Journalists name Argentina second favourites for World Cup,MESSI to finish as top scorer
Published: May 06, 2010
Five-time winners Brazil are favourites to lift the World Cup trophy in South Africa this July, according to a poll of international sports jounalists.Brazil received 28.3 percent of votes to edge out second-placed Argentina with European champions Spain and Fabio Capello's England making up the top four.The poll, cond...
Award for ETUWE'S Club in Sweden
Published: May 06, 2010
Prince Etuwe's club,Atvidabergs have been named as the Allsvenskan Club of the Month for April.The league started in March and there have been a change in fortune for the club since Etuwe returned from injury.Having lost their first three matches in March,they bounced back strongly in April,losing only twice in eight m...
RIQUELME stands by decision to quit playing under MARADONA
Published: May 06, 2010
Argentina's 2006 World Cup playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme has expressed his disappointment at missing out this year's finals in South Africa but maintains he was right to turn his back on coach Diego Maradona.Riquelme has not played for Argentina since Maradona took charge in late 2008 and although he quit the team when...
Official:JOHN MIKEL OBI ruled out of FA Cup final after knee surgery sidelines Chelsea midfielder
Published: May 06, 2010
Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi will miss the FA Cup final against Portsmouth on May 15 after undergoing minor knee surgery.The Nigerian, who will also miss the final Barclays Premier League game of the season against Wigan on Sunday, has not played for three weeks because of the injury.A Chelsea statement read: 'Joh...
Flamingoes in tricky group
Published: May 06, 2010
Nigeria and Ghana female Under 17 teams have been drawn in tricky groups ahead of the World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago in September.The Flamingoes have been drawn with defending Champions,North Korea,the hosts,Trinidad and Tobago and Chile in Group A.The Black Maidens,Ghana's Under 17 team were drawn with favourites,Br...
DENNIS AOGO in Germany provisional World Cup squad
Published: May 06, 2010
Hamburg defender Dennis Aogo and Bayern Munich youngster Holger Badstuber were the surprise names in Germany coach Joachim Low’s provisional 27-man squad for the World Cup, which was announced today.Low also named Bayern Munich veteran Hans-Jorg Butt among the three goalkeepers who are all vying to become the new...
Premier League turn down Fulham request
Published: May 06, 2010
The Premier League have turned down Fulham's request to bring forward their final game of the season against Arsenal to give them extra time to prepare for the Europa League final.The Cottagers, who play Spanish side Atletico Madrid in Hamburg next Wednesday, made a formal request to have the Emirates Stadium clash mov...
Rennes in hunt for KANA BIYIK, to join ECHIEJILE in defence
Published: May 06, 2010
Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik,the son of ex Cameroon international,Kana Biyik, is generating much interest from Uwa Echiejile's club,Stade Rennes.Francefootball reports.Biyik,20, is under contract with Le Havre until 2012,but Rennes are in search of two central defenders to bolster the defence next season.A deal could be struc...
Nigeria to play Saudi Arabia
Published: May 06, 2010
Nigeria will now play Saudi Arabia in Austria on May 25 after Iceland pulled out citing concerns about the volcanic ash cloud from Eyjafjallajökull."We will now play Saudi Arabi in Austria on May 25, rather than Iceland in London on the same date," NFF Chief Media Officer Ademola Olajire told KickOffNigeria.com."T...
Nigerian clubs face tough hurdles,Warri Wolves to stay in two star hotel
Published: May 06, 2010
Nigerian clubs Enyimba and Warri Wolves face tough third-round tasks this weekend to keep alive hopes of African Confederation Cup glory. Enyimba, winners of the 2003 and 2004 African Champions League, had a first half from hell away to AS Vita Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo last month, conceding the goals th...
Portsmouth's MICHAEL BROWN may miss FA Cup final
Published: May 06, 2010
Kanu  and John Utaka's Portsmouth may be the without the services of Michael Brown when they play Chelsea in the FA Cup final next Saturday - because his wife is due to give birth the same day.Brown said: "The missus is getting in the way a bit at the moment."The due date was always May 15 and it was only when we ...
Argentina too strong for Haiti in friendly
Published: May 06, 2010
Argentina scored two goals in each half to beat a much weaker Haiti side 4-0 in preparation for next month's World Cup.Diego Armando Maradona was forced to mostly field players that are unlikely to go to South Africa as the majority of his usual picks are still active in European leagues.With goals from Facundo Bertogl...
Sweden Roundup -Mixed fortunes for Nigerians
Published: May 05, 2010
After a shaky start to the season,Kalmar  found some form as they beat Halmstad 1-0 this evening with the Nigerian,Abiola Dauda scoring 10 minutes from time.With this victory,Kalmar,one of the teams tipped for the Swedish title at the beginning of the season move up to 11th place,three points from the drop zone.Be...
HARUNA LUKMAN strikes in style
Published: May 05, 2010
Four days after they lost the final of the Coupe de France to PSG, Monaco played out a 2-2 draw with FC Lorient tonight at the Stade Yves Allainmat.Guy Lacombe started with a traditional 4-4-2 formation with the Nigerian,Haruna Lukman running the midfield.Lukman opened the scoring in the 41st minute when his 25 yarder ...
Official: TAIWO wins French Ligue 1 championship
Published: May 05, 2010
Olympique Marseille are champions of France after a 3-1 win over Stade Rennes in front of a full house at the Stade Velodrome(55,377 spectators)After Lyon came back from behind to beat Auxerre 2-1 earlier on Wednesday, Marseille knew that a win in their home game with Rennes would secure the league title.Argent...