Eagles resume preparations for Lions and Stallions

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The Super Eagles, in London for the international week had their first training session on Tuesday at The Hive training ground of Barnet FC.

The players were put through their paces in various light work by the technical crew led by Gernot Rohr.

At a ridiculously cold weather for this time of the year the 16 players in camp as at the time of the training were full of banter and laughter.

Carl Ikeme is the only goalkeeper at this point while new invitees Tyrone Ebuehi, Chidozie Awaziem and Noah Joel Sarenren Bazee looked to be integrating very well. Play Bet on today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com

The Leicester City duo of Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi along with fellow Premier League star Isaac Success showed plenty of commitment during the one-touch passing exercises.

These players have had long seasons already so there was not much physical exercises. Rohr and his team made sure most of the work done by the players was with the ball. Continue reading Eagles resume preparations for Lions and Stallions

Southgate picks up pieces as England start rebuild

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After a year scarred by scandal and sporting catastrophe, Gareth Southgate will begin his attempt to steer England into calmer waters in Wednesday’s friendly against Germany in Dortmund.

England began 2016 with a stirring 3-2 win over Germany, but they were humiliated by Iceland at Euro 2016 before new manager Sam Allardyce was brought down by a newspaper sting after just one game in charge.

Southgate 46,has been left to pick up the pieces and he asserted his authority by omitting captain Wayne Rooney from his first squad, explaining that it is time for England to build for the future. NaijaBet

“When you’re in the role temporarily, you are always thinking, ‘Do I make decisions for the long term or do you just need points for the country?'” said Southgate, who initially replaced Allardyce on an interim basis.

“Now there’s an opportunity to put down things I think are important. Continue reading Southgate picks up pieces as England start rebuild

Everton relaxed over Lukaku’s Contract

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Everton manager Ronald Koeman believes Romelu Lukaku will continue to do his best for the club despite the uncertainty over whether the striker will sign a new contract.

Lukaku, whose deal ends in two years, became the Premier League’s leading goalscorer with 21 goals in 28 games after scoring twice in Everton’s 4-0 win over Hull City on Saturday.

British media reports said Lukaku had rejected a new long-term deal from Everton last week that would have made him the best-paid player in the club’s history.

“Everybody knows he is a professional and he will do everything for the club until his contract is ended and nobody knows what will happen in the future,” Koeman said. NaijaBet.com

“We like to keep our best players because we need them to make the next step.” Continue reading Everton relaxed over Lukaku’s Contract

Wenger wants to stay on at Arsenal

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Beleaguered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has decided to stay at the club, according to British media reports on Monday.

Wenger will inform Arsenal’s board he wants to extend his contract, which expires at the end of the season.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis also said Wenger told him he intended to stay on after Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at The Hawthorns on Saturday. Place Bet on Live Matches on NaijaBet.com

“I’ll be surprised if he goes,” Pulis told reporters after Saturday’s game, as revealed in Monday’s newspapers.

Asked why he thought Wenger would stay, Pulis replied: “Because he told me.”

Wenger, 67, has come under fire from fans after Arsenal were thrashed by Bayern Munich in the Champions League and slipped out of the Premier League’s top four. Continue reading Wenger wants to stay on at Arsenal

Mahrez and other Africa stars Shine in Europe

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African Footballer of the Year Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring as a Leicester City revival continued at the weekend with a 3-2 English Premier League win at West Ham.

A return to form by the Algeria winger has coincided with the ‘Foxes’ winning four consecutive matches in all competitions since Italian manager Claudio Ranieri was controversially sacked.

Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who preceded Mahrez as African Footballer of the Year, remained the leading German Bundesliga scorer after his goal gave Borussia Dortmund a 1-0 win over Ingolstadt.

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RIYAD MAHREZ (Leicester)

The Algeria winger gave a strong display in Leicester’s 3-2 victory at West Ham. Having struggled for much of the season, he looks back to his best since Ranieri’s sacking. Mahrez enjoyed a stroke of luck to open the scoring in the fifth minute when his cross evaded Hammers goalkeeper Darren Randolph and crept into the net. Naija and Bet

ANDRE AYEW (West Ham)

The Ghana striker scored his fifth club goal of the season, but couldn’t prevent West Ham suffering more misery at their London Stadium against Leicester. With West Ham trailing 3-1, Ayew headed in after Andy Carroll won the ball at the back post from a corner to reduce the deficit in the 63rd minute. But the Hammers couldn’t find an equaliser with Ayew guilty of firing over from one of hosts’ best opportunities. Continue reading Mahrez and other Africa stars Shine in Europe

Enrique back Andre Gomes to come out good

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique insisted midfielder Andre Gomes will become a pillar of the Catalans’ midfield after silencing his critics with his first goal for the club in a 4-2 win over Valencia on Sunday.

Enrique has attracted criticism himself for keeping faith with Gomes despite his underwhelming performances since moving for a fee that could rise to 55 million euros ($59 million) from Valencia in July.

“Andre Gomes will be a very valuable player for Barca in the future, you will see,” said Enrique, who is stepping down as coach at the end of the season.

“He combines unique physical and technical abilities for a player of his profile and the fans treated him well.” Naija and Bet

The Portuguese has been roundly jeered by the Barca fans in recent weeks, but the majority of the Camp Nou backed his introduction for Rafinha 16 minutes from time despite some whistles. Continue reading Enrique back Andre Gomes to come out good

Match Preview : West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal

This is a testing period for West Brom. They have already secured their top flight status but are at risk of being one of those sides that now have little motivation and finish the campaign terribly.

They have lost each of their last two matches without even scoring and things don’t get much easier with a trip to Manchester United following this match.

Arsenal are into the FA Cup semi final and must now try and consolidate a spot in the top four. They start the weekend five points adrift of fourth place Liverpool but Arsene Wenger’s side do have two games in hand.

The Gunners have actually only managed to win one of their last four matches against West Brom in regular time and aren’t in particularly great shape even after thrashing Lincoln last time out. Naija and Bet

Team News

West Bromwich Albion – Matt Phillips is still an injury concern for West Brom ahead of Saturday’s match against Arsenal, while an ankle injury picked up in the week means James Morrison may miss out as well. Continue reading Match Preview : West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal

UCL : Real to face Bayern; Juve get Barca

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Holders Real Madrid were drawn to face their former coach Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals on Friday as Juventus take on comeback kings Barcelona.

English champions Leicester play their first quarterfinals in the top-tier European competition against Atletico Madrid as France’s Monaco clash with Borussia Dortmund over two legs in April.

Ancelotti, who led Real to their tenth Champions League title in 2014, was looking forward to a special tie. NaijaBet.com

“It is going to be exciting to play against them. We are very confident and want to win the Champions League this season,” said Ancelotti, who also won the European title twice with AC Milan.

“I think we have the ability to beat Real Madrid.” Continue reading UCL : Real to face Bayern; Juve get Barca

Ahmad elected as new CAF President

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Madagascan Ahmad Ahmad was elected president of the Confederation of African Football Thursday, ousting veteran leader Issa Hayatou after 29 years in office to usher in a “new dawn” for the sport on the continent.

Ahmad, head of Madagascar’s football federation, won the election in the Ethiopian capital by 34 votes to Hayatou’s 20, official results showed.

Delegates cheered and pumped their fists in the plenary hall after the announcement of the result which heralded the departure of the last of the old generation of leaders in world football.

Ahmad, a 57-year-old father of two, had a discreet playing and coaching career before he took the reins of the Madagascar football federation in 2003. NaijaBet

His rare and determined bid for “change” at the head of the CAF this year took many by surprise, and the incumbent was seen as the favourite. Continue reading Ahmad elected as new CAF President

UEL Match Preview : Manchester United vs FC Rostov

Manchester United earned a 1-1 draw in terrible conditions in the reverse leg back in Russia and are favorites to progress here.

Rostov are unbeaten in their last seven competitive matches, although picking up results away from home has proven extremely hard.

The Russian outfit have only won two competitive matches on the road all season and elimination from the Europa League is expected on Thursday night.

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Manchester United – Jose Mourinho will recall on the services of Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Thursday after the Manchester United No.9 missed Monday’s defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup through suspension.

Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney are both ruled out again after failing to overcome injuries that saw the duo miss Monday’s trip to Stamford Bridge. Naija and Bet  Continue reading UEL Match Preview : Manchester United vs FC Rostov