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Nelson Dafe (with additional reporting from The BBC).
As part of preparations for the World Cup coming up later in the year in Russia, Nigeria’s senior national team, The Super Eagles, are scheduled to meet with England in a friendly encounter at the famous Wembley Stadium in London.
The match is to be played on June 2.
The match against England would give Nigeria the chance of testing its strength against an European opposition before the World Cup, where the country has been drawn in a group containing two European sides in Iceland and Croatia, as well as South American heavyweights Argentina. Continue reading
Arsène Wenger has told José Mourinho that he has spent the duration of his 21 years at Arsenal as a poor relation of the Premier League’s financial elite. Mourinho said on Boxing Day that his lavish spend on players since he took charge at Manchester United in the summer of last year – which stands at £261m – was not enough to level the playing field with Manchester City . Continue reading
Arsenal’s former star Emmanuel Eboue has been in the news recently and the story has quickly moved from one of sadness to a happier turn. Eboue, who once slept in a palatial home and drove expensive cars, recently disclosed he is bankrupt.
Many were stunned to read of the Ivorian International ‘s plight of going from a multimillionaire footballer not so long ago to a broke dude who couldn’t afford a washing machine.
Then quite quickly, his former club, Gal at a Sarah of Turkey moved to his rescue by offering a job as coach of their under 14 side and a chance to rebuild his life.
The tale of Eboue going broke filled me with pity as I read that he contemplated suicide after he was suspended from football for a year for failing to fulfill his contractual agreement with a former agent of his, taking away his number one source of making money.
Then more heartbreakingly, the woman who was supposed to be the person of his life, the one he had sworn to live forever with till death comes calling, the woman he called wife left him in financial tatters as she left him in a divorce that meant he lost most of his property to her, and also, the custodianship of his children. Continue reading
Chelsea temporarily climbed into second place above Manchester United, in the English Premier League on Saturday after spanking Stoke City 5-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Antonio Conte’s side made the perfect start when German defender Antonio Rudiger rose above three Stoke defenders to head home from Willian’s free-kick in the third minute.
Eden Hazard was rested on the Chelsea bench, but his replacement Drinkwater did a passable impression of the brilliant Belgian, the midfielder bagging his first goal for the Blues with a blistering strike from the edge of the area in the ninth minute.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes’s decision to field a severely weakened team in the midst of the hectic festive fixture list was backfiring badly.
The visitors were three down by the 23rd minute when Pedro finished off Willian’s pass to put Chelsea on course for a fourth win in their last five league games.
Willian got on the scoresheet himself in the 73rd minute, striking home a penalty awarded for a foul on the Brazilian, before wing-back Davide Zappacosta grabbed his first Premier League goal with two minutes remaining. Continue reading
Sanchez’s brace helps Arsenal defeat hard-fighting Palace
Two goals in quick succession by Alexis Sanchez helped Arsenal claim a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Arsenal took the lead on 25 minutes when Shkodran Mustafi tucked the ball home at the back post before Palace replied just after the break with Andros Townsend’s smart finish.
The visitors responded with two goals from Sanchez.
The first arrived when he smashed the ball just inside the near post on 62 minutes with the second coming four minutes later after he latched on to Jack Wilshere’s superb ball over the top.
Palace set up a grandstand finish when James Tomkins headed in Townsend’s corner with a minute to go but Arsenal hung on to claim their second win in three league matches.
Arsenal remain in sixth place, level on points with fifth-placed Spurs, while Palace are in 16th after their first defeat in nine matches.
*Reported by www.premierleague.com