• AFCON 2017: DR Congo Hold Reigning Champions CIV  

     
    By Johnny Edward:
    Reigning African champions Ivory Coast surrendered a two goal lead to draw DR Congo 2-2, but still kept alive their hopes of reaching the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals, reports Completesportsnigeria.com
    It was the seventh draw recorded and in the ongoing AFCON tournament, and the reigning champions second at Gabon 2017.
    Neeskens Kebano's low drive put DR Congo 1-0 up in the tenth minute but Wilfried Bony making his first start, equalised with a powe
  • Quarter-Finalists Emerge At Olympic 5-A-Side Football Championship

     By James Agberebi:The quarter-finalists in the Olympic Five-a-side Football Championship Season-2 have emerged, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
    The teams that will do battle in the last eight of the competition were decided in Friday's National Round of 16 Qualifiers staged inside Campos Mini Stadium, Lagos.
    Sixteen teams were drawn in four groups of four teams each, with the eight quarter-finalists emerging from the groups.
    The eight teams that made it out of the gr
  • MFM Midfielder, Onua: We Will Recover From The Disgraceful Defeat By IfeanyiUbah

    By Adeboye Amosu:
    MFM FC midfielder, Chukwuma Onua is upbeat the club will recover from Wednesday's demoralizing 4-0 defeat by FC IfeanyiUbah when they face Lobi Stars in their  Nigeria Professional Football League matchday-three fixture on Sunday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
     
    The Olukoya Boys started the new season on a high thrashing Niger Tornadoes 3-0 at the Agege Stadium last Sunday, but were totally annihilated by FC IfeanyiUbah who had a commanding pe
  • Mourinho Cares About Nothing! What Pep Says, United’s Unbeaten Run, Players’ Exit

    By James Agberebi:
    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has dismissed Pep Guardiola's claim that Manchester City are out of the Premier League title race.
    Last weekend, Manchester City were hammered 4-0 by Everton at Goodison Park.
    The defeat leaves City 10 points behind leaders Chelsea, prompting Guardiola writing off his team's chance of winning the title this season.
    When asked about his thoughts about Guardiola's claim during his Friday's Press Conference ahead of Saturday's Pre
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  • Bamgboye: I Want Breakthrough At Haladas, Big European Club My Target

    By Adeboye Amosu:
    Former Nigeria youth international, Funsho Bamgboye, hopes to make the best use of his time with Hungary top flight side, Szombathelyi Haladas and secure a move to a top flight European side, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
    Bamgboye, a member of Nigeria's U-17 side – the Golden Eaglets, that won the FIFA U-17 World Cup title in Chile in 2015, recently penned a two-year deal with the club.
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  • Boboye: Plateau United Will Do Great Things This Season

    By Adeboye Amosu:
    Plateau United Technical Adviser, Kennedy Boboye, says his side will do great things in the Nigeria Professional Football League this term following their impressive start to the season, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
    The Jos- based side have made a bright start to the campaign winning their first two games; against Remo Stars and Enyimba.
    Boboye's charges picked an away win on the opening day edging their hosts Remo Stars 2-1 in Shagamu and recorded a 3-1 win against
  • Moyes: Anichebe, Pickford Key In Sunderland’s Relegation Fight

    David Moyes says Nigerian forward Victor Anichebe is one of the key players Sunderland are banking on to avoid relegation.
    Sunderland are currently 19th in the league table.
    Anichebe who has scored three Premier League goals, sustained a hamstring injury in Sunderland's 4-1 away defeat to Burnley on new year's eve.
    Aside Anichebe, Moyes also made mentioned of promising young keeper Jordan Pickford who is out injured.
    "We've lost one or two people who were key in our winning run – Victor an
  • SOCCERTALK: Tony Eke: Between Life, Death and Football

    THE YEAR 2017 has started at a very fast and furious pace. So much has happened in the football world and we haven’t even reached the 20-day mark in January.
     
    In Zurich, Switzerland, the inaugural FIFA “The Best” Awards for 2016 (following the break-away from France Football’s Ballon D’or) took place with Cristiano Ronaldo predictably winning the Player of the Year award controversially boycotted by runner-up Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teamm
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  • Mazzarri Rules Out Success From Bournemouth Clash, Picks Ighalo Despite West Brom Link

    Watford manager Walter Mazzarri has ruled out Isaac Success from his side's trip to Bournemouth on Saturday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
     
    Success will miss a chance for his seventh straight game for Watfrod at the Vitality Stadium due to a persistent hamstring injury.
     
    And his Italian gaffer who forked out €15m for his services last summer ruled out the 20 year old Nigerian forward and Nordin Amrabat from his squad to face Bournemouth.
     
    "[Gomes] trained to
  • AFCON 2017: Mane, Saivet’s Goals Fire Senegal Past Zimbabwe, Into Quarter-Finals

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    By James Agberebi:
    Senegal became the first country to qualify for the quarter – finals of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations after defeating Zimbabwe 2-0 in Group B on Thursday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
    It was Senegal's second group win in the tournament after earlier defeating Tunisia 2-0.
    A goal each from Sadio Mane and Henri Saiv
  • Surfing In Lagos – Lagos Surf Mission

    Photographs and words by Alan van Gysen
    When you think Lagos, Nigeria the last thing that comes to mind is surfing. Especially surfing in a clean, picturesque paradise just a short boat ride away from one of the worlds busiest cities. Likewise when you think of surfing the first thing that usually comes to mind is Hawaii, Australia or Indonesia – definitely not Lagos. But surfing in Lagos is alive and very well, thanks to a small group of dedicated locals and the extremely unique geography
  • AFCON 2017: Algeria Fall To Tunisia, On Verge Of Exit 

     
    By James Agberebi:
    Tunisia gave their qualification into the quarter-finals a huge boost after defeating Algeria 2-1 in a Group B clash at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations on Thursday.
     
    Aissa Mandi's own goal and a penalty by Naaim Sliti gave Tunisia a 2-0 lead before Sofiane Hanni pulled one back for Algeria.
    Both teams went in search of the opening right from the off after they failed to pick up maximum points in their first games.
    Algeria, who are in Nigeria's Russia 2018 Worl
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  • Lambert: Ikeme On Top Of His Game

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    By Johnny Edward:
    Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Paul Lambert has praised his defence line led by Carl Ikeme for their remarkable feat so far this season, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
    He told the club's official website that the Nigeria international has been in top form since returning to full fitness.
    Lambert who
  • Koeman: Young Players Like Lookman Make Everton Stronger

    Everton manager Ronald Koeman says the inclusion of young players like Nigerian youngster Ademola Lookman and Tom Davies has brought stiff competition into his team.
    Lookman,19, who joined Everton from Charlton Athletic for £10 million in January, marked his debut with a goal in a 4-0 home Premier League win against Manchester City last week.
    Also on target for Everton against Manchester City was 18-year-old Davies who had an impressive game.
    Speaking at Thursday's pre-match pre
  • Pinnick Named Into Top FIFA Committee

    Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick has been appointed into the Federation of International Football Federation (FIFA) Organising Committee for Competitions.
    This was confirmed by the NFF on their official website on Thursday.
    At FIFA'a 66th Congress in Mexico City on 12th – 13th May 2016, and in accordance with the revised FIFA Statutes that came into force on 27th April 2016, the model of the standing committees was reviewed, cutting the number from 26 to 9.
    The new
  • West Brom Set To Snatch Ighalo From Watford

     
    By James Agberebi:
    West Bromwich Albion are reportedly interested in Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo, according to Sky Sports.
    Ighalo has not had the best of seasons in the current campaign.
    The former Granada forward has only managed just one goal in 17 appearances for Watford and has lost his place in the Watford starting line-up.
     
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  • Wenger: Arsenal Don’t Need Payet Or Any New Signing

     
    Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has ruled out any possibility of bringing in a new player into his squad during the January transfer window, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
     
    The Gunners have been linked with West Ham star Dimitri Payet and Torino forward Andrea Beloti but Wenger in his press conference on Thursday ahead of the Premier League home clash against Burnley is confident the return of the injured players will strenghten the squad.
     
    "I expect it to be a very
  • Rivers United’s Ovoke Targets 20 NPFL Goals This Season

     
    Rivers United forward Bernard Ovoke has set for himself a 20 goal target in this season's Nigeria Professional Football League, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
     
    Ovoke finished as the Rivers United’s top scorer last season, and he has continued from where he left it last term, bagging two goals in two games for the Pride of Rivers this term.
     
    The 22 year old also revealed that he will be banking on the support of his teammates to achieve the feat at the end of the
  • Australian Open: Defending Champion Djokovic Sent Packing By 117th Ranked Istomin

     
    Defending champion Novak Djokovic suffered a shock defeat by world number 117, Denis Istomin from Uzbekistan in the Second Round of the Australian Open.
    Djokovic, 29, who has won the Australia Open six-time, lost 7-6 5-7 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 in four hours and 48 minutes.
    It is the first time Djokovic has lost in the Second Round of a Grand Slam since 2008 at Wimbledon.
    And it is only the second time in seven years that Djokovic has lost to a player ranked outside the top
  • Iheanacho: How I Saved Money To Watch Man City Beat Man United To 2012  EPL Title

     
    Super Eagles forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, has revealed how he struggled to save some money back home in Nigeria to watch Manchester City beat city rivals Manchester United to the Premier League title in 2012, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
    Iheanacho who was 15 years old back then, says he paid to get into a bar to watch the final day of the season and how current teammate Sergio Aguero scored the crucial goal in stoppage time in a 3-2 win against Queens Park Rangers to win th
  • 11 English Eagles! Top Nigerian Born Youngsters Super Eagles Coach Shouldn’t Miss

     
    Completesportsnigeria.com's  JAMES AGBEREBI takes a look at 11 young players of Nigerian decent dazzling for different clubs in England and who are still eligible to don the green and white colours of the West African nation 
     
    1. ADEMOLA LOOKMAN (19 years, Forward, Everton.
     
    On Sunday, January 15 2017, young Nigerian born forward,l Ademola Lookman, made his debut for Everton and marked it by scoring in a 4-0 home win against Manchester City.
     
    Lookman, 19, was s
  • Iheanacho: Why My First Manchester Derby Was Abnormal

     
    Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho has admitted that his first ever Manchester derby game for Manchester City was not a normal game, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
    Iheanacho made the starting line-up for City’s first derby this season at Old Trafford as a replacement for Sergio Aguero who was suspended for the clash.
    The Nigerian international went on to grab the winner as the Citizens emerged 2-1 winners.
    He became the first Nigerian to score in the Manchester der
  • FA Cup: Liverpool Edge Plymouth, To Face Ikeme’s Wolves; Southampton, Newcastle Advance

    Liverpool will host Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme’s Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round at Anfield after the Reds edged out Plymouth 1-0 in their third round replay on Wednesday night.
    The tie will hold on the 28th of January.
    Lucas Leiva scored the only goal in the 19th minute in an encounter that saw Nigerian youngster Ovie Ejaria make his fifth appearance of the competition for Liverpool.
    It was Lucas’ first goal sunce 2010 but Liverpool could have scored m
  • AFCON: Cameroon Claim Comeback Win Over Guinea Bissau, Top Group A

    The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon recorded their first win of the on-going African Cup of Nations by defeating Guinea-Bissau 2-1 at the Stade de l’Amitie Sino-Gabonaise in Libreville.
    Goals from Sebastien Siani and Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui for Cameroon canceled out an early strike from Piqueti for Bissau.
    Piqueti scored a goal that could be a contender for the goal of the tournament, racing with the ball past his own half and beating three defenders way into the opposition area before cuttin
  • NPFL: Rangers Hold Nasarawa, Sunshine Pip 3SC, Plateau Beat Enyimba

     
    By Adeboye Amosu:
    Nigeria Professional Football League champions Enugu Rangers picked their first point of the campaign after forcing their hosts Nasarawa United to a 1-1 draw in their matchday two clash on Wednesday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
    Adamu Hassan gave the Solid Miners the lead four minutes after the break, while Fortune Omoniwari equalised for Imama Amapakabo's men in the 67th minute. 
    It was Omoniwari's second goal for the Flying Antelopes since his arrival f
  • AFCON: Aubameyang Scores Again As Gabon, Burkina Faso Draw

     
    Gabon's chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the on going African Cup of Nations suffered a setback on Wednesday as the hosts drew 1-1 with Burkina Faso at the Stade l'Amitie reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
     
    A 23rd minute strike from substitute Prejuce Nakoulma gave Burkina Faso the lead after he came on for Jonathan Pitroipa who twisted an ankle. 
     
    But Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang restored parity for the hosts from the spot after he was fouled by goa
  • LMC Fine Rangers, Lobi, Tornadoes For NPFL Breaches

     
    Three Nigerian Professional Football League clubs Rangers International of Enugu, Lobi Stars and Niger Tornadoes have been fined by the League Management Company (LMC)  for several breaches in their opening day fixtures, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
     
    Reigning Nigerian Professional Football League champions Rangers International of Enugu were fined N2.750million for breaching the rules by the League Management Company, a media release from the LMC states.
     
    Rangers wh
  • Chinese Club, Beijing Guoan Track Success

    By Johnny Edward:
     
    Chinese Super League side, Beijing Guoan, are weighing up a move for Watford's Nigerian striker, Isaac Success, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
     
    Success was previously linked with a loan move to Turkish side, Bursaspor when the winter transfer reopened on January 1.
     
    But according to the Daily Mail, Success is expected to stay at Vicarage Road at least until the end of the season.
     
    Success who is one of the nine first-team players out
  • Nigerian Defender Odibe Joins Kazakhstan Club Akzhayik Uralsk

    By Johnny Edward:
    Nigerian defender Michael Odibe has signed a one-year deal with Kazakhstan’s first division club Akzhayik Uralsk, the player has confirmed to Completesportsnigeria.com.
    Odibe, who turned down a contract extension with Romanian first division club CS Concordia Chiajna in the summer for a return to Kazakhtan in the winter transfer window, will wear the jersey No.29 at the club after successfully passing his medicals at the club.
    “I have joined Akzhayik Uralsk and I ho
  • ABS Defender Omolayo: I Won’t Celebrate If I Score Against Tornadoes

    By Sab Osuji:
    ABS Ilorin FC newly acquired defender Ibrahim Omolayo has emotionally revealed he will not celebrate if he scores in his team’s NPFL matchday-2 away match against Niger Tornadoes at Confluence Stadium Lokoka today (Wednesday), Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
     
    Omolayo switched allegiance to the Ilorin side from Tornadoes prior to the start of the current campaign.
     
    He reiterates that if he is lucky enough to score against the Ikon Allah on We
  • Oliseh Pleased Despite Fortuna Sittard Friendly Draw

     
    By Johnny Edward:
    Fortuna Sittard manager Sunday Oliseh insists his team's performance against Dutch fourth-tier club SV Meerssen was impressive despite playing a 2-2 draw in a friendly game on  Tuesday.
    Sjoerd Ars and Jorrit Smeets were on target for Fortuna Sittard as they came back from two goals to earn a draw.
    The Nigerian coach was also pleased to see his new arrivals get some minutes in the encounter ahead of Friday's Dutch second division league clash
  • Enyimba Stars: We’ll Beat Plateau United To Celebrate Ogunbote’s Birthday

     
    By Adeboye Amosu:
    Enyimba players are hoping to hand the club's technical adviser, Gbenga Ogunbote, a perfect birthday gift by securing maximum points in Wednesday's Nigeria Professional Football League matchday two fixture against Plateau United, reports Completesportsnigeria. com.
    Ogunbote, who replaced Paul Aigbogun as the new handler of the side at the end of last season, is celebrating his 54th birthday today."Let me start by congratulating coachie (Ogunbote) on his birthda
  • NPFL: Sunshine, 3SC Light Up Akure; IfeanyiUbah Welcome MFM

    By Adeboye Amosu:
    Photo by Ganiyu Yusuf (MFM vs Niger Tornadoes)
    The Akure Township Stadium will be the centre of attention as Sunshine Stars of Akure and Shooting Stars of Ibadan clash in the South-West derby in a Nigeria Professional Football League match-day two fixture on Wednesday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.Both clubs started the season with contrasting fortunes with Sunshine Starsgoing down to a 1-0 defeat against Enyimba in Calabar.3SC on the other hand started the season on a hi
  • FA Cup: Benteke Brace Sends Palace Through, Burnley Stop Sunderland

    By James Agberebi:
    Burnley defeated fellow Premier League team Sunderland while Crystal Palace came from a goal down to beat League One team Bolton Wanderers in the third round replays of the Emirates FA Cup on Tuesday.
    Playing at Turf Moor, goals from Sam Vokes and Andre Gray in the 44th and 83rd minutes respectively secured Burnley’s passage into the fourth round where they will host Championship team Bristol City.
    At Selhurst Park, a brace from Christian Benteke saw Crystal Palace come
  • 2017 AFCON: Mali, Egypt Draw As El Hadary Sets Record

    By James Agberebi:
    Seven-time Africa Cup of Nations champions Egypt were held to an exciting 0-0 draw by Mali in Group D of the Gabon 2017 AFCON on Tuesday.
    It was a game that was full of intensity but saw little in terms of goalscoring opportunities.
    It also saw legendary Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El Hadary become the oldest player ever to play at the Africa Cup of Nations age 44 years after replacing first choice keeper Ahmed El Shenawy who went off injured.
    The draw means Egypt, who knocked N
  • Echiejile Returns To Monaco From S/Liege, Vows: Eagles’ ll Never Miss AFCON Again

    By Johnny Edward: AS Monaco have recalled Nigeria defender Elderson Echiejile from his loan spell from Belgian side Standard Liege  Completesportsnigeria.com has be informed by the player.Echiejile featured in ten games for  Standard Liege in the first half of the 2016/2017 Belgian season.He revealed that he is prepared to continue from where he left with the French giants club this term where he will battle Sidibe for regular action at the club.“I’m ready to bring my
  • AFCON 2017: Ghana Edge Impressive Uganda In Group D Opener

    Ghana Black Stars got their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations off to a good start, edging Cranes of Uganda 1-0 in a hard-fought game in Group D on Tuesday.
    The last time both teams met at the AFCON was in the final of the 1978 edition which Ghana won 2-0.The only goal of the game was scored by West Ham United's Andre Ayew who scored a 32nd minute penalty after Isaac Isinde fouled Asamoah Gyan inside the 18-yard box.It was a game of two halves as Ghana bossed the first 45 minutes while it was
  • Iheanacho, Fernandinho, Stones Unveil Man City’s New Nike Kit

    By James Agberebi: Nigeria forward Kelechi Iheanacho, Brazul midfielder Fernandinho and England defender John Stones on Tuesday unveiled Manchester City's new Nike Strike training wear. The trio were first to don the latest training ground attire, as they put it through its paces as part of the unveiling. The Manchester City squad will wear the yellow kit for the first time this week as they prepare for Saturday’s clash with Tottenham. "The ultra-lig
  • Henty Joins UAE Side Baniyas On Loan

    By Johnny Edward: Nigerian forward Ezekiel Henty has joined UAE first division side, Baniyas SC in the Arabian Gulf League on a six month loan deal till the end of the season reports, Completesportsnigeria.com. Henty who joined Lokomotiv Moscow last year from Slovenian side Olimpija, failed to settle down in Russia, but his agent Ayodele Makinwa is confident his player will rediscover his scoring form that saw the Russian outfit splash €5m for his services.&nbs
  • Owolabi: IfeanyiUbah’s Walkout Didn’t Take Shine Off NPFL Matchday-One Fixtures

    By James AgberebiLegendary former Nigerian international, Felix Owolabi, says the walkout by FC IfeanyiUbah in their Nigeria Professional Football League opener against Kano Pillars in Kano on Saturday did not take the shine off Matchday-One of the new NPFL season, Completesportsnigeria.com reportsIfeanyiUbah staged a walkout early in the second half against Kano Pillars after the Centre referee Folusho Ajayi red-carded an official of the club. The club also claimed the
  • FC Ifeanyiubah Accept LMC Sanctions Over Abandoned Match Vs Pillars

    By Adeboye Amosu:FC IfeanyiUbah have accepted the punishment meted out on them by the League Management Company for abandoning their Nigeria Professional Football League match-day one fixture against Kano Pillars at the Sani Abacha Stadium on Saturday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.The Anambra Warriors refused to continue play after 50 minutes of the encounter following sending off of the club's Team Manager, Jonathan Igwe by the centre referee, Folusho Ajayi and alleged biased officiat
  • Lawal: Super Eagles Would Have Struggled At CAN 2017

    By James Agberebi:Former Nigeria international, Garba Lawal, has stated that the Super Eagles wouldn't have had it easy playing in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon if they had qualified for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations holding in Gabon.The Eagles lost out to Egypt during the qualifiers in 2016.In a chat with Completesportsnigeria.com, Lawal who represented Nigeria at four AFCON tournaments ( 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006), posited that with the surprises so far in Gabo
  • Ranieri Praises ‘Versatile’ Ndidi In Leicester’s Home Defeat By Chelsea

    Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is impressed with the debut performance of Nigerian midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, noting that the the new signing from Genk has adjusted to the combative nature of the English Premier League reports Completesportsnigeria.com.Ndidi made his EPL bow for the Foxes in last Saturday's 3-0 loss at home to Chelsea, and Ranieri who splashed £15m for the services of the Nigerian international praised the player who starred in both defensi