2018 World Cup: NFF, players reach agreement on bonuses, allowances

 The Nigeria Football Federation reached an agreement with the national team over earnings for the World Cup in Russia on Tuesday, hoping to avoid a pay strike similar to the one in Brazil in 2014. It did not disclose the various fees agreed with the players. “We have done it; we have concluded negotiations and come to agreement with the team as regards (to) bonuses, allowances and share of income from FIFA for the 2018 World Cup,” said NFF vice-president Shehu Dikko. “We also agreed on preparation, such as how…

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Neymar regrets joining PSG – Report

The Brazilian striker, signed for a world record £198m only this summer, has apparently said as much to former Barcelona team-mates, The Sun reports. Marcelo Bechler, the journalist who first told of Neymar’s desperation to leave the Nou Camp, has now moved the story way on with his latest revelation. Apparently, Neymar has confided in Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez and told them he wishes he hadn’t moved to Paris. The 25-year-old has certainly begun with a bang in front of goal with 11 in his first 12 appearances. He’s…

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I don’t influence Argentina team selection – Lionel Messi

 Lionel Messi says it makes him angry when people claim he makes the big decisions for the national team. Messi, whose hat-trick took Argentina to the World Cup last month, has been accused of selecting coaches and influencing which players do and do not make the squad in the past. The Barcelona forward, however, criticised the “ridiculous” comments which have been made about him. “It makes me angry that people say so many things so easily,” Messi told ESPN about his thoughts on the suggestion he runs the Argentina team….

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England and Germany to wear poppy armbands at Wembley

 England and Germany will wear black armbands bearing poppies for the friendly international at Wembley on Friday night. The Football Association and German Football Association [DFB] have confirmed both teams will wear the poppies in remembrance of members of the armed forces, past and present. In September, the International Football Association Board [IFAB] gave authority for the home nations to display poppies during their respective fixtures in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday. FA chief executive Martin Glenn said: “Remembering and commemorating the men and women who have served this…

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Moses, 2 other Nigerian players listed for CAF African players awards

  Three Nigerian players are now in line for consideration for continental football awards in January after being listed among nominees by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The three players include overseas-based Victor Moses and William Troost-Ekong who have been nominated for the African Player of the Year award.Egypt-based Junior Ajayi who plays for Egyptian side Al Ahly has also been nominated for the African Player of the Year Based in Africa 2017 award. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 30 players each have been nominated for the…

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Iceland Sets Record Qualifying For Russia World Cup

Iceland and Serbia have added their names to the list of Russia 2018 participants after qualifying directly from Groups I and D respectively in Europe. The Icelanders’ feat is particularly notable as they have qualified for their first-ever FIFA World Cup™ and will become the least populous nation to compete at the global finals. They secured that place in history with a nervy but thoroughly merited 2-0 win over Kosovo in Reykjavik, rounding off a memorable campaign that has seen them edge out the likes of Croatia, Ukraine and Turkey….

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Victor Moses, Odey, Okpotu named Finalists for NSA Footballer of the Year

Super Eagles and Chelsea star Victor Moses alongside former Mountain of Fire Football Club striker, Stephen Odey and Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) goalscorer in the just-concluded season Anthony Okpotuamong have been named finalists for Footballer of the Year Award. In the female category, Asisat Oshoala is up against Ebi Onome of the Super Falcons and Rasheedat Ajibade of the Falconets. Akuh Purity is up against Kennedy Boboye and Sam Vincent for the Coach of the Year while Aruna Quadri, Ike Diogu and Evelyn Akhator make up the three finalists for Ball Sports of the Year There were also nominees for Ball sports Personality of the year, Sportsman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year,…

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Alex Iwobi takes Nigeria to Russia

Arsenal midfielder, Alex Iwobi proved himself a super substitute for Nigeria on Saturday when he scored the decisive goal needed to take the African football giant to the Russian World Cup. Nigeria needed a victory, no matter the margin, against visitors Chipolopolo of Zambia and Iwobi made the 1-0 victory possible. Iwobi came in the 67th minute and seven minutes after, he utilised a cross by a team mate after a pass by Victor Moses to score for Nigeria’s Super Eagles, thus dashing Zambia’s hopes of upsetting the Eagles. The Arsenal player…

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England, Germany qualify for World Cup

England and defending champions, Germany have qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The Three Lions left it late once more, with the third stoppage time goal in this campaign securing the three points that send them to Russia. Captain Harry Kane was England’s hero late on, converting Kyle Walker’s cross to seal the win. Up to that point it had been a rather reserved evening for the England , with lots of possession but a lack of incisiveness. The hosts created more chances as the second half wore on, with their…

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Chelsea Striker Alvaro Morata Suffers Grade Two Hamstring Injury

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata could be out for more than a month after injuring his hamstring during Saturday’s defeat by Manchester City. The 24-year-old, who joined Chelsea for a club record £60m from Real Madrid, is the club’s top scorer with seven goals. Spanish team doctors diagnosed the grade two myofascial injury and he will miss this week’s World Cup qualifiers against Albania and Israel. Muscle injuries such as this can take four to eight weeks to recover from. Spain are top of group G, three points clear of Italy, with two games remaining. Chelsea next…

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