Nigerian Coach Genoit Rohr was impressed with the outcome of the friendly match with Senegal in London. In his post-match press conference inside the bowels of the Hive Stadium he spoke on a wide range of questions arising from the match.
“We chose to play Senegal because of their physicality as we will be playing Cameroon in our next qualifiers. It was great to see how our players stood up to the challenge of playing teams like these. I was happy with them in that respect”.
On the subject of Cameroon who are now African Champions and whether that factor changes the dynamics going into that qualifier “most definitely” Rohr said. Predict today’s World cup qualifiers Matches on NaijaBet.com and Win Big
“Now they have more confidence. They have players who have the belief that being champions brings but we know that if we are to win in Cameroon it will give us a great chance of being at the World Cup”.
Rohr also provided updates on the state of Ogenyi Onazi who was taken off injured. Continue reading Rohr Satisfied with draw against Senegal
Speculation continues to mount over the France star’s future, with Manchester United among the clubs linked with the attacker.
Diego Simeone is worried about the possibility of losing star man Antoine Griezmann as Atletico Madrid have “no security”, with a long line of suitors eyeing a move.
Griezmann is one of the most in-demand forwards in the world and he declared this week that it would be “a dream” to play for the likes of Bayern Munich, Barcelona or even rivals Real Madrid. NaijaBet.com
Despite also insisting that his immediate future was with Atletico, speculation persists and Manchester United have been heavily linked with a swoop for the France international.
Asked by reporters if there was a risk of the 26-year-old leaving, Simeone replied: “Yes, because there is a termination clause. There is no security. Continue reading Simeone : Griezmann could leave at any time
Manchester United should focus on winning the Europa League this season, which would bring the club a trophy they have never won and secure qualification for next season’s Champions League, former manager Alex Ferguson has said.
United are fifth in the Premier League and sit four points behind fourth-placed Liverpool, though they have two games in hand on the Merseyside club.
A top-four finish would ensure Champions League qualification but Ferguson, who was in charge at Old Trafford for some 27 years, believes United have a great opportunity to qualify by winning Europe’s second-tier club competition.
“The thing is, we’ve never won the Europa League,” he said. “We’ve never won Uefa Cup, what it used to be. And we’ve got a great draw. I’m not saying it’s a certainty, but they’ve got a great chance. NaijaBet.com
“It’s still a European trophy. And if you win it, you get into the Champions League. The incentive is greater to do that.” Continue reading Fergie urges Mourinho’s Men to win Europa
The unthinkable prospect of a World Cup without Argentina or Lionel Messi could move a step closer to becoming reality on Thursday as the South American giants prepare to face arch-rivals Chile in a crucial battle on the road to Russia 2018.
Argentina, who last failed to qualify for the World Cup in 1970, saw their progress towards next year’s finals go awry in 2016 when back-to-back draws with Venezuela and Peru were followed by defeats against Paraguay and Brazil.
Although they bounced back to beat Colombia 3-0 in a home qualifier last November, they remain outside the automatic qualifying places in fifth place, with 19 points from 12 games. Naija and Bet
A defeat against fourth-placed Chile on Thursday in Buenos Aires would leave Argentina further adrift of the automatic qualifying spots. And if Colombia beat lowly Bolivia in their home game, as expected, Argentina could even finish the day further down the pecking order, outside of the fifth-place playoff berth they currently occupy.
With a trip to face Bolivia in the thin air of La Paz awaiting them next Tuesday – where Argentina have rarely performed well – it means the two-time World Cup-winners can ill afford to slip up against the Chileans.
Argentina defeated Chile in Santiago earlier in the qualifiers, winning 2-1 in March last year. Continue reading Argentina face Chile test in World Cup qualifier race
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
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 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
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
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.
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
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