Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Exclusive Photos And Latest From The Super Eagles Camp Ahead Of AFCON Qualifiers

Midfielders John Obi Mikel and Ogenyi Onazi were among players who arrived the camp of the Super Eagles on Tuesday in Calabar. 

Lunch time in Calabar for the Super Eagles technical crew was a delight, as camp suddenly upped to 17, with more players expected before training in the evening after only nine players trained in the morning training session.

 Head Coach Stephen Keshi and his assistants were grinning from ear to ear as Ahmed Musa, Ogenyi Onazi, Efe Ambrose, Kenneth Omeruo, Juwon Oshaniwa, Sone Aluko, Mikel and standing captain Austin Ejide arrived on time to have lunch with the rest of the team. 

There may be reasons for die hard supporters of the team to smile, as former Étoile Sportive du Sahel’s safest pair of hands, Austin Ejide is set to arrive at the Calabar camp on Tuesday.

 Ejide, 30 is expected to arrive the Super Eagles Transcorp Hotel camp in Calabar on Tuesday. The Hapoel Be’er Sheva goalie arrived in Abuja, on Sunday night, but could not move to Calabar as he had to visit the Nigeria immigration office in the Federal Capital Territory to sort out some travel document issues. “Austin arrived in Nigeria Sunday evening through Abuja. 

He had to go to the passport office because his passport was already filled up so he had to get another one,” his agent Edmund Ndukanma said.

 “That was why he could not move to Calabar immediately. Having done that, he will be in Calabar Tuesday morning, flight booking has been made already.”

 The ex-Gabros International star made his debut for Nigeria against Namibia on 16 June 2001. He has been named in three FIFA World Cup squads; 2002 in Japan and South Korea, 2010 in South Africa, and 2014 in Brazil. El Kanemi Warrior’s goalkeeper David Obiazor has also been handed a late call up as a replacement for Enyeama.


Could He Be Out For The Season? Check Out The Latest On Osaze Odemwingie's Injury

Stoke City's Premier League season took a turn for the worse on Saturday, as Peter Odemwingie was forced to leave the pitch against defending champions Manchester City with an apparent knee injury.

The forward had only entered the match at half-time himself but came down awkwardly after launching a cross just after the hour mark, buckling his knee
Odemwingie could be out for the season amid fears he has seriously damaged his cruciate knee ligament.

That left Stoke seeking a long-term replacement here on deadline day.

And the Potters secured the signing of Oussama Assaidi on loan from Liverpool

The news on Odemwingie is a crushing blow for a player starring in Stoke’s last season revival just a few months ago.

He collapsed with nobody around him at Manchester City on Saturday and was stretchered from the pitch.

Danny Boy! Check Out Welbeck's Lovely Photo Shoot In Arsenal Jersey! [SEE PHOTOS]

Late last night Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck joined Arsenal in a £16m deal.

The Arsenal fans, in general, are very excited (although some are disappointed) by his arrival and the buzz grew when Arsenal posted photos of Welbeck in an Arsenal kit on Tuesday night.

The 23 year old’s photoshoot saw Welbeck show off his new number 23 shirt.

Check out all the photos below.

A Look At 3 Possible Ways Manchester United Can Line Up With Falcao

Manchester United yesterday added Radamel Falcao to an already star studded attack.

Signed on loan, Falcao will link up with Angel Di Maria, Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie.

The Red Devils seem a little top-heavy and people on social media were speculating exactly how Louis Van Gaal would set up his team.

Van Persie and Mata could be the men who miss out in Van Gaal’s new look Man United.

Which one is your best?? Comment below

FanZoneBlog: United Fans Should Quit Worrying About Defence And Rejoice With New Signings

United sign Di Maria - "yeah but it doesn't solve our defensive problems"

United sign Falcao - "yeah but our midfield is still rubbish"

Honestly, I've seen and heard people saying this. It leaves me wondering if some people actually enjoy football. If you can't get excited about signing top attacking talent, then I truly think you've picked the wrong sport.

I know as a rival fan I'm supposed to decry this business and echo these sentiments and say how they're "trying to put out a fire with champagne" (not my line but a cracker nonetheless) but I'd be bloody made up if we'd made these signings. Screw defending and just go all out attack.
When you've had a period of underachievement and have a squad with glaring deficiencies, it can be easy to get into a cycle of negativity about everything that is done. Our chief executive is incompetent, we can't get the right players etc. Been there, it's not fun and you need to get yourself out of that way of thinking.

This time last year, I decided to stop worrying about finances, about whether our chief executive was incompetent and decided instead to just enjoy the football again. No killing yourself with "we have to win this or qualify for that" and just taking it for what it is and having a laugh with your mates.

But looking at the big picture, what a transfer window for United! Take a moment and go through the names once again - Falcao, Di Maria, Rojo, Shaw, Blind and Herrera.

Daley Blind is going to be the most important of that lot. While he has the flexibility to play in various positions (Wing Back, Left side of the defence, etc) I think he is going to spend most of his time playing at defensive midfield.

The Reds have struggled for a classy defensive midfielder for a really long time. They have always had the attack. He will give the Devils the solidity and screen the defence. He will also be the vital connecting rod so the Ferrari can tow the caravan at blitzing speeds.

7 Amazing Stats About Manchester United's New Signing Radamel Falcao

Manchester United scored the biggest coup of transfer deadline day with a surprise loan deal for prolific Monaco striker Radamel Falcao.

Louis van Gaal beat off competition from Premier League suitors including Manchester City, Arsenal and formerly Liverpool to take their spending to around the £200 million mark.

Here are seven things you need to know about the free scoring Colombian.
  •  Falcao García Zárate is named after Brazilian midfielder Paulo Roberto Falcao, who starred at the 1982 World Cup.
  •  Falcao joined Lanceros Boyaca in the second tier of Colombian football and made his debut in 1999, aged just 13.
  • His wife, Lorelei Taron, is an Argentine singer and the couple have a one-year-old daughter — Dominique Garcia.
  • Falcao’s father — Radamel Garcia — was also a professional footballer. He was a defender in the Colombian top flight in the 1980s.
  • The Colombian is a devout Christian and is involved in several projects to help disadvantaged children in his native country. He even met his wife at a church in Buenos Aires while playing for River Plate.
  • When Falcao was injured before the 2014 World Cup, Colombian fans sent death threats to the player who injured him, Monts d’Or Azergues defender Soner Ertek.
  • Falcao even has his own computer game — ‘Falcao vs Aliens’ — in which he saves the beautiful game from sport-hungry aliens. But can he save United?

Monday, 1 September 2014

Wolexis Blog Flop Of The Week: Real Madrid

Los Blancos were a shadow of themselves when they faced Real Sociedad, two quick goals from Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale put Real Madrid in the driving seat. Real Madrid were in charge and created chances effortlessly, However they played only 15 minutes of football.

Xabi Prieto's flick found Inigo Martinez unmarked to put Sociedad back in the game. Then Real frailties began to surface and MOTM Zurutuza took the game by it's horn, pulling level from a beautiful play in the latter stages of the first half and completing his brace from a sleek exchange of pass from Sergio Carnales.

At this point Real were desperately looking for a good break, but it was a story of from bad to worse, consistently misplacing passes and making wrong runs, it was vivid that it wasn't just Madrid's day. Sociedad put gloss on the performance after Carlos Vela volleyed in the fourth goal of the night.

Real dismal performance raised alarms over their possible slide down after consistently pulling bad results in recent week, the absence of Ballon D'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo meant Madrid put up their worst showing this season and a deserved flop tag.

5 Things We Learnt From The Premier League Last Weekend

With the Gunners coming out with a draw at Leicester City, hardly has there been any time a better cry for a new striker at the Emirates. 

There is no denying Yaya Sanogo's potential talent but with the increasing opportunity cost of not picking up a win and scoring goals in the Premier League, Arsene Wenger cannot afford to have someone who is learning on the job.

 He needs it big, he needs it proven, he needs a striker and not just any, a goal scoring striker.

 32million pounds for his services and at this rate, though early, could be the season signing. 
Chelsea have shipped out Fernando Torres, Demba Ba, and Samuel Eto'0 replacing them with Diego Costa, Loic Remy, and veteran Didier Drogba. 

Mourinho signing Costa took a step in eliminating his worries of last season, the team could hardly score when they conceded and had less goals in them from the men upfront but conceding three and giving out six against a team like Everton shows they are the team to beat to the title this season.

Louis Van Gaal is still searching for his first win and while losses to Swansea City and MK Dons in the League Cup were to be blamed on the novelty of the 3-5-2 formation on the defence but firing blanks at Turf Moor against Burnley just adds another problem to the equation.

 Man Utd cannot score. In past years, Attack has always been the best defence for the Red Devils but now they cannot fork out goals.

 Correcting nervy defences is a much easier thing to do than getting your strikers to score while Di Maria was a breath of fresh air, Rooney looked out of ideas, Mata was invisible, and RvP looked far from match fitness. 

But hey, LvG said two to three months, notice how calm he is on the bench? The jury is still out.

To be honest, when Luis Suarez left Anfield, the questions were in the atmosphere but none stood out like "where are the goals going to come from now?". 

Over to White Hart Lane and it just seems Liverpool might have just prepared for life without the Uruguayan. Goals from Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard, and Alberto Moreno saw the Reds come out 3-nil winners over Tottenham with Sterling missing a great opportunity he created to grab a brace.

 16million purchase of Mario Balotelli looks like it would be a massive pay off, though the Italian did not get a debut goal he was highly effective in the game and if he clicks well with Sturridge as the few times he did in the game, it would certainly not be a BS partnership. (Actually, it would be: Balotelli-Sturridge? I'm just saying).

 I have no idea why I could not find a better name but it might just be due to the reasons of the league yet to take shape. 

Random wins, big teams unable to close games and title holders slipping at home to Stoke City, and Aston Villa are winning, surprise, surprise. Swansea and Chelsea still maintain their perfect record with 3 wins from 3, Manchester United cannot lose hope now given their rivals at the moment Tottenham and Everton lost, with big guns Arsenal and rich Man City drawing and losing their games respectively. 

Whole lot of goal fiestas, six at St. James' Park and nine at Goodison Park? Who needs an international break? Man Utd.

Written By: Chuka  

Deadline Day Transfer Gist: Find Out All The Possible Deals That Might Happen Today

  • Arsenal are set to make an offer for Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca, 27.(Metro)
  • Manchester United will demand £5m from any club hoping to take forward Danny Welbeck, 23, on loan for the rest of the season. (Sun - subscription required)
  • Arsenal have been pipped to the signing of Paris St-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 19, by Roma. (Daily Express)
  • Meanwhile, Gunners forward Joel Campbell, 22, has requested a loan move to Portuguese side Benfica. (O Jogo - in Portuguese) 
  • Tom Cleverley's £8m move to Aston Villa from Manchester United is under threat because of the 25-year-old midfielder's wage demands. (Daily Telegraph)
  • Real Madrid are in talks with Manchester United over taking Mexico striker Javier Hernandez, 26, on a season-long loan. (Daily Mirror)
  • Sunderland are closing in on a loan move for Inter Milan forward Ricky Alvarez, 26. (Sunderland Echo)
  • Tottenham will make a move for Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez, 25, and offer 23-year-old winger Andros Townsend as part exchange in a £14m deal. (Independent)
  • Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has lined up moves for Norwich winger Nathan Redmond, 20, and Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk, 23. (Sun - subscription required)
  • Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is still hopeful of re-signing Liverpool forward Fabio Borini, 23.(Sunderland Echo)
  • Valencia officials have met with representatives of Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo, 29, to discuss a possible move ahead of Monday's deadline. (Marca)
  • Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has ordered chief executive Ed Woodward to find willing buyers for six of his first-team squad. (Caught Offside)
  • Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, 31, is wanted by Queens Park Rangers. Defoe currently plays for Major League Soccer side Toronto but they have just sacked Ryan Nelsen, the manager who signed him.(Guardian)
  • Newcastle United have had an offer for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, 23, turned down by the French club. (Chronicle)
  • Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, will take a break from football to resolve the fitness issues that have hampered him since last season.(Marca - in Spanish)
  • Newcastle's 25-year-old French defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa could join Italian side AS Roma in a loan deal. (L'Equipe - in French)
  • Italian side Torino's 27-year-old midfielder and Arsenal-target Alessio Cerci has signed a three-year deal with Atletico Madrid. (Tuttosport - in Italian)
  • Newcastle want to sign Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld, 25, who currently plays for Atletico Madrid. (Mundodeportivo - in Spanish)
  • Russian side Spartak Moscow will sign Swiss midfielder Xheridan Shaqiri, 22, for £16m from Bayern Munich. (Bild - in German)
  • Inter Milan have offered £20m to Marseille for 21-year-old French midfielder Florian Thauvin. (Le Figaro - in French)
  • After signing striker Fernando Torres from Chelsea, AC Milan are hoping to land Blues midfielder Marco van Ginkel, 21, on loan. (Le Figar

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: Ahmed Musa Hit Brace For Cska In Season Opener In Russia [WATCH]

Ahmed Musa was on from the start and helped himself to a brace as CSKA Moscow pounded FC Rostov 6-0 on Sunday. The Nigerian winger, who enjoyed a memorable World Cup with the Super Eagles in Brazil, scored his two goals in the second half.

CSKA have not enjoyed the best of starts to the league season, for which they are the defending champions and had lost their two previous league encounters before welcoming Rostov to the Arena Khimki on Sunday.


Sunday, 31 August 2014

Falcao Drops Big Hint He Might Be Moving To A Premier League Club [SEE PHOTO]

Interesting that @FALCAO just followed David Silva. @21LVA @MCFC @Arsenal @ManUtd.

Is he signing for any of them on TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY?

See Adaeze Yobo's Touching Farewell Message To Fernabache Fans

Joseph Yobo's wife Adaeze posted this photo with the message below it on her instagram page after the ex-eagles played his last game for Fernabache.  Find out why he was fired from the Turkish side HERE

UNLUCKY! Fenerbahce Terminates Yobo's Contract [SEE WHY]

Former Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo is officially club-less as Turkish side Fenerbahce announced on Friday that they have parted ways with the Nigerian defender.

In a statement on Fenerbahce’s official website, the club explained that they had to part way with Yobo since they have exceeded their quota of foreign players as allowed by the country’s football federation.

Aside getting his monetary entitlements, Fenerbahce promised to give Yobo a plague of appreciation for his contribution during his four-year sojourn with the Yellow and Blacks.

“Thank you for the contribution you have made, we wish you success in your future club career,” part of the statement on Fenerbahce’s website read.

During his time with Fenerbahce, Yobo made an impressive 90 appearances in the topflight, scoring 3 goals.

For now it is not clear where Yobo will be heading to but there are suggestions that the most-capped Nigeria player may be heading to the Middle East to earn some petrol dollars.

REPORT: Keshi Agrees Bumper Contract To Continue As Eagles Coach [DETAILS]

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has agreed to a monthly pay of six million Naira for his new contract, according to the country’s sports minister.

The Nigeria Football Federation had offered the coach five million Naira with the coach asking for 15 million Naira.

Sports Minister Tammy Danagogo told reporters the coach will be willing to accept six million Naira now.

"The contract talks are almost complete. Keshi has said he is willing to come down and let me tell you, the difference between what Keshi is asking for and what NFF is offering is a difference of one million Naira," said sports minister Danagogo.

"So, I don't think that Keshi's contract talks would be a problem any more."

New contract talks were deadlocked following the leadership tussle that has engulfed the federation.

But the intervention of the minister of sports has seen the coach agreeing to handle the Eagles next two games against Congo and South Africa.


Latest Transfer Gist: Ex-Chelsea Star Moves To Germany Plus All Other Deals

  • Hertha Berlin have signed Ivory Coast striker Salomon Kalou from French side Lille. The Bundesliga club announced that 29-year-old Kalou has signed a three-year dea for a fee believed to be around 3 million euros (£2.4 million). 
  • Greek striker Kostas Mitroglou looks set to end his Fulham nightmare, at least temporarily, by returning on loan to former side Olympiacos.
  • Chelsea have completed the £8m signing of French forward Loic Remy
  • Fernando Torres has described his two-year loan move to AC Milan as a 'new adventure' as he completed his medical on Sunday.
  • Shinji Kagawa has rejoined Dortmund for a fee reported to be around £7m after a horrid time at Old Trafford
  • Arsenal forward Joel Campbell has asked manager Arsene Wenger for permission to join Benfica on loan, according to press reports in Portugal.
  • Sunderland have asked about signing Manchester City defender Micah Richards on a season-long loan.