What a massive bonus ahead of Super Eagles Players in AFCON 2019.

The Super Eagles players are on a massive $95,000 bonus each to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, Sports Extra reports.
The Eagles are already guaranteed $10,000 for their 1-0 win over Burundi on Saturday. They are also guaranteed $20,000 if they win their remaining Group B matches against Guinea and Madagascar.

The players will receive $12,500 should they record another win in the round of 16.

Gernot Rohr’s men will get $15,000 and $17,500 respectively for victories in the quarter-final and the semi-final, while a win in the final will see the three-time AFCON winners earn a $20,000 match bonus each.

 

“Group stage wins: $10k; Round of 16: $12.5k; QF: $15k; SF: $17.5k. And if they win the final: $20k. So, each player would earn $95,000 for winning AFCON2019,” a member of the Nigeria Football Federation’s Reforms Committee, Osasu Obayiuwana, disclosed.

He added that Rohr would earn twice the amount of what his players get, while goalkeepers trainer and assistant coach Alloy Agu and Imama Amapakabo will receive 75 per cent of what Rohr gets. The backroom staff are entitled to 75 per cent of what the players earn.

The Eagles take on the Syli Nationale of Guinea in their next Group B match on Wednesday, at the Alexandria stadium.

 

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How Qatar was humiliated by Flying Eagles.

LAGOS – Flying Eagles of Nigeria kicked off their 2019 FIFA Under-20 World Cup campaign with a 4-0 defeat of Qatar on Friday.

The coach Paul Aigbogun lads lived up to expectations from the blast of the referee’s whistle as Maxwell Effiom scored the first goal in the 12th minute of play while Henry Offia made it two in the 24th minutes for the Nigerians.

 

Manchester City young star, Tom Dele Bashiru scored the third goal in the 68th minutes as Olasunkanmi Aliyu capped the goals for the Nigerians in the 74th minutes.

Meanwhile, Coach Aigbogun in spite of the victory, has promised that they would not underrate any team at the ongoing tournament.

 

“We have started well and it is our prayer that the players will continue to live up to expectations.

“Winning the first group match is something that is good for the team, but sustaining the tempo is another thing.

“We hope to sustain the tempo in our subsequent matches.

“We are here to do our best and to make Nigeria proud,” Aigbogun told media.

“No team is a small team anymore. We want to do our best and come out top of the group.

“We have a few lads in the team that are new because we made a few changes to the team that played the African qualifiers. These players will hopefully add quality to the team.”

It would be recalled that the Flying Eagles have never won the Under-20 World Cup, with their best outings being the 1989 and 2005 editions, where they finished as runners-up behind Portugal and Argentina, respectively.

The Flying Eagles will now play the United States on Monday, May 27 in their second Group match.

In some of the other matches played on Friday, Honduras lost 0-5 to New Zealand while Colombia shocked hosts, Poland 2-0. In another match already decided Japan drew 1-1 with Ecuador.

Earlier on Thursday, Senegal had defeated Thaiti 3-0.

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‘It hurts’: Valencia inflict first defeat on Zidane’s new Madrid

Zinedine Zidane dropped Gareth Bale and endured his first defeat since returning to Real Madrid as his side were deservedly beaten 2-1 by a resurgent Valencia on Wednesday.

The last time Zidane left Bale on the bench, the Welshman proved a spectacular substitute against Liverpool in the Champions League final 10 months ago but there was to be no rescue act at Mestalla.

Instead, Valencia surged to a convincing victory, Goncalo Guedes and Ezequiel Garay scoring in each half to leave Marcelino’s team within a point of La Liga’s top four. Karim Benzema headed in a late consolation in injury-time.

“We lacked a bit of spark up front,” Zidane said. “I am not going to criticise my players. They have tried and we played a good team. But losing always hurts.”

After a miserable start to the season, Valencia could yet enjoy a barnstorming finish.

 

Champions League qualification is now within touching distance while a Copa del Rey final against Barcelona and Europa League last 16 tie against Villarreal still await.

“The game played out how we hoped,” said Marcelino. “It was a complete performance.”

For Zidane, after two opening victories, this was perhaps something of a reality check, even if Madrid’s reappointed coach has insisted he is under no illusions regarding the task ahead.

They now trail leaders Barcelona by 13 points, the exact same margin they were behind the Catalans under Zidane at this stage last season.

This was reminiscent too of the limp displays that have undone Madrid in recent months, blunt in the final third, overly-generous in defence and bereft of either snap or spark in midfield.

Bale had started each of Zidane’s first two games, offering hope there might yet be a future for him in the new era, but his relegation to the bench suggests the Frenchman’s old doubts may linger.

Zidane’s press conference on Tuesday had been littered with questions about players’ futures but Raphael Varane and Marcelo both started in defence, as did Keylor Navas, restored in goal ahead of Zidane’s son Luca and the injured Thibaut Courtois.

Valencia were far superior in the first half and the only surprise was that it took 35 minutes for them to score.

Navas punched a corner to the edge of the box where Guedes bounced the ball off Carlos Soler, stopped it and curled between the goalkeeper’s right hand and the near post.

Valencia unleashed a series of efforts in search of a second. Kevin Gameiro headed wide, Geoffrey Kondogbia half-volleyed over and Rodrigo’s bending shot whistled inches past the post.

Madrid had barely featured as Bale came on for Marco Asensio in the 64th minute, along with Isco, who replaced the quiet Toni Kroos.

Bale might have had an equaliser shortly after had it not been for Dani Parejo’s sliding block and then the he sent a sumptous pass to the far post, but it was cleared away from the waiting Benzema.

Valencia should have wrapped it up with 15 minutes left as five sprawled forward on the break but Rodrigo miscontrolled while his cutback was flicked by Soler, harmlessly into the hands of Navas.

If Madrid were more threatening they might have capitalised but there was no counter and instead victory was secured when Garay headed in Parejo’s cross with seven minutes left.

Sergio Ramos had a late penalty taken off him, ruled out by VAR, before Benzema nodded in a consolation in added time. It was too little too late.

 

 

 

Champions League qualification is now within touching distance while a Copa del Rey final against Barcelona and Europa League last 16 tie against Villarreal still await.

“The game played out how we hoped,” said Marcelino. “It was a complete performance.”

For Zidane, after two opening victories, this was perhaps something of a reality check, even if Madrid’s reappointed coach has insisted he is under no illusions regarding the task ahead.

They now trail leaders Barcelona by 13 points, the exact same margin they were behind the Catalans under Zidane at this stage last season.

This was reminiscent too of the limp displays that have undone Madrid in recent months, blunt in the final third, overly-generous in defence and bereft of either snap or spark in midfield.

Bale had started each of Zidane’s first two games, offering hope there might yet be a future for him in the new era, but his relegation to the bench suggests the Frenchman’s old doubts may linger.

Zidane’s press conference on Tuesday had been littered with questions about players’ futures but Raphael Varane and Marcelo both started in defence, as did Keylor Navas, restored in goal ahead of Zidane’s son Luca and the injured Thibaut Courtois.

Valencia were far superior in the first half and the only surprise was that it took 35 minutes for them to score.

Navas punched a corner to the edge of the box where Guedes bounced the ball off Carlos Soler, stopped it and curled between the goalkeeper’s right hand and the near post.

Valencia unleashed a series of efforts in search of a second. Kevin Gameiro headed wide, Geoffrey Kondogbia half-volleyed over and Rodrigo’s bending shot whistled inches past the post.

Madrid had barely featured as Bale came on for Marco Asensio in the 64th minute, along with Isco, who replaced the quiet Toni Kroos.

Bale might have had an equaliser shortly after had it not been for Dani Parejo’s sliding block and then the he sent a sumptous pass to the far post, but it was cleared away from the waiting Benzema.

Valencia should have wrapped it up with 15 minutes left as five sprawled forward on the break but Rodrigo miscontrolled while his cutback was flicked by Soler, harmlessly into the hands of Navas.

If Madrid were more threatening they might have capitalised but there was no counter and instead victory was secured when Garay headed in Parejo’s cross with seven minutes left.

Sergio Ramos had a late penalty taken off him, ruled out by VAR, before Benzema nodded in a consolation in added time. It was too little too late.

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Sane still in Guardiola’s plans after benching

Pep Guardiola has reassured Leroy Sane that he has a future at Manchester City despite failing to make the starting line-up in their opening two Premier League matches.

Sane was named the Premier League’s young player of the year in April, having scored 14 goals and provided 19 assists in all competitions as City won the English title and the League Cup.

However, the 22-year-old was left out of Germany’s squad for the World Cup, and has seen his City opportunities limited this season, appearing as a substitute in their league victories over Arsenal and Huddersfield.

Guardiola preferred to use Raheem Sterling in a left-sided forward role at the Emirates Stadium, and featured Benjamin Mendy as an attacking wing-back as Huddersfield were thrashed 6-1 last Sunday.

However, the City manager says Sane’s chances will come, and that he is not being pushed to the fringes of the squad.

“In the past two weeks in training, I’ve seen the Leroy that I know and we know. I am delighted about that,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday.

“You know about his performances in pre-season, he arrived late and now he is getting back to being like Leroy is.

“We have six excellent strikers and not all of them can play. He is not being left out because we are unhappy with his performance. We have to choose now Mendy is playing more wide. That is the reason why.

“He is ready with his physical condition. He doesn’t need much time to get in better condition, it is not about that.”

Guardiola hinted the frustration of being left out of the World Cup had caused Sane to lose focus when he returned to City duty in pre-season.

“I understand the disappointment of missing the World Cup – for young players it is an important issue,” he said.

“But in football, and sport and life, there is the next one and the next one. He came back, he was in the United States with us for pre-season and stayed there. He took a little bit more time to settle and now he is ready.

“It is not the case that when someone in this team is not playing that I’m not happy with them or they don’t deserve it.

“I have to choose and they have to be ready. We have played two games and the competition has just started.

“I have never complained about Leroy’s behaviour in the training sessions or matches. What he did last season was so important.”

BIG INJURIES

Guardiola, meanwhile, has called on the Premier League to loosen its rules on emergency signings outside the transfer window after his struggles to find goalkeeping cover in the past few days.

City lost Claudio Bravo on Monday to an Achilles tendon injury, leaving the club with no experienced back-up for Ederson, their first choice ‘keeper, after selling Joe Hart to Burnley and Angus Gunn to Southampton before the English transfer window closed on August 9.

Aro Muric, the Montenegro Under-21 international, has been recalled from a season’s loan at Dutch side NAC Breda to act as second choice, with youth graduate Daniel Grimshaw the other keeper in City’s squad.

Asked if the rules should be looked at, Guardiola said: “Yes. Not just for goalkeepers but for when there are big, big injuries to players.

“If we had not been allowed to bring back Aro, I don’t know what would have happened.

“But the rules are the rules. Maybe the federation can think about that when there are long, long injuries and it is still the period where the European window is open. Then maybe you could do it.

“Here it is closed, and it is good that the competition starts with the whole squad. But maybe we could think about that, especially when the injuries are five or six months.”

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Sane still in Guardiola’s plans after benching

Pep Guardiola has reassured Leroy Sane that he has a future at Manchester City despite failing to make the starting line-up in their opening two Premier League matches.

Sane was named the Premier League’s young player of the year in April, having scored 14 goals and provided 19 assists in all competitions as City won the English title and the League Cup.

However, the 22-year-old was left out of Germany’s squad for the World Cup, and has seen his City opportunities limited this season, appearing as a substitute in their league victories over Arsenal and Huddersfield.

Guardiola preferred to use Raheem Sterling in a left-sided forward role at the Emirates Stadium, and featured Benjamin Mendy as an attacking wing-back as Huddersfield were thrashed 6-1 last Sunday.

However, the City manager says Sane’s chances will come, and that he is not being pushed to the fringes of the squad.

“In the past two weeks in training, I’ve seen the Leroy that I know and we know. I am delighted about that,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday.

“You know about his performances in pre-season, he arrived late and now he is getting back to being like Leroy is.

“We have six excellent strikers and not all of them can play. He is not being left out because we are unhappy with his performance. We have to choose now Mendy is playing more wide. That is the reason why.

“He is ready with his physical condition. He doesn’t need much time to get in better condition, it is not about that.”

Guardiola hinted the frustration of being left out of the World Cup had caused Sane to lose focus when he returned to City duty in pre-season.

“I understand the disappointment of missing the World Cup – for young players it is an important issue,” he said.

“But in football, and sport and life, there is the next one and the next one. He came back, he was in the United States with us for pre-season and stayed there. He took a little bit more time to settle and now he is ready.

“It is not the case that when someone in this team is not playing that I’m not happy with them or they don’t deserve it.

“I have to choose and they have to be ready. We have played two games and the competition has just started.

“I have never complained about Leroy’s behaviour in the training sessions or matches. What he did last season was so important.”

BIG INJURIES

Guardiola, meanwhile, has called on the Premier League to loosen its rules on emergency signings outside the transfer window after his struggles to find goalkeeping cover in the past few days.

City lost Claudio Bravo on Monday to an Achilles tendon injury, leaving the club with no experienced back-up for Ederson, their first choice ‘keeper, after selling Joe Hart to Burnley and Angus Gunn to Southampton before the English transfer window closed on August 9.

Aro Muric, the Montenegro Under-21 international, has been recalled from a season’s loan at Dutch side NAC Breda to act as second choice, with youth graduate Daniel Grimshaw the other keeper in City’s squad.

Asked if the rules should be looked at, Guardiola said: “Yes. Not just for goalkeepers but for when there are big, big injuries to players.

“If we had not been allowed to bring back Aro, I don’t know what would have happened.

“But the rules are the rules. Maybe the federation can think about that when there are long, long injuries and it is still the period where the European window is open. Then maybe you could do it.

“Here it is closed, and it is good that the competition starts with the whole squad. But maybe we could think about that, especially when the injuries are five or six months.”

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Bienvenue à un autre édition de vendredi français. If you’ve been reading or simply passing through my blog, you’ll see that the World Cup fever has taken over. Before I continue, I just want to say how happy I am for Les Bleus moving on to the round of 16 in the coupe du monde. They have […]

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Sane still in Guardiola’s plans after benching

Pep Guardiola has reassured Leroy Sane that he has a future at Manchester City despite failing to make the starting line-up in their opening two Premier League matches.

Sane was named the Premier League’s young player of the year in April, having scored 14 goals and provided 19 assists in all competitions as City won the English title and the League Cup.

However, the 22-year-old was left out of Germany’s squad for the World Cup, and has seen his City opportunities limited this season, appearing as a substitute in their league victories over Arsenal and Huddersfield.

Guardiola preferred to use Raheem Sterling in a left-sided forward role at the Emirates Stadium, and featured Benjamin Mendy as an attacking wing-back as Huddersfield were thrashed 6-1 last Sunday.

However, the City manager says Sane’s chances will come, and that he is not being pushed to the fringes of the squad.

“In the past two weeks in training, I’ve seen the Leroy that I know and we know. I am delighted about that,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday.

“You know about his performances in pre-season, he arrived late and now he is getting back to being like Leroy is.

“We have six excellent strikers and not all of them can play. He is not being left out because we are unhappy with his performance. We have to choose now Mendy is playing more wide. That is the reason why.

“He is ready with his physical condition. He doesn’t need much time to get in better condition, it is not about that.”

Guardiola hinted the frustration of being left out of the World Cup had caused Sane to lose focus when he returned to City duty in pre-season.

“I understand the disappointment of missing the World Cup – for young players it is an important issue,” he said.

“But in football, and sport and life, there is the next one and the next one. He came back, he was in the United States with us for pre-season and stayed there. He took a little bit more time to settle and now he is ready.

“It is not the case that when someone in this team is not playing that I’m not happy with them or they don’t deserve it.

“I have to choose and they have to be ready. We have played two games and the competition has just started.

“I have never complained about Leroy’s behaviour in the training sessions or matches. What he did last season was so important.”

BIG INJURIES

Guardiola, meanwhile, has called on the Premier League to loosen its rules on emergency signings outside the transfer window after his struggles to find goalkeeping cover in the past few days.

City lost Claudio Bravo on Monday to an Achilles tendon injury, leaving the club with no experienced back-up for Ederson, their first choice ‘keeper, after selling Joe Hart to Burnley and Angus Gunn to Southampton before the English transfer window closed on August 9.

Aro Muric, the Montenegro Under-21 international, has been recalled from a season’s loan at Dutch side NAC Breda to act as second choice, with youth graduate Daniel Grimshaw the other keeper in City’s squad.

Asked if the rules should be looked at, Guardiola said: “Yes. Not just for goalkeepers but for when there are big, big injuries to players.

“If we had not been allowed to bring back Aro, I don’t know what would have happened.

“But the rules are the rules. Maybe the federation can think about that when there are long, long injuries and it is still the period where the European window is open. Then maybe you could do it.

“Here it is closed, and it is good that the competition starts with the whole squad. But maybe we could think about that, especially when the injuries are five or six months.”

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