Aiteo Group threatens to review deal with NFF over alleged poor derivatives

Barely five months after the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) celebrated two sponsorship deals with Aiteo Group, an energy company, the oil and gas outfit is considering its options following alleged poor derivatives from the agreements. The NFF and Aiteo Group in April signed a N2.5 billion Federation Cup sponsorship deal that will see the competition run without hitches for the next five years. The deal conferred on Aiteo Group the right as titleholder for the competition, which was promptly renamed AITEO Cup. The parties had earlier reached an agreement that…

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We will beat Nigeria the way we beat Algeria, Chipolopolo legend boasts

Zambia legend, Mordon Malitoli is hoping the Copper Bullets will cause a major upset and beat the Super Eagles in October’s World Cup qualifier in Uyo. The former Nkana FC and RoPS defender, who was a key member of the Zambian squad that lost 2-1 to Nigeria in the final of the 1994 African Cup of Nations, was very positive about the Chipolopolo’s chances against the Super Eagles after they picked up an away win in their last group match against Algeria. “I think we should believe that we can…

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Ronaldo back for Real Madrid, Deulofeu in for Dembele

Barcelona begin a four-month stretch without injured club record signing Ousmane Dembele, but will be expected to sweep aside Eibar to continue their 100 percent start to La Liga on Tuesday. Cristiano Ronaldo returns from a five-match ban for Real Madrid 24 hours later at home to Real Betis, whilst Atletico Madrid face a daunting trip to Athletic Bilbao. Here, AFP Sports highlights five things to look out for in this midweek’s fifth round of La Liga fixtures. Dembele opens door to Deulofeu Dembele’s prolonged absence hands Gerard Deulofeu a…

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Eagles beat Ghana 2-0, qualify for WAFU Cup semis

Nobody gave Nigeria any chance of survival after two tame draws had put them at the precipice. But the Super Eagles yesterday stunned the Black Stars of Ghana with two quick goals in the early minutes of the second half of the WAFU Cup last group game held at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium. Tony Okpotu and Peter Eneji were the heroes as the Salisu Yusuf led team put up a gallant fight to leave the hosts gasping for breadth. Nigeria showed their intention early in the game when they…

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Neymar-Cavani penalty spat a ‘war of egos

Brazil’s media on Monday dubbed the spat between Paris Saint-Germain stars Neymar and Edinson Cavani over who should take a penalty kick during their victory against Lyon “a war of egos.” Newspapers in Brazil, always hungry for Neymar news, dived into the tussle in which the recently signed PSG superstar tried to take the ball from his Uruguayan teammate on Sunday. Cavani kept the ball but had his shot saved in what was ultimately a 2-0 win. “Neymar and Cavani argue again,” O Dia’s headline read, referring to another penalty…

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NFF retains Uyo as host of Eagles, Zambia match despite unrest in South East

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has retained Uyo as host of the 2018 World Cup qualifier between the Super Eagles and Zambia despite the recent clashes involving the Military and the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) in the neighboring Aba. Some football followers recently raised questions on the suitability of Uyo for the game in view of the crisis in the South East. But Super Eagles’ Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye dismissed such fears, noting that the Akwa Ibom State government has always ensured adequate security in the city since the Super Eagles started playing…

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Wayne Rooney get 2-year driving ban for drinking

Former England Captain Wayne Rooney, was given a two-year driving ban after pleading guilty to drink-driving on Monday. The 31-year-old Everton striker was charged after being stopped by police in the early hours of September 1. “Following today’s court hearing I want publicly to apologise for my unforgivable lack of judgment in driving while over the legal limit,” Rooney said in a statement. “It was completely wrong”. “I have already said sorry to my family, my manager and chairman and everyone at Everton FC. “Now I want to apologise to…

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Messi’s double inspires Barca to Juventus revenge

Barcelona defied an outgoing off-field crisis as another Lionel Messi-inspired display exacted revenge on Juventus to open their Champions League campaign with a resounding 3-0 win on Tuesday. Messi was involved in all three goals as he beat Gianluigi Buffon for the first time in his career to open the floodgates just before half-time. Ivan Rakitic added a second after Messi’s run and cross opened up the Juventus defence before the Argentine rounded off the scoring by drilling home his second of the evening 19 minutes from time. Victory puts…

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Arsenal must decide on Europa League campaign – Peter Cech

Arsenal must go into their Europa League campaign with the intention of winning the tournament or set themselves different priorities for the season, goalkeeper Peter Cech has said. The London side host Germany’s Cologne in Europe’s second-tier competition on Thursday and Cech, who won the title with Chelsea in the 2012-13 season, said the club must take a call on how they approach the tournament. “You make your decision,” he told London’s Evening Standard. “At Chelsea, we were really disappointed to have been knocked out of the group stage (of…

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Arsene Wenger wants top-four over Europa

Arsenal can sustain a Europa League challenge but a top-four finish in the Premier League would be the best way to reach next season’s Champions League, manager Arsene Wenger has said. Manchester United won the Europa League title last season to secure direct entry to the Champions League. Manager Jose Mourinho made winning the competition a priority as United slipped to a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League. Wenger, however, believes domestic success is key to Arsenal’s ambitions after dropping out of the top four for the first time in…

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