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Strange Scenes In Marseille Vs Manchester City As Home Side Don’t Take A Knee
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Strange Scenes In Marseille Vs Manchester City As Home Side Don’t Take A Knee

  Marseille players did not take a knee in their Champions League clash with Manchester City on Tuesday evening - but they stood and watched the Premier League side do so. Players, coaches, and other staff in stadiums across English football have taken a knee since football returned in June to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Get French Football News have revealed the gesture hasn't been adopted in France and City players took a knee before kick-off at the Orange Velodrome. Marseille players remained stood together and waited for City players to get up before starting the game. It has also been rumoured the players opted for a one minute's silence in memory of Samuel Paty - a teacher murdered in a terrorist attack last week. Despite the explanation, fans onli...
Leicester City star Ndidi attributes his progress to constructive criticism
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Leicester City star Ndidi attributes his progress to constructive criticism

The 23-year-old is flourishing in the English top-flight and has explained how frank opinions from close associates have kept him going Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has attributed his progress to his ability to listen to criticism from his coaches, friends and wife. The Nigeria international has been in top form since teaming up with the King Power Stadium outfit in 2017 from Belgian side Genk. Ndidi’s stock has risen very high in the Premier League and he is currently regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in the English top-flight.
AC Milan confirm zero positive tests for coronavirus
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AC Milan confirm zero positive tests for coronavirus

Following some confusion, the Italian giants have clarified that no players or coaches have returned a positive test for the disease AC Milan have confirmed that no first-team player or member of the technical staff has tested positive for Covid-19. There had been some confusion over the prospect of more cases of coronavirus at the Serie A club following comments from president Paolo Scaroni, who referred to "some infected players" in a recent teleconference. "We have some infected players in the recovery phase," Scaroni had explained.
Gegenpressing: How does the tactical style made famous by Klopp work?
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Gegenpressing: How does the tactical style made famous by Klopp work?

MYCELEBRITYANDI takes a look at the style of football that has become synonymous with Liverpool and is spreading throughout the world There are so many different tactical philosophies in football and they are constantly evolving, with coaches forced to innovate in order to crack a conundrum on the pitch. Gegenpressing has become a popular playing style, with teams in Germany, England and further afield implementing the approach to playing. What is gegenpressing & how do the tactics work? Gegenpressing, which is German for 'counter pressing', is a tactical philosophy that has been popularised by Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool teams. The essence of the philosophy is not only that teams press their opponents, but that they do so with particular focus and zeal ...
French clubs are closing door on African coaches – Ibenge
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French clubs are closing door on African coaches – Ibenge

The AS Vita coach has revealed that he has previously applied for jobs in France, but was never given a chance Former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) national team coach Florent Ibenge believes French clubs do not have confidence in employing African coaches. Without disclosing clubs he has approached for a job, the 58-year-old says he was interested in coaching some professional French teams but his advances were ignored. “I applied but there was no response. Is it racism? I don't know. But what is certain, people are not ready [to hire African coaches]. When you apply, you are only offered youth teams,” said Ibenge as per Senegal Press Agency.
Coronavirus: La Liga Gives Latest Update on when Season will Resume
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Coronavirus: La Liga Gives Latest Update on when Season will Resume

The La Liga on Monday disclosed that the football clubs in Spain’s top two divisions would resume training for the first time this week in a bid to restart the season in June. DAILY POST had reported that La Liga, including other major leagues in Europe, were suspended due to the spread of coronavirus across the world. A statement from the organizing body revealed that clubs would follow the league’s rules for resuming training, which had been agreed with Spain’s sports and health authorities in order to guarantee the safety of players, coaches, and staff. The rules oblige players to undergo testing for the COVID-19 before they can return to their training facilities. “These measures cover a period of approximately four weeks with different phases that, in any case, will be...
English Premier League Set out full plans on Completing Season
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English Premier League Set out full plans on Completing Season

The English Premier League (EPL) on Friday set out detailed plans on completing the 2019/20 football season. The English top-flight League also disclosed that no decisions were taken at the shareholder’s meeting via video conference, but all 20 clubs reaffirmed their commitment to finishing the campaign. DAILY POST had reported that the Premier League is currently suspended indefinitely, with nine matches remaining due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across the globe. “At a meeting of Premier League’s Shareholders on Friday, clubs discussed possible steps towards the resumption of the 2019-20 season, when it is safe and appropriate to do so,” EPL statement read. “It was reiterated that the thoughts of all are with those directly affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. ...
Gernot Rohr accepts to be paid in Naira and reside in Nigeria
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Gernot Rohr accepts to be paid in Naira and reside in Nigeria

Super Eagles of Nigeria Head coach Gernot Rohr has accepted the Nigeria Football Federation's (NFF)  new contract sent to him last month.   In the contract, NFF president Amaju Pinnick revealed they inserted three clauses which includes Rohr residing in Nigeria, watching the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) with a view to grooming home based players to become international stars and being paid his salary in Nigerian Naira.   Pinnick also revealed that other coaches were in contact with him in case Rohr refuses the contract .     Franco-German coach, Rohr, has now disclosed he has accepted the clauses in the contract and that he will be willing to live in Nigeria and be paid in Naira. Rohr also revealed he also agreed to lower his ...
‘Mourinho and Mancini tried but Guardiola might have taken to Balotelli’
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‘Mourinho and Mancini tried but Guardiola might have taken to Balotelli’

The Italian striker has tested the patience of many coaches down throughout the years but could have thrived under Pep according to Micah Richards Plenty of managers have had their run-ins with Mario Balotelli but Pep Guardiola may have enjoyed working him, according to the Italian's former team-mate Micah Richards. Jose Mourinho, Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Mancini - who was a huge believer in Balotelli's qualities - are among a host of coaches that have fallen out with the striker. However, ex-Manchester City defender Richards says Guardiola might have hit it off with the now 29-year-old Brescia striker, although he's not sure how Balotelli might have reacted to his strict demands.
‘It’s starting to look very promising for Man Utd’ – Red Devils ‘on their way back’, says Owen
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‘It’s starting to look very promising for Man Utd’ – Red Devils ‘on their way back’, says Owen

The former striker admits it has been a while since there was so much positivity at Old Trafford, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer winning over his doubters Things are starting to look “very promising” again for Manchester United, says Michael Owen, with a sense of positivity returned to Old Trafford that has been missing for some time. The Red Devils found themselves stuck in reverse following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho struggled to get a fallen giant back on its feet, with three proven coaches unable to deliver the success that it is demanded by 13-time Premier League champions.
Chelsea boss Lampard: We won’t copy Liverpool or Man City
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Chelsea boss Lampard: We won’t copy Liverpool or Man City

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard does not see his side copying Liverpool or Manchester City in the pursuit of success. Lampard has enjoyed a decent first season with the Blues, as they are in fourth position in the Premier League. He knows that he will be expected to challenge for the title next season, but he does not want to copy any other club's blueprint to get there. Speaking on Sky Sports, Lampard said: "I don't want to jump the gun because what Liverpool and Manchester City have done has been clear; I'd be a fool to suggest we can bridge that gap quickly because there has been a lot of hard work at those clubs in terms of recruitment of top players, of great coaches. "We have to be part of that process. We have to do it our way, we can't try to copy. We have had experienced...
Ice Hockey star, Colby Cave dies at 25 after suffering brain bleed
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Ice Hockey star, Colby Cave dies at 25 after suffering brain bleed

Canadian Ice Hockey star, Colby Cave has died at the age of 25 after suffering a brain bleed His family confirmed his death in a statement after the Edmonton Oilers forward died on Saturday. "It is with great sadness to share the news that our Colby Cave passed away early this morning," Cave's wife, Emily, wrote in a statement. "Both our families are in shock but know our Colby was loved dearly by us, his family and friends, the entire hockey community, and many more. We thank everyone for their prayers during this difficult time." According to CBS Sport, Cave was airlifted to the Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Tuesday after suffering a brain bleed overnight. It was discovered that a colloid cyst was putting pressure on his brain and he underwent emergency surgery before be...
No Guardiola as Fabregas names his top two managers
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No Guardiola as Fabregas names his top two managers

The Spaniard admits he's been lucky to work with the world's best coaches but two names stand out for him Cesc Fabregas has named Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho as the best two managers he has worked under during his illustrious career. The current Monaco midfielder has also previously played for Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea where he won trophies with all three. On international duty with Spain, Fabregas also lifted the World Cup in 2010, along with the Euro title in 2008 and 2012. That success has had a lot to do with the great managers he's worked with and the Spaniard concedes he's been blessed in that department, while singling out his two favourites. "I had the best in the world, so I cannot complain," Fabregas said on Instagram Live. But when pressed to provide th...
Tom Brady Announces he is Leaving New England Patriots After 12-years
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Tom Brady Announces he is Leaving New England Patriots After 12-years

American football quarterback, Tom Brady, has announced he is leaving the New England Patriots, where he's played for 12-years, winning six Super Bowl victories, nine AFC titles, 219 wins, and three Most Valuable Player awards after 20 seasons with the club. The 42-year-old first-time free agent made the announcement via his Twitter account on Tuesday but didn't reveal his next destination. In a statement, he wrote: 'To all my teammates, coaches, executives, Coach Belichick, RKK, and the Kraft family and the entire organization,' Belichick's statement began. 'I want to say thank you for the past twenty years of my life and the daily commitment to winning and creating a winning culture built on great values. I am grateful for all that you have taught me - I have learned from every...
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta Tests Positive for Coronavirus
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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for coronavirus. The club released a statement on Thursday evening confirming the news, saying they expect a "significant number of people" will self-isolate, including first-team staff and coaches. The statement read: “The health of our people and the wider public is our priority and that is where our focus is. Our thoughts are with Mikel who is disappointed but in good spirits. We are in active dialogue with all the relevant people to manage this situation appropriately, and we look forward to getting back to training and playing as soon as medical advice allows.” Managing director Vinai Venkatesham added: "Mikel and the full first-team squad, players and staff, will be fully supported, and we look forward to getting back to t...
Cristiano Ronaldo Celebrates Himself After Reaching 1000 Games
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Cristiano Ronaldo Celebrates Himself After Reaching 1000 Games

Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday, said he was proud after reaching 1000 games in his career so far. The 35-year-old also gave special tributes to his teammates, coaches, fans, family, and friends for helping him to achieve the record. The Portugal captain reached the milestone in Juventus’ 2-0 victory against Inter Milan in Serie A on Sunday. The Bianconeri defeated Inter Milan at the Allianz Stadium, thanks to two goals from Aaron Ramsey and Paulo Dybala. Ronaldo, in a tweet on his official Twitter page, wrote: “So proud to reach 1000 official games in my career with a very important victory that put us on the top of the table again. “Thank you to all my teammates, coaches, my family & friends and to my fans that helped me to reach this great achievemen...
Ex-footballer, Pele is Dead
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Ex-footballer, Pele is Dead

Former Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Plateau United Football Club of Jos has been thrown into mourning mood following the dead of its Head Coach, Audu Isah Pele. Pele, who died Wednesday afternoon at his residence along Ali Kazaure, was hospitalized at the Bingham University Teaching Hospital Jos, before he was discharged Monday this week. His death was confirmed by the Media of the Club, Albert Dakup, in Jos the Plateau State Capital. Dakup said, “Pele joined the services of Plateau United FC as a coach of the feeder team in 2014. “However, following a string of poor results shortly after the Club’s return to the Nigeria Professional Football League in 2016, the management of the team headed by Pius Henwan elevated coach him alongside other coaches from t...
I Left Watford for China Because of Money – Odion Ighalo
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I Left Watford for China Because of Money – Odion Ighalo

Former Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo has revealed that he left Watford where he carved a niche for himself to join Chinese side, Changchun Yatai back in 2017 because of money. The Nigerian striker who scored 33 goals in 82 matches for the English club revealed that before he left for China, he had offers from Crystal Palace and West Bromwich. Speaking to Watford Observer, Ighalo stated that he has no regret leaving England for China because it has made a remarkable impact in his career. He said; “There’s lot of reasons I went there [China]. I wasn’t playing much in Watford and I did not want to keep sitting on the bench. “Watford fans don’t know it but I had an offer from Crystal Palace on the table and West Bromwich but the club was looking for big money and that’s...
Messi Makes Coaches Better – Mourinho
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Messi Makes Coaches Better – Mourinho

The coach has met the Argentinian on many occasions already. Always as rivals, although in different teams, the Portuguese knows how the Barcelona captain works and is aware of his great skills when he has the ball at his feet. "Messi makes all coaches better: he's the best" because he forces you to "study, analyze and decide," he said in an interview with 'Give Me Sport'. The now Spurs coach has clear admiration and respect for the Argentine. "I've played against Messi with Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid. In all of them, with different approaches and objectives. Sometimes to win and other times not to lose, change or maintain a result. When you try to decode their game, to understand how he hurts the opponent, it is too late to stop it: it's dramatic," he added. Yet another c...
Southampton Players, Coaches To Forfeit Wages After 9-0 Defeat To Leicester
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Southampton Players, Coaches To Forfeit Wages After 9-0 Defeat To Leicester

Southampton players and coaching staff have pledged to donate their wages to charity, after their 9-0 defeat to Leicester City last Friday. Leicester recorded the biggest English top-flight away win, by thrashing 10-man Southampton at St Mary’s. Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy both netted hat-tricks, as the Saints suffered their worst home defeat in their 133-year history. “The squad has been working on putting things right for the club’s supporters. “As the first step towards that, the group has decided that they wish to donate their wages from the day of the Leicester game to Saints Foundation, in order to help the vital work that is conducted by the charity,” Southampton said in a statement
FIFA Awards: Captains And Coaches Claim They Did Not Vote For Messi
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FIFA Awards: Captains And Coaches Claim They Did Not Vote For Messi

FIFA vote-rigging storm: Captains and coaches claim they DID NOT vote for Lionel Messi for The Best award - and now FIFA reveal Egypt's vote for Salah was rejected because it was written in CAPITAL LETTERS FIFA's prestigious The Best awards have been struck by a vote rigging storm amid claims indicating the ballot was rigged — with the governing body suggesting Egypt's votes were left out after the signatures were written in capital letters. Lionel Messi walked away with the best men's player accolade at the glitzy ceremony in Milan on Monday, pipping Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk to the award. Given Van Dijk's remarkable season at Liverpool, where he led the club to their sixth Champions League title, and Ronaldo's excellent campaign at Juventus - Messi's winning award ...
Afcon 2019: Safa boss Jordaan unimpressed by Bafana Bafana after Ivory Coast defeat
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Afcon 2019: Safa boss Jordaan unimpressed by Bafana Bafana after Ivory Coast defeat

The head of Safa has certainly not been pleased with what he has seen from Bafana so far Bafana recently started their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a defeat, and while head coach Stuart Baxter was defiant following the result, South Africa Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordan was not as optimistic. Bafana were edged out by a solitary Jonathan Kodjia strike which put Ivory Coast level on points with Morocco in Group D, and Jordaan hasn't held back his criticism of the performance. “I was not impressed, let me just stop at that, because it is really for the coaches to pick the team and to organise the formation, and to instruct the players on what to do,” Jordaan was quoted as saying by Phakaaathi.
How will Mexico line up against Ecuador?
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How will Mexico line up against Ecuador?

Tata Martino will put some new faces in his starting lineup for the final friendly match ahead of the Gold Cup The last match is here. After Sunday's friendly match against Ecuador, the next game Tata Martino coaches with El Tri will be in a competitive tournament. The coach is dealing with a number of injuries, though, and after naming a 29-man provisional roster rather than the 40 names allowed, he can ill afford another injury. Martino also said he wants to keep getting to know players on the team who are yet to see a heavy dose of minutes in the first three matches he coached. As Goal does before every match, we've put together three projections of what the starting lineup could look like. Check back an hour before kickoff for the XI that Martino decides to go with. ...
Premier League Introduces new rules on Penalty kick, Substitution, Handball, Cards for Managers, Others
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Premier League Introduces new rules on Penalty kick, Substitution, Handball, Cards for Managers, Others

The International Football Association Board, IFAB, has approved new rules and changes ahead of the 2019/2020 season. The 2018/19 Premier League campaign finished last Sunday with Manchester City claiming the title. The new rules affect Freekicks, substitution, handball, dropball, and cards for managers. It is already established that video assistant referee, VAR, will be used in the league next season. These alterations will have a huge impact on the Premier League sides. The IFAB has clarified the situation in regards to handball decisions ahead of next seasonHandballs: The new rule state that goals will be disallowed if the ball accidentally strikes a player’s hand in the build-up. A free-kick will also be awarded outside of the penalty box if a player has acciden...
Nigerian Coaches Asked me for Bribe – David Alaba
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Nigerian Coaches Asked me for Bribe – David Alaba

Bayern Munich star David Alaba has revealed that the Nigerian coaches of the 2007 Golden Eaglets team requested for bribe for him to feature in the team for the 2007 FIFA U17 World Cup. In a report by allnigeriasoccer.com, Alaba who was born in Vienna to a Filipino mother and Nigerian father, had been eligible to represent the Super Eagles before he became cap-tied to his country of birth, Austria. The versatile defender has claimed that he trained with the Nigeria U17s which contained the likes of Lukman Haruna, Macauley Chrisantus and Rabiu Ibrahim ahead of the tournament in South Korea and impressed during the training camp. The Golden Eaglets coaches wanted to collect money from Alaba but his mother insisted that there was no way she going to part with a single penny...
Mourinho Reveals League he will Take his Next Managerial Job
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Mourinho Reveals League he will Take his Next Managerial Job

Jose Mourinho has reiterated his desire to return to management this summer and hinted that it would be in a league that motivates him. The Portuguese has coached clubs in his native Portugal, Spain, Italy and England in the past, but has been out of job since December, when he was sacked by Manchester United. Mourinho insists he is not sad about working since then but is not eager to go just anywhere. “I decided not to coach until the start of next season and my return to the bench must be in a club and in a league that motivates me. “I am not sad that I am not coaching at the moment but honestly I want to return this upcoming pre-season,” Mourinho said at the ANTF Coaches Forum in Portimao.
Mario Gotze Compares Premier League Managers
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Mario Gotze Compares Premier League Managers

Borussia Dortmund star, Mario Gotze has admitted that it is difficult to compare Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola and Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp because the pair “pursue different philosophies”. Gotze, who played under Guardiola and Klopp during their time at Bayern Munich and Dortmund respectively, said the duo are extremely successful managers. Asked to compare Guardiola and Klopp, Gotze was quoted by Manchester Evening News as saying: “They are difficult to compare because they pursue different philosophies. “The fact is that both are extremely successful. “I am grateful to have worked with two such outstanding coaches. I watch the games of both teams (Man City and Liverpool) as often as possible, the title fight in the Premier League is extremely exciting.” Gotz...
O’Gara rules out France role at World Cup
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O’Gara rules out France role at World Cup

There were one or two approaches from an agent, that’s as far we’ve got,” O’Gara said when asked on Radio Sport New Zealand about a potential departure for French soil. “As anyone knows I have an amount of work to do here, which is really important to me, and if there is anything, Razor (Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson) and the Crusaders would be the first to know about it.” O’Gara, who won 128 Irish caps and is a fluent French speaker after spending four seasons as a coach with Top 14 side Racing 92, added: “It’s not a distraction. These are all conversations that happen. Next week it will be someone else.” The former playmaker also acknowledged he’d be more interested in being involved with Robertson’s set-up should the Crusaders coach make the step-up to the All Blacks, wi...
Emmanuel Amuneke’s bravery did the magic for Tanzania, says Erico
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Emmanuel Amuneke’s bravery did the magic for Tanzania, says Erico

Former Super Eagles Assistant Coach, Joe Erico says the ‘bravery’ of Coach Emmanuel Amuneke played a huge part in Taifa Stars of Tanzania’s qualification for the 2019 African Cup of Nations. For 39 years, Tanzania struggled without success to return to the African Nations Cup. But Amuneke’s Midas touch turned the situation around last Sunday, as he guided the Taifa Stars to their first African Cup of Nations appearance by defeating the Cranes of Uganda 3-0 at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam. Since then, Amuneke, a former coach of Julius Berger FC of Lagos, Ocean Boys of Yenagoa and the Golden Eaglets, has become a hero in the East African country. “I commend Amuneke for his ability to re-write history in Tanzania,” Erico told The Guardian. “Football in Tanzania had been down...
‘Lobi Stars won’t fail in South Africa’
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‘Lobi Stars won’t fail in South Africa’

Coach of Lobi Stars, Solomon Ogbeide has assured of his players’ readiness to withstand their opponent in today’s CAF Champions League group A fixture, Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa. The match will hold at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in South Africa. The Nigerian representative currently occupy bottom of the table with four points, where the South Africans sit on the top of the group with seven points jointly with Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca after four matches. Speaking from South Africa, Ogbeide said his team was battle ready to surmount any pressure from Mamelodi Sundowns in today’s clash, which will either make or mar their hope of a progress against the 2016 edition winner. “We are here, ready, and very well prepared for tomorrow’s clash. We also want to make sure we ear...
Two Nigerian Volleyball Coaches for High Performance Seminar
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Two Nigerian Volleyball Coaches for High Performance Seminar

As parts of its plans to make Nigeria proud at the forthcoming World U-19 Junior Volleyball Championship in Tunisia, the Nigeria Volleyball Federation is sending two national coaches on a High Performance Seminar. The coaches, Sani Musa Mohammed and Adeniyi Adekalu were chosen by the federation owing to their performances in qualifying for the World Championship coming tops at the Africa U-19 Volleyball Youth Games in Algiers in 2018. Coaches Sanni and Adekalu will be joining their counterparts from the qualified countries at the 5th Confederation of Africa Volleyball (CAVB) High Performance Seminar in Nairobi, Kenya with a view to learning latest techniques and skills in the game. The President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Musa Nimrod while congratulating the duo emphasi...
Bayern Partner Korean Football Association To Develop Talent
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Bayern Partner Korean Football Association To Develop Talent

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich said Monday they have formed a partnership with the Korean Football Association as part of a strategy that could help the Bavarians uncover young talent in Asia. “There’s a plethora of youth structures and talent there. Korea is one of the leading Asian countries in this area, so this partnership is an excellent fit for FC Bayern,” said the German club’s board member Joerg Wacker. The deal is the second such cooperation with an Asian association, after a similar partnership signed in May 2018 with the Japan Football Association. Myung-bo Hong, KFA executive director and South Korea’s most capped player, said the move was a “great opportunity, not only for our players, teams and coaches but for the whole of Korean football”. The two sides wil...
Access Bank Lagos City Marathon: Wigwe Promises More Excitement
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Access Bank Lagos City Marathon: Wigwe Promises More Excitement

The 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon ran its full course on February 2 in Lagos. Thrilled by the out come, Access Bank boss Herbert Wigwe, has vowed to give more muscle and support to future editions   Lagos Gov Akinwummi Ambode, Access Bank MD Herbert Wigwe and Uzoma Dozie Diamond Bank MD, present women winner, Denke Meserate with a $50,000 cheque. Over 100,000 professional athletes and keep fit enthusiasts participated in the race, which has continued to attract global attention. As usual East African athletes dominated the race and won the top prizes. However, Nigerian runners like Deborah Pam demonstrated that in no distance future, they too will begin to rub shoulders with the world elite athletes. Plateau State-born Pam who is dubbed the queen of Nigerian long-di...
Peak Milk Donates Wheelchair Accessible Bus to Nigeria Para-powerlifting Federation
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Peak Milk Donates Wheelchair Accessible Bus to Nigeria Para-powerlifting Federation

Para powerlifers and their coaches with the new bus FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc, makers of Peak milk, presented a new mobility bus with wheelchair access to the Nigeria Para-powerlifting Federation on Tuesday at the company’s headquarters in Lagos, thus fulfilling its promise to the Para-powerlifters. The International Paralympic Committee-approved mobility bus seats 12 people and 15 wheel chairs. This first of its kind mobility bus in Nigeria is equipped with automated lifts and other features to ensure convenience and the safety of athletes. At the presentation, the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola said: “With this donation, FrieslandCampina WAMCO has elongated its catalo...
NPFL-LaLiga Coaching Clinic Set to Kick off in Abuja
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NPFL-LaLiga Coaching Clinic Set to Kick off in Abuja

As a follow-up to the success recorded in its first two editions, the Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL) and LaLiga are set to kick off the third edition of the NPFL-LaLiga annual coaching clinic. The five-day clinic is expected to have about 100 youth coaches in attendance and will take place at the National Stadium, Abuja from Monday the 21st to Friday the 25th of January, 2019. The annual coaching clinic will precede the NPFL U-15 Promises Tournament and is designed to train youth coaches on how to properly develop young talents using LaLiga methodology. The content of the clinic will as usual be framed within a level 3 (professional) syllabus where coaches will learn more complex and technical aspects of LaLiga’s methodology as a continuation of levels 1 (beginner) ...
Bendel Insurance: Mission Accomplished for Obaseki
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Bendel Insurance: Mission Accomplished for Obaseki

Gov. Obaseki flanked on the left by Deputy Gov Phillip Shaibu, officials and players of Bendel Insurance After gaining promotion to the Nigerian Premier League after 11 years in the lower division, Bendel Insurance will begin life in the topflight on Sunday in Sagamu against Remo Stars. DURO IKHAZUAGBE takes a look at the team’s journey back to the top The excitement generated by the promotion of Bendel Insurance FC back to the top flight of Nigerian club football is still resonating around Edo State and beyond. The faithful of the Benin Arsenal will be in Cloud Nine when their darling team takes on another newly promoted team, Remo Stars, in Sagamu on Match-day 3 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Sunday. It will be the beginning of another era in the history...
ANWFCC Tasks NFF on Women Football
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ANWFCC Tasks NFF on Women Football

Officials of the Association of Nigeria Women Football Club Coaches (ANWFCC) have alerted the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and club sides to visit the practice pitch of the National Stadium Lagos to get young and talented players from the ongoing 23rd All Stars Women Football Carnival. A total of 284 players from different parts of the country have been drawn in 18 teams as they jostle for the All Stars trophy and also target being engaged by cubs for Nigeria Women League and FA cup action later in the year. As it kicked off officially on Thursday morning, Vice President of ANWFCC, Chinedu Ogbenna said they are highly impressed with the turnout of players from different parts of the country and hope that the NFF and club officials would be on the ground to get budding ta...
Bosso Proud Of Gombe Utd Return To NPFL
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Bosso Proud Of Gombe Utd Return To NPFL

Gombe United technical adviser,  Ladan Bosso, says securing a ticket back to the Nigeria Professional Football League,  NPFL,  was mission accomplished for the Savannah Scorpions. Ladan Bosso Gombe United finished second second in the Northern Conference with five points, same as Kada City but with inferior goal aggregate. “Before coming here, our objective was to pick one of the promotion tickets. “We also wanted to play in the grand finale and possibly emerge as overall Champions. “But though we can no longer feature in the final, we are happy that our major objective which is a Premier League ticket was achieved and I’m proud of the players. “It would have been a waste of our efforts because when I joined up I told them it would amount to wasted efforts if we failed to secu...
Eto’o: African Coaches Are ‘2nd-Class Citizens’  .
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Eto’o: African Coaches Are ‘2nd-Class Citizens’ .

Samuel Eto’o Former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea star Samuel Eto’o has said black coaches are seen as “second-class citizens” around the sport and don’t get the trust they deserve. The Cameroonian striker, who is still active at the age of 37, gave an interview to Canal+ and talked about his future. He said he may go into coaching but that there are factors working against him and fellow black managers: “Many black former players don’t get the coaching license, but there are also many who do have this. There is a lack of trust. That trust doesn’t exist, and we are seen as second-class citizens.” Cameroonian forward Samuel Eto’o attends his presentation after signing a one year contract to play for Qatar Sports Club football team, in Doha on August 14, 2018. – Veteran ...
Omeruo Backs Super Eagles for 2019 AFCON Glory
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Omeruo Backs Super Eagles for 2019 AFCON Glory

Kenneth Omeruo believes that Nigeria’s young side should be aiming to win the Africa Cup of Nations even as has picked out Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi as one of the men to fire them to glory. Nigeria’s last success came in 2013, in a tournament where Omeruo made his competitive debut for the Super Eagles but subsequently failed to qualify for both the 2015 and 2017 editions. Manager Gernot Rohr has got Nigeria to the AFCON once again in 2019, though, after narrowly missing out on qualifying from the World Cup group in 2018 and Omeruo thinks that Iwobi will be peaking like the rest of his team come to the tournament and feels that Nigeria should aim for the top prize. “Iwobi has improved a lot and he brings that into the national team as well,” Omeruo told Goal. “He has good footwork...
Ex-Watford Boss Sanchez Flores Moves To Shanghai Shenhua
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Ex-Watford Boss Sanchez Flores Moves To Shanghai Shenhua

Former Watford, Benfica and Atletico Madrid boss Quique Sanchez Flores has been named head coach of Chinese Super League (CSL) Shanghai Shenhua. Quique Sanchez Flores Shenhua issued a statement welcoming the Spaniard and his coaching team, who are due to arrive in Shanghai on Friday to prepare for the new CSL season beginning on March 1, 2019. “(We) hope they will get familiar with the team as soon as possible through winter training, instil their football techniques and tactics in the players and help the young players in the team grow faster,” Shanghai Shenhua said in a post on China’s Twitter-like Weibo Tuesday. The club’s former Chinese coach Wu Jingui will move to the role of sporting director at the club. Wu led the team to win the Chinese FA Cup in 2017. Sanchez F...
CAF Confederation Cup: Rangers Optimistic of Second Round Ticket
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CAF Confederation Cup: Rangers Optimistic of Second Round Ticket

The management, coaches and players of Rangers International have vowed to ensure that the team picks the ticket for the second round of the 2018/2019 CAF Confederation Cup after the second leg, first round clash with visiting Algerian cup champions, USM Bel Abbes on Sunday. In a release from the Head, Media/Publicity department of the ‘Flying Antelopes’, Norbert Okolie, said the players are at their peak to make the club victorious. “The coaches and players are doing all they can to ensure that victory is achieved and get the ticket for the next round of the competition. Since the team’ returned from Algeria, the coaches have been working on the team with the hope of producing a perfect team to fly the colors of the club on Sunday,” Okolie said. The release further quoted the...
Disquiet in Team Edo Camp as National Sports Festival Begins
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Disquiet in Team Edo Camp as National Sports Festival Begins

As the 19th edition of the National Sports Festival is scheduled to begin today in Abuja, all appears not to be well within the camp of Edo State. The state’s contingent left Benin City for Abuja yesterday with disquiet within the camp as athletes and officials complain of shoddy treatment in the run up to the Festival. Just like the discordant tunes playing out from the various camps of several states contingents, poor funding and ill-preparation appear to be the sing-song of most teams heading to the festival postponed for six years since Cross River State could not raise the needed funds to host it. Insiders in the Team Edo camp revealed that funding has been the major issue as coaches had to personally fund the training and preparation of their athletes following non-relea...
National Sports Festival: 8,861 Athletes Vie For Honours
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National Sports Festival: 8,861 Athletes Vie For Honours

Sports minister, Solomon Dalung has said that about 8,861 athletes are expected to participate in the 19th National Sports Festival scheduled to commence in Abuja today. Dalung The Minister stated this while briefing State House correspondents after the end of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said that only Ebonyi state that will not participate in the festival as the remaining 35 states out of 36 will be will be fully represented. According to him, Out of the 8,861 participants, 7,227 are athletes, 710 are coaches, 222 are team members, while 702 are state officials. Explaining on the importance of the festival, Dalung said National Sports Festival and the Na...
‘LaLiga Playing a Key Role in the Growth of Football’
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‘LaLiga Playing a Key Role in the Growth of Football’

L-R - Media and Communications Coordinator LaLiga Nigeria, Ayodeji Adegbenro, Delegate LaLiga Nigeria, Guillermo Perez Castello, LaLiga Ambassador, Mutiu Adepoju, and Managing Director LaLiga Nigeria, Javier Del Rio In a bid to promote the development of football, both locally and globally, LaLiga oversees training programmes, value-enhancing initiatives and has signed numerous agreements with international organisations. Speaking at an interactive session in Lagos thursday, Managing Director LaLiga Nigeria, Javier Del Rio, stressed that these efforts are all part of the institution’s quest to ensure that the experience garnered throughout the history of the Spanish league serves to assist the growth of the game and its values across the globe The LaLiga clubs are also heavily i...
Klopp Praises Firmino As Brazilian Ends Goal Drought
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Klopp Praises Firmino As Brazilian Ends Goal Drought

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has praised “unbelievably valuable” Roberto Firmino after the Brazil forward ended his two-month Premier League goal drought in the 3-0 victory against Watford. Firmino-Klopp He also had a hand in Mohamed Salah’s opener on Saturday and won the free-kick for Trent Alexander-Arnold to make it 2-0. Firmino, who is playing a deeper role, has just six goals for club and country this season — and only two in his past 15 outings — but Klopp is in no doubt about the player’s quality. “In the game against Fulham, 20 German coaches were in the stadium,” said Klopp. “I’m not sure how the critics were but when I saw them and we had a drink together, they were saying ‘Bobby Firmino. What a player.’ “Because of the small things he’s doing, he’s working so hard...
Rohr: Super Eagles Job, Most Challenging in My Coaching Career
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Rohr: Super Eagles Job, Most Challenging in My Coaching Career

From a humble begining as the Head Coach of Super Eagles two years ago, the journey so far has taken Gernot Rohr to an enviable record as the first tactician to have qualified the senior national team to two major tournaments; Russia 2018 World Cup and next year’s African Cup of Nations in Cameroon, with a game in hand. Femi Solaja was at the ‘Peak Breakfast interview’ session organised by HS Media Group on behalf of Friesland Campina for Rohr. The gaffer spoke on the good, the bad and the ugly side of his journey with the national team so far. Excerpt… Before you took the job in Nigeria, you must have been privy to this notorious belief that we have this tendency of owing both local and foreign coaches. What convinced you to take the job especially when you were not the only coach pe...
Mick McCarthy Returns As Republic Manager
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Mick McCarthy Returns As Republic Manager

Mick McCarthy has been hired for a second spell as Republic of Ireland manager, the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) announced on Sunday. Terry Connor, John Delaney, Mick McCarthy and Robbie Keane at the unveiling of the new Ireland manager in Dublin on Sunday. Photo: FAI Twitter McCarthy, out of work since leaving Championship side Ipswich in April, has agreed a two-year contract to succeed Martin O’Neill. McCarthy, whose first spell as Republic boss ended in 2002, has been tasked with securing qualification for Euro 2020. “I’m honoured and excited to be back with the Republic of Ireland,” McCarthy said. “I am delighted that the FAI Board and CEO have given me this opportunity to lead the team to EURO 2020.” O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane were sacked earlier this we...
Siasia, 48 Others Apply for Gor Mahia Job
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Siasia, 48 Others Apply for Gor Mahia Job

Samson Siasia Former Nigerian national team coach Samson Siasia is among coaches who have applied for the vacant Gor Mahia job even as the record Kenyan champions brace for a tough CAF Champions League preliminary round first leg clash against Malawi champions Nyasa Bullets at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Wednesday. Siasia, 51, led Nigeria U-23 at the 2008 and 2016 Summer Olympics winning silver and bronze medals respectively. He also clinched the African Youth Championship with the U-20 side in 2005 among some of his career highlights. By Friday afternoon, 48 coaches had tendered in their CVs eyeing the post that fell vacant after the resignation of Briton Dylan Kerr, who has since joined South African top-tier outfit Black Leopards. In a shocking turn of event...
Oshodi Tags Asoju Oba Cup as Bedrock of T’tennis in Nigeria
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Oshodi Tags Asoju Oba Cup as Bedrock of T’tennis in Nigeria

Wahid Oshodi Having churned out some of the country’s finest stars in the last 50 years,, the annual Asoju Oba Cup has become the bedrock of modern table tennis in Nigeria. This was the view of the former Lagos State Commissioner for Sports, Wahid Oshodi who described the longest running table tennis in Africa has a breeding ground for world beaters. “The Asoju Oba Cup is the bedrock and foundation of modern day table tennis in Nigeria considering the fact that a great majority of our top players over the last 50 years have honed their craft playing in this tournament. “To win the Asoju Oba cup would be the crowning glory of any player and a stepping stone into the National teams. The National Coaches over the years themselves have all come through this tournament and they in...