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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.