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Three Players Shot as ‘Armed Robbers’ Attack Pillars Team Bus

Kano Pillars Players Pose for a Team Photograph at the Abuja National Stadium. Image: LMC.

Three Kano Pillars players suffered gunshot injuries during an “armed robbery” attack along Lokoja-Abuja federal highway on their way to Owerri for the Glo Premier League opener against Heartland. The Pillars bus was attacked around 1pm on Thursday afternoon and three players were shot while two others sustained injuries. AfricanFootball.com ... Read More »

Senegalese Striker Cisse Apologises after Spitting Saga

Papiss Cisse Appears to Spit at Jonny Evans During a Premier League Match at St. James Park. Image: Getty.

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has tendered “apologies” for his part in the spitting storm with Manchester United defender Jonny Evans on Wednesday night. The Senegal international apparently spat at Evans, 27, in the first half of Newcastle home defeat by the Red Devils. “I have apologies to make to a ... Read More »

Man Utd’s Defender Evans Denies Spitting At Senegalese Cisse

Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse Clash in the First Half of Newcastle's 1-0 Home Defeat By Manchester United. Image: Getty.

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has rebuked claims he spat at Newcastle striker, Papiss Cisse during a heated exchange in Wednesday night’s Premier League clash. Evans and Cisse apparently spat at each other after clashing in the first half of Newcastle home defeat by Manchester United. The Football Association says ... Read More »

Injured Busquets Ruled Out Of Vallecano Game, Doubtful For El Clasico

Sergio Busquets to Remain With Barcelona Until 2019. Image: AFP.

Barcelona midfielder, Sergio Busquet, is certainly ruled out of Sunday’s La Liga top-flight clash with Rayo Vallecano after being carried off on a stretcher during Wednesday’s Copa del Rey win over Villarreal. The Catalan club announced on Thursday morning that scans have confirmed that the Spaniard, who recently signed a ... Read More »

Senegal Name Ex-International Cisse New Coach

Aliou Cisse Named New Senegal Coach.

Former Senegal international Aliou Cisse has been appointed as head coach of the Teranga Lions, the country’s football federation has announced in a statement. The former Birmingham City and Portsmouth midfielder has signed a four-year contract, to be reviewed after the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). He succeeds Alan ... Read More »

FA Charges Sunderland Boss, Poyet With Improper Conduct

Gustavo Poyet and Steve Bruce Indulge in Touchline Argument. Image: Getty.

Sunderland manager, Gus Poyet, has been charged by the Football Association (FA) following his sending off in the match against Hull City on Tuesday. The Uruguayan angrily kicked over a water bottled prior to his touchline tussle with Hull boss Steve Bruce before he made his way to the stands ... Read More »

Flying Eagles Land In Dakar

Golden Eaglets Players Celebrates During the 2013 Fifa World Cup in the UAE. Image: Getty.

Nigeria’s U-20 Boys’ Team, Flying Eagles, arrived in Dakar, capital of Senegal in the early hours of Thursday for the 19th African Youth Championship, after flying through Banjul, The Gambia. A contingent of 21 players and 10 officials touched down at the Dakar International Airport at 3am Senegal time and ... Read More »

Barca To Face Bilbao In Copa del Rey Final

Luis Suarez Celebrates after Scoring Barca's Second against Villarreal. Image: GETTY.

Barcelona will face Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final after goals from Neymar and Luis Suarez sealed a 6-2 aggregate win over Villarreal on Wednesday night. Barca came into the second leg with a 3-1 advantage and started from where they left off with an early Neymar strike. ... Read More »

Winston Reid Signs New Long-Term Deal At West Ham

Winston Reid

West Ham defender, Winston Reid has signed a new six-and-a-half-year contract. The deal put an end to the New Zealand centre-back’s rumoured switch to Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal or Manchester United. Reid, whose previous deal was due to finish at the end of the season, said he “felt valued” at Upton ... Read More »

Hughes Grateful To Moses For ‘His Best Performance’ Against Everton

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Stoke City manager, Mark Hughes is “thankful’ for Victor Moses’ fantastic header and has singled it out as the leeway to his side’s double over Everton. Hughes’ men completed a first double over Everton in 48 years on Wednesday night with goals from Victor Moses and Mame Biram Diouf at ... Read More »

Swansea Say Gomis Is ‘Fine’ After Fainting At White Hart Lane

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Bafetimbi Gomis is “fine” after collapsing less than ten minutes into Swansea City’s Premier League match at Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night. The France international striker, who joined Swansea from Lyon last summer, fell to the ground soon after Nacer Chadli had just volleyed Spurs’ opening goal, as players made ... Read More »

EPL Update: Chelsea Stay 5 Points Clear, Gomis Collapses On Pitch

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West Ham 0-1 Chelsea Eden Hazard headed home the match-winner on Wednesday night to keep Chelsea five points clear at the summit of the Premier League table. A dominant first-half performance by the Blues was complimented by Eden Hazard, who headed in Ramires’ cross following a brilliant move he orchestrated. ... Read More »

Gabon U-23 to Arrive in Nigeria Wednesday Evening

Gabon Fans Wave Flags and Pom Pom During a Football Game Against Morocco. Image: Getty.

Gabon under-23 national team delegation for an All-Africa Games second leg qualifier against Nigeria are expected in Nigeria on Wednesday evening, the NFF has confirmed. A statement by the football federation said the “team is on its way to Nigeria and will land at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja ... Read More »

Taekwondo: Chukwumerije Calls for Early All-Africa Games Preparation

Chika Chukwumerije.

Three-time Olympic medalist Chika Chukwumerije has called early preparations ahead of this year’s All-Africa Games. In a statement released in Lagos on Tuesday, Chukwumerije- a board member of the Taekwondo Federation of Nigeria (TFN)- made the rallying call after observing the progress being made by other African rivals on the ... Read More »

NFF Tasks Flying Eagles to Win AYC

Nigeria Football Federation.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have tasked the Flying Eagles to win the 2015 AYC in Senegal. NFF deputy secretary general Emmanuel Ikpeme told the Senegal-bound Flying Eagles at their Serob Legacy Hotel in Wuye, Abuja, Wednesday that the entire country is looking up to them to win the continent’s ... Read More »

EPL Update: Sherwood’s Villa Out Of The Drop, Poyet & Bruce In Touchline Tussle

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Hull 1-1 Sunderland Dame N’Doye’s goal placed Hull City ahead but it was the moment of fracas between coaches Steve Bruce and Gustavo Poyet that emerged the talking point in a hard-fought contest at the KC Stadium. Sunderland’s Poyet lost his cool after Jack Rodwell was booked for diving. Replay ... Read More »

West Ham Striker Cole Charged Over ‘Offensive’ Tweet

Carlton Cole Charged By FA Over Offensive Tweet. Image: Getty.

West Ham United striker Carlton Cole has been hit with a Football Association charge over a comment he posted on social networking site, Twitter. The 31-year-old England international had a Twitter altercation with a Tottenham Hotspur fan after his side’s 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane last week. He allegedly ... Read More »

LMC Pass Liberation Stadium Suitable for League Matches

The Liberation Stadium Has Been Dolphins FC Home Ground Since 1991.

The League Management Company (LMC) inspection team has approved Dolphins FC home ground, the Liberation Stadium, for Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) games ahead of the new season. Head of the LMC inspection team, Ifeanyi Dike, upon assessing the playing pitch, dressing room, media tribune and other parts of the ... Read More »

Crystal Palace’s Jedinak Gets 4-Match Ban

Mile Jedinak Handed a Four-Match Ban By the English FA for Violent Conduct. Image: Getty.

Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak has received a four-match ban after accepting a Football Association (FA) charge of violent conduct. The Palace and Australia captain received the FA sanction on Monday for elbowing West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho in the closing minutes of Saturday’s 3-1 victory at Upton Park. ... Read More »

Hull Midfielder Brady Out for Six Weeks after Suffering Freak Injury

Robbie Brady suffered a significant muscle injury to his right calf in training. Image: FoxSoccer.

Hull City midfielder Robbie Brady faces five to six weeks out with a calf injury. Brady, 23, suffered significant muscle damage to his right calf after falling down a hole in training last week. A Hull statement read: “Club’s medical staff have estimated that the injury will take 5-6 weeks ... Read More »