Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Re-structuring Stadium To Host 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Games Robbed

The Stolen artificial turf


The ongoing works at Japoma stadium, Douala, Cameroon, meant to host the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON)has suffered a major setback.




This is how the stadium will look like when completed

This is after thieves broke through the 50,000 seat stadium on Tuesday night and stole the artificial turf which was then resold in the black market.


There is ascertainty how far the robbery has set back the turkish company, Yenigün contracted to build the stadium which is 25% complete and plans to complete it by September 2018.


BBC Pidgin and Kenyan sports journalist, Carol Radull twitted a photo of the ‘first of its kind’ robbery and Netizens couldn’t keep  calm.




Here is a few crazy comments.














There Is More to Come - Van Dijk



The Dutchman, a £75 million club-record signing from Southampton, has managed four clean sheets in 10 appearances since his January debut.


The Holland international was touted as a cure all for the Anfield club’s much-publicised defensive woes and while Jurgen Klopp will still not be completely happy, it is clear that Van Dijk has made a big difference.

"Obviously you come here with expectations and you want to play as soon as possible and as much as possible this season and be as fit as possible and quick as possible,” said the 26-year old.

"Now I'm getting better and better and the understanding with all of the players is getting much better. I'm just playing my game and trying to help my team.

The confident centre-back added that the improvement has come as he approaches full fitness following injury problems.

"What percent am I now? That's difficult. But I'm completely over the ankle problems (which kept him out for long periods in the last year), definitely.

"It's more than that, it's also just condition-wise and the way Liverpool play you need to be spot on. That's pretty clear right now."

Van Dijk said he will now be fully focussed on upcoming friendlies against England and Portugal before some big games when club competitions start again at the end of the month.

Liverpool face Crystal Palace in the battle for a top-four spot in the Premier League before their Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City - just two days before a trip to Goodison Park for the Merseyside derby.

"You don't think about that when you're heading off with the international team. You're giving everything for your country, and that's what I'm going to do," he said.

"It's a big period for us as a country, we have been in transition, we have a new manager, and it's going to be totally different now and I'm looking forward to meeting up with the guys. We play England as well, so it's going to be good.

"We can prepare for that (the Champions League) when the time comes.

"Everybody knows that anyone we get is going to be very hard. Man City is a very good team, very hard to play against and we need to be 100 percent or even better to beat them over two games."

Pogba Can't Be Happy - Deschamps



France coach Didier Deschamps says that Paul Pogba “can’t be happy” with the current situation at Manchester United.


The 25-year-old, who rejoined United from Juventus for a then-world record £89m in 2016, has struggled under Jose Mourinho this season and has not made the starting lineup in United's last three matches amid rumours he wants to leave Old Trafford.

Deschamp named Pogba in his France squad for upcoming friendly matches against Colombia and Russia, but said he is concerned about the player.

"I don't know what it is. I'm sure I'll hear about it. But of course it's a situation he won't be enjoying," he said.

"As to why or how things came to this point, there may be many reasons. I have a great deal of talks with players at our training camps, to gauge their feelings. It's not just Paul.

“There can be many, varied reasons. He can't be happy with what he's going through with his club."

Pogba was an unused substitute as United beat Brighton 2-0 in the FA Cup at the weekend thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic.

United’s next game is on March 31 when they host Swansea in the Premier League.

Pogba Can't Be Happy - Deschamps



France coach Didier Deschamps says that Paul Pogba “can’t be happy” with the current situation at Manchester United.


The 25-year-old, who rejoined United from Juventus for a then-world record £89m in 2016, has struggled under Jose Mourinho this season and has not made the starting lineup in United's last three matches amid rumours he wants to leave Old Trafford.

Deschamp named Pogba in his France squad for upcoming friendly matches against Colombia and Russia, but said he is concerned about the player.

"I don't know what it is. I'm sure I'll hear about it. But of course it's a situation he won't be enjoying," he said.

"As to why or how things came to this point, there may be many reasons. I have a great deal of talks with players at our training camps, to gauge their feelings. It's not just Paul.

“There can be many, varied reasons. He can't be happy with what he's going through with his club."

Pogba was an unused substitute as United beat Brighton 2-0 in the FA Cup at the weekend thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic.

United’s next game is on March 31 when they host Swansea in the Premier League.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Official: Bolt Finally Take To The Pitch



The Jamaican sprint King will captain the ‘Rest of the World’ XI against the ‘England’ team lead by pop star Robbie Williams. The match kicks off at Old Trafford on June 10.


Bolt, who announced his participation in the charity match on social media, teased that he signed for South African football club Sundowns on Monday.

"It is my dream to make it as a professional footballer, so to be able to step out onto the pitch at Old Trafford in June, and play against some of football’s biggest legends is going to be remarkable," Bolt told Manchester United's official website.

"I enjoy the thrill of competition in front of a crowd, so Robbie and his England team better watch out as I won’t be going easy on them!

"I’ve got a pretty special celebration planned for when I score, by the way. My team is going to be unbeatable – and Soccer Aid for Unicef is counting on your support to make a difference to thousands of children around the world. Come and join in the fun!"

The Olympian appeared in a photo holding a Sundowns shirt with his name on the back and wrote "I've signed for a football team!" on Twitter ahead of the announcement.

The Unicef supported initiative  - which has raised over $30million in the last decade - raises money for underprivileged children across the world, providing them with food, vaccines and clean water.

Previous editions of the charity match have featured the likes of Hollywood stars Will Ferrell and Woody Harrelson, as well as former greats Zinedine Zidane and Diego Maradona. 

AVB: Harry Should Leave White Hart Lane if he Needs Trophies



Former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas admitted that although the club provides Harry Kane with stability, leaving is his best option if he is hungry for trophies.


The Portuguese coach endured a mixed spell at White Hart Lane during his stint in north London. Having arrived in 2012 off the back of a disastrous spell at Chelsea, he set a points record for Spurs in 2012/13.

However, the 72 points they amassed were not enough to secure Champions League football, as they finished a point behind fourth-placed Arsenal. Halfway through the following season, Villas-Boas was relieved of his managerial duties by mutual consent after a poor start.

He has mixed feelings on whether or not Spurs is the right club for Kane, the Premier League's leading goalscorer so far this term.

"It depends on Harry and his ambitions for the future and how he sees his career going forward," Villas-Boas said at the Laureus World Sports Awards.

"If he has a hunger for trophies and for notoriety, he would have to leave Spurs. If he has no hunger for that, but [wants] recognition and stability, he would stay at Spurs.

"Spurs are in that breakout moment of becoming a great football team - the [new] stadium, infrastructure, training ground is there, the team is building up, very well managed.

"The trophy cabinet is still what is missing for this great club. That is, in the end, what footballers chase - glory, winning.

"I think for Harry, one or two more years at Spurs wouldn't be bad and then see how the club develops. With the new stadium coming through, I also think that Spurs should have that margin from him."

Olivier Giroud admits to having left Arsenal with “unfinished business”

The France international remains determined to get his hands on the Premier League title having crossed London without a winners' medal to his name


Olivier Giroud admits to having left Arsenal with “unfinished business” and is determined to right his Premier League wrongs with Chelsea.

The France international brought a five-and-a-half-year stint with the Gunners to a close during the January transfer window.

A deadline day switch saw him cross London, with Chelsea acquiring a proven performer who had plundered more than 100 goals for their local rivals.

Giroud was, however, to leave Emirates Stadium with just three FA Cup winners’ medals to show for his efforts and he is eager to land English football’s biggest prize after trading red for blue.

"I don't know if we can really call it a regret but I have a little feeling of unfinished business because I would really have liked to have won the Premier League with Arsenal," the 31-year-old told SFR Sport.

"You don't just wipe away five-and-a-half years like that. I have said it often enough - it was my ultimate goal.

"Having said that, it's not over, I'm still in the Premier League, now I'm at Chelsea. For this year, I think it's over for the title, but next year, we'll come to it with great ambitions.

"I still want to win it before I end my career."

Giroud penned an 18-month contract with Chelsea after completing an £18 million move.

He has already opened his account for new employers, in an FA Cup clash with Hull City, but still has plenty to prove if he is to see regular game time and chase down his ultimate goals.

A 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in their latest outing has dropped the Blues out of the Premier League’s top four, while a 1-1 draw with Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 encounter means Antonio Conte’s side face the unenviable challenge of having to score at Camp Nou in the return date on March 14.

SOURCE: ALL FOOTBALL

BREAKING: Emery Denied Reports That Neymar is to Undergo Operatio

Paris Saint-Germain Coach Unai Emery has blasted ‘false reports’ that Neymar needs to undergo surgery for an ankle injury.

Reports in Marca on Tuesday stated the Brazilian would be out of action for two months – and miss the Real Madrid tie – due to the injury, yet Emery has called those out as incorrect.

“The reports Neymar will undergo surgery are totally false,” Emery told a press conference, as cited by El Mundo Deportivo.

“Today I met with the doctor and he told me of the full extent of the injury and the decisions to be taken regarding his recovery.

“We will see how he progresses before making a decision, and that will be made with the player himself.

“For now, we are calm and are waiting to see how Neymar recovers – if he does, that’s fantastic and if not, we have alternatives.”

The 25-year-old sustained a fractured metatarsal and a sprained ankle after being injured in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Marseille in Ligue 1.

SOURCE: ALL FOOTBALL

Gianluigi Buffon Ready To Be Back Between The Stick For Italy



Juventus' goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (R) looks on during the Italian Serie A football match Torino Vs Juventus on February 18, 2018 at the 'Stadio Grande Torino' in Turin. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO BERTORELLO

Italy goalkeeping legend Gianluigi Buffon confirmed on Tuesday he is ready to come out of international retirement if he is called up for friendlies against England and Argentina.

Buffon called time on his international career after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia, losing a two-legged play-off to Sweden to miss the tournament for the first time in 60 years.

But Italy interim national coach Luigi Di Biagio said on Monday he was ready to recall Buffon for friendlies against Argentina and England in Manchester and London on March 23 and 27.

"I had thought about going on holiday for a few days with my family, but when the national team needs you, you must be present and not desert them," Buffon told Italian programme Tiki Taka.

The 40-year-old Juventus goalkeeper has represented the Azzurri for 20 years, winning the 2006 World Cup title, and earning a record 175 caps in a brilliant career. He had been bidding for a record sixth World Cup appearance.

"There's nothing to add to Di Biagio's words other than I feel a sense of responsibility and loyalty which I must give to the national team in this transitional moment," he continued.

"I repeat, it's a way of showing loyalty and a sense of responsibility towards Italy. A new national team is being born and the first games are not comfortable ones because we will face Argentina and England.

"I think that any experienced player can be useful at the start, even if it's just to give advice to the young ones."

Juventus captain Buffon, who has said he intends to retire as a player at the end of the season, said he will announce his final decision in due course.

"The only thing I have to do right now is focus on the end of the season," Buffon continued.

"The thing I can tell you is that I'm sure and I'm very happy with what will be my choice, together with the club, but we'll announce it when the time comes.

"Right now it's a point in the season where we have to be very focused."

Six-time Serie A holders Juventus are second in the league and are also in the running for the Italian Cup, and the Champions League where they play the last 16 second leg against Tottenham in Wembley on March 7.

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Monday, 5 February 2018

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Ozil Signs New Arsenal Deal Which Keep Him Till 2021 to Become Club’s Highest-Paid (BBC)

Mesut Ozil has signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract to remain at Arsenal until the summer of 2021.

The midfielder becomes the highest-paid player in the club's history - earning about £350,000 a week before tax.

The deal, signed on Wednesday, follows months of speculation about the future of the 29-year-old Germany international, whose previous deal was due to expire at the end of the season.

He joined the Gunners from Real Madrid in 2013 for a then club record £42.4m.

SOURCE: All Football

Ozil Signs New Arsenal Deal Which Keep Him Till 2021 to Become Club’s Highest-Paid (BBC)

Mesut Ozil has signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract to remain at Arsenal until the summer of 2021.

The midfielder becomes the highest-paid player in the club's history - earning about £350,000 a week before tax.

The deal, signed on Wednesday, follows months of speculation about the future of the 29-year-old Germany international, whose previous deal was due to expire at the end of the season.

He joined the Gunners from Real Madrid in 2013 for a then club record £42.4m.

SOURCE: All Football

OFFICIAL: Arsenal Sign Emerick-Pierre Aubameyang From Borussia Dortmund for A Club-Record €64m Fee

OFFICIAL: Arsenal sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Dortmund for club record fee




Having come through the ranks at AC Milan, Aubameyang impressed at St. Etienne before making his name at Dortmund. Arriving in 2013, the striker initially played second fiddle to Robert Lewandowski, but became the main man when the Polish striker moved to Bayern Munich a year later.


Armed with astonishing pace - the rumour goes that he is faster over 30 metres than Usain Bolt - and canny movement, he has netted 141 goals in 212 appearances for Dortmund.


Aubameyang's pace is mesmerising, and he is an instinctive goalscorer, but he is heavily reliant on good service. For Dortmund, he has always been at his best when he has teamed up with the likes of Marco Reus, Ousmane Dembele or Henrikh Mkhitaryan.


His brilliant positioning and sharp movement mean that he is almost unstoppable when coupled with an intelligent winger or attacking midfielder. Left to his own devices, however, he has his limitations. He lacks the incision to create chances for himself, and often fluffs his lines in one-on-one situations.


Aubameyang has established himself as one of Europe's premier marksmen over the last few seasons and has been in incredible form in front of goal this term.


Arsenal official statement:


Welcome to Arsenal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang!


The 28-year-old has joined us from Borussia Dortmund on a long-term contract for a club-record fee.


Our second signing of the January transfer window, Auba is one of the world’s most highly-rated strikers. He scored 98 goals in 144 Bundesliga games for Dortmund and had a hand in 172 goals in 213 matches in all competitions for his former club.


That works out at an average of 96 minutes per goal or assist.


Auba is the Gabon captain and all-time top goalscorer, and became the first Gabonese winner of the African Footballer of the Year award in 2015.


This deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes and Auba’s squad number will be confirmed shortly.


We hope to be hearing from the man himself very soon - watch this space for exclusive Aubameyang content!


Welcome to Arsenal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang!

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