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The super eagles team were pictured yesterday training ahead of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Zambia at the Godswill Akpapio Stadium, Uyo on Saturday, October 7th.

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Lionel Messi is all but set to experience the biggest disappointment of his football career, and Argentina's biggest disappointment since 1970, after Argentina played out a 0-0 draw with Peru in Buenos Aires, meaning they face a make or break tie with Ecuador if they have any hopes of entering the qualification slots for Russia 2018 World Cup.

Argentina is in sixth place, with the top four teams advancing automatically. The fifth-place team can advance by winning a playoff against New Zealand. 

Brazil has already qualified, and drew 0-0 against Bolivia on Thursday. Brazil has 38 points, followed by: Uruguay (28), Chile (26), Colombia (26), Peru (25), Argentina (25) and Paraguay (24).



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 Abu Azeez Nigeria beach soccer star has been ranked among the top 50 Best Beach Soccer players in the world for 2017.

See what he wrote on twitter;

“I am so honoured to be nominated among the top 50 beach soccer players in the world ….
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Kingsley Sarfo  22-year-old Ghanaian midfielder who plays for Malmo FF has been arrested for allegedly raping an underage girl in Sweden. 

 He was arrested in Malmo on Saturday, damaging his chances of making his debut for the Black Stars of Ghana in their crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uganda.

According to Ghana soccer net, Sarfo who became the third most expensive signing in the history of Swedish giants Malmo FF, is said to have slept with the minor on several occasions.

On Sunday morning, the Ghanaian made a court appearance following charges of rape with the younger girl who was not eligible for sex according to Swedish law.

At the hearing which held at the legal center in Malmo  'Malmo Tingsratt', where cases are mostly held behind closed doors, Sarfo denied it was rape and admitted he penetrated the lady but did it with her consent.

Sarfo who faces a long-term jail sentence which is normally handed out to offenders of rape cases already has a pending case with the Swedish authorities for driving without a License.

If the young football star is found guilty he'll become the second Ghanaian player to go to jail in Sweden in recent times after former Heart of Lions Midfielder Kwame Bonsu of Gefle IF, was sentenced to two years for sexual abuse against his ex-wife.

 

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Barcelona could look at joining the Premier League, Ligue 1 or Serie A if Catalan independence is secured, according to the region’s sports minister.

A controversial referendum is due to be staged on Sunday, with Catalunya seeking to become recognised as a nation in its own right,

The Spanish government has deemed the process illegal, with ballot boxes being seized and prime minister Mariano declaring that the vote “won’t happen”.

Catalan natives are pressing ahead with their proposal, though, and that includes a plan of action for sporting clubs should a new country be formed.

Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona would all face an uncertain future on the back of independence, but Gerard Figueras believes that there are plenty of intriguing options to explore.

He said: “In the case of independence, Catalan teams in La Liga – Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona – will have to decide where they want to play: in the Spanish league or a neighbouring country like Italy, France or the Premier League.

“Now in Spain there teams from other countries who play in national leagues: clubs from Andorra in football and basketball. Monaco play in France, in England Welsh clubs. I don't think that UEFA has anything against seeing another club play in a different league from their country.”

While suggesting that Barca could remain part of the La Liga set-up, those in charge of the Spanish top flight have warned that any exiles will be excluded.Liga president Javier Tebas said: “In sport, it isn't a la carte and things must be clearly stated. It isn't easy to have an agreement and study Spanish legislation but if they [the Catalan clubs] do get that, then they will not be able to play in Spain's La Liga, but I hope it doesn't come to that."

Barcelona have yet to address the potential ramifications of independence in public, with the club waiting on the will of the people before putting any plans in place.A statement from the club regarding the current state of affairs read: “FC Barcelona, in holding the utmost respect for its diverse body of members, will continue to support the will of the majority of Catalan people, and will do so in a civil, peaceful, and exemplary way.”

While events away from the field continue to dominate the headlines in Catalunya, Barca have avoided any distractions to reassert domestic dominance on it.

Ernesto Valverde’s side have secured eight successive victories in all competitions this season, with faultless openings being made to their La Liga and Champions League campaigns.

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David Luiz has been branded “lazy” by Roy Keane, with the Chelsea defender accused of “cheating” against Atletico Madrid.

The Brazilian centre-half was responsible for the Blues falling behind during a Champions League clash in the Spanish capital on Wednesday.A needless tug on Lucas Hernandez at a corner saw Atletico awarded a penalty and Luiz given a yellow card, with Antoine Griezmann converting from the spot.

Chelsea hit back to snatch a dramatic 2-1 win, but Keane was quick to slam the decision-making of a man who threatened to undermine the efforts of Antonio Conte’s side.

The Manchester United legend told ITV: “It's madness really. It's a form of cheating.

“Why he's doing it is beyond me. He's lazy and he's letting his team-mates down. 

“He knows himself. There's no need. We see a lot of that going on, so I'm glad he got punished for it. It's a form of cheating.”Steven Gerrard has also questioned Luiz’s recent displays and his contribution to the Chelsea cause.

On top of conceding a penalty against Atletico, the 30-year-old centre-half was sent off in his most recent Premier League appearance against Arsenal.

“It's the second time he has let his team-mates down (after) getting the sending off at Stamford Bridge last week,” Liverpool icon Gerrard told BT Sport.

“This is a moment of madness at a time when Chelsea were totally dominating this game and looked likely to make the first breakthrough.”

Alvaro Morata restored parity for the Blues against Atletico, before Michy Batshuayi snatched a last-gasp 94th-minute winner.

Chelsea are next in action against fellow Premier League title hopefuls Manchester City on Saturday, with Luiz set to sit that game out as he continues to serve a domestic ban.

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Arsenal may have broken their transfer record to land Alexandre Lacazette, but Alexander Hleb sees him as being no better than Olivier Giroud.

The Gunners splashed out £46.5 million bolstering their attacking ranks, with Lyon talked into parting with a proven frontman after many years of monitoring the 26-year-old.Lacazette has settled quickly in new surroundings, with four goals netted in his opening seven appearances.

Hleb, though, is not convinced that Arsenal have acquired anything that they did not already have, with Arsene Wenger having overseen another frustrating summer on the recruitment front.

The former Gunners forward told The Independent : “Football is a crazy world now. The market is crazy, there is just so much money involved.

“Arsenal would have wanted to sign more players but it’s too difficult to compete with the likes of Manchester City and PSG.

“The signings that did come through are good, like Alexandre Lacazette, but I can’t say that’s a ‘fantastic’ signing.

“I am a fan of Giroud and I don’t think Lacazette is better than him. I think the two are on the same level.”

While Arsenal struggled to bring fresh faces in, they were able to keep unsettled forward Alexis Sanchez at the club – as Manchester City pushed hard for a £60m deal on deadline day.Hleb admits that managing that saga has been tricky for the Gunners, but believes the Chile international could yet be persuaded to stay put and commit to a new contract.

“Arsenal found themselves in a very difficult situation with Sanchez,” added the Belarusian.

“On one side, if he doesn’t want to play for the team you could say it would have been better to sell him for good money.

“I have seen him play this season [against FC Köln and Chelsea] and he still fights, gives his best and scores goals. He looked professional rather than angry that he didn’t get his move to Manchester City.

“I think he will wait until the winter, see how the team are playing and maybe sign a new contract. Performances like the one against Chelsea are encouraging.

“Why not stay at Arsenal? It’s a great club with huge tradition, great fans and Arsene Wenger as the manager. They can achieve things. Why leave?”

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo hit back at his critics and is surprised he continually has to prove himself.

Ronaldo scored a brace to help Madrid to a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday.The Portuguese star's domestic return has not gone to plan, unable to net in two La Liga games since coming back from suspension.

But Ronaldo, 32, is growing tired of the constant criticism, saying he had already proven himself.

"It seems that I have to keep showing exactly who I am in every match," he told Atresmedia after his 400th Madrid appearance.

"I am surprised by what the public thinks of me, my numbers speak for themselves, I am an exemplary professional and I always have a clear mind.

"The criticism is getting worse."

Gareth Bale opened the scoring with a stunning volley for Madrid at Signal Iduna Park before Ronaldo's second-half double.

Ronaldo said Zinedine Zidane's men stepped up, as the La Liga giants won at Dortmund for the first time.

"Before the game we spoke about how much we wanted to win in Dortmund," he said.

"We did what the coach told us, the team has been phenomenal, creating opportunities and it isn't easy to score three goals here.

"We played well."

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Manchester City are “the most exciting side in Europe”, according to Phil Neville, but he sees Manchester United pushing them close. Pep Guardiola’s side have been in imperious form since the international break, sweeping aside all before them.In five fixtures across Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup competition, City have plundered 22 goals. They are, however, only top of the domestic standings on goal difference, with Neville of the opinion that Jose Mourinho’s experience will keep United in the hunt until a potentially crucial derby clash at Old Trafford on December 9. The former Red Devils star wrote in the Class of ’92 blog for Sky Sports : “Well, after another 5-0 [over Crystal Palace] victory, you've got to say Manchester City are the most exciting side in Europe right now with the number of goals they are scoring. “They'll obviously have bigger tests but they are absolutely sensational to watch, and the pleasing thing for Pep Guardiola is that the team are keeping clean sheets as well. “I would say the Manchester clubs are looking the best in the Premier League right now, with City shading it over United as favourites, but the question is whether that style can win them the title, because we know Jose Mourinho can deliver it with his approach. “City are the most exciting side in the Premier League and you wouldn't want to be playing them at the moment, but United don't have to play them until December, so Mourinho has a lot of time to assess them.“For now United just have to keep matching their results and not get behind too far behind with their goal difference because it is looking so close this season that it could be the deciding factor.” While United and City have been impressive going forward this season, they have also been watertight at the back. Both teams have conceded just twice in Premier League action so far, with the respective sides of Guardiola and Mourinho now boasting the only unbeaten records in the English top-flight.

Manchester City are “the most exciting side in Europe”, according to Phil Neville, but he sees Manchester United pushing them close.


Pep Guardiola’s side have been in imperious form since the international break, sweeping aside all before them.In five fixtures across Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup competition, City have plundered 22 goals.


They are, however, only top of the domestic standings on goal difference, with Neville of the opinion that Jose Mourinho’s experience will keep United in the hunt until a potentially crucial derby clash at Old Trafford on December 9.


The former Red Devils star wrote in the Class of ’92 blog for Sky Sports : “Well, after another 5-0 [over Crystal Palace] victory, you've got to say Manchester City are the most exciting side in Europe right now with the number of goals they are scoring.


“They'll obviously have bigger tests but they are absolutely sensational to watch, and the pleasing thing for Pep Guardiola is that the team are keeping clean sheets as well.


“I would say the Manchester clubs are looking the best in the Premier League right now, with City shading it over United as favourites, but the question is whether that style can win them the title, because we know Jose Mourinho can deliver it with his approach.


“City are the most exciting side in the Premier League and you wouldn't want to be playing them at the moment, but United don't have to play them until December, so Mourinho has a lot of time to assess them.

“For now United just have to keep matching their results and not get behind too far behind with their goal difference because it is looking so close this season that it could be the deciding factor.”

While United and City have been impressive going forward this season, they have also been watertight at the back.

Both teams have conceded just twice in Premier League action so far, with the respective sides of Guardiola and Mourinho now boasting the only unbeaten records in the English top-flight.




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Cesc Fabregas considers the Diego Costa saga at Chelsea to have been “wrong”, with the world’s best No.9 heading back to Atletico Madrid.

Having been deemed surplus to requirements by Antonio Conte, Costa has finally received his wish of securing a return to the Spanish capital – with a £57 million deal in place.He will not be freed to link back up with the Liga heavyweights until January, with the 28-year-old facing another couple of months of frustration after failing to land a summer transfer.

Fabregas believes Costa will be a big miss for reigning Premier League champions Chelsea, with an unfortunate situation having done all sides few favours.

The Blues midfielder told Marca, ahead of a Champions League clash with Atletico on Wednesday: “It's a shame for him more than anyone.

“Diego knew that by signing for Atletico he could not play for a few months.

“It has been a difficult situation for him, for Chelsea. It has been wrong.

Pressed on whether he had hoped to see Costa remain in west London, Fabregas added: “Clearly. Diego will always [be a friend] and never a rival.“In recent years, like a pure No.9, there has been no one better than him.

“I understood him myself perfectly. He knew my football, he read my passes and, most importantly, he got them.

“He gives a lot to the dressing room. He is not only the Diego that is seen on the field. He is a character that greatly encourages the group.”

While Costa has forced an exit after falling out of favour with Conte, Fabregas played his way through a similar situation in 2016-17 to become a key figure in another title success.

The World Cup winner insists he never came close to leaving, with there a determination on his part to prove his worth.The 30-year-old said when asked whether a move was ever an option: "Honestly, no.

"I know what I can give the team and if I can play or not so I decided to stay and fight.

"With Antonio there is no option other than to compete and give 100 percent in every training session and each match."

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