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Nigeria suspends football activities due to coronavirus

Nigerian football on Wednesday finally caught up to the majority of the rest of the world in calling a four-week halt to football activities due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), president Amaju Pinnick also advised all members of the football family to observe the various safety precautions and conduct advised by the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) -- such as hand-washing, the use of sanitizers...

U.S., South Korea and Nigeria get bold new Nike kits for 2020

U.S. Soccer released its new-for-2020 kits.
The U.S. gets all new kits for 2020.

The U.S. men's national team have been wearing the same white kit since 2018 -- the same kit they were meant to wear to the 2018 World Cup, had they qualified.

But no longer! The U.S. men and women both will wear brand new home and away kits in 2020.

The whites will feature patriotic nods like the red and white stripes on the back of the collar, or the red and blue striping on the cuffs, down the side panels and across the socks. The new darks will play on the U.S.'s nickname, "the States,"...

Chiejine's death highlights lack of Nigerian attention toward female footballers

Two weeks after her death, the loss of former Super Falcons star Ifeanyi Chiejine at the young age of 36 continues to baffle, both in terms of cause and reaction in Nigeria.

No cause of death has been released, and the Nigeria Football Federation previously said it had no idea she was sick, but ESPN has been told that she had been unwell for a while.

Yinka Kudaisi, who played with Chiejine, painted a sobering picture of the midfielder's deteriorating condition from as far back as last year.

"We...

Nigeria stage sit-in at WWC over unpaid bonuses

Nigeria players are staging a sit-in protest, refusing to leave their hotel in France until all of their outstanding bonuses are paid, following the team's elimination from the Women's World Cup on Saturday.

Players told ESPN they are owed bonuses from two games, against Gambia and Senegal, from as far back as two years ago, amounting to 2 million Nigerian naira (about $5,600 U.S.), but they have been paid only half of that. They also say they are owed five days of daily allowance while at the World...