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NFF Executive Committee to Decide Salisu Yusuf’s Future after Ban Expiration

The executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will decide whether Salisu Yusuf will return as assistant coach of Nigeria and manager of the country’s U-23 team after serving a one-year ban.The 57-year-old was handed the ban and fined US$5000 last September after he was caught on camera taking cash from men posing as football agents.The NFF confirmed the end of his ban and its executive committee will now decide Yusuf’s future.“Salisu Yusuf’s one-year ban ended on September 5, and he’s now free to return to management again,” Olajire told BBC Sport.“I must reiterate that Mr. Yusuf has not been reinstated as an assistant to Gernot Rohr, nor has he taken charge as head coach of the Super Eagles B team or the under-23 side.“A decision about his return or not will be decided by the NFF executive committee.“We understand the public interest in this, but communication to that effect will be made available at the appropriate time.”Olajire was clarifying an earlier statement from the NFF about end of Yusuf’s ban.“The Federation thanked Coach Imama Amapakabo for his sterling efforts while in charge of the U-23 National Team in the absence…

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Super Falcons regroup in Abuja for battle against Cote d’Ivoire

Ahead of the second round of the African qualifying series of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics women’s football tournament, a total of 30 home-based professionals will arrive at the Super Falcons’ hotel camp in Abuja tomorrow to kick-start preparations for the clash with the Senior Women National Team of Cote d’Ivoire.Seven overseas-based professionals will join the group before the trip to Abidjan for the first leg.Already, world football –governing body, FIFA has directed that both legs of the qualifying fixture must be concluded between 30th September and 8th October 2019.The Nigeria Football Federation has already picked Sunday, 6th October for the return leg match, slated for the Agege Stadium, Lagos. The venue hosted the return leg of Nigeria/Algeria in the earlier round, with the Falcons winning by a lone goal to push out the Algerians on a 3-0 aggregate.Cote d’Ivoire also emerged 3-0 aggregate winners, eliminating Mali from the series to set up a clash with nine-time African champions Nigeria.Asisat Oshoala, scorer of the lone goal against Algeria in Lagos on 3rd September, heads the list of the overseas-based professionals that also includes defenders Osinachi Ohale and Chidinma Okeke, midfielders Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene and Chinaza Uchendu, and…

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ICPC marks Pinnick, Dikko’s properties

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), yesterday, confirmed that the properties of Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation located in Parkview Estate Lagos and that of the Second Vice President of the football Federation, Shehu Dikko, located in Abuja have been marked for further investigation.Contrary to reports in some medium that the properties of the two high ranking officials of the football governing body in Nigeria were sealed by the ICPC, Rashidat Okoduwa, ICPC spokesperson informed The Guardian that the “properties were marked for investigation.”Dikko, who is also Chairman of the Nigeria League Management Committee (NLMC), has his property located at the high brow Maitama area on River Benue Street.The action of the ICPC followed a Federal High Court order granted yesterday in Abuja.

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Super Eagles star Victor Osimhen scores again for Lille, equals 3-year-old record

Two goals from Victor Osimhen and Araujo helped put Lille back to winning ways as the hosts edged Angers 2-1 at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Friday night.Victor Osimhen found the back of the net yet again for Lille against high flying Angers to make it six goals in six matches for club and country to confirm his ratings as one of the best young talents in Europe at the moment.The Nigeria international scored his fifth goal of the Ligue 1 season in the 38th minute to hand Lille a precious lead, a few days after netting his first goal for the Super Eagles in a friendly tie with Ukraine.The 20-year-old forward was the quickest to react as the Angers goalkeeper spilled a fierce drive from Jonathan Bamba, leaving the Nigeria international to bundle home the loose ballLuiz Araujo extended Lille’s lead early in the second half to ensure that Stephane Bahoken’s strike three minutes from time was nothing but consolation for the away side.The win is Lille’s third of the season with all the victories coming in the familiar surroundings of their home ground. Le Dogues two away games have ended in defeats.Lille switch…

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Taribo West Blames One Super Eagles Player After 2-2 Draw With Ukraine

Atalanta 1996 Olympic Games gold medalist Taribo West has questioned the ability of Troost-Ekong in the wake of the Super Eagles 2-2 draw with Ukraine in an international friendly on Tuesday. The Gernot Rohr-led side had taken a comfortable 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Joe Aribo and Victor Osimhen but threw away their their advantage after conceding twice in the space of one minute in the second half.While there was nothing Troost-Ekong could do to stop Oleksandr Zinchenko from making it 2-1 in the 78th minute, he has to take full responsibility for the second goal conceded.'The defence has problems especially with Troost-Ekong, I don't know whether he's losing his form,'' West told Brila FM.''Few matches he has been playing for Nigeria, he hasn't been the Troost-Ekong that came into the national team with a lot of determination in the beginning. It's like he has been relaxed since he came into the starting XI.''I have not seen that Troost-Ekong that I used to see. Somebody should talk to him, somebody should call him back to his senses, the coaches should speak to him properly''.Troost-Ekong could not complete the match against Ukraine after suffering…

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Enugu Ranger’s Olusesi confident Flying Antelopes will fly in Libreville

Enugu Rangers midfielder Tope Olusesi has stated confidently that the Nigerian club side will fly high in Libreville ahead of Saturday’s CAF Confederation cup first leg first round tie against Gabonese side AS Pelican.Olusesi speaking in a chat with www.brila.net said Rangers experience of playing on the continent will equally come in handy for the Flying Antelopes who got to the group stage of the CAF Confederation cup last season. He also added that they are not under any form of  pressure.“Actually we’re set for this game, we know what is involved in this game and we know we are the only flag bearer in Nigeria in the CAF Confederation cup so we are ready to take on everything we know there and by the grace of God we’re going to make the country proud. I don’t think we are under any pressure because we are not new to the continent so we know what we have to do win and bring out good result from Gabon.”

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Enyimba coach Abdallah looking beyond Al-hilal challenge

Coach of Nigeria’s sole remaining CAF champions league representative Enyimba Usman Abdallah is looking beyond the immediate challenge of playing against Sudanese side Al-hilal and already has his sight focussed on picking group stage qualification from the two legged ties against Al-hilal.Abdallah speaking in a chat with www.brila.net said a lot is been expected from Enyimba and they are also trying to ensure they live up to billing to make the group stage where the real competition for a club of Enyimba’s pedigree gets underway. He added that the team will give it best to make the group stage after which they hope the league would have started and provide enough competition to put them in competitive mode.“The way the team is organised and the tradition that goes with it plus the experience, the team is on track. We have to qualify into the group stage and when Enyimba scale through and get into the group stage, a lot will also be expected from the team. The team will deliver to qualify for the group stage first and by then, the league would have started so we will have a lot of competition to keep the team in…

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Playing In The Bundesliga Has Made Me A Better Player Than Before- Jamilu Collins

Paderborn of Germany defender Jamilu Collins says he is a better defender now than he was last year before his team secured promotion to the German Bundesliga at the end of last season.Speaking to Owngoalnigeria.com, the former Rijeka defender who has been at Paderborn for three seasons said the rise from the third division to the first division in three years has taught him several lessons which has made him better.Now firmly established as the first choice left back of the Super Eagles since his debut for the team, Collins said the Bundesliga has taught him some lessons he didn’t learn while playing in the second division in Germany last season.He said the pace and concentration required is very demanding but all that he has adapted to very quick and it has also helped his form for the senior national team of Nigeria especially in future games.” The Bundesliga is different from the second division in several ways. You have to be ready to run at any moment and also be on alert to keep the attackers who you’re up against in check. I am still adjusting to the demands to be honest “, Collins told…

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Sad News: Super Eagles’ manager Gernot Rohr loses mother

 Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, has lost his 97-year-old mother, Elizabeth Rohr.According to the Nigeria Football Federation, which broke the news on its verified Twitter handle, Elizabeth just died.The NFF commiserated with the German national over his loss. NFF wrote, “We commiserate with @NGSuperEagles Head coach, Mr Gernot Rohr who just lost his mother Madam Elisabeth Rohr. She was 97. May her soul rest in peace

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NFF – Why Salisu Yusuf Got His Job Back As Under-23 Coach After Bribery Scandal

The Nigeria Football Federation ( NFF) has in a statement confirmed the reappointment of Salisu Yusuf as coach of the Nigeria U23 team after the expiration of the ban on him due to bribery allegationSalisu was caught on tape receiving financial gratification from a group of people posing as agents to some of the players in the Nigerian team to the CHAN Championship while in charge of the team during the WAFU tournament in Ghana.The NFF after investigating the situation placed a one year ban on the coach who also doubles as the assistant coach of the Super Eagles and following the expiration of the ban they subsequently returned him as coach.His return means coach Imama Amapakabo who led the team to qualify for the Africa U23 Cup of Nations just three days ago will now drop to the role of assistant coach ahead of the tournament which starts in November.Explaining the situation, a board member of the NFF told Owngoalnigeria.com that the return of the coach to his job after the ban happened because he still has a valid contract with the Federation.” Many people don’t know that among the offence that led to…