Neymar has been named the La Liga player of the month for November in Spain. This is not surprising as the Brazilian is on fire for Barcelona at the moment with 14 goals. What is surprising is it is the first time that a Barcelona player has won the award. In summary Cristiano Ronaldo has won it twice in the three seasons it has been handed out but Lionel Messi, has never won this award.
Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh, has released the names of 26 players, who will report for training camp ahead of next year’s CHAN in Rwanda. Nigeria have been drawn into Group C, along with Niger Republic, Tunisia and Guinea. Invited players are to report at the Bolton White Apartments in Abuja by December 14. The tournament runs between January 16 and February 7 and is the version of African Cup of Nations played only by home based players. Nigeria came third in the 2014 CHAN hosted by South Africa where Nigeria’s Ejike Uzoenyi emerged the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail while he waits to be sentenced for murdering his girlfriend in 2013. That hearing should take place next year on 18 April. He is being asked to pay 10,000 rand for his bail. Pistorius will be under house arrest and will be electronically tagged, but can leave the house between 7am and midday, though only to go within a 20km radius. He also has to hand over his passport. He is facing a minimum 15 year sentence – though the judge can exercise some discretion.
Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association after clashing with West Ham United’s Winston Reid. Schweinsteiger, 31, caught the Hammers defender with his left arm as they contested a free-kick in the 40th minute of Saturday’s 0-0 draw. The Germany international will face a three-match ban if found guilty. He has until 1pm on Thursday to reply to the charge.