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Paul Le Guen turns down Nigeria job

 By Colin Udoh

John Obi Mikel denies donating cash to Nigeria Olympics squad teammates

John Obi Mikel is the captain of Nigeria's Olympic football team.

ATLANTA -- Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel has denied media reports that he donated $30,000 to assist his cash-strapped teammates in the country's Olympics team.

The Nigeria under-23 squad, together with select overage players like Mikel, are training in Atlanta ahead of next month's Olympics in Brazil.

Reports on Thursday claimed that Mikel had pitched in with the money to assist the team, but the Chelsea star told ESPN FC there was no truth to them.

"I was first told of this story by a friend who...

 By Colin Udoh

Nigeria's Appeals Court confirms NFF's position as legitimate administrators

The secretary general of the Nigerian Football Federation says Gianni Infantino's visit is good news for the country.

Nigeria's Appeal Court on Monday set aside the ruling of a federal high court re-listing a case against the Nigeria Football Federation which was struck out in October 2014.

The judgement means that the controversy over who actually leads the NFF has been brought to an end, with Amaju Pinnick and his executive committee confirmed as the legitimate administrators of Nigerian football.

In October 2015, a federal high court granted an interim injunction restraining Pinnick and his executive committee...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

2016 Olympics men's football final squad lists for all 16 teams

Brazil's Olympic football squad started their preparations ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at their headquarters in Teresopolis on Monday.
Brazil star Neymar sits down for an exclusive chat with ESPN to discuss his side's gold medal chances after coming up short in 2012.
Mexico will hope to defend their Olympic title they won so memorably in London four years ago.
Brazil attacker Gabriel Barbosa has spoken of his excitement ahead of representing Brazil at the Rio Olympics.

The Olympic football tournament is almost set to kick off in Rio de Janeiro. Here are all the final 18-man squads.

*- Overage player born before 1993.


Goalkeepers: Farid Chaal (El Harrach), Abdelkader Salhi (Chlef)

Defenders: Ayoub Abdellaoui (USM Alger), Abdelghani Demmou* (MC Alger), Houari Ferhani (Kabylie), Ryad Keniche (Setif), Miloud Rebiai (Setif)

Midfielders: Haris Belkebla (Tours), Sofiane Bendebka* (Hussein Dey), Abdelraouf Benguit (Paradou), Mohamed Benkhemassa (Alger), Zakaria...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

FIFA president Gianni Infantino visits Nigeria to meet African FA leaders

The secretary general of the Nigerian Football Federation says Gianni Infantino's visit is good news for the country.
During his visit to Seoul, South Korea FIFA president Gianni Infantino shared his new vision for FIFA.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino expects Russia to stage a successful 2018 World Cup.

The president and secretary general of FIFA have visited Nigeria to meet African football association leaders.

President Gianni Infantino and secretary general Fatma Samoura arrived in the country on Sunday for a two-day visit and will attend an under-13 international match on Monday as part of the trip.

Secretary general of the Nigerian Football Federation [NFF] Mohammed Sanusi is hoping to use the visit of Infantino to help develop the game in Nigeria, but is aware that the exposure alone will...