Thursday, January 31, 2019

Asisat Oshoala Join Barcelona Female Team From Dalian Quanjian

2015 BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year and 3-time CAF Women’s Player of the Year, Asisat Oshoala joins Barcelona on a loan deal.
The former Dalian Quanjian player will be at the Spanish side until the end of the season.

Anthony Martial Signs New Long Term Contract With Manchester United

Manchester United forward, Anthony Martial has signed a new long term contract which will see him remain at Old Trafford until June 2024.

Anthony Martial signs new long term contract with Manchester United

Anthony Martial’s former deal with United was to end at the end of this season before the club extended it which will now see the Frenchman earn £250,000 per week.
Speaking about the new deal, Anthony Martial said:
“I am loving my time at this club. From the day I joined I have been made to feel part of the United family and I have been incredibly humbled and overwhelmed by the warmth and love of our fans, who continue to amaze me with their support.
Anthony Martial also used the opportunity to thank manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for believing in him.
“I would like to thank Ole and his coaching staff for their belief in me and for helping me to take my game to the next level.
“This club is all about winning trophies and I am sure the next piece of silverware is not that far away.”

Rohr to Include Best U-20 Player in Eagles Squad for Seychelles, Egypt

Rohr in Flying Eagles Camp
As the Flying Eagles’ delegation to the 21st Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations depart for Niamey, Niger Republic today, Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has challenged the players to give their very best and qualify for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
The Franco-German gaffer has also pledged that he would be at the competition venue to pick the best Nigerian player and include him in the senior squad.
“I watched the team’s training session and I see they are good. They are ambitious and I will be in Niger Republic to see some of the matches.
“I have decided to pick one or two of them, the best ones, to give them a chance when we regroup for the matches against Seychelles and Egypt in March,” Rohr, who watched the Flying Eagles train on Tuesday, told reporters in Abuja.
The Super Eagles, already qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, host the Pirates of Seychelles at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on 23rd March, in a mere academic session, and then welcome the Pharaohs of Egypt in a much-anticipated friendly at the same venue three days later.
Meanwhile, the General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, has charged the Flying Eagles to take to heart the virtues of discipline, dedication and commitment as they head to Niger Republic.
Speaking during a visit to the team’s training session in Abuja yesterday, Sanusi harped on the importance of imbibing enviable character traits that will take the players to the top faster than even their abilities on the field of play.
“Discipline and character are values that you must not take for granted. You may be the best player in the world, but without discipline and character, you would sooner find yourself on the scrap heap. Stories of exceptional talents who wasted away before they could climb successfully to the top, as a result of indiscipline, abound. I pray that your story will not be like any of those.
“You are bearing the high expectations of 180 million Nigerians on your lean shoulders, but you cannot afford to fail. You are Ambassadors of our great country and good character and discipline are key in everything you do in Niger Republic and thereafter.”
Sanusi assured the players that the federation would do everything necessary to support the team to achieve its targets of World Cup ticket and AFCON title at the continental house-party.
“The NFF would do everything it can to support you from every front, and I can assure you that your qualification bonus would be ready for you once you earn the FIFA World Cup ticket.
“Football is the biggest unifying factor globally. Please have that in your mind as you go that the whole country is behind you and will be backing you to conquer.”
Seven-time champions Nigeria will confront host nation Niger Republic, South Africa and Burundi in Group A of the eight-nation tournament, taking place between February 2nd and 17th February.
The Flying Eagles will take on Burundi in their first match of the championship in Niamey on Saturday night.

Sarri Reveals Chelsea Players That Caused 4-0 Defeat to Bournemouth

Chelsea players, Maurizio Sarri, has said that it was difficult for wingers and strikers to find space, as they went down to a shock defeat to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday night.

Four second-half goals condemned Chelsea to a 4-0 defeat, their worst in the Premier League since 1996.

Joshua King scored twice, while David Brooks and Charlie Daniels also got on the scoresheet.

Asked if his system has become too predictable and easy to play against, Sarri told a media conference afterwards: “No, we are not an easy team for teams to play against. I think we played a very good first half, with some problems in the offensive phase.

“We had many players with the back to the opposing goal, so we need more movement without the ball otherwise, for the striker in this team, it’s really a big problem to play.

“It’s difficult for the strikers and wingers to find spaces, so we need to improve. But we played a good first half.”

Home-based Eagles Draw Bye in Opening Round

The home-based national football team of Nigeria will face the winners of Benin and Togo as the team draws bye in the opening round of the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) which final matches will be held in Ethiopia.
The draw for the qualifiers held Wednesday at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt on the sidelines of the Organising Committee of the competition.
Forty-seven teams are engaged in the battle for 15 places to join host Ethiopia for the final tournament of the sixth edition of the tournament designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues.
The draw was the highlight of the meeting of the 25-member committee, which saw the format and procedure approved. The format of the competition remains unchanged and will be played on a zonal basis to determine the finalists for Ethiopia.
The quota for the various zones is as follows;
Northern Zone – 2 teams
Western A Zone – 2 teams
Western B Zone – 3 teams
Central Zone – 3 teams
Central-East Zone – 2 teams + Ethiopia
Southern Zone – 3 teams

Alan Shearer Reveals Who Caused Chelsea’s 4-0 Defeat To Bournemouth

Alan Shearer reveals who caused Chelsea’s 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth Published on January 31, 2019 By Don Silas

Premier League legend, Alan Shearer has blamed Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri following the Blues’ 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth in the Premier League encounter on Wednesday.

Goals from Joshua King (2), David Brooks (1), Charlie Daniels (1) gave Bournemouth all three points against Chelsea.

Shearer believes Sarri should take the blame for his side’s ’embarrassing’ defeat at the Dean Court Stadium.

Speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day, Shearer hit out at Sarri after the Italian said at his post-match press conference that he was ‘finding it difficult to motivate his players’.

“That was an embarrassing defeat for Sarri and embarrassing performance,” Shearer said.

“When your backs are against the wall, you are looking at your team saying ‘come on, give us something’.

“He’s looking at his team again tonight, for the second successive league game.

“He’s come out again tonight saying he’s finding it difficult to motivate these players. Well, that is his job to motivate these players.

“He’s now got his man in, in (Gonzalo) Higuain, so it has to improve and they now find themselves outside of the top four. It’s got to improve, massively.”

CAF Appoints Amuneke on Technical Study Group for U-20 AFCON

Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed Emmanuel Amuneke on their Technical Study Group (TSG) for the Under-20 AFCON in Niger, which begins this weekend.
Amuneke is currently the Tanzania national team coach.
The 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup-winning coach with Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets, Amuneke was enlisted to the FIFA Technical Study group for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
“I’m in Addis Ababa airport as we speak now. I’m on my way to Niamey, Niger Republic, for the CAF U-20 Nations Cup which kicks off this weekend,” Amuneke told SCORENigeria
“No, Tanzania is not playing but I’m going to Niger as a member of CAF Technical Study Group, TSG.
“Yes, CAF appointed me into their technical study and it is the first time I’ll be playing that role for CAF, but previously, I had carried out such assignment for FIFA.”
Hosts Niger will take on South Africa in Saturday’s opening Group A match, while Nigeria’s Flying Eagles will battle Burundi in the other group match same day. Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso are in Group B in Maradi.

NFF Hails AITEO Boss, Peters, on New Award

Benedict Peters
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has congratulated the founder of AITEO Group, Mr. Benedict Peters on his award as African Icon of the Year at the recent Foreign Investment Network (FIN) and Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources Honorary Patrons Dinner and Awards Night.
Peters is the Founder and President of AITEO Group, Nigeria’s leading energy solution company and the Official Optimum Sponsor of the Nigeria Football Federation. The company also sponsors the annual Federation Cup competition, and picks the bills for the NFF-AITEO Football Awards, another annual event.
The energy company also bankrolls the CAF African Football Awards, yet another annual event for which it recently penned a four –year agreement with the Confederation of African Football, CAF.
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, said on Wednesday: “On behalf of the NFF and the entire Nigerian football fraternity, I would like to congratulate Mr. Peters on yet another award. This is another gorgeous feather to his shining cap. It is also the latest in a long and growing list of accolades for an outstanding gentleman, an international business mogul with a difference and a proud son of Nigeria and Africa.
“This award is not a surprise to me as a person, and certainly not a surprise to any member of the NFF Board. It simply underscores the quality and character of the leading figure of a major partner of the NFF.
“Mr. Peters has always been committed to making everyone and everything around him better and we are proud to have him as a partner in progress with Nigerian and African Football,” said Pinnick, who is also 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Football.
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Bolton Makes Surprise Move for Efe Ambrose

Bolton Wanderers have made a move for ex-Hibernian defender Efe Ambrose.
The 30-year-old is available on a free transfer after exercising a clause in his contract though he has been offered new terms at Hibs.
The Scottish club recognised Ambrose was a key performer for them and want to keep him at the club after the departure of manager Neil Lennon by mutual consent.
Ambrose has vast experience from his time with Celtic, for whom he played between 2012 and 2017.
This season Ambrose has produced some excellent performances, which has prompted much interest from other clubs.
Bolton are hopeful of reaching agreement but Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan Athletic have all made late enquiries.
The 6ft 3ins centre back has 51 caps for Nigeria but has qualified for British passport

Late Fashikun Laid to Rest at Obbo Aiyegunle

Olajide Ayodeji Fashikun
The remains of the late former Chairman of Kwara State Sports Writers Association of Nigeria( SWAN), Mr. Olajide Ayodeji Fashikun was Wednesday committed to mother earth in his country home, Obbo-Aiyegunle, in Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State.
Fashikun, who was until his demise, a former Sports Correspondent of THISDAY Newspaper and Managing Editor of Going news, an online news outfit. He died in the early hours of Sunday, at the Federal Medical Centre, in Utako, Abuja, at the age of 54 years.
In his sermon during the burial attended by family, retired and active athletes as well as his colleagues in the pen profession from far and near, the officiating minister, Most Apostle Prophet Johnson Ahmed Musa of Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Obbo-Aiyegunle said that despite his untimely death, he lived a fulfilled and impactful life worthy of been emulated.
While praying God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss, he charged the children to imbibe and sustain the legacies of the deceased, whom he said, touched the lives of many people, going by the testimonies given.
The state government, represented by the Director of Sports, Mallam Tunde Kazeem, while condoling the family, described late Fashikun as an administrator who lived an exemplary life.
Equally, Ondo State government, represented by the state’s Commissioner for Sports, Saka Yusuf Ogunleye, while praising the late Fashikun for his efforts at developing sports and youths, supported the family with cash donations, promising more support for the family.
National President of SWAN, Mr. Honour Sirawoo represented by a National Officer of the Association Alloy Chukwuemeka, described the deceased as a courageous, workaholic and a freedom fighter, who always stood by truth and justice.
FCT SWAN Chairman, Mr Chidoka Ndubueze Okwuchukwu, said the late Fashikun was a strong member of the association who was not only very active but made impact on members.
Late Fashikun’s partner in the Nigeria Sports Development project, Mary Onyali, an Olympian said that late Fashikun brought her back home from the US to start the project 12 years ago, and vowed to fulfill the dream, despite his death.
She also announced the bid by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), to give university scholarship to Femi, the 17-year old son of the deceased, even as she pledged her support for the other children.
Late Fashikun was survived by an aged mother, wife and four children.

Arsenal Sign Barcelona Midfielder Denis Suarez

Arsenal have signed Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez on loan until the end of the season.
The La Liga champions have extended the 25-year-old's contract until June 2021, although the Gunners have a purchase option in the summer.
Spaniard Suarez has played 71 times for Barcelona since joining in 2013 but has only featured eight times this season.
He previously played under Gunners manager Unai Emery at Sevilla, when he was at the club on loan.
Suarez spent two seasons at Manchester City as a teenager but only made two first-team appearances before being sold to Barcelona as a 19-year-old.

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Nigeria Clinches 42 Medals at World Para Powerlifting Championships

Nigeria on Wednesday emerged the overall winner of the concluded 2019 Lagos World Para Powerlifting Invitational Championships held at Oriental Hotel in Lagos. 

Gold medallist Esther Oyema of Nigeria kisses her medal during the Victory Ceremony for the women’s -48 kg Powerlifting at ExCeL. 

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria grabbed all the 20 gold medal on offer to assert its world dominance in the sport. The country also won 15 silver and 7 bronze medals, making it a total of 42 medals in all as the competition ended. 

Cote d’ Ivoire and Cameroon also registered their names on the medals table clinching three bronze medals each, while Ghana went home with two bronze medals.

 Other countries that participated in the championship were Guinea, Tanzania and Mali. Reacting to the athletes performance, Feyisetan Are, national coach of the Nigeria Para Powerlifting team, told the NAN that he was elated by the athletes performance. 

Are said that he did not expect anything less from the athletes, while commending them for doing the country proud. “I am happy with what my athletes have been able to achieve on home soil, they all performed excellently well.

 “I remember that sometimes last year, i vowed that we are going to host and win this competition and I thank God that it has come to reality, ” he said. The coach said that effort would be made by the federation to develop the rising talents who took part in the championship. 

“I must say that the future of powerlifting in Nigeria is bright, the upcoming athletes really proved their worth in the championships and we will continue to nurture them to stardom.  

“We have world class equipment to train them and we will expose them to more international competitions, ” he said. 

NAN reports that the championships which began on Jan. 28 is an International Paralympic Committee event. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Rafael Nadal Is Engaged To Mery Perelló

Rafael Nadal is engaged to to long-term girlfriend Mery Perello after dating for 14-years. The pair are set to get married soon.

Rafa Nadal is engaged to Mery Perelló lailasnews

The news comes after his loss to rival Novak Djokovic in the 2019 Australian Open after his recovery from an injury plagued 2018.
Nadal who is a 17-time Grandslam winner is however set to marry his young sweetheart after the tennis star reportedly proposed.
According to Hello!, the couple are planning on tying the knot this autumn in Mallorca and have secretly been engaged for eight months.
Hello’s sister publication HOLA! revealed that Spanish player Rafa, 32, proposed to Mery, 30, an insurance worker and business graduate back in May during a romantic trip to Rome.
It was added that the couple decided to keep the happy news private for the first eight months of their engagement.
In a previous interview, Nadal spoke about his desire to have children, saying he is a ‘family guy’.
He said: ‘I would love to have children, boys, girls… I’m a person who loves kids and I’m a family guy.
‘But also I tell you that the reality is, the years keep passing, I would like to start to do all of this when my sporting life determines it.’
Maria once said that despite dating superstar such as Nadal she tries to give him his personal space. She said,
“Travelling together everywhere, even if I could, would not be good either for him or for me.
“He needs his space when he is competing, and just the idea of me hanging around waiting on his needs all day wears me out. It would asphyxiate me.
“And then he would have to be worrying about me … No. If I followed him everywhere, I think there’s a risk we might stop getting along.”

Emiliano Sala: Seats Likely to Be From Missing Plane Found

As the search for Emiliano Sala’s mission plane continues, two seats likely to be from the missing plane is said to have been found.

Emiliano Sala_ Seats likely to be from missing plane found lailasnews

The seat cushions were found washed up on a beach in north west France and investigators believe the seats are from the missing plane carrying Cardiff City striker.

Search crews have been scouring the sea around the Channel Islands since the Piper Malibu being flown by pilot Dave Ibbotson disappeared on Monday, January 21.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said today:
On the morning of Monday 28 January, we were advised by the French safety investigation authority, that part of a seat cushion had been found on a beach near Surainville on the Cotentin Peninsula.
A second cushion was found in the same area later that day. From a preliminary examination we have concluded that it is likely that the cushions are from the missing aircraft.

Neymar To Miss Man Utd Tie After Being Ruled Out For 10weeks

Neymar will miss both legs of Paris Saint-Germain’s upcoming Champions League last-16 tie against Manchester United after the French club confirmed on Tuesday that the world’s most expensive player would be out for 10 weeks with a metatarsal injury.
However, Neymar will not undergo an operation, with PSG saying the Brazilian had instead agreed on “a conservative treatment” that could see him return in time for the Champions League quarter-finals in April should they qualify.
“After detailed analysis by specialists, a consensus was reached of conservative treatment of Neymar’s injury to the fifth right metatarsal,” the French champions said.
“Informed of this recommendation, Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian international striker agreed with this protocol. As a result, Neymar is expected to return to the field within 10 weeks.”
Neymar suffered the injury in PSG’s French Cup win against Strasbourg last week, and his coach Thomas Tuchel had already all but ruled the 222-million-euro forward out of the first leg against United at Old Trafford on February 12.
The second leg of that tie is scheduled for March 6, and the timeline announced by the club means he could just make it back in time for a quarter-final first leg, due to be played on April 9 and 10. The second legs are set for the following week.
“Paris Saint-Germain sends its strongest support and encouragement to Neymar Jr. to overcome this injury, with the courage and determination that the player has always shown,” the club added.
While Neymar will now sit out a crucial period in PSG’s season, there has also been concern back in Brazil, which will host the Copa America in June and July.
An operation would have put Neymar’s participation in that tournament at risk, as well as effectively ending his club season.
Brazil coach Tite and national team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar have been in Paris this week to visit Neymar, who suffered a fracture to the same right foot at the end of February last year.
He underwent an operation, performed by Lasmar, and returned just in time for the World Cup in Russia last June.

Arsene Wenger Was Paid £17.1million To Exit Arsenal

Report has it that Arsene Wenger was paid £17.1million pounds by Arsenal when he left the club last year. The amount was a pay-off to the Frenchman and his coaching staff.

68-year old Arsene Wenger left Arsenal after 22 years in charge and with just one year left on his contract.

Though reports had it that Arsene Wenger retired on his own, he however gave a big hint in April last year that he was sacked by the London club

At a press conference ahead of a Europa League clash against Atletico Madrid, Wenger revealed that the decision to leave Arsenal was not his.

“The timing was not really my decision and for the rest I’ve spoken about it already,” he said.

Serena Williams & Daughter Bump Into Lewis Hamilton At Jewelry Store

Tennis superstar, Serena Williams bumped into British F1 driver Lewis Hamilton while shopping at XIV Karats LTD in Beverly Hills on Tuesday with her adorable daughter Alexis Olympia.

The 34-year-old five-time Formula 1 World Champion cooed as he interacted with Serena's 16-month-old privileged princess, who sported a cute bumble-bee backpack.

The Michigan-born 37-year-old scraped her hair into a top-bun and she slipped her 5ft9in athletic figure into a b&w-striped backless mini-dress and black sandals for the quick outing.

Liverpool fans thank Rafael Benitez for Man City's defeat

When Rafael Benitez left Liverpool in 2010, he was already a legend in the eyes of many Reds fans.

The current Newcastle boss guided Liverpool to a historic Champions League victory over AC Milan in 2005 and departed as an Anfield favourite five years later.

And he may have given his old club a huge boost in the Premier League title race after his current club - Newcastle - defied the odds to upset Manchester City with a 2-1 win at St James' Park on Tuesday night.

Liverpool have a four-point lead at the top of the table but could extend the gap over City to seven points with victory against Leicester on Wednesday evening (20:00 GMT kick-off).

Following the surprise result, Liverpool fans were - perhaps understandably - in celebratory mood on social media. And their former boss was the subject of their affection.
Jay Riley Twitter

Darren Farley: Rafa Benitez, I love you.

Lauren Black: Rafa Benitez you beautiful beautiful man.
Annie's Anfield tweet

Henry Jackson: I'll always adore Rafa Benitez, but my love for him right now is bordering on unhealthy.

AnfieldRd96: Give Rafa Benitez a Premier League winners' medal if we win the league.
Mohamed Yousef Tweet

Carl Anka: Rafa Benitez loves Liverpool so much, man.

LFC Australia: RAFA BENITEZ: Performing miracles since 2005.
Andrew Ebling Tweet

But while Liverpool fans were beginning to dream it all might just be possible after all, former Manchester City defender Danny Mills gave them a gentle reminder on BBC Radio 5 live that "the title race is not over".

"It's an unbelievable result - not just for Newcastle, but for Liverpool too," he said. "This is an incredible opportunity for Liverpool.

"They can play with a bit more freedom against Leicester. Even if they draw they are still in a good position, but if they win... then it's a huge margin.

"I don't think it's over but they have got to slip up quite badly and City have to keep winning. To have a seven-point lead at this stage of the season, the title race is not over, but Liverpool are in a very good position."

LeBron James shares workout photos ahead of his return from groin injury

NBA star, Lebron James who plays for Los Angeles Lakers took to Instagram to share these hot photos of himself working out at the Lakers' practice facility ahead of his return from groin injury.

The 34-year-old accompanied the post with the caption: 'Almost that time again! I've missed you so damn much!'

Gov Dickson Rewards Bayelsa Queens with N22m for Winning NWPL Super 4

Bayelsa State Governor Henry Seriake Dickson has rewarded victorious Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Champions Bayelsa Queens with N22million for clinching 2017/2018 Nigeria Women Premier League.
The Restoration Girls spanked defending Champions Nasarawa Amazons 2-0 in a keenly contested final at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.
While receiving the girls at the Government House in Yenagoa, Governor Dickson said plans are on to equip the Sports sector with world-class sports facilities that will see Bayelsa among the leading states in the country when it comes to sports facilities.
Stressing that Bayelsa Queens triumph has shown that Bayelsa State is a state that does not associate itself with failure.
He also directed the commissioner for transport in the state to immediately release one of the brand new coastal buses to the Restoration Girls.
On his part, the stat’s Commissioner for Sports Development, Mr Perekiye Buruboyefe, said the success story of the triumphant Queens is incomplete without thanking the state government for their massive support.
While appreciating the government he also explain how the (NWPL) is been run.
In a message of appreciation, Bayelsa Queens Chairman, Mr Ebiki Timitimi, lauded the state government for the developmental stride put in place towards galvanizing sports in the state.