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.

Ronaldo Collects Fourth Golden Shoe Award

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo collected a record fourth Golden Shoe award as Europe's top scorer on Tuesday for his 48-goal haul in La Liga last season and said he is hungry for more, Reuters reports.

The Portugal captain and FIFA Ballon d'Or holder netted 61 times in all competitions in 2014-15, although Real missed out on the three main titles as arch rivals Barcelona swept to a treble of Champions League, La Liga and King's Cup triumphs.

Two Nigerians Make CAF Award Nominee List

Two Nigerian internationals have been shortlisted by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in a 37-man list for the 2015 African Footballer of the year.

Super Eagles striker, Ahmed Musa and goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, who recently announced his retirement from international football made the list released by CAF recently.

The current African Player of the year, Yaya Toure is also on the list.