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Saudi Football Federation Sack Mark Clattenburg – READ MORE

  The Saudi Football Federation appointed Nabil Naqshbandi as the new chairman of the referees’ committee. Mr. Nabil will replace the Veteran Mark Clattenburg. Turki Al-Sheikh congratulated Naqshbandi on his new position. Mark Clattenburg left the Premier League last season to join Saudi Federation as Refereeing chief. NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that the English man was earning 128000 Saudi Riyals monthly. Most of the Saudi referees didn’t appreciate his work and supported the decision saying he added nothing to the Saudi refereeing. Saudi League News . . READ MORE 247 LATEST BREAKING NEWS AND MANY MORE HOT GISTS ON: www.newsflakes.com.ng [Read]

AITEO CUP 2018: Heart-fighting Rangers comeback from three goals to defeat Kano Pillars on penalties as champions – READ MORE

ASABA – Heart fighting Rangers FC of Enugu State came from three goals down to equalize 3-3 in the most dramatic fashion and eventually winning 4-2 on penalties to defeat Kano Pillars emerging as the 2018 Nigeria Aiteo FA Cup Champions in a thrilling encounter played at the Stephen Keshi stadium, Asaba, in Delta state. The game at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta state started at a high tempo with Kano Pillars taking the lead as early as the fifth minute when veteran Rabiu Ali fired in a ball through to him by Nwagua into the net. One goal became two as Ibrahim Alassan’s corner kick is pushed [Read]

Super Falcons to face S/Africa, Zambia, Kenya in Group B of 2018 African Women’s Nations Cup – SEE FULL FIXTURES

  Nigeria’s Super Falcons are drawn in Group B alongside perennial arch-rivals South Africa, Zambia and Kenya in the forthcoming 2018 Total African Women’s Nations Cup. Group A sees tournament hosts Ghana paired with Cameroon, Zambia and Algeria. The 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations, officially known as the Total Women’s Africa Cup Of Nations, Ghana 2018, will be the 11th edition of the Africa Women Cup of Nations (13th edition if tournaments without hosts are included), the biennial international football championship organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the women’s national teams of Africa. The tournament will be held in Ghana, from 17 November to 1 December 2018. The [Read]

MAPOLY SUG Cup 2018 gets more interesting as Mass Comm wallop Comp Engineering 7-0 SEE ALL RESULTS PLUS FIXTURES HERE

ABEOKUTA – The Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Annual Students Union Government (SUG) football tournament Cup for 2018 kicked off with some mouth watering fixtures and results in matches played earlier on Tuesday October 16, 2018. See all results and other fixtures slated in the coming days below as obtained by NEWS FLAKES NG: ⚽⚽ MAPOLY SUG CUP 2018 UPDATE ⚽⚽ MONDAY Mass Comm 7 vs 0 Com Eng Civil engr 2 vs 1 Architecture TUESDAY Elect Elect 2 vs Accountancy 1 S.L.T 3 vs Banking & Finance 1 Com sci 1 vs Estate management 0 READ ALSO: AFCON 2019: Ighalo bags brace as Eagles Survive Libya Scare in Tunisia, pick maximum points [Read]

AFCON 2019: Ighalo bags brace as Eagles Survive Libya Scare in Tunisia, pick maximum points READ MORE

By John Izabi,  The Super Eagles of Nigeria Tuesday evening survived a major scare from the Libyans to defeat them 2-3 in an African Nations Cup 2019 second leg qualifier and away fixture played in far away Tunisia. The heart fighting Libyans came back from two goals down to equalize the game 2-2 after two quick early goals for the Eagles from blazing hot rave of the moment top Striker Odion Ighalo in the 14th minute of the match after which interim Skipper, Ahmed Musa added another in the 17th minute to make it two nil up for the eagles before the break. READ ALSO: AFCON 2019: Ighalo Nets hatrick as [Read]

AFCON 2019: Ighalo Nets hatrick as Eagles humble Libya 4-0 in Uyo

Odion Ighalo scored a hat-trick as the Super Eagles of Nigeria thrashed Libya 4-0 in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo on Saturday. The win saw the Eagles move to second position in Group E with six points behind South Africa who defeated Seychelles 6-O in the other group’s fixture to amass seven points. The Mediterranean Knights of Libya drop to the third position, while Seychelles are bottom after losing all three games they have played. Ighalo was upended in the box by the Libyan goalkeeper and he cooly sloted the resultant penalty into the net, then Libya dominated proceedings afterwards and [Read]

SPORTS: AS MONACO appoints Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry as New Head Coach

  Ligue 1 side AS Monaco have officially appointed Thierry Henry as their new head coach. NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that the Arsenal and France legend Thierry Henry accepts to become new head coach of Monaco. Before that, Monaco have sacked manager Leonardo Jardim with the club third from bottom of Ligue 1. Henry is a French professional football coach and former player. He is the second assistant coach of the Belgium national team. READ ALSO: AFCON 2019: Ighalo Nets hatrick as Eagles humble Libya 4-0 in Uyo During his playing career, Henry played for Monaco, Juventus, Barcelona, New York Red Bulls and spent 8 years at Arsenal where he is [Read]

MATCH FIXING: French Authorities investigate PSG’s 6-1 UCL thrashing of Red Star

  French authorities are investigating potential match-fixing in Paris St-Germain’s 6-1 Champions League win over Red Star Belgrade this month. NEWS FLAKES NG gathered that a Red Star official allegedly placed a bet of nearly 5m euros (£4.3m) for the Serbian club to lose by five goals, reported French newspaper L’Equipe. The French National Finance Prosecutor (PNF) is investigating the claims after being alerted by Uefa. BBC/Sportivation [Read]

Petrolex Kanu Cup: Premier League Masters thrash African Masters 9:4 in Charity Game

  To raise funds for children who require heart surgeries in Africa, Nwankwo Kanu and a host of other retired football legends took to the pitch at The Hive Stadium in London on 30th of September, 2018. They formed two teams, Premier League Masters and African Masters, comprising of stars who played alongside Kanu during his active football years. The game was organised by Kanu Heart Foundation and sponsored by Nigeria’s leading oil and gas firm, Petrolex. NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that Premier League Masters dominated the game from kick-off and netted three goals in the first half. At full time, the Premier League team, coached by Arsene Wenger beat [Read]

REVEALED: Why Libya Coach Resigned few days before Double Header against Nigeria

Adel Amrouche has revealed that he quit his position as head coach of the Libya national team over interference in his job and the failure of the soccer authorities to pay his salary for the past six months. “The first problem is about my two assistants. It was stipulated in my contract that I will be the one to pay the assistants, but the flight tickets and hotel accommodation was to be sorted by the federation in all games and camp meetings,” Amrouche told Soka25east.com. “After our game against South Africa, some people in the federation took a decision to stop my two assistants from working for no apparent reason [Read]

AFCON 2019 QUALIFIERS: Rohr Invites 24 Players for Libya Double Challenge

  Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr has Invited 24 Players for the Libya Double Challenge in continuation of the 2019 African Nations Cup qualifiers to be held in Cameroon. SEE FULL LIST BELOW as obtained by NEWS FLAKES NG: Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Elche FC, Spain); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba FC); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa) Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United, England); Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Jamilu Collins (SC Paderborn 07, Germany)   Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, [Read]

LA LIGA: Messi in Shock as Bottom-placed side, Leganes Stun Barca 2-1

Five – time ballon D’or winner, Lionel Messi and team, Barcelona were shocked by Bottom-placed side Leganes on Wednesday night as the Liga champions were hit by a second-half sucker-punch to lose 2-1. Barca went into the match off the back of a 2-2 Camp Nou draw against Girona at the weekend, and looked to be back in form as Philippe Coutinho handed them a 1-0 first-half lead. However, Leganes scored two goals in as many minutes shortly after the break, with Nabil El Zhar levelling in the 52nd minute before Oscar Rodriguez Arnaiz hit the decisive goal for the hosts a minute later.   Unbelievable. Barcelona took the lead [Read]

GIST: Former Eagles Skipper, Joseph Yobo relishes future in partisan politics

NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that former Super Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo has revealed that he is ready to go into politics drawing inspiration from Liberia President, George Weah. ‘When you look at George Weah and what he has done, it is a massive achievement. He tried and failed, went to school came back and ran for office as Senator and now he’s the President of Liberia. ‘I’m open to running for office, but I have only just decided to not contest in 2019. I want to see how things go, but I am certainly not ruling out anything,’ “Liberian President George Weah is a role model in this regards as [Read]

JUST IN: Modric breaks Ronaldo – Messi over 10-year old jinx, wins FIFA Best player of the year award, Salah gets best goal award 

By John Izabi,  Croatia and Real Madrid’s Luka Modric has won the FIFA Men’s Player of the Year 2018 award in the just concluded FIFA BEST AWARDS 2018, thus breaking an over a decade Ronaldo – Messi jinx. The duo of Cristiano Ronaldo who now plays for Juventus and Lionel Messi of Argentina and Barcelona have over the years been seen picking up  the award in turns with both presently having five each. Meanwhile, Other categories of awards and their winners on the night included the following highlighted as put together by NEWS FLAKES NG: –  Brazil’s Martha won The FIFA Women’s Player of the Year Award 2018   – [Read]

CAF CONFEDERATION CUP: Enyimba thrash Rayon 5-1, zoom into semi-final

Enyimba International are through to the semi-final stage of the CAF Confederation Cup following their 5-1 demolition of Rayon Sports of Rwanda on Sunday at the Aba International Stadium.  The Nigeria Professional Football League side who could only manage a barren draw in the first leg quarterfinal clash in Kigali last time out turned on the style in Sunday’s second leg tie. It was Soporushi Dimgba that shot Enyimba ahead in the 12th minute, but the Rwandans who needed a score draw to advance pulled back the goal through Caleb Bimenyimana in the 25th minute. Enyimba were back in front barely four minutes after Rayon got an equaliser and it [Read]