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world cup drawThe reigning African champions have been handed an easy group in the preliminary stages of the 2014 World Cup to be staged in Brazil

Nigeria will face Argentina, Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina in Group F of the preliminary round of the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

The draw ceremony took place Friday evening in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia State, Brazil. The event was greeted with great fanfare that showcased the culture of the country. It was a spectacular treat that left mouths wide open including the crème de la crème of world football.

Godfrey OboabonaGodfrey Oboabona has insisted Nigeria's home-based team will do well even without him at next year's Africa Nations Championship (CHAN).

Nigeria have been grouped alongside hosts, South Africa, Mali and Mozambique in the first round of the competition meant for players who feature at their local leagues.

The former Sunshine Stars captain was an important part of the team that qualified for the competition for the first time, but he is no longer eligible to play in the competition following his recent transfer to Turkish club, Rizespor.

"Eagles won't miss me. They will do well at CHAN without me. The team was not all about me, we have a lot of great players in the Nigeria league. I am sure they will do well," Oboabona told

World cup_BrasilThe Super Eagles of Nigeria have been drawn to play against  Ethiopia for the final play-off rounds of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

By virtue of being one of the seeded teams,Nigeria will first travel away to Addis Ababa for the first leg of the tie in the week in October from 11-15 .

The home leg will come up in a yet to be decided venue by the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) in November from 15-19.

Nigeria last met Ethiopia in their last game at the 2013 African Nations Cup in South Africa.

The East Africans nation was not an easy ride for Nigeria,as two penalties from Victor Moses was the defining factor in helping the Super Eagles secure a 2-0 victory over the Ethiopians.

Mayweather vs_AlvarezPound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather stretched his unbeaten string to 45 straight fights with a 12-round majority decision over Mexican champ Saul Alvarez on Saturday.

The 36-year-old, who earned the biggest purse in boxing history at $41-million, managed to win the showdown between the two undefeated fighters and wrest Alvarez's World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association super welterweight belts.

"It is about skills," Mayweather said. "I came out tonight and showed my skills.

"I just took my time and took the opportunities when I got them. I can't say this is my best performance."

Thursday, 12 September 2013 10:17

Waiting on Mourinho to decide on Omeruo

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Kenneth-OmeruoInjured Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo could return back to training earlier than expected as he will on Wednesday be given a comeback date after making a remarkable recovery from a shoulder injury.

Initial diagnosis was that he will be out for eight weeks after the surgery on August 14.
But the 19-year-old’s adviser Chika Akujobi disclosed to that: “Kenneth is doing very well, he has made a remarkable recovery, even quicker than expected. He will visit the specialists on Wednesday to know when he could return to action.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 12:01

Durban South Africa, to bid for Olympics

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DurbanThe Sport and Recreation Ministry said yesterday the city's infrastructure, humility and humanity were "fantastic and world class".

"The sport economy is one of the major fundamentals for the country. We continue to attract major events . and are attractive to the world after hosting world events like the Fifa [soccer] World Cup," said Department of Sport and Recreation spokesman Paena Galane. "Now, we believe we are ready, through Durban, to host the Olympics."

He added: "Interestingly, Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula is in Argentina attending the World Anti-Doping Agency executive meeting on the sidelines of the International Olympic Committee, where delegates, after the announcement of Tokyo [as 2020 Olympics city], spoke of Durban as the preferred destination."

Monday, 02 September 2013 09:35

Bale finally joins Real Madrid

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Gareth BaleReal Madrid have finally announced the signing of Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur for a record-breaking €100-million.

The Wales international brushed off late intereste from Manchester United, and his transfer was announced after Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat in the north London Derby against Arsenal.

The 24-year-old becomes the most expensive player ever, surpassing his new teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

Bale has signed a six-year contract with the La Liga club, which is reportedly worth £170,000 a week after tax.

The deal was expected to be completed last week, but Spurs refused to sanction it until they had signed replacements.

Platini UEFA_BossAnimal rights group PETA has called on Uefa to ban the "ritual slaughter of animals" after a sheep was sacrificed prior to Kazakh side Shakhter Karagandy's Champions League playoff match against Celtic.

The organisation has written to Uefa president Michel Platini asking him to use his influence to ensure that the governing body's "prestigious competitions are not tainted by such horrifying cruelty".

Shakhter killed the sheep before training for their home first leg tie against Celtic, which they went on to win 2-0 on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 11:07

Man Utd Officials to Meet with Eto'o

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Samuel EtooManchester United will apparently meet with the representatives of Samuel Eto'o this week after entering the race to sign the up-for-sale forward.

His club, Anzhi Makhachkala, are looking to offload many of their high-earning foreign stars and have apparently made Eto'o available for around £5m.

Transfer target

Chelsea have admitted that want-away Red Devils striker Wayne Rooney is their number-one transfer target, but have also been linked with a move for the 32-year-old.

Super Eagles_vs_BafanaGoal South Africa highlights four things Bafana Bafana learned while playing their international friendlies against the Super Eagles and the Burkinabe

Last week, South Africa’s friendly encounters against Nigeria and Burkina Faso were followed by wholly different reactions from fans and the media alike.

A crushing defeat by Nigeria sparked widespread criticism, citing the team’s inadequacies and their lack of ability to test arguably Africa’s strongest team. The Super Eagles were perceived to be on another footballing planet to Bafana Bafana, with a wealth of talent and potential.

Arsene WengerWenger has a year left on his current deal with Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis intending to offer him a new contract.

But a statement from the AST read: “We believe this is inappropriate.

“A decision should only be taken following the closing of the transfer window and assessment of the team’s performances in the weeks ahead.

"Considerable improvement must be shown for us to be convinced this should happen and we believe that other senior appointments must come first.

Usain BoltUsain Bolt guided Jamaica to victory in the sprint relay in Moscow to become the most successful athlete in the history of the World Championships.

The 26-year-old added 4x100m gold to his 100m and 200m triumphs and now has a total of eight golds and two silvers.
Carl Lewis and Allyson Felix also have 10 medals but have eight golds, one silver and a bronze respectively.
Jamaica won in 37.36 seconds with the United States second and Canada third after Great Britain were disqualified.

British relay team

Baton blunder cost Brits bronze.Britain finished third but lost their bronze after an appeal was lodged against their second changeover.

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