Archive | July 19, 2016

Moses Odubajo out for six months with knee injury….

Moses Odubajo

Hull City full-back Moses Odubajo has been ruled out for up to six months with a knee ligament injury. The 22-year-old made 42 Championship appearances last season as the Tigers won promotion back to the Premier League via the play-offs. The ex-Leyton Orient and Brentford defender suffered the injury in a pre-season friendly against Grimsby Town. Meanwhile, the club have confirmed they have taken former Stoke City forward Peter Odemwingie, 35, on trial. The Nigeria international, who could feature for Steve Bruce’s side in a friendly with Mansfield on Tuesday, is a free agent after being released by the Potters at the end of last season. He ended the campaign on loan at Championship side Bristol City after recovering from a long-term knee injury. Odubajo’s injury has reduced Hull to just 14 fit senior outfield players with less than four weeks until they host Premier League champions Leicester City on the opening day of the season.

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Paul le Guen named as Nigeria’s new manager….

Paul le Guen

Paul le Guen has been named as Nigeria’s new technical adviser to work alongside caretaker manager Salisu Yusuf, who will become chief coach. Frenchman Le Guen, 52, has managed Lyon, Paris St-Germain and Rangers and led Cameroon to the 2010 World Cup. The appointments are subject to contract terms being agreed with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Sunday Oliseh was the Super Eagles’ last permanent coach before he quit in February in a row over his contract. Coach Imama Amapakabo and goalkeeping trainer Alloy Agu will also work with Le Guen and Yusuf, who was in charge of the Super Eagles for friendly wins against Mali and Luxembourg in May. Nigeria have failed to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon, but are in the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. They have been drawn in Group B where they will face Algeria, the top-ranked side in Africa, Cameroon, as well as Zambia. The NFF’s technical committee also recommended that former Super Eagles assistant coach Bitrus Bewarang be given the role of national technical director.