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Bruno Fernandes: Man United confirm £68m deal with Sporting ahead of medical

first_img A statement released by United on Wednesday afternoon read: ‘Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Sporting Clube de Portugal for the transfer of Bruno Fernandes. ‘The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms.’ United striker Marcus Rashford replied to the club’s announcement statement on Twitter by saying: ‘Welcome Bruno.’ The player’s agent Miguel Ruben Pinho posted a photo of them on the plane before they flew from Lisbon, and Fernandes then shared a picture of himself arriving in Manchester with his partner Ana Pinho and their daughter Matilde. Sporting also took to social media to wish Fernandes – who cost £7.2m from Sampdoria in 2017 – good luck, tweeting: ‘Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. Good luck and thank you, captain.’ Loading… Read Also: Tension as Barcelona ‘hijack’ Man United transfer target It’s understood that the add-ons include a £4.2m payment to Sporting if United qualify for the Champions League, another £4.2m based on Fernandes’s appearances for the club and a separate £12.6m if individual targets are met. Assuming Fernandes passes his medical, he could feature in United’s home Premier League fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday evening. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew About7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?This Is Why Plus-Size Models Should Always Be An InspirationBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceledcenter_img Bruno Fernandes arrived at The Lowry Hotel on Wednesday night as he prepared to complete his £67.8million move to Manchester United. Fernandes (left) pictured alongside his agent (right) on the private plane to Manchester Fernandes jumped on a flight to Manchester as soon as United and Sporting Lisbon had put the final touches to the transfer that will cost the Premier League club an initial £46.6m plus up to £21.2m in add-ons. The 25-year-old midfielder will undergo a medical on Thursday and could be available to make his debut against Wolves at Old Trafford on Saturday before United take a 16-day winter break that includes a warm-weather training camp in Marbella. Fernandes arrived at Lisbon Airport on Wednesday afternoon to fly by private jet to Manchester to complete his move to United The club officially confirmed on Wednesday that terms had been agreed with Sporting, who once sold Cristiano Ronaldo to United for £12.24m, and manager Ole Gunnar welcomed news that the protracted transfer was close to completion. ‘I’m delighted we’ve agreed,’ said Solskjaer. ‘There have been good negotiations with Sporting and we know, through history, these two clubs have been good with each other.‘Now we’ve reached that agreement, hopefully we can get the boy’s contract over the line and the medical done and then, hopefully we can announce it that we’ve got the deal through and – it’s very exciting.’last_img read more

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Osimhen streched off in Lille win over Angers

first_img Loading… Read Also: Coronavirus stops Ighalo from traveling with United teammates to Spain Lille are now fourth on Ligue 1 log with 40 points from 24 matches, keeping their UEFA Champions League hopes alive.Last campaign, Les Dogues finished second behind Paris Saint-Germain and could close up the gap with the top three next weekend when they host second placed Olympique Marseille.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Nigerian international was instrumental to Lille’s 2-0 win over their hosts, Angers before cropping another injury off a rash challenge from the opposing defenders.Osimhen broke the deadlock after 14 minutes into the action at the Stade Raymond Kopa, before Portuguese winger Renato Sanchez added the second, with 15 minutes of play left on the clock. The Eagles forward has now netted 12 league goals and 17 in all competitions for Les Dogues, he also has 4 assist in 34 games, so far in his first season at the club.center_img Promoted Content10 Popular Asian Actresses That Look IrresistibleThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootThis Nation Is Almost Impossible To Invade7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much7 Biggest Celebrity Endorsement Deals8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen was among the goalscorers on the night as French Club side Lille Metropole saw off Angers in a French Ligue 1 clash on Friday night.Advertisementlast_img read more

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EPL: Sheffield up to fifth after win over West Ham

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp Arsenal reject £3m bid for Balogun EPL: Newcastle hammer West Ham away Oli McBurnie’s second-half goal earned Sheffield United a 1-0 home victory over West Ham United to move them up to fifth place in the Premier League on Friday. After a dismal opening period, the hosts were far livelier after the break and McBurnie tapped home after a mix-up between West Ham keeper, David Martin, and defender Fabian Balbuena. West Ham had a stoppage-time equaliser from Robert Snodgrass ruled out, however, after a VAR check harshly ruled that Declan Rice had handled the ball in the build-up. Chris Wilder’s side should have increased their lead but had to survive some anxious moments as West Ham’s Sebastien Haller had a goal ruled out for offside. Goalkeeper Dean Henderson also made a couple of sharp saves before the dramatic VAR intervention. Sheffield United moved up three places into fifth with 32 points from 22 games, four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. It was a first loss for West Ham since David Moyes returned for a second stint in charge after Manuel Pellegrini was sacked on December 28 following defeat by Leicester City. They remain in trouble in 16th place, two points above the bottom three. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Chris WIlderDavid MoyesEPLOli McBurnieSheffield UnitedWest Ham Unitedlast_img read more

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Begovic on target in Saints draw

first_img Jon Walters flashed a cross through the penalty area which evaded everyone while Rodriguez blazed over at the other end. Southampton have not got to where they are in the table, fifth, without displaying a considerable amount of skill and resilience. Those traits have produced a remarkable turnaround in the last 12 months as a year ago they were bottom of the table after 10 matches with just four points having conceded 28 goals. They called on all of those qualities to drag themselves level three minutes before half-time. James Ward-Prowse swung a cross to the far post and Rodriguez, while not making the best of contact, headed down and the ball ballooned over Begovic and into the far corner of the net. That was just the lift the visitors needed and, after managing to avoid conceding a goal in the opening moments of the second half, they began to impose themselves on the game more. The more they pressed the more Stoke’s outlet ball was restricted and the home side were gradually forced back. Ward-Prowse curled a free-kick on to the top of Begovic’s net but that was the closest they came to threatening in the 25 minutes immediately after the break. An angled shot from Marko Arnautovic which was palmed away by Boruc was a rare Potters chance as pressure continued to build with them virtually penned inside their own half. Lovren’s drag-back at a Southampton corner deserved a better finish than him drilling wide but it was indicative of the domination Southampton had. Substitute Oussama Assaidi skewed a shot wide and Arnautovic’s long-range effort was fumbled by Boruc in the last 10 minutes as Stoke launched a late fightback. Not to be outdone, Begovic ended that match as he started it – in the spotlight – with a brilliant save to deny substitute Gaston Ramirez not knowing the Uruguayan had been flagged offside. Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic scored after just 13 seconds only to have his moment in the limelight spoiled by Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez as the Barclays Premier League match ended 1-1. Press Association Nevertheless, Stoke’s goalkeeper can still lay claim to the joint-fourth fastest Premier League goal in history, beaten only by Ledley King – himself not prolific by any standards – and more seasoned goalscorers Alan Shearer and Mark Viduka and on a par with Dwight Yorke and Chris Sutton. What was more criminal from Southampton’s point of view is that they had taken the kick-off and given the ball away. Full-back Erik Pieters tidied up to his goalkeeper, on his own penalty spot with a strong wind blowing from behind his goal, and he launched it downfield. Southampton’s two centre-backs Morgan Schneiderlin and Dejan Lovren both stood aside to allow the ball to bounce five yards outside the box but it immediately seemed to pick up pace and looped over Artur Boruc, on his own penalty spot, and into the net – a distance of roughly 98 yards. There must be something about the Britannia Stadium which lends itself to long-range goals as Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa scored from two yards inside his own half in December 2009 – although that was at the opposite end. And Southampton are no strangers to being beaten by a goalkeeper as Mark Crossley scored a late equaliser while on loan at Sheffield Wednesday in a 3-3 draw at Hillsborough in December 2006. Begovic looked almost embarrassed and if Stoke’s players were not sure how to react Southampton’s looked shell-shocked by the freakish goal and it took them a while to regain their composure. The after-effects of the goal appeared to smother the Britannia as both sides struggled to create anything like a clear-cut opportunity. The Bosnia international, assisted by a considerable tailwind, hoofed the ball downfield when Saints conceded possession from kick-off and was stunned to see it bounce over opposite number Artur Boruc for his first career goal. But Rodriguez ruined his career landmark moment with a header just before half-time which ballooned off the turf and over Begovic to claim a point. last_img read more

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Nose sawed off Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s statue in Malmo

first_imgStockholm: The statue of Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which was built in his honour by his boyhood club Malmo outside their stadium in the city of Malmo, continues to bare the brunt of fans of the club.In what is the latest alleged act of vandalism, images show the statue missing its nose.Ibrahimovic (38) angered the fans of the club when he bought a stake in one of its rivals, the Stockholm-based Hammarby, and stated that he wanted to make the club “the greatest in Scandinavia.” IANSAlso Read: Zlatan Ibrahimovic fuels talk of Serie A returnAlso Watch: Slug: Watch | Protest against CAA-2019 by Senior Citizens supported by AASU across Assamlast_img

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USC College Democrats support Hillary Clinton and her vision for America

first_imgOn Nov. 8, I will be voting in a presidential election for the first time. To all those people who think that this election is crazy and don’t know who to vote for, I want to let you know that I understand completely and I could go on and on about how weird this election cycle is, but for time’s sake, I urge you to vote for the most qualified and prepared presidential candidate to lead our country. And that candidate is Hillary Clinton. Now, that doesn’t mean that I think she’s a flawless candidate. Clinton has been scrutinized in the public eye for quite some time now, as First Lady of Arkansas, First Lady of the United States, a U.S. Senator of New York and Secretary of State. These are not easy jobs, and she has made mistakes. I’m not denying that. But I don’t think she would be human if she didn’t make mistakes. I am voting for Hillary Clinton because she will fight for the entire spectrum of Americans, not just a select group or subset of society. Her vision for America is a country that champions its unique differences and supports other individuals regardless of race, national origin, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation, etc. Whether it’s proving more tax reliefs to working class families and cutting taxes for small businesses to grow, or cutting interest rates so that college students will be able to tackle student debt, or offering a full and equal path to citizenship or promoting naturalization, Clinton has fought for and will continue to fight for every group in society and ensure that all our voices are heard. Her policies outline effective solutions and ways to make America inclusive to everyone. It is only through promoting inclusion and unity that we can move forward and progress as a nation. I am voting for Hillary Clinton because she understands that climate change is real and that we must take action to combat other environmental issues such as deforestation, global warming and ocean resource depletion. As an environmentalist and vegan myself, I want a president who recognizes the threat that climate change poses to our everyday lives and works toward leaving a sustainable planet for our future generations. Hillary has proposed concrete policies for addressing some of the most pressing environmental threats, whereas Donald Trump continuously denies that climate change exists, calling it “a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese.” Climate change is real, and we need a president who has a plan to tackle it. On Nov. 8, you have the power to make your voice heard and make a statement about what kind of country you want to see in the coming years. Voting for Donald Trump is equivalent to setting back all the progress that Democrats have worked tirelessly on during these past few years, including marriage equality, affordable healthcare and gun violence prevention. Voting for Donald Trump entails normalizing sexist remarks toward women, being complacent with racial slurs against people who don’t quite fit the mold of “being American” and dividing a nation that has embarked on so much progress to incorporate compassion in its domestic and foreign policies. The America I want to see is a nation that celebrates diversity and works for everyone, instead of a nation that promulgates fear, resentment and pitting people against each other. Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who can bring about a positive vision for our country, and I am proud to say that I’m with her. Jessica YuPresident, USC College Democratslast_img read more

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Trojans open season with focus on defending title

first_imgAs the spring semester begins, the preseason Campbell/Intercollegiate Tennis Association No. 1 USC men’s tennis team gears up for the season and prepares to defend its 2009 NCAA national title.Favorites · Top-ranked USC includes the No. 1 ranked player in sophomore Steve Johnson as they look to repeat as national champions in 2010. – Mike Lee | Daily Trojan After a very successful fall campaign, which features individual as opposed to team play, the Trojans will have one more opportunity to show off their individual talents. This weekend, the team will participate in the Sherwood Collegiate Cup tournament in Westlake, Calif.The tournament features fierce competition, as the three other participating schools — UCLA, Baylor and Stanford — are all ranked in the ITA Top 10.Facing the best competition the Pac-10 has to offer and a superb Baylor squad, USC is well positioned as sophomore Steve Johnson and senior Robert Farah respectively hold the top two singles seeds, and the doubles team of Farah and freshmen J.T. Sundling hold the tournament’s No. 2 seed.This tournament is not only an excellent opportunity for the seeded players to prove themselves against formidable competition but also an opportunity for less-experienced players to gain valuable playing time.Eight players from each university will compete, as opposed to the typical six, allowing more team members to make their case for playing time before the team match season commences.“It’s important to play an individual tournament in the spring, it’s a good barometer for the lineup,” coach Peter Smith said.The opportunity for other players to prove themselves against elite competition will go a long way to determining the lineup for their first dual matches scheduled on Jan. 23. USC will face off against Loyola Marymount and UC Santa Barbara at Marks Tennis Stadium.Smith mentioned that certain spots on the team have yet to be determined.“Doubles are still somewhat of a mystery, and we want to see where the freshmen lie,” Smith said.Along with finalizing certain positional battles, Smith said he would like to observe proper conditioning and a strong sense of competitiveness from his players.Maintaining this focus is crucial as the preseason No. 1 ranking is an unfamiliar experience for the relatively young team.“[The ranking presents] new territory, but we’re not going to get caught up in the rankings,” Smith said.The top ranking results from the bevy of ranked singles players including No. 1 Johnson, No. 14 Farah and No. 47 sophomore Matt Kecki.This talented bunch sets the team up nicely to strive for USC’s 18th men’s tennis national championship.The team must guard against complacency as the season begins to wear on. Smith has high hopes for his squad if they stay on track.“[USC] is the team to beat, if motivated,” Smith said.The Trojans are in store for a significant challenge as they open up against some of the best competition in the nation at the Sherwood Collegiate Cup.last_img read more

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USC routs Colorado in historic fashion

first_imgUSC’s offense has remained a point of contention for a sizable portion of the team’s fan base throughout much of the season.The No. 10 Trojans either rely too heavily on their passing game, or coach Lane Kiffin is too conservative by calling for running plays in situations that scream for a throw, the critics insist.Unparalleled · Though only playing a little more than a half, junior wide receiver Robert Woods passed Dwayne Jarrett on USC’s career receptions list after hauling in eight receptions for 132 yards and four touchdowns. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanBut they were largely silenced Saturday. Senior quarterback Matt Barkley threw for 298 yards and six touchdowns to set a school and Pac-12 record for career touchdown passes, as USC (6-1, 4-1) ran past an overwhelmed Colorado team, 50-6.With the victory, the Trojans, following a two-year postseason ban, are also bowl eligible for the first time since the 2009 season.“The sky wasn’t falling,” said Kiffin during his post-game news conference. “Matt can still throw. He’s pretty good.”That much was evident. Barkley’s career total for touchdown passes now stands at 102, moving past former USC signal caller and 2004 Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart, who had thrown for 99 during three seasons from 2003-06. Finishing 19 of 20, Barkley’s 95 percent completion rate also broke the conference record, previously held by former UCLA quarterback Rick Neuheisel.“It’s special, it’s an honor,” Barkley said. “I’ll take credit, but I mean, I’ve been here for four years so hopefully we put some production up.”Of his six touchdown tosses, four of them safely landed in the hands of junior wide receiver Robert Woods on plays of 39, 29, 17 and three yards over a span of just 2 1/2 quarters. Barkley’s 17-yard touchdown toss also marked a significant milestone for Woods, his 217th career catch, breaking the school’s all-time receptions record previously held by Dwayne Jarrett.The third-year wideout finished with eight catches for 132 yards against the Buffaloes (1-6, 1-3).“I grew up watching all those receivers ever since I understood USC football,” said Woods, whose four touchdown receptions also marked a single-game school record. “As I accomplished what I did today, I don’t see myself above them, I just see myself being a part of them as an elite group. I just want to follow in their footsteps, to be a great receiver at USC.”USC, as a group, looked elite as well. And the squad looked fast, perhaps as the result of its use of a no-huddle, quicker-paced offense for much of the contest.Barkley’s first touchdown, a 55-yard strike to sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee, went over the middle of the field on the team’s second play from scrimmage just 50 seconds into the game. And by the nine-minute mark of the first quarter, the Trojans already led 19-0, energizing an announced sellout crowd of 83,274 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.On the afternoon, the Trojans would finish with 458 yards of total offense, with 340 of them through the air, carving up an inexperienced and rattled secondary. The 50 points were also the highest single-game scoring total of the season.“I don’t care what pace we actually play at,” said Lee, who finished with six catches for 103 yards and one touchdown, “as long as we do what we need to do when it’s time to do it.”But as prolific as USC was offensively, it was again plagued by penalties. Entering the game, the team ranked 124th — dead last, in the Football Bowl Subdivision — in penalties per game with 10. On Saturday, the Trojans were penalized nine times for 90 yards, allowing the Buffaloes to keep some of their drives alive.During the first quarter, on Colorado’s first drive of the game, redshirt freshman Anthony Sarao was called for a personal foul penalty, helping the Buffaloes inch further downfield all the way to the 21-yard line before an ill-advised throw by quarterback Jordan Webb was intercepted by senior safety Drew McAllister in the end zone. On the day, USC forced six turnovers, including two other interceptions and three recovered fumbles.Later in the half, freshman defensive tackle Leonard Williams was penalized and subsequently ejected for punching a Colorado offensive player — classified as a flagrant foul that will be subject to review by conference officials, according to a school spokesman. It was not, though, deemed  “fighting,” which would warrant an automatic suspension.Though replays failed to establish what prompted Williams’ punch, teammates said Williams claimed he was spat on.  The penalties and Williams’ outburst prompted Kiffin to lecture his team on discipline before the Trojans retreated to the locker room for halftime.“We looked really undisciplined,” Kiffin said. “I felt bad for our fans, I felt bad for our former players. It was taking away from a really special day.”Next weekend, USC travels to Tucson to square off against Arizona. With three of its five remaining games to be played at the Coliseum, it will be the last time the Trojans leave Southern California during the regular season.“We play one week at a time,” Kiffin said. “We go out of L.A. for the last time this year. We have to get back to work.”last_img read more

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Childhood shooting contest made Joe Girard III NCAA’s 2nd-best foul shooter

first_imgUPDATED: Jan. 30, 2020 at 10:02 p.m.Before the accolades and fame in his small town, a 10-year-old Joe Girard III sat alone in a gym in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania after doing what he’d go on to do so rarely: lose.He was a representative of the Glens Falls Lodge for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, a national fraternal organization, during its annual Hoop Shoot program. In 2011, Girard was in his second year of the free throw shooting competition and made it to the East Coast Regional. He hit all 25 of his required free throws, but his competitor did, too.Four tie-breaking rounds later, Girard had just two misses, but was edged out for the final. Girard, even at 10 years old, remained stoic, but separated from his dad because of a coaching ban during the event. Another parent spotted Girard across the room and approached him.“That was the best competition I’ve seen,” the man said. There was a ball signed by the competitors that was raffled off to raise money for the organization. The man had won it earlier, but offered the ball to Girard, who perked up.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNow, Syracuse’s (13-8, 6-4 Atlantic Coast) starting point guard is by far its best free throw shooter. For the root of Girard’s success — one filled with state championships and scoring records — to emerge within a seemingly nondescript youth free throw competition only adds to his allure. “That was my main focus way back then,” Girard said recently. Now, the second-best free throw shooter in the country (94.5%) credits the Elks and that competition for helping him develop the same routine he does at the line every time: Right foot lined behind the left, three dribbles, step right and shoot.“He’s had foul shooting in his blood since he was nine years old,” Brian Greene, Hoop Shoot’s program director, said.Katie Getman | Design EditorGirard had worked with his father every day to prepare for Hoop Shoot. He was eliminated in the opening round in 2010 and entered an advanced 10-11 age group the year after. Around competition time, he shot 300 free throws daily. During the competition, contestants shoot 10 free throws, break, then shoot their final 15. As they trained, Girard shot 10 free throws then Joe Jr. sat with him for 10, 15 and sometimes 25 minutes. The two just chatted — about school, basketball — then Girard stepped back on the line and finished his set of 25.“He’s shot maybe a million free throws by now,” Joe Jr. said.He found a rhythm in that routine, and his accurate shooting from the foul line has set the tone for a Syracuse team that’s played much cleaner over its last six games. SU’s shot 74-for-92 (80.4%) over that stretch, up from 70.8%.In the final minute of Syracuse’s matchup with Notre Dame last week, Girard stepped to the line with the Orange up by two points. Joe Jr. couldn’t attend the game, so he shouted at his television instead, hoping the repetition of his orders would echo inside Girard’s head. “Trust your training!” he yelled. His son hit 2-of-2 free throws, and SU closed the game.Despite the obvious clichés about preparation and focus, the importance of rhythm became evident to Girard in his 10-year-old stint at Hoop Shoot. Before he shot his final tie-breaking set of five free throws the scorekeeper wasn’t set, and the referee took the ball away from him. He abandoned his routine and missed the first free throw. “What did you learn from that?” Greene remembered Joe Jr. asked Girard. So, Girard reset each time, taking an extra moment if he needed.Emily Steinberger | Design EditorA year after his regional loss, Girard advanced to the national championship, and after another perfect first round finally bested his opponent in the second tiebreaker. He snuck out of Glens Falls after only hitting 22-of-25 free throws, but he hit 133-of-135 free throws in the next five rounds of the competition. He won the national championship, and publicly displayed his uber-confident assurance, declaring to The Post Star “every time I shoot, I knew it was going in.” He even won the raffle for a signed ball, just like the one he was gifted a year earlier.The nine-year-old boy Girard had beat found a spot away from the competitors and cried. While his father consoled him, Girard walked over and knelt down in front of him.“I remember when I lost this way,” Greene remembered Girard said to the boy. “I didn’t really like it.”Girard offered the ball he won forward: “That ball made me feel better.”CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, it said Girard did his first interview with The Post Star in 2012, but that was not his first interview. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Published on January 29, 2020 at 11:30 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Zenith Bank Hails NFF on Future Eagles’ Progress

first_imgBanking giants, Zenith International Bank PLC has heaped encomiums on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for the progress the federation has made with the cadet teams since the signing of the partnership agreement between both establishments a couple of years ago.The partnership birthed the Future Eagles’ U13/ U15 project, on the wings of the NFF/Zenith Bank Future Eagles Championships. The heartwarming words of praise were showered on the NFF leadership by the GMD/CEO of Zenith Bank PLC, Mr. Peter Amangbo when the NFF, led by the its President, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, presented the U15 National Team, Future Eagles, to its partners at Zenith International Bank PLC headquarters in Lagos.Speaking at the event, Amangbo expressed delight at the work done so far by the Federation with regards to the Future Eagles, as well as the talents already produced through the project, whilst also encouraging the lads to maintain discipline and focus on their chosen careers.“I feel delighted to have you all here. I want to thank the NFF for the great job they’ve done in the last few years. We have never had it this good. Everyone recognises the revolution that has taken place in Nigerian football. From today, you are now members of the Zenith family.“Times are changing and you must start the right way. You all have a great future ahead of you. Football has gone to another level. For you to achieve your full potential, the most important thing is you must be very disciplined. If there’s no discipline and you don’t listen to your coaches, you will waste your talents.“Those making waves today started like you, but to accomplish their goal, they maintained discipline. Have it at the back of your minds to avoid taking substances, smoking and drinking excessively as these are capable of destroying careers,” Amangbo said.On his part, NFF President Pinnick commended Zenith Bank for being the first sponsor that came on board in his first year as President of the NFF, as he observed that the relationship has continued to blossom over the years.He also joined in appealing to the top management of the leading financial institution to consider a proposal by Ms. Aisha Falode for the integration of a Future Falcons U13/U15 project to fish out talented girl footballers.“NFF/Zenith Future Eagles’ program has helped achieve our dream when we were first elected four years ago. We thank the Chairman of Zenith Bank, Mr. Jim Ovia and the Board and Management. Without your support, we would not have been able to discover and raise what is now widely described as the future of Nigerian football.“I would like to support the call by Ms. Falode for Zenith Bank to also invest in women football by adding a Future Falcons Project because it will help in promoting the game from the cradle with the girl child.“The Super Falcons, by the way, are the most successful national team in the country, having won the Africa Women Cup of Nations a record eight times,” Pinnick stated.Amangbo assured that the bank will look into the proposal.Earlier, 1st Vice President of the NFF, Seyi Akinwunmi revealed that the composition of the Future Eagles that came for the courtesy visit included a Future Eagles’ product of the 2015 set, Wale Ali who has now progressed to the U20 Boys National Team, Flying Eagles, and members of the Future Eagles who were part of the WAFU B Nations Cup triumph in Niger Republic and those in the silver medal-winning Nigeria team to the 2nd African Youth Games in Algeria earlier in the year.Also in attendance with the members of the Future Eagles team at the Zenith Bank headquarters were NFF Executive Committee members Aisha Falode and Ganiyu Majekodunmi. Others include, Coach Danladi Nasidi, Mr. Adewale Adeyinka (Team Administrator), Mr. Dotun Coker, Coach Siji Lagunju (Assistant Director, Technical) and Ayodele Ibidapo.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more