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Caf Champions League: Unlucky AmaZulu held by disjointed TP Mazembe
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Caf Champions League: Unlucky AmaZulu held by disjointed TP Mazembe

The PSL side created clear chances in both halves but they were, unfortunately for them, unable to convert them into goals AmaZulu and Tout Puissant Mazembe recorded a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Caf Champions League first-round encounter at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Friday. Usuthu, who were more dominant in both the first and the second halves, were unlucky to not find at least a goal from the numerous chances created and the goalless draw means the second leg tie in Lubumbashi on October 23 will ultimately decide the team that progress to the next phase. Benni McCarthy's side looked like the most likely team to get an opener and Sphesihle Maduna's free-kick - after Etienne Mayombo committed a foul - was the first test TP Mazembe's goalkeeper Ibrahim Mounkoro had to deal wi...
Ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero joins Serie A side Venezia on a free transfer until the end of the season
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Ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero joins Serie A side Venezia on a free transfer until the end of the season

Former Manchester United goalkeeper, Sergio Romero has joined Italian side Venezia on a free transfer until the end of the season. The 34-year-old has been a free agent since leaving United in the summer and has held talks with a number of clubs, but decided to sign for Venezia who are 17th in Serie A, just above the relegation places. The Argentine has put pen to paper on a deal until the end of the season with the option of a further year if all goes well. Venezia announced the move on Tuesday morning, with a club statement that read: 'Venezia FC is pleased to announce the signing of Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero, 34, on a free transfer. 'Romero is Argentina’s all-time most-capped goalkeeper and last played for Manchester United. Welcome, Sergio.' The Argentina inte...
Central African Republic vs Nigeria: All you need to know, TV schedule
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Central African Republic vs Nigeria: All you need to know, TV schedule

Nigeria would be looking to get their 2022 World Cup qualification bid back on track, when they face the Central African Republic on Sunday. The three-time African champions were shocked 1-0 by the Wild Beasts on Thursday in Lagos. Despite dominating play for a larger part of the game, the Super Eagles were stunned late on. Super-sub Karl Namnganda took advantage of sloppy defending to fire past goalkeeper Francis Uzoho. While Nigeria are keen to bounce back from that setback, CAR would be hoping to complete the double over Nigeria in their own quest to Qatar 2022. The match has been scheduled for 2pm (West African Time) and will be beamed on NFF TV. It will be played at Japom Stadium in Douala, Cameroon.
Lionel Messi says he would vote for his PSG team-mates Kylian Mbappe and Neymar for this year’s Ballon d’Or
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Lionel Messi says he would vote for his PSG team-mates Kylian Mbappe and Neymar for this year’s Ballon d’Or

Lionel Messi has revealed that he would vote for his Paris Saint-Germain team-mates Neymar or Kylian Mbappe for the Ballon d'Or, despite being one of the favourite to win the award for a seventh time. The trio alongside fellow teammate goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma are among the 30-players shortlisted for the men's award. The prestigious prize, given to the best footballer of the year returns this year having been cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Messi, 34, is the favourite to scoop the top prize ahead of the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho in the bookmakers' odds. But the Argentine has admitted that he would vote for his new team-mates Mbappe and Neymar. 'Obviously I have two players in my team that I would vote for, Ney and Kylian,' Messi told...
Rohr owed Eight Months Salaries
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Rohr owed Eight Months Salaries

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is owed eight months salaries by the Nigeria Football Federation, PUNCH Sports Extra reports. The Franco-German, who helped qualify the Eagles for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, was last paid in February by his employers. Rohr, who is reportedly paid $45,000 as monthly salary, pays the team’s video analyst, chief scout as well as the fitness and goalkeeper trainers from his wages, it was learnt. Our correspondent also gathered that Rohr’s delayed salaries would be paid in naira as stipulated in the new two-year contract extension he signed in 2020. It was also learnt that Rohr’s backroom staffs (the team’s video analyst, chief scout as well as fitness and goalkeeper trainers) were yet to receive their bonuses for the win against Cape Verd...
Jamie Carragher blames Alisson as Liverpool Draw 2-2 with Man City
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Jamie Carragher blames Alisson as Liverpool Draw 2-2 with Man City

Former Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher has blamed goalkeeper, Alisson Becker for Phil Foden’s first goal following the Reds’ Premier League 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Sunday. Liverpool and Man City drew at Anfield, thanks to goals from Foden, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne. But Carragher believes Alisson was at fault for Foden’s goal, adding that the Brazilian was half a yard out of position. “He was fantastic, he was Liverpool’s best player by a mile in that first half, he kept them in the game,” Carragher told Sky Sports. “But when Foden shoots, I know he is a great player, but you would almost think he would be crossing it from there. “I just think the goalkeeper has lost his bearings because he’s actually just gone a yard past the...
Zaha overtakes Speroni on Crystal Palace’s all-time appearance list
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Zaha overtakes Speroni on Crystal Palace’s all-time appearance list

The Ivorian moved clear of the Eagles great in the history books after playing his 401st game for the club against Leicester City Wilfried Zaha has edged ahead of Julian Speroni on Crystal Palace’s all-time appearance makers list having been named in the club’s starting XI against Leicester City in Sunday’s Premier League outing. Just under a week after drawing level with the former Argentine goalkeeper against Brighton & Hove Albion, the Cote d’Ivoire international has now become the fourth joint-most capped player in the club’s history. If Zaha decides to remain at Selhurst Park, that would give him an opportunity to eclipse Albert Harry’s third-place record in the 2022-23 season.  
Champions League: Solskjaer Singles out two Man Utd players after 2-1 win over Villarreal
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Champions League: Solskjaer Singles out two Man Utd players after 2-1 win over Villarreal

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has praised Cristiano Ronaldo and goalkeeper David De Gea, following their 2-1 win over Villarreal in the Champions League on Wednesday. De Gea kept United in the game at 1-0 with a string of fantastic saves, before Alex Telles cancelled out Paco Alcacer’s opener with a stunning drive. Ronaldo then popped up in the 95th minute with the winning goal. Solskjaer said afterwards: “He’s done that so many times. When you saw him against the Republic of Ireland a few weeks ago [for Portugal], he missed a penalty early, didn’t touch the ball more or less and then scored two great headers in the last two minutes. “That’s just what he’s done throughout his career. He’s so strong mentally. He stays in the game, I’ve seen him...
EPL: Arteta has not explained why I was dropped for Ramsdale – Leno
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EPL: Arteta has not explained why I was dropped for Ramsdale – Leno

Arsenal goalkeeper, Bernd Leno, has claimed manager Mikel Arteta has not given him any reason why he has decided to go with Aaron Ramsdale as first choice. Leno admits he could leave the Emirates as early as January after losing his spot. The Gunners spent £24million to bring Ramsdale in from Sheffield United in August. The 23-year-old has quickly forced his way into Arteta’s starting XI ahead of Leno who is now considering his future in north London. “There was no clear reason why I was out, but it had nothing to do with my performance. “He is the trainer, he decides. Of course, it’s difficult for me,” Leno told Sport Bild. Inter Milan are reportedly keeping a close eye on the 29-year-old’s situation.
Salah, Firmino doubles as Liverpool thrash Porto again
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Salah, Firmino doubles as Liverpool thrash Porto again

Liverpool cruised to another emphatic win in Porto, with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both scoring twice as the Reds won 5-1 in the Champions League. Jurgen Klopp's side already had two huge wins to their name at the Estadio do Dragao in their recent past - winning 5-0 in the 2017/18 season and 4-1 the following year - although the Liverpool boss had played down them having any bearing on Tuesday's trip. But it was much of the same as Liverpool produced a devastating display. The first two goals were tap-ins from Salah (18) and Sadio Mane (45) in the first half as the visitors dominated the game. They continued to control the match after the break and extended their lead when Salah (60) slotted home his second goal of the evening after some more incredible work from Curtis ...
De Gea rates Man Utd’s chances of winning EPL, Champions League after new signings
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De Gea rates Man Utd’s chances of winning EPL, Champions League after new signings

Manchester United goalkeeper, David de Gea, has expressed confidence that the club can fight for the English Premier League and Champions League titles this season after signing Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho. Man United spent in excess of £130 million on Ronaldo, Varane and Sancho before the summer transfer deadline. The Red Devils last won silverware [Europa League title] in May 2017 under their former manager, Jose Mourinho. Speaking ahead of Man United’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Saturday, De Gea told Sky Sports, “We signed good players [in the summer] and we already had a good squad. “We are there at the top of the league fighting for every game, of course, it’s hard, it’s the best league in the world. “Every game is di...
‘I would have passed to Daka’ – Iheanacho on Leicester City goal versus Millwall
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‘I would have passed to Daka’ – Iheanacho on Leicester City goal versus Millwall

The former Manchester City striker would have unselfishly teed up the Zambia international for his first Foxes goal if he'd spotted him Kelechi Iheanacho revealed he would have passed to Patson Daka instead of choosing to score in Leicester City’s Carabao Cup triumph over Millwall on Wednesday night. The Nigeria international was among the goal scorers as the Foxes tamed the Lions to earn a place in the tournament’s fourth round – where they will face Brighton and Hove Albion. Having been denied by goalkeeper George Long earlier, Iheanacho belted an unstoppable finish into the roof of the Millwall with two minutes of normal time left to seal the win.
Chelsea goalkeeper Mendy faces ‘race against pain & time’ to be fit for Man City clash
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Chelsea goalkeeper Mendy faces ‘race against pain & time’ to be fit for Man City clash

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that the Senegal international, who is nursing a knock, will not face Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday Chelsea are sweating on the fitness of Edouard Mendy ahead of a crunch Premier League clash with Manchester City on Saturday, with Thomas Tuchel admitting that his first-choice goalkeeper faces "a race against pain and time".The Senegal international was unable to figure in a 3-0 derby win over Tottenham in the Blues' last outing, with a knock picked up in a Champions League clash with Zenit keeping him on the sidelines. Mendy has now been ruled out of a Carabao Cup third-round tie with Aston Villa on Wednesday, with Kepa Arrizabalaga set to continue providing cover between the sticks.
Sarr’s ability to penetrate Norwich City defence crucial – Watford’s Foster
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Sarr’s ability to penetrate Norwich City defence crucial – Watford’s Foster

The 23-year-old forward grabbed a brace as the Hornets registered a win away at Carrow Road on Saturday Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has described the quality of football displayed by forward Ismaila Sarr against Norwich City as crucial for the team this campaign. The Senegal international was in the thick of things as the Hornets cruised to a 3-1 win at Carrow Roads, scoring two second-half goals after Nigeria striker Emmanuel Dennis had provided the opener in the 17th minute. Though Norwich had equalised courtesy of Teemu Pukki in the 35th minute, Watford held on to pick up their second top-flight win this campaign from five matches.
De Gea reacts after saving late penalty in Man Utd’s 2-1 win against West Ham
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De Gea reacts after saving late penalty in Man Utd’s 2-1 win against West Ham

Manchester United goalkeeper, David De Gea, has expressed happiness after saving a late penalty in Man United’s Premier League 2-1 win against West Ham United on Sunday. De Gea was suddenly thrown into the spotlight in the final minute of the match at the London Stadium when the Hammers were awarded a controversial late penalty. Man United had only just taken the lead with Jesse Lingard’s brilliant 89th-minute strike before referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot following a handball from Luke Shaw after consulting the TV monitor. De Gea eventually saved Mark Noble’s penalty to give Man United all three points against the hosts. “It was a bit crazy at the end, a great goal of Jesse, a stupid penalty, lucky penalty for them at the end of the game,” De Gea told MUTV. “Th...
‘You have to be the best for yourself’ – Chelsea’s Mendy reveals secret behind success
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‘You have to be the best for yourself’ – Chelsea’s Mendy reveals secret behind success

  The 29-year-old talks about the need to keep proving himself to maintain his position as first choice in a Blue shirt Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has explained how he has managed to keep his starting position since he signed for the team one year ago. The 29-year-old Senegalese custodian arrived at Stamford Bridge from Rennes in France while the team was led by Frank Lampard, and he went on to claim the starting role between the sticks which he has kept under new manager Thomas Tuchel. Mendy, who has managed to keep clean sheets in 29 of his 50 games so far in a Blues shirt, won the Champions League in May and this week was handed the trophy for Uefa Men’s Goalkeeper of the Year for 2020-21.    
Arsenal confirm deal for Hein ahead of Burnley clash
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Arsenal confirm deal for Hein ahead of Burnley clash

Arsenal have confirmed that goalkeeper, Karl Hein, has signed a new long-term contract with the club. The North London club disclosed this in a statement via their website on Friday ahead of their Premier League clash with Burnley on Saturday. The statement read in part, “Young goalkeeper Karl Hein has signed a new long-term contract with us. “The 19-year-old, who made his non-competitive first-team debut in July in the pre-season match at Hibernian, was also a member of the first-team matchday squad six times in the Europa League last season. “Hein is a full Estonia international and has now made 10 appearances for his country.” Hein made his full international debut for Estonia in September 2020 in a Nations League match against Georgia. He kept a clean sheet against ...
Akpom on target as PAOK defeat Lincoln Red in Europa Conference League
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Akpom on target as PAOK defeat Lincoln Red in Europa Conference League

  The attacker played a vital role to ensure his team collected maximum points to go second in Group F Chuba Akpom inspired PAOK Thessaloniki to a 2-0 win over Lincoln Red Imps in the Europa Conference League match played at Victoria Stadium on Thursday. The Nigeria-eligible forward struck on the stroke of half-time to give his team the lead before Alexandru Ionut Mitrita scored the second after the break. Akpom's first chance came in the 17th minute. He managed to get into the danger zone, went past two defenders before unleashing a fierce strike but straight to the goalkeeper.
Champions League: FC Sheriff’s Traore sets two records in win over Shakhtar Donetsk
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Champions League: FC Sheriff’s Traore sets two records in win over Shakhtar Donetsk

The African star has written his name in the competition’s history books as the Yellow Blacks subdued the Miners Two records tumbled for Adama Traore as FC Sheriff defeated Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 in Wednesday’s Champions League fixture. Alongside Dimitris Kolovos, Frank Castaneda and Jasur Jakhshibaev, the Mali international was named in Yuriy Vernydub’s starting XI for the encounter against the Ukrainian Premier League outfit. He put the Moldovan top-flight side ahead in the 16th minute having been teed up by Cristiano da Silva. Cristiano’s lung-busting run from left-back saw him complete his part in the goal with an inch-perfect cross for Traore, whose acrobatic volley rippled goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov’s net.
Lukaku and Kovacic take Chelsea to victory over Villa
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Lukaku and Kovacic take Chelsea to victory over Villa

Romelu Lukaku and Mateo Kovacic scored their first Stamford Bridge goals for Chelsea as the Blues beat Aston Villa 3-0 to move level on points with Manchester United at the top of the early Premier League table. On his second home debut for the club Lukaku was brilliantly clinical to finish after Kovacic's through ball on 15 minutes and, after the break, the Croatian pounced on a poor Tyrone Mings back pass (49) to net his own maiden home goal for the club. Villa had dominated in between those two goals, forcing Edouard Mendy into a string of fine first-half saves, while Ollie Watkins was denied by a crucial Thiago Silva block when he took it around the goalkeeper. However, after Mings' gift, the hosts - while still not at their best - found a measure of control and Lukaku stretche...
Gulacsi opens up on Liverpool spell & why he had to leave under Rodgers
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Gulacsi opens up on Liverpool spell & why he had to leave under Rodgers

The Hungary international is enjoying his time in the Bundesliga, but had harboured hopes of making it big with the Reds in his younger years RB Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi has opened up on his time at Liverpool, where he spent five years attempting to force his way into contention to be the team's first-choice. Gulacsi was on the Reds' books from 2008 to 2013 - following a loan spell in the 2007-08 season - but never managed a competitive first-team appearance before sealing a switch to Red Bull Salzburg. Standing in his way of a spot in the starting XI was iconic shot-stopper Pepe Reina, but the Hungary international claims he never gave up hope of unseating the Spaniard until Brendan Rodgers took over as head coach.
You lack character – Manninger Slams Arsenal stars
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You lack character – Manninger Slams Arsenal stars

Former Arsenal goalkeeper, Alex Manninger has slammed the club’s current set of players, accusing them of lacking character and leadership. He said he sees nothing in Arsenal players that he saw in his own teammates at the club. Manninger was at the club from 1997-2002, serving as a back-up goalkeeper during a golden age when many of Arsenal greatest ever players turned out for them. The Austrian shot-stopper feels there is no comparison between his time to the current squad in terms of personality, adding that this must be addressed if Mikel Arteta is to turn around the current slump. Arsenal lie bottom of the Premier League table having lost their first three games and scoring no single goal. Mikel Arteta’s team host Norwich City on Saturday and the pressur...
Serie A: Buffon explains why Ronaldo left Juventus for Man United
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Serie A: Buffon explains why Ronaldo left Juventus for Man United

Legendary goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, has reacted to the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus. Buffon and Ronaldo were teammates at Juventus and the Italian veteran goalkeeper appreciates why the superstar forward wanted a new challenge. Buffon said that Ronaldo “rightly thinks about himself a lot”, adding that he understands why the legendary forward sought a return to Manchester United. The Portugal captain has faced a lot of criticisms over his decision to depart Italian football after three seasons that failed to deliver Champions League glory. Buffon said he has no issue with an all-time great dictating where and when he does things. Buffon told Radio anch’io Sport: “I don’t think the fans should be surprised. He has the reputation of a great professional who ...
Footballer Charlie Adam’s brother facing prison time after admitting to stealing £15,000 from his elderly grandfather
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Footballer Charlie Adam’s brother facing prison time after admitting to stealing £15,000 from his elderly grandfather

The brother of former Liverpool and Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam is facing jail time after admitting to stealing £15,000 from his elderly grandfather. Grant Adam, 30, who is also a professional footballer who played for Rangers and Scotland Under 21s, embezzled thousands of pounds from Charles Adam while he had Power of attorney over his finances. Adam, who now plays football for Lochee United in the sixth tier of Scottish football, admitted to the crime on Monday and now faces being sent to prison when his punishment is decided next month. The goalkeeper was in charge of his grandfather's affairs from October 2019 to January 2020, and has admitted to helping himself to money from the 78-year-old's Post Office account. He was originally charged with embezzling funds to the t...
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Ghana goalkeeper Ofori reveals target for South Africa clash
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Ghana goalkeeper Ofori reveals target for South Africa clash

The Black Stars No.1 previews their encounter with Bafana on the road to Qatar Ghana shot-stopper Richard Ofori has stated his outfit will be gunning for three points in their 2022 World Cup qualifier against South Africa on Monday. The Black Stars face Bafana away at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, three days after edging Ethiopia 1-0 in their Group G opener. The hosts are equally looking for a win following their opening day away draw with Zimbabwe.
I never wanted to join Arsenal – Emiliano Martinez
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I never wanted to join Arsenal – Emiliano Martinez

Former Arsenal goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez has said that he never wanted to join the club back in 2010 when they came to sign him. The goalkeeper said he wanted to stay at Independiente in Argentina. Arsenal signed Martinez as a teenager from Argentina. He went on to spend 10 years in London and made only 38 first team appearances in that time. He left north London on a string of loan spells, turning out for Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United, Wolves, Getafe and Reading. The goalkeeper finally proved his worth to Arsenal during the 2019-20 season when he made 23 appearances and winning the FA Cup. He then left for Aston Villa at the end of the season as he looked for – and found – guaranteed first team opportunities. The 29-year-old sai...
Bale hat-trick as Wales beat Belarus in 2022 World Cup qualifier
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Bale hat-trick as Wales beat Belarus in 2022 World Cup qualifier

Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick, including a 93rd-minute winner, as Wales fought back to beat Belarus 3-2 on Sunday in World Cup qualifying. The victory was Wales’ second in three games in Group E and moves them up to third, one point behind the second-placed Czech Republic with a game in hand. The group winners qualify automatically for the 2022 finals in Qatar with the runners-up heading into the play-offs. Belgium lead the table with 10 points from four matches and host the Czechs later on Sunday. “Qualification is alive, we lost to a very good Belgium team but it is important we win every other game,” Bale told Sky Sports. “I know the performance, and we all know the performance wasn’t good enough in the first half. We corrected it more in the second half, we boun...
Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye shows off girlfriend
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Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye shows off girlfriend

Super Eagles goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye has shown off his girlfriend via an Instastory post he shared. The Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper who featured in Super Eagles' world cup qualifier match against Liberia, shared a photo of his girlfriend who wore a black gown, trying to kiss him as they posed for a photo. Okoye also captioned the photo "My Queen". See the photo below...............
Why Liberia lost 2-0 to Nigeria – Garkpah
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Why Liberia lost 2-0 to Nigeria – Garkpah

Liberia Football Association communication manager, Gologo Ben Garkpah, has said their national team lost 2-0 to Nigeria, because they showed their hosts too much respect. Kelechi Iheanacho’s first-half brace at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, saw the Super Eagles begin their World Cup qualifying series with a win. Reflecting on the result, Garkpah provided an assessment of why the Lone Stars were unable to scale the hurdle postured by Gernot Rohr’s men. “I think we started slowly. We showed too much respect to the Super Eagles as we didn’t create many scoring opportunities. “We didn’t trouble [Maduka] Okoye much; he looked to be on holiday for most of the game probably because the formation did not allow us to push higher up the pitch and mount pressure on their back four. “A...
Onana: Ajax ready to allow Inter Milan target to leave for free next summer
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Onana: Ajax ready to allow Inter Milan target to leave for free next summer

The Cameroon goalkeeper could not secure a move in the just-concluded window and he rejected an offer to continue his career at the Johan Cruyff Arena Ajax director of football, Marc Overmars said they are ready to release Andre Onana for free in July 2022 if no decent transfer offer is submitted in the winter transfer window. Onana has entered the final year of his contract with the Sons of the Gods and he has rejected their offer for an extension. During the just-concluded summer transfer window, the Cameroon international was a subject of interest from Arsenal and Inter Milan but the two clubs could not find an agreement with Ajax for a deal.
Cape Verde vs Nigeria: Okoye reveals Super Eagles that will miss World Cup qualifier
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Cape Verde vs Nigeria: Okoye reveals Super Eagles that will miss World Cup qualifier

Super Eagles goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye, has said they will miss members of the squad who play in the Premier League, when they take on Cape Verde in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier. The UK-based players have been ruled out of the game, as Cape Verder is on the Red List of travel restrictions. This means that two-goal hero Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Leon Balogun, William Ekong, Oghenekaro Etebo and Joe Aribo will all not be available. “We will miss them (the absentee players), but we have a big team and the other players can do the same. “We will prepare as a team very well. “It will be a good match against a good opponent in Cape Verde,” Okoye said. Okoye kept a clean sheet in the first game of the series, as Nigeria beat Liberia 2-0 at the Teslim Balogu...
Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson signs contract extension through to 2026
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Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson signs contract extension through to 2026

Manchester City have extended the contract of goalkeeper Ederson in a new deal that will see him remain at the Etihad Stadium through to 2026. Ederson joined City from Benfica in the summer of 2017, and is one of the most consistent keepers in the Premier League. Ederson expressed his delight after the announcement on Wednesday, September 1, telling City's official website: “This was an easy decision for me. There is nowhere else I’d want to be “To be part of one of the best squads in world football and to compete for trophies year in year out is what every footballer wants, and that is the opportunity you’re given at City. “We have an outstanding manager. Working with him has been one of the great experiences of my career and I am a better player for it. “We hav...
Manchester United players would have defaced Ronaldo mural if he joined rivals Man City, jokes Grant
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Manchester United players would have defaced Ronaldo mural if he joined rivals Man City, jokes Grant

The backup goalkeeper has revealed what the Old Trafford dressing room thought of the return of a club legend from Juventus Lee Grant has joked a number of Manchester United players would have defaced an in-house mural of Cristiano Ronaldo if he had joined Manchester City. City were strongly linked with Ronaldo after it emerged he was pushing for a move away from Juventus last week, only for United to swoop in and announce they'd reached an agreement to re-sign the five-time Ballon d'Or winner. Ronaldo established himself as a club legend during his first spell at Old Trafford, and Grant has now revealed that some members of the current squad didn't react too kindly to the rumours of his potential arrival in the blue half of Manchester.  
Goalkeeper, 23, Dies after horror Collision with Opposition player during Match
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Goalkeeper, 23, Dies after horror Collision with Opposition player during Match

A 23-year-old goalkeeper has died after a horror collision with an opposition player during a competitive match in Russia. Alexander Shishmarev was in action for Krasnaya Zvezda against Baltika-M's youth side in a training match when he received a blow around the neck from an opponent who flew into him at speed. His "tongue rolled backward" and he suffocated as a result of the collision. The Russian national team announced the tragic news on Twitter: "Today, during a training match 'Baltika-M - Krasnaya Zvezda', the team's goalkeeper from Sovetsk, Alexander Shishmarev, was fatally injured. "The doctors of the club and the ambulance provided assistance for more than an hour, but they could not save their lives. We sincerely condole with family and friends." Alexander Garvidi...
Goalkeeper Dies After Colliding With Rival Player During Competitive Match
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Goalkeeper Dies After Colliding With Rival Player During Competitive Match

In what will come across as a really shocking development, a Russian goalkeeper who was aged 23 has died after a sickening collision with a rival player during a competitive match. Alexander Shishmarev of Russian fourth-tier side Krasnaya Zvezda was playing against second-tier Baltika-M’s youth side in a training game at north-west city Kaliningrad. And the player from Sovetsk, who worked in the Emergencies Ministry, suffered a “fatal” collision with an opposition player. The Russian national team released a statement on Twitter which read: “Today, during a training match ‘Baltika-M - Krasnaya Zvezda’, the team's goalkeeper from Sovetsk, Alexander Shishmarev, was fatally injured. “The doctors of the club and the ambulance provided assistance for more than an hour, but they coul...
Ike Ugbo scores on Genk debut against Anderlecht
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Ike Ugbo scores on Genk debut against Anderlecht

It took the Anglo-Nigerian five minutes into his first appearance for the Smurfs to find the back of the net against the Purple and Whites Ike Ugbo scored on his first Genk game to propel John van den Brom’s men to a 1-0 victory over Anderlecht on Sunday evening. The former England youth international – who joined the Smurfs from Chelsea – was introduced for Paul Onuachu in the 82nd minute of the keenly contested encounter. And with just five minutes of action, he handed his team all three points after firing past goalkeeper Hendrik van Crombrugge courtesy of a pass from Kristian Thorstvedt.  
Perfect Spurs go top as Son winner sees off Watford
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Perfect Spurs go top as Son winner sees off Watford

Tottenham go into the international break top of the Premier League after Heung-min Son's goal handed them a 1-0 home win over Watford. There were early chances for both sides, but the game was in threat of becoming deadlocked before Son came to the rescue on his 200th Premier League appearance, curling in a wicked free-kick cross that bamboozled the Watford defence and goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann (42), finding the far corner. But Spurs were never completely comfortable as both Juraj Kucka and Ismaila Sarr missed opportunities for Watford, though Dele Alli swept a fine chance wide at the other end in the second half and Harry Kane missed two late openings on his first Premier League appearance of the season. It was a third straight 1-0 win for Nuno Espirito Santo's side as they...
West Brom striker Callum Robinson tests positive for Covid for Second time
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West Brom striker Callum Robinson tests positive for Covid for Second time

West Brom striker, Callum Robinson has tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time ahead of Ireland's upcoming triple-header of World Cup qualifiers. West Brom manager Valerian Ismael confirmed in a statement that Robinson, along with goalkeeper David Button contracted Covid-19, which made them missed out in their Carabao Cup tie against Arsenal. Robinson previously contracted Covid-19 last November, missing Ireland's friendly away to England in Wembley.The striker was set to be named among the squad for Ireland's World Cup qualifiers against Portugal, Azerbaijan and Serbia in September. His absence will come as a severe blow to teh national team , the West Brom striker have started the season in fine form, with three goals in four Championship games.
Wriedt on target as Willem II defeat Vitesse in Eredivisie
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Wriedt on target as Willem II defeat Vitesse in Eredivisie

The 27-year-old Black Star opened his goal account as the away team roared to a convincing win on Sunday Ghana international Kwasi Wriedt grabbed a goal as Willem II secured a 3-0 win against Vitesse in an Eredivisie fixture on Sunday. The 27-year-old opened the scoring for the away team in the 18th minute before Che Nunnely doubled the lead in the 36th minute and Wesley Spieringhs confirmed the emphatic win with a goal in the 82nd minute at Gelredome. Wriedt, who joined Willem on a three-year contract from Bayern Munich on July 1, 2020, scored the opener after jumping the highest to head home a well-delivered free-kick from Gorkem Saglam, which proved difficult for goalkeeper Markus Schubert to handle.
The season has started’ – Super-sub Mahrez revels in Manchester City win
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The season has started’ – Super-sub Mahrez revels in Manchester City win

The Algeria international helped the Citizens to their first win of 2021-22 English topflight campaign against the visiting Canaries Riyad Mahrez revelled in Manchester City’s first win of the 2021-22 Premier League season as the Citizens silenced Norwich City 5-0 on Saturday evening. Having bowed 1-0 to Tottenham Hotspur in their first game, Pep Guardiola’s men stepped up to decimate the Canaries at the Etihad Stadium. City got off to an impressive start in the seventh minute as goalkeeper Tim Krul turned the ball into his own net, before Jack Grealish doubled their advantage in the 22nd minute thanks to an assist from Gabriel Jesus.
Arsenal vs Chelsea: You’re making mistake – Paul Merson blasts Arteta
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Arsenal vs Chelsea: You’re making mistake – Paul Merson blasts Arteta

Arsenal hero, Paul Merson, has slammed the club manager, Mikel Arteta, ahead of their Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday evening at Emirates Stadium. Merson said Arteta made ‘lazy’ signings for Arsenal this summer. He said signing the former Manchester City assistant manager could cost him his job at the North London club. Recall that Arsenal confirmed the signing of Martin Odegaard permanently from Real Madrid on Friday following the expiration of his loan deal at the Gunners. Arteta’s side also signed goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United. “Mikel Arteta is making a mistake signing Martin Odegaard – and his job could soon be on the line,” Merson told the Daily Star. “What are they doing signing Odegaard? If Odegaard really w...
Arsenal seal £24m signing of Sheffield United keeper Ramsdale
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Arsenal seal £24m signing of Sheffield United keeper Ramsdale

The 23-year-old becomes the club's fifth summer signing Arsenal have signed Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, the club confirmed on Friday. Ramsdale, 23, joins in a deal reportedly worth £24 million, which could rise to £30m with bonuses and add-ons. He is the Gunners' sixth first-team signing of the summer window as the club look to improve on a disappointing 2020-21 season which left them out of European competition this term.
David Seaman Slams Arsenal over Aaron Ramsdale’s Signing
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David Seaman Slams Arsenal over Aaron Ramsdale’s Signing

David Seaman has slammed Arsenal’s transfer strategy after the club completed the signing of Sheffield United goalkeeper, Aaron Ramsdale. The former Gunners’ goalkeeper questioned the club’s decision to spend so much on Ramsdale when Emi Martinez was sold for considerably less last summer. Arsenal is set to announce the £30 million capture of Ramsdale from Sheffield United imminently. Seaman questioned Arsenal’s recent approach to transfers having let the excellent Martinez leave for £17m just a year ago. Taking aim at Arsenal’s transfer strategy, Seaman continued: “It’s so frustrating, especially the Martinez one,” he told talkSPORT. “When you have paid that much money for a goalkeeper and you’ve let a really good one go. “Joe Willock went to Newcastle an...
Mendy: Tuchel has built family bond among Chelsea players
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Mendy: Tuchel has built family bond among Chelsea players

The Senegal goalkeeper talks up the friendly atmosphere in the Blues camp Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has lauded manager Thomas Tuchel for building family spirit among the players. The Stamford Bridge outfit conquered Europe after Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in January by winning the Uefa Champions League and Uefa Super Cup. Mendy credited their collective spirit for the recent success and he praised their German coach for his leadership role.
Chelsea star Pulisic set ambitious ‘double digits’ target by USMNT legend Friedel
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Chelsea star Pulisic set ambitious ‘double digits’ target by USMNT legend Friedel

The iconic former goalkeeper who spent many years in England during his career is backing his fellow countryman to thrive in 2021-22 Christian Pulisic is being set the ambitious target of reaching "double digits" for goals and assists in 2021-22, with United States national team legend Brad Friedel expecting big things from his fellow countryman at Chelsea. The highly-rated 22-year-old has entered a third season at Stamford Bridge, with his account for the campaign opened when finding the target in a 3-0 opening-day victory over London rivals Crystal Palace. Pulisic will be eager to kick on from here, having hit the net just six times in 2020-21, and Friedel believes a man that now has Champions League and CONCACAF Nations League winners' medals to his name can add consistent end pr...
Clement Diop: CF Montreal part ways with Senegal goalkeeper
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Clement Diop: CF Montreal part ways with Senegal goalkeeper

The 27-year-old is set for another adventure elsewhere after ending his three-year stay at the Saputo Stadium Major League Soccer side CF Montreal announced that they have mutually terminated the contract of goalkeeper Clement Diop. Diop played eight MLS games for Wilfried Nancy’s side this season with a record of three clean sheets. He moved to Montreal from LA Galaxy via the MLS Waiver Draft in 2017 and he helped the club win the Canadian Championship in 2019.  
Arsenal closing in on £30m Ramsdale transfer after Sheffield United confirm impending sale
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Arsenal closing in on £30m Ramsdale transfer after Sheffield United confirm impending sale

The Blades goalkeeper was left out of the clash with West Brom on Wednesday as the Gunners press forward with talks Arsenal are close to signing Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United in a deal worth up to £30 million ($41m), Goal can confirm. The news comes as something of a surprise, with talks initially thought to have broken down between the clubs due to a difference in valuation. Now, however, it appears Mikel Arteta is set to get his man, with the Gunners originally having started their Premier League season without adequate cover and competition for Bernd Leno.  
Caf Confederation Cup: ‘We can do a Leicester City’ – Shaibu upbeat about Bayelsa United’s chances
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Caf Confederation Cup: ‘We can do a Leicester City’ – Shaibu upbeat about Bayelsa United’s chances

The goalkeeper says his team will be inspired by the Foxes’ English topflight title when they begin their continental campaign next month Goalkeeper John Shaibu believes Bayelsa United can take inspiration from Leicester City’s Premier League heroics and claim Caf Confederation Cup glory. The Nigeria National League side won the 2021 Aiteo Cup after defeating NPFL side Nasarawa United via penalty shoot-out following a 2-2 draw after extra-time. Aside from becoming the first team from Nigeria’s second division to lift the prestigious cup since Dolphins FC's feat 20 years ago, the Yenagoa-based outfit will represent the West African nation in the Confederation Cup alongside Enyimba. As they step up preparations for their campaign in September, the 24-year-old feels the youth and ta...
Gary Neville blames one Arsenal Player for Gunners 2-0 defeat to Brentford
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Gary Neville blames one Arsenal Player for Gunners 2-0 defeat to Brentford

Premier League legend, Gary Neville has blamed Arsenal’s Calum Chambers for the club’s defeat to Brentford in the Premier League opening game on Friday. He blamed Chambers after Sergi Canos’ stunning first-half strike in Brentford’s 2-0 win over Mikel Arteta’s side. Neville said the defender failed to get tight enough on his opponent. Newly-promoted Brentford broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute, with Canos’ driven effort and Christian Norgaard’s towering header from a long throw-in doubled the hosts advantage in the second half. Many will inevitably argue that goalkeeper Leno could have done more to prevent the strike but Neville instead blamed Chambers for his lacklustre defending. “We know Brentford sustain attacks, they press high up the pitch. Calum Cha...
Chelsea confirms new shirt numbers for Kovacic, Chalobah, others
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Chelsea confirms new shirt numbers for Kovacic, Chalobah, others

Chelsea on Friday confirmed squad numbers for the 2021/2022 season. Mateo Kovacic will now wear No. 8 shirt, switching from 17, while loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek takes up the No.12 shirt he wore before heading out on loan last season. Tino Anjorin is another player to take up a new number, moving to 27, while Trevoh Chalobah will wear the 14 shirt previously owned by Fikayo Tomori. Goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli, who arrived from Fulham in the summer, takes No.13. New signing, Romelu Lukaku, who joined Chelsea from Inter Milan yesterday, will have his squad number announced in due course. Chelsea squad numbers 2021/22; 1 Kepa Arrizabalaga 2 Antonio Rudiger 3 Marcos Alonso 4 Andreas Christensen 5 Jorginho 6 Thiago Silva 7 N’Golo Kante 8 Mateo Kovacic 9 Ta...

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