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Usman Adams Unveiled As Coach At Nasarawa United

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Nasarawa United Football Club have appointed Usman Adams as their new Technical Adviser before the home fans and media.

After going through several applications from potential candidates seeking to replace Coach Bala Nikyu who resigned his position following the Club’s abysmal performance last season in the Nigeria Premier Football League, the 2021 Aiteo Federation Cup Runners-up settled for their former Coach, Usman Adams.

Speaking to the Press shortly after his presentation at the Lafia City Stadium on Wednesday, 18th October, Coach Adams Usman said the task to return Nasarawa United back to the elite domestic football league after being relegated is non-regotiable as the trust of the financier and supporters of Club would not be toyed with.

“I want to seize this opportunity to thank the Management and Government of Nasarawa State for finding me worthy to deliver on the mandate.

“My job is to get the Club back to where they belong to, which is the Premier League, and this also requires developing the players to get the best out of them, both individually and collectively.

“With my Technical Crew, we will ensure we assemble a formidable team that can withstand any test and achieve the task given to us, and also be able to renew the victory hopes of the Solid Miners’ supporters and fans alike.”

Club Chairman, Dr. Othman Ibrahim Ahmed, said the arrival of Coach Adams Usman will accentuate the beginning of a new era, with a totally “new style of play.”

The Nasarawa State-born Adams Usman has enjoyed coaching stints in various football Clubs, both in Nigeria and beyond.

He qualified defunct Kada City FC to the elite Nigeria Premier Football League in the 2018/2019 Season after emerging as NNL Super 8 Champions; He coached NPFL sides, Katsina United in 2002, and Sunshine Stars FC, including leading the Akure Gunners to the Semi-Finals of the CAF Cup in 2011.

He was Assistant Coach of Nigeria’s Flying Eagles and National 5-A-Side to Honk Kong, as well as Hilal Kaduguli of Sudan between 2008/2010.

The gaffer was invited to attend the France 1998 Senior FIFA Men’s World Cup as Observer.

It is the third return of Adams Usman as Coach of Nasarawa United, having coached the Solid Miners in the past, in 2007, and between 2011/12.

His first test in charge of Nasarawa United is a home game at the Lafia City Stadium against Jedo FC on Saturday, 28th October, 2023, in the 2023/24 Nigeria National League season.

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Mikel Arteta is ‘creating a monster’ at Arsenal – Fabregas

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Cesc Fabregas has backed Arsenal to continue challenging Manchester City for the Premier League title next season, claiming that Mikel Arteta

Cesc Fabregas has backed Arsenal to continue challenging Manchester City for the Premier League title next season, claiming that Mikel Arteta is ‘creating a monster’.

Arsenal suffered disappointment on the final day of the Premier League season on Sunday as City sealed a 3-1 win at home to West Ham to be crowned champions for the fourth campaign in a row.

Arteta’s side ended up two points behind Pep Guardiola’s men but Fabregas believes City have not received enough credit for their historic success in the Premier League.

‘It’s still an achievement,’ Fabregas told El Larguero.

‘They don’t give it that much attention either because it’s, ‘oh, they always win’, but it’s very difficult, very difficult.

‘They have a lot of money and they have the best players but it is also very difficult because you are competing in the Champions League against Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona.

‘In the Premier League, Arsenal are creating a monster too and they [City] continue to beat them and compete well and it’s not the end.

‘My admiration comes from knowing what I do now and how much work does not stop to continue improving and analysing and creating game plans, what they do at the highest level every three days and switching from cup competitions to the league is amazing and I hope that one day I have the opportunity to be on the same pitch as them.’

When asked what he learned during his time under Wenger at Arsenal, Fabregas said: ‘How to be a manager.

‘Like now I am lucky to be experiencing something unique because when I know when I leave I will be a normal coach.

‘In the club where I work now I am lucky to control everything a little bit. The truth is that I think a lot not about how Arsene was the manager but how to control everything when it comes to scouting, how to manage staff, where to get your staff, how to control different groups, how to create a work culture within the club to make the whole family grow together.’

Asked what he took from playing under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, Fabregas said: ‘How to manage the dressing room.

‘How to play with the players’ heads. He is the coach who has known the best how to play with my mind, both when I was not well or when I was.

‘He always made me feel the best and this is very important as I am seeing it day by day now.’

 

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Real Madrid open talks with PSG for Mbappe presentation

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According to a report from MARCA, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is set to meet with the leaders of Paris Saint-Germain today

According to a report from MARCA, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is set to meet with the leaders of Paris Saint-Germain today in Paris and one of the key topics likely to be discussed is the presentation of Kylian Mbappe as a Real Madrid player.

Perez travelled to Paris this Tuesday as a guest at a meeting where the French President, Emmanuel Macron, will also be present.

Macron has a personal interest in this matter, which aligns with Perez’s interests: ensuring Mbappe’s presence at the Paris Olympic Games.

It is to be noted that Macron has been pushing for Mbappe to be a prominent figure for the French national team at this summer’s Olympic Games.

He recently expressed his hope that Real Madrid will allow Mbappe to participate in the Olympics.

Interestingly, another important issue for Perez in Paris is the official presentation of Mbappe as a Real Madrid player.

During his meeting with PSG leaders, one of the possible topics of discussion will be obtaining PSG’s permission for Real Madrid to introduce Mbappe as their new player before the start of the Euro Cup in Germany.

It is said that the French players selected for the Euro Cup are scheduled to report to Clairefontaine on May 29, except for those from Real Madrid, who will join on June 3 as they are in the UEFA Champions League final.

Therefore, the timing of Mbappe’s presentation depends on two key authorisations: one from the French Football Federation and the other from PSG, who are technically Mbappe’s employer until June 30.

For what it is worth, Mbappe wants to finalise his transfer to Real Madrid before Euro 2024 begins. The club also shares this desire.

However, the French national team could create complications for everyone involved. This is why Perez’s visit to France is very important, as it will help clear up the situation.

 

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Dominican Republic 2024: Flamingos thrash Burkinabe girls 6-0 to cruise into final round

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Nigeria reached the final round of the African qualification series for this year’s FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup finals after a 6-0 defeat

Nigeria reached the final round of the African qualification series for this year’s FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup finals after a 6-0 defeat of Burkina Faso at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Saturday evening.

Goal-poacher Harmony Chidi, who netted six of Nigeria’s dozen goals in the 12-0 annihilation of Central African Republic in the first round and also got the team’s goal in the 1-1 draw away in Bamako last week Saturday, came up big again with a hat-trick in front of delighted spectators in Nigeria’s administrative capital.

She put the Nigeria U17 girls in front after 11 minutes, capitalizing on a defensive blunder by the duo of Faridatou Ouedraogo and Obaidatou Nkiema to dribble past goalkeeper Agueratou Baguian. Four minutes later, Shakirat Moshood’s angled shot was foiled by the upright, and in the 27th minute, Peace Effiong’s dashing run ended with a tame shot.

Effiong made amends in the 34th minute, riding a couple of rough tackles to flash past the overworked Baguian as spectators egged the Flamingos on. She should have made it 3-0 with four minutes left in the first period, but got too much purchase on the ball from four yards.

In the second half, visiting goalkeeper Baguian drew applause with an excellent double save from Harmony Chidi in the 55th minute, but the World Cup bronze medallists reserved their greater potency for the last quarter-hour. In the 74th minute, Taiwo Afolabi’s soaring volley from 20 yards rocked the crossbar, but Chidi was on hand to coolly nod it into the net.

Substitute Ramota Kareem made it four in the 84th minute. Two minutes later, Chidi got her hat-trick with a dipping shot, and with one minute left on the clock, Effiong got her brace after a wonderful team move.

Victory earned Nigeria a 7-1 aggregate win, and a place in the final round against the winner of the Senegal/Liberia fixture. The first leg is scheduled for Saturday, 8th June.

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