Chelsea forward Diego Costa has joined social networking site Twitter. The controversial Spanish international, who joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in the summer, has been involved in a number of unsavoury on-the-field incidents this season. The 26-year-old has netted 17 goals for the London outfit, however, with his form a big contributor to the team’s success. On Wednesday, Chelsea’s official Twitter account welcomed their striker to the networking site, with Costa operating under the tag @diegocosta.
The Nigeria Professional Football League teams will face opponents from Tunisia and Ethiopia in the first round of the 2015 Caf Confederation Cup. Dolphins will face Tunisian outfit, Club Africain, in the first round of the 2015 Caf Confederation Cup. The fixtures for the 12th Caf Confederation Cup first round had earlier been drawn on 22 December, 2014 at the Caf headquarters in Cairo before the preliminary round of the competition. The Port Harcourt outfit will travel to Tunisia to face the 2011 Confederation Cup runners-up, who were drawn in the preliminary round for the first leg, before hosting them in the return leg two weeks later. While another Nigerian representative Warri Wolves, who thrashed RC Bobo Dioulasso 4-0 on aggregate, will take on Ethiopian Premier League winners Dedebit in the first round of the competition. The Seasiders will host the Ethiopians, who advanced after a 5–2 aggregate win against Ivorian outfit Côte d’Or, in the first leg in Warri before traveling to Addis Ababa for the return leg in a fortnight. The first leg matches will be played in the weekend of March 13th-15th, while the second leg games will be played in the weekend of 3rd-5th April, 2015. No Nigerian side has ever lifted the Caf Confederation Cup since its name was changed from the Caf Cup Winners Cup in 2003.
Nigeria Professional Football League champions Kano Pillars will face Moghreb Tetouan of Morrocco in the 2015 Caf Champions League first round with the country’s second representative Enyimba paired against Smouha of Egypt.
Dave Whelan has resigned from his position as chairman of Championship side Wigan Athletic. The 78-year-old will stay as owner but his grandson, 23-year-old David Sharpe, will take over the running of the club.
McLaren driver Fernando Alonso will miss the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on 15 March on medical advice. Doctors say Alonso is not injured following his crash in testing on 22 February, but advised him not to race in Melbourne because of the risk of suffering a second concussion. Suffering another concussion injury while a patient is still suffering from the first can have serious consequences, which can extend to prolonged coma or even death.
A Tottenham fan was left a little red-faced after throwing a £2 coin at Chelsea’s Diego Costa during the Capital One Cup final. Instead of kicking off and get riled up, like the Spurs fan clearly wanted, Costa instead picked the coin up and put it on his shorts for later.
John Terry insists he has “a few years left” at Chelsea and says he will not play for another club. The Blues captain, whose contract is up at the end of the season, scored the opener in Sunday’s 2-0 Capital One Cup final win over Tottenham at Wembley. “If this is my last year, then I hope it goes out on a bang,” said Terry. “But I am feeling great at the minute and it would be the wrong time to go.” Asked if he would play for another club, the 34-year-old insisted: “No.” The former England captain added: “I have my little target to play next year, but, beyond that, two or three years, I don’t know.” It is Chelsea’s policy for players over the age of 30 to be offered only 12-month deals. But Terry, who signed his current deal 48 hours after the end of last season, is unfazed by the prospect of again having to wait for the chance to extend his 17-year stay at Chelsea. “The uncertainty has helped me,” he said. “The roles have reversed and now the power is in the club’s hands. That has inspired me.”
England and Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 15-year-old girl. Durham Police said a 27-year-old had been arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16. An officer later said he had been bailed. Sunderland AFC said he had been suspended pending the outcome of the police investigation. News of the arrest of a Premier League footballer was revealed earlier in The Sun newspaper. The Sunderland-born winger joined Middlesbrough’s youth academy and made his senior debut at the age of 17, in a 2005 Uefa Cup game. He was loaned out to Leeds United then Watford, returned to Middlesbrough and then in 2010 made a £7m move to Manchester City. In 2012 he signed for Sunderland on a £10m deal, and was handed the Barclays Player of the Month award in January 2014 after scoring a hat-trick in an away win against Fulham. He has also represented England at under-19 and under-21 levels, and at senior level 12 times. His last England appearance was in a friendly win over Italy in August 2012. His arrest came shortly before he was due to travel with Sunderland to Hull for Tuesday night’s Premier League fixture. Sunderland said it would make no further comment on the arrest.
Argentine Hector Cuper is the new coach of Egypt, the country’s Football Association said on Monday. “The Egypt FA board, after a meeting held by his president Gamal Allam, has appointed Hector Cuper as national team coach,” the EFA said on its website. In his career Cuper has led Valencia to the Champions League final in 2000 and 2001, and in 2003 he finished second in Serie A with Inter Milan. Egypt’s previous coach, Shawki Gharib, left the job in November. The Pharaohs missed out on the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations have not qualified for the World Cup since 1990. Cuper, is believed to have been tasked with qualifying the team for the 2018 World Cup – and local media have reported that his contract will be terminated if he does not meet that target. The 59-year-old has had some previous experience as an international coach, but he failed to win a match when in charge of Georgia boss between August 2008 and December 2009.