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Football: Nigeria striker Uche waits on World Cup fate

Villarreal striker Ikechukwu Uche will learn on Tuesday whether he will be left off Nigeria's World Cup squad. National team coach Stephen Keshi has accused Uche of being "tactically indisciplined" and has snubbed him since last year's Africa Cup of Nations triumph in South Africa. The 30-year-old Uche has been one of Nigeria's most reliable strikers, with 18 goals in 44 matches for the country. He has scored 12 goals in the Spanish La Liga this season.

Football: Nigeria halts matches at militant stronghold

Nigerian football authorities on Friday suspended all Premier League matches at El Kanemi Warriors' home ground because of attacks by Boko Haram militants. El Kanemi play in Maiduguri, a stronghold of the Islamist group who were accused of staging new attacks in the city on Friday. El Kanemi Warriors' home game against Abia Warriors on Saturday was postponed. Abia had expressed fears about playing in Maiduguri and asked for the game to be moved.

Football: Nigeria on $100,000-a-man bonus to win World Cup

Nigeria's footballers stand to gain more than $100,000 each, should the African champions win every game at the World Cup and win the tournament, according to figures submitted to parliament. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is requesting that lawmakers approve a 1.2 billion-naira ($7.2 million) war chest for the Super Eagles' bid to become the competition's first African winners. Each player will pocket $10,000 for every group stage victory, according to the budget, which was submitted on Monday.

Football: $100,000 bonus for Nigeria World Cup triumph

Nigeria's footballers could earn more than $100,000 each if they become the first African team to win the World Cup this year. The figure pales into insignificance compared to the $800,000-plus given by Spain to its players who won the 2010 cup however. And Nigeria's players are already angry about unpaid prizes from last year's African Cup of Nations triumph. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has asked the country's parliament to approve 1.2 billion-naira ($7.2 million) for the Super Eagles' bid to become the first World Cup winners from Africa.

Football: Mexico and Nigeria in scoreless tie

The Mexican national team and Nigeria began their final stage of preparation for the 2014 World Cup by playing to a 0-0 draw in an international friendly Wednesday. Mexico had some of their best chances to score late in the first half and kept the pressure on in the second half in front of a crowd of 68,212 at the Georgia Dome stadium. Nigeria used their superior speed to dominate the early going but frustration set in in the second half as they started to collect yellow cards.

Football: Nigeria World Cup warm-up key for Keshi

Nigeria are looking for a successful build-up to this year's World Cup, not just to inspire confidence going into the tournament but also to secure the future of the team's coach. The Super Eagles begin their warm-up for the finals on Wednesday, with a game against Mexico in Atlanta, Georgia, with coach Stephen Keshi eyeing the game as integral to his plans for Brazil. But he also knows the result could determine whether he leads the team in South America, given strained ties with Nigeria's footballing authorities and a history of switching coaches.

Football: Nigeria recall Yobo for Mexico friendly

Nigeria recalled skipper Joseph Yobo for next month's friendly against Mexico to be played in the American city of Atlanta on March 5 as part of both the sides build-ups to the World Cup finals in Brazil in June. The 33-year-old has not played for his country since they won the Africa Cup of Nations last year. The experienced central defender recently returned to the English Premier League with Norwich City on loan from Fenerbahce of Turkey.

Football: Zimbabweans on target for rampant Chiefs

Zimbabweans Kingston Nkhatha and Knowledge Musona scored as Kaizer Chiefs triumphed 2-0 at Moroka Swallows to take a 10-point lead in the South African Premiership this weekend. Nkhatha scored after just four minutes of a lively Soweto derby at chilly Dobsonville Stadium and fellow striker Musona added the second goal on 72 minutes. The goals were almost identical with the Zimbabweans making perfectly-timed runs to spring an offside trap and beat Nigeria-born goalkeeper Greg Etafia.

Football: Zimbabweans on target for rampant Chiefs

Zimbabweans Kingston Nkhatha and Knowledge Musona scored as Kaizer Chiefs triumphed 2-0 at Moroka Swallows to take a 10-point lead in the South African Premiership this weekend. Nkhatha scored after just four minutes of a lively Soweto derby at chilly Dobsonville Stadium and fellow striker Musona added the second goal on 72 minutes. The goals were almost identical with the Zimbabweans making perfectly-timed runs to spring an offside trap and beat Nigeria-born goalkeeper Greg Etafia.

Football: Nigerian champions hire Emordi as coach

Nigerian champions Kano Pillars have appointed Okey Emordi as their new coach, the club's chairman announced on Thursday. Abba Yola said they have received approval from the Kano state government for Emordi to lead the team for the forthcoming season, which starts on February 23. "We wish to thank the government for approving the appointment of Okey Emordi as the new coach of Pillars. The coach will start work with immediate effect," he added.
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