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2015 Turning Drums of War to Drums of Sports

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In 1914, the year that Lord Lugard welded the Northern and Southern protectorates into one Nigeria - was also the year that the First World War began. - By Steve Alabi

In 1914, the year that Lord Lugard welded the Northern and Southern protectorates into one Nigeria - was also the year that the First World War began. The war saw 42,959,850 troops of the Allied Powers ranged against 25,248,321 troops of the Central Powers. By the time anger and angst subsided and reason and restraint prevailed on November 11, 1918, there were 22,477,500 military casualties on the Allied side and 16,403,000 on the Central side. Civilian casualties are generally unknown but the numbers are also in six digits.

Champions League: Key Lessons From Arsenal And Manchester City’s Ouster

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After Arsenal and Manchester City were both humbled in the Champions League’s last 16, what steps must English sides take to be able to compete against Europe’s elite? By James Uzondu with Agency Report

It is a cliché to suggest continental sides struggle against physical or direct football, but against highly technical sides such as Bayern Munich and Barcelona, this is where English clubs’ comparative advantage lies.
Bayern are a more powerful side than Barcelona, but they had no answer to Arsenal’s extremely forceful start at the Emirates, seemingly unable to deal with the tempo. Only Mesut Özil’s penalty failure prevented Arsenal from leading.

PSG Move Is Possible

Yaya Toure has opened the door to a possible move to Paris Saint-Germain, but added he feels the Premier League “suits me best.”
Toure is central to Manchester City’s Premier League and Champions League bids this season. However, Toure, who played for Monaco before joining Barcelona, told Newsworld  he would not rule out a return to Ligue 1 with big-spending PSG.

Ballon D’Or Blub Sees Superstar Join Gazza On Weepies

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Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Fifa Ballon d’Or for the second time after a wonderful year. The Real Madrid forward was emotional as he collected his award and thanked his team-mates for their support. - By James Uzondu with Agency Report

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Fifa Ballon d’Or for the second time after a wonderful year. The Real Madrid forward was emotional as he collected his award and thanked his team-mates for their support.
“First of all I have to say a great thanks to all of my team-mates with the club and the national team,” he said. “Without all of their efforts this would not have been possible. I am very happy, it is very difficult to win this award.

Mandela And Power Of Sports

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Encomiums have continued to pour in for former South African leader, Nelson Mandela who passed on penultimate week at the age of 95. He will ever be remembered in the sports circle because of his ability to use it to unify the country. How did it make it happen? - Chris Onokpegu with agency reports

port has the power to change the world…it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.”
The above assertion was the word of former South Africa president, Nelson Mandela.
However, there is no doubt that sport is a unifying factor, but yet many leaders are yet to tap into it and use it as a tool for unity. 

What Manner Of African Footballer of the Year Award

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Ivorian Yaya Toure emerged as the winner of the annual BBC African Footballer of the Year. Some analysts believe that the announcement is unjust. How true is it? Does he deserve it and will it translate into him emerging as the winner of the CAF award? - By Chris Onokpegu

vory Coast international and Manchester City midfielder emerged as the winner of the BBC annual award given to the best African footballer of the year as voted by the BBC radio listeners. 
The voting which was done via SMS and online saw the Ivorian midfielder, winning the award ahead of Nigerian Super Eagles and Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi. Yaya is seen by many as a worthy winner, widely recognised as one of the finest midfielders of his generation and an absolute powerhouse, a general on the pitch who commands respect from every quarter.

And His Many Controversies

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There have been so many controversies surrounding the tenure of Coach Stephen Keshi. Lately, it is his alleged refusal to accept a foreign technical adviser and there are many more; so, what is responsible for all these?

here is no doubt that Chelsea and Portuguese coach, Jose Mourinho is one of the most controversial persons on earth especially when it comes to his job. For that reason, he is always in the news for one reason or the other especially for the wrong ones.
However, Nigeria’s Super Eagles coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi seems to have taken after Mourinho both for the wrong and right reasons.

2014 World Cup Bound Teams

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The stage is set for the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup as all the teams expected to participate at the Mundial have all qualified. How ready are the teams for the tournament? All Eyes are on the super star teams. - By Chris Onokpegu

ovember, Tuesday 19, 2013 will ever remain memorable in the minds of football followers especially the fans and supporters of the teams that qualified and the ones that failed to qualify during the play-off for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil next year.

Behold! The Record Breakers

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Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets, penultimate Friday set new records, by emerging as the first country to win the FIFA World Cup trophy for the fourth time; they also broke Germany’s’ record with the highest number of goals scored in the tournament. Can subsequent Eaglets sustain the tempo? Asks Chris Onokpegu.

igeria’s Golden Eaglets emerged as the new champions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup after defeating México, 3-0, in the final of the 2013 edition, penultimate Friday, at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The win makes Nigeria the first country to lift the trophy for a record fourth time at the cadet Mundial as no other country has achieved same in the 28 years of the tournament.

Twice Beaten, Once Shy

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The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria finally broke the jinx of Uruguay by eliminating the South Americans from the FIFA U-17 World Cup in UAE hence avenging defeats of the Flying Eagles and the Super Eagles respectively. Could this be the last of the South Americans dominance over Nigerian teams? - By Chris Onokpegu

colleague in the pen profession, Gbenga Aderibigbe jokingly said before the match against Uruguay in the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup in United Arab Emirate, UAE, that, “The Egyptians you see today, you shall see them no more?”
He made this prophecy because the South Americans denied the Flying Eagles and the Super Eagles from progressing to the next stage of the FIFA U-20 World in Turkey and the FIFA Confederation Cup in Brazil respectively.

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