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Gov Obaseki Unveils Official Mascot, Theme Song for 2020 National Sports Festival

  BENIN – The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has unveiled the Mascot, five ambassadors and theme song for the 2020 National Sports Festival to be hosted by Edo State. The governor said the state government would organise a world-class event that will be a reference point for future hosts, noting, “It is about hosting with the right spirit so that it becomes a festival to look forward to by other states.” He added that his administration will use the hosting of the festival to re-enact sports development in the state, by building facilities to guarantee a good future for the growth of sports in the state. “Sports is [Read]

Uzoho suffers nasty injury in Brazil friendly, ruled out for six months

Super Eagles shot-stopper Francis Uzoho will be sidelined for six months after damaging his ligament during Nigeria’s friendly against Brazil’s Selecao on Sunday, October 13, at the Singapore National Stadium. Uzoho landed awkwardly in the 62nd minute after contesting for the ball with Brazil’s Casemiro inside the box and was stretched off as he could not continue the game. [Read]

‘I don’t look for records, they look for me’ – Ronaldo credits ‘obsession’ following 700th goal

The Portugal star hit the 700-goal mark for club and country on Monday, but had mixed feelings following a 2-1 loss to Ukraine. Portugal and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo insisted he is not obsessed with breaking records as they come naturally for him after scoring his landmark 700th career goal. Ronaldo bagged a consolation penalty in the second half of Portugal’s 2-1 Euro 2020qualifying defeat to Ukraine in Kiev on Monday. The 34-year-old superstar made no mistake from 12 yards after Taras Stepanenko was penalised for handling the ball inside the box, but it was not enough for Portugal as they lost for the first time since the 2018 World Cup. Defeat for Portugal at the Olympic [Read]

[BREAKING] Int’l Friendly: Super Eagles Draw Brazil As Neymar Limps Off [SEE PHOTOS]

A bright and entertaining friendly at Singapore’s National Stadium ended all square as Brazil and Nigeria played out a 1-1 draw.   The Super Eagles took the lead against the run of play with Glasgow Rangers striker Aribo quick to react in the Brazil box lashing home in the 35th minute as Marquinhos dawdled. Brazil were soon level shortly after the interval when Casemiro stabbed home the rebound after Maquinhos had headed off the woodwork. The draw sees Brazil now failing to win a match in their past four outings with the major concern from the Seleção perspective being Neymar limping off in the 12th minute of the action. See [Read]

Gov Sanwo-Olu, Sports Minister, Rohr, Others Cheer Eagles Up Ahead of Brazil Friendly

  Youth and Sports Minister, Mr. Sunday Dare and Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State have pumped up the spirit of the Super Eagles while charging the three –time African champions to defeat Brazil in Sunday’s prestige friendly in Singapore. Both top Nigerian officials spoke to the players and officials of the Super Eagles on telephone when President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick visited the team camp on Saturday evening. Pinnick was part of the team’s official training at the Singapore National Stadium and then joined the group for dinner, where he made calls to the Lagos State number one citizen and the Youth and [Read]

BREAKING: Barcelona Sacks Manager

BARCELONA have sacked Juvenil A head coach Victor Valdes with immediate effect, amid rumours of a bust-up with Patrick Kluivert behind the scenes. The 37-year-old rose through the La Masia ranks before earning legendary status at the club during a trophy-laden 12-year spell in the senior team, winning six La Liga titles and three European Cups. He was expected to oversee the development of Barca’s next generation of stars, but his coaching stint has been cut short prematurely. Widespread reports have suggested that Valdes and the club’s director of youth, Kluivert, do not see eye to eye, with friction between the pair reaching boiling point over the last week. Barcelona [Read]

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Ed Woodward to sell nine Man Utd players

ENGLAND  – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Ed Woodward that he wanted to replace nine players at Manchester United, according to reports. The 46-year-old is under major pressure at United following a week in which a goalless draw against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League was followed up with a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United. The loss at St James’ Park has left United with just nine points from eight games in the Premier League, while Solskjaer admits that finishing in the top six will be an ‘uphill task’. United spent around £150 million this summer on signing Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Solskjaer also allowed six first-team players [Read]

Meet Simone Biles, world’s most decorated female Gymnast in history after winning her 21st world championship medal 

  Four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles is now the most-decorated female gymnast in history after winning her 21st medal at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar. The 22-year-old won her 21st medal at the world gymnastics championships on Tuesday, October 8, as the United States retained their women’s team all-around title. Simone Biles becomes most decorated female Gymnast in history after winning her 21st world championship medal? Biles’ latest win has seen her break a tie with the Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina for the most medals by a woman at the world championships. She’s now two short of Vitaly Scherbo’s all-time record among men or women of 23. The US [Read]

BREAKING: Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya brutally dispatches his opponent to emerge Undisputed UFC world Champion

Nigerian – born Israel Adesanya brutally dispatched his opponent to maintain his Unstoppable form as the undisputed UFC champion.  Israel Adesanya (18-0, 7-0 in UFC) wins the undisputed middleweight title, defeating Robert Whittaker (21-5, 11-3 in UFC) by 2nd-round TKO at #UFC243. See tweet below as obtained by NEWS FLAKES NG; Undefeated. Undisputed. 🏆@stylebender #UFC243 pic.twitter.com/kirjD28CJq — ESPN MMA (@espnmma) October 6, 2019 See more photos below as obtained by NEWS FLAKES NG; [Read]

NFF Mourns Ex-Flying Eagles Captain, Isaac Promise As He Dies At 31

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has described as ‘shocking’, reports yesterday evening that former Nigeria U20 and U23 captain, Isaac Promise had died. NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said the Federation and indeed the entire Nigerian football community was greatly saddened by the report, coming less than 48 hours after two women footballers of Nigeria Women Professional League side, Police Female Machine FC of Uyo were crushed to death by a hit-and-run Jeep driver after a training session in the Akwa Ibom State capital. “This has been a tragic week for Nigerian Football. Isaac Promise was a very disciplined, energetic, committed and patriotic player, who gave his all every [Read]

So sad! Two Nigerian female footballers killed by hit and run driver

  UYO – A reckless driver has terminated lives of two Police Machine players Saturday Glory and Ani Ekong on Tuesday, October 1. Saturday Glory and Ani Ekong were said to have been killed by a hit and run driver in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state after their evening training. Police Machine are preparing for the Nigeria Women Professional League relegation playoffs slated for Lokoja in Kogi state before this heartbreaking incident. It was gathered the unknown driver also left four other players of Police Machine injured and they are currently receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital in Uyo. Chairperson of the Nigerian Women Football League, Mrs Aisha Falode has expressed [Read]

FIFA BAN: Siasia in tears, seeks Dangote, FG’s help, says ‘my career at stake’ 

Embattled former Super Eagles’ manager, Samson Siasia, has pleaded with the country’s philanthropists to come to his aid to appeal FIFA’s life ban. The USA ’94 Super Eagles’ striker, who is expected to pay 100,000 Swiss Francs (N36,453,400) by October 10, for his appeal case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) made this appeal in a brief chat yesterday. “I’m appealing to the Dangotes (Aliko) and Otedolas (Femi) of this world to help me as I have only 10 days to file an appeal in Switzerland. Should I fail to appeal before 10th of this month, the appeal would never be heard again. “I’m appealing this matter to [Read]

BREAKING: Samson Siasia’s 80-Yr-Old Mum Finally Regains Freedom From Kidnappers’ Den

BAYELSA – Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that Madam Ogere Beauty Siasia, mother of former Super Eagle skipper and coach, Samson Siasia, has regained her freedom after spending over two months with her kidnappers. Reports just coming in from Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, on Sunday morning have it that the 80-year-old has been released by her abductors. Since she was taken away at dusk from her house, her famous son had been begging the kidnappers to release her as he did not have the huge ransom they were demanding. He also appealed to both the federal and state governments to come to his [Read]

BREAKING: Messi Wins 2019 FIFA Best Men’s Player, Defeats Ronaldo, Virgil van Dijk

Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that Barcelona star Lionel Messi won the 2019 FIFA The Best Men’s Player award on Monday, beating out Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo.  It was the 32-year-old’s first win since the award separated from France Football‘s Ballon d’Or award in 2017. Congratulations, #LeoMessi Winner of #TheBest FIFA Men's Player 2019 🏆#TheBest | #FIFAFootballAwards pic.twitter.com/MKh2wV5T1M — #TheBest 🏆 (@FIFAcom) September 23, 2019 Since that separation, every player who has won FIFA’s The Best award has gone on to claim the Ballon d’Or as well. The 32-year-old has won five Ballon d’Or awards in his career, but individual silverware had eluded [Read]

CHAN 2020: Togo’s Hawks whitewash Super Eagles 4-1 in Lome

Sparrow Hawks of Togo hit the Super Eagles 4-1 in Lome on Sunday in a first leg, second round qualifying match of the 2020 African Nations Championship scheduled for Cameroon. Sunusi Ibrahim gave Nigeria the lead in the 8th minute before the Togolese trio of Richard Nane (16′ and 67′); Tchakei Marouf (75′); and Agoro Ashraf (90+2′) completed the comeback for the hosts. Head Coach Imama Amapakabo who arrived at the match venue on a confident note is optimistic that the result of the match at Stade de Kegue would not determine which team qualifies. He made it clear to the media that his team never underrated the Togolese, but [Read]