NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC Chairman Shehu Dikko, who is also Chairman of Marketing, Sponsorship and Television Advisory Committee, disclosed that the short code would be available for use by all NFF partners, sponsors and suppliers, in the process also revealing an ‘Official Supporter’ program into which corporate concerns not presently in relationship with the NFF can lodge to be part of Nigeria’s 2018 FIFA World Cup excitement train. Continue reading NFF launches short code to drive Russia 2018 campaigns→
Belgium striker, Romelu Lukaku has escaped a possible ban that would have ruled him out of the Manchester derby. NaijaBet.com
The FA investigated claims the Manchester United striker kicked out at Gaeteng Bong during the clash at Old Trafford on Saturday. The incident during United’s 1-0 win over Brighton appeared to go unseen by the match officials.
West Ham manager David Moyes remains without injured trio Javier Hernandez, Michail Antonio and James Collins for his first home game in charge. Predict the game
Andre Ayew has recovered from illness and Marko Arnautovic is available as a nasty-looking injury against Watford turned out to be only a swollen thumb.
Leicester manager Claude Puel has no fresh injury worries and has suggested he will keep changes to a minimum.
Defender Robert Huth and midfielder Matty James remain sidelined.
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Simon Brotherton: “There can’t be many managers who have to stand on the touchline listening to cries of ‘sack the board’, ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’ and ‘you destroyed our club’, while watching their first match in charge end in ignominious defeat.
“But that was the background to David Moyes’ hostile baptism at Vicarage Road last Sunday. Judging by his post-match comments, the fans aren’t the only ones hoping for more from the players. NaijaBet.com
“The reaction on and off the field at the London Stadium will be interesting, with Leicester providing the opposition for Moyes’ first home game.
“The Foxes didn’t manage a single shot on target last week against Manchester City but are unbeaten in their last four away matches.”
Everton’s 5-1 Europa League loss to Atalanta leaves “a bad taste in the mouth” of their supporters, says caretaker manager David Unsworth. Predict this week Premier League
Just 17,431 turned up at Goodison Park to watch the Blues suffer a humiliating defeat in the final home group game of this season’s failed European campaign.
It leaves them bottom of Group E with just one point from five games.
“When you put on the shirt you have to play with pride and effort and they didn’t do that,” Unsworth said. NaijaBet.com
Speaking to BT Sport, he added: “It was a dead rubber but I spoke before the game and said our fans had paid good money to come and see this. They leave with a bad taste in their mouth and so do I.”
Unsworth, who also branded Thursday’s result and performance “unacceptable”, made a number of changes for the game, including bringing in 19-year-old midfielder Beni Baningime, who he felt was his side’s best player.
Jurgen Klopp and his Reds players gathered for a Thursday evening session under the lights as the German plotted how to keep up his good record against the Blues in the Premier League’s biggest match of the weekend.
The Reds go into the match three points behind the Blues, and knowing that a win will do wonders for their top four chances.
All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday night, but not for the usual reasons. The Real Madrid star is in Cyprus looking to seal his side’s progression to the knockout stages of the Champions League, though it may only be as Group runners-up. If their European campaign has been underwhelming so far, their start to the new La Liga season has been downright disastrous. NaijaBet.com