Real Madrid Fans Blame Zidane, Ronaldo For Barca’s Defeat

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Real Madrid supporters were left disappointed after watching Barcelona take the three points from the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. 

Fans of the club pointed at Coach Zinedine Zidane, as the guilty party in the Clasico’s 3-2 score, while others blamed Christiano Ronaldo for being wasteful on the goal.

The match, however, was a thriller which will go down as one of the best Clasicos in history, with end-to-end action from the start.

Messi’s last minute goal fired Barcelona to the top of the Spanish league, as they share same points with Real who have an outstanding match.

Netting his 500th goal for Barca, the Argentine is the highest scorer in El Clasico with 23 goals.

Sunderland Confirm Anichebe Out For Ten Weeks With Knee Injury

sunderlandNigerian forward, Victor Anichebe, has been ruled out of action for three months after sustaining a knee injury in Sunderland’s 2-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.

Anichebe, who just returned from a hamstring injury, was brought on as a second half substitute but later went down clutching his right knee.

Sunderland manager, David Moyes, confirmed that the 28-year-old will be out until April.

Anichebe’s latest injury will be a big blow to the Black Cats who already have Lee Cattermole, Jan Kirchhoff, Paddy Mcnair, Jordan Pickford and Duncan Watmore all out with long-term injuries.

Sanchez Is Hat-Trick Hero As Arsenal Trash Leicester City 5-2

sanchezAlexis Sanchez scored a hat-trick as Arsenal outclassed Leicester City 5-2 in their English Premier League match on Saturday.

The Gunners were one goal down with a strike from Jamie Vardy in the 13th minute of the game, before Theo Walcott made a balance with his 18th minute goal.

Sanchez made his hat-trick with goals in the 33rd, 58th and 81st minute.

Jamie Vardy scored his second goal in the 89th minute, making the scoreline 4-2, before Olivier Giroud scored the 5th to put the game beyond doubt.

Nigeria Not Seeded For U-23 Africa Cup Of Nations

U-23 Africa Cup Of NationsThe National U-23 team of Nigeria will not be seeded for Monday’s draw for the U-23 Africa Cup Of Nations, which will also serve as qualifiers for next year’s Rio Olympics.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) ha confirmed that only hosts Senegal and Egypt are the seeded teams for the draw.

Hosts Senegal will be seeded in Group A, while Egypt will headline Group B.

This means that the other six finalists – Nigeria, Algeria, Mali, Zambia, Tunisia and South Africa – could be drawn in either group.

The Africa U-23 Cup Of Nations will be staged in November.

Enyeama Opts Out Of Tanzania Game

enyeamaSuper Eagles Captain and goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama has opted out of this weekend’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania.

Enyeama has asked to be exempted from the trip to Dar es Salaam, owing to personal reasons.

The team will depart for Tanazia on Thursday with the two goalkeepers currently in camp.

They are Wolverhampton Wanderers’ goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme and Sunshine Stars’ Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

Both keepers have so far impressed the Nigerian National Team selectors, who are yet to make a decision on who gets the nod in the absence of Enyeama.

The former African Champions began their 2017 AFCON qualification campaign on a winning note with a 2-nil win against Chad in June.

Manchester City Beat Chelsea 3-0

Manchester-city-ChalseaPremier League club, Manchester City, has laid down a significant early marker by beating Chelsea 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

The goals scorers were Sergio Aguero Vincent Kompany and  Fernandinho.

Aguero opened the scoring at the 31st minute while Kompany scored at the 79th minute.

Not long after Eden Hazard was given a yellow card, Fernandinho sealed a win with the winning goal in the 85th minute.

After the match, the Manchester City boss, Manuel Pellegrini, said that his team had a lot of criticisms, but were always the scoring team.

“I am very proud of this team. We have had a lot of criticism but we are always the most scoring team. We won two titles and last year we finished in second place and I continue playing this side. This is the side fans deserve.”

The City boss also said that the most pleasing thing to him about the match is the fact that his side scored three goals.

“Two things are the most pleasing to me about this match. Number one to score three goals. In the first half we played really well, just Asmir Begoivc put in a great performance and we didn’t score more.

“Second it was important to get a clean sheet. To win 3-0 in two games, one against the champions, we are just starting the season but it’s important to play in the way we did today. A lot of criticism but we are always the most scoring team,” he said.

Nigeria’s Rasheed Olabiyi Joins Houston Dynamo

houston-dynamoA football club in United States, Houston Dynamo, has announced the signing of Nigerian midfielder, Rasheed Olabiyi from Enyimba International Football Club of Aba for an undisclosed fee.

The central midfielder has represented Nigeria at the U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels.

He was a member of Enyimba’s 2010 Premier League winning team and also won three FA Cups in 2009, 2013, 2014 and two Nigeria Super Cups in 2010 and 2013.

Dynamo’s Vice President/General Manager, Matt Jordan, expressed his pleasure to welcome Rasheed to Houston Dynamo, saying “he’s been training with us and has integrated well within our group. We look forward to seeing him continue to grow in our environment and contribute to the success of the team as we begin the second half of our season”.

Women’s World Cup: US Beat Japan 5-2 In Final

world-cupUnited States Captain, Carli Lloyd, inspired the team to Women’s World Cup triumph with a crushing 5-2 victory over Japan and a record breaking hat-trick, including a spectacular long-range goal.

The American captain struck three times inside 16 minutes as the US stormed into an unexpected and insurmountable 4-nil lead over their shell-shocked opponents.

The game, played in front of 53,341 spectators at a packed BC Place, was the highest-scoring Women’s World Cup final ever, and an entertaining finale to what has been an excellent tournament.

US women’s team Head Coach, Jill Ellis and players reflected on their World Cup victory against the defending champions, Japan.

Ellis said that she had to pinch herself to make sure she was not dreaming after the team stunned Japan 5 goals to 2.

Lloyd, who did the magic, labelled the win as a historic performance that handed the US ladies their third World Cup and first since 1999.

NFF Mandates Amodu To Work With Keshi

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NFF Technical Director, Amodu Shaibu

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed that Super Eagles Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi, will work with the federation’s Technical Study Group.

The NFF also says Keshi will no longer make a unilateral decision in the selection of the Super Eagles squad for international matches but will be supervised by Technical Director, Amodu Shaibu.

The President of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick, disclosed that the NFF Technical Director, Shuaibu Amodu and the Technical Study Group headed by former Eagles Captain, Austin Okocha, will oversee the process of selecting players for the team’s assignments.

While stating that the invitation of players in the Nigerian Super Eagles will no longer be an exclusive duty of Stephen Keshi, Pinnick noted that the Coach “will still have his input” in calling up players.

Reports say Amodu has been directed by the football federation to wield his powers as Technical Director as he will be held responsible for the team’s failure and not Keshi

Nigeria kicked off their campaign in the 2017 AFCON qualification with a 2-0 win in Kaduna last Saturday with Gbolahan Salami and Odion Ighalo getting the goals.

The Nigeria Football Federation re-engaged Mr Stephen Keshi as the Head Coach of the Super Eagles in April 2015. Keshi tutored the Eagles to a Nations’ Cup victory in 2013.

Keshi Signs New Contract As Super Eagles Coach

keshiThe Nigeria Football Federation has re-engaged Mr Stephen Keshi as the Head Coach of the Super Eagles.

At a contract signing ceremony in Abuja, the Acting President of the federation, Mr Seyi Akinwunmi, said that the federation remains committed to the development of football in Nigeria.

Mr Keshi who tutored the Eagles to a Nations Cup victory in 2013, however appealed to Nigerians to support the national team in order to achieve greater success.

Stephen Keshi had, earlier in the month, appealed to Nigerian football fans to forgive the technical crew and the team for failing to qualify for the 2015 Nations Cup.

Speaking to Channels Television in Abuja, Mr Keshi said that his second coming as the Head Coach of the Super Eagles would witness a total turn around for the team and the development of Nigerian football.

He further appealed to football loving fans to support the Super Eagles at all times, promising an improvement in the performance of the team.

There had been reports that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had agreed a new deal with Stephen Keshi, after a meeting between his representatives and the NFF in March.

Nigerians would be looking forward to the qualifiers for the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) where Nigeria is pitched in group G along with 7-time African champions, Egypt, Tanzania and Chad.

Stephen Keshi has been managing the Nigerian National Team since 2011.

Keshi Apologizes to Nigerians

keshiThe Coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi, has appealed to Nigerian football fans to forgive the technical crew and the team for failing to qualify for the last Nations Cup.

Speaking to Channels Television in Abuja, Mr Keshi said that his second coming as the Head Coach of the Super Eagles would witness a total turn around for the team and the development of Nigerian football.

He further appealed to football loving fans to support the Super Eagles at all times, promising an improvement in the performance of the team.

There had been reports that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had agreed a new deal with Stephen Keshi, after a meeting between his representatives and the NFF.

Sources said that the discussion between the two parties went well with a formal pronouncement still being expected.

Keshi’s apology comes as Nigerians look forward to the qualifiers for the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) where Nigeria is pitched in group G along with 7-time African champions, Egypt, Tanzania and Chad.

Stephen Keshi has been managing the Nigerian National Team since 2011.

FIFA Announce December 18 As Final Of Qatar 2022

fifaFIFA has confirmed that the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar will take place on 18 December. A FIFA task force last month recommended that the tournament should be switched from summer to winter.

The decision to hold the final on 18 December means Britain’s traditional Boxing Day club matches on 26 December can still take place.

In another key decision, FIFA has chosen France to host the 2019 women’s World Cup, ahead of South Korea. France will also stage the Under-20 women’s tournament in 2018.

Walter De Gregorio, FIFA’s director of communications, confirmed that the 2022 World Cup would begin in November and finish on 18 December.

“Yes, we are going to play in November and December, he said, the final is going to be played on 18 December. It’s a Sunday and it’s also the national day of Qatar.”

The decision to move the 2022 World Cup from its traditional June and July slot was taken because of health concerns for players.

FIFA also indicated that the 2022 World Cup could be shortened to 28 days, rather than 31 or 32 days.

UEFA, the body that governs European football, had pushed for the final to be as late as 23 December.

However, the option attracted opposition from FIFA members who feared it would cause problems for fans and players getting home in time for Christmas, as well as affecting club football’s festive programme.