January 12th, 2017 by index
Nigeria made it two wins out of two World Cup qualification after a 3-1 success over Algeria.
It was a victory largely masterminded by midfielder John obi Mikel. The Chelsea midfielder may be struggling for opportunities at club level, but he continues to remain as one of the key players for the national team. After having missed out on the 2017 African Cup of Nations, the national team are desperate to achieve qualification to the World Cup 2018 without any hiccups. After a close fought 2-1 win over Zambia in the opening group match, they have managed to beat former African Cup of Nations champions Algeria.
German coachGernot Rohr has been in charge of Nigeria from September 2016. He says that Mikel was an important catalyst in the victory. The 29-year-old played the full 90 minutes against Algeria. Continue reading ‘Nigeria coach praises impact of John Obi Mikel against Algeriargb’
November 15th, 2016 by index
Gernot Rohr does not think that the money should be wasted on those players who come to the national camp only to have a bit of a vacation and have nothing to do during a match apart from remaining seated on the bench.
In the view of Rohr, the second and the third choice players should be good enough to put pressure on the starters and the starters must know that they can only remain ahead of their understudies if they shine match after match.
Otherwise if the starters don’t have any challenge for their places, they will never be afraid of a sack and thus, they might drop their guard which might lead to a weak team effort.
Rohr, a consultant for Nigeria, was quoted saying, “I have noticed that the national duty is nothing more than a vacation trip for a few of the players. They are given the money for their services, but, do they even have to provide their services? I don’t think so.” Continue reading ‘Gernot Rohr recommends to Avoid Money Spending on Players that are on Vacationsrgb’
September 23rd, 2016 by index
The CAF president IssaHiyatou has stated that it would be a good idea for Kenya to host the National Championship.
He believes that the country has the necessary skills and resources to host such a competition and that it would bring benefit to the nation.
IssaHiyatou said that he has discussed with the Kenyan authorities about the benefits of hosting the Africa Nations Championship on their soil. He stated that the Kenya youth would take advantage of the opportunity to display their talent before the world.
He said that the locals will also be given an opportunity to show their talents in the footballing world if ever Kenya accepts to host the competition. IssaHiyatou believes that the local economy will also come out as a winner.
Kenya’s deputy president Ruto said that the country is doing everything they can in order to be ready on time. He said that construction work is going on at all the different stadiums and that they are working hard to ensure that all infrastructures are ready for the tournament. Continue reading ‘Kenya to host Africa Nations Championshiprgb’
July 22nd, 2016 by index
Kontihene, a renowned personality in the music industry of Ghana, is of the view that Sulley Muntari should be pardoned by the country; otherwise, it would be a waste of a fantastic soccer talent.
Kontihene says each and every person errs in his life, but, people are forgiven when they show remorse for their actions and the same should happen with Muntari who is definitely regretful for what he did.
Kotihene reckons Muntari is doing fine at the club he is a part of at the minute which shows his skills have not deteriorated in the period he has spent outside the national set up and if he is taken back, it would only be a boon for Ghana.
Not much hope with Nigeria Continue reading ‘Take Muntari Back: Kontihenergb’
May 20th, 2016 by index
The renowned Moroccan midfielder Sofiane Boufal has been known and named as the best player in France Ligue 1.
It is said that the Algerian and Lyon clubs, player Rachid Ghezzel and Senegal and Angers player Cheikh N’Doye would win the trophy of Marc-Vivien. The annual award was inspired by the Cameroon international who lost his life at the age of 28 in 2003. The Moroccan footballer Boufal has succeeded Andre Ayew, the winner of last year who brilliantly played in Marseille before he joined Swansea. Well, he is the third one in Morocco to have won the prize, and this means a positive closure to his season after the final league games against Saint-Etienne and Guingamp.
Boufal has proven to be quite influential for the Football club Lille in this season as he scored 11 goals and helped his team to be 6th in the league. This French midfielder has contributed in mostly half of the goal in 29 appearances in the northern club in the league of this season. Sofiane Boufal made his first entry in the international level for Morocco in Africa Cup of Nations and Cape Verde in the month of March after which his future was pledged to North Africa. The midfielder has provided assistance in the reverse fixture as Cape Verde was defeated by Morocco on 29th of March to make their place strong in the upcoming tournament which will be held in 2017. Continue reading ‘Sofiane Boufal Voted As The Best African In Ligue 1rgb’
April 28th, 2016 by index
Former Nigeria’s captain Kanu has blamed the Nigerian Football Federation for the current state of football
NwankwoKanu, who currently works for Unicef and a Chinese television, has stated that the level of football has declined during recent years because of poor management from the Nigerian Football Federation.
He believes that there is too much instability surrounding the coaches and that the team is not playing in the best condition. In fact, this is a problem that affects African football in general, and it is up to the federation to make changes. He thinks that a change will be needed in the football federation if ever Nigeria wants to raise their football standards again.
Kanu has stated that it was already a bad thing to not be present at Equatorial Guinea in 2015 but now missing Gabon 2017 is a massive blow. He has encouraged the Nigerian Football Federation to make changes to their leadership and to ensure that it is football that is put first and not petty politics.
The former Arsenal player also wants to see more stability when it comes to choosing a manager for the national team. He wants the Nigerian federation to choose a local man to guide the team and not focus on getting a foreigner. He believes that only a local person can understand the requirement of African football and that will be able to get the best from their players. Continue reading ‘Kanu has blamed the Nigerian Football Federation for the current state of footballrgb’
November 15th, 2015 by index
On Mario Balotelli’s 2nd debut match as a player of Ac.Milan he scored a goal when his team faced off against Mantova in a friendly game. In 2 matches with Ac.Milan, Balotelli has already scored as many goals as he did for Liverpool in the entire past season.
Even though this goal has given Balotelli a positive start to his return to Ac.Milan, the manager of the Italian club stated that the player who is on a season loan deal still has a few things to do which he needs to fulfill before becoming a consistent starter for the team.
The 46 year old Serbian manager of Ac.Milan, Siniša Mihajlović said that Mario Balotelli still isn’t ready to play for an entire match as he is overweight and will have to work on his fitness.
Ac.Milan’s Siniša Mihajlović said: “He has not played for a while and he still has to improve. He is training well and his physical tests are satisfactory, but he is three kilograms overweight; he is on a diet and when he is ready he will play. ‘I’m not talking about anyone in particular but about everyone. Balotelli? We played against a Serie C side. He is not in good shape and has to improve, just like all the others, otherwise he won’t play’’
Mario Balotelli scored at the 3rd minute of Ac.Milan’s friendly match against Mantova but Siniša Mihajlović said that the Italian player still needs to improve and the Serbian manager is indeed expecting to see Balotelli performing better.
After having completed his return to Ac.Milan, Balotelli was praised by the CEO of Ac.Milan Adriano Galliani as he said that the former Inter Milan player was a changed man who had a different attitude but the problems still continue to arrive as Balotelli has now recently been involved in a problem with Italian officials after he was caught speeding. Continue reading ‘Mario Balotelli scored a goal but Siniša Mihajlović says that he still needs to improvergb’
June 16th, 2015 by index
Memphis Depay is the first summer signing of Manchester United as the Premier League managed to lure the 21 year old winger from PSV Eindhoven over to England for a transfer fee which is believed to be in the region of €30 million.
The summer transfer window hasn’t even opened but Louis van Gaal has already started to reinforce his squad and there are a few more players that are in the wish-list of the Dutch manager.
Louis van Gaal wants to win the Premier League title which is something that they haven’t done since the 2012-13 season and in order to steal it away from Chelsea and the other English titans, Manchester United is acting quickly in this summer by trying to snatch all of their targets as fast as possible.
Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema is another one of the targets of Louis van Gaal and they have already launched an offer of €35 million with hopes of bringing the French forward to Old Trafford. Continue reading ‘Manchester United signed Memphis Depay but still have a lot more signingsrgb’