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Ighalo Finally Speaks On His Retirement From Super Eagles, National Team

Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, has expressed regret at ending his participation in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) with an injury. And also speaks on his retirement from super eagles national team. Ighalo also pleads to his fans that he will be missing some matches at his club in china because of the injury he sustains at Afcon Match recently.

Why I Joined Juventus’- Star Boy De Ligt Speaks

Defender Matthijs de Ligt says manager Maurizio Sarri is one of the main reasons he joined Juventus. The 19-year-old centre-back had been linked with a number of Europe’s top clubs but completed a £67.5m move to the Italian champions on Thursday. Former Chelsea boss Sarri was unpopular with some supporters at Stamford Bridge and left the club earlier this summer after less than a year in charge. “He was one of the reasons that I wanted to join here,” said De Ligt. “I spoke to Sarri on the phone before coming just to get to know each other. “I’ve heard a lot of good things about him and I like his footballing philosophy and how he prepares his defence.”

JUST IN!! Griezmann’s Transfer To Barcelona Under Investigation (See Why)

Antoine Griezmann’s controversial move from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona, will be investigated by the Spanish Football Federation, the UK Mirror reports. Griezmann joined the LaLiga champions earlier this week, after turning them down last year. Barca claim to have activated a clause in the Frenchman’s contract, which allowed him to leave for €120million from July 1. But Atletico claim their rivals began negotiating with Griezmann in March, meaning they are owed another €80m due to a previous clause in his contract. The club themselves are yet to make an official complaint, but the federation has opened a file on the move regardless. Barcelona have consistently denied any wrongdoing with club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, saying: “I have spoken to them, but I do not think there is any p...

FIFA, others pay tribute to Mikel Obi after retirement

Following Thursday’s announcement by Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi, of his retirement from international football, tributes have continued to pour in for him, including from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the sport’s international governing body. The 32- year-old midfielder made 89 appearances for his country between 2005 and 2019, scoring six times. Paying tribute to the Nigerian legend, FIFA, on its Instagram page, said, “Super Eagles legend, Mikel Obi, who played at the 2014 and 2018 world cup finals – has announced his retirement from international football. Congrats on an amazing Nigeria career!” Others who also praised the footballer for his dedication to his career included famous Nigerian historian, Max Siollun, who said on Twitter, “Congrats to him on an ...

Ighalo: Bafana marked me out but…

Super Eagles striker and one of the leading scorers in the competition, Odion Ighalo said he was effectively marked out by the South African defenders but happy that it allowed other players to do the damage. The striker said he was not surprised because the South African coach had earlier promised to ensure he didn’t have the opportunity to score in the match. “At the press conference before the match, the South African coach said he will find a way to check me from scoring and that’s exactly what he did. “You will notice that at any point in time about three to four players were on me. Apart from close-marking me, they also made sure no direct supply came to me. But that also created chances for other players to strike. It’s a collective thing not Ighalo. If you concentrate all your stra...

Visa sends 5 Nigerian kids to watch AFCON in Egypt

Visa made the dreams of five Nigerian children come true when the company led some of the world’s best football players onto the pitch at Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo, during the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal match between Tunisia and Madagascar.  Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments and official sponsor of the prestigious tournament, gave the lucky children the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be player escorts as part of its Unstoppable Stories campaign, which was launched earlier this year. The player escorts, who were also treated to a three-day trip to the capital city, were Tijani Ibrahim, 10, from Lagos State, Basil Okpara, 9, from Imo State, Osidele Elijah from Ogun State, Adebayo Oluwaseun, 9, and Olubowale Oluwanifemi, 10, both from Lagos State. The children...

Chelsea do not require new players to be successful – Lampard

Chelsea are facing a transfer ban but new manager Frank Lampard is confident the Premier League club do not need to bring in new players to taste success. Lampard, who is the club’s record goalscorer from his time as a player, was appointed Chelsea’s new manager this month with Chelsea unable to add new players to their squad following a FIFA ban. Lampard has been tasked with improving the players he inherited from predecessor Mauricio Sarri and promoting young players from the club’s academy. Speaking shortly after arriving in Yokohama on Tuesday for the Japan leg of the club’s pre-season tour, Lampard said he was impressed with the attitude of his new charges. “I think I have inherited very good players. We cannot bring in any new players, we know that this year. But I don’t need new pla...

Madagascar president Rajoelina ‘knights’ AfCON team

Madagascar’s national football stars, who enjoyed a fairy-tale run at the Africa Cup of Nations, have arrived home from Egypt to a big official welcome, during which they were given the rank of Knight of the Malagasy National Order. The team was also given a cash award according to online newspaper News Mada. The players and coaching staff were received by President Andry Rajoelina at the Lavoloha State Palace in the capital, Antananarivo. Before the official reception, videos showed hundreds of people lining the streets of the city to cheer on the national heroes. The AfCON debutants became one of the talking points of the competition after beating Nigeria 2-0 and topping their first-round group. They knocked-out the Democratic Republic of DR Congo in the second round but lost to Tunisia ...

U16 Basketball stars visit NBA, Aspire Academy in Senegal

It was fun and a life changing experience as Nigeria’s national U16 boys to the recently concluded FIBA Africa Basketball Championship in Cape Verde were taken through a facility tour of the NBA and Aspire Academy in Dakar during a 14-hour stopover in the West African nation. The team and technical crew were shown the world class facilities that has trained and nurtured stars not just in basketball but sports in general with the young lads also setting their eyes on achieving such heights. The boys also had the opportunity of meeting two Nigerian players Timothy Ighoefe and Chukwudalu Egbeogu currently horning their skills in the NBA academy with the academy also boasting of other Nigerians Joshua Ojianuwa and Oluwatobi Samuel on their roster. Timothy Ighoefe who recently committed his col...

Bronze medal feat thrills Rohr

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is delighted to have won his first Africa Cup of Nations medal with Nigeria, Sports Extra reports. The Eagles defeated the Carthage Eagles 1-0 in Wednesday’s third-place match with OdionIghalo grabbing the match winner after three minutes. The win was the eighth time the Eagles are recording a win in the third-place match in as many games. I am happy to have won my first AFCON medal,” Rohr said at a post-match press conference at the Al Salam Stadium, Cairo on Wednesday. “It was a hard tournament. But the future is very bright for my team. We have a lot of young talents coming through. “I told my players that it would be better to end with a win than a loss. We were disappointed at not making the final but ending with a win is a good thing. “We conceded some ...

AFCON 2019: Nigeria beat Tunisia, win bronze

Odion Ighalo boosted his chances of winning the Golden Boot at the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday after he netted Nigeria’s winner to ensure his side third place in the tournament with a 1-0 victory over Tunisia. The 30-year-old Shanghai Shenhua forward struck the only goal of the match just 130 seconds after the kick-off before a small crowd at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo. Ighalo pounced from close range when Jamilu Collins’ cross led to a mix-up between Tunisia goalkeeper Moez Ben Cherifia and defender Yassine Meriah. It was his fifth goal at the tournament and pu5s him two ahead of closest rivals Riyad Mahrez, Adam Ounas, Cedric Bakambu and Sadio Mane, who have three goals each. Algerians Mahrez and Ounas and Senegal’s Mane have a chance to increase their totals when the two count...

Why NFF can’t sack Rohr

Fresh facts have emerged on why Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr won’t be sacked by the Nigerian Football Federation, Sports Extra has exclusively gathered. There have been calls for Rohr to be sacked after he failed to guide Nigeria to the final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt after his side lost 2-1 to Algeria in the semi-final on Sunday. Sports Extra reliably gathered that the German tactician, who has one-year left on his current deal has a $1m payment clause inserted in his contract should he be relieved of his post as the head coach of the team before the expiration of his new deal. The NFF president,Amaju Pinnick, had on Wednesday ruled out wielding the axe on the 66-year-old who according to him met the target set for him by the federation. “He (Rohr) will remain in the jo...