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FG Releases The Surulere National Stadium To Lagos Government

On Tuesday, the Lagos State Government announced that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of the National Stadium, Surulere, to the state for retrofitting and upgrading to host international sporting tournaments.

Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Kweku Tandoh while speaking at the ongoing annual Ministerial Press Briefing to mark the third anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration held at Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa said it was gratifying to report that after series of back and forth, action would finally commence next week on paperwork for the formal handover of the facility to the state government.

When asked why the handover was being delayed, Mr. Tandoh said the approval for the release was given verbally by the President during his visit to Lagos a few weeks ago, while the terms of agreement would now be based not on concession but complete release to the state government.
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Giving details, Mr. Tandoh said: “You would recall that the Lagos State Government signified interest in taking over completely the National Stadium and the Governor did not just say it, he actually met with the Minister of Sports and a tour of the facility was carried out.

“One thing later developed and there were signs and signals that the Governor received that they were not actually ready to hand over the Stadium to us rather it seems as if they just wanted a concession agreement where the State Government would spend the money, get it fixed while the Federal Government would still be in place but that is not what Lagos State Government wants.

“So, during the visit of the President to Lagos State few weeks ago, the Governor at the State Dinner was able to grouch the intention again and he mentioned it in his speech to the President and the President verbally gave approval that that was going to be in place.

Just yesterday, the Governor directed that I proceed to Abuja next week to deliver some communications that are necessary to put in place a formal handover of the National Stadium to Lagos State Government. We are grateful that this time they will give it to us on the terms that the Lagos State Government has requested for,” he explained.

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Former Super Eagles striker Obinna Nsofor celebrates as he becomes a citizen of Italy 

Former Super Eagles and Inter Milan striker, Obinna Victor Nsofor, has been granted Italian Citizenship.

The 31-year-old Nigerian footballer who last played for South African Premier Soccer League side Cape Town City took to his Instagram page to celebrate after becoming a citizen of Italy.

Sharing a video of himself dancing while showing his Italian passport, Nsofor who is based in Italy wrote:

‘I want to thank God almighty for doing this for me ?? thank you Jesus for loving me so well?? I also want to appreciate everyone that has help me in one way or the other to achieve this, I’m grateful, and to my lovely queen @anastasija_radi thank you always for making me smile, I love you ??.’

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Super Eagles Star Etebo Gets Married In Warri


Super Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo wedded his lovely spouse, Ebhota Bethel in a quiet traditional wedding ceremony in Warri, Delta State Completesportsnigeria. com.

The ceremony had in attendance Etebo’s nuclear family and friends at the bride family house in Warri CSN gathered.


Etebo who is currently on the books of Stoke City explained to Completesportsnigeria.com why he chose the Bethel.

“She has been there for me and she’s the mother of my son,” Etebo told Completesportsnigeria.com.

“We barely had time to do this and I felt it was necessary to get the marital rites done with before the year ends.”

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Etebo joins the host of Super Eagles players to have quit bachelorhood.

Players like Kenneth Omeruo, John Ogu, Ogenyi Onazi, Willaim Troost Ekong, Odion Ighalo, Moses Simon, Elderson Echieijile, Ahmed Musa, Abdulahi Shehu are the few who are married in the squad.

The 23-year-old star will not be available for Stoke City trip to Villa Park to face Aston Villa on Saturday due to suspension.


The Nigerian international has played 14 English Championship games for the Potters since he joined the club in the summer.

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I’ve Always Loved Madrid, I Don’t Want Any Regrets – Hazard Speaks On Chelsea Future


Belgium star, Eden Hazard who is ‘torn’ between extending his Chelsea contract and pursuing a dream move to Real Madrid, has said that he doesn’t want regrets as he considers his future.

Eden Hazard says he does not “want to have any regrets” as he considers whether to sign a new contract with Chelsea or leave Stamford Bridge, according to Sky Sports.

The Belgian forward has 18 months remaining on his Chelsea deal, and has openly questioned whether he is willing to extend his stay with the Blues.

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Hazard has also made no secret of his desire to play for Real Madrid, and when discussing his future with French-Monegasque radio station RMC, said: “The new (Chelsea) coach (Maurizio Sarri) thinks football like me, so we’ll see.

“The family is in London, I’m also going to be 28. I do not want to have any regrets at the end of my career.

“It’s a decision I’m going to make, I do not know when, but I’ll take it. You know me, I’ve always loved Real, even before (Zinedine) Zidane. We’ll see what happens.

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“As I said, I’m already finishing this year with Chelsea, I still have a year of contract after this year.”

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