Olatosimi Fadahunsi

Olatosimi Fadahunsi

The politician said he had mixed feelings over Mikel representing Chelsea

The Nigerian politician has said he was a supporter of the 20-time English Champions, though Super Eagles’ skipper John Mikel Obi caused a divided attention during his stay with rival Chelsea

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National leader of the All Progressive Party (a political party in Nigeria), in a video obtained from SportsVillagesquare revealed that he was a die-hard fan of Manchester United, but Mikel had him split loyalty from 2006 to 2017, when the former Plateau United of Nigeria player was representing Chelsea.

Mikel, was a subject of transfer tussle between Chelsea and Man U – with the 31-year-old eventually joining the former, Tinubu said he would help Mikel to achieve his new goals irrespective of the past.

“I am a Man U fan to the core,” the 66-year-old and former Governor of Lagos State said.

“…. Each time Mikel Obi was playing for Chelsea, there was no time I don’t keep an eye on him as he is a great talent. I will do everything to assist him achieve his new goals without considering our ill-feelings about Chelsea.

Tinubu, who said he would be following the exploit of the Tianjin Teda of China midfielder in next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, added: “I wish we beat them {Chelsea} then, but they often beat us!”

In what we go down as one of football transfer mysteries, Mikel, in 2005, having signed a pre-contract agreement with Manchester United, went on to sign for rival Chelsea.

The Nigerian went on to make 249 appearances for the London side before moving to China in 2017.   

 

 


Young United players need to show more characters, Mourinho

Ahead of the Red Devils game against Crystal Palace on Saturday, the Portuguese singled out four young players for lacking characters.

Jose Mourinho believes quartet - Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jese Lingard are full of potentials but lack characters.

The 55-year-old, whose team are 12 points behind league leaders Manchester City publicly critise the players in an interview with Univision

“They are lacking maturity," Mourinho told Univision (translated by Goal)."I wasn’t a player, obviously, but when I say maturity I mean on a personal level.

“We had more men, we were more mature, we were more prepared for life, we were less protected.

"In English, they call it ‘spoilt’, ‘spoilt kids’. Our kids are more spoilt than we were by our parents. We are more mature, we are better prepared. For young people now, it’s a different life on a social level compared to ours.

“The people who surround the players, who protect them too much, who give them - in my opinion - too much care, too many excuses. There’s always an excuse for everything.

“Luke Shaw, who is the left-back of the national team, who arrived there [at United] two years before me. He didn’t know how to compete. He had great potential, yes, but he didn’t know how to compete

“We’re talking about Luke Shaw, Martial, Lingard, Rashford – young, big potential.”

 

 

 


The ex-international and former Super Eagles manager, though, said health reasons made him resigned as Nigerian coach in 2016, revealed he was counseled to take the country to court over unpaid salaries.

Sunday Oliseh has revealed that health complications were the major reason he stepped down from his position as Super Eagles’ manager in February 2016, barely eight months in the job, whilst been unpaid for four months was also a factor.

According to the 54 capped international in an interview with League of Legends, stepping down as the coach of Nigeria was the most difficult decision he ever took, although it was the wiser decision.

“To resign and say I don’t want to do {be the Nigeria coach} anymore was the most difficult decision,” Oliseh said. “I had sleepless nights for three days. People thought I resigned because of this and that, the major reason is I was falling sick.”

“I became sick, doing all kinds of test. I didn’t like the look I was seeing on the face of my wife and kids. And it got to a point out that I found out later that even when I was sleeping my son used to creep up to see if I was still breathing.”

“I did all kinds of test, we couldn’t find out what was wrong. Until when I went to a specialist in Munich, it cost me thousands of Euros, and they found out I had mumps. You have it as a kid and adult.

“It can affect your fertility, hearing, and eyesight. Then came the worst part of it, there was no treatment for it. Your body has to kill it. So that means I was spending almost every two days, receiving Vitamin C injection to build the body immune system. I couldn’t drive anymore.

 “So when I had to fly to coach Nigeria, I used to fly to Frankfurt. Frankfurt airport – gate A to gate C, where you take the Nigerian flight it is like 500 meters walk. I will walk 100 meters, I will sit. My family didn’t like it and there were so many problems with the Federation and the ministry – they were fighting themselves.”

The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder, who said he bore the financial cost for scouting for players for the Super Eagles explained further, “When it came to matter of life and death, I gave in the resignation.”

“But I could not write it officially because I was sick, and it was getting out of hand.

“At the time also, it also suited me because I was unpaid for four months. My assistant coaches were not paid for six months. Especially, the Belgian guy He had a mortgage to pay back home, and he was like hey!! I am getting the heat back home.

“He took Nigeria to court anyways to get his money back.

"I was advised by lawyers to take my country to court. I said no, I will never take my country to court. It’s like taking my parents to court. It will never happen.

Ten months after the 44-year-old resigned as the Nigerian manager, Oliseh was hired as the coach of Dutch side Fortuna Sittard, a club, then in the third tier division of the Eredivisie.

 

The Nigerian was fired as the coach of the side in 2018 – and he claimed his resistance to participate in illegal acts was why the club fired him


The 12th Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos has promised an outstanding 2019 NUGA Games

 

The Vice-Chancellor of the University Of Lagos Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe asserts that the 2019 Nigeria Universities Games Association (NUGA) will be an unmatched one.

Ogundipe, last weekend, during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the university and NUGA echoed the school preparedness to host an ‘unprecedented NUGA Games.’

According to the Don, the university shares the NUGA ideology, and it is putting things in place to produce multitalented graduates.

“Without being immodest, I can confidently tell you that the University of Lagos is prepared to make the 2019 NUGA Games a memorable one,” the 58-year-old, as quoted by Complete sports said.

He explained further, “We believe in the ideals of NUGA and in the capacity of its sporting competitions to raise all-round graduates who are equipped for solid service to the nation and humanity. That is why we will spare no effort in our preparations.

“The Local Organising Committee (LOC) and its various sub-committees have been set up and their members have been working diligently.

“Our sporting facilities have been upgraded to a world-class standard, such that our young athletes now have the platform to showcase their talents unhindered.”

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I will consider buying other clubs if Kroenke does not want to sell Arsenal, says Dangote

NUGA games is an interuniversity 15 sports (track and field, badminton, basketball, chess, cricket, handball, hockey, judo, squash, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, and volleyball) competition.

The games started in 1966 -  University of Ibadan hosted its maiden edition.

 According to Complete sports, this will be the third time that UNILAG will be hosting the games, 51 years after it hosted the first one in 1968 and the second in 1998.


The 61-year-old, valued at £11.1b may make a swoop at buying other club asides Arsenal if Kroenke is refusing to sell 

 

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote has indicated he might consider buying another club if Arsenal’s controlling shareholder Stan Kroenke refuses to sell the club.

Kroenke, in August, bought Alisher Usmanov’s 30% stake in the club for around £600m to become Arsenal’s owner – a bid at turning the club to a private entity.

Dangote, who has always reiterated his desire to buy the English club, told Bloomberg TV at the new economic forum in Singapore revealed he might consider buying other clubs should Kroenke still maintains his stance of not selling Arsenal.

“I’m very attached to Arsenal but if he won’t sell, I might have to change,” Dangote said.

“I’m very much a fan of football. I have to have a club. I don’t have to own Arsenal.”

Bloomberg reports that Arsenal’s London rival Chelsea may be on the market.

Its owner, Roman Abramovich, has hired Raine Group LLC, a merchant bank in New York, to advice on the possibility of a full or partial sale.

 

According to Bloomberg, Abramovich, who bought Chelsea in 2003 for £140m is said to value the club for £3b. 


The Chilean, who has found game time limited at Manchester United has been reported to have offered himself to the Los Blancos

Alexis Sanchez joined Manchester United from Arsenal in a swap deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan moved the other way in January, but according to reports, he is lonely, bored and ignored at the club.

According to Spanish media AS, Sanchez has emerged as a possible signing for Real Madrid, who are interested in signing an attacker, after the former Arsenal attacker’s agent Fernando Felicevich offered him to the European giant.

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Defenders have let Mourinho down at United

With top targets Eden Hazard and Inter Milan’s Mario Icardi unlikely to jump the ship from their respective clubs this upcoming winter transfer, Sanchez has been identified as an alternative to solve the goal-scoring problems, till summer when the Los Blancos will commence proper recruitment

Sanchez, who has only appeared 11 times this term for the Red Devils has just a goal to his name.

 

The Chilean once played for Madrid’s archrival Barcelona, where he scored 47 in 141 matches before moving to Arsenal in the summer of 2014.


Joe Cole believes the most capped Nigerian player will make a better goalkeeper ahead of some other great goalkeepers he played alongside.

 

The 37-year-old, who announced his retirement from football yesterday, believes the Nigerian would make a better stopper than the likes of Petr Cech, Pepe Reina and David Seaman in a five-a-side team.

Joe Cole had an illustrious career that spanned 20 years – playing alongside some of the best players in world football.

Picking a five-side team, Joe Cole, surprisingly, put Nigerian international Vincent Enyeama, who they both played together when the former Chelsea midfielder was on loan at Lille from Liverpool in the 2011-12 season ahead of some other great goalkeepers he played alongside.

Explaining his choice of Enyeama, the 56-capped English international said, “I could’ve gone with Petr Cech, David Seaman, Pepe Reina. But If we’re talking five-a-side, this guy’s the best shot-stopper.

“You knew if this geezer was in your team in five-a-side, you were winning.”

 

Also making Joe Cole’s team was Eden Hazard, John Terry, Arjen Robben, and Luis Suarez.


Mourinho is having a problem at United because of his defenders, says Townsend

 

Andy Townsend believes Jose Mourinho’s struggles at Manchester United is as a result of the caliber of defenders at his disposal.

Townsend, a former Chelsea player believes with the way the Portuguese set-up his past team that has won him trophies, it will be nearly impossible to replicate such success with the set of defenders at Manchester United.

United are eight in the league, seven point behind Spurs, who sit fourth, and twelve points behind league leader, City.

Having suffered a 3-1 defeat to arch-rival on Sunday, Townsend said on SkySport’s debate that the former Chelsea manager has been let down by his defenders.

"Jose doesn't have a back four he can trust," Townsend said.

"The type of game he plays he needs that.

"If you look at when he was very successful at Chelsea, Inter Milan or Real Madrid, any of his teams have always had very solid, competitive and durable defenders in those teams.

"I know he's spent a lot of money and people will say he's bought Bailly and Lindelof. However, he can't get the best out of himself or Manchester United without a back four that he can lean on. He just doesn't have it."

 

 

 

 

 


Real Madrid has confirmed Santiago Solari as their manager till the end of the season, according to Marca.

The Argentine has led an overturn of fortunes for the Los Blancos – winning four out four, in his first two weeks at the helm managerial affairs at Madrid after an abysmal start to the season under Julien Lopeteguil.

Solari’s position has now changed as an interim boss to the manager of Real Madrid till the end of the season.

Marca reports that on Sunday night, the Los Blancos sent Solari’s new contract to the Spanish Football Federation.

According to Marca, the Real hierarchy wanted to keep the Argentine in charge and will hope the run of results can continue in order to keep his job for a longer period.

 

 

 


Emery says unseating the complacency in Iwobi has improved the 22-year-old

 

Alex Iwobi came under criticism last year at Arsenal, but with sterling form for both club and country, the Super Eagles midfielder has been one of the most improved players under Unai Emery

At the press conference ahead of the game against Liverpool on Saturday, the new Arsenal manager discussed how he had helped the Nigerian international to develop his game.

The former Sevilla and PSG manager, who said he had no doubt over the quality of the Arsenal youth team graduate, confessed that the 22-year-old needed to be push and be given sureness to perform at his peak.

He is very young and I think he played here with improving moments in his career,” Emery told Arsenal official website. “We need to also push him more to improve because he has the quality and the capacity.”

The first thing is with the behaviour in training, finding ways to improve every day. And then, also to give him what he can improve tactically, individually. I think a lot of it is confidence, every player needs confidence.

“Not only with playing but when we are together and we are here. I want every player to feel this confidence but also with a very big demand from us and on himself also to work every day.”

On things he told Iwobi, the Spaniard said further: “I think before I came here, Arsenal was already one family.

“Maybe we needed to improve or to develop some things differently with the team and with the club, but I think this club is very big and was a big family also before I came here.

“We are doing more combinations to do more to be stronger with the relationship between us. The family is very important for us, for every player to feel important and enjoy.

 

Iwobi, who joined Arsenal as a teenager made his debut for the club in 2015. He has scored one goal in 12 appearances this season.


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