The final of the 2nd MA Obasa Cup for secondary schools in Agege will take place tomorrow, Thursday, 26 October, 2017 at the Agege Stadium.
The competition, aimed at discovering footballing talents for all categories of the nation's national teams, male and female, is sponsored by the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa. It is organised by the Lagos State Education District One. It is organised among male and female secondary schools in Agege Federal Constituency covering both Agege Local Government and Orile Agege Local Council Development Area.
The male final will be decided between Lagos Baptist Secondary School, Okeodo Agege and State High School, Mulero, Agege while Government College, Agege will tackle neighbours, Girls' High School, Agege for the female crown.
Already, the third place matches have been decided. Dairy Farm Senior Secondary School beat neighbours, Sango Senior Secondary School to place third in the male category while LABASCO Girls beat Baptist Senior Secondary School to win the third place in the female category.
Rt. Hon. Obasa will lead other members of the House to grace the final which matches start at 12 noon.
Chelsea midfielder Victor Moses has reportedly been ruled out of action for the next four weeks.
Moses has made seven starts in all competitions this season, but it appears that the Nigerian faces a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
The 26-year-old had to be withdrawn during the first half of Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at the weekend and Moses will not return until after the next international break.The injury comes at a time when the Blues have already had to make do without midfielder N’Golo Kante and striker Alvaro Morata due to similar issues.
Morata could return for the Champions League fixture with Roma on Wednesday night, but Kante is not expected back until the start of next month.
Head coach Antonio Conte is likely to replace Moses at right wing-back with either Cesar Azpilicueta or Davide Zappacosta.
The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has splashed $50,000 (about N180 million) on the Super Eagles for scoring five goals in their World Cup qualifier double header against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in Uyo and Yaoundé.
Emmanuel, who redeemed the pledge of $10,000 per goal, charged the three-time African champions to go all out for a win against Zambia on Saturday and expect “a handsome reward” from him.
Governor Emmanuel had promised the players the sum of $10,000 for every goal, two days before their clash with the African champions, whom the Eagles walloped 4-0 in Uyo on September 1, before earning a 1-1 draw in Yaounde three days later.
On Wednesday, the football-loving Governor and great host of the Super Eagles in this qualifying campaign, said there is more where the money came from, if the team earns a sixth FIFA World Cup appearance by winning on Saturday.Emmanuel said: “I know you have the quality to overcome in this important match, but I don’t want you to underrate your opponents. I love the professionalism and dedication to the cause that you have shown since the beginning of this qualifying campaign. Those efforts have put Nigeria at the top of the table.
“I want to commend the NFF, your coaches and the support staff for the great job they have all done in support of your efforts to get to this position. You are just one win away from achieving your goal. The Zambians are taking this game as a do-or-die affair, so we need to be totally focused and play like soldiers.”
Responding on behalf of the team, Captain Mikel John Obi thanked the Governor and pledged to him and indeed Nigerians everywhere that the Super Eagles will not disappoint on Saturday.
Obi said: “We very much appreciate the role Your Excellency, the Government and good people of Akwa Ibom State, the NFF and Nigerians from all walks of life have played to get us to this position in this campaign. We know how much this match means and we will go out there and do the job.”
Pep Guardiola has announced Sergio Aguero will not be able to play against Chelsea on Saturday or for Argentina in the upcoming international break, after breaking a rib in an accident in Amsterdam, Holland on Thursday night. The 29-year-old, who will arrive Manchester on Friday afternoon after being discharged from hospital, missed City’s final training session ahead of Saturday’s game against Chelsea. Reports said he may be out of action for 11 weeks, although this needs confirmation from Man City doctors. Aguero broke his rib when the taxi that was carrying him and a friend back to Amsterdam Schipol Airport hit a post in De Beolelaan, the Dutch capital, on Thursday evening. Guardiola confirmed at a press conference on Friday that the striker will not play against the Blues at Stamford Bridge, and doubted he will be able to join up with his international colleagues. “I’m not a doctor, I don’t know exactly what he had,” Guardiola said. “The first impression is that he has a broken rib but the number of days he will be out, I don’t know right now. “Of course it was an accident, fortunately he’ll come back and recover as soon as possible.” Asked whether he had a problem with Aguero attending a concert ahead of the top-of-the-table game at Chelsea, he replied bluntly: “No. Day off. I am not the police. “I have not spoken to him yet. I was busy this morning preparing the training and other things. I’ll speak to him after. I know he’s ok. It’s an accident. He’s ok that’s the most important thing. He’ll recover asap.” On how his players spend their days off, Guardiola added: “I think they have to be happy. I want the players to be happy. They have to rest mentally and physically and they have to enjoy their lives. If he decides to go there, that’s ok with me.” Guardiola also revealed left-back Benjamin Mendy will not return to the squad until “our Champions League semi-final”. The last four of the competition is scheduled for the end of April, meaning the Frenchman will be out for between five to six months. And the Blues boss says there is “no way” Vincent Kompany will be fit enough to return at Chelsea on Saturday, despite the Belgian having been called up for international duty.
The 58-year-old has been relieved of his duties after just one full season in charge of the German side as a result of their defeat in France
Bayern Munich have fired Carlo Ancelotti in the wake of Wednesday's defeat to Paris Saint-Germain and replaced him with Willy Sagnol as interim coach.
The German champions were humbled 3-0 in their Champions League clash in Paris, and the Italian coach came under criticism for leaving Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Mats Hummels out of the starting XI.
The 58-year-old defended his tactics and selection for the game, telling reporters afterwards : "I know I will get criticism, that's fine. I thought it was a good line-up for this game."However, he faced questions from the Bayern board over some of his decisions the next day, as German newspaper Sport Bild revealed that crisis talks with the higher-ups were scheduled on Thursday.
CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge did not make it easy on Ancelotti when he said the performance was "not Bayern Munich" and said the club needed to discuss it. Arjen Robben, meanwhile, refused to say whether the Bayern players still backed their boss.
And the Bavarian side have opted to part ways with the former PSG, Real Madrid and Chelsea boss after just one full season in charge.
"The performance of the team since the start of the season did not meet the expectations we put to them," Rummenigge said as the news of his sacking was made official on Thursday.
"The game in Paris clearly showed that there had to be consequences. Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and I gave Carlo an open and serious talk today and informed him of our decision.
"I would like to thank Carlo for his cooperation and regret this development. Carlo is my friend and will remain so, but we had to make a professional decision based on Bayern's interests.
"I now expect the team to have a positive development and absolute determination, so we can reach our goals for this season."
Former Bayern and France player Sagnol takes the helm on a short-term basis, despite having limited experience as a coach. The 40-year-old spent less than two seasons in charge of Bordeaux - his only senior coaching role - before returning to Germany to assist Ancelotti.
Ancelotti leaves with Bayern sitting three points behind Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga after six games after suffering a 2-0 defeat to Hoffenheim and most recently losing a two-goal lead to draw with WolfsburgThe three-time Champions League winning coach signed a three-year contract when he took over at the Allianz Arena in 2016 as Pep Guardiola's replacement.
The former AC Milan star lifted the Bundesliga title at the only time of asking, but saw his side eliminated from the Champions League at the quarter-finals stage at the hands of Real Madrid. They also lost to Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal final last term.
Sagnol's first game as interim coach will be away to Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga on Sunday..
The trio of Tianjin TEDA’s John Obi Mikel, Chelsea’s Victor Moses and Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi are among a number of high-profile names announced in the 23-man squad for the clash against Chipolopolo
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced the 23-man squad that will make up the Super Eagles for October’s World Cup qualifier against Zambia.
A win for the Super Eagles at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium will hand Gernot Rohr’s men a place in Russia 2018 with a game to spare.
Tianjin TEDA’s John Obi Mikel, Chelsea’s Victor Moses and Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi made the list which included a number of high-profile stars playing in Europe plus two Nigeria Professional Football League players.The squad also included Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, with Hapoel Be’er Sheva’s Anthony Nwakaeme, Hull City’s Ola Aina and Plateau United’s Dele Ajiboye getting a chance to earn their first international cap.
All invited players are to report in Uyo on Monday, 2nd October 2017.
THE FULL LIST
Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Ayodele Ajiboye (Plateau United FC)
Defenders: William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Elderson Echiejile (Sivasspor FC, Turkey); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, EnglandMidfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Chang Chun-Yatai, China); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Anthony Nwakaeme (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)
STANDBY: Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Afeez Aremu (Akwa United); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United))
Against his earlier public claim criticizing the management of popular radio Station, Brila FM , 88.9, led by Dr Larry Izamoje, one of the staff affected in the general internal reshuffling of the organization, Murphy Ijemba has according to inside source from the Company resigned via email. The content in his resignation letter which we gathered falls short of the normal process highlighted in his employment agreement letter and duely signed by all employees of the organization was also a sharp contrast to his earlier statement in the media. Mr Ijemba one of the two OAPs including Sean Amadi who have similarly resigned via email had disappeared from duty after receiving memo of their new shift without any notice to the management according to information earlier made available by the company . The presenter in his resignation letter exclusively obtained through an inside source did regretted his earlier public outburst, begging Chairman of the organization, Dr Izamoje to forgive him for trying to put the Brila Group into disrepute. Mr Ijemba who claimed in his letter that he his going to further his education to aid him professionally, contrary to the negative picture he had painted his Boss, praised Dr Izamoje to high heaven with promise to always stay in touch with the Group because of the love shown to him throughout his stay. Meanwhile, in another letter obtained from an inside source, the management in a swift reaction has also replied via email back to the two staff who went awol for days before now sending their resignation via email on the 11th of Sept. 2017. In its reply, the management made it known that the two staff has run foul of content in their letter of employment which they both duely signed. On his part, Mr Ijemba is said to have went against the article of employment that binded both him and the company which clearly stated that he must give a notice of one month in such situation or payment of one month salary in lieu of the period to his resignation. Also, the letter equally stated that Mr Ijemba upon resignation ought to have dropped all properties of the company in his possession including identity card which he his yet to submit officially. The situation of the Mr Ijemba is however compounded with claim according to the letter that he his yet to pay up a car loan given to him which amounted up to 2million naira plus Interest in 2014. An agreement the presenter signed to, which enables the company to use every legal means, including reporting to appropriate authorities to get back their money. His colleague who resigned along with him, Mr Amadi who also begged for forgiveness in his resignation letter, has equally been forwarded his own reply, he was also accused to have flouted content of employment letters that binded them. He also failed to give notice nor submit properties of the Company in his possession.
Contrary to stories flying all over the social media, Nigeria's pioneer all-sports radio, Brila FM, has come out to set the records straight as regards the disappearance of some of its on-air personalities.
Explaining that it never relieved any of the said OAPs of their duties, the Larry Izamoje-led media empire stated that all that transpired was an internal reshuffling and nothing more.
Refusing to join issues with the said OAPs who were yet to officially exit Brila FM as at the time of writing this, the company recounted the full story thus:' In view of enquiries by truly concerned listeners and patrons on changes within the organization’s Lagos station, management wishes to inform as follows:
An internal reorganisation that involved transfers and redeployments of some members of staff was undertaken to strengthen shifts across all times of the day.
Oge Ogwo, Fabian Amaechi, Jovita Eke, Sean Amadi and Yinka Oyedele were deployed to new shifts in Lagos with Yinka swapping positions with Sean , while Lawrence Maxwell (Lagos to Abuja),Victor Okhani (Abuja to Kaduna) and Dogo Francis (Kaduna to Lagos) were transferred. Everyone, except Sean ,has reported to their new duty posts.
Murphy Ijemba was not redeployed from the evening belt . Indeed, the redeployments notice stated that Murphy retains the Mon-Friday belt while Dogo Francis, a pioneer member of our Popular Side Team handles the Saturday and Sunday evening belts when Murphy is off-duty.
Sean and Murphy have not resumed duty since postings were announced.
They were not sacked and the organization, till date, has not received a resignation letter from any or each of them. We reiterate that Murphy was not posted out of the evening belt .
Management was, therefore, shocked to read spurious and libellous online posts by Murphy against the station, his colleagues and management.
As shifts have to be handled, the vacated evening belt post had to be quickly filled by Dogo Francis who headed the same belt on our Kaduna station.
The company’s employee handbook, signed by every member of staff upon joining the organisation, gives the company the discretion on where, when and the time belt employees work.
It also states that duplication of service, particularly sports service, for self or others while still an employee is against the terms of agreement made clear when hired with a signed document binding company and staff.We applaud your comments, calls , questions and other expressions of care and concern . We will continue to maintain the high standards that have made us your reference in sportscasting, the home of the fans.