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Nigeria escape World Cup dismissal, fined for fielding ineligible player against Algeria

Published: December 13, 2017

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Fifa has sanctioned the Nigeria Football Federation for fielding an ineligible player in their World Cup qualifying encounter against Algeria, but it will not affect the country’s participation in Russia next year. The Super Eagles fielded right-back Abdullahi Shehu – who was on one-match suspension – in their final qualifying clash against the Desert Foxes on November 10 which ended in a 1-1 draw. Also, on the Group B qualification log, there is an insignificant change as Algeria still maintain their position at the base of the log, but now with four points, and Gernot Rohr’s men are unshaken at the summit, but with 13 points, five better than then-close contender Zambia.


Aguero faints, leaves Argentina-Nigeria friendly

Published: November 16, 2017

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Sergio Aguero’s goal against Nigeria was an afterthought following a trip to the hospital. Aguero scored to make it 2-0 in Russia against the Super Eagles, but fainted in the dressing room at halftime according to the BBC.


Nigeria face FIFA sanction after Ighalo yellow

Published: September 3, 2017

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Nigeria could face additional sanctions from FIFA for Odion Ighalo’s yellow card after his goal celebration. Ighalo lifted his shirt to reveal a message that and was instantly booked by Egyptian referee Ghead Grisha after netting the opening goal in the Super Eagles’ 4-0 victory over Cameroon in Uyo on Friday. “He told me that the message on my shirt was about religion because it’s ‘thank you Jesus’,” Ighalo told KweséESPN.


CAF executives approve African Cup expansion and date change

Published: July 21, 2017

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The Confederation of African Football’s executive committee approved two major changes to the continent’s top soccer tournament on Thursday, expanding it from 16 to 24 teams from 2019 and moving it from the beginning of the year to June-July. CAF expects the first change to significantly increase revenue from the African Cup of Nations, its flagship tournament, and follows the lead of the European Championship, which expanded to 24 teams last year. “The more the merrier,” CAF executive committee member Amaju Pinnick of Nigeria said this week in support of the expansion.


Man United’s Rashford like Ronaldo, Neymar, can be ‘world star’ – Scholes

Published: April 21, 2017

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Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford has similar ability to Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar and could someday become a “world star,” reckons


Ibrahimovic out until January – sources

Published: April 21, 2017

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has suffered serious ligament damage in his right knee.


CONCACAF to ask FIFA to fast-track U.S.-led 2026 World Cup bid — sources

Published: April 10, 2017

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Historically, securing the right to host a World Cup has been a long, arduous process that involves significant travel, countless pitch


Cristiano Ronaldo bust sculptor: ‘Not even Jesus pleased everyone’

Published: March 30, 2017

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The sculptor who designed the bust of Cristiano Ronaldo unveiled at Madeira airport on Wednesday has defended his handiwork, saying: “Not


Colombia captain James Rodriguez photographed with middle finger up

Published: March 27, 2017

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Colombia captain James Rodriguez has been photographed brandishing his middle finger from an upstairs window at the Colombia Football


Trending: Van Gaal to help Dutch search? Henry plays down Arsenal job

Published: March 27, 2017

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