‘We’re Scared To Visit Home’: Nigerian Players, Arsenal’s Ian Wright, AS Roma Back #EndSARS

The #EndSARS protests have continued in several cities across Nigeria.

 

Nigerian players, Arsenal legend, Ian Wright and Italian side, AS Roma, have thrown their weight behind the #EndSARProtests, demanding an end to brutality, extra-judicial killings and extortion by officials of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi, Leon Balogun; Moses Simon; Henry Onyekuru, Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, Shehu Abdullahi; John Ogu; and Henry Onyekuru, took to their Twitter handles, on Friday and Saturday, backing calls to #EndSARS.

“#EndSARS for the safety of Nigerians,” Ndidi tweeted. “We are scared to visit home because the people who are meant to protect us are killing us. Looking good with dreads is not a crime.”

“#EndSARS #EndSarsNow,” Wright, 56,  who scored 185 goals in 288 appearances for Arsenal, tweeted alongside a love emoji and a Nigerian flag.

Italian side, AS Roma, tweeted on their Pidgin English handle in solidarity with their Nigerian fans.

Chelsea stars, Fikayo Tomori and Tammy were not left out in amplifying the #EndSARS protest, taking to their handles to canvass for an end to brutality from the police.

Below are the tweets from Nigerian players, and others in the football circle: 

AS Roma Sign Nigerian Defender Osinachi Ohale

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Ohale has won four AWCON with Nigeria. Photo: [email protected] Roma Women

 

 

Nigerian defender, Osinachi Ohale has joined Italian side, AS Roma from Spanish club, Real Madrid.

Ohale, 28, has featured for the Super Falcons at three World Cups and is the third signing for the Italian team as they prepare for the 2020-2021 season.

AS Roma had already signed Spanish forward, Paloma Lazaro and Italian goalkeeper, Rachele Baldi.

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“Welcome to the team, Osinachi Ohale!” the club said on its official Twitter handle. “The Nigerian defender becomes our latest addition this summer!”

 


The player who was part of the Nigerian side that claimed the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON), her fourth continental medal with the West African side, described the move to Italy as a great opportunity to explore and experience new things.

“I chose Roma because of so many things; so many amazing things about the club, about this city and this country that interested me,” Ohale told the club’s website.

“I felt like it would be a great thing for me, to explore and to experience new things and a new challenge.”

A post on AS Roma’s website said she is “a tough, versatile defender” having also played for Houston Dash in the United States before featuring in the colours of Vittsjo and Vaxjo in Sweden’s top flight.

On joining Real Madrid from Swedish side Vaxjo last September, she played 15 games, netting twice for David Aznar’s team before the Spanish league was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

She was with Rivers Angels in the Nigerian Women’s Premier League and also Delta Queens where she was part of a double-title winning squad.

AS Roma have already started their pre-season preparations and on Wednesday,  less than a month to the start of the Serie A Femminile season,  beat Fiorentina 4-0 in their first friendly game.

 

 

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Excited to announce my signing with @AS ROMA in Italy, looking forward to an incredible opportunity.💪🏽🔥🔥🔥

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De Rossi Disguises To Watch Roma, Lazio Derby

AS Roma’s Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi celebrates after winning the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between AS Roma and FC Barcelona at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on April 10, 2018.
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Former Roma captain Daniele De Rossi snuck into the stands to watch the weekend’s Rome derby after getting a make-up artist to concoct a disguise for him, Italian media reported on Wednesday.

A number of outlets, including Rome-based daily Corriere Dello Sport, published a video of what appears to be the former Italy international in the Curva Sud section of the Stadio Olimpico, where Roma’s hardcore fans stand, in a bizarre outfit featuring a fake nose and glasses.

The person singing along with the crowd appears to be the same as the one De Rossi turns into after a complex make-up job revealed on the Instagram account of his wife, London-born Italian actress Sarah Felberbaum.

“We lost an entire afternoon, hours of make-up and traumatised children, but he was happy like a little kid,” she wrote under the video.

De Rossi quit as a Roma player in May after 18 years playing for his hometown team, briefly turning out for Argentine giants Boca Juniors before announcing his retirement from the game earlier this month.

In his farewell press conference, De Rossi said that he would find his way into the stands at the Olimpico “with a beer and a sandwich to cheer on my friends”.

A World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, De Rossi won little in his time at Roma, lifting the Italian Cup in 2007 and 2008, but was an integral part of teams that came to within one game of beating Inter Milan to the Serie A title in 2008 and 2010.

Born and raised in Rome’s working-class seaside suburb Ostia, he remains a hugely popular figure among Roma supporters, and along with fellow local boy, Francesco Totti was considered the heart of the team.

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Roma Fan Banned For Life Over Racist Abuse

Italian top-flight club AS Roma have banned a fan for life and informed the police of racist abuse aimed at Brazilian fullback Juan Jesus.

Roma said on the club’s official Twitter account it had filed a police complaint against the fan for using social media to send “disgusting racist insults” to the player.

“The person responsible will be banned from #ASRoma games for life,” the club said.

 

Italian football is regularly beset by racism controversies with players of African origin often targeted for abuse.

Sunday’s Italian league match between Atalanta and Fiorentina was halted for several minutes after racist chants were aimed at the Tuscan side’s Brazilian player Dalbert in a game played in Parma.

Inter Milan’s Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku and AC Milan’s Ivorian player Franck Kessie have been targeted by monkey calls this season.

Blaise Matuidi, Kalidou Koulibaly and Moise Kean were also victims last season.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Monday made a plea to “kick racism out” of Italian football.

NFF, AS Roma Agree On Collaborative Partnership

 

 

The Nigeria Football Federation announced on Friday that  it has agreed a multi-year partnership with top Italian football club, AS Roma.

The partnership, which was unveiled in Abuja, will see the NFF and Roma collaborate together on and off the pitch, with one long term objective being for the club to help further grow and improve all levels of football in Nigeria.

According to an NFF communique, under the terms of the understanding, the two parties will share football, business and media expertise, with Roma offering the NFF technical and operational support and advice in the areas of youth coaching, player development, football administration and digital media best practices.

In return, the NFF will also collaborate with the AS Roma in their projects and development Initiatives in Nigeria.

In the coming months, senior NFF officials will travel to the Italian capital to observe Roma’s award-winning youth academy. As technical advisors in player development, Roma will work with the NFF to help introduce best practices for developing elite talent in order to improve the quality of players available to our domestic clubs and indeed national squad at all age groups.

Roma will also host knowledge-sharing sessions on football business and administration in Rome and set up digital and social media workshops in Nigeria for local clubs and officials.

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On hand at the unveiling ceremony were NFF President AmajuPinnick and his Vice Presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko alongside the entire Board members of the NFF. ASRoma’s Head of Academy, Massimo Tarantino and Paul Rogers, Head of Strategy at Roma.

The Nigerian Minister of Youth and Sport Mr. Sunday Dare and the Permanent Secretary Of the the Ministry Mr. O Olusade were on hand to also endorses the partnership.

“We are excited about this unique partnership with AS Roma,” said NFF President Amaju Pinnick.

“We have put in a lot of work to move our federation into a globally recognized space in-spite of the avoidable distractions and the fact that Roma chose to partner with Nigeria over any other federation in Africa is an indicator of how much respect our brand and this country has in the world of international football.

“Roma is one of the most respected football clubs in the world, with a very good reputation for consistently developing talented young players. We feel that this partnership can be incredibly beneficial for the Nigerian national team at all age levels and Nigerian football as a whole.

“Roma have shown an incredible support for the Super Eagles and have fully embraced Nigerian football fans, even launching a Pidgin Twitter account, and we look forward to unveiling the exciting projects and initiatives this partnership will unlock.”

Manolo Zubiria, Chief Global Sport Officer at AS Roma, added: “This promises to be an exciting and ground-breaking partnership for both parties. This club is known throughout football for having one of the most accomplished youth development programmes in the world and in recent years, Roma has developed more players who’ve gone on to play professionally than any other club in Italy.

“Nigeria is a real football nation and we’re looking forward to sharing best practices in elite talent development and football business and administration with the Nigerian Football Federation. We’re also open to working with the NFF and their partners to assess the feasibility of one day opening an official AS Roma academy in Nigeria.”

The two parties have also agreed to explore the possibility of AS Roma playing an exhibition match in Nigeria – something that club president Jim Pallotta has championed for some time.

“This partnership is the natural evolution of the great relationship between the NFF and Roma that began when Roma announced that with Italy absent from the World Cup, we would be supporting Nigeria,” said Paul Rogers, who travel to Abuja along side Massimo Tarantino to agree the partnership.

“Roma’s digital team began working with the Super Eagles in 2018 on their social media coverage of the World Cup and earlier this year, we again worked with Nigeria during the Africa Cup of Nations.

“Through our unique use of social media, and initially using the hashtag #ForzaSuperEagles, we’ve developed an incredible and fun rapport with Nigerian football fans, media and celebrities and earlier this year we became the first club outside of Nigeria to launch an official Pidgin account, which is managed in Lagos.

“Jim Pallotta, Roma’s President, has made no secret of his wish to see Roma play a match in Nigeria as a thank you to the Nigerian fans for the support they have shown us and it would be great if through this partnership, we can make that happen.”

AS Roma Launch New Nigerian Pidgin English Twitter Account

 

 

AS Roma on Wednesday announced the launch of a new official Pidgin English Twitter account for fans in Nigeria and neighbouring countries in Africa.

In launching the @ASRomaPidgin account, Roma became the first major European football club to create an official social media profile specifically to communicate directly with fans in Africa’s most populous country.

According to a statement by Roma, the new account – which is being run out of Lagos was set up after fans in Nigeria contacted the club to request an account to cater specifically for Naija Twitter.

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Roma’s popularity amongst Nigerian football fans has been growing ever since the club featured Lagos radio personality Mark Otabor’s epic commentary of Roma’s comeback against Barcelona on the club’s English Twitter account and then ‘adopted’ Nigeria’s Super Eagles at the World Cup.

The club’s digital team then began working with the Nigerian FA ahead of the World Cup in Russia and helped the team on the ground with social strategy and the graphics that were seen on Twitter and Instagram throughout the tournament.

Ronaldo, Jese Give Madrid Victory In Roma’s Home

Real-MadridTwo goals from Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Jese sealed a victory for the Spanish side in a Champions League away game against AS Roma.

Ronaldo opened scoring in the 57th minute when Marcelo scooped a pass down the left wing for him, with the Madrid star taking a clever touch inside the box, confusing the backtracking Florenzi.

The shot took a deflection off the Roma captain, who had spread himself in front of Ronaldo in the desperate style.

Both teams subsequently lost several scoring chances, before substitute, Jese doubled Madrid’s goal at the 87th minute, establishing the side’s sudden dominance in the second half.

He scored after dribbling down the inside-right channel.

The away goals give Real Madrid an edge against Roma when they will play a return match in Madrid in few weeks.

Before the game, there were fears that a reported lack of closeness between Ronaldo and teammates, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale could affect team.

 

 

Chelsea To Announce Pato Signing After Ramires Exit

PatoChelsea are set to formally announce the signing of Brazilian star, Alexandre Pato after the striker passed his medical.

The former AC Milan forward agreed terms with the Blues and this includes an option to make the move permanent in the summer transfer window.

Pato was once touted as Brazil’s new golden boy after he had spent five successful years at Milan between 2007 and 2012 scoring 51 goals.

However, injuries have hampered the 26-year-old new Chelsea signing’s enormous potential.

He has not also featured for Brazil since 2013 and had scored 10 goals in 27 games for country.

Former Chelsea midfielder, Ramires Santos do Nascimento, joined China’s Super League club, Jiangsu Suning, in a permanent £25 million transfer on Wednesday.

Former Chelsea and England left back, Ashley Cole, also signed for Major League Soccer team, LA Galaxy, after leaving Italian team, AS Roma by “mutual consent”.

The 35-year-old made just 11 league appearances for the club since his signing in July 2014.

Cole will link up in Los Angeles with his former England team-mate Steven Gerrard and 32-year-old Belgian defender, Jelle Van Damme, who signed for the club on Tuesday.