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Moses floors Mikel

Posted: November 27, 2013 in Sport

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Victor Moses was yesterday named the Nigerian Footballer of the Year,2013. He was conferred with the honour by the Nigerian Sports Award. Moses defeated John Obi Mikel and Sunday Mba who were the other nominees for the award.
In an elaborate ceremony at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi was presented with the Nigerian Coach of the Year award while Perpetual Nkwocha of the Super Falcons won the female footballer of the year.
Ball Sports Personality of the year award was won by Portugal based Nigeria table tennis international Aruna Quadri. He defeated Olumide Oyedeji and Ike Diogu, both of De Tigers

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TOP PREMIER LEAGUE SCORERS OF ALL TIME

Posted: November 24, 2013 in Sport

TOP PREMIER LEAGUE SCORERS OF ALL TIME:
Alan Shearer 260
Andrew Cole 188
Thierry Henry 174
Frank Lampard 166
Robbie Fowler 163
Wayne Rooney 161
Michael Owen 150
Teddy Sheringham 147
Robin van Persie 129

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Lionel Messi’s injury-affected year could count against him in the Ballon d’Or voting, according to the Barcelona attacker’s teammate Xavi Hernandez.

While Messi has taken the last four Ballon d’Or prizes by large margins, this year’s voting could be closer. Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery is the favourite after winning the Champions League last season, although France’s recent struggles could have a detrimental effect, while Cristiano Ronaldo is making a late burst with a run of goals for Real Madrid and Portugal.

Xavi — who is himself on this year’s 23-man longlist and an outsider to appear on the five-man shortlist to be announced in early December —  told Sport that there was no doubt Messi remained the world’s best player.

However, he accepted that the Argentina international — currently sidelined with his fifth injury in six months — had not had the best of years.

“[Messi] has already won four in a row,” Xavi said. “Maybe those who vote will think about that. Maybe he deserves another. If we look at who is the best player in the world, it is Messi, no doubt. Now, if we talk about the best player in 2013, then I will admit there is some debate. Winning four in a row might damage him when it comes to the voting.”

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Both sides had chances to win the game in an entertaining end to the encounter, but ultimately had to settle for a draw.

Ref won match for Nigeria — Bishaw

Posted: November 17, 2013 in Sport
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Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw

Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw has blamed the referee for his country’s loss to Nigeria in the Brazil 2014 qualifying match.

He said that even though the Eagles played well the attitude of the referee changed the course of the match.

Ethiopia defender Aynalem Hailu handled the ball in the goal area as he tried to control the ball thus gifting Nigeria a chance to take the lead through a coolly taken penalty by Victor Moses in the first half.

He said, “I respect Keshi; he has done a good job organising this team. But the ref cheated us. We had two penalties denied us. And then he awarded one wrong one to Nigeria.

“That penalty to Nigeria affected the tide.”

Keshi said it was wrong for the Ethiopian coach to suggest as such.

“That’s his opinion. If it was the referee that made them lose in Calabar what about the one in Addis Ababa? We beat them there also. I don’t think he has spoken wisely.”

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Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw

Bishaw believes the presence of  South Africa-based striker  Getaneh Kebede, who missed the first leg at Addis Ababa National Stadium, will propel his team to victory

FIFA Invites Iheanacho, Alampasu

Posted: November 14, 2013 in Sport

Golden Eaglets’ duo of striker Kelechi Iheanacho and Goalkeeper Dele Alampasu have been invited by world’s soccer ruling body, FIFA as part of dignitaries to witness the annual Ballon d’Or to be hosted in Zurich next year.
FIFA noted that the duo who emerged on top of the honours’ rack at the just concluded FIFA U-17 World Cup in the UAE have been chosen to be part of the select crowd that would witness the gala after for winning the Adidas Golden Ball Award and Golden Gloves Award.
” On behalf of FIFA, I would like to congratulate you once again on winning the Adidas Golden Ball Award(Iheanacho); Golden Gloves(Alampasu) at this year’s FIFA’s U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates for the best player of the tournament,” wrote Sandra Marfurt,Head of Special Events and Guest Management.

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“We would like to end this successful year with you and your companion as our guests of honour at the annual FIFA Ballon d’Or gala at the Zurich. Kongresshaus on Monday, 13 January 2014.”
FIFA’s cheering news was broken to the team on their bus ride to Abuja from Minna where they were hosted to a dinner banquet by Chief Servant of NigerState, Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu.
” I considered this as blessing from God and a privilege to be invited by FIFA to witness the presentation of the awards to the best players,” said Iheanacho who was enjoying Akon’s hit track, Freedom on his phone when the news filtered in Equally elated was Alampasu:”I’m so happy with the invitation from FIFA and I have to thank God for this recognition.”

Uche unfazed by Nigeria snub

Posted: November 13, 2013 in Sport
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Ikechukwu Uche

In-form Villarreal striker Ikechukwu Uche says he is not concerned by his continued omission from Stephen Keshi’s Nigeria squad.

He is not part of Keshi’s plans for the second leg of their World Cup play-off against Ethiopia despite three goals in his last four matches in Spain.

“Sometimes it (snub) crosses my mind but I remain a fan of the Super Eagles.”

“If I get another chance I’ll honour the call

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is still ruing selling Robin Van Persie to rivals manchester united.

Van Persie played a pivotal when both sides met,scoring the solitary goal that powered United to a 1-0 defeat of Arsenal on Sunday.
The 30-year old Dutchman,was sold last season to United in a lucrative deal worth £24million despite having just one year left on his contract.
However, Wenger claimed that he did not want to sell Van Persie but had to budge due to the circumstances,and that the offer was too good to turn down.

The French tactician added that he will never sell any other player to Manchester United,not the least when he is still managing Arsenal.
“It was a special circumstance,” Wenger said about the transfer. “I will not act for Arsenal for the next 100 years but I do not think it will happen again in my time,”

Mikel, Moses nominated for BBC award

Posted: November 12, 2013 in Sport
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Moses and Mikel

Nigeria’s duo of Mikel Obi and Victor Moses have been nominated for this year’s BBC African Footballer award alonside three other Africa’s best in the Eurpean leagues.

Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure is making the shortlist for the fifth consecutive year, while Burkina Faso’s Jonathan Pitroipa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon complete the list.

The winner, who will be unveiled on December 2, will be decided by African football fans via SMS.

No player on this year’s shortlist, drawn up from votes by 44 journalists across Africa, has won the BBC award before and two – Pitroipa and Aubameyang – are the first nominees from their respective countries