Monday, November 19, 2018

Super Falcons Edge Ivorian Club Eleven Sisters In Friendly

By Adeboye Amosu The Super Falcons defeated Cote d’Ivoire’s Eleven Sisters de Gagnoa 4-0 in a friendly game in Abidjan on Monday, reports Completesportsnigeria. com.     The reigning African champions scored three goals in the first half through Asisat Oshoala, Desire Oparanozie and Francesca Ordega.   The Super Falcons got the fourth goal in […]
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Onyekuru, Simon, Aina, 4 Others Hit Super Eagles Camp in Asaba

By Johnny Edward: Galatasaray forward, Henry Onyekuru and six other invited Super Eagles players arrived the Elomaz Hotel in Asaba, Delta State on Monday ahead of Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa in Johannesburg reports Completesportsnigeria.com. Onyekuru who ended his six-game goal drought in style scoring twice to help Galatasaray to a […]
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Bet9ja Football League debut in Enugu

The maiden edition of Bet9ja Football League in Enugu State on Monday kicked off at the University of Nigeria Enugu Campus (UNEC) temporary stadium.
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Ecobank partners with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)...

NAIROBI, Kenya, November 12, 2018/APO Group/ — Ecobank (www.Ecobank.com) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) (www.IFRC.org) have signed an agreement to work closely together to empower local communities to cope with disasters more efficiently. “Many innocent lives continue to be lost in Africa simply as a result of insufficient […]
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Chelsea’s Hazard happy but tired

Eden Hazard may be feeling the effects of a gruelling schedule but the Belgium midfielder has insisted he is still enjoying life at Chelsea.
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Mikel Agu Makes Portuguese League Team Of The Week

By Johnny Edward: Nigeria midfielder Mikel Agu’s impressive showing in Vitoria de Setubal’s 2-1 win over Fierense in a Portuguese Primeira Liga game on Friday has been rewarded with a nomination into the GoalPoint Team Of The Week for Matchday 10, Completesportsnigeria.com reports. The authoritative statistical data website which is highly regarded in Portugal rated […]
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Nigerian Breweries Charges Eagles To Beat Bafana In Johannesburg

Nigeria’s leading brewing company, Nigerian Breweries Plc has urged the Super Eagles to extract their pound of flesh from the Bafana Bafana of South Africa when the two sides meet on Saturday in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations match day five game at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. This motivational message was […]
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Martial, Pogba and Mendy out of France’s key Nations League match

Premier League stars Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba and Benjamin Mendy will miss France’s key Nations League fixture against the Netherlands and the Uruguay friendly through injury, the French Football Federation (FFF) announced on Monday.
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Pinnick Dismisses FIFA Leaks As Hopeless, Weak Documents

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick has dismissed the so –called Football Leaks in which some persons who illegally hacked into private and official emails of FIFA personnel have been ‘releasing’ documents with the sole aim of impacting negatively on the image of the world football –ruling body. “The Leaks are hopelessly […]
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African Princess Became a Wealthy Owner (by Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson) African Princess Became a...

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PSG’s Alleged Racial Profiling ‘Unacceptable’ – Deschamps

 
France coach Didier Deschamps has attacked Paris Saint-Germain’s alleged racial profiling of players as “unacceptable and intolerable”.
Last week French investigative website Mediapart claimed that the Ligue 1 club’s talent scouts operated a system of racial profiling for years.
The revelations prompted the French champions to launch an immediate investigation.
PSG’s general manager Jean-Claude Blanc acknowledged that the practice which is illegal in France did take place but he blamed the scandal on a “handful of individuals” acting on their own.
Deschamps gave a forthright response when tackled on the affair at a training camp for France’s Nations League game against the Netherlands on Friday.
“I’ll keep this short, they are simply unacceptable and intolerable actions,” the France boss said.
Mediapart, citing the latest series of Football Leaks documents, said that between 2013 and this year, PSG’s scouting department filled in recruitment forms on potential youth signings that included a section on ethnicity.
The section offered four options: French, West Indian, North African, African.
Documenting information on racial or ethnic origins is outlawed in France.
The club said an internal probe was launched last month “to understand how such practices could exist and decide what measures to take”.
AFP
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Real Reward Interim Boss Solari With Permanent Contract

Real Madrid’s Argentinian coach Santiago Solari gestures during the Spanish league football match between RC Celta de Vigo and Real Madrid CF at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo on November 11, 2018. MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP
 
Interim Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari was appointed permanent coach on Monday after overseeing a startling upturn in the European champions’ fortunes since he stepped in to replace Julen Lopetegui.
“Everything is in order. Real Madrid have worked out his contract and there are no problems,” the Spanish football federation stated.
Solari has led Real to four wins out of four since being installed on a caretaker basis following Lopetegui’s abrupt sacking last month.
And with 15 goals scored and only two conceded he has established the best ever start for a Real manager.
After thrashing Melilla in the Copa del Rey, they won 5-0 away to Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League, between victories over Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga.
The upturn has left Madrid only four points adrift of league leaders Barcelona and on the brink of qualification for the last 16 in Europe.
Solari, who spent five years playing for Real, was promoted from his role in charge of Castilla, the club´s B team, after Lopetegui had overseen a miserable run that included just one victory in seven games.
The last of those, a 5-1 thumping at the hands of Barcelona, proved the final straw for club president Florentino Perez but the team have rebounded under their new coach.
Solari is Perez’s 13th manager in 15 seasons across two separate periods at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“He has done excellently,” Madrid club director Emilio Butragueno said on Sunday night. “We are very happy with how things have gone.”
Few could argue with the results, which have now earned Solari the chance to prove himself over a longer period.
 ‘Great opportunity’ 
He indicated in his opening press conference that he was open to keeping the job full-time.
“It’s a great opportunity and it’s a great club,” Solari said. “I don’t just say that now as coach of the first team. I’ve been here with other teams, I’ve played and sweated in the shirt of this club.
“Madrid is bigger than all of us but it touches us all with its greatness. I want to be a part of it.”
Zinedine Zidane also stepped up mid-season from coaching Castilla in 2016 and led the team to Champions League glory five months later.
Solari has played down the comparisons with Zidane, who commanded instant respect owing to his glittering playing career and long-established status at the club, enhancing his status as a Real legend by winning three consecutive Champions League crowns.
“He’s one of the greatest things we’ve ever had at this club,” Solari said last month. “He’s very calm, a great coach and nobody can compare to him.”
The challenge for Solari will be to manage the dressing room when results take a turn for the worse.
After the international break, Madrid´s generous run of games continues with league matches against Eibar, Valencia, Huesca, Rayo Vallecano and Villarreal before Christmas, none of whom currently reside in La Liga´s top half.
They will also play Roma in Italy and CSKA Moscow at home in the Champions League, two games likely to settle who goes through top of Group G.
Solari was only allowed two weeks as an interim coach according to Spanish regulations, meaning Sunday´s trip to Celta Vigo was always likely to precede a decision on his future.
It proved an impressive final audition as Madrid struck a 4-2 victory, with Solari having to adapt to a handful of injury problems during the game.
“We´ll go to the death with him, he’s a great coach and of course we want him to continue,” Madrid defender Alvaro Odriozola said afterwards.
This will be Solari´s maiden job in charge of a first team.
Antonio Conte, Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Mourinho and Joachim Low had all been linked to the position, with fresh approaches still possible next summer.
AFP
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Super Eagles camp opens in Asaba ahead of the games against South Africa and...

The Super Eagles camp opened in Asaba on Monday, November 12 with Mikel Agu the first arrival. Super Eagles camp has opened in Asaba ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against South Africa and an international friendly game against Uganda during the international break.Nigeria will face the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday, November 17 for Matchday Four of the AFCON 2019 qualifiers.They will then travel back to Asaba, Nigeria for the friendly game against Uganda on Tuesday, November 20.Ahead of the games, the Super Eagles camp opened in Asaba on Monday, November 12 with Mikel Agu the first arrival.The trio of Kenneth Omeruo, Bryan Idowu and Samuel Chukwueze are expected to hit camp next after a photo of them together at the Frankfurt Airport emerged on Instagram. It was on Omeruo who shared the photo on his Instagram. “Good to meet my guys on transit.. #Nationalteam #o#omeruo #supereagles @chukwuezesamuel8 @idovubryan,” the Leganés defender wrote alongside the photo.According to information on the Super Eagles official Twitter handle, the Super Eagles will only have one open training session ahead of the game against South Africa and a media parley on Monday, November 19 ahead of the game against Uganda.

Conte Rules Out Taking Real Madrid Job

Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has claimed he wants to wait until June before returning to management while addressing the possibility of taking over at Real Madrid. The 49-year-old has been out of work since leaving Chelsea during the summer, after winning the Premier League and the FA Cup during his two-year stint with the […]
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Onyekuru, Troost-Ekong lead Pulse Sports’ Nigerian Team of the Weekend

We review the best performances from Nigerian players over the weekend to come up with Team of the Weekend. Super Eagles stars, Henry Onyekuru and William Troost-Ekong are some of the popular names on Pulse Sports’ Nigerian Team of the Weekend. With a slew of Nigerian players in action over the weekend for their respective clubs all over the world, we review the best performances to come up with Team of the Week. Goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United)Back in action for Chippa United, Super Eagles goalkeeper Akpeyi was impressive between the post for Chippa United who held Kaizer Chiefs to a goalless draw away in the South African Premier Soccer League.  DefendersSemi Ajayi (Rotherham) A defender by trade, Ajayi played as a defensive midfielder and impressed as Rotherham came out with a 1-1 away at Blackburn in the Championship. William Troost-Ekong (Udinese)  Rare to see a defender from a losing side get rave review but Troost-Ekong impressive showing for Udinese 1-2 away loss at Empoli on Sunday got him in Serie A’s Team of Matchday 12. Kenneth Omeruo (Leganés)  Nigerian defender Kenneth Omeruo has taken to La Liga like a duck to water and was solid again as he helped Leganés leave Girona without conceding a goal in a goalless draw on Saturday. Stephen Eze (Lokomotiv Plovdiv) Stephen Eze has been one of the most consistent Nigerian players in Europe but Bulgarian football is not much fancied over here which means his performances week in, week out has often been overlooked. This weekend he was solid again for Lokomotiv Plovdiv and played the whole 90 minutes in their  1-1 draw away at Slavia Sofia. MidfieldersWilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) Reliable as ever, Ndidi was also impressive for Leicester City who could only manage a goalless draw at home to Burnley on Saturday. Joel Obi (Chievo Verona)Nigerian midfielder Obi netted his first goal for Chievo Verona who managed to get a point courtesy of a 2-2 home draw against Bologna.Blessing Eleke (Luzern) Nigerian forward Eleke scored for Luzern who beat Lugano 4-1 away in a Swiss Super League game. The Nigerian came in as a second half-substitute to net the last goal of the win for Luzern in the 75th minute. Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal)  Super Eagles new boy continues with his impressive start of the season at Villarreal with a goal, his first for the La Liga club in their 2-2 away draw at Rayo Vallecano. The former Flying Eagles star gave Villarreal the lead in the 33rd minute. Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray)  Super Eagles forward Henry Onyekuru scored a brace for Galatasaray over the weekend to end a six league-game streak. Onyekuru’s brace helped Galatasaray to a  3-0 away win over Kayserispor in a Turkish Super Lig game.Paul Onuachu (Midtjylland)Another big weekend for Onuachu who netted his ninth goal for Midtjylland who thrashed Vejle Boldklub 5-0 on Sunday to go top of the Danish Superliga table.