World football governing body, FIFA has banned former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, for life. Siasia was banned from all football-related activities by FIFA after being found guilty over bribery and attempt to manipulate matches at the international level. A statement from FIFA reads: “The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Mr. Samson Siasia, a former official of the Nigeria Football Federation, guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics. “The formal ethics proceedings against Mr. Siasia were initiated on 11 February 2019 and stem from an extensive investigation into matches that Mr. Wilson Raj Perumal attempted to manipulate for betting purp
Real Madrid players have been talking to Neymar to persuade the Paris Saint-Germain star to join them at the Bernabeu, ESPN reports. PSG sporting director, Leonardo, has confirmed that his club would sell the Brazil forward for the right price this summer. And it is understood that both Madrid and Barcelona officials are trying to negotiate a deal. Last weekend, anti-Neymar banners were flown during the Ligue 1 champions’ 3-0 winover Nimes at the weekend, demonstrating some fans’ lack of patience with the player. A return to Barca appeared to be Neymar’s most likely move earlier in the summer, but Madrid are increasingly confident they can take advantage of a strained relationship between Barca and PSG senior officials.
Business moguls, Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola, have made a promise to the Super Eagles as Niger progresses in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON. The billionaires said they will donate $50,000 and $25,000 respectively for each goals scored in their semi-final game against Algeria. The Super Eagles will battle the North Africans for a place in the final on Sunday at the Cairo International Stadium. They defeated South Africa 2-1 in the quarter-final on Wednesday. Osasu Obayiuwana disclosed the cash rain promise on Twitter, with a video of President of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick, announcing the gesture at the team’s base in Cairo on Thursday. The member of the NFF Reform Committee tweeted: “Africa’s richest businessman, @AlikoDangote promises th
Super Eagles winger, Samuel Chukwueze has said that Gernot Rohr’s men are battle ready to tackle South Africa in tonight’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, quarter-final clash. Chukwueze pointed out that the Super Eagles will try harder to beat the Bafana Bafana at the Cairo International Stadium. Nigeria head to the game after defeating AFCON holders Cameroon 3-2, while South Africa dumped the host nation, Egypt out of the competition. “It is a battle which we know we are up to the task,” Chukwueze told SportingLife. “We might have lost to Madagascar but it was a wakeup call for us. “We tried our best against Cameroon and it is our resolve to even try harder against South Africa.” The kick-off time for the match is 8pm.
Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has kicked against the club’s plan to sign Christian Eriksen from Tottenham Hotspur and wants to keep Paul Pogba instead, the Evening Standard reports. Pogba has made it clear that he wants to leave United this summer, with both Real Madrid and Juventus interested in signing him. Eriksen is on United’s shortlist of replacements, but Solskjaer’s preference is to keep the France international at Old Trafford. It is also understood that Solskjaer wants United’s hierarchy to sign two central midfielders, before the end of the transfer window. Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff and Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes are both on the Norwegian’s radar. Eriksen has one year left on his Spurs’ deal and has been linked with Real M
Nigeria will take on South Africa on Wednesday, with a place in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final up for grabs. Both teams have met 13 times in the past, with the Super Eagles winning six of those encounters and Bafana Bafana two. Stuart Baxter’s men have seemingly had the upper hand in their recent meetings, winning 2-0 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, before holding the three-time champions to a 1-1 draw in Johannesburg. Nigeria eliminated defending champions Cameroon in the previous round, while South Africa caused the biggest upset by sending hosts Egypt out. This second quarter-final fixture will be played at the Cairo International Stadium and kick off is 8pm West African time. The game will be aired live on SuperSport 7 and 10 on DStv. Streaming
Manchester United have opened talks with Barcelona to discuss a potential deal for Samuel Umtiti, Mundo Deportivo reports. United have been frustrated in the search for a new central defender, with Leicester City holding out for £90million for Harry Maguire.The Red Devils had also been in the race for Matthijs de Ligt, but the Ajax captain is now on the verge of joining Juventus. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees Umtiti as an alternative and have held initial discussions with Barcelona. Barca, meanwhile, have also made their own enquiry to United over the availability of Victor Lindelof. Umtiti has vowed to remain at the Nou Camp this summer, but some members of Barca’s hierarchy would be open to selling the France international, because of the knee problems he suffered
Real Madrid midfielder, Toni Kroos has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo’s shock exit from the club last summer “made everyone happy”. Ronaldo left the Santiago Bernabeu after helping the Spanish giants win their third successive Champions League trophy. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner sealed a £100million move to Juventus and has since gone on to win the Serie A title in his first year. Speaking to SportBild, Kroos admitted that while they missed Ronaldo’s goals, it was the right deal for each party involved. “It would be strange if you didn’t miss someone like Cristiano Ronaldo, who has decided so many matches with his goals. “His transfer, however, made everyone happy. He wanted a new experience and Real Madrid earned a lot of money,” Kroos said.
Barcelona vice-president, Jordi Cardoner, has disclosed that the club is not concerned about re-signing Paris Saints-Germain forward, Neymar. According to Daily Record, Cardoner stated this while addressing Catalan media on Thursday. Nasgist reported that Neymar had verbally accepted Barcelona’s offer “without hesitation” and is now waiting on the Ligue 1 champions. The Brazilian international has been consistently linked with a return to Barcelona since joining PSG in 2017 for a world-record deal of £222 million. The 27-year-old last week revealed his intention to leave PSG for Barcelona in this summer’s transfer window. “This is not the time to talk about Neymar’s arrivals,” Cardoner said. “But it’s true that Neymar wants to go back to Barcelona
Barcelona could complete the £107million signing of Antoine Griezmann as early as next week, when his Atletico Madrid release clause decreases, according to The Telegraph. Griezmann has already gone public with his desire to leave Diego Simeone’s side this summer. Barca have been leading the race to secure his services, but Paris Saint-Germain are also keen, as well as Manchester United. But it is understood that the LaLiga champions have won the race to sign Griezmann, who will see his release clause drop to €120m (£107m) from €200m (£178m) on July 1. The France international has already agreed personal terms with Barca, but the release clause was delaying the move going through. Griezmann was initially linked with a move to the Nou Camp last summer, but decided to stay a