Mikel Obi Begins Search For Young African Football Stars

Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has launched a talent hunt series dubbed “Africa’s Next Football Superstar” to discover young talents. According to CompleteSports, the series will be held in three African nations- Nigeria, South Africa, and Algeria.

Kids between the ages of 13 and 16 will be eligible for the series. Five winners will be selected from each of the three countries. They will be tested and narrowed down to nine.

The nine young boys will have the privilege of going on an all-expenses-paid trip to the UK. They will get trials with top English clubs for a period spanning two weeks, with a chance to bag a one-year contract with the club’s youth team.

The trials in Nigeria will be held in Lagos on March 15th 2019, Port Harcourt on 18th, and Abuja on 20th. The finals are scheduled for May 2-9 2019. The talent hunt will be an annual series. It will give a chance to talented young people to launch their football career. Such chances are always difficult to come by for African youth.

FIFA rankings: Nigeria now fifth in Africa, retains 44th in the world

Nigeria is now placed fourth in Africa and retains its 44th spot in the world with 1427 points as against October’s 1431 points in the FIFA/Coca Cola Rankings released on Thursday.

 Tunisia that led the continent’s teams in the last rankings dropped to second place behind Senegal, with the North African side dropping four places, now 26th in the world with 1493 points. Senegal now top the CAF teams with 1505 points and placed 23rd in the world, while Morocco rests in third place with Congo DR in fifth after garnering 1440 and 1420 points as 40th and 49th placed respectively. Belgium, France and Brazil remained unchanged as the highest ranked in the world with 1727, 1727 and 1676.

According to FIFA website, “www.fifa.com’’, defeats for the leading duo in the UEFA Nations League resulted in both dropping six ranking points. Brazil, though still 50 points behind France added seven after wins over Uruguay that is seventh ranked and 55th placed Cameroon. Meanwhile, the big climbers included African quintet of Mozambique (117th, up 5), Angola (125th, up 5), Sudan (127th, up 8), Comoros (143rd, up 5) and Gambia (166th, up 7).

The rise of Kosovo (131st, up 6) was also notable as it took them to their highest position ranking to date. The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on Dec. 20.

Mikel Obi Speaks On Retiring From Football

Mikel Obi, Super Eagles captain, has played down the rumour of him retiring from international football.

The Tianjin Teda and former Chelsea midfielder declared that he was not planning to retire from the Super Eagles without making an official statement to inform the public.

He made the disclosure while newsmen at the launched of his foundation in Lagos.

Obi said, “A lot has been said about my absence in the national team; I think if you have been on something for a very long time you would at some point need a little break and that’s all I’m doing, just taking a little break.

“I haven’t’ retired yet, I know people have said, that I think the day I will retire, I will let everyone knows, I haven’t and I’m also happy the team is doing really well without me which is very good so that I know that when I retire, I leave the team in good situation.

“We have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations Cup and we will see what happens with my fitness and my motivation to go and play and win the Nations Cup again.

“I want the motivation to be 100 per cent, to go. If it’s 60, I don’t want to go. Hopefully, it will come back soon.”

Real Madrid Appoint Santiago Solari Until 2021.

European champions Real Madrid have handed Santiago Solari a contract as first team coach through to June 2021, the club announced in a statement on Tuesday.

The 42-year-old Argentine has led the team to four wins in four games since taking over as interim manager in place of sacked former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui two weeks ago.

Solari has enjoyed the best start of any coach in the club’s history and his appointment as permanent manager was approved by the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) on Monday.

 He played for Real from 2000 to 2005 in the Galacticos era alongside Zinedine Zidane. The former France captain became the club’s coach and won three UEFA Champions League titles in a row before stepping down.

Solari led Real’s reserve team from 2016 until he took over from Lopetegui last month. This was after the club’s poor run of form culminated in a painful 5-1 El Clasico defeat by FC Barcelona.

He has presided over victories against Melilla in the Copa del Rey, Viktoria Plzen in the UEFA Champions League plus Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga. Lopetegui was sacked after Madrid sank to ninth in the domestic standings. However, after Sunday’s 4-2 win at Celta, the club are sixth, four points behind leaders Barca.

Fulham Appoint Ranieri As Manager, Sacked Jokanovic

N8bn Italian Claudio Ranieri has been appointed the new manager of Fulham, replacing Slavisa Jokanovic, the struggling Premier League club said on Wednesday. Serb Jokanovic led Fulham into the Premier League via the playoffs last season but the London club currently sit at the bottom of the league with one win in 12 games.

Fulham chairman Shahid Khan said he had taken the decision reluctantly but felt a change was needed. “I wasn’t anticipating having to make this announcement related to Slavisa and wish the circumstances were such that I didn’t have to. “But our path this season has led me to make what I know is the correct decision, at the right time, for our players, the club and our supporters,” Khan said in a statement.

The much-travelled Ranieri won the Premier League title with unfancied Leicester City in 2016 and most recently coached French side Nantes.

The 67-year-old has worked with Valencia and Atletico Madrid in Spain, Juventus, Roma and Inter Milan in Italy and also had a four-year spell in England with Fulham’s neighbours Chelsea.

“Making a change without having the right answer or succession plan was not an option “Having someone of Claudio’s calibre ready to accept our challenge was comforting but, most of all, essential. “Claudio is risk-free and ready-made for the Premier League, and particularly so for what we need at this moment at Fulham.

“His recent body of work with Leicester City is literally legendary, and then you look at Claudio’s experience with Chelsea and big clubs throughout Europe.

“It is pretty evident we are welcoming an extraordinary football man to Fulham Football Club,” Khan said.

EXTRA TIME: John Obi Mikel’s 2018 World Cup jersey added to Fifa museum

The Super Eagles were the first team to beat debutant Iceland at the World Cup in Russia thus earning the skipper a place in the gallery Article continues below The jersey worn by Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel at the 2018 World Cup has been added to the Fifa museum collection.

The football governing announced that the shirt will be at the museum located in Zurich after Gernot Rohr’s became the first team to beat Iceland at the World Cup finals.

“Argentina couldn’t claim three points against hardy newcomers, Iceland, but the Super Eagles did – and they did it in style,” the statement reads.

“The jersey worn by John Mikel Obi at Nigeria’s 2-0 victory at the Volgograd Arena at the 2018 World Cup has been added to the FIFA Museum collection.” Article continues below Ahmed Musa’s brace powered the west Africans to their only victory at the global showpiece as defeats to Croatia and Argentina ended their journey at the group stage.

Nigeria won the encounter at the Volgograd Arena by 2-0 after Argentina settled for a 1-1 draw against the European country in the Group D opener.

FIFA Ranking: Nigeria Move Up By 4 Spots , Now placed 44th And 3rd In Africa.

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have moved up by four spots to the 44th in the world in the October FIFA -Coca Cola Ranking Kelechi Iheanacho of Nigeria thanks God for the leap in FIFA ranking In the ranking table published on the website of the world football governing body on Thursday, Nigeria garnered 1431 points as against 1415 it had in September.

The movement has now placed Nigeria as the third in Africa behind Tunisia and Senegal. The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that it was during this period that the Eagles thrashed Libya 4-0 (home) and 3-2 (away) in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers. Tunisia is ranked 22nd in the world and Senegal 25th . Congo DR (ranked 46th and Morocco(47th) are the other African countries among the top 50.

On the global scene, Belgium are now ranked world number one, ahead of France with the narrowest of margin–just one point in the new the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking published today. The Belgians have 1733 points to France’s 1732 points. In September, the two countries were tied on the first spot. The top two remain out in front after a month in which each of them enjoyed a win and a draw, with Belgium and France beating Switzerland (8th, unchanged) and Germany (14th, down two) respectively in the UEFA Nations League.

Brazil are third with 1669 points, Croatia fourth with 1635 and England fifth with 1619 points. Leo Messi’s Argentina are ranked 12th in the world.(NAN)

Libyan Coach Resigned Ahead Of Qualifies In Nigeria.

Libya coach Adel Amrouche has resigned just days before his side face Nigeria in an African Nations Cup qualifier. The match is billed for Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.

His departure has been confirmed by the Libyan Football Federation and on Wednesday by Belgian Amrouche, who told the media that he was frustrated by working conditions with the team.

The 50-year-old, who was born in Algeria, was only appointed in May and his first match in charge last month saw Libya force a 0-0 draw in South Africa.

They were forced to play all their home qualifiers at a neutral venue because of the tenuous security situation in the North African country.

Libya travel to face Nigeria on Friday and then play them again in the return in Sfax, Tunisia on Monday. Libya have four points from their first two games in their bid to qualify for the 2019 finals in Cameroon, ahead of South Africa on goal difference with Nigeria one point behind.

The Seychelles are last in the group without any points. (Reuters/NAN

Rohr, Super Eagles Prefers Akpabio International Stadium Over ABS Kaduna

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohrer  has advised the Nigerian Federation to move the venue of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya from the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna.

 

AFP PHOTO / Contrary to reports in the local media, the Nigerian Federation have not yet changed the venue of the AFCON qualifier to the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, but Rohr expressed his concerns about the Ahmadu Bello Stadium when he met with the leadership of the Nigerian Federation during The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 in London on Monday, September 24. Rohr inspected the ABS last month and told Pinnick and his lieutenants that the field he inspected was too small, not up to standard and his players would not be comfortable playing on the turf. Rohr told his employers that he expects the Libyan team to be very defensive when they face the Super Eagles on October 12, pointing out that South Africa were forced to a goalless draw because the North Africans were too defensive conscious.

 

He added that it would be very difficult for the Super Eagles to get a win on the small Kaduna pitch, and that he would have loved the game to be played in Uyo, where the pitch is bigger and the defensive Libyans can be opened up.

THE ERA OF A NEW Dawn OF ONE FAMILY, ONE FOOTBALL-BY HON PRINCESS BIBIANA NWANKWO.(Ada Apga)

Dr patrick lfeanyi Ubah ( Ebubechukwu Uzo) the ceo capital oil and gas limited and founder Fc feanyi Ubah will unveil the One Family One Football initiative at ifeanyi Ubah games village otolo Nnewi.

Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah being a human capital developer and a fast thinker is springing up new ideas and initiatives to checkmate the activities of our young generation so as to curb poverty, laziness and idleness in our society.
It is good to note that lack of proper upbringing and sense of direction have given birth to social vices like cultism,drug abuse and kidnapping .

In his quest to liberate and empower the youths of Anambra state and Nigeria, he came up with Project one Family, one football .

Clubs usually sign multiple players at a very young age and teach them football skills required to play at that club’s standard.

Clubs are often restricted to recruiting locally based youngsters, but some larger clubs such as Arsenal, Real Madrid and Chelsea have recruited foreign talent.
This is one of the reasons why Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah has decided to breed as many as young talented young kids who will meet Africans at the world stage.

Leading to the formation of specialist recruiters such as the La Liga Youth Brokerage, which started in 2016.
Many of the larger clubs in Europe such as Ajax and Feyenoord in the Netherlands, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spain, Benfica, Sporting CP and Porto in Portugal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal in England, FC Bayern Munich and Schalke 04 in Germany, among many others, are regarded as having some of the finest youth academies and have produced many players regarded as some of the best in world football.

This is what One Family, one football stands to achieve in Nigeria and Africa.
His vision is to see Africans, who were discovered and trained in Africa to lift the world cup.

Other clubs such as Brazilian club Grêmio and São Paulo, Espanyol in Spain, Atalanta of Italy and English clubs Leeds United, Middlesbrough, Watford, Aston Villa and West Ham United, while not as financially successful as others, have a world class academy. West Ham’s youth academy is known as The Academy of Football and has produced many English talents that have gone on to play with larger clubs in the Premier League.

1F-1F One Family, one football is designed to achieve the above fate in Africa.

The 1F-1F initiative is another innovative project and the first ever to be witnessed in Africa.

Project one family, one football will work tirelessly to make sure everything needed to educate and empower young, talented African kids are in place .

One family one football is a way of bringing young wards together to train them on basic skills of football, ethic,rules ,discipline etc .

Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah is also working towards opening a football Academy where this children will be trained to meet up with international standard and get them signed up.

He’s love for hardwork can not be over emphasized as he has loads of projects attributed to his name .

little wonder why his club, FC Ifeanyi Ubah won eight trophys in just four year .
As a great thinker and a human capital developer, he’s always springing up new ideas and initiative to help his people as he believes in using what you have to get what you need.

The one family one football will be unveiled on the 15th day of September 2018 at Nnewi ,Anambra State.

Over 1000 children will be fully kitted for the event and every parent will be getting a football as take home .

He intends to use this initiative to raise football superstar for the next generation.

One Family, one football,an avenue to develop the children on basic knowledge to sharpen their brains to becoming great thinkers, focused, disciplined, and organized people.

At tender age children tend to be prone and addictive to characters and behaviors of people surrounding them, so it’s pertinent they are well guided to avoid causing nuisance in the society.

Few weeks ago the capital human developer was host to a digital training in Awka where he taught and encouraged the youths to be digitally empowered to meet up with international standard and as a tool of employment.
Some of them where chosen to embark on an intensive digital training in China.

All road leads to Nnewi for the unveiling of the first of its kind, the epic event of the 21st century ,powered by Dr Patrick ifeanyi Ubah ( EbubechukwuUzo)

Date —–15 September 2018
Venue— ifeanyi Ubah stadium THE ERA OF A NEW DAWN.

By Hon Princess Bibiana Nwankwo .
(Ada Apga)

Dr patrick lfeanyi Ubah ( Ebubechukwu Uzo) the ceo capital oil and gas limited and founder Fc feanyi Ubah will unveil the One Family One Football initiative at ifeanyi Ubah games village otolo Nnewi.

Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah being a human capital developer and a fast thinker is springing up new ideas and initiatives to checkmate the activities of our young generation so as to curb poverty, laziness and idleness in our society.
It is good to note that lack of proper upbringing and sense of direction have given birth to social vices like cultism,drug abuse and kidnapping .

In his quest to liberate and empower the youths of Anambra state and Nigeria, he came up with Project one Family, one football .

Clubs usually sign multiple players at a very young age and teach them football skills required to play at that club’s standard.

Clubs are often restricted to recruiting locally based youngsters, but some larger clubs such as Arsenal, Real Madrid and Chelsea have recruited foreign talent.
This is one of the reasons why Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah has decided to breed as many as young talented young kids who will Africans at the world stage.

Leading to the formation of specialist recruiters such as the La Liga Youth Brokerage, which started in 2016.
Many of the larger clubs in Europe such as Ajax and Feyenoord in the Netherlands, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spain, Benfica, Sporting CP and Porto in Portugal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal in England, FC Bayern Munich and Schalke 04 in Germany, among many others, are regarded as having some of the finest youth academies and have produced many players regarded as some of the best in world football.
This is what One Family, one football stands to achieve in Nigeria and Africa.
His vision is to see Africans, who were discovered and trained in Africa to lift the world cup.

Other clubs such as Brazilian club Grêmio and São Paulo, Espanyol in Spain, Atalanta of Italy and English clubs Leeds United, Middlesbrough, Watford, Aston Villa and West Ham United, while not as financially successful as others, have a world class academy. West Ham’s youth academy is known as The Academy of Football and has produced many English talents that have gone on to play with larger clubs in the Premier League.

One Family, one football is designed to achieve the above fate in Africa.
The 1F-1F initiative is another innovative project and the first ever to be witnessed in Africa.

Project one family, one football will work tirelessly to make sure everything needed to educate and empower young, talented African kids.

One family one football is a way of bringing young wards together to train them on basic skills of football, ethic,rules ,discipline .

Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah is also working towards opening a football Academy where this children will be trained to meet up with international standard and get them signed up. He’s love for hardwork can not be over emphasized as he has loads of projects attributed to his name .

little wonder why his club, FC Ifeanyi Ubah won eight trophys in just four year .
As a great thinker and a human capital developer, he’s always springing up new ideas and initiative to help his people as he believes in using what you have to get what you need.

The one family one football will be unveiled on the 15th day of September 2018 at Nnewi ,Anambra State.

Over 1000 children will be fully kitted for the event and every parent will be getting a football as take home .

He intends to use this initiative to raise football superstar for the next generation.
One Family, one football an avenue to develop the children on basic knowledge to sharpen their brains to becoming great thinkers, focused, disciplined, and organized people.
At this tender age children tend to be prone and addictive to characters and behaviors of people surrounding them, so it’s pertinent they are well guided to avoid causing nuisance in to the society.

Few weeks ago the capital human developer was host to a digital training in Awka where he taught and encouraged the youths to be digitally empowered to meet up with international standard and as a tool of employment.
Some of them where chosen to embark on an intensive digital training in China.

All road leads to Nnewi for the unveiling of the first of its kind, the epic event of the 21st century ,powered by Dr Patrick ifeanyi Ubah ( EbubechukwuUzo)

Date —–15 September 2018
Venue— ifeanyi Ubah stadium Nnewi
Time—10am……
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Nigeria Fans Blast Victor Moses After Their Win Over Seychelles

African Nation Cup qualification hopes on the right track by defeating the Pirates on Saturday afternoon

Nigeria began life without Victor Moses to spank Seychelles 3-0 at the Stade Limite on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Ahmed Musa, Chidozie Awaziem and Odion Ighalo handed Gernot Rohr’s men a vital away victory in the Group E encounter.

While celebrating the win, football fans pointed that the Chelsea star – who quit international football – claiming that Bordeaux’ Samuel Kalu is a better replacement.

Breaking News :FIFA The Best Men’s Player of the Year award, Ronaldo, Modric & Salah Nominated

Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah have made the final three for FIFA’s The Best Men’s Player of the Year award.

Ronaldo and Modric both helped Real Madrid to Champions League glory prior to the former’s move to Juventus, with Salah scoring an incredible 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool.

That means that there’s no place in the final three for Barcelona sensation Lionel Messi, despite his exploits in helping the Catalan giants win the Liga title last season.

FIFA’s The Best award is voted for by four groups, each with 25 per cent weight in the final vote: national team coaches, national team captains, high-profile journalists and football fans.

It broke away from the Ballon d’Or in 2016 and it will be the first time since 2006 that Messi has not been in the final three for FIFA’s award for best player of the season.

Ronaldo has been in the final three for every FIFA best player award except 2010, when it was a Barcelona one-two-three (Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta) for the first FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony.

In FIFA’s Best Coach category, France’s Didier Deschamps, Croatia’s Zlatko Dalic and former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane are the final three nominees.

The women’s best player award will be won by either Lyon’s Ada Hegerberg, Germany’s Dzsenifer Marozsan or Brazil’s Marta.

The award ceremony is being held in London on Monday September 24.

Culled from GOAL. COM

Victor Moses Retirement From International Football At The Age Of 27 .

Nigeria’s Victor Moses has announced his retirement from international football at the age of 27.

The Chelsea winger played 37 times for his country, scoring 12 times since making his debut in 2012.

He had previously represented England up to Under-21 level, while coming through the ranks at Crystal palace.

“I have experienced some of the best moments of my life wearing the Super Eagles shirt and have memories with me that will last a lifetime,” he said.

“However, I feel that now is the right time to step away in order to be able to focus fully on my club career and young family, as well as to allow the next generation the opportunity to step up and to flourish.

“Thank you for the memories and good luck to the team for the future.”

Moses won the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria in 2013, and represented the nation at two World Cups, in 2014 and 2018.

Nigeria were knocked out at the group stage in Russia this summer, having beaten Iceland but suffered defeats by Croatia and Argentina.no

Breaking News :Obaseki slashes C-of-O processing fee to N50,000.

In what real estate operators and business owners have described as a major turnaround for ease of doing business in the state, the Edo State Governor, Mr.

Godwin Obaseki has slashed to a minimum of N50,000 the cost for processing Certificate of Occupancy (C-of-O), assuring a 30-day turnaround for processing land titles.

Obaseki Obaseki, who disclosed this during an inspection of ongoing work at the Edo Geographic Information Service (EDOGIS) office in Benin City, said that the development is made possible as a result of the deployment of Geographic Information Service (GIS) technology by the state government in processing land titles. According to him, “We are drastically reducing the cost of obtaining C-of-O. The minimum will be N50, 000. That means that we have come down drastically from the current rate of about N300,000 to slightly about N50, 000.” He explained, “Our hope is that Edo will be one of the foremost states in Nigeria where you can come in, buy land and within 30 days, you have all the documents and titles to the land. If you want to sell, we will ensure that granting of approvals such as building approvals follow the same speed. “What that will do is that investors will find out that it is much easier to do business in Edo because of the speed at which we can register titles and the speed at which people can obtain licences.” Obaseki said the state government would not relent in providing a conducive working environment for workers in the state, adding, “The idea is to improve the work experience of public officers and public servants. Their offices should be more comfortable than their homes so that they can spend more time at work and be more productive.”

He urged staff of the agency to imbibe the culture of maintaining facilities, noting that “maintenance is key to keeping the standard.”

The Managing Director, EDOGIS, Arch. Frank Evbuomwan explained that titles for land, C-of-O, governor’s consent, mortgage consent, among others, are processed at the new office site. “Very soon, we will start the process of recertifying C-of-O and issuing of new C-of-O. The processes here are automated,” he added.

Culled from Vanguardngr

Breaking News :Carl Ikeme: Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper announces retirement

Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July 2017, has announced his retirement from football at the age of 32.

The Nigeria international has been with the Molineux club for his whole career, making more than 200 appearances.

In June, Ikeme said he was in “complete remission” after “a tough year and intense chemotherapy”.

“Thank you for the support over the years,” heposted on social media on Friday.

“My last day as a footballer but one I am happy and grateful for. Thanks to everyone to do with Wolves and everyone in football I have met.”

Ikeme’s decision to retire has come after consulting medical experts and he told his team-mates on Tuesday.

“The doctor suggested I should retire after the toll the treatment has taken on my body. I can’t really risk trying to come back,” he told theWolves website.

“My health is my main thing. I just want to be here for my children, family and friends. In the grand scheme of things, with your life in danger, it’s a minimum price I have to pay to spend the rest of my time with my family.

“I’m happy with what I’ve achieved.”

In a statement, Wolves chairman Jeff Shi praised the goalkeeper’s strength of character in “what has been a very challenging time for him”.

“Carl is more than just a player in our eyes – he is our brother and an important part of our family,” said Shi.

Ikeme joined the West Midlands club – who won the Championship last season to earn promotion to the Premier League – as a 14-year-old.

He was a regular when Wolves won League One in 2014 and played 10 times for Nigeria, who honoured him at this summer’s World Cup by naming him as their 24th squad member.

The Super Eagles were knocked out at the group stage in Russia and before the tournament their coach Gernot Rohr said: “My biggest regret is the absence of Carl.”

Culled from BBC

Mbappe, Hazard , 8 Others Shortlisted For FIFA Player Of The Year Award

FIFA, the world football governing body, have announced the Best Men’s Player award nominees for the 2017-2018 season, with France’s World Cup star Kylian Mbappe and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah being among those shortlisted.

The other players in the 10-man list are Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi, Kevin De Bruyne, Antoine Griezmann, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Luka Modric and Raphael Varane.

The 19-year-old Mbappe displayed a string of impressive performances in France’s World Cup-winning campaign, becoming only the second teenager after Brazil’s Pele to score in a World Cup.

Salah, the top scorer in European club football last year, scored 44 goals for the Premier League side Liverpool in all competitions, and picked up player of the seasons honours in England.

The current African footballer of the year, Salah, would be the first player from the continent to win the FIFA prize since Liberian striker – and current president – George Weah in 1995.

Ronaldo, who guided Real Madrid to their third Champions League title in a row, won the award in 2017.

The awards ceremony is set to take place in London on September 24. FIFA said it would name a final list of three nominees in early September.

Football fans can vote for their preferred nominee on FIFA’s website.

Results are expected to be taken into consideration alongside the votes of national team coaches, captains and selected journalist from Fifa’s 211 member countries.

FIFA have also announced the nominees for the Coach of the Year award, with the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Pep Guardiola and Gareth Southgate all part of the list.

Source: Al Jazeera and News Agencies. Photo shows Mbappe.

Lagos High Court restrains John Ogu’s wife from ‘fleeing’ with their daughter

A Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere has restrained Veronica Chiugo, wife of Super Eagles player, John Ogu, from taking their two-year-old daughter, Ivanna Adaeze Ogu, outside Lagos without his consent.

Justice O. O. Femi-Adeniyi (Mrs) made the order on July 17, following a July 16 ex parte motion Ogu filed through his counsel Olumide Babalola seeking eight reliefs.

Justice Adeniyi also authorised Ogu to, among others, pay a monthly maintenance fee of N50,000 for the upkeep of his wife and Baby Ivanna Ogu.

The judge upheld all the footballer’s prayers, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit, seeking the dissolution of the estranged couple’s marriage.

Culled from the Nation

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News Update :Operatives of the Imo State Police Command have arrested a pastor in the Assemblies of God Church in Owerri, Chukwuma Okezuo, for allegedly giving prophecies against the state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, during a church service.

Operatives of the Imo State Police Command have arrested a pastor in the Assemblies of God Church in Owerri, Chukwuma Okezuo, for allegedly giving prophecies against the state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, during a church service.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, who paraded the cleric before newsmen on Tuesday, accused him of prophesying during last Sunday’s church service in the Urratta area of Owerri.

The pastor was alleged to have said in his prophecy that the governor was recruiting young boys in the state with the sole aim of kidnapping children between zero and 10 years for ritual purposes.

The police spokesperson said the pastor prophesied that Governor Okorocha was allegedly engaging in the ritual exercises towards the 2019 governorship election in the state.

He added that the “false prophecy” was capable of causing rancour and panic in the state.

“I parade before you one acclaimed pastor, Chukwuma Okezuo, of Assemblies of God Church. He was arrested during a church service last Sunday at Owaelu Urratta over false prophecies against the person of the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha.

“The suspect, while on the pulpit, made false prophecies against the governor that he was recruiting young boys to be kidnapping children between zero and 10 years for ritual purposes. He falsely prophesied that the governor was engaging in the ritual purposes with the sole aim of winning the 2019 governorship election and therefore asked the congregation to pray.

“This false prophecy, by this acclaimed pastor, is very malicious and capable of causing rancour, panic, anxiety and disintegrating the state. The Imo State Police Command, under the leadership of Commissioner of Police, Mr Dasuki Galandanchi, will not watch the people jeopardise the peace of the state.

“Religious leaders should be mindful of the things they say. We will charge the suspect to court for legal action,” he said.

In an interview with Southern City News, the 40-year-old pastor, who hails from the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of the state, said what the police accused him of was untrue.

He said that he only asked the congregation to pray against untimely death and spirits al manipulations without mentioning the name of anybody including that of the governor

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A security and politics Correspondent with Vanguard Newspapers was Friday night assaulted by a “soldier” at Abuja

A security and politics Correspondent with Vanguard Newspapers was Friday night assaulted by a “soldier” who violated his right of way at the gate of City Park in Abuja.

The incident occurred at about 9:30pm after the journalist Omeiza Ajayi, in company of his brother, Michael left the park in their vehicles. Narrating his ordeal, Omeiza said;

 

“I closed from work at about 8pm and decided to see my brother, Michael who was entertaining some of his guests at the Park. We left at about 9:25pm and I drove in their front but just before we approached the gate, a light brown, 2005 Toyota Highlander Jeep marked LAGOS LND 968 BP attempted to overtake by my right side.

Seeing that there was no way he could do that, the driver then slowed down a bit and attempted to overtake me by my left side, slightly brushing me in the process and blocking my exit door. Rather than apologise, he, along with two male occupants of the jeep came down, but without putting the car on Park mode, a situation that made it reverse a little and again brushing my car in the process. Because he had inadvertently blocked by exit door, I could not come down and then he started raining a flurry of blows on my face until I held his shirt in such a way that he had to gasp for breathe.

 

Unfortunately for him, his plastic Identification Card which he was holding, got broken in the process of assaulting me and because he was too drunk, he didn’t notice it”. A quick search on the electronic vehicle registration app id-armyof the Directorate of Road Traffic Services DRTS in Abuja showed that the vehicle has not been properly registered.

 

 

 

Asked to properly identify himself, the “soldier” brought out an identity card which he also covered with his fingers, in order that his true identity be not ascertained. According to Omeiza, while he bled, the soldier who was in mufti threatened to call for a reinforcement, a development that forced some guests at the Park to threaten his arrest before entering is jeep and speeding off.

“I was traumatized by this incident and had to undergo treatment for the injury sustained as well as take other medicines to halt the severe stomach ache I experienced as a result of having to swallow my own blood, the soldier having injured me on the chin. I bled from Wuse 2 to my house”, Omeiza recalled.

Vowing to pursue the issue to a logical conclusion, the journalist asked military authorities to retrain their personnel and make them conform to global best practices in civil-military relationship.

“Imagine if he had a gun on him? Such a man could easily have gone on a shooting spree”.
Culled from Vanguardngr

 

Nigerian fan seeks political asylum in Russia

According to Vanguardngr football fan from Nigeria has reportedly requested political asylum in Russia, citing fears of political persecution in his home country, the Moscow Times reports. Human rights groups say it is difficult for asylum seekers to obtain refugee status in Russia, with only 582 people admitted as refugees in 2017, the lowest number in the past decade.

 

fansSince the World Cup began, dozens of people who entered Russia using World Cup fan identity documents have attempted to enter neighboring European countries and request asylum

 

The 31-year-old citizen of Nigeria arrived to Russia for the World Cup before asking police in the Perovo district of Moscow for political asylum, the RBC news agency reported, citing an unnamed police source.

 

https://morningstarnaija.com/2018/07/05/nigerians-lauded-mikel-nchekwube-obi-for-playing-against-argentina-despite-fathers-kidnap/

“The man said that he had participated in anti-government protests in his country and that his life was currently threatened by Nigerian government forces,” the police source was cited as saying. The asylum request has been transferred to a local migration services branch of the Interior Ministry, RBC reported. According to Russian law, political asylum requests are granted by presidential decree.

 

Nigerians lauded Mikel Nchekwube Obi for playing against Argentina despite father’s kidnap

Patriotics Nigerians urges Super Eagles Captain Mikel Obi to view  political position in 2019 and they went ahead  ahead campaigning for the Super Eagles Captain to run for a political position, noting that they would vote him in.

 

https://morningstarnaija.com/2018/07/05/breaking-police-rescue-abducted-mikel-obis-father-2/

Mikel Obi have won the heart of Nigerians following the release of his father(PA Michael Obi  from the den of kidnappers and his philanthropic life for years.

 

https://morningstarnaija.com/2018/07/04/pdp-chieftain-urges-fg-to-confer-cfr-on-mikel-obi-by-ike-klinsman/

@Rouvafe “John Obi Mikel plays for Nigeria against Argentina despite getting news that his Father had been kidnapped 4 hours before the match.Not all heroes wear capes.”

@Chydee “Signed for Chelsea instead of Man Utd because the future of 3 other Nigerians depended on it.Paid bills for the Nigerian Olympic team in 2016. “Played against Argentina even though his dad had been kidnapped.If Mikel Obi ever decides to run for Office, I will campaign for him.”

@IamOkon “We don’t respect this guy enough. He was called four hours before Nigeria faced Argentina to be told about his father’s abduction. Still played out his heart in that WorldCup game.John Mikel Obi. Our Captain. Our Leader. LEGEND.”

@Biolakazeem “Mikel Obi out here showing leadership & responsibility more than any Nigerian political leader alive but it is Babagana Kingibe they will remember to give a national honour for sabotaging the same ticket he ran on. Nigeria is a real tragicomedy.”

@Abangmercy “Nigeria will break you… Nigeria will break any patriotism left in you. Nigeria will test your faith in life, humanity, and mankind – Mikel Obi went through all that phase and stood tall.”

@Iambolar “A true leader. It’s what captains do. Your crew first, no matter what. More power to your elbow John Mikel Obi.”

@Shawnife “So Mikel Obi was called four hours before the Nigerian game against Argentina about his father’s abduction by kidnappers. Still played his heart out in that⁠ game, even with a wrist injury. “I’ve got so much respect for this man. He’s the definition of a leader.”

@SanRomeo “Mikel Obi is the selfless leader we’re yet to have in this country. It takes a HERO to put his country above his family. Despite knowing his father has been kidnapped, he still went ahead to play for Nigeria. We thank him enough.”

@Umehoma “Despite the fact that Mikel Obi was called 4 hours before Argentina match, he led the Super Eagles and fought hard in the game.

“Shame on the Kidnappers and Accolades for this man, for this exceptional level of Patriotism.”

@IamfemiJoseph “Mikel Obi is a patriotic Nigeria. Not only a Patriot but a legend who deserves the national honor.”

PDP chieftain urges FG to confer CFR on Mikel Obi. By Ike Klinsman

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IKE Klinsmann Ohamadike, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Anambra State, has called on the federal government to honour Mikel Obi, captain of the Super Eagles of Nigeria. He urged the government to confer on Obi the honour of Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic, CFR, for serving the nation while his father was with kidnappers.

He said it was very painful that Obi and his family were made to endure yet another terrible experience in the hands of some faceless unpatriotic individuals after the unfortunate incidence of 2011 where his father was kidnapped, beaten mercilessly and left for dead. According to him, the recent incidence was both pathetic and evil, coming at a time when Obi was on a national assignment for the nation in Russia.

“It should be recalled that Obi’s father Pa Micheal Obi was kidnapped just four hours before our game against Argentina when they were already on their way to the stadium. Yet in spite of this trauma, he elected as a captain of the national team to carry the weight and burden of our qualification on his shoulders.

“How he got the strength, stamina, fitness and composure to play that match the way he did is still a mystery bearing in mind that he was aware that his father could be killed the very minute he steps on that pitch. This is very painful to us. Our hearts bleed in Neni, Agulu, Abagana, Umudioka Ukpo, Enugwu-Ukwu and all the towns in Anambra State.

“It was the same Obi that single-handedly paid his teammates hotel bills in Russia for four days before the Sports Ministry received funds from Nigeria. Our brother Obi later informed the press that he got a call from the kidnappers about four hours before Nigeria’s World Cup match in St Petersburg against Argentina where they demanded the sum of $28,000 to secure his father’s release.

“It should be recalled that the Enugu State police command had rescued Obi’s father after six days in captivity. He is receiving treatment for the injuries he sustained from the hands of his captors,” he said.

Ohamadike called on the perpetrators of this heinous crime to please leave the Super Eagles captain and his family alone. “We have taken this case before the presence of God and pray that God in his mercy will hearken to our cries and bring these perpetrators to justice.

“We hold this firm belief that men and women of this great nation who have rendered exceptional services to the benefit of this nation should be appreciated and encouraged. In view of this unprecedented sacrifices and patriotism exhibited by our brother Mikel Obi, we therefore, call on the Federal Government of Nigeria to confer on our brother with the honour of Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR). This will encourage our youths, bring out the best in them and show that patriotism and nationalism can indeed be rewarded in this great nation,” he said.

 

Culled from Ike Klinsman

sacked Breaking: NFF President Amaju sacked

DALUNG DIRECTS NFF TO RECOGNISE GIWA AS PRESIDENT *SACKS AMAJU

 

dalung-Amaju-Pinnick.jpgThe Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports development has directed the Nigeria Football Federation, a parastatal under it to comply with the judgment of the Supreme Court delivered on April 27, 2018, which restored the orders of the Federal High Court, setting aside the purported election into the Executive Committee of the NFF held on September 30, 2014.

Predict Nigeria vs Argentina Russia 2018 World Cup match and stand a chance to win #1000 airtime

Predict Nigeria vs Argentina Russia 2018 World Cup match and stand a chance to win #1000 airtime of your choice

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Super Eagles possible Lineup 

Uzoho – Shehu, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Idowu – Ndidi, Onazi (Etebo) – Iwobi, Obinna, Moses – Ighalo.

Argentina possible Lineup 

Caballero – Salvio, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico – Mascherano, Biglia (Lo Celso) – Dybala (Meza), Messi, Di Maria – Aguero.

Date :26/06 /2018

Time :7pm

Predict Nigeria vs Iceland match correct Score and WIN #1000 Recharge of your choice from www.morningstarnaija.com

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Time:4pm

Date:22/06 /2018 

Super Eagles possible Lineup 

Uzoho – Shehu, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Idowu – Ndidi, Onazi (Etebo) – Iwobi, Obinna, Moses – Ighalo.

Iceland possible Lineup

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Halldorsson – Saevarsson, Arnason, Sigurdsson, Magnusson – Gudmundsson, Gunnarsson, Hallfredsson, Bjarnason – Sigurdsson – Finnbogason.

Premier League fixtures 2018-19: Man City visit Arsenal on opening weekend

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Image captionManchester City celebrate after winning the 2017-18 Premier League title – but will they retain it?

Champions Manchester City will travel to Arsenal on the weekend of 11-12 August for their opening match of the 2018-19 Premier League season.

Tottenham visit Newcastle first, then play Fulham at Wembley while their new £850m stadium is completed.

Manchester United host Leicester City, Liverpool entertain West Ham, and Championship winners Wolverhampton Wanderers welcome Everton to Molineux.

Promoted Fulham host Crystal Palace, while Cardiff visit Bournemouth.

The three other fixtures on the opening weekend see Chelsea travel to Huddersfield, Southampton host Burnley, and Watford take on Brighton at Vicarage Road

The opening weekend in full

Arsenal v Manchester City
Bournemouth v Cardiff City
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Huddersfield Town v Chelsea
Liverpool v West Ham United
Manchester United v Leicester City
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton v Burnley
Watford v Brighton
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Everton

Black MICRO Pig pick Nigeria to reach Semi-final for Russia 2018 World Cup

The psychic pig Mystic Marcus that predicted President Donald Trump’s victory has picked Nigeria, Argentina as semi-finalists for the 2018 World Cup. The psychic pig which has a history of sniffing out a winner – and is hoping to continue his unbroken record for this summer’s World Cup, thesportsbay reports.

With bad news for England fans, Mystic Marcus expects Belgium, Argentina, Nigeria and Uruguay to make it through

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Mystic Marcus has a 100 per cent track record of predicting sports results according to his owner Juliette Stevens

Predict Correct Score and WIN #1000 Recharge of your choice. World Cup! Russia Vs Saudi Arabia On Date 14/06 /2018, (Thursday)

RUSSIA  possible Lineup 

Igor Akinfeev – Ignashevich, Smolnikov, Vasin – Samedov, Dzagoev, Golovin, Yerokhin, Zhirkov – Smolov, Dzyuba.

Saudi Arabia Possible Lineup

Al-Mayouf – Al-Harbi, Omar Hawsawi, Osama Hawsawi, Al-Shahrani – Al-Faraj, Al-Khaibri – Al-Shehri, Al-Dawsari, Al-Jassim – Mohammad Al-Sahlawi.

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Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) sacked Their National Team Coach Julen Lopetegui Argote

However, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) took the decision to sack the former Porto boss, with the announcement of his deal with Real reportedly sending shockwaves through the nation’s football hierarchy.

Hierro has previously been assistant manager at Real Madrid and has also worked as Malaga’s director of football.

However, he has managed just one club in his career, taking over at Real Oviedo in Spain’s Segunda Division for the 2016-17 season, though he failed to take the club to promotion, and subsequently departed by mutual consent.200px-Julen_Lopetegui_2017.jpg

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