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Afcon more important to African people than World Cup – Le Roy
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Afcon more important to African people than World Cup – Le Roy

The 73-year-old French tactician feels Afcon is not getting the respect it deserves from Europe Former Togo coach Claude Le Roy has underlined how important the Africa Cup of Nations is to the continent Ahead of the 33rd edition of the tournament in Cameroon, several teams complained of disrupted preparations since many clubs in Europe refused to release players until late on.
Afcon 2021: Ghana coach Rajevac rues missed opportunity in Gabon draw
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Afcon 2021: Ghana coach Rajevac rues missed opportunity in Gabon draw

The Black Stars boss reflects on Friday’s encounter with The Panthers at the continental gathering   Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac has lamented his team’s lack of concentration in critical match moments following their 1-1 draw with Gabon at the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday. The Black Stars gave away a goal lead to settle for a point in the Group C matchday two fixture after Jim Allevinah netted two minutes to full-time to level the score. It was Ghana’s second straight time of letting in a late goal after they conceded in the 82nd minute in their 1-0 loss to Morocco in their tournament opener on Monday. "It was a difficult and competitive game. We were supposed to end the match winning, but as in the first game we lost concentration,” Rajevac said at the post-match ...
Man Utd willing to offer £500,000-a-week package to convince Pogba
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Man Utd willing to offer £500,000-a-week package to convince Pogba

Manchester United's board remain desperate to keep hold of Paul Pogba.   The midfielder comes off contract at the end of the season. The Sun says United are preparing a gigantic offer in order to persuade him to stay on at the Theatre of Dreams. They report that the club are willing to offer him £400,000-a-week basic salary, with add ons likely to take him to the half-a-million mark. It is thought to be £100,000 more than any offer he is likely to receive on the continent. Pogba is currently allowed to talk to other clubs outside of England on signing a pre-contract, with the 28-year-old's current deal havnig less than six months to run. He has yet to play under interim head coach Ralf Rangnick, having been ruled out with a hamstring injury he picked up on internat...
‘Quality is not enough’ – Shaw slams Man Utd for lack of motivation in Wolves loss
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‘Quality is not enough’ – Shaw slams Man Utd for lack of motivation in Wolves loss

The hosts were beaten for the first time since Ralf Rangnick took over as interim coach   Luke Shaw says Manchester United lacked motivation and intensity as they lost 1-0 at home to Wolves on Monday. The Red Devils saw their unbeaten run under interim coach Ralf Rangnick come to an end as Joao Moutinho scored the decisive goal after 82 minutes. Shaw was thoroughly disappointed by his team's performance, as the left-back felt it looked like an easy win for the visitors.
Xavi admits Barcelona cannot yet register new signing Torres
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Xavi admits Barcelona cannot yet register new signing Torres

Barcelona coach Xavi admits they cannot register new signing Ferran Torres.   Torres completed an initial £46.7m transfer from Manchester City last week, just 18 months after signing from Valencia, explaining how he failed to properly settle in Manchester due to the ongoing UK government restrictions. “Ferran Torres is a spectacular signing, both as a player and a person," Xavi said on Saturday. "He's coming off an important injury, he has fantastic commitment, he's going to give us a lot, I've no doubt about it. He can play in different positions, I'm very happy with the effort made by the club to get him. "We'll see how the salary cap situation is, if it's possible right away. There has to be players leaving. If we get Dembele to resign his contract and lower his pa...
CAF Champions League group stage draw confirmed [Full fixtures]
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CAF Champions League group stage draw confirmed [Full fixtures]

The draw for the 2021/2022 CAF Champions League Group Stage was conducted at the headquarters of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in Cairo, Egypt, on Tuesday. Pitso Mosimane, coach of Egyptian giants, Al Ahly SC, assisted Khaled Nassar, CAF Head of Competitions, in the draw. It paved the way towards the group stage of the premier continental club competition. But it had significant pairings, with Mosimane’s African champions Al Ahly drawn alongside his former South African club, Mamelodi Sundowns, alongside two Sudanese clubs. The following are the groups: Group A Al Ahly (Egypt) Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa) Al Hilal (Sudan) Al Merriekh (Sudan) Group B Raja (Morocco) Horoya (Guinea) ES Setif (Algeria) AmaZulu (South Africa) Group C ...
What Eguavoen needs to deliver as Super Eagles coach -Ex-international, Akanni
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What Eguavoen needs to deliver as Super Eagles coach -Ex-international, Akanni

An ex-international, Wahidi Akanni, on Sunday, said that the success of Austin Eguavoen, the interim Manager of Super Eagles, is hinged on the level of support given to the coach by stakeholders. Akanni, who said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, added that all hands should be on deck, with barely a month to the Nations Cup. NAN reports that the Nigeria Football Federation recently announced that Eguavoen would replace Gernot Rohr as Super Eagles coach on an interim arrangement. “With his wealth of experience, I believe he’d bring something fresh to the team because he has been around; he has gone to these tournaments as a player and as a coach. “With NFF’s real support, he’d be able to achieve so much; the tournament is about four weeks and the...
Leeds boss Bielsa snaps at reporter over sack question
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Leeds boss Bielsa snaps at reporter over sack question

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has rejected claims he's considered his future after their 7-0 thrashing by Manchester City. Bielsa faced questions surrounding his future in his pre-match press conference ahead of the team's game with Arsenal this weekend. "Of course I'm going to continue fighting until the end of the season," Bielsa insisted. "[If you] Listen to what I said before, that I said I always think upon adversity you always have to fight. You never know if the strength is going to be enough and what is the progression of the difficulties that we've come up against. "Having said that, I'm going to fight until the end of the season without any doubts and I hope that nothing happens that doesn't allow me to act [upon] what I've just said." Bielsa was also asked whether he fea...
Rohr sacked as Super Eagles coach, NFF appoints Eguavoen
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Rohr sacked as Super Eagles coach, NFF appoints Eguavoen

Gernot Rohr has been sacked as the coach of the Super Eagles by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). The NFF has also appointed its Technical Director, Augustine Eguavoen, to take charge of the team on an interim basis. “This is with immediate effect, and follows the termination of the relationship with Franco-German Gernot Rohr, who has been in charge of the three–time African champions for the past 64 months, and is Nigeria’s longest–serving manager,” an official statement on Sunday read. The decision was taken during a virtual meeting of the NFF Executive Committee on Sunday. Eguavoen will work with Salisu Yusuf, Paul Aigbogun, Joseph Yobo, Dr Terry Eguaoje and Aloysius Agu. Former captains Augustine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Garba Lawal will provide techni...
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Sampdoria coach D’Aversa calls for unity: I have total esteem for Ferrero

Sampdoria coach Roberto D'Aversa admits it's been a tough week for the club. Massimo Ferrero has resigned as Sampdoria president after being arrested - which occurred when he was in talks with Red Star Belgrade coach Dejan Stankovic about replacing D'Aversa. “I would like to make some reflections," D'Aversa said at a press conference. “At this moment, everything seems black, but there is the will on my part to see things in colour. “The first reflection is to the President Massimo Ferrero, for whom I have professional and human esteem, and I hope that this situation will be resolved quickly. “The second one I want to do for Sampdoria, intended as a club. In these days they are showing togetherness and I'm really proud to be Sampdoria's coach. “The third is for the team. We k...
DONE DEAL: Tottenham sign Southend fullback Charlie Sayers
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DONE DEAL: Tottenham sign Southend fullback Charlie Sayers

Southend United teenager Charlie Sayers has joined Premier League club Tottenham for an undisclosed fee. The 17-year-old fullback has made six National League appearances for the Shrimpers this season. Sayers will enter the Spurs academy and play for their under-18 side. "To play at 17 in a really tough league shows a lot of character. He's got a mature head on him for his young age and hopefully can take that forward," said Southend head coach Kevin Maher. Meanwhile, third year scholar Jeremy Kyezu has left Tottenham by mutual agreement.  
SACKED! Luca Gotti dismissed by Udinese
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SACKED! Luca Gotti dismissed by Udinese

Luca Gotti has been sacked as coach by Udinese. Gotti has been dismissed by Udinese, which have promoted his assistant manager Gabriele Cioffi in his place. Cioffi will remain in charge as caretaker until Udinese find a permanent replacement. Ex-Granada boss Paco Jemez and former Cagliari coach Rolando Maran are early candidates for the post. Gotti's contract with Udinese runs to June 2022.  
New York RB coach Struber: No secret Rangnick wanted me at Man Utd
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New York RB coach Struber: No secret Rangnick wanted me at Man Utd

New York Red Bulls coach Gerhard Struber has confirmed turning down an offer from Manchester United. Struber worked with Rangnick as RB Salzburg but does not believe now is the right time to leave New York and move to the Premier League. “There was a request. It's no secret that Ralf Rangnick and us know each well, and appreciate each other," he told Sky Sport Austria's 'Talk & Tore'. “I am very honoured by the request from England. At the same time, the situation for me in New York is such that it allows me to look to the future with great hope and I don't want to give up on the path with New York overnight," Struber explained. “I am very committed to the team in New York and we have big plans. I have a long-term contract in New York that I want to keep and I have big goal...
Tragedy as Club Manager Dies while Celebrating Last-minute Win
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Tragedy as Club Manager Dies while Celebrating Last-minute Win

The manager of Egyptian club side, El Magd, Adham El-Selhadar has died of heart attack. The coach collapsed and died after his team secured a late winner against El Zarga in the Egyptian Second division, according to Marca. The coach was rushed to the hospital after his side scored in the 92nd-minute to secure a hard-fought win against El Zarqa in an Egyptian Second League clash that took place on Thursday. After his death was confirmed, several top-flight clubs such as Al Ahly released a statement to mourn the demise of the coach who is very popular in the country’s local football. “Captain Mahmoud Al-Khatib, president of the club, and the members of the board of directors, mourn with great sadness and sorrow, Coach Adham El-Selhadar, the former Ismaily player,...
Manchester United cannot become ‘pressing monsters’ overnight, says Rangnick
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Manchester United cannot become ‘pressing monsters’ overnight, says Rangnick

The incoming manager has cautioned it will take time to implement his coaching philosophy New Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick has cautioned that his intense pressing philosophy cannot be expected to take hold right away, as it will be more than a few weeks before the players become "pressing monsters" under his watch. The Red Devils will play their first match with Rangnick in charge on Sunday against Crystal Palace. The German coach takes over from interim boss Michael Carrick, who resigned from the club entirely after Manchester United defeated Arsenal this past week.  
Manchester Utd: Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to Michael Carrick’s resignation
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Manchester Utd: Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to Michael Carrick’s resignation

Manchester United ace, Cristiano Ronaldo, has reacted to Michael Carrick’s resignation as first-team coach. Carrick resigned after helping Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-2 in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Thursday. The game marked the conclusion of Carrick’s spell as Man United caretaker manager following the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as the club’s new interim manager. Reacting to Carrick’s resignation, Ronaldo, in a post via his Twitter handle on Friday, said the former England international has what it takes to become a great coach. Ronaldo tweeted, “Michael Carrick was a class act as a player and he can become a great coach as well. “Nothing is impossible for this guy. Personally, I’m proud to have played with him by my side as well as with him as a manager...
NFF to Ratify Rohr Sacking next Week, Rules Out Nigerian coach as Replacement
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NFF to Ratify Rohr Sacking next Week, Rules Out Nigerian coach as Replacement

Amaju Pinnick, the President of Nigeria Football Federation has reportedly briefed the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Chief Sunday Dare on the situation regarding the sacking of Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, and the hiring of his replacement. Informed sources close to the ministry revealed to Complete Sports that the NFF briefed the minister of sports on Thursday, December 2, on how Rohr will be paid off and progress made to hire a new coach even as they (NFF) promised to return next week to brief the minister further on the new coach to be hired. The Nigerian Sports site also claimed that an undisclosed Belgian coach is atop the list of coaches the NFF are considering replacing Gernot Rohr as Super Eagles coach. It was claim...
Ziyech delighted to prove Chelsea matchwinner – again
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Ziyech delighted to prove Chelsea matchwinner – again

Hakim Ziyech was delighted to prove Chelsea's matchwinner for victory over Watford. His goal was superbly taken, swept in from Mason Mount's clever cutback, and proved to be the 28-year-old's second winner of the season. "This is one of the reasons why the coach brought me on so I have to be happy to score that decisive goal," he told the club's website. "It was a difficult game from the beginning, not easy from the first minute, and it was not our best day but the most important thing is we got three points. All the other stuff is better to forget." Ziyech added: "We were always trying to find the spaces and we knew our moment would come. That's also one of the strengths of this team because no matter if we play good or bad, we always find a way to score. "During a season, ...
Zidane closer to replacing Pochettino at PSG after Nice flop
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Zidane closer to replacing Pochettino at PSG after Nice flop

Former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is edging closer to replacing Mauricio Pochettino at PSG. That's according to French pundit Daniel Riolo, who says PSG's 0-0 draw with Nice is another sign Pochettino is losing the players. He said on After Foot: "Clearly Pochettino dropped the case and the players too… "Finally it has neither tail nor head! I think Pochettino is over! Clearly it is burnt. I announced the arrival of Messi in early December last year. "I'm not far from thinking the same for Zidane this winter. I also have some information on the subject, and it discusses very seriously."  
Athletic Bilbao sporting director Alkorta insists election won’t influence Maracelino plans
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Athletic Bilbao sporting director Alkorta insists election won’t influence Maracelino plans

Athletic Bilbao sporting director Rafa Alkorta has insisted coach Marcelino's future is tied to the club. Athletic are holding elections this summer and are set to have a new president and board before the start of next season. However, Alkorta insists Marcelino will be offered a new deal, while he is also coming off contract. "We will do what we consider best for the club and if that is to renew him, we will do it," he said, referring to Marcelino. Alkorta added: "I will continue working until June ... and then I don't know what will happen. I will work to the maximum with my entire team with the hope that the day will come and see what happens the next."
Should Klopp apologize after controversial ‘little’ Afcon statement?
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Should Klopp apologize after controversial ‘little’ Afcon statement?

The German coach has been at the centre of a storm regarding some apparently misconstrued comments   Jurgen Klopp has faced stick this week after his comments on the Africa Cup of Nations caused much controversy on social media. The Liverpool manager claimed to have meant no harm when he described the continental competition as a ‘little tournament’. So far, fans have been divided in their verdict (link to the fan piece), with some considering the comments to be offensive and others accepting the German coach’s explanation that it was an attempt at irony.
EPL: Tuchel speaks highly of Rangnick ahead of new coach’s unveiling
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EPL: Tuchel speaks highly of Rangnick ahead of new coach’s unveiling

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has spoken on the Ralf Rangnick speculated move to Manchester United. Manchester United, according to multiple reports in England are all but set to unveil Rangnick as their interim manager. The appointment of an interim boss became imperative following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last Sunday. Tuchel opened up on the ‘huge influence’ Rangnick has had on his career both as a player and coach. Rangnick will become United’s interim boss in the next 48 hours, as he awaits the Home Office allocating him a work permit. “He helped me a lot because he was my coach and then he was one of the main figures to convince me to try coaching so he had a huge influence on all of us at this time,” the Chelsea manager told reporters on Friday. “He showed ...
Scholes, Ferdinand agree on who should become Man Utd next manager after win over Villarreal
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Scholes, Ferdinand agree on who should become Man Utd next manager after win over Villarreal

Manchester United legends, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand have agreed that the Red Devils should appoint the very best manager to coach the club. The pair disclosed this following Man United’s Champions League 2-0 win over Villarreal on Tuesday night. Recall that Man United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and temporarily put Carrick to take charge of the first team. Speaking on BT Sport, Scholes said: “This is Manchester United. They’ve to have the best in charge! “Michael Carrick is a coach he’s had one game in charge with no experience anywhere else, he can’t. “As much as I like the lad, they can’t appoint him. They need the very best at interim or full time.” On his part, Ferdinand agreed with Scholes, adding: “I don’t think they’ll give it to Michael. “One thing cert...
Agent admits AC Milan option for Roma whizkid Felix Afena-Gyan
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Agent admits AC Milan option for Roma whizkid Felix Afena-Gyan

The agent of Roma whizkid Felix Afena-Gyan says he could've joined AC Milan.   The teen struck twice on debut in victory over Genoa on Sunday. “It goes beyond what we could have imagined, I'm very happy and proud," Oliver Arthur told TMW. “But this exploit came really quickly, he skipped a few steps. “He's a lad who is committed, who always gives his best. I think he can reach the highest level. I don't want to exaggerate, but I think he can reach the top, carve out a place among the professionals. “He has a lot of speed and power in his legs. This is his main strength, I think. Besides, he's a very disciplined boy. He does what his coach asks of him, he applies himself and he doesn't question it. “He must not get carried away by what happened, he must continue to ...
Man Utd star Ronaldo hails Solskjaer as ‘outstanding human being’
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Man Utd star Ronaldo hails Solskjaer as ‘outstanding human being’

Cristiano Ronaldo has hailed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as an 'outstanding human being'.   Solskjaer was sacked as Manchester United manager on Sunday as his team slipped to eighth on the table after a shocking loss to Watford. Like many of his teammates, United star Ronaldo has paid tribute to Solskjaer on social media. “He's been my striker when I first came to Old Trafford and he's been my coach since I came back to Man United," Ronaldo wrote. “But most of all, Ole is an outstanding human being. I wish him the best in whatever his life has reserved for him. Good luck, my friend! You deserve it!" He's been my striker when I first came to Old Trafford and he's been my coach since I came back to Man. United. But most of all, Ole is an outstanding human being. I wish him ...
Torino coach Juric delighted with victory over Udinese
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Torino coach Juric delighted with victory over Udinese

Torino coach Ivan Juric says they deserved victory over Udinese. Josip Brekalo and Bremer struck for Toro, with Fernando Forestieri on the scoresheet for Udinese. “It was a difficult and tough match, we could have finished it 2-0, but we didn't manage it well and suffered until the end," Juric told Sky Italia. “They were pressing our characteristics, which are to play with intensity and on the second balls. There's definitely room for improvement. “I hope to further raise the level of players like [Josip] Brekalo, [Dennis] Praet and [Andrea] Belotti. It wasn't a great match, but we did well. “After 2-0 we were in control and had to be more clinical. Udinese are a really tough team, well built."  
Bizarre managerial change at Werder Bremen as Anfang resigns amid fake Covid-19 vaccine certificate allegations
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Bizarre managerial change at Werder Bremen as Anfang resigns amid fake Covid-19 vaccine certificate allegations

The 2.Bundesliga club's former head coach is the subject of an investigation by prosecutors in Germany Werder Bremen head coach Markus Anfang and his assistant Florian Junge have stepped down from their positions at the 2.Bundesliga club amid allegations of faking Covid-19 vaccine certificates. Anfang was revealed to be the subject of an investigation by public prosecutors in Germany on Thursday after it was alleged he had used forged documents proclaiming that he had been vaccinated. The 47-year-old had previously denied the claims but has now resigned from his role at Weserstadion ahead of Saturday's game with Schalke, citing the "stress" of the current situation.  
Chelsea boss Tuchel: I’m very, very sure Rudiger knows how we feel about him
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Chelsea boss Tuchel: I’m very, very sure Rudiger knows how we feel about him

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits he's unsure of Toni Rudiger's contract plans. The Germany defender's deal expires at the end of the season. Tuchel said: "It's pretty clear what we want but it's not like 'this is football that the coach wants something or the club wants something' then the things happen. "You have to accept it them sometimes it can arrive and sometimes there is a bit of a delay and things maybe take there time. "But I'm very very sure that Toni feels also how respected and what kind of important role he plays at this club he's a big part in a big club and I'm very sure he's aware of it. "I'm calm because I feel Toni calm, I feel the situation calm here."  
Solskjaer has had more time at Man Utd than other managers – Jamie Carragher
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Solskjaer has had more time at Man Utd than other managers – Jamie Carragher

Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher, has insisted that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘has been given more time at Manchester United’ than other managers have at their respective clubs in the Premier League. Man United have only won one of their last four matches under Solskjaer and have suffered defeats to Leicester City, Liverpool and Manchester City recently. But Carragher believes Solskjaer is not being ‘judged solely on the quality of his work’ and that Man United have stuck with the Norwegian because of his ’emotional attachment’ with the Red Devils fans. “There will be those who will argue Arteta should be included in the group alongside Lampard, Pirlo and Solskjaer as a notable ex-player struggling to prove he is an elite coach at the club he played for,” he told The T...
‘Sometimes strong relationship comes to end’ – Johnson opens up about Mosimane break-up at Al Ahly
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‘Sometimes strong relationship comes to end’ – Johnson opens up about Mosimane break-up at Al Ahly

The two South African mentors joined the Red Devils together in October 2020 and they steered the team to continental glory Former SuperSport United and AmaZulu FC head coach Cavin Johnson has opened up about his surprise departure from Al Ahly. The 63-year-old tactician parted ways with the African football powerhouse in September this year with the Red Devils having lost the Egyptian Premier League title to their arch-rivals, Zamalek which put the club's head coach Pitso Mosimane under pressure. Johnson's departure came as a surprise because there was no confirmation from the club or the Johannesburg-born mentor, who worked under his compatriot Mosimane for 11 months at Al Ahly.  
Ex-Belgium coach Verheyen says Origi needs to leave Liverpool: Does he have the drive?
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Ex-Belgium coach Verheyen says Origi needs to leave Liverpool: Does he have the drive?

Former Belgium coach Gert Verheyen says Divock Origi needs to leave Liverpool. The 51-year-old coached Origi at U19 level with his national team, but he feels the striker hasn't developed since his arrival on Merseyside in 2014. “We just don't know how good he is today. In his youth, Divock was a class act. But by staying with Liverpool and playing little, he hasn't developed further," he told Het Nieuwsblad. “Can you blame him [for staying at Anfield]? That's his choice. Liverpool must be a fantastic club to play for. "But at some point you want to play, don't you? “I think it would be a shame for Origi's talent. The only thing I never felt about Divock was the urge – the urge to score, a striker who says 'I scored two, now I want three.' “Not that he didn't do his best....
Man Utd and Zidane continuing preliminary talks
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Man Utd and Zidane continuing preliminary talks

Manchester United intermediaries are continuing talks with former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. That's according to Portuguese journalist Pedro Almedia, who has delivered an update on claims of United planning to replace manager Ole Gunnar Solskajer with free agent Zidane. He posted to social media: “Talks on between Zinedine #Zidane and Manchester United. “Attention. The deal is difficult because the French coach's preference right now is to coach a national team." France coach Didier Deschamps isn't expected to leave the job until after the World Cup at the end of 2022.  
World Cup Qualifiers: Nigeria coach Rohr explains why Ighalo missed Liberia fixture
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World Cup Qualifiers: Nigeria coach Rohr explains why Ighalo missed Liberia fixture

The Saudi Arabia-based striker was not listed in the Super Eagles’ squad that dimmed the Lone Star in Tangier Coach Gernot Rohr has revealed why Odion Ighalo was not included in Nigeria’s squad that tackled Liberia in Saturday’s 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifier in Morocco. After a two-year absence from the Super Eagles squad, the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations top-scorer was recalled following his impressive goalscoring run with Saudi side Al Shabab. Despite joining the rest of Rohr’s squad, he was excused from the side that faced Peter Butler’s Lone Star at the Stade Ibn Batouta in Tangier. Despite his absence, the three-time African champions secured a 2-0 win with penalty goals from Victor Osimhen and Ahmed Musa getting the job done. Asked why the 32-year-old was not considered ...
World Cup Qualifiers: ‘The game was not easy for us’ – Nigeria’s Rohr reflects on Liberia win
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World Cup Qualifiers: ‘The game was not easy for us’ – Nigeria’s Rohr reflects on Liberia win

The Super Eagles needed two penalties to overcome the Lone Star and the German tactician admitted it was a tough contest Coach Gernot Rohr admitted Liberia was not an easy opponent for Nigeria in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier. The Super Eagles won the reverse fixture 2-0 with Kelechi Iheanacho netting a first-half brace at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. At the Stade Ibn Batouta, Tangier, Nigeria completed the double over the Lone Star with goals from Victor Osimhen and super-sub Ahmed Musa settling the encounter.  
USMNT coach Berhalter questions lack of Mexico respect ahead of World Cup qualifier
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USMNT coach Berhalter questions lack of Mexico respect ahead of World Cup qualifier

The CONCACAF rivals will clash on Friday night following two exciting summer duels United States men's national team head coach Gregg Berhalter has questioned the level of respect from Mexico as the sides approach their World Cup qualifying clash on Friday night. Berhalter said he's heard that El Tri believes the USMNT still wants to be like them despite wins in the Nations League and Gold Cup finals over the summer. He hopes his players can earn more admiration from their peers with a standout performance in their upcoming game.
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Ghana coach Rajevac resolute in qualifying chances despite Ethiopia setback
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Ghana coach Rajevac resolute in qualifying chances despite Ethiopia setback

The Black Stars boss reflects on his side’s draw with the Walias on the Road to Qatar on Thursday Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac is not weighed down by their 1-1 draw with Ethiopia in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers on Thursday. In a fierce race against South Africa, the Black Stars suffered disappointment in the penultimate Group G fixture as Getaneh Kebede scored in the second half to cancel out Andre Ayew’s opener. The result leaves Ghana trailing Bafana Bafana by three points ahead of their final day showdown in Cape Coast on Sunday. “First, I would like to congratulate my players for fighting very hard. We were expecting a tough match today and I want to congratulate the Ethiopians for a very good performance, they deserved the result,” Rajevac said at the post-match press conf...
Mane worry for Liverpool as Senegal boss Cisse confirms injury scare after Togo draw
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Mane worry for Liverpool as Senegal boss Cisse confirms injury scare after Togo draw

The 2019 African Footballer of the Year limped off in the opening stages of the Teranga Lions' draw in Lome Senegal coach Aliou Cisse has confirmed Liverpool forward Sadio Mane suffered an injury scare in their 1-1 draw with Togo in Thursday’s 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifier. Mane was making his fifth start in the qualifying campaign when he walked off the pitch in pain in the 28th minute. He was subsequently replaced by Villarreal star Boulaye Dia. His early substitution came as a blow for the Teranga Lions at Stade de Kegue as they conceded an own goal on the stroke of half-time.
Aston Villa Should Finish top Four Under you – Agbonlahor to Gerrard
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Aston Villa Should Finish top Four Under you – Agbonlahor to Gerrard

Aston Villa legend Gabby Agbonlahor has said new coach, Stephen Gerrard must be able to take the team up in the Premier League table. Outlining his expectations for Gerrard, Agbonlahor said the former Rangers manager should be aiming to finish at the top four. Gerrard, a former Liverpool midfielder, was named as Aston Villa coach on Thursday. Villa currently sits 16th at the table. The former England captain left Rangers having led them to the Scottish Premiership title in an incredible unbeaten season. There are lofty expectations at Villa and Gerrard under owners Nassef Sawiris and ‎Wes Edens. Agbonlahor told talkSPORT: “He just needs to get in there, get the new signings firing and try and finish the season top 10. I think Aston Villa fans would take the t...
World Cup Qualifiers: Rookie Ouma named in Harambee Stars final squad for Uganda match
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World Cup Qualifiers: Rookie Ouma named in Harambee Stars final squad for Uganda match

The Turkish tactician has named his final squad for the fixture against the Cranes at St Mary’s Kitende Stadium on Thursday Harambee Stars coach Engin Firat has named rookie Nairobi City Stars midfielder Timothy “Babu” Ouma in the final squad for Thursday’s 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifier against Uganda. The national team left for Kampala on Wednesday in readiness for their fifth Group E match against the Cranes at St Mary’s Kitende Stadium in Kampala.  
Venezia’s Zanetti: Why Okereke played as a lone striker in AS Roma win
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Venezia’s Zanetti: Why Okereke played as a lone striker in AS Roma win

The 24-year-old Super Eagle turned hero for the Lagunari after he notched the winning goal against Jose Mourinho’s side at Pier Luigi Penzo Stadium Venezia coach Paolo Zanetti has revealed the reason he handed David Okereke the role of playing as a lone striker during the team’s 3-2 win against AS Roma in a Serie A game on Sunday. The 24-year-old Nigeria international was the hero for the Lagunari after he scored the winning goal in the 74th minute and help his side secure maximum points at Pier Luigi Penzo Stadium.  
Iniesta predicts what’ll happen to Xavi as Barcelona Manager
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Iniesta predicts what’ll happen to Xavi as Barcelona Manager

Barcelona hero, Andres Iniesta, has predicted a successful spell for Barcelona’s new manager, Xavi Hernandez, at Camp Nou. Iniesta, who formed part of one of football’s greatest midfield alongside Xavi at Barcelona, believes his former teammate will do a good job at the LaLiga giants. The current Vissel Kobe player believes Xavi is ready to coach the Catalan club because he has prepared for it. Recall that Barcelona on Friday confirmed the appointment of Xavi as their manager following the sacking of Ronald Koeman last month. “He’s ready – he’s been preparing and he’s capable. He’s a perfect fit, that is for sure,” Iniesta told beIN Sports. “Not just because of what he may know about La Masia or the club, but because he’s ready for it. It’s important, not jus...
Afcon 2021: Rohr confirms Rangers want to release Nigeria stars late
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Afcon 2021: Rohr confirms Rangers want to release Nigeria stars late

Steven Gerrard's side has started making plans to have Nigeria players available for the Old Firm derby scheduled for January 2 Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has stated he has received a call from Rangers seeking for the late arrival of Joe Aribo, Leon Balogun and Calvin Bassey for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Rangers are hoping to have the Super Eagles players available for the Old Firm derby against Celtic on January 2 before they depart for the international assignment that will start later that month. Aribo and Balogun are established players in the Super Eagles fold and they have been invited for their 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Liberia and Cape Verde on November 13 and 16 respectively.  
Former Nigerian midfielder Sylvanus Okpala speaks against Ighalo’s possible return to Super Eagles
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Former Nigerian midfielder Sylvanus Okpala speaks against Ighalo’s possible return to Super Eagles

Former Nigerian midfielder, Sylvanus Okpala has kicked against Odion Ighalo’s possible return to Super Eagles three years after his retirement from international football. Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr recently confirmed that the that Al-Shabab forward is in his provisional squad for Nigeria’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Cape Verde and Liberia. According to Rohr, he decided to recall Ighalo because of his leadership, and is waiting for the 32-year-old striker to accept the invitation. Reacting to his Ighalo's possible return, Okpala who was once an assistant coach to late coach Stephen Keshi in the National team, said the team and Nigeria as a whole have younger players that can fit in the position that Ighalo will be coming to occupy. “If I am the coach, I will not let ...
Xavi Accepts to Become Barcelona Coach – Report
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Xavi Accepts to Become Barcelona Coach – Report

There are reports that Xavi might be Barcelona's new coach. According to AFP, Barcelona are close to finalising Xavi Hernandez’s long-anticipated return as coach. Barca president Joan Laporta was reportedly in talks with Xavi about the vacant position on Thursday morning. This comes after Ronald Koeman was sacked by the club yesterday. Xavi is currently coach of Al Sadd but prising him away from the Qatari club is not expected to be a problem, with the Spaniard eager to complete a sensational return. The Guardian reports that Xavi has accepted an offer from Barcelona to become their head coach after the sacking of Ronald Koeman. The deal is due to be confirmed once agreement is reached to terminate his contract as manager of the Qatari club Al Sadd. The 41-year-old lef...
Barcelona shortlist three managers to coach club after sacking Koeman
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Barcelona shortlist three managers to coach club after sacking Koeman

Barcelona have shortlisted three managers to coach the club after sacking Ronald Koeman. Recall that Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, sacked Koeman following Barcelona’s LaLiga 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday night. “FC Barcelona have relieved Ronald Koeman of his duties as first-team coach. “FC Barcelona wishes to thank him for his service to the Club and wishes him all the best in his professional career,” Barcelona’s statement read. The Catalan club have made a woeful start to the season under Koeman, winning just four of their opening 10 LaLiga games. The Blaugrana are also struggling in the UEFA Champions League group stage as they were beaten by Bayern Munich and Benfica before they secured a 1-0 victory over Dynamo Kyiv last week. However, according t...
FIFA Bans Nigerian coach Remi Amadi for two years
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FIFA Bans Nigerian coach Remi Amadi for two years

Coach of Cofine FC of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Remi Amadi has been banned for two years from all football-related activities by world football governing body, FIFA. FIFA's Disciplinary Committee conveyed this decision to the Nigeria Football Federation, while the NFF made this known in a statement on Tuesday. Amadi was found guilty of attempting to manipulate the outcome of a match seven months ago. According to the statement issued by the NFF, Amadi admitted to having attempted to manipulate the outcome or result of the match between Cofine FC and Bussdor FC as recorded in an audio conversation tendered as evidence. Based on its numerous findings, the NFF’s Disciplinary Committee earlier slammed a two-year ban on the erring coach and an N500,000 fine on Cofine FC. The statem...
Pogba clears air on snubbing Solskjaer after Man Utd’s 5-0 loss to Liverpool
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Pogba clears air on snubbing Solskjaer after Man Utd’s 5-0 loss to Liverpool

Manchester United star, Paul Pogba, has dismissed claims he snubbed his manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, following their Premier League embarrassing 5-0 defeat to Liverpool last weekend. Reports had claimed that Pogba, who received a red card during the encounter, apologised to his teammates for his mistake but did not speak to Solskjaer in the dressing room. Reacting to the development, Pogba, in a tweet via his Twitter handle on Wednesday, described the report as big lies. The France international posted a screenshot of the article on Twitter with the caption “big lies to make headlines”. In a more detailed response on Instagram his Instagram story, Pogba wrote: “Tabloid press once again wants to create polemic with 100 per cent fake news. “Big lies to make headlines. Jour...
Two more managers join Conte, Zidane in race to replace Solskjaer at Man Utd
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Two more managers join Conte, Zidane in race to replace Solskjaer at Man Utd

Ajax manager, Erik Ten Hag and Spain coach, Luis Enrique, are the latest names to join the managerial shop list for Manchester United, according to SportingLife. Current Red Devils boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is looking likely to be sacked this week following a 5-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday. On Monday, senior officials at Old Trafford were locked in talks and were considering their options. Out-of-job duo, Zinedine Zidane and Antonio Conte are believed to be leading the race to replace Solskjaer. However, Ten Hag’s Ajax are in incredible form and are cruising towards the last 16 of the Champions League and another Eredivisie title. Enrique won the treble in his first season at Barcelona, adding another LaLiga title with a front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neym...
Man Utd vs Liverpool: I wasn’t rubbing my hands together – Klopp replies Paul Scholes
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Man Utd vs Liverpool: I wasn’t rubbing my hands together – Klopp replies Paul Scholes

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he was not ‘rubbing his hands together’ watching Manchester United’s display against Atalanta in Wednesday’s Champions League. Klopp said this while responding to Man United legend Paul Scholes’s suggestion that the Reds coach would have been delighted to see how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men played in midweek against Atalanta. Recall that Man United came from 2-0 down to beat the Serie A side 3-2. Scholes had told BT Sport, “If you do that against Manchester City or Liverpool, it would be 3-0 or 4-0 at half-time and you would be out of the game and you are not coming back. “Go and do that on Sunday against Liverpool and see what happens. “Imagine Jurgen Klopp at home watching that game in the first half. He’ll be rubbing his ...
Davies injury update delivered after Bayern Munich full-back suffers hamstring problem
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Davies injury update delivered after Bayern Munich full-back suffers hamstring problem

The talented 20-year-old will play no part in a Champions League clash with Benfica on Wednesday, confirms coach Julian Nagelsmann Bayern Munich are relieved to discover that the latest injury picked up by Alphonso Davies is nothing too serious, but the Canada international is to be given a much-needed rest. The highly-rated 20-year-old lasted just 40 minutes of a thumping 5-1 Bundesliga win over Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday. He was replaced after complaining of pain in his hamstring, with Bayern immediately fearing the worst.  

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