Monday, 14 November 2016

Usain Bolt personalised football boots ready

Usain Bolt has joined Borussia Dortmund - German sportswear company Puma, who sponsor Bolt and have a representative on Borussia Dortmund's board, have designed football boots specifically for iconic athlete.
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The winner of nine Olympic gold medals has repeatedly talked of his desire to play football and will make his dream a reality soon when he starts training with the Bundesliga side. It is no surprise, then, that one of the key orchestrators in the agreement, Puma, who sponsor both the club and the Jamaican, are ready to benefit from it. The German sportswear company is represented on the board of the German giants and have already designed a pair of boots for Bolt to wear as he looks to make a switch to football.
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Thursday, 10 November 2016

Africa World Cup Qualifiers: Nigeria Embassy Stops Algeria Star from Uyo Trip

Africa World Cup Qualifiers, Nigeria vs Algeria - Midfielder Sofiane Bendebka will not travel with the Algerian squad to Uyo as things stand because he has not been issued a visa by the Embassy of Nigeria in Algiers. Bendebka has been handed a late call-up to the Desert Foxes as a result of the uncertainty surrounding the availability of Napoli star Faouzi Ghoulam, who is struggling to overcome a groin injury.

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Ghoulam was absent at the penultimate training session held at Sidi Moussa on Wednesday. If the Algerian Football Federation fail in their attempt to get him the traveling document, he will have no choice but to return to his club.
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Nigeria Will Qualify for Russia 2018 Fifa World Cup - Says Mikel Obi

2018 Fifa World Cup - John Obi Mikel has insisted that Nigeria cannot afford to miss the 2018 Fifa World Cup following their failure to reach the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon.

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The Super Eagles will host Algeria at the Godswill Akpabio stadium on Saturday, and the captain of the team believes that the unity in the team will help them conquer the Greens when both sides clash this weekend in Uyo.

"Missing out on the 2017 Cup of Nations in Gabon means there is an extra motivation to win our group and go to Russia," Mikel told media.
"Everybody knows Algeria have great players, but we also have really good footballers and a family-like atmosphere within the squad.
The Chelsea midfielder also disclosed that the team is enjoying the mixture of old and young generations of players, who are hungry and ready to establish themselves in the squad.

"It is nice to play with young footballers who are hungry and want to establish themselves as first choices.
"I am reminded of my early days in the national team, playing beside stars like Jay-Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu. It was a great pleasure playing with them.
"It is the same with guys like Alex and Kelechi. We enjoy representing our country, creating scoring opportunities and following the instructions of the coach."
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Super Eagles Jersey Against Algeria

Africa World Cup Qualifiers - The NFF signed a sponsorship deal with the Super Eagles Jersey in 2015, and the Super Eagles will have a feel of the new gear against the Greens
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Nigeria senior national team will wear a new set of Super Eagles jersey when they face Algeria in Saturday’s Fifa World Cup qualifier.

The NFF signed a three-and-half -year contract with Nike in 2015 that will see the US-based sportwear giant provide products worth $3.75m.

The home kit is a solid green shirt, with white ribbing around the back of the modern crewneck collar featuring Nike’s Dri-FIT technology.

Nike’s Dri-FIT technology draws sweat away from the body to the exterior of the shirts and shorts, where it quickly evaporates. This allows players to perform at their best by remaining cooler, drier and more comfortable.

And Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi, a Nike athlete is looking forward to wearing the new kit against the Greens in Uyo.
“Looking forward to playing in our new kit against Algeria on Saturday,” he tweeted.
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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

CAF Announced Increase in Prize Money for African Cup of Nations 2017 to $16.4m

African Cup of Nations - On Wednesday, the Confederation of African Football announced an increase in prize money for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and onward.

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Caf Africa Cup of Nations – Caf have just announced an increase of 166 per cent for the winner of the 2017 Afcon in Gabon. $4 million will be awarded to the winners, while the runners up will receive $2m, semi-finalists $1.5m and quarter-finalists $800,000. A total of $16.4m will be handed out to all of the teams who participate in the tournament.
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Gabon List Players for Africa World Cup Qualifying Matches Against Mali and Comoros

Africa World Cup Qualifiers - Coach of Gabon has just released the list of players selected against Mali and Comoros respectively on 12 and 15 November. If the second is friendly, the first game, meanwhile, already looks crucial for the FIFA World Cup 2018.
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Africa World Cup Qualifiers - Gabon vs Mali
And acting head of the national football team, José Antonio Garrido unveiled on 5 November in Libreville, the list of 23 players selected for the match in Mali on 12 November. A meeting that is part of the Africa World Cup Qualifiers.

After this capital already meeting for Panther Gabon, the team will face the Spanish technician that of Comoros on 15 November in Tunis. Conspicuously absent from this first convening of José Antonio Garrido: Yrondu Musavu-King, Frederic Bulot and Kanga Guelor.

Thus, the goals have been entrusted to Didier Ovono (Ostend, Belgium), Anthony Mfa Mezui (no club), Stéphane Bitséki (CF Mounana). The defense will be ensured by Benjamin Zé Ondo (WAC Casablanca, Morocco), Johann Obiang (Troyes, France), André Poko (Karabükspor, Turkey), Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City, Wales), Aaron Appindangoye (Laval, France) and Lloyd Palun (Red Star, France).

In midfield, there are Didier Ndong (Sunderland, England), Levy Madinda (Nastic Tarragona, Spain), Mario Lemina (Juventus, Italy), Merlin Tandjigora (Meizhou Hakka, China), Samson Mbingui (NA Hussein Dey, Algeria ), Franck Engongah (El Geish, Egypt), Yoann Wachter (Sedan, France) and Alexander N'Doumbou (Dender, Belgium).

At the line of attack finally Gabon coach summoned Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Malick Evouna (Tianjin Teda, China), Axel Meye (Eskisehirspor, Turkey), Serge Angoué (Uniao Leiria, Portugal), Romaric Rogombé (Primeiro de Agosto, Angola), and Romuald Ntsitsigui (FC Tirana, Albania).

Furthermore, this list also has some reserves in case of defection in the starting group. This is Johan Lengoualama (Raja Casablanca, Morocco), Gaëtan Missi Mezu (FC Paris, France) and Ulysse Obame Ndong (Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa, Bulgaria).

These two meetings come at a particularly tense context for Gabon after sidelining of coach Jorge Costa. They will also reveal the state of mind of the Panthers to just under eight weeks of the African Cup of Nations (CAN), at home.
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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Africa World Cup Qualifiers: Algeria Misses Key Players Ahead of Nigeria Match Due to Injury

Ahead of Africa World Cup Qualifiers - Algeria head coach Georges Leekens has called on Baghdad Bounedjah, Yassine Benzia and Ismaël Bennacer to replace three injured players from their initial 23-man list ahead of Saturday’s Africa World Cup Qualifying game against Nigeria.
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According to a statement released on the Algeria Football Federation website, France based stars Rachid Ghezzal (Lyon) and Ryad Boudebouz (Montpellier) plus Afcon 2017 Qualifying top scorer Hilal El Arabi Soudani were excused from the squad as a result of injury problems sustained while on club duties.

With star strikers Soudani and Ghezzal out, the Belgian has now turned to Bounedjah (Étoile du Sahel on loan from Al Sadd) and Lille’s Benzia while Arsenal’s Bennacer replaces midfielder Boudebouz in the squad to face Gernot Rohr’s men. The trio share a paltry international eight caps among themselves.

“Rachid Ghezzal and Ryad Boudebouz were released by the technical staff while Hilal El Arabi Soudani was excused from training of the national team. The three players were injured in their clubs. After the usual checks, the medical staff of the national team who supported them, informed the national coaching staff that Ghezzal Boudebouz and will not be fit to play the match in Nigeria on 12 November in Uyo,” a statement on the FAF website read.

“To complete the group, he [Leekens] has called on Baghdad Bounedjah who took part in training on Monday, Yacine Benzia and Ismael Bennacer.”

Leekens will have to make do with a depleted squad in his first game in charge of the Desert Foxes following his appointment last month.


ALGERIA SQUAD:

Goalkeepers:

Rais Ouhab M'bolhi (Antalyaspor, Turkey) Malik Asselah (JS Kabylie, Algeria), Chemseddine Rahmani (MO Bejaia, Algeria)

Defenders:

Aissa Mandi (Real Betis, Spain), Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli, Italy), Carl Medjani (Leganes, Spain), Hicham Belkaroui (Esperance, Tunisie) Liassine Cadamuro (Geneva, Switzerland), Jean Mehdi Tahrat (Angers, France-) Houari Ferhani (JS Kabylie, Algeria), Mohamed Khoutir Ziti (ES Setif, Algeria)

Midfielders:

Adlène Guedioura (Watford, England) Saphir Taïder (Bologna, Italy), Nabil Bentaleb (Schalke 04, Germany), Mehdi Abeid (Dijon, France), Yassin Brahimi (Porto, Portugal), Sofiane Feghouli (West Ham, England), Ismael Bennacer (Arsenal, England)

Forwards:

Islam Slimani (Leicester City, England), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City, England), Baghdad Bounedjah (Étoile du Sahel, Tunisia), Yacine Benzia (Lille, France), Sofiane Hanni (Anderlecht, Belgium)
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Bafana Bafana Named Squad for Africa World Cup Qualifiers 2018

Bafana Bafana Squad - Africa World Cup Qualifiers 2018

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Goalkeepers: 

Jackson Mabokgwane and Brighton Mhlongo (both Orlando Pirates), IItumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs)


Defenders:

Ramahlwe Mphahlele (Kaizer Chiefs), Rivaldo Coetzee (Ajax Cape Town), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Bidvest Wits), Abbubaker Mobara (Orlando Pirates), Diamond Thopola (Chippa United), Tebogo Langerman (Mamelodi Sundowns), Eric Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Thabo Matlaba (Orlando Pirates)

Midfielders:

Dean Furman (SuperSport United), May Mahlangu (Dinamo Bucuresti, Romania), Thulani Serero (Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands), Oupa Manyisa (Orlando Pirates), Ayanda Patosi (Lokeren, Belgium), Keagan Dolly (Mamelodi Sundowns), Maphosa Modiba (SuperSport United), Mpho Makola (Orlando Pirates), Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Forwards:

Eleazar Rodgers (Bidvest Wits), Thamsanqa Gabuza (Orlando Pirates), Thobani Mcwango (Polokwane City), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Tokelo Rantie (Gençlerbirliği, Turkey)
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Sunday, 6 November 2016

Nigeria vs Algeria - Africa World Cup Qualifiers

African World Cup Qualifiers against Nigeria vs Algeria in Uyo, the trio of Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, and Ogeyi Onazi are set to storm the Super Eagles camp in Abuja on Monday in preparation against the Africa World Cup Qualifying Match.
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The trio who are part of the 24-man squad invited by manager Gernot Rohr will touch down in Lagos on Sunday before heading out to the Federal Capital Territory.

Ndidi has been in spectacular form for Belgium side Genk and was on the scoresheet on Thursday night in the Europa League when they lost 5-3 to Athletic Bilbao away from home.

On his part, Iheanacho has scored three goals in the premier league so far with three assists for Manchester City and although he was on the bench against Middlesbrough at the weekend, he is tipped for a big future under Spanish manager Pep Guardiola.

Trabzonspor midfielder Onazi had already confirmed his arrival as he tweeted that he will be at the venue of the Federation Cup match between Ifeanyi Ubah and Nasarawa United which will be played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium by 3:00pm in Lagos.

The former Lazio midfielder may likely be in the company of Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohor who is scheduled to also be at the stadium to witness the encounter before leaving for camp on Monday.
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