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FIFA Ranking: Super Eagles retain 51 Spot, 9th In Africa

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria still remains 51st position in the world and the 9th spot in Africa according to the new FIFA’s monthly rankings released, yesterday, by the world soccer governing body.
Tunisia, who moved up four places, are now Africa’s highest ranked team and 23rd in the world. Senegal, Egypt Morocco, Congo, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and Algeria complete the list of Africa’s top 10 teams. With just 22 matches played (none by Nigeria), all friendlies, since the December edition, FIFA said it is no surprise to see few significant changes in the first ranking of 2018.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Group D foes, Argentina were also non-movers as they remain fourth in the world. But the Super Eagles’ two other World Cup group opponents, Croatia and Iceland, moved up two places. Croatia stepped up to 15th, while Iceland moved two places to 20th.
There were no changes in the top five as Germany top the ranking, with Brazil, Portugal and Belgium completing the best five teams in the world. The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 15 February 2018.
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EPL: Pele predicts club that’ll win title this season

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Brazil legend, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pele, has predicted the English Premier League club that will win the title this season.

Pele believes Liverpool will win the 2018-19 Premier League title this season ahead of Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea.

Last season, Man City won the EPL title and finished top of the Premier League with a whopping 100 points, 19 more than second-place United.

Tottenham enjoyed a great season and finished third on 77 points, while Liverpool took up the final Champions League qualifying spot as they finished fourth.

Chelsea suffered the biggest shock of the season, finishing fifth just one year after winning the EPL title.

Pele, however, took to his Twitter page to predict that the Anfield club will win the EPL title, adding that Liverpool’s new goalkeeper, Alisson and striker, Firmino could prove key for Jurgen Klopp’s team.

“It’s the start of the @PremierLeague today. Who do you think will win? I think it’s the year of Liverpool, Alisson and Firmino,” Pele tweeted on Saturday.

Liverpool have not won the League title since 1990.

Klopp’s side will play host to West Ham United in their opening EPL fixture on Sunday.

See tweet below:

Pelé Retweeted Premier League

It’s the start of the today. Who do you think will win? I think it’s the year of Liverpool, Alisson and Firmino! // É o início da Premier League hoje. Quem você pensa que vai vencer? Eu acho que este é o ano do , com e Firmino!

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Feet ‘N’ Tricks to host first Africa Freestyle Football championship

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L-R: Ms Jumoke Oyewole-Lawuyi, Brand Manager, Sprite; Mr Scofield Wu, Manager, GAC Motors Africa; Mr.  Valentine Ozigbo; Chairman, Feet ‘n’ Tricks International; Mary-Callista Ozigbo; Mr. Iheanyi Nzekwe, Country Distributor of Scavi & Ray, during the Press Conference to announce the commencement the call for entries for Freestyle Football 2018 African Championship to be organised by Feet ‘n’ Tricks International in partnership with the World Freestyle Football Association (WFFA) ,in Lagos on Friday

 

Feet ‘n’ Tricks International, in partnership with the World Freestyle Football Association (WFFA), has announced the hosting of debut Africa Freestyle Football Championship this year. The African championship is coming on the heels of the successful Nigerian Freestyle Championship organised by Feet ‘n’ Tricks International in 2017.

Freestyle football is described by the WFFA as “the art and sport of juggling a football using all parts of the body to entertain audiences and outperform opponents… a fusion of tricks with a ball, dance and music.”

Registration for this tournament is currently open to both male and female freestylers of African descent and will be closed on August 15, 2018. Registration will be done via the company’s website.

The qualifying rounds and Nigerian championship will hold on September 13 -14, 2018 at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos. After the qualifying rounds, the best 16 male and 8 female freestyle athletes in Africa will emerge to battle it out at the grand finale on September 15, 2018 in a bid to become the first African male and female Freestyle Football champions.

The 2018 Africa Freestyle Football Championship is being planned as a perfect fusion of freestyle football and entertainment as top musical and dance artistes will be performing.

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BREAKING: Chelsea FC sacks manager, Maurizio Sarri to take over

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Antonio Conte and his staff have been sacked by Chelsea FC, paving the way for Maurizio Sarri’s arrival.

The former Italy national coach has essentially been a lame duck at Stamford Bridge since the end of last season, but the Blues couldn’t agree a compensation deal with Napoli for Sarri.

The Blues have moved to dismiss Conte after just two years at the club after they missed out on Champions League qualification last term with a disappointing fifth-place finish in the Premier League.

The writing has been on the wall for some time with Chelsea openly on the lookout for a new boss ever since with a number of high-profile names considered.

Conte had refused to walk away unless the final year of his three-year contract was paid up in full and even returned to take pre-season training which began on Monday.

But a compensation agreement was finally reached on Thursday with Sarri set to be announced as his replacement soon.

Sarri will be joined by former Blues striker and club legend Gianfranco Zola who is set to join as part of a new-look backroom team.

Conte had taken the Chelsea team on early morning on Thursday, and gave his players the afternoon off after it became clear that the two clubs had reached a final compensation agreement.

Antonio Conte won the English Premier League in 2017, and the FA Cup in 2018.

 

 

 

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