Tuesday, June 27, 2017

F1: Vettel swerve on Hamilton a "red card" offence in football

A former Formula One team owner Eddie Jordan has described Sebastian Vettel's swerve into title rival Lewis Hamilton at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as an "instant red card" offence in football.

Vettel was given a 10-second stop-and-go penalty for crashing his car into Hamilton's Mercedes on Sunday.

"It's the equivalent of a massive headbutt in soccer," Jordan said.

Vettel, who is a four time world champion, was given three licence penalty points for his actions, taking him to nine.

If he receives another three at the next race in Austria on 7-9 July, it would trigger an automatic ban for the British Grand Prix a week later.

"With the penalty points he received after the race, the stewards clearly had footage that the driver turned into Hamilton," Jordan told BBC Radio 5 live.

"This is never acceptable, whatever happened prior to that. You can never take the law into your own hands, certainly not in sport.

"So he got a 10-second penalty but it was a stop-and-go, which we say is equivalent to a 40-second penalty."

Jordan says he is unsure whether the 29-year-old German Ferrari driver should face more sanctions although he feels the spat would be "good for the sport" in marketing terms, but he expects the pair to quickly make up.

"There's actually quite a bit of love between those two, or respect, they appreciate each other, so I don't think there was any malice between them, what happened happened and they will move onto the next race," he said.

Following the crash, Vettel claimed he responded as he did because Hamilton had 'brake-tested' him - deliberately slowed down to cause him trouble.

Stewards examined data from Hamilton's car and concluded he had done nothing wrong - he had merely not accelerated out of the corner as he prepared the restart, as is his right.

Hamilton ended the race - won by Daniel Ricciardo - in fifth, a place behind Vettel, and is 14 points behind the German after eight of 20 races.

Top Premier league players invest in new football club in USA

Eden Hazard and Yohan Cabaye are among the investors backing a new football club in the United States of America.

The pair, who play for Chelsea and Crystal Palace respectively are joined by Senegal and former Chelsea/Newcastle forward Demba Ba, now with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, and ex-Lille forward Moussa Sow, now with Al-Ahli of Dubai.

San Diego is the location for the new expansion side, which will compete in the NASL, the second tier in the US.

"We can't wait to get started and win some games," Hazard said.

"San Diego is a beautiful place and the love and passion the people have for soccer made this an easy choice for us.

My friends and I are honoured to turn this dream into a reality."

The North American Soccer League said the new club will make their league debut next season, which begins in the spring.

The club will play their home matches at the University of San Diego until their own stadium is built, with sites currently being considered in North County.

They are not the only players or former players to have bought into an NASL club.

Italy and AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini is co-owner of Miami FC, who top the table with this year's Spring Season set to close.

Source: BBC
Story by Cosmos Chukwuemeka

Friday, June 23, 2017

Liverpool sign Salah from Roma

Premier league side Liverpool have announced the signing of left-footed pacy Egyptian winger Mohammad Salah for a fee of £34 million plus add-ons from italian side As-Roma.

Salah had a prolific 2016-17 season with the Italian club, helping himself to 15 goals & 11 assists.

He plays constantly on the right as an inverted winger and is expected to complement Sadio Mane, the other rapid wide-man in Liverpool ranks.

Alongside the Sengalese international, the Merseyside club now have the two most expensive African players in Europe in their ranks.

Salah initially had a short spell in the Premier League with Chelsea after moving from Basel.(although he was snatched by José Mourinho from joining Liverpool then).

He was then loaned to Fiorentina & Roma before the capital club exercised their purchase option.

He has signed a 5-year deal with Jurgen Klopp's team and becomes the club's 2nd signing of the summer after youth striker Dominic Solanke moved from Chelsea.

Salah met with club captain, Jordan Henderson at the melwood training complex for a chat.

He expressed his delightment to join the club this time and also stated that he felt heartbroken when the Liverpool deal collapsed year back.

The club hierarchy has announced that Salah will wear Roberto Firmino Nō11 jersey, while the later wears the Nō9 Jersey for the new season.

This is a great deal for Liverpool in view of next season. An attack with the pace of Mané and Salah is one defender would definitely be wary of.

Story by Emmanuel Ndibe

Thursday, June 22, 2017

LMC dedicates NPFL Matchday 26 to Emeteole

Players and match officials of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) will put on black arm bands to honour a former coach of prominent NPFL clubs, Kelechi Emeteole who passed on in the early hours of Wednesday,June 21 2017.

Emeteole, nicknamed ‘Caterpillar’ in his playing days for various league clubs in the country died in India where he was receiving treatment for throat cancer.

The former Rangers and Heartland coach was diagnosed of a disease In March 2017.

Emeteole was also a former Nigerian international winning 17 caps and scoring 4 goals for the  then Green Eagles.

He remained one of the most respected coaches on the local front as he had served as the Assistant coach for the Golden Eaglets(U17 World Cup in China, 1985) and Flying Eagles.(Canada, 1987) and later became the coach to the Beach soccer team otherwise known as the Super Sand Eagles.

Emetoele also coached Heartland of Owerri to a CAF Champions League final in 2009 where they narrowly lost to Tp mazembe.

He was a pioneer player in the club,rose to become the Captain and subsequently became player/coach.
He also managed El kanemi warriors,helped them  return to NPFL  rising all the way from Division 3 through to the Division two and to the defunct Nigeria Football League. He also had a stints at Rangers international.

Kelechi Emetoele spoke all three major languages in Nigeria, was 66 years old. Survived by a wife and children

Shehu Dikko, the Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) expressed grief at the demise of the Coach who in addition to managing several league clubs also worked with national teams including the Super Eagles, the Flying Eagles, the Golden Eaglets and the Beach Soccer team, otherwise called the Super Sand Eagles.

“The passing on of Coach Emeteole is a great loss to the NPFL because he was a coach that has been very prominent in the league coaching teams and raising some of the players who have made this country proud.

He was a true Nigerian who played football and worked with clubs across the states, speaking all three Nigerian major languages”, remarked Dikko.

After retiring from active football with the then Spartans of Owerri, Emeteole took to coaching and remarkably helped El-Kanemi Warriors return to the NPFL rising all the way from the then Division 3 through to the Division two and to the defunct Nigeria Football League. A prominent protégé of his time at the Borno side is Enyimba International FC's Ikechukwu Ibenegbu who had gone on to represent Nigeria at the senior level and the Beach Soccer championships.

The late Emeteole also had repeat stints at Heartland FC of Owerri and Rangers International.

The LMC has therefore directed that a minute silence be observed across all NPFL venues on Saturday, June 24 and on Wednesday, June 28 for the Match Day 26 fixtures.

According to Dikko, “Emeteole deserves all the honour we can accord him at this time.

We commiserate with his family and pray that God wcill grant them the fortitude to pass through this trying time in their family”.

Story by Odunayo Ruth Hassan

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Female footballers to climb Kilimanjaro to play highest match in history

A group of female footballers are to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and attempt to break the world record for the highest game of competitive football played.

Over the course of 7 to 10 days, the women will scale nearly 6,000 meters (19,330 feet) of Africa's highest mountain.

After reaching the summit, they will descend to 18,799 feet and play a 90-minute, 11-a-side match on a volcanic ash pitch at an altitude not attempted before!.

The footballers, representing 20 nationalities, include retired US international Lori Lindsey, former England midfielder Rachel Unitt, ex-Germany international Petra Landers and former Mexico captain Monica Gonzalez.

Ranging in ages, from 18 to 66 years old, the players will embark on the trip on June 15 and, weather permitting, play their match either on June 24 or 25.

Playing in thin air causes a reduction in physical performance and in May 2007, FIFA -- football's world governing body -- introduced a temporary ban, revoked a year later, on international matches at more than 8,200ft above sea level, citing concerns about players' health and the "unfair" advantage to acclimatized home teams.

Lori Lindsey, former US footballer, said their aim was to raise awareness of the issues women and girls face when playing sport.

Football world divided over VAR storm

Football pundits, bloggers and fans had their say on the social media on the input of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) at the ongoing FIFA Confederation Cup in Russia.

The VAR was first called to action in the match between Portugal and Mexico when a seemingly good goal by defender Pepe disallowed.

In the match between Chile and Cameroon, Eduardo Vargas was certainly in disbelief that his first half effort was cancelled, when he fired past goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa after receiving a pass from Arturo Vidal - but the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) felt otherwise.

It was the big talking point of the first half as Chile were denied the chance of taking the lead against the Africa champion in the Confederations Cup tie.

Referee Damir Skomina ruled the South American’s goal for an offside after VAR referral.

And there was still more drama from VAR in the dying seconds of the game, as Vargas made it two after firing home the rebound from Alexis Sanchez's blocked attempt on goal.

The assistant referee raised his flag for offside when Vargas was clearly onside. But the VAR rectified the official's outrageous decision.

As usual, fans took to Twitter to express their thoughts on the effectiveness of the Video Assistant Referee.

Check out the best tweets and make up your own mind...

VAR - Video Assisted RubbishVAR - Very Advanced Retardation— MonsterMind H.N.I (@iAm_MrhuRriKanE)June 18, 2017

Was the second goal the right call, or was the VAR just making amends for ruling Vargas's first goal out for offside?!?#ConfedCup2017— Ed Dove (@EddyDove)June 18, 2017

One of worst parts of #VARis that instead of players celebrating after goals, everyone is confused and watches the referee — Jason Foster (@JogaBonitoUSA)June 18, 2017

VAR decision will definitely Help the referees of various leagues and football in general!!#TOP— John Ogu (@ogujohnugo)June 18, 2017

#VARis absolute disgrace to our beautiful football let say no this thing it adds confussion and more errors to the game..add referees— tonny starvo mwenda

(@tonnymwenda14)June 18, 2017
Okay now waiting for this VAR thing is crazy.Cameroon 0-2 Chile— Tolu Olasoji (@Tollexrism)June 18, 2017

#VAR's are a joke, they have ruined football. I hope you're happy now FA. Technology could ruinthe sport.— ŌΜΔIR ΔŠI₣ (@TheOmairAsif)June 18, 2017

I like the VAR. We need accurate decisions in big games. Sometimes referees give horrible calls. The game should be fair. It will improve.— Schillo (@Monty_KurLu)June 18, 2017

Honestly I love this VAR initiative..that Vargas goal was a clear goal..and yeye linesman wan robam..kudos to FIFA— omodia okhueleigbe (@omodia4real)June 18, 2017

Is there anybody watching tonight that doesn't think VAR is a shambles? We're all going to hell ina handcart.#Thinkagain.— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys)June 18, 2017

VAR keeps bursting bubbles at the#ConfederationsCup— Lolade Adewuyi (@Jololade)June 18, 2017

The Vargas goal is legitimate. I'm in support of technology in football but the VAR is a no no for me@SuperSportTV— Olanipekun Awe (@pekunawe)June 18, 2017

VAR = Vodka Absolut Raspberry— Ballestrinque (@NicoChiessa)June 18, 2017

And this is how Hockey met Soccer#VAR— Julio Quinteros P. (@jquinterosp)June 18, 2017

With Goal Line Tech and VAR, human element in decision making on the field is greatly reduced, which I think makes the game a bit boring.— Olakunle FAYIGA (@k_ef4real)June 18, 2017

So VAR is "flawless"?! You sure? (@TaylorTwellman)June 18, 2017

VAR is new.. It needs to be improved and the system streamlined, but ultimately it will be fine. I think.— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann)June 18, 2017

VAR will take a while to get used to. The idea is for it to eliminate confusion. Starting to look like it is a source of bigger confusion.— Babanla (@biolakazeem)June 18, 2017.

Written by Emmanuel Ndibe.
Edited by Cosmos Chukwuemeka

Saturday, June 17, 2017

What to expect an FIFA Confederatons Cup kicks off in Russia

The FIFA Confederations Cup is a tournament held every four years, since 1992, and it acts as a rehearsal for the FIFA World Cup.

It is contested by the 6 holders of the regional titles as well as the FIFA World Cup Holder and the host nation.

This year's edition is tournament will hold in Russia and the host will play their inaugural match against New Zealand on the 17th of June. (Today)

Group A: Russia (Host of 2018 WC), New Zealand (Oceania Champions), Portugal (European Champ.s) and Mexico (CONCACAF Champs)

Group B is formed by: Cameroon (African Champs), Chile (South American Champs), Australia (Asian Champs) and Germany (World Champs).

Since its creation the following teams have won the title: Brazil (1997, 2005, 2009, 2013), France (2001, 2003), Mexico (1999), Denmark (1995) and Argentina (1992).

Africa Champion, Cameroon are taking part in the competition for the third time in history after they participated in Korea/Japan in 2001 and France in 2003 where they got into the final.

Nigeria had previously participated in the 2013 edition held in Brazil and had also participated in the 1995 edition in Saudi Arabia.

The Golden boot has been won by (in chronological order): Gabriel Batistuta, Argentina (1992), Luis García, Mexico (1995), Romario, Brazil (1997), Ronaldinho, Brazil (1999), Robert Pirés, France (2001), Thierry Henry, France (2003), Adriano, Brazil (2005), Luis Fabiano, Brazil (2009) and F Torres, Spain (2013).

By Emmanuel Ndibe with contribution from Cosmos Chukwuemeka

Edited by Cosmos Chukwuemeka

When Barcelona nearly sold Messi - Laporta admits record-breaking deal was discussed

Lionel Messi is being backed to remain at Barcelona by Joan Laporta, but he admits that he feared losing the Argentine to Inter in 2006.

Speculation is once again surrounding the future of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, with no extension agreed as yet to a contract due to expire in 2018.

The former Barca president told The Guardian when asked if Messi ever came closing to leaving during his reign: “It was 2006 when Inter made an offer.

“They were prepared to pay the €150m buy-out clause, which is why we [later] raised it to €250m, but I always felt reassured by my relationship with his dad, Jorge.

“I told him: ‘They’ll have to pay the clause because I won’t sell. He’ll be happy here, he’ll get glory. There, he’ll only win financially. Your son’s destined to be the greatest in history and here he’ll have a team to help get there. He’ll enjoy it’.”

Chelsea deny Conte bust-up over transfer policy

Chelsea have downplayed reports of a rift between Antonio Conte and their transfer chiefs over lack of movement so far ahead of the summer market.

Blues fans have been concerned as reports in Italy suggested that cracks were starting to appear in the relationship between the club's manager and those who run the club.

Conte was thought to be growing frustrated with the likes of club director Marina Granovskaia and technical director Michael Emenalo over the club's lack of signings so far in the transfer market, but Chelsea have denied the reports.

Chelsea have yet to make a major signing for their senior squad but are chasing deals for Everton's Romelu Lukaku and Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko after rivals Manchester City have already made £78m worth of signings.

Sources in Italy have reported that Conte is frustrated with progress over signings and that he is keen to seek reassurance despite being on holiday at the moment.

By Emmanuel Ndibe

Friday, June 16, 2017

ABS sign teenage sensation, Gata

Nigeria Professional Football League side, Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) Ilorin FC, has concluded the signing of another teenage sensation  Murabaq Gata.

The 14-year old Gata is a younger brother to Ismaila Gata of Enyimba FC of Aba and Adeshina Gata of the Saraki Boys.

The left footed youngster visited the club secretariat on Friday in Ilorin and was presented with the team's official kits.

"I am delighted to join ABS because if you are young and want to develop your career, this where you need to be.

"I like this team and I want to be one of the best through this club.

"I will work hard to get merit a place in the main team sooner than expected by God grace.

"I am looking forward to joining my teammates soon" Gata said.

Speaking on the new Saraki Boys' signing, the Director of Football, Alloy Chukwuemeka, said the team has been monitoring the youngster for sometime and that he is delighted to have completed formalities.

He said Gata will start training with the U-15 team from next week, so he can begin to integrate into the club's system.

"Don't forget that the policy of the club is to promote the youth through football and give them opportunity to play at the highest level.

"We are happy to have the new Gata, who I believe is more prolific than the two Gatas we used to know" Chukwuemeka said.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

New premier league fixtures for 2017/2018 season released

The 2017/18 English Premier League season kicks off on the 12th of August 2017 and the fixtures are out. Check it out.

Saturday, 12 August, 2017

Arsenal v Leicester City
Brighton v Manchester City
Chelsea v Burnley
Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town
Everton v Stoke CityLea
Manchester United v West Ham United
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton v Swansea City
Watford v Liverpool
West Bromwich Albion v AFC Bournemouth

Saturday, 19 August, 2017

AFC Bournemouth v Watford
Burnley v West Bromwich Albion
Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United
Leicester City v Brighton
Liverpool v Crystal Palace
Manchester City v Everton
Stoke City v Arsenal
Swansea City v Manchester United
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea
West Ham United v Southampton

Saturday, 26 August, 2017

AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City
Chelsea v Everton
Crystal Palace v Swansea City
Huddersfield Town v Southampton
Liverpool v Arsenal
Manchester United v Leicester City
Newcastle United v West Ham United
Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley
Watford v Brighton
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City

Saturday, 9 September, 2017

Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth
Brighton v West Bromwich Albion
Burnley v Crystal Palace
Everton v Tottenham Hotspur
Leicester City v Chelsea
Manchester City v Liverpool
Southampton v Watford
Stoke City v Manchester United
Swansea City v Newcastle United
West Ham United v Huddersfield Town 

Saturday, 16 September, 2017

AFC Bournemouth v Brighton
Chelsea v Arsenal
Crystal Palace v Southampton
Huddersfield Town v Leicester City
Liverpool v Burnley
Manchester United v Everton
Newcastle United v Stoke City
Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City
Watford v Manchester City
West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United

Saturday, 23 September, 2017

Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion
Brighton v Newcastle United
Burnley v Huddersfield Town
Everton v AFC Bournemouth
Leicester City v Liverpool
Manchester City v Crystal Palace
Southampton v Manchester United
Stoke City v Chelsea
Swansea City v Watford
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur

Saturday, 30 September, 2017

AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City
Arsenal v Brighton
Chelsea v Manchester City
Everton v Burnley
Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United v Crystal Palace
Newcastle United v Liverpool
Stoke City v Southampton
West Bromwich Albion v Watford
West Ham United v Swansea City

Saturday, 14 October, 2017

Brighton v Everton
Burnley v West Ham United
Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion
Liverpool v Manchester United
Manchester City v Stoke City
Southampton v Newcastle United
Swansea City v Huddersfield Town
Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth
Watford v Arsenal

Saturday, 21 October, 2017

Chelsea v Watford
Everton v Arsenal
Huddersfield Town v Manchester United
Manchester City v Burnley
Newcastle United v Crystal Palace
Southampton v West Bromwich Albion
Stoke City v AFC Bournemouth
Swansea City v Leicester City
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool
West Ham United v Brighton

Saturday, 28 October , 2017

AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea
Arsenal v Swansea City
Brighton v Southampton
Burnley v Newcastle United
Crystal Palace v West Ham United
Leicester City v Everton
Liverpool v Huddersfield Town
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
Watford v Stoke City
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City

Saturday, 4 November, 2017

Chelsea v Manchester United
Everton v Watford
Huddersfield Town v West Bromwich Albion
Manchester City v Arsenal
Newcastle United v AFC Bournemouth
Southampton v Burnley
Stoke City v Leicester City
Swansea City v Brighton
Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace
West Ham United v Liverpool

Saturday, 18 November, 2017

AFC Bournemouth v Huddersfield Town
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
Brighton v Stoke City
Burnley v Swansea City
Crystal Palace v Everton
Leicester City v Manchester City
Liverpool v Southampton
Manchester United v Newcastle United
Watford v West Ham United
West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea

Saturday, 25 November, 2017

Burnley v Arsenal
Crystal Palace v Stoke City
Huddersfield Town v Manchester City
Liverpool v Chelsea
Manchester United v Brighton
Newcastle United v Watford
Southampton v Everton
Swansea City v AFC Bournemouth
Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United v Leicester City

Tuesday, 28 November, 2017

AFC Bournemouth v Burnley
Arsenal v Huddersfield Town
Brighton v Crystal Palace
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Watford v Manchester United
West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United (8pm)

Wednesday, 29 November, 2017

Chelsea v Swansea City
Everton v West Ham United
Manchester City v Southampton (8pm)
Stoke City v Liverpool (8pm)

Saturday, 2 December, 2017

AFC Bournemouth v Southampton
Arsenal v Manchester United
Brighton v Liverpool
Chelsea v Newcastle United
Everton v Huddersfield Town
Leicester City v Burnley
Manchester City v West Ham United
Stoke City v Swansea City
Watford v Tottenham Hotspur
West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace

Saturday, 9 December, 2017

Burnley v Watford
Crystal Palace v AFC Bournemouth
Huddersfield Town v Brighton
Liverpool v Everton
Manchester United v Manchester City
Newcastle United v Leicester City
Southampton v Arsenal
Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion
Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City
West Ham United v Chelsea

Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

Burnley v Stoke City
Crystal Palace v Watford (8pm)
Huddersfield Town v Chelsea
Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth (8pm)
Swansea City v Manchester City
West Ham United v Arsenal

Wednesday, 13 December, 2017

Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion (8pm)
Newcastle United v Everton
Southampton v Leicester City
Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton (8pm)

Saturday, 16 December, 2017

AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool
Arsenal v Newcastle United
Brighton v Burnley
Chelsea v Southampton
Everton v Swansea City
Leicester City v Crystal Palace
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Stoke City v West Ham United
Watford v Huddersfield Town
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United

Saturday, 23 December, 2017

Arsenal v Liverpool
Brighton v Watford
Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur
Everton v Chelsea
Leicester City v Manchester United
Manchester City v AFC. Bournemouth
Southampton v Huddersfield Town
Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion
Swansea City v Crystal Palace
West Ham United v Newcastle United

Tuesday, 26 December, 2017

AFC Bournemouth v West Ham United
Chelsea v Brighton
Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Huddersfield Town v Stoke City
Liverpool v Swansea City
Manchester United v Burnley
Newcastle United v Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton
Watford v Leicester City
West Bromwich Albion v Everton

Saturday, 30 December, 2017

AFC Bournemouth v Everton
Chelsea v Stoke City
Crystal Palace v Manchester City
Huddersfield Town v Burnley
Liverpool v Leicester City
Manchester United v Southampton
Newcastle United v Brighton
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United
Watford v Swansea City
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal

Monday, 1 January, 2018

Arsenal v Chelsea
Brighton v AFC Bournemouth
Burnley v Liverpool
Everton v Manchester United
Leicester City v Huddersfield Town
Manchester City v Watford
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Stoke City v Newcastle United
Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur
West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion

Saturday, 13 January, 2018

AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal
Chelsea v Leicester City
Crystal Palace v Burnley
Huddersfield Town v West Ham United
Liverpool v Manchester City
Manchester United v Stoke City
Newcastle United v Swansea City
Tottenham Hotspur v Everton
Watford v Southampton
West Bromwich Albion v Brighton

Saturday, 20 January, 2018

Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Brighton v Chelsea
Burnley v Manchester United
Everton v West Bromwich Albion
Leicester City v Watford
Manchester City v Newcastle United
Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur
Stoke City v Huddersfield Town
Swansea City v Liverpool
West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth

Tuesday, 30 January, 2018

Huddersfield Town v Liverpool
Swansea City v Arsenal
West Ham United v Crystal Palace

Wednesday, 31 January, 2018

Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth
Everton v Leicester City
Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion (8pm)
Newcastle United v Burnley
Southampton v Brighton
Stoke City v Watford (8pm)
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United (8pm)

Saturday, 3 February, 2018

AFC Bournemouth v Stoke City
Arsenal v Everton
Brighton v West Ham United
Burnley v Manchester City
Crystal Palace v Newcastle United
Leicester City v Swansea City
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United v Huddersfield Town
Watford v Chelsea
West Bromwich Albion v Southampton

Saturday, 10 February, 2018

Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion
Everton v Crystal Palace
Huddersfield Town v AFC Bournemouth
Manchester City v Leicester City
Newcastle United v Manchester United
Southampton v Liverpool
Stoke City v Brighton
Swansea City v Burnley
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal
West Ham United v Watford

Saturday, 24 February, 2018

AFC Bournemouth v Newcastle United
Arsenal v Manchester City
Brighton v Swansea City
Burnley v Southampton
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur
Leicester City v Stoke City
Liverpool v West Ham United
Manchester United v Chelsea
Watford v Everton
West Bromwich Albion v Huddersfield Town

Saturday, 3 March, 2018

Brighton v Arsenal
Burnley v Everton
Crystal Palace v Manchester United
Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth
Liverpool v Newcastle United
Manchester City v Chelsea
Southampton v Stoke City
Swansea City v West Ham United
Tottenham Hotspur v Huddersfield Town
Watford v West Bromwich Albion

Saturday, 10 March, 2018

AFC Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur
Arsenal v Watford
Chelsea v Crystal Palace
Everton v Brighton
Huddersfield Town v Swansea City
Manchester United v Liverpool
Newcastle United v Southampton
Stoke City v Manchester City
West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City
West Ham United v Burnley

Saturday, 17 March, 2018

AFC Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion
Burnley v Chelsea
Huddersfield Town v Crystal Palace
Leicester City v Arsenal
Liverpool v Watford
Manchester City v Brighton
Stoke City v Everton
Swansea City v Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United
West Ham United v Manchester United

Saturday, 31 March, 2018

Arsenal v Stoke City
Brighton v Leicester City
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur
Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Everton v Manchester City
Manchester United v Swansea City
Newcastle United v Huddersfield Town
Southampton v West Ham United
Watford v AFC Bournemouth
West Bromwich Albion v Burnley

Saturday, 7 April, 2018

AFC Bournemouth v Crystal Palace
Arsenal v Southampton
Brighton v Huddersfield Town
Chelsea v West Ham United
Everton v Liverpool
Leicester City v Newcastle United
Manchester City v Manchester United
Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur
Watford v Burnley
West Bromwich Albion v Swansea City

Saturday, 14 April, 2018

Burnley v Leicester City
Crystal Palace v Brighton
Huddersfield Town v Watford
Liverpool v AFC Bournemouth
Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion
Newcastle United v Arsenal
Southampton v Chelsea
Swansea City v Everton
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City
West Ham United v Stoke City

Saturday, 21 April, 2018

AFC Bournemouth v Manchester United
Arsenal v West Ham United
Brighton v Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea v Huddersfield Town
Everton v Newcastle United
Leicester City v Southampton
Manchester City v Swansea City
Stoke City v Burnley
Watford v Crystal Palace
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool

Saturday, 28 April, 2018

Burnley v Brighton
Crystal Palace v Leicester City
Huddersfield Town v Everton
Liverpool v Stoke City
Manchester United v Arsenal
Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion
Southampton v AFC Bournemouth
Swansea City v Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur v Watford
West Ham United v Manchester City

Saturday, 5 May, 2018

AFC Bournemouth v Swansea City
Arsenal v Burnley
Brighton v Manchester United
Chelsea v Liverpool
Everton v Southampton
Leicester City v West Ham United
Manchester City v Huddersfield Town
Stoke City v Crystal Palace
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What next for Nigeria after defeat against South Africa

Well its no longer news that the Super Eagles of Nigeria fell to the Bafana-Bafana of South-Africa in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers over the weekend in Akwa-Ibom.

Premium Sports Center details the way going forward for our Darling Super Eagles.

Nigerians sat and watched in agony as our darling Eagles put up a shambolic performance and lost to South Africa for the first time. But let's take our minds back to the game.

Where did we get it wrong and what are the corrections to make going forward?

*1. LACK OF LEADERAHIP PRESENCE IN THE TEAM*

The super eagles looked more like Barcelona without a Lionel Messi. Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi could not be part of the Nigeria's squad as the former Chelsea star is currently recuperating from an injury he sustained while playing for his Chinese super league team Tiadjin Teda few months back.

Mikel's presence would have been a big boost for the Eagles as the midfield and indeed the entire team lacked coordination against the  Bafana Bafana as the duo of Onazi and Ndidi failed to produce any commanding presence which helped the South Africans to penetrate confidently. 

With the game goalless at half-time it was evident something was lacking.

Mikel's presence would have ensured a continuous forward press against a south African defence that looked susceptible to conceding within the first ten minutes of that tie, but in his absence the South Africans grew in confidence and the Eagles couldn’t find their rhythm as the players were tentative to say the least.

Our skipper for the day failed to coordinate the team's search for an equalizer and they were punished for it.

The way and manner in which the second goal was conceded was even worse off as it was obvious there was no form of coordination in the side, something Mikel brings to each game.

*2. VICTOR MOSES ABSENCE*

Chelsea star Victor Moses would have been of great assistance to the Super Eagles attacking frontline as the performance of Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa almost gave many Nigerian fans heart attack and high blood pressure.

Kelechi Iheanacho should be waiting to hit corners into the net but not crossing them.

Victor Moses strength, maturity of his game, attacking skills and experience would have decimated the  Bafana Bafana defense, but sadly he was absent.

*3. JITTERY DEFENSE*

The Super Eagles back four were out of sort against Bafana-Bafana, left full back Elderson Echiejile disappointed many Nigerian fans with his errors, poor clearances and even dribbled at the edge of the box when he should have simply cleared!!! 

Fans had hoped that his experience would be exemplified against South Africa, but the night turned sour for him as the South Africans made him look so bad that Nigerians are calling for his head. A night to forget for the defender.

Daniel Akpeyi didn’t have a bad game either as he couldn’t be faulted for both goals, but he was jittery to say the least and we can't turn a blind eye to his blunder in the first half which could have led to a goal when he fumbled a cross he stylishly caught, luckily the post came to his rescue.

Akpeyi wasn’t that bad but a lot of Nigerians would have wanted Ezenwa in between the sticks considering his recent form.

*GOING FORWARD:*

1. The NFF must ensure that the super eagles are engaged in competitive friendly matches and  not pitching the team against Corsica and Togo, with due respect to both teams they're not the kind of opposition we should be facing, we have bigger fish to fry!

Teams like Egypt, Ivory coast, Ghana or even a top foreign country would have been a good test.

2. The Super eagles technical team should try as much as possible to always maintain a winning team, drafting Chidozie Awaziem to partner Troost Ekong while leaving Kenneth Omeruo on the bench was catastrophic. 

For a coach that wants result, Omeruo's arrival 5 days to the match is enough  for him to start the game judging by his ability.

At least we've seen Liverpool sent a Private jet to pick up both Coutinho and Firmino from far away South America two days to a game.

3. IHEANACHO cannot play as a central striker, we have seen this countless times when playing for his club (Manchester City).

It is either the team formation is changed to a 4-4-2 so he can play just behind the point man, or a striker with a lot of presence such as Victor Osimen or Onyekuru be be given a chance.

And finally, Genort Rohr needs to step up with his selections and not complain about not picking certain players because he isn’t unsure of their age, we need a team that can compete against the best teams on the planet and if that means drafting a 40 year old into the Super Eagles then just do it, just take a look at Defoe and Aduriz and you’ll get my picture……..we are talking about the Super Eagles here not the under 17.

Yes the Super Eagles lost against south Africa, but its not a death sentence as long as we can learn from it our dear Eagles can fly again.

Cheer up Eagles!!

We go again!!.Cheer up Eagles!!

We go again!!.

By Emmanuel Ndibe with contribution from Theophilus Agbonlahor 

Edited by Cosmos Chukwuemeka

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