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Ibrahimovic rescues Man Utd in Liverpool draw

15 January 2017, 20:12

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored an 84th-minute header as Manchester United prevented Liverpool from recapturing second place in the Premier League table in a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

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Mahrez scores twice but Algeria held by Zimbabwe

15 January 2017, 20:12

Riyad Mahrez scored twice but Algeria had to settle for a 2-2 draw with rank outsiders Zimbabwe as their Africa Cup of Nations campaign got off to a slow start in Franceville on Sunday.

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CAF CL: Rangers, Air Peace to seal airlift deal

15 January 2017, 14:15

Rangers International FC of Enugu will sign an agreement with Air Peace Airlines this week to meet its transportation needs for 2016/2017 CAF Champions League.

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Wilfred Ndidi makes Premier League debut as Chelsea pummel Leicester

15 January 2017, 06:22

Wilfred Ndidi has made his English Premier League debut for champions Leicester City in a 3-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.

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Five Senegal v Tunisia facts

15 January 2017, 13:40

Five facts for the Africa Cup of Nations Group B match between Senegal and Tunisia in Franceville Sunday (1900 GMT).

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Algeria coach wary of outsiders Zimbabwe

15 January 2017, 07:05

Virtually all the pre-2017 Africa Cup of Nations talk about Group B has concerned which two countries from Algeria, Senegal and Tunisia will advance to the quarter-finals.

Cash row sours Zimbabwe's Africa Cup build-up

15 January 2017, 07:05

Zimbabwe have endured a troubled run-up to the Africa Cup of Nations, with players refusing to attend a farewell gala and missing scheduled flights to the tournament in a dispute over pay.

FC IfeanyiUbah abandon league opener in Kano

15 January 2017, 07:22

FC IfeanyiUbah abandoned the 2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) opener against Kano Pillars in protest.

Five Algeria v Zimbabwe facts

15 January 2017, 13:15

Five facts for the Africa Cup of Nations Group B match between Algeria and Zimbabwe in Franceville Sunday (1600 GMT).

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Del Piero tips Juventus to outplay Fiorentina

14 January 2017, 06:57

Juventus great Alessandro Del Piero said he scored "perhaps the best goal of my career" against Fiorentina, and he expects the Old Lady to continue outplaying La Viola when the sides meet on Sunday.

United brace for Liverpool crunch, Chelsea eye recovery

14 January 2017, 07:00

Manchester United have a golden opportunity to haul themselves into the Premier League title race at the expense of bitter rivals Liverpool this weekend, while leaders Chelsea will look to steady their nerves at Leicester.

Pochettino demands no more Spurs lows after highs

14 January 2017, 09:00

Mauricio Pochettino has challenged his Tottenham Hotspur players to demonstrate their growing maturity when they face West Brom on Saturday in the wake of their impressive victory over Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Enugu Rangers intensify plan to nail-down Abia Warriors on Sunday

14 January 2017, 13:19

League Champions Rangers International FC of Enugu has intensified plan to nail-down Abia Warriors in its maiden 2016/2017 Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) match.

Gabon pin hopes on Aubameyang as Cup of Nations begins

14 January 2017, 14:57

The Africa Cup of Nations gets underway in Gabon on Saturday afternoon as the hosts, spearheaded by the brilliant Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang, face minnows Guinea-Bissau in the tournament's opening game in Libreville.

DR Congo players refuse to train

14 January 2017, 16:00

Democratic Republic of Congo players have refused to train ahead of their opening Africa Cup of Nations match against Morocco in a dispute over pay.

Mahrez chose Algeria in tribute to late father

14 January 2017, 17:29

Riyad Mahrez chose to play for Algeria rather than France, where he was born, in a tribute to his late father, the African player of the year's brother said.

Guinea-Bissau hold Gabon 1-1

14 January 2017, 21:53

Host nation Gabon were held to a 1-1 draw by enterprising Guinea-Bissau in an evenly balanced Total AFCON match played at Stade d'Angondje Stadium in Libreville on Saturday.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Klopp admits low note over Liverpool paper trail

13 January 2017, 10:43

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he may have bamboozled his players by jotting down a change of tactics on a scrap of paper during his team's 1-0 defeat to Southampton in the League Cup semi-final first leg.

Mahrez, high-rise Desert Fox takes on Africa

13 January 2017, 10:44

"Riyad Mahrez? He's an example!" goes the mantra in Sarcelles, a north Parisian housing project where strings of high-rise blocks were built in the 1950s and 1960s primarily to accommodate French settlers from Algeria.

Ghana look to end 35-year Cup drought

13 January 2017, 10:44

The Black Stars of Ghana will again be one of the favourites for the Africa Cup of Nations as they aim to clinch a fifth title after their last triumph 35 years ago.

2019 AFCON: Super Eagles face South Africa, Libya, Seycheles

13 January 2017, 12:36

The draw for the 2019 African Nations Cup qualifiers was made in Libreville on Thursday, with Nigeria drawn along with South Africa, Libya and Seycheles.

AFCON 2019: Bafana Bafana plots Super Eagles fall

13 January 2017, 13:27

Bafana Bafana are hoping to book the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations ticket ahead of the Super Eagles.

Chelsea look to bounce back against ailing champions

13 January 2017, 14:37

Antonio Conte will hope his Chelsea players have got over the disappointment of their 13-match Premier League run ending and beat Leicester to strengthen their grip on the title race.

Minimum room for error for PSG

13 January 2017, 14:37

With one eye twitching in the direction of Barcelona in the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain head into their first taste of 2017 French league action with ground to make up.

Ivorians impress as 'Auba', Mahrez lead stars parade

13 January 2017, 15:04

New-look Ivory Coast are preparing to defend the Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off in Gabon on Saturday, buoyed by encouraging results and impressive form from new recruit Wilfried Zaha.

Koscielny demands more from Arsenal

13 January 2017, 17:39

Fresh from signing a new contract Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has demanded his team-mates ramp up their performances, beginning with the Premier League game at struggling Swansea on Saturday.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Resurgent Super Eagles will not be in Gabon

12 January 2017, 12:27

Nigeria boast one of the strongest current national teams in Africa, but will not be among the 16 countries challenging for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations title from Saturday.

Five Africa Cup of Nations quotes

12 January 2017, 14:01

Five quotes ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon:

'Egyptian Messi' Salah's star rising for Egypt

12 January 2017, 16:42

He may have failed to impress Jose Mourinho, but Mohamed Salah has the chance at the Africa Cup of Nations to demonstrate just why he has been hailed as the 'Egyptian Messi'.

Super Eagles make top 50 in FIFA ranking

12 January 2017, 17:02

Nigeria has been named the 50th best team in the world in the latest FIFA ranking released on Thursday.

Messi must be handed new deal - Suarez

12 January 2017, 18:10

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has hit back at comments by the club's CEO that the Catalan giants won't "go crazy" when negotiating a new contract for five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi.

Algeria's Taider out, Bennacer gets Cup call

12 January 2017, 19:12

Algerian midfielder Saphir Tader has been ruled out of the Africa Cup of Nations with a recurring knee injury and will be replaced by Ismail Bennacer.

I've conquered England in three months says Ibrahimovic

12 January 2017, 21:37

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has set his sights on leading Manchester United to the Premier League title after boasting he took just three months to establish himself as one of the best players in England.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Bramall goes from factory worker to Arsenal

11 January 2017, 11:17

Cohen Bramall signed for Premier League giants Arsenal on Tuesday just a week after being made redundant from his factory job with luxury carmakers Bentley.

Expanded World Cup has China daring to dream

11 January 2017, 13:01

China's football chief and state media hailed FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026, saying it could help realise the country's "dream" of returning to the sport's grandest stage.

Asisat Oshoala set to dump Arsenal for China

11 January 2017, 14:01

All things being equal, Nigerian international Asisat Oshoala will join the bandwagon of players moving to China any moment from now.

Egypt look to rekindle glory days

11 January 2017, 15:35

Egypt return to the African Cup of Nations after a seven-year absence with a new generation looking to rekindle the glory days of three consecutive titles before the 2011 uprising exhausted Egyptian football.

CAF Cups: NFF to inspect Enugu, Bauchi, Nnewi, Port Harcourt stadia

11 January 2017, 17:46

All the venues being proposed for home matches by clubs representing Nigeria in African competitions this year will be inspected by officials of the Nigeria Football Federation.

Odds against Renard in quest for third title

11 January 2017, 18:44

Herve Renard is looking to do something in Gabon that no coach has done before and win a third Africa Cup of Nations title with a third different country.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Leicester hit hardest by African departures

10 January 2017, 11:07

Manchester United and Liverpool have each lost an important player, but in the Premier League it is Leicester City for whom the Africa Cup of Nations is the biggest inconvenience.

Charity Cup: Rangers vow to beat FC IfeanyiUbah in Abuja

10 January 2017, 12:16

Enugu Rangers FC players on Tuesday vowed to beat FC IfeanyiUbah in the 2016/2017 Charity Cup to re-emphasis their superiority in Nigerian football.

Klopp demands Liverpool response at Saints

10 January 2017, 15:40

Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool to make amends for their FA Cup flop by delivering a dominant display in Wednesday's League Cup semi-final first leg against Southampton.

Ex-Nigeria international, Obi Okoye, for burial Thursday

10 January 2017, 18:43

The remains of former Nigeria international defender Francis Obi Okoye, who died in December 2016, will be interred at his family compound in Mbarakpaka, Ihiala, Anambra State on Thursday.

Ronaldo lambasts media campaign against him

10 January 2017, 20:01

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo claimed he had to overcome media "campaigns" against him to win FIFA's inaugural "The Best" prize for the world's best player in 2016.

Monday, 09 January 2017

Five Africa Cup of Nations facts

09 January 2017, 13:15

Five Africa Cup of Nations facts ahead of 2017 tournament in Gabon.

Ivory Coast among many Africa title hopefuls

09 January 2017, 13:15

Gabon witnessed one of the most sensational finishes to an Africa Cup of Nations tournament when no-hopers Zambia stunned the Ivory Coast to win the 2012 final.

Chelsea ponder appeal after Terry FA Cup red

09 January 2017, 14:05

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said his club may appeal against the red card shown to John Terry during the Premier League leaders' 4-1 FA Cup defeat of Peterborough United.

Barcelona "obliged" to fight back - Suarez

09 January 2017, 16:46

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez insists the Catalans are "obliged" to chase down Real Madrid at the top of La Liga, despite losing more ground on the European champions in a 1-1 draw at Villarreal on Sunday.

Enugu Rangers, FC IfeanyiUbah clash in Charity Cup match

09 January 2017, 20:42

Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Enugu Rangers will battle Federation Cup winners FC IfeanyiUbah in the annual Charity Cup match in Abuja on Wednesday, 11th January 2017.

Infantino commiserates with NFF over killing of Nigerian player

09 January 2017, 21:31

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has written to NFF President Amaju Pinnick to commiserate with Nigeria over the killing of former youth international Douglas Uzama.

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