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Oliseh: ‘Not a Messiah’ But ‘Ready’ to Serve Nigeria



Former Nigeria skipper Sunday Oliseh has been officially presented as the new head coach of the Super Eagles in Abuja.

The 40-year-old succeeds another ex-international, Stephen Keshi, at the helm of the national team. He is the fourth player from the class of 1994 to take over the coaching job of the Super Eagles after Augustine Eguavoen, Samson Siasia and Keshi.

Oliseh, who played as a defensive midfielder in his days, has signed a three-year contract and has been charged to meet several quotas, most importantly; guiding the three-time African champions to the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals in Gabon in 2017.

He will be assisted by Belgian coach Jean Francois Losciuto, former Kano Pillars and Enyimba boss Salisu Yusuf and former Nigeria second-choice goalkeeper, Alloysius Agu, who will serve as goalkeeper trainer.

Sunday Oliseh Says He is Not Coming as a Messiah. Image: NFF.

Sunday Oliseh Says He is Not Coming as a Messiah. Image: NFF.

‘Not a Messiah’

That football in Nigeria has been left in abject state of disorder is an euphemism for a system headed for its ruins and in need of drastic revival, which- with much kudos to the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federeration- is not an end far beyond the horizon but a jump start with better enhanced checks and balances along the track.

Many critics have likened the appointment of Oliseh to putting a square peg in a round hole judging by his trifling expertise in management but there has never been a good coach without the will and support, and the NFF has declared it will give the new Eagles coach “100%” backing, with the former Ajax Amsterdam, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund holding midfielder pledging “150%” of his commitment- sounds like a winning team is already in process.

“We have just signed the Pep Guardiola of Africa. And I believe he will succeed,” beamed Amaju Pinnick, president of the NFF. “Oliseh has all the necessary knowledge and exposure we’re looking for to take the country’s football to a great height.

“He shares our vision, received the approval of our sports ministry, the blessings of the NFF technical committee and executive board.”

And with the country’s FA president reposing such huge faith, there is hardly doubting this project has been afforded a good foundation, with strong hopes on the part of the players who as expected begins another journey in care of a new charge.

Change we can subscribe to

Problems which have bedeviled Nigerian football in the past two years includes logistics, administration and discipline. Oliseh has in his own independent but inconsequential ways as a pundit waged in on several matters concerning the national team, ranging from the large chunk of domestic players on parade at the 2013 Confederation Cup to last year’s NFF leadership saga, which, more-or-less, turned Nigerian football inside out and most probably cost the country a place at the 2015 Afcon in Equatorial Guinea.

He now has a better vantage point than back in the picture-perfect studios of Super Sport TV, and one question which very often has been asked in the previous days, is: ‘Will Oliseh budge or weigh in.’

He will only consider players who feature in top flight leagues wherever in the globe- be it the Glo Premier League or the Chinese Super League. So it would be very unlikely to have as much as eight home-based players in the national team squad for a tournament as significant as the Fifa Confederation Cup again.

“If you are not playing in the first division in anywhere in the world and in Nigeria, you cannot play for the Super Eagles henceforth,” Oliseh, who won the 1994 Afcon and an Olympic gold medal in 1996, said.

“However players coming from the under-aged teams are the only exception to this rule.”

The new coach was not willing to start delving into a lengthy but technically-bereft discussion, when quizzed on his favourable team set-up, but stressed that each position will be filled by players with fitting qualities.

“Gone are the days we have individual players who can single handedly win a match for you. But we have the potential and that is our belief and the players must know that it’s an honour to be invited to the national team,” Oliseh explained

A happy beginning

And with praises and encomiums blaring from every nook and cranny of the tightly packed press room of the Abuja National Stadium on Wednesday, it is wrongful to judge that Oliseh and his employers have not began on a resounding note, which spares us the thought of ‘when the going gets tough’, as we expect ‘the tough to get going’.

To crown it all, it is with “great honour” that Oliseh has accepted the same contract as his predecessor (N5m). He will be paid three months wages in advance, with his next remuneration due for October, after which Nigeria would have faced Tanzania away in an Afcon 2017 qualification match.

The Super Eagles defeated Chad 2-0 in their opening Group G match of the Afcon 2017 qualifying series.


Football Legend, Diego Maradona Dies At 60 Following Heart Attack



BREAKING: Football Legend, Diego Maradona Dies At 60 Following Heart Attack

Diego Maradona

Argentina and Napoli legend, Diego Maradona has passed away at the age of 60 following a heart attack.

The Gimnasia coach had been hospitalised at the start of November, days after celebrating the landmark birthday, after complaining of low spirits and fatigue.

Recall that some weeks ago, it was reported that the football legend had a blood clot on the brain, which doctors later revealed was operated on successfully.

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Two weeks after being discharged from the hospital and recovering at home, he reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest on Wednesday morning.

The Argentine national team’s official Twitter account confirmed the news on Wednesday.



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The Contribution of Sports Betting to the Economy of Nigeria



Most of us have grown up with gambling lore that left us petrified to our core. Gambling ruins lives, gives rise to financial and legal problems.

This is all that we have grown up learning. However, this is only partly true and must not be taken too seriously. Sure, gambling has its disadvantages and evils.

However, the activity, in its entirety, is not addictive. It is what humans make out of it. Human beings give up self-control and spiral into a bottomless pit of despair due to that.

Gambling, when indulged in appropriately, does no harm. In fact, it is one of the biggest industries and contributes significantly to the global economy.

The moot point of this article is to have a look at the betting industry of Nigeria. While we do that, we shall also examine how much the industry contributes to the economy of the nation.

Therefore, let us now have a look at the industry and venture a few important points throughout
the article.

How Does the Betting Industry of Nigeria Look Like?

The gambling industry of Nigeria resides in the areas of gray. One cannot look at it in either black or white.

Gambling activities are considered illegal in Nigeria, with the exception of a few. And betting on sports happens to be one of those exceptions.

Online gambling in Nigeria is allowed only on offshore-owned and operated casinos. Locally operated casinos are not allowed to function in the land.

Now speaking of betting, one must note that the betting industry happens to be a key player in Nigeria’s economy. There are over fifty functional and legal betting sites in Nigeria.

As we mentioned before, betting is entirely legal, unlike online gambling. All those who want to gamble on sites like can do so with the use of VPNs.

Nigerians are incredibly passionate as a people about their sports. That is why the idea of making money by betting on their favorite sports has a lot of appeal.

With about 200 million people in the country, the betting industry has found a solid footing in the market. It has been estimated that over the last few decades, Nigeria has grown to become the second-largest betting market in South Africa.

Over 60 million people find entertainment through online betting sites in South Africa. Therefore, one can understand, going by the statistics that Nigeria has evolved over the last few years when it comes to betting.

Reasons for this Massive Growth in the Popularity of Online Betting:

One of the primary reasons for this massive popularity in online betting is the increase in technological innovations.

Nigeria, over the past few years, has seen technological expansion and super-fast connectivity. Almost everyone has access to smartphones now.

This is what makes it so easy for people of every age group to bet online. The constraints that the nation had in technology and connectivity are no longer an issue.

It is estimated that in the next few years, the country shall see more such innovations and expansion. This will, therefore, act further as a catalyst to the growth of the online betting industry.

The Government is Now Tightening the Noose around Online Betting to Raise Revenue:

As we already mentioned a few times before that Nigeria had strict laws related to online gambling.

The government also did not pay much attention to the betting industry. However, things have changed now and shall change further down the line.

The Nigerian government is now formulating some strict laws so that it could pull the revenue from betting into the coffers.

This is also one of the most significant reasons for the growth in Nigeria’s economy. Online betting is a lucrative industry, and we can already deduce that from we discussed.

With the government paying more attention to the industry, crime rates can be reduced, and better revenue can be raised.

If anything, the involvement of the Nigerian government shall only serve as a fresh change. Plus, with a better structure in the betting industry, more people can find jobs and livelihood.

Wrapping It Up:

We can see how the online betting industry of Nigeria has become one of the chief contributors
to its economy.

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Betting – The Ultimate App For Sports Fans!



For all those sports fans out there who are tired of following sports news that you do not find relevant, Sporty Group has come out with the perfect solution to this problem – is the ultimate sports app for all sports fans! Sporty gives access to the world’s best sports content with zero cost and zero ads. The app is available on the Google Play Store for free. Fans around the world can access the latest sports news on their handheld devices anytime and get live updates on matches. offers a lot of features that can be leveraged by those who are sports enthusiasts. Here are the standout features of the newly launched application that has access to the world’s best sports content. 

  • Latest Sports News (SportyNews)

Get access to all the hot articles and video news in the world of sport at the tip of your fingers through Sporty. This news can be completely customized as per one’s liking. Pick your favourite sports, leagues and teams, all in one place, to be the first to know everything or just pick the option of “Popular” news. 

  • Live Scores and Exclusive Videos (SportyTV) provides live scores of all the sports around the world, including an additional choice where one can filter out scores of just their favourites, whether it would be league scores or team scores. 

  • Game Stats (SportyLive)

Analyze every game in detail through this feature on Sporty. Get the most comprehensive data on any match through the app with match facts, team line-ups, minute-by-minute analysis and tracking, competition trees, live league tables and formations.

  • Chat System (SportyChat)

Chat and share sports talk on Sporty with other users and friends! An incredibly unique feature on offer indeed, which can help you stay updated and also share banter with friends on the go.

Get Sporty, Live Sporty as you Follow, Like, Share, Watch & Chat on!

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