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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The Land in the Middle of Nowhere Which Successfully Made Young Sunday Mba Conquer Africa

 The Land in the Middle of Nowhere Which Successfully Made Young Sunday Mba Conquer Africa

Football always presents surprises. One of the biggest surprises that happened in the 21st century was the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tournament when a team of rookies became champions.

In organizing the event, CAF entrusted South Africa to hold the 2013 AFCON in its country. 

This time, Nigeria, gave a big surprise because they came out as the champion after defeating the Burkina Faso, 1-0 in the final match.

Nigeria's journey to win the African throne was not easy as they had to go through the qualifying round. Nigeria was included in a Group that had Burkina Faso, Zambia and Ethiopia. 

However, coming as the underdog team’s predicate, the Nigeria national team played carefreely and seemed relaxed when facing their opponents. This was proven through the opening match against Burkina Faso. It ended 1-1.

In the second match, Nigeria again impressed the eyes of football lovers. Troops of the “land of oil” were able to withstand a 1-1 draw against Zambia which was strengthened by famous names such as Christopher Katongo, Rainsford Kalaba and Kennedy Mweene.

After two glorious matches, Nigeria managed to beat Ethiopia in the final group match. 

Five points were enough to make Vincent Enyeama and friends advanced to the quarter-finals as group runners-up under Burkina Faso who also packed five points.

In the quarterfinals, Nigeria faced Cote d'Ivoire, the favourites of the competition. Elephants, reinforced by famous names like Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure, Cheikh Tiote, Salomon Kalou, Gervinho and Didier Zokora were tipped to win. Goals from Emmanuel Emenike and Sunday Mba was enough to get rid of Cote d'Ivoire 2-1.

This suddenly became the first surprise made by Nigeria at the tournament. Their win over Cote d'Ivoire, made the public surprised. This further made Nigeria was no longer underestimated in the competition.

In the semi-finals, Nigeria then faced Mali, another dark horse team with a high goal record. The Malians, were strengthened by Seydou Keita.

In the semi-finals, both teams played relaxed. Nigeria prevailed 4-1. 

Nigeria again met Burkina Faso in the final.

But the truth is: the game was flowing and interesting. Both teams reciprocated attacks. Although at the beginning of the match the Stallions dominated and bombarded the Super Eagles defense with attacks, Nigeria appeared powerful and was able to block any threat given by the host.

Midfielder Sunday Mba popped up with a beautiful goal to put Nigeria in the lead, the strength of Nigeria was proven. The 1-0 score lasted until the referee blew a long whistle.

Suddenly Nigeria players and coaches ran to the middle of the field as joy, and sorrow became one in the stadium. Young Playmaker, Sunday Mba couldn't hide his joy after becoming the saviour for Nigeria. 

The third trophy for Nigeria shocked everyone’s predictions. Armed with less popular players such as Ahmed Musa, Godfrey Oboabona, Efe Ambrose, Kenneth Omeruo and Ejike Uzoenyi, Nigeria was surprising Africa and even the world.

Nigeria indeed managed to make new history. They achieved it by applying high pressure football tactics; piling up players in defense, making the opponents frustrated and giving quick counterattacks. This tactic was quite successful when they faced Cote d'ivoire and the Burkina Faso which implemented an attacking strategy.

And all this, of course, thanks to the magic hand of Stephen Keshi, the coach who was a fearless figure. 

This history created by Nigeria seemed to give us a message that big names give no guarantee. After all, every success in football cannot be achieved as easily as turning a hand. It takes a struggle and the right strategy so that all the abilities of the players can be optimized and let God do the rest.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021



Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon has commenced registration for the maiden edition of the half marathon, 10km race and 5km race taking place in Ijebu Ode, Ogun state.

The Half Marathon, organised by Heritage Group and greatly supported by the Ogun state government will hold on 17th July, 2021.

“We are calling on all professional runners, health and fitness enthusiasts and fun runners to register for the Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon, the Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon promises to be a fantastic experience for all participants,” said Mr. Bukola Olopade, the Chief Executive Officer of Nilayo Sports Management Limited, the race consultants.

He added that “We have put all precautions in place to ensure that the half marathon is COVID 19 complaint, this is the reason why we are only allowing 500 runners for the 10KM, 5KM categories while the Half Marathon will have 300 Runners including Elite Runners.

“The Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon will bring spotlight on Ijebu as an international city that has a lifestyle of physical activity and health consciousness. Marathons and road races are a veritable tool for the empowerment of young people in communities, at Nilayo, we are positive that this event will greatly impact the people of Ijebu Ode. 

That is why we are calling on all Ijebu sons and daughters to participate and support the Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon.”

Interested participants can register for the 5KM, 10KM and Half Marathon via the Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon website, ijebuheritagehalfmarathon.com.

Virtual participants can also register for the marathon via the Finerge App available on Appstore and Google Play.

The race will start at School of Health Technology, Ilese Road and Finish at Otunba Dipo Dina International Stadium.

Sulaiman Pooja


Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

German Bundesliga Side, FSV Mainz 05 Partners With Mees Palace Of Jos

German Bundesliga club 1.FSV Mainz 05 is launching another big event in Nigeria in cooperation with MPFA this coming Sunday. The event will take place at the academy’s premises in Jos, Plateau State, May 9th.

It will feature digital milestones like a digital coaching and training session with Coaches from Mainz 05, a Q&A about the philosophy in their youth department and what it takes to become a player at their club as well as a friendly game between our Kids in Mainz 05 Kits and others in Mees Palace Kits at D’Cathedral.

Mees Palace Football Academy (MPFA) Founder and president, Emmanuel Adukwu, termed Mainz 05 as the 'perfect partner' for such great initiatives.

“We are delighted to have Mainz 05 as our partner for such a unique event, especially in such challenging times. The world recognizes how consistent the club has been over the years with its performances in the German Bundesliga. Its renowned knack for developing young players is unparalleled and is something we at Mees Palace resonate with.“

“ Our goal is to develop Nigerian footballers for the world stage and such initiatives helps us and especially our kids and coaches. We have a long way to go, but these steps help build a strong foundation," said Adukwu.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Minister Gets 48 Hours Ultimatum to Reverse Sport Federations boards Dissolution

Board members of the 31 Sports Federations met at the Presken Hotel, Abuja on Tuesday 4th May, 2021 and totally rejected the arbitrary and untimely dissolution of the Boards of duly and democratically elected Federations.

The Board members also condemned and rejected the establishment of caretaker committees over duly and democratically elected sports Federations whose tenures were yet to expire. 

The members unequivocally stated that on no account will the Caretaker Committees be recognized by the International Bodies of the various Sports Federations in place of the duly elected Boards.

The Federations noted that the Minister of Youth and Sports and the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development lied when they claimed that the tenures of the Boards have expired.  Board elections were held on June 13, 2017 and the inauguration into office was done on July 10, 2017 for a 4-year tenure.  The tenure will therefore expire on July 10, 2021 and not April 30, 2021 when the Federations were dissolved.

Board members wish to inform the public that no provision in the Code of Governance empowers the Minister to dissolve Boards of duly and democratically elected Federations and no legislation, law, regulation or instrument empowers the Minister or the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to set up Caretaker Committees. 

The Board members of the 31 Sports Federations hereby give the Minister a 48 hour- ultimatum within which he is to rescind and reverse all unlawful pronouncements he made over the dissolution of duly appointed Board members of Sports Federations or face appropriate reactions from the Federations. 

 The Minister and the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports is urged to desist from jeopardizing the future of our youths especially Nigeria’s sportsmen and women, by putting the country  at risk of being banned from participating at the forthcoming Tokyo Olympic Games. 

The Board Members restated that sports Caretaker Committees can never be allowed to replace duly elected Boards whose tenures are yet to expire.

It also stated that it will do all in its power to stop autocracy in sports, especially in a democratic dispensation. 


1. Aquatic Federation 

2. Athletics Federation 

3. Badminton Federation 

4. Basketball Federation 

5. Boxing Federation 

6. Chess Federation

7. Cricket Federation 

8. Cycling Federation 

9. Darts Federation 

10. Deaf Sports Federation 

11. Fives Federation 

12. Golf Federation 

13. Gymnastics Federation

14. Handball Federation 

15. Hockey Federation 

16. Judo Federation 

17. Karate Federation 

18. Kickboxing Federation 

19. Wushu Kungfu Federation 

20. Rowing, Canoeing & Yatching Federation 

21. Rugby Federation 

22. Scrabble Federation 

23. Shooting Federation

24. Squash Federation

25. Table Tennis Federation

26. Taekwondo Federation

27. Tennis Federation

28. Traditional Sports Federation

29. Volleyball Federation

30. Weightlifting Federation 

31. Wrestling Federation

Ratels Sports Foundation Partners MGGN Through Mini Women Football Championship

 Ratels Sports Foundation Partners MGGN Through Mini Women Football Championship.

Ratels Sports Foundation has partnered with the organisers of the Most Gorgeous Girl Nigeria (MGGN) to host a mini Women Football tournament commemorating the first edition of the beauty pageant which will hold in Abuja.

The Chief Executive Officer of The Most Gorgeous Girl Nigeria (MGGN), Grace Ene disclosed this on Monday during a world press conference in Abuja to flag off the maiden edition of the National beauty pageant. 

Miss Ene noted that Ratel Sports Foundation, founded by Legal Luminary, Barrister Paul Edeh has agreed to partner with the initiative through the Mini Football tournament in Abuja, which will in turn bring more awareness and hope for the girl-child. 

"We are glad about this initiative and partnering with one of the leading Sports Foundation in the country, Ratels Sports Development Foundation. 

"Through this event, we have been able to share the belief that the girl-child deserve more in our community and with Ratels Sports Development Foundation coming to support us with the Mini Women Football tournament, we are hopeful that it will create more love and awareness across all quarters. 

Reacting, the Chairman and founder of Ratels Sports Development Foundation, Barrister Paul Edeh disclosed that the love for the girl-child prompt his organisation to support the beauty pageant and mini Women Football tournament. 

"The girl-child deserve all the love and affection from people around them. They deserve to be confident and believe in themselves. 

"MGGN is an opportunity to demonstrate at a National and Global level that there are no intercultural barriers. It promises to bring people together from all the nooks and crannies of this country and beyond. 

"We hope our partnership with the organisers of the MGGN will help raise a formidable voice for the girl-child and make a meaningful impact in their lives." He concluded. 

The Most Gorgeous Girl Nigeria (MGGN) is a celebration of youth and empowerment, an important way to convey the true meaning of beauty and the empowerment of all women and girl-child.

"How I Became Captain Of Naija Ratels FC" - Paulina Ali

Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Championship side Naija Ratels Captain Paulina Ali has shown real character as the leader of the team ever since she was made captain over two years ago. 

The charismatic defender recently revealed how she started the round leather game as a kid and how her parents never supported her in the beginning.

The young player believes that she has grown as a leader and player in Naija Ratels and owes the club alot of responsibilities, reasons why she never left the club, despite receiving offers from some of the biggest teams in the NWFL Premiership.

"For me, Football is the only thing that makes me happy. Football is life and am glad I can do what I love doing here at Naija Ratels. 

"I started out with volleyball and was very good at it, until one of my teachers at Padopads Secondary School, Makurdi convinced me to start playing soccer, probably because of my height. I fell in love with the game afterwards and never looked back. 

"Just like many young women footballers, my parents never supported me playing football. My mum was always against it and punish me at times. But I was determined and wanted to achieve something great with the game and that pushed me to be where I am today, even though I know i still have a long way to go. 

"I must confess that I have improved tremendously, both as a person and a player under Naija Ratels and we all have special love for the club and President, Barrister Paul Edeh, who stands as a father figure to all of us. 

"We owe the club and the President alot and that's why we are so dedicated and determined to always win all our games.

On being Captain of a Championship team at a very young age, Paulina said it has been tasking, but yet rewarding. 

"Being a leader means you have to be always ready to lay down good examples. It has been tasking, but yet very rewarding. It has made me grow positively as a person and see life in a different perspective. It also makes me work harder on the pitch, because I always want to win games and excel in everything I do and this is the same mentality I pass on to every member of the team." 

"I have told the girls that they need to do something extra- ordinary when the Championship season starts. We know our aim and our ability as dedicated and hardworking players will always stand out and work for us. We are focused and only aiming at setting a great record." She concluded. 

Naija Ratels will be playing in the NWFL Championship season later this year and will be aiming at gaining promotion to the elite league at their first trial.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Sweet 16 Odds of Straight Win ACCA on ZEbet

 Sweet 16 Odds of Straight Win ACCA on ZEbet

It's another Sunday offering exciting football actions across leagues in Europe. 

Congratulations to those that won the 19 odds yesterday lets try to keep the form. 


Tottenham will be the favourites to win this game as they face the bottom side Sheffield United at home.

Tottenham are coming off of their Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City which ended 1-0 and there seems to still be the fall out of sacking manager Jose Mourinho. In charge now is 29 year old Ryan Mason and he was able to win his first game in charge as Tottenham beat Southampton here 2-1.

The Carabao Cup final loss will be hanging over the players though but they will have to focus on this game if they want to play European football next season. Tottenham are in 7th place with 53 points and depending on results around them they could move up 1 or 2 places. They are 5 points from a top four finish but if Chelsea have won on Saturday and with games now running out the chances for this look slim for the club.

Sheffield United will probably finish in last place but last weekend the club beat Brighton 1-0. It was only the Blades 5th win of the season and they now have 17 points.

Being already relegated the players seem relaxed now and that means they could be a threat in this game as they can just switch off and try and enjoy themselves. Still the Blades have by far the worst away record in the league having lost 14 of their 16 games and have earned just 4 points from a possible 48.

Tottenham vs Sheffield United: Head to Head

Last season this fixture ended 1-1.

Earlier in the season Tottenham won the reverse game 3-1.

The last 4 meetings in a row have seen both teams to score.

The last two games have finished with the correct score of 3-1 to either side.


The Catalans missed a golden opportunity the last match-day, as they lost against Granada. Had they won, they would have climbed to the top of the table, and would have had the edge to lift the title at the end of the season.

However, they are now placed third in the table, level on points with the second-placed Real Madrid, and trailing two points below toppers Atleti.

If Ronald Koeman’s men still harbor hopes of winning the La Liga, they absolutely will have to win the remaining fixtures, and at the same time will have to hope that the Madrid teams drop points as well.

As things stand, the Catalans have scored the most number of goals of all the teams in the competition (17 more than the next best record), and barring losses once in a while, they have been one of the best teams in Europe in 2021.

Meanwhile, the Bats are on a long winless run, and they are also conceding goals in huge numbers. Note that they also have a worrying h2h record against this foe over the years.

By the looks of things, expect the desperate Barcelona to post the three points on the board this weekend.

Valencia vs Barcelona: Head-to-head (h2h)

The reverse encounter had ended in a 2-2 draw.

Koeman’s men had recorded 18 of the former 22 overall victories.

They had scored two or more goals in five of the preceding eight meetings.

Since 2008, the hosts have won just once at this venue.

Nine of the last twelve clashes at this stadium had goals from both teams


Udinese successfully avoided the relegation scrap by beating Benevento 2-4 last weekend. Le Zebrette have thus bounced back from an unpleasant home defeat to Cagliari and are now as many as eight points above the red zone.

The gap should be big enough to keep them safe in the remaining five rounds. Luca Gotti’s men should thus not be under pressure on Sunday afternoon when they host last year’s champions Juventus on Matchday No 34.

Unlike the hosts, Bianoneri are in a desperate need for points here. They slipped up once again seven days ago, playing just a 1-1 draw away at bottom-half Fiorentina.

Andrea Pirlo’s troops have thus put their place in UEFA Champions League next season in jeopardize.

La Vecchia Signora now sit level on points with Napoli and Milan, right on the brink of the fourth position. Can they claim the much-wanted three-pointer in Udine?

Udinese vs Juventus Head-to-head

Juventus dominated this match-up historically, but they suffered a defeat on the previous visit to Udine (2-1 in July last year).

If we ignore that defeat, Juventus have won all of the last seven meetings with Le Zebrette.

Three or more goals were scored in each of the last five head to head matches, including this term’s 4-1 victory for Bianconeri at Allianz Stadium.


Napoli and Cagliari are set to take on each other in one of the most exciting games of the 34th round in Serie A on Sunday afternoon at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

The two outfits are battling separate battles in the final stages of the campaign and they will both enter this game on a high.

Partinopei finally broke into the top-four in the Serie A standings with back-to-back victories over Lazio and Torino. They seem to have caught the right rhythm just at the right time after winning three and drawing one (to Inter) of the last four league fixtures.

Gennaro Gattuso’s men still have a mountain to climb to secure a top-four finish, though. They are now lock on points with the likes of Juventus and Milan.

Napoli are favourites to keep the stellar form going this weekend, but they will need to be at their best to get a result against a team that have won three on the bounce in the competition.

Napoli vs Cagliari Head-to-head

Cagliari rarely managed to snatch positive results in the fixtures against I Partinopei.

Napoli have dominated this match-up in the last decade, winning nine of the last ten meetings with Isolani.

The Partinopei bagged as many as four goals in a demolishing away victory over Cagliari in this term of Serie A.


Two of the most in-form Serie A teams are about to lock horns on Matchday No 34. Atalanta travel to MAPEI Stadium – Citta del Tricolore in an attempt to celebrate their seventh victory in the last eight league outings. Nevertheless, it will be anything but an easy task knowing that their rivals have just won four on the spin in the competition.

La Dea have a great opportunity to record their best-ever Serie A finish by ending the season as runners-up. They moved up to the second place after Monday’s 5-0 demolition of Bologna and following Milan’s 3-0 defeat at Lazio on the same day.

Gianpiero Gasperini’s men are, however, yet to secure a top-four finish and a place in UEFA Champions League next season. They will thus be highly motivated to avoid a setback here in Reggio nell’Emilia.

Sassuolo vs Atalanta Head-to-head

Atalanta will go into this tie as favourites partially because of the head to head record, too.

La Dea have truly been the dominant force in the history of this match-up, winning 14 and losing just 2 of 20 encounters with Sassuolo.

Atalanta have scored at least three goals in each of the last six meetings with I Neroverdi.

Sassuolo conceded as many as 25 goals in the process (more than 4 per game).

Amidst this flurry of  actions across leagues in Europe, we have carefully picked a few matches in this Straight Wins ACCA tipping the home and away favorites to triumph against their opponents. 

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The Land in the Middle of Nowhere Which Successfully Made Young Sunday Mba Conquer Africa

 The Land in the Middle of Nowhere Which Successfully Made Young Sunday Mba Conquer Africa Football always presents surprises. One of the bi...