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SPORTS: FIFA Bans Samson Siasia For Life Over Match-Fixing, Bribery

Former Nigeria national team coach Samson Siasia has been banned from the game for life following a match-fixing probe by world governing body FIFA. FIFA said in a statement on Friday that the adjudicatory chamber of their independent Ethics Committee found that Siasia was “guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics.” The 51-year-old Siasia played 51 times as a striker for the Nigerian national team and later coached various national youth sides before a spell as senior coach in 2016. The case is the latest to emerge from FIFA’s long-running investigation into the [Read]

Imo Gov, Ihedioha Appoints Kanu Nwankwo as SSA on Sports

OWERRI – The Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha has appointed Nigeria’s football legend, Kanu Nwankwo as his Senior Special Assistant on Sports. Ihedioha made the announcement when Kanu visited him at the government House Owerri to present his CAF medal. According to a statement by “Izuchukwu Akwarandu, the governor’s aide on new media, Kanu Nwankwo’s appointment is with immediate effect. “Papilo, as fondly called by his fans, came to present his most recent CAF award, which was given to him at the just concluded Nations Cup in Egypt, to the sports-loving governor of Imo State. The star also presented a branded jersey to the governor.” “The governor while welcoming the [Read]

JAC Motors Abeokuta 10km Marathon To Debut November 2

The much-talked about maiden edition of the JAC Motors sponsored Abeokuta 10Km Race is now re-scheduled to hold for Saturday, November 2nd, 2019. According to a press release by the media office of Nilayo Sports Management Limited, the organizers of the international event, the shift in date for the event is to allow all and sundry observe their Sunday devotions without disruption of any sort. The organizers, however deeply regret any inconvenience the change in date might cause, especially the sponsors and partners of the maiden edition of the Abeokuta marathon, and particularly, the over three thousand registered potential competing racers of the marathon. The JAC Motors sponsored Abeokuta 10Km [Read]

Nigerians spend N730bn on sports betting annually

Nigerians spend over 730 billion Naira annually on sports betting and at least two billion naira is generated daily, recent research data shows. Data also revealed that over 60 million Nigerian punters spend over 3, 000 naira daily placing bet stakes. At least there are 50 betting sites in Nigeria with the number growing annually. Respondents, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, said they placed bets to generate quick and easy income, and turn their passion for football into cash. 28-year-old Fashion designer, Segun Mukoro who bets at least once weekly said that it was the fastest way to double his income and although he [Read]

Red Hot Lukaku Bangs – in Four goals On Inter Debut

ITALY  – Former Manchester United striker, Romelu Lukaku on Sunday marked his first appearance for his new club, Inter Milan with a four-goal haul. Lukaku scored four goals in Inter Milan pre-season friendly against Virtus Bergamo. Lukaku left Man United to join Inter Milan in a £74m Deal last week. He didn’t play at all for United during the pre-season because of back injury but Inter manager, Antonio Conte handed him an opportunity against Serie D minnows Bergamo. Wearing the No 9 shirt, Lukaku took advantage by scoring four times in an 8-0 victory. Inter start their Serie A campaign against newly-promoted Lecce at the San Siro on August 26. [Read]

BREAKING: Super Eagles Forward, Henry Onyekuru Seals Monaco 5-Year Deal From Everton

MONACO – Monaco have signed Nigeria international Henry Onyekuru on a five-year-deal from Everton, the French club announced on Monday. “I’m very happy to join a great club like AS Monaco. I will give everything to improve and help the club to have a great season. I look forward to meeting my teammates,” the 22-year-old told Monaco’s website. Onyekuru, who has made 11 appearances for the Super Eagles, originally joined the Premier League side in 2017 but has spent the two past campaigns on-loan with Anderlecht and Galatasaray. The winger scored 14 league goals in Turkey last season and reportedly joins the Ligue 1 outfit for 17 million euros ($19 [Read]

JUST IN: Manchester United Tear Chelsea Apart At Old Trafford in EPL Clash [SEE FULL STATS]

Marcus Rashford’s double helped rampant Manchester United start the new season with a bang as Chelsea capitulated in Frank Lampard’s first match in charge. The Premier League kept the most eagerly anticipated of the opening weekend to last as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started the Reds’ latest transitional season against a side buoyed by the appointment of a club great. Lampard’s side were on top for large patches but ended up being blown away at Old Trafford, where Rashford’s double complemented goals from Anthony Martial and debutant Daniel James as United’s curtain-raiser ended in a dream 4-0 victory. Solskjaer will be first to admit the display was far from perfect, but this win [Read]

EPL: Title Holders Man City Thrash Westham 5-0 In VAR-Dominated Game

Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as Manchester City got their title defence off to a winning start with victory at West Ham in a game that saw the video assistant referee play a significant role for the first time in the Premier League. The technology is making its debut in England’s top flight this season and, after last night’s curtain raiser between Liverpool and Norwich passed off without incident, it took centre-stage on Saturday. VAR was first called on when Gabriel Jesus appeared to have put City 3-0 up midway through the second half, only for Raheem Sterling to be ruled fractionally offside in the build-up. After Sterling added City’s [Read]

BREAKING: David Luiz completes £8m Arsenal transfer from Chelsea

Confirmation of the Brazilian’s move from London rivals Chelsea – worth a reported £8m fee – has come via the club’s official website as well as social media channels, thus making him the sixth signing of the summer transfer window.   He joins Gabriel Martinelli, William Saliba, Dani Ceballos, Nicolas Pepe and Kieran Tierney as the new faces at the north London outfit since the end of last season. It’s understood that Luiz has signed a two-year deal at the Emirates Stadium and will challenge Sokratis, Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Shkodran Mustafi for a centre-back spot under Unai Emery.   This deal also marks a reunion between [Read]

BREAKING: Man United, Inter Agree £74m for Lukaku Transfer

ENGLAND  – Inter Milan and Manchester United have reached an agreement over striker Romelu Lukaku for a fee that could rise to 80m euros (£74m), BBC has reported. In July, the Premier League side rejected Inter’s £54m bid for Lukaku, who was fined by the club after missing training on Tuesday. Belgium international Lukaku, 26, has trained at his former team Anderlecht for the past two days. Lukaku’s agent, Federico Pastorello, flew to London on Wednesday in an attempt to resolve Lukaku’s future. Later that evening, Pastorello posted a photo on Instagram of them on board a private jet with the caption: “Ready to take off. Direction Milano.” United and [Read]

EPL: Check Out All Mouth-Watering Fixtures For 2019/2020 Season

As the 2019/2020 Premier League kicks-off this weekend, here are all weekly fixtures for the entire season which will be subject to changes for television coverage, apart from the opening weekend of games which is already confirmed as obtained by NEWS FLAKES NG: Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 Liverpool v Norwich City (8 p.m. BST / 3 p.m. ET)   Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 West Ham United v Manchester City (12.30 p.m. BST / 7:30 a.m. ET) A.F.C. Bournemouth v Sheffield United (3 p.m. BST / 10 a.m. ET) Burnley v Southampton (3 p.m. BST / 10 a.m. ET) Crystal Palace v Everton (3 p.m. BST / 10 a.m. ET) Leicester [Read]

BREAKING! FIFA Team Arrives Nigeria Today For Inspection Against 2020 World Cup In Nigeria

A five-man inspection team from FIFA will arrive Lagos, today, Monday, for a four-day inspection of facilities and equipment, that Nigeria has put forward to host the U20 Women’s World Cup in 2020. This was confirmed in a statement by the Head, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Communications Department, Ademola Olajire. The officials Christopher Exley, Sara Jane Booth, Kliment Taseski, Rhiannon Ceirwen Martin and Heyral Kaj Jurgen, will arrive today. They would be received by Amaju Pinnick, President of NFF, first Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi. Also NFF Executive Committee member and Chairman of the Nigeria Women Football League Aisha Falode and top officials of the Lagos [Read]

Man City Star, Sane To Lose £11m If He Refuses To Sign New Contract

Leroy Sane faces the prospect of losing a staggering £11million in wages if he continues with his refusal to sign a new contract with Manchester City.  NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that that Manchester City are offering the German winger a £105,000-a-week pay-rise to commit himself to the Etihad until 2023, taking his salary to £170,000-a-week. But Sane is reluctant to pen the new deal despite indicating earlier in the summer that he was ready to sign. And Bayern Munich want to take the 23-year-old back to the Bundesliga. City have informed the flying forward and his advisers that he is free to leave if their demands are met. However Sane [Read]

Gernot Rohr Reveals He’s Not Happy With Ahmed Musa’s Decision To Leave Europe

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has admitted he is not happy with Ahmed Musa playing outside Europe. Musa is currently on the books of Saudi Arabian club, Al Nassr. The winger left Leicester City in England, to enjoy playing time elsewhere. But Rohr believes he would have been a much better player, if he was featuring for a top European team. “Musa is a good Captain but playing in Saudi Arabia, we have to be honest it is not easy for him to play at the highest level always. “He has always pushed himself to give his best for the team, that’s why I like him,” Rohr [Read]

[PHOTO] Referee Hit By Object During Europa League Match

A Europa League qualifying match was suspended for more than 30 minutes after a Northern Irish referee was hit by an object thrown from the crowd. Hungarian side Honved said the “scandalous” scenes during the match against Romanian outfit Universitatea Craiova should have seen it called off. A brawl broke out between players in the last minute of extra time and a smoke bomb was thrown from the stands. Referee Arnold Hunter was struck by an object and needed treatment. An ambulance arrived on the pitch and the match did not restart for more than half an hour. The fourth official then took charge and when the game resumed Craiova [Read]