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Breaking….Nigeria Vs Burundi 1-0

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Nigeria’s Eagle has scored its first goal in the ongoing contest with the Burundi national team.

The goal was scored at the 77th minute of the tournament of the African Cup of Nation going on in  Cairo, Egypt.

 

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Manchester United too hasty to sack one of the best managers in the world, says fellaini

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The former Manchester United player Marouane Fellaini, believe the football club was too quick in sacking Jose Mourihno,
the Portuguese was sacked December last year due to the poor run of result the team had in the beginning of last season
despite winning the EFL cup and Europa League in 2017.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss was succeeded by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a care taker manager where Ole had a good start beating Paris Saint Germain away in Champions League as united’s caretaker manager in which after he was given the job as a full-time manager.
Since Ole signed the contract as the full-time manager of United, the team has been poor which has also resulted in their worst start to a season in 30 years despite the players they signed in the summer transfer window.

Fellaini believes that Jose Mourihno should have been given more time and support to build the team.

“They brought in one of the best managers in the world in Jose Mourinho,
he wanted to build a team and they sacked him, It’s not easy to build a team in that time, you need more than two years.”

“I don’t know what they will do with Solskjaer but, for me,
to win things and to improve, you need time.
Mourinho, for the first season, he did amazingly,
he improved the team, won things.
Ok, the second season was a bit more difficult,
but he tried, you know, and did his best to help the team.
Then they decided to sack him.

“For me, yes [United were too hasty in sacking Mourinho]
because a manager like that comes and he needs a lot of
players to implement his own philosophy.
He wanted to build his team and after two years,
or two years and a half, they decided to sack him because
the results were not there.”

The Belgian played under four managers in Manchester United before his departure
winning the FA cup under Louis Van Gaal and also the EFL cup and Europa league under
Jose Mourihno, he said these managers were not given enough time to build up the team.

“They brought in Moyes, they didn’t give him time.
They brought in Van Gaal, they gave him two years
and we started to do some things,
he won the cup, but after that they sacked
the manager because they want to win quickly,
I think. A manager like Van Gaal tactically is
very strong and has a lot of experience and
they sacked him,” he said.

“But when you look to build a team you need time,
not change a manager every two years, every year.
If the manager doesn’t do well for four or five games,
they want to sack him.

“Manchester United won everything for years with
Sir Alex Ferguson, so for someone else to come
and do what he did is not that easy.
They had a team and a strong base.
It’s not easy for someone to come and do like
Sir Alex Ferguson. People and supporters of
Manchester United want that, but football has
changed, the mentality of players has changed.”

“You see some players go straight into the dressing
room after games and go straight onto social media,”
he added. “It’s wrong. Now you have a new manager
who wanted young players and they will be up and down,
up and down; that’s football, that’s what happens with young players.

“Of course you can’t play with just young players,
you need a mix. To win games, to win titles,
to win big games you need experience.
Of course you can win with young players, but not every game.”

Fellaini added: “The players who left are players of experience.
So the coach decided he didn’t need them – that’s the choice of the coach.
He decided he didn’t need Sanchez or Lukaku.
That’s his problem. He has his own players now,
so he has to deal with it.

“He [Solskjaer] didn’t have a conversation with me if I will play or not.
I signed a new contract for two years, one of the best managers
in the world wanted me to stay. But after that, when a new manager
comes and I’m not in his plans,
of course it was time for me to leave and I don’t regret it at all.”

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AC Milan gets new coach

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Former Inter Milan coach Stefano Pioli has been appointed coach of city rivals AC Milan, the Italian club confirmed on Wednesday.

Pioli, who most recently coached Fiorentina, takes over after Marco Giampaolo was sacked Tuesday after four defeats in the first seven league games this season including a 2-0 derby loss to Inter.

The former 18-time Italian champions, who won their last Serie A title in 2011, are in 13th position just three points above the relegation zone.

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SAD…Nigerian football star dies at 31

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Nigeria international, Isaac Promise is dead.

United States based football club, Austin Bold FC, confirmed this on its website on Thursday.

The reported that the former U-20 international died on Wednesday.

The club’s statement read “Austin Bold FC is heartbroken by the death of Promise Isaac who passed away on Wednesday night at the age of 31.

“An accomplished player, Isaac became the club’s 7th signing in history in August 2018 after spending the previous 12 seasons in the Turkish Süper Lig, TFF First League, and the Saudi Professional League.

“In that time, Isaac registered over 350 appearances and scored 79 goals.

“Originally from Zaria, Nigeria, Isaac is a full Nigerian international who has represented Nigeria U-20 in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, serving as captain and scoring once in six matches en route to the competition’s final.

“Isaac then earned a silver medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing with the Nigerian U-23 team, again serving as captain in four matches, including the gold medal match.

Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and teammates.

Rest in peace, Promise Isaac” the statement concluded.


Club career

As a promising youngster, Isaac went on trials with Nigerian second division side Grays International. Attracting attention from several big name football clubs in Europe, he went on trials with Manchester United alongside John Obi Mikel, but found the trials unsuccessful. After being linked with Dutch outfit Feyenoord Rotterdam he eventually signed for Turkcell Süper Lig club Genclerbirligi in a three-year deal in August 2005.

In the Turkcell Super League 2006-07 season, Isaac scored 12 goals. He more than doubled the number of his total goals for Gençlerbirliği. On 15 July 2008, Isaac agreed a 4-year deal with Trabzonspor.

With Trabzonspor, he scored two goals in 26 matches. Because of his average performance he was loaned out to Manisaspor for a year. Isaac played 27 matches and scored six goals. In the summer of 2010, Manisaspor signed a contract with Isaac. After scoring 11 goals in 30 matches with his now relegated club Manisaspor, he signed a 3-year contract with Antalyaspor.

In February 2015, he signed a six months deal with Balıkesirspor.

In August 2018, it was announced that Isaac would join United Soccer League expansion side Austin Bold for the 2019 season.

International career

Isaac was named as the captain of the Nigeria under-23 squad for the 2008 Summer Olympics, being held in China. On 13 August 2008 at Tianjin Olympic Center in Tianjin, Isaac scored Nigeria’s first goal against the United States in the preliminary stage, Nigeria went ahead to win the match by 2–1.

Nigeria won Group B in the preliminary stage, also beating Japan, and drawing with the Netherlands. They would beat Ivory Coast and Belgium in the knockout stage, before losing to Argentina, 1–0, in the Gold medal match, earning the Silver medal.

Isaac first appeared on the senior squad for Nigeria in 2009. He earned 3 caps, and scored one goal.

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