Kalu Replaces Ndidi at KAA Gent

first_imgNigerian winger Samuel Kalu has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with former Belgian Champions KAA Gent from Slovakian side AS Trencin for an undisclosed fee.Kalu will join his compatriots Moses Simon, Anderson Esiti, Rabiu Ibrahim and William Troost-Ekong at the Belgian side.The 19-year-old will also be the third Nigerian who has moved from Trencin to Gent after Rabiu Ibrahim and Moses Simon. Kalu, who can play from the wing or as a second striker, joined Trencin in January 2016 and won the Slovakian league title with them as well as the Slovakian Cup.The pacy winger played 42 matches for Trencin, scoring six goals and providing eight assists in his debut season in Europe which prompted Gent to sign him on.Kalu, like Moses Simon, is a product of GBS Academy in Jos, Nigeria, and will continue his football education with the Buffaloes until 2020.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Man City Takes Delivery of New Club Suits

first_imgTo celebrate the arrival of City’s new suit, the founders and designers of DSQUARED2, Dean and Dan Caten said: ‘We wanted the players to feel as confident in this suit as they do when they pull on their team jersey.‘Every element of the DSQUARED2 for Manchester City suit is designed to show modern tailoring sophistication: from its Italian refined wool fabric and the sartorial skill used in construction, and the contemporary fit, it’s a statement of masculine elegance.’City players have been snapped wearing their new modern, slim-fit suits after enjoying a training camp in Abu Dhabi.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester City may arguably play the best football in the Premier League and now they will perhaps look the most stylish off the field as well.According to UK’s Dailymail, the Etihad Stadium outfit unveiled a new club suit yesterday, which is exclusively designed by renowned fashion brand DSQUARED2.City and DSQUARED2, an Italian brand, announced their multi-year partnership in October last year. Since then, DSQUARED2 have dressed the club’s players and coaching staff in their pre-match outfits for away Champions League matches.last_img read more

History Maker Shola Shoretire

first_imgShoretire was sprung from the bench in the 74th minute, making history as both the UEFA Youth League and United’s youngest-ever player at this level, aged just 14 years and 314 days.A diminutive winger, Shoretire is eligible to play for Nigeria and has already been invited to train with England’s youth sides after impressing above his age over the past two years.He is highly regarded at Old Trafford, and was part of this summer’s U18 and U23 pre-season training camp in Austria.The winger, just 14 years, 10 months and 10 days old, made his debut in the 2-1 win over Valencia – and is also believed to be the youngest player the Reds have fielded in an official youth team league or cup match.He beat the previous UEFA Youth League mark of Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar, who in turn succeeded Real Madrid Iker Casillas as the youngest to appear in the Champions League.The youngster, who is eligible to play for Nigeria but has caught the eye of England youth team selectors, got a pat on the back from team-mate Angel Gomes, who has already made his senior United debut.The forward tweeted: “2-1 win to finish the group unbeaten. Great result! Also a massive shout out to all the debutants and 14 yr old Shola making his debut.”The prodigious Shoretire travelled with Manchester United youngsters to their training camp in Austria.Shoretire is only 14 but United coaches have recognised his outstanding potential by including him in a squad mostly made up of Under-18 and Under-23 players in Obertraun.Academy head Nicky Butt is in Austria with the youngsters as the club considers possible replacements for U18 coach Kieran McKenna along with U23 coach Ricky Sbragia.Shoretire, who featured at the Milk Cup two years above his age group last year, will likely play for the U15s in the upcoming season but his latest recognition could convince United coaches to hand him an early academy debut.The diminutive Shoretire can play on the wing or up front and is described as an ‘exceptional’ talent. The teenager is eligible to represent Nigeria but Shoretire has already been invited to train with England’s juniors.Manchester United Under 19s completed a convincing comeback against Valencia to round off their UEFA Youth League group stage undefeated and Shola Shoretire made a little bit of history as well.The Red Devils went into the game against Group H’s bottom side at Estadio Antonio Puchade with four wins and a draw behind them.It was the hosts, however, who came flying out of the blocks and enjoyed the lion’s share of both possession and chances in the opening exchanges.That pressure led to the opening goal after United failed to clear a cross into the box and were punished by Jordi Escobar, who slotted home to put the hosts one up.Nicky Butt’s side then survived a few close shaves including a goal-line clearance from Dio McGhee as Valencia piled the pressure on.But the visitors found their feet and began to look more assured as the half wore on.Then, Tahith Chong — last year’s winner of the Jimmy Murphy Award burst clear before his attempt on goal was saved, the deflection, however, fell kindly to Nishan Burkart, who chested down and finished well to restore parity.Almost immediately after United found themselves in front.Aidan Barlow collected Largie Ramazani’s cross before ghosting past the Valencia defender and converting his one-on-one chance.Phil Neville’s son, Harvey, was brought on in the second half to try to see out the gameButt then called on his former team-mate’s son as he introduced Harvey Neville, son of United legend Phil who used to be on the books at Valencia when his father and uncle Gary were coaches there, in the second half.Shoretire was then introduced in the 74th minute and, in doing so, made history as the UEFA Youth League’s youngest ever player at just 14 years and 314 days and also United’s youngest ever player at this age level.The diminutive midfielder helped United see out the rest of the game as they finished eventual 2-1 victors in Spain to top the group.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Blazing the TrailEngland-born Nigeria’s Shola Shoretire came off the bench on Wednesday afternoon as Nicky Butt’s side beat Valencia to become youngest-ever UEFA Youth League playerNicky Butt’s United came from behind in Spain to top their group and continue their unbeaten run in the competition with goals from Nishan Burkart and Aidan Barlow cancelling out Jordi Escobar’s opener for the hosts.last_img read more

Sports Minister Intervenes in Dennerby’s Threat to Quit Falcons Job

first_img* Dare: Will seek a quick resolution to ensure he continues to coach NigeriaDuro IkhazuagbeNigeria’s Sports Minister, Sunday Dare has intervened in the threat by Super Falcons Manager, Thomas Dennerby to quit the Nigerian job. Dare wants the Swede to continue to coach the Nigerian ladies, with a promise to look into the problems faced by the gaffer.In his 18-month in charge of the Falcons, the 60-year-old former Sweden coach led Nigeria to win the 2019 WAFU Women’s Cup in Cote d’Ivoire as well as lifted the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana. Dennerby also steered the team to the FIFA Women’s World Cup knockout stage for the first time in 20 years in France earlier this summer.The coach is believed to have resorted to this threat of quitting the job due to inability of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) secretariat to meet up with his demand for a permanent residence in Nigeria as well as proper travel logistics to support his going round the country to monitor league matches.But in a swift move after it was reported in the local media yesterday that Dennerby was on the verge of dumping the job, the Sports Minister got in touch with the NFF leadership on how to solve the problems.Dare announced on his Twitter handle on the social media early yesterday morning that Dennerby was going nowhere.“I have personally stepped into the matter of Thomas Dennerby, the Coach of Super Falcons. I received a brief this morning and will proceed to seek a quick resolution to ensure he continues to Coach Nigeria’s female team,” the minister announced on his official (@SundayDareSD on Monday morning.Before the minister’s intervention yesterday, the NFF had drafted the Under-20 women’s team coach, Christopher Danjuma, to lead the Super Falcons in a stop-gap role ahead of the team’s third round of the African Women’s Olympic qualifiers against Cote d’Ivoire later this month. The team’s camp opened in Abuja yesterday morning.Falcons defeated Algeria 3-0 aggregate in the early round fixture in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifying series.Inside sources at NFF’s Glass House in Abuja had confided in THISDAY at the weekend that Dennerby made his intention not to return to Nigeria known since last week.“I learnt last week that he said he was not coming again. I can’t say what he has added to the team or new players he discovered. I think the federation is just overpaying these foreign coaches,” observed the informed source.Dennerby who led Sweden to finish third at the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Nigeria in January 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

NPFL: Plateau Stay Top as Enyimba Crash in Akure

first_imgFormer Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enyimba International FC of Aba lost the chance to step up to the summit of the Nigerian topflight wednesday with their first 1-0 defeat of the season to Sunshine Stars in Akure.The Aba Elephant crashed with a thud as Anthony Omaka netted the lone winner of the clash barely 10 minutes into the game. All efforts to cancel the deficit failed as the Akure Gunners held on to pick maximum points at home.Elsewhere in Lafia, Plateau United maintained top spot in the NPFL, snatching a valuable away 1-1 against neighbouring Nasarawa United. Anas Yusuf put the hosts ahead just three minutes into the game but Plateau leveled scores after the break in the 52nd through a powerful nodding by Mustapha Ibrahim from close range.The Jos based United are occupying top spot on the table with 10 points from possible 12.At the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi, Lobi Stars moved to second position after a comfortable 3-0 win against Heartland. Abdulwasiu Mahmud, Sikiru Alimi and John Lazarus got Lobi Stars goals.Adeniji Adewole scored deep into stoppage as MFM FC forced Warri Wolves to a 1-1 draw at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.Jigawa Golden Stars added to the misery of former champions Kano Pillars who edged out the Sai Masu Gida 1-0 at home. Yusuf Mohammad netted the decisive strike in the seventh minute.Pillars are yet to win a game this season with one draw and three defeats from their opening four games.Akwa United poor start to the season continued after they were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Katsina United. Mfon Udoh missed a penalty for the Promise Keepers 12 minutes from time.The Uyo club are still searching for their first win of the season with two draws and two defeats from four games.At the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt, Rivers United recorded their first win of the campaign following hard fought a 2-1 win against Rangers. Bamba Bakry put Rivers United ahead from the spot in the 33rd minute , while substitute Ibrahim Olawoyin equalised for the visitors in the 54th minute.Malachi Ohawume however scored the winning goal for the home side 16 minutes from time.Wikki Tourists returned to winning ways after Sunday’s defeat to Plateau United thrashing Delta Force 3-1 at home.MATCHDAY 4 RESULTSWikki 3-1 D/ForceMFM 1-1 WolvesRivers Utd 2-1 RangersAkwa Utd 0-0 Katsina UtdLobi 3-0 HeartlandSunshine Stars 1-0 EnyimbaNasarawa Utd 1-1 Plateau UtdJigawa GS 1-0 PillarsFRIDAYAdamawa Utd vs Abia WarriorsAkwa Starlets vs FCIUShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Ronaldo Scores 99th International Goal as Portugal Qualify for Euro 2020

first_imgHazard scores brace in Belgium’s 4-1 demolition of RussiaCristiano Ronaldo was made to wait for his 100th international goal as defending champions Portugal edged past Luxembourg 2-0 to qualify for Euro 2020.Fernando Santos’ 2016 winners required victory to confirm second spot in Group B and finish three points clear of Serbia, who drew 2-2 against Ukraine.Ronaldo tapped in his 99th goal to seal victory with four minutes remaining. Bernardo Silva’s ball over the top had allowed Bruno Fernandes to fire the visitors ahead after 39 minutes.Ronaldo must wait until the next international break in March for the chance to become just the second male player to reach 100 goals for his nation.He is now just 10 behind Iran legend Ali Daei’s world-record tally of 109, after ensuring his most prolific calendar year for Portugal with 14 goals.The Juventus forward struck his ninth international hat-trick on Thursday against Lithuania to set up the opportunity to hit a century on Sunday.However, Portugal – and Ronaldo – were left largely frustrated by an organised Luxembourg side on a difficult playing surface, with Fernandes’ control and finish before half-time a brief spark of quality in a tight game.Earlier on Saturday, Eden Hazard scored twice as Belgium continued their perfect record in Euro 2020 qualifying with a thumping win over Russia.The Red Devils, who had already qualified, were three goals up by half-time through Eden Hazard’s double and a strike by his brother Thorgan.Romelu Lukaku then added a fourth before Georgi Dzhikiya netted a late consolation for the hosts.Belgium will play their final Group I qualifier at home to Cyprus on Tuesday.Russia, who had also already booked their place at the finals, were blown away in the first half following a scintillating attacking display from Roberto Martinez’s side.The away side took the lead midway through the first half when Thorgan Hazard picked up his brother’s pass, cut inside and fired into the top corner.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

LEADING OFF: Deadline deals, Pineda returns, Rays roll Yanks

first_img First Published: 1st September, 2020 09:25 IST WATCH US LIVE Written By A look at what’s happening around the majors Tuesday:___FACES IN NEW PLACESMike Clevinger, Starling Marte and Archie Bradley are among the notable players headed to new teams after a flurry of deals before Monday’s trade deadline.The busy and aggressive Padres landed Clevinger in a multiplayer swap with Cleveland, bolstering their rotation in a rare deadline deal between contenders. It was San Diego’s fifth big trade since Saturday, and the cost was a package of young players that included outfielder Josh Naylor, right-hander Cal Quantrill and catcher Austin Hedges.The surprising Marlins reeled in Marte for their outfield, and the Reds boosted their bullpen by acquiring Bradley from Arizona. The trade deadline is normally July 31, but it was pushed back when the start of the season was delayed because of the coronavirus.“I’d say the volume of consummated transactions probably surprised me a little bit,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said.BIG MIKE IS BACKMichael Pineda comes off the restricted list to make his season debut for Minnesota. The 6-foot-7, 280-pound righty is scheduled to start against the Chicago White Sox after completing his 60-game suspension for testing positive for a weight-loss drug on baseball’s banned substances list. Pineda came into the year with 36 games remaining on his punishment after he was sidelined on Sept. 7, 2019, with the Twins on their way to an AL Central title. He was ineligible for the postseason. The 31-year-old Pineda went 11-5 with a 4.01 ERA, 28 walks and 140 strikeouts in 146 innings over 26 starts in 2019, coming off Tommy John surgery that kept him out in 2018.RAYS UPAfter a decade spent chasing big-budget AL East rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays are pummeling the New York Yankees. The Rays are 4½ games up in the division on the Bronx Bombers after winning Monday night at Yankee Stadium to improve to 7-1 against New York this season. After Tyler Glasnow outshined Gerrit Cole in the series opener, the Rays plan to run a bullpen game against Masahiro Tanaka, with Charlie Morton expected to come off the injured list and pitch for Tampa Bay in the series finale Wednesday.HOT AT THE PLATESeveral hitters in the Nationals-Phillies series are on a serious roll. Washington slugger Juan Soto has 11 homers in just 24 games played this season after going deep twice Monday night. Nationals teammate Trea Turner is the first player in franchise history to have at least three hits in four straight games. And slugger Rhys Hoskins became the first Phillies player since 1900 to have three consecutive games with multiple extra-base hits and a home run. He’s the only player in the majors to do so this season. On the mound trying to cool off those bats will be Washington lefty Patrick Corbin (2-2, 3.82 ERA) and Philadelphia ace Aaron Nola (3-2, 3.00).Image credits: AP COMMENT LIVE TVcenter_img Last Updated: 1st September, 2020 09:25 IST LEADING OFF: Deadline Deals, Pineda Returns, Rays Roll Yanks Mike Clevinger, Starling Marte and Archie Bradley are among the notable players headed to new teams after a flurry of deals before Monday’s trade deadline Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Ryu solid again, as Gurriel homers to lead Blue Jays past Marlins 2-1

first_img WATCH US LIVE Written By First Published: 3rd September, 2020 11:40 IST Last Updated: 3rd September, 2020 11:40 IST Ryu Solid Again, As Gurriel Homers To Lead Blue Jays Past Marlins 2-1 Lourdes Gurriel homered and Hyun Jin Ryu pitched six solid innings to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night. Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img COMMENT FOLLOW US LIVE TV Lourdes Gurriel homered and Hyun Jin Ryu pitched six solid innings to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.After Miami’s Sixto Sanchez got through the first four innings on 43 pitches, Gurriel snapped the rookie right-hander’s 11-inning scoreless string with a two-run shot for a 2-0 lead in the fifth. Gurriel drove Sanchez’s 0-1 slider over the left-center wall for his fifth homer.Ryu (3-1) allowed one run and six hits, walked two and matched a season high with eight strikeouts.A.J. Cole and Rafael Dolis each pitched scoreless innings and Anthony Bass got his fourth save for the Blue Jays, who are 12-12 in one-run games. last_img read more