Archive | February 11, 2015

Cote d’Ivoire Players get Cash and Houses for winning AFCON 2015….

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara and Ivory Coast captain Yaya Toure wave at the crowd

Cote d’Ivoire’s football team has been rewarded with millions of dollars in prizes by the country’s government for winning the Africa Cup of Nations.

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NFF offers Stephen Keshi new contract….

The out-of-contract Super Eagles coach is expected to return to his role in a few days after being offered a new deal on Tuesday, “Goal” reports. The Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation has recommended a renewal of contract for Stephen Keshi as the senior national team head coach. The committee led by Emeka Anyansi-Agwu concluded their meeting and tabled their recommendation to the executive board of NFF in due course. Anyansi, who disclosed this to media at the headquarters of NFF, stated that the delay in the contract renewal was to enable the committee do a thorough job in a bid to get the best option. He also explained that the committee has been in contact with the coach contrary to media reports where Keshi was quoted to have denied any approach by the committee. According to Anyansi, “If anyone is saying that he has not been paid for about two months that he handled the team without contract, that cannot be true. Keshi is my personal friend and we don’t hold anything against him.” Keshi, who has been out of contract since the end of the Super Eagles’ 2014 World Cup campaign,failed to qualify Nigeria for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea two years after he led the team to win the 2013 title. Even though he has come under intense criticism by figures like former coach Amodu Shaibu and ex-player Jonathan Akpoborie among many others, Keshi has been able to get a new contract due to the influence of President Goodluck Jonathan who asked the NFF to keep him on after he was sacked late in 2014.

Nigeria Premier League resumes March 7….


The League Management Company has fixed March 7, 2015 as the date for the commencement of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) for the 2014/2015 season, goal reports. The LMC recently gave two options of January 21 and March 7 for the start of hostilities and circulars were sent to various clubs for them to choose the more preferred of both dates but the league body has opted for the latter with a fresh date for the start of the 2015 general elections being fingered as the brain behind the new development. Owing to this, the LMC has announced a registration deadline of February 20 for clubs to submit their licensing documents for the new season or risks severe sanctions. The documents expected to be submitted by the 20 clubs in the top flight include proof of no debts carried over, financial guarantee and medical passport of players. The LMC Chief Operating Officer (COO) Salihu Abubakar announced this and said the clubs have been put on the alert that mid-week fixtures will hold to accommodate the socio-political developments in the country. “As part of the registration process for the new season, Clubs are to mandatorily provide a quarterly Financial Performance Guarantee of N50m which is a condition for licensing to participate in the league. Clubs that are in a position to provide a one-off Performance Guarantee of N200m is also encouraged to do so”, Abubakar stated. The league organizer further disclosed that clubs in the elite division must provide their  Financial Performance Guarantee on or before March 5, if they are to be considered among the 20 to vie for points. Kano Pillars are the defending champions of the league and they have emerged victorious since the last three seasons while Enyimba and Warri Wolves came second and third last season.


English Premier League results….

Tue 10 Feb 2015:

Arsenal 2 – 1 Leicester 

Hull 2 – 0 Aston Villa 

Sunderland 0 – 2 QPR 

Liverpool 3 – 2 Tottenham 

Wed 11 Feb 2015:

Chelsea 1 – 0 Everton 

Man Utd 3 – 1 Burnley 

Southampton 0 – 0 West Ham 

Stoke 1 – 4 Man City 

Crystal Palace 1 – 1 Newcastle 

West Brom 2 – 0 Swansea