Former France international Djibril Cisse has announced his retirement from football at the age of 34. Cisse scored in Liverpool’s penalty shootout victory against AC Milan to win the Champions League in 2005. After announcing his retirement, Cisse broke down live on French television as he heard a tribute from Guy Roux, his former Auxerre coach.
Let’s celebrate once more the guys that won the first ever world cup for Nigeria. The U-16 Baby Eagles as they were called went to China for the maiden FIFA U-16 (now U-17) world cup. On their return after winning the trophy, they were renamed the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria. Playing in Group D, they defeated Italy by a lone goal, played goaless draw with Saudi Arabia and defeated Costa Rica by three unreplied goals. They came second in the group behind Saudi Arabia on goals difference. In the quarter final, they defeated Hungary by three goals to one and went on to defeat Guinea 4 -2 in penalty shoot out after a 1 – 1 draw in the Semis. To lift the cup, they defeated West Germany by two unreplied goals (scored by Jonathan Akpoborie and Victor Igbinoba) in the final match. This Sebastine Broadricks and Christian Chukwu tutored lads left the country unannounced but returned as heroes making the the Federal Government to name streets after them at the capital cities of their various states of origin as at then. Talk of Chukwuma Nwoha street in Owerri, Fatai Atere way in Lagos and Nduka Ugbade street in Benin city for instance.
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Shaikh Salman, the most powerful man in Asian football, says “senior” figures in the game have told him to run for the FIFA presidency. In a letter to members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) executive committee, the 49-year-old Bahraini said he is not yet a candidate. But he added he had been urged to stand “by a growing number of senior football administrators, FIFA members and personalities of public life”. The election takes place in February.
South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been released under house arrest nearly one year after he was jailed for killing his girlfriend, prison officials say. He is expected to spend the remainder of a five-year prison sentence at his uncle’s home in Pretoria.He shot Reeva Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door in 2013 but said he thought she was an intruder. Ms Steenkamp’s relatives say they think Pistorius is “getting off lightly”.
Nigeria and Al Ain of UAE forward Emmanuel Emenike has announced his retirement from international football at the age of 28 and after five years of service, becoming the second player after Vincent Enyeama to sign out of the senior national team. He wrote on Instagram on Monday night, “No more Eagles career! After five great years, I am happy to announce that I have put full-stop to my national team career for the sake of national peace.” “It’s a pleasure for me to have played for this great country. I never regretted it and I think it’s the best time to end it. Million thanks to all the fans who have been very supportive during the good and bad times. “I am very proud of my performance, I am proud of my team mates and I am very proud of the nation called ‘Nigeria’. My AFCON gold medal is a sign of great achievement, My AFCON topscorer award speaks a lot about my commitment and dedication to the team. Super Eagles is a camp not a family house, and it shouldn’t be a threat zone for any individual. “I have done according to our national anthem. “All my dreams came true in the national team, I dreamt (sic) to win Nations Cup for Nigeria after 20-years, I dreamt (sic) to played at the World Cup as well as to make a name for myself… In the space of five years, I got them. I’m a winner! “For every disappointing fans, maybe due to my inability to re-establish my goal scoring instinct for Super Eagles, I will like to say I’m sorry but the ones I had scored counted well for the team. ”As long as Nigeria remains, you and I will always remember the name ‘Emenike’. “Finally, I am happy to make a bow and continue supporting the team every time.” Emenike played 35 times for the Super Eagles and scored 16 goals.
What is happening that we have not been told in full???