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Mikel Obi speaks on joining Fenerbahce

http://elmechstructuralengineering.com/cad-drawings Captain of the Nigerian senior national team, John Obi Mikel has responded to speculations about a move to Turkish giants, Fenerbahce. The midfielder reacted by posting his training photo with Chinese club, Tianjin Teda ahead of the new season. Turkish news portal Sabah reported over the weekend that Mikel was set to sign a contract, which runs to June 2020 and is worth €3-million per year. Reacting to this, Mikel posted on Instagram, “Pre season with Tianjin TEDA. Hard work for the new season and an exciting year ahead.” The…

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2018 World Cup: Rohr gives conditions for taking Ahmed Musa, Isaac Success

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said that Ahmed Musa and Isaac Success can only make his squad to this year’s World Cup, if their fortunes improve over the coming months. The two Nigerian forwards are enduring miserable campaigns at club level, having failed to make a Premier League appearance at Leicester City or Watford respectively since the start of the season. “Everything depends on their recovery, if they re-establish themselves or not, if they play in their clubs or not. “It depends on their form at…

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follow url Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted Friday he had no option but to allow Philippe Coutinho to join Barcelona, refusing to rule out an exit for striker Daniel Sturridge during the January transfer window. Brazil international Coutinho joined the Spanish giants earlier this week for 160 million euros ($194 million, £142 million) after failing to force through the move during the summer transfer window. “There was no other option,” said Klopp. “I knew there was a moment when it would come up again in this transfer window and it came up…

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Coutinho completes €160m Barcelona move

Philippe Coutinho officially joined Barcelona on Monday, completing a move from Liverpool thought to be worth 160 million euros ($192 million), making it the third richest transfer in history. Coutinho, 25, signed a five-year contract in a ceremony alongside Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu. But minutes before he put pen to paper, the club said a thigh injury would delay his debut until the end of January. Barca coach Ernesto Valverde has predicted the Brazilian will comfortably fit into a team already containing global superstar Lionel Messi. In a video…

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Kidnapping: Doctors threaten to withdraw services

The Cross River State Branch of the Nigeria Medical Association has threatened an indefinite withdrawal of services to members of the public starting from Monday, January 8, 2018. This was sequel to the kidnap of one its members, Dr. Usang Ekanem, on December 26, 2017 by gunmen and have yet to release him. Rising from an emergency meeting on Friday in Calabar, the state Chairman of NMA, Dr. Effiong Mkpanam, said members of the association had suffered series of abduction from kidnappers. Mkpanam, who expressed dissatisfaction with the trend, said…

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BREAKING: Nigeria drop to 51 in FIFA ranking

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will enter the New Year as the 51st best footballing country, according to the latest ranking released by FIFA on Thursday. The Nigerians also dropped to 9th in Africa. Germany, Brazil and Portugal retained the top three places in the latest FIFA rankings released Thursday. There was little movement in the FIFA charts with Argentina and Belgium completing the top five and 2018 World Cup hosts Russia placed 64th. FIFA rankings as of December 22 1. Germany 2. Brazil 3. Portugal 4. Argentina 5. Belgium…

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Ex-Sports Minister, Damishi Sango, others regain freedom

A former Minister of Sports and the Plateau State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Damishi Sango, and others kidnapped with him have regained freedom. One of the PDP elders in Plateau State, Chief Emmanuel Mangni, was also kidnapped in the attack which came less than 48 hours to the PDP national convention. They regained freedom on Sunday. The kidnappers had demanded N100m ransom which they later reduced to N50m. While Mangni was said to be the coordinator of Secondus’ chairmanship bid, other victims of the kidnappers are Sango’s son,…

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Tottenham interested in signing Inter Milan’s Geoffrey Kondogbia – sources

Tottenham are interested in a move for Geoffrey Kondogbia, but face a battle with Valencia to sign the Inter Milan midfielder, sources close to Spurs have told ESPN FC. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is keen to bring in a new midfielder in the next two transfer windows and Kondogbia features highly on his wanted list after impressing on loan at Valencia this season. The 24-year-old is currently on a season-long loan at Valencia after finding himself out of favour at Inter under manager Luciano Spalletti. Kondogbia has been a revelation…

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UCL: We’re set for Bayern, Madrid, Juve in Round of 16-Guardiola

Pep Guardiola says he is unperturbed about who Manchester City will meet in the round of 16 of this season’s UEFA Champions League. City sealed top spot in Group F with a narrow victory over Dutch champions Feyenoord thanks to Raheem Sterling’s 88th minute goal to ensure their progress with a group game to play away at second-placed Shakhtar Donetsk. In the first knockout round City could face either holders Real Madrid or last season’s runners-up Juventus who are currently second in Group H and D respectively. Another potential opponent…

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Pulis’ sack: West Brom in uncertain future

West Brom have parted company with boss Tony Pulis after a poor run of form for the Baggies in the Premier League. The Welshman looked under pressure and a 4-0 defeat at home against reigning champions Chelsea on Saturday sealed his fate. The decision is not a hard one to understand. The Midlands club are struggling for results and form, while the Baggies fans have also complained about the style of play from their team under Pulis. However, now Pulis is gone most fans will be wondering which boss can…

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