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  • Babayaro Tips S'Eagles to Shine in Brazil, Articles

    December 4, 2013 9:08 PM 67

    Celestine Babayaro Former Super Eagles defender, Celestine Babayaro, has predicted the country will shine at Brazil 2014 irrespective of the first round group they are drawn in tomorrow. "The Eagles would excel irrespective of the group they would find themselves," Babayaro said ahead of Friday’s draw in Brazil. "Nigeria have shown the world that we are back in the world

  • Only Guardiola can outdo Real

    December 4, 2013 5:14 PM 72

    Only one team in Europe has bettered Real Madrid's current run of results. Bayern Munich has tasted nothing but victory in its last seven games, going seven for seven (five in the Bundesliga and two in the Champions League). Real Madrid has managed six wins and a draw, the latter against Juventus. Incidentally, the Italian team has also racked up an identical

  • Manchester United, Arsenal & Chelsea in race for €70m ace

    December 4, 2013 10:10 AM 62

    But the Premier League trio will reportedly have to stump up at least €70m to pry him from the Gelsenkirchen club before the World Cup. The 20-year-old has made more than 75 Bundesliga appearances for Schalke since his debut in 2011, and his impressive performances in the Champions League have convinced the likes of United and Arsenal to firm up their

  • England's Roy Hodgson hoping for Switzerland reunion in Brazil

    December 4, 2013 9:37 AM 76

    Updated: Wednesday, 04 Dec 2013 09:15 | Comments Roy Hodgson always looks back fondly at his time as Switzerland manager, and he will no doubt be hoping for a reunion with the country famed for its love of cheese and clocks next summer. England fans will be crossing their fingers on Friday when the World Cup draw takes place in the north-eastern city of Salvador

  • N1.5m up for grabs in NB Plc chess tourney

    December 3, 2013 11:03 PM 77

    A total cash prize of N1.5m will be up for winning at the 36th edition of the Nigerian Breweries International Open Chess Championship which holds from December 12 to 15 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. The four-day tournament will be in seven-round Swiss event paring with the star prize winner going home with N250,000 and corporate gift from the sponsor

  • Nigeria FA chief targeted by money transfer fraudsters

    December 3, 2013 3:32 PM 72

    Early Doors began life as a daily vehicle for mocking Rafa Benitez - and as such represented something a prototype for the modern internet. It has now evolved into a must-read morning feature from our team of football writers. Serious or silly, penetrating or puerile, Early Doors has always got something to say on the big issues. And there's still a fair amount

  • Nigeria move to avoid World Cup bonus row

    December 3, 2013 3:12 PM 70

    Nigeria football officials are set to implement a code of conduct which they hope will prevent future rows with the national team over bonus payments. The move is designed to ensure there is no repeat of the dispute that almost caused the country to miss out on this year's Fifa Confederations Cup. Sports minister Bolaji Abdullahi has forwarded a code of conduct

  • Exclusive: Liverpool, Manchester City battle for Golden Eaglets star, Chidera Eze

    December 3, 2013 8:58 AM 60

    A member of the world-conquering Golden Eaglets, Chidera Eze, has received offers from two English Premier League sides, Liverpool and Manchester City, PREMIUM TIMES can reveal. The attacker was a part of the Nigerian U-17 side that emerged World Champions at the FIFA tournament held in the UAE. The player, who had been linked to clubs in the Portuguese

  • Interim ASA board gets down to business

    December 3, 2013 7:15 AM 70

    Monday 2 December 2013 20:03 The newly appointed Athletics South Africa (ASA) interim board has not wasted time to tackle issues hampering this troubled organisation. The seven member committee was appointed this past weekend following the dissolution of the previous board led by James Evans. Following a mandate from the 16 ASA regions to normalise

  • NSC secures N280m to pay Keshi, others

    December 3, 2013 12:53 AM 67

    The Ministry of Sports/National Sports Commission has secured a grant of N280m on behalf of the Nigeria Football Federation to pay the salary arrears of national football coaches. A major share of the money will go to Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi and the former coach of the Flying Eagles John Obuh. An aide of the sports minister who spoke with The PUNCH