Monday, September 7, 2015

Nigeria’s coach, Sunday Oliseh content with Super Eagles draw against Tanzania.

In an interview with SuperSport’s Collins Okinyo, Super Eagle’s   coach Sunday Oliseh says he is satisfied with the 0-0 draw against Tanzania in African Nations Cup qualifier given that it was his debut appearance as coach for the team.  Former Super Eagles player turned coach is hopeful that he can learn lessons from the game to take the side forward.
"I can describe the match as a game of two halves, because we struggled in the first half but came back strongly in the second half containing the Tanzanians who also played very well," he told SuperSport.

With the absence of Nigeria’s goalkeeper, Enyeama, the Eagles had to rely on a fine performance from another debutant Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme to keep the game goalless. The 29-year-old goalkeeper saved the day with some major saves to keep Nigeria in the game. Oliseh describes his performance as ‘brilliant’-"I am very happy with Ikeme's performance he was brilliant and he kept the Tanzanian strikers at bay," he also added. "It was a very important debut for him and thankfully for us he was A1."

Nigeria will take on Niger on Wednesday in a friendly in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. 
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U.S Open: The William sisters will battle it out in the quarterfinals Tuesday!

Serena Williams was all smiles at the Arthur Ashe Stadium after her win over up-and-coming American Madison Keys on Sunday. Taking the day off, Williams seemed highly satisfied with her performance in which she made only six unforced errors ending in a 6-3, 6-3 over Keys in the U.S Open and will meet older sister, Venus Williams in the quarterfinals. Venus Williams who effortlessly won over Estonia’s Annett Kontaveit 6-2 6-1 on Sunday will be playing against little sister Serena on Tuesday for the 27th time.  

Serena Williams has won 25 out of 25 Grand Slam matches so far this year, in an interview with ESPN analyst Mary Joe Fernandez she said - “I’m going to take the rest of the day off”

No hint of sibling rivalry here as Venus was asked on court, after her victory, what it was like to be part of this great sibling rivalry.
"It's awesome," she said. "I'm proud of her. She's proud of me."
Serena said, "I'm playing the best player in the tournament. She knows how to play, how to win. She knows all my weaknesses."
And later, "We have proven you can be enemies on the court and friends after."

Stats: William sister’s showdown

-Serena and Venus Williams played against each other for the first time at the Australian open in 1998.
-Venus won the first encounter; Serena however won the last at the last Wimbledon.
-Four U.S Open clashes with two win respectively
-First meeting was in 2001, Venus won, but Serena won a year later.
-Both great players, Serena with 21 major titles and Venus' seven is impressive.

Not so sure which sister I will be rooting for, but, may the best sister win!


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Friday, September 4, 2015

Top 10 most expensive transfer deals this summer. (2015)

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The transfer window for the summer in the Premier League is now closed until January, 1, 2016, however,  big spenders Manchester City made top 2 most expensive transfers in the window.

First up Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg to Manchester City, £54.5m)- the 24-year-old Belgian footballer  led the assist in Europe last season, scored a total of 20 goals, and with his recent move to Man City, he became the second most expensive player in the club’s history.

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool to Manchester City, £49m)- the 20-year-old English player was finally signed on this summer after a rather controversial deal earlier in the transfer window which questioned Sterling’s actual value. Sterling, ready to make a difference joins the likes of David Silva and Sergio Aguero to reinforce City’s stand this season; the midfielder scored his first goal for the English side in their 2-0 win over Watford.

Angel Di Maria (Manchester United to PSG, £44.3m)-the Argentine midfielder struggled to settle in Old Trafford for almost a year following his record breaking move from Real Madrid in 2014, however, United decided it was time to let go of the 27-year-old player. Counting their loses due to weak Euro, according to Foreign Exchange (FX) specialists Foenix Partners, Manchester United lost a whopping  £22.5 million on the sale of Angel Di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain.  In what can be considered a preview, Di Maria showcased some of his knacks in PSG’s 3-0 win in Monaco on Sunday.

Anthony Martial (Monaco to Manchester United, £36m) - the 19-year-old French forward capped the list as the most expensive teenager transfer of all time. United contracted the former Lyon player on deadline day. With only 52 league appearances, Martial has played on full season in his career and has scored 11 goals in all.

Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia to Manchester City, £33m)-reinforcing the team, City sought the talent of this 27-year-old Argentine defender after a successful season in La Liga last season. He is yet to make an appearance for City.

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa to Liverpool, £32.5m)-24-year-old Belgian player who had issues with his release clause will be playing in Anfield after Brendan Rodgers decided to meet the terms of the agreement. After a rough season which was characterized by their struggles to make goals, the addition of the forward should bring some changes going forwardJ. Benteke has quite an impressive record with 42 goals in 88 appearances under his belt during his time with Aston Villa; starting brightly with the Reds, he made his mark by scoring in their 1-0 win over Bournemouth.

Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim to Liverpool, £29m) - After a very successful stint in the Bundesliga where he scored 23 goals and 21 assists in 66 appearances, the 23-year-old Brazilian player will look to fill the void left behind with Sterling’s departure.

Memphis Depay (PSV to Manchester United, £27.9m) - 21-year-old Dutch player who is currently being compared to Cristiano Ronaldo made his way to Old Trafford this season and already made his point clear with two goals against Club Brugge for his side.  

Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton to Manchester United, £25m)-United still dishing out the money this season with the addition of the 25-year-old French player. United beat the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham for the Central midfielder who was instrumental in in his former club following their promotion to the Premier League in 2012.

Pedro (Barcelona to Chelsea, £21.4m) - the Spanish forward in his debut appearance for the Blues scored once against West Brom, and had 1 assist in their 3-2 win. The 28-year-old player, however, did little to prevent their 2-1 defeat to Crystal Place last Saturday; he does have a ton of potentials, only time shall tell.  

Other expensive transfers in the window:
- Bastian Schweinsteiger, Bayern Munich to Man Utd, £15
- Georginio Wijnaldum, PSV to Newcastle, £15m
- Adbul Rahman Baba, Augsburg to Chelsea, £14m
- Aleksandar Mitrovic, Anderlecht to Newcastle, £13m
- Matteo Darmian, Torino to Man Utd, £12.6m
- Nathaniel Clyne, Southampton to Liverpool, £12.4m
- Clinton Njie, Lyon to Tottenham, £12m
- Florian Thauvin, Marseille to Newcastle, £12m
- Salomon Rondon, Zenit St Petersburg to West Brom, £11.9m
- Xherdan Shaqiri, Inter to Stoke, £11.9m

Source: Skysport
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Bayern Munich donates $1.2m and set up 'training camps' for refugees in Germany

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25-times German League title champions Bayern Munich and 5-times European Champions are looking to setup a ‘training camp’ for refugees coming into Germany and will donate 1m Euros ($1.2 M) to the refugee project. In a bid to help with the increasing number of refugees coming into various countries across Europe due to serious conflicts in countries such as Syria and Eritrea and with many in Hungary wishing to travel to Germany, the Bundesliga club also plans to provide food, German lessons and football equipment for children. Currently, the number of refugees entering Europe has reached a record level in years; Germany will expect to take in as many as 800, 000 migrants this year.

Speaking in a statement Bayern’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said- “Bayern sees it as its social responsibility to help the refugees,” Bayern’s game against Augsburg on Sept. 12 will also see each player walk out “holding the hand of a German child and a refugee’s child.”

Other clubs working to bring aid to the migrants includes Bayern’s closest rivals Borussia Dortmund, the club gave 220 tickets to refugees to watch the side play against Norwegian side Odd in the Europa League last Thursday. Rivals Mainz gave out 200 free tickets to their home match against Hannover last weekend.  Celtics is also helping out by giving parts of their proceeds from this weekend’s jock Stien 30th anniversary events to the refugees.  Telegraph U.K
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U.S Open 2015: Serena Williams trumps Bertens

Our girl Serena Williams is at it again, the number ONE woman in Tennis won her first calendar Grand Slam over Kiki Bertens in the second round of the US Open.

In one of those moments that can only be matched by the 6-times U.S Open champion,  William  trailing in as much as 4-0 in the opening tie-break, came back to win 7-7 (7-5) 6-3 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. In her 16th appearance playing in the US Open, William looked less perturbed but worked hard to top 24-year old Bertens who was competing in her third competition.                                                                                               
Certainly, today’s performance shows strong challenges ahead for the world champion, however, (in my ultimate fan voice) she can take’em. With opponents like Agnieszka Radwaska, and her very own blood Venus William that threaten to draw thin, both of whom are in her section of the draw, Serena will have to bring it.
Serena will be going head-to-head in her next match in the third round against compatriot, Bethanie MatteK-Sands. This will be their third meeting-Williams won in their two previous meetings.

For the men,
Top seed Novak Djokovic won comfortably over Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-4 6-1 6-2.
But eighth seed Rafael Nadal was tested during his 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 7-5 victory over Diego Sebastian Schwartzman
The Spaniard, who trailed 5-3 in the first-set tie-break and fell a break behind in both the second and third sets, admitted he had to fight for the victory. BBC Sports

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Former Nigerian footballer, Segun Odegbami announces FIFA Presidential bid.

Nigeria’s Segun  Odegbami recently announced his intention to run in the upcoming FIFA election, the former Nations Cup player is in the bid for the presidential  elections.
The 63-year-old former Nigerian Captain also known as Mathematical 7 for his on-field precision is the second African after Liberia’s Musa Bility with a third African, South Africa's Tokyo Sexwale - also considering a bid. Brazilian legend Zico and former Trinidad and Tobago international David Nakhid have also declared their intentions, while  UEFA chief Michel Platini and South Korea's Chung Mong-joon already announced their bids earlier.
Following the various corruption allegations that trailed the football governing body earlier in the year, FIFA’s number 1 man Sepp Blatter announced he was stepping down in June after 17 years as FIFA’s president.
Candidates hoping to get a shot at the position have until 26 October to receive the backing of five FIFA members. Elections will be held on 26 February 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland.

With a mandate to bring change, the former Olympian in an interview with BBC Sport said:-“The current scandal at FIFA is the organization’s worst crisis in its 111 years of existence.”
“Moving forward, FIFA thus require a new era of leadership that can restore the dignity of the noble sport and that of this esteemed international institution with global followership."
 It's time for Africa, the former winger said- "The choice of an African, specifically a Nigerian, may look far-fetched in this pursuit, noting the international coverage of Fifa and the historical trend in its leadership reputation," Odegbami said.
"However, a closer scrutiny of the international football environment reveals the real possibility of such change."BBC Sport

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West Ham signs Alex Song, Victor Moses, Michail Antonio and Nikica Jelavic.

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West Ham just confirmed they officially signed on Barcelona midfielder, Alex Song, and Chelsea winger Victor Moses on season long deals. The English side also completed the deal with Hull City striker Nikica Jelavic for about £3m while Nottingham Forest Michail Antonio joined the team on a four-year contract.

The 27-year-old Cameroonian is already familiar with the Hammers having spent last season on loan at the Boleyn Ground from the Spanish giants where he made 31 appearances in all competitions last season. Speaking on his new deal Song in a speech said: "I am very happy. For me it was very important to come back because when I was here I had a great rapport with the fans and the Club.
"It was a very easy choice for me to come back here and I'm very happy to be here.”Whufc

Nigerian 24-year-old Winger, Moses who has spent the last two season on loan at Liverpool and Stoke City joined the Hammers on Tuesday’s transfer deadline  after signing a new four-year deal with his parent club. Delighted about his new move and looking forward to collaborate with Song Moses said: “I am very pleased to have joined West Ham. They are a great Club and the atmosphere here is amazing with the fans.
I want to add my quality to what West Ham already have and hopefully we can do even better than last season. I am very pleased to work under the new manager. There is a huge amount of talent with Alex Song and Nikica Jelavic joining the Club and I want to help the Club finish as high up in the table as possible."Whufc

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Trailer: Will Smith plays Nigerian-American doctor, Dr. Bennet Omalu in upcoming movie, Concussion.

Dr. Omalu
American actor, producer, rapper, and songwriter Will Smith’s upcoming movie, Concussion is based on the real-life story of Nigerian-American,  Dr. Bennet Ifekandu Omalu, former NFL and NCAA doctor who was the first to discover chronic traumatic encephalopathy (or CTE).  Following an autopsy on former NFL player Mike Webster, Omalu struggled to get NFL executives to recognize this disease; the movie also shows the NFL working to coerce the doctor into hiding his research.

The disease is sighted as the cause of death of several former NFL players including Junio Seau who died in 2012. 

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Nigeria wins its first continental championship-2015 AfroBasket Champions!

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Congratulations to the Nigerian Basketball team- “Nigeria joined Australia, Brazil and the United States in the 2016 Men’s Basketball Olympic field, beating Angola in the final of Afrobasket on Sunday. The Blazers’ Al-Farouq Aminu and D-Leaguer Ben Uzoh each scored in double-figures in the final as Nigeria won its first-ever continental championship.”NBA

Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu led the Nigerian team with 11 points and 5 rebounds as they secured their tickets for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with a 74-65 win over Angola in Tunisia this past Sunday.  

With the AfroBasket title, Nigeria secured automatic qualification to next summer's Olympics. Congrats guys!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015



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Arsenal Season Preview


Following Arsenal’s shocking loss to Westbrom, Arsenal is now back on the chase for Benzema, personally I believe that Arsenal still needs a striker because Giroud is just too comfortable. I mean like if I were the only striker available I wouldn’t really care what happens, would play every match with the idea that I am the only one they need me, no one to replace me. This is where Benzema comes in,  if you have a striker like Benzema at Arsenal it would push Giroud to work harder therefore bringing out the best in him. If Arsenal still have that dream of winning the premier league this season they need a striker to give them this goals, as of now the midfield is solid, the defense is okay but not perfect. Another problem is the defense, Arsenal needs a solid central defender because personally I am not comfortable with Mertesacker being in that position, he is not just good for the position we need the likes of John terry, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and so on to guard the post as well as lead the team to victory because of their strong leadership qualities.

The midfield is perfect for now, it’s just awesome to have the talents of Cazorla,Ozil,Ramsey, Coquelin and Sanchez. Lastly kudos to Arsene wenger for capturing petr cech from Chelsea. Wish him lots of luck at Arsenal, he still needs to brush up a little bit and get used to the team but I believe he will do great things for Arsenal and for finally giving Walcott the chance to prove himself as a striker for the team.

Contributor: Kenyo Musa

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