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Naby Keita to wear Steven Gerrard’s number eight shirt


Guinean footballer Naby Keita will become the first player to wear Liverpool’s number eight shirt since the club’s legend Steven Gerrard left the English Premier League club in 2014.

The 23-year-old midfielder was presented with the shirt by the former Reds captain.

The $63m (£48m) deal to take him from RB Leipzig to Liverpool was initially agreed last August.

He will finalise the transfer on Sunday. Liverpool say Keita has signed a “long-term contract”.

“It was an incredible day for me. He [Gerrard] gave me the number eight jersey. When it happened, it was a surprise and I didn’t expect it,” Keita told the club website.

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Nigeria Star Kelechi Iheanacho Used to Be Beaten by His Dad for Playing Football… Now He’s His No1 Fan


KELECHI IHEANACHO’S father used to beat him with a belt for playing football — but now he is his No1 fan.

The Nigeria striker, 21, revealed his strict dad James was worried he would not make it as a footballer and warned him to concentrate on his studies instead.

Kelechi Iheanacho has revealed his dad would ‘beat’ him for playing football

But the disciplining subsided when Iheanacho’s school teacher visited their home in Obogwe to announce he had been selected for a regional tournament.

The Leicester striker said: “It is ironic my father is now my biggest fan. I got beat up by him whenever I stepped out to play football!

“I was always on the receiving end of my father’s belt or whatever else he could find.

“Sometimes I laugh, but I guess it’s been written by God that my life would take such a route. He was only looking out for me.”

Kelechi Iheanacho called his dad’s attitude to football now ‘ironic’

Mum Mercy was a lot more supportive but she passed away when Iheanacho was just a teenager.

Yet the star believes she will be cheering him on from heaven and has promised to dedicate all his World Cup goals to her.

He added: “It makes me sad that she is not with me in Russia. Death was unkind to me but life has given me a chance to make her proud.

“Sometimes you wish there was a way to send a message to heaven and remind her that I will forever cherish her support.

“I always dedicate my goals to her when I point to the sky. It’s for her and to thank God for everything.

“Football is a team sport and I’d rather place the team above my personal desires.

“But, as a striker, you’d fancy some goals at the World Cup so if I get to score I’ll dedicate them all to her.”

Mercy died after a brief illness while her son was starring for Nigeria at the 2013 African Under-17 Championships in Morocco.

He said: “She was my only supporter in the beginning. She believed in me. Something tells me she’ll be watching from above and clapping.”

Iheanacho has enjoyed a meteoric rise since those early days.

He was voted the Most Valuable Player at the 2013 Under-17 World Cup and snapped up by Manchester City in July 2014.

Leicester then splashed out £25million to sign him in August and last season he bagged ten goals in 34 games for club and country despite a niggling foot injury.

Now he is ready to showcase his talents after being told eight years ago he would grace the 2018 World Cup.

Iheanacho added: “When I played for the Under-13s, then Nigerian Football Federation president Sani Lulu said we would be playing at the 2018 World Cup.

“And here I am, going to my first World Cup. It’s a complete circle for my career.

“I played in the Under-17 and Under-20 Fifa tournaments for Nigeria but if anyone had said I would be playing in the World Cup four years ago I would have thought it was a joke.”

Iheanacho and Co open their Group D campaign against Croatia in Kaliningrad today and also face England’s Euro 2016 conquerors Iceland and Lionel Messi’s Argentina.

Nigeria take on Croatia in their first game of the 2018 World Cup

Iheanacho scored in Nigeria’s 4-2 friendly win over Argentina in November and played in the 2-1 Wembley defeat to Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions earlier this month.

But he admitted: “Everyone says it’s going to be different with Messi. We have two important games before then, so Argentina can wait.

“We’ve been criticised a lot because of the results from our friendlies but our fans must understand we learned lessons from those.

“Favourites we are not but we are a good young team with positive vibes. You go into the tournament to compete — not to just feel the moment and return home.”

Regardless of whether they progress in the finals, Iheanacho says the team’s fluorescent lime green retro shirts have already made them one of the most talked-about teams in Russia.

Kit suppliers Nike took a staggering three million pre-orders, while the shirts sold out within minutes of their launch.

And Iheanacho revealed: “I’ve had a number of people asking me for a shirt, while some friends have told me not to swap shirts in Russia.”

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Stephen Keshi Dead Former Super Eagles coach dies from cardiac arrest


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Keshi’s family spokesperson Emmanuel Ado, said the late coach has been in Nigeria since the funeral of his wife, Kate who died in December 2015.

Nigerian football great, Stephen Keshi is dead. The former Super Eagles coach
who won the African Cup of Nations as a player and manager died in the early hours of Wednesday, June 8 of cardiac arrest.
Keshi was at his family house in Edo State when he died. The former defender
Pulse Sports learnt was scheduled to return to his base in the United States later in the day.
According to a statement by the family spokesperson Emmanuel Ado, Keshi has been in the country since the funeral of his wife, Kate who died in December 2015.
According to reports, his friends say that Keshi was in good health and had no previous heart problems.
The remains of the former Togo and Mali national team coach has been deposited at Faith Mediplex, a privately owned mortuary facility of Idahosa University, Located opposite the Benin city Airport, Benin City, Edo state.
Keshi died of Cardiac arrest at his home in Benin City in the early hours of today June 8th. His death comes six months after his wife of 33 years, Nkem Kate Keshi, died in December after a long battle with cancer.
“With thanksgiving to God, the Ogbuenyi Fredrick Keshi family of Illah in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, announces the death of Mr. Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi, ” Mr. Ado wrote.
“ Our son, brother, father, father-in-law, brother-in-law, has gone to be with his wife of 35 years (Nkem ), Mrs. Kate Keshi , who passed on on the 9th December 2015 .
“ Since her death, Keshi has been in mourning. He came back to Nigeria to be with her. He had planned to fly back today Wednesday, before he suffered a cardiac arrest. He has found rest ,” concluded the statement.
Keshi’s wife, died in December, 2015 at a United States hospital » after battling cancer for three years and was buried January, 2016 in Benin.

The late coach and his wife have been married for over 35 years with four children.
Tributes have flooded the Nigerian social media space for the former defender who had 64 caps for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and a host of other Nigerian football personalities have reacted to the sad news.
NFF president Amaju Pinnick, described the late boss as a ‘hero’.
“Keshi was a superhero. His death is a big loss to Nigeria as a nation, not only to Nigeria football, ” Pinnick said.
Former coach of the Super Eagles and teammate of Keshi, Sunday Oliseh wrote; “Horrible news & Sad day as Our legendary Captain & brother Stephen Keshi dies.May his blessed soul rest in peace.we lost an iconic Hero 2day.”
African football great, Kalusha Bwalya wrote on Twiiter; “Woke up to the sad news of the passing of my brother Stephen Keshi. I can’t believe it. I am in shock . Football legend. RIP.”
Popular Nigerian sports presenter Moses Praiz also wrote; “ So hard to believe he’s gone but my friend, fmr. Super Eagles Capt. & Coach, STEPHEN OKECHUKWU KESHI passed on this morning #RIP.
Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar also reacted on Twitter.
“ I feel anguished waking up to the news that Stephen Keshi, former Super Eagles captain and coach has passed on ,” the APC chieftain wrote.
“ Keshi was such an admirable and dedicated man who did Nigeria proud with his talent in the game of football. May he rest in peace ,” he added.
Other Nigerians have tweeted their sadness on the death of the football hero.
“ I woke up to the devastating news of coach Stephen Keshi’s death. I am still in shock. Sad sad day for Nigeria,” a Twitter user, Omojuwa wrote.
“ If it is true, that Stephen Keshi is gone, God rest his soul. I admired his courage to work in other countries, rather than be a local champ,” another user wrote.
Born on 23 January 1962, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi started out with St. Finbarr’s College , Lagos and featured for domestic club sides ACB Football Club and New Nigeria Bank .
With New Nigeria Bank he won the West African Club Championship twice in 1983, 1984 before moving abroad to Cote d’Ivoire.
He was one of the first Nigerian players to move abroad, playing for Stade d’Abidjan and Africa Sports.
For African Sports, he won Côte d’Ivoire Premier Division and Cote d’Ivoire Coupe double in 1986 before making his way to Belgium where he played for
Lokeren, Anderlecht , RC Strasbourg , among many others.
At Anderlecht he won the Belgian Cup twice in 1988, 1989 and the Jupiler League in 1991.
His 20-year playing career included stints in Belgium, France, the United States and finally in Malaysia, with
Perlis FA .
‘The Big Boss’, as he was fondly called, made his first appearance for the Super Eagles in 1981 at age 20 and the central defender retired in 1994 after picking up 64 caps.

He scored nine goals and captained the Super Eagles to their second AFCON title in Tunisia 94. He also led Nigeria to their first ever FIFA World Cup in USA where they were knocked out by Italy in the second round.
He is the fifth member of the Tunisia 94 squad to have died.
Uche Okafor, Thompson Oliha, Rashidi Yekini and Wilfred Agbonavbare are the other late players.
At the end of his playing Career, Keshi headed to the United States to get his coaching badges.
He was part of the coaching staff for the Nigerian national team on several fronts, including being the head coach for the Junior Eagles at the 2001 African Youth Championship .
Keshi was coach of the Togo national football team from 2004 and 2006, during which time he surprisingly guided them to their first ever FIFA World Cup appearance in Germany 2006, the first ever Nigerian coach to achieve that feat.
Before the tournament could begin however, Keshi was sent packing, and replaced with German, Otto Pfister.
He returned to coach Togo before he signed for a two-year deal in for Mali in April 2008.
Keshi was sacked in January 2010, after Mali’s early exit in the group stages of the Africa Cup of Nations.
In 2011 he was appointed coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, leading the country to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
He became only the second person-first was Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary – to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and coach.
He led Nigeria to 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil became the African coach to reach the knock out stage where they fell to France in the Round of 16.

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Source: Pulse.ng

#Kidnapped #Mexican_footballer #Alan_Pulido released after 24hours, meets #state_governor (photos)


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A Mexican football star, Alana Pulido who was kidnapped in Mexico on Saturday night has been rescued by authorities, according to state officials. Pulido was rescued shortly before
midnight Sunday in “a city operation in conjunction with the federal government,” according to a statement from the Tamaulipas government.

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25 year old Pulido plays for Olympiacos in Greece and was rescued shortly before midnight Sunday in “a city operation in conjunction with the federal government,” according to a statement from the Tamaulipas government.
Family members told authorities that six armed men snatched Pulido around dawn in his home town of Ciudad Victoria in the northwest of the country.
Military and police forces had been searching for the 25-year-old in Tamaulipas, which shares a border with the US.
“I’m good, I’m good, thank you,” Alan Pulido with an injured hand,said as he faced reporters alongside the governor of Mexico’s Tamaulipas state, Egidio Torre Cantú, in a video posted on Twitter.
“Pulido is currently being medically evaluated and more details on the rescue operation will be sent out later,” the statement said.

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10 Differences Between MESSI And RONALDO


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1. when RONALDO Scores he points at
Himself
When MESSI Scores he points Up
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2. RONALDO Will do skills to beat a 1 player
MESSI Will do 1 trick to 5 players
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3. RONALDO Is compared to MESSI
While MESSI is compared PELE And
MARADONA
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4. RONALDO Shoots where MESSI Would have
Passed to better positioned Player
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5, RONALDO Is hungry for individual
Success
MESSI Plays for the success of the team as a
Whole
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6, Girls Like RONALDO for his good looks
They like MESSI For his good Game
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7, RONALDO Scores Goals…..
MESSI Break World Records
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8, RONALDO Plays because he loves fame
MESSI Plays because he loves the Game
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9, RONALDO Will make your Day
MESSI Will make your History
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10, RONALDO Is Good, But
MESSI Is the Best
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Agreed Or Disagreed ???
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Jailed footballer Adam Johnson banned from speaking to his baby daughter


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The Ex-Sunderland and England footballer was found guilty this year of sexual activity with an underage fan after he previously admitted grooming the school girl, 15 and was sentenced to prison for 6 years, and according to The Sun UK, he’s been banned from talking to his 17 month old daughter Ayla according to his sex Offenders’ order.
According to The Sun, his ex-partner Stacey Flounders will occasionally call Johnson and give the phone to Ayla so the footballer could hear his daughter and speak to her, but he was caught the last time by police, who have taken away such priviledges away from him.

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A source told the Sun: ‘Johnson did not realise he would be listened to, and that he was doing something wrong. But they have come down hard on him. He’s devastated.’
‘With the ban on seeing Ayla and the pictures from Dubai, Johnson is extremely low.’
The footballer, 28, has reportedly lost prison privileges such as watching TV channels and social time.
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Late Rashidi Yekini’s mother rewarded by Nigerians


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Several reports on the poor lifestyle of Late Rashidi Yekini’s mother, some meaningful Nigerians pitied the woman and raise funds for her
– A bank account was opened on her behalf and goods were bought for her mini store
– Cash was also handed to her to enable her attend to little errands
It was a sunny Saturday afternoon in the month of January when
Reporter, Ibitoye Shittu paid a visit to the hailing mother of the late Legend, Madam Sikiratu Yekini. We met her in a terrible state where she pleaded to well-meaning Nigerians to come to her aid and help her out of poverty.
Please find below the previous
Exclusive report on Madam Sikiratu Yekini.

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Exclusive: Mother of late Rashidi Yekini cries for help
Rashidi Yekini’s mother sells bread and soft drinks to survive
Mama Sikiratu Yekini accepting cash gifts from Femi Olabisi on behalf of the Nigerian who contributed for her
A group of good samaritans who were touched by the current status of the mother of late former Nigerian football star, Rashidi Yekini have raised the sum of two hundred and twenty thousand N220,000 for the octogenarian.
It would be recalled that Naij.com Sports visited Mama Sikiratu Yekini again on Saturday May 7 where she was seen selling bread, sachet waters, soft drinks and others as a means of survival since the death of her late son.
READ ALSO: At last! Here is what House of Assembly will do for late Rashidi Yekini
She however narrated all the ordeal she has being passing through since the demise of her son claiming that life has been difficult for her since she lost Rashidi Yekini.

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A man named Suraj Tunji Oyewale who is a successful chattered accountant based in Lagos championed a course on his facebook page for some monetary contribution for Mama Sikiratu Yekini after reading our reports on what the woman has being going through, and in less than 48 hours, N220,000 was raised on behalf of the woman.
Evidence of the bank transfer for Mama Sikiratu Yekini
On his own part, Suraj Tunji Oyewale promised to put Mama Sikiratu Yekini on a monthly pay for the next one year and therefore applauded all the people that stood by him to raise this fund.
“I’m humbled by the trust reposed in me and grateful for heeding my mobilisation call in this period when everything is tight everywhere.
“May we never have to beg the public for money, and from my own end, I will put her on a monthly token pay for the next one year as sadaqat,” Oyewale said.
Meanwhile the money was divided into two parts in which one hundred and ten thousand (110,000) naira was deposited into Mama Yekini’s Zenith bank account by Femi Olabisi who was sent by Suraj, and the transaction was monitored by Naij.com’s reporter, Ibitoye Shittu.

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Mama Yekini with Rashidi Yekini’s younger brother, Akeem
The sum of fifty thousand naira (N50, 000)  was handed over to the aged woman at her residence in Ijagbo, Kwara State while the remaining 60,000 naira was used to stock Mama’s shop by Femi Olabisi and Naij.com’s Ibitoye Shittu.
Meanwhile, there has been some reports in the local media challenging mama Yekini that her son took absolute care of her when he was alive, and mama acknowledged the fact that she was well taken care of when her son was breathing.

Naij.com”s Ibitoye Shittu with Mama Sikiratu Yekini and Femi Olabisi on behalf of the donors
“I have been hearing some media people misquoting my words because I never said my son never took care of me when he was alive, my son built a house for me where I currently live and its just so unfortunate that I lost him when I needed him most.
“I want to thank all the people who put their hands in their pockets to help me, and I pray that God will be with you all,” she said amidst tears to Naij.com
afterwards.

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Late Rashidi Yekini remains Super Eagles highest goal-scorer with 37 goals, and he would forever be remembered for scoring Nigeria’s first FIFA World Cup goal on June 21 1994 in Dallas, USA against Bulgaria.
These are the names of the people who were touched and decided to open their wallets for Mama Sikiratu Yekini.
Ella Aishatu John 4,000.00
Unnamed 2,500.00
Omojashola Majeed 5,000.00
Salawu Muideen 3,000.00
Oladokun Lukmon 3,000.00
Lawal Taoreed 5,000.00
Dolapo Sikiru 2,000.00
Tiamiyu Nurudeen 2,000.00
Ande Ibrahim 5,000.00
Shittu Fatimah 10,000.00
Ogunsina Richard 3,000.00
Sarumi Saheed 2,000.00
Akande Ajibola 20,000.00
Usman Olanrewaju 5,000.00
Odunewu Biliamin 3,000.00
Adisa Yinka 5,000.00
Olubunmi Adedipe 5,000.00
Akinbajo Idris 5,000.00
Akanbi Olagunju 10,000.00
Ashiru Ahmed 5,000.00
Lawal Qudus 3,000.00
Usman Sharafadeen 2,000.00
Larry Oladepo 5,004.30
Lawal Ganiyu 1,000.00
Ibikunle Adebola 3,000.00
Gbajumo Ololade 2,000.00
Olanrewaju Kazeem 2,500.00
Adeyemo Biliamin 2,000.00
Unnamed 20,000.00
Adeyemi Sunday 1,000.00
Olanipekun Kabiru 2,000.00
Adeshina Azeez Irebami 10,000.00
Adewusi Rasheed 5,000.00
Lawal Oladeyinde 1,000.00
Unnamed 1,000.00
Unnamed (asokoro) 5,000.00
Taiwo Ridwan 1,000.00
Lasisi Olagunju 10,000.00
Unnamed (Stanbic Abule Egba) 2,000.00
Sola Fagorusi 5,000.00
Hafiz Usman 2,000.00
Ojediran Azeez 1,000.00
Ajani Bayonle 1,000.00
Oyewole Ramota 1,000.00
Prof Lasisi 2,000.00
Badmus Kamaldeen 10,000.00
Raji Azeezat 10,000.00
Total: 220,000.00.
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Source: Naij.com