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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Super Eagles Duo Odemwingie And Iheanacho On Target In Pre-Season Loses


Stoke City new boy Ibrahim Afellay made his first appearance for the club but was unable to help the Premier League side avoid defeat against FC Koln in the Colonia Cup.

Afellay completed his move to Stoke earlier this week and was handed a start by Mark Hughes as the Potters stepped up their preparation ahead of the new season.

But goals from Anthony Modeste and Yannick Gerhardt, either side of Peter Odemwingie's header, gave Hughes' side plenty to think about ahead of their clash against FC Porto on Sunday.

Manchester City's final pre-season preparations stalled on Saturday as they were thumped by Stuttgart at the Mercedes Benz Arena.

Filip Kostic, Daniel Didavi and a brace from Daniel Ginczek sent the hosts flying into a 4-0 lead at half time before Kelechi Iheanacho and Edin Dzeko halved the deficit late on..


The Premier League side rung the changes at the break and added extra urgency upfront via Iheanacho.

His addition helped the Citizens limit the damage as he finished following good work from Sterling with 83 minutes played.


And Edin Dzeko, who also came on as a second-half substitute, grabbed another with just minutes of the clash left thanks to good work from Sterling again, but it proved too little too late. 

Ever Green! Theo Walcott Never Grows Old! [SEE PHOTO]


Theo Walcott has signed a new four-year contract at Arsenal which places him among the club’s top earners.

The England forward’s new deal sees him earn in the region of £140,000 a week alongside the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

The 26-year-old tweeted a picture of himself in an Arsenal shirt inside the Emirates Stadium with the caption: 'This is my home! Happy to have signed a new four-year-deal. Ready for the season ahead. Thank you to Arsenal and Key Sports Management.'


The 26 year old forward hasn’t really changed over the last 8 years in my opinion

Today's Transfer Gist (01.08.15): Guardiola, Akpom, Bender And More

  • Manchester City are sure they will appoint Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, 44, as their boss next summer on a £20m-a-year contract. The former Barcelona coach says he is "not convinced" about signing a new deal with his German club. (Sun - subscription required)
  • Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has no plans to offload any of the club's players as Manchester United look to sign their 28-year-old forward Pedro. (Daily Mirror)
  • Chelsea have agreed a fee of £17.6m to sign 21-year-old Augsburg left-back Baba Rahman. (Bild Sport - in German)
  • Hull City are on the verge of signing Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom on a season-long loan, according to the Mirror. The 19 year old has enjoyed a successful preseason with the Gunners, even scoring a hat-trick in their 4-0 win over a Singapore Select XI in earlier this month.
  • Captain John Terry is backing 29-year-old striker Radamel Falcao to become a hit at Chelsea, saying the Colombian needed just two minutes to show he could make it in a game at Stamford Bridge last season. (Daily Star)
  • Tottenham are stepping up their efforts to sign Borussia Dortmund's 26-year-old defensive midfielder Sven Bender. (Daily Mirror)
  • Spurs must pay £14m to sign Lyon and Cameroon forward Clinton N'Jie, 21. (Sun - subscription required)
  • Aston Villa have approached West Bromwich Albion with a £1m offer for 32-year-old defender Joleon Lescott. (Daily Mail) 
  • Newcastle United F.C. have completed the signing of defender Chancel Mbemba from R.S.C. Anderlecht for a fee of around £8.5 million.
  • Arsene Wenger is keen to make a move for Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets, according to the Express. The Arsenal manager is on the look-out for a midfielder to bring balance to his side, sees Busquets as the ideal man to fit the bill.

League Management Company Slap Hefty Fine On Kano Pillars


League Champions Kano Pillars have been charged by the League Management Company(LMC) for breaching the rules in signing Mohammed Baba Ganaru as their new head coach.

He was unveiled as Okey Emordi's replacement earlier this week after his abrupt exit from Nasarawa United.

The charge was instituted by the LMC after a petition was received from Nasarawa United for Kano Pillars' failure to make a formal approach for the 2-time league winning coach.

‎Kano Pillars have now been slammed with a fine of N500,000 for "contravening the rules" of the league and will have to pay Nasarawa United N2million as compensation for poaching Baba Ganaru.

The league champions have until 48 hours to accept the fine and compensation totalling N2.5million or contest the penalty before a commission.

The coach at the centre of the dispute, Baba Ganaru, was also charged by the LMC. He faces "a fine of 200,00‎0, forfeiture of one month salary to Nasarawa United as stipulated in his contract with the club and a further forfeiture of N5m, which represents 50% of his signing-on fee as agreed in his contract."

Baba Ganaru, like Kano Pillars, has until 48hrs to accept the punishment or appear before a commission.


He is expected to take charge of Kano Pillars when they entertain Lobi Stars of Makurdi at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano on Sunday

Friday, 31 July 2015

Naija Players Transfer Update: Latest On Ideye, Olaitan And More


Turkish Giant Target Ideye
Trabzonspor are keeping close tabs on West Brom's record signing Brown Ideye.
The Baggies splashed out £10m to land the striker from Dynamo Kiev but he has struggled to settle at the Hawthorns.

Ideye scored just two goals in his first 17 appearances for the club but did finish the season more strongly following the arrival of manager Tony Pulis on New Year's Day.

The Nigerian bagged four goals in Pulis' first eight games in charge and ended the season with seven goals in all competitions.

Olaitan Moves To Eredivise
FC Twente have announced the signing of ex Flying Eagles striker Michael Olaitan on loan from Greek powerhouse Olympiakos.

The 22 - year - old will remain at the De Grolsch Veste, Enschede until the end of the 2015 - 2016 season.

Speaking after the transfer was completed, Olaitan said to Twente’s official website : “For me, this move to FC Twente, a beautiful new step in my career.

Saviour Joins Belgian Outfit
Godwin Saviour’s search for a foreign club has come to an end, with Belgian Pro League side K.V. Oostende announcing that they have struck a deal with nursery club El-Kadme over the signature of the 18 - year - old.

The winger put himself in the shop window at the Fifa Under 20 World Cup, scoring 2 goals in 4 matches played by the Nigeria Under - 20s. Saviour was among the 20 playersthat jetted out of the country on Thursday for an Olympic qualifier against Congo on Sunday

Forgotten Eagle Star Search For Club
Super Eagles midfielder Christian Obodo may continue his career in Italy after a three - year absence.

Tuttomercatoweb.com is reporting that the former Plateau United man is in talks with a number of clubs in the Serie B.

Avellino, Bari and Spezia are exploring the possibility of signing the 31 - year - old ahead of the new season.


Christian Obodo previously represented Italian teams Fiorentina, Udinese, Perugia, Torino and Lecce.

Nigeria's Dream Team Arrive In Congo For Crunch Tie


Dream Team VI ( National U23 ) are in Addis Ababa heading to Pointe Noire for the clash against their Congolese counterparts on Sunday.

They left Addis 0855 hrs Addis Time, that is 6.55am Nigerian time.
Goodluck lads! #CongoMustFall

AMAZING! SuperSport's NaijaMade Get New World Class Studio

Supersport’s Nigerian presenter Mozez Praiz shared his delight yesterday on instagram after the launch of a lovely studio for his show Naija Made

Naija Made is the NPL highlight show that presents all of the stats, the action, the players and the behind-the-scenes action from Nigeria’s top-flight division.

The NPL highlight show also has different segments, including league game previews, as well as reviews of the performances of the 20 clubs.

The show is always hosted by Mozez Praiz and is regular analysts are Colin Udoh and Ojeikere Aikhoje
One of the pictures has the caption "Just wrapped up the show #NaijaMade in our brand new studio".#TotallyHonoured #SuperSport #SuperSportStudios #GloNPFL

The New Studio 



Its A Big Contrast To The Old Studio

You can read my interview with Mozez Praiz here Wolexis Exclusive Interviewwith Mozez Praiz

[PHOTO] Memphis Depay Spotted In Outfit Worth Over 3 Million Naira

 Manchester United have returned to England following their pre-season tour of America and despite the long-haul flight, new signing Memphis Depay managed to look particularly sharp, kitted out with designer clothes and accessories. 

The 21-year-old forward was seen sporting an ensemble worth close to £10,000.
Among his luxury items were a pair of Cazal 670/s sunglasses worth £388, king-size Louis Vuitton wash bag worth £465 and a Golden Concept iPhone worth a staggering £4,166. 

Today's Transfer Gist (31.07.15): Dzeko, De Gea, Pedro And More

  • Manchester City's Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko, 29, is set to join Roma after agreeing personal terms, but the two clubs are yet to agree a fee. (Sky Sports)
  • Sunderland striker Connor Wickham, 22, is set to sign for Crystal Palace after the London club agreed a fee of more than £8m for the England Under-21 international. (Telegraph)
  • Manchester United are facing a dilemma over what to do with goalkeeper David de Gea, 24, just a week before the start of the new season after their hopes of signing Sergio Ramos were ended. (Manchester Evening News)
  • Barcelona will allow Spain striker Pedro, 28, to join Manchester United, but only after their Uefa Super Cup against Sevilla on August 11. (Marca)
  • Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria, 27, will join Paris St-Germain in the next 48 hours for £44m. United have also fined the Argentine two weeks' wages worth £360,000 for failing to attend their US tour. Di Maria's exit will pave the way for United to sign Pedro for £22m. (Daily Express)
  • Nantes's French midfielder Jordan Veretout, 22, will have a medical at Aston Villa on Friday ahead of a proposed move, (Sky Sports)
  • Chelsea are prepared to bid up to £30m to land Everton's England defender John Stones. But the Toffees hope interest from Manchester United in the 21-year-old will push the price up closer to their valuation of £34m. (London Evening Standard)
  • United will offer Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, 27, plus cash in their attempts to sign Stones. (Daily Mirror)
  • Italy striker Mario Balotelli, 24, has been told he has no future at Liverpool and has not been included in the squads for friendly games against HJK Helsinki in Finland on Friday or Swindon Town on Sunday. The player has been asked by manager Brendan Rodgers to train away from the first-team squad. (Independent) 
  • Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed rumours that the club are trying to sign Manchester United's Mexican striker Javier Hernandez, 27. (ESPN)
  • England winger Ashley Young could leave Manchester United if they do not extend his contract, with Tottenham, Liverpool and Newcastle all interested in the 30-year-old. (Daily Star)
  • Palermo want to sign Arsenal's Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell but are struggling with the £7m valuation. Real Sociedad and Trabzonspor are also keen on the 23-year-old. (Daily Star)
  • Chelsea captain John Terry has backed new signing Radamel Falcao to succeed at Stamford Bridge, saying the striker - who was on-loan at Manchester United last season - was one of the best players he came up against last season. (Guardian)

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Nigeria Name Squads For Super Falcons And U-23 Eagles Ahead Of Sunday Ties


Head Coach of the Super Falcons, Chris Danjuma has picked 18 players for the big match against Equatorial Guinea’s senior women national team in Bata on Sunday.

The players who traveled out of Abuja Today alongside other officials are:
Tochukwu Oluehi, Evelyn Nwabuoku, Blessing Edoho, Osarenoma Igbinovia, Joy Jegede, Osinachi Ohale, Martina Ohadugha, Desire Oparanozie, Cecilia Nku, Sarah Nnodim, Ngozi Ebere, Amarachi Okoronkwo, Ngozi Okobi, Chioma Wogu, Mercy Amanze, Precious Dede, Gladys Akpa and Chinaza Uchendu.


Missing in the list of players is Liverpool star Asisat Oshoala who has been sidelined for 2 months due to an injury

Samson Siasia has also selected 20 players for the African U-23 championship qualifier against Congo in Pointe Noire on Sunday.
A statement in the website of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) quoted Siasia as saying that all the selected players for the U-23 team were good enough to make the trip.

“But it is impossible for everyone to make it to Congo,’’ the website quoted Siasia as saying.

Siasia, the statement added, charged players left out to continue to work on their game and pray for the success of the team in the big match.

“The team’s focus is to go to Congo and make the nation proud.

The selected U-23 players were Daniel Emmanuel, Atanda Sodiq, Stanley Amuzie, Azubuike Okechukwu, Olusegun Oduduwa, Erhun Obanor, Godwin Saviour and Etebo Oghenekaro.
The others were Junior Ajayi, Usman Mohammed, Etor Daniel, Yusuf Mohammed, Chima Akas, Semiu Liadi, Shehu Abdullahi, Kingsley Sokari, Taiwo Awoniyi, Umar Aminu, Austin Oladapo and Sincere Seth.

NFF Vs Keshi Saga: NSC Seeks Out Of Court Settlement


The ongoing legal battle between the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) and former Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, could be heading for an out-of-court settlement following the intervention of the National Sports Commission(NSC) on the matter.

Former Super Eagles Captain Stephen Keshi took the football federation to the Court of Arbitration for Sport(CAS) asking to be paid a compensation of N1bn‎ for his sack as the Super Eagles Coach last month.

NSC Director General, Alhassan Yakmut, while revealing the intention of the Commission to intervene in the matter‎, urged both parties to embrace a more effective Alternative Dispute Resolution(ADR) strategy.

He said: "Let me admit I have personally gotten the letter of the suit but instead of replying, I rather opted to inform the NFF, asking them if they were aware‎ that Keshi has gone to court, which they admitted knowledge of.

"It is left for them‎, the architects of the contract that engaged and disengaged Keshi to ensure that there is no provision of the engagement that is violated. 

As for us, we will advise that both parties should use Alternative Dispute Resolution(ADR) to settle their disagreement because it it now the most reliable and dependable way of resolving family crisis.


"I want to assure you that is what we are going to apply to manage this crisis between the NFF and the very respectable Keshi. We are going to certainly mediate in the crisis because it is my primary assignment."

Naija Player Focus (30.07.15): Oshaniwa, Martins, And More


Oshaniwa Close To Scotland Move
Super Eagles midfielder Juwon Oshaniwa is reportedly close to completing a move to Hearts within the next 48 hours, after work permit and visa delays were finally resolved according to reports from Edinburg.

Oshaniwa according to scotsman.com received his paperwork today after a long battle with red tape, and head coach Robbie Neilson says the international defender will be ready to join when he arrives in the capital.

Chinese Club Block Aaron Samuel Move
The General Manager of CSKA Moscow, Roman Babaev, has confirmed that the Army Men have been trying to sign Nigeria international Aaron Samuel since the January transfer market but Guangzhou R&F are playing hard ball over the transfer.

As previously revealed by allnigeriasoccer.com, the Chinese club have refused to sell the striker for less than five million euros, a figure that is yet to be met by the Muscovites after months of negotiations.

Because of their poor league position, this website understands that Guangzhou R&F want to keep hold of Samuel until they are sure of Super League safety.

Obafemi Martins Makes Return
Seattle Sounders of America stinker, Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins was back in full training with his side, following three weeks out with a groin complaint, as he proved himself fit once again for regular action.


‘Obagol’ looked at his best, as he was involved in the entire training exercise at the Sounders ground on Tuesday.

Emenike Fires Blank In Second Successive Pre-Season Game


Nigerian striker Emmanuel Emenike will again have to wait for his maiden goal for his UAE side Al-Ain as he fired blank in Wednesday’s friendly against Championship side Hull City in Austria which ended 4-0 in favour of the Tigers.

Emenike who is on loan from Fenerbahce was brought in to fill the big shoes of Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan who has since made a big money switch to China where he has again started scoring.

Emenike had 45 minutes of action last term but he could not find the back of the net and there was no difference for the Nigeria international in Wednesday’s test match.


Instead it was the English side that dominated proceedings from start to finish against the team from the United Arab Emirates.

NPFL Transfer Gist: Kano Pillars Get New Manager


‎Mohammed Baba Ganaru has been unveiled as the new Coach of Nigeria Professional Football League(NPFL) Champions Kano Pillars after dumping former team Nasarawa United.

Baba Ganaru, who led Kano Pillars to successive titles in 2012 and 2013, agreed a deal with the club earlier this week and was unveiled at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano on Wednesday evening.

Speaking on his return to Kano Pillars, Baba Ganaru said: "I am happy to be back at Kano Pillars, and I am satisfied with the terms offered to me and hopefully we can get the team back on track in the second round."


He replaces former Enyimba Coach Okey Emordi, who was sacked after the team's exit in the CAF Champions League and Federation Cup as well as the poor results recorded in the league. Defending Champions Kano Pillars are ninth in the league standings and nine points behind leaders Sunshine Stars.

Fans Turn Out Massively To Welcome Didier Drogba To MLS


Didier Drogba has enjoyed a stellar career in England, France, Turkey and China but he appeared to be taken aback by the welcome he received in Montreal on Wednesday.

Hundreds of fans turned up at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport to greet the Ivorian star after he agreed to join MLS side Montreal Impact.

The 37-year-old left Chelsea this summer after playing 381 games for the Blues and winning four Premier League titles across two spells with the London club.

Drogba, who was released by the west London side at the end of the season, will officially join the Canadian club when he receives his Canadian work permit.


The MLS side are currently sixth in the Eastern Conference and took to Twitter to confirm the news on Monday night.
 
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