The one year countdown is on, and to celebrate the occasion, the schedule for next year’s Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast has been announced. Women’s triathlon will be the first gold medal to be won on the Games’ opening day – Thursday, 5 April 2018. The men’s and women’s 100m finals are on day five, while the rugby sevens will bring events to a close on 15 April 2018.
Nike and Cristiano Ronaldo have launched a new pair of boots – named Chapter 4: Forged for Greatness – and they tell the story of his journey from Lisbon to Manchester. The roman numerals XXVIII feature on the heel stiffener, with the VII highlighted to depict his swapping of Sporting CF’s No.28 shirt for Manchester United’s No.7. “I remember when I left Lisbon for England that Alex Ferguson said to me, ‘I want you to take the No.7’,” the Real Madrid forward recalled. “I accepted the challenge, it was great and it was the beginning of my success in football. “Probably one of the most beautiful moments in my career so far.” The colour of the boots also has a special significance, as they are a nod to the way iron is forged, with the orange gradually becoming a metallic colour.
Leicester are worried Arsenal and Manchester United will lure midfield ace Wilfred Ndidi away from the King Power Stadium. Ndidi has been branded “the new N’Golo Kante ” after his stunning turn in performances have flung the Foxes up the Premier League table. The central midfielder snubbed the Gunners’ advances in the summer before the Foxes pushed through a deal in January, but could reopen their interest when the window opens. Leicester signed the Nigerian for £17m from Genk to fill the hole left by omnipresent Kante – who joined Chelsea in the summer.
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has re-appointed Kwesi Appiah as the coach of the Black Stars. Appiah, who will also take charge of the national team for locally-based players, has been offered a two-year contract to start work 1 May. He replaces Avram Grant who stepped down as coach after the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. It is a second stint in charge for Appiah, who led the Black Stars from 2012 until 2014. Since leaving the Black Stars following a poor World Cup campaign, he has been coaching Sudanese side Al Khartoum. The Black Stars failed to get out of the group at the World Cup in Brazil and were also beset by off-field problems with players being expelled from the team and a row over pay.
Nigerian striker, Peter Osaze Odemwingie, has joined the league of players heading to play club football in Indonesia. Odemwingie on Monday after a successful medical was signed on to Indonesian first division club, Madura United FC. The club on Monday confirmed the signing of Odemwingie as a marquee player for the 2017 League 1 season. The 35-year old became the third high profile signing after the duo of Micheal Essien and Carlton Cole also joined Indonesian first division club.