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.
People’s perception of sport as a vocation for the poor is changing rapidly, particularly with the success recorded by many Nigerians like: Kanu Nwankwo, Jay-Jay Okocha, Chioma Ajunwa, Mikel Obi and the rest.
Taekwondo as a sport is not an exception. For Francis Solomon, a chief instructor of taekwondo at the Abuja Games Village, the exploit of Chika Yagazie Chukwumerije, son of Senator Uche Chukwumerije, who won a bronze medal in taekwondo at the 2008 Olympics is an inspiration to many youths in the country.
he final 10 teams for the African qualifying matches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup taking place in Brazil, emerged last week and are set for the third and final phase draws. They will know their opponents in the draw holding at CAF headquarters in Cairo on September 16.
ormer Real Madrid great, Zinedine Zidane described Gareth Bale as Europe’s most exciting player. Bale became the world’s most expensive football player when he completed his protracted £86 million move to Madrid in September 2013. He signed a six-year contract worth £170, 000 a week after tax. The fee eclipsed the £80 million Madrid paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo.
igeria’s inventive forward, Victor Moses, entered the history books last week when he became the first player from Nigeria to sign for one of Europe’s elite clubsides, Liverpool. Although, Nigerians like Kanu Nwankwo, Celestine Babayaro and Mikel Obi have played for other top teams in Arsenal and Chelsea; none has been spotted in Anfield until recently.