Shehu Idris

Shehu Idris

Super agent Mino Raiola has launched a new set of verbal attacks on Pep Guardiola labelling the Manchester City manager "a coward, a dog". 

 

The glib-tongued Italian lay bare his long-term seething hatred for the Catalan citing the open-secret of how Guardiola treated his client Zlatan Ibrahimovic when the latter joined him at Barcelona in 2009. When the big Swede was frozen out of the squad and later flogged off to AC Milan and was completely ignored by Guardiola for the entirety of his time at the Camp Nou. 

 

“Pep Guardiola, the coach, is fantastic. [But] As a person he’s an absolute zero. He’s a coward, a dog. He [Guardiola] told Zlatan to go to him if he ever had any problems or complaints. But then he [Guardiola] just ignored him and wasn’t playing him. He didn’t even say: ‘Hello’ to Zlatan." The Italian said in a recent interview. 

 

He also said he almost confronted him physically in Wembley after his snub denied Ibrahimovic a UEFA Champions League winners medal in 2011 but was held. 

 

“I went for him that night in the corridors at Wembley - only Adriano Galliani, AC Milan’s chairman, stopped me. Lucky for Guardiola."


The world most expensive footballer, Neymar Jr has been ignored in the freshly released UEFA fans' team of the year list, while Eden Hazard and Kelvin De'Bruyne made the list that was dominated by Real Madrid stars. 

The current Ballon D'or holder, Cristiano Ronaldo lead the line with a record-setting 12th inclusion on the elite team, while teammates Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric all made the list in recognition of their efforts in Los Blancos' league and UCL double last season. 

Lionel Messi is the only Barcelona player voted in while Eden Hazard and Kelvin De'Bruyne are the only EPL players to feature.

The total number of 8,779,639 votes for the 2017 UEFA Fans’ Team of the Year is a record, with 798,149 unique users taking part.

UEFA.com Fans’ Team of the Year 2017 in full:

Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus & Italy); Dani Alves (Juventus/Paris Saint-Germain & Brazil), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid & Spain), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus & Italy), Marcelo (Real Madrid & Brazil); Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City & Belgium), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid & Germany), Luka Modric (Real Madrid & Croatia); Eden Hazard (Chelsea & Belgium), Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal).

 

 

 


France and Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry revealed he was learning the unique dribbling technique of former teammate and Super Eagles' legend, Kanu Nwankwo. 

The duo crossed paths at Arsenal FC when they were both acquired by Arsene Wenger in 1999. They spent a trophy-laden half a decade together at the Highbury, winning two Premier League championships and FA Cups. Before Kanu moved away to West Bromwich Albion and Henry stayed and went on to captain the team before leaving for Barcelona in 2007. 

In a chat with completesportsnigeria, Henry confessed he's been a pronounced student of Kanu's languid dribbling technique and took his time to learn the beauty.

"It’s just the truth. Kanu was an underrated player, so humble, nice guy, everything about him was positive. We all know that famous turn [Kanu’s unique dribbling style] that he had, even watching him on television, I was learning [Kanu’s style]. He was always good and a good guy too.

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“Like I said, if we go down to technique, Kanu was very good. Kolo Toure was very tough, Lauren had good technique too until he was moved to right-back.” said the 1998 World Cup winner who was ceremoniously crowned 'Igwe', his long gifted nickname in this part of the world which means 'king' in Igbo language. 

Henry was at the 'Made of Black' event organised by Guinness Nigeria PLC at the Landmark event center, Victoria Island, Lagos State. 

 


The working one" Fidelis Ilechukwu has revealed that he took a leaf each from the books of Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte as he helped steer the performance of MFM FC from relegation strugglers to title challengers in their second NPFL season. 

MFM FC struggled in the regressive water of relegation in their debut NPFL season, barely escaping the drop only for Heartland's indiscipline away at Wikki Tourists on the final game of the season. But the following season, fortunes turned for the 'Olukoya Boys' as they rose from the humbling grass of relegation battle to the grace of title challenge, although they eventually lost the title to Plateau United, Ilechukwu's tweak on this team was mind-blowing. 

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In an Interview with Goal.com, the tactician highlighted the influence of big three of EPL had on his title challenge campaign. 

"I also adopted Guardiola's style of keeping the possession no matter the pressure during the match - the ball must be on the ground and the team must dominate.

"While Conte's philosophy of having fewer defenders and more players in the midfield and the attack was another tactic I used. So when things change, I can change to any of them.

"When I started early last season taking the risk and implementing those philosophies I adopted in our away games, we concede up to four goals. That's one result is different from the other, especially when we play away from home.

"For example in one of our home game against Gombe United, if not for the adoption of Mourinho's style of packing the box, we won't have survived the match because they gave us problems as they were fighting against relegation." He revealed. 

 

 

 

 


The management of the freshly relegated side, Shooting Stars Sporting Club of Ibadan has declared one of its players, Sunday Faleye missing​.

 

The announcement was made in a statement released to pressmen by the Club's Team Manager, Dimeji Lawal on Thursday, saying that the coveted teenager has gone completely incommunicado since the beginning of the month despite still tied legally to the club. 

 

“We have not seen [Faleye] Sunday since, even after getting alert for his salary. He has refused to report in training, that’s why we must let the world know that he is on AWOL despite still being a bona fide player of the club.” The ex-international revealed to journalists. 

 

However, the little birds of Spotkick have brought 'songs' from the east that the 19-years-old is currently in the camp of Abia Warriors of Umuahia and might be planning on making this a permanent move.

 

Sunday Faleye has always been something of a mouthwatering eye candy with numerous potential buyers after his relatively fantastic debut NPFL season where he was the only flickering light in a rather gloomy 3SC season. 


Former Flying Eagles coach, Ladan Bosso has been officially unveiled as the replacement to the departed Yaw Preko as handler of FC Ifeanyi Ubah. 

 

Bosso recoupled, reoriented and inturn steered an insurgence-torn crop of El-kanemi Warriors to an unprecedented home unbeaten run that's spanned over two years before he was inexplicably relieved of his duties in Maiduguri. 

 

He has been appointed to do that and more for the 'Anambra Warriors' who finished at a rather disappointing 9th last season, a yawning 7-point away from a continental ticket. 

 

At the Unveiling, the club's chairman, Chukwuma Ubah heaped praises and exultations round Bosso, stating he will take the club to places. 

 

"Bosso is simply the best manager in the country, he has huge experience with clubs and national team. He will inspire the players, his track records in the league will take the club forward and we hope to win more titles with him.” Chukwuma said. 

 

Meanwhile, Bosso didn't waste time before reciprocating the eulogy and pledged to meet the club's target. 

 

"I am honoured to work here, to become FC Ifeanyi Ubah manager is a special honour for me. It is a private club

with amazing structure and a respected club side in the NPFL, I’m happy to be here. We have our target for the new season and we must work as a group to achieve our aims and objectives.”

 


Former Super Eagles defender, Michael Emenalo has resigned his role as technical director at Chelsea FC. 

 

The 52-year-old has brought his 10 years association with the West London club to an end amid the reports of tension sizzling between the club's hierarchy and manager Antonio Conte.

 

The resignation came as a shock as it's​ Conte who has always been at the center of all exit rumours that fizzle out from  Stamford Bridge since the reported tension started after a "poor" summer dealings.

 

Since joining 'The blues' in 2007 as an opposition scout for Avram Grant, his rose through the ranks quickly and was one of owner, Roman Abrahimovic's trusted advisers and friends​. A relationship which saw him promoted to the position of assistant first-team coach under Carlo Ancelloti, replacing Ray Wilkins. In 2011, he was appointed the technical director and has been largely responsible for the club successful and broad youth system and the shrewd recruitments of top talents with Eden Hazard the cream of the crop. 

 

He made 14 appearances for the Super Eagles, the USA '94 world cup inclusive. 

 


Super Falcons Striker, Francisca Ordega joined, on Friday, Atletico de Madrid  Femenino (Atletico Madrid FC Women) on a season-long loan from National Women Soccer League (NWSL) side Washington Spirit. 

 

This news, which was announced on Atletico Madrid Femenino's verified Twitter handle and their official Website, further explained that the Nigerian was signed to add a degree of firmness to the attacking line of the Spanish side.  

 

“After successfully completing the relevant medical examination, Francisca Ordega signed the contract that binds her to our club and was happy to wear rojiblanco. 

 

"The 24-year-old Nigerian footballer is on the front line and will wear our jersey until next March when she will start a new edition of the American competition." A statement from on their official Website read.

 

Ordega in reaction to the news said: "For me it’s an honour and I’m very happy to be here. Atletico Madrid is a great club, internationally recognized, and I really want to start.

 

“I am a strong player and very fast. I'll adapt to the new environment". 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


After sweeping everything on the way to Russia 2018, The Super Eagles of Nigeria have risen 3 places from 44th to 41st position on the latest Coca Cola FIFA Rankings released earlier on Monday.

 

Nigeria also moved to 5th in Africa while Super Eagles' next and final opponents in the World Cup qualifying campaign, Algeria dropped yet again from 62nd to 67th. 

 

However,  Cameroon and Zambia rose from 45th to 42nd and 78th to 77th position respectively. 

 

South Africa, who beat Nigeria 2-0 on matchday 1 of the 2019 Afcon Qualifying Campaign, also moved up 6 places from 80th to 74th along with Sychelles, Super Eagles' next opponents in the Qualifying Campaign, that moved up from 190th to 188th. Libya, however, collapsed 6 places. 

 

Top 10 teams in Africa 

 

Tunisia

Egypt

Senegal

DR Congo

Nigeria 

Cameroon

Morroco 

Ghana

Burkina Faso

Ivory Coast

 

Top 10 teams in the World

 

Germany

Brazil 

Portugal

Argentina

Belgium

Poland

France 

Spain

Chile 

Peru


This Sunday at the compact Agege Stadium in Lagos, two former champions will collide for the revamped and re-packaged Aiteo cup final. Awka United champions in 2015 and 2000 champions, Niger Tonadoes will take up eachother​'s gauntlets and joust for the final gift of the season; the coveted 25 million prize money wrapped with a CAF confederations cup slot. 

 

Both clubs have been through the feeling of walking down that podium triumphantly, albeit with 15 years difference and both had won no major trophy before their famous maiden triumph. 

 

Here are throwbacks to both teams' historic feats.

 

Niger Tonadoes 1-0 Enugu Rangers (2000) 

 

17 years ago, Niger Tonadoes rolled into the final as mere underdogs from the NNL who should have only played regressive football while they get pummelled by cup favorites​ Enugu Rangers. Unfortunately, the script didn't go as many 'Flying Antelopes' fans have intended. Then a wide-eyed rookie, Edward Weng dribbled his way down the flank and drilled in a cross that was bundled home by Enugu Rangers defender, Akin Ademofe. That own goal proved enough for the 'Ikon Allah'. 

 

Akwa United 2-1 Lobi Stars (2015)

 

On a hot Sunday afternoon on the synthetic turf of the Teslim Balogun stadium, a Zachary Baraje-led Akwa United braced the scorch to clinch the​ir first major trophy in their first major final. 

The 'promise keepers' from Uyo made their intentions known very early into the game. Nnamso Edo curled in a freekick before the eventual winner of the  tournament's MVP prize Afeez Awakan, doubled the tally with an audacious 20-yard belter. Although Nanem Imenger did pull one back for Lobi Stars, it wasn't enough​ to stop the beribboned cup from journeying to Uyo. 

 

 

 


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