Archive | August 31, 2015

Real Madrid and Man United agree deal for De Gea….

David De Gea

An agreement for David De Gea to join Real Madrid from Manchester United is believed to have been reached, with Keylor Navas moving the other way. The deal is yet to be completed but it will also involve a cash payment from the Spanish giants, taking the overall value to 40m euros. De Gea, 24, has been linked with a move to Real throughout the summer. United manager Louis van Gaal opted not to pick him until the uncertainty over his future had been resolved. De Gea’s contract is due to expire in 2016 and United had previously indicated they wanted a world-record fee for a goalkeeper, or defender Sergio Ramos in exchange for De Gea. Instead they will get 28-year-old Navas, who was Costa Rica’s goalkeeper at last year’s World Cup.

Sunderland sign Borini….

Fabio Borini

Sunderland have signed Liverpool forward Fabio Borini for a fee that could rise to £10m. Italy international Borini had a loan spell with the Black Cats during the 2013-14 season, scoring seven goals in 32 matches, but then rejected a permanent move to the Stadium of Light. The 24-year-old was also a target for Inter Milan, Fiorentina and Watford, but their bids were turned down. Liverpool may also sell defender Jose Enrique, a target for West Brom. Watford, newly promoted to the Premier League, had offered £7m for Borini, while Inter’s bid was worth £6m. Fellow Serie A side Fiorentina were also keen on the striker but Borini decided to join Sunderland. The Black Cats, who have allowed Italy winger Emanuele Giaccherini to join Serie A side Bologna on a season-long loan. will pay £8m up front, but the deal could eventually be worth £10m to Liverpool with add-ons. Borini was the first signing of Reds boss Brendan Rodgers in July 2012, when Liverpool paid Roma £11m. Rodgers had worked with Borini at previous clubs Chelsea and Swansea. He has scored three goals in 38 appearances for Liverpool.

Nigeria’s D’Tigers win AfroBasket Championship….

Nigeria's Senior Basketball Team Celebrate Their Victory at the 2015 Afrobasket Tournament. Image: FIBA.

Nigeria beat Angola 74-65 in the Final of AfroBasket 2015 in Rades, Tunisia on Sunday to claim their first-ever continental championship. In being crowned African champions, the Nigerians also qualified for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Meanwhile, second-place Angola joined third- and fourth-place Tunisia and Senegal in booking their places for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (OQTs). Angola went into the Final looking to win a 12th African title and led early on, before Nigeria’s rotation made the difference as they turned the score around in the second quarter and once they took the lead, they held on to it, going up by as many as 19 points. Chamberlain Oguchi hit a trifecta of three-pointers on his way to a game-high 19 points for Nigeria, with Olaseni Lawal finished with a dozen. Carlos Morais led the Angolans with 15 points while Yanick Moreira added 13. Click here for the full game report. Oguchi was rewarded for his impressive tournament and huge individual performance in the Final by receiving the Most Valuable Player award, presented by Tissot. The 29-year-old headlined the All-Star Five which also included his Nigeria team-mate Al-Farouq Aminu, Morais of Angola, Tunisia’s Makram Ben Romdhane and Gorgui Dieng of Senegal. “It’s the best moment of my life, to be able to come here after missing the last AfroBasket, to be able to come here and do this with my brothers, it feels amazing,” Oguchi said afterwards.

Awoniyi joins Liverpool….

Liverpool Football Club have confirmed the signing of Nigeria’s Taiwo Awoniyi. The 18-year-old joins the Reds having previously represented Imperial Academy in Nigeria. Awoniyi has immediately joined 2 Bundesliga side FSV Frankfurt on loan. He told “This is the biggest club in the world and I’m privileged to be here.“I’ll try to develop myself very well so that when I come back to Liverpool I’ll be able to add value to the team.“When I’m in the red shirt, I will always give my very best to make the fans happy.”The striker is a regular for Nigeria’s youth teams and currently represents their U23 side, who are aiming to qualify for next year’s Olympic Games.He has also played for the Super Eagles at the U17 and U20 World Cups and earned a call-up for the senior Nigeria squad in 2013.