HOME-BASED SUPER EAGLES LOST TO JORDAN

The home-based Super Eagles lost 1-0 to Jordan in a friendly match at Amman International Stadium on Monday. Hatem Aqel scored the only goal of the game from the spot in the 43rd minute, after Christian Obiozor was controversially adjudged to have fouled Yousef. The result ended Nigeria’s four game unbeaten streak after enjoying four…

NIGERIAN KELECHI IHEANACHO BECOMES HOT CAKE

Kelechi Iheanacho’s outstanding performance at the Fifa Under-17 World Cup may ultimately make him a ‘Gunner’ as Arsenal are reportedly making moves to sign the wonder-kid. Iheanacho almost single-handedly brought Mexico to their knees as he scored four goals en-route to Nigeria recording a 6-1 win over the defending champions in the opening game of…

C. RONALDO HITS OUT AT SEPP BLATTER

Prior to Tuesday’s announcement of the shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d’Or – which included both Ronaldo and Messi – Blatter said in a speech at Oxford University that the Barcelona forward was “a good boy that every father, every mother would like to have at home”. Referring to Ronaldo, Blatter went on to say…

KANO PILLARS WIN NIGERIAN PREMIER LEAGUE BACK TO BACK

The final round of matches for the Glo Premier League in Nigeria have been played across the country on Sunday evening, with Kano Pillars retaining the League title. Pillars became the first club to win back-to-back titles since Enyimba last achieved the feat in 2003. The Kano State-owned club finished on top of the log…

KELVIN SAID, NO PROBLEM WITH MOURINHO

Kelvin De Bruyne has been left puzzled by the reports saying he is not in good terms with his coach, Jose Mourinho, but he considers his working relationship with Mourinho to be healthy. He said “Am I panicking? Of course not. Honestly, I’m not worried. You seem to be more worried than me. “Mourinho is…

CHAN 2014 DRAW

CAF 2014 African Nations Championship draw took place on Wednesday 2nd October at the Caf headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, with the 16 qualified teams spread into four groups of four teams each. The 16 teams were divided into four pots ahead of the draw, as shown below: Pot 1: South Africa, DR Congo, Ghana, Zimbabwe. Pot 2: Gabon, Mali, Libya, Uganda. Pot 3: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ethiopia, Nigeria Pot 4: Congo, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique. Host team South Africa, who emerged in Group A, will be facing newcomers Nigeria, alongside Mozambique and Mali, seen already as one of the toughest of the four groups. There will be interesting clashes also in Group B, composed of Zimbabwe, Uganda, Burkina Faso and Morocco. Ghana were pitted against Libya, Congo and Ethiopia in Group C while 2009 winners DR Congo will face neighbours Gabon, Burundi and Mauritania, who are appearing for the first time in a continental competition. The groups are: Group A: South Africa, Mozambique, Nigeria, Mali (host city: Cape Town). Group B: Zimbabwe, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Morocco (host city: Cape Town). Group C: Ghana, Libya, Ethiopia, Congo (host city: Mangung). Group D: DR Congo, Gabon, Burundi, Mauritania (host city: Polokwane). The 2014 African Nations Championship will take place from January 11 to February 1. Defending champions Tunisia did not qualify. South Africa will play the opening match against Mozambique.