The EFL Cup will be known as the Carabao Cup from June after a sponsorship agreement worth £18m was reached with the Thai energy drinks firm. The Football League (EFL) announced on Friday that Carabao would become the competition’s new title sponsor from 2017, with the deal running until 2020. The competition has been without a sponsor since the deal with credit card service company Capital One ended at the conclusion of last season. Carling had also sponsored the cup at which time it was known as Carling Cup.
Former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is set to earn a reported £11m a year after taking over Chinese Super League team Shanghai SIPG. He replaces former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, who left the club on Thursday after two years in charge. Shanghai finished second and third in the league under the 68-year-old Swede. “Andre Villas-Boas is the leading young manager in European football, with a huge amount of passion and coaching experience,” a Shanghai statement said. “We are convinced his arrival will enrich the tactical nous of the team, unearth the potential of our young talents and guide our club to scale new heights.” Portuguese Villas-Boas, 39, had been without a job since leaving Russian side Zenit St Petersburg at the end of last season.
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has apologised to the club over comments made by his agent Dimitri Seluk, which has led to the midfielder not playing since 24 August and not featuring in any Premier League game this season. Seluk said Toure had been “humiliated” when he was not included in City’s Champions League squad. City boss Pep Guardiola then said: “I cannot accept as a coach, when his player doesn’t play, going to the media to speak and speak and speak.” In a statement on Facebook, Toure wrote: “I wish to apologise – on behalf of myself and those who represent me – to the management team and all those working at the club for the misunderstandings from the past.”
Super Eagles goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi said he is determined to keep a clean sheet and justify his call up to replace injured first choice keeper Carl Ikeme for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Algeria in Uyo. Akpeyi said he considers the late call up as a rare honour and privilege even though he was cocksure he merited the early invitation. “Of course, I consider it always an honour and privilege to serve my fatherland, I’m happy with the call up as I’m 100 percent fit and determined to justify my inclusion in the game against the Algerian side.
Ghana forward Asamoah Gyan will miss the 2018 World Cup showdown against Egypt on 13 November. The Black Stars captain is not expected to recover in time from the knock he picked up while training with his UAE club, Al Ahli on Tuesday. The 30-year-old is Ghana’s all-time top scorer with 48 goals but has had a rough time with injuries recently. Black Stars coach Avram Grant was hoping to have Gyan back for the must-win game against the Pharaohs. Egypt will host the Black Stars at Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab Stadium.