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Monday, August 24, 2020

August 24, 2020

Former Brazilian Star, Ronaldinho Released From Prison

Former Brazil and Barcelona star, Ronaldinho was released Monday by a Paraguayan judge after five months in detention over a forged passport.
Judge Gustavo Amarilla also released Ronaldinho’s brother Roberto de Assis Moreira, who had been held for a month in jail and another four months under house arrest in a hotel in Paraguay’s capital Asuncion for the same charge.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

August 12, 2020

Pelican Stars Football Club Of Calabar Protests 14 Months Unpaid Salaries

 Players and coaches of Pelican Stars Football Club of Calabar, today, August 12, protested 14 months of unpaid salaries by the Cross River State Government.


Pelican Stars FC has produced some of Nigeria's best female footballers, such as Pepertua Nkwocha, Mercy Akide etc.

The club has for sometime now, cried out over poor funding of the club and non-payment of players' salaries.

The protest which took place at the front gate of Governor's Office, Calabar, saw the players carring placards with various  inscriptions such as: "Fourteen Months Unpaid Salaries", "We are the bread winner of our family, Digital Father".

Friday, July 24, 2020

July 24, 2020

BREAKING: New English Premier League Season (2020/2021) To Start In September




The English Premier League has announced that the 2020/2021 season will start on Saturday, September 12 and run until May 23, 2021.

Also, the EFL has confirmed that the Championship, League o
one and League Two seasons will commence on the same weekend, with their regular seasons ending on the weekend of May 8, 2021.

The playoff finals will take place over the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May.

The announcements mean that the season will begin behind closed doors since spectators are to return to venues on a socially a distanced basis on October 1.


This was contained in a statement by the Premier League which reads in part:

"Premier League shareholders today agreed to start the 2020/2021 Premier League Season on September 12, 2020.

"The final match round of the campaign will take place on 23 May.

The current Premier League season ends on Sunday while the FA Cup final takes place Saturday, August 1.

Liverpool are the newly crowned champions of the EPL, their first in three decades.

Friday, July 17, 2020

July 17, 2020

Real Madrid Wins 34th La Liga Title As Barcelona Fumbles At Home



Real Madrid on Thursday night, won a record 34th La Liga title.

Zinedine Zidane said sealing a first La Liga title with Real Madrid in three years has made him happier than winning the Champions League.

Real wrapped up the title with a game to spare as they edged past Villarreal at an empty Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium.

Karim Benzema fired between the legs of Sergio Asenjo and added a controversial second from a retaken penalty.

In bizarre fashion, Sergio Ramos had rolled the first attempt for Benzema to smash in but the effort was disallowed.

Vicente Iborra pulled one back but it mattered little to Real as the club wrapped up their 34th Spanish title.

Zidane's side have won all 10 of their matches since Spanish football restarted in June.

They head into the final day of the season with an unassailable seven-point lead over second-placed Barcelona.

"This is better than anything. It takes a tremendous effort to win La Liga," said the Real Madrid boss.

"After 38 matches, you have more points than anyone else. After lockdown and everything, it's astonishing.".

Behind closed doors in a 6,000-seat stadium at the club's training complex is perhaps not the stage for the grand crowning Real would have imagined for their first title since 2017.

But that did not stop Zidane's squad pulling on shirts with "Campeones 34" printed on the back before lifting the trophy in celebration as ticker tape fell over the pitch.

"Today is one of the best days for me as a professional," said Zidane. "After everything that happened, the three-month break, it is fantastic what has been achieved."

La Liga titles have been in shorter supply than Champions League triumphs for Real this decade, with this only their third in the past nine seasons.

They won three successive European Cups in Zidane's first tenure but had recorded successive third-place finishes since their previous domestic title, as Barcelona were crowned champions.

Zidane was in charge the last time they won the league and made it his aim to reclaim the title after returning midway through the last campaign - less than a year after his departure.

It looked as if the Frenchman's side would fail to deliver on that objective when football in Spain was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic in March, with Barcelona top of the table.

But Real have been in scintillating form since the restart and did not look like losing after Benzema's opener on Thursday. His second from the spot put the game beyond Villarreal's reach, despite a nervy final few minutes.

In the end, Barcelona's defeat by Osasuna made the victory a little more comfortable but no less significant for Zidane, who was hoisted into the air by his players.

Real's title-winning moment looked like set to be relatively straightforward. Step forward Sergio Ramos.

The defender was brought down as he entered the Villarreal box after a marauding run and, after a VAR check, put the ball down on the spot.

The Los Blancos captain has netted 10 times in La Liga this season but, rather than go for his 11th, dummied to strike the ball and instead rolled it to his right for the onrushing Benzema.

The forward fired past an unsuspecting Asenjo, only to for referee Alejandro Hernandez to blow his whistle for infringement - presumably by Benzema.

Real were given the option to take the penalty again and this time Benzema converted to make it 2-0.

Iborra then headed in seven minutes from time before substitute Marco Asensio thought he had re-established Real's lead, but Benzema had handled in the build-up.

"It has been a strange season but our objective was very clear once the league restarted," said Ramos afterwards.

"We wanted to win every game. This is the reward for all our hard work. 34 leagues, my fifth title.

"Zidane has been key, he is the captain of the ship and led us from the start of the season - we have always felt protected with Zizou. He is a unique coach."
'La Liga makes me happier'

Zidane's focus will now switch to Champions League opponents Manchester City. The La Liga champions travel to Etihad Stadium on 7 August trailing 2-1 from the first leg.

But not until he has savoured the second league win of his managerial career.

"The Champions League is the Champions League but La Liga makes me happier, because La Liga is what it's all about," said Zidane.

"This is a tremendous feeling because what these players have done is incredible. I am lost for words because I am too emotional.

"The players are the ones who have fought for this. It's true I've played my role but they are the ones who believe in what they are doing."

Real have been playing at their reserve stadium while the Santiago Bernabeu is renovated and will not be doing their usual open-top bus parade to the Cibeles fountain in the centre of Madrid because of current safety concerns.

"It's strange for everybody, we would have liked to have been with our fans at Cibeles but it's not meant to be," added Zidane.

"But I'm sure everyone is happy in their homes tonight. The fans always love to see the team win and we've done this for them."

Saturday, July 4, 2020

July 04, 2020

Big Blow For Manchester United As Fernandes And Pogba Injured During Training


Manchester United have been plunged into a potential crisis after Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes were both injured in a training ground collision.

The two midfielders are doubtful for Saturday's game with Bournemouth at Old Trafford and face being sidelined as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer chases a top-four finish and glory in both the Europa League and FA Cup.

The accidental clash occurred when Pogba ran into his team-mate as Solskjaer put his squad through their paces at Carrington.
Both men were taken away for treatment – with Fernandes appearing to come off worse.
United refused to comment on a situation that could affect Solskjaer's selection with the game against the relegation-threatened Cherries less than 24 hours away.

It's a blow that could not have come at a worse time for the Reds with big games coming thick and fast.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

June 30, 2020

CAF Postpones 2021 African Cup Of Nations


The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Tuesday confirmed the postponement of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and a number of other continental competitions, according to reports.

In a virtual meeting held by the CAF executive committee, changes were made by the football body in response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

CAF president, Ahmed Ahmed confirmed that the 2021 AFCON tournament - to be hosted in Cameroon - will be moved from June 2021 to January 2022.

This comes after the 33rd edition of the tournament was originally moved to January 2021 due to unfavourable climatic conditions during Cameroon's winter season.

The African Nations Championship (CHAN) will now be played in January 2021. After the tournament was originally scheduled to be held 4-25 April 2020.

In both club competitions, the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup semi-finals, will no longer be played over two legs but will now take place in one knock-out match, followed by a final.
The Champions League fixtures will be hosted in Cameroon with the Confederation Cup taking place in Morocco in September this year.

In an effort go grow the women's game throughout the continent, the newly-formed CAF Women's Champions League - which replaces the scrapped 2020 Women's AFCON - is set to take place in January 2021.


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Monday, June 29, 2020

June 29, 2020

Super Eagles Striker, Victor Osimhen Wins French League Best African Player

Osimen
Lille striker Victor Osimhen has been named winner of the 2020 Marc-Vivien Foe prize.

The Super Eagles forward saw off competition from compatriot Simon Moses (Nantes), Saint-Etienne’s Denis Bouanga, Montpellier’s Andy Delort, Monaco’s Islam Slimani plus Rennes’ trio of Mbaye Niang, Hamari Traore and Edouard Mendy.

"Nigerian forward Victor OSIMHEN won the Marc-Vivien FoƩ. The prize for the best African player in the French Ligue 1, the French football championship for the 2019-2020 season. Congratulations @victorosimhen9 !", his club, Lille tweeted.

Osimhen joined Lille from Belgian First Division A club Sporting Charleroi as a direct replacement for Cote d’Ivoire star Nicolas Pepe who joined Premier League outfit, Arsenal.

The Super Eagles star scored a total of 18 goals and six assists in 38 appearances across all competitions last season for Lille. He becomes the second Nigerian after Vincent Enyeama (2014) to claim the Marc-Vivien Foe prize.



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