All 23 invited players are now at the Super Eagles’ Bolton White Hotel and Apartments in Abuja as the countdown began for Sunday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Ndola. In camp now are: Captain Mikel John Obi, Ahmed Musa, Ogenyi Onazi, Carl Ikeme, Kingsley Madu, Musa Muhammed, Emmanuel Daniel, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Elderson Echiejile, Nosa Igiebor, Abdullahi Shehu, William Paul Ekong, Alex Iwobi, Kenneth Omeruo, Anderson Esiti, Jamiu Alimi, Wilfred Ndidi, Chisom Egbuchunam, Uche Agbo, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Brown Ideye and Godwin Obaje. Coach Gernot Rohr and his assistants have been drilling them.
Sparta Prague have told two of their players to train with the club’s women’s team after making “unacceptable” comments about a female match official at the weekend. Midfielder Lukas Vacha, 27, and goalkeeper Tomas Koubek, 24, made remarks about Lucie Ratajova in the wake of Sparta’s 3-3 draw with Zbrojovka Brno on Sunday, where Ratajova was an assistant referee. Koubek was reported to have said women belong “at the stove” while it was added that Vacha called her “the cooker”.
Tyson Fury says he has been taking cocaine to help him deal with depression. Fury, who retired on Monday before later claiming it was a joke, says he has suffered mental health issues for years. The world heavyweight champion also said he has not trained since May. “I can’t deal with it and the only thing that helps me is when I get drunk out of my mind,” he told Rolling Stone magazine.