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The 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations will be the fifth edition of the West African regional football tournament, set to be staged in Ghana from the 9th to the 24th of September, featuring only locally-based players. 

This year’s tournament will see 16 teams from West Africa compete for the trophy, with a first round of knockout matches set-to-be followed by a group stage (two pools of four teams each), semifinals, third-place playoff and a final. This will also be the first tournament staged as part of a 12-year partnership between Fox Sports and the West African Football Union.

The Nduom Sports Stadium in Elmina has been confirmed as a venue for the upcoming 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations. It replaces the Essipong Stadium in Sekondi, with members of the local organising committee having inspected Nduom last week.

The venue is the home ground for Ghana Premier League side Elmina Sharks.

The other venue slated for the WAFU Cup of Nations, the Cape Coast Stadium, remains approved for the 16-team competition.

Ghana, as both hosts and defending champions (they won the last tournament in 2013, also on home soil), will enter the 2017 edition as the favourites, though they face a potential banana skin in the first round against the Gambia.

The other heavyweights in the tournament also pose a serious threat; teams such as Nigeria, Senegal and Ivory Coast, are very strong contenders and the two-week tournament is set to see some upsets in the early stages.

Guinea showed a lot of heart when they ousted Senegal in the recent qualifiers for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) and will come to the tournament full of confidence and in good form.

The same can be said of Mauritania and Burkina Faso, the surprise winners over Mali and Ghana respectively in the 2018 CHAN preliminaries.

 

 

 

Nigeria Road to glory:

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Nigeria wins her 3rd FIBA-AFRO WOMEN Basketball undefeated.

The five major tournament:

- Naignouma Coulibaly (Mali)

- Leia Dongue (Mozambique)

- Astou Traoré (Senegal)

- Osaretin Evelyn Akhator (Nigeria)

- Italee Lucas (Angola).

MVP of the tournament: Astou Traoré

Best scorer of the tournament:

- Astou Traoré (Senegal). 21.6 points per match

- Abety Kossi Imbangueret II (RCA). 21.6 points

Best Rebounder of the tournament:

1. Naignouma Coulibaly (Mali). 9.6 rebounds

2. Osaretin Evelyn Akhator (Nigeria). 9.5 rebounds

3. Abety Kossi Imbangueret II (RCA). 9.1 rebounds

Best passer:

1. Anabela Cossa (Mozambique). 5 passes

2. Natacha M Teba (DRC). 4.4 passes

3. Naura Bombolo Balongya (DRC). 4 passes

General classification

1. Nigeria

2. Senegal

3. Mali

4. Mozambique

5. Côte d'Ivoire

6. Angola

7. Egypt

8. Cameroon

9. Democratic Republic of the Congo

10. Guinea

11. Tunisia

12. Central African Republic

Thank you for following us throughout this African women's championship. You are scheduled to meet from 8 to 16 September for the men's Afrobasket.

Team captain Mikel John Obi and forward Odion Ighalo are back, and Israel –based marksman Anthony Nwakaeme gets the first call as Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, on Tuesday released his list of players for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying duels with Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions.

Germany –based defender Leon Balogun returns after missing the World Cup qualifier against Algeria and the Africa Cup qualifier against South Africa, while Chelsea of England’s wing back Victor Moses is also back after sitting out the duel with the Bafana Bafana in June due to injury. 

Rohr has largely kept faith with his regular army, including goalkeepers Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Alampasu, defenders William Ekong, Elderson Echiejile and Abdullahi Shehu, midfielders Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Wilfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo, and forwards Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon, Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho.

Nigeria welcomes the reigning African champions to the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Friday, 1st September, before flying to Yaounde for a quickfire return session on Monday, 4th September. 

The Super Eagles are top of Africa’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group B with six points, after wins over Zambia and Algeria in their first two matches, while the Lions lie second with only two points following 1-1 draws with Algeria and Zambia.

Seven other players have been placed on standby, but any of them would be contacted to move to camp only in the case there is any issue with any player on the list of 23.

THE FULL LIST

Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC Ifeanyi Ubah); Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal)

Defenders: William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Elderson Echiejile (Sivasspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); Ola Aina (Hull City, England) 

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Chang Chun-Yatai, China); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Anthony Nwakaeme (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)

STANDBY: Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Henry Onyekuru (Anderlecht FC, Belgium); Kenneth Omeruo (Chelsea FC, England); Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United); Stephen Eze (FC Ifeanyi Ubah); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United)

Nigeria's women's basketball team, D’Tigress super star, Evelyn Akhator is out to have fun in her debut at the 2017 Afrobasket Championship currently taking place in Mali.

 

Currently plying her trade in the WNBA with the Dallas Wings, Akhator who plays as a forward/center insist she has not fully reached her full potential despite the glimpse she showed in her game-high 24 points performance against Egypt.

 

The influential player who started her campaign against Mozambique with 13points and 6 rebounds before hitting 7points and catching 9 rebounds against DR Congo climaxed on Sunday against Egypt with 24points, 5 assists, and 13 rebounds.

 

Despite recording a double-double against Egypt, the number 3 pick in the 2017 WNBA draft is not carried away by her performances so far at the competition as she is fully focused on the games ahead.

 

“I don’t care about the scores, we just play every opposition at a time and that is what I have been doing and I think it’s been working not just for me but also for the team."

 

She expressed satisfaction with the team’s display after a good outing which saw them blowing out their Egyptian opposition with a 106points to 72 win.

 

According to her, opponents who underrated them due to their size have continued to regret it.

 

on the team’s chances of winning the tournament and booking an automatic ticket to the 2018 FIBA World cup, Akhator said the team is not getting ahead of themselves with 2 more group games to play as they need to focus more on their transition defence and offence.

 

“I think we are going to learn from our mistakes and get better. Every game is a learning experience for us. Against Egypt, we noticed we needed to take care of the ball more, we needed to reduce our turnovers and that was exactly what we did.”

Nigeria next play Guinea at 11:45am (local time) on Tuesday.

The roll call for the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) Kenya is all but one team shy, with 14 qualified teams confirming their places alongside host Kenya at the weekend.

 

The remaining slot will be decided on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 in Conakry when Guinea hosts Senegal in the second leg of the West A Zone final round.

 

The qualification was without surprises with holders DR Congo the biggest casualty, denied by neighbours, Congo. A 1-1 draw in Kinshasa ensured that the Leopards, also winners of the maiden edition in 2009 in Cote d’Ivoire miss out on the finals for the first time since its inception.

 

Another casualty on the road is Ghana, edged by northern neighbous Burkina Faso, after a 2-1 loss in the return in Kumasi saw ‘Les Etalons’ progressed 4-3 on aggregate.

 

Last year’s losing finalists, Mali, failed to make it four in a row after a shocking lone goal loss to Mauritania saw the latter advance 3-2 on aggregate.

 

Equatorial Guinea and Namibia are the only newcomers amongst the qualified teams just as host Kenya for the final tournament scheduled for 12 January to 4 February 2018.

 

Qualified teams

 

Host: Kenya

 

Central Zone: Cameroon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea

 

Central-East Zone: Sudan, Uganda

 

North Zone: Libya, Morocco

 

South Zone: Angola, Namibia, Zambia

 

West A Zone: Mauritania, Guinea or Senegal

 

West B Zone: Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria 

 

Former winners: Libya (2014)

 

Former finalist: Angola (2011)

 

Previous appearances

 

3: Côte d’Ivoire (2009, 2011, 2016), Uganda (2011, 2014, 2016)

 

2: Angola (2011, 2016), Nigeria (2014, 2016), Zambia (2009, 2016), Cameroon (2011, 2016), Libya (2009, 2014)

 

1: Burkina Faso (2014), Congo (2014), Mauritania (2014), Sudan (2011)

 

First participation in 2018

 

Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Namibia

 

Ranking

 

Edition           1st          2nd          3rd

2009                   DR Congo Ghana Zambia

2011                   Tunisia Angola Sudan

2014                   Libya Ghana Nigeria

2016                   DR Congo Mali         Cote d’Ivoire

Nigeria's D'Tigress are the first team to qualify for the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2017 quarterfinals following their win over Egypt on Sunday at the Palais des Sports Salamatou Maiga in the Malian capital of Bamako.

 

Evelyn Akhator posted her first double double at the tournament to lead the Nigerian charge with 24 points and 13 rebounds as Sam Vincent’s side marched to their third straight win.

Jennifer Atonye Nyingifa posted another double double with 15 rebounds and 12 points while Ezinne Kalu and Sarah Ogoke added 18 and 13 points in that order.

 

This brings Nigeria’s win ratio to 3-0 at the biennial continental competition that has attracted 12 teams, the best in Africa.

Nigeria opened their account with an 80-69 win over Mozambique on Friday before seeing off Democratic Republic of Congo 84-47 the following day.

At the heart of this form is newly appointed head coach Sam Vincent who comes into this tournament with experience from his days with the women’s national team at the Greece 2004 Olympics.

 

Along with Vincent as part of the team management staff is 2005 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket Most Valuable Player Mfon Sunday Udoka and Makbule Amacheree who have been guiding the youthful side on a quest for greatness.

“We have a young team that can run the floor on both defense and offense so doing that is a plus for us. I just came out to play and try to get better every other day. I think me getting used to the plays and the court and getting the trust from my teammates really helped me,” Akhator stated.

Nigeria are firmly on top of Group B with six points but still have to play against Guinea and reigning champions Senegal.

Floyd Mayweather extended his perfect career record to 50 fights unbeaten by stopping Conor McGregor in the 10th round of one of the richest bouts in boxing history.

The former five-weight world champion faced flurries of early punches from UFC's most iconic figure, who was making his debut in professional boxing at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena.

McGregor delivered a crisp uppercut in round one and, though he edged close to breaking the rules with several punches to the back of the head, he imposed himself admirably without ever looking as though he would knock out Mayweather.

The American, who came out of retirement for a potential $300m (£230m) pay day, executed a game plan which pounced on McGregor's lack of conditioning for the late rounds which prove so key on big fight nights.

As the Irishman tired, Mayweather upped his ferocity and by round nine the 40-year-old began to stalk his opponent, whose legs were weakening under more successful shots. And in the 10th, with McGregor again near the ropes and offering little, the fight - which followed weeks of manic build-up, spiteful words, and chaos - was over. He was not bowled over by a conclusive blow, but with Mayweather throwing rapidly, his target was left too vulnerable.

Referee Robert Byrd's stoppage may have arrived too early for some, as McGregor's early effort led to a belief inside the arena he could pull off the biggest upset in the history of the sport. But the 29-year-old was wilting and was down 89-81 89-82 87-83 on the ringside cards when the stoppage came.

His effort and display should be commended, but Mayweather's poise and invincibility remain constant into retirement.

Mayweather said: "He was a lot better than I thought. But I was the better man. I guaranteed everybody this would not go the distance. Boxing's reputation was on the line."

McGregor, who said he would return to the UFC but would not rule out boxing again, said: "I thought it was close and I thought it was a bit of an early stoppage. I was just a little fatigued."

The Nigerian Sports Award is introducing a charity initiative where recipients of the award would give back to the society. Nigerian Sports Award will hold on the 17th November 2017 at Banquet Hall Eko Hotels and Suites.

Voting for Sports Men and Women at 2017 Nigeria Sports Award begins on the 15th of August 2017 and the categories are Footballer of the Year Male and Footballer of the Year Female.The categories highlighted are not cast-a-stone. They would always be reviewed yearly.

In attendance at the press conference are the committee Chairman Kweku Tandoh, AIPS AFRICA President Mitchell Obi, Veteran Sports Journalist Fabio Olanipekun, and Olympian Falilat Ogunkoya and Nigeria Basketball Legend Olumide Oyedeji, Fred Edoreh the current chairman of the Lagos Sports writers association of Nigeria and Sports Director Federal Ministry of youth/sports all part of the committee in processing the awardees for 2017.

In a protest letter to Nigeria's minister of foreign affairs Geoffrey Onyeama, the nation's sports minister Solomon Dalung has asked for a review of visa policies for Nigerians following the denial of visas to athletes attempting to attend the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.

The athletes had secured their visas to the Bahamas and only required transit visas to enable them to fly through London, but were denied. A second attempt to fly via the USA also came up short, with just one visa issued out of 26 applications.

 "I am devastated because this has serious implications on the psychology of these young people who had offered to serve their country, Dalung said in a statement.

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"I have deposited a protest with the minister of foreign affairs against the two countries to explain to us why these young people who are sports men and women were denied mere transit visas.

"We were not asking for residence or long-term visas. We just requested for airport direct airside transit visas, which will only allow them to remain at the airport and change aircraft for onward journey. We will need an explanation from these countries. It is unfortunate."

"Ironically, we don't have such harsh policies in Nigeria. Citizens of these countries walk into Nigeria like lords, but Nigerians seeking just transit visas are treated like common criminals in these countries," Dalung added.

"This cannot continue. We must redefine our relationship. If it is not mutually inclusive and beneficial, then we should know where we belong."

The minister thanked the parents of the young athletes who were denied participation at the Youth Commonwealth Games for allowing their children to be in camp for over 5 weeks. He further called for a review of the visa policies which hamper solidarity among nations.

Nigeria international Uche Agbo has revealed why he's not disappointed after failing to realizing his dream of playing in the English Premier League (EPL).

This is after the midfielder completed his move to Belgian giants Standard Liege from EPL side Watford FC, who have decided to sell the youngster.

Agbo, 21, joined Watford on a five-year deal last year, but he was loaned back to Spanish outfit Granada after failing to secure a work permit in England.

"I'm very happy to join an ambitious club in Belgium, but when my time is right playing in the Premier League will come," Agbo told BBC Sport.

"My focus right now is to settle at Standard Liege and give my all, by the power of God I will be there [in England] very soon.

"There is no disappointment or whatsoever, sometimes God takes us on a different road to get to our desired destination."

The promising player enjoyed his stay at Granada where he made 31 La Liga appearances last season.

"I am grateful to Granada because playing in Spain helped my career a lot, from there I got a chance to join Watford and to play for Nigeria," Agbo added.

"The Belgian league is closely followed across Europe; I just want to give my best here and you never know what the future holds."

Agbo was once on the books of Italian side Udinese. Watford, Granada and Udinese are all owned by the Pozzo family. 

According to media reports in England, Egypt and Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has turned down a move to Leicester City. 

The Pharaohs midfielder has attracted interest from the Foxes and an agreement has been reached by both clubs.

However, despite a £10 million price tag that has been agreed upon, the 25-year-old player has turned down the offer opting to stay in London.

The Sun website reports that Elneny is happy in London although he is not getting enough game time, but he insists he will fight for a starting spot under manager Arsene Wenger. 

Arsenal initially signed Elneny from Basel for £5m in January 2016, with the right-footed midfielder making 40 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners.

However, the former Arab Contractors player is enjoying a delightful pre-season with Arsenal as they beat Bayern Munich at the International Champions Cup in Shanghai.

It is repoted that the FA Cup champions are willing to part with Elneny for the right price as they have Francis Coquelin, Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who can play in his position.

On the other hand, Leicester could come back in January for Elneny who has three years left on his current deal.

Blessing Okagbare and Ogho-Oghene Egwero both inspired Team Nigeria to victories in the 4X100m Relays event at the 2017 Warri Relays & CAA Grand Prix held on Tuesday at the main bowl of the Delta State Polytechnic Ozoro.

While Okagbare led the female team to a comfortable win in a time of 43.92secs, the men team were stretched by the Botswana quartet who came to Ozoro with the aim of getting a qualifying time for the World Championships in London.

The Nigeria men’s relay team returned a time of 40.17secs while Botswana finished with a time of 40.21secs.

There was more to celebrate for Nigeria in the Women’s 100 Hurdles event as U.S based Tobiloba Amusan continued her impressive run this season; winning the race in a time of 12.97secs while Grace Ayemoba finished a distant second in a time of 13.53secs and Efe Favour third in 13.63secs.

In the Men’s 100m men was won by Egwero came first as he clocked 10.33secs, Keene Motukisi in second position in 10.41secs and Harry Chukwudike 10.47secs in third position.

Isoken Igbinosun finished ahead of national champions, Aniekeme Alphonsus, in women’s 100m as she posted a time of 11.49secs. Alphonsus crossed the line in 11.51secs and Ntia Obong Mercy in 11.66secs.

In the Women’s 800m, Agber Shimenge claimed top position with a time of 2.11.29secs.

Ihekandu Philomena and Oluchi Offoma settled for 2nd and 3rd sport respectively with a time of 2.12.17 and 2.12.20 respectively.

In the 110 Hurdles for men, Martins Ogieriakhi who few days ago won the national title followed up with another winning performance as he breasted the tape in a time of 13.82secs ahead of Abejoye Oyeniyi and Bashiru Abuduliahi who picked second and third spot.

For the 400m Women’s event it was a good day for Yinka Ajayi who not only won the race but also registered a new personal best time of 51.30secs, Abike Ebegniyi and Folashade Olotu were relegated to 2nd and 3rd spot having finished their races in 52.03 and 56.83secs respectively. Meanwhile, Kelechi Nwanaga on Tuesday broke a 15-year national record in women’s javelin throw, with her 58.15m throw in Ozoro.

The previous record of 55.30 was created by Sorochukwu Ihuefo in 2002. Nwanaga’s new feat is yet to be officially ratified by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria.

Plateau United had not lost any game at home this season and the fans were not used to seeing their team falling behind at home.

Emeka Ogbugh looked to have put the pride of Rivers on course for three points with a cool finish from Doumbia Zoumana's cross after just 12 minutes leaving the home fans stunned and the Rwang Pam stadium as quiet as a grave yard.

Peter Eneji's 90th-minute equaliser earned Plateau United a point and denied Stanley Eguma's Rivers United a richly-deserved victory in a cracking NPFL game at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos.

Plateau United rallied back to find the equalizer but misses from Anayo Ogbonna, Kabiru Umar and Joshua Umar did not help their course in the first 45 minutes.

Upon resumption after the break, Plateau United controlled the game for long periods but the Rivers United keeper Sunday Rotimi stood firmly between them and the equalizer.

A penalty was awarded to Plateau United after the referee adjudged that an infringement was committed in the Rivers United box in the 75th minute.

Energetic midfielder Emmanuel James stepped up to take the spot kick but the experienced Sunday Rotimi stood firm with his big frame ensuring that James shot into the skies.

With clock ticking down and plateau United faced with the prospect of loosing at home for the first time this season, one special moment was just what would save the blushes of the host.

That moment came in the 90th minute when Peter Eneji's strike from a free kick just outside the box salvaged the draw.

Plateau United will reflect they had enough chances to win and, in the late drama, there was still time for Obaje Joshua to cannon a left-foot effort off the crossbar but it was also true that Stanley Eguma's side had matched them all the way.

 

 

 

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The just concluded Star Coaching Clinic in Abuja where Nigeria Brewery through their STAR brand the Official Beer Partner of the NPFL brought 3 Coaches from Arsenal to share knowledge with the 20 NPFL Coaches in Abuja from 25 - 27 July 2017.

Dignitaries in attendance are members of LMC led by its Chairman Mallam Shehu Dikko, Dr Robinson Okosun, Ademola Olajire, Mitchell Obi, Ejiro Omonode and 10 other coaches/Ex-internationals from our National teams both male and female also members of the premium Beer Star Brand.

This event was a knowledge/Technical sharing Clinic held at the prestigious Media Centre of the Abuja Stadium for theory Session and FIFA Goal project Field for the practice with a local team from Abuja as practical participants.

Former Nigeria international goalkeeper Andrew Aikhuomogbe reckons there is a need for the Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr to recall Vincent Enyeama.

Aikhuomogobe has called for Enyeama's return into the team as replacement for Carl Ikeme ahead of Nigeria's 2018 World Cup qualifier against Cameroon in September.

Ikeme, who has been Super Eagles number one goalkeeper since taking over from Enyeama has been diagnosed with leukemia last month by Wolves club doctor and remains a doubt for the team.

However, the former goalkeeper of the senior national team said Enyeama remains the only capable net minder to replace Ikeme.

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"As for me, I don't think we have any better goalkeeper that can replace Carl Ikeme than Vincent Enyeama in the Super Eagles," Aikhuomogbe told Soccernet.com.ng

"Besides, I was really worried when I first heard the news considering the fact that the other goalkeepers such as Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Theophilus Afelokhai, Daniel Akpeyi and Dele Alampasu don't possess Ikeme's quality. 

“At least I have watched them in goal for the team and they don't seem to impress me.

"There is nothing wrong if we recall Enyeama considering the fact that he's experienced and he knows the terrain very well. I believe he will be so important for us against Cameroon if Rohr invites him.”

The clinic runs for two days and it is geared towards improving the attacking playing style of clubs indeed creating an inventive,exciting play that produces more goals.They call it the Arsenal way. It is also part of the contribution of the Star beer brand to its partnership with the Nigerian League Management Company.All 20 of the league club coaches participating.

Former Nigeria international Nwankwo Kanu has offered to help persuade Vincent Enyeama to make a return to the Nigerian national team, ahead of the country's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Cameroon next month. 

The Super Eagles are still in search of Enyeama's full-time replacement following the Lille goal-minders international retirement in 2015 - with Daniel Akpeyi having manned the goals last time out. 

Akpeyi was unconvincing in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) defeat to Bafana Bafana, with the burly shot-stopper unlikely to continue in goal. 

Head coach Gernot Rohr has reportedly set his sights on goalkeepers plying their trade in Nigeria, with Carl Ikeme out of contention after he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia last week. 

With no end in sight to the goalkeeping conundrum, former Arsenal forward Kanu has called on Enyeama to come out of retirement. 

"As it is now we need Vincent badly. In my opinion, Enyeama should come back immediately," Kanu told KweséESPN. "Whoever is close enough to reach him should tell him to start coming back.

"Enyeama is very very good. He is one of the best players in Africa, and one of the best in the world. Let the Federation look into it and do everything they can to bring him back."

The former Enyimba shot-stopper quit international football following a fallout with former coach Sunday Oliseh, but Kanu is desperate to see the 34-year-old make a return. 

"If Enyeama says he doesn't want to come, people like us can talk to him, the federation too can talk to him. If a lot of people talk to him, I'm sure that definitely, he will change his mind," Kanu concluded.

The Nigeria Professional Football League produced 13 goals in their week 30 fixtures, the Akure Gunners(Sunshine Stars) won away from home, while 5 teams win at home, and 2 teams draw at home.

Mfon Udoh and Ikechukuwu Ibenegbu condemned Lobi Stars F.C. to a 2-1 loss to Enyimba International F.C. in Aba. Anthony Okpotu scored for the away team.

Remo Stars were shocked in Shagamu as the Sky blues held them to a 1-1 draw with Shooting Stars. Moses James scored for Oluyole Warriors, while Awazie Ekene scored for the NPFL bottom rockers.

Emma James strike earned Plateau United a 1-0 win over Ifeanyi Ubah (Anambra Warriors).

Harrison Madu goal (1-0) sealed a win for Wikki Tourists F.C. against Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

Kastina United tame Kano Pillars 1-0 with Martins Usale who scored for Kastina based team.

Samuel Mathias was on the scoresheet hitting a brace(2-1) in today encounter as Nasarawa United defeat El kanemi Warriors. Hashimu Haliru scored for the Borno Army.

Chiamaka Madu goal earned Flying Antelopes a 1-0 over MFM (Olukoya Boys), but the game is been postponed until further notice.

Ezekiel Thompson goal demolishes Rivers United in Port Harcourt, as the Akure Gunners secured away victory(0-1).

Abia Warriors and Akwa United both played draw in Umahaia (0-0).

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Riyad Mahrez has been allowed to leave the Algeria squad to "formalise" his move from Leicester City, according to the Algerian Football Federation (FAF).

Since expressing his desire to leave the 2015-16 Premier League champions, the 26-year-old has been the subject of three bids from Italian club Roma.

The FAF said he had been given permission to miss training to agree to a deal before the transfer deadline.

Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea are also said to be interested.

But Arsenal are not in contention to sign the winger.

Roma's third bid was reported to be £32m and the Italian club has said they are now looking at other options. 

A statement from the FAF said Mahrez "was authorised by the national team coach Lucas Alcaraz and the Algerian Football Federation to make an express trip to Europe to formalise on Thursday his transfer to his new club. The national team will fly without him on Thursday morning to Lusaka to face Zambia on Saturday."

Mahrez was named the PFA Player of the Year after playing a key part in Leicester's title-winning season.

He has featured in all three of the Foxes' Premier League fixtures so far this term.

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly told his agent Jorge Mendes to "do everything possible" to ensure that the Portuguese returns to Manchester United in this summer's transfer window.

Towards the end of last week, it was claimed that Ronaldo had made an 'irreversible decision' to leave Real Madrid ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

The 32-year-old has scored 406 goals in 394 appearances since joining Madrid from Man United in 2009.

The attacker's 42 goals during the 2016-17 campaign helped the Spanish side land their second successive Champions League crown, and wrestle the La Liga title away from Barcelona.

Ronaldo has been accused of defrauding the Spanish tax office of almost £13m over four counts of tax fraud relating to image rights, however, and despite being backed by Real Madrid, the attacker is said to want out of the Bernabeu this summer.

Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Chelsea have all been credited with an interest, but according to The Sun, Ronaldo is only interested in a return to Man United due to his special relationship with the club.

Ronaldo, who is currently with the Portugal squad at the Confederations Cup, scored 118 times in 292 appearances for Man United between 2003 and 2009 - winning three Premier League titles and one Champions League in the process.

Over ten journalists from Africa are attending the Games following the invitation from the Organizing Committee of the Games.

Speaking during a dinner with the journalists, Merlo reminded the pen pushers of the difficulties facing the profession, while advising them to stay aware of those who want to divide the AIPS family.

The President of AIPS, Gianni Merlo has met with African sports journalists covering the ongoing 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan from September 17 till 27.

Merlo urged the journalists to stay focused and make the best use of their two weeks stay in Ashgabat to better develop their careers.

The AIMAG were officially opened on Sunday in a spectacular ceremony attended by the President of Turkmenistan and other head of states.

"It is better you go and sell chocolate if you lose your dignity," the AIPS President told the journalists as he reminded them of their role and responsibilities as journalists.

He strictly warned against any attempt or move to divide the AIPS big family.

The dinner was also attended by AIPS Africa President Mitchell Obi.

Radical changes by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) as it concerns the size and timing of the showpiece tournament, the AFCON, will propel Africa to the big league in the world, according to top Nigerian sports journalist Mitchell Obi.

Last week, CAF expanded with immediate effect the AFCON from 16 to 24 teams and the biennial tournament will now be staged in the months of June and July as against the tradition months of January and February.

Mitchell Obi is the President AIPS Africa and he has applauded the changes.

“These are radical changes and the times have also changed,” he said.

“African can no longer afford to isolate itself because the world is a global village and it deserves the best. Africa needs to join the big league.

“The 24-team tournament is good, it expands the game at a time when there are no more minnows.

“Everybody now has an opportunity, prepare more effectively and they are looking at making more money (from the competition).

“We will also get the best players because after they give you best to your club in Europe, we can also come and do well at the AFCON with the new timing.”

However, Mitchell Obi also predicted that in time to come the expanded competition will be played every four years and not the current frequency of every two years.

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