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Discipline, Key to Successful Career, Siasia Tells Upcoming Footballers

Nigeria’s U-23 male national team coach, Samson Siasia, has advised upcoming footballers to be disciplined in order to succeed in their careers.

Siasia gave the advice on Monday at the ongoing Hon. Charles Ezeani/SIA One Grassroots Football Competition for Anaocha Constituency II in Neni, Anaocha Council Area of Anambra.

The coach said that some talented players missed out on being part of the Nigerian team that won the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Senegal and qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics because of indiscipline.

FIFA Sponsors Including Coca-Cola Demand Reform Overview

Five sponsors of football's world governing body Fifa have written to its executive committee to demand "independent oversight" of reforms.

Fifa has been engulfed by allegations of corruption since US authorities indicted 14 officials this summer.

The letter was sent from Adidas, McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Visa and the Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch.

A Fifa spokeswoman said the five sponsors would play an "important role in the reform process".

FIFA Executive to Meet as Sponsors Urge Reforms

The executive committee of football's crisis-hit world governing body FIFA was to begin meeting in Zurich on Wednesday ahead of a February congress to elect a successor to suspended president Joseph Blatter.

The committee is set to decide on governance reforms to go to the congress in Zurich on Feb. 26.

Ahead of the meeting, FIFA's leading sponsors urged the body to enact sweeping reforms under independent oversight.

Man United Posts 39% Rise in First-Quarter Revenue

English soccer club Manchester United posted a 39 percent rise in first-quarter revenue due to its participation in the lucrative Champions League tournament this season which boosted broadcast and matchday income.

United, currently fourth in the English Premier League, failed to qualify for last season's Champions League, Europe's top club competition, but are in a much stronger position this season and look set to progress out of their group to the knockout stages.

Sports Fans Welcome Victorious Golden Eaglets to Abuja

Thousands of sports fans in Abuja on Wednesday converged on the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport to welcome the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup champions, Golden Eaglets.

The Eaglets had won the title in Chile on Sunday after defeating Mail 2-0 in the final match, for Nigeria’s fifth title win.

The fans cheered lustily as the players and their officials disembarked from the plane which brought them from Lagos, where they had earlier been received on arrival from Chile.

The Eaglets were later taken in a motorcade on a road show on some major streets of Abuja metropolis.

1985 FIFA U-16 World Championship: Buhari to redeem 30-year-old pledge

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday assured the Eaglets team which won the FIFA U-16 World Championship in 1985 that his administration would now fulfill the promises made 30 years ago.

Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja, said the matter had just been brought to Buhari’s attention.

``The directive which President Buhari gave to the then state governments at the time was not complied with.

Sports: Buhari Congratulates Newly Crowned Champions

President Muhammadu Buhari was on the phone early Sunday evening to Perth, Australia, felicitating with a Nigerian who has emerged World Scrabble Champion, the first ever from Africa.

Wellington Jighere, 36, defeated Lewis Mackay of Cambridge, England, by 448 points to 426 to win the championship which was competed for by 450 players from round the world.

"I called to rejoice with you over your performance. You have done the country proud, and we are very happy. Please, pass my congratulations to other members of Team Nigeria," President Buhari told Jighere.

‘Olympics Preparation Begins Nov. 21’

The Director-General, National Sports Commission (NSC), Alhassan Yakmut, said on Monday that Team Nigeria’s preparation for the 2016 Olympics would begin on Nov. 21.

Yakmut made this known while speaking with newsmen in Abuja.

He explained that the mode of preparation for the Olympics would be different from the preparation for the All African Games.

NFF Endorse Odegbami for FIFA Presidency

The Nigeria Football Federation have endorsed former Green Eagles star, Segun Odegbami, as the country's candidate at the upcoming Federation International Football Association presidential election.

Complete Sports reports that the football house on Friday decided to give Odegbami the go-ahead to be the country's sole candidate at the election.

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