Lokomotiv Moscow have agreed a deal with Turkish club Akhisarspor Belediyespor for the signing of Baye Oumar Niasse.
The 24-year-old Senegal international has signed a long-term contract, the Russian giants have confirmed and will wear jersey number 21 at his new club.
“Baye Oumar Niasse will reinforce and bring in diversity to our attacks. He’s a real talented forward, who can play equally as a striker or on the sides,” sportive director Kirill Kotov said after the completed transfer.
“His versatility and physical characteristics will be very useful to us to fight in three competitions this season. We are sure that Niasse will improve himself and help the team to win.”
Niasse will play with fellow Senegal international Dame N’Doye at Lokomotiv and the new signing has confirmed on the club’s official website that N’Doye himself suggested him to join Lokomotiv.
“I am a young player and the move to a big club is a new stage of my career. I’m happy Lokomotiv gives me this opportunity and I want to do great for the team, the fans, the city to justify the confidence,” he added.
Niasse began his career with US Ouakam, before moving to Norwegian side Brann on loan in 2012. He was signed by Akhisar Belediyespor a year later.
Former Zambia coach Hervé Renard is in a three-man shortlist being considered by the Executive Committee of the Ivoirian Football Federation for the position of head coach of Côte d’Ivoire, the association has announced.
Other coaches on the short list are Frédéric Antonetti and Manuel José de Jesus.
An initial five-candidate shortlist, also including French tacticians Francis Gillot and Luis Fernandez, had been submitted to the Executive body by a recruiting committee.
FIF will now conduct hearings of the three remaining applicants and reach a final decision before July 31.
The successful candidate will succeed Sabri Lamouchi at the head of the Elephants with the objective of qualifying the team for the Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2015.
The national team of Ethiopia will camp in Brazil for two weeks ahead of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers for the group stage.
Junedin Basha, the Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) President, confirmed on Tuesday that the team will first have an International friendly away to Angola on August 3, before flying to Brazil for a camp.
Ethiopia’s national side are not leaving anything to chance as they are determined to qualify for the 2015 AFCON in Morocco. Under Sewnet Bishaw, they qualified for the 2013 AFCON and also made it to the 2014 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN).
After the sacking of long-serving coach Bishaw, the Ethiopian FA appointed Portuguese-born coach Mariano Barreto over a month ago to take charge of the team.
“Besides the training camp, we shall also have some friendly games in Brazil to shape the team,” added the Ethiopia FA President
The Walia Ibex, who had a good run in the 2013 AFCON before falling to Nigeria, will have to be at their best as they battle in the 2015 qualifiers as they are grouped alongside tough opposition like Algeria, Mali and the winner between Benin and Malawi in the third round playoff. The group matches will start September 5-6.
Basha said although the Egyptian FA had also requested for a friendly match, the Ethiopian FA had already made plans for the trip in Brazil. But he added that they will be ready to face Egypt in the near future for a build-up game.
PSG’s Ivoirian new signing Serge Aurier came off the bench to help star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic complete a hat-trick in the French champions’ 6-2 victory over Kitchee in Hong Kong on Tuesday afternoon.
The home side took the lead after five minutes of play, but two goals by Hervin Ongenda and Jean-Christophe Bahebeck and a Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s brace sent PSG into the break with a three-goal lead.
Bahebeck scored number five just before the hour-mark, with Aurier making his way on the pitch a few minutes later for Dutch right-back Grégory Van der Wiel.
And it took just over ten minutes to the Ivoirian international to deliver one of his trademark wonder crosses for Ibra to head home his third of the day.
Kitchee managed, however, to narrow the gap in the last minutes of the game by Akande.
Paris Saint-Germain have kicked-off an eight-day pre-season tour in Asia last weekend, and will battle Guingamp in the ‘Trophée des Champions’, the French Super Cup, at the Workers Stadium of Beijing in China on Saturday.
Nigeria midfielder Joel Obi has put behind him all his injury problems and he will fight to stay at Inter Milan, according to his agent Renzo Contratto.
The Nigeria international is in pre-season training camp with Inter and looked to have overcome his injury woes which affected him for the past two seasons with a good display against Real Madrid.
“Obi is earning his place? To say that he is earning the spot for me is perhaps an exaggeration. To say that he is proving to be a player that Inter need is certainly right. I’ve always said that he is a player who, when he is well, can play for Inter,” his agent told fcinternews.
“He always has the respect of the club and that was proved when he signed a major contract even when he was injured.
“He has had a series of injuries that have affected him so far in his career. If he can overcome these difficulties, he has everything to fight for the stay at Inter.
“Obi has all the qualities to be useful to a coach. He’s a great professional, a focused player and from the tactical point of view, he offers a flexibility that is not found in many players.
“I think he has a good chance to fight to stay at Inter.
“The important thing is that Obi has sent out a signal to those in charge that the difficulties are behind him, this is the most important thing. Everything else comes after.”
Aston Villa are the latest club to be linked with Chelsea winger Victor Moses.
The 23-year old Nigeria international is unlikely to be used by Jose Mourinho this season and could once again be farmed out to a rival Premier League club.
Villa boss Paul Lambert is believed to be showing considerable interest in Moses who is also a target for West Bromwich Albion, Everton, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace.
Moses spent last season with Liverpool, making 22 appearances in all competitions, including six Premier League starts for the Reds.
Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Bertrand Traore is looking forward to facing parent club Chelsea.
Chelsea will spend several days at Vitesse this preseason and will also play a friendly against their partner club.
“This is really a great match. Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world. And it is my club,” smiled Traore.
“Of course, like any game, I’ll play to win.”
Traore is set for his second season on-loan at Vitesse, after scoring three goals in 15 games last term.
Cameroonian midfielder Alexandre Song has returned back home immediately after joining team mates for pre season for family reasons and is set to miss out on the first days of the camp.
Spanish giants FC Barcelona are currently on a six-day training camp in Birmingham on Monday.
The 26-year-old had returned to the club last Thursday after enjoying an extended break following his appearance at the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014.
Barca new boss Luis Enrique led his first training session on Monday afternoon at St George’s Park with 25 players, in the absence of Adriano Correia, Alex Song and his Argentine and Brazilian internationals Javier Mascherano, Lionel Messi, Dani Alves and Neymar.
The Catalan side has three friendlies scheduled in August, against Nice, Napoli and Helsinki and will kick-off his La Liga campaign against Elche on August 24.
Al Hilal have parted ways with Brazilian coach Paulo Campos for his behaviour during their 2-1 away defeat to AS Vita Club in a in the CAF Champions League on Sunday.
A late penalty awarded to the home side sparked anger among the Sudanese side, with Campos rushing towards the referee followed by his players and allegedly attempting to assault the match official.
“The board decided to terminate the contract of coach Campos and he has been informed of his release. The coach is supposed to be an instructor and should behave in an acceptable way. He did the opposite when he ran towards the referee, followed by players who see him as a role model, until he was stopped by the police,” Al Hilal secretary general Emad Al-Tayeb stated on the club’s Facebook page.
“This action will have severe consequences on Al-Hilal and that is why we terminated his contract and his assistant Al-Tag Mahgoub will be in charge of our next game against TP Mazembe.
“We also filed an official complaint to the CAF regarding the actions of the referee and the stoppage time,” he added.
Third on the log in Group A on four points, Al Hilal are trailing the DR Congo duo of AS Vita Club and TP Mazembe by three points with two more games to go in this Group stage.
Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony is “not for sale” according to manager Garry Monk.
The 25-year-old, who signed for a club record £12m in July 2013, scored 25 goals in his first season with the Swans.
Despite being linked with a move away from the Liberty Stadium, Monk said there has been no offers for the striker.
“We’ve had no contact from anyone at all,” said Monk.
Monk said Bony will play some part against Exeter City on Tuesday 29 July.
One of the clubs reportedly interested in the Ivory Coast international is Liverpool, who are looking for strikers following the sale of Luis Suarez.
The Merseyside club’s boss Brendan Rogers, could return to his old club for Bony, especially following the collapse of the Reds’ £8.5m deal for QPR striker Loic Remy.
Monk said the only way Bony will leave the Liberty Stadium is for a big transfer fee.
“At the end of the day he’s [Bony] not for sale, unless someone comes in with an astronomical offer,” said Monk.
“Unless they want to pay an astronomical fee he’s going nowhere.”
Wilfried Bony’s agent, Dalibor Lacina said in June that any bid for the Ivory Coast striker would need to be around £20m to tempt Swansea.
He also said that the Ivory Coast striker will only leave Swansea City this summer for a top-six club.
Despite the speculation Monk insists Bony is happy at the club.
“It would be silly for any player to say ‘I only want to stay at this club’,” said Monk.
“Because if a bigger or better so-called club comes along and it’s a higher level of football, then every player’s going to do it.
“But having spoken to him [Bony], he knows he’s a Swansea City player. He knows that nothing’s happened so far.
“All he wants to do is to concentration what we are doing with Swansea City. That’s why he’s travelled with the squad. If he was thinking about going he wouldn’t be here.”