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Kanu advocates for establishment of standard soccer academies



Establishment of football academies geared towards discovering of raw talents at their formative age has been declared as the only solution to the dwindle fortunes of football development in Nigeria.
This assertion was made recently by the former Nigerian Super Eagles Captain and Arsenal star, Nwankwo Kanu, during a football clinic held at the main-bowl of Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resort’s stadium, Akanran, Ibadan, Oyo state.
Kanu, who was on a two-day visit to the resort urged well meaning Nigerians and football administrators in the country to look at the less development parts of the country for raw footballing talents.
Speaking further, the most decorated Nigerian footballer who is popularly addressed as ‘Papillo’ by his numerous fans , kanu,  urged every football loving Nigerian to emulate Chief Dotun Sanusi, the Chief Executive Officer of Ilaji Soccer Academy, who has spent fortunes to set up a proper football Academy.
“The facilities I have witnessed here (Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resort) since I have been in this Resort speaks volume of Chief Dotun Sanusi’s genuine sincerity for sports development in general and football development in particular. We need to pray to have more of the owner of Ilaji Soccer Academy for spending huge resources with a view to helping the raw talents in this community.
“Fine, we do talk about grassroot development but yet all we do is to look for finished products but what we need to do is to set up a football academy like the one witnessed here which will see to the proper development of our raw talents. I can assure you that football talents in every part of the country have been praying to have a facility such as this”.
On the hospitality of Ibadan people, Kanu stated that since he breezed in into the city since Sunday afternoon, the people of the city have shown him genuine love and affection, adding that the passion the people of Ibadan has for football has been translated to him.
“Ibadan is a very big city and I must confess that the people here have been very kind and warmth. I can see that the people here are so passionate about football, there is no way you can talk about football in Nigeria without mentioning Ibadan”, he said.
While commenting on the Super Eagles chances in the forthcoming African Cup of Nations, the former African footballer of the year stated that Nigeria has enough talents in the Super Eagles to perform creditably well in the competition.
“We have the talents and we have had enough trainings to do well in the competition and couple with the fact that other African Countries do scare of us because of our potentials, I believe Super Eagles will do very well in this year African Cup of Nations.
Meanwhile, the management of Ilaji Soccer Academy, as part of their preparations to welcome Kanu into the Resort, organised a novelty match between the Team A and Team B of its Soccer Academy.
‘Papillo’ after the novelty match engaged the academy boys’ in a football drilling training session while also tutoring them about the basic rules of football.
In his response, the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Dotun Sanusi, commended the humility and genuine passion for raw talents displayed by Kanu Nwankwo since he has lodged in the Resort.
“Now I saw first hand why Nwankwo Kanu achieved so much in his footballing career. In him, I saw a star who is willing to inspire and nurture other stars like him for the country. We are very proud to have him in our midst. And like he promised we shall be glad to have him again mentoring and tutoring our academy lads on how to become a successful professional footballer like him”, Sanusi added.

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Chelsea Defeat Barcelona 2-1 In Japan




Goals from Tammy Abraham and Ross Barkley saw Chelsea grab a 2-1 victory against Barcelona on Tuesday in an exhibition match in Japan.

Chelsea striker Abraham opened the scoring in the 34th minute by pouncing on a mistake by Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets who attempted to clear the ball.

But with Chelsea midfielder Jorginho applying pressure, the ball rolled towards Abraham who only had to step past rushing goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and gently send it into the net.

Four minutes later, Chelsea midfielder Christian Pulisic showed off his speed and footwork to infiltrate the Barca defence, but his left-footer went just wide.

Barcelona went on the offensive in the second half, with substitute striker Carles Perez leading the way.

But superb saves by Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga repeatedly denied Barca any attempt to equalise.

In the 55th minute Perez zipped past three Chelsea defenders but his left toe kick finish was not good enough to get past Arrizabalaga.

A few minutes later, he dashed deep into the left side to feed a high-speed cross to striker Malcom, but Arrizabalaga again denied them.

Chelsea made it 2-0 with less than 10 minutes left as midfielder Barkley picked up a cross in front of the box and curled it into the net, with substitute ‘keeper Neto getting a touch it but unable to block it.

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Just before injury time, Barcelona got a free-kick just outside the box but midfielder Ivan Rakitic’s shot went above the bar.

Rakitic however quickly redeemed himself in injury time, picking up a cross and firing a lightning right-footer that went deep into the net for a consolation goal for Barcelona.


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EPL: Giroud reveals Lampard’s new formation ahead of Chelsea clash with Man United



new manager Frank Lampard

Chelsea striker, Olivier Giroud, has revealed formation the Blues will adopt under new manager Frank Lampard, next season.

Chelsea will tackle Manchester United in their first game of the season

Giroud said he ‘feels good’ after training with Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic for the first time at the club.

The former Arsenal star is currently on pre-season tour with Chelsea and there are a few new faces to get used to in his second summer with the club.

The likes of new signing Christian Pulisic, the returning Kenedy and youngster Mason Mount have all featured alongside Giroud in the club’s pre-season friendlies with Bohemians, St Patrick’s Athletic and most recently, Kawasaki Frontale.

While he’s optimistic about what lies ahead, for the club, Giroud admits it will take a little time to strike a relationship with those newcomers on the pitch.

“We’re working on the tactics when we don’t have the ball and playing this 4-2-3-1 we have to know each other a bit better as well,” the Frenchman told Chelsea’s official website.

“This was the first time I’ve played with Christian, with Mason and with Kenedy so obviously it will take time but we feel good.

“We believe in the gaffer because he’s the right man for this situation.”

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Rohr set to quit as Super Eagles head coach




Gernot Rohr may leave his role as the head coach of the Super Eagles in the coming days.

The German led Nigeria to a third-place finish in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, after they missed the last two editions.

However, Rohr has come under criticisms from certain quarters, for what some perceive as ‘lack of tactical nous’ or, in other words, an ‘inability to read matches’.

It is understood that the 66-year-old has told close associates, that he is uncertain if he wants to carry on.

“A lot of things have been going on but he has taken it all because he does not want to cause any controversy.

“But now, he is not sure if he will continue,” sources have told ESPN.

Rohr is due to meet Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick this week as part of that assessment.

And if both parties come to an agreement, a parting of ways might come sooner than most expect.

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