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Manchester United agree new sponsorship deal with Nigerian company as stars look on

Nigerian company Chi Ltd agree deal with United

Nigerian company Chi Ltd agree deal with United

English Premiership side, Manchester United, have signed a deal with with Chi Limited to become the club’s official soft drinks partner in Nigeria.

The multi-year deal will see Chi Limited use United’s crest and club imagery on their products in Nigeria.

The deal is reportedly worth between 1.2 Million pounds a year, as they continue to boost their income signing lucrative deals with the aid of their global appeal.

Man United boast a huge fan base in Nigeria and paraded their 2008 champions league trophy in Nigeria when they came on tour.

At a colourful ceremony, held at the prestigious Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester UK, the management of Chi Limited signed the sponsorship deal with at an event attended by leading players of the club like Angel Di Maria, Robin Van Persie, Valencia and Anders Lindegaard.

While signing the agreement at Old Trafford, Chi Limited’s Head of Marketing, Probal Bhattacharya said “As the flagship brand of Chi Ltd, Chivita 100% will feature as the fruit juice of choice for the Manchester United team”.

Describing the partnership as between two of the most cherished brands in Nigeria, he states “as a company, we are proud to partner with such a reputed and successful club like Manchester United whose tradition of excellence is in tandem with ours”

“We are confident that the partnership will further deepen consumer loyalty as well as ensure that millions of passionate soccer fans across Nigeria continue to refresh and rejuvenate themselves with Chivita 100% fruit juice and Chi’s other beverage offerings as they relish every moment of the beautiful game” he adds



“Eto’o is a gift from the Gods” -Everton manager Roberton Martinez

Eto'o has been a key player for Everton

Eto’o has been a key player for Everton

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has hailed striker Samuel Eto’o for his influence on the Toffees’ squad since moving to Goodison Park.

Eto’o bagged four goals so far this season for Everton through all competitions, including a brace against Burnley in the Premier League last weekend at Turf Moor.

And the former Chelsea striker has impressed his manager with his attitude and professionalism on and off the pitch.

“Having Samuel Eto’o here is like a gift from the footballing Gods for us. He is the perfect ingredient for our young players, a phenomenal example,” Martinez told The Daily Mail.

“The way he has been working to get his fitness is pristine. He is a player of the highest, highest calibre. To see his performance on Sunday – and every role he has played so far – has been so exciting and his knowhow has been very important, particularly in European games.

“But the way he took his finishes at Burnley was like the old days. I hope he can enjoy his football here and we are working hard to make that happen. I think he is enjoying it and that is very important.

“He has that stimulation to win things. He comes in every day with the highest standards and he wants more work. I think Everton can give him an important chapter in his career.”

Currently lying ninth on the log on 12 points, Everton will host sixth-placed Swansea at Goodison Park on Saturday in matchday 10 of the English Premier League.


Bony, Sakho in race for top Premier League award

Bony has been impressive for Swansea City

Bony has been impressive for Swansea City

Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony, West Ham striker Diafra Sakho and his club mate Alex Song have been shortlisted for the English Premier League African Player for October.

The winner of the October award is expected to be announced on November 1.

Awards director Tunde Adelakun expressed delight and gratitude to the growing number of contributors to the awards scheme, which has been, in his words “rather gratifying to have that many people taking part in the voting process”.

“Wilfried Bony, 25, has been symbolic in Swansea City’s rise to prominence in the current season, not only netting goals but also putting a good team performance in protecting his club. His contribution and commitment earned him the nomination; in addition to the goals he contributed” the statement added.

Bony scored in the 2-2 draw against Newcastle United early in the month, and also netted both goals that shut out Leicester City in a 2-0 win at home last weekend.

“West Ham’s Diafra Sakho has made the shortlist all three months of the season so far. His penchant for goalscoring has been rewarded, and his story is that of a great rise from seeming mediocrity. Brought in from French second tier team Metz for just over £3million, Sakho has settled in to West Ham, and has broken a record at West Ham, becoming the only player to have scored in six consecutive Premier league games; including a winning goal against champions Manchester City.

“The third player on the shortlist is Cameroonian Alex Song. On loan at West Ham from FC Barcelona, Song has proved an invaluable acquisition for the Hammers, being rock solid in the middle of the park and earning a few man-of-the-match accolades with his ability and effort since he arrived.”

Mame Biram Diouf of Stoke City won the August award, while Southampton FC’s Victor Wanyama was the winner of the September award.


Cameroon midfielder Alex Song relishes English Premier League stay

On-loan West Ham midfielder Alex Song

On-loan West Ham midfielder Alex Song

Cameroonian midfielder Alex Song has enjoyed a fine start to life with West Ham, and is keen to stay in the Premier League at the end of his loan deal.

The 27-year-old is on-loan with the Hammers from La Liga giants Barcelona, but feels at home in England, and will assess his options at the end of the season.

Song told Sky Sports when quizzed about his future: “No, I think my future will be here. My family, everyone is happy here. I’m very happy to come back to England.

“I’ve always said if I move from Barcelona, I’ll come to England and my future is here anyway. I just want to enjoy playing at the moment and we’ll see what is happening at the end of the season.”

Song came through the ranks at London club Arsenal, before moving to Barcelona in 2012. So far this season he has been in excellent form for Sam Allardyce’s Hammers, the highlight of which was a Man-of-the-Match display in West Ham’s 2-1 win over champions Manchester United over the weekend.



Drogba has returned to his best form -Chelsea defender Cahill

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, says teammate Didier Drogba is as good now as when he left the club in 2012.

Ivorian legend Didier Drogba secured the Champions League for Chelsea in what was expected to be his last act for the club back in 2012, bagging the decisive penalty as Bayern Munich were beaten in their own back yard.

Over the subsequent two years, the Ivorian forward  featured for Shanghai Shenhua, in China, and Turkish giants Galatasaray in the Super Lig.

His odyssey away from Stamford Bridge didn’t last long, however, as the iconic striker re-signed for the Blues this summer.

And English defender Gary Cahill has clearly been impressed with what he has seen: “Didier is fully fit now. He’s looking sharp and dangerous, exactly like he was when he went,” he told the Mirror.

“More so with games and getting fitness and getting sharp. He has been massive for us at Shrewsbury and he got a vital goal.”

Cahill also appeared to advocate an extended stay for the Ivorian in West London: “That’s for the club and Didier to decide but at this moment we’ve started the season well and he’s been a big part in that.

“What a character he is off the pitch, with obviously Diego playing the majority of the games but Didier is getting back to match sharpness.”

Drogba has scored three goals in a week and has deputised admirably for injured forward Diego Costa.



Trabzonspor Chief Burak Gurdal confirms Manchester United interest in Ghana’s Majeed Waris

Ghanaian forward Majeed Waris

Ghanaian forward Majeed Waris

Trabzonspor chief executive Burak Gurdal has confirmed Manchester United are interested in their attacker Abdul Majeed Waris.

Louis van Gaal’s assistant Ryan Giggs reportedly flew to Turkey last week to watch the 23-year-old Ghanaian in Trabzonspor’s 2-0 Europa League win over Lokeren.

“We have not have any direct offers however, we know Manchester United are scouting Waris and keeping close tabs on him,” Gurdal said.

“Not just Waris, we have a few players are being closely watched.

“We only signed Waris two months ago and are not interested in selling right now, but you never know what will happen in the future.”



Senegal battle France for West Ham striker Diafra Sakho


Senegalese-born forward Diafra Sakho

Senegalese-born forward Diafra Sakho

France are attempting to nick West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho away from Senegal.

The Daily Mail says the 24-year-old has played twice for Senegal but is yet to feature in a competitive fixture for the African nation meaning he is still eligible to switch allegiances.

Sakho qualifies for Les Bleus as he was a French resident from 2007 following his move to Metz ahead of joining the Hammers.

His performances for West Ham have alerted France manager Didier Deschamps.

But Senegal manager Alain Giresse, having handed the forward his international debut in a friendly against Burkina Faso in May, wants to keep Sakho from France’s clutches.

Giresse is considering handing Sakho his first ever competitive appearance in the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Egypt and Botswana in an attempt to secure his long-term international future.



Schalke undecided over Ghana midfielder KP Boateng future


Schalke forward KP Boateng

Schalke forward KP Boateng

Schalke are yet to open contract extension talks with Ghanaian midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng as he remains tied to the club until 2016.

It was initially suggested that the Ghana international had penned a four-year deal upon his arrival from AC Milan in 2013.

Schalke, though, say the agreement was for three years with the option for a further 12 months.

That clause is yet to be explored, along with possible fresh terms, as Boateng has offered no indication that he is unhappy in Germany.

Chairman of Schalke’s supervisory board Clemens Tonnies told BILD: “Kevin-Prince Boateng has a contract with our club that lasts three years.

“This deal has an option. The contract option implies that the deal will be automatically extended by one campaign if he plays a certain amount of first team games for Schalke.

“There are currently no talks on a new agreement between Kevin-Prince Boateng and Schalke. Every party has agreed on that.”


Lukaku praises ‘inspirational’ Everton teammate Samuel Eto’o

Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto'o

Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto’o

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has heaped praises on teammate Samuel Eto’o following their 3-1 victory over Burnley on Sunday, in matchday 9 of the English Premier League.

The Cameroon star hit his first brace for the Toffees at Turf Moor, with the Belgian international also on target for his fourth league goal of the season.

And Lukaku highlighted his special relationship with the former Barcelona hitman, whom he considers an inspirational mentor.

“He’s a world class player. He’s scored so many goals throughout his career and I’ve been blessed to be working with him,” the 21-year old told the Press Association.

“I spend most of the time with him. I come in at the same time as he does, I leave at the same time. We do everything together on and off the pitch as well.

“We see each other quite often. He comes to my house, I go to his house. I try to learn as much as I can from him and he tells me stories about how he worked when he was younger.

“Samuel has the same impact as Drogba and Anelka had on me when I was younger at Chelsea.

“In that aspect I think I’ve been blessed to work with top strikers like them. I hope to be one of them in the future.”


Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure named in FIFA Ballon D’or list

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Tourest 

Côte d’Ivoire and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Touré is the only African included in a 23-man shortlist for the 2014 Ballon d’Or award.

FIFA and France Football have on Tuesday unveiled the candidates for the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or and for the 2014 FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football awards.

The names of the three players who will have received the most votes from a judging panel comprising the captains and head coaches of the men’s national teams as well as some international media representatives, will be announced on 1 December.

And the winners of all of the awards will be revealed at a prestigious ceremony at the Zurich Kongresshaus on 12 January 2015.

Yaya Touré enjoyed a fantastic campaign with City last season, helping his side to their second Premier League title in three years, and was instrumental in Côte d’Ivoire’s qualification for the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014.


Gareth Bale (Wales), Karim Benzema (France), Diego Costa (Spain), Thibaut Courtois (Belgium), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Angel Di Maria (Argentina), Mario Goetze (Germany), Eden Hazard (Belgium), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Toni Kroos (Germany), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Javier Mascherano (Argentina), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas Mueller (Germany), Manuel Neuer (Germany), Neymar (Brazil), Paul Pogba (France), Sergio Ramos (Spain), Arjen Robben (Netherlands), James Rodriguez (Colombia), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Yaya Toure (Côte d’Ivoire).



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Manchester United agree new sponsorship deal with Nigerian company as stars look on thumbnail

Manchester United agree new sponsorship deal with Nigerian company as stars look on

English Premiership side, Manchester United, have signed a deal with with Chi Limited to become the club's official soft drinks partner in Nigeria.