Neymar might be heading to Manchester United in a swap deal for Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, according to manager Jose Mourinho. The Brazilian joined the French side last summer in a record £224 million transfer from Barcelona.
However, it was gathered that the 26-year-old has become disillusioned at Paris Saint German. He has also fallen out with his coach Unai Emery and many high-profile teammates. Pogba grabbed a brace for United on Saturday as they came from behind to defeat champions-in-waiting Manchester City 3-2.
Also, Martial has been used sparingly in recent weeks having lost his starting spot to new signing Alexis Sanchez and has regularly been linked with a move to Juventus. The Daily Star claims any deal would see United having to trade both Pogba and Martial, plus around £50m, in order to sign Neymar.
GTBank Masters Cup Returns for Season 8
One of the most exciting secondary school football tournaments in Africa, the GTBank Masters Cup, is set to return for its 8th season, following its opening draws, which was held on Thursday, January 17, 2019, in Victoria Island, Lagos. The tournament will feature over 30 schools and more than 40 teams who will compete for trophies in the male and female categories.
Established in 2012, the GTBank Masters Cup is organized by foremost African financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank, as a way of extending the benefits of the Bank’s football programs to students outside the public school system.
Since its inception, the tournament has grown into one of the major platforms for discovering and developing exceptional football talents and many of its alumni are now on trials and scholarships with football clubs and academies in Nigeria and abroad.
The 7th season of the tournament, held in 2018, saw Igbobi College, Yaba and Queens College, Yaba, emerge champions in the male and female categories, respectively. This year, the route to the title in both categories promises to be even tougher with the tournament welcoming eight (8) new schools.
Commenting on the tournament, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, Segun Agbaje, said; “We are delighted to organize this tournament for the eighth edition, not only because of the platform it provides for the emergence of amazing football talents, but also because we see firsthand its impact in helping young people build a healthier lifestyle at this critical stage in their lives.”
He further stated that “At GTBank, we will continue to create and invest in initiatives that bring the values of sports to school compounds to ensure that young people that are passionate about sports have the opportunity to hone their talents and build character whilst still very focused on their academics.”
Guaranty Trust Bank plc maintains a defined Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) focused on championing causes and fostering initiatives that transform lives and uplift communities. The Bank is a leading advocate of Sports Education as a major way of promoting the values of excellence and fair play whilst laying a solid foundation for the emergence of sporting talents.
Alongside the GTBank Masters Cup, the Bank organizes and sponsors several other football programs, such as the GTBank Principals Cup tournaments in Lagos and Ogun States, the GTBank Super Cup and the Players Development Programme.
GTBANK MASTERS CUP SEASON 8
|KINGS COLLEGE LAGOS||ANWAR-UL-ISLAM MODEL COLLEGE, AGEGE.||GREENSPRINGS SCHOOL, LEKKI||EKO BOYS HIGH SCHOOL, MUSHIN||WESTERN COLLEGE, YABA||IGBOBI COLLEGE, YABA||JIBRIL MARTINS MEMORIAL GRAM. SCHOOL, IPONRI|
|BAPTIST ACADEMY, OBANIKORO||CMS GRAMMAR SCHOOL, BARIGA||FEDERAL SCIENCE AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE, YABA||WHITESAND SCHOOL, LEKKI||INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL LAGOS, AKOKA||CHRISLAND SCHOOLS, IKEJA||CORONA SECONDARY SCHOOL, AGBARA|
|DOWEN COLLEGE, LEKKI||BELLINA COLLEGE, AKOKA||ATLANTIC HALL, EPE||METHODIST BOYS HIGH SCHOOL, VICTORIA ISLAND||BIRCH FREEMAN HIGH SCHOOL.||ANSAR-UD-DEEN COLLEGE, ISOLO||ANSAR-UD-DEEN GRAMMAR SCHOOL, RANDLE|
|IFAKO INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL||BAKRE DISU OSHODI MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL||FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COLLEGE, IJANIKIN||LIVINGSPRING HI-GRADE COLLEGE, ILASAMAJA||APOSTOLIC CHURCH GRAMMAR SCHOOL, KETU||AVI – CENNA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, IKEJA||HALIFIELD SCHOOLS, MARYLAND|
|LEAD-FORTE GATE COLLEGE LEKKI, LAGOS.|
|METHODIST GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL, YABA||ANSAR-UD-DEEN GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL, ITIRE||FEDERAL SCIENCE AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE, YABA||QUEEN’S COLLEGE, YABA|
|GREENSPRINGS SCHOOL, LEKKI||DOWEN COLLEGE, LEKKI||CORONA SECONDARY SCHOOL, AGBARA||ANSAR-UD-DEEN COLLEGE, ISOLO|
|BAKRE DISU OSHODI MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL||ANWAR-UL-ISLAM GIRLS HIGH, OJOKORO||JIBRIL MARTINS MEMORIAL GRAMMAR SCHOOL, IPONRI||IFAKO INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL|
|ATLANTIC HALL, EPE||APOSTOLIC CHURCH GRAMMAR SCHOOL, KETU||FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COLLEGE, IJANIKIN||REAGAN MEM. BAPTIST GIRLS’ SECONDARY SCHOOL, SABO|
|CHRISLAND SCHOOLS, IKEJA||BELLINA COLLEGE, AKOKA||LEAD-FORTE GATE COLLEGE LEKKI, LAGOS.||INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL LAGOS, AKOKA|
Kanu Nwankwo Weeps, As Vandals Steal All His Career Medals; Hotel Taken Over By Unknown Persons
Legendary Nigerian Footballer and Olympic Gold Captain, Nwankwo Kanu is not a happy man right now after losing his football medals and several valuables.
The Atlanta ’96 Olympic gold winner has revealed how suspected vandals invaded his The Hardley Apartments situated along Waziri Ibrahim Crescent on Victoria Island, making away with his football medals, trophies, plaques and other valuable items.
The hotel has been sealed up since 2015 sequel to an alleged default in transaction between it and Skye Bank (now Polaris Bank), leading to series of litigation that is still pending at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos. The last hearing came up in November last year after which the case was adjourned till 31 January 2019.
But a shocked Kanu, who was in London for the Yuletide, learnt from relatives and business associates in Nigeria last week that the Apartments, with registration number 509102, had been occupied by some authorized persons who had also commenced renovation of the facility in disregard of the seal order and litigation, forcing him to arrive in Nigeria over the weekend to verify the claims.
“It was a rude shock to me,” Kanu, who fought back tears at what the hitherto sprawling facility had become since the renovation started, told TheCable.
“I almost couldn’t recognise the hotel as belonging to me anymore. This is the saddest day of my life as I cannot understand why this happen to me when the matter has yet to be settled in court.
“All the medals I have earned, in addition to the Olympic torch that I cherished are all gone and I don’t even know who to ask for all these prized assets.”
Mohamed Salah Crowned African Player Of The Year For Second Straight Year
Mohamed Salah of Egypt is the African Player of the Year 2018, for the second time in a row, it was announced in Dakar, Senegal Tuesday night.
He beat two other competitors shortlisted with him, Liverpool team mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang of Arsenal.
“I have dreamt of winning this award since I was a child and now I have done so twice in a row,” Salah said soon after receiving his trophy.
“My thanks go to my family, my team-mates and my fans and I dedicate this trophy to my homeland, Egypt.”
It was an identical outcome to last year when Salah became only the second Egyptian after 1983 winner Mahmoud al Khatib to be voted the best footballer in Africa.
Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana of South Africa was crowned African Women’s Player of the Year 2018 at the Aiteo-CAF awards, while Nigeria’s female team won Women’s National Team of the Year.
Achraf Hakimi was named African Youth Player of the Year 2018.
Mo Salah was also not surprisingly named among Africa’s Best X1 players that did not include any Nigerian.
Other players are Aubameyang, Mane, Mahrez, Keita, Partey, Koulibaly, Bailly, Benatia and Aurier.
Onyango as the goalkeeper completed the Africa Eleven.
Mauritania are the Men’s national Team of the Year.
The coaches were also recognised with Herve Renard winning Men’s coach of the Year and Desiree Ellis, coach of the Bayana Bayana, winning Women’s Coach of the Year. (NAN)
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