Nigeria international Alex Iwobi has indicated that the team are going through a stiffer training regime under the tutelage of new head coach Unai Emery. The Gunners begun the season with back-to-back losses in the Premier League but they have since built up a six-match winning streak across all competitions which has included four-straight Premier League wins.
As such, there has been plenty of positivity around the north London club after a rather frustrating 2017/18 season and Iwobi has now spoken about the demands of the new manager in training. Speaking to reporters, he said: “He demands a lot, we are working a lot harder in training, running a bit more. As you can see, we are buying into his ideas and we are enjoying our time with him. We are not going to dwell on the past, we are always looking forward to the next game. We learn from out mistakes, like we have done. We have got four wins on the bounce now so we have just got to keep on going keep this momentum going and try to get as many wins as we can, like I’m saying.”
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Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad has asked that the member associations increase their commitment to anti-corruption. He said corruption was one of the major issues bedeviling the work of governing bodies.
“Football association leaders should run football well in their respective countries and avoid corruption because it remains one of the challenges,” he said. One way to battle this menace of corruption was for governments to invest more in football, he added.
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West Ham manager David Moyes has admitted that Wigan Athletic were too good for them when they met in the FA Cup. Wigan knocked out the Premier League side in the fourth round of the FA Cup over the weekend, further compounding the woes of the Hammers this term.
Moyes was shocked by the Wigan side who outplayed them to continue in the tournament. The Latics are through to the next round courtesy of a Will Grigg double. The player netted a goal in each half at the DW with Arthur Masuaku sent off for spitting at Nick Powell. The move by Masuaku will get him an expected six game ban and further worsen his relationship with his manager and the rest of the team. Continue reading “Moyes: Wigan Athletic Were Too Good”
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed his side’s thumping 5-0 win over Astana in the first-leg of their Champions League playoff. \
The Hoops boss described the victory as an ‘outstanding team performance’ but insisted that there is still an away game left to play.
The Hoops had a tough outing against their Kazakhstan counterparts last time around as they drew 1-1 away at Astana before clinching a 2-1 victory at home in the third qualifying round. Rodgers had recently admitted that his team has made significant from the previous year, and their improvement was on show on the playing field as they bagged a convincing 5-0 victory which included a Scott Sinclair brace.
Following the game, Brendan Rodgers said: “We want to go there and win the game. We want to perform well. It was a brilliant performance and now we need to get the job done there. It’s a great demonstration of the work the players have made and progressed over the course of the last season. It was an outstanding team performance, creativity, pressing, really good structure to the team. We scored five goals and missed one or two chances. To do that at this level of competition for a Scottish team, I was really proud of the team.” Continue reading “Brendan Rodgers praises Celtic’s performance against Astana”
Andre Ayew, son of Ghanaian legend Abedi Pele Ayew can be said to have had a decent run at filling the big boots left by his dad.
Of all the Ayew sons, Andre appear to be the one that have come closest to carving out an image for himself out of his dad’s shadowy achievements. After starting out a career at Olympique Marseille, he led the U-2o national side of Ghana to victory at the aforementioned age group edition of the FIFA World Cup – hosted by Egypt in 2009.
Impressive outings with the Black Stars of Ghana would soon follow at the senior World Cup hosted in South Africa the following year where they were a Luis Suarez handball and a crossbar away from making history as the first African team to advance to the semifinals.Later on he clinched the BBC African Player of the Year.
However after eight years at the Stade Valedrome, Marseille decided to offload the Ghanaian as they looked for a way back to being a force to be reckoned with as far as French football went. Continue reading “AYEW DIDN’T BLEND IN AT WEST HAM”
Manchester City playmaker Yaya Toure is set to get a year extension after Coach Pep Guardiola had a change of heart, reports in England say.
After an altercation due to comments made by the player’s agent during an interview, Guardiola starved Toure of games in the first few months this season. They eventually sorted things out with Toure apologizing.
Guardiola eventually handed the Ivorian a start and he showed his quality as he grabbed a brace in the 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace in November. With time, Toure failed to keep it up and the former Barcelona and Bayern manager suggested that Toure’s fitness levels were low. Continue reading “TOURE TO GET ONE YEAR EXTENSION”
Uli Stielike doesn’t want his team to mess their current situation in terms of WC qualification.
Right now, all the teams in both the AFC groups have played half of their games and at this stage, South Korea has kept itself in the top two where it needs to be if it has to book its flight to Russia directly.
In case it doesn’t happen to be so and South Korea comes three, it will have to play one more round which will actually be a tie against the team finishing no. 3 in the other group.
Stielike hopes that his team escapes that extra round and actually secures the direct qualification with a game or two in hand because it’s never a comfortable situation when it’s down to a do-or-die clash at the end. Continue reading “Uli Stielike asks Team to Continue Performance”
Algeria international on Monday beat off competition from Yaya Toure, Sadio Mane and Perre-Emerick Aubameyang to win the 2016 BBC’s African Player of the Year.
This adds a new taste to the variety of successes recorded in 2016 so far by the Leicester City attacking midfielder who before now have had an English Premier League winners’ medal and Professional Footballer’s Association Player of the Year – the first African to win it – all sitting pretty in his showroom.
“It means a lot, it’s something big for African players so I am very happy and I am very proud,” began the 25-year-old “It’s always good to receive awards and for Africanplayers it’s a huge honour. To all the fans, thank you very much…”
The former Le Havre player joined Leicester City for a we-can’t-believe-our-luck fee of £400,000 in 2014, together with French man N’golo Kante and England forward Jamie Vardy propelled The Foxes to an unexpected EPL title last May despite riding on the odds of 5000-1. Mahrez scored 17 goals and provided 11 assists during the fairy tale campaign. Continue reading “MAHREZ WINS BBC AFRICAN FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR”
The manager Pep Guardiola has sidelined Manchester City playmaker Yaya Toure for a while now.
The coach asked that the agent of the player Dimitri Seluk apologize for his statements at an interview he granted but Seluk has refused to do so. This might mean Toure would not make an appearance for City for a while.
Seluk accused Guardiola of ignoring his attempts to settle the issue of Toure’s snub. Guardiola earlier said he would not play the former Ivory Coast international until he receives an apology aftn September. Seluk accused Guardiola of making it a mission to humiliate Yaya Toure who should otherwise remain a legend at Man City.
“When Yaya was left out of the Champions League squad, I called Pep. I wanted to ask him his reasons, but he didn’t call me back. I also tried to call Txiki – but he didn’t call me back either. So I don’t think the club can criticize me for doing an interview in the newspaper when they wouldn’t even talk to me,” Seluk revealed.
“Pep talks about respect. But to get respect you have to show it. Before City played at the Nou Camp, I called Pep again. I wanted to ask him if we could meet for talks while he was in Barcelona. Continue reading “YAYA TOURE’S AGENT SPEAKS AGAIN”
Recently retired Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure criticised the plan by the apex footballing body FIFA to disband the anti-racism task force.
The player who is still playing football at club level seems not to be happy with the move by FIFA.
FIFA set up the Task Force against Racism back in 2013, but wound it up on Sunday. FIFA said the body had achieved the mission of being set-up. The general secretary Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura said: “It had a specific mandate, which it has fully fulfilled.”
Many opposed the decision. President of the Jordan Football Association and former FIFA presidential candidate, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein was one. He said: “For it to be disbanded with FIFA considering its work done is extremely worrying. The notion the current FIFA leadership believe the task force’s recommendations have been implemented is shameful.”
Toure was a consultant for the task force. Making reference to the World Cup in 2018 in Russia, Toure said there have been instances of racist abuse. On his personal website, Toure said: “When I received the letter telling me the FIFA task force was to be discontinued, I was very disappointed. The letter listed the good work that had been carried out as a result of the task force’s advice and recommendations. So my question is, after failing to deal with racism sufficiently for decades – Why stop when something is beginning to work? Are FIFA being complacent ahead of a World Cup in Russia? This makes no sense,” said Toure. Continue reading “YAYA TOURE CRITICISES FIFA”