Sports: FIFA U-20 World Cup: Nigeria beat Qatar

By Fifa.com

Nigeria delivered a bold statement of intent with a 4-0 thumping of Qatar in their Group D curtain-raiser at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019,. The Flying Eagles, runners-up to a Joao Pinto-propelled Portugal in 1989 and a Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina in 2005, soared 2-0 up inside 25 minutes – and both goals were indebted to their left-back, reports FIFA.

Ikouwem Utin duped his marker and unleashed a swerving shot, which Shehab Mamdouh could only push into the path of Maxwell Effiom, whose first-time volley broke the deadlock. The Nigeria No3 then somehow sprung four challenges down the left and cut the ball back to present Okechukwa Offia with a comfortable finish from close range. Qatar did have their chances. Zulkifilu Rabiu catapulted himself across the Tychy turf to make an outstanding block from Yusuf Abdurisag, and Nigeria goalkeeper Olawale Oremade was alert to break up a three-on-one break from which the underdogs should have made more.

They were further punished, esteemed Manchester City midfielder Tom Dele-Bashiru making it 3-0 before Aliu Salawudeen’s swivel and shot completed the rout. The teams return to action on Monday, when Qatar face Ukraine and Nigeria encounter USA.

SA: Foster set for Uefa Youth League debut with Monaco

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Lyle Foster in action with Monaco colours

South African striker Lyle Foster is set to get his first taste of continental football in Europe as Monaco visit Chelsea in the UEFA Youth League on Tuesday.

Foster has been included in the Monaco U-19 squad that on Monday travelled to London to take on The Blues at the Cobham Training Centre tomorrow evening (19h00 SA time).

The 18-year-old recently scored his first goal for the Monagasques Reserves as they beat rivals Nice 3-0 on February 8 in what was only his second appearance since joining from Orlando Pirates in January.

Having missed out on Amajita’s 2019 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations campaign, the burly goalpoacher will now get to strut his stuff in the under-19 version of the UEFA Champions League.

Should the Bucs youth graduate feature against Chelsea, he would become the third South African, alongside national teammates Khanya Leshabela (Leicester City) and Tashreeq Matthews (Borussia Dortmund, now on loan at FC Utrecht) to have appeared in the competition in recent times.

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Kenya U-15 team thump Uvule Youth in friendly

By Agencies For Citizen Digital

In Summary

  • The national U1-5 team whitewashed Machakos based Uvule Youth Academy 7-1 in a friendly match played on Saturday at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.
  • Midfielders Kevin Wangaya and James Gachago each hit a brace apiece, with Teddy Sirma, Khamis Nyale, and Oscar Ochieng also on the scoresheet, as the Junior Stars managed a fourth win in as many friendly matches this year.

The national U1-5 team whitewashed Machakos based Uvule Youth Academy 7-1 in a friendly match played on Saturday at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Midfielders Kevin Wangaya and James Gachago each hit a brace apiece, with Teddy Sirma, Khamis Nyale, and Oscar Ochieng also on the scoresheet, as the Junior Stars managed a fourth win in as many friendly matches this year.

The friendly is a buildup to the upcoming MIC Football Tournament in Spain in April, where the Junior Stars will be up against Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Ajax, Manchester United, and Manchester City, among other top European sides, in the U16 category.

An Elite League, set to kick off in March this year, is also in the pipeline. Football Kenya Federation will run an U13 and U15 league made up of top academies across the country, as well as the national U15 team.

The team is currently put up at the Federation’s national center of excellence in Thome, Nairobi, on a homeschooling program that also has them take part in daily training sessions at the Wadi Degla club in Runda.

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Algeria’s Yacine Benzia omitted from Fenerbache league squad.


By Mohamed Fajah Barrie


Algeria international Yacine Benzia has been left surprised by his omission from Fenerbache’s squad for the second half of the Turkish season.

Benzia is on a season-long loan in Turkey from French club Lille.

While the 24-year-old is not on Fenerbahce’s list for the league he is in their Europa League squad.

He played 13 Super Lig games in the first half the season but is now left struggling for playing opportunities ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.

His most recent appearance was in the club’s 2-0 win over visiting Goztepe on 1 February.

According to Fifa regulations he is unable to return to parent club Lille outside the transfer window.

Fifa’s regulations also prevent players for playing for more than two different clubs in the same season.

With Benzia having played for both Lille and Fenerbahce so far this season his options to play seem limited to joining a club whose season begins in the coming months such as China or MLS in the USA.

The Fifa transfer regulations state that “A player is only allowed to be registered with a maximum of three clubs in one season but the player is only eligible to play official matches for two clubs.”

“However, a player may be eligible to play in official matches for a third club during the relevant season if he has moved between two clubs belonging to associations with overlapping seasons (ie, start of the season in summer/autumn as opposed to winter/spring).”

In order for such a move, both Lille and Fenerbahce would have to agree to a deal.

Benzia played for France at youth level, featuring at the 2011 Under-17 World Cup in Mexico, before switching allegiance to Algeria.


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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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Senegal: Abdou Diakhate joins Parma on a long-term deal from Fiorentina


By Taiye Taiwo


The Senegal youth international has joined Roberto D’Aversa’s charges until 2023 after finding playing time difficult with La Viola.

Parma have confirmed the signing of Abdou Diakhate on a four-and-a-half-year deal from Fiorentina.

The 20-year-old rose through the ranks at Fiorentina’s academy but never had the chance to make his Serie A bow in Stefano Pioli’s team.

He joins the Crusaders in his quest for regular playing time and he teams up with countryman Yves Baraye and Cote d’Ivoire winger Gervinho.

“Parma Calcio 1913 announces the signing of Abdou Diakhate (Dakar, Senegal, 31 December 1998) from ACF Fiorentina. The player has signed a contract running until 30-06-2023,” read a club statement.

Parma, placed 12th in the Serie A table with 28 points from 22 outings, are five points adrift of a place in the Europa League playoff spot.

Diakhate was an unused substitute at the Stadio Ennio Tardini as Parma bowed 3-2 to SPAL on Sunday.


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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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Ghana: Upper West should make the best out of the Youth and Sports centre

Mr Isaac Asiamah, minister for Youth and Sports, has called on the youth of Wa and it’s environs, to make good use of the multipurpose youth and sports resource centre being constructed at Wa to harness their talent for mother Ghana, when completed.

Mr. Asiamah, who is on an inspection tour at the centre, said the Akuffo Addo led Government was keen on providing the youth of Ghana, the avenue to nurture their talents by providing sporting amenities nationwide.

This, he said, would go a long way to alleviate idleness and curb social vices.

“I am happy that government is intervening in the provision of sporting facilities here to help nurture the youth of Upper West.

“There abound a lot of talents here, but there has not been the facilities to unearth and exhibit those talents, so I believe this has come at the right time for the people here to enjoy this modern sporting facilities being put up here.

“This is the time for the youth to eschew social vices and enjoy this facility, which would could host both indoor and outdoor sporting events, which could win laurels for the country in the future” he said.

In an interview with GNA Sports, Mr Hamidu Chinia Issshaku, Deputy Regional Minister for Upper West said, as a Government there was the need to promote youth development and one way to do that was the creation of modern sporting facilities.

“This multipurpose youth and resource centre would help the youth to develop their capacity in so many ways to the benefit of Ghana in the future.

“There are so many talent going waste in the region due to the lack of sporting infrastructure but with what the government is putting up, Upper West would provide future champions for the nation.

The multipurpose Youth and Sports Resource centre, when completed would have a FIFA standard football playing pitch, tartan tracks, volley ball pitch, basketball pitch, handball pitch, ICT centre, entrepreneursip centre, counselling centre and modern restaurants among others.


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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 Mikel Obi makes shock return to English club, undergoes medical


Former Chelsea star, John Obi Mikel has undergone a medical at English Championship side, Middlesbrough.


The Super Eagles captain is expected sign a deal with the Championship club.

SunSport reports that the 31-year-old former Chelsea midfielder, travelled from London to the north-east yesterday after agreeing personal terms.

The two-time Premier League player spent the past two years at Tianjin TEDA in the Chinese Super League.
Roma and Wolfsburg also registered an interest in the Nigerian international.

Mikel, however, wanted to return to England, where his wife and two young children are based.
Mikel will be part of a Tony Pulis side looking to bring Premier League football back to the Riverside next season.

Boro currently sit fifth in the Championship table and seven points off leaders Leeds.


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