RETWTR https://twtr.i.ng A Nigerian WordPress and Free Blogs from Alert.com.ng Fri, 14 Aug 2020 00:04:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 Liverpool Reportedly Open Thaigo Talks with Bayern Munich https://twtr.i.ng/2020/08/14/liverpool-reportedly-open-thaigo-talks-with-bayern-munich/ Fri, 14 Aug 2020 00:04:02 +0000 https://twtr.i.ng/2020/08/14/liverpool-reportedly-open-thaigo-talks-with-bayern-munich/ Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images The German press believe that, for the first time, Liverpool have made contact with Bayern for Thiago Alcantara It’s been impossible for Liverpool fans to ignore the Thiago Alcantara rumours this summer, even if at times it’s been rather hard to figure out how much truth there ...

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The German press believe that, for the first time, Liverpool have made contact with Bayern for Thiago Alcantara

It’s been impossible for Liverpool fans to ignore the Thiago Alcantara rumours this summer, even if at times it’s been rather hard to figure out how much truth there is to them. Today, though, there is a sign that the 29-year-old Spaniard might really be joining the Reds.

That’s because Bild+, a reliable source for Bayern Munich news, claim today that for the first time Liverpool have made official, formal contact with the Bavarian club. Previously, any transfer talk had only suggested the Reds had only been in contact with Thiago’s agent.

After a solid month of hearing that Thiago was desperate to join the Reds—and wondering if it was all a smokescreen, an effort by the player’s agent to induce somebody else to step up and bid for him—this is the first real, significant movement in the story. Assuming it’s true.

While Bild+ are generally reliable—and certainly more so than Bild or Sportsbild—they aren’t as well connected at Bayern Munich as they once were, and even if this is a story coming from legitimate club sources there remains a chance Liverpool’s name is being used.

For those hoping to see Thiago at Anfield, though, it’s certainly a positive sign that a deal—perhaps one in the €25M range—could be on the horizon. On the flip side, a move to sign Thiago would seem to inevitably mean a senior Liverpool midfielder is set to depart.

Currently, the club have Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keïta, and Curtis Jones all needing minutes—seven senior players competing for three starting roles and a maximum of three places on the bench.

It’s the deepest part of Liverpool’s squad, and the math of adding an eighth name to the mix simply can’t be made to work if somebody isn’t leaving, whether it’s Wijnaldum—the same age as Thiago and down to the final year of his contract—or somebody else.

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Official: League and FA Cup Reduce 2020-21 Fixture List https://twtr.i.ng/2020/08/14/official-league-and-fa-cup-reduce-2020-21-fixture-list/ Fri, 14 Aug 2020 00:03:54 +0000 https://twtr.i.ng/2020/08/14/official-league-and-fa-cup-reduce-2020-21-fixture-list/ Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images In a move that should make Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp happy, the English cups will be a little bit shorter this season. Last season, an overworked Liverpool side were forced to field U23 teams twice in the domestic cups, once in the League Cup when a date against Aston Villa ...

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In a move that should make Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp happy, the English cups will be a little bit shorter this season.

Last season, an overworked Liverpool side were forced to field U23 teams twice in the domestic cups, once in the League Cup when a date against Aston Villa was scheduled 24 hours before a Club World Cup Match and once in the FA Cup when a replay disagreed with their mid-season break.

This season, such conflicts should be a little less likely, as the EFL and FA have both agreed to take steps to reduce fixture congestion in the face of a compressed season due to coronavirus, with the League Cup removing its two-legged semi-final and the FA Cup doing away with replays.

Starting with the EFL League Cup, Liverpool will enter at the third round on September 22nd or 23rd, with round four a week later and round five on December 22nd or 23rd. The semi-final will then be played on January 5th or 6th—a single-leg affair with the first drawn team hosting the match.

Then, there’s the FA Cup, which has decided to do away with replays—instead, games will now go to penalties—and has also announced it has halved the competition prize money due to coronavirus . Liverpool will enter the FA Cup in the Third Round Proper the week of January 9th.

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Okeke vows to end boredom in Anambra with Beach soccer, and women football https://twtr.i.ng/2020/08/14/okeke-vows-to-end-boredom-in-anambra-with-beach-soccer-and-women-football/ Fri, 14 Aug 2020 00:03:42 +0000 https://twtr.i.ng/2020/08/14/okeke-vows-to-end-boredom-in-anambra-with-beach-soccer-and-women-football/ Anambra State Caretaker FA Chairman, Dr. Emeka Okeke has stated that part of his plans within the next three months is to bring in the beach soccer and the women football to the state. In an exclusive chat with www.brila.net, he stated that both games will bring fun and excitement and also create avenues to clear ...

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Anambra State Caretaker FA Chairman, Dr. Emeka Okeke has stated that part of his plans within the next three months is to bring in the beach soccer and the women football to the state.

In an exclusive chat with www.brila.net, he stated that both games will bring fun and excitement and also create avenues to clear boredom from both the market women and also the entire people of the state.
“Along the banks of Anambra River(River Niger), we would start beach soccer, you know nothing will sweet market people when they close and discovers Anambra beach soccer league is playing, or Anambra women soccer is ongoing, you know men will like to go and see women more than seeing the men games but at least, it is football they are now talking about”.
“Let’s just pray when we get the right people and God provides the right resources all of these things will be achieved.

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“We might lose key players due to club’s financial instability” – Heartland boss, Ilechukwu https://twtr.i.ng/2020/08/14/we-might-lose-key-players-due-to-clubs-financial-instability-heartland-boss-ilechukwu/ Fri, 14 Aug 2020 00:03:32 +0000 https://twtr.i.ng/2020/08/14/we-might-lose-key-players-due-to-clubs-financial-instability-heartland-boss-ilechukwu/ Heartland head coach Fidelis Ilechukwu has stated that he is likely to lose vital players in the club due to challenges facing the club per finance. Ilechukwu in a chat with brila.net lamented the delay in players’ salaries and more importantly, the current financial instability rocking the Imo State-owned football club. “Few of my players ...

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Heartland head coach Fidelis Ilechukwu has stated that he is likely to lose vital players in the club due to challenges facing the club per finance.

Ilechukwu in a chat with brila.net lamented the delay in players’ salaries and more importantly, the current financial instability rocking the Imo State-owned football club.
“Few of my players are on loan to this club as I am talking to you, the contract has expired coupled with non-payment of salaries on time makes the players not to feel happy and I have tried to talk to them to be patient”
“But one thing is that football is not a pension thing, and once a player made up his mind to leave, you need to allow him because you don’t know what the future might tell, my fears right now is, Heartland FC will lose a lot of good players in this season considering what is happening presently right now. “he told brila.net.

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Men’s and Women’s Community Shield to Be Played as Double Header https://twtr.i.ng/2020/08/14/mens-and-womens-community-shield-to-be-played-as-double-header/ Fri, 14 Aug 2020 00:03:24 +0000 https://twtr.i.ng/2020/08/14/mens-and-womens-community-shield-to-be-played-as-double-header/ Photo by David Davies – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images For the first time ever, the men’s and women’s events will take place back-to-back, on the same day, at the same place. Although we would prefer to watch football that is played in front of spectators, the lack of fans has given rise to ...

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For the first time ever, the men’s and women’s events will take place back-to-back, on the same day, at the same place.

Although we would prefer to watch football that is played in front of spectators, the lack of fans has given rise to an interesting opportunity: namely, playing both the men’s and women’s Community Shields back-to-back at Wembley on August 29th.

Today, the FA announced that the women’s Community shield—the first since 2008—will take place between Manchester City and Chelsea at 12:30 BST, 4 hours before the men kickoff.

“We are proud to announce the first ever double header of The FA’s Community Shield at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 29 August,” FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said.

“It’s a sign of our commitment to the women’s game and its growth, to have a curtain raiser that mirrors that of the men, with another high-profile fixture at Wembley Stadium.”

Liverpool, of course, will be facing off against Arsenal in the men’s rendition of the traditional season opener between league and FA Cup winners. Sadly, Liverpool Women are nowhere near it after finishing dead last and being relegated last season.

The additional exposure for the women’s game, especially on such a high-profile day, can only be a good thing. It is also a good sign that they are bringing back the women’s Community Shield after a 12 year hiatus. Hopefully the exposure and TV revenue will provide a much needed boost to the league that needed to close up shop when the pandemic hit.

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Ismaila Sarr: Everyone Would Love to Play for Liverpool https://twtr.i.ng/2020/08/14/ismaila-sarr-everyone-would-love-to-play-for-liverpool/ Fri, 14 Aug 2020 00:03:15 +0000 https://twtr.i.ng/2020/08/14/ismaila-sarr-everyone-would-love-to-play-for-liverpool/ Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images The heavily-linked Watford winger definitely won’t fuel transfer speculation with his latest comments. Nope. Not at all. Now that Liverpool have sorted one major area of concern with back-up leftback Kostas Tsimikas, all eyes turn to Watford’s Ismaila Sarr. The Senegalese winger—has one of those ever been a success at ...

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The heavily-linked Watford winger definitely won’t fuel transfer speculation with his latest comments. Nope. Not at all.

Now that Liverpool have sorted one major area of concern with back-up leftback Kostas Tsimikas, all eyes turn to Watford’s Ismaila Sarr.

The Senegalese winger—has one of those ever been a success at Liverpool? I’m struggling to remember—has been heavily linked with a move to Merseyside this summer.

His latest comments, published in Senegalese publication Sans Limites, are only likely to increase speculation that he’s planning a move to Liverpool.

“Liverpool are a really great team, everyone would love to play there,” Sarr said in the interview. “They won the Premier League this year and the Champions League last year.

“But there are other great teams in the English league,” he continued. “Frankly, I have yet to make a choice. If I am to leave, I just hope it is for a good team. At the moment, it is just guesswork.”

“I still have years left on my contract with Watford; another four years. If Watford want me to stay, I’ll play in the Championship. A departure depends on them as well as me. This is normal.”

So, I think he’s covered most of the possibilities. Either he’s moving to Liverpool. Or another Premier League team. Or staying at Watford. Cool.

For what it’s worth, his comments indicate that he’s pretty relaxed about the whole ordeal. Maybe we should be too?

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Austin Opara terminates his contract with Enyimba https://twtr.i.ng/2020/08/14/austin-opara-terminates-his-contract-with-enyimba/ Fri, 14 Aug 2020 00:03:09 +0000 https://twtr.i.ng/2020/08/14/austin-opara-terminates-his-contract-with-enyimba/ Defender Austin Opara has parted ways with Enyimba International of Aba, despite joining the club twelve months ago. Opara reached an agreement to terminated his contract despite having two more years on his contract he signed last year.   Opara joined the 2019 Nigeria professional football league Champions after ending his successful spell with the ...

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Defender Austin Opara has parted ways with Enyimba International of Aba, despite joining the club twelve months ago.

Opara reached an agreement to terminated his contract despite having two more years on his contract he signed last year.

 

Opara joined the 2019 Nigeria professional football league Champions after ending his successful spell with the MFM Football Club of Lagos, where he captained the team for several seasons.

 

Opara arrived Aba giants with much promise but he found first-team opportunities difficult to come by, no thanks to the solid partnership of Anaemena and Adebayo at the back.

 

The hard-tackling defender is also behind Nelson Ogbonnaya down the pecking order, which only makes him Fatai Osho’s fourth choice.

 

Opara is however free to join any team of his choice ahead of 2020-2021 campaign.

 

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Vincent Edafe joins Abia Warriors from Dakkada FC https://twtr.i.ng/2020/08/14/vincent-edafe-joins-abia-warriors-from-dakkada-fc/ Fri, 14 Aug 2020 00:03:03 +0000 https://twtr.i.ng/2020/08/14/vincent-edafe-joins-abia-warriors-from-dakkada-fc/ Former Dakkada FC goalkeeper, Vincent Edafe, has put pen to paper with the Umuahia warlords, Abia Warriors ahead of the 2020/21 Nigeria Professional league season. The 19-year-old says he is delighted to have joined Warriors, a Club he feels offers him everything he needs to win trophies and have a successful career.   “Warriors have ...

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Former Dakkada FC goalkeeper, Vincent Edafe, has put pen to paper with the Umuahia warlords, Abia Warriors ahead of the 2020/21 Nigeria Professional league season.

The 19-year-old says he is delighted to have joined Warriors, a Club he feels offers him everything he needs to win trophies and have a successful career.

 

“Warriors have been the best side in Nigeria Professional league since joining the Nigerian topflight league in 2013” he said.

 

“Coming here is a dream for me. This is a top side full of young and talented players.

 

Everywhere you look in this squad there are big names with pedigree.

 

Abia Warriors Sporting Director,  Mr Patrick Ngwaogu added: “Edafe is a quality goalkeeper. He was one of the outstanding goalkeepers in the league last season during his time at Dakkada Fc, and I am so pleased we’ve managed to bring him here.

 

“He’s quick and has amazing reflexes, and we feel he has the technical and intellectual attributes needed to excel in the new manager setup.

 

“Working with this squad, which is full of young and talented players, will raise his level the more, and we are looking forward to seeing what he can achieve here in the coming years.”

 

The Warri born goalkeeper was handful for opposing teams last season new boys,  as his great goalkeeping artistry contributed greatly to the good run of form for Dakkada.

 

Statistically, the lanky goalkeeper featured in 21 games for Dakkada as he contested keenly for the best goalkeepers in the league and kept (8) clean sheet for his side.

 

Edafe’s footballing journey began at Warri based club side, J.Atete before joining Uyo based outfit, Dakkada FC from NNL down to the premier league.

 

Everyone at Abia Warriors is excited to welcome Edafe into the fold and we all hope he can have a long and successful period at the Club.

 

 

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Gerrard warns Aribo, Balogun, others against complacency https://twtr.i.ng/2020/08/14/gerrard-warns-aribo-balogun-others-against-complacency/ Fri, 14 Aug 2020 00:02:58 +0000 https://twtr.i.ng/2020/08/14/gerrard-warns-aribo-balogun-others-against-complacency/ Rangers boss Steven Gerrard warned Joe Aribo, Leon Balogun, and other players that they cannot take their opponents lightly despite being in good form. Aribo and Balogun helped the club to a 3 – 0 win against St Johnstone on Wednesday, with the former Charlton Athletics getting on his name on the score sheet.   ...

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard warned Joe Aribo, Leon Balogun, and other players that they cannot take their opponents lightly despite being in good form.

Aribo and Balogun helped the club to a 3 – 0 win against St Johnstone on Wednesday, with the former Charlton Athletics getting on his name on the score sheet.

 

Speaking after the game, Gerrard said Aribo, Balogun, and others became sloppy after going 3-0 up before half time.

 

He said his players let the game die instead of maintaining their rhythm and standards over the course of the 90 minutes.

 

The Liverpool legend who is irritated by the poor second-half display from his side said he has enough qualities on the bench to replace players who are can’t sustain their standards for 90 minutes.

 

“You probably think I’m a moaner but even though we won the game comfortably 3-0, we can still learn a lot collectively and as individuals. The important thing tonight was to get minuted into Kemar, you can see him picking up some really interesting areas, so it’s only a matter of time before he gets fully fit.

 

“The best players play, those who contribute and perform at a consistent level. I said to the players tonight: ‘While you’ve got the shirt, do your best to keep it’ because there is quality on the bench.” He said.

 

Rangers are sitting on top of the Scottish Premiership summit after winning all three matches in the new season.

 

 

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Sikiru Alimi scores for Stade Tunisien in 2-1 loss to US Tataouine https://twtr.i.ng/2020/08/14/sikiru-alimi-scores-for-stade-tunisien-in-2-1-loss-to-us-tataouine/ Fri, 14 Aug 2020 00:02:47 +0000 https://twtr.i.ng/2020/08/14/sikiru-alimi-scores-for-stade-tunisien-in-2-1-loss-to-us-tataouine/ Former Lobi stars forward Sikiru Alimi was on target for his club Stade Tunisien in their Tunisian Ligue one clash with US Tataouine Wednesday. Alimi scored his side’s only goal of the game in the second half, but it was not enough to earn them a point against their hosts.   The game ended 2 ...

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Former Lobi stars forward Sikiru Alimi was on target for his club Stade Tunisien in their Tunisian Ligue one clash with US Tataouine Wednesday.

Alimi scored his side’s only goal of the game in the second half, but it was not enough to earn them a point against their hosts.

 

The game ended 2 – 1 in the favor of the home side, but Alimi left a very huge impression at the Stade Nijjeh Khattab stadium.

 

Mohamed Ali Ben Abdessalem scored the opener for US Tataouine, before Haytham Mohamad converted a penalty to make it 2 – 0.

 

Alimi reduced the deficit for his side four minutes after the hour mark, but the host defended for their lives to see off the Stade Tunisien.

 

The defeat left Stade Munastir in 7th place on the table with 27 points from 19 matches.

 

 

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