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Manchester Utd set to finally sell Mason Greenwood

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Manchester United are reportedly set to land a much welcome, and somewhat unexpected, windfall after the form of Mason Greenwood alerted another LaLiga suitor to the prospect of his permanent signing in 2024.

The 22-year-old forward moved to Getafe over the summer after it was deemed he could not continue with his career at Manchester United. Greenwood last appeared for the Red Devils back in January 2022 during a 1-0 win over West Ham, with his arrest on a number of serious allegations coming a matter of days later.

And while those charges were ultimately dropped by the Crime Prosecution Service following the withdrawal of a key witness, it was deemed best that Greenwood should continue his career elsewhere with United ultimately deciding it too controversial to bring the player straight back into their first-team reckoning straight away.

Nonetheless, Erik ten Hag reportedly still rates Greenwood highly and reports that the forward could yet be welcomed back into the Red Devils fold at a later date continue to gather pace. To that end, a United insider has lifted the lid on Ten Hag’s plans to welcome Greenwood back and how ‘all hell is set to break loose’ as a result.

Indeed, the move to Getafe is regarded as the perfect chance for Greenwood to rebuild his reputation both on and off the pitch, as well as for United to test the waters somewhat over how the player is perceived both publicly and in the media.

To that end, and given the player remains contracted to United until summer 2025, this report has detailed the costs United are enduring as part of Greenwood’s spell on loan with the Madrid-based club.

To date, Greenwood has appeared in five games for Getafe, who sit 11th in LaLiga. From those 231 minutes clocked up so far – of which two have been as a starter and three off the bench – Greenwood has one goal and one assist to his name.

And having rapidly made his mark at Madrid’s poorer cousins, it was claimed on Sunday that the Greenwood is already open to the idea of making his loan stay permanent with Getafe.

However, amid claims United are now willing to sell – with the sale of the player that, prior to February 2023 when the charges against were dropped, had been viewed as an asset they would have to write off – another LaLiga side has entered the frame for his signature.

And according to the Daily Mirror, Greenwood’s displays for Getafe has already alerted Sevilla, with the Andalusian club eager to gazump their LaLiga rivals for his signature.

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United, for their part, are unlikely to stand in the player’s way if he indeed makes clear his wish to remain in Spain.

Come the summer, Greenwood – considered a £50m asset at his peak – will have just 12 months remaining on his United deal. Any sale of the player will be seen as very much a bonus and it’s believed that, if he continues to enjoy a strong season, they could bank as much as €20m – €25m (£17.3m – £21.7m) from his sale.

And while Ten Hag will be understandably frustrated that he will never get the chance to work with the player, it will reportedly be deemed the best option for all parties if his career continues permanently elsewhere.

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Men charged with murder of Kaizer Chiefs’ Luke Fleurs remanded

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Men charged with murder of Kaizer Chiefs’ Luke Fleurs remanded

Six suspects arrested over the murder of Kaizer Chiefs player Luke Fleurs have been remanded by the Roodepoort magistrate’s court on Friday.

Ndumiso Moswane, 26; Fernando Siva, 25; Nhlakanipho Dlamini, 21; Franky Xaba, 25; Maredi Mphahlele, 36; and Thembinkosi Hlomikhawu, 31, have been charged with murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, robbery with aggravating circumstances and defeating the ends of justice.

The suspects are expected to apply for bail during their court appearance next Friday.

All six suspects have opted to apply for the services of Legal Aid lawyers.

State prosecutor Arnold Limekhaya said the state intends to oppose the bail applications.

“We will oppose bail,” he told the court, indicating the state was yet to get the profiles of the men and their bail statements.

The 24-year-old Kaizer Chiefs defender and South Africa under-23 international was hijacked and fatally shot in the chest at a petrol station in Honeydew last Wednesday.

It is understood that the assailants drove off in Fleurs’ vehicle.

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Lagos FA to debut Nigerian Ex-International cup

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Lagos FA To Debut Nigerian Ex-International Cup

The Lagos State Football Association (LSFA) has concluded arrangements to organize a tournament involving Nigerian ex-internationals and their clubs’ teammates back in the day.
The Lagos State Football Association Chairman, Hajj Gafar Olawale Liameed, disclosed that the ex-internationals coming together to play football will inspire lots of youths.

“We believe in our ex-players. LSFA is determined to carry along ex-internationals and drive the game forward at every level,” Hajj Gafar stated.

“The tournament will see former Nigeria internationals based in Lagos adopt teams. For instance, if an ex-international is based in the area of Dino SC he can adopt them.

“The competition tagged ‘The Nigerian Ex Internationals Cup’ would see teams play on a home and away basis in the first phase before we proceed to the knockout stage.

“We want to have a clear identity and organize lots of programs. This is one of our innovations and we hope to take blessings from the Lagos State Government and Nigeria Football Federation,” the football technocrat enthused.

Hajj Gafar also reiterated LSFA’s commitments to the proper development of football in the centre of excellence.

“We’re determined to lead that development at every level and have created a robust plan for doing so using all our resources and knowledge.”

Meanwhile, former Nigeria internationals like Joseph Yobo, Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Wasiu Ipaye have already thrown their weight behind the innovation by the LSFA.

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NFF appoints Manu Garba as Golden Eaglets’ Head Coach

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The Board of Nigeria Football Federation has appointed former U17 World Cup winner Manu Garba as Head Coach of the Nigeria U17 boys, Golden Eaglets.

The Board of Nigeria Football Federation has appointed former U17 World Cup winner Manu Garba as Head Coach of the Nigeria U17 boys, Golden Eaglets.

 

Garba had, in the same role, led the Golden Eaglets to win the FIFA U17 World Cup for Nigeria in the United Arab Emirates in 2013 – Nigeria’s fourth triumph at that stage.

 

Garba’s world-conquering squad in 2013 included Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi, Isaac Success, Musa Mohammed, Chidiebere Nwakali and goalkeeper Dele Alampasu.

 

The squad, which finished as runners-up at the African U17 Championship in Morocco after a penalty shootout defeat by Cote d’Ivoire, defeated Mexico 6-1 in their opening game, drew 3-3 with Sweden and hammered Iraq 5-0. In the Round of 16, they ran Iran ragged 4-1, dispatched Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter-finals and trounced Sweden 3-0 in the semi-finals, before they dislodged Mexico by the same margin in the final to lift the trophy.

 

The former Nigeria international will now immediately resume the role and take charge of the team’s preparations for next month’s WAFU B U17 Championship, taking place in Ghana.

 

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