
    The 2016/17 Nigeria National Football League (NNL) will kick off on Friday, 17th of March, 2017, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
     
    This was announced after a congress held in Abuja, where several decisions were taken. Warri Wolves and Heartland FC will begin their fight to regain promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) with away fixtures to Abia Comets and Delta Force in Group B of the NNL respectively.  
     
    Another highlight of matchday 1 i
  • Rohr: No Limits On China-Based Players In Super Eagles

    By Johnny Edward:
     
    Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has denied reports claiming he has set a limit to the number of players to be invited to the senior national team from the Chinese Super League, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
     
    Skipper Mikel Obi and Odion Ighalo made big money moves to the CSL in January after failing to hold down regular places at Chelsea and Watford respectively.
     
    Brown Ideye's move to China from Olympiacos is also set to be confirmed. 
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  • MFM FC Coach, Ilechukwu: Beating Strong Rangers Is Our Priority 

    By Johnny Edward:
     
    MFM head coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu, has stated in clear terms that beating reigning Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enugu Rangers on Friday night remains his side's priority, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
     
    The Olukoya Boys, currently fourth in the NPFL log, are desperate to return to winning ways after the 1-0 loss to ABS last weekend.
     
    "I'm aware they have a strong team with quality coaches and quality play
  • LMC Fix Dates For Rangers, Wikki, IfeanyiUbah, Rivers Utd Games

     
    The League Management Company (LMC) have announced new dates for the postponed fixtures of matchday 8 and 9 involving Wikki Tourists and FC IfeanyiUbah, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
     
    Both Wikki Tourists and FC IfeanyiUbah participated in the CAF Confederations Cup competition but failed to advance to the next round.
     
    According to a report on the official website of the NPFL, the matchday 8 match between Kano Pillars and Wikki Tourists and the clash between FC IfeanyiUbah
  • Ikhana, Alimi: Pillars Lucky With Away Draw Vs Rivers United

    By Johnny Edward:
    Kano Pillars’ head coach,  Kadiri Ikhana and the defender, Jamiu Alimu have admitted that they lucky to snatch a point in their rescheduled matchday-7 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash against Rivers United  in Port Harcourt on Wednesday,  reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
    Amos Gyang's stunning header in the second half handed Kano Pillars their first point away from home this season after Godbless Asamoah had
  • Bobby Clement Thrilled By Rangers’ Win Vs Lobi Stars

    By James Agberebi:
    Enugu Rangers forward, Bobby Clement, has expressed his delight following his team's hard-fought 2-1 win against 10-man Lobi Stars in a Nigeria Professional Football League rescheduled matchday-7 clash on Wednesday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
    Clement scored the winner on the stroke of 90 minutes to earn champions Rangers their second win of the season.
    Daniel Etor scored Rangers' first goal before Kingsley Eduwo drew Lobi level from the penalty spot.
    Reacting
  • Egbuchulam: My Reps In Talks With Swedish Clubs, A Deal Possible

    By Johnny Edward:
    Enugu Rangers forward, Chisom Egbuchulam, could join a top Swedish club before the end of the transfer window in the Scandinavian nation, the player has informed Completesportsnigeria.com.
    The forward’s agent has been in Sweden discussing Egbuchulam’s potential move to Europe despite being registered for the 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League season and the CAF Champions League by Rangers.
    The 22 year old forward who is yet to
  • Everton Defender, Williams: Lookman Is Our Secret Weapon

     
    Everton defender Ashley Williams says Nigerian forward, Ademola Lookman, is his team's secret weapon for a strong finish to the season.
    Everton are currently seventh in the league table on 41 points and nine points off a top four place with 13 games remaining this season.
     
    Lookman, 19, who joined Everton from League One outfit Charlton Athletic in January, made an immediate impact on his debut when scoring The Toffees' fourth goal against Manchester City just minutes after coming on
  • Ndidi Relishes UCL Debut For Leicester City

     
    By James Agberebi:
    Nigeria midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, has expressed his delight over making his UEFA Champions League debut for Leicester City on Wednesday night against Sevilla, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
    Ndidi who joined Leicester during the January transfer window featured throughout the encounter.
    Also in action for Leicester was Didi's Super Eagles teammate,  Ahmed Musa, who was later subbed off for Demarai Gray.
    Commenting on the outcome of the game,
  • SOCCERTALK: Pinnick Must Shut Moucharafu’s Big Mouth

    NIGERIA FOOTBALL FEDERATION (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick got a public dressing down last week when his opponent in next month’s Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive committee elections, Moucharafu Anjorin of Benin Republic, described him (Pinnick) as a “small boy.”
    Moucharafu was talking to Brila FM’s Babafemi Raji in an exclusive interview for which I commend the “Topmost Striker” as Raji calls himself by the way. The interview was a great piece
  • Ndidi Makes UCL Debut As Leicester Peg Back Sevilla

    By James Agberebi:
    Nigerian duo Wilfred Ndidi and Ahmed Musa were in action for Leicester City who lost 2-1 to Sevilla in their first leg, round 16 UEFA Champions League clash in Spain on Wednesday night.
    It was Ndidi’s debut in the Champions League for Leicester, while Musa was replaced by Demarai Gray on 58 minutes.
    Pablo Sarabia put Sevilla in the lead in the 25th minute after heading in Sergio Escudero’s cross.
    Joaquin Correa doubled Sevilla’s lead on 62 minutes, hitting th
  • Uzoenyi On Target On Bidvest Wits Debut

    By James Agberebi:
    Nigerian forward Ejike Uzoenyi scored on his debut for South African Absa Premiership club Bidvest Wits who thrashed Baroka FC 5-0 in a league game on Wednesday night.
    Uzoenyi scored in the 85th minute to make it 4-0 to Bidvest, seven minutes after he came on as a substitute.
    Other scorers for Bidvest were Buhle Mkhwanazi (brace) Daine Klate and Phakamani Mahlambi.
    The win lifts Bidvest to top position in the league table with two games in hand.
    Uzoenyi's last club before join
  • Europa League: 10-Man United Advance, Emenike Dropped As Fenerbahce Crash 

     
    By James Agberebi:
    Manchester United have qualified for the round of 16 of the Europa League after defeating Saint-Etienne 1-0 in the second leg of their round of 32 tie in France on Wednesday.
    United are through 4-0 on aggregate after winning the first leg 3-0 at Old Trafford last Thursday.
    United's goal was scored by Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the 17th minute after finishing off a brilliant cross from Juan Mata.
    However in the 25th minute, United were forced into an early substitution a
  • NPFL: Rangers Edge 10-Man Lobi, Pillars Hold Rivers United, Wikki Pip 3SC

    By Adeboye Amosu:
     
    Photo courtesy LMC (Rivers United vs Kano Pillars): 
    Nigeria Professional Football League champions Enugu Rangers recorded their second win of the campaign following a 2-1 victory against a 10-man Lobi Stars side in a rescheduled match-day seven fixture on Wednesday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
    Former Enyimba forward Daniel Etor scored the curtain raiser for the Flying Antelopes, who prior to the game had recorded just one win from their last five games
  • Buruj Sports Academy Face Kakaki FC In Friday Friendly

     
    The Oworonsoki playground will host a friendly match between home side Kakaki FC and Buruj Sports Academy of Ikorodu on Friday at 4pm.
    The game is in continuation of Buruj Academy's build-up to their proposed foreign trip coming up in April as well as to prepare for the 2017 Federation Cup which the team has already registered for.
    As part of the build-up, Buruj Academy bowed 2-0 to the superior firepower of Hyraj Football Club at Ijora Olopa on Tuesday morning.&n
  • Lookman: Dubai Trip Will Give Everton Edge In EPL

     
    Nigerian forward Ademola Lookman says Everton's five-day training camp in Dubai would prove extra advantageous at the end of the Premier League season.
     
    As part of plans to finish the Premier League season on a high, Everton went on a five-day training camp in Dubai.
     
    Everton arrived back in England from Dubai last Saturday, and will host Sunderland who are bottom in the league table on Saturday.
     
    The Toffees are currently seventh on the log and are nine points adri
  • Akpan Gets New Coach As Mowbray Replaces Coyle As Blackburn Manager

    English Championship, club Blackburn Rovers, who parade Nigerian midfielder Hope Akpan, have announced Tony Mowbray as their new manager.
    Blackburn confirmed Mowbray's appointment on their official website on Wednesday.
    Mowbray, 53, replaces Owen Coyle who left the club by mutual consent on Tuesday. 
    Coyle's decision to quit may not be unconnected to Blackburn's poor run of results which has seen them win just one of their last five games. 
    Also in the league table, Blackburn are
  • Rio 2016 Boxing Star Ajagba Set For Pro Career In USA

    By James Agberebi:
    Nigeria’s sole representative in the boxing event at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Efe Ajagba, has told Completespprtsnigeria.com that he will soon head to the United States of America to begin his professional boxing career.
    The 22-year-old who won bronze for Nigeria at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland and gold at the All Africa Games in Congo in 2015, stated that he was initially billed to commence his professional career in Canada but had to turn down the
  • KAS Eupen Striker, Onyekuru Eyes NIgeria Call-Up

    By Adeboye Amosu: 
    Nigerian striker, Henry Onyekuru hopes his impressive form in the  Belgian League with KAS Eupen will help him gain international recognition soon, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
    Onyekuru has enjoyed a successful campaign with the modest club scoring 10 goals in the league so far.
    The 19-year-old forward who honed his skills at the popular Aspire Academy in Qatar before linking up with Eupen, is determined to wear and white colour of his country de