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Dolphins FC are a Nigerian football team based in Port Harcourt.

In 2004-2005 the team placed 6th in the Nigerian Premier League. Representing their country in the 2005 CAF Confederation Cup, they reached the finals, losing to Morocco's FAR Rabat. They play their home games at Liberation Stadium. However, for the 2008 Confederation Cup they played their games at U. J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar.

They were relegated from the Nigerian Premier League in 2007 by one point. They however came back to retain the FA Cup over Enugu Rangers. In their run, they twice won by penalties 4-2, including a semifinal triumph over crosstown rivals Sharks F.C. before winning the finals 3-2 in penalties. They returned to the Premier League after winning their division in 2009.

The club was known until 2001 as Eagle Cement.

No.        Position    Player
3    Nigeria    DF    Chidiebere Okolie
4    Nigeria    MF    Stone Evboumwan
5    Togo    DF    Joseph Douhadji
6    Nigeria    DF    Ayobami Asekunowo
7    Nigeria    MF    Isiaka Olawale
8    Nigeria    DF    Emeka Atuloma
10    Nigeria    MF    Victor Alegbe
12    Nigeria    GK    Sunday Rotimi (captain)
14    Nigeria    FW    Harmony Opukeme }
16    Nigeria    DF    Chizoba Amaefule
18    Nigeria    GK    Austin Brown
20    Nigeria        Tijani Adamu
24    Nigeria        Nazeem Aboutreika
25    Nigeria    FW    Ebube Okpokwu
30    Nigeria        Tasiu Lawal
31    Nigeria    MF    Victor Ezuruike
34    Senegal    DF    Mendy Xavier
    Nigeria FW   Christian Pyagbara

    Ivory Coast    MF    Alhassane Dosso
    Nigeria    MF    Ifeanyi Egwim
    Nigeria        Hope Fiberesima
    Nigeria        Bolaji Sakin
    Nigeria        Fred Okwara


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  • Man United 'rule out Ronaldo return' after new arrival Sanchez is allocated No 7 shirt
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  • Manchester United plans for Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos: David Moyes
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  • Nigerian Premier League 2016 Ratings
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  • Breaking News: Messi sentenced to 21 months imprisonment
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  • WEEKEND DISCOUNT MARKET – COMING SOON!!! is organizing a special Discount Market / Exhibition every weekend (Friday – Sunday) at The Vineyard Shopping Centre, 88 Woji road, GRA, Port Harcourt. This special market intends to create a platform for Quick-sales and Quick-Buys at all discounted rates and hopes to attract amongst others, sellers of Home Wares, Wine, Automobiles, Fashion and other Luxury goods. The Port Harcourt Weekend Discount Market will create opportunities for the right target market for sellers who are looking for Quick-sales of any Luxury goods. It will also create good buying opportunities for all buyers. This one of a kind market will add economic value to both the Buyers and Sellers. Are you looking for the Best Shopping Deals in Port Harcourt? Up to 90% discount on items ranging from Automobiles, Executive Furniture, Electronics, Champagne, Household items, Clothing, Children items and other luxury goods. This market affords Buyers and Sellers the opportunity for Quick-sales and Quick-Buys in a very serene / secure environment. Call 08099692540, 08173866006 or 0909887890 to book your space at the Weekend Discount Market.
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  • Port Harcourt International marathon
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INTERNATIONAL/NATIONAL MARATHON REGULATORY BODIES Association of International Marathons (AIMS). International Association of Athletes Federations (IAAF). Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN)     THE PORT HARCOURT INTERNATIONAL MARATHON A BACKGROUND The first edition of the Port Harcourt International Marathon took place precisely on the 6th of June, 2009 and was aptly tagged “RUN FOR PEACE” in consonance with societal realities still relevant today. The event recorded over 10,000.00 participants from both local and foreign athletes across different continents of the world in a serene atmosphere with top notch security/logistic provisions, and was adjudged the best marathon ever organized in Nigeria by the Athletic Federation of Nigeria, AFN. The impressive success, ultimately led to other marathon platforms in Nigeria. Total prize package for the first edition was $55,000.00 US dollars, with top prize winners (male/female) pocketing a handsome $10,000.00 US dollars each, while the first/second runner ups (male/female) carted home $7,500.00 and $5,000.00 respectively, with lots of consolation prizes. Also, national/local athletes were awarded mount watering cash prizes with special emphasis on local talents.   Prize money for PHIM 2016 edition is increased to a whopping $100,000.00 US dollars. This was consciously planned to expand/elevate the event to attract wider participation and endorsement.   WHY MARATHON? The role of sports in human endeavor cannot be over emphasized. In general terms, sports have opened vistas of opportunities in most economies of the world, particularly amongst youths in developing countries. Marathon as a sport is the only event with capacity to accommodate multiple thousands of athletes, professional/non professionals at a single swoop competing for laurels at the same space and time. Several talents has been discovered in such exercise and developed to become world stars. Also, Marathon is non gender sensitive as both male and female enthusiasts can participate, neither is it age selective, as the young and old are attracted to it globally. In fact, the sport has become a major economic vehicle for countries and participants (Athletes/sponsors) and Nigeria is fast catching up with the trend.  BENEFITS The Port Harcourt Marathon and Football fans Tournament- 2016 shall be beneficial thus: Be a very strong integrative platform for Athletes, Football Fans, Footballers, Football Managers and other Stakeholders from across the World. Build stronger relationships, beneficial for Sports tourism and human capital development. Give opportunities for the discovery of new and developing talents that could be signed up by scouting athletics and football managers. Offer inexhaustible opportunities for active minds engagements, particularly of the youths and fanatical football fans, Foster a more harmonious game spirit of Fair Play, No Racism, No Hooliganism among Fans, Players, Administrators, Managers and all Stakeholders.  Development of Sports Tourism and Sports Infrastructure. Youth Capacity Development and Talent Discoveries, Youth engagement and better future offer. Increase financial earnings for Local Professionals. Boost Economic Activities and financial earnings for direct and indirect participants. Uncommon broad opportunities for corporate Brand visibility, positioning and strengthening.  Unusual corporate image builder at National and International levels.  Opportunity to attract more global interest on investment, showcase investment windows, reposition state and increase rating in the committee of states.  Bringing world class sport activity, world class people, and world interest to Local environment.   CONCLUSION The multiplier effects of marathon events are unquantifiable. Apart from specific benefits outlined, the Port Harcourt International Marathon shall be a veritable platform to rebrand Rivers State as a peaceful haven for sports and business tourism in Nigeria. We are convinced that with synergy and commitment, the second edition of PHIM 2016 will be a huge success. I therefore implore you to give it all it takes and partner us to reignite “the spirit of Port Harcourt”.   SPONSORSHIP CLASS Sponsorship is categorized into (1) DIAMOND (2) GOLD (3) SILVER (4) BRONZE & (5) SINGLE WINDOW PARTNERS, and intending sponsors are expected to make contributions on or before forty (40) days to event and fully maximize benefits attached to their categories.  
  • Madrid considering sale of star midfielder
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    Sir Alex Ferguson was at the Manchester United helm for 26 years. David Moyes was at the helm for less than one year, with disastrous consequences, as United's title defence failed miserably. Dutch coach Louis van Gaal was brought in to get the Red Devils back on track, but a poor run in late 2015 meant mounting pressure as he risk losing his job to Morinho. Currently Former Chelsea boss Mourinho is not prepared to succeed Van Gaal mid-season, despite having a £15m-a-year deal waiting for him. Louis van Gaal is set to survive at Manchester United until the end of the season - because Jose Mourinho doesn’t want to take over until then. Mirror Sport revealed earlier this month that the Special One has a three-year deal worth around £15million-a-year waiting for him at Old Trafford. United are also prepared to pay Mourinho - said to have already found a property in Manchester - a £4million bonus for winning the Premier League. The former Chelsea boss, however, is not prepared to succeed Van Gaal mid-season and would prefer to start work in June. It would allow him the opportunity to overhaul the squad and to embark on a pre-season with his new players. It would also enable United chief executive Ed Woodward to give Van Gaal every chance of turning around the ailing club’s current campaign. The Dutchman’s position is felt among fans to be untenable after a season characterised by underachievement. Despite an outlay of around £90million last summer, United failed to get out of their Champions League group. They also suffered a humiliating Europa League first leg defeat to FC Midtjylland last Thursday night. They responded with victory at Shrewsbury on Monday night, however, to move into the FA Cup quarter-finals. United also sit fifth in the Premier League, six points off the top four. But in total they have won just six of their last 19 games in all competitions.
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  • Samson Siasia becomes New Super Eagles coach
    Former Super Eagles striker, Samson Siasia, has been re-appointed coach of the team. Siasia was appointed Friday as replacement for his former colleague, Sunday Oliseh, who resigned hours earlier. Siasia will work with respected tactician Salisu Yusuf, FIFA U-17 World Cup – winner Emmanuel Amuneke and Alloy Agu for the upcoming 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Egypt,, the official website of the Nigeria Football Federation, reported Friday. Siasia worked as Super Eagles’ Head Coach between December 2010 and October 2011, before his contract was terminated following the team’s failure to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. Amuneke led the Nigeria U-17 male to a fifth FIFA World Cup title in Chile in 2015. Salisu Yusuf and Alloy Agu were in the immediate past crew led by Oliseh.
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  • Sunday Oliseh: shocking resignation
    Sunday Oliseh has thrown more light on the series of events that led to his resignation. The former Super Eagles coach made public his resignation in the early hours of Friday via Twitter. In his Twitter message Oliseh said he was quitting, “Due to contract violations, lack of support, unpaid wages, benefits to my players, assistant coaches and myself, I resign as Super Eagles chief coach. I feel fortunate, blessed and eternally grateful for having had the honour to play, captain and coach this great nation of ours, Nigeria.” Due to Contract violations ,lack of Support,Unpaid wages,Benefits to my players,Asst.Coaches & myself, I resign as Super Eagles Chief Coach— Sunday Oliseh (@SundayOOliseh) February 26, 2016 I feel fortunate, blessed and eternally grateful for having had the honour to Play,Captain & Coach this great Nation of ours,Nigeria.— Sunday Oliseh (@SundayOOliseh) February 26, 2016 In a letter the 41-year-old wrote to the NFF subsequently, he gave a few more details: “Due to incessant Violations of our signed agreement (Contract) I am hereby informing you of my decision to terminate our working collaboration signed in July 2015. “The most important objective is for the Super Eagles Of Nigeria to qualify to the next AFCON and the World Cup 2018. “Since so little help is being rendered me in getting the players to give their best and very vital conditions and advantages to the team play are also being sacrificed coupled with non-redress of the aforementioned despite my several e-mails and others, seeking your aid to effectively carry out my duties were ignored. “These unconducive working conditions that my coaching crew and myself have to live with, your contractual violations and the interest of the nation necessitates that I tender my resignation and recourse to the termination of our working agreement,” he concluded. With top officials of the NFF attending the Fifa Elections in Zurich, it is not yet known who they will select as coach ahead of next month’s qualifiers. Oliseh was a former captain of the Nigerian national team and won the 1994 Afcon as well as Olympic gold in 1996. He was appointed replacement for Stephen Keshi in July 2015 despite not having coached a top team previously.
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  • Gianni Infantino New Fifa presidential
    Gianni Infantino has succeeded fellow Swiss Sepp Blatter as president of world football's governing body Fifa. The Uefa secretary general polled 115 votes, 27 more than closest rival Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa. Prince Ali bin al-Hussein (four votes) and Jerome Champagne (0) were third and fourth respectively. Blatter, who had led Fifa since 1998, stood down last year and was latersuspended from football for six years for breaching ethics guidelines. Infantino is a 45-year-old lawyer from Brig in the Valais region of Switzerland, less than six miles from Blatter's home town of Visp. He entered the presidential race when it became clear that Michel Platini, boss of European football's governing body Uefa, could not stand. "I will work tirelessly to bring football back to Fifa and Fifa back to football," he said. "This is what we want to do." He added: "I feel a lot of emotion and have not realised yet what has happened today. It is still very fresh and it's been a long and exciting journey and I probably need some time to chill out and see what has happened." The election was due to be fought between five candidates, but South African Tokyo Sexwale withdrew before voting began in Zurich. The first round of voting failed to determine an outright winner, though Infantino led with 88, three more than pre-vote favourite Sheikh Salman. A simple majority of more than 50% - 104 of 207 available votes - was sufficient for victory in round two. Not since 1974, when Joao Havelange of Brazil beat 13-year incumbent Stanley Rous of England, has a second round been needed. An emotional Infantino told delegates that together they would "restore the image of Fifa and the respect of Fifa". He added: "I want to work with all of you together in order to restore and rebuild a new era of Fifa where we can again put football at the centre of the stage. "Fifa has gone through sad times, moments of crisis, but those times are over. We need to implement the reform and implement good governance and transparency. We also need to have respect. "We're going to win back this respect through hard work, commitment and we're going to make sure we can finally focus on this wonderful game." Gary Lineker, an outspoken critic of Fifa and former president Blatter, wished Infantino "all the best" following his appointment. The former England striker added on Twitter: "He's got one hell of a job on his hands but seems a decent chap. Needs a sizeable new broom." The television presenter then joked: "Have this weird feeling that Gianni Infantino will pull off his mask to reveal Sepp Blatter." Portuguese great Luis Figo added his congratulations, tweeting: "Finally the change arrived. It's time for a new era in Fifa." English Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said: "He is not a politician and he is not an ego. Fifa has been dominated by egos for a very long time. He is the type of person who will just get on with the job." Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said: "I am happy. We supported him from the start. World football needs such a pragmatist." German football federation interim president Rainer Koch said: "We are happy and relieved with Gianni Infantino's victory and the fact that European football will continue to have a strong influence." Norway's Karen Espelund, a member of Uefa's executive committee, added: "We needed someone credible, we needed a clean winner, a clean man. I believe we have that in Gianni." International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said he was looking forward to working with Infantino for "the sake of sport". US Soccer president Sunil Gulati tweeted: "Congratulations. We look forward to working together to embrace reform and good governance." Beaten opponent Sheikh Salman said that the Asian Football Confederation would look forward to working with the new-look Fifa and its president to reform world football's governing body and to "reinstate football's credibility globally".
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  • Barcelona 2 : 0 Arsenal: Messi nets two big away goals
    Barcelona, the Champions League favorites, stormed into London and beat the Arsenal 2-0 on Tuesday in their Round of 16 first leg tie, as Lionel Messi scored twice. Entering the match, Messi had never scored against Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech, formerly of Chelsea. And while it took a while, Messi managed to do it twice in a span of 12 minutes in the second half, as his goalless streak against the shot-stopper ended at 544 minutes. With Arsenal looking sharp early on and creating some chances, Barcelona lacked its normal flair for much of the match. But after the break, the club really got going. Luis Suarez sent Neymar through before the Brazilian found Messi open in front of goal for the opener 71 minutes in. Then, after Messi won a penalty kick, he put it away calmly to the Cech's right.   With the result, Barca can taste the quarterfinals. Though Arsenal is a good team with the potential to score plenty of goals, going to the Camp Nou down 0-2 and asking for a comeback may just be something this team isn't capable of. Funny clip of the day ahead of Barcelona vs Arsenal clash at 10:45pm— Game Yetu (@GameYetu) February 23, 2016
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  • NFF orders Oliseh to appear before Technical Committee
    The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has ordered Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, to appear before its technical committee on Friday, to defend his call-ups for next month’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt. Oliseh will also be grilled on his game plan for the double header against the North Africans. Nigeria will host group leaders Egypt on March 25 in Kaduna, before travelling for the reverse fixture in Cairo two days later. The Eagles training camp is expected to open in two weeks times, with Oliseh working with players from the domestic league. He had planned to monitor some of the country’s stars in European Leagues, but the NFF is yet to approve it.
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  • Five things we learnt from Chelsea’s 5-1 FA Cup win against Manchester City
    Chelsea thumped a severely weakened Manchester City side yesterday to set up a sixth-round clash against Everton at Goodison Park. Although this was clearly a game of men against boys, there are still several things Blues fans can learn from the victory. 1) The scoreline did not flatter Chelsea Not all big wins are the same: it was 1-1 at half-time, remember. Sometimes, the game can be tight and a single event can lead to a collapse, but this did not happen on Sunday. Oscar missed a penalty, Pedro hit the post and there were countless other opportunities, including tight offside calls that could have seen the Blues add a couple more to the tally. Chelsea dominated for the entire game. 2) Chelsea are in it to win it Chelsea gave Manchester City the same treatment that they gave Milton Keynes Dons in the fourth round. Whilst Manuel Pellegrini named a weakened team, there can be no doubting the resolve of Guus Hiddink’s side, who are determined to win this competition. They looked solid from the kick-off and City even followed the MK Dons pattern by equalising almost immediately. There was never really any doubt what the result was going to be. 3) Bertrand Traore is seizing his chances Starting the season as fourth-choice striker, Traore has had to bide his time, but injuries and poor form have seen him become the back-up to Diego Costa. Although his appearances have been limited to cameos, he has taken full advantage. He has three goals to his name, an impressive return that has impressed Chelsea fans, who are longing for young talent to grab their limited opportunities. 4) Chelsea look stronger with Ivanovic in the centre The injuries to John Terry and Kurt Zouma have seen Branislav Ivanovic back in his natural central defensive position and his performances have picked up. He has gone from a lost lamb on the right for most of the season to a solid central defender. This return to form vindicates the club awarding him a new contract and he should be credited for recent performances. 5) Baba Rahman should keep his place The injuries to Terry and Zouma have also brought Baba Rahman into the team at left back, where he has impressed. When Terry returns, Hiddink should resist the urge to move Ivanovic to the right and keep Cesar Azpilicueta on his natural wing. In the last few games, having two natural full backs has added balance to the side. Chelsea should look to maintain this.  
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  • Mourinho happy, he is heading to Manchester United – Bedy Moratti
    Inter Milan director, Bedy Moratti, has claimed that “Jose Mourinho is happy, he’s going to Manchester United.” The sister of former President Massimo Moratti, spoke to as she left a lunch meeting with Mourinho and her family. “Of course he’s always fantastic and we missed him as a person here,” she said in the video interview. Asked if that meant never say never for his return to Inter, she said, “No, he’s happy now, he’s going to Manchester.” The former Chelsea boss has been strongly tipped to replace Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford at the end of the season.
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  • Chelsea: New contract offer awaits Mikel Obi
    John Mikel Obi may be in line for a new Chelsea contract, following a string of impressive display under Guus Hiddink. The Nigerian midfielder was marginalized by former boss, Jose Mourinho, who preferred to use Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic as his midfield base. However, Hiddink has made Mikel Obi a key member of his team set up since he was appointed as interim manager, following Mourinho’s dismissal last December. The 28-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge 10 years ago and has 15 months left on his current deal. He has been linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge, but might end up extending his stay at the club if the Blues powerbrokers choose to extend his contract.
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  • Barcelona to establish first African football academy in Lagos
    Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Monday welcomed the decision of Barcelona FC of Spain to establish its first football academy in Africa in the state. Ambode, who spoke at the Lagos House, Alausa while receiving the senior management staff of the football club, said he was delighted with the development. He said it was in line with his administration’s philosophy for sports development. Ambode also pledged maximum support of the government in ensuring the successful take off of the project. He described the development as a historic moment for the state, saying it was indeed a thing of joy coming at a time when the government was still basking in the euphoria of the successful hosting of an international marathon. Ambode said the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon was a major pointer to how Lagos could actualise its dream of improving the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the state using sports as a major instrument. “This visit by FC Barcelona is coming at a point where I believe strongly that we have nothing else to say than to say we are committed to this partnership because we know it will give us the first FCBEscola in Africa. “I was made to understand that this is the first of its kind in Africa and so, Lagos is priding itself as a major receptor of the next academy to be established in Africa,’’ he said. The governor, who restated the importance of sports to integration and development, said that sports were the future of service to create a platform for youth employment and youth engagement in Lagos. Ambode also pledged the full support of the government to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in hosting the first ever Beach Soccer African Nations Cup in Lagos between Dec. 10 and 23, 2016. Earlier, Pau Vilanovai Vila-Abadal, Director of Business and Member of FC Barcelona Management Board, who led the team, thanked Ambode for the support given to them so far in actualising the project. He said FC Barcelona decided to establish its Academy in Lagos due to the impressive population of the state, and the opportunity to share the philosophy of the team with the state. On his part, Oscar Grau, Worldwide Director of Barcelona Academy, said it was indeed a big honour for the club to establish its academy in Lagos as many of the big names in the team started from such academy. He said players like Messi, Iniesta, Sergio Busquet, Pique, among others, all started from such an academy. The club has a unique methodology of instilling great virtues in footballers apart from football skills and education. He added that through the academy the club also aimed to raise excellent players for Nigeria and that the core values of the club included efforts, team work, humility and respect. Also speaking, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick congratulated Ambode over the hosting of the Lagos International Marathon, saying it was one of the most successful tournaments in the world. He pledged the support of the federation to ensure the success of the academy, especially in terms of facilitating the necessary approvals needed for expeditious take off of the project. He added that Lagos, under Ambode and his predecessors, had always been a major destination for sports. Pinnick said that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) had just approved the hosting of the first ever Beach Soccer African Nations Cup in Lagos in December. “The tournament is a major qualifier for the World Cup and eight best beach soccer teams in Africa will converge on Lagos for the tournament,’’ Pinnick said. (NAN)
  • Enyimba FC won't be playing at their home ground in Aba due to construction work
    NPFL champions, Enyimba FC won't be playing at their home ground in Aba due to work being done at the venue. However, Super Eagles winger, Ezekiel Bassey believes playing away from home won't affect Enyimba's performances.  The fleet footed winger admitted that the supporters of the People's Elephants will be missed but playing their home games away from home won't hinder their performances.  "I don't think playing our home games away from home will affect us in terms of our performance. The only thing we shall be missing is the ever present and daring fans of Enyimba FC and the massive cheers and turn up we get each time we play at home," Bassey told Goal. The winger, who represented Nigeria at the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN), admitted to reports that emerged after Nigeria were knocked out of the tournament, that a host of foreign clubs wanted his services. "Yes it's true that some foreign clubs sought for my services but this may not be the right time to discus this," Ezekiel stated.
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