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Talented Football Player Dies Of Heart Attack On The Pitch (Photo)

A promising footballer has left his family members in serious tears after he died of heart attack while playing football.

French football has been rocked by the death of 15-year-old Mohamed Savane. The midfielder – who spent two years in the youth set-up at Stade Reims – was playing with friends when the tragedy occurred.  

It is believed that the youngster suffered a suspected heart attack on the pitch, with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille and Bordeaux all offering their condolences.  

Savane played for Reims’ U14 and U15 side’s before joining partner club Cormontreuil FC last summer.  

The Ligue 1 outfit have announced they will pay tribute to their former youth star against Rennes on Sunday, where they will hold a minute’s silence in his honour.  

While his face will be projected onto the screens inside Stade Auguste-Delaune, with players to wear black armbands out of respect.   Speaking of the player, Reims president Jean-Pierre Caillot said:

“I do not have words. To leave at 15 years is already a real drama.“But when it happens more on a football field, between friends, we are in dread. The whole club thinks of Mohamed’s family, his parents in particular, and his family.


Man United’s Martial and Lingard Ruled Out For Up To Three Weeks

The two Red Devils stars will miss out on crucial matches against Chelsea in the FA Cup and Liverpool in the Premier League.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard will miss out on Manchester United’s upcoming games with Chelsea and Liverpool due to injury.   

Lingard and Martial were forced out of this week’s Champions League loss to Paris Saint-Germain with groin and hamstring injuries, respectively.   As a result, they will miss the club’s FA Cup fifth-round clash with Chelsea on Monday as well as a Premier League battle with title contenders Liverpool on February 24.  

One possible replacement named was striker Mason Greenwood but the 17-year-old is also injured, preventing him from making his first-team debut in their stead.  

“I think they’ll be out for two-to-three weeks,” Solskjaer said of Lingard and Martial.”Then, you’re looking at young players, Mason Greenwood, it’s your time to step in, and he’s injured, unfortunately, out for a couple of weeks as well.”Sometimes that’s how the luck goes but Mason will get his chance.”  

Lingard was forced out of the 2-0 defeat to PSG late in the first half and was replaced by a relatively ineffective Alexis Sanchez.   Solskjaer himself said there was little he could do to help the struggling Chilean, who failed to make an impact in his appearance.  

Martial, meanwhile, was removed at half-time for Juan Mata after carrying an injury through the first half, as Solskjaer was forced into making two changes.   Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku will likely be given chances to prove themselves in the coming weeks while Solskjaer also says Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes are in contention.  

“Chance for anyone who plays, Alexis, Romelu, Chongy or Angel,” Solskjaer said.   “Anthony and Jesse have done really well for us, they’re vital but then again with Rom and Alexis, they’ve got different skill sets and will be able to show what they can do. So, we just need to gel a team together for Monday.”  

Following the clashes against Chelsea and Liverpool, United then face a visit to Crystal Palace and a fixture with Southampton at Old Trafford in the Premier League.   Then comes the Champions League return leg in Paris on March 6 when the Red Devils look to overcome their two-goal deficit without the likes of Paul Pogba, who will miss out after being sent off in Tuesday’s defeat at Old Trafford.


African Best Footballer Mohamed Salah Shaves Off Trademark Beard, See His New Look (Photos)

African Best Footballer Mohamed Salah Shaves Off Trademark Beard, See His New Look (Photos)

African best footballer and Liverpool star, Mohamed Salah has completely shaved off his trademark beard. 

The Egyptian forward who is currently Premier League leading
goalscorer with 17 goals, took to social media to show off his new look
as he shared a selfie from his car on Sunday morning while heading to
training.

Check out what he looks like now…


“Barcelona Preparing For Life After Lionel Messi” – President Bartomeu

Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has said that the club are preparing for life without forward Lionel Messi.

In
January, Barcelona agreed a £65million deal to sign 21-year-old Ajax
midfielder Frenkie De Jongfor next season and also teenage defender
Jean-Clair Todibo who was added to the squad.

The Catalan club signed Malcom and Arthur in the summer, with Lionel Messi’s retirement from football fast approaching.

MySportDab
report Messi – who was named on the bench for Wednesday’s 1-1 Copa Del
Rey draw with Real Madrid- still has two years left on the contract he
signed in 2017.

However, speaking to journalist Guillem Balague
on BBC Radio Five Live’s Football Daily Podcast, Bartomeu said the club
are looking to the future.

“I know one day Lionel will say he’s retiring,” he said.

“We have to prepare the club for the future.

“We are bringing great young players to the team because we need to continue this era of success. That’s our responsibility.

“My
mandate will be finished in two seasons. So I need to leave the clubin a
great position and tell the new president ‘that’s our legacy’.”


Rape: “She Didn’t Go To His Hotel Room To Play Cards” – Cristiano Ronaldo’s Mom

Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother has come out to defend her son after his recent rape allegations.

Dolores Aveiro said she had ‘confidence’in the 34-year-old Portugal forward and insisted: ‘I know the son I have.’

The
mother-of-four also lashed out at Ronaldo’s American accuser Kathryn
Mayorga, saying she ‘didn’t go to his hotel room to play cards’.

Mayorga accuses Ronaldo of raping her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009 but the Juventus player has strongly denied the claims.

The former model also claims she was coerced into signing a £290,000 settlement for her silence.

However, At a PR launch in Lisbon Ronaldo’s Mom said: “I have confidence in my son when it comes to what happened.

“When she went there, it wasn’t to play cards. It was to do something. I know the son I have.”

The footballer’s sister Katia also posted the Superman picture and a message of support.

U.S.
police said in January an official request had been submitted to
Italian authorities for a DNA sample from the footballer, whose
girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez is backing him.

MySportDab report Ms Mayorga’s lawyers have vowed to take the case to America’s Supreme Court if needed.


Neymar Celebrates 27th Birthday In Style Despite Nursing Injury (Photos)

Neymar has marked his 27th birthday in style despite still nursing an injury. The Brazilian Paris St Germain player had guest troop into the Pavillion Gabriel in red attires to celebrate him as he walked around in crutches at his “red night” themed party.

Some of the guests
present at Neymar’s birthday celebration include footballers like Marco
Verratti, Gianluigi Buffon, Thiago Silva, goalkeeper Alphonse Areola,
and Brazilian teammate Dani Alves .

Others present include DJ Bob
Sinclair, Brazilian singer Wesley Safadao , Gabriel Medina , Angel Di
Maria , and wife Jorgelina Cardoso .

Making a birthday wish, he said:

“What
I wanted the most as a birthday present today is a new metatarsal so I
could be on the field fighting and doing what I love the most, which is
playing soccer,” he said in a speech to the guests attending his party.

“It’s
been very hard to be on crutches all this time. Every athlete knows how
hard that is. They [his team-mates] are giving me all the strength
possible to help me return as soon as possible.”


The Nigerian Football League And Violence, Is There An End In Sight?

Over the years, one distinctive element that has bedevilled the development of the Nigerian Football League is violence on and off the pitch with its attendant effects on the game.

This situation is something which has become prevalent since the 90’s. The heydays of Segun Odegbami with IICC shooting stars of Ibadan, Chairman Christian Chukwu of Rangers, Enugu, and others saw massive following with crowds at stadiums but rather than build on this positive situation, our league has become a mere case of fulfilling all righteousness.

Hence, as the years and seasons roll on, our league is cast in a shadow of itself, immersed in deep waters of crowd troubles, hooliganism every now and then with a reinforcement of the “win at home” syndrome.

This situation has left us with diverse tales, stories, and drama making many home grounds of teams in recent times a no-go area for away teams and their fans. It has robbed us of the imminent competitive stance which is the hallmark of sports – a visible reality that can be gleaned from leagues in other parts of Africa, like South Africa, Egypt and Tunisia.

This is because teams approach away matches with the notion to lose in a bid to avoid trouble, a situation many former players and those still actively playing in the Nigerian Football League have alluded to.

Little wonder getting a draw or victory away from home is seen as a miracle, something that is a norm in super leagues like the Spanish La Liga, the English Premiership, and the Italian Serie A to mention but a few.

Our referees are also big victims in the scheme of things since they are more or less key decision makers in every game. Many have suffered injuries in a bid to ensure a fair game as in 2015 when fans of Akwa United beat to a pulp on opening match day a female referee for awarding a penalty to the visiting Enyimba.

We can go further down memory lane to 2008 when a referee lost his tooth at the Aba township stadium for disallowing a goal against visiting Heartland. More so, players and their managers have seen their fair share of this violence across stadia. To put it straight, one of Nigeria’s iconic football managers Kadiri Ikhana who has won the CAF Champions League and the domestic league with Enyimba and Kano pillars, told a sad tale of how football violence left one of his legs badly damaged, a scar that will live with him till death.

How can we forget the case where James Bumkerg, a Lobi stars cameraman was severely beaten and wounded at the Akure township stadium in 2015 when Sunshine hosted them. He stated how his parents asked that he quit being a cameraman for Lobi stars due to the wanton injuries he had suffered.


Funny Nicknames Of Former Super Eagles Legends And How They Got Them

FUNNY NICKNAMES OF FORMER SUPER EAGLES LEGENDS AND HOW THEY GOT THEM

I know someone who missed a chance to win millions of cash after answering correctly some football related question but failed the one that has to do with ex Nigerian international and their nicknames. The guy was asked: Which former Player is refered to as THE MAN MUST NOT FALL? but guessed it wrongly as Segun Odegbami. The correct answer was said to be ETIM ESIN. 

This prompted me to do a little read up. 

Here’s 8 funny nicknames of former Nigerian footballers and how they got them.

1. Nwankwo Kanu (Papilo)


No sport lover won’t know this. Kanu is arguably Nigeria’s most successful footballer who represented the country at the U-17, U-23 and the senior national team levels. A distinctive attribute from the former Arsenal striker is his wisdom, intelligence and meekness when dealing with people on and off the field, which was how he got the name Papilo from his friends. Although there are claims on the internet that Papillo came about because of the old school kangol aka papa’s cap Kanu used to wear off field those days. The name may not have been given to him by fellow team-mates but by Nigerian football fans.

2. Austin Okocha (Jay Jay)

Most people actually think Jay jay is his middle name. The name Jay Jay was actually given to his elder brother, Emmanuel, who was a former national team player but as time progressed Austin took over the name from his sibling which now has global recognition. As he became more and more influential on the field of play, his name became so relevant during his playing spells in England to the extent his magical skills was being understudied at Bolton University. An internet user also claims that Jay-Jay was a nickname Okocha picked when he was with frankfurt FC and it was from his fellow German team mates who said Okocha looked like Jay-Jay from the 80’s comedy sitcom “Good Times”.

3. Stephen Keshi (Big Boss) 


So far in Nigeria’s footballing history, the captain with the most impeccable leadership qualities was late Stephen Keshi. He was christened the Big Boss by his teammates because he was also involved in the squad selection with former handler Clemens Westerhof before a match. The late Keshi captained virtually all the clubs he played for in Europe because of his leadership qualities and several Nigerian players secured a playing career in Belgium from the former Anderlecht captain. No wonder his leadership made him excel as a coach where he became the second player in Africa to win the Nations Cup as player and as a technical adviser. He also qualified Togo and Nigeria to two respective World Cups.

4. Peter Rufai (Dodo Mayana)
Goalkeepers usually derive their names from how safe their hands are but ironically the great Peter Rufai was nicknamed Dodo Mayana, the name of a popular dancer with the legendary Afro Beat king, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

5. Bright Omokaro (10-10)


The circumstance behind Bright Omokaro’s nickname 10-10 was when he delivered a life-threatening tackle to an Algerian player in a semifinal match at Maroc 88’ Africa Cup of Nations. The Green Eagles were reduced to 10-men when Bright came in as a second half substitute. He was told by the then coach Manfred Hoener to tactically take a man out since the Northern African country have used all three substitutions. 8 funny nicknames of former Nigerian footballers and how they got them Bright Omokaro After the incident the commentator became to call it a 10-10 tackle, a name which gained popularity on the teams’ arrival from the tournament.

6. Segun Odegbami (Mathematical Odegbami)

The legendary Segun Odegbami was so good that his speed and fast calculated dribbling skills was likened to that of Mathematics.

7. Teslim Balogun (Thunder Balogun)

A player of Teslim Balogun’s pedigree became a myth in the Nigerian fold. His left foot often releases a bullet of a shot which has done damages to opposing teams. 8 funny nicknames of former Nigerian footballers and how they got them Teslim Balogun during his playing days He was nicknamed Thunder Balogun because of his power driver which according to reports broke two goalies’ hands while playing in England and killed another goalkeeper after been hit in the stomach (Disputable fact though).

8. Daniel Amokachi (The Bull)

Super Eagles ex-international Amokachi was nicknamed ‘the bull’ because of his speed, physical strength and technique during his playing days.

(EDITED) Most of these names were given to them by football commentators eg Ernest Okonkwo, Mitchel Obi and others.
Others are Mutiu Adepoju;”The Headmaster”…he was so good with his head.
Prince of Monaco – Victor ikpeba
Christian Chukwu—-Chairman
Julius Aghaouwa – Agha Wonder
Uche Okechukwu. Gentle giant
Tijani Babangida as J5.
Finidi George… Finito 
Godwin Odiye – Mr no way for effective defending. 
Adokie Amesimaka – chief justice, he was a law student while playing for naija. 
Allosius Atuegbu was known as block buster for his raw power on the ball.
Obafemi Martins – Weapon of mass destruction or Obagoal.
Joe Erico – jogo bonito
Sunday Oliseh: Mafia boss

PICTURE STORY
IMAGE 1: Nwankwo Kanu in his times at Arsenal
IMAGE 2: Okocha in his times at Bolton
IMAGE 3: Stephen Keshi during his playing days
IMAGE 4: Peter Rufai, Sunday Oliseh and Stephen Keshi in 1994 AFCON winning squad