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About Oluwashina
Oluwashina “briefly flirted with the dream of becoming a lawyer, before developing his insatiable appetite for sport news”. The face and voice of BBC Sport from Nigeria on radio, television, online since 2004.
English Yoruba
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Some reports and video interviews.

Today's latest from Al Jazeera

15 Feb 2024  |  Al Jazeera
The article features an interview with a star striker who plays for Napoli and the Nigerian national team, known as the Super Eagles. The player discusses his commitment and enthusiasm for performing well for both his club and country. The interview was conducted by Al Jazeera, and it highlights the player's aspirations and dedication to his sport, reflecting on his achievements with Napoli and his goals with the Super Eagles.

List of sports articles published on BBC Sport, Al Jazeera, World Soccer and elsewhere.

More money, more problems: Debate on Black Tax in African football returns

02 Jan 2024  |  www.aljazeera.com
The debate on 'Black Tax' in African football, where players financially support extended families, has resurfaced following comments by former Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi. Despite high earnings, many African footballers face financial struggles post-career due to cultural expectations and lack of financial literacy. Examples include destitute ex-players like Lerato Chabangu and Philemon Masinga. The term 'Black Tax' originated in apartheid South Africa and signifies the financial support given to family by higher-income individuals. The issue is exacerbated by misconceptions about players' earnings and the lack of savings culture. Emmanuel Adebayor, who managed to secure financial stability, advises players to prioritize their own financial health. Experts suggest that preparation for post-career life and financial education are crucial for avoiding financial pitfalls.

Nigeria’s World Cup run sparks joy back home

06 Aug 2023  |  www.aljazeera.com
Nigeria's women's national football team, the Super Falcons, secured a place in the round of 16 at the Women's World Cup, bringing joy and a sense of unity to the nation amidst political instability and economic challenges. Despite previous disputes with the Nigeria Football Federation and a history of underinvestment in women's football, the team's performance has been a source of inspiration. With a positive record against their next opponent, England, the Super Falcons are hopeful, supported by the enthusiasm of over 200 million Nigerians.

From marathon glory to jail: Nigeria’s ‘great race fiasco’

22 Jul 2023  |  www.aljazeera.com
Gideon Hagack's victory at the 1994 Milo International Marathon in Lagos turned into a nightmare when he was arrested for alleged cheating, leading to the end of his athletic career. Despite being exonerated, Hagack never received his prize money or compensation. The incident is detailed in a book by Enefiok Udo-Obong, highlighting the injustice Hagack faced and its impact on his life and career. The article underscores the broader implications of the event on Nigerian athletics and the personal toll on Hagack.

Nigerian fans riot after World Cup qualification defeat to Ghana

30 Mar 2022  |  Al Jazeera
Ghana secured World Cup qualification by holding Nigeria to a 1-1 draw in Abuja, advancing on away goals. The match was marred by fan riots, including a pitch invasion, fighting, and property damage. Security forces struggled to control the crowd, leading to a journalist being attacked and a doping officer dying from a suspected cardiac arrest. FIFA may sanction Nigeria due to the disturbances, and the NFF confirmed the officer's cause of death, dispelling rumors of violence.

AFCON: Progress, elimination and the controversies so far

22 Jan 2022  |  www.aljazeera.com
The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has reached the knockout rounds with 16 teams advancing and eight being eliminated. The tournament has seen impressive performances from goalkeepers and underdog teams like Comoros and The Gambia. Host nation Cameroon has successfully managed the event despite initial doubts. Notable eliminations include reigning champions Algeria and Ghana. Key upcoming matches include Ivory Coast vs. Egypt and Nigeria vs. Tunisia. Controversies have arisen, particularly around the use of VAR and a series of unusual decisions by referee Janny Sikazwe in the Tunisia vs. Mali match.

The remarkable story of a British Nigerian football star

23 Oct 2019  |  www.aljazeera.com
Ola Aina, a 23-year-old footballer born in South London to Nigerian parents, has achieved professional success by playing for Chelsea, Torino, and the Nigerian national team. Despite growing up with few privileges, Ola's talent was recognized early on, leading to a career that included a standout performance at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, where he helped Nigeria secure a third-place finish. His journey was marked by his family's sacrifices, particularly his parents, who worked multiple jobs and faced hardships to support his dream. Ola's international career choice was a significant moment, as he represented Nigeria despite having played for England at the youth level. His success is a testament to his determination and the support of his family.

Russia 2018: Can Mo Salah lead revival of Egypt football?

14 Jun 2018  |  www.aljazeera.com
Egypt, despite being the most successful football side in Africa with seven Africa Cup of Nations titles, has only qualified for the FIFA World Cup twice before 2018. The article explores the paradox of their absence from the World Cup and discusses the factors that may contribute to their potential success in the 2018 tournament, including the presence of star player Mo Salah and other experienced players who play abroad. However, Salah's injury in the Champions League final poses a significant challenge for the team, which heavily relies on him.

No answers a year after Ebosse’s death

12 Sep 2015  |  www.aljazeera.com
Over a year after the death of Cameroonian striker Albert Ebosse, who died from head injuries sustained by objects thrown from the stands during a football match in Algeria, his family still seeks answers. Despite the Algerian league's suspension and JS Kabylie's stadium closure, the family's pathologist in Cameroon suggested foul play, contradicting official statements. Ebosse's family received $100,000 in compensation, but they are still owed over $169,000 from his contract. The family's lawyer, Jean-Jacques Bertrand, and Ebosse's father, Andre Bodjongo, express disappointment with the lack of progress from Algerian authorities, CAF, and hope for FIFA's intervention. The club president, Mohand Cherif Hannachi, has not responded to the allegations.

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