Former Super Eagles striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Kalu Uche have emerged as the highest paid Nigerian football players in the recently compiled report of Nigerian footballers’ earners list, Supersport reports. The new report has it that the former Super Eagles striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni has been named the ‘Richest Nigerian Player’. The pundit report also explained that Reading FC of England striker, Aiyegbeni and Kalu Uche are Nigerian highest earners in Europe in the 2014/15 season. The two Nigeria internationals who were formerly players in the oil rich Quatari club Al Rayyan earns over $2.5 million each year. Next in the list comes the Chelsea FC midfielder Mikel Obi and Sounder Seattle striker, Obafemi Martins who are earning $2 million per year. Emmanuel Emenike, the Fenerbahce striker is the fifth on the list considering his contract terms of ‘tax free’ at the Turkish club. Brown Ideye who is the West Bromich Albion of England striker, who also recently signed a three-year contract with the English Premier League club is the sixth on the list. But there is no Nigerian player that made it to the yearly rich list , which other African players like Samuel Eto’o and Yaya Toure were included.
Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis has signed a one-year contract extension at the club. The Argentina international’s current deal was set to run out at the end of this season. The new one will keep him at the club until the end of 2015/16. Demichelis, 34, has made 30 appearances in all competitions this season. “I want to say that I am really proud and happy to have extended my contract for another year,” he told the club’s website. Demichelis joined Manchester City in September 2013 from Atletico Madrid for a reported £4.2m.
David Luiz has apologised to Chelsea after celebrating his goal for Paris St-Germain that helped knock his former side out of the Champions League. Luiz scored an 86th-minute header to send the last-16 tie in to extra time. “I’m sorry for the emotion I showed,” said the defender, 27. “It was difficult because I was so happy to win, but I was also happy at Chelsea.” PSG progressed to the quarter-finals on away goals after the second leg finished 2-2 and 3-3 on aggregate. Brazil international Luiz made 143 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea and scored 12 goals before moving to Paris for a reported £40m last June. He said: “I said before I wouldn’t celebrate but there was so much emotion, I couldn’t control it. I am so happy to qualify. “All the supporters and every single person in the club tried to help me from my first day at Chelsea to the last day.”
FIFA has expelled Zimbabwe from qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after they failed to pay their national team coach. FIFA’s disciplinary committee says it took the action “as a result of the non-payment of an outstanding debt” by Zimbabwe’s football federation to Brazilian coach Jose Claudinei Georgini, nicknamed Valinhos, who managed the national team from January to November 2008. They payments were not made, despite a grace period.