(AFP) Nigerian army authorities have dismissed one of the soldiers found guilty of the kidnapping of Chelsea footballer John Obi Mikel's father last month. "Private Jaduwa Thlama, one of the soldiers found culpable in the kidnapping of Pa Michael Obi, the father of the Nigerian international footballer, John Mikel, has been dismissed" said a statement on Thursday. He has been handed over to the police for prosecution, said the statement
THE Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has kicked against the afternoon kick-off time picked by CAF for the 2012 Nations Cup qualifying tie against Guinea. CAF had fixed the game for 2pm local time on to kick-off simultaneously with the game between Ethiopia and Madagascar in Addis Ababa. In the Nigerian capital however, temperatures will be at their highest at kick-off and during the game. Weather forecast for Abuja shows that
Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi came on as a substitute to score Nigeria's only goal - Argentina gained revenge for their June loss to Nigeria by defeating the Super Eagles 3-1 in Bangladesh on Tuesday. Before a sell-out crowd at the 25,000-capacity Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka, Gonzalo Higuain opened the scoring for the South Americans after 24 minutes. Moments later, his Real Madrid team-mate Angel di Maria doubled the lead.
Everton could be without Victor Anichebe for three weeks after the striker injured his groin on duty for Nigeria. Victor Anichebe faces a possible three-week lay-off after suffering a groin injury on international duty. The Everton striker was hurt in the final minutes of Nigeria's 2-0 win in Madagascar on Saturday and headed back to the UK while his team-mates travelled to Bangladesh for Tuesday's friendly with Argentina, a Nigerian spokesman, Colin
Nigeria have at last done the business in Madagascar. Goals from Yobo and Nsfor take them level with Guinea in group B. But Guinea still have to play today. Nigeria coach Samson Siasia has given the credit for Sunday's 2-0 victory in Madagascar to his players. The Super Eagles overcame atrocious playing conditions to triumph in the last 20 minutes with goals from skipper Joseph Yobo and a sensational effort from Obinna Nsofor sealing a much-
'I will always do my best for Nigeria' – Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel thanks his country for its support during his father's kidnapping. The Blues man is grateful to his compatriots for the help and messages he received during the recent abduction in his family, and vows to give his all for his national team. The Chelsea's midfielder John Obi Mikel thanked his compatriots for the enormous support he was shown during the saga which involved the
Arsène Wenger 'humiliated' by Arsenal's defeat at Manchester United. The Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger, insists that quitting the club has never crossed his mind but described the 8-2 defeat at Manchester United as "humiliating". United condemned Arsenal to their biggest ever Premier League defeat at Old Trafford with Wayne Rooney scoring a hat-trick during the rout. Wenger admitted he had been left embarrassed by the size of
Hoffenheim's striker Chinedu Obasi has been re-called to the Nigeria squad for the first time since World Cup
Nigeria's Chinedu Obasi is delighted to be back in the Super Eagles squad after more than a year out with injury. He is in a 25-man squad for Nigeria's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Madagascar on 4 September and their friendly with Argentina two days later. The striker has had a promising start to
(BBC) The father of Chelsea and Nigeria star John Mikel Obi has been found alive in the Nigerian city Kano. Michael Obi was last seen on 12 August in the city of Jos, where his car was found last Wednesday. Obi Senior told the BBC that he had been kidnapped in Jos before being transferred to Kano. "I am very stressed," he said. His abductors are now in police custody in the northern Nigerian city. The BBC's Yusuf Ibrahim Yakasai says Michael
(BBC Sports) The mother of Chelsea and Nigeria star John Mikel Obi has denied that the family has had any ransom demand in relation to her missing husband. Michael Obi was last seen in the Nigerian city of Jos on 12 August and his car was found there on Wednesday. The player's agents, SEM group, said in a statement that a "sizable" ransom demand had been received. "I didn't hear [anything] about him," Mrs Irosu Obi told the BBC World
The Kidnappers of Michael Obi, Mikel Obi's kidnapped father has demand 20 million naira ransom for his release. Nigerian police have recovered the car of the kidnapped father of Chelsea footballer John Obi Mikel, but the man's whereabouts remained unknown, his wife and police said Wednesday. "We got an intelligence report on where the car was and we recovered it, but we are still looking for the missing man," said Emmanuel Dipo Ayeni, police
Arsenal have agreed a transfer deal which will see Emmanuel Eboue join Turkish giants Galatasaray, it was confirmed Tuesday. The 28-year-old Ivory Coast international, who joined the Gunners in 2005, is heading to Turkey after seeing his playing opportunities at Arsenal become increasingly limited in recent seasons. “Arsenal have agreed terms with Turkish side Galatasaray for the transfer of Emmanuel Eboue,” a statement on Arsenal’s website read.
John Obi Mikel's brother admits he is still in the dark as to the whereabouts of their father, who has been abducted in Nigeria. Michael Obi has been missing since he left work on Friday afternoon in the Nigerian city of Jos. On Monday, Chelsea midfielder Mikel gave an emotional interview in which he pleaded for his father's safe return after his management team issued a statement confirming the abduction. Mikel's elder sibling, Nigerian Premier
(BBC Sport) Mikel played for Chelsea against Stoke City on Sunday despite being told that his father had gone missing. The Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi appealled for the return of his father, who has been abducted in Nigeria. Michael Obi has not been seen or heard from since he failed to return home from work on Friday in Jos. "John Mikel Obi's father was abducted in Nigeria on Friday," SEM Group said on Twitter. "I've always tried to help the
(BBC) Arsenal has confirmed agreement has been reached for the sale of midfielder Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona. Earlier reports indicate Arsenal and Barcelona have confirmed they have reached an "agreement in principle" over the sale of Cesc Fabregas to the Spanish club. It means the 24-year-old Gunners captain is set to return to the club he left as a 16-year-old in 2003. He will now discuss personal terms and undergo a medical on Monday.
Nigeria lost gallantly to France 2 - 3 in the ongoing Under - 20 World cup going on in Colombia. Nigeria Equalised, 10 seconds to the end of playtime to make it 1 - 1 and earn an extra 20 minutes of play. France scored twice, 3 - 1, while Nigeria pulled one back to make the match 3 - 2 at the end of extra time. France thus advances to the semifinals of the Under-20 World Cup. They will face Portugal in Wednesday's semifinal. Gueida Fofana
Enyimba fans were able to watch their side hold on to top spot in Group A with a 2-0 win over Raja Casablanca on Sunday. Nigeria's Enyimba earned their second win in the group phase of the African Champions League with a 2-0 victory over Raja Casablanca. The victory puts them clear at the top of pool A with seven points from three games so far. Al Hilal of Sudan can go level with Enyimba if they beat Cotonsport of Cameroon late on
Ghana's international fixture with Nigeria at Vicarage Road Stadium, London has been called off. Following the events in the United Kingdom, the Ghana Football Association delegation with the team were this afternoon informed of the decision by the match organisers. "We have just been informed by the match organisers about the latest decision calling off today's friendly with Nigeria at Watford," Executive Committee member, Randy Abbey confirmed to www.ghanafa.org.
(AFP) JOHANNESBURG: A showdown between Ghana and Nigeria near London is the highlight of 14 midweek friendlies involving African countries preparing for 2012 Cup of Nations qualifiers next month. Half of the 52 active African national teams will be in action from the Vicarage Road home of English second-tier club Watford to the new Zimpeto Stadium in Maputo, including seven among the top 10 on the FIFA rankings. South Africa host
Manchester United completed a dramatic comeback from two goals down at half-time to beat Manchester City 3-2 with a stoppage-time winner in the Community Shield at Wembley. Joleon Lescott gave City a 38th-minute lead with a towering header having beaten both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic in the air, before David De Gea allowed a fierce strike from Edin Dzeko to zip beyond his grasp as Roberto Mancini's side claimed a two-