Thursday, October 31, 2019

Osimhen Fit For Marseille Clash - Lille Manager Galtier

Lille manager Christophe Galtier has disclosed that Nigeria forward Victor Osimhen has recovered from his abductor injury and is fit for Saturday’s Ligue 1 away clash against Olympique Marseille at the Orange Velodrome.

Osimhen sustained the injury in Lille’s 3-0 home win against Girondins Bordeaux last weekend.

The 20-year-old was replaced by former France international forward Loic Remy in the 58th minute.

There were concerns that Osimhen will spend sometime on the sidelines following the injury, but Galtier has hinted that the former Wolfsburg striker is up and running again.

“Victor (Osimhen) is up and running. He has trained well throughout the week,” Galtier told a news conference on Thursday.

The Nigeria international has scored seven goals in 11 league appearances for Lille this season.

He was named Lille player of the month for September and also scooped the best Ligue 1 player award for the same month.

I Frustrated Hazard During Our Time At Lille - Enyeama

Former Super Eagles captain Vincent Enyeama has revealed that he frustrated Eden Hazard during their time together at French Ligue 1 club, Lille.

Enyeama, who enjoyed a glittering career with Lille following his arrival from Hapoel Tel Aviv in June 2011 made 164 appearances for the club.

“I have always had good relationships with my colleagues,” Enyeama told Get French Football News in an interview.

“I mean we are in there to get the three points and if we get the three points everyone gets money and if we get the three points everyone gets happy, the fans are happy regardless of if you played or not.

“Mickael Landreau (the first choice at that time) is an excellent guy, I remembered telling him.

“I was too good in training, Eden Hazard and Moussa Sow complained because I was too strong for them. They complained to the coach that I was too strong for them that I was not a second goalkeeper who would give them enough confidence in training for matches.

“That I was not letting them score, I was not giving them enough confidence to prepare for the match. But then, what can I say, I remember telling Landreau that he should concentrate on his game, Rudi (Garcia) has already told me that I wouldn’t play.

“There’s no need to be worried. So he should relax. But we had a great time, a great relationship.”

Fans Accuse Ronaldo Of Diving Against Genoa

Cristiano Ronaldo was on hand to help Juventus triumph over Genoa after scoring a stoppage-time goal from the spot. However, Ronaldo has been accused of “blatant” and “disgraceful” diving to secure the penalty for Juventus after Genoa had two of their players sent off.

The Portugal star, 34, went down when Antonio Sanabria tried to shepherd him away from goal deep into injury time.

Someone tell me this isn’t a dive #SerieA #Juventus #Ronaldo

— J. Velazquez (@JuanDirection58) October 30, 2019

Ronaldo left his leg dangling and went tumbling to the ground as soon as he felt contact and the referee chose to award a penalty to the Bianconeri. Ronaldo stepped up, scored, and sealed three points for the Italian giants.

But fans believe his fall was intentional and took to social media to blast the five-time Ballon d’Or winner for going down to easy to win the winning spot-kick.

Here are some of the reactions from fans;

Leonardo Bonucci had given the home side the lead in the 36th minute with a header but the scoreline came to level when Christian Kouame scored four minutes later.

Genoa received their first red card when Francesco Cassata got his second yellow card for tugging Paulo Dybala and then six minutes later substitute goalkeeper Federico Marchetti was also shown red despite being on the bench.

Adrien Rabiot became the third player to be sent off in the match when, three minutes from time, he was shown a second yellow card for a sliding tackle to stop a counter-attack.

Nonetheless, the late penalty helped Maurizio Sarri’s men claim three more points and sent them a point ahead of Inter Milan to the top of the table.

NBA star Lebron James dresses as Edward Scissorhands for Halloween

NBA superstar, Lebron James has joined the hosts of other celebrities celebrating Halloween.

The 34-year-old Los Angeles Lakers' star took to Instagram to share photos of himself dressed as Edward Scissorhands from the 1990 Tim Burton classic.

Arsenal Legend, Thierry Henry Gets New Job

Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry, has landed a role in Amazon Prime’s Premier League coverage in December, the UK Mirror reports.

Henry will be among the 40 on-screen names, who will be part of their two rounds of live fixtures, with viewers able to choose from 20 games being shown live.

Others include: Alan Shearer, Peter Crouch, Roberto Martinez, Lee Dixon, Harry Redknapp, Jermaine Jenas, Alex Scott, Peter Schmeichel and Michael Owen.

Amazon have also gone for Clive Tyldesley as their big-name commentator and he is also on board with Jon Champion, Connor McNamara, Guy Mowbray and Ian Darke.

The midweek round of fixtures in December features the first Merseyside derby of the season with Liverpool facing Everton, while Manchester City face Wolves and Liverpool go to Leicester on Boxing Day.

"We Won't Play" - Liverpool Coach Jurgen Klopp Reacts On Club World Cup, Carabao Cup Matches Clashing

Liverpool are in the Carabao Cup quarter-final draw this morning but when they will actually play the fixture remains to be seen. The matches involving the last eight will take place on the week commencing December 16. But Liverpool will be competing for the Club World Cup in Doha at the same time after winning the Champions League last season.

And Klopp has sensationally told the organisers of the Carabao Cup the Reds could quit the competition.

He said: “If they can't find the proper date for us and I don't mean Christmas Day 3am - then we can't play the game - our opponentswill progress.

“We will not be the victims of this problem.

“I think a lot of people from the Premier League were watching on TV hoping Arsenal do it. Sorry!”

Liverpool saw off Arsenal in a scintillating match at Anfield on Wednesday evening.

The Reds progressed via a penalty shootout after an incredible 5-5 draw in the 90 minutes.

Klopp’s side took the lead after Shkodran Mustafi scored a howler of an own goal but before they knew it Liverpool were 3-1 down.

Lucas Torreira and a Gabriel Martinelli double put the Gunners in a strong position.

James Milner then converted a penalty to leave the score 3-2 at half-time.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles restored Arsenal’s two-goal cushion in the second half before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netted a screamer topeg them back.

Divock Origi followed that up by putting Liverpool back on level terms but Joe Willock scored a beautiful curling effort to make it 5-4.

But Origi stole the headlines with an injury-time equaliser and youngster Curtis Jones converted the winning penalty in the shootout.

Carabao Cup Quarter-final Draw

The draws were conducted on Thursday morning, following the conclusion of the round of 16 fixtures on Wednesday night. Manchester United defeated Chelsea 2-1, while Liverpool won 5-4 on penalties against Arsenal on Wednesday.

Oxford United v Manchester City
Manchester United v Colchester United
Aston Villa v Liverpool
Everton v Leicester City

Fixtures for the quarter-finals will commence on December 16.

Napoli Coach Carlo Ancelotti Gets Red Card, Sent Off By Referee In Serie A Match

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti was shown a red card and sent to the stands as Atalanta twice came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw at the San Paolo Stadium. Napoli took an early lead through Nikola Maksimovic, only for Remo Freuler to level with a clever shot through the legs of goalkeeper Alex Meret.

The home side regained the lead through an Arkadiusz Milik strike at the start of the second half and looked to be heading for all three points before Josip Ilicic's 86th-minute equaliser.

The Napoli players and coaches were incensed by the referee's decision not to award their side a penalty just after the equaliser, and manager Ancelotti was shown a red card.

Ancelotti told a press conference reported by the club website: 'This evening for the first time I prefer to speak little, I feel offended in my seriousness and I am disappointed.'

'Honestly we should not even comment on it. The defender (Simon Kjaer) is not interested in the ball and goes directly to (Fernando) Llorente. A clear penalty.

'For me there was no need for VAR but it is absurd that the referee did not go to see the images.'


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EFL Carabao Cup Not Our Priority - Frank Lampard Reacts

Chelsea coach Frank Lampard has attempted to put aside the 2-1 Carabao Cup defeat to
Manchester United by insisting the club is more focused on other competitions.

The Blues were knocked out of the tournament at Stamford Bridge by the Red Devils at the round-of-16 stage, ending a seven match winning streak, with Marcus Rashford scoring before and after Michy Batshuayi's equalizer.

When asked if it was a blow to be eliminated from the competition, Lampard praised his team's recent performances and made it clear he had rotated his squad with eyes on other matches.

"We've had seven wins on the trot," Lampard said. "We've had taxing games in the
Champions League . We want to get into the next stage of that."

"Our form in the league has been really good. They're the priorities. But we want to win matches and give everything.

"Today, I had to look at my squad and who deserves minutes. The young players. The competition has an element of that for us."

Despite the loss, Lampard was pleased with the performances of several youngsters, as the likes of Marc Guehi, Reece James and Billy Gilmour got a run out.

The English manager admitted his detest of defeats but urged his players to switch their attention to upcoming matches.

"I saw a lot of things that were good for us for the future," Lampard said. "A lot of positive things about us.

"I hate losing. We all do here. But there's a big picture here and a lot of big games to come, and a busy fixture list. Now we focus on what happens next."

Rashford's two goals both came from set pieces, with his first from the penalty spot because a stunning free-kick from 35 yards ended up as the match-winner.

Lampard, a master set-piece taker as a player himself, was full of praise for Rashford's rocket and believed his team was on top until the England international struck.

"It’s great technique - we’ve seen Rashford hits balls with a similar technique [previously]," Lampard said.

"They don’t always go in the top corner, but it was a stunning strike. Take nothing away from him.
"We were in the ascendancy, with Mason and Pedro on with fresh legs, but when they got in front they had a lead to defend."

Chelsea's next match is in the Premier League at strugglers Watford on Saturday.

Unai Emery Hails Captain Fantastic Mesut Ozil Despite Lost

Arsenal boss happy with returning midfielder's contribution despite seeing his side miss out on a quarter-final berth in the Carabao Cup. Arsenal boss Unai Emery hailed the performance of Mesut Ozil as the Arsenal playmaker returned to action against Liverpool on Wednesday.

The former Germany international was making only his third appearance of the season as the Gunners went out 5-4 on penalties at Anfield against Jurgen Klopp's side after an incredible 5-5 draw in a reasonable time.

Ozil was given a pre-match pep talk by Emery earlier this week to get the best out of the misfiring midfielder and was delighted with the response, which included a delightful backheel to set up the fourth goal for Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

The former Real Madrid star was replaced after 65 minutes by Matteo Guendouzi, but Emery revealed that was always the plan in a bid to ease him back into the action.

“Mesut Ozil is back helping us with his quality and his spirit,” a delighted Emery told Sky Sports.
"It was in the plan to replace him; we had spoken about that before."

The Gunners were ahead for much of the game before conceding Liverpool's vital fifth goal to Divock Origi in the fourth minute of added time to force the shootout.

“A crazy match,” admitted Emery. “I am very proud of their work; we had a high rhythm in the first 45 minutes. In the end, we were winning until the last action. Penalties are 50/50, and we lost.

“We are sad, but our work, we deserve to have more. There are lots of positives to take.

"Defensively, both teams cannot be happy with that. But for the supporters, it was an amazing 90 minutes. The result was always changing. It was spectacular.

"We can be proud of our work but not the result,” he added.

Meanwhile, Emery revealed that no decision had been taken on when to include Granit Xhaka in the side again.

Xhaka was taken out of the firing line after storming off the pitch when he was substituted in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

The Switzerland international has come under fire for his foul-mouthed tantrum, and the captain’s future at the club has been questioned in some quarters.

"Granit Xhaka? Now I cannot say how we are going to play on Saturday [against Wolves ],” said Emery. "We have to take it to step by step.”

Samuel Eto’o rules out career in politics, says I'm not interested

“Everyone wants me to go into politics, but there won’t be 10 million Weahs,” Eto’o said in an exclusive interview with AFP.

Weah, the only African player to win the Ballon d’Or, became president of Liberia in January 2018.

“Everyone is born with their own star. Everyone at some point gets involved in politics at their own level, but, for the moment, it doesn’t interest me.”

The 38-year-old Cameroon legend recently brought the curtain down on a glittering playing career during which he won the UEFA Champions League twice with Barcelona and once more with Inter Milan.

An idol in his homeland, Eto’o gave his backing to Paul Biya — who has ruled the country for 37 years — before his re-election in 2018.

Biya is 86 and is dealing with a major crisis in Cameroon as a two-year secession drive-by anglophone separatists has claimed thousands of lives.

Main opposition leader Maurice Kamto walked free from jail earlier this month after a military court ordered his release at Biya’s behest.

Of his supposed political ambitions, Eto’o added: “A lot of people might be saying that it’s an idea I have, but I say to them it doesn’t exist in my mind at the moment.

“But every citizen has the right. If you want to stand, nobody is going to stop you. But in our country, it is as though it is something reserved for certain people. Personally, it is not an objective.”

The two-time Africa Cup of Nations winner says he wants to move into coaching, although he has also taken a role with the Confederation of African Football.

“My role is to lobby the different federations to convince them to adhere to the work being done by president (Ahmad) Ahmad,” he said.

Carabao Cup Draw: Man Utd, Liverpool And Man City Get Quarter-final Fixtures

Liverpool is set to face Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals although a date for the fixture has yet to be agreed. Jurgen Klopp suggested he could pull his side out of the competition if a date cannot be found for the quarter-final after the club reached the last eight via a penalty shoot-out following a 10-goal thriller against Arsenal.

As Champions League winners, Liverpool will be playing in the last four of the Club World Cup in Qatar on 18 December, with the Carabao Cup quarter-finals scheduled for the same week.

The EFL released a statement in reply to the Liverpool manager's comments, saying: "The EFL is in discussions with Liverpool to identify an alternative date given the club's participation in the FIFA Club World Cup competition."

Colchester have secured a lucrative trip to Manchester United, and the League Two club will be looking to cause further upset, having already knocked out top-division sides Tottenham and Crystal Palace in the competition's earlier rounds.

Manchester City, in search of their third successive league cup trophy, will travel to Oxford, after easing past Southampton on Tuesday in the fourth round.

Leicester will travel to Everton, who have never won the competition, after a 3-1 win at Burton on Tuesday.

The quarter-finals, aside from the Liverpool fixture, are set to take place the week starting December 16.

Full List:

Liverpool Vs Aston Villa
Manchester United Vs Colchester
Manchester City Vs Oxford
Leicester Vs Everton

Juventus Prepare £35m Bid For Salzburg Sensation Erling Braut Haaland

Juventus have entered the race to sign RB Salzburg sensation Erling Braut Haaland amid transfer links. The Norwegian striker has scored an astonishing 22 goals already this season and would fetch at least £35m.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, agent Mino Raiola, believed to be advising the 19-year-old, is trying to engineer a big-money move.

Juventus are just the latest European giant to monitor the teenager's progress, with Manchester United and Real Madrid also believed to be interested.

His record both in Austria and Europe has set pulses racing across the continent.

Haaland, son of former Manchester City midfielder Alf-Inge, has scored six times in this season's Champions League, including in the 4-3 defeat at Anfield earlier this month.

Kick It Out criticised over communication in alleged sexual assault case.

Kick It Out has been criticized over "failures of communication" concerning how it handled an allegation of sexual assault made by a member of staff in 2017.

The Charity Commission criticised the "slow sharing" of the information about the alleged assault - said to have been committed by someone from outside the organisation - among trustees.

The matter was only brought to the Charity Commission's attention by a Kick It Out trustee in October 2018, after it was initially reported to Kick It Out staff in the summer of 2017.

Former Kick It Out chair Lord Ouseley defended his role in the organisation's handling of the matter in a statement published in December 2018.

"Having been told that the individual did not want to involve the police, which I emphasised should have happened immediately, and wanted the matter resolved in a private manner, I assumed the task of preserving and safeguarding that privacy," he said.

"I hold my hands up as guilty if I should have told my trustees and the Charity Commissioners."

A spokesperson for the Charity Commission said: "We expect charities to report serious incidents to the Commission in line with our guidance.

"On timing, our guidance is clear that this is as soon as is reasonably possible after an incident happens, or immediately after a charity becomes aware of it."

The eventual reporting of the allegation of sexual assault to the Charity Commission came a month after the commission was contacted by individuals at Kick It Out who complained of bullying and harassment, and about the culture among the charity's leadership team.

The Charity Commission opened a regulatory compliance case to investigate both issues, while Kick It Out commissioned an independent review led by a QC which concluded in August.

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Nigerian Striker Osimhen Speaks On How He Rescued His Family From Poverty

Super Eagles latest striker Victor Osimhen, has narrated how his emergence as a professional footballer saved his family members from poverty.

The Nigerian striker, who also plays for Lille told BeIN Sport that life was tough for his siblings after his mother’s death and father’s joblessness.

According to him, his father lost his job three months after his mother died.
To survive, Osimhen said his brother hawked sports newspapers, while sister sold oranges in the street.

The 20-year-old player also said he earlier sold bottled water in Lagos traffic to help his family survive.
To also survive, the footballer narrated that he once joined his friends to scavenge for crampons and shoes at the former Olusosun dumpsite in Oregun-Ojota area of Lagos.

But after emerging as a successful footballer, Osimhen said his family members are now living the life they deserved.

Anthony Joshua Is Tenth On World's Richest Boxers List

Anthony Joshua's worth £40 million more than Mike Tyson but the British star trails Floyd Mayweather by a massive £400 million on the list of world's richest boxers.

Joshua, 30, has the chance to reclaim the heavyweight world titles when he rematches Andy Ruiz Jr on December 7 in Saudi Arabia.

He is set to earn a huge payday and a recent study claims he has a net worth of £43 million. But the ex-heavyweight king is behind former foe Wladimir Klitschko as well as current stars 'Canelo' Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao.

Joshua's also well behind Lennox Lewis and George Foreman not to mention 'Money' Mayweather who has a whopping £435 million net worth.

Here's the top ten ranked by their net worth via talkSPORT.

10. Anthony Joshua - £43m

Joshua's net worth will rise after his fight with Ruiz Jr and he also has a steady revenue stream through his sponsorship deals with the likes of Lucozade, Dre Beats and Under Armour.

9. Wladimir Klitschko - £47m

Wladimir ruled the heavyweight division for nearly a decade and his sponsorship deals with Hugo Boss and several German companies push him into the No.9 spot.

8. Vitali Klitschko - £62m

Wladimir's older brother, Vitali, also held world titles in the heavyweight division and he's currently the Mayor of Kiev and head of the Kiev City State Administration.

7. 'Canelo' Alvarez - £73m

The Mexican sensation signed a record-breaking £365 million deal with DAZN last year after parting ways with HBO. He bids to become a four-weight world champion on Saturday when he faces light-heavyweight king Sergey Kovalev.

6. 'Sugar' Ray Leonard - £93m

Leonard, who's regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, won world titles in five weight divisions, He's now a motivational speaker.

5. Lennox Lewis - £109m

Lewis enjoyed a superb amateur and professional career. He won gold at the 1988 Olympics and became the undisputed heavyweight champion - the last man to hold the undisputed heavyweight title.

4. Manny Pacquiao - £148m

Pacquiao, a multi-weight world champion, fought Floyd Mayweather in the 'Fight of the Century', and pocketed a reported £93 million.

3. Oscar De La Hoya - £155m

De La Hoya now heads Golden Boy Promotions after a successful amateur and professional career, where he won a gold at the 1992 Olympics and world titles in six weight divisions. His fight against Mayweather was the biggest boxing pay-per-view of all time until Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.

2. George Foreman - £233m

Foreman has made a huge chunk of his fortune from selling the naming rights to the George Foreman grill, in a deal worth a believed £138 million in 1999.

1. Floyd Mayweather - £435m

Unsurprisingly, Mayweather (50-0) tops the list with a net worth of £435 million. The American retired from the sport after his mega money Las Vegas showdown against UFC star Conor McGregor, where he made a cool £214 million.

Liverpool Beat Arsenal On Penalties To Reach Quarter-Finals Of League Cup

Liverpool have made it through to the quarter-finals of the League Cup on penalties after their last 16 tie against Arsenal ended 5-5 at the end of 90 minutes.

Liverpool have booked their spot in the last-eight of the competition by edging out Arsenal 5-4 on penalties at Anfield.

The visitors went behind when Shkodran Mustafi scored an own-goal in the sixth minute. Arsenal drew level with a goal from Lucas Torreira, then went 3-1 ahead thanks to a quick-fire brace from Gabriel Martinelli. James Milner pulled one back from the spot before the break to make the score 3-2 at half-time.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles restored his side's two-goal advantage thanks to a moment of magic from Mesut Ozil.

But the hosts hit back to draw level with goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Divock Origi.

Arsenal then went back in front in truly stunning style as Joe Willock scored an absolute screamer from long range.

Liverpool refused to lie down as Origi scored his second goal of the night deep, deep into stoppage to send the game to penalties.

Jurgen Klopp's side join Oxford United, Everton, Manchester City, Leicester City, Aston Villa, Manchester United and Colchester in the next round of the League Cup.

Marcus Rashford Completely Forgot What Competition He Was Playing In After Heroics Against Chelsea

Marcus Rashford appeared to forget he was playing in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night when he revealed his delighted at "getting the three points" against Chelsea.

The Manchester United forward, who turns 22 today, scored an absolute peach of a free-kick from 35-or-so yards at Stamford Bridge, and in turn won the game for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men.

It was a whirlwind performance from the England international, who appeared to be still in awe as he conducted an interview with Sky Sports after the full-time whistle.

Here's how the interview played out.

Interviewer: "Marcus, congratulations, your birthday tomorrow - is that the best possible way to celebrate tonight?"

Rashford: "Erm, yeah, getting the three points is the way you want to start a day like tomorrow."

Does somebody want to let Marcus know that you can't pick up all three points in the Carabao Cup fourth round?

We'll let him off though. The Manchester United striker was once again in scintillating form for his side, scoring a brace against a weakened Chelsea.

He opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Marcos Alonso brought down pacey winger Daniel James.

He continued to be a threat throughout the game and got his just rewards with 'that' outrageous free-kick.

Newell's Old Boys Give Gimnasia Manager Diego Maradona His Own Pitchside Throne

Newell's Old Boys gave Argentina legend Diego Maradona his own personal pitchside throne for their game against his Gimnasia side last night.

Maradona, who turns 59 today, played five times for Newell's late on in his illustrious career and was given a hero's welcome by the club's fans at his hotel in Rosario prior to the match.

Then, 'El Diego' was presented with a framed painting, a canvas artwork, a Newell's shirt and his very own throne just before kick off, gracing the chair with his signature.

And the 1986 World Cup winner wasted no time in getting comfortable and duly watched his team smash Newell's 4-0 at the Marcelo Bielsa stadium while in a seat fit for a king.

The rest of his backroom staff took their seats on the bench but clearly Maradona was too cool for a dugout.

Incredibly, broadcaster TNT Sports set up a "Diego Cam" so that fans at home could watch Maradona looking like Jim Royle on the sideline during the game.

Referee Gives Kaka A Yellow Card Before Taking Selfie With Him

In what was surely a first in football, legendary Brazilian Kaka was shown a yellow card just so the referee could take a selfie with him last night.

The former AC Milan and Real Madrid maestro pulled on the Selecao shirt once more in a charity match for peace in Israel and was on the scoresheet in a 4-2 victory for Brazil.

Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos, Rivaldo, Cafu and Bebeto were also among the legends taking part in the friendly fixture but it was Kaka who was the biggest hit - with even the person officiating the game wanting a picture with him.

Incredibly, while the 2007 Ballon d'Or was dribbling in midfield with his side 3-2 up, the female referee blew the whistle and stopped the game for a moment.

Much to Kaka's confusion, the official then went to her pocket and booked him - before getting her phone out and asking for a selfie with the 37-year old - who was more than happy to oblige.

The Brazil players made it even better by shaking the ref's hand and creating a nice, fun moment in the charity game.

Earlier this year, Brazilian referee Fernanda Colombo produced a similar moment of brilliance in the Estrellas de Ecuador league.

Colombo, who is also a sports journalist, presenter and commentator, was officiating a friendly when she called over Barcelona Sporting Club midfielder Kitu Díaz.

The 30-year-old reached into her pocket and many thought she was going to brandish a yellow card.

But in a hilarious moment, Colombo instead revealed a white handkerchief to wipe her brow.

Diaz's face is priceless as the referee holds a huge grin on her face. He was convinced the referee was going to book him for an earlier incident.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Rivaldo: Neymar has to leave PSG

Neymar needs to leave Paris Saint-Germain in order to fulfil his potential, according to former Barcelona and Brazil international Rivaldo.

The 27-year-old came close to leaving PSG this summer but agreed to stay after talks broke down over a proposed return to Barcelona, before the European transfer window deadline.

Neymar's displays have been criticised and booed by sections of PSG's fanbase, despite some impressive performances, including against Strasbourg when he scored an injury-time overhead kick.

He has vowed to "give my life on the pitch" for PSG, following a turbulent summer of transfer speculation.

However, Rivaldo, who scored 35 goals in 75 games for Brazil between 1993-2003, said: "I believe a lot in Neymar. But I think he has to leave [PSG].

"That's why he wanted to leave at this transfer window at any cost, PSG is a great club but not one for the level of Neymar.

"I think that, at a world stage, everybody talks only about Barcelona, Real Madrid and some other big clubs from England, some from Germany.

"He has to go to a club that has more history at Champions [League].

"Of course, if he wins the Champions [League] and can be a world champion, it will be much easier to become the best player in the world."

Neymar is currently facing at least another two weeks on the sidelines after suffering a thigh injury in Brazil's 1-1 draw with Nigeria in October.

Rivaldo drew comparisons between Neymar and Ronaldinho, who departed PSG for the Nou Camp in 2003 and went on to win La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup twice respectively - as well as the Champions League in 2006.
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"He has to be like Ronaldinho. Ronaldinho left there (PSG) to come to Barcelona to be the best player in the world," he said.

"But these are things that happen. We are human beings, we make mistakes. I believe Neymar made a mistake on this matter of going there.

"But he still has time, he's 27-years-old, a lot of things ahead of him. He almost left this year and I believe he will leave at the next transfer window. And he will be the best player in the world."

Real Madrid were also interested in bringing Neymar back to La Liga last summer, and Rivaldo believes the forward would not turn down an offer if they once again showed an interest in bringing him to the Bernabeu.

"If a club like Real Madrid is interested, I am sure he would go there. Of course, Barcelona fans would be very upset with that, but he's a professional (player).

"And he knows he has to leave PSG, he knows he made a mistake. With all the respect to PSG, which is a great club, but it's not a club for the level of Neymar."

Despite multiple injury setbacks, Neymar has scored four goals in five appearances at the beginning of this season for PSG.

He arrived at the French club from Barcelona for a world-record £200m fee in 2017.

Rohr Recalls Musa, Akpeyi For Super Eagles Vs Benin, Lesotho

Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has recalled the trio of Ahmed Musa, Daniel Akpeyi and Mikel Agu for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double header against Benin and Lesotho.

Musa, who is the captain of the team has not make an appearance for the Super Eagles since their third place encounter against Tunisia at the 2019 AFCON finals in Egypt due to injury.

He missed the Super Eagles last two friendlies against Ukraine and Brazil.

Akpeyi has been overlooked since the AFCON in Egypt where he was first choice goalkeeper. He has been in fantastic form for Kaizer Chiefs in the ABSA Premier League this season.

Defensive midfielder Agu has not been considered by the national team since he missed the cut to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

He has since been posting impressive displays for Portuguese club Vitoria Guimaraes.

Brighton defender Leon Balogun has been placed on standby as he has struggled to break into the first team at the Premier League club.

Other players placed on standby are injured Stoke City midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo and Czech Republic-based striker Peter Olayinka.

The Super Eagles will open their qualifying campaign for the AFCON in Cameroon on November 14 in Uyo and three days later travel to Lesotho for second qualifying game.


Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany)

Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (CD Leganes, Spain); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia)

Midfielders: Alexander Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ramon Azeez (Granada FC, Spain)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge, Belgium); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France);

Standby: Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Peter Olayinka (SK Slavia Prague, Czech Republic); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City, England)

Enyimba Hit Out At Critics Over Supporters ‘Abandonment’ Report

The hierarchy of Enyimba, a Nigeria Professional Football League side, has reacted over media report that the two-time African champions ‘have finally been abandoned by their fans.

The People’s Elephant claimed they enjoy a lasting ‘bond of unity and support’ from their fans and poured cold water on the report which claimed that the scanty crowd that watched their 2-0 defeat of TS Galaxy of South Africa in Sunday’s CAF Confederation Cup first leg final playoff game was as a result of the fans anger with the team.

Expressing their fury in a statement by Zazi Bariza, spokesman of the Nigeria’s 8th time league champions and made available to, Enyimba made it clear that the scanty crowd during Sunday’s game was a product of the six-hour rainfall on the match day.

“From the start, this headline, “Enyimba finally Abandoned By Their Aba Fans”, is nothing short of a clickbait, designed to attract hits and give the fledgling news website traction but we will not sit idly and let a writer gravely mislead readers and score hits at our expense”, the People’s Elephant said.

“For a club with record attendance figures in our home games, we were perplexed by the hypothesis of the writer as to why there were some empty seats in the stadium on Sunday in our match against TS Galaxy.

“Naturally, one would theorize that the rain that day which started around 9 a.m and ended at 2:30 pm was the prevailing encumbrance but not this writer, who hadn’t watched an Enyimba game in Aba since August 2018.

“Yet, he returned to the stadium on Sunday and immediately deduced that we have lost our fans support”.

The club which have ruled Africa on two consecutive years in CAF’s top inter-club championship continued their fume of rage over the alleged media backlash.

“Clearly there’s more to this confounding claims than meet the eyes because reaching such a conclusion; that the fans had somehow boycotted the game in expression of their disapproval of the club requires some ill will.

“Just over three weeks ago in our CAF Champions League game against Sudan’s Al Hilal, there were more than 10,000 fans in attendance, including the state governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu. These fans were vociferous throughout and despite the goalless draw, were full of support after the final whistle.

“Against TS Galaxy on Sunday, lesser number of people were clearly in attendance but how did the writer infer from this singular game that it was an indication of a loss of support?

“That, somehow, the people of Aba have lost interest in Enyimba? Who knows, maybe the fans held a meeting prior to the game and discussed their collective disinterest, their decision to boycott the game and the writer had been present as they aired their complaint, one by one.

“Even in stadiums across Europe with mostly capacity crowds there are moments where less people are in attendance in one game and fill the stands in the next.

“Certainly, one would imagine that it is the attendance figures at the end of a season that provides greater insight into the level of support a club enjoys, not one game. Throughout last season we enjoyed massive support in Aba but of course this means nothing to the writer, who, somehow did not quote a single fan in his piece but still inferred and concluded that our fans have turned their backs on us.

“As a football club, we fully support quality, independent and progressive journalism even when the facts are not flattering, but we will object strongly to reports and opinion pieces like this, written solely for the purpose of misguiding the public,” the club stressed.

Enyimba are billed to travel to South Africa on Friday for the return leg match billed for Sunday inside the 8,000 capacity Kameelriver Stadium, South Africa.

Globe Soccer Awards: Allegri, Klopp Nominated; Guardiola Misses Out

Former Juve manager, Massimiliano Allegri has been nominated for Coach of the Year award at the Globe Soccer Awards. He was shortlisted alongside, Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool, Erik ten Hag of Ajax.

Surprisingly, the former Bianconeri boss was one of the five shortlisted for the award, but not Premier League winner Pep Guardiola after another stellar season with Manchester City. The Premier League champions claimed a domestic treble but there is no sign of the former Barcelona boss in the final five.

Klopp is favourite to win the prize after winning the Champions League trophy with Liverpool in June after losing out in the final a season earlier. He also led them in a thrilling title chase with Manchester City last season, losing just one league match throughout the season.

Ajax’s Ten Hag made it to the list courtesy of his wonderful performance with his team, despite losing to Tottenham in the semifinals in a twist of events, they knocked out Real Madrid and Juventus.

Also included in the 5man list are Djamel Belmadi, who led Algeria to win the Africa Cup of Nations trophy and Portugal’s Fernando Santos following his Nations League triumph.

Allegri remains a shock addition to the list given his departure from Juventus over the summer. Despite winning five consecutive Serie A titles, his was dismissed due to his inability to lead Juve to clinch the Champions League trophy.

The 11th Globe Soccer Awards, organised by the European Association of Player’s Agents and the European Club Association will hold in Dubai on the 29th of December.

The nominees were selected by a jury of international footballing coaches, directors and chairmen, including Luis Figo, Fabio Capello, Antonio Conte and Eric Abidal.

EPL Returns To NTA As Integral Secures EPL Rights From Infront

Nigerian sports marketing company secures Free-To-Air media rights sub-license from Infront for three seasons

Nigeria’s leading sports marketing Company, Integral Sponsorship and Experiential Marketing Limited has secured the media rights to broadcast a Live English Premier League match per week on Free-To-Air television over the course of the 2019/2022 rights cycle.

The Sub-license deal from Infront, a Wanda Sports Group company and current rights holder for Free-To-Air distribution rights in Sub-Saharan Africa, allows one live match per match-week. Integral has therefore consequentially secured the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), the national terrestrial broadcaster in Nigeria, as the broadcaster of choice for the matches. The media rights package also includes the Premier League-produced magazine show, which will be aired weekly, thus delivering this most loved football tournament in the world to Nigerians.

Jean-François Jeanne, Infront France Managing Director said: “Nigeria is a key market for the English Premier League. Together with Integral we hope to maximize its media exposure in the country and provide an opportunity for passionate Nigerian fans to follow the action on Free-To-Air TV.”

The Director General of the NTA, Alhaji Yakubu Ibn Mohammed stated that, “In terms of excitement, the Premier League is at a pedestal higher than that offered by any other league in the world. NTA is proud to partner with Integral to bring the excitement to the living rooms and viewing centres of Nigerians”

Speaking on the deal, the Managing Director of Integral Abimbola Ilo said: “Given the huge popularity of the Premier League in Nigeria, Integral is pleased to partner with Infront to bring Nigerians the excitement of the Premier League weekly on the country’s national television station, the NTA Network. With this deal, we bring the Premier League closer to its fans in Nigeria.

Chichi Nwoko Integral’s Associate Director, Sports Rights & Media Partnerships, added: “We are pleased to secure this important deal that guarantees availability of the Premier League, a globally recognized brand, on Free-To-Air TV in Nigeria. The inclusion of the Premier League-produced magazine programmes also brings fans exciting up-to-date content of their favourite Premier League clubs.

U-17 W/Cup: FIFA Congratulates Nigeria, Brazil, Angola For Picking Round Of 16 Tickets

FIFA has congratulated hosts Brazil, Nigeria and Angola after the three countries booked their spot in the second round at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, reports

The Golden Eaglets scored two late goals to secure a hard fought 3-2 win against Ecuador in their second Group B game at the Estadio Olimpico, Giaonia on Tuesday night.

Ibrahim Said scored all three goals for Nigeria in the thrilling encounter.

Manu Garba’s boys top Group B with six points having defeated Hungary 4-2 in their opening game last Saturday.

Brazil defeated New Zealand 3-0 to zeal their place in the Round of 16 from Group A.

In the same group, Angola edged out Canada 2-1 to also move into the second round. Both countries have six points each but Brazil have a superior goal difference.
💪 Congrats to our first 3 qualifiers for the #U17WC Round of 16,”FIFA tweeted on Wednesday morning.

ICPC To Quiz AFN Technical Director Adeleye Over 2017 CAA Athletics Grand Prix/Warri Relay

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) is set to quiz the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Technical Director, Sunday Adeleye over his role in the 2017 CAA Athletics Grand Prix/Warri Relay.

In a letter exclusive to Complete Sports and addressed to the AFN president, the ICPC is “investigating a case that borders on alleged violation of the provisions of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.”

The ICPC according to section 28 of the said Act also required “the AFN to inform and release Adeleye to appear before the body’s investigative board at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.”

Adeleye was also instructed to “come with certified true copies of all the expenditure and retirement made in respect of the 2017 Confederation of African Athletics Grand Prix/Warri Relay which was held in Uzoro, Delta State on 18 July, 2017.”

Ndidi Playing A Starring Role In Leicester Premier League Success

Leicester City won the Premier League during the 2015/16 season and many saw that as one of the Premier League’s biggest ever shocks. They failed to live up to that title success in the couple of years after, but since bringing manager Brendan Rodgers to the club things have changed.

This season, Leicester have been nothing short of fantastic, something that was highlighted by a recent 9-0 victory over Southampton. They are a team that most people have down as the team most likely to break into the top six this season and knock one of the bigger clubs out but with how they have started, the top four is quickly becoming a realistic aim for The Foxes.

When you look down the many Premier League winners of the past, every team has a player in the same mould as Ndidi, someone who does a lot of work to get the ball back, and someone who can be relied upon while others are bombing forward and leaving themselves out of position. He isn’t the one grabbing the headlines, but more often than not he will be the first name on the team sheet.

He arrived at Leicester back in 2017, signing from Genk for a fee of over £15 million. He was a youngster back then, but that deal looks to be a very good one right now, and should he ever move from Leicester there is no doubt he would command a significant return from the buying club.

His performances will no doubt have attracted the eyes of many, both in the Premier League and in Europe. He is exactly the kind of player that Manchester United would love in their team right now and further afield, he would be a nice fit at a team like Real Madrid, who need someone like him to look after things while others move forward and attack.

That of course won’t be easy, but right now it is safe to say that there are not four clubs in the Premier League who are playing better than Leicester.

Jose Mourinho In Line To Replace Unai Emery At Arsenal.

Arsenal is looking at the possibility of bringing Jose Mourinho back to England if current Coach Unai Emery is sacked anytime soon. Emery is currently under intense pressure in north London, which has increased after Arsenal threw away a two-goal lead at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The Gunners have won just two of their last five Premier League games, and are already losing ground in the race for the top four.

Instead of catching up with fourth-place Chelsea, who are four points ahead of them, they are more concerned with the drop behind them, with three points separating themselves from 11th-placed arch rivals Tottenham.

According to The Sun, Emery’s position is believed to be under serious threat, Mourinho is to be the ideal candidate.

The Portuguese boss has been without a club since last December, when he was sacked byManchester United.

The ‘Chosen One’ had been tipped to return to Real Madrid, with Zinedine Zidane under pressure at the Bernabeu.

Real have dropped down to sixth in La Liga, and have failed to get the best out of their £275million summer acquisitions.

However, after last week’s Champions League win over Galatasaray, it is believed Zidane’s position is not under immediate threat.

This leaves Arsenal as one of the most viable options for Mourinho.

According to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, the 56-year-old has already decided on his next role.

Earlier this month, he confirmed he attempted to hire Mourinho, but was rejected.

Aulas said: “We had some fairly flattering exchanges over SMS. Itwas nice for everyone.

"He did not accept our proposal to meet because he has already chosen another club."