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Ballon D’or: Fan Advises Asisat Oshoala To Sleep With, Get Pregnant For Messi

A Nigerian female fan, Rachael Brown, has jokingly told Super Falcons skipper, Asisat Oshoala to get pregnant for Lionel Messi so both can give Nigeria another Messi. Rachel stated this in a post on Instagram in reaction to Oshoala’s post on the social media platform in commemoration of Messi’s record 6th Ballon d’Or award in Paris, France a day earlier. Asisat Lamina Oshoala posted a picture she took with Lionel Messi stating that she is the closest Nigerian to the Argentine star. [READ ALSO] BREAKING: Lionel Messi wins record sixth ballon D’or award “The closest Nigerian to MES6IX right now, proud,” stated the former FC Robo of Lagos player with [Read]

BREAKING: Lionel Messi wins record sixth ballon D’or award

– and Megan Rapinoe is rewarded for World Cup triumph Lionel Messi regained the Ballon d’Or crown in Paris last night, moving ahead of great rival Cristiano Ronaldo to take a record sixth award. Barcelona’s 32-year-old superstar held off the challenge of Liverpool centre-back Virgil Van Dijk, who recognised he had been beaten by “someone a little bit better” as he settled for second place. Megan Rapinoe of the United States won the women’s award, with England’s Lucy Bronze the runner-up. Rapinoe, 34, co-captained the US to victory at this summer’s World Cup, where she was named player of the tournament and finished joint-top scorer with six goals. Messi, meanwhile, [Read]

Argentina 2-2 Uruguay: Lionel Messi’s late penalty salvages draw

  Lionel Messi converted an added-time penalty as Argentina salvaged a 2-2 draw against their South American rivals Uruguay in a friendly in Tel Aviv. Three days after marking his return from a three-month international ban by scoring the winner against Brazil, Messi once again underscored his value to his country. He floated a precise 63rd-minute free kick from which Sergio Aguero headed home to cancel out Edinson Cavani’s 4th-minute opener for the home side. And after Luis Suarez put Uruguay back in front from a set piece, Messi’s persistence paid off after Martin Caceres had been harshly penalised for handball in the box. Argentina had dominated the early exchanges [Read]

BREAKING: Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets Fight Back To Beat Ecuador in Five Goals Thriller

John Izabi,  Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets of have maintained their perfect start at the FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament ongoing in Brazil. The team continued their winning streak with a brilliant fightback against Ecuador in the second Group B match of the competition defeating the south American team by 3-2 in a comeback triumph. Eaglets’ forward, Ibrahim Said scored all three goals for the team with a sweet hatrick thus making him a hot favourite for the golden boot award at the end of the tournament should the Eaglets continue their current winning and goal scoring form. Recall that [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]

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: 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]

Xenophobia: Zambia cancels int’l friendly match with S’Africa

Zambia Football Association (ZFA) has cancelled the international friendly game against Bafana Bafana of South Africa at Heroes Stadium on Saturday. NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that the cancellation came on the heels of the recent xenophobic attack going on in the country. The national team feared that the game could lead to further diplomatic attacks if the game is allowed to be played. [READ ALSO] [VIDEO] South Africa Police Chief Justifies Xenophobic Attacks Football, which is seen as a uniting factor that not only links but strengthens and mend relationships, will not be able to do what it is known for globally. Andrew Kamanga, president of FAZ confirmed the cancellation on [Read]

Siasia Absolves Self of all FIFA Bribery Charges, Vows to Fight Back

Former Super Eagles Coach Samson Siasia on Friday reacted to the announcement by world football governing body, FIFA, which banned him for life from all football-related activities and fined him CHF 50,000 for bribery and match-fixing allegations. Siasia, apart from declaring the allegation against him as false, also promised to fight it with the last of his blood. [READ ALSO] SPORTS: FIFA Bans Samson Siasia For Life Over Match-Fixing, Bribery The body had banned the former Nigeria international for life for agreeing to “receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches,” FIFA said in a statement on Friday. Reacting to the development, Siasia online news portal, Thebreakingtimes.com that FIFA’s allegations [Read]

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]

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]

Excitements As Impressive Super Falcons Qualify For Knock-out Stages of Women’s World Cup [SEE FULL STANDINGS]

PARIS – The Super Falcons on Thursday qualified for the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup for the first time in 20 years. The Falcons have reached the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup just once before now, a quarter-final appearance in the competition in the United States in 1999.     They will confront former champions Germany in the last 16 of the 2019 Women’s World Cup in Grenoble on Saturday. The Falcons qualified as one of the best losers to the round of 16 after finishing third in Group A behind France and Norway but had to endure a torrid time before confirming their place in [Read]

FIFA U-20 WC: Nigeria Flying Eagles Sent Packing By Senegal

The Nigeria U-20 team, the Flying Eagles, have been knocked out of the 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 the Flying Eagles from crashing out. The 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 the USA. While a 1-1 draw against Ukraine saw them squeeze into [Read]