Rohr Calls Olarenwaju Kayode To Replace Osimhen In Friendlies

Gernot-Rohr-Nigeria-Super-Eagles-coachThe Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr, has called up Olarenwaju Kayode for their friendlies against Senegal and Burkina Faso later in March.

The Austria Vienna striker has been invited to replace Wolfsburg’s Victor Osimhen, who has been ruled out of the matches owing to an injury.

Kayode has yet to make his debut for the Super Eagles, though he has represented Nigeria at the youth level, notably playing in the 2009 Under-17 World Cup and Under-20 World Cup in 2011 and 2013.

Nigeria would face Senegal on March 23 and Burkina Faso on March 27.

Both matches would be held at the Hive Stadium in London.

Enrique To Leave Barca By End Of Season

luis-enriqueThe FC Barcelona Coach, Luis Enrique, has confirmed that he would leave the Spanish La Liga champions at end of the season when his contract expires.

Enrique made the announcement at a news conference after Barcelona thrashed Sporting Gijon 6-1 at the Nou Camp, to keep up their bid for a third league title under the management of their former midfielder.

Barcelona won the treble in their first season under Enrique after he replaced Gerardo Martino in 2014 and followed it up with a double last season.

However, performances as much as results this season have led to increased speculation over his future.

UEFA Pays Clubs For Players’ Euro 2016 Release

UEFA Pays Clubs For Players' Euro 2016 ReleaseUnion of European Football Associations (UEFA), has handed out a total of 150 million euros ($162.18 million) to clubs who released players for the Euro 2016 qualifying matches.

UEFA said that, 641 clubs benefited from solidarity payments meant to appease clubs who often complain about the amount of time their players spend with their national teams.

For the qualifying matches, 3,536 Euros was paid to a club each time one of their players was included in the 23-man squad of a national team.

For Euro 2016 itself, 7,321 Euros was paid to a club each time one of their players was included in the final squad.

According to the UEFA figures, Juventus received the biggest handout of 3.48 million Euros, followed by Liverpool 3.39 million Euros and Tottenham Hotspur 3.07 million Euros.

Former Super Eagles Coach, Keshi Loses Wife

keshiThe wife of former Nigerian Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, has died.

Sources confirmed to thenff.com on Thursday that Kate, 54, died on Wednesday night in the United States of America, after a brief illness.

“She was ill for a while now and I’m still in shock of this great loss,” Keshi told Completesportsnigeria.com.

“She is more like a sister to me and was the rock behind me and everything I do. My love for her was at first sight,” he said.

The ‘Big Boss’ revealed that the burial arrangements will be made public in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation was among the first to condole with the former Nigeria skipper and Head Coach.

NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, spoke at length with Keshi over the phone on Thursday afternoon, as news of the tragic incident filtered into the public space.

“This is devastating. To lose a spouse is the equivalent of a tragedy. I pray that Almighty God will give you and the children the fortitude to bear this huge loss,” Pinnick was quoted to have told Keshi over the phone.

“Keshi is a Nigerian hero and we mourn deeply with him at this time. This has come like a big blow, but we pray that he receives divine strength to cope with the situation, and we also pray that the Almighty God will grant the departed eternal rest,” Pinnick added.