Transfer: Man City ‘closely monitoring’ Nigeria U17 international – plans in place for signing in May

Manchester City are ‘closely monitoring’ Nigeria U17 international midfielder Samson Tijani, according to reports from Dutch news outlet Voetbal International as relayed by Sport Witness .

Tijani, who has starred for the country at U17 level, is a midfielder who can play in both attacking and defensive positions. Now, journalist Lentin Goodijk has claimed that a Nigerian scout told him City are keeping tabs on the player.
Earlier in the year, in May, All Nigeria Soccer reported that City were interested in Tijani and planned to sign him and send him on loan to affiliate club Girona. This wouldn’t be unprecedented, with City pulling a similar move off for Colombian winger Marlos Moreno a couple of years ago.

Not much is known about Tijani, except that the 17-year old has made two caps for his country at youth level but none for the senior side- meaning that getting a work permit may be a challenge. However, a loan to Girona could resolve this issue if the player gets enough game time.

NFF: We Have Not Sacked Golden Eaglets Coach Garba

General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Dr. Mohammed Sanusi has debunked media reports that Golden Eaglets Chief Coach Manu Garba has been sacked.
“it is not true that the NFF has sacked Coach Many Garba as coach of the national Under-17 team. We cannot sack someone without getting his match reports and his reasons why the team failed in Brazil,” Sanusi said.
“It came to me as a surprise when I read in the media that we have sacked Manu Garba as coach of Golden Eaglets. We cannot sack him just like that without getting his side of the story. As you can see, the team has yet to return, so I don’t know where they got that story from.”

“We expected so much from the team because we gave them the needed support to achieve good results, but they crashed out in the second round to Holland. We [the NFF] shall hear from the coach when he submits his technical report. From there, we move on by trying to avoid future lapses if any.”
Nigerians have been condemning the performance Of The Golden Eaglets and putting the blame on the team’s coaching staff whom they accused of not selecting the best players for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Shocking: Young groundnut seller who signed on a graduate’s shirt gets admission

A young female groundnut seller who captured the hearts of many Nigerians weeks back when a picture of her signing on the shirt of a graduate went viral, has been given a chance to be one herself.
The girl pleaded to sign on the shirt of the graduate who allowed her pen her signature on his shirt.

The young girl signs on the shirt of a graduate
She had an interactive session with the university’s radio station

She was subsequently invited to appear on the University’s radio station where she had an interactive session with the hosts. The incident took place in FUTMINNA, Niger state and the institution has admitted her to study in the staff school.

She is now a student

Bayer Leverkusen vs Atlético Madrid: 5 Key Stats & Facts to Impress Your Mates Ahead of Crunch Clash

Bayer Leverkusen host Atlético Madrid on Wednesday night as they look to save their own skin in Champions League Group D.
It is very much a group of two halves, with Juventus and Atlético running away at the top end with seven points each, while Lokomotiv Moscow and Leverkusen have been left behind on three and zero points respectively.
The side from west German know that only a win will do if they want to keep their place in Europe’s stellar club competition this season.
Contrastingly, victory for Atlético should all but see them through to the last 16 with Lokomotiv facing a tough task against Juve.
Here are some key facts and stats courtesy of
Opta ahead of Wednesday night’s match.

Bayer Leverkusen always seem to be one of those sides who make it to the group stages of the Champions League , maybe just scrape to the last 16, and then get unceremoniously dumped out by one of Europe’s top teams.
Well, it doesn’t even look like they’re going to be afforded that luxury on this occasion.
Peter Bosz’s side are marooned at the bottom of the group on zero points at the halfway point in the group having lost three in three, and they are now reliant on a miracle in their remaining three group games.
Die Werkself have only endured a longer losing run once previously, losing seven in a row in the 2002-03 season.

How Napoli and Inter can reach the Champions League round of 16

yesterday and Inter lost 3-2 to Borussia Dortmund away at Signal Iduna Park. The Neapolitans are now second in their group on 8 points behind Liverpool at 9 points, and Inter reside in third 3 points behind Dortmund on 7 points and 4 points behind Barcelona leading the group.
So, what’s needed from the Italian team to reach the knock-out stages? Here’s what you need to know:
INTER. Antonio Conte’s men still have to face Slavia Prague away on November 27th and Barcelona home at San Siro on December 10th. Thanks for the Nerazzuri’s 2-0 win against Dortmund in the first leg, they’re ahead of the German in head-to-head meetings on goal difference – as both teams have won one of the two legs. So, in case Inter end up on the same points as Dortmund, they will go through to the round of 16.
Inter would also directly qualify if they beat both Slavia Prague and Barcelona – regardless of the results of the others. Should they draw against Slavia Prague, they would still be in the running for a place in the round of 16 regardless of Barcelona and Dortmund’s results. If they lose to Slavia Prague, they’re only in the running if Dortmund lose both their remaining games and Inter beat Barcelona.
But with a victory against Slavia Prague, Inter has the fate in their own hands ahead of their last game at home to Barcelona.
NAPOLI . With a victory yesterday against Salzburg, Napoli would’ve secured qualification to the round of 16. But now it’s postponed to the next two games. Ancelotti’s team will face reigning European Champions at Anfield on November 27th and Genk home at San Paolo on December 10th.
Liverpool currently lead the group on 9 points, Napoli second at 8 points, Salzburg at 4 and Genk at 1 after four games played. Napoli needs at least two points to qualify for the next round from their coming two games against Liverpool and Genk. However, they can also qualify if Salzburg lose or draw against Genk in the next game – regardless of their result against Liverpool.
With a Salzburg win over Genk, Napoli would still reside ahead over the Austrians regardless of their result against Liverpool, but that means it all depends on the last game at home against Genk. Napoli has the fate in their own hands, they just have to get a win in one of the final two games against Liverpool or Genk.

Barcelona Keen To Get Inter Linked Arturo Vidal’s Wages Off Their Books

Artuto Vidal

Barcelona are keen to offload Arturo Vidal’s bumper salary in the upcoming January transfer window according to a report from Spanish news outlet Sport .
The 32-year-old has fallen out of favour at the Blaugrana having been limited to just 453 minutes on the park to date this season.
Inter have reportedly shown an extremely keen interest in signing the former Bayern Munich midfielder who has refused to rule out the possibility of working with former manager Antonio Conte once again.
Vidal played under Conte at Juventus and Conte is arguably the one to have gotten the most out of Vidal during his career.
However, Inter chief executive Giuseppe ‘Beppe’ Marotta poured cold water on the rumours when asked about possibly signing him prior to Inter’s 3-2 loss away to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
Rather than discuss possibly signing Vidal, Marotta instead spoke on how Vidal’s compatriot Alexis Sanchez can be like a new signing when he returns from injury.

Bale to be confirmed to play in upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers

Whether Gareth Bale will play in the two Euro 2020 qualifiers left on the schedule for Wales against Azerbaijan and Hungary is yet to be confirmed. He’s included in the players’ list of the games, though.

Bale has suffered from calf injury since a 1-1 draw between Wales and Croatia on October 13.

The Welsh – surprise semi-finalists at Euro 2016 – are presently fourth in their group, six points adrift of table-topping Croatia and four shy of second-placed Hungary. Both Croatia and Hungary have just one game remaining.

Bale returned to light training with Real Madrid last week after a visit to London, sparking speculations about whether he’s playing the qualifiers on November 16 and 19.

Ryan Giggs, who became Wales manager in January 2018 after Chris Coleman left to take over at Sunderland, said he hoped Bale would get some game time this weekend.

“That’s the ideal situation, that he gets minutes before meeting with us,” said the 45-year-old former Manchester United wing.

“They’re huge games and we need to win them (to qualify), we know what we’ve got to do. We’ve played against both teams, we beat Azerbaijan and lost against Hungary.”

Zinedine Zidane, head coach of Real Madrid where Bale serves, said he was unfazed by Wales calling up Gareth Bale, and that he didn’t think the Real Madria forward was fit to play.

He also reiterated his desire for Bale to stay at Madrid for the whole season, describing suggestions he wants the 30-year-old to be sold in January as “nonsense.”

Callum McGregor signs new five-year deal at Celtic

Callum McGregor has signed a new five-year deal at Scottish Premiership champions Celtic, keeping him at the club until summer 2024.
The midfielder is a product of Celtic’s academy and has gone on to make 248 appearances and scored 55 goals for the club since his debut in 2014.

McGregor has claimed 11 major honours in his time at Parkhead, winning five Scottish Premiership titles, three Scottish Cups and three League Cups.
The 26-year-old has earned 17 international caps for Scotland since his debut in 2017 and was an essential part of Celtic’s ‘treble treble’ winning side.

McGregor said: “When you start here as a young kid, you’re just focused on trying to get through the age groups. You set yourself that one goal to get to the first team and play a first-team game, and I’m sitting here now coming up to my 250th game.
“To be at the club, hopefully, for the full five years, that will take me to 23 years at Celtic is something I could only have dreamt of as a young player.
“It’s been a tremendous four or five years for the club and obviously for me too. We’ve been winning pretty much everything on the pitch, the club’s growing on and off the pitch all the time and I’m just desperate to be a part of that.
“I feel as if I’m the best I’ve ever been in terms of performance, living on and off the pitch, I feel in a really good place and I’m delighted the club have rewarded that as well.
“It’s been a good start to the season, and I’ve tried to pick up where I left off last season in terms of performances and helping the team, so it’s been a great time.”

‘Osimhen Is Like Usain Bolt’ – Spanish Press Hail Lille Striker After Spectacular Goal Vs Valencia

Nigeria international Victor Osimhen was on target in the Champions League on Tuesday night but could not prevent Lille from suffering a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Valencia at the Estadio Mestalla.
In the 25th minute, the ball deflected into the path of the Lille number 7 following a defensive error and he used his pace to get to the ball before Valencia duo Garay and Paulista, then scored after finding himself in a 1 on 1 situation with goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.
Celebrated Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo were impressed with Osimhen’s speed and likened him to the great Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt, who holds the 100m and 200m world records.
”Lille has advanced on the scoreboard (0-1) in his match on Tuesday of Group H of the Champions League against Valencia in Mestalla with a spectacular goal by Victor Osimhen.
”The young Nigerian striker, 20, has received a deflected ball and has not missed it. As if he were the very Jamaican exvelocist Usain Bolt , Osimhem, a footballer with a brutal stride, has started a spectacular race with the ball at his feet and has beaten, with a great precision Cillessen with a low shot that passed between the legs of the goalkeeper,” the Barcelona-based sports daily wrote.
The Super Eagles star has now scored all but one of Lille’s goals in this season’s Champions League.

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