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.


Source Sports247


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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.


Source Goal.com


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.


Source bbc


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)


Source Goal.com