• Howe to take charge of first Newcastle game after negative Covid test

    Howe to take charge of first Newcastle game after negative Covid test
    Newcastle manager Eddie HoweEddie Howe will be in the Newcastle dugout for the first time at Arsenal on Saturday after returning a negative test for coronavirus, a week after he was forced to miss his first game in charge.The former Bournemouth boss, who was hired after last month's Saudi-led takeover, is seeking to end his struggling club's wait for a first Premier League win of the season at the Emirates.The 43-year-old was forced to miss the home draw against Brentford last Saturday after tes
  • Okereke Out For Three Weeks With Muscle Injury

    Okereke Out For Three Weeks With Muscle Injury
    David Okereke is expected to be sidelined for three weeks after sustaining a muscle injury in Venezia's 4-3 defeat to Hellas Verona on Sunday, reports Completesports.com.
    Okereke was replaced by Dennis Johnsen after seven minutes.
    The Nigeria international was rushed back to action against Verona after missing Venezia's previous Serie A clash against Atalanta due to harmstring injury.
    According to trivenetogoal.it, “David Okereke underwent a diagnostic on Tuesday after the injury he suffe
  • AC Milan Will Learn From Champions League Loss To Liverpool – Tonali

    AC Milan midfielder Sandro Tonali says they'll learn from their Champions League campaign.
    Milan's run came to an end with defeat at home to Liverpool on Tuesday night.
    “We knew it was a difficult game, as even without some of their first-choice players, Liverpool have so much strength in depth," Tonali told Sky Italia.
    “We learned from the experience against these top teams and that is what we will take with us going forward. We could've done more, that is always true, but we didn't
  • UCL: Barca Capable Of Defeating Bayern Munich – Xavi

    UCL: Barca Capable Of Defeating Bayern Munich – Xavi
    Barcelona coach Xavi recognises it's all or nothing in tonight's Champions League clash against Bayern Munich.
    Barca need to defeat unbeaten Bayern Munich in their own backyard, but Xavi doesn't believe they'll need a miracle to do so.
    The Blaugrana's task is certainly a big one as the German champions have looked unstoppable in Europe this season, but the Catalan coach believes his team can beat anyone.
    "It's in our own hands and we'll give it everything we've got. After the game, we'll see," s
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  • 2021 AFCON: CAF Dismisses Rumour Tournament Could Be Moved

    2021 AFCON: CAF Dismisses Rumour Tournament Could Be Moved
    The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has dismissed rumours that the 2021 AFCON could be moved away from Cameroon following the recent discovery of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19.
    The new variant has led to travel restrictions being introduced by some countries for several African nations, with Nigeria, which neighbours Cameroon, the latest to be added to the United Kingdom's 'red list'.In recent days, some media organisations have suggested the dates for the tournament could change
  • Rudiger ‘Reaches Informal Agreement With Real Madrid’

    Rudiger ‘Reaches Informal Agreement With Real Madrid’
    Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is reportedly edging closer to joining LaLiga giants Real Madrid on a free transfer next summer.
    Rudiger has less than seven months remaining on his current contract at Stamford Bridge, and talks to extend his deal with Chelsea have failed to progress.
    According to the Independent, Rudiger's brother and agent Sahr Senesie held talks with representatives of Real Madrid over the last few weeks and an 'informal agreement' for the German to move to La Liga next summ
  • Rehabilitated Moshood Abiola Stadium to host NPFL tournament

    Rehabilitated Moshood Abiola Stadium to host NPFL tournament
    The newly rehabilitated pitch of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja is set to host a pre-season tournament tagged Presidential Cup.
    Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sports, Daniel Amokachi, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, in Abuja.
    Amokachi said the tournament scheduled to commence on Friday, would feature four topNigeria Professional Football League(NPFL) teams.
    “Akwa United, Kano Pillars, Lobi Stars and Sunshine Stars are the teams lined up for this tour
  • Champions League Review: 5 Key stats and records as Haller, Salah lead the way in a goal-fest night

    Champions League Review: 5 Key stats and records as Haller, Salah lead the way in a goal-fest night
    Mo Salah and Sebastien Haller led the way as it rained goals in the Champions LeagueA total of 30 goals were scored in eight matches, an average of 3.75 goals per game in the Champions League on Tuesday night with the African duo of Mohamed Salah and Sebastien Haller amongst the goals again. Both forwards helped their respective clubs, Liverpool and Ajax, complete a perfect run in the group stages of the competition. Pulse Sports rounds up all the key stats and records broken from the opening ni
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  • Error-strewn Leicester head to Napoli seeking Europa League spot

    Error-strewn Leicester head to Napoli seeking Europa League spot
    Napoli's Victor Osimhen scored the winner when they met Leicester in September but misses this week's game through injuryLeicester coach Brendan Rodgers said his side's errors have cost them dearly before they head to Napoli on Thursday needing just a draw to secure a Europa League last 16 place.Rodgers' side have won just twice since the end of October.The Foxes lost 2-1 at Aston Villa on Sunday after conceding from a second-half corner as they failed to win for the sixth time in eight games si
  • China's cash-strapped Guangzhou name Zheng Zhi as player-coach

    China's cash-strapped Guangzhou name Zheng Zhi as player-coach
    Zheng Zhi has captained China and his club sideEight-time Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou FC have appointed Zheng Zhi as player-coach, with the club fighting for its future because of a debt crisis at owners China Evergrande.The 41-year-old, a midfielder who played in the English Premier League for Charlton Athletic, takes charge of China's most successful football team following the sacking two months ago of Fabio Cannavaro.Zheng, a club stalwart who captained China, has been taking tr
  • Owerri to host 3rd Leopard Ladies Golf tourney

    Owerri to host 3rd Leopard Ladies Golf tourney
    The Organising Committee of the annual Leopard Ladies Golf Tournament and Beauty Pageants has concluded plans to stage the 4th edition of the unique golf event in Owerri.
    The tournament will run from from Friday, January 28 to Sunday 30, 2022 at the Arsenal Golf and Country Club of 32 Artillery Brigade, Obinze.
    Every participant for the golf and beauty show event is expected to be clad in leopard skin print attire, according to the tradition and concept of the tournament that is focused on women
  • National Sports Medicine Course ends in Abuja

    Eight years after the maiden edition, the second edition of the National Sports Medicine Course, organised by the Sports Medicine department of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has held at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
    The Director of Sports Medicine in the ministry, Dr. Paul Onyeudo said, “Sports Medicine is relatively critical and for Nigeria to develop in sports, it is extremely important to have the necessary sports medicine and science report because
  • Genk chief backs Onuachu for Golden Shoe

    Genk chief backs Onuachu for Golden Shoe
    Racing Genk Technical Director, Dimitri de Condé, is backing Paul Onuachu to be a major contender for the Belgian Golden Shoe.
    The Golden Shoe is awarded at the beginning of each year to the best footballer in the Belgian First Division A.
    Previous winners of the award include Michel Preud’homme, Enzo Scifo, Franky Van Der Elst, Vincent Kompany, Dennis Praet and Thorgan Hazard.
    Onuachu has been in stunning goalscoring form in 2021, mustering 28 goals in 36 appearances in the Belgian
  • Winner emerges at maiden Sanwo-Olu youth soccer fiesta

    Winner emerges at maiden Sanwo-Olu youth soccer fiesta
    The frills and thrills of the maiden Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu (BOS) Youth Cup came to the pinnacle on Sunday, with the final round’s team jostling for the first prize – a gold cup.
    Mobolaji Johnson Sports Arena in Onikan, formerly Onikan Stadium, came alive for the final match played between Surulere and Ifako Ijaiye-Ojokoro teams.
    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu personally declared the event open with a kick-off of the ball.
    Ex-international goalkeeper, Dosu Joseph, Techn
  • N21.8m debt: Ekwueme sues Heartland for N100m

    N21.8m debt: Ekwueme sues Heartland for N100m
    Denmark based sportswear company, Select and Emeks Sports/Boutique has dragged Heartland FC before High Court of Imo State in the Owerri judicial division with case No: H.O.W.912/2021.
    The suit, which was filed by the complainants through Collins Iwuorie & Associates, claimed that Heartland owes Select and Emeks Sports N21.8 million being for supply of football kits from 2019 till date.
    Speaking with Daily Sunsports, sole representative of the company in Africa, Ifeanyi Ekwueme stated that a
  • LMC General Assembly okays Dec. 17 kick off for NPFL

    LMC General Assembly okays Dec. 17 kick off for NPFL
    The General Assembly of the League Management Company (LMC) and NPFL Club Owners have agreed December 17, 2021 as the kick off date for the 2021/2022 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).This was part of the resolutions at the end of its General Assembly meeting, held on Tuesday at the headquarters of the LMC, in Abuja.
    Executive Secretary of the NPFL Club Owners Association, Chief Alloy Chukwuemeka, said the new season would start and end early enough in order to align the NPFL programme
  • Sports minister speaks on Rohr’s future

    Sports minister speaks on Rohr’s future
    Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, has spoken about the future of Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, insisting both his office and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will take a decision in the best interest of Nigeria football.
    Speculations have continued over the future of Rohr, but the NFF has maintained he has not been sacked.
    Dare said he has met with the NFF to forge the way forward on the matter.
    “The meeting with the NFF was to review developments around the coach and also issues that
  • 2021 ITTF World Youth Championships: Mati wins Nigeria’s first medal

    2021 ITTF World Youth Championships:  Mati wins Nigeria’s first medal
    Taiwo Mati has become the first Nigerian player to win a medal at the world championships.
    The former national junior champion claimed a bronze medal in the boys’ doubles event at the 2021 ITTF World Youth Championships in Vila Nova de Gaia that ended on Tuesday, in Portugal.
    Mati, who trained for over seven months with Quadri Aruna, during the COVID-19 lockdown, partnered Peru’s Carlos Fernandez in the boys’ doubles to exceed expectations and made it to the podium to claim the
  • I want to better my records next year –Aruna Quadri

    I want to better my records next year –Aruna Quadri
    Aruna Quadri says he is excited with his achievements in the outgoing year and already looking to a better 2022, reports brila.net.
    Quadri became the first African to reach the WTTF tournament in Houston, before setting another record in Singapore.
    The world number 13 defeated China’s Liang Jingkun 3-1 to become the first African to qualify for the quarter final of the WTTF Gold cup.
    However, his Singapore adventure ended on Monday, following a 3-1 loss to Brazilian, Hugo Calderon, in the
  • Aribo rejects Rangers new contract

    Aribo rejects Rangers new contract
    Super Eagles midfielder, Joe Aribo has told Rangers will not extend his contract amid interest from Premier League trio, Crystal Palace, Brentford and Watford, according to All Nigeria Soccer.Patrick Vieira may have laid the foundations for a substantial rebuilding project at Selhurst Park but the loss of influential midfielder, James McArthur, to injury threatens to rip up the floorboards and undo much of the manager’s good work.
    Crystal Palace has drawn one and lost three of their Premie
  • Osimhen drops out of top 10 most valuable U-23 strikers

    Osimhen drops out of top 10 most valuable U-23 strikers
    Super Eagles striker, Osimhen, is missing from the CIES Football Observatory Top 10 Most Valuable forwards, under the age of 23.
    Osimhen is currently Africa’s most expensive player, having moved to Napoli from Lille for a club and African record of €81.3m last year.
    However, he is not featured on the CIES list. His omission is a shocker, though, given he has started the season brilliantly at Napoli.
    Although he is currently out injured, after suffering facial injuries following a coll
  • Atletico qualify as Liverpool complete perfect Champions League group stage

    Atletico qualify as Liverpool complete perfect Champions League group stage
    Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe both scored twice as PSG crushed Club Brugge 4-1Atletico Madrid won a bad-tempered game in Porto on Tuesday to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League as Liverpool and Ajax both completed the group stage with 100 percent records.Diego Simeone's Atletico, who lost to Real Madrid in the 2014 and 2016 finals, needed to beat Porto in Portugal to advance to the knockout phase and they duly triumphed 3-1 in a game which featured three red cards.Antoine Griezmann
  • UCL: Sanusi Struggles In Porto’s Defeat; Real Madrid Floor Inter

    UCL: Sanusi Struggles In Porto’s Defeat; Real Madrid Floor Inter
    Zaidu Sanusi was In action as FC Porto suffered a 3--1 defeat to Atletico Madrid in their UEFA Champions League clash on Tuesday night.
    Sanusi was in action for 63 minutes before he was replaced by Brazil defender Wendell.
    Wendell was sent off in the 70 minute.
    Porto finished third in Group B and will now compete in the Europa League following their elimination from the competition.
    At the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid edged out Inter Milan 2-0.
    Toni Kroos and Marco Asensio were on tar
  • Perfect Liverpool knock Milan out of Europe

    Perfect Liverpool knock Milan out of Europe
    Divock Origi winner at AC Milan was his second goal in three days for LiverpoolLiverpool made it a perfect six Champions League wins from six on Tuesday with a 2-1 victory at AC Milan which knocked one of Europe's most storied clubs out of continental competition for another season.Fikayo Tomori had given Milan, who needed to win and a favourable result between Porto and Atletico Madrid, hope they could make the last 16 with his tap-in just before the half hour mark at the San Siro.But a quick r
  • Atletico grab unlikely last 16 Champions League spot

    Atletico grab unlikely last 16 Champions League spot
    Antoine Griezmann's goal set Atletico Madrid on the path to qualification for the last 16 of the Champions LeagueAtletico Madrid grabbed a place in the last 16 of the Champions League as Antoine Griezmann scored one goal and had a key role in the two others as the Spanish side beat Porto 3-1.The win in northern Porto coupled with AC Milan's 2-1 defeat to a second-string Liverpool side at the San Siro was enough to send Diego Simeone's side through as the second-placed team in Group B despite sta
  • Real Madrid dispatch 10-man Inter to go through top of the group

    Real Madrid dispatch 10-man Inter to go through top of the group
    Toni Kroos scored the opener for Real Madrid against Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday.Real Madrid will go through as group winners to the Champions League last 16 after Toni Kroos and Marco Asensio each scored in a 2-0 win over Inter Milan on Tuesday.A comfortable victory at the Santiago Bernabeu, aided by Nicolo Barella's red card in the 64th minute when Inter were one goal down, sends Madrid through top of Group D, five points ahead of the Italians, who advance as runners-up.Inte
  • Perfect Liverpool knock Milan out of Champions League

    Perfect Liverpool knock Milan out of Champions League
    Divock Origi winner at AC Milan was his second goal in three days for LiverpoolLiverpool made it a perfect six Champions League wins from six on Tuesday with a 2-1 victory at AC Milan which knocked one of Europe's most storied clubs out of the Champions League.Fikayo Tomori had given Milan hope they could make the last 16 with his tap-in just before the half hour mark at the San Siro but a quick reply from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi's nodded finish 10 minutes after the break ensured Jurgen K
  • Walker sent off as Man City crash at RB Leipzig

    Walker sent off as Man City crash at RB Leipzig
    Manchester City defender Kyle Walker (2nd L) is sent off at RB LeipzigKyle Walker was shown a late red card as Manchester City suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at RB Leipzig Tuesday, but City still advanced to the Champions League's last 16 as group winners.Walker was dismissed seven minutes from time for kicking Leipzig striker Andre Silva, who had earlier doubled the hosts' tally after Dominik Szoboszlai gave Leipzig a first-half lead.Before Walker's dismissal, City had pulled a goal back when Riya
  • Xavi calls on struggling Barcelona to 'make history' at Bayern

    Xavi calls on struggling Barcelona to 'make history' at Bayern
    Xavi at a training session before facing Bayern MunichBarcelona coach Xavi Hernandez on Tuesday called on his side to "make history" this week by handing Bayern Munich their first home defeat in the Champions League's group stages since 2013."Barca can beat anyone," Xavi insisted on the eve of Wednesday's match in Munich, where the Spanish giants have lost three and drawn one of their four previous Champions League games."If we win, it will be Barca's first victory here in Munich. We have a grea
  • Mbappe and Messi double up in PSG victory

    Mbappe and Messi double up in PSG victory
    Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe both scored twice as PSG beat Club Brugge 4-1Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi both scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain rounded out their Champions League group-stage campaign with a 4-1 thumping of Club Brugge on Tuesday.Mbappe scored twice in the first seven minutes, the second-fastest double at the start of a game in Champions League history, before setting up Messi to make it 3-0 at half-time.Mats Rits got one back for the Belgians in the second half but Messi the

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