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Onome Ebi to get choice Abuja land, earn N1.5m salary as Naija Ratels player

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Newly unveiled Naija Ratels FC player, now captain Onome Ebi has been given land at Life Camp, one of the high-breed areas in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

President of Ratels Sports Development Foundation (RSDF), Barr. Paul Edeh announced the huge property gift to Onome at the weekend during her unveiling at the prestigious Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja.

Barr. Edeh who disclosed that the offer was in line with the Foundation’s resolve to continuously lift the status of Women’s football in Nigeria, also said RSDF will take responsibility for the monthly payment of Onome’s salary as a Naija Ratels player.

He then revealed that Onome who is also the Super Falcons captain will earn N1.5 million monthly, an amount which no woman player plying her trade in Nigeria had earned.

The RSDF boss said, “I’m particularly elated today because what Onome brings to the club is beyond just playing football. His presence will also motivate other players of the club to bring out their best and aspire to be the best, play for Super Falcons and so on.”

Barr. Edeh, the incumbent Chairman of Benue State Football Association who spoke extensively on why legends and others who had done Nigeria proud should be recognised and celebrated said, “Today we have Stephen Keshi stadium and some others named after men who have also done Nigeria proud, but no one is named after any woman.

“The best way to celebrate a woman who has not only made Nigeria but Africa proud is to name one of the stadia after Onome Ebi. For us at the RSDF, we have been at the forefront of developing Women’s football for almost five years now.

“We are not only going to celebrate Onome, we will do what is required to celebrate the legend. And that is why today on behalf of RSDF, we will be announcing a parcel of land at Life Camp Abuja for Onome. In addition to that, the Foundation will also take the burden of paying Gnome’s salary off Naija Ratels.

Talking about the reason for identifying with Onome at such a time like this, Barr. Edeh said, “We are doing this for three reasons. One is to show that we have able-bodied men and women out there who can reach out and celebrate such a phenomenal woman.

“It takes courage to make such a sacrifice that Onome has made because we live in a country that instead of seeking to celebrate a legend like Onome, we vilify her.

“In addition to our commitment, Onome Ebi is one Nigerian player who hasn’t doctored her age. Otherwise, today She would’ve been 29. But instead of telling lies, she has maintained her true age right from on set.”

On behalf of RSDF, its President also revealed more packages that seek to celebrate Onome while playing in Nigeria.

He said “Also, in celebration of what she has done and will continue to do for the Super Falcons, we will make sure these three things happen – We will ensure that there will be billboards with Onome Ebi across the Federal Capital Territory.

“We will also ensure that you are in the media space on a daily basis telling the story that will inspire young girls.

“The third thing we will seek to do is to see how Onome Ebi will not only play for Naija Ratels but will move around the country to train and play with various Women’s teams so that they can feel her impact.”

Earlier, Naija Ratels Chairman, Mrs Alisson James-Jegede, who went down memory lane on how she met Ebi before she joined Naija Ratels said, “One thing that struck me as I assumed office as the Chairman of Naija Ratels FC is how do we give back to girl-child in the society and I got talking with the legend Onome Ebi.

“What amazed me is her desire to return home and see how she can give back to society. To me, it’s like a fulfilled dream. She is here not just to play for the club after rejecting other juicy offers but to offer whatever she can as a player to support the younger ones and join in their building process. It is just a matter of time, before Naija Ratels will produce World stars who will dazzle beyond Africa.” 

Responding, Onome who will be wearing Jersey number 5 said she chose Naija Ratels as a veritable platform to impact and give back to Nigeria, adding, “My joining Naija Ratels is beyond playing football. It’s about inspiring young upcoming female players from the grassroots. I strongly think my story won’t be complete if I don’t accomplish the goal of giving back to the Nigerian league, which nurtured me to stardom.”

NWFL Chairperson, Nkechi Obi, ex-international Abdul Sule among other dignitaries, the entire management, technical crew and players of Naija Ratels attended the unveiling ceremony which also showcased the club’s new Jerseys for the upcoming season.

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Saudi Arabian club offers Osimhen €700m annually

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Osimhen: Napoli risk fine, points deduction

Napoli’s talented striker, Victor Osimhen, is generating significant interest from clubs in the oil-rich country of Saudi Arabia.

An undisclosed club is reportedly preparing a substantial offer to prevent European teams from securing the services of the Super Eagles player, as reported by ThePAPERS.

It has been confirmed that Osimhen quit the Serie A this summer as Napoli has reportedly reignited interest in Crystal Palace striker Jean-Philippe Mateta as a possible replacement.

The Partenopei are ready to sell the Nigerian star this summer, a deal that’ll see them earn around €120-130m, and have started to plan out their transfer market, wanting to rejuvenate the squad after their miserable 2023-24 campaign.

According to sources from Italy, a mid-table club in the Saudi Arabian League is reportedly interested in signing Osimhen, who is already being pursued by Chelsea, Arsenal, and PSG.

The club is rumored to be offering a substantial annual sum of €700 million to any footballer, potentially impacting their participation in European competitions.

“Victor could shock everyone, just last night, he had offers in Saudi Arabia with €700m annually but the guy is breathing to see what could happen,” the source closer to Osimhen told ThePAPERS.

If the deal falls through, Victor Osimhen will become the highest-paying player in the world and will be joining the ranks of top goal scorers like Neymar Jr, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Karim Benzema to compete for goals.

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Barcelona confident of signing Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich

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La Liga heavyweights Barcelona are reportedly confident of winning the race to sign Joshua Kimmich from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

La Liga heavyweights Barcelona are reportedly confident of winning the race to sign Joshua Kimmich from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

According to a report by Spanish outlet SPORT, Joshua Kimmich is the subject of interest from Barcelona. The Catalan giants are keen on signing the 29-year-old Bayern Munich utility man. And they are optimistic of beating the competition in the race to sign him from the Bundesliga club.

Joshua Kimmich has established himself as one of the best players in the world during his stint with Bayern Munich. The German international has been with the Bundesliga heavyweights for nearly a decade and has excelled in multiple positions, producing world-class displays as a right-back and a holding midfielder.

The 29-year-old has turned out nearly 400 times thus far for Bayern Munich, chipping in with 42 goals and 104 assists. However, Kimmich’s long-term future at the Allianz Arena is uncertain due to his run-ins with Thomas Tuchel this season. Such a situation has not gone unnoticed, capturing the attention of several high-profile clubs, including Barcelona.

Reports a few weeks ago had suggested that Barcelona might put off a move for Kimmich until the 2025 summer transfer window. The Bayern Munich utility man will enter the final 12 months of his contract with the Bavarian giants on July 1, thus making him an attractive target for his suitors.

As for Barcelona, they will hope to sign Joshua Kimmich on a Bosman move if he does not sign a new contract and remains at Bayern Munich until the end of the 2024/25 season. However, his other suitors, like Chelsea and Arsenal, can afford to cough up a big-money sum to secure his services this year.

In addition, the report by SPORT mentions Paris Saint-Germain as a prospective suitors. Meanwhile, Kimmich’s market value is €60 million, and it will not be surprising to see Bayern Munich demanding a figure close to that sum. However, while that can put a spanner in the works for Barcelona, the Catalan giants are optimistic of landing him.

Barcelona will have to sell a few high-value assets to raise the funds to secure Joshua Kimmich’s services. So, it will be interesting to see if a summer move for the 29-year-old German utility man sees the light of day.

 

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Man United eye Brentford manager as Erik ten Hag replacement

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50-year-old Brentford manager Thomas Frank is reportedly a strong contender to replace Erik ten Hag at Manchester United.

50-year-old Brentford manager Thomas Frank is reportedly a strong contender to replace Erik ten Hag at Manchester United.

According to a report by the Daily Telegraph, Thomas Frank is the subject of interest from Manchester United. The Red Devils are scouring the market for a new manager heading into the summer amid uncertainties surrounding the future of Erik ten Hag.

And the 50-year-old Brentford manager is a ‘strong contender’ to replace the Dutchman at Old Trafford.

Thomas Frank has become one of the most sought-after managers in the Premier League alongside Roberto De Zerbi in the last 12 months. Both tacticians guided their clubs to a top-half finish in the 2022/23 season. Interestingly, Brentford and Brighton & Hove Albion have struggled to match the heights of last term and might end in the bottom half in 2023/24.

However, Frank and De Zerbi’s stocks remain high despite their teams’ inconsistencies this term. The former has seen links with almost every top Premier League club, with recent reports claiming Liverpool held talks to sign him. However, the 50-year-old has emerged as a ‘strong contender’ to join Manchester United.

The Red Devils are scouring the market for a new manager heading into the summer. Manchester United would have hoped for Erik ten Hag to usher in an exciting new era of sustained success after winning the EFL Cup last season. Manchester United also reached the FA Cup final and finished third in the Premier League.

However, the Red Devils have struggled thus far this season, and they might go into next term without any European football. In addition, Manchester United bowed out of the UEFA Champions League and the EFL Cup in the early stages. The FA Cup is thus the only avenue for respite, with Manchester City their opponents in the final.

So, it is hardly surprising that Manchester United are searching for the ideal candidate to replace Erik ten Hag, whose stock has plummeted. The Dutch tactician might have three more games left to save his job. In the meantime, Thomas Frank has emerged as a target for Manchester United, with the Daily Telegraph pinning him as a ‘strong contender’ to replace Erik ten Hag.

It will not be surprising to see Manchester United dropping the axe on the Dutchman in the coming weeks after a dreadful 2023/24 campaign. And Frank might replace the incumbent at Old Trafford in the coming months.

 

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