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FG Reaffirms Amaju Pinnick Board

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Following the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council of 13 August 2018 concerning the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), FIFA received confirmations that the legitimate leadership of the NFF under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi has been given back effective control of the NFF and its offices.

In view of these circumstances, FIFA deems that the conditions set by the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council have now been met and consequently the suspension of the NFF will not take effect.

FIFA will continue to closely monitor the situation in order to ensure that FIFA’s rules and regulations are fully adhered to.

FG Stops FIFA Ban

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The Federal Government (FG) has reportedly contacted the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) over the weekend assuring the football governing body that Amaju Pinnick and his executives have been and are still in charge of football affairs in the country.

According to reports monitored on KweséESPN, the government sent a letter to FIFA reiterating its recognition of the Amaju Pinnick led executives as the ones in charge of football in the country.

The report also says that the government assured FIFA that football in the country was being run, and would continue to be run in full compliance with FIFA Statutes.

France 2018: Falconets Bites The Dust

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Nigeria’s U20 girls, Falconets, were bumped from the 9thFIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals on Thursday following a 1-2 loss to Spain in the tournament’s first quarter final game in Concarneau.

Aitana Bonmati put the reigning European U19 champions ahead in the 13th minute as the Nigerian defenceline ball watched a brilliant team move by the Spaniards.
Bonmati was close to a second from a fierce free-kick that struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced away to safety, while Eva Navarro forced a point blank save from goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie moments later.
Patri Guijarro doubled the lead for Spain just before the half time when she got the better of Rasheedat Ajibade who put her on-side from a free-kick outside the Nigerian box.  
The hard fighting Falconets returned from pep –talk session in the dressing room looking more business –like, and they reduced the tally with a goal from Peace Efih minutes before the hour mark. Efih’s forward run saw her pick out Rasheedat Ajibade on the…

Total/NBBF Division 2 league: South West, North Central Conference representatives emerge

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A total of 4 teams have punched their tickets to the Conference phase of the Total/NBBF Division 2 league from the South West and North Central zones.
After 5 days of intense basketball action amongst 7 teams that made it to the zonal finals in the South West, Ondo Kings from Akure and Young Royals of Abeokuta qualified to represent the zone in the Atlantic Division.
Despite losing the final game to Young Royal of Abeokuta by 29 points to 42, getting to the final was all that was needed for Ondo Kings to confirm their first ever status in the conference final.
From the North Central, Golden Touch of Nasarawa booked their ticket in golden fashion to confirm a place in the Savannah conference of the Total/NBBF Division 2.
Nigerian Prisons of Niger bounced back from their match day one defeat in style as they took no prisoner to also qualify from Markurdi centre.
Action will shift to the South South (Calabar) and South East (Umuahia) zones between the 17th and 23rd of August where 4 teams are…

France 2018: Super Falconets reminiscence ahead of semi final clash

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Nigeria’s U20 girls tackle their counterparts from Spain on Thursday for a place in the semi finals of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals, with sweet memories of how the Falconets edged the Spaniards in a group phase game in Papua New Guinea two years ago.

Nigeria won that match 2-1, and the two time silver medallists have confidence they can pull off another victory against La Rojita in Concarneau to earn a berth in the championship’s last four.
Five members of the Class of 2018 were part of that squad that defeated Spain in Papua New Guinea two years ago, including Skipper Rasheedat Ajibade, who has scored both of the Nigerian team’s goals in the ongoing tournament. Four of the girls that played for Spain in Papua New Guinea are in the squad in France.
Nigeria’s tally of four points was the lowest for a team that reached the quarter finals in France, but that would count for nothing when the Falconets file out against La Rojita on Thursday evening, starting from 3pm Nigeria time.
To …

Victor Moses announces Retirement

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Super Eagles and Chelsea forward, Victor Moses has called it quit on his International duties to focus on his club career.
The 27 year old forward made this known on Wednesday on his verified Instagram page weeks after participating in all three matches for Nigeria at World Cup 2018 in Russia and got eliminated at the group stage with the Super Eagles.
He said: “I would like to announce that after much thought I have made the decision to retire from playing international football.
I have experienced some of the best moments of my life wearing the Super Eagles shirt and have memories with me that will last a lifetime.
Nothing will ever compete to what it felt like to represent Nigeria on behalf of our country.
However I feel that now is the right time to step away in order to be able to focus fully on club career and my young family as well as to allow the next generation of Super Eagles stars the opportunity to step up and to flourish. We are blessed as a nation to have so many excit…

Real Madrid Drops Thibaut Courtois

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Keylor Navas will start for Real Madrid in the European Supercup after the club failed to register former Chelsea goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois for the game.

According to UEFA's website, Thibaut  Courtois has not been registered for the match. In its offical lineup of the squads, the Belgian's name does not appear among the list of four goalkeepers for the Champions League winners.

Despite being part of the 29 players that have made their way to Tallin, the Belgian goalkeeper will not be able to make his debut against his former club, Atletico Madridand will have to wait until the first game in LaLiga against Getafe to start in the Madrid goal.

Although he was asked about it in a press conference on Tuesday, Julen Lopetegui kept his cards close to his chest. "I know who will play in goal, but obviously I'm not going to say who".

Despite Lopetegui's cryptic answer, UEFA's website means that it is clear that Keylor Navas will be the one to play in goal agai…