Nigeria international Nosa Igiebor has ended his two – year collaboration with demoted Real Betis, according to reports.
The news was made official by his new club Maccabi Tel Aviv 24 hours ago, Real Betis confirmed through official sources that a deal has been agreed with the Israeli champions today.
In making that pronouncement, Maccabi Tel Aviv did not envisage any problem in the contract proposal forwarded to the Super Eagles midfielder, despite Nosa Igiebor and his entourage still studying the personal terms being offered by the Yellows as at late last night.
This missing gaps were filled today, and the central midfielder plus his agent are now off to the Israeli capital to finalize the transfer.
If everything goes well with Nosa Igiebor’s medical, he will append his signature to a three – year contract.read more
Southampton are being linked with Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi.
Gazzetta dello Sport says Saints have set their sights on Onazi as they seek to rebuild their squad.
The young Nigerian has been in Italy since 2011 but could be set to move elsewhere after reportedly attracting interest from a number of English and German clubs.
Onazi is pleased with his injury recovery after his World Cup was ended early by a heavy challenge against France.
FIFA/CAF instructor Adegboye Onigbinde has charged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to strive to be independent of the Federal Government to avoid any form of interference that might invite future Fifa bans.
The NFF was recently escaped an international ban after the world football governing body lifted the suspension clamped on the country for alleged interference in the running of the affairs of the game by the government.
Fifa stepped in and the law court that sacked Aminu Maigari led NFF board had to rescind its decision among other things to ensure that the country does not suffer world soccer ruling body’s hammer.
Onigbinde who was elated with the fact that Nigeria had been left off the hook encouraged the NFF to seek for private participation in the running of football in the country so as to shift the day to day running of the game away from the government.
The former Super Eagles coach revealed that the same issue that led to Fifa’s suspension might still rear its ugly head again the near future if the administration/funding of the game is left in the hands of the government.
He stated that it was wrong for the NFF to cry out to Fifa whenever there are skirmishes hiding under the cloak of interference but that whenever the government releases money to fund its activities there was never interference.
“You are happy that the same judge that has declared that somebody is corrupt went back to withdraw the case and immediately the accused goes out of the law court, he begins stealing again”, Onigbinde told Goal.com.
“Something must be done to ensure that the NFF stays independent of the government because there can never be interference if the government still funds the activities of the NFF. The government has the rights to ask questions on how the money it released is spent. It is no interference at all,” he said.read more
The Association of Nigeria Premier League Club Chairmen and Managers (club Owners) have called for changes at the football house insisting that the executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is presently not constituted properly, saying the board has no second vice president as representative of the premier league clubs.
The body made the declaration yesterday during a courtesy visit to the Minister of Sports and chairman National Sports Commission (NSC), Dr Tammy Danagogo in his office at the National Stadium, Abuja.
Acting chairman of the association, Barrister Isaac Danladi said the clubs who are the bedrock of the country’s football have been disenfranchised from voting in the federation elections and congress decision and also denied managing their own affairs by allowing a privately owned company to run the league contrary to the provisions of FIFA and NFF statutes.
The body while noting that lack of respect for the statutes for political and selfish reasons are responsible for the mistrust amongst the stakeholders and several litigations in the conventional courts, urged the minister to ensure the NFF and various stakeholders abide by the provisions of the statutes of football as sanctioned by FIFA and adhered strictly to FIFA’s electoral code in the general conducts of elections into the various boards of the federations and affiliated leagues.
“The NFF board as present is not properly constituted. The board has no second vice president and Premier League board is completely absent (rather a privately owned company is managing our league which is contrary to the provisions of FIFA and NFF statutes.
Super Eagles winger Nnamdi Oduamadi and his compatriot Ezeikel Henty have been excluded from AC Milan’s planned pre-season tour of the United States of America as both players continue to negotiate loan moves away from the San Siro.
New coach Pippo Inzaghi listed 31 players including a number of new faces. Robinho, as expected, is not included as he continues negotiations over a possible exit to Orlando City, but reputed Arsenal target Mario Balotelli is listed alongside the others involved at this summer’s World Cup.
The squad includes summer signings Michael Agazzi, Michelangelo Albertazzi, Alex, Adil Rami and Jeremy Menez.
Also called up is the club’s highly-rated 16-year-old Hachim Mastour.
Milan face Olympiacos, Manchester City and Liverpool as part of participation in the International Champions Cup, before closing their tour with a game against Mexicans Chivas.
Milan US tour squad:
Goalkeepers: Abbiati, Agazzi, Gabriel,
Defenders: Abate, Albertazzi, Alex, Bonera, Constant, De Sciglio, Mexes, Rami, Simic,
Midfielders: Benedicic, Cristante, Essien, Mastalli, Modic, Muntari, Pinato, Poli, Saponara
Attackers: Balotelli, Di Molfetta, El Shaarawy, Honda, Mastour, Menez, Niang, Pazzini.read more
Minister of Sports, Tammy Danagogo has listed bad management as one of the key factors responsible for the not so impressive performance of the nation’s football sector.
The minister, who stated this when he received members of the Association of Nigeria Premier League Club Owners in Abuja, said the National Sports Commission is making efforts to address the issue and make the nation’s football viable.
Danagogo, who said Nigeria has what it takes to achieve better results in global football competitions, charged the Super Eagles to go past the Round of 16 at the next edition of the FIFA World Cup in Russia 2018.
“It is ever looking like we are jinxed; we have never been able to get across the round of 16 in football (FIFA senior Men’s World Cup). But we have what it takes to get past that stage,” the minister said.
While maintaining that bad management has been the bane of the country’s football, the Minister noted that the only way forward was for the country to develop the “ability to manage what we have and develop it and harness it and put it forward to compete favorably at that level.”
Danagogo, who acknowledged that the government had a lot to do in turning the Super Eagles’ fortune around, added that the Club Owners Association also has a role.read more
Former Flying Eagles attacking midfielder Michael Olaitan has been inactive for Olympiakos since that unfortunate incident in a Super League clash against Panathinaikos last March.
But from all indications, the Nigerian has been given the all clear by medics in his battle to resume full training with the Reds.
And Michael Olaitan confirmed as much on social media, praising the Almighty for making it possible to start practice.
“The impossible becomes possible when God is in control. Back on feet, ” said the offensive all – rounder.
Olympiakos will make a final decision on whether or not to include Olaitan in the squad list for the upcoming campaign on or before the middle of next month.
He notched up 6 goals in 6 Super League games prior to the tie with the Greens, where he collapsed on the pitch.read more
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Southampton are on the trail of Lazio youngster Eddy Onazi.
The Nigeria international has been credited with several interest from the English Premier League since the January transfer window.
And if those reports should be taken at face value, the Saints will have to beat Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Everton and Newcastle United to the signing of Eddy Onazi.
The 21 – year – old appeared in all of the Super Eagles matches at the 2014 World Cup.
He is still tied to the Biancoceleste until June 30, 2016.read more
Nigeria international midfielder, Joel Obi is back in business at Serie A club, Internazionale.
Obi spent the 2013/14 season on loan at AS Parma but spent just 172 minutes on the pitch for the Crosciati in eight league appearances last term.
The 23-year-old has endured a torrid time in recent seasons with injuries abbreviating his progress.
He was included in Nigeria’s provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup with coach, Stephen Keshi opting not to gamble on his fitness as he was dropped eventually.
Obi appears to have gained a new lease of life as he produced something close to his best form in pre-season for Inter.
He has now been rewarded for his promising start to the 2014/15 campaign by the Inter manager, Walter Mazzarri, who has now included the midfielder in his squad for the pre-season tour of the United States.
Obi is one of 26 players included in the squad that will play several friendlies against European champions, Real Madrid (July 26, Berkeley), Manchester United (July 29, Washington DC) and AS Roma (August 2, Philadelphia).
There is also a chance that Inter could play in the final in Miami on August 4.read more
With less than a week to go before the new Bafana Bafana head coach is unveiled, former national team and Orlando Pirates captain Papi Khomane has given his two favourites for the role.
The South African Football Association (SAFA) is set to announce the new man to take Bafana forward when the National Executive Committee (NEC) and its delegates meet at SAFA’s head offices in Nasrec on Saturday.
When contacted by Sport24, Khomane said Nigeria’s Stephen Keshi and former FC Barcelona mentor Frank Rijkaard would be his preferred picks.
“Keshi to me might be the perfect man for SAFA,” said Khomane.
“He is the kind of coach who delivers what he promises. He can say give me the job and I will deliver. He has done well with the Nigerian national team and all teams he led in the past.
“But my first preference will be Frank Rijkaard. I believe that as a country, we need the Dutch factor in our team. Look how they are doing at Ajax Cape Town. From their youth teams to the senior team, we can see how beneficial the Dutch are.”
In his playing days, “Skipper” managed to grab nine caps in the Bafana colours.
He was part of Trott Moloto‘s squad which took part in the 2000 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ghana and Nigeria where Bafana finished third.
It remains to be seen who will succeed Gordon Igesund in the managerial role for the national team.read more
Nigeria international de-fender, Elderson Echiejile has revealed that missing out on the 2014 FIFA World Cup “was a very sad time for me” but insists he will bounce back to play at the 2018 World Cup if the Super Eagles make it to Russia.
The left-back suffered a muscle injury during Nigeria’s 0-0 draw against Greece in a pre-World Cup warm-up game in Pennsylvania on June 3 and was subsequently ruled out of the World Cup.
Echiejile has since returned to training with French club, AS Monaco, but reveals that overcoming the setback of missing the 2014 World Cup has not been quite straightforward.
“It was a very sad time for me, but I have to move on with my career. I believe there are many World Cups still in me,” Echiejile siad.
The former SC Braga left-back has now set his sights on success with AS Monaco in the 2014/15 season and will be looking to nail down a regular spot in the first team after a complicated 2013/14 campaign.
Echiejile made just five appearances for the club last season but seems to have earned the approval of the Monaco top brass ahead of the new campaign.
The club’s technical director, Riccardo Peccini described Echiejile as a footballer “with great potential.”
“He is a very good player that we followed for some time. We continue to move forward in our desire to focus on players with high potential,” Peccini said.
Echiejile now wants to justify the confidence reposed in him by helping the Principality club depose PSG as the best club in France – something they last managed in 2000.
“We were beaten to the championship by PSG and so the target would be to go one better and be champions of France again,” he said.
To prepare their onslaught on the championship, Monaco trained in Austria and Echiejile revealed that it was not something he particularly looked forward to with great enthusiasm.
“Pre-season is always physically demanding and we don’t look forward to it, but as professionals we know the work we put in during that time, will go a long way to keep us going during the season,” he noted.
Elderson obviously did well during pre-season as he was included in the Monaco squad for the Euro-Americana tournament in Barranquilla and Miami at the end of July.
“I am eager to establish myself in the Monaco first team after I joined the club in January. I played six matches last season, but I want to play more regularly. But I’m also the first to know that I have to work very hard to earn my place in the first team week in, week out,” he said.
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After weeks of negotiations, Real Betis have agreed to sell Nigeria international Nosa Igiebor to Maccabi Tel Aviv for an undisclosed fee, SL10.ng can exclusively report.
Real Betis decided that it was not in their best interest to keep the midfielder in their ranks for the upcoming campaign, as he did not want to play in the second – tier.
While the Andalusian outfit and Maccabi Tel Aviv are operating on the same wavelength, Nosa Igiebor and his representatives, including his lawyer, are carefully studying word-for-word the three-year contract that has been proposed by the Israeli champions.
This website has been specially informed that the earliest possible date the contract will be returned to Maccabi Tel Aviv is on Wednesday.
Afterwards, the moment Maccabi Tel Aviv book flight tickets for Nosa Igiebor and his agent, both are scheduled to leave for Israel for the player’s traditional medical before he puts pen to paper on the contract.
However, most airlines have suspended their flights to Israel because of recent events in the country, and it remains unknown the exact date Nosa Igiebor and his agent will finally be cleared to make the trip.read more
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