Nigeria

  • CWG 2014: Indian paddlers to face Nigeria for bronze 4 days ago

    Glasgow: India lost 1-3 to England in the 2014 Commonwealth Games men's team table tennis semi-final and will have to be content with playing for the bronze medal against Nigeria. The country's top singles player Achanta Sharath Kamal was shocked by an energetic Liam Pitchford, who is ranked five places below,...
  • Five dead in bombing of church in north Nigeria's Kano 5 days ago

    Kano: At least five people were killed and eight were injured on Friday in a bomb attack on a Catholic church in a mainly Christian area of Kano, the largest city in Nigeria's north, police said. The attack came shortly after the end of mass, police spokesman Frank Mba told AFP:...
  • Nigeria poverty level drops: Report July 23, 2014

    Lagos: Poverty rate in Nigeria has dropped from 35.2 percent to 33.1 percent in 2013, a latest World Bank report said on Tuesday. The decrease represents a dramatic drop from an estimated poverty rate of 62.2 percent recorded between 2009 and 2010 based on the Harmonised Nigeria Living Standard Statistics (HNLSS),...
  • FIFA lifts Nigeria Football Federation suspension July 18, 2014

    Zurich: FIFA has lifted Nigeria's suspension from international competition after the country's football leaders were reinstated. After Nigeria's second-round elimination at the World Cup, the country's government issued a legal order for the sports ministry to appoint new federation leaders. FIFA rules protect its 209 member federations from influence by third...
  • Malala in Nigeria, pledges to help free girls July 14, 2014

    Abuja: Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, pledged while on a trip to Nigeria to help free a group of schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants. On Sunday, Malala met parents of the more than 200 girls who...
  • Taliban survivor Malala in Nigeria, pledges to help free girls July 13, 2014

    Abuja: Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, has pledged while on a trip to Nigeria to help free a group of school girls abducted by Islamist militants. On Sunday, 16-year-old Malala met with parents of the more...
  • World Cup 2014: FIFA suspends Nigeria for government interference July 9, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: FIFA has suspended Nigeria from international competition after football leaders were fired by the government following the team's World Cup exit. The suspension takes effect immediately, with Nigerian teams and officials excluded from international matches and meetings. FIFA has set a July 15 deadline to resolve the problem, or...
  • Nigeria: 'Good news' soon on kidnapped girls July 9, 2014

    Abuja: Nigeria's National Council of State is promising to deliver "some good news" very soon about more than 200 schoolgirls held captive by Islamic extremists for nearly three months. The council, made up of past presidents, state governors and leaders of parliament, is "satisfied that security agents know very well where...
  • Suspected Boko Haram Islamists kill 7 in northeast Nigeria July 8, 2014

    Kano (Nigeria): Suspected Boko Haram Islamists disguised in army uniforms killed seven people in an attack near the northeastern border with Cameroon, residents said on Tuesday. The gunmen, five of whom were also killed, razed a police station and a military camp during the late Sunday attack in the restive region,...
  • More than 60 women, girls escape Islamist abductors in Nigeria July 7, 2014

    Maiduguri: More than 60 women and girls abducted last month by suspected Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria have escaped their captors, sources have said. Local vigilante Abbas Gava said he had "received an alert from my colleagues ... That about 63 of the abducted women and girls had made...
  • Clashes between Nigeria army, Islamists kill 59: official July 6, 2014

    Abuja: Clashes between Nigerian armed forces and Islamists after a daring attack on the military in the country's restive northeast left 53 insurgents and six troops dead, a spokesman said. The rebels attacked barracks and a police station in the town of Damboa, in Borno state, late Friday while most of...
  • World Cup 2014: Stephen Keshi steps down as Nigeria coach, says FIFA July 1, 2014

    Salvador: Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has stepped down from his post after the country's elimination from the World Cup, FIFA said on Tuesday. The Nigerian Football Federation have yet to confirm his resignation, however, and Keshi was evasive in answering a question on his future after Monday's 2-0 loss to France...
  • The Beautiful Game: France defeat Nigeria 2-0 to reach quarter-finals July 1, 2014

    France ended Nigeria's hopes of a first World Cup quarter-final appearance when they scored two late goals to beat the Super Eagles 2-0. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo ends international career July 1, 2014

    Brasilia: Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo has announced his retirement from international football following the team's elimination from the World Cup Monday. The 33-year-old scored an injury-time own goal in his team's 0-2 defeat by France in their Round-of-16 clash at the Mane Garrincha National stadium, reports Xinhua. "It was a bitter-sweet moment...
  • World Cup 2014: Nigerians disappointed over World Cup exit July 1, 2014

    Abuja: Football fans in Nigeria have expressed disappointment over the exit of the West African country from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Nigeria were defeated by France 2-0 in a round of 16 match after a hard-fought game, reports Xinhua. Most Nigerian fans said although the players gave a good...
  • How Boko Haram is beating US efforts to choke its financing July 1, 2014

    When Washington imposed sanctions in June 2012 on Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, he dismissed it as an empty gesture. Two years later, Shekau's skepticism appears well founded: his Islamic militant group is now the biggest security threat to Africa's top oil producer, is richer than ever, more violent and its...
  • Nigerian military busts abducted girls terror cell July 1, 2014

    Lagos: Nigeria's military has bust a terrorist intelligence cell and arrested a businessman who "actively participated" in the April abductions of more than 200 schoolgirls, a statement said. It was unclear if his arrest might help in rescuing at least 219 girls who remain captive. Boko Haram Islamic extremists are threatening...
  • World Cup 2014: France beat spirited Nigeria to reach quarters June 30, 2014

    Brasilia: France ended Nigeria's hopes of a first World Cup quarter-final appearance when they scored two late goals to beat the Super Eagles 2-0 in a rough second-round match on Monday. Paul Pogba put France ahead in the 79th minute, heading in at the far post after Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama...
  • The Beautiful Game: France to face Nigeria in round of 16 June 30, 2014

    The pace and power of Nigeria's attack will give France's defence their biggest test of the World Cup so far when they meet in Monday's round of 16 match. ...
  • As it happened: World Cup 2014, France vs Nigeria, Round of 16 June 30, 2014

    Catch all the live updates from match five of the round of 16 played between France and Nigeria at Estadio Nacional in Brasilia. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) The pace and power of Nigeria's attack will give France's defence their biggest test of the World Cup so far when...
  • World Cup 2014: Nigeria attack to test France in Round of 16 June 30, 2014

    The pace and power of Nigeria's attack will give France's defence their biggest test of the World Cup so far when they meet in Monday's round of 16 match. Although France kept two clean sheets in the group stage - against Honduras and Ecuador - the variety in the African champion's...
  • The Beautiful Game: Argentina beat Nigeria to top Group F June 25, 2014

    Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in their last World Cup group match, with Messi and Ahmed Musa scoring two goals each before Marcos Rojo scored the winner. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Argentina top Group F, Nigeria in last 16 despite 3-2 loss June 25, 2014

    Porto Alegre: Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in their last World Cup group match on Wednesday, with Lionel Messi and Ahmed Musa scoring two goals each before Marcos Rojo kneed in the winner. Argentina won Group F while Nigeria also advanced despite the loss, becoming the first African team in the round...
  • The Beautiful Game: Argentina face Nigeria in their last group match June 25, 2014

    Argentina will have their sights set on topping their group as they take on African champions Nigeria in their final Group F game at Porto Allegre. ...
  • As it happened: Nigeria vs Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Iran June 26, 2014

    Catch all the LIVE updates from both the Group F matches as Nigeria take on Argentina whereas Bosnia-Herzegovina face Iran. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) The Argentina lineup is aiming to produce a better team performance in front of fans, who have had little to cheer about so far...
  • World Cup 2014: Six teams vying for three spots in second round June 25, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: It's Day Three of the in-or-out matches of the World Cup, with six teams battling for three places in the knockout stages. Group F teams play in the two early fixtures, with Group E following later. Each pair of games is played simultaneously. Nigeria play Argentina in a...
  • World Cup 2014: African hopes slowly growing in the tournament June 24, 2014

    It looked like the same sad old story at the World Cup for Africa, the continent which still hasn't quite done it on the big stage. Africa has never had a semi-finalist - never mind a real contender for the title - and initially appeared out of its depth again at...
  • World Cup 2014: Nigeria playing for survival against Argentina June 25, 2014

    The Lionel Messi show is coming to this southern Brazilian city, along with hordes of the Argentina striker's loyal fans. Porto Alegre is close to the Argentine border, and thousands have already made the crossing into Brazil, many sleeping in buses and vans ahead of Wednesday's game against Nigeria. Local media...
  • World Cup 2014: Shameful referee got it wrong, says Edin Dzeko June 22, 2014

    CUIABA: Bosnia-Hercegovina were sent packing from the World Cup on Saturday, and striker Edin Dzeko laid the blame for their first round exit on the "shameful" referee in charge of the 1-0 loss to Nigeria in Cuiaba. Full Coverage: World Cup 2014 The Group F fixture was played out in stamina-sapping tropical...
  • World Cup 2014: Nigeria knock Bosnia-Herzegovina out with 1-0 win June 22, 2014

    Cuiaba: Nigeria eliminated Bosnia-Herzegovina from World Cup contention with a 1-0 win over the tournament newcomers on Saturday, with Peter Odemwingie's first-half goal getting the African champions closer to the knockout stage. Odemwingie sealed Nigeria's first victory at a World Cup since 1998 - spanning 10 matches - by finishing from...