• Nigeria’s defensive weakness will be punished, says Algeria coach

    Nigeria’s defensive weakness will be punished, says Algeria coach

    The Greens’ coach has pointed out the Super Eagles backline as an area for his myriad of attacking talents to exploit.

    Algeria coach Georges Leekens has said that the defensive frailties of Nigeria will be ‘taken into account’ when both teams lock horns in their 2018 World Cup qualifying match.

    Despite having some key attacking talents pull out due to various injury problems, the Greens still have Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani and Sofiane Feghouli to bank on. And the Belgian is looking […]

  • Watch: Arsenal star Alex Iwobi scores half-volley for Nigeria

    Watch: Arsenal star Alex Iwobi scores half-volley for Nigeria

    Alex Iwobi’s fine run of form shows no sign of being interrupted by the current international break.

    Iwobi doing what he does for Nigeria ayyy. pic.twitter.com/8tuhaXH8el

    — – (@FutboIKing) October 9, 2016

    The 20-year-old has been one of Arsenal’s leading lights this season, playing superbly on the left of Arsenal’s attacking front line.

    Heading to Nigeria for a World Cup qualifier against Zambia could have proved an unwelcome distraction, however Iwobi has simply continued his fine run of form.

    He scored his first […]

  • Neymar told to show some respect for his opponent by the guy who elbowed him in the face

    Neymar told to show some respect for his opponent by the guy who elbowed him in the face

    The Bolivian footballer who left Neymar bleeding from the head has dealt the Barcelona star another blow.

    The pair collided in a World Cup qualifier on Friday night, with Yasmani Duk’s elbow connecting with Neymar’s face during Brazil’s 5-0 win.

    The impact of the blow left the Brazilian bleeding heavily.

    But rather than apologise for the incident, Duk seemed to suggest Neymar had brought it on himself and even offered the striker some advice.

    ‘To become the best player in the world, he’s got […]

  • Super Eagles take on Zambia without supporters

    Super Eagles take on Zambia without supporters

    The two factions of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club were stopped from travelling to Ndola, Zambia on Saturday.

    President General, Rafiu Ladipo and Vincent Okumagba head the two factions with each laying claim as the authentic President.

    They had stormed the airport with their various supporters only to be shocked when the President of the Nigeria FootballFederation, Amaju Pinnick said none of the parties would travel.

    “We are going as a united family. We don’t need any distraction,”Pinnick said, adding, “I told them […]

  • Cristiano Ronaldo scores 42nd career hat-trick in Portugal win

    Cristiano Ronaldo scores 42nd career hat-trick in Portugal win

    The Real Madrid star has had a difficult start to the 2016-17 campaign but made his return with Portugal in style by leading them to a 6-0 victory over Andorra.

    Cristiano Ronaldo expressed his satisfaction after returning to the Portugal team with four goals in their 6-0 victory over Andorra.

    Fernando Santos’ side were beaten 2-0 by Switzerland in their first World Cup qualifier but were without talisman Ronaldo on that occasion due to the injury he suffered in the Euro 2016 […]

  • A bloody Neymar was removed from Brazil’s 5-0 defeat of Bolivia

    A bloody Neymar was removed from Brazil’s 5-0 defeat of Bolivia

    A bloody Neymar was removed from Brazil’s 5-0 defeat of Bolivia after receiving an elbow to the face on Thursday.

    The Barcelona star scored one goal and set up two more as Brazil outclassed the Bolivians in their CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier in Natal, Brazil, but wasn’t allowed to continue past the 69th minute.

    Neymar went to ground after being accidentally elbowed during a one-v-one situation with a Bolivian defender near the touchline.

    With the right side of his face streaming blood, the […]

  • Iheanacho Promises To Help Nigeria Qualify For 2018 World Cup

    Iheanacho Promises To Help Nigeria Qualify For 2018 World Cup

    Manchester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho says he will do everything under his control to help Nigeria qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

    The 20-year-old highly-rated player, who was voted 2013 CAF Youth Player of the Year, scored his first competitive international goal against Tanzania in the inconsequential African Cup of Nations qualifier.

    The Super Eagles will be up against the Chipolopolos in Ndola on Sunday in a Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier and Iheanacho is confident the Nigerians will start […]

  • Super Eagles begin training, depart for Ndola on chartered flight Friday

    Super Eagles begin training, depart for Ndola on chartered flight Friday

    The Super Eagles could not have their first training session yesterday ahead of the group opener game against the Chipolopolo of Zambia following the late arrival of most of the players listed for the encounter billed for this weekend.

    According to the team’s spokesman, Toyin Ibitoye, the Eagles are expected to start their main business this morning, as all the players invited for the game were expected to have settled down after their haul flights from their bases.

    Ibitoye disclosed that preparations […]

  • FIFA chief Gianni Infantino suggests 48-team World Cup

    FIFA chief Gianni Infantino suggests 48-team World Cup

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino, whose election promises included expanding the World Cup finals to 40 countries, on Monday proposed an even larger tournament involving 48 teams.

    However, he suggested that 16 of those teams would go home after just one knockout match, and the remainder of the tournament would be played, as now, with a 32-team group stage, followed by a knockout phase.

    Infantino, speaking during an event at Bogota’s Sergio Arboleda university, said a final decision would be taken by the […]

  • Eagles can qualify for 2018 World Cup – Leon Balogun

    Eagles can qualify for 2018 World Cup – Leon Balogun

    Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun, believes Nigeria will book a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

    He says although the round to qualification might be tough he also noted that it is the hard road that leads to success.

    He, however, wants the team to take every opportunity at their disposal to ensure they book a spot at the world’s most prestigious tournament.

    The 3-time African champions have been drawn in what is seen as a tough group that parades […]