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3 Nigerian Players Nominated As CAF Shortlists 34 For African Footballer Of The Year Award



After a long hiatus from the annual nominees list of the African Footballer of the year award, Nigerian players have again found themselves on the roll call of the prestigious award. This time, Victor Moses, Mikel Obi & John Utaka are flying Nigeria’s flag as they go head to head against other players across the continent.

The Confederation of African Football revealed this in an initial list of 34 players for its 2012 African Footballer of the Year award.

Among them is Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, who won the honour last year.

Also on the list are three players who currently represent African clubs. Zambian duo Rainford Kalaba and Stoppila Sunzu both play for DR Congo’s TP Mazembe, while Tunisia’s Youssef Msakni is at Esperance.

Msakni, however, is set to leave the African Champions, having agreed to join Lekhwiya in Qatar in January 2013.

Kalaba and Sunzu have already enjoyed a successful year, as they were part of Zambia’s team that lifted this year’s Africa Cup trophy in Gabon.

And the duo, alongside Msakni, are the only players to appear on both shortlists for the African Footballer of the Year and the African Player of the Year.

The African Footballer of the Year award is predominantly won by players based outside Africa while the African Player of the Year prize is dedicated to players plying their trade within Africa.

A total of 34 players are on the shortlist for the African Footballer, while 32 hopefuls are gunning for the African Player of the Year award.

CAF said in a statement that it will announce the top 10 nominees for the African Footballer of the Year and the top five nominees for African footballer of the Year (based in Africa) by late October.

The names of the respective 10 and five finalists will then be sent to national associations, head coaches and secretary generals to select the top three finalists.

The awards, which also include Coach of the Year and Club of the Year will be announced at a ceremony on 20 December in the Banquet Hall, State House in the Ghanaian capital Accra.

Nominees for African Player of the Year:

  1. Abdelaziz Barrada – Getafe (Spain) and Morocco
  2. Adel Taarabt – Queens Park Rangers (England) and Morocco
  3. Alain Sibiri Traore – Lorient (France) and Burkina Faso
  4. Alexander Song – Barcelona (Spain) and Cameroon
  5. Andre ‘Dede’ Ayew – Marseille (France) and Ghana
  6. Arouna Kone – Wigan (England) and Ivory Coast
  7. Aymen Abdennour – Toulouse (France) and Tunisia
  8. Bakaye Traore – AC Milan (Italy) and Mali
  9. Cheick Tiote – Newcastle United (England) and Ivory Coast
  10. Christopher Katongo – Henan Construction (China) and Zambia
  11. Demba Ba – Newcastle United (England) and Senegal
  12. Didier Drogba – Shanghai Shenhua (China) and Ivory Coast
  13. Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu – Udinese (Italy) and Ghana
  14. Emmanuel Mayuka – Southampton (England) and Zambia
  15. Foxi Kethevoama – FC Astana (Kazakhstan) and Central African Republic
  16. Gervinho – Arsenal (England) and Ivory Coast
  17. Hilaire Momi – Le Mans (France) and Central African Republic
  18. John Obi Mikel – Chelsea (England) and Nigeria
  19. John Utaka – Montpellier (France) and Nigeria
  20. Kwadwo Asamoah – Juventus (Italy) and Ghana
  21. Moussa Sow – Fenerbahce (Turkey) and Senegal
  22. Nicolas N’koulou – Marseille (France) and Cameroon
  23. Papiss Demba Cisse – Newcastle United (England) and Senegal
  24. Pape Moussa Konate – FC Krasnodar (Russia) and Senegal
  25. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – St Etienne (France) and Gabon
  26. Rainford Kalaba – TP Mazembe (DR Congo) and Zambia
  27. Seydou Doumbia – CSKA Moscow (Russia) and Ivory Coast
  28. Seydou Keita – Dalian Aerbin (China) and Mali
  29. Sofiane Feghouli – Valencia (Spain) and Algeria
  30. Stoppila Sunzu – TP Mazembe (DR Congo) and Zambia
  31. Victor Moses – Chelsea (England) and Nigeria
  32. Yaya Toure – Manchester City (England) and Ivory Coast
  33. Younes Belhanda – Montpellier (France) and Morocco
  34. Youssef Msakni – Esperance (Tunisia) and Tunisia

-BBC Sports

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Win 1,000,000 USD – Play Lotto Nigeria Online!



Finally, the long wait for an online Nigeria lotto is over! You can now play the lottery in Nigeria and stand a chance to win millions easily. One of the reasons why you may have avoided participating in the lottery is that it is hard to get the tickets. Well, that is now sorted with the newest Nigeria lotto that can be played online. If you want to stand
a chance of winning millions in the new lotto game, read through here and understand everything that you need to know about a new national lottery of our country. If you will be lucky – you can win 1,000,000 USD!

What do you need to know about Lotto Nigeria?

Lottery in Nigeria is a big thing as it has been a means through which many people’s lives have been changed. In a bid to help you understand Lotto Nigeria, some of the pertinent questions will be answered.

What is Lotto Nigeria?

Lotto is a game of chance where a player chooses a set of numbers and the numbers are put into a random draw. You can become a winner if your match the numbers that are selected as winning numbers.

The newest lotto game in our country is Lotto Nigeria – the first online national Nigerian lottery. The official website is and this lottery is operated by Fortune Games Limited company. Anyone can play the Nigeria Lotto online and win the different prizes. is fully licensed

In Nigeria, the government endorses lottery and all participating companies must be registered by the government. The National Lottery Regulatory Commission is in charge of issuing the licenses and overseeing Nigeria lotto. Any organization registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission and has the minimum capital base is free to start a lotto company in Nigeria. is a company 100% trustworthy because of the license of NLRC.

Playing Nigeria Lotto online

The long wait for an online lottery is now over. It is now possible to play Lotto Nigeria online. The only difference between online and physical lottery is that you get your tickets virtually. This means that you reduce the time you would have spent going to the lotto company to get your ticket. Furthermore, you can enter many draws as you have
the power of entry with just a mobile phone.

How to the play the newest Nigerian Lotto?

You are probably excited about the new online lotto in Nigeria but worried that the rules might be too complex for you to play. Well, you don’t need to worry about that because the rules are so simple. But still, we will take you through the process of play and how much you can win.
Read all about the rules applied to GG World Keno and GG World Million carefully.

What are the main rules of online lotto in Nigeria?

  • Firstly, you must be of legal age to participate in the lottery. In Nigeria, you must be 18 years and above to play
  • You need to sign up on the website
  • When your win is big, you must present yourself to pick your prize.

GG World Million rules

If you want to play this game – you have to select 7 lucky numbers: 5 numbers from 50 and 2 additional numbers from 12. The official draw takes place twice a week: Tuesday and Friday. There are 13 tiers of prizes in GG World Million.

To win the main prize you need to predict all 7 winning numbers.

GG World Keno rules

In this lottery, you can choose 1 – 10 numbers from 70 numbers. It’s up to you how many numbers will you select. You have also to decide about the stake (1 to 10) – the higher the stake – the bigger the win.

GG World Keno draw takes place every 4 minutes, so daily you have a lot of chances of winning!

How to buy a ticket?

Everything is done online and you will find it very easy to buy a ticket on GG World Keno and GG World Million. You can follow the steps below:

  • You start by opening an account at Lotto Nigeria website. It is free to open an account
  • Pick your lucky numbers
  • There is an option for ‘quick’ pick, which allows the system to generate lucky numbers for you
  • Place a bet

You simply need to click here to play Lotto Nigeria and win the best money prize !
The ticketing process has been changed significantly making it easy to place your bet online. You can do all these from the comfort of your living room.

How much can you win?

When playing GG World Keno and GG World Million, you stand a chance to win millions of US dollars. Depending on your choice, you stand a chance to win a lot of money. In GG World Million you can win 1 000 000 USD, so it is almost 383 000 000 NGN!

If you will pick GG World Keno – you can win up to 100 000 000 NGN every 4 minutes!

How to check the latest Nigerian Lotto results?

Once you have placed your online ticket, you might be anxious to know how you will know the results for you Nigeria Lotto.

Firstly, you need to know that once you have purchased your Lotto Nigeria tickets, it will take some time for the tickets to be validated by the system. After that, just click on the user panel to access your Nigeria Lotto tickets. This way you will be sure that you have ordered Lotto Nigeria tickets.

Secondly, you should check the date that the draw will be done. However, when playing online, you can be reminded through email or by the official mobile app of Lotto Nigeria of an impending draw.

Where to find lotto results of GG World Keno and GG World Million?

Once the draw is done, the results are published on the Nigeria lotto website. Visit this website if you want to check the latest Nigeria lotto results and winning numbers .
The official website has all the lottery results. You can also check the archives to find results of previous Nigeria Lotto games played. This openness ensures that you do not lose your winnings.

While checking the results, you will know that you have won the jackpot if your numbers match the ones drawn. If this is the case, then you will be lucky and join other lotto winners in Nigeria.

If you have any questions about playing Lotto Nigeria, you can always contact with support team and get in touch with a representative who will answer your queries.

Do you want to try your luck and play the newest national Nigerian lottery? Don’t hesitate and check Lotto Nigeria today.

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Hakim Ziyech Reveals He Is Comfortable At Chelsea



Hakim Ziyech Reveals He Is Comfortable At Chelsea

Chelsea’s new star Hakim Ziyech has revealed that he is comfortable with the Blues after shining in a 4-1 win against Sheffield United on Saturday.

Ziyech completed a €40 million (£36m/$47m) move from Ajax Amsterdam over the summer, and after having been delayed at Stamford Bridge due to injury, the Moroccan forward made his full debut for the club in the UEFA Champions League clash against Krasnodar in October.

And after just four starts for the club, Ziyech now has two goals and three assists.

Frank Lampard’s men have in turn won all four games in which Ziyech has started and the atmosphere is quite conducive for the 27-year-old.

“I feel comfortable here in the team and with the squad and all my team-mates so I think that’s why I feel comfortable here,” he told Sky Sports when asked about adapting to life at Chelsea.

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“I think we played a good game, the first 10 minutes was difficult – we started a bit sloppy but after 1-0 we could control the game and couldn’t score more goals at that point but we played a good game.”

“They come in with power on corners – you think they’ll put it in the box but they took it short and scored for 1-0 but after that we did well and created a lot of chances and scored a lot of goals.

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“They like it when you play the ball to your feet and I saw Mateo Kovacic running into space – sometimes you have to get those balls then they don’t know what to do and then the first time we did that I scored.

“I always look at my team-mate before I take the ball, we understand, only eye contact is enough for us.”

Ziyech will now turn his attention to the national team, as Morocco prepare for the African Cup of Nations qualifier clash against the Central African Republic. The Atlas Lions currently lead their group with four points from two games.

Source: Sky Sports

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Ahmed Musa Bids Farewell To Al Nassr Teammates, Fans



Ahmed Musa Bids Farewell To Al Nassr Teammates, Fans

Nigerian international, Ahmed Musa took to his Twitter handle on Sunday to write a farewell message to his teammates, management and fans of Al Nassr.

Recall that last month the Saudi Arabian club in an official statement via it social media page announced that Musa will be departing the club after two years.

“Thank you Nigerian falcon, wishing you all the best in the future! @Ahmedmusa718,” the club said on their Twitter page.

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Musa joined Al Nassr from EPL side Leicester City. During his stay, he made 50 appearances with nine goals to his name.

Musa in his tweet hailed everyone at the club for their love and support.

He wrote, “I want to say a very big thank you to my teammates, management & the entire Fans of @AlNassrFC Club for the great experience & unwavering support, love & care. It’s been a pleasure & I am extremely grateful. Best of luck @AlNassrFC.”

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