Former Nigerian international Taye Taiwo has signed a short-term deal with Finnish league leaders HJK Helsinki until the end of the season, the club announced on Sunday. Out of contract since being released by Turkish club Bursaspor in April, the 30-year-old left back won a league title in France with Marseille in 2010 and has also had stints with AC Milan in Italy and Queens Park Rangers. “He has a very interesting history, and very few players from top European clubs have played in Finland,” HJK sporting director Tuomo Saarnio said of his new signing, who has over 50 caps for Nigeria and played at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Jose Anigo quit as coach of Tunisian club Esperance after Saturday’s 0-1 home defeat by Al Ahly in the group phase of the African Confederation Cup. The 54-year-old Frenchman left his position after just seven games in charge, having lost five matches since taking over in June. His assistant Bernard Rodriguez, who joined with Anigo, is to take over, club officials said. The defeat to Ahly confirmed Esperance’s exit from the competition. Holders Al Ahly all-but guaranteed their semi-final spot after that victory over Esperance in Rades on Saturday. Former African champions Esperance exit the second-tier continental club championship after four defeats at the group stage. They have three points from five games, seven behind Group A leaders Ahly and six behind fellow Tunisians, Etoile du Sahel.