Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Conte backs misfiring Morota

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has given his backing to misfiring striker Alvero Morata after his shocking miss in Wednesday’s draw with Arsenal.
Morata-ConteThe 25-year-old Spaniard missed a glorious chance to give the Blues a 14th-minute lead and fluffed a number of other decent chances, as the Premier League rivals shared the spoils in a pulsating 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium.
The Blues boss said: “When you are winning 2-1 and there are two minutes to go, I think we have to win the game.
“This is not a lucky period for [Morata]. For the striker it’s very important to score. If you score, your confidence is up.
“In this case your confidence can go down. [But] he’s very young. The goal is coming.”
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Dele Alli: Alleged sex tape of Tottenham midfielder leaks on social media

The video an unknown girl performing oral on the England international. An alleged sex tape of Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has leaked on social media which sees him receiving fellatio from a girl. The video emerged on Sunday, February 5 after he played 90 minutes in Tottenham’s 2-2 draw away at Liverpool. In the sex tape, a guy who looks like the England international is seen standing naked while a girl performs oral on him.  There is laughter from the other people present in the room while the 21-year-old is seen grinning. No word yet The midfielder is yet to react to the alleged sex tape which has generated reactions on social media.  Tottenham have also not said anything about the tape.  The tape wasn’t the only controversy that trailed the midfielder as he was given the yellow card for diving in the Premier League clash on Sunday. Alli has now developed a reputation for diving and notorious for his hot-head nesses.

Super Eagles: Mikel, Iwobi, Iheanacho, Ndidi in love with new 2018 World Cup jerseys...

Mikel, Iwobi, Iheanacho and Ndidi purring over new Super Eagles kits in a promotional video. Nike on Wednesday, February 7 unveiled Super Eagles jerseys for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and captain John Mikel Obi, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi are loving it. Sportswear giant Nike unveiled designs for Super Eagles home and away kits, training kit, casuals and hats for the 2018 FIFA World.  A promotional video unveiled by Nike shows Super Eagles stars Mikel, Iwobi, Iheanacho and Ndidi purring over the new kits.Behind the scene The video shows the four players going into a room where the designs were unveiled one by one. “Wow, I’m loving this one,” Iheanacho says as the away kit is unveiled in the video. “I see the players going crazy over this one,” Mikel chips in.  “Ohhh, this is lovely,” Ndidi approves. “This is different you know,” Iwobi says as the home kit is unveiled. “I love black so this is perfect, I’m happy,” Iwobi says as he gets a look at the black tracksuit piece. “It’s nice and cultural, I just can’t wait,” an excited Ndidi says. Iheanacho tries out the reversible cap that came along with the pieces. “The fans are going to look for this,” Ndidi adds.  Iwobi is rocking it with White Air Force“I’m gonna rock this with a black shoe or black trainers,” the Leicester City forward says; “ I was thinking White Air Force’s,” Iwobi adds. “They’re going to know that Nigeria have arrived,” the Arsenal star adds.  For Nigeria’s sixth FIFA World Cup appearance, Nike designed a 1995-themed kit for the home kit for the Super Eagles. The home kit features a bright green-and-white zig-zag design which spreads across the torso and sleeves. The zig-zag design on the torso is white while they are black on the sleeves. The home kit comes with a white short while the away jersey comes with a black short. Nike takes inspiration from the Super Eagles jersey to the 1995 King Fahd Cup- now known as the FIFA Confederations Cup- for the home kit which also pays homage to Nigeria’s 1994 campaign.  The away kit is similar to recent designs with an all-over dark green design. For other pieces, there are three tracksuit designs, one comes with a mixture of black and green-and-white zig-zag design while the sleeves and pants are in black.For the second tracksuit, the top has a black zig-zag design while the pants have flower patterns on it.  There is also a jacket with the flower patterns on it. The shirt is founded on the concept of ‘Naija’ – which means future-focused optimism and encourages the new generation of Nigerians to celebrate their country’s rich history and culture. According to Nike, they wanted to ‘tap into the attitude of the nation’ with the design and aimed to build the kit based on the identities of the players. Nigeria have been drawn in Group D at the 2018 World Cup in Russia alongside Argentina, Croatia and Iceland.

Neymar: PSG star gets tattoo of Champions League trophy on his leg

Neymar pays homage to the Champions League title he won in 2015. The Champions League is back and Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar is also in the mood, inking a new tattoo of the trophy on his leg. Neymar is expected to be in action when Paris Saint-Germain travel to Spain to face Real Madrid in the first leg second round tie of the Champions League on Wednesday, February 14.  Ahead of the huge clash, the 26-year-old inked a tattoo of the Champions League trophy on his leg to pay homage to his 2015 success with his former club Barcelona. 2015 Champions league success Neymar scored Barcelona’s third goal in their 3-1 win over Juventus in the 2015 final played at the Olympiastadion in Berlin. It was the tattoo artist Adao Rosa who unveiled Neymar’s new body art on his Instagram. Neymar also added tattoos of three swallows (a type of bird)  behind his left ear.  The swallows are said to represent ‘honour, respect, courage, freedom, dignity and trust’.Neymar will be hoping for Champions League success with Paris Saint-Germain which will justify his world-record £198m move from Barcelona in the summer of 2017.

Super Eagles: Here are the 28 players invited for the friendlies against Poland and...

Gernot Rohr has finally revealed a list of 28 players or the Super Eagles friendlies against Poland and Serbia Super Eagles handler Gernot Rohr has invited 28 players for the upcoming friendly games against Serbia and Poland.The German tactician has invited players with experience and a mixture of youth, as there are some newcomers in the list.Moses Simon who was injured while playing for his clubside and Ogenyi Onazi who just recovered from injuries have earned call ups to the Super Eagles team,.The duo are invited after they both missed the last qualifier against Algeria and international friendly against Argentina. Three members of the Home-based Super Eagles team that lost 4 – 0 in the final of the African Nations Championship have been included by Gernot Rohr.Captain at the tournament Ikechukwu Ezenwa, as well as Gabriel Okechukwu of Akwa United, and Lokomotiv Plovdiv’s Stephen Eze were all invited.19-year-old Francis Uzoho joins Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi in the goalkeeping section.The lists sees a return for defender Kenneth Omeruo, while as earlier reported Joel Obi is handed a recall to the Super Eagles since 2015.John Ogu and Chidozie Awaziem who celebrated their call ups to the Super Eagles on social media are on the list, Las Palmas midfielder Oghenkaro Etebo as well as Al Ahly of Egypt’s Junior Ajayi who represented Nigeria at the 2016 Olympic GamesThe Super Eagles list for the Poland and Serbia friendliesGoalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba FC); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa)Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Tyronne Ebuehi (Ado Den Haag, The Netherlands); Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, England); Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge KSV, Belgium); Brian Idowu (Amkar Perm, Russia); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa FC, Turkey); Stephen Eze (Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria)Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas, Spain); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Joel Obi (Torino FC, Italy)Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Junior Ajayi (Al Ahly, Egypt); Gabriel Okechukwu (Akwa United)    Venue for the Super Eagles friendliesThe Super Eagles will take on Poland on Friday, March 23 at the Wroclaw stadium, which has a capacity of 43,000.Gernot Rohr’s men will than take on their Serbian counterparts on Tuesday, March 27 at the The Hive stadium in London.

Anthony Joshua Vs Joseph Parker: Time of fight and where to watch it

Joshua will have to defend his WBA and IBF titles while Parker is bringing his WBO belt to the fight. Nigerian-born Anthony Joshua will on Saturday, March 31 take on Joseph Parker in front of a sell-out crowd at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. A few heavyweight titles are on the line as Joshua will have to defend his WBA and IBF titles while Parker is bringing his WBO belt to the fight.  The fight will be watched in not less than 215 countries around the world and Sky Sports in Britain and Showtime in the US are leading the rights for the fight. Time of Anthony Joshua Vs Joseph Parker fight The event will start at about 8: pm on Saturday, but undercard bouts and other side attraction mean that the main bout which is the Joshua Vs Parker fight will not start until 10: pm.Where to watch Anthony Joshua Vs Joseph Parker fight in NigeriaIn Nigeria, new cable television  Kwese have the exclusive rights to the fight and viewers will only be able to watch it on Kwese Sports 1. Kwese Sports also showed Joshua last fight against Carlos Takam which he won with a knock-out in October 2017.  No Kwese Sports at home? Then walk to the viewing centre closest to you as a couple of them already have the cable television. Kwese Sports beat SuperSport to the rights to the Carabao Cup this season so a couple of viewing centres already have the cable television. There are also a couple of legal streaming websites where you can watch the fight.

Gold Coast 2018: Team Nigeria Climb To 8th In Medal Table

By James Agberebi:
It was a fruitful day nine for Team Nigeria as they moved up to the eighth position in the medal table at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games on Friday, reports.
Team Nigeria claimed four gold, one silver and three bronze medals to climb in the medal table.
Oluwatobiloba Amusan and Suwaibidu Galadima both won gold in the women’s 100 metres hurdles and men’s T47 100 metres, Odunayo Adekuoroye and Blessing Oborodudu each picked gold, while Blessing Onyebuchi won silver in women’s wrestling.
Also in wrestling, Amas Daniel won bronze in the men’s category and the duo of Yetunde Odunuga and Milicent Agboegbulem clinched bronze in boxing.
Following the conclusion of events on Friday, Team Nigeria are now on eight gold, five silver and five bronze medals.
South Africa continued to be Africa’s highest ranked country as they are fifth on 13 gold, 10 silver and 13 bronze medal.
Uganda is 14th with three gold, two bronze, Kenya are 15th with two gold, five silver and six bronze. Botswana is in joint-17th with two gold, one silver, while Mauritius is joint-28th on one silver.
Other African countries in the medal table are Cameroon, Ghana and Seychelles who all have just one bronze each and are in joint-33rd.
Leading in the medal standings is host Australia on 65 gold, 49 silver and 54 bronze.
In second position is England with 31 gold, 34 silver, 34 bronze; India is in third spot with 17 gold, 11 silver, 14 bronze and Canada is fourth on 14 gold, 34 silver and 26 bronze.
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Sergio Aguero: Argentina striker might not recover on time to face Super Eagles at...

Aguero was injured after a tackle by Ashley young in the Manchester derby. Injured Argentine striker Sergio Aguero might not recover in time to face the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Aguero has been ruled out of the season after a re occurrence of a knee problem.The striker injured his knee in a challenge from Manchester United player Ashley Young during the Manchester derby earlier in April. According to Homero D’Agostino, the team doctor of the Argentina Football Association, the 29-year will struggle to regain fitness for the World Cup.That a player has undergone an arthroscopy with 60 days to go before the World Cup is worrying,”  D’Agostino told Radio 10. “The recovery process will require at least five weeks. When one has old injuries, the recovery process is not as fast as one would like it to be. “I imagine that he will not arrive 100 percent fit with the limited time that is left before the World Cup. The anatomy is the anatomy. He can try but I don’t think he will arrive 100 percent.” Should Aguero not be fit for the World Cup, Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli may have to extend call-ups to Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi or Paulo Dybala of Juventus who were both missing as Argentina lost out to Spain in their last friendly encounter.

Super Eagles: Nike gets inspiration from 1995 for 2018 World Cup jersey

Nike took inspiration from a 1995 design to design Super Eagles World up kit. Sportswear giant Nike, took inspiration from Super Eagles jersey to the 1995 King Fahd Cup-now known as FIFA Confederations Cup-for Nigeria’s 2018 FIFA World Cup kit.The kit sponsor unveiled the jerseys, with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), at a ceremony in London, England on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.Super Eagles stars Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho were spotted in the new jerseys at the ceremony.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Ibrahimovic is not here for all the hype on overhead kick goal...

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he has scored a better overhead kick than Cristiano Ronaldo. LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not at all moved by the hype surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s overhead kick against Juventus.Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brilliant overhead kick in the 64th minute as Real Madrid defeated Juventus 3-0 away from home in the quarter-final of the Champions League.Ronaldo’s overhead kick goal was well received by football supporters around the world as it has caused reactions on several social media platforms, while some ex-footballers and sporting icons have hailed the Portuguese captain for his efforts. Ibrahimovic who recently left Manchester United for LA Galaxy in the United States Major League Soccer is, however, having none of it.The former Sweden captain scored an overhead kick against England in a friendly match in 2012 which won him the FIFA Puskas Award given to the best goal for the year.Speaking at a press conference the United States Ibrahimovic reacted to Ronaldo’s goal, by stating that it was too close to goalHe said,  “It was a nice goal, but he should try it from 40 meters.” Ibrahimovic who scored two goals on his debut for LA Galaxy also talked about his first goal which was a 35-yard stunner.He said, “Welcome to LA, it was a crazy goal, it was a crazy game’ and all positive things, so I just feel happy and welcome.”Ronaldo will next be in action on Sunday, April 8 when Real Madrid take on Atletico Madrid in the derby.

NFF Awards: Victor Moses wins Player of the Year as FIFA President attends

Nigerian football had its glamour moment at the Eko Hotels and Suits where the ceremony held. Chelsea star Victor Moses won the biggest award of the night as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) hosted the inaugural edition of their NFF Awards on Monday, February 19 which was attended by FIFA President Gianni Infantino. Nigerian football had its glamour moment at the Eko Hotels and Suits where the ceremony held. FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura, CAF President Ahmad Ahmad and the host, NFF President Amaju Pinnick were also present. Moses wins Player of the Year Moses beat Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and Lobi Stars striker Anthony Okpotu to win the Player of the Year. The 27-year-old wins the award on the back of winning the 2017 Premier League title with Chelsea. He was an influential part of Antonio Conte’s team that won the title with 22 consecutive league starts, 28 starts and 33 league appearances in total. He is the Nigerian player with the most Premier League appearances for a title-winning team ever.The Nigeria international also played a pivotal part in Super Eagles successful 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign. Nigeria qualified from a tough group with one game to play. Oshoala comes tops againIn other awards of the evening, there was no competition for reigning African Women’s Player of the Year Asisat Oshoala who won the Nigerian Player of the Year (Female). The Super Falcons star beat Francisca Ordega and Charity Reuben to win the prize. Coach of the Year (award) went to Kennedy Boboye who in 2017 led Plateau United to their first Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title. Goal of the Year went to MFM FC star Sikiru Olatunbosun with his fantastic striker against Enugu Rangers in a league game in 2017.  Other notable personalities present at the award include Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, his Delta State counterpart, Ifeanyi Okowa and his predecessor Emmanuel Uduaghan and James Ibori.  Nigerian football greats were also hugely represented by the likes of Samson Siasia, Taribo West, Daniel Amokachi, Emmanuel Amunike, Augustine Eguavoen among others.

Chinedu Udoji: Former teammate reveals final moments of late Kano Pillars defender

A former teammate of Chinedu Udoji reveals the last minutes of the late defender. Anaemena Ifeanyi a former teammate of the Chinedu Udoji, has revealed the final moments of the veteran defender.Kano Pillars played Enyimba international at the Sani Abacha stadium, in a matchday 9 Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) fixture, where Udoji was named man of the match.The game ended in a 1 – 1 draw and Udoji who played for Enyimba International from 2009 till 2016 spent some time with his former teammates. According to a report on Naij, Ifeanyi who was Udoji’s former teammate revealed how he spent his final moments.He said, “I can’t explain it, Udoji called me dat he is coming to see me n d team, moments after d match… “We went n eat together in his car then he brought me back to our hotel… He gave me d tins he brought for me … “And he told me, he is going to see our doctor….i showed him d doctors room….” Ifeanyi went on to reveal that was the last time he will see Udoji before the unfortunate accident.”And entered my room n slept off by den it was 9:38pm.. Little did I know it was my last time of seeing n being with my brother….life is not fair…. Rest on bro… Chinedu Udoji… May God accept your peaceful soul…. Amen…. Lesson to everyone that is still breathing, we don’t own our lives..d time is short.”  Ifeanyi saidIfeanyi also revealed that the late Udoji is survived by his parents, and that he has a wife have two children.Pulse Sports had earlier reported about the death of the Kano Pillars defender on Sunday, February 18, and that the Nigerian football family mourned the untimely death of the Udoji.

PHOTOS: Nike Unveil New Super Eagles World Cup Kits

Nike have used their official YouTube channel to do a reveal of the new Nigeria jersey designs for the Super Eagles’ Russia 2018 World Cup campaign.
In a Nike Football video viewed on Wednesday, Super Eagles stars Mikel Obi, Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho were seen reviewing the new designs, which also included those made for Nigerian fans.
The designs will ignite memories of the patterned Adidas jersey the Super Eagles wore at the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia and their first World Cup in the United States of America that same year.
What appears to be the away kit has the shirt in predominantly light green background with bold white V-shaped patterns drawn on it. The sleeves are white underneath black patterns. The shorts are plain white.
The home shirt is all-green, this one darker than usual.
While reviewing the designs, Mikel said: “I can see the players going crazy over this one.”
Ndidi also sounded excited, adding “This is cultural” in apparent reference to the patterned away kit.
“This is different, you know,” Iwobi added, while Iheanacho seemed happy with all the designs.
The Super Eagles wore Adidas jerseys at the last World Cup but the kit makers and the Nigeria Football Federation severed their relationship soon after.
Nike officially unveiled the playing jerseys a ceremony in London.
Iwobi as well as Lateef Omodiji and his sister Sophia, who are yet to feature for Nigeria at any age-grade level, were the Nigerian players at the ceremony who modeled in the new Super Eagles jerseys.
The Eagles are expected to launch these kits on March 23 when they face fellow World Cup finalists Poland in a pre-World Cup friendly.
Four days later, the Eagles will also wear the new kits for another World Cup warm-up game against Serbia in London.

Neymar Jr: PSG star confident he will be fit for 2018 FIFA World Cup

Neymar suffered an injury in a league game between Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille. Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar Jr is confident he will return to action ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.The Brazilian forward suffered an injury in a French Ligue 1 game for PSG against Marseille in February 2018.The 25-year-old went through surgery and has started his rehabilitation work towards his comeback.In Neymar’s absence, PSG have been crowned league champions after defeating last season winners Monaco 7-1 on Sunday, March 15.Almost three months from his injury Neymar is still wearing a protective boot on his right leg but has given Brazilian supporters assurances that he will be ready before the start of the World Cup. Neymar gave the assurances on a World Cup appearance in a promotional event back home in Brazil for TCL an electronic brand.He said,  “There isn’t an exact date yet. I have the last exam, if I’m not mistaken, on May 17. Then I’ll see, it depends on how things develop, it depends on my next exams. It has not been decided.”Still walking on crutches, Neymar was positive about his return and even hinted that he will be better than before the injury.He said, “I hope I won’t watch the World Cup on TV! I will have enough time to prepare. It’s evolving well. I will arrive better than I was before.” Neymar is expected to return to action in late May and should take part in Brazil’s preparatory games against Croatia and Austria.Neymar and his Brazil teammates begin their World Cup campaign on Sunday, June 17 against Switzerland, and will later take on Costa Rica and Serbia in their other group games.

Eagles didn’t play well against Serbia — Musa

Super Eagles and CSKA Moscow forward Ahmed Musa has said that Eagles have learned from their 2-0 loss against Serbia.
Ahmed Musa
Despite beating Poland 1-0 last Friday, Gernot Rohr’s men suffered a 2-0 loss to Serbia on Tuesday in an international friendly at the Hive Stadium.
A second half brace by Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic gave Serbia a deserved win over the West Africans.
“Yes, we lost and it wasn’t a good game but we will learn from the loss and improve on them in subsequent games,” Musa said.
The Super Eagles looked out of sorts in every department and will be eager to redeem themselves when they take on the Democratic Republic of Congo at home on Monday, May 28.
Five days later, they will face off against the Three Lions of England at Wembley as they prepare for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
“He looks angry and nervous,” he said. “I am here to win and that is what I am going to do.”
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