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Thursday, 25 September 2014

West Brom Coach backs Ideye for more goals

West Brom Coach Alan Irvine has declared that he is very positive that more goals will come off the boots of Brown Ideye after the Super Eagles striker opened his account in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup clash against Hull City Ideye opened scoring in the 15th minute of the dramatic five-goal thriller in which the Baggies ended 3-2 winners. The Nigerian striker understandably was swamped by his delighted team-mates but was unable to continue due to an ankle problem. Speaking on the situation Irvine told WBA’s official website he was happy to see his record signing in the summer transfer window finally hit the ground running. ”We were all absolutely delighted for the lad scoring his first goal. Irvine began He continued: “We think he is capable of goals. “You could see how much it meant to everyone by the celebrations. “It is just a shame he rocked his ankle in the process (of scoring). “That was a real pity because he had made a very bright start to the game. “We are still waiting to assess the damage but we do not think it is too serious at this stage.” He concluded. Already there are insinuations that Ideye is been considered for a recall to the national team for the crucial double-header against Sudan, it is yet to be seen how the latest injury setback will influence recalling Ideye back to the Eagles after snubbing the former Dynamo Kiev forward

Saturday, 9 August 2014

FA Cup Preview: Arsenal vs Man City

Arsene Wenger heads Arsenal to Wembley at the end of the day this weekend as the FA Cup champs tackle the Premier League champions, Manchester City, in the conventional window ornament raiser of the top-flight English season (Sunday, 9.30am ET on FOX Sports 1).

Manchester City have been tipped as the group to beat this season with Manuel Pellegrini adding steel to his midfield with just another focus half still to be gotten, despite the fact that Eliaquim Mangala is required to finish his turn to Eastlands in the nearing days after various outsider proprietorships issues.

Munititions stockpile then again may not be viewed as numerous individuals' top choices for a Premier League title challenge. However the London club have appreciated their best arrangements for a season since apparently 2007.

No player of extraordinary note has left the club so far, despite the fact that Thomas Vermaelen is situated to finish a therapeutic with FC Barcelona this weekend as indicated by BBC Sport's David Ornstein yet maybe all the more altogether, Arsene Wenger has figured out how to finish the larger part of his exchange business before the begin of the season with Alexis Sanchez joining Calum Chambers, David Ospina and Mathieu Debuchy as Arsenal new-young men.

One of the fundamental reactions of Arsenal over the past few seasons has been their poor exhibitions in the huge matches. Manchester City recorded a sensational 6-3 triumph over the Gunners last term and Arsene Wenger will be trusting his new-look resistance will have the capacity to adapt to City's abundance of assaulting alternatives much all the more capabily on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger affirmed he would use a comparative squad to the particular case that spoke to the club finally weekend's Emirates Cup with Theo Walcott still a harm question until September and Arsenal's German unexpected of Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski still not fit enough to play having been allowed a broadened rest period after their World Cup triumph in Brazil.

Bacary Sagna is relied upon to make his Manchester City introduction after his free exchange to the Premier League champions from Arsenal this mid year whilst it is dicey that Frank Lampard will be fit enough to join in the wake of marking his six month advance with the club.

Sergio Aguero is likewise absent after his damage hit World Cup crusade as is Alvaro Negredo who endured a foot harm in preseason which is prone to keep him out until October.

Munititions stockpile's enormous cash marking of the mid year, Alexis Sanchez, is liable to play regardless of Arsene Wenger recommending he wasn't completely fit after his cameo in the Emirates Cup matches a weekend ago.

Whilst the match isn't of any incredible imperativeness, triumphs breed certainty and Arsenal will be searching for a greatly improved begin to the battle than they were managed last term.

With Arsenal and Manchester City without a doubt two of the better footballing sides in the Premier League Sunday's gathering will absolutely be a fascinating crash however with City's wounds in advance there is a ton of weight prone to be put on Edin Dzeko which could hand Arsenal the focal point as both groups look to best set themselves up for the begin Premier League one weekend from now.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Juventus interested Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere

Juventus are interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.

Standard Sport understands the Serie A club have sounded out English-based agents to explore through informal channels whether the Gunners would be willing to sell the 22-year-old.

No formal enquiry or offer has yet been made after the suggestion was rejected by manager Arsene Wenger, who earlier this week challenged the midfielder to become a “consistent presence” in the team this season.

It is believed that Wilshere is also happy to remain at Arsenal assuming he holds down a regular starting berth and Juventus are therefore waiting for more encouragement from the Gunners or the player before making an opening bid.

Source: Standard

NFF set to complete Keshi contract talks

Following an executive committee meeting on Thursday, the board acknowledged receipt of Keshi's written expression of interest to continue as Nigeria coach.
The board consequently mandated the Secretariat to reach out to the coach and 'conclude details of his contract and signing by next week, so that he can resume work ahead of the fast–approaching 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series.'
After leading Nigeria to the round of 16 at the Fifa World Cup, Keshi announced he would not be carrying on as Nigeria coach after the NFF stalled on offering him a new deal.

Source: KickOffNigeria

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Newcastle United forward Sammy Ameobi opted to play for Nigeria

Newcastle forward Sammy Ameobi has opted to play for Nigeria.
The 22-year-old has represented England at under-21 level but will follow his older brother Shola's lead and play for the country of their parents.

"It wasn't a difficult decision because I decided to follow my heart and I think it's the right thing to do," Ameobi told BBC Sport.

"I saw Shola at the World Cup and for him to play at a major tournament like that is a big motivation."

"It would be nice, but I need to work extremely hard at club level to get the attention of the Nigerian coaches," he said.
"The country has a lot of talent. I just want to do well and hopefully get a chance with the Super Eagles."

Source: BBC Football

Howard Webb retire from Refereeing

Howard Webb has retired from refereeing to take up the role of Technical Director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).

The 43-year-old, a former policeman, built up a reputation as one of the best officials in the game.
He has taken charge of some of the biggest matches in the Premier League over the course of his 25-year career, as well as an FA Cup final, League Cup final and Community Shield.
In 2010, he became the first person to referee the finals of both the UEFA Champions League and the World Cup.
He recently officiated at the 2014 World Cup and was widely praised for his handling of Brazil's last 16 clash with Chile.
But he has now opted to hang up his whistle to work for PGMOL, the body responsible for the training and development of match officials operating in the Premier League, Football League and FA competitions.

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Chelsea confirm Kenneth Omeruo loan move Middlesbrough

 Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo has left Stamford Bridge to extend his loan spell at Middlesbrough for another season.
A statement on Boro’s official website read, “Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo has finalised his return to Middlesbrough on a season long loan…”
“The Nigerian international arrives on the back of a summer that saw him feature in all four of his country’s World Cup matches in Brazil.”
The 20-year-old spent the second half of the last season at Riverside Stadium and will now continue his loan spell for another season with the Championship side. Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has expressed his delight after completing a loan move for Omeruo.
“He is a very important player to us. He’s someone I love to have with us because he’s a player who came here from Chelsea and his mood was always perfect,” Karanka said.
“He was always happy and fighting for his position. He was handed the opportunity to play in the World Cup and he is now coming back to us a better player.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea have released a statement on their official website, wishing the centre-back and also confirming his loan move to Middlesbrough.
“Kenneth Omeruo has returned to Middlesbrough on loan until the end of the season. We wish Kenneth well at Middlesbrough and you can keep updated with his progress here on the official Chelsea website,” the statement read of Chelsea’s official website.