Egypt goalie coach Ahmed Nagy has revealed that veteran goalie Essam El Hadary is expected to be part of the main camp as the Pharaohs prepare for their big clash against Nigeria.
Hector Cuper had earlier recalled El Hadary from International retirement before the Pharaohs friendly match against Burkina Faso. Naijabet.com
“I will not invite any new faces , and will stick with those three faces who were with us in the last camp and they are Essam El Hadary (Wadi Degla) Ahmed El Shenawy (Zamalek) and Mohamed El Shenawy
About Super Eagle Nagy said :” We know them like our hands. Every day we watch their matches and we know all their players by name and number. They have a proven interim coach and as he goes about selecting his team we observe carefully. We also get daily news from their camp which we follow carefully” he ended.
Egypt will open their final camp on March 20, before they travel on March 23 via chartered flight to Kaduna directly, where they play the first of the double header.
Manchester City reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time despite a lethargic second leg goalless draw against Dynamo Kiev.
City, 3-1 up from the first leg, were in control of the tie but lost both centre-backs Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi to injury early on.
Jesus Navas hit the post with a low drive in the second half and Yaya Toure struck straight at the goalkeeper.
“Vincent has again a muscle injury in his calf, the same problem he has had before,” said Pellegrini.
“He will miss at least three quarters of the rest of the season.”
The Belgium international, 29, has started just 13 games in the Premier League all season and has had 14 calf injuries since signing in 2008.
Kompany is set for scan on either Wednesday or Thursday, with Pellegrini stating that “always with muscle injuries it is a minimum of one month”. Naija and Bet
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Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri still insisting that Premier League title race is not a straight fight between his side and Tottenham.
The Foxes are five points clear at the top with eight games left after beating Newcastle 1-0 on Monday.
Tottenham lie second, with Arsenal 11 points behind the leaders and fourth-placed Manchester City 12 off the pace.
Asked if only Leicester or Spurs could be champions, Ranieri,responded: “No, the race is open.” There are so many people who are dreaming, but we have to continue to work hard.
“I want to fight every match. Now our concentration is about Crystal Palace, another difficult match. We will go to battle there.”
Former Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage thinks his old club will come out on top and has written off the chances of Arsenal and Manchester City.
“It’s ridiculous to think of Leicester being so far ahead,”It’s a two-horse race, no doubt about it.
“You can’t rule out Spurs, but City and Arsenal have no chance of winning it now. You can’t see them winning four or five in a row.” Naijabet.com
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Rafael Benitez says there were enough positives during Monday’s 1-0 defeat by Leicester to suggest his Newcastle team can avoid relegation.
The Magpies are next to bottom of the Premier League after losing their first game under new manager.
It leaves Benitez with nine matches to steer the team away from the drop zone.
Benitez, said: “It will be difficult but with this commitment on the pitch I think that we can do it.”
Newcastle began brightly against the league leaders, but fell behind to a spectacular Shinji Okazaki overhead kick and were unable to equalise despite both Ayoze Perez and Moussa Sissoko going close.
Benitez added: “We started really well, but the reaction of the team in the second half was pleasing because you could see the commitment of the players and we were trying to win.
“When you are in this position, it’s important to create and I think we’ll take our chances next time.” Naija and bet
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West Ham boss Slaven Bilic “fancies” his side to beat Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final replay at Upton Park – the last cup tie there.
The teams drew 1-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday with the winners of the replay moving into the semi-finals at Wembley.
“It’s going to be a tough game, but I fancy us because we’re going to be even more confident,” Bilic told BBC Sport.
“Manchester United are a different team when they play away from home and don’t have that same confidence.”
West Ham are moving to the Olympic Stadium next season so the game against Manchester United will be the last at the Hammers’ current Upton Park home.
“With the history of our stadium it’s going to a be another historic game and you can’t ask for more,” added Bilic.
“But to make history we have to beat them – we won’t put it in the books if we lose the last game.
“It’s going to be another epic home FA Cup match and we couldn’t ask for more – it’s like Spielberg.” Naijabet
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he is likely to leave Paris St-Germain this summer after helping them clinch a fourth successive French title.
The Swede scored four goals as PSG demolished Troyes 9-0 to seal the Ligue 1 trophy with eight games left.
The 34-year-old “For the moment, I will not be at PSG next season. I still have a month and a half left here.
“If they replace the Eiffel Tower with a statue of me, then I will stay.”
Ibrahimovic has recently been linked with moves to Manchester United and Major League Soccer in the United States.
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said that he wants Ibrahimovic to stay when his contract ends in June.
“Zlatan is magical,” he said. “He is a great player. We are going to talk him and see what he wants to do. We want him to stay.” Naijabet
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A fan has died after falling ill during Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga game against Mainz on Sunday. Naijabet
A club statement said Dortmund were “full of sadness” after one fan passed away and another had to be resuscitated following two separate incidents.
Fellow fans watched the rest of Dortmund’s 2-0 win in virtual silence after news of the death spread through the stands.
The club said the second supporter was in a stable condition in hospital.
The club statement read: “During the game there were two tragic incidents in the stadium in which two spectators had to be resuscitated.
“Unfortunately one person did not make it and has died. We are full of sadness and the families are in our thoughts.
“We have received the news from the hospital that the condition of the second person is apparently stable.”
Thousands of fans sang You’ll Never Walk Alone during the match and following the final whistle as a mark of respect. Naijabet.com
Tottenham closed the gap on leaders Leicester to two points after Harry Kane scored two goals in three minutes to sink Aston Villa.
The striker raced onto Dele Alli’s quickly taken free-kick and fired past Brad Guzan just before the break.
The combination worked again moments after the interval as Kane poked in Alli’s low cross.
Villa mustered just two shots on target as they slipped to a fifth-straight league defeat.
Spurs’ title bid appears firmly back on track after two games without a win, while Remi Garde’s side remain nine points from safety and look increasingly destined for life in the Championship next season.
Tottenham manager : “It was a good victory and three important points after a few games that have not been so good. We created more chances and played well. It is difficult to play against teams playing for survival but we had the right mentality and I am pleased.
On the title race: “We need to keep the pressure on and win games. You cannot stop the dream of the supporters and they are right to dream. But we need to work hard.” Naija and bet
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Riyad Mahrez has been one of the inspirations behind Leicester’s unexpected but widely welcomed Premier League title challenge.
The 25-year-old Algeria international, signed from French side Le Havre for just £400,000 in January 2014, has been a sensation this season, scoring 15 league goals, including the winner against Watford on Saturday.
Mahrez’s journey to this point has been far from straightforward.
The slight but talented forward was born in the tough Parisian suburb of Sarcelles and lost his father, Ahmed, to a heart attack at the age of 15.
But his determination and skill took him across France and to the top of the Premier League. Listen to Mahrez discuss the influence of his father
‘Sport is the way to get out from the street’
Mahrez’s first club was AAS Sarcelles, based in a poor suburb in the north of Paris that has a large number of African immigrants. He joined the club – who play in the local Ligue de Paris – in 2004.
Hayel Mbemba, a former team-mate at AAS Sarcelles: “Riyad was a man who played on Monday, Tuesday… all the day, every day he played football.
“When he finished playing with the team he would go around the gymnasiums of Sarcelles looking for somewhere to play and train. That was the mentality of Riyad. Naijabet.com Continue reading The Journey of Riyad Mahrez Leicester forward to the Top