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Nigeria's Nations Cup hero aims to return after two years out

Nigeria international midfielder Sunday Mba is keen to find a route back into football following an inactive two years.‬‪The 30-year-old, who scored the Super Eagles' winning goal in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final, was released by Turkish club Yeni Malatyaspor in September 2017.‬‪Mba has not played competitively since his last appearance against Sivasspor in May 2017, but believes he still has plenty to offer‪”As a free agent things are not really that easy, but you can only be hopeful,” he told BBC Sport.‬‪”My desire is to get back into club football and I am working hard to start playing again.‪”Football is everything I have and I cannot just give up. I believe there's something out there for me.”‬‪Mba played for both Enugu Rangers and Warri Wolves in the Nigerian top flight before switching to French club CA Bastia in January. ‬‪He left for Turkish side Yeni Malatyaspor in July 2015- where he netted eight goals in 55 appearances.‬‬‪Out of the spotlight and keen on a return to competitive action, Mba understands the challenge that lies ahead.‬‪”First you'd need the luck to find someone that believes in you and ready…

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NFF Reforms Committee meeting ends in Abuja

The NFF Reforms Committee on Tuesday evening ended a two-day meeting in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja with focus on how to best re-position Nigerian Football through tinkering with governance structure, women’s football and youth/grassroots development and the various leagues.Monday’s session began with opening remarks by Chairman of the committee, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, who is also NFF’s 1st Vice President, in which he appreciated members for the intensive and extensive work done through virtual meetings and contributions since the committee was inaugurated in December 2018.He thanked members and assured them that their contributions were immensely useful. He took time to appreciate the various local and international experts who had at various times joined the committee’s virtual meetings and noted that others will be invites shortly. He also commended football stakeholders and members of the general public who have taken the advantage of the call by the committee for ideas, suggestions and recommendations on the way forward for the Nigeria game, saying the committee’s final recommendations would be implemented by the NFF.It would be recalled that at the committee’s inauguration in December 2018, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, had said: “There would have…

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Super Eagles Head Coach to bury his mum next week

Mother of Super Eagles head coach Madam Elisabeth Rohr will be laid to rest next week in France.Nigeria national team head coach Gernot Rohr said his late mum would be buried in France next week.The 67-year-old coach is planning a befitting burial for his late mum who died at the age of 97 years last month.He, however, did not disclose if members of the Nigeria Football Family would be represented at the burial.“She will be buried next week Thursday in France,” said the coach who is still relishing the team’s 1-1 draw against Brazil in last Sunday’s international friendly in Singapore.Recalled he was expected to return with the Nigeria delegation from Singapore this week to brief his employers on preparations towards the team’s AFCON qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho.The meeting was later cancelled to enable Rohr head back to France to continue with the burial arrangements.

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New Section up: We rank the top 50 Active Players in the NBA and their Hall of Fame Credentials

We here at Notinhalloffame.com are always looking to add new sections to our website.  Last month, we uploaded our top 100 active NFL players and how their Hall of Fame resumes stack up.   We are doing the exact same thing with the NBA. As opposed to 100 like we did in Football, we are going with only 50 in Basketball.   We liked the idea that we used in Football with a modern “Modern Positional Average”, so we are doing something similar here.  With advanced analytics, we decided that we don’t have to isolate based on position so they are all on one list. Inspired by Jay Jaffe’s JAWS statistic that looks at the best seven-year stretch of a baseball player according to bWAR, we are doing the same with current basketball players.  Specifically, we compiled the average PER, Win Shares and VORP for each of the past Hall of Famers based on their best seven-year period.  The additional thinking behind this is that in Basketball, there is an additional focus on periods of greatness as opposed to sports like Baseball, where compiling statistics is more glorified. To keep everything modern, the average we used is the last 14 inductees, but only the ones who were Modern Era Inductees.  This excludes Direct-Elect Candidates (contributors, Early African-American Pioneers, International and Veterans).  The only exception is Vlade Divac, who was chosen via the International Committee, but has a healthy NBA career to draw upon. As of this writing, the 14 players from the last four induction classes who we are using for the composite averages are: Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Vlade Divac, Bobby Jones, Grant Hill, Allen Iverson, Jason Kidd, Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming, Sidney Moncrief, Steve Nash, Shaquille O’Neal, Jack Sikma and Paul Westphal.  While we are not looking at traditional statistics, we are averaging out All-Star Games and All-NBA Selections.  With the latter, we are looking at thi

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Our Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame Announces the Finalists for the 2019 Class

We love this day! One of our pet projects, The Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame is announcing the Finalists for the Class of 2019. This will be the 6thfull class, and it is all based on your online votes. As in past years, we have a Preliminary Group, which is pared down to Semi-Finalists. After four months of your voting, here are the results: The Fictitious Athlete Finalistsare: Al Bundy:Married With Children (Football star at Polk High in Chicago, IL).  Every year that we have been doing this, Al Bundy had reached the Finals.  In two occasions, he finished fourth in voting, just missing out on induction. Will this be the year for the down on his luck shoe salesman? Al Czervik: Caddyshack (Amateur golfer who challenged the status quo at Bushwood Country Club).  After many years as a semi-finalist, the less than posh (but very rich) amateur golfer makes his debut as a finalist.  He could join Carl Spackler, the Bushwood groundskeeper as a Caddyshack inductee.  “All The Way” Mae Mordabito: A League of Their Own (Centerfielder for the Rockford Peaches).  Arguably the best comedic performance that Madonna ever had, “All The Way” Mae could join teammate, Dottie Hinson, who got in last year, Amanda Whirtlitzer: Bad News Bears: (Female Little League Pitcher for the Bears).  From the original film, Whurlitzer’s arrival to the team changed the fortunes of the Bears.  This is the first time that she has been a Finalist. Billy Chapel: For Love of the Game (Aging Starting Pitcher for the Detroit Tigers).  Should Chapel get in, this will be the second induction for a baseball player portrayed by Kevin Costner.  The first was as Crash Davis in Bull Durham. Chazz Michael Michaels: Blades of Glory (Champion Singles and Pairs Figure Skater).  If it always seems that there is a Will Ferrell character as a Finalist, it is because there always is.  This is the o

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Nigerian international Opara nominated for MLS Defender of Year Award

Nigerian descent Ike Opara has nominated for Major League Soccer (MLS) Defender of the Year after he first scooped the prestigious award in 2017.The 30-year-old center-back feature 30 times for Minnesota United and score three-goals and helped the Loons earn their first playoff berth and the third-best defensive record in the Western Conference including six clean sheets in the second half of the season.Opara will battle Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Walker Zimmerman (Los Angelis FC) and Eddie Segura, (LAFC) for the top honour.The North Carolina-born who has previously played for San Jose Earthquakes and Kansas City will prepare with his Minnesota United take on LA Galaxy on Monday in the MLS playoffs.However, former Arsenal star Vito Mannone nominees for the goalkeeper after he recorded 15 wins, 11 shutouts and 129 saves in Minnesota’s best campaign since it joined MLS.

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Musa Resumes Training With Al Nassr

Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has resumed training with Saudi Arabia club, Al Nassr after spending over a month on the sidelines as a result of injury, reports Completesports.com.Musa copped the injury in Al Nassr’s 1-0 away win against Al Fateh on Friday, August 31st.He was replaced by Fahad Bin Jumayah a minute before the hour mark with his knee heavily bandaged by the club’s medical team.The 27-year-old has made only two appearances for the Saudi League Champions this season.Al Nassr posted a picture of Musa on their official Twitter handle running around the pitch with a fitness coach on Tuesday night.Musa, who celebrated his 27th birthday on Monday, missed Nigeria’s two friendlies against Ukraine and Brazil as a result of the injury.He is now in contention for a place in Nigeria’s squad for 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixtures against Benin and Lesotho next month.

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Barcelona To Make January Swoop For Nigerian-Born Wonderkid Adeyemi

Barcelona are set to make January swoop for Nigerian-born Salzburg wonderkid Karim Adeyemi to continue their youth revolution.Adeyemi,17, has scored five goals in nine Austrian second division games for Salzburg side feederclub FC Liefering and has reportedly been personally requested by Patrick Kluivert, academy director of FC Barcelona.The German underage international, who has also assisted on four occasions, has been compared to current Blaugrana prospect Ansu Fati.Mundo Deportivo report that Barcelona have confirmed to them their interest in Adeyemi.They say the forward, who is of Nigerian origin, could cost nearly £7 million after Salzburg already dished out £3 million to German club SpVgg Unterhaching to secure his services in 2018.The Catalan club view the sum as very high for a young teen but are convinced by his talents after Kluivert made club directors aware of him.Like Fati, he is a centre forward who can also play on the right and left, and has already impressed for Germany at under 16 and under 17 levels, scoring two times and three times respectively, in six and seven games.Despite playing for the feeder club, Adeyemi trains with the senior side before dropping back down to…