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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

 

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SAFA sets agenda to rid South Africa off illegal guns on the streets

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The South African Football Association will call for a law to remove all illegal guns from the streets, Danny Jordaan announced in Johannesburg on Thursday.

“We will take those guns to the furnace and build a statue of Senzo Meyiwa,” Jordaan told families and sports fans gathered at the Standard Bank Arena to pay homage to three sporting icons who died over the past week.

“You will decide how big that statue will be. That Senzo Meyiwa will stand in front of SAFA house. When you walk in, you must walk past Senzo.”

The Bafana Bafana captain was shot dead in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, while visiting his singer girlfriend Kelly Khumalo on Sunday evening. Two men entered the house demanding cellphones and shot him before fleeing.

Former world champion 800m sensation Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was killed in a car accident in Mpumalanga on Friday on his way to Johannesburg when he lost control of his car.

Welterweight boxer Phindile Mwelase died on Saturday after being in coma for two weeks following a bout.

The service attended by, among others, ANC veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, and Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba, started nearly an hour late.

Jordaan said more details about the law would be released on Tuesday. He said they wanted to unveil the statue before the team departed for the African Confederations Cup in 2015.

He said Meyiwa had brought hope to the nation.

“With Senzo in goal and wearing the armband, we believed again. We believed that Senzo would take us to our first Afcon since 2008. Senzo’s energy used to create something useful in the team. We need to use it to build a safe and just South Africa,” he said.

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Keshi open to Super Eagles return as national team coach

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Stephen Keshi says he will be open to return as Nigeria coach, if he was asked to do so by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered Keshi be reinstated as the country’s coach after he was earlier sacked by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

When asked if he was aware of the Presidential order on Thursday in Abuja, Keshi told AfricanFootball.com: “Well I am just hearing from you.

“But if the President of my country asked me to return, who am I to refuse.”

‘Big Boss’ is at press time locked in a meeting with the country’s sports minister Tammy Danagogo.

Keshi had earlier refused to comment on speculations he was to return as the country’s coach just weeks after he was eased out with Nigeria in danger of missing out on next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

Several top sources have confirmed that President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered Keshi be re-instated and given a contract.

This was after his meeting with NFF president Amaju Pinnick and Chris Giwa at the Aso Rock Villa Wednesday night.

“Keshi is back as Nigeria coach and he will be the one to lead the Super Eagles against Congo and South Africa next month,” one of the top sources informed AfricanFootball.com

An official statement is now being expected in this respect.

Meanwhile, according to an official press release by the NFF on Thursday, Shuaibu Amodu has pleaded passionately with the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation to allow Stephen Keshi handle the Super Eagles for the two remaining matches of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

In a letter dated 27th October, 2014 and addressed to NFF president Amaju Pinnick through the Chairman of NFF Technical Committee, the 56 –year old tactician who was named as new Head Coach penultimate week, said he wanted Keshi reconsidered for the two matches as the time –frame is too short to tinker with the fabric of the squad or start to build a new one altogether.

“Following wide consultations that I have carefully made within the past two weeks since the appointment, and for the sake of professionalism, I want to specially appeal to you to reconsider the matter and allow Stephen Keshi to finish the project that he has started – the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying race,” requested Amodu.

“Sir, my opinion also is that the time –frame is too short to start tinkering with the fabric of the team or attempt to build a new team altogether.

“As technical director of the NFF, I am ready and willing to help build a better relationship among Keshi (with whom I have enjoyed good working relationship in the past and who is still very close to me), the players and the NFF technical committee.

“I am assuring you, Mr. President, that I will offer whatever assistance required by Keshi and his crew for the remaining two matches, and also be there to offer advice, suggestions and efforts towards building a stronger Super Eagles team after the qualifying race.”

Nigeria play Congo Brazzaville in Pointe Noire on November 15, before taking on South Africa in Uyo four days later, needing to not only win both matches but defeat Congo by a margin of two goals away, to stand any chance of qualifying for the 2015 finals.

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“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.

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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.

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Broke Malawi considering to opt out of AFCON 2015 qualifiers

Malawi could opt out of AFCON 2015

Malawi could opt out of AFCON 2015

Malawi may have to take the decision to pull out of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, due to insufficient finances.

The general secretary of the Malawi Football Association, Suzgyo Nyirenda told the BBC that the organisation are attempting to secure sponsorship to be able to play their remaining fixtures and said: “The cut-off point for a decision will be 4th/5th November.

“We cannot go into camp without the funds so we are contemplating pulling out of the competition. It would be the last resort. We are trying to engage a number of organisations to give us US$155,000 to complete the assignment.”

Nyirenda stated that not only would the senior side be banned but the youth teams would also be affected by a decision to pull out.

“If we cannot raise the money we will be fined and banned (by the Confederation of African Football) and even our youth teams will be affected,” he added.

According to the general secretary, despite the increased improvement of the Malawian national team, funding has always been an issue and branded the current conundrum as ‘pathetic’.

“We thought Malawi was progressing well, in terms of performances and rankings, but funding has always been a problem and this shows the situation in the country.

“It is pathetic we have reached this position. We are hopeful something will happen, but if the situation remains the same we will definitely have to pull out.”

If Malawi do indeed pull out their results would be declared void, leaving Mali and Ethiopia level on points in Group B.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Stephen Keshi makes dramatic return as Nigeria coach despite being sacked weeks ago

Stephen Keshi was sacked as Nigeria coach

Stephen Keshi was sacked as Nigeria coach

Embattled Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has apparently been reinstated as coach of the senior national team, the Super Eagles.

Media officer of the Super Eagles team , Toyin Ibitoye tweeted on Thursday that : “Keshi returns as @NGSuperEagles coach”, coming that the Keshi is back at post.

According to reports, the Big Boss has been asked to return to his post, as part of the reconciliatory moves in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). President Goodluck Jonathan has also asked the Chris Giwa-board to withdraw its case from court, as FIFA’s Friday deadline looms.

Keshi was dismissed on October 16 by the Amaju Pinnick-led board, despite leading the African champions to a 3-1 win over Sudan in Abuja. Former handler Shuaibu Amodu was then appointed as caretaker coach.

The NFF is yet to release any official statement on the issue.

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Nigeria escapes FIFA ban as rival FA chief withdraws court case

Nigeria have faced a crisis in their football in recent times

Nigeria have faced a crisis in their football in recent times

Self-styled president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Chris Giwa, has withdrawn his legal suit against the football federation, saving the nation from a FIFA ban.

The NFF had up to noon on Friday, to sort out the crisis in the Glass House or be suspended from every international competition and association until May 2015 at least.

According to reports, Giwa withdrew the case in the Federal High Court in Jos, Plateau State, based on a directive from President Goodluck Jonathan.

Sources claim that Jonathan held a meeting with the Amaji Pinnick-led board on Wednesday night in Abuja and expressed his embarrassment over the crisis that has engulfed the NFF. He ordered Pinnick to reach a compromise with the Giwa faction and look for solutions.

Giwa reportedly gave two conditions for him to withdraw the case. First, he asked for the NFF Committee to be dissolved and reconstituted to accomodate him.

Both sides are believed to have reached some form of agreement and Giwa submitted 10 names to be put on all Boards of the NFF.

The second condition was for Stephen Keshi to be reinstated as Super Eagles coach. Although this suggestion was met wit resistance, the Pinnick-led board eventually conceded.

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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.
SAFA sets agenda to rid South Africa off illegal guns on the streets thumbnail

SAFA sets agenda to rid South Africa off illegal guns on the streets

The South African Football Association will call for a law to remove all illegal guns from the streets, Danny Jordaan announced in Johannesburg on Thursday.
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Keshi open to Super Eagles return as national team coach

Stephen Keshi says he will be open to return as Nigeria coach, if he was asked to do so by President Goodluck Jonathan.
“Eto’o is a gift from the Gods” -Everton manager Roberton Martinez thumbnail

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

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has hailed striker Samuel Eto’o for his influence on the Toffees’ squad since moving to Goodison Park.
Bony, Sakho in race for top Premier League award thumbnail

Bony, Sakho in race for top Premier League award

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.
Broke Malawi considering to opt out of AFCON 2015 qualifiers thumbnail

Broke Malawi considering to opt out of AFCON 2015 qualifiers

Malawi may have to take the decision to pull out of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, due to insufficient finances.