RelatedPosts Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league Super Eagles to unveil new Nike jersey in Portugal CAF, NFF celebrate Enyeama at 38 Babagana Kalli, an Executive Committee member of Nigeria Football Federation, says the federation is gradually working towards moving into the online match reporting system in accordance with global best practices.Kalli said both the NFF and League Management Company were working along with the Federation of International Football Associations and the Confederation of African Football in this regard.“Our online reporting system is our new innovation, and we are working accordingly with FIFA and CAF on this,” he told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja.Kalli who spoke during the 2019 NFF Match Commissioners Seminar said this new trend was already being prepared for immediately.“For the 2019 seminar, the NFF and its relevant committee on this are employing the services of four resource persons.“They will help train our members on various principles of match reporting including online match reporting.“One of the resource persons will teach on online match reporting system so that Nigeria will also be part of the global movement,” Kalli who is Chairman of NFF Match Commissioners Appointments Committee said.He added that his promise to football stakeholders that the issue of late submission of match reports by Match Commissioners would be a thing of the past was still relevant.Kalli said this was evident in the fact that both the NFF and LMC were moving from the analog system to digital system of match reporting.“We are moving from the analog to the digital system of reporting. Very soon, late submission of match reports will be a thing of the past, at least in the next two years,” he said.Tags: Babagana KalliNFF
RelatedPosts Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge AC Milan’s veteran star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has pulled a muscle while training at the team’s Milanello camp, a spokesperson for the Serie A club said on Monday.The 38-year-old Swede injured a calf during a match that wrapped up a training session, but he left the facility without using crutches. The extent of the injury will be assessed on Tuesday.Ibrahimovic had returned from Sweden on May 11, two months after leaving Milan as a nationwide lockdown halted the Italian Serie A with 12 games to go.He trained with Stockholm side Hammarby, which he co-owns, for part of his stay in Sweden.Group workouts have been allowed in Italy last week as a government decision about the mid-June restart of the league is expected on Thursday.dpa/NAN. Tags: AC MilanSerie AZlatan Ibrahimovic
RelatedPosts Nigeria dying under Buhari’s jackboot, by Tunde Odesola Rohr lists Musa, Ekong, 23 others for Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Harry Redknapp has laughed off speculation he could have taken over as Nigeria’s boss.The former Tottenham and Portsmouth manager was rumoured to have been the lined up by Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Sport to replace Gernot Rohr as the Super Eagles coach. However, on Tuesday, the Nigerian Football Federation confirmed that Rohr had reached an agreement to continue in his role in charge of the three-time African champions.Redknapp joked: “Yeah, well I spoke to Sandra and she’s always wanted to live in Nigeria.“She said it’s amazing that this has come up now, because that was her dream.“So we’re looking to sell up, we’re putting the house on the market.“We’re looking to get somewhere over there if possible. “I’m sure, she’d love it there.“I’ve told her, she’d absolutely love it. I’m ready to go!”The 73-year-old, who has not managed since a brief stint at Birmingham in 2017, added: “I actually went there a few years ago with Portsmouth, we played Manchester United, but I don’t think I’ll really be going back.”Rohr’s deal was due to expire in June, but that has now been extended.Tags: Gernot RohrHarry RedknappNigeriaSuper EaglesTottenham Hotspur
RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Liverpool will not ease up in their nine remaining English Premier League games even after they secure the wins they need, manager Juergen Klopp said.Liverpool are seeking to seal a first top flight crown in 30 years. The club have a 25-point lead over second-placed Manchester City as the Premier League prepares to resume this month following the COVID-19 disruption.Liverpool can also secure the title with a win against Everton in their first match back if Manchester City lose to Arsenal when the league restarts on June 17.“It’s nice to think about it but we are not champions yet and we know that,” Klopp said.“We know we’re close, but close is not there.“There are 27 points left for us and we will try everything to take them all. “We don’t want to stop winning after two games …”The league was suspended on March 13 due to the pandemic, with teams returning to training in small groups before voting last week to return to contact training.“I have missed it so much it’s unbelievable,” Klopp added.“I know it’s not the most important thing in life but it is my passion. I hope the people are looking forward to it because we are.”Reuters/NAN. Tags: English Premier LeagueJurgen KloppLiverpoolTitle
RelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed on Tuesday evening that Ronald Koeman will be the new head coach of the club.With Quique Setien sacked on Monday, Barcelona entered talks with Koeman and a deal is expected to be officially confirmed soon. Speaking on Barca TV, Bartomeu confirmed Koeman’s appointment: “If nothing goes wrong, Koeman will be our new trainer.“He has to start a new project with the team.“We trust him because we know him well, as a player and as a trainer.“We know how he lets his teams play, he has the experience from Johan Cruijff’s Dream Team, he knows Barcelona and the club’s philosophy.”Asked why Koeman didn’t take charge in December, he added: “I couldn’t answer that at the time, but now I can say it: he was the first we approached, but Koeman then indicated that he had a responsibility with the Dutch national team and that he could not leave so close to the European Championship. “Now Koeman said that the European Championship is further away and that we do not know what will happen due to the corona virus.“Becoming a Barcelona coach is a dream he has long cherished.”Tags: FC BarcelonaJosep Maria BartomeuQuique Setienronald koeman
Cardiff have been forced to postpone a planned promotional trip to Malaysia due to the poor air quality in the country. Club representatives including manager Malky Mackay, his assistant David Kerslake, captain Mark Hudson and striker Craig Bellamy are due to fly out to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday. But with a state of emergency being declared in certain districts and a number of schools being closed, the trip has been put back for health and safety reasons and the club hope to find a suitable date in the future. The trip was due to include visits to 1MCC (1 Malaysia Cardiff City) grassroots coaching initiatives, schools and meeting with the Malaysian press. Cardiff’s Malaysian owner Tan Sri Vincent Tan said: “It’s with disappointment that the planned visit to Malaysia this week by Malky, David, Mark, Craig and other club delegates has been postponed. “A schedule of events had been put in place ahead of the opening Premier League fixtures, further raising awareness of Cardiff City Football Club in Malaysia. “However due to the current poor air quality in Kuala Lumpur, it has been decided for the welfare of all concerned to delay the trip, re-establishing plans in the future when the manager and players can better interact with Malaysian based supporters in a suitable environment.” Cardiff have yet to make any additions to their squad ahead of their maiden Premier League campaign but are reportedly in the race to sign Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama. Press Association
He added: “We know it’s going to be a very difficult task because Team Sky are so well structured, they’ve been doing it for two years now where they just keep rolling and doing whatever they want in a race, imposing their own tactics. “It will be a hard task for us to find the right tactics to unbalance them but I do believe Contador can beat Froome. It won’t be easy which is why there is the excitement there is. I think everyone is looking for a great battle, and it is going to be a battle for sure.” To break the often metronomic pace Team Sky are renowned for creating at the front of the peloton, Roche believes Saxo-Tinkoff must counter with waves of attacks. “How to break their rhythm exactly I don’t know yet, but for sure it’s not by staying behind them,” he said. “Sooner or later you have to attack. It’s the only solution. There’s no point staying behind into the final kilometre and then watching Froome accelerate away. “I think Froome is a bit stronger than Alberto in the time-trial, so for sure it’s going to have to come from true attacks.” Ireland’s Nicolas Roche is hoping to play his part in defeating Chris Froome at this year’s Tour de France. Roche, son of former Tour winner Stephen Roche, will line-up in a support role behind Froome’s main rival for the yellow jersey, Alberto Contador of Spain. Although the recent form book suggests Froome is a runaway favourite ahead of the two-time Tour winner – returning to the event this year after a doping ban – Roche is confident Contador can win. “I definitely hope so,” the Team Saxo-Tinkoff rider said. “Everyone on the team is thinking that way, we’re all here with that purpose.” Press Association
Wales powerhouse Roberts returns to the Lions midfield following his recovery from a hamstring injury he initially thought might mean an early flight home. Roberts partners his regular Wales centre colleague Jonathan Davies for Saturday’s Test series decider against Australia, with Ireland talisman Brian O’Driscoll a shock absentee. Roberts, who was not fit for the second Test in Melbourne, joined the Manics on stage at Melbourne Festival Hall, playing guitar alongside James Dean Bradfield and company as they performed their hit single “You Love Us”. “That was a good experience,” recalled Roberts. “I adored the Manics growing up.” Jamie Roberts will reclaim centre stage for rugby reasons on Saturday – a week after playing live with his rock star heroes The Manic Street Preachers. Press Association He added: “I am that sort of guy in life who takes every opportunity that comes their way. That was thrown in front of me, and I couldn’t say no.” He is now, though, concentrated on the biggest match of his career as the Lions bid for a first Test series triumph since they toppled South Africa 16 years ago. “Bar maybe a World Cup final, I doubt there is a bigger game in rugby for us boys,” the 53 times-capped Wales star added. “You just have to get completely excited about it, not shy away from it, not get nervous. It’s just pure excitement, go out and express yourself, keep your concentration and deliver under pressure. “I see it as a responsibility. I’ve been picked to do a job and it is important I deliver. I’ve always thought that I thrive under pressure in big games, it’s where I like to play. “The higher the pressure, the more responsibility is put on me, the more I thrive and the more I enjoy it. I am on my second (Lions) tour now, and I think any player who is on their second or third tour who has played quite a bit of international rugby, you have to take responsibility. That is something I enjoy and thrive on. “I see myself as one of those guys who has to lead the way. It will be big mind games on Saturday, a huge mental challenge as well as a physical one. It is about staying completely focussed.”
Former defender Henning Berg believes new signing Marouane Fellaini can provide the sort of focal point Eric Cantona once did for Manchester United. Press Association Much will be expected of the 25-year-old as he was Moyes’ only significant signing of the summer after failed bids for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, but Berg believes the Belgian can develop into a key figure for the side. “He’s got great potential and if he’s consistent with his best level, he will be a fantastic signing,” he told MUTV. “He can play so many different positions, he’s a good footballer but there’s something about him. “He can get players around him, he can control and dominate games and I think United have too few players who can do that – that’s why I think he will be a great signing. “He’s very difficult to handle in the box, but he’s got that presence and that mentality that makes sure he stands out and does that little bit extra. “I think with his passion and his mentality, he can make a big difference to United. “He’s not the kind of player to thread passes through but he has a sheer presence to hold the ball up, ability to win balls in the box and match-winning mentality – he raises his game for the big matches. “Every game for United is a big one, so I think he will rise to that and enjoy it. “When Cantona came, he had that mentality every game. I’m not saying he’s going to be the same, but he can be.” The Belgium international completed a £27.5million move to be reunited with former Everton manager David Moyes at Old Trafford late on deadline day. He has yet to make an appearance because of the international break but will be in the squad to face Crystal Palace at home on Saturday.
Manchester United defender Patrice Evra insists it is wrong to believe he wants to leave Old Trafford. Given David Moyes’ much-publicised interest in Leighton Baines and Fabio Coentrao during the summer transfer window, it would be no surprise to discover Evra was looking towards the next phase of his career. However, the 32-year-old insists that is not the case. “I did an interview in France and I said it was personal,” said Evra, when asked on MUTV about his contract situation. “I haven’t seen what people are saying but the thing is if someone wants to talk about my contract, which is ending after this year, they have to talk to Manchester United and with my agent. “Me? I love this club so much.” Press Association Stories in the week emerged suggesting Evra would not sign an extension to his contract, which expires in the summer. The France star cited “personal reasons” for his position, which are believed to be a desire to return home.