Connect with us

Sports

 Osimhen expected back in action at Napoli

Published

on

Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen could return to action for Napoli after the international break.

The 23-year-old has been sidelined since sustaining a hamstring injury in Napoli’s UEFA Champions League clash against Liverpool at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium on Tuesday, September 8.

The Nigeria international was substituted in the 41st minute of the encounter.

Osimhen has missed the Partenopei’s UEFA Champions League clash against Rangers and Serie A games against Spezia and AC Milan

Napoli is unbeaten in his absence with two wins and one draw.

According to Tutto Napoli, the striker is expected to be back in action in Napoli’s Serie A game against Cremonese on October 9.

Osimhen has scored two goals and recorded an assist in five league appearances for Napoli this season.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sports

NFF set to appoint Super Eagles technical adviser

Published

on

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, is planning to appoint a new technical adviser for the Super Eagles, who would be Finidi George’s immediate boss, according to ScoreNigeria.

The football house only appointed Finidi as the substantive coach in April.

Before his appointment, the former international was an assistant to Jose Peseiro, whose contract ended in February.

However, Finidi’s tenure has not gone well. As interim coach, he led Nigeria to defeat Ghana and lose to Mali.

Following his permanent appointment as Super Eagles coach, the team played out a 1-1 draw with South Africa in a 2026 World Cup qualifier and suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Benin in a neutral venue.

Those results have put Nigeria in a difficult situation in the World Cup qualifiers, as they are condemned to win at least four of their last six games.

It is believed that to salvage the situation, the NFF has scheduled a meeting with Sports Minister Owan Enoh to agree on getting a new technical adviser.

The NFF is proposing to have someone, most likely a foreigner with more experience as a coach, under whom Finidi will work.

Continue Reading

Sports

Thiago Motta named as new coach of Juventus

Published

on

Italian giants Juventus on Wednesday named Thiago Motta as their new coach, replacing Massimiliano Allegri who was sacked last month.

“It’s official, the next Juventus coach will be Thiago Motta. The Italian-Brazilian has signed with Juventus until June 30, 2027,” the club said in a statement.

Motta, 41, was previously in charge at Serie A rivals Bologna.

“I am really very happy to start a new experience at the helm of a big club like Juventus,” said Motta who, according to the Italian press, will earn an annual salary of 3.5 million euros ($3.8 million)

Motta made his coaching name at Bologna who he joined in 2022.

Last season, he led the team to fifth place in Serie A and qualified them for the Champions League for the first time.

The former Italian international was part of the squad which finished runner-up at the 2012 European championships.

He was also a five-time French champion with PSG and played in Champions League winning teams at Barcelona and Inter Milan.

Juve will be his fourth club as coach after Genoa (2019), where he only stayed three months before being fired with a record of just one victory in ten matches, and La Spezia (2021-22) and Bologna.

Juventus finished last season in third place in Serie A but 23 points behind champions Inter Milan.

They did, however, clinch the Italian Cup for the 15th time.

Their end to the season was painful with just three wins in 17 league matches having been hot on the heels of Inter at the turn of the year.

Juve fired Allegri for his explosive behaviour during the team’s Italian Cup triumph which the club deemed “incompatible” with its values.

Allegri was sent off in the final minutes of the 1-0 win against Atalanta for ranting at match officials and was also alleged to have manhandled and threatened the chief editor of newspaper Tuttosport.

His behaviour led to an investigation by the Italian Football Federation’s disciplinary authorities.

The 56-year-old won 12 trophies, including five Serie A titles, and reached two Champions League finals with Juventus over two spells as manager.

Continue Reading

Sports

W’Cup Qualifiers: Super Eagles W’Çup hope fades after Benin 2-1 defeat

Published

on

The Super Eagles of Nigeria, on Monday, were defeated 2-1 by Benin Republic in the fourth round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers.

In the 29th minute, Raphael Onyedika’s effort to the right corner of the post opened the score for Nigeria.

However, Jodel Dossou of Benin tied the score with a well-placed shot after the Super Eagles made a defensive blunder.

Benin took the lead shortly before halftime thanks to a right-footed goal by Steve Mounie from a corner.

The Super Eagles lost the second half despite the introduction of Victor Boniface, Paul Onuachu, and Ibrahim Olawoyin, among others. Nigeria was unable to equalise.

Head coach Finidi George, named Terem Moffi and Ademola Lookman to spearhead the attack, while Boniface was placed on the bench.

The Super Eagles took to the field goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali. In defence were Bassey, Tanimu, Ajayi and Osayi-Samuel. Meanwhile, Ndidi, Onyeka, Iwobi started in midfield. Leading the attack were Chukwueze, Lookman and Moffi.

The substitutes include; Iheanacho, Boniface, Onuachu, Abdullahi, Dele-Bashiru, Onyeka Awaziem, Olawoyin, Igboke, Ismaila, Okoye (GK) and Ojo (GK).

Meanwhile, the result of this match means that Nigeria is now placed fifth, while the Benin Republic moves up to first place in the six-team table.

Nigeria, in four matches, has drawn three and lost one.

Last Friday, Pressure mounted on the Super Eagles after the team played a 1-1 draw against Bafana Bafana of South Africa in the third round of the 2026 World Cup qualifier.

Themba Zwane of South Africa opened the scoresheet in the 29th minute of the match played at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Equalising after a superb turn, Nigeria’s Fisayo Dele-Bashiru slotted in a low shot to the edge of the post in the 46th minute. The match ended in a stalemate.

Continue Reading

Trending