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Remembering the best African World Cup sides

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Tampines Rovers drawn to meet Malaysian champions JDT in AFC Cup

PJ Roberts delves into JDT’s recent signings that will strengthen the Malaysian champions in 2018. After Malaysia failed to win a single game in 2017, Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson assess Nelo Vingada’s future. Malaysia Super League (MSL) champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) could face Singapore’s Tampines Rovers in the 2018 AFC Cup after they were provisionally drawn together in Group H. Both teams are hoping for progress through the qualifiers for the AFC Champions League (ACL), but realistically there is a strong chance that they will meet in a group that also features opponents from Indonesia and Vietnam. In order to reach the ACL group stage, 2015 AFC Cup winners JDT have to overcome Thailand’s Muang Thong United before an away playoff away to Japanese opp...

Sam Allardyce to miss Everton’s Europa League game at Apollon

Sam Allardyce explains how a halftime change with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Aaron Lennon helped him earn a debut win as Everton manager. New Everton boss Sam Allardyce will miss the club’s final Europa League game in Cyprus on Thursday due to a medical appointment, according to Press Association Sport. Everton, already eliminated from the competition, face Apollon Limassol in Nicosia and the travelling party that left on Wednesday was without Allardyce, who was appointed to the managerial position only last week. Press Association Sport reports that the 63-year-old has remained at home as he has a pre-arranged appointment to attend and that Everton will now be led by first-team coaches Craig Shakespeare and Duncan Ferguson. With Everton’s fate in the group already determined and Sun...

Sevilla president plays down N’Zonzi to Arsenal talk, says no offers received

Steven N’Zonzi was in London this week. Sevilla president Jose Castro says his club have not received any offers for Steven N’Zonzi amid reports the midfielder is an Arsenal target in the winter transfer window. N’Zonzi, who left Premier League side Stoke City two-and-a-half-years ago for Sevilla, was in London this week, fuelling speculation that a move to Arsenal is close. However, Castro says that the 28-year-old’s trip to the English capital was of a personal nature and not related to football. Castro told his club’s website: “There is no offer whatsoever for N’Zonzi. If we received one, we would study it, but he is training normally, not apart from the squad. Right now he has the club’s permission to visit his son [who is in London].R...

Lillestrom player criticised for posing naked with Norwegian Cup

Lillestrom players celebrate after winning the Norwegian Cup. A Norwegian football player has been criticised for disrespecting the domestic cup trophy after posing naked on stage and using it to cover his modesty. After Lillestrom beat Sarpsborg 08 3-2 in the Norwegian Cup final on Sunday, defender Aleksander Melgalvis Andreassen stripped naked during the team celebrations and covered himself with the trophy, called the “King’s Cup.” It was seemingly a reference to a similar stunt by Rosenborg forward Christian Gytkjaer after winning the Norwegian league title last year, but did not go down well with the country’s FA. “Winning the cup is a big thing and obviously it should be celebrated. But it is fully possible to do so without showing the King’s Cup a...

Lagos looks at water taxis to beat traffic gridlock

Idris Anjorin believes his life changed in 2009 when he turned up for work — late as usual — distracted and stressed after more than three hours stuck in Lagos traffic. “I wasn’t happy I came late again. A coworker who noticed my mood advised me to try a boat ride,” the retired banker told AFP. TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK: Heavy trafic gridlock at Berger Yard along Oshodi -Apapa Expressway yesterday. Photo: Shola oyelese “The next day, I arrived at Bayeku jetty at 6:00 am and within an hour I had made it to the office. That was a turning point in my life.” Bayeku is one of several ferry terminals run by private boat operators in the Ikorodu area of Lagos, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) by road to Anjorin’s old office on Victoria Island. Making a 20-minute boat trip across the lago...

FRSC to deploy 200 officers, 300 Special Marshals in Bayelsa

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Bayelsa Sector Command on Wednesday, promised to deploy at least,200 officers and 300 Special Marshals to various highways in the state to improve safety of life during the Yuletide season. FRSC officials The Sector Commander for the state, Mr Ikechukwu Igwe, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Yenagoa. ‘’We are going to deploy 200 personnel and 300 Special Marshals who will be on patrol at strategic corridors,’’ he said. Igwe said that the deployment of the personnel was also to ensure free flow of traffic, especially at the different identified flash points in the area. He decried the rate of death arising from road crashes in the state and reiterated the corps’ commitment to safety on the road, during and after the yu...

Trump’s Jerusalem plan worries Pope, others

Global concern mounted on Wednesday ahead of an announcement by US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, with Pope Francis joining a list of leaders warning of the potential for dangerous fallout. Pope Francis The move by Trump, set to come in a speech later Wednesday, would upend decades of careful US policy and ignore dire warnings of a historic misstep that could trigger a surge of violence in the Middle East. A senior administration official said Trump would make the announcement at 1:00 pm (1800 GMT) from the White House. “He will say that the United States government recognises that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” a senior administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “He views this as a recognition of reality...

Erdogan calls Islamic summit next week on Jerusalem

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is calling a summit of the main pan-Islamic body in Istanbul on December 13 to discuss the expected US move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, his spokesman said on Wednesday. Pilgrims: Nigerian Christian Pilgrims and others from Other countries praying at Western Wall ( Wailing Wall) in Jerusalem, Israel . “In the face of developments that arouse sensitivity over the status of Jerusalem, Mr President is calling a leaders’ summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in order to display joint action among Islamic countries,” presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told reporters in Ankara. He said the summit meeting would take place on December 13. There was no immediate confirmation from Muslim leaders if they wo...

US recognition of Jerusalem risks igniting ‘fire’ in region – Turkey

The expected US move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel risks igniting a “fire” in the Middle East and will prove a “great disaster”, the Turkish government said on Wednesday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during a mukhtars meeting at the presidential palace on November 26, 2015 in Ankara. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on November 26 said Turkey does not buy any oil from Islamic State, insisting that his country’s fight against the jihadist group is “undisputed”. AFP PHOTO The recognition will “throw the region and the world into a fire and it’s not known when it will end”, Deputy Prime Minister and government spokesman Bekir Bozdag wrote on Twitter. He warned that the move was a “great disaster for everyone” that would lead the...

Pogba puts faith in Man Utd team-mates against City

Paul Pogba says he has “complete trust” in his Manchester United team-mates as they prepare to take on Premier League leaders Manchester City without the suspended French international. Pogba The midfielder was sent off towards the end of his side’s pulsating 3-1 win against Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday, ruling him out of this weekend’s potentially season-defining match at Old Trafford. No team has ever enjoyed a better start to a top-flight season than Manchester City, who will look to take a double-digit lead by ending United’s club record-equalling 40-match unbeaten home run. “I’m very disappointed because I really want to help the team and wanted to be there for this derby because obviously we are playing City and in this moment we need points and we need to...

Haye’s rematch with Bellew to take place in May

The postponed rematch between former heavyweight world champion David Haye and fellow Briton Tony Bellew has been scheduled for May 5 in London, according to promoter Eddie Hearn. Haye-Bellew Bellew beat Haye after a thrilling 11-round bout in March and their rematch was earlier scheduled for Dec. 17. But the 37-year-old Haye pulled out after suffering a bicep injury in a freak accident. “I‘m thrilled to confirm that the rematch between myself and Tony Bellew will take place on May 5 at the O2 Arena,” Haye told promoter Hearn’s website Matchroom Boxing. “Tony has boasted that the rematch gives him the opportunity to force me into retirement. Unquestionably, I step into the ring in May with both my career and legacy on the line.” WBC cruiserweight world champion Bellew ...