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Nigerian-German twin brothers called into German national basketball team

Because they couldn’t sit at home doing nothing, 15-year-old Precious and Promise Idiaru took to sports many years ago. They started with football and later switched to basketball, in which the tall brothers have proved to be very good. They have now been nominated for Germany’s Under-15 national team which will take part in the 4-nation North Sea Development Cup …

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CAF expands Africa Cup of Nations to 24 teams

The Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Thursday passed a resolution to increase the number of participating teams in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) from 16 to 24. The change will take effect from 2019 when Cameroon hosts it. The, tournament which has traditionally been held in January and February, will also be staged in …

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Würzburg wins Nigerian Ambassador’s Cup Germany 2017

A team representing Nigerians living in the Bavarian city of Würzburg has emerged winners of the second edition of the Nigerian Ambassador’s Cup Germany. The football tournament, which took place on Saturday (14 July) in Berlin, was contested by the chapters of the Nigerian Community Germany (NCG) e.V. – the umbrella organisation of Nigerian associations in the country. This year …

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Germany wins Confederations Cup as Russia passes World Cup test

Reigning football’s world champions, Germany, beat Chile on Sunday to win the Confederations Cup just two days after claiming the European Under-21 title. Lars Stindl scored the only goal into an empty net in the 20th minute of a pulsating, bad-tempered final in the Russian city of St Petersburg. The dramatic game featured missed chances, defensive howlers, scuffles and two …

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MoneyGram Cup of Nations to be held in eight European countries

MoneyGram, one of the world’s leading providers of international money transfer and a multicultural company with employees from all across the world, is organizing the Europe-wide MoneyGram Cup of Nations 2017. The football tournament is designed for young footballers aged 16-17 years of all nationalities and backgrounds living in eight European countries. As sport brings people closer, the goal of MoneyGram …

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Aubameyang clinches top-scorer award in German Bundesliga, becomes 2nd African to win it

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of German first division side Borussia Dortmund has won the “kicker Cannon” after scoring his 30th and 31st goals of the season against Bremen on Saturday. The 27-year-old Gabon forward is the fifth Borussian player to win the award for the top goal scorer of the Bundesliga. And he becomes the second African to clinch the prestigeous title after …

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Anthony Joshua moves back into mum’s flat despite winning €18 million

Despite winning record-breaking 18 million euros for beating Wladimir Klitschko, world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has moved back into his mother’s 2-bedroon ex-council flat in North London. The humble boxer had been staying in a plush villa in St John’s Wood, north-west London, for which he reportedly paid 100,000 euros per month, before his Wembley mega-fight. But he is refusing …

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Brazil football great Ronaldinho confesses respect for Nigeria’s Jay-Jay Okocha

Ronaldinho Gaucho, former Brazil and Barcelona attacking midfielder, has revealed two attackers who he admired most as a footballer.The player said two former national team captains were his most admired attackers. He named them as former Nigerian and Colombian skippers, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha and Carlos Valderrama.The Brazilian joined other former football stars in Bahrain for the FIFA congress this week. …

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FIFA confirms nine World Cup slots for Africa

The world football’s governing body has confirmed that at least nine African countries will participate at the World Cup Finals when the competition expands to 48 teams in 2026. Africa could have as many as 10 teams competing at the 2026 World Cup after the allocation for places at the expanded 48-nation competition was ratified by the FIFA Council during their meeting …

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Sulley Muntari walks off Italian league match to protest racist abuse

Ghana and Pescara’s  player Sulley Muntari confronted racism boldly on Sunday during a Serie A match  involving his club in Cagliari.The 32-year-old midfielder complained to the referee about racist chants of Cagliari fans but was punished for his complaints, prompting him to take action himself by leaving the pitch in protest.The Ghana international had appealed to the referee to stop …

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Nigerian food is secret to world champion Anthony Joshua’s success

The unified world heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, has revealed that the secret to his success in the ring was a Nigerian delicacy.The 27-year-old British-Nigerian boxer defeated his Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round to snatch the WBA title while retaining his IBF and IBO world championship titles over the weekend.In an interview with a Nigerian sports journalist, Oma Akatugba, …

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Joshua to become global phenomenon after beating Klitschko, says Promoter

Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua was hailed as “the biggest star in British sport and the biggest star in world boxing” after his exhilarating world heavyweight title triumph over Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday sky-rocketed him into the global sporting elite.After the British-Nigerian’s 11th round stoppage of Ukraine’s rejuvenated former champion at Wembley Stadium in a heavyweight title fight for the ages, …

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Germany and FIFA support football development in Namibia

An opening ceremony was held for the construction of 45 sports fields for socially disadvantaged youth in Namibia recently. In the future, nearly 14,000 young Namibians across the country will be able to use the sports fields for free to play football or other sports. Germany’s development ministry has teamed up with prominent partners for the project. They include partners …

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Kenya’s Mary Keitany and Daniel Wanjiru win London Marathon 2017

It was a double win for Kenya on Saturday when Daniel Wanjiru and Mary Keitany won the men’s and women’s races respectively at the London Marathon.The 24-year-old Wanjiru held off the challenge of Ethiopia’s long-distance legend Kenenisa Bekele, the man who holds the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres world records as well as eight Olympic and world titles.The Kenyan finished …

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Kenyan couple wins Paris Marathon titles

Kenya’s Paul Lonyangata won the Paris Marathon in a quick time of two hours, six minutes, 10 seconds on Sunday and Purity Rionoripo, his wife, won the women’s race in a new record time of 2:20.55.Lonyangata pulled clear when his compatriot Stephen Chebogut, who started with the best personal best of the field, cracked with 5.7km left.The 24-year-old Lonyangata, a …

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