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Crowd at the women’s World Cup final booed FIFA chief Gianni Infantino and French president Emmanuel Macron as United States fans demanded equal pay for the players after their team claimed a fourth global title by beating the Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday. Macron and Infantino, head of soccer’s world governing body, were turned on by the supporters as they approached the ceremony podium - a sharp contrast with the hero-like reception given to player of the match Megan Rapinoe by the 57,900 crowd. Despite a recent rebound, Macron’s popularity was last at 38 percent in an Ifop poll, up 15…
Nigeria’s Super Eagles brushed off the disappointment of a humiliating defeat against Madagascar in their last match to rise to the occasion and eliminate defending champions, Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, from the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. The Nigerian team again faced adversity after going 2-1 down at halftime but thereafter came from behind to edge out their illustrious opponents 3-2 at the Alexandria stadium. In a match which will be remembered as one of the best in the tournament so far, it was Eagles who started on the front foot and opened the scoring in the 20th…
Lowly-rated Madagascar shocked highly-rated Nigeria 2-0 after an awful performance by Super Eagles handed the Indian Ocean islanders leadership of Group B. The result condemned the three–times champions to finishing second and a probable encounter with Black Stars of Ghana in the Round of 16. The then group leaders started on the wrong footing as Leon Balogun failed to deal with a routine backpass. It led to the ball being snatched by Lalaina Nomenjanahary to score the first goal for the competition debutants after only 13 minutes. Eagles, who won each of their two previous matches by the odd goal,…
Super Eagles of Nigeria have emerged as the first team to qualify for the Round of 16 at ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Eagles beat the Syli Nationale of Guinea by a lone goal to zoom into the round of 16 with a game to spare. Kenneth Omeruo got the only goal for Nigeria as he nodded in a cross from Moses Simon in the 73rd minute. Super Eagles had defeated Burundi 1-0 in their first match of the tournament. 2019 AFCON is being hosted by Egypt. PT
Super Eagles of Nigeria started their campaign at Africa Cup of Nations on a winning note as they pipped debutants Burundi 1-0 on Saturday. While many expected a shelling of Burundi, it was the solitary strike from Odion Ighalo that saved the day for Super Eagles. Gernot Rohr’s side are 89 places above Burundi in FIFA’s world rankings. But the Eagles struggled for long periods in their Group B opener at Alexandria Stadium but sealed all three points in the 77th minute. Odion Ighalo, introduced for Paul Onuachu just four minutes earlier, latched onto Ola Aina’s wonderful back-heeled pass and…
Germany qualified for an eighth consecutive quarter-final appearance at FIFA Women’s World Cup by beating Super Falcons 3-0 at Stade des Alpes in Grenoble on Saturday. The Germans were favourites to win the Round of 16 clash, and it was further evident with 60 percent possession and 12 shots in total during the game. The two-times champions duly lived up to their game plan with a 20th minute goal from Alexandra Popp as the striker made her 100th appearance for the German side. The African champions struggled to keep themselves alive in the game which had 17,988 spectators in attendance.…
The anxious wait to know the fate of Super Falcons at ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup in France is now over as the Nigeria Ladies have snatched the last ticket into the Round of 16 at the tournament. Super Falcons will have to thank the Thailand Women’s team for their qualification as the Asians did well enough to lose just 2-0 to Chile. That was not enough to give the South Americans passage into the knockout phase. They needed three unreplied goals. Thailand before Thursday’s game against Chile had lost 13-0 against USA and 4-1 against the Swedes but their…
Nigeria’s U-20 team, Flying Eagles, have been knocked out of ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland after they were beaten 2-1 by their Senegalese counterparts on Monday. Two first-half goals from Amadou Sagna and Niane gave Senegal a two-goal deal. Though Success Makanjuola pulled one back in the second half, it was not enough to save Flying Eagles from crashing out. Flying Eagles, having started with a massive 4-0 victory over Qatar, gave many false hopes. The Coach Paul Aigbogun tutored side were however humbled 2-0 in their next group game against USA. While a 1-1 draw against Ukraine…
Sunday, 02 June 2019 04:36

Boxing: Andy Ruiz defeats Joshua

Andy Ruiz has become the first Mexican heavyweight champion after he defeated Anthony Joshua via a technical knockout. Punch
Federal Government on Monday in Abuja presented documents of the apartment promised to former Super Eagles coach Mr Clemens Westerhof for leading the national team to glory in 1994. The Dutchman helped Nigeria qualify for their first-ever World Cup in United States in 1994, as well as win a second Africa Cup of Nations title in Tunisia 25 years ago with a set of players now regarded as the country’s Golden Generation of footballers. Mr Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, who made the presentation on behalf of government, said it was regrettable that a promise took so…
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Retired army general shot dead in Abuja residential estate

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