Alexis Sanchez To Become Highest Paid Player In Manchester City

Arsenal Ace, Alexis Sanchez may soon become the highest paid player in Manchester City if they successfully convince him to move to the Etihad.

Both the player and Manchester City are hopeful of completing a £50m move from Arsenal.

According to the Daily Star, City are ready to offer Sanchez wages of £275,000-a-week to become the highest paid player in the club’s history.

Sanchez is yet to sign a new deal with the Gunners and has 12 months to run on his deal at the Emirates. He doubts the club’s ability to compete for the league title and is said to be keen on reuniting with former boss Pep Guardiola.

Arsene Wenger has maintained that times have changed and that Arsenal simply do not need to sell their best players any more.

Super Eagles Secures Victory Against Togo, Gets FIFA’s Boost

Super Eagles team on Thursday secured a 3-0 victory against Togo in their friendly football match in Paris, France.

Ahmed Musa scored twice, while Manchester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho scored the third goal for the Super Eagles.

This is their second warm-up match ahead of their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa in Uyo on June 10.

Meanwhile, the Eagles have moved two places up  in the monthly FIFA world rankings released yesterday, as the team now occupy 38th position in the world.

Yesterday’s ranking is an improvement from the 40th spot they were the last term, and are now rated the fourth best team in Africa behind Egypt, Senegal and Cameroon.

The three-time African champions are yet to lose a game since German coach Gernot Rohr took charge, and the last time they suffered a defeat was in March last year, when they were beaten 1-0 by Egypt in a 2017 AFCON qualifier in Alexandria.

In the African rankings, Egypt, Senegal, Cameroon and Congo DR are among the continent’s best five teams in the order, with the Indomitable Lions better placed than their next World Cup opponents, the Super Eagles.

Nigeria’s two other 2018 World Cup World Cup qualifying rivals – Algeria and Zambia – sit in the 53rd and 99th place respectively in the updated ranking.

Meanwhile, South Africa, who the Super Eagles face this month in an AFCON qualifier, occupy the 65th position in the global ranking.

In the world rankings, Brazil, Argentina and Germany are the top three teams in the world, followed by Chile and Colombia.

The next FIFA Ranking is set for July 6.

Arsenal Brings The Emirates FA Cup To Dubai

Fresh from their victory over Chelsea FC, Arsenal brought the Emirates FA Cup once again to Dubai after the team’s record 13th victory of the historic trophy.

The Emirates FA Cup made its way to Arsenal Soccer Schools Dubai at 7he Sevens so that it’s lucky students could join in to take special individual and group photos with the trophy, and over 120 kids had their photo taken with the iconic trophy.

Arsenal Soccer Schools Dubai is a joint venture between Emirates and Arsenal, open to boys and girls of all abilities, aging from five to 20. Each year, more than 400 children are taught to “Play the Arsenal Way’, based on the same principles taught to the first team. The training programme is also designed to help aspiring young footballers develop their skills on the pitch, ensuring they have a platform to reach their potential.

Emirates has been a proud sponsor of Arsenal Football Club since 2004, and the partnership includes the club’s jersey sponsorship and naming rights to Arsenal’s home ground, Emirates Stadium.

In 2015 Emirates became Title Sponsor of the FA Cup, the world’s oldest and largest domestic football tournament, which is now globally known as The Emirates FA Cup.

The Emirates FA Cup also made a special visit to Emirates Group Headquarters, and employees were given the chance to take pictures with the trophy.

Heineken To Celebrate 2016/2017 Champions League Final With Exclusive VVIP UCL Experience

The 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League final between two football giants Real Madrid and Juventus, set to hold on June 3, 2017 in Cardiff, promises to be an exhilarating experience for lovers of the game around the world. Fans of the competition in Nigeria will celebrate as Heineken, the premium beer brand and sponsor of the European competition will be hosting fans to an exclusive viewing of the final and after-match party to wrap up a season of exciting football.

In its tradition, Heineken will treat football fans to a VVIP UCL experience in an exclusive and relaxing atmosphere in Port Harcourt and Lagos at Higi Haga Bar at Trans Amadi and Bay Lounge, Lekki, respectively.

Records were set and broken this Champions League season with Arsenal losing by 10 goals to 2 to Bayern Munich in the round of 16; Monaco triumphed over English Premier League powerhouse, Manchester City despite a 6 – 6 scoreline due to away goals rule. Barcelona made the best comeback performance in Champions League history by overturning a 4 – 0 loss in the first leg to PSG, defeating the French Champions 6 – 1 in the return leg at Camp Nou.

History is set to be made again at Saturday’s final. A win for Real Madrid will make it the first team to win the trophy consecutively – it will also be a record 12th European Cup for the Spanish team. Team coach, Zinedine Zidane is also attempting to become the first coach to win the UEFA Champions League two years in a row, while Cristiano Ronaldo could become the first player to score in three Champions League finals.

A win for Juventus gives goalkeeper Gianlugi Buffon the single biggest trophy missing in his trophy shelf – the UEFA Champions League.

Football fans in Nigeria can be a part of this experience and more as Heineken is set to ensure consumers get a befitting and exciting finale to a UEFA Champions League season that has brought joy, amusement, and sheer delight to millions of football fans across the world.

 

Wenger Signs Two-Year Contract With Arsenal

Against the rumour and popular belief that Arsene Wenger may resign as manager from Arsenal Football Club, the Coach has rather signed a new two-year deal that will keep him at the Emirates Stadium until 2019.

Wenger, who finished the season with a FA league was due to end his contract at the conclusion of the current season.

“I’m happy and excited. Happy because I can work where I love to be. As well because this club cherishes the values I love.

“I’m excited because I believe that our end of season is a big springboard to go for more. We have created a dynamic that is very positive and we want to build on that and transfer that positive end of season [form] to the new season,” Wenger said after signing the new deal.

The Gunners came a disappointing fifth in the Premier League this season, their first since the 67-year-old took over at the club in 1996.

 

Cynicisms And The Dalung Debacle By Pascal Chijioke

As an ardent listener of BBC Hausa, DW Radio Radio France International, the name Solomon Dalung was not strange. He was unequivocal in his criticisms; in most cases disparaging the PDP led government of that time. His views and analysis were raw and repugnant, sandwiched in political opportunism which can best be described as “tell them what they want to hear.”

Dalung became a social commentator who subtly transformed himself from a “mere” law lecturer and legal greenhorn with no legal victory earned through wit and intelligence, to a “know it all” expert. He pontificates on economy, politics, social conflicts etc., though most at times, he succeeds in exposing his intellectual shallowness and naivety.

As if President Buhari knew the caliber of ministers he will be working with when he called his yet-to-be appointed ministers “noise-makers” in far away Paris during his state visit to the disgraced former President of France Francois Hollande. When Buhari tagged his ministers as ‘noise-makers’, it seems he had the likes of Dalung in mind.

Dalung did not disappoint the President in noise-making; he began during the ministerial screening on the floor of the senate where he exhibited malapropism of the highest order in answering questions posed to him by the senators.

The controversial sports minister Solomon Dalung has adequately represented the ever emerging and growing cynicism in this administration. For anyone conversant with his pseudo-intellectual and uninspiring policies that have so far torpedo the progress of a ministry that is supposedly meant to inspire the young minds in the country, someone wouldn’t be amazed whenever Solomon Selcap Dalung stages another drama.

I have carefully read and analyzed a recent piece Leaders eat fat as citizens continue to starve:  genocide, war crimes and crime against our collective well being written by a corps member serving in Plateau State. The corps member worried about the future of his country and the growing disparity between the rich and the poor when it comes to resource distribution is inspired by a recent report. The report documented the unjust feeding expenses of our national looters on one hand and the deliberate starvation of school children and serving corps members in the country on the other hand.

I was curious to know whether the fearless corps member was serious about his vows to protest, so I placed a call to his mobile number only to learn that Dalung who has mastered the art of cynicism has succeeded in stopping the poor corps member from protesting the unjust disparity, ignoring the evidences and all the points raised by the brilliant Haruna Mohammed Salisu.

I understand that Mr Dalung will not be comfortable with any form of protest against Buhari’s meals in his state, but in view of the sheered incompetence,  brutal disregard for dissent and the continued hallucination of the people he claim to serve, the Minister will not allow constructive criticisms to see the light of the day.

But for readers to properly understand and put into context the cynicisms from this boastful but intellectually and morally bankrupt Dalung, it is important to remind them of the catastrophic utterances, nauseating decisions and actions of the minister since he assumed office in 2015.

In what appears to be a national embarrassment, Mr Solomon Selcap Dalung brazenly disowned our U-23 soccer team when their flight arrangement was torpedoed despite prior notice and communication with the Team’s coach, Samson Siasia.  The team was in a preparatory visit to the US ahead of the Rio-Olympics. Dalung’s treachery and sabotage didn’t stop the team from performing well, lest we forget, the team ended up defeating their opponent at the opening match in spite of their late arrival.

Again, history will remember Dalung as the first and hopefully the only minister in a desperate attempt to cover his incompetence and advance his well known cynicisms instructed John Mikel Obi, to take charge of the team’s coaching just because Mr. Siasia has alerted Nigerians and the World of hardships and psychological trauma our national team under Dalung were subjected to.

Nigerians may well remember that Mr Dalung who allegedly collected millions of naira in bribe from the deposed CAF President Issa Hayatou, brutally, against an earlier consensus, ordered though unsuccessfully Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick to vote for Mr. Hayatou. It was hitherto agreed that Nigeria will Support Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad, but the hypocritical minister wanted to twist the more cosmopolitan and sophisticated Pinnick.

The Minister, apparently to convince the President that he equally feels the economic hardships felt by Nigerians and to justify wearing his mischievous beret, Dalung, absurdly threw another bombshell to the glaring and condemnation of many Nigerians. In a brutal disregard to the importance of football being a unifying factor among Nigerians, Dalung shamelessly advised President Buhari not to allow Nigeria partake in the upcoming 2018 world cup slated to take place in Russia; his justification was that Nigeria was ‘too hungry’ and the hunger was glaring that the country might not win anything in the tournament.

As if that blunder wasn’t enough, the destitute of ideas in his show of lack of understanding of sporting events said to the amazement of Nigerians that “athletes don’t need training to win medals” only to be countered by a sensible athletes who made it clear that it was practically impossible for athletes to win medals with even “one or two months training”, adding that serious training was the secret of victory in any competition.

Nigerians will also remember that it is only Dalung that can favorably compete with Dame Patience Jonathan in mangling English words. In fact he can make a professor of English to shudder. Remember his “The funds spended were properly spended.”

The minister’s malversations and unforgivable bunkum in handling a supposedly serious ministry where superior ideas should thrive have struck the curiosity of many Nigerians. People were left confused as to whether Dalung was building or destroying sports in Nigeria. Their minds were prickled to interrogate whether the beret worshiper understood the level at which sports unify Nigerians and whether recession is a justification not to participate in sporting activities.

Stopping a corps member from protesting the ills in our society and threatening to deny him certificate is an outright aberration of Dalung’s pledge; “governance is a social responsibility and a democratic leader is equivalent to a human god, having the responsibility to determine the destiny of fellow human beings. He did not acquire power by conquest, strength or might but either by charisma, bureaucracy or law. There is an instrument that confers that power on him and is expected to exercise it within the parameter of the enabling authority.”

Hasn’t Dalung betrayed his above pledge by denying the corps member his constitutional right to express dissatisfaction against the growing injustice in our land?

Pascal Chijioke is a legal Practitioner based in Lagos. Pascalchijioke79@gmail.com

Wenger Admits Uncertainty Over Future At Arsenal

Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger Arsene Wenger has admitted uncertainty over his future as the club after failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.

Arsenal ended this season’s league with a 3-1 home win over Everton on Sunday, but Liverpool’s 3-0 victory against Middlesbrough oust Arsenal out of the top four.

“It is annoying (to miss out on the Champions League), but we had a spell during the season that was difficult and it was difficult for me in my personal situation,” he said.

“We were playing in a hostile environment. The players came back stronger in the last two months and I’m very proud of them for doing that,” Wenger said.

While Wenger accepted the uncertainty about his future had been counter-productive, he said his commitment to Arsenal could not be questioned.

“I was focused on my job. I am professional,” said the Frenchman, who has been in place since September 1996.

“I love this club enough to do my best every single day. One thing you cannot question is my love for this club. I’ve turned down every club in the world to stay here.”

Arsenal will be playing Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.

Real Madrid Wins Spain’s LaLiga

Cristiano Ronaldo’s 40th goal of the season has helped Real Madrid won the Spain’s LaLiga, sealing a 2-0 victory at Malaga on Sunday.

It was their first title in five years and their 33rd.

Madrid beat out Barcelona at the top of the table by three points as the Catalans’ come-from-behind 4-2 victory over Eibar in outgoing coach Luis Enrique’s last home game in charge wasn’t enough for a third straight title.

In Barcelona, Enrique was given a warm send-off at the Camp Nou as he was greeted with a giant banner reading “One of us forever”.

In the same development, Lionel Messi rounded off the scoring with his 53rd goal of the season in stoppage time.

Opera Announces Victor Moses As Brand Ambassador In Africa

Opera  is kicking off a partnership with football professional Victor Moses, Chelsea starter and Nigerian national team star player. Moses will be the brand ambassador of Opera Mini, the most popular browser in Africa. Starting today, Moses will be featured in the new Opera Mini TV commercial as well as a range of collaborative projects extending throughout 2018.

“Football is one of the most popular types of content consumed by Opera Mini users throughout Africa”, says Jørgen Arnesen, Global Head of Marketing and Distribution at Opera. “Victor Moses is a perfect match for Opera, being not only a high performer, but also a great role model and natural ambassador of his home country Nigeria.”

This coincides with Opera’s recent announcement to invest $100 million USD (30 billion Nigerian nairas) in Africa  over the next two years with the goal of strengthening the internet ecosystem in countries such as Nigeria.

Nigeria is home to the second largest population of Opera Mini users. Search, social networking and sport are the most popular content consumed by Opera Mini users in this country. One fourth of them check out live scores and sports news when browsing. This number is relatively higher than the ones in other African countries.

On the topic of the recent partnership, Victor Moses states, “I am proud to be in partnership with Opera and am looking forward to working together. The Opera team have taken me through their plans and vision for the brand in the Nigerian market and it’s made me incredibly excited about the future. I’m delighted to be a part of such a groundbreaking campaign.”

Opera recently launched its first nationwide TV and radio commercials to announce a faster and more affordable internet experience with the Opera Mini browser. Already airing in South Africa and Kenya, there will be a special version for Nigeria. Victor Moses will be challenging his on-field speed against Opera Mini’s.

‘Rich’ Fans Don’t Influence Me, Says Wenger

Arsene Wenger dismissed protests from Arsenal fans seeking his removal as manager and called on his players to focus instead on the club’s push for Champions League football next season.

An emphatic 4-1 win at Stoke kept the Gunners in contention for a top four finish and a 21st consecutive season of elite European football.

But while Wenger’s name was sung out heartily by supporters inside Stoke’s stadium early in the game a plane flew overhead carrying a banner calling for the Frenchman not to return next season.

“When you say fans, who do you mean? The rich ones?” said Wenger when asked for his reaction.

“Look, I am paid to do my job for the club I love and I will do that as long as I’m here with full commitment. I’m not influenced by that at all, all I do is give my best.

“We have 69 points today so let’s make 72 on Tuesday and after that I will give my best for as long as I’m here for the values of this club and for the club.

“I want to focus on football and the rest is less important. I’m not in politics. I’m in sport, I love sport and give my 24 hours a day for what I love. I am in a public job, some agree with me, some not.”

Earlier in the day, reports in France had even suggested that Wenger has already agreed a one-year deal to remain in charge at the Emirates, but the 67-year-old refused to confirm or deny the claim.

“There’s no information about that,” said Wenger. “Nothing.”

Arsenal’s fifth win in six games lifted them to within a point of fourth-placed Liverpool although Wenger insisted he was only focused on Tuesday’s meeting with Sunderland and the final game of the season against Everton.

“We have 69 points tonight so we have come through a difficult period in March,” said Wenger.

“At the moment we have consistency and let’s finish well. We have a big game on Tuesday, we play every three days.

“I don’t think like that about our chances. I think let’s do our job and go to 72 on Tuesday and focus to win the game. Sunderland have nothing to lose.”

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Kwara Deputy Speaker Admonishes Youths On Sports Activities

Deputy Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Hon. Mathew Okedare has stated the need for parents and guardians to encourage their wards to engage in sporting activities in order to assist their physical and mental development.

Okedare stated this at the closing ceremony of the maiden Maigida U-15 football competition jointly sponsored by him and Hon. Mohammed Adebayo in collaboration with Moro Local Government Education Authority at Bode-Sadu on Thursday.

The deputy speaker who described sports as very necessary and important said the gesture is to discover talented youths in the area with a view to provide a platform that would secure their future and enable them grow academically.

Okedare explained that sports provides opportunities for the youths rather than engaging in nefarious activities that would at the long run ruin their lives and affect the society.

He stressed that the local government is blessed with people who have distinguished themselves at various capacities and have been great ambassadors of not only the Kwara State but the nation at large.

As a lawmaker, Okedare pledged that the House would not relent in enacting laws that would cater for the people’s welfare and ensure that the society is safe for all and sundry.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary, Moro Local Government Education Authority, Mallam Busari Idris expressed his delight at the programme appreciated the legislators for their support towards the success of the football competition.

Idris commended all participating teams for displaying maturity and high level of discipline, noting that such programme would further assist them in the future.

8 teams that participated in the competition qualified from different zones in the local government with the Seventh Day Adventist Secondary school, Shao emerged victorious over Budo Oba Junior Secondary School through penalty shoot out on 5-4 scoreline.

German Government Rehabilitates Sports Facilities In Ogun State, Donates IT quipment

The German Development Cooperation (GIZ) on behalf of the German government marks the official opening of the rehabilitated sports grounds of the Muslim Girl High School in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, on May 11, 2017.
Speaking at the event, GIZ’s portfolio Manager, Mr. Michael Sato who represents the country Director, Dr. Thomas Kirsch, said the support dates back to a visit of a government official in 2014,
“This very football ground we are officially opening today was rehabilitated and a multi-purpose court and changing room constructed.  The upgrading project included a total construction budget of 95,000 EUR. The site has been completed in time and certified successfully for this handover today.
He added by saying that he hopes the school ground could be used for all-round sports activities,
“We hope that the new sports grounds offer the students of your school access to regular sport activities – such as football, volleyball, handball, lawn tennis and badminton – and to development opportunities through sport.  
“We would therefore like to use this opportunity to also acknowledge the support given by the German Government to your school in the area of IT, and specifically the donation of 10 sets of internet ready PCs and 2 printers.
The Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany to Nigeria, Mr. Ingo Herbert, however, urged Nigerians to operate with Team spirit.
“Team spirit is the secret of the success of the German economy and this should be emulated by Nigerians,” he says.
The commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in the state, Mrs. Modupe Mujota, represented by Mr. Salako Taiwo, coordinating director/zonal education officer, charged the students and management of the school to put to use positively the donated facilities.
 “Let me charge the direct beneficiaries of these projects to maximize the opportunities provided by upscaling their academic performance and competitive exploits such t  hat our benefactors will be encouraged to do more, school management are also urged to carefully maintain the facilities provided so they can serve us for a long period of time,” she says.
While thanking the German government, Principal of the school, Mrs. Ibrahim Bolanle Wasiat said,
“Construction and rehabilitation of sporting facilities are German Embassy’s second fulfilled promises to the school, May almighty God continue to replenish the pocket of the donor, “she says.

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