Friday, August 17, 2018

Pulse Opinion: Victor Moses gave us some thrilling moments in Super Eagles shirt but...

Moses never etched himself into the heart of Nigerians before his sudden and unexpected international retiral. It’s not a familiar occurrence for players to throw the towel on their international careers at the age of 27. When this happens, it’s always due to injuries, falling out with coaches, or some rational reasons. In some of these cases, there is always room for a return for the players either after they resolve their issues or much persuasion from coaches and fans because of the obvious need for them in the team. But this has not been the case for Victor Moses who called time on his Super Eagles career at just the age of 27.  Indeed, Moses’s decision to retire from international duties on Wednesday, August 15, was not met with downhearted reactions, rather just shocks at the abruptness of it and then the farewells. Over the course of his Super Eagles career, Moses never etched himself into the heart of Nigerians before his sudden and unexpected international retiral. This does not in any away negate everything he achieved with the Super Eagles. Moses gave us some thrilling moments. Nigeria’s triumph at the 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) easily comes to mind. Although Sunday Mba and Emmanuel Emenike snagged the camera moments, Moses was head and shoulders above everyone in that squad. His trickery and pace brought the needed spark and lifted the sturdy team of late Stephen Keshi that went on to win the AFCON 2013 title.  But while his performances against Ethiopia in the group stage and Mali in the semi-final were timely interventions that Nigeria badly needed on their way to the title, it was Emenike’s goals including the one against pre-tournament favourites Cote d’Ivoire and Mba’s heroics in that quarter-final clash and in the final that remained more memorable till date. The AFCON 2013 title remains the high point of Moses’ Super Eagles career little wonder four out of the five photos he put on the Instagram post with which he announced his decision to quit were those of the trophy. After his AFCON 2013 heroics, his fine moments came sparsely before he hung his intentional boot and that is why his legacy is sullied.  Moses’ international career was trailed by the perception of not being committed. He always found a way to miss games which were not convenient enough for him and the withdrawn cast he evinced with the national team also made his allegiance a suspect. On the pitch, he also leaves at a time when the Super Eagles are in little need of him. He reportedly fell out with Gernot Rohr after he was asked to play wing-back in the three-man defence system used in Nigeria’s last two games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. And with his flair and slick movement already stifled with the defensive demand during Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 stint at Chelsea, it was becoming more difficult for Moses to impress as a forward for the Super Eagles. While it is not clear if Rohr will continue with the 3-5-2 system in the long term, Moses is clearly a luxury he can afford not to have. As a starter at Chelsea, he was the stardust that reignited optimism around the Super Eagles, but with some exciting talents waiting to take over, his absence won’t be a sore miss for the national team.

‘I’ve never been so happy with him’: Mourinho praises Pogba

Jose Mourinho has broken his silence on his relationship with French World Cup winner Paul Pogba and insists there has been no disagreement with Manchester United’s record signing.
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Mourinho: I Don’t Have Problem With Pogba

Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho , has dismissed suggestions that Paul Pogba is unhappy at Old Trafford and claims that the midfielder is working extremely well under his tutelage. Pogba has been linked with a transfer away from United this summer, and the player himself has given mixed signals regarding his future at the Premier […]
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Alex Iwobi: Super Eagles midfielder makes Nollywood debut

Alex Iwobi makes his debut in Nollywood, as he takes his brand from the pitch to the movie industry. Super Eagles midfielder Alex Iwobi has made his debut in a Nollywood movie called INPADISU but is yet to be released.Iwobi participated in the production of the movie after he represented Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which the Super Eagles crashed out at the group stage.The 22-year-old Arsenal star took time out of his extended break to participate in the movie shoot around Surulere. According to several reports, Iwobi was only in Nigeria for three days after the World Cup exit but took out some time to partake in the shoot for a day along highly rated actress Somkele Iyamah.Iwobi put up a short video clip of him in the trailer released on his official Instagram account.His post conformed his involved with a message which said, “Shot My Nollywood Debut Last Month       ‍♂. A Movie About ‘Choices’ Coming Soon   … #INPADISU”  According to several reports Iwobi’s did not do some high risk scenes as a stunt double was used in place of the Arsenal midfielder.No release date has been confirmed for the movie but the trailer on Alex Iwobi’s Instagram states that the movie will be available in cinemas before the end of August. The youngster follows the footsteps of former Nigeria international John Utaka who also showcased his acting skills in a Nollywood thriller.Iwobi has returned to Arsenal and will hope to get his first Premier League minutes when the Gunners travel to face London rivals Chelsea in one of the top games this weekend scheduled for Saturday, August 18.

Odegbami: Victor Moses And The Burden Of Being Captain!

He is 27 years old. Under normal circumstances no player voluntarily retires from international football at an age that he is at his very best – experienced, mature, exposed, comfortable and at the peak of his physical fitness. So, to retire at 27 means something is not right somewhere. This is the case of Victor […]
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UEFA Champions League Final Qualifying Rounds: Final Places To Be Decided

Likes of PSV, Benfica and Red Star Belgrade will all be in action this Tuesday (21 August) It is the biggest club competition in the world, and next Tuesday will see the first games of the final qualifying round for the UEFA champions League take place. Three games are set for Tuesday evening with a […]
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Jorginho: Mother of Chelsea midfielder has touches for days

A video that surfaced online suggests that Jorginho got his football skills from his mother Maria Tereza Freitas. Maria Tereza Freitas mother of Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has the touch of a professional footballer which has made her an Internet sensation.The video of Jorginho and his mother playing keepy ups touching the ball to one another on the beach, surfaced on Twitter.The video has since gone viral showcases the football skills of Jorginho’s mother which has been the talk among football lovers. The 27-year-old midfielder was brought in to Chelsea for  £57million from Serie A side Napoli snubbing Premier League champions Manchester City.He opened his goal account for the London based side in their opening day win against Huddersfield Town.It seems Jorginho is very close with his mother, but the video has not a date to ascertain if it was taken during his Napoli days or when he joined Chelsea. Some of Chelsea supporters on social media mocked rival clubs with the video claiming that Jorginho’s mother has better football skills than some top professional players.A fan said,” Here’s Jorginho playing football with his mum. Maybe @WestHamUtd should of signed her instead of the players they bought. Can not play any worse then there new signings did yesterday LOL!!!! #CFC.”  Jorginho’s mother showed emotion when she saw the Jersey of her son at a Chelsea store.Jorginho is expected to be in action when Chelsea host Arsenal in one of the must-see games of the weekend schedule for Saturday, August 18.

Sarri Rules Injured Fabrgeas Out Of Chelsea – Arsenal Clash; Sure Hazard Will Stay

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has ruled out midfielder Cesc Fabregas from The Blues’ Premier League clash against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday because of a knee injury. Fabregas missed Chelsea’s last pre-season game against Olympique Lyon and their opening EPL game against Huddersfield Town last Saturday. In his pre-match interview on Friday, Sarri also […]
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INTERVIEW – Amuneke: 2018/19 LaLiga Will be Tough For Real Madrid, Good For Omeruo,...

Former Barcelona and Albacete winger, Emmanuel Amuneke, has predicted a tough LaLiga campaign for Real Madrid following the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo. In this exclusive interview by Completesportsnigeria.com’s JOHNNY EDWARD, the 1995 African Footballer of the Year also expresses his optimism that LaLiga will shape the talents of Nigeria internationals, Kenneth Omeruo and Moses Simon […]
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Solomon Dalung: FIFA reject meeting with Nigeria’s Minister of Sports

FIFA say president Infantino is indisposed and can’t meet with Nigeria’s Sports Minister Dalung. World football governing body FIFA have rejected a meeting with Nigeria’s Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung to discuss the current crisis that has vortexed the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).The Super Eagles and other teams under the NFF are facing a ban following FIFA’s ultimatum to Nigeria’s football body to resolve their leadership crisis and hand over office to Amaju Pinnick and Mohammed Sanusi before Monday, August 20.Dalung has been one of the main actors in the current crisis in the NFF as he keeps backing self-imposed leader Chris Giwa.Dalung had on Wednesday, August 15 written to FIFA to request for a meeting with president Gianni Infantino. According to aclsports.com, the letter was sent through the office of the Nigerian Ambassador to Switzerland.The Minister had also intended to travel to Switzerland with a 17-man delegation which included FIFA recognised NFF boss Pinnick and faction leader Giwa.FIFA however in a letter signed by Secretary General Fatma Samoura rejected Dalung’s request and point out that Giwa is still under a worldwide ban.“Moreover, we would like to recall that one member of the proposed delegation, Mr Chris Giwa, is currently under a worldwide ban, in accordance with the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee dated 10 January 2017 to extend the five—year ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity imposed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Disciplinary Committee on 12 May 2016,”  FIFA also said in the letter.FIFA also directed Dalung to channel all his communication to FIFA through the NFF, which remains the world football body’s only recognised channel.Despite FIFA’s threat, Dalung has continued to back the Jos High Court order which ruled that Giwa is the rightful leader of the NFF.“This is not about a faction of an NFF leadership. It is an issue of the decision of the Nigerian court Vs an International statute. The truth cannot be overturned, “ Dalung said through his personal assistant on Thursday, August 2018.

Man City confirm Injured De Bruyne Will Be Out For Three Months

Manchester City have officially confirmed that Kevin De Bruyne has suffered a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) lesion in his right knee and will be out for three months. According to a statement on the official website, no surgery is required to treat the midfielder. “Everyone at City wishes him a speedy return to action and […]
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FIFA fines Atletico Madrid over third-party ownership

Spanish club Atletico Madrid have been fined, FIFA said on Friday, for signing a player to a contract that allowed third-party ownership, which is banned by world football’s governing body.
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European Football: 6 must-watch games this weekend

Some top European leagues kick off this weekend, here are games you cannot afford to miss. European football Leagues pick up after the 2018 FIFA World Cup, here are six must-watch games to keep you entertained this weekend Friday, August 17 to Sunday, August 19.Saturday, August 181. Chievo Verona vs Juventus (Serie A) 5:00 PMThe Italian Serie A kicks off this weekend with champions Juventus travelling away to Chievo Verona for their first game of the season.All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo who signed for Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer transfer window. The Portuguese superstar has conquered England, Spain and now set his sights on dominating the Italian league.He and his Juventus teammates face a tricky test to minnows Chievo who will be no pushovers, as Ronaldo as they aim to clinch their seventh straight Scudetto.2. Chelsea vs Arsenal (Premier League) 5:30 PMThe biggest game of the weekend comes from the Premier League where London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal face off at Stamford Bridge.Arsenal new boss Unai Emery started on a losing note against Champions Manchester City while new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri started with a win against Huddersfield Town. The Gunners boss will be under pressure to get at least a point in his second game, while Sari will want an improvement on the performance that saw them get three points in their last encounter.A London Derby between two teams that will be competing in the Europa League this season, but a with bragging rights at stake both sides would be up for a feisty encounter.3. Lazio vs SSC Napoli (Serie A) 7:30 PMKaka said Ronaldo’s arrival will liven up the Serie A and the biggest clash of the opening day features two of the top sides last season Lazio and SSC Napoli.Lazio narrowly lost out on a Champions League place to Inter Milan while SSC Napoli crumbled at their title challenge to Juventus in the last games of the season. Simeon Inzaghi will hope to start the season on the right foot but faces Carlo Ancelotti who also aims to mark his Napoli debut with a win to begin their challenge for the Scudetto.The biggest game in Italy this weekend sit down and enjoy.4. Barcelona vs Deportivo Alaves (La Liga) 9:15 PMBarcelona begin their La Liga campaign against Deportivo Alaves after a successful transfer window bringing in star players such as Arthur Melo and Arturo Vidal to replace the departed Andres Iniesta and Paulinho.Ernesto Valverde’s side won the La Liga and Copa Del Rey titles last season but it seems like an under achievement after watching their archrivals Real Madrid win the UEFA Champions League for the third consecutive time. Barcelona also strengthened in attack with Brazilian forward Malcom which has raised questions of where Ousmane Dembele will play.The Catalans are favourites to retain the La Liga but face a tricky Alaves side who did well staying up last season.Sunday, August 195. Manchester City vs Huddersfield Town (Premier League) 1:30 PMPep Guardiola’s added Algerian international Riyad Mahrez to the side which started the season where they left off last season winning the Community Shield against Chelsea and also their league opener against Arsenal.Manchester City face a Huddersfield side that were battered by Chelsea in their opener and will aim for their first point of the season at the Etihad. The reigning Premier League champions will be without star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne for a while after he sustained an injury in training but have enough squad depth to cope.Huddersfield will not lie down for a whooping which makes this an interesting encounter.6. Real Madrid vs Getafe (La Liga) 9:15 PMReal Madrid begin their La Liga campaign against Getafe without star forward Cristiano Ronaldo and also Zinedine Zidane who resigned after triple Champions League triumphs.The reigning European champions have found life without Ronaldo difficult as they lost in the UEFA Super Cup final to Atletico Madrid. New manager Julen Lopetgui has his work cut out, as a minimum of the league triumph is required at the Santiago Bernebau this season.They face Madrid based rivals Getafe in their opener but have to bounce back if they are to challenge Barcelona for the title.A match for local bragging right is the way to wrap up the football weekend.

Nantes Wants Awaziem On Loan From FC Porto

French Ligue 1 side Nantes are in talks with FC Porto over a loan move for Nigerian defender Chidozie Awaziem, reports Completesportsnigeria.com. Awaziem spent last season on loan at Nantes where he featured in 22 games and scored once. According Le10sport.com, Awaziem could be included in the deal for Porto to land Nantes defensive midfielder […]
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Simon Out Of Levante’s LaLiga Season Opener Vs Real Betis Over Injury

By Adeboye Amosu: Spanish club, Levante, have confirmed that their Nigerian forward, Moses Simon will miss today’s (Friday) La Liga opening day clash against Real Betis at the Estadio Benito, Villamarin, Sevilla, reports Completesportsnigeria. com. Simon picked up a muscular injury in Levante’s pre-season friendly clash against Real Zaragoza last weekend and has not been […]
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