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Shehu Abdullahi: Super Eagles defender joins Turkish side Bursaspor: Worldlywap News

Super Eagles defender joins Turkish side Bursaspor

Super Eagles defender Shehu Abdullahi has completed a move to Turkish Outfit Bursaspor

Super Eagles right back Shehu Abdullahi has completed a move to Turkish outfit Bursaspor.

The 24-year-old bid Anorthosis Famagusta farewell after playing his final match for Cyprus based side, took to his Instagram to announce his move to Turkish side.

He wrote "Its official !, I'm glad to be here"

 

Several reports had linked the Nigerian defender to Bursaspor before the Turkish club confirmed it on their official Twitter account.

The Turkish side also posted a picture of Shehu going through the routine required medical at the club's facilities.

Shehu's impressive performances through the World Cup qualifiers have made him an integral part of Super Eagles team.

He has played for Kano Pillars, Qadsia in Kuwait, União da Madeira in the second division of Portugal and then Anorthosis Famagusta before his move to Bursaspor.

Abdullahi will join compatriots William Troost-Ekong, Paschal Okoli and Mikel Agu at Bursaspor, who will get him settled into his new team.


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Alexis Sanchez: United star says Henry never influenced his decision: Worldlywap News

Sanchez a Panic buy from Manchester United to catch up City

Alexis Sanchez has clarified his earlier statements about Henry influencing his switch to Manchester United

Manchester United's new recruit Alexis Sanchez has come out to clarify his statements about Thierry Henry influencing his decision to move away from Arsenal.

In a statement posted on Sanchez's official Twitter account the striker made a U-turn to his earlier statements regarding speaking to Henry.

He said, "I want to clarify that Henry never told me to leave the club, it was a personal decision ... he LOVES the club and someday it would be nice to see him as the arsenal coach because he loves the club ..."

 

Henry had earlier debunked the statement on Sanchez Instagram account which said "I remember today, a conversation I had with Henry, a historic Arsenal player, who changed club for the same reason and today is my turn,"

The Gunners legend posted a statement in reply which stated "I know I don’t need to explain this to the majority of Arsenal fans but contrary to speculation at no time did I tell Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal. I had no idea he was going to sign for Man Utd until I saw it on the news like the rest of you,"

Sanchez's post will come as a relief to majority of Arsenal fans who have been criticising Henry on social media, suggesting that his statue should be taken down.

Henry is Arsenal's record goal scorer with 228 goals in 376 appearances for the Gunners.


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Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid star filmed making mockery of Messi: Worldlywap News

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo and Messi have been rivals in the last decade.

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was filmed making fun of his rival Lionel Messi with a mascot.

Ronaldo and Messi have been rivals in the last decade going head to head for the biggest individual awards in world football.

 

Before Real Madrid’s 7-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday, January 21, the 32-year-old was filmed talking about him with a young mascot.

For me, you are the best player in the world and Messi…” the young mascot said before Ronaldo cut him off and said ‘is bad’, cheekily with his teammates laughing.

 

He went on to score a brace for Real Madrid in their La Liga win on Sunday.

Ronaldo and Messi have won the Ballon d’Or in the last 10 years with the Portugal star piping his Argentina rival to the award in 2017.

Race for Ballon d'Or

Ronaldo is however currently behind Messi for the race for this year’s Ballon d’Or following his slow start to 2018.

 

His brace on Sunday took him to six La Liga goals and his way behind Messi who has scored 25 goals in all competitions so far this season.

Ronaldo’s Real Madrid are also 19 points behind Messi’s Barcelona and are in a battle to finish in the top four.


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Today's Gist: Latest On Aubameyang Bid; Reds "Agree" Deal With Lemar




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Theirry Henry: Arsenal legend denies telling Alexis Sanchez to leave: Worldlywap News

Thierry Henry.

Thierry Henry has denied that he convinced Alexis Sanchez to join Manchester United

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has debunked claims that he convinced Alexis Sanchez to ditch the club for Premier League rivals Manchester United.

Upon completing his move to Manchester United, Sanchez in a farewell message posted on his Instagram account had hinted that he was convinced to leave Arsenal.

"I remember today, a conversation I had with Henry, a historic Arsenal player, who changed club for the same reason and today is my turn," the Chile international said in the statement.

That statement infuriated Arsenal fans who took to social media to blast Henry.

The Arsenal record goalscorer has however come out to deny Sanchez's claim insisting that he never knew about the forward's move until it was confirmed.

"I know I don’t need to explain this to the majority of Arsenal fans but contrary to speculation at no time did I tell Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal. I had no idea he was going to sign for Man Utd until I saw it on the news like the rest of you," Henry said in a statement on his Twitter.

 

He had faced a backlash from Arsenal supporters following Sanchez's claim  and some fans called for his statue to be removed from the Emirate Stadium.

 

Here are some of their reactions.

 

A Henry statue was unveiled at the home ground of Arsenal in 2011, but the former striker who is now a Sky Sports pundit, has openly criticised the players and manager Arsene Wenger.

Henry is also an assistant coach to Roberto Martinez in the Belgium National team.


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Roger Federer beats Tomas Berdych to reach Australian Open semi-finals: Worldlywap Sport News

Roger Federer beats Tomas Berdych to reach Australian Open semi-finals: Worldlywap Sport News
Roger Federer beat Tomas Berdych in straight sets to reach the semi-final of the 2018 Australian Open on Wednesday.


The Swiss maestro overcame a sluggish start to beat the Czech 7-6 (1), 6-3, 6-4 in Melbourne, taking two hours and 15 minutes to progress.

He will face the unseeded Hyeon Chung for a place in the final, after he won his quarter-final clash with Tennys Sandgren.

Berdych capitalised on a flat start from Federer to establish a 3-0 lead in the opening set, breaking the No. 2 seed when he sent an errant backhand wide.

Federer's radar was uncharacteristically off, though, which he demonstrated as he failed to put away a simple volley that would have earned him a break point.

He also clashed with the umpire after a challenge went against him, but that was perhaps a sign he had rediscovered his fire—having been 5-2 down, he battled back and saved a set point along the way.

He saved another with Berdych leading 6-5, allowing him to force a tiebreaker, where he handily dismantled the demoralised Czech.

Playing far better than he had at the start of the first, Federer eased comfortably through the second set as Berdych struggled to trouble him, before taking it up a gear to break for a 5-3 lead with some sublime backhands.

The Swiss star soon held a two-set lead.

Berdych returned to the court after a medical timeout ahead of the third set, and his resistance looked to have ended when Federer broke him early on.

He briefly proved that assessment to be premature as he hit back immediately, but in the following game he once again found himself a break down, with Federer sealing it with a backhand down the line.

From there it was straightforward for the 36-year-old to serve out the set and the match.



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Javier Mascherano joins Hebei China Fortune: Worldlywap Sport News

Javier Mascherano joins Hebei China Fortune: Worldlywap Sport News
Javier Mascherano has joined Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune after eight years at Barcelona.


The 33-year-old joined Barca from Liverpool in 2010 for £17m after spells at West Ham, Corinthians and River Plate, and will leave on 26 January.

The Argentina international won 18 trophies at the club, including four La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues.

Former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has been in charge of Hebei China Fortune since August 2016.

The ex-Real Madrid boss guided his side to fourth in China's top tier last season.

Mascherano's international team-mate Ezequiel Lavezzi is also at the club, having joined from Paris St-Germain last year.

Mascherano played 334 times for Barcelona, scoring one goal - from the penalty spot in 2016-17.

Only three foreign players have played more games for Barca - Lionel Messi, Phillip Cocu and Dani Alves.

Barca will say farewell to Mascherano at a ceremony on Wednesday, and he will be at the club's Copa del Rey second-leg tie against Espanyol on Thursday to say goodbye to fans.












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Rohr at loggerheads with NFF over Chile friendly: Worldlywap Sport News

Rohr at loggerheads with NFF over Chile friendly: Worldlywap Sport News
Gernot Rohr is allegedly at loggerheads with the Nigeria Football Federation over the proposed friendly against Chile ahead of the Super Eagles’ trip to Russia for the 2018 World Cup.


Nigeria, who begin their Russia 2018 campaign against Croatia at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 16, have already secured six warm-up games ahead of the tournament.

The NFF announced last week that the three-time African champions  would  play  Poland (March 23), Serbia (March 27), DR Congo (May 28),  England (June 2) and   Czech Republic (June 6)  before  hitting  Russia  to make their six appearance at the world  football showpiece.

President of the federation Amaju Pinnick said the team would face a South American opponent in a friendly affair before the world’s football showpiece.

Our correspondent learnt on Tuesday that the NFF had allegedly sealed a friendly against back-to-back Copa America champions Chile, who failed to qualify for Russia 2018.

The source said the encounter had been fixed for Austria on June 9, despite reports the NFF was speaking to World Cup-bound Morocco.

However, it was learnt  that Nigeria manager Rohr is not comfortable with his team playing a warm-up game nine days to their  World Cup opener against Croatia.

Sources close to the NFF claimed that while the national football governing body is insistent on the encounter, Rohr is against it.

 “The coach is against playing Chile when his World Cup squad would have been announced – and allowing them to play a match nine days before the match against Croatia,” an   NFF source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was  not authorised to speak about the issue publicly, told our correspondent.

“But the federation wants him to play the match because of its benefits.

“I’m not sure  the Eagles will play the game because  the federation would not  want to be seen as interfering in the  coach’s plans for the World Cup.”

The source added, “I think the coach is correct because the national team will play a game (against England in London)   on June 2 and another one  (against   Czech Republic in Austria) four days later.”

But spokesman for  the NFF Ademola Olajire denied any rift between the federation and Rohr over any friendly game.

The football chief, who said Chile were among the South American teams being considered for a friendly game against the Eagles, declined any further comments on the national team.



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Ronaldo de Lima: Brazilian legend wants to buy a club in England or Spain: Worldlywap News

Brazilian Star to buy Championship side

Brazilian Football Icon Ronaldo Nazário de Lima would like to acquire a Football team in England or Spain.

Former Inter Milan striker Ronaldo Nazário de Lima has set his sights on acquiring a football team in the English Championship or the Spanish lower division.

In a interview with  Folha de Sao Paulo the Brazilian great revealed his intentions to purchase a club side in the Segunda División or English Championship.

He said;"I'm thinking about buying a club in the second division in Spain or England. I want to do something innovative. I think I'm prepared for the challenge."

The Ex- Real Madrid goal machine who has been linked with occupying the position of President of the Brazilian Football Federation stated his preference for club administration.

He said;"It would be a great honour, but before that I want to experience running a big club".

Ronaldo retired from football in 2011, after a stellar career with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan and AC Milan, as well as winning the 2002 FIFA World Cup with Brazil.


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Super Eagles Striker Reportedly On The Verge Of Joining Malaga




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Injured Nadal set to return in three weeks : Worldlywap Sport News

Spain's Rafael Nadal grimaces as he walks on court while preparing to serve to Croatia's Marin Cilic during their men's singles quarter-finals match on day nine of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 23, 2018. World No.1 Rafael Nadal retired with a leg injury handing Marin Cilic passage into his second Australian Open semi-final. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST /

World number one Rafael Nadal faces three weeks out after being diagnosed with a torn inner hip muscle during his Australian Open quarter-final defeat, his management said Wednesday.

The 16-time Grand Slam champion had a scan in a Melbourne hospital after he retired early in the fifth set of his match with Croatia's Marin Cilic on Tuesday.

"The MRI (scan) showed a grade one injury of his illiopsoas on his right leg," his management said in a statement.

"He will be resting over the next days once back in Spain and will start with anti-inflammatory physiotherapy.

"He will start his rehabilitation and pre-adaptation process to the tennis court in two weeks, starting progressively his training and practice."

The Nadal team said the Spanish star was expected to be fully recovered in three weeks and could resume playing in Acapulco late next month.

"Three weeks is the normal time to totally recover and he will resume his tennis schedule as planned, playing Acapulco, Indian Wells and Miami," the statement said.

The Spaniard was forced to withdraw when trailing Marin Cilic 0-2 in the fifth set and called on tour organisers to do more to halt injuries to top players.

His comments followed the withdrawals of Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori before the tournament started and Novak Djokovic struggling ahead of his exit on Monday.

"Somebody who is running the tour should think a little bit about what's going on. Too many people are getting injured," Nadal said.

"I don't know if they think a little bit about the health of the players. I don't know if we keep playing on these very hard surfaces what's going to happen in the future with our lives."

It was the second time Nadal had been forced to pull out with injury in Melbourne after calling it quits in the third set of his 2010 quarter-final against Andy Murray with a knee problem.


Source: http://guardian.ng/sport/injured-nadal-set-to-return-in-three-weeks/

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Nura Mohammed: Meet the 15-year-old boy who plays for the Super Eagles: Worldlywap News

Meet the 15 year old boy who plays for the Super Eagles

Nura Mohammed who is just 15 years old, is part of the Super Eagles team to the African Nations Championship

Super Eagles attacker Nura Mohammed is the youngest player at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.

According to the Confederation of African Football website (CAF), Nura Mohammed who plays for Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) outfit is just 15 years old.

Nura Mohammed was given birth to on December 2, 2002.

According to an interview with the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) website, Nura is teenager who grew up in a vicinity where insurgents Boko Haram terrorised but through football he has been given an opportunity to showcase his gift away from harsh difficulties.

Nura Mohammed and Elkanemi Warriors

The 15 year old left footer was discovered by officials of NPFL outfit Elkanemi Warriors and was signed to the club's feeder team who are in the Nationwide League (NLO), where he continued to develop before his gradual transition to the first team.

Nura also featured in the first edition of the NPFL Under 15 organised by the League Management Company (LMC) and La Liga.

Nura continued to grow, the arrival of a new head coach at Elkanemi saw him participate in pre-season tournament the Alhan Cup, where Nura showcased great skill and composure.

He talent didn't go unnoticed as Super Eagles head coach Salisu Yusuf spotted him at the tournament.

"I saw Nura Mohammed during Ahlan pre-season tournament where he played for El-Kanemi Warriors. He displayed good football in the outside left position and I then invited him to the Super Eagles for the Super 6 tournament,” Yusuf is quoted to say on the NFF website.

Getting into the Super Eagles requires more than just talent as there is a plethora of stars in the team, regardless 15 year old Nura was selected ahead of MFM duo of Sikiru Olatubosun and Chukwuka Onuwa, as well as NPFL players such as Victor Mboama, Tosin Omoyele and Abdulkadir Zango.

 

LMC Chairman Shehu Dikko showed his admiration for the young talent.

“The player is good for the Super Eagles and so he should remain with the team. Nura Mohammed was one of the players that featured at the LMC La Liga tournament last year and if today, the player finds himself in the Super Eagles, this is very good for our football and for what LMC is doing to develop the game,” Dikko is also quoted to say on the NFF website.

Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr is keeping an eye on the CHAN and the youngster will look forward to impress.

Big things are expected of this youngster, who has made a breakthrough to the Super Eagles at the tender age of 15, it is clear he is abundantly talented but it remains to be seen if he would live up to his potential.


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Serena Williams to make comeback at Fed Cup : Worldlywap Sport News

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 28, 2017 shows Serena Williams of the US playing against Venus Williams of the US during the women's singles final of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.<br />Williams, who has not played a match since capturing the 2017 Australian Open, will return to competition in February 2018 at a Fed Cup tie, the US Tennis Association announced on January 23, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL CROCK / 

Serena Williams, who has not played a competitive match since capturing last year's Australian Open, will return to the court next month at a Fed Cup tie, the US Tennis Association announced Tuesday.

Williams was pregnant when she won her 23rd major crown last January in Melbourne. She gave birth to a girl, Alexis Olympia, last September and married father Alexis Ohanian in November.

The defending Fed Cup champion Americans will play host to the Netherlands in a first-round tie February 10-11 on an indoor hardcourt at Asheville, North Carolina.

Joining 22nd-ranked Williams on the US squad will be her sister seven-time Grand Slam champion, Venus, and ninth-ranked CoCo Vandeweghe, a semi-finalist at last year's US and Australian Opens in her best major results.

This will be the first time in two years that either Williams sister has been on the US Fed Cup squad. The US women have never lost in eight ties when both Williams sisters have been named to the squad, the most recent of those wins in 2015.

Serena last played Fed Cup in April 2015, when she won two singles matches in a World Group playoff loss to Italy in Brindisi.

Venus, ranked fifth, won two singles matches in her most recent Fed Cup appearance in a 2016 tie against Poland in Hawaii.

Vandeweghe went a combined 8-0 in singles and doubles for the US Fed Cup team last year, the first player with eight wins in the same year in more than 20 seasons.

The final member of the US squad and the Dutch lineup will be announced next week, the USTA announcement said.

The Americans are 6-2 against the Dutch in their all-time rivalry, but the most recent meeting was a 5-0 US home sweep in 1998. The only Dutch wins came in 1968 and 1997.


Source: http://guardian.ng/sport/serena-williams-to-make-comeback-at-fed-cup-2/

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Quick-fire Escudero helps Sevilla down Atletico : Worldlywap Sport News

Sevilla's Argentinian midfielder Ever Banega (L) celebrates with Sevilla's Spanish defender Sergio Escudero after scoring a goal during the Spanish 'Copa del Rey' (King's cup) quarter-final second leg football match between Sevilla FC and Club Atletico de Madrid at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on January 23, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLER

Sergio Escudero's goal after just 24 seconds set Sevilla on their way to a 3-1 win over Atletico Madrid and a place in the Spanish Copa del Rey semi-finals on Tuesday.

Sevilla, finalists in 2016, were in charge of this quarter-final with a 2-1 first leg success.

And Escudero's lightning contribution all but sealed Atletico's fate.

Antoine Griezmann levelled on the night with a sublime lob in the 13th minute, but the second half was only minutes old when Ever Banega scored from the penalty spot to put Sevilla back in charge.

Pablo Sarabia bagged Sevilla's third in the 79th minute with a frustrated Atletico coach Diego Simeone sent to the stands at the end of the tie.

"This knock-out is my responsibility. Now we have to improve because there are still four months of competition," said Simeone.

On Wednesday Real Madrid, leading 1-0 after the first leg, host Leganes with Alaves facing Levantes, while on Thursday Barcelona complete the quarter-finals against Espanyol.


Source: http://guardian.ng/sport/quick-fire-escudero-helps-sevilla-down-atletico/

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Alexis Sanchez: Old photo emerges of forward in Man Utd kit: Worldlywap News

New image shows Manchester United star spotted in track suit earlier in his career

A throwback back picture shows Alexis Sanchez in a Manchester United kit

An old photo has emerged of new Manchester United signing Alexis Sanchez in the club's kit earlier in his career.

Sanchez on Monday, January 22 completed his move from Arsenal to Manchester United and revealed that it was his dream to play for his new club.

His statement has now been backed up by an photo that has emerged that shows the striker in a Manchester United kit earlier in his career.

 

The 29-year-old has been termed a 'mercenary' by some quarters after snubbing Manchester City despite initial agreements to join Manchester United where he will become the highest earner in the Premier League. 

This photo which was shared on Twitter shows that Sanchez had always admired United and could have been a deciding factor in his choice to join the club.

Sanchez in his first interview claimed "Since I was a young lad I've always said that my dream was to play for Manchester United, and I'm not just saying that because I'm here now and today it's come true."

Sanchez had the opportunity to join United under Sir Alex Ferguson but decided to move to Spanish giants Barcelona in 2011.

 

He said "I always said as a kid that I'd like to play for United and I once spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson about it."

"We chatted for around 20 minutes. And I told him that my dream was to come here to Manchester United. It really is a massive club, very powerful, and so now, when I got the opportunity to come here, I looked at the badge and my hairs just stood up on end because it's a powerful club and the biggest in England."

Sanchez is eligible to play for Manchester United in the Champions League as well as the FA Cup.

The Chilean striker could make his debut for Manchester United against Yeovil Town in the FA Cup on Friday, January 26 or against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Wednesday, January 31.


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Emerson Palmieri: 5 things you need to know about Chelsea target: Worldlywap News

Emerson Palmeiri

Who is Chelsea target Emerson Palmieri?

Premier League champions Chelsea have made a move for AS Roma left back Emerson Palmieri, here are the five major things you need to know about the transfer target.

1. Emerson is just 23 years old

Emerson Palmieri dos Santos is was born on August 3, 1994, which makes him just 23 years, and a good buy if Chelsea are able to secure his services.

Palmieri was born in Santos, Brazil where he graduated through the various youth levels.

2. Emerson has pledged his nationality to Italy

Even though Emerson was born in Brazil and has featured at various youth levels for the Brazilian team, he decided to switch his allegiance to Italy when former Italian head coach Giampiero Ventura was persistent on him.

He became an Italian citizen in March 2017, although on his mothers side, he has ancestral ties to Italy.

3. Emerson has experience playing in Brazil and Italy

Emerson has only played in two countries which are Brazil and Italy.

Emerson came through the famed Santos youth system and  made his debut on April 17, 2011 for his home club side, and later went on to make a total of 33 appearances between 2011 and 2014.

Santos then loaned him to Italian side Palermo in August 2014 with an option to buy, but was largely used as a back up.

Then in August 2015 he was sent on loan to fellow Italian side AS Roma, where he made his breakthrough. Roma later made his move permanent and signed him for €2 million.

4.  A career ending injury in 2011, hence a risk?

In 2017 Emerson suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, which ruled him out of representing the Italian team.

Since his return back from injury he has put in some impressive performances to suggest he is no one season wonder.

However, suitors will be cautious about his recent injury troubles, which ruled him out for over six months and has not given the youngster the opportunity to showcase his true potential consistently.

 

5. Emerson is a Left back with an appetite for goals

Emerson's preferred position is left back but he is also suited to a left wing back role.

The Brazilian born player certainly can improve but has shown that he has an eye for goal. The youngster in his three years at Santos scored a total of three goals in 33 appearances

He has so far contributed five goals in his 89 appearances for AS Roma

Emerson Palmeri has been scouted by Liverpool and Inter Milan in the past, but Chelsea are on course to land him to compete with Marcos Alonso.


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Brown Ideye: Super Eagles striker reportedly joins La-liga side Malaga: Worldlywap News

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Brown Ideye is expected to complete a move to Spanish outfit Malaga according to reports

Super Eagles striker Brown Ideye is on the verge of a move to Spanish Side Malaga from Chinese outfit Tianjin Teda.

There has been no official statement from the either Malaga or Tianjin Teda but reports suggest that the Spanish team are in negotiations to land the Nigerian international.

According to a story posted by Ideye's Instagram account, he has already made the trip to Spain to undergo a medical  ahead of the move.

 

The 29-year-old moved to China from Greek side Olympiakos for a fee in the region of €12 million, but had his playing time limited ever since the arrival of Ghanaian forward Frank Acheampong.

A move in the winter transfer window will enhance Ideye's chances of making the Super Eagles warm up matches in March against Poland and Serbia, as he hopes to make the World Cup team.

Malaga look forward to add Ideye to their attack, as he has a lot of experience playing for various club sides across Europe.

The forward started his football in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) with Ocean Boys and  Bayelsa United before moving abroad to play with Swiss club Neuchâtel Xamax, then to Sochaux in France,  he then spent three years at Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv.

He moved to England to play at West Bromwich Albion for one season before joining Greek side Olympiacos.

He left Europe for China in the winter transfer window of 2017 and joined Mikel Obi at Tianjin Teda.

 

Ideye was part of the Nigerian youth team before progressing to the Super Eagles, where he has made a total of 28 appearances and scored six goals.


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Nadal retires, Edmund sends Dimitrov out : Worldlywap Sport News

Spain's Rafael Nadal (R) is given medical attention during his men's singles quarter-finals match against Croatia's Marin Cilic on day nine of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 23, 2018. SAEED KHAN / AFP


Rafael Nadal succumbed to hip injury and retired in the fifth set to hand Marin Cilic victory with the score of 3/6; 6/3; 6/7(5); 6/2; 2/0 in a duel that lasted 3 hours and 47 minutes. Earlier in the day, Kyle Edmund of Great Britain recorded an upset by defeating third seed, Grigor Dimitrov 6/4; 3/6; 6/3; 6/4.

Nadal opened the match in the first set and held serve to lead 1-0. Cilic quickly held to level, in a pattern for the first four games. A single service break gave Nadal the first set. In the second set, both players held their service games to 2-all.

In the fifth game, the Chair Umpire pronounced a time code warning as Cilic was about to serve down 15.40. He protested audibly about the timing and proceeded to hit a double-fault to hand Nadal a break of serve. However, Nadal could not consolidate the break but lost three consecutive games and the set 6-3.

The third set was a see-saw that was decided in a tie-breaker that Nadal won by 7 points to 5. Cilic delivered of his 20 aces and broke Nadal twice to win the set 6-2. The lanky player from Croatia served first in the fifth set. He won the first point on a missed backhand by Nadal and then delivered three consecutive aces to register 1-0 lead. Serving to level, Nadal made two unforced errors off both wings to face three break points at 0-40. He then hit two forehand winners and forced an error off his opponent to reach deuce.

Cilic got first advantage point but c lost it. Nadal got the second and third but made unforced errors to lose them. Cilic won the game on his second opportunity and he had the break to lead 2-0. At that point, Nadal went to the Chair Umpire to express his was retiring on account of injury.

It was a dramatic end to a tough encounter. Cilic qualified for the semi-finals for the first time since 2010. Nadal lost to Roger Federer in the finals last year and had last won the Open in 2009. For this victory, he delivered 20 aces to Nadal’s 3 although he made 8 double-faults to his opponent’s 2.

Nadal had to work hard in his service games though he achieved a higher percentage of deliveries; winning only 83 points off 123 first serves. In all, Cilic hit 83 outright winners to Nadal’s 39. By the time Nadal threw in the towel, his opponent amassed a total of 215 points to Nadal’s 197. Truly Cilic was dominant and earned his victory.

The 23-year old Edmund, from Beverley in Yorkshire, symbolically expanded the Union Jack in the corner of Australia’s flag with his stunning upset of Grigor Dimitrov. One break of Dimitrov’s serve in the ninth game handed the Briton the opening set. However, a string of unforced forehand errors resulted in Dimitrov taking the second set 6-3.

Time after time, Dimitrov hit to that flank and elicited mis-hits by his opponent. Edmund capitalized on Dimitrov’s weak second serve to string points together and clinch the third set.

In the fourth set, Edmund broke Dimitrov’s serve to lead 3-2 but immediately lost his own serve. Edmund broke his opponent’s serve in the ninth game and consolidated by winning the tenth with a closing ace.

The victory was a reversal of their scores in the Brisbane warm-up tournament, when Edmund lost to Dimitrov in the quarter-finals. In the previous round, Dimitrov defeated Nick Kyrgios who had dethroned him in that same tournament.


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FIFA president, others for NFF awards on February 19 : Worldlywap Sport News

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The Nigeria Football Federation has revealed plans for a first –ever awards ceremony organized by it to recognize and reward excellence in the Nigerian game.

NFF 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, who is chairman of the project, told dignitaries and media representatives in Lagos yesterday that the Federation decided time was ripe for ‘The NFF Awards’ as the stock of Nigerian Football is on the upward trajectory.

“We decided it was the right time to launch a project to recognize and reward excellence in Nigerian Football. Fortunately, we found a worthy partner in Lagos State, the Centre of Excellence, and with a Chief Executive (Governor Akinwunmi Ambode) who is a lover of excellence.

“The NFF Awards will be an annual event. The inaugural edition will hold at the Eko Hotel and Suites on Monday, 19th February 2018, and will be graced by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, CAF President Ahmad and at least 20 FA Presidents who will be here for the FIFA Executive Football Summit also taking place in Lagos the following day.

“We have an opportunity to showcase Lagos State not only around the Awards, but also at the FIFA EFS meeting for which the State is also partnering the NFF.”

Akinwunmi disclosed that a screening committee that will have integrity, transparency and fairness as its watchwords would be empanelled in a few days, and that while some of the awards will be decided by the screening committee, others would be determined by voters online while the special awards would be the prerogative of the Federation.

Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Adedayo Tandoh praised the NFF for laudable projects the Federation has been undertaking recently and pledged that Lagos State will continue to support worthwhile endeavours.

“The Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency Akinwunmi Ambode is determined to make Lagos State not just a hub of sports activities and events, but to prove that sports, tourism and entertainment can intermingle brilliantly to boost the economy of any society.


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ENTERTAINMENT: Jazz legend Hugh Masekela dies

ENTERTAINMENT: Jazz legend Hugh Masekela dies


Legendary trumpeter and anti-apartheid activist, Hugh Masekela died on Tuesday, aged 78.

In a statement, his family said ‘Father of South African jazz’ “passed peacefully” in Johannesburg “after a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer.”



They described him as “a loving father, brother, grandfather and friend” who would be “forever in our hearts.”

They said details of his memorial and burial services would be released later.

Masekela who was given his first trumpet when he was 14 used his ‘Soweto Blues’ to confront apartheid.

South African President Jacob Zuma said Masekela’s death was “an immeasurable loss to the music industry and to the country at large” and said: “His contribution to the struggle for liberation will never be forgotten.”

Affectionately called ‘Bra Hugh’, Masekela was born in the South African town of Witbank in 1939. He was inspired to learn the trumpet after seeing Kirk Douglas play Bix Beiderbecke in the 1950 film Young Man with a Horn.

He persuaded one of his teachers – the anti-apartheid crusader Father Trevor Huddleston – to buy him an instrument, promising to stay out of trouble in return.

In 1960, aged 21, he left South Africa to begin what would be 30 years in exile from the land of his birth.

Under the tutelage of Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, he was encouraged to develop his own unique style. And in 1967, he performed at the Monterey Pop Festival alongside Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Ravi Shankar, The Who and Jimi Hendrix.

The following year, his instrumental single, ‘Grazing in the Grass,’ topped the charts in the US and became a worldwide hit.

In the 1970s, Mr. Masekela toured sub-Sarahan Africa and began a partnership with the Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, who had recently pioneered the genre known as Afrobeat. He also worked with the exiled South African saxophonist Dudu Pukwana and began fronting the Ghanaian group Hedzoleh Soundz.

Masekela returned to South Africa in 1990 following the release of Nelson Mandela, whose freedom he had called for in his 1986 anthem Bring Home Nelson Mandela.

In June 2010, he performed at both the opening concert of the Fifa World Cup and the tournament’s opening ceremony in Soweto’s Soccer City with Femi Kuti.

Reacting to the legend’s passing, Femi Kuti posted a picture of both of them at the event and captioned it ‘Good memories RIP Mr. Hugh.’

Masekela was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2008 and in the last months of his life campaigned that men should go for regular cancer check-ups.


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Man City into first final of Guardiola era : Worldlywap Sport News

Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola applauds supporters on the pitch as they celebrate after the English League Cup semi-final, second leg football match between Bristol City and Manchester City at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, south-west England on January 23, 2018. Manchester City won the game 3-2, (5-3 on aggregate).Geoff CADDICK / AFP


Pep Guardiola saw his Manchester City side pushed hard before defeating second-tier Bristol City in an entertaining League Cup semi-final on Tuesday to leave him one game away from winning his first major trophy in English football.

Guardiola's runaway Premier League leaders, eyeing an unprecedented season quadruple given they also remain involved in both the FA Cup and Champions League, won 3-2 on the night for a 5-3 aggregate win over the Championship side.

They kicked off with a narrow advantage at Ashton Gate after a 2-1 first-leg win at the Etihad Stadium.

But goals either side of half-time from Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero effectively saw Manchester City to a win on Tuesday and success over over the two legs as they reached their first final under former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Guardiola.

Bristol City were undaunted, however, with Marlon Pack pulling a goal back in the 64th minute before Aden Flint scored deep into stoppage time.

However, there was still time for Kevin De Bruyne to round off the scoring for Manchester City.

Guardiola's men will now face the winners of Wednesday's Emirates Stadium semi-final between their Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley on February 25, with the two London clubs deadlocked at 0-0 after a first-leg stalemate.

"We are so happy to be there, to reach this final," Guardiola, whose debut season as City boss last term saw him end a campaign without a trophy for the first time in his managerial career, told Sky Sports.

"We played an amazing game until 2-0 and then we lost control, these type of games never end until the end.

"This is a lesson for next weekend in Cardiff in the FA Cup and especially for the Champions League," the Spaniard warned.

'Judged on trophies'

"At 2-0 we knew it would be easier because they needed three or four goals but with one minute left it was 2-2 and anything could happen."

Guardiola played down the personal importance of reaching a Wembley final, saying: "It's not for me, it's for Manchester City, a club who are trying to reach another level.

"I know that we will be judged by trophies we win but we are so happy," he insisted. "Nobody can take away what we have done, but Chelsea or Arsenal are strong teams."

Meanwhile Pack summed up the mood of the home side by saying: I'm proud of the boys and proud to be part of this team. Hopefully we can take this into the league now and keep it going."

It looked as if Bristol City would deny Manchester City a goal in the first half of Tuesday's match.

But three minutes before the break, Hordur Magnusson made the mistake of trying to shepherd the ball out of play rather than clearing and was dispossessed near the byline by Bernardo Silva.

His cross was fired in by Sane and left Bristol City, chasing promotion to the lucrative Premier League, with a mountain to climb.

Four minutes after the re-start Aguero, Manchester City's all-time leading goalscorer, seemed to put the result of the tie beyond doubt.

The Argentina striker, fresh from a hat-trick in a 3-1 league win over Newcastle United last weekend, still had plenty to do following De Bruyne's cross-field ball.

But he made light of a tight angle by letting fly with a shot into the top corner from 18 yards out.

It would have been easy for Bristol City to be overwhelmed from then on in but, to their credit, it was the southwest side who scored next, in the 64th minute.

John Stones made a mess of a clearance and when it came back into the box, Pack guided a well-directed header across Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and into the top corner.

Flint turned in a header late on to give Bristol City fans hope of extra time but, pressing for that goal, their side were wide-open to a counter-attack, with Sane cutting the ball back for De Bruyne to fire home.


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I’ll produce world-class athletes for 2020 Olympics, says Toblow : Worldlywap Sport News

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One of the best athletics coaches in Nigeria, Tobias Igwe has vowed to produce athletes that can rule the world within a short period of time.Igwe, popularly called Toblow was named as head coach of the National Athletics Development Centre in Ondo State, a project being delivered in conjunction with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).

Toblow has coached Team Nigeria to various international competitions, including the All African Games, Commonwealth Games and Olympics. Some of the star athletes he produced for the country in the past include Mary Onyali, the Ezinwa brothers (Osmaond and Davidson), Tony Osheku, Philip George, Yusuf Alli, Henry Amike, Sunday Uti, Tina Iheagwam, Victor Okorie, Clement Chukwu, Beatrice Utondu, Emma Okoli, Michael Egbeaso and Uchenna Emedolu.

Speaking with The Guardian yesterday, Toblow, a former 800m, 1500m and 3,000 steeplechase champion, said that his primary assignment at the moment is to produce world best athletes, particularly in the short sprints and relays ahead the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo, Japan.

“I have been following the history of athletics in Ondo state and at the moment, my focus is to produce young athletes who can represent the country at the 2020 Olympics. The 2018 Commonwealth Games is around the corner, so my desire is to prepare for the next edition. Those who gave me the appointment know what I am capable of doing, and I won’t disappoint them,” he said.

According to Toblow, the government and people of Ondo State will be the first to reap the benefit of his new assignment saying: “I know that athletes like Falilat Ogunkoya are from Ondo State. She was a great 400m runner in her active days. I will re-produce another Ogunkoya as soon as possible. All I need is cooperation of the people.”Coach Toblow has been promised that his teams will enjoy funds support to attend six international championships yearly.


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Serena Williams to make comeback at Fed Cup : Worldlywap Sport News

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Serena Williams, who has not played a competitive match since capturing last year's Australian Open, will return to the court next month at a Fed Cup tie, the US Tennis Association announced Tuesday.

Williams was pregnant when she won her 23rd major crown last January in Melbourne. She gave birth to a girl, Alexis Olympia, last September and married father Alexis Ohanian in November.

The defending Fed Cup champion Americans will play host to the Netherlands in a first-round tie February 10-11 on an indoor hardcourt at Asheville, North Carolina.

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Joining 22nd-ranked Williams on the US squad will be her sister seven-time Grand Slam champion, Venus, and ninth-ranked CoCo Vandeweghe, a semi-finalist at last year's US and Australian Opens in her best major results.

This will be the first time in two years that either Williams sister has been on the US Fed Cup squad. The US women have never lost in eight ties when both Williams sisters have been named to the squad, the most recent of those wins in 2015.

Serena last played Fed Cup in April 2015, when she won two singles matches in a World Group playoff loss to Italy in Brindisi.

Venus, ranked fifth, won two singles matches in her most recent Fed Cup appearance in a 2016 tie against Poland in Hawaii.

Vandeweghe went a combined 8-0 in singles and doubles for the US Fed Cup team last year, the first player with eight wins in the same year in more than 20 seasons.

The final member of the US squad and the Dutch lineup will be announced next week, the USTA announcement said.

The Americans are 6-2 against the Dutch in their all-time rivalry, but the most recent meeting was a 5-0 US home sweep in 1998. The only Dutch wins came in 1968 and 1997.


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CHAN 2018: Super Eagles beat Equatorial Guinea, qualify for quarter-finals: Worldlywap News

Anthony Okpotu, after scoring at the ongoing CHAN

A brilliant second-half display has earned the home-based Super Eagles team a place in the quarterfinals of the ongoing African Nations Championships, CHAN taking place in Morocco.

Super Eagles come from behind to beat Equatorial Guinea 3-1 and qualify for quarter-finals as Group C winners, with Libya beating Rwanda 1-0 in the group’s other match to join them in the last eight stage.

A brilliant second-half display has earned the home-based Super Eagles team a place in the quarterfinals of the ongoing African Nations Championships, CHAN taking place in Morocco.

Against the run of play, Nsi Eyama headed Equatorial Guinea into the lead in 40th minute and they held that advantage till the end of the first half.

In the second half, the Super Eagles stepped up their game and just before the hour-mark, Anthony Okpotu levelled score for Nigeria through a stunning header off a cross from Osas Okoro.

Dayo Ojo put Nigeria in front in the 69th before Rabiu Ali sealed victory from the penalty spot in the 81st minute.

With the win, Nigeria finished as the top gun in Group C with seven points from three games, while Libya who secured a late win over Libya finished as runners-up and also qualified for the quarterfinals.


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Drama as Libya and Super Eagles reach CHAN quarter-finals : Worldlywap Sport News

Super Eagles players celebrate victory in the ongoing 2018 CHAN


Libya scored three minutes into stoppage time to edge Rwanda 1-0 Tuesday and snatch an African Nations Championship (CHAN) quarter-finals place behind Group C winners Nigeria.

Relentless Libyan pressure in northern Moroccan city Tangiers finally paid off when substitute Elmutasem Abushnaf swept a low cross into the roof of the net.

Nigeria topped the table with seven points, Libya had six, Rwanda four and Equatorial Guinea finished pointless.

While the "Mediterranean Knights" danced and sang when the final whistle blew, many Rwandan "Wasps" cried after coming so close to finishing runners-up.

A draw would have taken Rwanda through at the expense of Libya and having survived so many goalmouth scares, it looked like the central Africans were going to make it.

But justice was done when dominant Libya scored and they will travel south to Agadir and prepare for a last-eight showdown Sunday against the Group D winners, currently Congo Brazzaville.

Nigeria got a fright before beating Equatorial Guinea 3-1 in Atlantic city Agadir with 37-year-old Rabiu Ali wrapping up the victory by converting an 83rd-minute penalty.

Equatorial Guinea took a shock lead on 40 minutes through Secundino Eyama Nsi and stayed ahead until just before the hour when Anthony Okpotu equalised through a header.

Ekundayo Ojo put the Nigerians ahead on 69 minutes with a candidate for the best goal of the tournament as his thunderbolt shot from outside the box flew into the net.

As Equatorial Guinea faded, Nigeria stretched the lead when Ali -- the second oldest player at the tournament after 38-year-old Congo goalkeeper Barel Mouko -- netted.

Nigeria return to Tangiers for a quarter-final against the Group D runners-up, a position Angola occupy ahead of a Wednesday clash with Congo.

Although the biennial Nations Championship is restricted to home-based footballers, matches carry full international status and count toward the monthly FIFA rankings.


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Bale form boosting Real Madrid confidence, says Zidane : Worldlywap Sport News

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane singled out fit again Gareth Bale for praise on Tuesday as he prepares his side for a Copa Del Rey quarter-final return leg against Leganes.

Welsh winger Bale produced a sumptuous strike to level against Deportivo La Coruna at the weekend as Real eventually romped to a confidence boosting 7-1 league win following a poor run of form.

Bale has made just a handful of starts this season due to a series of muscle injuries that have seem him spend three months on the sidelines.

Zidane said Bale's brilliance and his brace of goals had lifted the whole club.

"What has changed for him is that he has no problems, nothing is bothering him," the Frenchman said ahead of Wednesday's match.

"For a player, it's fundamental to have nothing holding you back in training.

"He's improving his performances, he's a really important player and he's proving it," said Zidane, who's side trail Barcelona by 19 pints in La Liga.

"I hope he continues to do so, so that the team regains its confidence and we continue in this manner.

"This is what's great about football, we are on a roll and we are hoping to carry on in the same style."

Zidane did not say if Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo, who both suffered knocks on Sunday, would start the game but he did have news about Sergio Ramos's thigh problem.

"He'll be with us tomorrow, we'll see about the line up closer to the time but he'll be there," Zidane said of the veteran defender.


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Wenger rules out Arsenal spree despite revenue rise : Worldlywap Sport News

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Arsene Wenger insisted Tuesday there was no chance he would jeopardise Arsenal's financial stability with lavish spending on new players during the rest of the January transfer window.

Monday saw Alexis Sanchez leave the Emirates for Old Trafford in a high-profile swap deal, with Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan coming the other way.

Veteran manager Wenger has long been a believer in clubs not spending "beyond their natural resources" and last week angered Gunners fans by saying there was no way the London side could match the reported £500,000 ($697,000, 569,000 euros) weekly wages on offer to Sanchez at United.

That is despite a report published by British-based consultancy firm Deloitte on Tuesday that shows Arsenal have leapfrogged Paris Saint-Germain into sixth in the global money league of the world's highest revenue generating football clubs, following an annual increase of £70 million. United head the list.

Arsenal face London rivals Chelsea, not averse to high spending under Russian owner Roman Abramovich, in the second leg of a currently goalless English League Cup semi-final on Wednesday, with the often lowly-regarded tournament now representing the Gunners' best chance of silverware this season after they failed to qualify for the Champions League, lie sixth in the Premier League and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest.

'Restrictions'
Wenger, tight-lipped about Arsenal's prospects of signing Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the January transfer window, also said Arsenal still faced financial constraints as a result of moving to the Emirates Stadium back in 2006.

"You have not to forget that we have as well financial restrictions form the banks because we have built the stadium," said Wenger when told Arsenal had spent less on players than other clubs in a Deloitte top 10.

"It is important, we have to respect the financial plan. We work very hard to become richer and we achieve it," the Frenchman, in charge at Arsenal since 1996, added.

"At the end of the day, we are a serious football club who has responsibilities and we want to spend the money we can afford. If you cannot afford, you have to say 'no, sorry, can't do that'.

"After that, we have to spend the money in the most intelligent way we can on the transfer market that has become a bit out of control."

'Belonging'
Arsenal were last crowned champions of England in 2004 but Wenger said winning the title was about more than spending money.

"I'm convinced that the way football is going, it's maybe not only to buy players with huge amounts of money, but have players in your team who care about your club, have a sense of belonging and a pride of belonging to the club.

"I would rather encourage a club to push more on the quality of our youth work, which we are doing, than go into a way where it's only about millions and not so much about values."

Sanchez left Arsenal just months before his contract was due to run out at the end of the season and former Gunners defender Martin Keown accused the Chile international of being the "biggest mercenary in football".

But plenty of other observers had no qualms over a move which appears to offer Sanchez a better chance of winning major honours, with Manchester United great and new Wales manager Ryan Giggs saying the forward was a "ready-made superstar".

"He can combine both," said Wenger when asked if the 29-year-old Sanchez had joined United for financial or football reasons.

"I think he goes to a great club and gets a great contract so you can understand it when a professional player can combine both aspects."


Source: http://guardian.ng/sport/wenger-rules-out-arsenal-spree-despite-revenue-rise/

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Nigeria's football body set to host award ceremony

The Nigerian Football Federation has concluded plans for the inaugural NFF awards

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) have released the categories available for the forthcoming inaugural 'NFF Awards'.

The award ceremony is set to reward excellence in Nigerian football, and will hold on Monday, February 19.

Chairman of organising the ceremony, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, stated that the award will hold annually and will have in attendance notable home-based and foreign diginitries.

 

In a statement on the NFF website he said “We decided it was the right time to launch a project to recognize and reward excellence in Nigerian Football. Fortunately, we found a worthy partner in Lagos State, the Centre of Excellence, and with a Chief Executive (Governor Akinwunmi Ambode) who is a lover of excellence.

“The NFF Awards will be an annual event. The inaugural edition will hold at the Eko Hotel and Suites on Monday, 19th February 2018, and will be graced by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, CAF President Ahmad and at least 20 FA Presidents who will be here for the FIFA Executive Football Summit also taking place in Lagos the following day.

“We have an opportunity to showcase Lagos State not only around the Awards, but also at the FIFA EFS meeting for which the State is also partnering the NFF.”

 

The organising chairman assured of fairness and transparency in selecting the awards.

He specifically pointed out that Some awards will be decided by the committee, and some by online voters

The awards would be on Nigerian television from 7pm in the evening.

Awards to be given.

. Player of the Year (Men)

. Player of the Year (Women)

. Coach of the Year (Men)

. Coach of the Year (Women)

. Young Player of the Year (Men)

. Young Player of the Year (Women)

. Team of the Season

. Fair play Award

. Goal of the Year

. Fans of the Year

. NFF Development Award

. Order of Merit Award

. Presidential Award

. Legends Eleven

. Achievement Award (1973 All-Africa Games Football Tournament – winning Green Eagles)


Source: http://www.pulse.ng/sports/football/nff-to-host-award-ceremony-on-february-19-id7882053.html

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2018 World Cup: Super Eagles manager plans ‘Musa bait’ for Russians: Worldlywap Sport News
Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr on Tuesday said that the team’s pacy forward, Ahmed Musa, could be used as a bait to get home support for his team at the World Cup.


The Franco-German coach, who just signed a new two-year improved contract, said that Musa would remain an integral part of his plans for the World Cup if his transfer back to Russia materialises.

He said that Musa was loved in Russia, adding that the same experience goes for Brian Idowu who is based in Russia but got a standing ovation when he was introduced in the match against Argentina.

“We are in the transfer window now and I believe he will change team; Musa is going back to Russia and it is very good news that he will be playing there.

“Musa playing in Russia is a positive development so that we will have the sympathy of Russian fans. We have seen that when Brian Idowu was introduced in the game against Argentina.

“The fans encouraged us and he scored, this can be a good reason to get supports from Russian fans because the people there like Musa.

“Also, Musa knows the people there because he is familiar with them, he knows the weather condition too,’’ he said.

On Vincent Enyeama, Rohr was reserved on his recall but said that the veteran goalkeeper stood a chance of breaking into the team provided he had playing time or move to another club.

“We are waiting for what will happen to Enyeama if he plays for his club and get more playing time he can make it.

“He’s been delayed now because of his injury and now, he has about two goalkeepers ahead of him, so he has to change club during this FIFA transfer window.

“We also have other good goalkeepers, when I arrived, Carl Ikeme did well but now out because of illness; we are praying for him, then, Akpeyi who played against Algeria but unlucky against South Africa.

“We also have Ezenwa, Alampasu who is not playing regularly in Portugal and the new entrant Uzoho, who is doing well with the U-23 team of Deportivo La Coruna in Spain,’’ he said.

Rohr said that in considering who gets the shirt in Russia, the fitness of each playing would be the first consideration and also the competition among options in the same position.

“The first consideration is the fitness of the player if the player gets a regular playing time in his club.

“Then, I also consider the options we have on various positions we have in the team, the players will be given equal chance to prove themselves, then the technical bench will decide.

“We also have good defenders too, Ebuechi is on his way to Benfica; I told him he is good but he must be playing, so if he does not play, no chance for him.

“For Alex Iwobi, he had a little issue, but I am happy the fatherly role Wenger played by giving him a second chance. I have been in constant touch with coaches of Nigerian players,’’ he said.



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