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I’ll never forget ‘Thunder’ Balogun’s Wonder Goal – Onigbinde

The former Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation and two-time head coach of the Super Eagles, Adegboye Onigbinde, has hailed late Nigerian legend, Teslim ‘Thunder’ Balogun, as the family marks his 49th memorial on Friday (today) in Lagos. Onigbinde said the best goal he’s seen was scored by Balogun. “The greatest goal ever by any footballer I have seen play was scored by ‘Thunder’ Balogun at the Olubadan Stadium in 1968 in the match between the Nigerian national team, then known as the UK Tourists and England,” Onigbinde said. “During that match, the English players, knowing his trickery, clustered him each time he gained possession, to prevent him from wreaking havoc on their team. “After frustrating him for most parts of the game, ‘Thunder’ planned his str...
‘Harvey looks in proper shape’ – Klopp says Elliott well placed to break into Liverpool first team
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‘Harvey looks in proper shape’ – Klopp says Elliott well placed to break into Liverpool first team

The Reds head coach has been impressed by the midfielder's physical condition since his return from his loan spell at Blackburn Rovers Jurgen Klopp says Harvey Elliott is well placed to break into Liverpool first team after reporting for pre-season "in proper shape". Liverpool snapped up Elliot from Fulham as a 16-year-old in 2019, and he has since appeared in nine senior matches while becoming the youngest player to ever start a game for the Reds. The midfielder, who spent the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Blackburn Rovers, was handed a new long-term contract after turning 18 earlier this year and Klopp is confident he is now ready to establish himself as a key member of his squad.
Cosafa Cup: Zambia part ways with Sredojevic after early exit
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Cosafa Cup: Zambia part ways with Sredojevic after early exit

The federation has revealed they have reached mutual agreement with the Serbian to end ties after a poor show in South Africa The Federation of Zambia has confirmed they have parted ways with head coach Milutin Sredojevic just two days after the national team suffered an early exit from the 2021 Cosafa Cup in South Africa. The federation has confirmed the exit in a statement which stated: “The Football Association of Zambia wishes to announce to its members and stakeholders that it has mutually separated with the senior men’s national team coach Milutin Sredojevic. “Both parties agreed to mutually separate after a meeting held this morning at Football House.”
England vs Italy: Gernot Rohr predicts winner of Euro 2020 final
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England vs Italy: Gernot Rohr predicts winner of Euro 2020 final

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has predicted that England will defeat Italy in the final of Euro 2020 on Sunday. Rohr believes the Three Lions is a more complete team with a better tactical approach than the Azzurris. England needed extra time to see off Denmark 2-1 in the semi-final, while Italy qualified after a tense penalty shoot-out against Spain. When Rohr was asked which team will come out victorious at Wembley, he told Nation Sport: “Of course, England is favourite at home. “They are a complete team, physically and tactically on the top. “The fans are a big support, but I regretted their attitude to whistle the opponents, even the national anthem.” England are yet to win a major trophy since they lifted the World Cup in 1966.
Cosafa Cup: Zambia felt the ‘bitter side of football’ in Lesotho opener – Sredojevic
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Cosafa Cup: Zambia felt the ‘bitter side of football’ in Lesotho opener – Sredojevic

Chipolopolo's title defence received a blow after they surrendered the lead against the regional rivals Zambia head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has stated his side felt bitter after going down 2-1 to Lesotho in the Cosafa Cup opener at Isaac Wolfson Stadium on Thursday. Chipolopolo, the defending champions, surrendered the lead after they had gone ahead courtesy of Justin Shonga's goal before Motebang Sera's brace ensured Lesotho emerged winners with second-half goals. The former Orlando Pirates coach blamed his side for not being clinical enough with the chances created.
Mosimane is a cunning wolf’ – Solinas warns Kaizer Chiefs ahead of Al Ahly Caf Champions League date
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Mosimane is a cunning wolf’ – Solinas warns Kaizer Chiefs ahead of Al Ahly Caf Champions League date

The Italian believes it will be a tough match despite the Red Devils coming into the match as favourites Former Kaizer Chiefs head coach Giovanni Solinas has hailed Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane, stating he is a cunning wolf. The South African will be leading the Red Devils against Amakhosi in the Caf Champions League final on July 17. The Egyptians had advanced after eliminating Esperance de Tunis in the semis while their opponents defied the odds to defeat Wydad Casablanca. The Italian has further stated the defending champions are lucky to have their tactician.  
Cosafa Cup: Blow for Zimbabwe as coach Logarusic denied entry to South Africa
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Cosafa Cup: Blow for Zimbabwe as coach Logarusic denied entry to South Africa

The Warriors have already arrived in Port Elizabeth ahead of the tournament and will now be handled by their assistant coach Zimbabwe have suffered a huge blow after their head coach Zdravko Logarusic was denied entry into South Africa ahead of the 2021 Cosafa Cup tournament. With the tournament kicking off on Tuesday, the six-time champions arrived in South Africa on Monday but their coach Logarusic was denied entry at OR Tambo for lacking a visa. A statement from Zimbabwe Football Association has confirmed the incident by stating: “The FA would like to inform the football fraternity and the nation that the Zimbabwe men's team, the Warriors left this Monday for Port Elizabeth, South Africa via Johannesburg for the upcoming Cosafa Cup.
EPL: Arsenal appoint new Coach
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EPL: Arsenal appoint new Coach

Arsenal have made more changes behind the scenes, with assistant first-team coach Andreas Georgson leaving the club while Nicolas Jover arrives from Manchester City. Georgson, who joined the Gunners in August 2020, returns to his native Sweden with Malmo. Head coach, Mikel Arteta, has moved quickly to bolster his backroom team, with a familiar face joining him from Etihad Stadium. Jover, who left City when his contract expired in June, replaces Georgson. He has been acquired as a set-piece specialist, having held a similar post with the Premier League champions. When coaching alongside Pep Guardiola, Jover got the opportunity to work with Arteta. Arsenal will begin their 2021/2022 campaign against Brentford on August 13.
Nigeria vs Mexico: Rohr is difficult to impress – Pinnick warns players
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Nigeria vs Mexico: Rohr is difficult to impress – Pinnick warns players

  The president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has told players selected from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to play their game when they face Mexico in an international friendly. According to Pinnick, the head coach of the team, Gernot Rohr, is hard to please. The game will be played in the early hours of Sunday morning at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. However, Nigeria will be without foreign-based players. Rohr had initially decided not to take charge of the team, but he has now made a u-turn and will be in the dugout. Given how Rohr has depended heavily on players abroad since he arrived, the NPFL players would have to step up to impress the 68-year-old gaffer. “Rohr is difficult to impress, I want you all to ...
‘Rohr needs to shut up and do the work of his contract’- Sports Minister, Sunday Dare blasts Super Eagles coach
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‘Rohr needs to shut up and do the work of his contract’- Sports Minister, Sunday Dare blasts Super Eagles coach

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has blasted Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr over his ''unfair treatment'' of players from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), urging him to focus on doing his work. Since he took his role as the head coach, Rohr has been heavily criticized for not inviting home based players to the national team. Rohr, 68 has relied mostly foreign players since he took charge as Nigeria’s national team coach and recently criticized the home based team that will face Mexico in an international friendly at the Los Angeles Coliseum this weekend. Austin Eguavoen will be in charge of the home based team not Rohr and the Sports Minister has expressed his disappointment. Rohr signed a new two-year contract last year, and par...
Paratici arrives in London to close Nuno deal
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Paratici arrives in London to close Nuno deal

Fabio Paratici has arrived in London for the first time as Tottenham's new managing director of football and is ready to push ahead with appointing Nuno Espirito Santo as head coach. Paratici flew in from a post-season holiday on Tuesday and further talks are planned with ex-Wolves boss Nuno this week. Spurs are confident of completing a deal for the Portuguese and ending the long-running search for Jose Mourinho's successor ahead of their return to pre-season training. Reports in Turkey over the weekend cast doubts over the move, claiming Nuno had been approached by Fenerbahce. But Sky Sports News has been told that is not the case and Fenerbahce have no interest in trying to persuade Nuno to move to Istanbul instead. It means the path is clear for Paratici to thras...
Friendly: Nigeria Cannot Beat Mexico – Rohr predicts
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Friendly: Nigeria Cannot Beat Mexico – Rohr predicts

Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, has said that Nigeria can’t beat Mexico in the upcoming friendly using home-based players. 25 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) players have been called up for the match against Mexico that will take place on July 4 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, USA. Speaking after Thursday’s training session at the Goal Project inside the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, Rohr said, “I am watching the training as I am not the coach of this team. “The players seem to be fit and have now the rhythm of the competition. Again, I saw some players who are already in my team and it is always good to see them again. They seem to be in great form. “They are playing on natural grass and two or three players are missing because they have a mat...
Kidnapped Rivers United Head Coach, Stanley Eguma regains freedom
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Kidnapped Rivers United Head Coach, Stanley Eguma regains freedom

  Stanley Eguma, Rivers United Head coach who was abducted by unknown gunmen in Enugu has regained freedom. Recall that Mr Eguma was kidnapped along the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway on Tuesday while returning from Gombe to Port Harcourt, after a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game. NAN reports that Chief Okey Kpalukwu, General Manager of Rivers United Football Club, Port Harcourt, on Friday told newsmen that Mr Eguma, has been released by his abductors. Kpalukwu, however, failed to give details of Eguma’s release but said they are grateful to God for his mercy. “We are grateful to God for His mercy. Our Technical Manager, Stanley Eguma, has been released by his abductors. “We are happy for his successful release. Our God is gracious,” he said....
‘Your work is shameful’ – Zidane snaps at journalist over Real Madrid departure
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‘Your work is shameful’ – Zidane snaps at journalist over Real Madrid departure

The Frenchman was in no mood to answer questions about his decision to leave Santiago Bernabeu when cornered by reporters in Vallecas Zinedine Zidane has snapped back at a Spanish journalist for asking questions over the acrimonious nature of his Real Madrid departure, stating: "your work is shameful". Zidane took the decision to step down from his role as head coach at Santiago Bernabeu following Real's trophyless 2020-21 campaign. The Frenchman, who guided the club to three successive Champions League crowns in his first stint in charge between 2016 and 2018, has since written an open letter explaining why he chose to cut short his contract.  
‘We should have not played’ – Denmark were ‘wrong’ to restart Finland clash after Eriksen collapse, admits Hjulmand
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‘We should have not played’ – Denmark were ‘wrong’ to restart Finland clash after Eriksen collapse, admits Hjulmand

The head coach says they should have taken more time to process what happened to the midfielder after he was taken to hospital Kasper Hjulmand has admitted that Denmark were "wrong" to restart their Euro 2020 match against Finland on the same day after Christian Eriksen's collapse. Eriksen dropped to the turf and stopped breathing in the first half of the Group B encounter, which originally kicked off at 17:00 on Saturday in Copenhagen. The 29-year-old eventually regained consciousness after receiving on-field CPR before being sent to hospital, with both sets of players subsequently giving the green light to resume the match at 19:30 pm rather than wait until 12:00 pm on Sunday.
Everton close to Nuno Appointment
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Everton close to Nuno Appointment

Former Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is edging closer to being appointed Everton's new manager. Negotiations over a number of issues including the length of contract are still to be finalised, but the club are hopeful he will be confirmed as Carlo Ancelotti's successor within the next week. Nuno, who left Wolves at the end of last season after four years in charge, was close to becoming manager of Crystal Palace earlier this month before negotiations broke down. The Portuguese, 47, emerged as an early favourite for the Everton vacancy, with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri impressed with Wolves' development during his tenure at Molineux. West Ham manager David Moyes was also considered a front-runner for a possible return to Everton, where he led the club from 20...
Rohr Reveals Venue of Super Eagles’ World Cup Qualifier against Liberia
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Rohr Reveals Venue of Super Eagles’ World Cup Qualifier against Liberia

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr has revealed that their opening 2022 World Cup qualifier against Liberia will be played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos. This means Nigeria will return to the stadium where they hosted Lesotho in their last 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in March. It was the national team’s first competitive game in the country’s commercial capital in 20 years. Uyo had been home to the Super Eagles for years, but they have not played at the Akwa Ibom Stadium since 2019. They are now set to continue in Lagos, with Rohr confirming it after the friendly match against Cameroon. “The fans are welcome, we hope that the fans can come to the stadium in September, that this crazy pandemic which is making things difficult for everyb...
Rohr Confirms why Uzoho, Olayinka didn’t Play Against Cameroon
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Rohr Confirms why Uzoho, Olayinka didn’t Play Against Cameroon

The head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has confirmed that injury worries forced Francis Uzoho and Peter Olayinka out of their international friendly with Cameroon on Tuesday. Before the game, Rohr had told the media that Uzoho would start the game, ahead of Maduka Okoye. However, many viewers were surprised when Okoye went on to play every minute of the 0-0 draw against the Indomitable Lions. Rohr has now revealed Uzoho and Slavia Prague’s Peter Olayinka failed a late fitness test. “He [Uzoho] came this morning with a painful leg and he told me ‘coach, I cannot make it’,” Rohr said on Super Eagles’ Instagram. “Like [Peter] Olayinka too, he was injured during yesterday’s training. Although it was not a big injury, I didn’t want to take any risk, neither did I wa...
Cameroon vs Nigeria: Rohr Confirms Players that will Start Tuesday’s Friendly
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Cameroon vs Nigeria: Rohr Confirms Players that will Start Tuesday’s Friendly

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has confirmed that the trio of Ahmed Musa, Francis Uzoho and Valentine Ozornwafor will start against Cameroon in Tuesday’s international friendly. Rohr stated this after the team trained on Monday at Wiener Neustadt Stadium. He was answering questions on the changes he will make, as Nigeria faces the Indomitable Lions for the second time within four days. Musa came on in the second half to replace Kelechi Iheanacho in the first game, while Uzoho was left out for Maduka Okoye. “There will be some changes in the team, Francis Uzoho will be in goal, [Ahmed] Musa will start because he is fit, we lost Troost-Ekong so Valentine [Ozornwafor] will come in for the first time. “There matches are made to test some players who have ...
Cameroon vs Nigeria: Rohr Replaces Troost-Ekong in Super Eagles camp
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Cameroon vs Nigeria: Rohr Replaces Troost-Ekong in Super Eagles camp

  The head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has called up Ujpest defender Vincent Onovo, to replace the injured William Troost-Ekong ahead of their second friendly match against Cameroon on Tuesday. Troost-Ekong picked up an injury in the closing stages of the 1-0 defeat to the Indomitable Lions last Friday. The Watford men were replaced by Galatasaray defender, Valentine Ozornwafor. Troost-Ekong has now left the camp in Vienna. Onovo has joined the rest of the squad in Austria. He is a key player in Michael Oenning’s team that finished sixth in the Hungarian top-flight table this season. He also helped Ujpest win the Magyar Kupa (Hungarian Cup), which means they have qualified for the second round of the 2021-22 Europa Conference League.
Why Super Eagles lost to Cameroon – Rohr
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Why Super Eagles lost to Cameroon – Rohr

  The head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has blamed his side’s profligacy in front of goal for their 1-0 defeat to Cameroon in an international friendly on Friday night. Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa netted the only goal of the encounter in the first half of the game. Nigeria had more opportunities in front of goal, but were unable to record a goal. “The most important thing is not the result because it was just a test match. It was interesting to see some new players because we had to manage the situation and we did well,” Rohr told the Super Eagles media team. “I think we had 17 shots on the goal while Cameroon only had three, they had only one on target which was the goal and we had six on target. “Like I said, the result is not the most important thing in ...
Why Super Eagles Cannot play in World Cup semi-final – Rohr
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Why Super Eagles Cannot play in World Cup semi-final – Rohr

  Head Coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has admitted that he is not convinced of his players’ abilities to reach the semi-finals of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. According to Rohr, most of his squad members do not play for the top clubs in Europe, like their African counterparts. “They (other African countries) have players playing in the best teams in Europe, we don’t. “Our players are playing in lower clubs. We don’t have these players like Egypt, like Senegal, like Ivory Coast who are playing in the biggest clubs. Our players are playing in clubs who are not the best ones. “Only Samuel Chukwueze won the Europa League with Villarreal. All others are fighting to stay in the league or are fighting to be starting players. “When you see the world champions, Fran...
Oliseh Reveals Country he wants to take his Next job
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Oliseh Reveals Country he wants to take his Next job

  Former Super Eagles head coach, Sunday Oliseh, has said he wants to revive his managerial career in Belgium, because of his family. Oliseh last managed a team three years, when he was in charge of Fortuna Sittard in the Dutch second-tier. He led them to promotion to the Eredivisie in the 2017/2018 season, but did not finish the campaign with the team. Oliseh was suspended by Fortuna Sittard on February 14, 2018. After the long absence, Oliseh has now told BBC Sport Africa: “The desire to work in Belgium is a personal one because I would love to be close to my family. “Being around my family is a top priority, but professionally if something does come up abroad it would be something that I would consider. “A consideration with a club abroad that permits for conve...
All the Super Eagles Players Rohr Dropped for Cameroon Friendly Confirmed
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All the Super Eagles Players Rohr Dropped for Cameroon Friendly Confirmed

    Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr has left out Samuel Chukwueze and Joe Aribo from his 24-man squad for an international friendly against Cameroon. Villarreal winger Chukwueze has been out injured after hurting his hamstring in the Europa League semi-final second leg against Arsenal. For Rangers midfielder Aribo, he seems to have been excused following a hectic season with the newly-crowned Scottish champions. Also trimmed from the squad are FC Porto left-back Sanusi Zaidu, Leganes’ Kenneth Omeruo, West Bromwich Albion’s Semi Ajayi, Almeria’s Sadiq Umar and Heartland goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa. Nigeria’s game against Cameroon is billed for June 4 in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The fixture will be part of Rohr’s men preparations for their 2022...
Five Managers Fight to Replace Zidane as Real Madrid Head coach
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Five Managers Fight to Replace Zidane as Real Madrid Head coach

  Real Madrid will be looking for Zinedine Zidane’s replacement this season, with the Frenchman set to leave the club. It is understood Zidane has informed his players that he will not be in charge next term. Five managers are in the race to replace the 47-year-old in the Santiago Bernabeu hotseat. According to the UK Mirror, they are: Max Allegri, Raul, Joachim Low, Antonio Conte and Carlo Ancelotti. Allegri won the Serie A five times and added the Coppa Italia on four occasions while he was at Juventus, before he went on a sabbatical. Raul spent almost two decades at the Bernabeu before leaving in 2010 but is now back coaching the club’s B team and youth ranks. Florentino Perez has shown his willingness to promote from within having hired Zidane when he was B t...
NPFL: Defeat to Nasarawa Temporary Setback, insists Biffo
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NPFL: Defeat to Nasarawa Temporary Setback, insists Biffo

Biffo Abdulahi, head coach of the title-chasing Kwara United, says their defeat to Nasarawa United will not have an adverse effect on their title ambition, as they hope to immediately bounce back from the loss. The Afonja Warriors suffered a 2-1 defeat at the Lafia City Stadium as the second stanza of the NPFL 2020/21 season resumes over the weekend and now sit third on the log with Akwa United the new league leaders. Speaking with The PUNCH, Biffo admitted that the loss was only a temporary setback on their title ambition, but added that the team was still on course to fulfilling their dream of winning the league this season. “The defeat to Nasarawa United is not a major blow to our title chase but a temporary setback,” Biffo told The PUNCH. “Nasarawa are one of the best, ...
Mourinho Confirmed as Roma’s new Manager
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Mourinho Confirmed as Roma’s new Manager

  Jose Mourinho has been appointed as the new Roma head coach. The 58-year-old has signed a three-year deal and will begin at the start of next season. Roma, on its official Twitter handle, said: “The club are delighted to announce an agreement has been reached with Jose Mourinho for him to become our new head coach ahead of the 2021-22 season.” Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur in April after just 17 months in charge of the Premier League side. He now returns to Serie A for a second spell. Mourinho spent two seasons with Inter Milan before leaving to join Real Madrid in 2010.
Hansi Flick’s Bayern Contract Terminated As Requested
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Hansi Flick’s Bayern Contract Terminated As Requested

FC Bayern agreed to current head coach Hansi Flick’s request to have his contract terminated on 30 June 2021, two years earlier than its original expiry date. FC Bayern have appointed Julian Nagelsmann as their new head coach. The Bavarian-born 33-year-old will move to Munich from RB Leipzig on 1 July 2021 ahead of the new season, signing a five-year-contract with the German record champions until 30 June 2026.
John Utaka Named Interim Head Coach Of The Montpellier Feminines
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John Utaka Named Interim Head Coach Of The Montpellier Feminines

Ex-Nigeria international and Montpellier HSC forward John Chukwudi Utaka has been named interim head coach of the Montpellier Feminines. The 39-year old is taking over from Senegal’s Frédéric Mendy who was sacked recently due poor run of results. Utaka will be assisted by Frenchman Baptiste Merle and Sports Director Jean-Louis Saez. Utaka played for Montpellier from January 2011 to July 2013 where he won the French Ligue 1 in his first season at the club. The 39-year-old returned to the club in May 2020 after being appointed as a youth team coach. He has a real opportunity to show what he is made up of as one of the few African coaches in charge of a European club. Montpellier are ranked 6th on the league log with 27 points from 19 games this season in the French Wome...
Rohr reacts as Ahmed Musa Joins Kano Pillars
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Rohr reacts as Ahmed Musa Joins Kano Pillars

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, is pleased with Ahmed Musa’s decision to rejoin Kano Pillars. Musa, this week, signed a short-term deal with the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side. However, the winger is expected to leave if he receives offers from Europe. Musa has not had a club since he left Saudi Arabia Professional League side Al Shabab in October. He almost joined Premier League side, West Bromwich Albion back in January, but the deal collapsed due to his wage demand. “I am very happy for Ahmed Musa to be able to play again with his old club of Kano Pillars,” Rohr told journalists.
Rohr Confirms he Won’t Invite New Players to Super Eagles Squad
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Rohr Confirms he Won’t Invite New Players to Super Eagles Squad

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said he won’t invite new players when they begin their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign in June. Nigeria rounded off their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series with a 3-0 win over Lesotho. Next up for the three-time African champions, is the second qualifying round for the World Cup. They have been drawn with Cape Verde, Central African Republic and Liberia in Group C. “The World Cup qualifiers will start soon and I think we will be able to do well, and we should expect good football again on a good pitch. “We can’t try new players now, it is too late and it is getting more serious because it is World Cup qualifiers,” Rohr told the media. Enyimba winger, Anayo Iwuala, was the only fresh face who play...
Benin vs Nigeria: Rohr Yet to Decide on Goalkeeper
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Benin vs Nigeria: Rohr Yet to Decide on Goalkeeper

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has admitted he is yet to decide which goalkeeper will start against Benin Republic, in their 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match on Saturday. There are three goalkeepers in the camp working under coach Alloy Agu. They are Maduka Okoye, John Noble and Francis Uzoho. Rohr has disclosed either Okoye or Uzoho will start against the Squirrels in Porto Novo. “Let us narrow it down to two goalkeepers in Uzoho and Okoye. “They are both doing well in training at the moment and we will decide on the eve of the game. “The best among them will be in goal,” Rohr told reporters. Okoye manned the posts, when Nigeria threw away a four-goal lead to draw 4-4 against Sierra Leone in Benin City last November. He then k...
Benin vs Nigeria: Rohr Reacts to NFF’s Plan for Super Eagles to Travel by sea
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Benin vs Nigeria: Rohr Reacts to NFF’s Plan for Super Eagles to Travel by sea

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said travelling by sea to Benin Republic ahead of the qualifiers on Saturday, is the best route. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has decided the team will travel for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier by boat. According to Rohr, the distance by sea is not only shorter but quite calm. “It will be the best way to go there. “Last Saturday, I made the trip and we were flying on the water. It was so quick and calm,” Rohr said according to SportingLife. The trip by sea takes around an hour. The Nigerian delegation will set sail for Benin capital Porto-Novo on Friday morning. The three-time African champions lead Group L with eight points from four matches, while Benin is second on seven points.
Benin Republic vs Nigeria: Rohr Gives Injury Update Ahead of AFCON Qualifier
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Benin Republic vs Nigeria: Rohr Gives Injury Update Ahead of AFCON Qualifier

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has confirmed there are no injury worries ahead of the team’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin Republic on Saturday. All the invited 24 players including Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City took part in full training at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. “The training was okay. It was a long training today because today is Wednesday and we still have the time to recover, so we wanted to physically work hard today. “It was a good training session, no injuries, tomorrow again we will do it, and then after tomorrow we will go to Porto-Novo and from Porto-Novo to Cotonou and back to Porto-Novo because we have one training session in Porto-Novo where we will play,” Rohr told reporters. Nigeria takes on Le...
Benin vs Nigeria: Why it will be Difficult for Super Eagles to Win – Rohr
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Benin vs Nigeria: Why it will be Difficult for Super Eagles to Win – Rohr

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said the Republic of Benin will be hard to beat on their own turf. Nigeria take on the Squirrels at Porto-Novo’s Stade Charles de Gaulle on Saturday. Michel Dussuyer’s men are currently on a five-game unbeaten run. Benin have also not lost at home for eight years, as the last time they were beaten was against Algeria in 2013. “Benin have not lost a match for eight years at home. The last time they lost was in 2013. So you can imagine we want to be the first team to win there in eight years. “It will not be easy, they have a very good defence. They were quarter-finalists in the last AFCON tournament. They eliminated Morocco,” Rohr told reporters.
Rohr’s Plans hit as More Super Eagles Players Withdraw From Benin, Lesotho Games
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Rohr’s Plans hit as More Super Eagles Players Withdraw From Benin, Lesotho Games

  Almeria forward, Sadiq Umar, has become the latest player to withdraw from Nigeria’s squad for their 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers next week. Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, had included Umar in his 24-man squad for the matches. However, he will not be able to honour his first call-up to the senior national team, having previously played for the U23s. Almeria have confirmed Umar will not be allowed to honour the invitation, because the necessary COVID-19 protocols to enable him to play for the Super Eagles has not been followed. Enyimba’s Anayo Iwuala has been called up as his replacement. Umar joins France-based duo of Moses Simon and Samuel Kalu (injury) in pulling out. The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has released a statement confir...
Liverpool manager, Klopp Speaks on replacing Low as Germany head coach
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Liverpool manager, Klopp Speaks on replacing Low as Germany head coach

  Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has ruled out any possibility of replacing Joachim Low as Germany head coach this summer. On Tuesday, Low, who led Germany to glory at the 2014 World Cup, announced his decision to step down as Germany head coach after Euro 2020, which is taking place at the end of the season. But Klopp, one of the early favourites to replace Low, says he will not be available to replace Low because he still has a contract with Liverpool. Klopp is currently under intense pressure at Anfield after Liverpool’s sixth consecutive home defeat last Sunday against Fulham. Reacting to the development, Klopp said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with RB Leipzig on Wednesday: “If I am available for coach of the Ge...
Chelsea vs Everton: Abraham Told to Leave Stamford Bridge After Tuchel Snubs
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Chelsea vs Everton: Abraham Told to Leave Stamford Bridge After Tuchel Snubs

Former Manchester City defender, Joleon Lescott, has backed Chelsea striker, Tammy Abraham, to leave Stamford Bridge after being sidelined by the club’s new head coach, Thomas Tuchel. Abraham has fallen behind Olivier Giroud and Timo Werner in Tuchel’s pecking order of forwards at Chelsea. The England international, who scored 18 goals in 47 appearances last season, was a key player for Tuchel’s predecessor, Frank Lampard. However, Tuchel left Abraham out of his Chelsea’s squad that drew with Manchester United last weekend and also the squad that defeated Liverpool on Thursday, leading to speculation over the 23-year-old’s future at the West London club. “I think he [Tammy Abraham] has made it known that he’s not convinced about signing a new contract. Obviously, players wa...
Serie A: Gernot Rohr Spills Discussion with Osimhen on Gennaro Gattuso
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Serie A: Gernot Rohr Spills Discussion with Osimhen on Gennaro Gattuso

  Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr has revealed his discussions with Nigerian frontman, Victor Osimhen about his manager at Napoli, Gennaro Gattuso. Osimhen joined Napoli in a record-breaking deal last season after a top performance at Lille, that saw him score over 20 goals. Napoli is having a poor run of form and is currently sitting outside the top four mounting pressure on Gattuso. And the Nigerian striker has struggled in his first season at Napel due to fitness issues Appearing on Radio Kiss Kiss, Rohr, who is preparing his team for the Nations Cup qualifiers against the Benin Republic and Lesotho, said, “Gattuso is a good coach and Victor told me he trusts him a lot and what he’s teaching him. I think he can get results already this season. “Unlucky se...
Thank you – Solskjaer Tells Goalkeeper Dean after 0-0 Draw Against Crystal Palace
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Thank you – Solskjaer Tells Goalkeeper Dean after 0-0 Draw Against Crystal Palace

  Manchester United head coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has thanked his goalkeeper, Dean Henderson for securing the team’s 0-0 with Crystal Palace on Wednesday Solskjaer noted that it would have been a different result altogether without the young goalkeeper’s effort. The manager further said that his side had the disappointing draw because they lacked the tempo and quality during the match. United remain in second place with a point ahead of third-place Leicester City who also drew 1-1 at Burnley. Solskjaer’s side are now 14 points behind city rivals Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side defeated Wolves 4-1 on Tuesday to open a 15-point gap “Sometimes it’s human nature, sometimes you don’t work at your best and today we didn’t unfortunately. It’s been a long seaso...
I Would ‘Die’ For Klopp – Ilkay Gundogan Compares Guardiola to Liverpool Manager
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I Would ‘Die’ For Klopp – Ilkay Gundogan Compares Guardiola to Liverpool Manager

Manchester City midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan, has compared head coach, Pep Guardiola, to Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp. Gundogan, who has been in excellent form this season, has been managed by both the Man City and Liverpool managers. The 30-year-old worked with Klopp at Borussia Dortmund before linking up with Guardiola at the Etihad. The Germany international revealed that Guardiola is the best tactician he’s ever played for but said he would ‘die’ for Klopp on the pitch. Asked if Guardiola is the best manager he’s played for, Gundogan told Sky Sports ahead of Man City’s clash with West Ham on Saturday afternoon: “True. It’s probably a bit easier for me to name a difference [between Guardiola and Klopp] because I feel like tactically Pep is the best I have ever seen to be h...
Thierry Henry steps down as CF Montreal head coach due to family reasons
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Thierry Henry steps down as CF Montreal head coach due to family reasons

Thierry Henry has stepped down as CF Montreal head coach due to family reasons. The 43-year-old is returning to London after 15 months with the Major League Soccer club. Montreal were forced to relocate to the United States last season due to the coronavirus pandemic and Henry was unwilling to leave his family behind again in Canada. Henry said in a statement: "It is with a heavy heart that I've decided to take this decision. The last year has been an extremely difficult one for me personally. "Due to the worldwide pandemic, I was unable to see my children. Unfortunately due to the ongoing restrictions and the fact that we will have to relocate to the US again for several months will be no different. The separation is too much of a strain for me and my kids. "Therefore, ...
Haaland to Man United: I’m in Touch With Dortmund Striker – Solskjaer
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Haaland to Man United: I’m in Touch With Dortmund Striker – Solskjaer

  Manchester United head coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has suggested that the club are still interested in signing Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland, this summer. Solskjaer explained that he keeps in touch with Haaland, who has scored 17 goals in 17 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund this season. The Red Devils boss coached Haaland during their time at Molde, where he scored 26 goals in 18 games in all competitions. Speaking ahead of Man United’s Europa League round of 32 second-leg tie against Real Sociedad on Thursday, Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday: “I think when you have had kids and players through as a coach you follow them. “I keep in touch with Erling – it is great to see him become the player he has become. “He is a...
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea: Simeone Pays Tribute to Thomas Tuchel
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Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea: Simeone Pays Tribute to Thomas Tuchel

  Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone, has lauded the impact Chelsea head coach, Thomas Tuchel, has had at Stamford Bridge since the German replaced Frank Lampard last month. Simeone said Tuchel, who has won five and drawn two of his last seven games in charge of Chelsea, has already improved the team. Speaking at a pre-match press conference on Monday ahead of Atletico Madrid’s Champions League last-16 first-leg clash with Chelsea on Tuesday night in Bucharest, Simeone said, “Tuchel has come to a financially very powerful club where year after year they make huge effort to sign big players. “This year, they invested in talented, young footballers, and as soon as the team did not respond as they wanted it to, when they saw the investment did not pay, they made that ...
Rohr Reacts as West Brom Snub Ahmed Musa
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Rohr Reacts as West Brom Snub Ahmed Musa

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has expressed confidence that captain Ahmed Musa will find a new club soon, after his proposed move to West Brom fell through. Musa is currently a free agent, after leaving Saudi club Al Nassr in October 2020. After visiting the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos ahead of next month’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho, Rohr assured that the 28-year-old will be back to his best soon. “It’s unfortunate it didn’t work out at West Brom, but I believe Musa will find another club soon,” Rohr told BBC Sport Africa. “He has the ambition to get back as quickly as he can to play football again at club level. “Musa made a great impact for us in big matches like against Iceland in Russia, that is a rem...
Arsene Wenger Reveals Klopp’s Problem With Thiago at Liverpool
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Arsene Wenger Reveals Klopp’s Problem With Thiago at Liverpool

  Former Arsenal head coach, Arsene Wenger, has revealed the “problem” Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has with midfielder, Thiago, at Anfield. Liverpool signed Thiago from Bayern Munich last summer for £20million. Thiago, who is one of the best midfielders in Europe, was expected to shine at Anfield but the 29-year-old has endured an underwhelming first season in the English Premier League so far. Wenger believes Liverpool are not aggressive in the midfield like before after Klopp added Thiago, a technical player in his squad. “Thiago, for me, shows the typical problem of a manager,” Wenger told beIN Sports on Tuesday night as Liverpool defeated RB Leipzig 2-0 in the Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie in Hungary. “Liverpool were very hungry and aggressi...
Why I Won’t Invite new Players for Super Eagles AFCON 2021 Qualifier – Rohr
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Why I Won’t Invite new Players for Super Eagles AFCON 2021 Qualifier – Rohr

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has hinted that he won’t invite new players for their upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho. Speaking in an interview on the team’s official YouTube page, Rohr debunked reports that some new players had been granted permission to play for Nigeria by FIFA. He insisted he has good players in his squad and would not consider bringing in any new player at the moment. “You can read so many names in the newspaper, but that’s not the best way to select the players. The best way to select the players is to scout them very well, and also to speak to them if there is motivation to come. If they want to come, they have to write a letter to FIFA that they want to switch from England or Germany or Aust...
Hudson-Odoi ‘enjoying every bit’ of life under new Chelsea manager Tuchel
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Hudson-Odoi ‘enjoying every bit’ of life under new Chelsea manager Tuchel

The 20-year-old has started all three of the former PSG manager's matches at the helm of the Blues Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi has said he is loving life under new manager Thomas Tuchel. Tuchel has deployed Hudson-Odoi as a wing-back and the 20-year-old has responded with three assured performances at his new position. Hudson-Odoi failed to lock down regular minutes under Tuchel's predecessor Frank Lampard, but has now started all three of the ex-Paris Saint Germain boss' matches as Blues head coach.
Why it’s Always Difficult for Man City to Play Liverpool – Guardiola
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Why it’s Always Difficult for Man City to Play Liverpool – Guardiola

Manchester City head coach, Pep Guardiola, has insisted that it’s always difficult for his team to play against Liverpool because the Reds is a top club with history, players, managers and backroom staff. Guardiola’s men will face Liverpool in a Premier League tie on Sunday evening at Anfield. Man City head to the match after beating Burnley 2-0 in their previous Premier League clash on Wednesday. Speaking at a pre-match press conference on Friday, Guardiola said: “Of course it would be important to win. “If you beat Liverpool, United, – it is important to beat them, I cannot deny it. It’s always difficult against Liverpool. “It’s a top club, top history, players, manager, backroom staff. Always difficult.” He added, “It’s not about how many years (since City’s last w...
‘Cavani has nothing to prove’ – Tuchel well aware of threat ‘reliable’ Man Utd striker will pose PSG
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‘Cavani has nothing to prove’ – Tuchel well aware of threat ‘reliable’ Man Utd striker will pose PSG

The German head coach talked up the quality of his former player ahead of the French champions' trip to Old Trafford Thomas Tuchel insists Edinson Cavani has nothing to prove against Paris Saint-Germain, and that he's well aware of the threat the "reliable" Manchester United striker will pose his team. PSG travel to Old Trafford to face Group H leaders United in Manchester on Wednesday, with all eyes on star centre-forward Cavani. Cavani joined United on a free transfer on deadline day in October, having left PSG as the Ligue 1 champions' all-time leading scorer with 200 goals to his name in June.

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