Football – The Whistler NG Exclusive Stories and Top News In Nigeria And Around The World Fri, 16 Aug 2019 18:27:47 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Samson Siasia: 32 Years of Distinguished Football Career Fri, 16 Aug 2019 17:03:56 +0000 Samson - SiasiaThe football world was Friday afternoon assailed with the news of the life ban of ex Super Eagles Player and Coach, Samson Siasia by the football governing body, FIFA. He was banned by FIFA over allegation of bribe against him. Siasia, according to a FIFA statement on Friday, was banned for accepting bribe “for the […]]]> 0 Samson Siasia: ‘Not Good For Nigeria Football’ Fans React To FIFA Life Ban Fri, 16 Aug 2019 16:49:26 +0000 Samson-SiasiaThe life ban handed former Nigeria Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, by FIFA on Friday has sparked reactions on social media. FIFA, in a statement by its ethics committee, announced that Siasia had been banned for life from all football activities. It said the proceedings against Mr. Siasia were initiated on 11 February 2019. According […]]]> 0 FIFA Bans Samson Siasia For Life Fri, 16 Aug 2019 15:28:03 +0000 The FIFA adjudicatory chamber of independent ethics committee has banned former Nigerian football striker and head coach, Samson Siasia, for life. Siasia, according to a FIFA statement on Friday, was banned for accepting bribe “for the manipulation of matches”. The FIFA statement banning Samson Siasia reads: “The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has […]]]> 0 Mikel Obi Makes Trabzonspor Debut Thu, 08 Aug 2019 09:05:42 +0000 Former Super Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi will today make his debut for the Turkish side, Trabzonspor when they play Sparta Prague in the Europa League third round qualifying game. According to Sports Extra, Obi was among the traveling squad of Trabzonspor to Prague. The 20-man squad also included fellow international, Anthony Nwakaeme while Ogenyi […]]]> 0 AFCON 2019: Stuart Baxter Resigns As South Africa Coach Fri, 02 Aug 2019 12:46:43 +0000 Stuart - BaxterFollowing a disappointing outing at the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON 2019 in Egygt, Stuart Baxter has resigned as South African coach. According to reports, Baxter was widely unpopular with the South African public, while the media welcomed his decision to leave a job reportedly worth 490,000 rands ($33,500/30,000 euros) a month. “I […]]]> 0 We Must Prepare For Life Without Messi – Barcelona President Mon, 29 Jul 2019 17:25:24 +0000 Lionel-messiFC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu accepts that the club has to do what some may consider virtually unthinkable – prepare for life without Lionel Messi Messi has led the Barcelona side almost since making his first team debut as a 17-year-old and although there is no talk of him retiring in the near future, […]]]> 0 Super Eagles Stars Storm Benin As Colleague, Onyekuru Ties Knot Fri, 26 Jul 2019 11:04:18 +0000 Henry - OnyekuruAll is now set for Super Eagles striker, Henry Onyekuru to walk down the aisle with his long-time girlfriend, Esty, tomorrow, Saturday in Benin, Edo State. Esty, who has been dating the striker for a while has a one-year-son with him. According to reports, the ceremony is expected to have several Nigerian internationals in attendance. […]]]> 0 Meet Most Talked About Super Falcons Players Thu, 25 Jul 2019 16:53:58 +0000 Super Falcons are Nigeria’s national women’s football team. The team is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation. Led by Thomas Dennerby’s, the Nigerian Women’s team have put on a great performance so far since its existence. They are eleven-time Africa Women Cup of Nations winners, with their recent title in 2018, after defeating South Africa in […]]]> 0 Zidane Hints At Gareth Bale’s Exit From Real Madrid Sun, 21 Jul 2019 17:15:58 +0000 Gareth-Bale-Zinedine-Zidane-Real-MadridGareth Bale’s tenure with Real Madrid could come to an end in a matter of days after manager Zinedine Zidane said the club was working on offloading the Welsh international. Bale, 30, has won four Champions League titles since joining Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a then-world record 100 million euros (£89.77 million) […]]]> 0 AFCON 2019 FINAL: Senegal Hopes For History In Battle Against Algeria Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:53:40 +0000 Senegal - Vs - AlgeriaThe Cairo International Stadium in Egypt will once again come alive when the Tarranga Lions of Senegal battle the Desert Foxes of Algeria in the Final match of the African Cup of Nations, AFCON 2019 today (Friday). The game will mark the conclusion of the 32nd edition of the competition, which witnessed an increase in […]]]> 0 ‘You Paid Your Dues!’ Football Fans Eulogize Mikel Obi As He Retires Thu, 18 Jul 2019 15:33:39 +0000 john-mikel-obiFootball fans have showered praises on Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi following his retirement from International Football.  Obi, who took to his Instagram handle to announce his exit, expressed his appreciation to “the national team for placing me on the world arena and giving me an opportunity to show my skill and have an […]]]> 0 NFF President Amaju Pinnick Dismissed As CAF Vice President Thu, 18 Jul 2019 15:02:02 +0000 Amaju-PinnickNigeria’s football governing body president, Amaju Pinnick, has been removed as first Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The NFF president was removed following a decision by the body’s Executive Committee meeting in Cairo, Egypt. Details unfolding…]]> 0 MIKEL OBI: Why I’m Retiring From Super Eagles Thu, 18 Jul 2019 13:50:26 +0000 john-mikel-obiCaptain of the Super Eagles, John Mikel Obi has announced his retirement from the country’s national team. This comes barely a day after the eagles secured a third-place win of Bronze medals over Tunisia at the ongoing African Cup of Nations, AFCON 2019 in Egypt. While announcing his retirement on his Instagram handle on Thursday, […]]]> 0 AFCON 2019: Rohr Satisfied With Eagles’ 3rd Place Thu, 18 Jul 2019 09:44:29 +0000 Gernot-RohrSuper Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr has expressed satisfaction over Nigeria’s third place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Egypt. Odion Ighalo’s early goal in the third minute gave Nigeria a 1-0 win over Tunisia in their third-place playoff on Wednesday. The 30-year-old forward, who is the tournament’s top scorer with […]]]> 0 Newcastle United Appoint Steve Bruce To Succeed Benitez Wed, 17 Jul 2019 18:33:05 +0000 Steve-BruceNewcastle United have appointed former Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce as their new head coach on an initial three-year contract, the English Premier League (EPL) club said on Wednesday. The 58-year-old Bruce, who is a former Sunderland and Aston Villa boss, replaces Spaniard Rafa Benitez. Benitez had left St James’ Park at the end of […]]]> 0 Samson Siasia’s Mother Abducted Again Mon, 15 Jul 2019 15:50:32 +0000 Former Nigeria footballer and coach, Samson Siasia’s mother has been abducted again by unknown gunmen. Recall that she was earlier abducted in November 2015 and released. The recent development comes barely four years after the incidence.  The 76-year old woman was kidnap about 2:00 a.m on Monday in Odoni, Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa […]]]> 0 Weird Reactions To Super Eagles Loss In Egypt Mon, 15 Jul 2019 15:23:46 +0000 The Super Eagles of Nigeria lost to Algeria’s Desert Foxes at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, semi-final on Sunday. The Eagles defeat has since generated weird reactions from Nigerians on the social media.  In reactions gathered by THE WHISTLER, some Nigerians blamed the country’s green jersey for the defeat. According to them, the […]]]> 0 AFCON 2019: Despite Semi-Final Defeat, Rohr Says Future Bright For Youthful Nigeria Mon, 15 Jul 2019 15:04:09 +0000 Gernot-RohrFollowing their 2-1 defeat to Algeria in the semi-final match yesterday at the ongoing African Cup of Nations, AFCON 2019, coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr says the experience gotten at this year’s tournament will make the team stronger. The team suffered a painful, last-gasp defeat to the North African country in the extra […]]]> 0 AFCON 2019: Supporters Club Urges Nigeria To Fly Above Algeria In Semi-Final Fri, 12 Jul 2019 13:33:40 +0000 Ahead of the crucial semi-finals encounter between Nigeria and Algeria at the ongoing African Cup of Nations, AFCON 2019, the South African chapter of Nigeria football supporters club has urged the Super Eagles to remain focused and committed to be able to soar above their counterpart. Chairman of the supporters club, Osita Okeke who noted […]]]> 0 AFCON 2019: Dangote, Otedola Splash Dollars On Eagles, Place $75k On Each Goal Thu, 11 Jul 2019 17:59:33 +0000 Dangote - OtedolaFollowing their impressive win against South Africa yesterday, Nigerian billionaires, Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola have promised the Super Eagles of Nigeria $75,000 for every goal scored in their remaining games at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON 2019 in Egypt. The Gernot Rohr’s boys trashed the Bafana Bafana 3-2 in the quarter final […]]]> 0 AFCON 2019: Ekong Relishes Winning Goal Against South Africa Thu, 11 Jul 2019 09:08:53 +0000 Following his goal that gave Nigeria her victory against South Africa, Super Eagles player, William Troost-Ekong has said the feat was a “dream moment.” Nigeria trashed out the Stuart Baxter boys 2-1 yesterday at the Cairo International stadium, Egypt to progress to the semi-final in the ongoing African Cup of Nations, AFCON 2019. Ekong knocked […]]]> 0 Buhari, Atiku, Dogara React As Nigeria Knocks South Africa Out Of 2019 AFCON Wed, 10 Jul 2019 21:55:06 +0000 Samuel-ChukwuezePresident Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Super Eagles of Nigeria for knocking South Africa’s Bafana Bafana out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Wednesday.  Eagles beat Bafana with a 2-1 win at the Cairo International Stadium in Egypt.  William Ekong’s last-minute goal helped the Super Eagles advance to the semi-finals after an […]]]> 0 Nigeria vs South Africa: Super Eagles Beat Bafana Bafana 2-1 Wed, 10 Jul 2019 20:51:48 +0000 TheWhistler.ng_breaking_newsThe Super Eagles of Nigeria have knocked their South African counterpart Bafana Bafana out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament after a 2-1 match on Wednesday at the Cairo International Stadium in Egypt.  Eagles secured their spot in the semi-finals of the 2019 AFCON tournament with an 88th minute goal by William […]]]> 0 AFCON 2019: Rohr, Baxter Play Up Nigeria, South Africa Encounter Wed, 10 Jul 2019 11:02:20 +0000 Rohr - BaxterAhead of the crucial encounter between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Bafana Bafana of South Africa today, the head Coach of the Nigerian side, Gernot Rohr has claimed that the Stuart Baxter’s team are firm favourites to lift the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Rohr’s claim is coming on the heels of the […]]]> 0 Nigeria vs South Africa: What Super Eagles Will Do To Bafana Bafana Today – Football Fans Wed, 10 Jul 2019 10:53:28 +0000 Nigeria-vs-South-Africa-Super-Eagles-Bafana-BafanaAhead of Nigeria’s clash with South Africa in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament, excited football fans have taken to Twitter to air their views on the likely outcome of the match. Nigeria’s Super Eagles will be facing Bafana Bafana of South Africa by 8 pm today and boisterous Nigerian football fans have […]]]> 0 Nigeria Vs South Africa: Super Eagles Ex-Goalkeeper Tells Rohr What To Do Tue, 09 Jul 2019 15:34:12 +0000 South-Africa-vs-Nigeria-Emmanuel Okala, a former Green Eagles Goalkeeper, has urged Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, to select good players and make necessary substitutions in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarter-final match against South Africa. The Eagles will lock horns with their South African counterparts, Bafana Bafana, on Wednesday in Cairo, Egypt. The Super Eagles qualified […]]]> 0 Mikel Obi Looks To AFCON Glory As Nigeria Captain Plays Last Tournament Tue, 09 Jul 2019 14:42:51 +0000 The Super Eagles of Nigeria is once again hoping to repeat the 2013 feat at the AFCON 2019 in Egypt, when they won the tournament in South Africa under the leadership and guidance of the late Stephen Keshi as coach. Away from that glorious win, all attention shifts to the Captain of the national team, […]]]> 0 AFCON 2019: What Eagles Must Do To Defeat South Africa In Quarter-Final – Odegbami Tue, 09 Jul 2019 10:53:59 +0000 Segun-OdegbamiAhead of the quarter-final clash between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Bafana Bafana of South Africa tomorrow, Wednesday 10, at the ongoing African Cup of Nations, AFCON 2019, an ex-international of the national team, Segun Odegbami, has expressed optimism that the Eagles would win the match. Odegbemi who disclosed this while speaking to newsmen […]]]> 0 Neymar Free To Leave, Says PSG Director Tue, 09 Jul 2019 10:53:44 +0000 NEYMAR-JUNIORParis St Germain sporting director Leonardo says Neymar is free to leave the French champions, but there have been no offers for him and only “superficial” talks with his former club Barcelona. The Brazilian forward joined PSG from Barcelona on a five-year deal for a world record transfer fee of 222 million euros (£199 million) […]]]> 0 Why AFCON 2019 Will Be My Last – Mikel Obi Mon, 08 Jul 2019 12:50:59 +0000 john-mikel-obiSuper Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi has given the reason why the 2019 African Cup Of Nations, AFCON 2019 will be his last for the country. Obi said having played and won trophies, it was time for the young players to carry on. He noted that he was mostly in the team at the ongoing […]]]> 0