Sports: Moses’ Arrival Knocks out Algeria’s Yacine Benzia


By Samson Emmanuel


The arrival of former Super Eagles winger, Victor Moses from Chelsea of England on loan at Fernebahce of Turkey, has accounted for the exit of Algeria’s Yacine Benzia from The Yellow Canaries.

Sports247.ng learnt that Moses comes highly recommended, with a hefty pay day in an 18-month loan deal from Chelsea, which has left Fernebahce opting to let go of Benzia to make way for the new arrival.

Moses has already justified his signing by scoring in only his second game with the Istanbul-based side, even after going on as a substitute in both, such that Ferne will feel justified to create space for him.

Where Moses is gaining, with props and chants rolling in his favour, reverse is the case for Benzia, who Fenerbache have already omitted from their squad for the second half of the Turkish Super Lig season.

The 24-year-old Benzia, who is a former France youth international, is on a season-long loan in Turkey from Lille.

He played 13 Super Lig games in the first half the season and his most recent appearance was in the club’s 2-0 win over visiting Goztepe on 1 February.

Amazingly, though, while he is not on Fenerbahce’s list for the league he keeps his place alongside Moses in their UEFA Europa League squad.


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Sports: Ghana and Senegal set sights on U-20 World Cup ahead of Wednesday clash


By Prince Narkortu Teye


Amadu Nurudeen and Youssouph Dabo talk about their teams’ readiness and ambitions for the midweek encounter in the continental youth championship

Ghana U-20 assistant coach Amadu Nurudeen says his outfit are determined to beat Senegal at the ongoing Africa U-20 Cup of Nations in Niger on Wednesday to secure qualification for the summer World Cup in Poland.

Following a 2-0 win over Burkina Faso on Monday, the Black Satellites are set to take on the Young Teranga Lions, who beat Mali 2-0 in the other group game, at the Maradi Stadium.

Both teams are tied on three points at the top of Group B, a win for either side will secure one of Africa’s four tickets for the global showpiece in May/June.

“Senegal are a strong side because they have a good youth set-up,” Amadu said at the pre-match conference on Tuesday.

“We have put yesterday’s win [over Burkina Faso] aside and we’re now concentrating on Senegal.

“Whatever be the case, we will play and we’re motivated to win.

“We want to qualify to the next stage of the competition as well as the World Cup.”

Senegal coach Youssouph Dabo also shared his thoughts on the midweek duel.

“The match will be very important for both teams,” said, the young Teranga Lions boss.

“We will do our best to win and confirm our place in the next round which is our objective.

“Ghana are a strong team but they have their strengths and weaknesses.”

Ghana will wrap up their group stage campaign against Mali on Saturday.


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Sports: Ghanaian youngster Emmanuel Besea joins Venezia FC on loan


By Emmanuel Besea


Ghanaian midfielder Emmanuel Besea has completed a loan move from Frosinone Calcio to Venezia FC in the ongoing transfer window.


The 21-year-old endured a difficult season with the Canaries after failing to register a single appearance in the first half of the campaign.

The former Modena youth product will hope to make a great impact for Walter Zenga’s side after reposing their trust in securing his services in their quest to avoid relegation at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Besea’s compatriot Raman Chibsah has so far been an integral member of the Lazio-based side’s set-up in the ongoing campaign.

Venezia is currently languishing in the drop zone with 22 points after 19 game matches.


Source Ghanaian Soccernet


Egypt’s Pyramids signed Peru international Cristian Benavente


By Tarek Talaat


Egyptian side Pyramids FC have announced the signing of Peru international Cristian Benavente from Belgium side Charleroi.


No other details about the deal for the 24-year-old midfielder have yet been made public.

The news was published on the Facebook page of the club’s Saudi Arabian owner Turki Al-Sheikh

Spain-born Bonavente spent part of his youth career at Spanish giants Real Madrid and played for the their B team.

He spent six months with English Championship club MK Dons before being released and moving to Charleroi.

Pyramids are currently second in the Egyptian league with three points behind leaders Zamalek.


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Egyptian Football Team Sign Kit Deal With PUMA


PUMA have entered into a long-term partnership with the Egyptian Football Association, which will see the German sportswear manufacturers replace adidas as one of Africa’s most successful football nation’s kit supplier.


The EFA and PUMA have once again teamed up in a deal that will see the famous brand supply football apparel to the various national teams in the country’s youth and senior set-ups.

Previous kit supplier adidas ended their sponsorship with Egypt in 2018, which paved the way for PUMA’s relationship with the EFA.

The deal is seen as a statement of intent by PUMA, which is the leading kit supplier of national teams in Africa.

“Egypt has an amazing track record and we are very excited to once again supply them with our products,” Johan Adamsson, Director of Sports Marketing & Sports Licensing at PUMA, said.

“We hope that PUMA and the Pharaohs can continue where they left off, by taking the title in the next Africa Cup of Nations in 2019.

“It is great to be back with the big cat in 2019.”

Egypt will be hoping that the partnership can help bring back the glory days – the Pharaohs won three consecutive continental titles between 2006 and 2010 wearing PUMA kits.


Source Soccerladuma


Nigeria name squad for 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations


By Femi Badmus


Coach Paul Aigbogun has announced his squad for the youth championship billed for Niger Republic in February.


Nigeria have named a 21-team squad for the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations billed for Niger Republic.

The seven-time African champions have been zoned in Group A alongside South Africa and Burundi with the semi-finalists making it to the 2019 Fifa U20 World Cup in Poland.

The squad includes team captain Ikouwem Utin, Detan Ogundare, Yahaya Nazifi and Effiom Maxwell.

Others include Akpan Udoh, Olawale Oremade Mike Zaruma, midfielders Peter Eletu, Quadri Liameed , Aniekeme Okon and Adeshina Gata and Ibrahim Abubakar.

The Flying Eagles face Burundi’s Junior Itamba in their first match at the Stade General Seyni Kountche on February 2, 2019 before facing the hosts and South Africa’s Amajita at the same venue.

FULL SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Akpan Udoh (Unattached); Olawale Oremade (Oasis FC); Detan Ogundare (Kogi United)

Defenders: Mike Zaruma (Plateau United); Ikouwem Utin (Enyimba International); Igoh Ogbu (Rosenburg FC, Norway); Solomon Ogberahwe (El-Kanemi Warriors); Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba International); Olasunkanmi Aliyu (Emmanuel Amuneke Academy)

Midfielders: Peter Eletu (Prince Kazeem Academy); Quadri Liameed (36 Lions); Aniekeme Okon (Akwa United); Jamil Muhammad (Kano Pillars); Afeez Aremu (IK Stat, Norway)

Forwards: Adamu Alhassan (Kano Pillars); Yahaya Nazifi (Sonderjyske FC, Denmark); Ibrahim Aliyu (Oasis FC); Adeshina Gata (Wikki Tourists); Ibrahim Abubakar (Plateau United); Okoh Victor (Real Sapphire FC); Maxwell Effiom (Enyimba International)


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Nigerians and the NFF have a couple of Gunners and Spurs to keep their eyes on


By STEVE DEDE


There is a surge in the number of young players of Nigerian descent coming through the ranks at academies across England.

The rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham runs deep at every level of both clubs; from the U-7 to U-14 and ultimately down to the senior sides.

So when there are no frivolities when these two North London sides meet at any level.

On Tuesday, January 18, it was three Nigerian players Bukayo Saka, Xavier Amaechi and Folarin Balogun who settled the mini-north London derby.

Saka scored Arsenal’s second of the game to level on 2-2 before the young Gunners won the game in extra time.

It was Balogun that assisted Amaechi to put Arsenal ahead in extra-time before the former pounced to finish from inside the six-yard box.

Saka added his second to make it five for Arsenal.

The performances of the three players are timely reminders of the Nigerian-born talents that are coming through the ranks at Arsenal and how excited should we be.

Saka is the most popular of the three, at 17, the forward with a lethal left foot has made headlines this season already after making his debut for the first team.

He has made one Premier League, one FA Cup and two Europa League appearances so far this season under Unai Emery.

He leads a host of players of Nigerian descent who play for the Arsenal youth teams.

Amaechi who was Arsenal U-18s’ most dangerous player on Thursday is also one of them; he joined Arsenal at the age of 12 from Fulham and has moved up the ranks since then. He signed his first professional contract at Arsenal in June 2018.

Balogun joined Arsenal when he was 10, signed as a schoolboy while he was on the verge of joining Tottenham.

Nigerian-born players coming through in England

There is a surge in the number of young players of Nigerian descent coming through the ranks at academies across England due to the saturation of Nigerian immigrants in the region.

It’s a constant theme around youth football in England, a look through their team lists and you would spot Nigerian names.

Tottenham’s U-18s on Thursday night against their Arsenal counterparts was a certain Josh Oluwayemi.

But do Nigeria have a hope of getting these kids to play for them?

Saka is an England youth international already same is Amaechi while the United States, where Balogun was born are already battling for his allegiance.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will be sure keeping an eye on them but for every Alex Iwobi who was excited with the prospect of playing for Nigeria, there is also a Gabriel Agbonlahor that saw no ties whatsoever with Nigeria and went on to play for England

It’s however still a long way to go for these youngsters who should be focused on just their budding careers and their eyes, for now, are on the route to the Arsenal’s first team.


Source Pulse Nigeria


Africa Youth Cup gets Presidential backing


By Editor


Things are looking up for the maiden edition of the Cape Verde 2019 Africa Youth Cup billed for April, as the tournament has received the full backing of Cape Verde’s number one citizen, Dr. Jorge Carlos Fonseca.

The President in his 2019 New Year broadcast to the people of Cape Verde listed the Africa Youth Cup tournament as one of the major sporting events the country was looking forward to host in 2019.

“Cape Verde will host major international sporting events in 2019. In the city of Praia, an important U-16 international football competition, the Africa Youth Cup, will take place this April, with the participation of important clubs from Europe, Africa and Latin America and with the high sponsorship of the president.

“The Island of Sal will host the first African Beach Games organized by the Cape Verdean Olympic Committee in June and will bring together all the African Olympic Committees ahead of the hundreds of young people from our continent.

“The city of Praia will also host next October the African League of Handball Champions Clubs, which will involve half a thousand youth and leaders.

“We must all strive to ensure that these events are important successes for sport, for fraternization among young people and for the image of our country,” Fonseca stated in his broadcast.

With the recent visit of Newman Ebiegberi to Cote d’Ivoire and Mrs. Maria Luzia to Nigeria for the continued promotion of the Africa Youth Cup, including the affirmative statement from the president of Cape Verde, things continue to look bright for the Africa Youth Cup tournament, which aims at replicating in Africa what already obtains in Europe, Asia, and South America so that Africa can also be counted among continents in this regard.

According to Ebiegberi, the visit to Cote d’Ivoire helped to guarantee the confirmation of one of the foremost teams in that country, Volcan Junior Academie, a product of the most established sports management company called Ivoire Sports Promotion.

Newman was full of joy to announce that the air fare cost to Praia, Cape Verde has greatly reduced thanks to Air Senegal.


Source Vanguard Nigeria