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Minister, Nigerians celebrate Rashidi Yekini’s posthumous birthday

Sports Minister Sunday Dare and football loving Nigerians celebrated the late Super Eagles attacker, Rashidi Yekini, on his posthumous 56th birthday.On his Twitter’s handle, the minister stated: “Today is the 56th Posthumous Birthday Of one of Nigeria’s greatest footballers. I celebrate him and may his soul continue to Rest In Peace.”Yekini is a name that will forever be remembered for greatness in Nigeria and Africa.The Nigerian striker’s professional career spanned more than two decades, playing in six other countries apart from Nigeria.Nigerians on Twitter reacted as The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) remembered the former Abiola Babes player.The goal king unarguably most deadly Nigeria attacker would have turned 56 Wednesday, October 23, if he was still alive, evoking the fond memories of his extremely impressive sojourn in football before his painful demise at 48 on May 2012.Yekini started his football career with UNTL Kaduna before a spell at Shooting Stars, Abiola Babes, Africa Sports and he went to Europe to ply his trade, signing for Portuguese side Vitória de Setúbal, Olympiacos, Sporting Gijón, Zürich, Bizerte, Al-Shabab, Julius Berger, and Gateway.The 1994 Africa Cup of Nations winner was the first Nigerian to win…

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MLS Goal-King Orji Okwonkwo Favourite To Lead Nigeria U23 Attack At AFCON

Bologna forward Orji Okwonkwo is the top pick of coach Imama Amapakabo to lead the attack of the Nigeria U23 team when they start their campaign at the U23 Africa Cup of Nations next month, Owngoalnigeria.com understands.Okwonkwo spent last season on loan to MLS side Montreal Impact and his goal return of 8 goals in 28 games earned him the award of the player of the year at the club.The 21 year old has been a part of the Nigeria U23 in the past as he played in the win over Libya in the first round of qualifiers for the U23 AFCON and judging by the fact that he will be around at the time the tournament. He is tipped to lead the line.It’s still unclear if his club Bologna will release him though as he still remains their player and the Serie A side according to various reports plan to integrate him into their team in January, when the window opens for registration of new players in Europe.

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Alleged $9.5m FIFA Grant Misappropriation – Court Gives AGF Date to Harmonise Charges

The Federal Capital Territory ( FCT) High Court in Maitama, on Tuesday, fixed December 16 for the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) to report on the harmonisation of the cases against some Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officials in the alleged misappropriation of $9.5 million FIFA grant.Justice Peter Affen had earlier fixed October 22 for ruling on the application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to join the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, and Secretary-General, Mohammed Sanusi, in the trial for the alleged misappropriation.The EFCC dragged three officials of the Federation before the court over the matter before applying on April 30 to join both Messrs Pinnick and Sanusi as co-defendants.Those being tried earlier are Christopher Andekin, NFF Director of Administration and Finance; Reagan Zaka, cashier; and Fadanari Mamza, Head, Finance and Account Department.The EFCC charged the defendants with five counts bordering on criminal conspiracy, breach of trust and misappropriation.The anti-graft agency alleged that they conspired between January 8 and 26, 2015 to commit the offence, contrary to Section 97 of Penal Code.Mr Andekin was alleged to have been entrusted with money meant for the development of football in…

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Troost-Ekong Named In Serie A Team Of The Week

Nigerian defender, William Troost-Ekong has made the Serie A Team of The Week for matchday 8 after his sterling performance for Udinese against Torino last weekend.Troost-Ekong was at the heart of the Club’s third win of the season over their visitors, and helped the defended their lone goal advantage.The Tottenham Hotspurs academy graduate had a game rating of 7.8, he made 8 clearances, three accurate passes blocked four shots to helped the Igor Tudor secured hard fought win.Ekong was paired in the team of the week defence with AS Roma Gianluca Mancini , Parma’s Riccardo Gagliolo and Paolo Faragao of Cagliari.He has featured six times for Udinese this season and has helped the Club to 10th position on the log.

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Michael Jordan says Steph Curry isn't a Hall of Famer yet?

We initially were not going to comment on this but based on the buzz it is generating, and the fact that we are Notinhalloffame.com, we have decided to give our pair of pennies. In an interview with Today on NBC’s Today on why Steph Curry would not be on his dream five-man pick-up team. His answer was: “He’s still a great player…Not a Hall of Famer yet, though.  He’s not.” Keep in mind this was said in a playful tone, so we have no idea whether this was done with a wink, and whether he actually meant it.  We have to believe that he didn’t and was just playing, or perhaps if he did, it is not by his “hall of fame standard”. If he does mean it, he is in the minority, as he is a two-time MVP and three-time NBA Champion with six All-Stars and a scoring title.   As for our opinion, in our new section that ranks active basketball players based on their existing Hall of Fame resume, we have Curry ranked #5, and feel that he is already a Hall of Fame lock. Either way, it generated a few comments in the 24-hour news cycle of sports and will be forgotten tomorrow.   Until Curry brings it up in his Hall of Fame speech.  

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RIP: Willie Brown

It was reported today that Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Willie Brown, passed away at 78.  As of this writing, the cause of death is unknown. Playing his college ball at Grambling, Brown was undrafted in 1963 and would try out for the Houston Oilers of the AFL.  He didn’t make the team, but would with the Denver Broncos, where he would become a starting Cornerback as a rookie.  Brown would go to two AFL All-Star Games with Denver, but he was traded to the Oakland Raiders before the 1967 Season. In the next seven seasons, Brown was an AFL All-Star/Pro Bowl Selection and would be named a First Team All-Pro four times.  Brown would help the Raiders win Super Bowl XI and would record what was then the longest Interception Return Touchdown (at the time) for 75 Yards in the win.  He would retire in 1978 with 54 career Interceptions. After his playing career ended, he would become the Raiders Defensive Backs Coach, a role where he won two more Super Bowls (XV & XVIII). Brown served on the Administrative Staff of the Raiders since 1995, a position he held until his death.  He would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends, family and fans of Willie Brown at this time.  

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Amapakabo Optimistic As Olympic Eagles Resume Training Ahead U-23 AFCON Title Defence

Coach Imama Amapakabo has put behind the pains of the Super Eagles B failure to secure the 2020 CHAN ticket, and has now focused on the Olympic Eagles’ title defence at the 2019 U-23 AFCON billed for Egypt next month, Completesports.com reports.Amapakabo, a former Nigeria junior international goalkeeper, has called back his Olympic Eagles into camp, starting with players plying their trades in the domestic league.The team’s training camp doors were flung open on Monday with the players drilled in training by the former Enugu Rangers coach.The defending champions of the U-23 AFCON, eased past Sudan 5-1 on aggregate to book a place in the 3rd U-23 AFCON in Cairo, Egypt from where Africa’s three representatives at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will emerge.“The foreign based players would be joining the team next week Monday,” Amapakabo told Completesports.com during an exclusive chat.“We’ve had three weeks closed door camping before now. So, this time, we are going to have just two weeks training before traveling to Egypt.“A week of training together, I mean both the home and foreign based players will put the team in good mood going into the championship.”The U23 AFCON will…

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Olayinka Targets Second UCL Goal As Slavia Prague Face Barca

Nigerian forward Peter Olayinka will have another chance to further enhance his profile when his Czech side, Slavia Prague host Barcelona in their Group F tie at the Sinobo Stadium on Wednesday, reports Completesports.Olayinka hit the headlines after scoring Slavia Prague’s only goal in the 1-1 away draw against Inter Milan on matchday-one.The 23-year-old toiled hard but failed to help the Czech champions avoid a 2-0 defeat to German club, Borussia Dortmund on matchday-two.Olayinka will be eager to prove his class against a star-studded Barcelona side that is expected to feature Lionel Messi, Luiz Suarez, Antoine Griezzmann and other top stars in the game.The former Zulte Waregem of Belgium player has scored four goals in nine league appearances for Slavia Prague this season.Defeat in the game will affect Slavia Prague’s chances of progressing into the round of 16.

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Villarreal's Chukwueze Warns Valencia Ahead Of Champions League : Osimhen Is A Great Player

Villarreal winger Samuel Chukuweze has identified international teammate Victor Osimhen as the biggest threat to Valencia's ambitions of beating Lille in Wednesday evening's Champions League clash at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy (Villeneuve d'Ascq).Chukwueze knows all about the qualities of the Lille number seven, having played together with him in the Golden Eaglets, Flying Eagles and Olympic Team before they were promoted to the Super Eagles.Osimhen has had a brilliant start to his career in France and is the second top scorer in the Ligue 1 with 7 goals while he has found the net once in the Champions League.''He is a great player, he has a lot of speed and goal, he finishes very well. He is a very complete striker,'' said Chukwueze to superdeporte.With the exception of the 2-1 loss to Chelsea on matchday two of the Champions League, Lille have not lost a home game since the start of the season., with Osimhen accounting for eight of the 12 goals they scored at home.The 20-year-old striker is attracting interest from several top teams in Europe ahead of the reopening of the transfer window.

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Saka Gets Average Ratings In Arsenal's Dismal Performance Against Sheffield United

 Sheffield United defeated Arsenal 1-0 Monday night to derail their chances of moving to third in the English Premier League at the Bramall Lane and as usual the media in England ran the rules on the performances of the players.Allnigeriasoccer.com monitored the assessment of Nigeria born England youth international Bukayo Saka. Football.London which reports on the London based clubs felt the yellow card handed out to Saka  for supposed simulation was not supposed to stand and rated him 5/10.”Harshly booked by Mike Dean after going down in the box under contact from John Egan.”Even if it wasn't a penalty it was no dive either. That aside Saka performed admirably in trying circumstances, forging more than his fair share of chances. 5,” the website wrote.The4thofficial.com rated the England youth international 5/5/10.”The Gunners starlet got booked for diving. However, he was direct with his runs and was Emery's best weapon going forward.”For ESPN it was a 6 out if 10 for Saka and wrote a bit more on the positives from the match.”Nicolas Pepe enjoyed a fruitful evening, while the young guns of Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock also impressed in spells, signalling a…