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Bundesliga lead­ers Bayern Munich will be without Xabi Alonso and Robert Le­wandowski for today’s encounter with Mainz.

Liverpool striker Ma­rio Balotelli has been handed a one-match suspension over a controversial post on social media.

Nigeria international striker Ikechukwu Uche has extended his contract with Spanish club Villarreal CF.

Uche will now play for the Primera División club until 2017 and he duly took to Twitter to announce the development.

Nigeria’s U-20 team, the Flying Eagles, coached by Manu Garba stepped up their preparation for the 2015 African Youth Championship in Senegal after they defeated Ace Academy of Kaduna 3-0 on Wednesday.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has moved to arrange tune up matches against the Junior Pharaohs for the Dream Team VI ahead of crucial qualifiers next year.

NFF secured four in¬ternational friendly matches with the Egyp¬tian U-23 team in both Uyo and Cairo next month.

World football – governing body, FIFA, has cleared former Swiss U-20 international Steven Archibong Effiong Ukoh to represent Nigeria at senior level. 

by Niyi Omo-Okiri

 

 

Nigeria’s senior national team, the Super Eagles, has dropped a place to end 2014 as the 43rd best team in the world and ninth in Africa according to the latest FIFA world ranking released on Thursday. Stephen Keshi’s men began the year on a shaky note as they dropped four places to 41st in the January no thanks to their 2-1 defeat to Mali in the African Nations Champion-ship game, a tournament that has been upgraded to ranking status by FIFA. In February, they continued their slow and steady fall as they dropped six places to 47th.

The 33-year-old thinks that Filippo Inzaghi's men possess the ability to finish in the upper echelons of Serie A and qualify for next season's Champions League.

Premier League leaders Chelsea signed Diego Costa for almost half of his real value while Barcelona overpaid for Luis Suarez, a study by a foot balling research group has estimated.

Ander Herrera has denied being in­volved in match-fixing after the Manchester United man was named in a Spanish corrup­tion investigation.

Wayne Rooney be­lieves Manches­ter United are back in Premier League title contention follow­ing Sunday’s 3-0 win over Liv­erpool.

Brendan Rodgers has dismissed any sug­gestion of disharmo­ny within the Liver­pool dressing room.

Inter defender Danilo D’Ambrosio wants the club to train their sights on third place in Serie A and a UEFA Champi­ons League qualifying spot.

UEFA has opened dis­ciplinary proceedings against Celtic after crowd disturbances dur­ing their Europa League meeting with Dinamo Za­greb.

Gareth Bale says Real Ma­drid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win the Ballon d’Or following a “fantastic” year.

French veteran Thi­erry Henry has brought down the curtain on a stellar career, announcing his re­tirement from footbal Tues­day.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has warned clubs representing the country in continental competitions next year that they would bear all sanctions imposed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for their own late registration for those competitions.

Golden Eaglets coach, Emmanuel Amunike had his job cut out for him on Sunday and Monday after more than 600 youngsters stormed the team’s open camp in Abuja.