Feyenoord Fans Celebrate First Eredivisie Title Since 1999

Feyenoord won the Dutch league title on Sunday after veteran striker Dirk Kuyt scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 home win over Heracles Almelo that left them one point clear of arch-rivals Ajax Amsterdam.

Kuyt, the club’s 36-year-old captain, scored after 40 seconds to set the Rotterdam side on their way to the win they needed for a first title in 18 years.

It was Feyenoord’s 15th Dutch title, following their last success in 1999.

Feyenoord, coached by former Arsenal and Barcelona player Giovanni van Bronckhorst, had a chance to secure the Eredivisie title last week but were surprisingly beaten 3-0 by neighbours Excelsior Rotterdam in a nervy performance.

Yet any apprehension their supporters might have had on the final day of the regular league season evaporated right from the start as Kuyt took advantage of a defensive slip to hammer home from a tight angle at close range with his right foot.

It was his 100th goal for the club and was followed within eleven minutes by a towering header as he connected with Eljero Elia’s cross.

He might have secured his hat-trick just before half-time with a shot that went narrowly wide, but another chance to grab a third came seven minutes from the end when Feyenoord were awarded a penalty.

Kuyt made no mistake before Peter van Ooijen pulled one back for the visitors two minutes from the end.

Feyenoord’s win moved them up to 82 points, one ahead of Ajax, who concluded their domestic campaign with a 3-1 away victory over Willem II Tilburg.

Coach Rohr To Call New Faces For Int’l Friendlies

Gernot-RohrThe Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, hopes to use next month’s international friendlies to test some new players.

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) is lining up Grade A friendlies, as the former African champions begin preparations for the African Cup of Nation (AFCON) 2019 qualifier, at home against South Africa as well as World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon in August.

Nigeria has already agreed a friendly against Senegal on March 23 in London, while the country is discussing with Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana and Morocco for another test game.

There are strong indications that Tyronne Ebuehi, who plays for Dutch League side and Ado Den Haag will get another call up for the game.

In 2016, Ebuehi turned down the Super Eagles call-up, but Rohr has now received assurances that the player will honour the next invitation by Nigeria.

Liverpool signs Moroccan Oussama Assaidi

Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi has been signed by Liverpool  from his Dutch club Heerenven.

Oussama, 24, signed a long-term deal after passing a medical at the club’s Melwood training ground today as he becomes the third signing for the club under the new manager Brendan Rodgers the first two players being Fabio Borini and Joe Allen respectively.

Oussama said he is very happy with his signing as he will be playing with a big club like Liverpool and he has always had a good feeling about the deal ever since he first spoke to the coach on the phone.

Although, Liverpool manager Rodgers admitted that it may take Assaidi a while to settle in but he believes if given time to settle in properly, the winger will be a success.