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NFF To Review FIFA Life Ban On Siasia

The Nigeria Football Federation has disclosed that its lawyers have started to review the decision against former Nigeria player and coach Samson Siasia by the FIFA Ethics Committee.FIFA on Friday announced that it had placed a life ban from all football-related activities on Siasia for allegedly being guilty of accepting to receive bribe and fix matches.Acting President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, himself a lawyer of more than three decades at the bar, said on Monday that the Federation had already reached out to the former U20, U23 and Super Eagles head coach and is aware that he is receiving appropriate legal advice.“The NFF was shocked to learn of the investigation and subsequent decision by the FIFA Ethics Committee (Adjudicatory Chamber) placing a life ban on Mr. Samson Siasia. But we have however now received documents, including one known as the Motivated Decision, and we have handed them to our lawyers to study and provide legal advice to the Federation,” Akinwunmi told nff.com.“It is a massive sanction on one of our legends. Siasia is a fooball legend but most importantly he is a Nigerian. We must therefore be interested in the matter and…

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Nigeria U17 World Cup-Winning Defender Joins La Liga Side Real Betis

2015 Nigeria U17 World Cup-winning defender Lukman Zakari has completed a move to La Liga side Real Betis from Latvian top flight club Metta.On Monday, August 19, the highly-rated central defender committed his future to the Andalusian club until the end of the 2021-2022 season, having penned a three-year contract following a successful medical.Zakari was set for a big move following a string of fine performances for Metta, making the Team of the Week on several occasions.Speaking to allnigeriasoccer.com shortly after signing the contract, Zakari said : '' I am very happy to get this opportunity to play for Real Betis, all I need to do is to work hard and achieve my aim of coming here.''I never expected to come here but football is about giving your best and you will see the result.''I am very happy about this move and I want to thank my manager, parents and everybody that supported me in this journey. ''The deal that took the 20-year-old to Real Betis was brokered by his agent, John Chibuzo Nwankpa of JCN-Johnson Sports Management & Marketing Agency Poland.Zakari will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Finidi George,…

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Benfica confirm Tyronne Ebuehi out of Super Eagles friendly against Ukraine with injury

Portuguese Primeira Liga side Benfica have confirmed defender Tyronne Ebuehi out of Nigeria’s September 10 international friendly against Ukraine at the 31,000-capacity Dnipro Arena in Kyiv, Ukraine, following a muscle injury copped by the former ADO Den Haag of Holland righ back last week in training.According to A Bola, Portugal’s highly authoritative newspaper, Ebuehi is expected to be out for between three and six weeks and may not be match fit for the game.The newspaper however revealed that the Benfica medical team will have to compare notes with the Nigeria Football Federation before any decision can be made over the availability of the player but says it is almost certain that the player who has not played more than 28 minutes of football in about a year will be risked for a friendly game.Ebuehi’s highly promising career has been slowed down since he joined Benfica from Dutch side ADO Den Haag before the start of last season. He spent the whole of last season nursing a cruciate ligament injury he copped in the Portuguese side’s training session.The full-back recovered to join Benfica’s pre-season program ahead of the current season and played some friendly games. He was…

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Ndidi makes up for early error to ruin Lampard’s Chelsea homecoming as Leicester snatch a point

WILFRED NDIDI ruined Frank Lampard’s Stamford Bridge homecoming as he spoiled the party late on to claim a point for Leicester.The Nigerian midfielder was caught in possession with just seven minutes on the clock by Mason Mount as the Chelsea youngster stole the ball to fire the hosts into the leadIt was the dream start for Lampard in his first home game in charge, as former captain John Terry and tennis legend Boris Becker watched on.But his side failed to build on their lead and they were punished in the second half.Ndidi rose highest from a James Maddison corner to rifle home a header and earn a draw to leave Lampard still looking for his first win as Blues boss.

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Chukwueze, Villareal Receive Peter PSquare During Laliga Thriller Vs Granada

Popular Nigerian musician, Peter ‘PSquare’ Okoye of the former Psquare group was at the Estadio de la Ceramica on Saturday to watch Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze confront Granada’s Ramon Azeez in a thrilling Laliga match that ended 4-4, Completesports.com reports.Peter PSquare met Chukwueze at the ground after the game and was presented with a Villarreal’s jersey with his full name inscribed at the back.Villarreal tweeted later Saturday night after the singer and Chukwueze took out time to parley“Naija connection! ⚽ @chukwueze_8 thanks @PeterPsquare for his support at the Estadio de la Cerámica this evening. Endavant! #VillarrealGranada #HolaLaLigaSantander.”Peter PSquare was one of the early arrivals at the Villarreal home ground for the match and the club promptly flaunted his presence as fans drifted in to fill the stands.“Welcome to the Estadio de la Cerámica @PeterPsquare! ,” the club tweeted before kickoff.Villarreal repeated at half time with scoreline at 1-1: “We have a very special guest atthe #EstadioDeLa Cerámica! TheAfrican singer @PeterPsquare isenjoying the #VillarrealGranada.You are welcome @LaLiga.”

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Samuel Chukwueze scores for Villarreal in eight-goal thriller against Granada

The Nigeria forward opened his goal account for the season as the Yellow Submarines were held in their league opener on SaturdaySamuel Chukwueze was on target as Villarreal were held to a 4-4 draw by Granada in their opening La Liga fixture.Chukwueze was in action for the entire 90 minutes as both teams settled for a share of the spoils at the Estadio de la Ceramica on Saturday.The 20-year-old found the back of the net in the 73rd minute with his left-footed finish to give the hosts a 4-2 lead, although they conceded twice shortly after.Cameroon duo Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Karl Toko Ekambi were also in action for Villarreal while Nigeria’s Ramon Azeez replaced Cameroon’s Yan Eteki in the 69th minute for Granada.Villarreal will hope to claim their first win of the season when they visit Levante for their next league outing on August 23.

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Taiwo Awoniyi plays for five minutes in Mainz defeat at Freiburg

Junior international and Liverpool winger Taiwo Awoniyi was in action for five minutes on Saturday as Mainz 05 suffered a 3-0 defeat away to Freiburg in the Germany Bundesliga.Awoniyi who began a season loan deal with Mainz early this month, was brought in as replacement for Edimilson Fernandes in the 85th minute with Mainz already two goals down.The former Olympic team ace had hardly settled down when rampaging Freiburg took the goal tally to three thanks to homeboy Gian-Luca Waldschmidt who converted an 87th minute penalty.Although Awoniyi and his teammates managed to mount pressures on their hosts and retaining a 49 to 51 possession ratio they however failed to remedy the situation as Freiburg remained resolute gingered by their teeming home supporters.The three goals scored by the homers came within seven minutes.Awoniyi who joined Liverpool in 2015, has since been on loan to five clubs beginning with FSV Frankfurt, and stopping over at NEC, Royal Excel Mouscron, Gent and finally Mainz.The 22 year old has made cumulative 85 appearances for the loan clubs scoring 19 goals in the bargain

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EPL: Iwobi Benched; Success, Dele-Bashiru Absent In Everton Win Vs Watford

Super Eagles winger Alex Iwobi will have to wait longer for his Everton debut after he was left on the bench for 90 minutes in the Toffees’ 1-0 home win against Watford at the Goodison Park on Saturday, reports Completesports.com.Iwobi, who only started training with Everton this week will now hope to make his first appearance for the club in Everton’s next Premier League clash at Aston Villa.Brazilian winger, Bernard Duarte scored the winning goal for Marco Silva’s men in the 10th minute of the game.Watford’s Nigerian forward, Isaac Success and young midfielder Tom Dele-Bashiru were not listed by the Hornets’ manager Javi Gracia for the game.Success has made one league appearance for Watford this season, while Dele-Bashiru is yet to featured for the side.At the American Express Community Stadium, Leon Balogun was not listed for action in Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 home draw against West Ham United.Balogun was also not included in the matchday squad in the Seagulls’ away win at Crystal Palace last weekend.

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Falcons forward inspires Brighton to victory against Coleman’s Valencia in Spain

Super Falcons forward Ini Umotong scored the only goal as Brighton secured a 1-0 triumph over Zenatha Coleman’s Valencia in a friendly match on Friday.The English side, who are on a pre-season tour of Spain, took on the Spanish side in Torrevieja. Both teams are gearing up for the new season which kicks off on September 8.Before the tie, Umotong scored in Brighton’s 5-1 thrashing of Crystal Palace in the preseason opener at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre three weeks ago.On the other hand, Coleman was rejoining her teammates after a disappointing outing with Namibia at the Cosafa Women’s Cup as they failed to go past the group stage in South Africa.The Nigeria international, who came on as second-half substitute scored the winner for Hope Powell’s side in the 52nd minute at Estadio Municipal Vicente García.The Namibian, who started the encounter, could not help her side avoid an opening pre-season defeat to the English side.Brighton will open their new season campaign at Bristol City on September 8, while Valencia will begin their Liga Iberdrola outing against Real Sociedad a day earlier at home