Archive | March 17, 2015

Amokachi calls up 28 players for friendlies….

Interim Nigeria Coach, Daniel Amokachi has called up 28 players to the Super Eagles camp for the Bolivia friendly billed for the Akwa Ibom International Stadium Uyo on March 26 and against South Africa three days later in Nelspruit, South Africa.

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Olsen to step down after Euro 2016….

Morten Olsen

Denmark coach Morten Olsen will step down after the Euro 2016 finals. Olsen, who took charge after Euro 2000, is Europe’s longest-serving international manager – a full six years ahead of his nearest rival. A former Danish international with over 100 caps, he has led the Danes to the finals of two World Cups and two European Championships.

Mongolia out of 2018 World Cup already….

Mongolia fans, look away now. Your boys have become the first side to be knocked out of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. Today sees the second leg of the first round of qualifying in the Asia confederation, and Timor-Leste have proved too strong for the Mongolians, winning 1-0 in Ulaanbataar to wrap up a 5-1 aggregate victory.

Goalkeeper Forster out for a month….

Ben Foster of West Brom

West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster has been ruled out for at least four weeks with a knee injury, BBC reports. The England international, 31, damaged cartilage during West Brom’s Premier League win over Stoke on Saturday. Boaz Myhill will start against Manchester City at the Etihad on Saturday, with former academy player Jack Rose, 20, deputising for him. “It’s rotten news for Ben because he’s been so consistent,” West Brom head coach Tony Pulis said. “He kept seven clean sheets in 10 games but we have a very able man to step forward in Boaz, who has performed well when he’s come into the team.” Foster will likely miss Premier League matches against Manchester City, QPR and Leicester City. He will also be absent for England’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley on 27 March and the international friendly against Italy in Turin four days later. “We’ve got the international break coming up, which I hope will give our medical team the chance to work on Ben’s rehab and we will reassess later,” Pulis continued.

Dick Advocaat is Sunderland’s new manager….

Dick Advocaat

Sunderland have appointed Dick Advocaat as their new manager until the end of the season, BBC reports. The former Netherlands coach takes over a day after the sacking of Gus Poyet with the Black Cats one point above the Premier League relegation zone. “We have one aim only now – to climb the table – and everyone is fully focused on the task ahead of us,” said Sunderland chairman Ellis Short. Advocaat, 67, said: “I can’t wait to get started.” Sunderland is a big club and I am very much looking forward to the challenge ahead,” said the Dutchman. “We must now concentrate on Saturday as a priority.” Zeljko Petrovic will be Advocaat’s first-team coach, while former Swansea and England Under-20 goalkeeping coach Adrian Tucker will also be part of his backroom staff.

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