Football

BREAKING: Super Eagles To Lock Horns With Brazil in Int’l Friendly

Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that the Super Eagles of Nigeria will next month play the Samba Boys of Brazil in a FIFA Grade A international friendly.  The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed that the Nigeria team 🇳🇬 will play the friendly match against the Brazillians 🇧🇷 on the 13th of October in Singapore later this year.  Recall that the Super Eagles recently played out a 2-2 draw with Ukraine in another international encounter on September 10 at the Dnipro Arena which ended 2-2 which saw the promising coach Gernot Rohr – tuted side give away two quick goals in the space of a [Read]

UCL: Lampard To Start Young Players Against Valencia Clash

  Frank Lampard said he “believed and trusted” in striker Tammy Abraham as he prepared to unleash his young players against Valencia in Chelsea’s Champions League opener on Tuesday. Abraham, 21, scored a hat-trick in a 5-2 win at Wolves on Saturday but his form has come as no surprise to Lampard. “I never had clear expectations for him apart from the fact that I believed in him and trusted him,” he said at a press conference on Monday at Chelsea’s training base. “I know a lot was made of the (transfer) ban giving opportunities for young players. But I thought now was his time.” As for the possibility of [Read]

Three things we learned from EPL this weekend [SEE FULL RESULTS + TABLE]

Liverpool opened up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League as defending champions Manchester City crumbled to a stunning 3-2 defeat at newly-promoted Norwich. Behind the top two, there is a five-way tie between those likely to be fighting for the final two Champions League places this season with Manchester United, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Leicester all on eight points from the opening five games. Here, AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from the Premier League weekend: Laporte injury hands Liverpool golden opportunity Liverpool did what City could not in recovering from conceding early to ease past Newcastle 3-1 and maintain their 100 percent start [Read]

Kidnappers Yet To Release My Mother Despite N1.5m Ransom, Siasia Cries Out

ABUJA – Despite paying N1.5 million to kidnappers in Bayelsa for the release of his mother Madam Beauty Ogere, former Super Eagles’ coach, Samson Siasia has cried out that his mother has not been released. Siasia lamented to the NationSport in Abuja yesterday, “The situation is pathetic. Nothing has changed. We paid N1.5 million for her release but instead of releasing my mother they released my cousin’s mother-in-law (66 year old Florence Donana) and also captured the person that took the money to them. “So as we speak, three people are still in the kidnappers’ den – my mother, the young girl and the guy that took the money to [Read]

Chelsea striker, Tammy Abraham Shuns Super Eagles, Chooses England

England-born Nigerian striker, Tammy Abraham has finally dumped Nigeria for England as the country to represent in his international career. Abraham, who had represented England in the youthful competitions still had the exclusive right to choose which country to play as he not played for any senior team. President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick in July advised the Chelsea forward to choose the Super Eagles as he will have opportunity of regular playing time in the team. Abraham’s international future remains a subject of discussion among pundits and coaches due to his eligibility to represent either Nigeria or England. He has played for England in two friendly matches [Read]

Olympics: Falcons set up Ivory Coast clash after Algeria win

  Striker Asisat Oshoala’s second half strike at the Agege Stadium, Lagos on Tuesday was enough to hand the Super Falcons 1-0 victory over Algeria, and advance to the third round of the 2020 Olympics on 3-0 aggregate. The African champions play Ivory Coast, who beat Mali 3-0 on aggregate, in the next round. It was a hard-fought victory for the on the first leg 2-0 in Blida, but coach Thomas Dennerby opted for a more conservative approach, which put the team on the back foot as they failed to create any clear cut chance in the first 45 minutes. With Algeria knowing that they had to score twice to [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]

I’m Willing To Play For Super Eagles Again – Ex-International, Enyeama

LAGOS – Vincent Enyeama is a household name in Nigeria and world football. He was the Super Eagles of Nigeria first-choice and the most capped goalkeeper for over a decade until he bowed out in 2015 since he joined in 2002. He started his football career from the local scene with clubs like Ibom Stars and Enyimba of Aba before he moved to Europe for greener pasture and had a stint with Benei Yehuda; Hapoel Tel Aviv all of Israel. He moved to Lille of France and later to Maccabi of Israel on loan. He recently called it quit with Lille. In a chat with our correspondent, he disclosed his [Read]

AFRICAN GAMES: Super Falcons Defeat Cameroon On Spot Kicks To Clinch Gold

MOROCCO – Nigeria’s Super Falconets have won the Gold medal in the women’s football event at the ongoing 12th All Africa Games following a 3-2 penalty shootout win against Cameroon on Thursday night at the Boubker Aamar Stadium. It was the first time Nigeria claimed the ultimate prize in the African Games since the 2007 edition in Algiers. The team have also now won Gold medal thrice in five attempts. Both teams battled to a 0-0 draw after 120 minutes of energy sapping football action. The Super Falconets dominated play in the first half, while the Cameroonians held sway after the break. In the shootout, Falconets bounced back from two [Read]

Liverpool Defender, Van Dijk Defeats Messi, Ronaldo to win UEFA Best Player Award

Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk has beaten Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi and Juventus and Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to win UEFA’s 2018/19 Men’s Player of the Year. Van Dijk won the award at a ceremony which took place in Monaco, France on Thursday, August 29, 2019. The 28-year-old Dutch who has earlier won the prize for the UEFA Champions League defender of the year, played was integral for Liverpool as they won the Champions League having finished second place in the Premier League and reached the UEFA Nations League final with Holland in the summer, where they were beaten by Portugal. [READ ALSO] BREAKING: Real Madrid To Battle PSG, [Read]

Real Madrid To Battle PSG, Liverpool Vs Napoli As UEFA Unveils Draws For 2019/2020 Champions League [SEE FULL DRAWS]

The Ligue 1 champions will face the La Liga giants while the Reds will match up with Carlo Ancelotti’s side in the group stage once again Real Madrid will face Paris Saint-Germain in the group stage of the Champions League after they were paired together Group A in the draw, which took place in Monaco on Thursday. The two clubs have been linked over the pursuit of PSG star Neymar, with Real Madrid mooted as one of the Brazilian suitors. The pair will be joined by Club Brugge and Galatasaray. Reigning champions Liverpool will see a familiar face in Group E, having been paired up with Napoli, who they narrowly [Read]

PSG lose Mbappe for a month with hamstring injury, Cavani out for three weeks

FRANCE – Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe will be out for four weeks and Edinson Cavani for three weeks after both came off injured in a Ligue 1 match against Toulouse on Sunday, the French champions have confirmed. French World Cup-winning star Mbappe limped off after hurting his left hamstring during a trademark sprint in PSG’s 4-0 win at the Parc des Princes. The injury means he will miss PSG’s opening Champions League group game, which is set for September 17 or 18. He is also set to sit out three league matches as well as France’s Euro 2020 qualifiers at home to Albania and Andorra early next month. Fellow [Read]

Falconets beat Algeria 3-0 to qualify for final

Nigeria’s U-20 female football team, Falconets, has defeated their Algerian counterpart 3-0 to qualify for the finals of the ongoing 12th African Games football event for the first time since 2007. The match played at Stade de Boubker Aamar on Monday saw Cynthia Aku open scoring 15 minutes into the game with an assist from Monday Gift. With a show of prowess, Aku again slotted in the second goal, completing her brace in the 26th minute also with an assist from Gift. The resilient West Africans increased their opponent’s woes as Zainab Olapade scored the third at the 90th minute. Nigeria defeated South Africa 3-0, drew 1-1 against Cameroon and [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]