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Thursday, 2 March 2017

Arsene Wenger ready for Barcelona?

Arsene Wenger

Majority of Arsenal fans appears to have received the news of Luis Enrique’s decision to quit Barcelona at the end of the season, as the news sparked off some kind of excitement after it was made known.

His resolve to resign as manager of the Catalan giants may not be unconnected to the 6-1 thumping of Sporting Gijon, which fans remarks as slight bombshell.

Due to the colossal defeat of 4-0 in their first match with Paris Saint-Germany, Barcelona are seen to be on the edge exiting Champions League. The club is also battling to maintain their La Liga title as they contest with Real Madrid.

Report has it that Enrique has been linked with a move to Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger’s future unclear, but it appears Gooners are more worried with their own manager’s movements.

And they are certain Wenger will be replacing Enrique at the Camp Nou!

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Ryan Mason in a stable condition after sustaining a skull injury during a match

Ryan Mason

The Hull City star Ryan Mason has successfully gone through emergency surgery after a head clash with Gary Cahill of Chelsea.

However, the family of Mason in a press statement said that he is in a stable condition, despite injury which he sustained during the clash in the course of the match.

The management of Hull City in an update released on his current status on Monday afternoon also confirms his true state of being, prior to the family’s expression to the huge support being given to him.

"We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks and gratitude for the overwhelming support shown to Ryan during what has been an extremely traumatic 24 hours," read the statement.

"The well wishes and support that we've received as a family from such a large number of players, managers, clubs, fans and everyone involved in football - as well as even from people outside of the sport - has helped give Ryan and all of the family great strength during this incredibly difficult time.

"We would also like to send a special thank you to the superb medical teams at Hull City, Chelsea and St Mary's Hospital. The manner in which the situation was handled and dealt with was impeccable and we are incredibly grateful for everything that they have done and continue to do.

"As has been confirmed in the statement released by Hull City, Ryan is in a stable condition and will be continually monitored over the coming days. The club will continue to provide regular updates as and when there is news to report."

We'll bring you all the latest news on his condition.

Also, Ryan Mason has been told he will play again by Barnsley striker Iain Hume - who suffered a similar injury in 2008.

“My message to Ryan is to stay positive and surround himself with people who will support him,” Hume told Starsport.

“He will be fine and come back sooner than he thinks.”

Tottenham star Dele Alli also sent out his support for Ryan Mason.

The 20-year-old featured briefly alongside Mason at Spurs before his move to Hull.

Alli wrote: “Thoughts with you Ryan Mason, stay strong bro.”

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Very soon Neymar will become world’s number one in football - Cafu


Neymar has been tipped Brazilian legend, Cafu as the only player that would inevitably break the duopoly between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the world of soccer. As he hopes that the 24-year-old Neymar will eventually become the world’s number one, in few years to  come.

Neymar’s blessing came barely days after world football governing body awarded Ronaldo best FIFA men’s player for the year 2016, after defeating Messi and Antoine Griezmann to the honour.

Record has it that, to date, no player had won the Ballon d’Or since 2008, but Messi and Ronaldo

"Neymar is not a long way from them," he said.

"I'm certain in the following couple of years he'll be playing as the best on the planet."

Amazing how just 2 votes made Pogba to narrowly missed an opportunity to become FIFA’s best XI


Paul Pogba of Manchester United, just passed up a major opportunity for a place in the FIFPro World XI by just two votes.

This came when world football governing body FIFA revealed the top 11 players in every position from 2016, at their best award ceremony last Monday, with no premier league player able to make the group, which had up to 9 players in Real Madrid and Barcelona

Though Pogba was reported to have verged on joining Luka Modric and Andres Iniesta in the top midfield three, which in turn passed up a major opportunity to Toni Kroos by just two votes

Pogba verged on joining Luka Modric and Andres Iniesta in the top pick midfield three, passing up the littlest edge for a player not being chosen ever.

FIFA stated: “The closest call was the third midfield position, with Kroos narrowly beating Pogba by two votes. “It is the smallest margin ever in the 12-year World XI history to decide on inclusion in the World XI.”

Friday, 6 January 2017

At last £10 million transfer deal sealed by Lookman as he moves to Everton.

Lookman Adewale

Finally, a £10m deal has been sealed by Adewale Lookman, a Nigerian winger, which will transfer him to Everton from Charlton Athletic.

The new deal was affirmed by the Premier League side on the official website of the league on Thursday. The 19-year-old is billed to wear number 31.

Earlier, on Lookman had played for the English U-20s, will still be able to play for the Nigerian national team.

Speaking after his unveiling, he said: “It feels great to be an Everton player.

“As soon as I heard about Everton’s interest I knew this would be the right place for me.

“Everton has a big history and I was also attracted by the manager.

“When you look at what he did at Southampton, and what he does with young players in terms of developing them, that was a big attraction.

“It was great playing in The Championship last season and for the last six months in League One but I feel like I’m ready to make the step up to the Premier League.”

Everton manager Ronald Koeman said: “Ademola is a big talent and, at 19 years old, he has a big future in the game. I’m really happy that we’ve been able to bring him here to the Club.

“This is part of the vision we have for the Club and it’s important to give to young players the opportunity so that the team continues to evolve and improve.

“We believe in the player and in the development of the player which, of course, will take time but he will have a big part to play in the future of the Club.”

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Nigeria makes progress in latest FIFA ranking to 50th position


Good news for the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) as the world football governing body FIFA places the nation’s national team ten places up in the latest ranking done in the November 2016.

Thus, the national team has been placed on the 50th position on the ranking table along with Burkina Faso and Slovenia, as published on the official website of the FIFA.

The promotion came as a result of the 616 points the national team earned after a 3-1 defeat against Algeria during the game leading to the 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Accordingly, the country has attained joint 7th position with Burkina Faso at the continental ranking table, behind countries such as Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria and Congo DR.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Gambia's female team goalkeeper dies in the Mediterranean sea while crossing to look for greener pasture in Europe

Gambian goalkeeper dies

How sad it is to hear the demise of the goalkeeper of the Gambia's national ladies' football group while trying to cross the Mediterranean with the hope of beginning another life in Europe, this was made known to AFP by her previous coach on Wednesday.

Fatim Jawara, known to have been only 19, was one of the passengers of a vessel that kept running into trouble in the Mediterranean a month ago while crossing from Libya to Europe.

She and other 3,300 illegal migrants who have lost their lives in its waters this year, as indicated by figures from the International Organization for Migration.

As goalkeeper of the ladies' national side, known as the Scorpions, Jawara had made her introduction a year back in a friendly against another team from Glasgow, Scotland.

“Her death is untimely, but we will remember her for her great performances on the pitch,” said Chorro Mbenga, who was the assistant coach of the national under-17 side where Jawara made her achievement and knew her well.

According to sources, Jawara is said to have left the Gambia in September to cross the Sahara and set out toward Libya, where most African illegal migrants start the ocean intersection to Europe.

Gambia Football Federation President Lamin Kabba Bajo told AFP: “We are grieving at the moment as this is a great loss to the national soccer team and the nation.

“She will be remembered for saving a penalty kick in a friendly encounter involving the national soccer team and the Glasgow Girls from Scotland.”

Statistics shows that Gambians are the fourth largest collection of arrivals to Italy by number as indicated by the IOM, in spite of being one of Africa's littlest countries with a populace of around 1.8 million.

According to Gambia’s information minister, “mass murder of young African migrants on European beaches and waters” in its thinking is the reason why the country pulled back from the International Criminal Court a week ago.

It called the absence of activity by European countries to ensure transients making the intersection a "racist genocide" and assaulted the ICC for neglecting to arraign their leaders.

In any case, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh expelled the monetary stresses of Gambian migrants a year ago, contending in a broadcast address that "true Muslims" would empower their children and little girls to accept up occupation open doors which are accessible at home.

In actuality 60 percent of the populace live in neediness, and a third get by on $1.25 or less a day, as indicated by the UN.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Gareth Bale, now highest paid player for Real Madrid

Bale of Real Madrid

Gareth Bale has finally concurred to terms on another six-year contract with Real Madrid, which binds him to the La Liga club until 2022, 8when he will be 31.

The Welsh winger, who was named this week for the Ballon d'Or, joined Madrid in a world-record move from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013.

He has gone ahead to score 62 goals in 130 features for Los Blancos, winning two Champions League crowns and the 2013/14 Copa del Rey.

As per Guardian, Bale will be paid £350,000 every week after assessment – with a buyout provision set at €1 billion (£900m) – thus making him the best-paid player at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who allegedly paid £288,000 every week, is said to arrange new contract terms himself, be that as it may, and is required to be the club's top worker again before the end of 2016.

“Real Madrid CF and Gareth Bale have agreed to the extension of the player’s contract, which is linked to the club until 30 June 2022,” a short articulation discharged on Real's legitimate site read.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Lionel Messi ready to humble the Brazil in world cup qualifier

Lionel Messi

World football star, Lionel Messi included in Argentina’s team for the match against their major contender the Brazilian national team, as he could not feature in the previous three matches due to injury.

Also, due to injury sustained in his thigh, he has for some time been kept aside from international matches, nevertheless maintained for Barcelona during the Champions League against Manchester city, but struggle to 5th position during World Cup qualifying.

Find below the killer squared for the Argentines:
Goalkeepers: Nahuel Guzmán (Tigres de Monterrey/MEX) Sergio Romero (Man Utd/ENG) Geronimo Rulli (Real Sociedad/ESP).

Defenders: Martín Demichelis (Espanyol/ESP), Mateo Musacchio (Villarreal/ESP) Nicolás Otamendi (Man City/ENG), Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton/ENG), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla/ESP), Facundo Roncaglia (Celta Vigo/ESP), Emanuel Mas (San Lorenzo), Pablo Zabaleta (Man City/ENG).

Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona/ESP), Guido Pizarro (Tigres de Monterrey/MEX), Lucas Biglia (Lazio/ITA), Ever Banega (Inter Milan/ITA), Enzo Pérez (Valencia/ESP), Nicolás Gaitán (Atlético Madrid/ESP), Ángel Di Maria (PSG/FRA) Julio Buffarini (Sao Paulo/BRA), Marcos Acuña (Racing Club).

Attackers: Ángel Correa (Atlético Madrid/ESP), Lionel Messi (Barcelona/ESP), Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus/ITA), Sergio Agüero (Man City/ENG), Lucas Pratto (Atletico Mineiro/BRA).

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

An overzealous policeman causes confusion as he threatened to shoot a Super Eagle player at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport

The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, was in perplexity yesterday, after a policeman on mufti endeavoured to start shooting at Super Eagles' players while attempting to capture Chairman of the League Management Committee, Shehu Dikko.

The players simply arrived in the nation after their last weekend's match against Zambia where they won by 2-1.

According to eyewitness report, when the Eagles and some officials came out from the landing corridor to the pounding of drums and melodies, two policemen on mufti addressed Chairman of the LMC, Dikko, asserting that Abuja Police Commissioner needed to see him.

As indicated by Vanguard, they had no warrants arrest from any source. Thus, when authorities and players went to the scene to realize what was going on, one of the overzealous officer hauled out his firearm and discharged a few shots.

Commotion resulted as the Eagles rushed for security. The actions of the police at the airport, then forced the national team members and officials to press on the policemen to tender their warrant of arrest.

Nevertheless, the Policeman was resolved to all the appeals as he was ready to shoot anyone that remained on his way. NFF President, Amaju Pinnick argued that they ought not to turn the delight of triumph to misery from the 2-1 win of Zambia in the 2018 World Cup qualifier, as that may spell doom for the nation.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Nigeria's victory against Zambia, brightens the nation's chances for the 2018 FIFA world cup

Nigeria defeats Zambia

2018 WORLD CUP: Nigerian victory over Zambia paves way for the national team in as they humiliate the host country today. Though the Zambians had a good start, but Nigerian national team rose up to the challenge with the aid of Alex Iwobi.

The Arsenal player freely made his way into the box and volleyed in a loose ball past Kennedy Mweene. Another Premier League player, Kelechi Iheancho, doubled Nigeria’s advantage shortly before the interval.

Thus making Iheanacho to have possession of the ball, with great self-control, and slot in from a narrow angle.

Although the Chipolopolo came out very strong in the second half, nevertheless the Nigerian team brought most the pressures under control. It did not stop Collins Mbesuma, from rifling past Carl Ikeme, who had an excellent game.

At present, Nigeria is leading Group B with three points, pending the outcome of the match between Algeria and Cameroon. 

Sunday, 11 September 2016

FOOTBALL: More trouble for Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter Ex-FIFA President

Expelled FIFA president Sepp Blatter and his previous chief lieutenants were under scrutiny Friday over unlawful rewards amounting to $80 million (71mn euros), FIFA's morals board of trustees said.

Football's decision body guaranteed in June that Blatter, Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner had skimmed off the eight-figure entirety in pay rates and rewards in a planned exertion to enhance themselves between 2011-2015.

It said that its finding has been handed over to the Swiss police.

In an announcement, the investigatory council of FIFA's morals board of trustees declared it had opened official procedures against the three men who it accused with irreconcilable situation and debasement.

Blatter is serving a six-year restriction from football over morals infringement which relates with a suspicious $2 million he approved in 2011 to previous UEFA manager Michel Platini.

Similarly, Valcke was himself banned for a long time, lessened to 10 on request, over offense with respect to TV bargains and 2014 World Cup ticket deals.

Kattner, who quickly succeeded Valacke as Blatter's righthand man, was terminated in May over "breaches" including a large number of dollars.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Amazing how no one noticed the error on the British flag during the Rio 2016 Olympic

British flag at the Olympics
Rio Olympics, as captivating as it seemed to be, was practically a major fucking fiasco from the very beginning, would it say it wasn't? Green pools, fake thefts, real burglaries and some genuine wounds.

All in all, would it be a good idea for us to try and be amazed that they figured out how to mess up the Team GB banner? Each one of the 67 decorations they got - including an amazing 27 golds - was gathered under the wrong banner.

As indicated by Gizmodo, Graham Bartram, who's the principal vexillologist (no, I don't know either) at The Flag Institute, was watching the recreations when he really wanted to notice that the white slanting stripes aren't sufficiently thick. He's made a little picture here to give you a superior thought, however fundamentally the white stripes are for the St Andrew's Cross, so should be as thick as they are on that banner.

Presently, it's not a monstrous distinction, but it’s still wrong and it additionally implied that the Australian, Fijian and Tuvaluan banners weren't right, albeit New Zealand's was fine for reasons unknown.

Furthermore, to exacerbate matters even, it appears just as it will not be right for the Paralympics, as well. Graham's done his bit by telling the sorting out board of trustees yet so far nobody has even been tried to hit him up. Brazen mongrels.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

CAF 2017 qualifiers

CAF 2017

Find below, names of countries to participate in the 2017 African Cup of Nations match which is to take place in Gabon and their various groups:

Tunisia (Group A winners)

Democratic Republic of Congo (Group B winners)

Mali (Group C winners)

Burkina Faso (Group D winners)

Guinea-Bissau (Group E winners)

Morocco (Group F winners)

Egypt (Group G winners)

Ghana (Group H winners)

Ivory Coast (Group I winners)

Algeria (Group J winners)

Senegal (Group K winners)

Zimbabwe (Group L winners)

Cameroon (Group M winners)

Uganda (runners-up with best record)

Togo (runners-up with second best record)

Gabon (hosts)

Oct 19: Draw in Libreville will split 16 qualifiers into four groups

Jan 14-Feb 5: Tournament to be staged in Libreville, Franceville, Oyem-Bitam and Port Gentil.

It’s so unfortunate that Nigeria is not among the countries represented in the tournament.

FOOTBALL: Rooney tops chat in England


Wayne Rooney turned into England's most topped outfield player when he was honoured his 116th top by new administrator Sam Allardyce in Sunday's opening 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Slovakia.

Team leader Rooney, 30, surpasses his previous England partner David Beckham, who was topped 115 times by his nation.

Goalkeeper Peter Shilton, topped 125 times, holds the general record.

“I think it is always important and an honour to represent your country,” Rooney said on the eve of the game in Trnava.

“To do it the second-most times will be great, but tomorrow (Sunday) is about the team, about getting three points.

“I’m sure one day in the future I will look back, but for now I’m looking to the game tomorrow and nothing else.”tomorrow and that's it."

Rooney is likewise England's record goal scorer with 53 goals, having beaten Bobby Charlton's old record of 49 in September 2015.

Of course, the Manchester United captain was chosen in a number 10 role behind Harry Kane as England started life under Allardyce.

Allardyce assumed control from Roy Hodgson, who ventured down as director taking after England's mortifying last 16 rout by Iceland at Euro 2016.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Dalung fantastically condemned, as kits arrived 3 days to the end of Rio 2016

Rio Team Nigeria

Team Nigeria managed to take delivery of their long awaited Olympic kits, just 3 days to the end of the 2016 Summer Olympics, after most of the nation’s athletes had already concluded their events, while some had gone back to their various bases. Thus, the kits will no longer serve their purpose, as tax payers money has been wasted on them already.

According to a source from the Athletics Federation of Nigeria: “I have never experienced this in my years in sports. Money meant for the Games was held tightly by ministry officials and they were just releasing money piecemeal. We had to buy kits on our own while some athletes competed in their personal kits.”

One could recall how Team Nigeria participated in the match past with their warm-up track suits, during the opening ceremony, as according to the Ministry of Sports, the official uniform could not arrive on time for the ceremony.

This act of gross negligence which resulted into an embarrassing situation has attracted a lot of condemnation from Nigerians within and outside the country. As if that was not enough, the so called sports minister in the person of Solomon Dalung, defended his wolf failure in his saying that even South African representatives at the Olympics appeared in their track suits at the opening ceremony.

One then ask, why do our public office holders always degrade themselves by swiftly using failed scenarios from other countries who are even better than them in so many instances to justify their incompetence, but will never emulate the areas of success of same countries to improve on themselves?

Monday, 15 August 2016

Usain Bolt flies in high colour, as he defends his gold medal

Usain Bolt

RIO 2016 – Again Usain proves to the world that him being world best was never by chance, as he defended his 100m Olympic medal, as he finished in 9.81 seconds to win another gold medal on Monday, against Justin Gatlin who got silver with finishing time of 9.89 seconds, while Andre de Grasse got the bronze medal with 9.91 seconds.

Bolt victory on Monday has added to London 2012 and Beijing 2008 to his Olympic 100m gold medal list.

Contending in his final Olympics ahead of his intended retirement after next year’s World Championships in London, Bolt told the BBC: “I’m really happy but I expected to go faster. I’m just happy that I won and that’s the key thing.

“After the semi-final I felt extremely good. I wanted to run faster but with the turnaround time, we normally have two hours, but we had one hour 20 minutes, it was challenging. This is what we train for. I told you guys I was going to do it. Stay tuned, two more to go.”

Friday, 12 August 2016

Nigeria climbs three places higher - FIFA

The Nigerian national team (Super Eagles) now occupy 67th position as it climbs three places from 70th position as at July according to FIFA’s latest release.

Nevertheless, countries such as Algeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Egypt still remain the top five teams in the African continent.

While Cameroon and Zambia who are Nigeria’s 2018 FIFA World Cup, Group B contenders ranked 54th and 91at correspondingly.

However there were no changes at the rankings summit, with the top 20 retaining their July position, with Argentina maintaining top, followed narrowly by Belgium, Colombia, Germany and Chile.

A new ranking would be published by the world governing body’s official website on September 15, 2016.

The third round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers for Nigeria starts on October 3rd against Zambia

Monday, 8 August 2016

French gymnast breaks leg at Rio 2016

Gymnast breaks leg

Report has it that a French gymnast Samir Ait Said broke his leg when performing on the vault, devastating his Olympic dreams and leaving his leg shattered. It's absolutely unpleasant for him. The 26-year-old's reaction was one of shock but the legend even waved to the crowd as he was stretchered off.

Now videotape of how medical staff dropped his stretcher while loading him into the ambulance has appeared, and it's one of those where you can't but help but laugh while also feeling terrible for the guy.

RIO 2016: Nigeria dream team qualifies for quarter final

Monday morning victory against Sweden in the men’s football even has enabled the Nigeria U-23 team to progress to the quarter finals.

Though so many attempts made by the Nigerian team hit a deadlock, when in the ninth minute into the game three shots attempted by Umar, Etebo and the Mikel Obi (the Captain of the Eagles) failed to hit the net.

Despite all the near misses and heroics of the Sweden goalkeeper, the Eagles finally got the first goal and it was AS Roma youngster, Umar, that got the curtain raiser as he headed Nigeria in front in the 39th minute after a well conveyed cross from Stanley Amuzie.

Similarly, during the second half, the dream team made more attempts to raise the goal tally through Mikel, but he was again denied by an exceptional save from the Swedish goalkeeper.

Coash Siasia in a bid to inject some  freshness into the national team, replaced Sadiq Umar with Aminu Umar, while Kingsley Madu replaced Mike Obi in the 80th minute.

Though, the Swedish team also made several attempts to humble the Nigerian team, the boys held on to the narrow win that has led them into the quarter final.