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.
bout 4,500 athletes are expected to participate in the maiden edition of the National Youth Games, NYG slated for December 5 to 15, this year in Abuja. The games will feature 14 sporting events, namely: boxing, badminton, handball, squash, taekwondo, track and field, weightlifting, basketball, football, para power-lifting, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling.
The 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, will participate in the games and it is meant for students of age 17 and below.
uring the draws for the ongoing 15th FIFA U-17 World Cup in United Arab Emirate, UAE, the Nigerian team, Golden Eaglets was not among those considered as the favourites to lift the trophy. The five major contenders for the crown were defending champions, Mexico, Argentina, Russia, Ivory Coast and Uzbekistan; possibly because they are continental champions.
o doubt, there is tension amongst footballing countries across the world, especially the soccer powers in the round leather game, as the qualifying for the 2014 World Cup nears completion. However, some of them have proved their mettle by securing tickets to Brazil even before their final round of group matches.
The name of Ken Norton is unlikely to resonate with most of the under-40s generation but his death is reverberating as heavily as his punches in the minds of Muhammad Ali and the other survivors of heavyweight boxing’s golden age.
This is the man who broke Ali’s jaw in 1973, turning into a gargoyle the stunning features of The Greatest. Yet even though he became only the second man to beat Ali, that earth-splitting night in Southern California, Norton was the least readily remembered of his legendary brotherhood of large prize-fighters.
ot long ago Nigeria’s Super Eagles were drawn in the 2014 World Cup finals playoffs against Ethiopia. As a very respected ex-national player what was your reactions when you heard that the Eagles are going to play against the Ethiopia?
aturday, September 22 would ever remain green in the minds of Nigerian and Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel. It was the day he grabbed his long-awaited goal in the English Premier League since the Nigerian joined Chelsea, seven years ago.
Nigeria got independent on October 1, 1960 but the country had been participating in sports long before then. Nigeria played its first official game in October 1949, while still a British colony. The team also played warm up games in England against various amateur teams like Dulwich Hamlet, Bishop Auckland and South Liverpool. However, Nigeria became a member of the world football governing body, FIFA in 1945.
FIFA World Cup
he final draws for African continent for the 2014 FIFA World Cup slated for Brazil was conducted on September 14 amongst 10 teams. Before the draw was conducted, the organisers had to wait for the world football governing body, FIFA to know the teams to be seeded. At the end, Nigeria was seeded alongside Cote d’Ivoire, Algeria, Ghana and Tunisia. Tunisia replaces Cape Verde who were disqualified.