BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE


General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation, Dr Mohammed Sanusi has responded to Leon Balogun’s comments over the non-payment of the Super Eagles bonuses and allowances.

Back in January, President Amaju Pinnick said the NFF is working to pay the players’ outstanding payments and the coaching crew’s salaries which include Gernot Rohr and his goalkeeper coach Alloy Agu.


Sanusi, in his reaction to Balogun on Wednesday, disclosed that they are only owing the Super Eagles bonuses and allowances from their last two matches.


" The NFF deserves no joy in owing players and coaches their entitlements,” Sanusi said in a statement. “The same players and coaches have been well taken care of and provided the necessary facilities when things were normal, and as we work assiduously towards conquering the present challenges and seeing sunlight again, we expect the players, coaches and administrative staff to show the same level of understanding that they have been showing over the past 18 months.


" Of course, we are pragmatists and we realize that these things can be frustrating and some people will boil over and talk about them. It is normal. Last month, during the friendlies in Austria, we were able to pay some of the outstanding bonuses and allowances.

" We are working at a pace presently to clear what is remaining. As I speak, we are owing the team bonuses and allowances from only the last two matches, and payments for these two games had been sent to the Central Bank some weeks ago. They will receive the monies shortly. We are equally working to pay the coaches what they are being owed as salaries.


" We have never denied owing the team. Leon is a senior player that everyone respects for his quality output on the pitch and calmness and forbearance off it, but I do not know which reports he was referring to when he said the NFF was contradicting itself.”

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The Rangers defender also lamented the poor state of facilities in Nigeria and he claimed that they hinder the discovery of talents.

While defending the idea of changing venues for the Super Eagles, Sanusi gave assurances of the government’s commitment to developing stadiums across the country.


" He also talked about playing pitches. Sincerely speaking, the past few years have seen a remarkable improvement in stadia infrastructure across the country,” he continued.

" The team had to move round the States because the turf of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja got bad. Now, the pitch is coming back to shape thanks to the efforts of the present Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Chief Sunday Dare, who got the respected Alhaji Aliko Dangote’s company to work on it.


" Presently, we have exciting venues in Uyo, Benin City, Asaba, Kaduna and Lagos. Without the team moving round the States, the governments of these States probably would not have devoted much effort into putting these facilities in world-standard shape.

" There are remarkable improvements on facilities in Ibadan, the National Stadium in Lagos and a new one in Lagos. All these will benefit the teeming youth population of Nigeria who are interested in sports.”

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 


Nigerian swimmer Abiola Ogunbanwo got the country its second win at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after claiming victory in heat 1 of the women’s 100m Freestyle swimming event in a time of 59.74s, breaking Ngozi Monu’s 14-year record.

Ogunbanwo, 17, swam to a new National Record of 59.74s, making her the first Nigerian woman ever to swim under the one minute mark in this event. Ogunbanwo broke Monu’s longstanding record of 1:00.50 which has stood for 14years, and now has two Nigerian records in her bag.


Abiola Ogunbanwo came first in heat 1 of the women’s 100m Freestyle swimming event in a time of 59.74s, she finished ahead of Andela Antunovic of Montenegro (1:00.01), Nepal’s Gaurika Singh (1:00.11), and Mineri Gomez of Guam (1:04.00).

Although she finished in an overall ranking of 48th place when the six heats were concluded, Ogunbanwo’s time was not enough to secure the teenager a spot in the semi-finals.

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Ogunbanwo entered the competition with a Personal Best of 1:00.77, going under one-minute was going to be a big improvement for her, and it showed in how strongly she finished particularly in the last 50m of the race.

She would be proud of herself and can hold her head up high after adding the 100m national record to the 400m freestyle and 200m breaststroke national records she currently holds.


Her outing at the Tokyo Olympics will undoubtedly be important for her swimming development.
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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 


Nigeria international midfield player becomes Brentford's first Premier League signing, they completed the signing of the Nigeria international midfielder Frank Onyeka, subject to international clearance. 


A work permit for the 23-year-old was received at the weekend and he has completed a medical. Frank will join from FC Midtjylland, where Brentford FC Owner Matthew Benham has the majority shareholding, for an undisclosed fee and has signed a five-year contract. He arrived in the UK yesterday, Monday 19 July, and will now undergo a period of quarantine before joining with the squad for training.


Frank has spent his entire professional career with FCM, as they are known, and has been a regular for them in the Danish Superliga for most of the past four seasons. He arrived in Denmark as an 18-year-old from FC Ebedei, a Nigerian club with links to FCM. He progressed to the First Team and made his breakthrough in the 2017/18 season.


Frank was part of the FCM side that won the Superliga in 2017/18, playing 15 games. He helped them win the title again in 2019/20 and the Danish Cup in 2019. Frank played in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League for FCM, and leaves Denmark having made 123 appearances and scored 17 goals.

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Thomas Frank, Brentford FC Head Coach, said: “I am looking forward to getting Frank in the building. We think he is a strong addition to the squad, and we are looking forward to working with him. He is a very dynamic player.


" Frank plays as an eight in our system, he is very good at getting from box to box and will be valuable to us when we don’t have the ball. He has come from the Danish league and was one of the best midfield players in that league, we think he has the potential to develop further. All the coaches here are looking forward to working with Frank and pushing him to a higher level.”


Rasmus Ankersen, Brentford FC Co-Director of Football, added: “Frank Onyeka is a player we, for obvious reasons, know very well. Over the last two years he has grown to become the dominant midfielder in the Danish league and his performances in the Champions League last season convinced us that he is ready for the Premier League. With his pace, power and ability to win the ball I am sure Frank will be a great addition to the Brentford squad." 


Frank received his first Nigeria call-up last season. He was selected for friendly matches last October and made his international debut against Algeria, his only appearance for his country to date. 


It is a busy year or so upcoming for Nigeria with an upcoming Africa Cup of Nations scheduled to start in January 2022 and the final stages qualification for the FIFA World Cup 2022, to be played in Qatar next November in December, set to start in September.
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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 


Jigawa Golden Stars striker Samuel Stone, has attributed his scoring form with the "Badaru Boys" to hard work and determination.

Stone who is on loan at Jigawa Golden Stars from Kano Pillars in a chat with the media, he said making that move from Kano to Jigawa, has turned out to be a blessing in disguise.


" I needed to move away from Kano, because i needed to play regularly,  i wasn't having playing time at Kano Pillars, and was sent on loan to Jigawa Golden Stars, and it has turned our to be a blessing for me, I've scored 9 goals so far in the league for Jigawa Golden Stars, and am hoping to score more before the end of the season".

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The Anambra State born striker also assured that he will love to take his career to the next level, while also explaining what makes him a "fox in the box".

" My career is of importance to me and i would love to move on to greater things, am praying the opportunity presents itself for me too".


" I think my strength is more because of my physic, and my abilities to take advantage of the weak defenders, you have to ensure your at the right place when the ball gets to you inside the 18 yard box, also knowing how to convert at goal".

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 


Nigeria’s national women basketball team coach, Otis Hughley Jr., has asked Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) to help improve women's basketball by allowing Nigerian American players, Nneka Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams to represent Nigeria at the Tokyo Olympics.


Hughley, made this known after D’Tigress lost by 93-62 against Team USA in their last exhibition game in Las Vegas on Sunday.


The two players have been denied the chance to play for Nigeria, a situation which prompted the Women NBA stars to write a petition to FIBA asking to be allowed to join the Nigeria team since their parents are Nigerians. 

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In addition, Nigeria's final roster for the Olympics which begins this week is yet to be determined as Nigeria tries to bring on Nneka Ogwumike and Elizabeth Williams into the team.


Williams did play for Nigeria in the exhibition game, while Ogwumike and her sister, Chiney, who was approved to play as a naturalized player for Nigeria, were on the bench. Also, Erica Ogwumike, the youngest of the four Ogwumike sisters, had five points for Nigeria. Atonye Nyingifa scored nine points to lead the team.

Nigeria will face USA in the opening Group B game in the Olympics on Tuesday, July 27.
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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 


Former Nigerian International and father of newly invited Nigerian sisters, the Ijeh sisters, Peter Ijeh says he never anticipated that his two daughters will be invited to the Super Falcons squad at the same time.

The former International who spoke at the virtual Personality Interview Segment of the FCT Football Updates platform said 
"I never anticipated that my two daughters will get invite into the Super Falcons squad at the same time. 


" I was thinking it's going to be one at a time. It is good it happens at the same time because they have been together right from childhood. They can look after each other. It's a welcome development as both of them were invited at the same time."

Super Falcons coach, Randy Waldrum handed a first time invitation to Josephine and Evelyn Ijeh for the team's ongoing camp in Austria ahead of the Aisha Buhari Cup.

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Their father is of the view that his daughters possess similar potentials that he possesses during his playing days.

He said: "Both had my similarities because I am both footed. I can use left and right foot. They can also do the same thing. I can shoot and score from any distance and they also possess that potentials. They have their future around them because they possess the potentials that can be groomed into something great."


Randy Waldrum's reign as Super Falcons coach has witnessed the invitation of Toni and Nicole Payne for the US Summer Series. The sister also made up the gaffer's list for the Austria camp.

Josephine and Evelyn Ijeh are the second set of sisters to be invited to the Super Falcons squad by Randy Waldrum.

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