Sunday Oliseh today signed contract to become the new Super Eagles of Nigeria coach. He signed a contract with the NFF which ties him to the Super Eagles until 2020 thus becoming the fifth player in the 1994 class to handle the senior national team after Austin Eguavoen, Samson Siasia, Daniel Amokachi and Stephen Keshi. “It’s a great honour to be coach of this great national team,” said Oliseh at the unveiling ceremony in Abuja. “I’m not coming as a messiah. I’m coming as a man who wants to serve his country and give 150%. “Gone are the days when we had individual players who can win games on their own. But we have potential,” he said. He also laid down the law to players of Nigerian origin on his requirements before they can feature for his team. “No player outside of first division in Nigeria or elsewhere will play for the Super Eagles. We will work together with the technical committee because if we fail, they fail,” he concluded.
Stoke City have completed a deal for Barcelona winger Moha El Ouriachi, and the 19-year-old could make his first appearance for the club in today’s Asia Trophy tie against Everton. Moha turned down Barcelona’s offer of a new contract to move to the Potters, where he links-up with ex-Barca players Bojan and Marc Muniesa. He has represented Spain at youth level and – confusingly – has also been called-up by his native Morocco for their under-23 squad. Talking about the signing of Barcelona winger Moha El Ouriachi, Stoke’s chief executive Tony Scholes said: “He’s excited about joining a Premier League club, especially one that already has two former Barcelona players in their squad. “Moha has seen the progress made by Bojan and Marc and wants to try and do likewise.”
Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez will miss the start of the season after helping Chile win the Copa America. The 26-year-old scored 25 goals for the Gunners last season as Arsene Wenger’s side finished third in the Premier League, and added a stunning goal as they won the FA Cup. Wenger said: “Alexis will be back with us on 3 August and usually it takes three weeks to be competitive. “With Alexis it could be a bit less. He will miss certainly the first game.” Sanchez will miss the Community Shield against Chelsea on 2 August. The Gunners open their Premier League campaign against West Ham on Sunday, 9 August, and if Sanchez did need a full three weeks to be match fit he could also miss games against Crystal Palace and Liverpool. Sanchez scored the winning penalty as hosts Chile won their first Copa title against Argentina on 4 July – the end of a 58-game season for the former Barcelona forward. Manchester City defenders Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis and Manchester United pair Angel Di Maria and Marcos Rojo all played for Argentina in that final. Tottenham winger Erik Lamela was an unused substitute.
Watford have signed defender Allan Nyom from Udinese on a four-year contract. The 27-year-old Cameroon right-back never played for the Italian side in six years, spending the entire time on loan with Spanish club Granada. Thirteen members of Watford’s current squad have played for Granada, Udinese or both – with all three sides owned by Giampaolo Pozzo. Nyom was part of the Cameroon squad at last summer’s World Cup finals, playing in the 4-1 defeat by hosts Brazil. He is Watford’s seventh signing of the summer after they were promoted to the Premier League in May. Nyom was still in contract at Udinese with no details of a transfer fee being revealed.