ALARM BELLS RINGING ON THE PLATEAU
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ALARM BELLS RINGING ON THE PLATEAU

BY TUNDE AKINBINU. It is no longer news that Plateau United are the Nigerian Professional Football League Champions. They topped the log very early in the recently concluded…

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Day of Long Knives Beckons
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Day of Long Knives Beckons

    The die is cast, the moment of decision is nigh and in just one year or so from now, the drummer boys will gather, ready to…

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What Hope for Home-Based Eagles?
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What Hope for Home-Based Eagles?

      Fans of local football in Nigeria have enjoyed themselves like never before in the manner they have trooped to match venues to see the NPFL…

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Should Enyeama Return to Super Eagles?
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Should Enyeama Return to Super Eagles?

      With crucial matches that will shape his destiny as well as that of the Super Eagles and possibly give the shape of what to expect…

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Rohr’s Wages, NFF and Ugly History
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Rohr’s Wages, NFF and Ugly History

    When the local media reported on April 1 that the Super Eagles’ Franco-German coach, Gernot Rohr, had not been paid his monthly salary since January this…

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How Far Can Stephen Odey Go?
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How Far Can Stephen Odey Go?

  With the Nigerian League yet to get to the half way mark, MFM’s firebrand attacker, Stephen Odey, has already struck a record. His 14 goals as at…

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Toriola: Awardee Awaiting His Honour
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Toriola: Awardee Awaiting His Honour

      Appearing at seven consecutive Olympic Games stands Nigerian table tennis star, Segun Toriola, apart as one of the country’s all-time sports personalities. Ranking as easily…

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Good Night Paul Hamilton, Sleep Well Kenneth Ilodigwe
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Good Night Paul Hamilton, Sleep Well Kenneth Ilodigwe

    If football were played in the other side, the celestial beings will be rejoicing about the latest entrants, even as Nigerians mourn them. Last Thursday, Nigerian…

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Beyond Pinnick’s CAF Feat
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Beyond Pinnick’s CAF Feat

    Going by the manner he targeted and achieved his objective, it would seem that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, has reached his peak…

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A Man Nigeria Should Not Have Forgotten
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A Man Nigeria Should Not Have Forgotten

        Today is the 37th anniversary of Nigeria’s first victory in the Africa Cup of Nations. Perhaps it was divinely designed as an eternal tribute…

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What’s The NPFL Players’ Worth?
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What’s The NPFL Players’ Worth?

    Breathtaking and memorable actions, as well as huge crowds at match venues, have since overshadowed the uncertainty that characterized preparation for the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football…

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Why Nigeria Must Not Vote Hayatou
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Why Nigeria Must Not Vote Hayatou

      Unconfirmed information has been going round that the Nigerian Government has directed the NFF president Amaju Pinnick to vote for Issa Hayatou of Cameroon in…

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Ambush For National Stadium ‘Renewal’
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Ambush For National Stadium ‘Renewal’

    It is like a routine. Every sports minister gets appointed and sworn-in in Abuja. Barely one week after assuming official duties, the minister heads for Lagos…

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Rangers Can Perform The Barca Feat
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Rangers Can Perform The Barca Feat

Apart from the first encounters that Zamalek had with a Nigerian club, Shooting Stars in the months of September and October 1976, the ‘Whites’ as the affluent Egyptian…

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Arsenal Back in Winning Form?
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Arsenal Back in Winning Form?

Arsenal on Saturday fired the full cylinder that had failed on Tuesday in the Champions League tie with Bayern Munich, to visit much anger on hapless Lincoln City…

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Much Ado About Indomitable Lions
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Much Ado About Indomitable Lions

    It is now stale news that Nigeria’s Super Eagles were absent at the recent Africa Cup of Nations finals hosted by Gabon. It is also stale…

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Hayatou, It’s Full Time!
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Hayatou, It’s Full Time!

Ahead of the CAF election which holds in 10 days time, President Issa Hayatou is already a record holder. He holds the record for longevity in the CAF…

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CAF Elections: Hayatou Should Step Down
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CAF Elections: Hayatou Should Step Down

  I AM WRITING this on Monday, February the 27th, 2017. For anyone reading this article to have a good background to my perspective on the Confederation of…

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Danger Signals
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Danger Signals

  It is barely 17 days to the 2017 elections into executive positions of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. But the battleground appears…

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Who’s next, after Ranieri?
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Who’s next, after Ranieri?

A friend cracked a joke with me shortly after Leicester City parted ways with its most successful manager in history, Claudio Ranieri, Thursday night. He remarked that Carlo Ancelloti won…

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Confederation Cup: Nigerian clubs pay the penalty!
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Confederation Cup: Nigerian clubs pay the penalty!

The second tier African inter clubs competition, the CAF Confederation Cup,  is in its 14th edition, but the best a Nigerian club has achieved was in 2005 when…

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