Sports

Nigerian football is corrupt, rotten —Peterside

…NFF election was a crime scene; what it taught me By Alexander Johnson Adejoh So this system must be broken. Players union must have six members, coaches six members, refs six members, FAs six, women football, six things in the system. And I’ve been able to learn. I met many great people, media men, sportsmen, fans, from everywhere. In the ...

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Nigerian football is corrupt, rotten Peterside

…NFF election was a crime scene; what it taught me By Alexander Johnson Adejoh Returning to roots after a quarter of a century of life in South Africa Yes, I’m fully back to Nigeria. I spent 25 years of my youth in South Africa. I left for South Africa 1998. This is 2023, that’s 25 years. I went there as ...

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2023 Preview: FIFA Women’s World Cup and seven top events where Nigeria will gun for glory

…One of the major events scheduled for 2023 is the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. By Alexander Johnson Adejoh Although Nigerian sports’ failure to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is among the year’s most discouraging events, there is much to look forward to in 2023. Beyond the General Elections, which seem to take center ...

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Pelé, Life and Times

By Alexander Johnson Adejoh He was born Edson Arantes dos Nascimento in the tiny Brazilian village of Três Corações, where he played soccer barefoot, using rolled-up rags for a ball. How a young man from such humble beginnings became Pelé, widely considered the greatest soccer player ever, is a story written on the hearts of generations of his compatriots and ...

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Argentina win Qatar 2022 World Cup Amidst Drama

By Alexander Johnson Adejoh Argentina had famously blown a two-goal lead before eventually emerging victorious in their last World Cup final triumph 36 years ago, but there appeared little prospect of a repeat of that scenario. However, the French were suddenly given hope when they won a penalty 10 minutes from time as Kolo Muani was brought down by Nicolas ...

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Move, Ndidi, Move; Nigerian Fans Urge Ndidi.

By Alexander Johnson Adejoh Despite being hit with several injuries in the past two years, which has seen his form drop, Wilfred Ndidi is still regarded as one of the best ball winners in the English Premier League and beyond. By all standards, that is one of the highest compliments a Nigerian plying his trade abroad can receive. The Super ...

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Juju and Other Reasons Why Nigeria Lost WC Ticket to Ghana –Balogun

By Alexander Johnson Adejoh Nigerian fans will be feeling hard done by the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar as many will remember the day Nigeria lost to Ghana – on the away goal rule – after playing a 1-1 draw at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja. Nigeria failed to find ...

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The problem with Nigerian Football

By Alexander Johnson Adejoh I am watching the ongoing matches in Qatar but all I am thinking about is my country, Nigeria. As I am writing this, the last of the African teams, Ghana, just played their first match and lost against one of the teams considered favourites to win the FIFA World Cup, Portugal. It was a close match, ...

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Grassroots Sports in Nigeria: Challenges and prospects

By Alexander Johnson Adejoh Ask any Nigerian sports administrator what their priorities are, they will tell you that grassroots sports development and harvesting of talents rank high on their wish list. So desirable is the need for developing sports at the grassroots that successive administrations make it a catchphrase when rolling out plans for youths and sports. In 2009, a ...

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The World Cup kicks in

By Alexander Johnson Adejoh Last Sunday the world watched with excitement the opening ceremony of the festival of football in Qatar. And for 28 days the attention of the football-loving world will be focused on this little rich country of less than three million people. This is the 22nd edition of the World Cup and the first by FIFA to ...

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