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Ighalo Drops Strong Hint On Returning To Super Eagles
Super Eagles and Shanghai Shenhua forward, Odion Ighalo has given a strong hint he could be back playing for the Super Eagles just weeks after announcing his retirement from international football.
The Chinese Super League striker shocked Nigerians when he announced his retirement from the national team following the Super Eagles win over Tunisia in the third-place match at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
After defeating the Carthage Eagles, Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr revealed the former Watford man has retired from the National team.
“He has been very strong for us,” Rohr told ESPN. “And it is sad, that he wants not to continue.
“But the door always is open for him any time.”
The former Granada striker then took to his social media pages to confirms Rohr’s comments, saying he is done with the Super Eagles.
However, following his announcement, NFF president, Amaju Pinnick revealed he has spoken to him to reverse his decision.
But Ighalo revealed he has not taken a decision yet as that time, saying he will need to consult his family before deciding.
“If I am going to reverse my retirement, I would need to consult with my family and my club. I respect the President of the NFF, but the reversal of my retirement is certainly not one that I can take alone. I need to consult with others before I make a decision.”
It now seems he has made a decision after he posted a picture of him with the Super Eagles on twitter with a cryptic caption, saying “Coming Back Stronger”
Ighalo’s comeback will be a huge boost for Rohr and the Super Eagles who begin their qualifiers for 2021 AFCON in November. He became the second Nigerian to win the golden boot at the just-concluded biennial tournament in Egypt, scoring in games against Burundi, Cameroon, Algeria, and Tunisia.
FIFA crew Arrives Nigeria today For Inspection Of facilities in advance Of U20 female world Cup
A five-man inspection team from FIFA will arrive Lagos, today, Monday, for a four-day inspection of facilities and equipment, that Nigeria has put forward to host the U20 Women’s World Cup in 2020.
This was confirmed in a statement by the Head, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Communications Department, Ademola Olajire.
The officials Christopher Exley, Sara Jane Booth, Kliment Taseski, Rhiannon Ceirwen Martin and Heyral Kaj Jurgen, will arrive today.
They would be received by Amaju Pinnick, President of NFF, first Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi.
Also NFF Executive Committee member and Chairman of the Nigeria Women Football League Aisha Falode and top officials of the Lagos State Sports Commission led by the Executive Chairman, Kweku Tandoh will receive the FIFA team.
Nigeria has put forward the cities of Lagos, Benin, Asaba and Uyo for the hosting of the 16 nations finals.
From 8.1M Followers On Instagram, See How Many Followers Juventus Now Has Since Ronaldo Joined.
Juventus had only 8.1m followers on Instagram before 13 months ago, before Ronaldo joined them. But now they have over 30m followers.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s army of supporters has a huge impact on the social media following of his clubs.
The statistics reveal that millions of fans are loyal to the Portuguese superstar rather than his team.
The impact on the Juventus Instagram page was the most extreme, with their account increase in followers.
Across all social media platforms, Ronaldo’s new side gained million new fans, a remarkable upgrade.
FIFA bans Samson Siasia for life after finding him guilty of bribery allegations.
Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has banned former Nigerian coach Samson Siasia for life on “all football-related activities” over allegations of match-fixing.
Records Nigeria accumulated that the fifty one-year-old former Nigerian footballer may even pay a fine of CHF 50,000 ($51,051.66).
FIFA said in a statement that the adjudicatory chamber of their independent Ethics Committee found that Siasia was “guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics.”
He is the third African to be banned by FIFA for his links to Perumal after former Sierra Leone FA official Abu Bakarr Kabba and former Botswana FA official Mooketsi Kgotlele was suspended in July for five years and for life respectively.
Siasia played 51 times as a striker for the Nigerian national team scoring 16 goals and later coached various national youth sides before he was appointed as the senior coach in 2016.
He won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria.
Meet Maduka Okoye, The Nigerian Goalkeeper That Has Set Internet On Fire.
Maduka Okoye was Born to a Nigerian father and German mother
Maduka keeps for Fortuna Dusseldorf in the second division in Germany. He is just 19!
Okoye is to make his international debut when the Super Eagles face Ukraine in a September friendly.
Breaking News: Ex-Ghana star Junior Agogo dies at age 40.
Ex-Ghana striker and 2008 Africa Cup of Nations poster boy Junior Agogo is reported dead at age 40, GHANASoccernet.com can exclusively report.
The leading football website can confirm that the former Zamalek player passed in London on Thursday morning.
Ex-Super Falcons forward Ifeanyi Chiejine forward passes away
Former Nigeria international Ifeanyichukwu Chiejine has passed away, NFF confirmed on Thursday.
According to NFF, the former Super Falcons forward passed on at the age of 36 following a brief illness on Wednesday.
She was the youngest player at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Four-time Women’s AFCON winner and ex-Super Falcons forward Ifeanyi Chiejine has died at the age of 36, after a long illness.
Chiejine had featured for several clubs across Europe and USA before her final professional stint with Zvezda Perm in Russia.
Eagles Legend Samson Siasia Cries Out As Kidnappers Refuse To Release His Mum After Paying Ransom.
Despite paying N1.5 million to kidnappers in Bayelsa for the release of his mother Madam Beauty Ogere, former Super Eagles’ coach, Samson Siasia has cried out that his mother has not been released.
Siasia lamented to the sources in Abuja yesterday:-
“The situation is pathetic. Nothing has changed. We paid N1.5 million for her release but instead of releasing my mother they released my cousin’s mother-in-law (66-year-old Florence Donana) and also captured the person that took the money to them.
“So as we speak, three people are still in the kidnappers’ den my mother, the young girl and the guy that took the money to them. I am tired, frustrated and confused. I don’t know what else to do,” Siasia lamented.
Manchester City Becomes First ‘Billion Euro’ Club In Football History.
For the first time in the game, a football club has invested more than one billion euros in transfer fees to assemble it’s playing squad.
Manchester City has become the first club in the history of football to invest more than one billion euros ($1.1 billion) on the transfers of players that make up its current squad, according to research by the CIES Football Observatory.
The English champion leads the way on €1,014 billion ($1.10 billion), ahead of France’s Paris Saint-Germain (€913 million/$1 billion) and Spain’s Real Madrid ((€912 million/$995 million).
City, which won the domestic treble last season, broke its transfer record earlier this year when it paid a reported £62.8 million ($77.6 million) for Spanish midfielder Rodri from Atletico Madrid. City’s current squad also includes David Silva, who was signed in 2010.
The Premier League champion has spent 32 times more than Norwich City on its squad of players.
According to CIES Football Observatory, the research analyzed transfers to have taken place since 2010 involving teams from the top five major European leagues.
Manchester United on €751 million ($829 million) were found to be the fourth biggest spenders, ahead of Juventus on €719 ($793 million), and Barcelona on €697 ($769 million).
According to the research, European champion Liverpool was ranked seventh after spending €639 ($705 million).
City, which is owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan’s investment company Abu Dhabi United Group, was also found to be the biggest spender on player transfers in the past decade.
City has spent €1,368 billion on transfers ($1,809), with Barcelona just behind on €1,525 billion ($1,685 billion).
Chelsea, PSG, Juventus, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Liverpool are all recorded to have all spent over €1 billion ($1.1 billion) on transfers over the past 10 years.
City also had the largest net spend deficit between 2010-2019 (-€1,091billion /-$1.2 billion), ahead of PSG, Manchester United and Barcelona.
English Premier League clubs alone have a total net negative balance of €6.5 billion ($7.2 billion).
French club Lille had the most positive net balance for transfers followed by Monaco, Genoa, Lyon and Udinese.
Meanwhile, French club Monaco received the most monies for its players between 2010-2019 from clubs playing in Europe’s top five leagues.
Monaco has raked in €1,029 billion ($1.135 million)) from player sales over the past decade which included offloading Kylian Mbappe to PSG for a reported €180 million ($199 million).
‘Why We Failed To Beat Ukraine’- Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr Reveals
Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr has revealed why his side played a 2-2 draw against Ukraine in an international friendly on Tuesday night.
Goals from Joe Aribo, Victor Osimhen, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Roman Yaremchuk ensured both sides played a draw at the Dnipro Arena.
But, Rohr has now said that the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, bronze winners drew against Andriy Shevchenko’s side because the host nation played much better in the second half.
He also said that Shevchenko’s side is likely to reach the Euro 2020 finals when the competition kicks off in June next year.
#NoBraDay: Women go bra-free to create awareness for breast cancer (Photos)
Today, October 13, 2019 is world’s annual #NoBraDay and women across the globe ditched their brassieres in a bid to create awareness for breast cancer.
According to reports, the #NoBraDay campaign was introduced in 2011 by a Toronto-based plastic surgeon, Mitchell Brown.
Breast cancer is a serious threat to women (although a few men have also been diagnosed), hence the need to create an awareness in a bid to combat it.
This breast cancer awareness is geared towards providing easier accessible breast cancer screenings, raise funds which will be used for further research to ascertain the causes, symptoms, prevention and cure of the deadly disease. It is also an avenue through which breast cancer survivors and sufferers are encouraged across the globe.
Meanwhile, October is the International Cancer Awareness Month (ICAM) and coincidentally, October 13 has been mapped out as the “No Bra Day”.
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Four Arrested By Bulgarian Police In Connection With Racist Abuse On English Players.
Bulgarian police have arrested four people in connection with the racist abuse of England players during Monday’s European Qualifier in Sofia.
England’s 6-0 victory was overshadowed by the abuse – the game having been halted twice in the first half as England manager Gareth Southgate and his players considered walking off the pitch.
European football’s governing body UEFA has begun disciplinary proceedings against Bulgaria following the chanting, while president Aleksander Ceferin has vowed to ‘wage war on the racists’.
And the Bulgarian Interior Ministry said on Wednesday morning that they have detained four people – and that ‘work is still ongoing to identify other participants in the incident’.
The ministry says any evidence collected will be handed over to prosecutors.
In further fallout from Monday’s game, the president of Bulgaria’s soccer federation has resigned and the Bulgarian special police forces have raided the federation offices.
Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov has apologised to the England players and captain Ivelin Popov says he is embarrassed by the behaviour of the supporters.
Bulgaria Coach Apologises To England Players After Fans Racism Chants.
Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov has apologised to the England team for the racist taunts they were subjected to during Monday’s European Qualifier.
Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Tyrone Mings were abused during England’s 6-0 victory – and four arrests have now been made by Bulgarian police.
Bulgaria coach Balakov issued a statement on Facebook on Tuesday, in which he said:
Chelsea Winger, Pulisic Reveals Why He’s Struggling At The Club.
Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic has revealed why he is struggling at Stamford Bridge this season.
Pulisic has struggled to hold down a starting place under manager, Frank Lampard this season following his £53million move from Borussia Dortmund.
The 21-year-old is also yet to get on the score sheet, but has picked up a few assists in various competitions.
Having failed to find the back of the net in the first five matches he started, Lampard dropped the American to the bench.
The winger has only managed to play 10 minutes of football since then.
But Pulisic is now saying that the pressure of being an American is one of the reasons he hasn’t reach his best form at the Blues, adding that his country’s historic struggles to produce top-level footballers was the reason.
Checkout New Manager Set To Take Over Solskjaer At Man United.
Massimiliano Allegri is close to taking over as Manchester United manager, Tuttosport reports.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has endured a difficult start to the season, with the Red Devils sitting in 12th place ahead of this weekend’s home fixture against table-toppers Liverpool.
United’s hierarchy are ready to act and are closing in on the appointment of former Juventus boss, Allegri, in a deal worth £6.5m a year.
Allegri wants to bring former Liverpool midfielder, Emre Can and striker Mario Mandzukic with him, as he plans an overhaul at Old Trafford.
Last season, Jose Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United before Christmas and there is the possibility that Solskjaer could suffer the same fate.
Following United’s latest defeat, away at Newcastle before the international break, talks with Allegri are said to have intensified.