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Riyad Mahrez confident he will move to another level after joining Manchester City from Leicester City

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Riyad Mahrez is confident he can take his game to another level after finally joining Manchester City from Leicester City.

The Algeria winger, 27, has been a long-term target for City, and moves to the Premier League champions on a five-year-deal.

The terms of the transfer were not revealed in Tuesday night’s announcement, but the fee has been reported to be in the region of £60million. Leicester said in a statement the deal was a “club-record”.
“I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola. Watching them from afar has been a pleasure,” Mahrez said on the City website.
“Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is perfect for me, and City’s performances last season were outstanding. They’re redefining the English game and I wanted to be a part of it.

“I think we can be successful over the coming years and I believe my own game can develop under Pep’s management.”
Leicester rejected City’s offer of £50m plus winger Patrick Roberts – valued at £15m – in January, and Mahrez missed two games during the saga.
Mahrez was given extra time off by the Foxes after playing in Algeria’s international games in June and had been set to return to pre-season training before confirmation the protracted transfer had finally been concluded.
City director of football Txiki Begiristain is confident Mahrez will prove a valuable addition as the champions look to mount a successful defence of their Premier League title and succeed in Europe.

“Riyad is a hugely talented player. He beats defenders and creates space,” Begiristain said on the club’s website.
“Over the past few years, he has established himself as one of the Premier League’s most exciting players. We’re sure he will bring additional attacking quality to our squad.”

Leicester had already brought in cover with the £24m arrival of attacking midfielder James Maddison from Norwich.
Mahrez helped Leicester to a shock Premier League title triumph in 2016, scoring 17 times, and then played a major role in the club reaching the Champions League quarter-finals during the following campaign.
The Algerian, who signed from Le Havre for £400,000 during 2014, leaves the Foxes having made 180 appearances, scoring 48 times.

Despite the saga having at times taken its toll on the relationship between club and player, Leicester wished Mahrez well for the challenges ahead with Manchester City.

A statement on the Leicester website read: “In the four-and-a half years since Riyad signed for the Foxes, he has played his way into the hearts of all Leicester City supporters.
“His moments of magic will live long in the memory as the club and its fans continue to build a long-term legacy for the success delivered by the teams to which Riyad so memorably contributed.
“Riyad leaves with the best wishes of everybody who has worked with him at Leicester City Football Club. He will be welcomed back to King Power Stadium as both an opposition player and a friend of the club.”

 

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Luka Modric Receives FIFA’s ‘Best’ Award

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The 33-year-old Croatian midfielder ended the decade-long dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi over the league’s top player award yesterday. Modric helped Real Madrid win its third consecutive UEFA Champions League, then captained Croatia to its first World Cup final. He beat out Ronaldo, who scored 44 goals this season, and Mohamed Salah, who won the Puskas Award for best goal. Meanwhile, critics took aim at the award itself — rebranded as “The Best” in 2016 — and the glitzy ceremony as a marketing ploy by the soccer association

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Anthony Joshua KOs Alexander Povetkin to retain world heavyweight titles

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ANTHONY JOSHUA knocked out Alexander Povetkin during a convincing victory at Wembley.

He  secured a terrific victory over Alexander Povetkin with a seventh round knockout at Wembley in front of a packed-out crowd.
The Watford-born fighter unleashed a flurry of blows to send Povetkin sprawling, almost out of the ring at one point.
The Russian got back to his feet before Joshua landed the killer blows to seal a big win in front of his home crowd.
Joshua had to overcome an early storm as Povetkin flew out of the traps with several big blows.

 

He suffered a bloody nose in the first round but found his composure and turned the tide back on Povetkin.
Joshua began to deal damage, cutting Povetkin above the left eye, and turned on the style in the seventh to dispatch his undefeated opponent.
The 28-year-old will move onto an even bigger fight in 2019, with Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte all among the names sure to be bandied around.
Take a look through the images below for the moment Anthony Joshua knocked out Alexander Povetkin at Wembley.

 

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FIFA, CAF send observers for NFF board election

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The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has named Messrs Luca Piazza and Solomon Mudege as its observers to Thursday’s elections into the Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) 2018-2022.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mudege is FIFA’s Senior Manager for Development Programmes (Africa), while Piazza is a senior official in the FIFA President’s office.
A statement by Ademola Olajire, NFF’s Director of Communications on Monday, also said the Confederation of African Football (CAF) designated a member of its Executive Committee, Mr Sita Sangare, as its observer to the big event.

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It said this was communicated through a letter addressed to the NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi and signed by CAF Secretary General, Amr Fahmy,
Sangare, an Army Colonel, is also President of the Burkina Faso Football Federation.
Katsina town is already bubbling for the much anticipated polls with the arrival on Monday of an advance team from the NFF Secretariat.

The NFF Electoral Committee put in place by the NFF Congress at the 2017 Annual General Assembly in Jos, which is headed by Mr Muhammed Sani Katu, will conduct the polls.
The committee has already cleared incumbent Amaju Pinnick, former Nigeria international and one –time NFF Secretary General Taiwo Ogunjobi, former NFF President Aminu Maigari and Chinedu Okoye to contest for the Presidency.

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Incumbent Seyi Akinwunmi will vie with Sunday Dele-Ajayi for the 1st Vice President’s position, while Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah will oppose incumbent Ibrahim Musa Gusau for the slot of Chairman of Chairmen.
A total of 15 other persons will battle for the remaining eight available positions on the Executive Committee.
All 44 Members of the Nigeria Football Federation Congress will cast their votes on Thursday. A number of the voters will arrive in Katsina on Tuesday.

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Nine-year-old Nigerian boy signs to Arsenal

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A 9-YEAR-OLD Nigerian boy has signed to Arsenal after impressing the football club during a five-week trial.
Jayden Adetiba has been living in South Africa and has also spent time living in the UK.
Adetiba has been a fan of the team his whole life. He spoke about how he felt about the news.
“I thank God and my parents for this. I am very happy.
“I train three times a week at the academy and we have a match at the weekend,” he told The Sun.

NEW SIGNING: Jayden Adetiba (Image: John Adetiba/Twitter)

John, Jayden’s father, tweeted a picture of his son signing documents at the club with the caption: “The little man joins the big club!!”
Brent Sanders, Adetiba’s former coach at SuperSport United Soccer School in Cape Town, told KweséESPN: “Jayden worked with me for two years from the age of seven, and from his first practice session I could see that he was an exceptional talent that stood out in the group.
“You could see he had something special, but what was also so impressive was the way he progressed almost with every training session. He had a real hunger to learn and was able to put that into practice quickly.”

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Nff Bans, Fines Salisu Yusuf

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The Nigeria Football Federation’s ethics committee on fair play has banned the Super Eagles assistant coach Salisu Yusuf from all football –related activities for one year.

This is due to a video documentary in which he was seen collecting the sum of $1,000 from an undercover reporter posing as a player’s agent.
In its report submitted to the NFF secretariat on Tuesday the committee found as a fact that it was not an error of judgment on the part of coach Salisu Yusuf but a self and confident decision to have received the cash gift of $1,000 from the decoy player agent and undercover reporter purportedly acting on behalf of players Osas Okoro And Rabiu Ali.

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Arsenal’s Nwakali called up by Nigeria

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Arsenal youngster Kelechi Nwakali has been included in an official Nigeria squad for the first time.
The 20-year-old midfielder is on the books of Arsenal but has been loaned to Portuguese side Porto, where he is set to play with their B team.
Nwakali did play for a Nigeria XI in a friendly against Spanish club Atletico Madrid in May.
The Super Eagles’ coach Gernot Rohr has named a 24-man squad for the 7 September Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Seychelles and his first since the World Cup.
Nigeria failed to get past the group stage of the World Cup in Russia as they lost 2-0 to Croatia before beating Iceland by the same scoreline and finally losing 2-1 to Argentina.
Nigeria will be without two of their most experienced players for the tie with captain John Mikel Obi recovering from injury while Victor Moses has retired from international duty.
“Mikel only has only just returned from a knock and needs to be allowed to regain his full fitness at his club,” Rohr explained.
In total 18 of the World Cup squad have been recalled by Rohr – the others to miss out are Elderson Echeijile, Shehu Abdullahi and Tyronne Ebuehi.
There are also first-time call-ups for new Bordeaux signing Samuel Kalu as well as defenders Jamilu Collins, who plays in the German third tier for Paderborn, and Semi Ajayi of English Championship side Rotherham United.
Rohr is also hoping to play a friendly against Saudi Arabia after the Seychelles qualifier.
He confirmed that assistant coach Salisu Yusuf is not part of his team as he faces a bribery investigation.
The German also announced that former international goalkeeper Carl Ikeme will be part of his coaching team in the future but will not be in place for the Seychelles tie.
The former Wolverhampton keeper decided in July to end his playing career after a battle with acute leukaemia, he announced June that he was in “complete remission”.
Nigeria began their campaign to qualify for the 2019 Nations Cup in Cameroon with surprise 2-0 loss to visiting South Africa in June last year.
Libya are currently top of Group E on goal difference thanks to their 5-1 win over Seychelles, the top two from the four-team pool will qualify for next year’s finals.
Nigeria squad:
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa)
Defenders: William Troost-Ekong (Udinese, Italy), Leon Balogun (Brighton, England), Chidozie Awaziem (Porto, Portugal), Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia), Ola Aina (Torino, Italy), Jamilu Colllins (SC Paderborn 07, Germany), Semi Ajayi (Rotherham, England), Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain)
Midfielders: Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor, Turkey), Joel Obi (Chievo, Italy), John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Isreal), Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City, England) Kelechi Nwakali (Porto B, Portugal)
Strikers: Ahmed Musa (Al-Nassr, Saudi Arabia), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China) Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone, Italy) Alex Iwobi (Arsenal, England), Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray, Turkey) Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux, France) Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England)
Standby: Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium), Stephen Eze (Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria); Musa Muhammed (HNK Gorica, Croatia); Blessing Eleke (FC Luzern, Switzerland)

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Premier league legends face off African all stars

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The Kanu Foundation have announced a charity football match.

THE KANU Heart Foundation is a heart non-governmental charity, specialising in providing life-saving heart treatments for children and adults patients in Nigeria and across Africa, and have announced a one-off legends football game to raise money for a new cardiac centre and treatment of patients on the waiting list.
The charity, founded by Arsenal and Nigeria legend Nwankwo Kanu, is aiming to raise money to build the new cardiac centre in Abuja, Nigeria, and reduce costly travel and accommodation fees for sick children and their families.
Kicking off on Sunday 30 September 2018 at the HIVE stadium in Barnet, the Petrolex Kanu Cup in association with Masters FootballTM will see fan favourites take to the pitch once more in order to promote the Kanu Heart Foundation.
Having suffered from heart problems throughout his career as a professional footballer, Kanu has first-hand experience of the devastating impact heart disease can have on lives. He will be joined by Sol Campbell, Lauren and Robert Pirès, with more big names to be announced in the coming weeks.
His foundation seeks to raise the profile of heart diseases in Africa and increase awareness through education, improving the quality of physical and psychological care for patients and their families and undertaking vital research.
Kanu commented, “If I wasn’t lucky enough to have access to such an amazing medical team when I experienced a serious heart defect, I might not be here today. I set up the Kanu Heart Foundation to help others in the same position who are less fortunate.
“The new cardiac centre in Abuja will help hundreds of people get access to vital heart treatment without having to travel abroad. I am proud that so many amazing ex-pros will be joining me in the Petrolex Masters Cup in association with Masters FootballTM – it will be an amazing day and great help for the charity.”

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Victor Moses dumps Nigeria for Chelsea

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Nigeria’s midfielder Victor Moses has announced a stunning decision to quit international football, choosing his club Chelsea over answering duty calls from Nigeria.
Moses, who is just 27, announced his decision on Wednesday on his Instagram page.
He said he made this decision to focus on his club career and family.
Moses was part of the Nigerian squad to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and paid pivotal role in Nigeria’s victory over Iceland at the Group stage.
He was born in Lagos on 12 December 1990 and his parents later took him to Kaduna. After surviving a religious riot, in which his parents were killed, he was taken to England, where he has had a flourishing football career.
He represented England at youth tournaments, playing for the Under-16, Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21, but he thereafter opted to play for Nigeria.
He began his professional career in the Championship with Crystal Palace, before his performances caught the eye of Wigan Athletic, where he made his Premier League debut in 2010.
After two years, his game had improved to the extent that European champions Chelsea were interested, and he signed for them in the summer of 2012.
Despite ten goals in all competitions during his first season, he spent his second season on loan to Liverpool, his third on loan at Stoke City and his fourth on loan at West Ham United.
He has been capped more than 20 times for Nigeria since his debut in 2012 and was part of the winning squad at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, as well as the campaign in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Here is the full message that he posted on Twitter and his Instagram account:

 

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Nigerian forward heads to Saudi Arabia

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AHMED MUSA has left Leicester City for Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr.
Musa has signed a four-year contract with the team for an undisclosed fee which is reported around £17 million.
Al Nassr beat several European clubs to sign the 25-year-old who impressed at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.
Musa featured for Nigeria at the recent World Cup finals in Russia, scoring both goals in a win over Iceland.

The 25-year-old was Leicester’s record signing when he joined them for about £16m from CSKA Moscow in 2016.
But after just two goals in 21 games he was loaned back to the Russian side last season.

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GOV Willie Obiano Arrives Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba, Delta State Ahead of the flag off of the 21st African Senior Athletic Championship holding in Delta State, Nigeria

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GOV Willie Obiano has arrived  Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba, Delta State ahead of the flag off of the 21st African Senior Atletic Championship holding in Delta State, Nigeria.

His Excellency was welcomed by his Delta State counterpart Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur, Okowa, Nigeria’s Minister of Sports, Bar. Solomon Dalong amongst others.

The competion is expected to last for 5 days.

Details soon….

Harrison Madubueze
Asaba, Delta State.

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