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World Cup Qualifiers: Rookie Ouma named in Harambee Stars final squad for Uganda match
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World Cup Qualifiers: Rookie Ouma named in Harambee Stars final squad for Uganda match

The Turkish tactician has named his final squad for the fixture against the Cranes at St Mary’s Kitende Stadium on Thursday Harambee Stars coach Engin Firat has named rookie Nairobi City Stars midfielder Timothy “Babu” Ouma in the final squad for Thursday’s 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifier against Uganda. The national team left for Kampala on Wednesday in readiness for their fifth Group E match against the Cranes at St Mary’s Kitende Stadium in Kampala.  
Mulee: Police FC appoint former Harambee Stars and Tusker coach as technical director
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Mulee: Police FC appoint former Harambee Stars and Tusker coach as technical director

The tactician joins an equally experienced John Bobby Ogolla who helped them win promotion from the 2020/21 NSL campaign Football Kenya Federation Premier League side Police FC have appointed former Harambee Stars head coach Jacob 'Ghost' Mulee as their technical director. The Cops, who are debuting in the top-tier and have just one win after five games, have made an addition to their technical bench by roping in the former Tusker coach after signing big names recently. 'Genius' Mulee Musa Mohamed - a Premier League winner with Gor Mahia and Nkana of Zambia, Duncan Otieno, formerly featuring for AFC Leopards, Lusaka Dynamos and Nkana, former Gor Mahia winger Clifton Miheso and John Makwatta - a former Kenya Premier League Golden Boot winner and who also featured for Zesco Unite...
‘His tongue could have slipped’ – Wazito FC’s Kimanzi defends Mwendwa over lack of talent utterances
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‘His tongue could have slipped’ – Wazito FC’s Kimanzi defends Mwendwa over lack of talent utterances

The tactician feels the top football administrator could have not meant what he said because Kenya does not lack talent at all Wazito FC head coach Francis Kimanzi has defended Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa after he came under fire following his comments that the country lacks talent. Kimanzi said the FKF chief could have had his tongue slip when he made the comments during a TV interview. Mwendwa - after the Harambee Stars' dream of clinching a World Cup ticket came to an end - said the country needs quality players in order to compete at the top level. Slip of the tongue "I tend to believe Mwendwa said so, for lack of a better word to express himself. His tongue could have slipped. You know, when one is in front of the camera, words tend to come out of th...
2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Nigeria paid the price for underestimating CAR – Savoy
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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Nigeria paid the price for underestimating CAR – Savoy

The Super Eagles looked down on the Wild Beasts and were made to bear the brunt, according to the Spanish-Swiss tactician Nigeria was paid "the hard way" for underrating the Central African Republic, according to coach Raoul Savoy. The Wild Beasts pulled off a shock 1-0 triumph over the three-time African champions in Thursday’s 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifier staged at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. Despite boasting superior ball possession and numerous scoring chances, Gernot Rohr’s men were stunned by super-sub Karl Namnganda, who profited from a moment of carelessness by William Troost-Ekong’s backline. With this result, the Central African country has earned their first win in Group C en route to Qatar 2022. For Savoy, the result was their own way of repaying the 2013 Africa...
2022 World Cup Qualification: Tanzania have a mountain to climb – Poulsen
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2022 World Cup Qualification: Tanzania have a mountain to climb – Poulsen

The Danish tactician is not carried away by the Taifa Stars’ bright start en route to next year’s global football showpiece Coach Kim Poulsen stated that Tanzania have ‘a mountain to climb’ towards qualifying for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar. Although Taifa Stars are the lowest-ranked team in Group J that boasts Benin Republic, DR Congo and Madagascar, the East Africans lead the zone with four points. They settled for a 1-1 draw away in Lubumbashi on September 2, and Tanzania followed it up with a hard-fought 3-2 triumph over the Barea five days later.
Watford part ways with head coach Xisco Munoz after Leeds defeat
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Watford part ways with head coach Xisco Munoz after Leeds defeat

The Spanish tactician has been relieved of his duties at Vicarage Road after just seven games of the new Premier League season Watford have parted ways with head coach Xisco Munoz after their defeat to Leeds United on Saturday. Leeds beat Watford 1-0 at Elland Road thanks to an early goal from Diego Llorente, and moved to within just one point of their opponents in the Premier League standings in the process. The Hornets are now sitting 14th, just four points above the drop zone, and the club have decided to make a change in the dugout to try and turn their fortunes around quickly.  
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Rajevac: Serbian confirmed for second Ghana spell after 2010 World Cup exploits

The 67-year-old is back for another stint with the Black Stars, replacing CK Akonnor The Ghana Football Association has announced Serbian tactician Milovan Rajevac as the new head coach of the Black Stars. The announcement was made at a press conference at the GFA Secretariat in Accra on Friday. The 67-year-old makes a return to the West African nation for a second spell, having first led the side between 2008 and 2010, the highlight being a quarter-final appearance at the World Cup in South Africa.  
Rajevac: Serbian confirmed for second Ghana spell after 2010 World Cup exploits
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Rajevac: Serbian confirmed for second Ghana spell after 2010 World Cup exploits

The 67-year-old is back for another stint with the Black Stars, replacing CK Akonnor The Ghana Football Association has announced Serbian tactician Milovan Rajevac as the new head coach of the Black Stars. The announcement was made at a press conference at the GFA Secretariat in Accra on Friday. The 67-year-old makes a return to the West African nation for a second spell, having first led the side between 2008 and 2010, the highlight being a quarter-final appearance at the World Cup in South Africa.  
Tuchel names three strongest teams aside Chelsea
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Tuchel names three strongest teams aside Chelsea

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has named the teams he feels are the strongest in the Premier League. The German tactician listed them as Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool. Tuchel revealed this while speaking about Harry Kane’s failed move to City this summer. “We are not afraid of nobody. We accept any team — Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool. They are the teams strong like no others in this league. “They have strong, strong squads. These other guys with whom you want to compete, it is normal they fight for the best players,” Tuchel said. Chelsea travels to Tottenham Hotspur in the league this Sunday, aiming to keep their top spot on the table.
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Why Kenya have the advantage over Uganda – Sredojevic
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Why Kenya have the advantage over Uganda – Sredojevic

The Serbian tactician explains why he feels Harambee Stars will start as favourites when they take on the Cranes on Thursday Uganda coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic believes Kenya will start as favourites when the neighbours kick off their campaign to Qatar in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers with a fixture at Nyayo Stadium on Thursday. The East African rivals are pooled together in Group E of the qualifiers alongside West African giants Mali and Rwanda with the top team set to qualify for the third qualifying round. The Serbian tactician, who returned to handle the Cranes on July 27, after parting ways with Zambia, believes Harambee Stars have the advantage owing to the fact they had played their FKF Premier League campaign to a conclusion unlike in Uganda where their league was c...
Al Ahly’s Pitso Mosimane interested in signing Brighton & Hove Albion forward
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Al Ahly’s Pitso Mosimane interested in signing Brighton & Hove Albion forward

The accomplished tactician admitted he is open to the idea of reuniting with the former Witbank Spurs player Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane has addressed rumours linking the club with Bafana Bafana international Percy Tau. The speedy attacker recently scored his first goal for Brighton & Hove and Albion, but his future at the English side is reportedly uncertain. It is believed Tau is not guaranteed game time at Brighton under manager Graham Potter ahead of the new season.  
Pitso Mosimane: South African coach highlights the European leagues he would love to join
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Pitso Mosimane: South African coach highlights the European leagues he would love to join

The tactician has, however, insisted he is content with his current job at Al Ahly in Egypt Celebrated Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has discussed how he is open to coaching in Europe once an opportunity comes his way. The tactician is one of the most successful in African football having won three Caf Champions League titles, one with Mamelodi Sundowns and two with his current team Al Ahly. He will once again be lining up against the best in the world during the Fifa Club World Cup later this year. The former Bafana Bafana coach has opined on which league he feels is the best.
Akwa United’s Boboye shifts focus to Caf Champions League after historic NPFL triumph
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Akwa United’s Boboye shifts focus to Caf Champions League after historic NPFL triumph

After helping the Promise Keepers win their maiden Nigerian top-flight title, the tactician is aiming to lead the team to a fruitful outing in Africa   Coach Kennedy Boboye has shifted focus to Akwa United’s Caf Champions League campaign after leading the Promise Keepers to Nigeria Professional League glory. Inspired by a Charles Atshimene hat-trick, the Uyo-based outfit mauled MFM 5-2 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium to end their NPFL title wait with a game to spare. Following winning their maiden top-flight crown, the former Nigeria international now boasts of two winners medals after leading Plateau United to the country’s elite division diadem in 2017 after leaving Abia Warriors. While revelling in Akwa’s historic feat, Boboye claims his next goal is to lead the te...
Mosimane can coach in Europe – Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Vega on Al Ahly glory
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Mosimane can coach in Europe – Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Vega on Al Ahly glory

The South African has been a success in Africa and has so far won three Caf Champions League titles Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Ramon Vega believes Al Ahly tactician Pitso Mosimane is ripe to coach in Europe. The South African has been a success on the continent and recently he bagged his third Caf Champions League title after leading the Red Devils to a 3-0 win over Soweto heavyweights Kaizer Chiefs. It was his second title in a row, with another earned when he was Mamelodi Sundowns coach in 2016. The tactician has also won two Caf Super Cups and he further helped Al Ahly to a third-place finish in the 2020 Fifa Club World Cup.
Kaizer Chiefs will lose against ‘genius’ Mosimane’s Al Ahly in Caf Champions League final – Khanye
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Kaizer Chiefs will lose against ‘genius’ Mosimane’s Al Ahly in Caf Champions League final – Khanye

Amakhosi will be coming up against the Red Devils tactician who is very familiar with them from South Africa Former Kaizer Chiefs winger Junior Khanye has described Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane as a genius who is lucky and will plot a 2-0 victory over the Soweto giants on Saturday. Chiefs and Al Ahly clash in the Caf Champions League final at Stade Mohamed V Stadium in Casablanca, Morocco. Mosimane is a two-time Champions League winner, having guided Mamelodi Sundowns and Al Ahly to continental glory.
Cosafa Cup: Zambia’s Sredojevic ready for the sack after exit
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Cosafa Cup: Zambia’s Sredojevic ready for the sack after exit

The Serbian tactician says he is proud of what he has achieved and will take any decision taken by the Zambia federation on his future Zambia coach Milutin Sredojevic has stated he is proud of what he has achieved since taking charge of the national team despite their early exit from the 2021 Cosafa Cup. Chipolopolo failed to make it to the knockout stage of the competition being held in South Africa after losing two of their Group A matches – 2-1 against Lesotho and 1-0 against Eswatini. After winning 2-1 against Botswana, Zambia then managed a 0-0 draw against South Africa and it was not enough to guarantee them passage to the knockout stage, meaning it will be the first time in in the history of the tournament that they failed to advance.
Caf Champions League: Kaizer Chiefs are covered ‘with or without Baxter’ vs Al Ahly – club
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Caf Champions League: Kaizer Chiefs are covered ‘with or without Baxter’ vs Al Ahly – club

The tactician was appointed to coach Amakhosi on June 9 after the exit of Gavin Hunt, but has not yet secured his work permit PSL heavyweights Kaizer Chiefs are still optimistic about securing Stuart Baxter's work permit in order for him to be on the bench when they take on Al Ahly in the Caf Champions League final next weekend. Amakhosi announced the return of the 67-year-old on June 9, two weeks after axing Gavin Hunt. He signed a two-year contract with an option to extend it by a further two years, with Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard, who were interim co-coaches after being part of Hunt's backroom staff, serving as his assistants.
Euro 2020 final: Polack reveals where England vs Italy will be decided
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Euro 2020 final: Polack reveals where England vs Italy will be decided

The former K’Ogalo tactician predicts a very close contest between the Three Lions and the Azzurri as they face off in the final Steven Polack has revealed the key areas that will decide the Euro 2020 final between Italy and England on Saturday. The Three Lions made it to their first-ever major final in 55 years after defeating Denmark 2-1 while Italy booked their place in the final to be staged at Wembley after eliminating Spain 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in normal time in the other semi-final contest. Former Gor Mahia coach Polack has explained the team that will take full control of the midfield and have a solid defensive line will carry the day.
Cosafa Cup: Zimbabwe coach Logarusic granted visa to South Africa
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Cosafa Cup: Zimbabwe coach Logarusic granted visa to South Africa

The Warriors tactician will now be available to handle his side after being cleared to travel for the tournament Zimbabwe coach Zdravko Logarusic has been granted a visa to travel to South Africa for the 2021 Cosafa Cup tournament. The Warriors suffered a blow on Monday after their coach was denied entry at OR Tambo Airport for lacking a visa ahead of the tournament which kicked off at Nelson Mandela Bay on Tuesday. Zimbabwe Football Federation has confirmed the Croat has been cleared and will travel back to South Africa in readiness for the team’s opening match against Mozambique on Wednesday.
Ibenge: RS Berkane appoint ex-DR Congo manager
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Ibenge: RS Berkane appoint ex-DR Congo manager

The former Shanghai Shenhua and Vita Club tactician will continue his managerial career at the Stade Municipal de Berkane giants Former DR Congo boss Florent Ibenge has been appointed as RS Berkane’s new permanent manager after signing a two-year contract. The 59-year-old, who was previously coach of the Leopards, Shanghai Shenhua and Vita Club, will succeed Juan Pedro Benali in Berkane. The Oranges Boys have now officially unveiled Ibenge at the Stade Municipal de Berkane, as they expect him to build a formidable team ahead of the 2021-22 campaign.
Why Mulee gave Tusker FC players condoms in 2008 Cecafa Cup
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Why Mulee gave Tusker FC players condoms in 2008 Cecafa Cup

The tactician explains why he opted to share the prize money with his players which contributed to his exit Harambee Stars coach Jacob 'Ghost' Mulee has revealed he had to give his 2008 Tusker FC Cecafa Cup-winning squad players condoms for protection. The team had struggled to prepare for the competition as the former chairman Patrick Naggi did not facilitate what was needed. The current Kenya coach explains how he motivated the players to ensure they perform despite the difficulties faced. "It was not easy for us to prepare for the Cecafa competition in Dar es Salaam. First of all, our training camp was to be held at Nanyuki but I was told there was no money. I did not get full support and I felt it was sabotage," Mulee explained at Arocho Live.
Caf Champions League: Al Ahly must protect lead vs Esperance – Mosimane
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Caf Champions League: Al Ahly must protect lead vs Esperance – Mosimane

The Red Devils will face the Tunisian giants at Al Ahly WE Al Salam Stadium with a slim advantage from the first leg meeting Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has called on his players to try and protect their lead when they take on Esperance de Tunis in the return leg of the Caf Champions League on Saturday. The Red Devils beat the Tunisian giants 1-0 in the semi-final first leg meeting played in Tunis with Mohamed Sherif notching the all-important goal in the second half to give them a big advantage going into the return leg at Al Ahly WE Al Salam Stadium. But despite carrying the advantage, the former Mamelodi Sundowns tactician has maintained a cautious approach for the return leg insisting they are not yet in the final and called on his players to protect their slim win.
Cosafa Cup Draw: Malawi not afraid to face neighbours Zambia – Fazili
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Cosafa Cup Draw: Malawi not afraid to face neighbours Zambia – Fazili

The assistant tactician states their readiness to face any team in the tournament after the draw was done on Thursday Malawi assistant coach Lovemore Fazili has confidently stated they are not afraid to come up against neighbours Zambia in the group stage of the 2021 Cosafa Cup. The Flames were drawn in Group C of the competition that will be staged in Port Elizabeth, South Africa from July 7-18, alongside the Chipolopolo, Comoros, and Madagascar. Six-time winners Zimbabwe are in Group D alongside guests Senegal, Mozambique, and Namibia while hosts South Africa headline Group A that also includes Lesotho, Botswana, and Eswatini.
FCAAN is achieving its objectives for football coaches – Henry Abiodun
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FCAAN is achieving its objectives for football coaches – Henry Abiodun

The veteran tactician discloses that the body will not relent in its efforts to make sure African coaches are better quipped for modern-day coaching Football Coaches Association of African Nations director of coaching education, Henry Abiodun states that the body is achieving its set goals and objectives. With the ambition of taking coaching education to an enviable height, the body continues to train coaches across Africa. FCAAN’s latest drive was a seven-day ‘C’ course programme held in Akure in May where over 100 Nigerian coaches were in attendance.
Waldrum ‘proud’ of Super Falcons despite defeat to USA
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Waldrum ‘proud’ of Super Falcons despite defeat to USA

The reigning African champions bowed to the Stars and Stripes, but the American tactician praised his side for their doggedness Randy Waldrum has expressed his appreciation with Nigeria’s performance against the United States of America, despite losing 2-0. Lifted by their 3-3 draw with Portugal the last time out, the African side came into the encounter with the ambition of achieving another positive result. However, they bowed to the four-time Women’s World Cup winners with goals from Christen Press and Lynn Williams settling the encounter at the Q2 Stadium, Austin, Texas.
Abdellatif Salef: Somalia sack coach, calling him ‘undisciplined’ and ‘incompetent’
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Abdellatif Salef: Somalia sack coach, calling him ‘undisciplined’ and ‘incompetent’

The Belgo-Moroccan tactician has been axed as handler of the Ocean Stars by the country’s football governing body Abdellatif Salef has been sacked as coach of the Somalia senior national team after less than three weeks in charge. Following the dismissal of Said Abdi Haibeh as handler of the Ocean Stars over poor performances, in May 2021, the Belgo-Moroccan tactician was named as his replacement on a two-year deal. "Somalia is a football nation. Since my arrival in Mogadishu, I have always seen children playing on the streets of Mogadishu, so it shows that Somalia is a football-mad country,” Salef said. He was expected to lead the team in the preliminary match of the Fifa Arab Cup Qatar 2021 against Oman on June 20.
World Cup Qualifiers 2022: Nigeria will be ready for Liberia – Rohr
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World Cup Qualifiers 2022: Nigeria will be ready for Liberia – Rohr

After seeing his men hold the Indomitable Lions to a 0-0 draw, the German tactician is confident the Super Eagles will be ready for the Lone Star Nigeria will be ready for September’s World Cup qualifier against Liberia, according to coach Gernot Rohr. The German tactician disclosed this after the Super Eagles played out a 0-0 draw with Cameroon in Tuesday’s international friendly. Despite relying on makeshift defenders, the three-time African champions ended the encounter at the Wiener Neustadt Stadium on a no winner, no vanquished note. Although Rohr rued the chances missed by his team – which he attributed to the absence of key players – he is upbeat that his team would be set when their quest to qualify for Qatar 2022 commences against their West African foes. “The result ...
Nuno to leave Wolves manager job following final Premier League game of the season amid links to Tottenham
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Nuno to leave Wolves manager job following final Premier League game of the season amid links to Tottenham

The Portuguese coach has spent the last four years at Molineux, but will depart the Wolverhampton club following Sunday's finale to 2020-21 campaign Wolves have revealed that head coach Nuno Espirito Santo will be leaving the club this summer, with his final match in charge the home game with Manchester United on Sunday. After four years at Molineux, in which promotion was secured and a place among the Premier League elite cemented, the time has come for the Portuguese tactician to take on a new challenge. He walks away with the full support of the Wolves board, with remarkable progress made by a manager who will be the club's fifth longest serving of the post-war era.
FA Cup Final: Chelsea Could End up Without Trophy – Paul Merson
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FA Cup Final: Chelsea Could End up Without Trophy – Paul Merson

  Paul Merson has warned that Thomas Tuchel and his Chelsea side may end up without a silverware this season ahead of their FA Cup final clash against Leicester City. Merson said that Tuchel’s tinkering has handed Leicester City a huge advantage ahead of the Wembley showdown on Saturday. With one eye on the FA Cup final, Tuchel made seven changes to his team for the midweek Premier League clash with Arsenal. Chelsea lost the game and the German tactician admitted later that he had made a mistake in making so many changes to his regular starting XI. Going into the FA Cup final on Saturday, Merson warned that the Londoners could struggle to rediscover their rhythm on the big stage. “Chelsea go into the FA Cup final with everything up in the air again after what hap...
Beard re-appointed as Liverpool Women manager
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Beard re-appointed as Liverpool Women manager

The English tactician has taken charge of the Reds for the second time in his career after leaving Bristol City Matt Beard has been re-appointed as Liverpool Women's manager, replacing caretaker boss Amber Whiteley. Beard, who guided the Reds to two Women’s Super League titles between 2012 and 2015, has taken up the post for a second time after reaching the end of his interim contract at Bristol City. The 43-year-old expressed his delight after being unveiled on Thursday, and is looking forward to getting back to work for a club he has always found "fascinating".
Man City Look To Wrap Up Premier League Title As Chelsea Visit Etihad
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Man City Look To Wrap Up Premier League Title As Chelsea Visit Etihad

Manchester City will be hoping to wrap up the Premier League title today as the Citizens welcome Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in what has been tagged a dress rehearsal for the Champions League final on May 29. Manchester City and Chelsea have already locked horns twice this season, with the Citizens getting the better of the Blues in the reverse fixture before Thomas Tuchel’s charges handed them a 1-0 loss in the FA Cup semi-final last month. Pep Guardiola & co. will be buoyed by the win over PSG, which confirmed their place in the UEFA Champions League final. And joining Manchester City in the grand finale in Istanbul later this month will be Chelsea, who eased past Real Madrid to set up the date with their rivals. However, the London club have been transformed under the...
Paul Ince identifies Solskjaer’s mistakes in Man United 0-0 with Leeds
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Paul Ince identifies Solskjaer’s mistakes in Man United 0-0 with Leeds

Paul Ince has blamed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Leeds United in the Premier League on Sunday. The league game at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon ended goalless with few clear-cut chances. Man United boss, Solskjaer only introduced Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani and Donny van de Beek very late in the game and Ince questions the timing of Solskjaer’s changes. He also wondered why the Norwegian tactician withdrew Marcus Rashford with his side chasing a goal. “Cavani comes on for six minutes. Six minutes when you need a goal? Ince told Sky Sports. “You take Rashford off when you got two sitting midfielders in Fred and McTominay. Van de Beek who they paid £40m for, gets three minutes. “These decisions aren’t right if you are trying to win a f...
European Super League: Rio Ferdinand suggests different reason for Mourinho’s sack by Tottenham
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European Super League: Rio Ferdinand suggests different reason for Mourinho’s sack by Tottenham

  Former Manchester United captain, Rio Ferdinand has suggested that Jose Mourinho might have opposed Tottenham Hotspur’s signing up for the European Super League, leading to his sack. According to him, the timing of the sack of the Portuguese tactician by Tottenham “doesn’t make sense.” The former Chelsea and Manchester United manager Mourinho was sacked on Monday along with his coaching staff Sours took the decision six days before they face Manchester City in the EFL Cup final and few hours after the 12 big clubs in Europe(Tottenham included) announced their breakaway from UEFA Despite the fact that Tottenham endured a difficult campaign, Mourinho was expected to at least see out the season and attempt to guide Spurs to their first trophy since 2008. Asked whe...
Chelsea Players Shocked by Tuchel’s Actions against Tammy Abraham
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Chelsea Players Shocked by Tuchel’s Actions against Tammy Abraham

  Chelsea players are shocked with the manner with which manager Thomas Tuchel has gradually dumped Tammy Abraham out of the squad, the Telegraph reports. The players were left stunned after the German tactician again left Abraham out of his 20-man squad for the FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City. Abraham helped the Blues to reach the last four of the competition this year. He scored a hat-trick in the side’s fourth-round win at home to Luton Town before scoring the winner in the next round away to Barnsley. However, Nigerian-born England International has made only four starts in total since Frank Lampard left the managerial position for Tuchel in January. And the 23-year-old has grown increasingly exasperated with a lack of game-time under the new Chelsea h...
UCL: No Guarantee Liverpool Will Qualify for next Season’s Champions League – Klopp warns
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UCL: No Guarantee Liverpool Will Qualify for next Season’s Champions League – Klopp warns

  Jurgen Klopp has warned there are no guarantees Liverpool will qualify for next season’s Champions League. The warning followed their 3-1 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League last 8 that saw the Reds tumble out of the competition. The result also means that Liverpool’s only route into next season’s tournament is via a top-four Premier League finish. Klopp’s team is currently sitting sixth on the table, three points between them and fourth-placed West Ham. The race for a top-four finish is very open but the German tactician was asked how confident he is that Liverpool will be in the Champions League next season and he said, “That has nothing to do with confidence. I would say I’m naturally confident but that doesn’t mean we will end up there. ...
Elneny eyeing new contract at Arsenal after earning second chance under Arteta
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Elneny eyeing new contract at Arsenal after earning second chance under Arteta

The Egyptian midfielder spent the 2019-20 season on loan at Besiktas but has been welcomed back into the Gunners fold by a Spanish tactician Mohamed Elneny is looking to complete a remarkable turnaround at Arsenal by landing himself a contract extension. The Egyptian midfielder appeared destined to be heading for the exits when Unai Emery sent him out on loan to Besiktas at the start of the 2019-20 campaign, with alternative options being favoured in north London. Another Spanish coach, Mikel Arteta, has found room for the 28-year-old within his plans, though, and it could be that fresh terms are now thrashed out at Emirates Stadium.
Afcon Qualifiers: ‘Kenya and Tanzania can get maximum points from remaining matches’ – Williamson
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Afcon Qualifiers: ‘Kenya and Tanzania can get maximum points from remaining matches’ – Williamson

The British tactician concedes the games will be tough but exuded confidence that the East Africans will win the matches to advance Former Kenya head coach Bobby Williamson has conceded it will be tough for Harambee Stars and Tanzania in the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Harambee Stars are in Group G of the qualifiers with three points coming from the four games they have played. Kenya found themselves in a difficult position in the qualifiers after a 1-1 draw against Comoros in Nairobi and a 2-1 loss in Moroni in November. Taifa Stars are in Group J for the race to Cameroon with four points from as many matches and need maximum points in the remaining games to seal their place in the finals.
Pulisic Threatens to Dump Chelsea over Tuchel’s Attitude
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Pulisic Threatens to Dump Chelsea over Tuchel’s Attitude

  American winger, Christian Pulisic has threatened to dump Chelsea over lack.of game time under Thomas Tuchel, the Sun (UK) reports. The player has also informed his representatives about his decision to leave the west London side. Pulisic has not started any game since Tuchel took over as Blues manager and the German tactician recently named him as one of the players he is treating unfairly at the club. Pulisic is said to be growing increasingly impatient under Tuchel, who was his former boss at Borussia Dortmund and is not prepared to stay at Chelsea unless he’s considered a vital part of the German’s plans. Pulisic cost £57m. It’s claimed Pulisic has said as much to his advisers, who would be in charge of finding a new club for the American. Reports on Tuesda...
Guardiola Says It’s Heartbreaking to See his ‘son’ Join Barcelona
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Guardiola Says It’s Heartbreaking to See his ‘son’ Join Barcelona

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said that it breaks his hearts to see his ‘son’, Eric Garcia leaving the Premier League leaders to join Laliga giants Barcelona next season. The 20-year-old Garcia began his career with Barca and is a product of the Catalans’ youth system before joining City in 2017. Garcia played for City’s Under-18 and Under-23 sides and made his first-team debut in December 2018. However, the Barcelona-born defender rejected the offer of a new contract at City last August and will be a free agent this summer. A number of clubs were keen on the talented stopper. Arsenal were heavily linked during the January transfer window. It was always thought that he would return to the Nou Camp but the Gunners seemed another option. However, Gu...
Klopp admits Liverpool’s title defence is over as Reds throw in towel on trying to catch Man City
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Klopp admits Liverpool’s title defence is over as Reds throw in towel on trying to catch Man City

The German tactician has conceded that the Reds will not be claiming back-to-back Premier League crowns after suffering a third straight defeat Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool’s title defence is over, with the Reds boss conceding in the wake of a 3-1 defeat at Leicester that the defending champions will not be catching Manchester City. Uncharacteristic struggles for consistency have hit the men from Merseyside hard this season, while untimely injury setbacks have become an all too familiar theme. More woe was endured at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, leading Klopp to throw in the towel as his side sit 10 points adrift of leaders City having already taken in two more games than the Blues.
Barnsley vs Chelsea: Tuchel Confirms Kepa Will Start FA Cup Tie
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Barnsley vs Chelsea: Tuchel Confirms Kepa Will Start FA Cup Tie

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed the club’s record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga, will start tonight’s FA Cup fifth round tie at Barnsley. Kepa arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2018 as replacement for Thibaut Courtois. The Spaniard cost the Blues a world record £72million, but has since endured a rough patch. He has eventually been replaced as Chelsea’s first choice by Eduoard Mendy, who arrived from Rennes last summer. Mendy has started all four of Tuchel’s matches in charge so far and conceded just once, but the 28-year-old will earn a rest this evening with the German tactician handing Kepa an olive branch. “He [Kepa] will play [against Barnsley]. From outside, of course we had a view on his situation and some difficulties on the sporting sid...
Mourinho reveals Maradona calls as he pays tribute to Argentina legend
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Mourinho reveals Maradona calls as he pays tribute to Argentina legend

The Portuguese tactician will miss the phone calls he received from the Argentine hero after bad results Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho says he will miss receiving phone calls from Diego Maradona that were made to lift his spirits after losing matches. The football world is in mourning after the passing of the iconic former player this week. Tributes have flown in from across the world after it was confirmed on Wednesday that the Argentina, Napoli and Boca Juniors hero suffered a fatal heart attack on Wednesday.
Vandenbroeck: Why Simba SC must be wary of Plateau United in Caf Champions League
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Vandenbroeck: Why Simba SC must be wary of Plateau United in Caf Champions League

The Belgian tactician warns his players to forget about the 7-0 league win against Coastal Union and shift focus to continental duty Simba SC coach Sven Vandenbroeck has warned his players to be very cautious when they take on Plateau United FC in their preliminary round first leg match on Sunday. The Belgian tactician has admitted despite the team signing off for their first meeting with the Nigerian outfit with a huge 7-0 win against Coastal Union in the Mainland Premier League, his players should not be carried away by the result and must remain focused to tackle “a difficult opponent.” Simba were on the rampage at Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium in Arusha on Saturday as they tore Coastal Union to shreds with a hat-trick from captain John Bocco, a double from Clatous Chama, and goals...
He’s a good choice for Nigeria’ – Ordega breathes sigh of relief after Waldrum appointment
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He’s a good choice for Nigeria’ – Ordega breathes sigh of relief after Waldrum appointment

The Super Falcons have been without a coach since September last year and the striker was elated by the American's appointment Francisca Ordega has abacked Randy Wandrum to succeed as Nigeria's women team coach, conceding the wait for his engagement took longer than expected. The Super Falcons had gone without a substantive tactician for more a year since the resignation of Thomas Dennerby in September 2019. But early in October, Waldrum, who previously handled Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the US U23 national team, was named as Dennerby's replacement by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Harry Redknapp Is A ‘Better Tactician Than Arsene Wenger,’ Says Paul Merson
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Harry Redknapp Is A ‘Better Tactician Than Arsene Wenger,’ Says Paul Merson

Harry Redknapp has been branded as a "tactically" better manager than legendary former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. That's according to Paul Merson, who played under both Redknapp and Wenger in his football career. Harry Redknapp has been branded as a "tactically" better manager than legendary former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. That's according to Paul Merson, who played under both Redknapp and Wenger in his football career. "As a man-manager knowing what you want or what you need, you could tell him what you need, he wouldn't tell you what you needed. I think that was a massive thing with him. "The thing with Harry, people think, 'Oh, he's a wheeler-dealer' […] his knowledge of football is second to none. "I honestly think he's tactically better than Arsene Wenger, i...
It Is Very Difficult For Nigeria To Win 2021 AFCON – Gernot Rohr
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It Is Very Difficult For Nigeria To Win 2021 AFCON – Gernot Rohr

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr said it is hard for his team to win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations because they are not the best team on the continent. The German tactician recently agreed to a two-and-a-half-year deal to continue his work as the handler of the three-time African champions, putting to bed speculation around his future. On Wednesday, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick revealed the conditions in the new contract which include a mandate to qualify the country for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and also win the next Afcon in Cameroon. The 66-year-old guided the Super Eagles to a third-place finish in Egypt last year, however, he disclosed that the new target might be difficult to achieve. “When you go to a tournament it is to win...
Gernot Rohr reaches agreement with NFF to Continue as Super Eagles Coach for Two and Half Years
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Gernot Rohr reaches agreement with NFF to Continue as Super Eagles Coach for Two and Half Years

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has confirmed he has agreed on a new two-and-half-year contract extension with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Rohr has been in charge of the Super Eagles since 2016 and qualified the team for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with ease. He also led the three-time African champions to finish third at Africa Cup of Nations in 2019 in Egypt. The 66-year-old Franco-German's current deal ends in June and he has been in discussions with the federation over a renewal since January. The NFF gave him new conditions in his contract namely residing in Nigeria, being paid in Nigerian currency and grooming local talent from the Nigerian Football league, conditions he has since agreed on. But the NFF have delayed announcing a new deal with the tactic...
Ex-RB Leipzig boss Rangnick confirms Milan approach
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Ex-RB Leipzig boss Rangnick confirms Milan approach

The German tactician has refused to rule out inheriting the managerial reins at San Siro in the near future Former RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick has confirmed that Milan have been in contact to discuss his availability, amid reports he is in line to become the club's new head coach. The 2019-20 season has been another turbulent one for the Rossoneri, who slipped to 13th in Serie A under Marco Giampaolo after a poor start to the campaign. The 52-year-old was drafted in to succeed Genarro Gattuso in the hot seat last June, but only lasted four months in the role before being replaced by Stefano Pioli. Results and performances have improved since Pioli's appointment, but Milan remain a long way behind their rivals at the top end of the Serie A table.
Igiebor: Why Super Eagles coach Rohr has not selected midfielder
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Igiebor: Why Super Eagles coach Rohr has not selected midfielder

The 29-year-old has only featured twice for the three-time African champions since the arrival of the German tactician Nosa Igiebor has revealed why he has not been playing for the Nigeria national team, suggesting he was frozen out by coach Gernot Rohr. The 29-year-old was involved in the German tactician’s opening two games but was dropped to the bench against Zambia during the 2018 World Cup qualifying game. The former Maccabi Tel Aviv midfielder explained he met with Rohr to know why he was not involved in the match, and the 66-year-old responded that he should move to a better league as the Israeli Premier League was not competitive enough.
Super Eagles coach Rohr needs support to succeed – Utaka
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Super Eagles coach Rohr needs support to succeed – Utaka

The 38-year-old feels the German tactician can surpass the performances of previous Super Eagles managers Former Nigeria international John Utaka believes Gernot Rohr needs support to succeed as coach of the Super Eagles. The German tactician was appointed as manager of the West Africans in 2016 and has made a meaningful contribution to the side since his arrival. Rohr is set to sign a new contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as his current deal with the governing body is set to expire next month.

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