Big sam afraid of palace relegation

Sam Allardyce has never been relegated as a manager of a Premier league club but he believes that record is in jeopardy at Crystal Palace, who have only goal difference to thank for keeping them out of the relegation zone.

Allardyce is still looking for his first win at the club since taking over from Alan Pardew last month. Their 3-0 defeat to West Ham at the weekend was their seventh league game without a win.

“I am scared that we won’t succeed. Definitely. It’s a hard task to take on, but I’m willing to go on at it and use all my experience I have gained,” Allardyce, who has managed six top flight clubs,said.

“I’m not fearful of losing my job. It’s the fear of not wanting to blemish my record and helping Crystal Palace get out of trouble when it has stayed in the Premier League so long recently. Continue reading Big sam afraid of palace relegation

Togo coach happy with draw against Ivory Coast

Togo coach Claude Le Roy said he was content with his side’s goalless draw with the reigning African champions Ivory Coast on Monday at Stade d’Oyem.

The 68-year old, who is coaching at his record ninth Afcon, spearheaded the Hawks to a stellar performance against the tournament favourites who boast a star-studded side.

Le Roy said, “I was satisfied with this result because we followed our plan. We worked a lot before the match. Sometimes in the game we were confident and just about to score but other times we were shivering from Ivory Coast’s attack.” Naija and Bet

Le Roy lamented the heat and humidity in Oyem that, according to him, affected the players’ energy as well as the coaches on the touchline.

“It was very hot this evening. Even on our side. The players needed the energy however, the match was very exciting,” he added. Continue reading Togo coach happy with draw against Ivory Coast

DR Congo down Morocco in Oyem

Democratic Republic of Congo shot top of Group C following a 1-0 win over Morocco at the Stade d’Oyem in the Gabonese city of Oyem on Monday evening.

Junior Kabananga’s second-half strike secured a narrow with for the Leopards who successfully survived a late onslaught from the North Africans – playing with 10 men for the final nine minutes – to secure all three points. NaijaBet

Joyce Lomalisa Mutambala received his marching orders in the 81st minute of the clash following a second bookable offence.

Morocco almost opened the scoring with their first chance of the match, but Mbark Boussoufa smashed his attempt off the crossbar with two minutes on the clock.

At the other end of the park Chancel Mbemba found himself in an unfamiliar position high up the field. The Newcastle United man, though, fancied his chances but saw his resulting shot in the 28th minute fly narrowly wide of goal. Continue reading DR Congo down Morocco in Oyem

Ibrahimovic gives Pogba pep talk

Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic has told teammate Paul Pogba to embrace the pressure he is under and use it to his advantage, just as the Swedish striker has done throughout his trophy-laden career.

Pogba, who returned to United from Juventus for a world record fee of 89 million pounds ($107.64 million) in August, has struggled to live up to his hefty price tag this campaign.

The France midfielder has come under further scrutiny following his underwhelming performance in Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Liverpool. Naija and Bet

“Pressure is something I enjoy. I don’t know Paul personally to able to answer that for him. But I think he likes it also because, without pressure, we would not be on our toes at the top level,” Ibrahimovic told. Continue reading Ibrahimovic gives Pogba pep talk

Lookman’s deput goal delights Koeman

The Toffees manager has expressed delight after seeing his latest recruit score in his debut against the Citizens in Sunday’s English topflight fixture.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has hailed Ademola Lookman for scoring his first Premier League goal against Manchester City at the Goodison Park on Sunday. Naija and Bet

Romelu Lukaku opened scoring for the Toffees in the 34th minute and Kevin Mirallas doubled his side’s lead in the 47th minute.

Tom Davies chipped in the 3rd goal 11 minutes to the end of the game, and the former Charlton Athletic forward sealed his side victory in the 90th minute to push the hosts’ to the seventh position, with seven points behind Manchester United.

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Robben signs one-year contract extension with Bayern

Dutch winger Arjen Robben has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at Bayern Munich until the end of next season, the Bundesliga giants announced on Monday.

Robben, 32, arrived in Munich in 2009 from Real Madrid and was part of the team that has won the 2013 Champions League, the Fifa club world cup, a Uefa Super Cup, five Bundesliga titles and four German Cups.

“Arjen is one of the best players in the world in his position,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Naija and Bet

“He’s played for us for almost eight years now and has become an important part of our club in this time. We’re delighted he’s going to pull on an FC Bayern shirt for a further year.”

Robben added: “I’m very happy that I’ll be playing a further year for FC Bayern. The club is one of the best in the world and Munich has become a second home for me and my family.

“I want to continue playing at the highest level and win as many trophies as possible.”

Goals do not matter to me – Hazard

The Belgian winger insists that he would rather play an amazing game and set-up his team-mates than perform poorly and still score two goals.

Eden Hazard is adamant he does not care about scoring goals so long as Chelsea are winning and the fans go home happy.

The Belgium international has been in good form this season after a disappointing 2015-16 campaign, scoring nine goals in 20 Premier League outings. Naija and Bet

Nevertheless, personal success is not what drives Hazard, who claims he just wants to enjoy himself and please the supporters.

“For me, football is like this: I go on the pitch and I try to enjoy it. I do not look at statistics, I do not look at goals, I just want to go on the pitch,” Hazard said. Continue reading Goals do not matter to me – Hazard

City will not give up on PL title – Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure insists Manchester City will not give up on the Premier League title despite falling 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.

Pep Guardiola appeared to rule City out of the race after Sunday’s 4-0 defeat at Everton left his side fifth in the table.

The loss at Goodison Park was a damaging and humbling experience for City but Toure is convinced they can bounce back as they host second-placed Tottenham next weekend.

“I think in the Premier League everything is possible. In football you have to be positive. I am a positive guy,” the 33-year-old midfielder said.

“I know it is tough sometimes but you have to accept that and continue to work hard, and we will have the chance. We just have to win a couple of games and everything will come back again.

“On Saturday we have an important game. We have to keep going. It is a difficult situation but what we have to do is work hard and try to bounce back. Continue reading City will not give up on PL title – Yaya Toure

I rejected Barca, Real to join United : Pogba

The France international re-joined Manchester United in a world-record deal in August, but he revealed he could have moved to La Liga instead.

Paul Pogba has claimed he turned down the chance to join Barcelona and Real Madrid in favour of a move to Manchester United as he felt he had unfinished business at Old Trafford.

The France international left Juventus for United in a world-record deal worth almost £90million in August 2016, returning to the club he departed in 2012, but he could just as easily have continued his career in La Liga had he wanted to do so. Naija and Bet

“I came to Manchester United because I have certain goals. It is a big challenge for me,” Pogba said.

“I could also have joined Real Madrid or Barcelona, who were interested in signing me. But I chose to return to United because I followed my heart. Continue reading I rejected Barca, Real to join United : Pogba

Ozil and Alexis need convincing to stay – Cech

The Gunners goalkeeper admits two key men caught up in long-running contract extension sagas need to be shown that the team can match their ambition.

Petr Cech says Arsenal team-mates Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez need to be shown “how much we need them” as speculation regarding their respective futures rumbles on.

Both men are due to be out of contract in the summer of 2018 and are yet to commit to extended stays at Emirates Stadium. Naija and Bet

Debate as to when they might sign has dragged on for some time now, with Ozil revealing that his decision hinges on Arsene Wenger remaining  in the Gunners dugout.

Alexis has also hinted that he would be prepared to put pen to paper, but talk of big-money offers from China refuse to go away.

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