Monthly Archives: September 2020

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Sep
9

Man City hoping to stretch EPL lead

first_imgKick off there is at 5.30pm.Meanwhile, Celtic are in Scottish Premiership action this afternoon – they’re at home to Inverness at 3pm. City can stretch their lead at the top of the table with a win at home to Middlesbrough at the Etihad at 3.00pm.Also at 3, West Ham host Stoke, Burnley take on Crystal Palace and strugglling Sunderland visit Bournemouth.The evening game is the meeting of 4th and 6th as in-form Chelsea welcome Everton to Stamford Bridge.last_img

Sep
9

Kerry footballer failed routine drug test

first_imgA written decision on the matter is expected in the coming days.O’Sullivan won a Junior All-Ireland title with Kerry in 2015 and made his senior debut in the league last year, but didn’t feature in the Championship. It’s been confirmed that inter-county footballer Brendan O’Sullivan failed a drugs test last year.According to the Kerry County Committee the test took place after the 2016 Allianz Football League final, and the suspension has already been served.They say that Sport Ireland have accepted that the rule violation was not intentional, and O’Sullivan co-operated fully with the investigation.last_img read more

Sep
9

Frustrated Giwa Players Grumble over Salaries, Crisis

first_imgPlayers of Giwa FC are grumbling over the uncertainties hanging over them as the Jos-based club will be thrown out of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) should they fail to honour a second straight league match this weekend.Several players of the club also told AfricanFootball.com they are unhappy they have not been paid salaries for several months now.At the weekend, Wikki Tourists walked over Giwa at the Ilorin Stadium after the Jos club stayed away from the match venue following their banishment from the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos on account of crowd trouble there recently.Should Giwa fail to honour their next game away at Abia Warriors on Sunday, they will be expelled from the league as clearly stipulated in the rules of the competition. One of the disturbed Giwa players said their fate is hanging in a balance.“We don’t know what next for us here. All we do is to go to training and come back. We are not happy at all,” he told AfricanFootball.com“We went to Jos stadium last weekend for the game against Wikki and there were no referees for the game. We the players are in dilemma right now and every day we get frustrated.”Another player informed AfricanFootball.com they have not been paid salaries.“We are being owed salary, some four months, some three and others two months,” he disclosed.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Sep
9

Okocha, Oliseh to Join StarTimes’ Bundesliga Legends Tour to Africa

first_imgWhile in Lagos and Accra, Okocha will share his views on the Bundesliga during live studio shows and serve as co-commentator for Bundesliga matches. He will also take part in various activities like football clinics, autograph sessions, Five-a-side football, visits to grassroots academies, selfies and more with African football fans.Oliseh who won the Bundesliga trophy “Meisterschale”, the Olympic Gold Medal and the African Cup of Nations played for Bundesliga clubs FC Köln, Borussia Dortmund and VfL Bochum. He will visit Kenya between December 20 and 22, appearing as an analyst and guest with media partners, holding training sessions with local football managers and meeting with football fans in Nairobi.“We are very happy that Jay-Jay and Sunday will join the Legends Tour and I believe that African football fans will enjoy a wonderful week with the two legends shortly before the end of the year,” said Overseas PR Director of StarTimes, William Masy.Okocha is rated as one of the best dribblers in Bundesliga’s history – his entertaining style delighted fans of Eintracht Frankfurt and all over Germany. Oliseh left his footprints in Köln, Dortmund and Bochum as rock-solid midfielder and reached ultimate heights when he became Bundesliga champion with Borussia Dortmund in season 2001/02.In 2015, StarTimes signed an exclusive broadcasting contract with DFL Sports Enterprises for five successive seasons (2015/16 to 2019/20), acquiring extensive media rights to provide exposure of the Bundesliga in Sub-Saharan Africa.As part of build up to the legends tour events, Okocha and Oliseh were both in Germany to watch their former clubs Eintracht Frankfurt and Dortmund do battle on November 26. The game ended 2-1 in favour of Eintracht Frankfurt. Okocha met with his former coach and was on the pitch to loud applause cheering the home fans before the game.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram SarTimes and DFL Deutsche Fussball Liga have announced that Austin Jay-Jay Okocha and Sunday Oliseh, two of the most famed African football icons, will join the StarTimes & Bundesliga Legends Tour to Africa this month.From December 16-22, the two Bundesliga legends will be on a three-country trek to interact with African football fans and to promote the German football league as well as its official broadcaster in Sub-Saharan Africa, StarTimes.Okocha, Olympic Gold Medal winner and African Cup of Nations winner who played for Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt, will travel to Nigeria and Ghana from December 16-19.last_img read more

Sep
8

Stoke Grabs Etebo for €7.2m Five-year Deal

first_img​Stoke City has confirmed the €7.2m (£6.35m) signing of 22-year-old Super Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Peter Etebo from Portuguese club Feirense.Etebo, who will link up with his new teammates after the World Cup finals in Russia where the Super Eagles will play in group D alongside Croatia, Argentina and Iceland has signed a long term five-year contract with the Potters until 2023.He spent the second half of last season on loan at Las Palmas in La Liga and will now be tasked with helping Stoke return to the Premier League at the earliest opportunity after their relegation to the Championship in May. Stoke claimed to have sealed the deal ahead of Premier League and Bundesliga clubs.“We are delighted Etebo has chosen to join Stoke City, becoming our first signing of the summer,” chief executive Tony Scholes told the club’s official website.“I’m particularly pleased that he took the time to look beyond our current league status and understand who we are as a club before choosing us ahead of current Premier League and Bundesliga clubs.”New manager Gary Rowett said: “We’re really excited to have got the deal over the line for Etebo. I’m looking forward to seeing him in a Stoke City shirt as I’m sure our supporters are too.“Etebo is a very mobile, energetic midfielder and he’s a great age. He has played in the top divisions in Portugal and Spain and, of course, he’s heading into the World Cup with Nigeria which will be an amazing experience for him.”Stoke fans will hope to catch first glimpses of Etebo in action when Nigeria face Croatia (16th June), Iceland (22nd June) and Argentina (26th June) in Group D of the World Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Sep
8

Cavani’s Injury Worries Uruguay FA Ahead of Clash with France

first_imgThe player has a painful calf swelling but not a muscle tear, the country’s football federation (FCF) said on Monday, boosting his chances of facing France where he plays his club football for Paris Saint Germain.A scan showed swelling in Cavani’s left calf muscle but no torn fibres, the FCF said in a statement.“The player remains in pain. He will continue to do individual work and rehabilitation. His evolution is being monitored,” it said.The Portugal game had been billed as a showdown between Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo.Yet Cavani stole the limelight early when he switched play with a long cross to Suarez and continued his run to head home a pinpoint deep cross from the Barcelona forward and give Uruguay a seventh-minute lead.The goal featured superb linkplay between the two forwards, a combination that would be Uruguay’s strongest weapon against an attack-minded team like France.“There was a cross to the left, then a cross to the right – there is no scheme against that,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said of the goal.“Their strikers were very strong; one was there, the other one came from behind. That was an incredible play, they have never scored like that before.”It is his ability to power down the flanks or provide a defence-splitting pass to set up a fellow forward, that makes Cavani a big threat – and potentially such a big loss.Add his finishing prowess, as was evident during his second goal against Portugal, and Cavani has the qualities to rival any top player in the world.But the 31-year-old has always had to do something special to be the centre of attraction in his career, fitting himself into different positions for La Celeste, either for long-serving Uruguay forward Diego Forlan, who forced him to the wings, or for Suarez.It has not been any different at his club PSG either. With Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading the attack, Cavani always had to play a secondary role.When the Swede joined Manchester United, Cavani finally had the chance to prove his worth and did not disappoint. He finished the 2016-17 season with 47 club goals, only behind Lionel Messi in the leading leagues in Europe.With Brazilian Neymar arriving from Barcelona the next season for a world record fee, the focus again shifted off Cavani, possibly explaining his early ugly public spat with Neymar over penalty-taking duties.The goals have, however, not dried up and Cavani is now part of a feared attacking trio alongside Neymar and French striker Kylian Mbappe. Cavani has now overtaken Ibrahimovic as the club’s all-time top scorer.Cavani was also the top scorer for Uruguay during their World Cup qualifying campaign with 10 goals and finished ahead of players such as Argentina’s Messi, who had seven, and Brazil’s Neymar, who had six.With his strikes against Portugal, his tally in Russia reached three. All of Uruguay is hoping he has the chance to add more.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani has always played second fiddle to his more illustrious attacking colleagues at country or club level but the long-haired marksman emerged out of those shadows with his twin strike in the World Cup round of 16 last week.Cavani scored a stunning brace to lead the South Americans to a 2-1 win over European champions Portugal on Saturday and set up a quarterfinal clash against France.He dominated the headlines but acclaim for the goals has been quickly replaced by concerns about the injury he sustained in the 74th minute against Portugal.last_img read more

Sep
8

AFCON 2019 QUALIFIER: Rohr Expected Back in Nigeria Today

first_imgThe match is to be played on Saturday September 8 at the 10,000-capacity Stad Linité in Victoria, the capital city of Seychelles.Rohr who is expected to release the list of players invited for the AFCON 2019 qualifier, is also to visit Asaba to inspect the Stephen Keshi Stadium to find out if suitable to host the Match-Day 3 qualifier against Libya on Wednesday October 10, 2018.He is to among other things inspect the playing turf of the stadium which hosted the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships early this month.The manager is also expected to inspect the Grand Hotel at Nnebisi Road in Asaba to access its suitability for the huge game.Super Eagles lost their first game of the qualifying series to South Africa in Uyo. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *May release Eagles’ list for SeychellesSuper Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, is expected to arrive in Nigeria today after his extended holiday post-World Cup in Russia.Top NFF sources confirmed at the weekend that the Franco-German gaffer will hit ground plotting how to prosecute Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2019) qualifying match next month away to Seychelles.last_img read more

Sep
8

Serena Tops Forbes List for Highest-earning Female Athletes

first_imgEight of the top 10 highest earning female athletes are tennis players, with 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams topping the Forbes list.Williams earned just $62,000 (£48,050) from prize money during the past year – owing largely to her 14-month break to have a baby – but made $18m (£13.95m) through endorsements.Badminton’s PV Sindhu and race car driver Danica Patrick are the only non-tennis players in the top 10. In June, the Forbes rankings of the world’s top 100 highest earning athletes did not feature a woman after Williams dropped out of the chart.US boxer Floyd Mayweather topped the list followed by football’s Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.The top 10 highest earning female athletes earned $105m (£81.4m) in total from June 2017 to June 2018.That figure is down 4% from last year and 28% from five years ago.Williams’ total earnings ensure she tops the list for the third successive year, making twice as much away from the tennis court as any other female athlete.Caroline Wozniacki is second on the list having won her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open earlier this year – a victory that secured her $3.1m (£2.4m) in prize money to push her total earnings to $13m (£10.1m).Completing the top five are Sloane Stephens, Garbine Muguruza and Maria Sharapova.Russian Sharapova was the top-earning female athlete for 11 consecutive years but has seen her earnings drop after her 15-month doping ban.Indian Olympic and world silver medallist Sindhu and Patrick – the most successful female race car driver – are seventh and ninth on the list respectively.THE TOP 10 AND THEIR TOTAL EARNINGS1. Serena Williams (tennis) – $18.1m (£14m)2. Caroline Wozniacki (tennis) – $13m (£10.1m)3. Sloane Stephens (tennis) – $11.2m (£8.7m)4. Garbine Muguruza (tennis) – $11m (£8.5m)5. Maria Sharapova (tennis) – $10.5m (£8.1m)6. Venus Williams (tennis) – $10.2m (£7.9m)7. PV Sindhu (badminton) – $8.5m (£6.6m)8. Simona Halep (tennis) – $7.7m (£6m)9. Danica Patrick (race car driving) – $7.5m (£5.8m)10.Angelique Kerber (tennis) – $7m (£5.4m)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Sep
8

Gunmen Kill Ghanaian Undercover Journalist

first_imgThe famous Ghanian undercover journalist, Ahmed Hussein-Suale, who in the recent time alleged to have exposed top referees and administrators involved in corrupt practices in football was murdered on Wednesday night in Accra, Ghana.According to the statement issued by his production company, Tiger Eye PI, he was shot three times by men on a motorbike while driving home from work.“We … are terribly devastated by this dastardly act, but remain unshaken in our resolve to make … corruption a high-risk activity in this country,” it said in a statement. Ahmed Hussein-Suale Hussein-Suale was part of a team led by well-known undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.Their crew is famous for a documentary last year that accused 77 referees and Ghana’s then football chief Kwesi Nyantakyi of taking bribes.The film prompted Ghana to dissolve its Football Association.Nyantakyi was suspended by world football’s governing body FIFA and stepped down shortly after, apologising for what he called his “indiscretion”.The killing came as a shock in Ghana, whose vibrant press enjoys relative freedom compared to many African nations.“I expect the police to bring to book, as soon as possible, the perpetrators of this heinous crime,” said President Afuko-Addo on Twitter.Ghana’s police and government officials were not immediately available for further comment.Ghana is ranked 23rd out of 180 countries in a world press freedom index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which is Africa’s highest ranking.But the killing came after a campaign of abuse against the documentary team.After its airing, government legislator Kennedy Agyapong called Hussein-Suale “dangerous”, shared photos of him and told viewers he would pay for them to “beat him”.He was not immediately available for comment on Thursday.Anas, who covers his face in public for safety reasons, posted about the death on his Facebook and Twitter feed.“Sad news, but we shall not be silenced. Rest in peace, Ahmed,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Sep
8

LaLiga: Barca Closes in on the Title This Weekend Packed with…

first_imgAtletico striker Diego Costa’s red card last weekend at the Camp Nou means he misses Saturday’s game at home to RC Celta, with the relegation threatened Galicians also without their inspirational front-man Iago Aspas through suspension.Saturday evening brings a tasty clash between city rivals Sevilla and Real Betis at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan. Both teams are well in the hunt to qualify for UEFA competition next season, while Sevilla want revenge for losing 1-0 to a late Joaquin Sanchez goal in the reverse fixture of what is known as ‘El Gran Derbi’ – ‘the big derby.’The weekend starts early on Saturday with Espanyol hosting Alaves at the RCDE Stadium. Both teams have had positive 2018/19 campaigns so far, with the visitors still harbouring hopes of European football next season.Sunday’s programme begins at lunchtime with fourth placed Getafe at 17th placed RealValladolid. Los Blanquivioletas have been unfortunate lately so really need the boost of a win to stave off the drop, while Los Azulones have their eyes firmly fixed on a historic Champions League spot.There’s a similar mix of concerns at San Mames in Bilbao on Sunday afternoon, with eighth-placed Athletic Club still aiming for a Europa League spot despite a defeat at Getafe last weekend, and Rayo Vallecano, 19th, hoping last week’s victory over Valencia can be the catalyst for a late climb to safety.The action then moves along the Basque coast to San Sebastian and Anoeta, as neighbours Real Sociedad and Eibar battle for local pride with an extra edge as they go into the game separated by just one point in the middle of the LaLiga Santander table.Next it is over to Catalonia where things should be tense as a Girona team with increasing relegation worries after three straight LaLiga defeats host a Villarreal side stuck in 18th position after frustratingly picking up just one point from their last three outings.There is yet another derbi on Sunday at Mestalla as Valencia host city rivals Levante in another of LaLiga’s most historic fixtures. The added element here is that the home side are aiming to continue their climb towards the top four, while a worrying run of results has seen Levante slide to 15th place.The weekend concludes on Monday evening in the Spanish capital’s southern suburbs whereLeganes will be aiming to top an excellent recent run with a first ever LaLiga victory against giant neighbours Real Madrid, who are already looking towards 2019/20 under recently returned coach Zinedine Zidane.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Barcelona will aim to take another step towards the LaLiga title in a weekend packed with derby clashes in Seville, Valencia, Madrid and the Basque Country.Barça’s 2-0 victory at home to Atletico de Madrid last weekend sent them 11 points clear atop the LaLiga Santander table with seven games remaining. Next up for Ernesto Valverde’s men is a trip to bottom club Huesca on Saturday afternoon, with Lionel Messi and company closing in on an eighth title in 11 years.Huesca have shown their battling qualities with 3-3 and 2-2 draws in their last two LaLiga fixtures and will be hoping for a first ever victory against a Barça team midway through a Champions League quarter-final against Manchester United.last_img read more