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Uche NwaforUche Nwofor fired a brace against South Africa on Wednesday to make a big case for players on the fringes of the Super Eagles to be given a chance in the team.

Former Flying Eagles star Nwofor displayed a top striker’s predatory instincts with two well-taken goals on his full international debut. The VVV Venlo striker, who has been recently linked with a move to the English Premier League, most certainly enhanced his chances of now being part of Coach Stephen Keshi’s plans going forward.

Nwofor’s goals made sure that the team’s star striker Emmanuel Emenike was not missed as was the case at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil in June.

Friday, 16 August 2013 12:14

Okagbare Aiming To Be Like Bolt

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Okagbare BlessingNigeria's superwoman, meet Jamaica's superman. Triple threat Blessing Okagbare, here to compete in the long jump, 100 and 200 metres, is drawing favourable comparisons to sprint sensation Usain Bolt at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics (WCA).

She likes it.

"A lot of people have been, maybe, saying that," Okagbare said, laughing on August 15. "If they say that, then it's an honour.

"Usain Bolt is a great athlete, an extremely talented athlete, and for some people to say you actually have, maybe you're even close to the talent he has, is a great honour for me."

Andile JaliAndile Jali with six other Pirates players made the Bafana squad cut by Coach Gordon Igesund. SANigerians online magazine learnt from a report by Kickoff, that the Pirates player has been handed a recall for the national team against the African Champions for the Nelson Mandela challenge following massive pressure from the player’s fans.

However with Bucs playing a crucial Champions League match against Zamalek on August 17, it looks unlikely that the called up players would be released to the South African National team gaffer.

The Mandela Challenge is set for August 14 at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Thursday, 01 August 2013 14:53

SA Man attacks Randy Orton

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Randy-OrtonCape Town - The fan who attacked WWE star Randy Orton during an event at GrandWest Arena on Tuesday night says he just doesn't like the wrestler.

A fan in attendance took a video of the incident and uploaded it on YouTube. It shows Orton standing on the turn buckle, facing the crowd, when a man walks into the ring and strikes Orton from behind.

The ENCA website identified the fan as Tsepho Sekhabi, a 20-year-old man from Johannesburg who said he had quit his job as an administrative clerk to catch the WWE's two nights in Cape Town.

He admitted to planning the "hit" for a while.

“I just don’t like Randy Orton. This was an opportunity for me so I got up there and made a name for myself,” he said.

While the WWE website reported that the extent of Orton’s injuries was unknown, Sekhabi did not escape unscathed.

Terrell GaushaCleveland-born boxer, 2012 USA Olympian Terrell Gausha (pictured), who used to proudly don the American flag on his boxing shorts when he fought in the ring, now says that because of George Zimmerman‘s not-guilty verdict, he will no longer rep the United State’s flag, according to TMZ.

In his interview with the gossip website, the middleweight keenly observed the discrepancy between how punishment is meted out in this country, “How can I wear my stars and stripes proudly in a country where they make a big deal out of Mike Vick fighting dogs; but not a young innocent Black male’s life.”

Gausha, who is 25 years old, added that the Zimmerman verdict changed the way he sees this country, “When I represented my country in the Olympics, I was proud to wear my flag. I even wore it on my head on the way to the ring. What happened this weekend was a slap in the face.”

Sunday MbaGoal has ranked Sunday Mba as the 24 best player of the 2013 football year ahead of the likes of Ibrahimovic, Suarez, Isco, Mata and Lampard. Hazard and Oscar didn’t even make the list.

This is a first time ranking for Mba in the annual goalcom top 50 after he became a revelation for the super eagle’s in the recently concluded AFCON which he scored to clinch the title.
When Keshi decided to take Mba along with five other home based players to the AFCON tournament he had a lot of raised eyebrows but the 24-year-old played better than many of the nation’s more heralded foreign contingent.

CheyenneTiger Woods’ niece Cheyenne aims to keep the family fortune in the golf course flowing by proving that her uncle is not the only family member who knows how to swing.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, to Earl Dennison Woods Jr., Tiger’s half-brother; Cheyenne is proud to be related to the 14-time major winner and men’s number one.

But she’s intent in making a name for herself, starting by qualifying for the British Open in early August.

“It is an honour to have the last name Woods but I want to be known for my own golf,” the 23-year-old told BBC.

Kevin ConstantAC Milan midfielder Kevin Constant walked off the pitch during a pre-season tournament match against fellow Serie A side Sassuolo on Tuesday in response to alleged racist abuse.

The 26-year-old Guinea international kicked the ball into the crowd and left the pitch in the 34th minute.
Milan sent on a substitute, and an announcement warned the game would be stopped if further incidents occurred.
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has announced an immediate inquiry.

 A statement from FIGC read: "The Federal Prosecutor's Office has opened an investigation to ascertain the extent of the racist incident that took place at the Stadio del Tricolore in Reggio Emilia during the Milan-Sassuolo match, which saw AC Milan player Kevin Constant the subject of chants from some supporters in the stands."

Constant's actions emulate Kevin-Prince Boateng's in January.

The Ghana international sparked a walk-off during AC Milan's match against Italian lower division club Pro Patria by picking up the ball midway through the first half and kicking it into the crowd before removing his shirt - he was then followed off by both sets of players and officials.

While Boateng had plenty of backing, it appears that Milan are less

shola-ameobi-EaglesThe Newcastle United forward makes a return to the Super Eagles that will face Bafana Bafana in August in honour of the former South African president

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has recalled Shola Ameobi to the squad that will play in the Nelson Mandela Challenge against South Africa on August 14 in Durban.

The Newcastle United forward recently became available to the team again after resolving a clause in his contract that made him unable to represent Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations in January.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 21:23

Keshi Turns to Anichebe

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anichebeThe Big Boss has turned back to the Everton frontman in order to fix some of the offensive failings so apparent at the Confederations Cup

The Super Eagles’ failings during the Confederations Cup were plain for all to see.

Despite thrashing Tahiti and performing admirably against Uruguay and Spain, Nigeria’s sojourn to Brazil provoked a response of frustration and, at times, anguish.

Stephen Keshi’s side were eliminated at the Group Stage, but everyone knew that things could have been so much better.

Shola AmeobiNewcastle striker Shola Ameobi has set his sights on playing for Nigeria at next year's World Cup in Brazil.

Ameobi is available again for Nigeria after the removal of a clause in his club contract that stopped him playing at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Capped only once, the 31-year-old is eager to make up for lost time.
"It would be incredible for me to represent Nigeria again. And to help them qualify for the World Cup would make it extra special," he said. Every player is looking to play at the World Cup. I think we've got every chance of qualifying

Sunday MbaJul 6, 2013

The Chan qualifier started at a slow pace though the Super Eagles dominated possession in the early minutes of the game but was sparked into life in the 14th minute when Gambo Mohammed swiveled on the edge of the box and let fly a left-footer which beat the Elephants’ goalkeeper. That was Gambo’s first goal in only his second outing for the national team.

Baresi was given the first yellow card of the match for a foul on Gomo Onduku in the 22nd minute. A solo run from Sunday Mba was cut short as Gambo ran into an offside position. Two minutes later, a long ball from Godfrey Oboabona found Ezekiel Mbah on the right wing and his first-time cross was met by a half volley from Sunday Mba and that threw the crowd into delirium.

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