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Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba retiring from football at the end of the season

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Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba who currently plays for Phoenix Rising in America’s USL, has announced that he will retire from football at the end of the season.

The 39-year-old striker revealed to RMC Sport that this season will be his last as a professional footballer.

‘Ah, do you want a scoop? I think next year will be my last season. At some point, you have to stop. I need to have time for my other projects.’

The Ivorian star who spent a successful nine-year with Chelsea claimed 12 major trophies with the west London club. He scored 164 goals in 381 games for the club. Drogba won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and one Champions League across two spells at the club.

After his incredible playing career at the Stamford Bridge, the former Ivory Coast international also played for Shanghai Shenhua (China), Galatasaray (Turkey) before moving to the US to play for Monreal Impact and later signed with Phoenix, where he currently plays.

Check out his senior career records below…

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Christiano Ronaldo Welcomes Fourth Baby

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Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has celebrated the birth of his fourth child – just hours after a reality TV star claimed he cheated on his girlfriend with her.

Ronaldo, 32, uploaded a photograph of his girlfriend Georgina Rodriquez, 22, holding their baby daughter next to him and his eldest son, Cristiano Jr.

He wrote on his Instagram page: ‘Alana Martina is just born! Both Geo and Alana are doing great! We are all very happy!’

The family arrived at the Hospital Quiron Universal in Madrid, near the footballer’s home on the nearby gated VIP estate La Finca, earlier on Sunday afternoon.

It was thought her first child – and Cristiano’s fourth – would be born around November 21. But on Sunday evening Ronaldo confirmed they were all ‘doing great’.

Georgina, who is half-Spanish and half-Argentinian, said in August how she was preparing for the birth of Alana Martina while eating a strict Mediterranean diet.

Ronaldo also said last week that being a father was an amazing experience.

He expanded his family in June with surrogate twins Eva and Mateo, who were born in a US hospital and brought back to Madrid where he lives by his doting mum.

Cristiano Jnr, 7, is also thought to have been born to a surrogate mother in the States.

Last week Ronaldo said: ‘Being a father is a unique and personal journey, something that has changed me completely.

‘It’s taught me things about love that I never knew existed. It has softened me and given me a different perspective on what is really important in my life.

‘I can’t wait to be a dad again. Being a father and seeing my family grow is without doubt the greatest privilege I’ve had.

‘Spending time with them, being by their side, smiling and laughing with them. They’ve brought a lot of happiness and joy to my life.’

The news comes just hours after model and reality TV star Natacha Rodrigues claims the pair had sex in March while he was in a committed relationship with Georgina.

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Super Eagles coach dedicates World Cup qualification to ex-keeper, Carl Ikeme who is battling Leukemia

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Super Eagles coach dedicates World Cup qualification to ex-keeper, Carl Ikeme who is battling?Leukemia

Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has dedicated his team’s World Cup qualification to terminally-ill first choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme.

 

The 31-year-old was in between the goal post for Nigeria in the first two games of the World Cup qualifying campaign, but his participation however ended when he was diagonised with Leukemia in July.

 

Rohr revealed the team promised Ikeme, who is undergoing Chemotherapy, a win and the world cup ticket in a telephone chat before the game in Uyo on Saturday.

 

In his words, “from day one, our goalkeeper, Ikeme Carl kept us in this race to qualify for Russia. In Ndola, he made great saves to help us come through with a win. He spoke with the captain and the whole team and we promised him we’ll win and qualify. So this win is for Ikeme”.

 

Nigeria qualified for the 2018 World Cup on Saturday, after an Alex Iwobi 73rd minute goal against Zambia.

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Alex Iwobi’s goal sends Nigeria to Russia 2018 World Cup

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria have now qualified for the Russia 2018 World Cup courtesy of a 73-minute goal by Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi against Zambia at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.

 

With this victory, Nigeria becomes the first African country to qualify for the tournament taking place next year, joining other countries like Russia, Germany, Brazil, England and others who have all qualified as well.

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Mikel Obi, Iheanacho, join 15 others In Super Eagles Camp ahead of World Cup qualifier on Saturday

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Mikel Obi, Iheanacho, join 15 others In Super Eagles Camp ahead of World Cup qualifier on Saturday

Mikel Obi, Super Eagles captain, has arrived in camp, alongside Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi, as the latest stars to join the Uyo camp of the team, ahead of their World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

Other players in the camp include: Elderson Echiejile, Odion Ighalo, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Ahmed Musa, Shehu Abdullahi, Mikel Agu, John Ogu, Oghenekaro Etebo, Anthony Nwakaeme, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Dele Ajiboye and two standby players, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi and Afeez Aremu, both of Akwa United.

The Eagles will face the Chipolopolo of Zambia at the Uyo Stadium on Saturday at 5pm.

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‘We could leave Spanish La liga if Catalonia gain independence from Spain’ – Barcelona F.C confirm

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Barcelona football club of Spain have confirmed exit rumours making the rounds after a referendum on Sunday that aimed at making the region of Catalonia gain independence from Spain, was marred with violent scenes and police brutality, with hundreds receiving serious injuries.

Barca president, Josep Maria Bartomeu , after watching his team play a 3-0 win over Las Palmas played behind closed doors, has finally revealed that the club would have to discuss the possibility of leaving La Liga if Catalonia gained independence from Spain.

“This situation does not exist so far,” he said on Monday.

“But with regards to things that can happen in the future, it is something that the board of directors would discuss. It would be something to analyse calmly.

“If we discuss the subject intensely then obviously we will find the best solution. But if this [independence] happens, the board of directors will see.”

Catalonia’s sport minister, Gerard Figueras, has suggested that Barca could play in the Premier League if the region secedes from Spain, citing Swansea City as an example of a club from a different country playing in England’s top-flight.

“In the case of independence, Catalan teams in La Liga – Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona – will have to decide where they want to play: in the Spanish league or a neighbouring country like Italy, France or the Premier League,” said Figueras

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FIFA fines Nigeria $31,000

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FIFA has fined Nigeria $31,000 for crowd disorder during last month’s World Cup qualifier against Cameroon in Uyo, which the Super Eagles  won 4-0.

German football  federation was fined 32,000 Swiss francs ($33,000) because fans chanted Nazi slogans  at a World Cup qualifying game in the Czech Republic.

“The range of charges against Germany included fans encroaching on the field and setting off fireworks at the game in Prague,” FIFA said.

About 200 German supporters chanted slogans during their team’s 2-1 win and verbally abused one of the scorers Timo Werner.

FIFA also fined the Czech federation 5,000 Swiss francs ($5,150) for crowd disorder.

FIFA’s attempts to crack down on fans chanting gay slurs saw seven national federations fined for incidents.

Argentina was ordered to pay 65,000 Swiss francs ($67,000), Panama 50,000 Swiss francs ($51,500), and Hungary 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,600).

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Photos: Nigeria’s D’Tigress wins 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket Championship in Mali for the third time

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Nigeria’s senior women basketball team, D’Tigress, on Sunday, defeated Senegal 65-48 to win the Women Afrobasket Championship in Mali,  for the third time after 12 years.

The Nigerian team had defeated host nation Mali 48-47 points in the semi-final on Saturday in Bamako to secure one of the two FIBA World Cup tickets available to Africa.

They had won the 2003 and 2005 editions. With the victory, the team has qualified for the 2018 Women FIBA Championship in Spain.

Evelyn Akhator, Dallas Wing forward, in the Women National Basketball Association (WNBA) who was selected as one of the top five performers in the competition, scored 13 points and seven rebounds for D’Tigress.

Akhator also made two assists and one steal even as she made no successful block during the final game.

D’Tigers Captain, Aisha Muhammed, Adaora Elonu and Ezinne Kalu contributed seven rebounds, four assists and two steals respectively during the match.

However, Astou Traore, the top performer for Senegal, scored 17 points which was the highest score in the match, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and no block, all in vain to stop D’Tigress.

Meanwhile, the victorious team will arrive the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos on today,  Monday August 28.

The contingent will arrive Lagos aboard Air Cote d’Ivoire after departing Bamako, Mali on the 28th August at 14.00 hours local time.

The team will be without Coach Sam Vincent, Mfon Udoka, Evelyn Akhator and Nyingifa Atonye who have all left from Bamako to their various bases due to club and personal engagements.

Akhator left for Chicago to play for her club Dallas Wings in a WNBA game while Nyingifa will join her club in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Ronaldo, Messi and Buffon to battle for UEFA Player of the Year

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Real Madrid stricker, Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon have been confirmed as the three nominees for the 2016/17 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award.

In a statement on UEFA website, it was noted the winner of the prize will be confirmed on Thursday, August 24, when the draw is made for the Champions League group stages.

UEFA also revealed the seven other players who make up the list.

They are  Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid), Paulo Dybala (Argentina, Juventus), Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (France, Monaco), Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Manchester United).

According to UEFA, “The shortlist of three players was selected by a jury comprising the 80 coaches of the clubs which participated in the group stage of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, along with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA’s member associations.’

The prize, formerly called the Best Player in Europe Award, was won by Real Madrid star Ronaldo last year and has twice been given to Barcelona forward Messi.

Ronaldo will be the big favourite for the title after playing a great part in helping his team win the La Liga and the Champions League title last season.

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‘Chelsea has treated me like a criminal, if he wants to fine me, let him go ahead!’- Exiled striker, Diego Costa blasts Conte

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Estranged Chelsea striker Diego Costa has accused the London club of treating him like a criminal after his falling out with manager Antonio Conte leading to him being frozen out of the club. Costa scored 20 Premier League goals as Chelsea won the EPL title last season but was told via a text message by Conte that he would no longer be needed at the club this season.

Conte ordered Costa to train with the reserves after he rejected a mega money move to China, rather opting for a transfer to his forner club Atletico Madrid- who can’t sign him until January due to their transfer ban by FIFA.

And now Costa, who has been holidaying in his native Brazil, has revealed that he doesn’t mind receivin fines from the club for refusing to train with the reserves, accusing Conte of treating him badly.

“I wouldn’t be allowed access to the first-team dressing room and I would have no contact at all with the guys,” he explained to SportsMail. “I’m not a criminal! I don’t think it is fair after all I have done to be treated like that.

“They gave me a week extra off [at the start of pre-season training] but since then it’s fines all the way.

“They want me training with the reserves. I am not going to do that. I am not a criminal and I am not in the wrong here. So, if they need to fine me, let them fine me.”

“I am open to being a year in Brazil without playing, even if Chelsea fine me for a year and don’t pay me,” he said.

“I’ll come back stronger. If I was in the wrong, I’d go back now and do as they say.

“My desire is to go to Atletico. I’ve spoken to Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia. I said, ‘If the manager doesn’t want me, I want to go to Atletico Madrid’.

“I have rejected other offers. They want to sell me to China or other teams. If I’m off, I’m going to the club I want to go to – not the club that’s paying the most.”

“His ideas are very fixed and clear,” Costa said of Conte. “I have seen the sort of person he is. He has his own opinion and that will not change.

“I respect him as a great coach. He has done a good job and I can see that, but as a person, no. He is not a coach who is very close with his players. He is very distant. He doesn’t possess charisma.”

As for the infamous text message sent y Conte to Costa informing him of his plans, Costa says he won’t delete the message.

“There are ways of going about it. You don’t do it by text message. You should be honest and direct to someone’s face,” he added.

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Nigerian football legends, Jay -Jay Okocha clocks 44 today

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Nigerian ex-international and former captain of the Super Eagles, Austin Jay -Jay Okocha, who was born in 1973, is 44 today, August 14, 2017.

He was born in Enugu to parents who are originally from Delta State.

The super star attacking midfielder started his football career with Enugu Rangers in 1990 at the age of 17.

Okocha is well known for his tricks and skillful football techniques; which made him one of the best footballers in Nigeria from 1995-2005. He has also been ranked among the 100 best in the world by world football body FIFA.

The 1996 Olympic medallist and former Super Eagles captain who has since retired, after playing for Borussia Neunkirchen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Fenerbahçe, Paris Saint-Germain, Bolton Wanderers, Qatar SC and Hull City.

Okocha is happily married to Nkechi and they have two children Daniella and A-Jay.

Happy birthday to the legendary footballer!

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