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Brian Idowu's journey from St Petersburg to Nigeria may end at World Cup

Brian Iwodu
Brian Idowu, right, scored in Nigeria's 4-2 friendly win over Argentina on Tuesday.

"I am an African with a Russian heart," Nigeria's Brian Idowu said in 2011. The story of the Russia-born defender who made his debut for the Super Eagles on Tuesday against Argentina, and could play at the 2018 World Cup in the country of his birth, is unique.

Idowu acted as a translator at Nigeria's news conference ahead of the fixture in Krasnodar earlier this week because he speaks perfect Russian. The defender then proved his worth on the pitch as well, scoring just eight minutes after...

 By Colin Udoh

Wife of Nigeria's Fegor Ogude freed by abductors

Fegor Ogude has been reunited with his wife after she was abducted.

Nigeria midfielder Fegor Ogude's wife was released late Sunday night, nearly a week after being abducted at their home in the Nigerian oil city of Warri.

"For now I am still speechless," the midfielder told ESPN FC. "I'm still trying to recover from the trauma my family went through, but we thank God we now have her back home, safe and sound."

Memunat Ogude was taken from her home last Monday by unknown gunmen, leaving her husband, who plays his football in Russia for Amkar Perm.

It was not clear...