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No regrets turning down Barca, Says Ighalo [READ MORE]

Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo said he wasn’t ready to be a part-time player in Barcelona hence he turned down a move to Nou Camp. It was widely reported that the Spanish LaLiga giants were keen to sign Ighalo to boost their striking options, but the deal did not see the light of the day as he remained in the Chinese Super League (CSL) with Shanghai Shenhua “My agent spoke to me about a loan interest from Barcelona. The club wanted a striker with La Liga experience and someone who understands Spanish football,” Ighalo told BBC Sport. “It was meant to be a six-month loan and strictly as a back-up [Read]

Manchester United Confirms Solkjaer Appointment As Full-Time Manager [READ MORE]

LONDON – Manchester Utd names Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as full-time manager. It was confirmed by the club on its Twitter handle. Man U tweeted, “Ole’s at the wheel! We can confirm that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed as #MUFC manager.” See tweet below;   [Read]

INT’L FRIENDLY: Eagle’s Debutant Onuachu Screamer Humbles The Pharoahs in Asaba

  The Super Eagles on Tuesday defeated the Pharaoh’s of Egypt 1-0 in an international friendly played at the packed Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba. FC Midtjylland striker Paul Onuachu, who was making his first start for the Eagles, sent the home fans into wild celebrations as early as the 10 seconds of the encounter, when he beat his marker before unleashing a ferocious volley that beat the Egyptian goalkeeper for the only goal of the encounter. It was one of the fastest goals that will go into football history. The Egyptians mounted sustained attacks on the Nigerian defence, but were kept at bay by the duo of Ekong and Leon [Read]

Ahmed Musa Gives N1M Per Goal To Super Eagles U-23 After Their 4-0 Win Against Libya

    Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, has redeemed his promise to the U-23 side, following their 4-0 win over Libya on Monday evening. The team were trailing the Libyans 2-0 from the first leg last week and needed a resounding win to qualify. Musa promised to pay N1million per goal scored. Victor Osimhen grabbed a hat-trick and laid on the assist for the last goal, as the U-23 Eagles marched to victory. Former Media Officer of the senior Eagles, Colin Udoh, confirmed that the former Leicester City winger has sent the money. “JUST IN. @NGSuperEagles captain @Ahmedmusa718 has fulfilled his promise of a million naira for every goal scored [Read]

Nigeria’s Emmanuel Amunike Sets Record, qualifies Tanzania for First AFCON Since 1980

NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that former Super Eagles Star, Emmanuel Amunike has led the national team of Tanzania to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). The Tafia Stars thrashed the Cranes of Uganda 3-0 at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, on Sunday to seal a spot in the Nations Cup for the first time in 39 years. Goals from Simon Msuwa, Erasto Nyoni and a sublime header from Aggrey Morris secured the win for the hosts. With the result, Amunike’s boys finished second in group L with eight points, five behind leaders Uganda, who had already qualified for the finals. [Read]

#BBN: Teddy-A Quits Chelsea Football Club as a Fan Over Poor results [READ MORE]

The former Big Brother Naija #BBN housemate, Teddy A, has quit Chelsea as a fan following the 2:0 defeat of the club by Everton Football Club today. The celebrity who is a long-time fan of Chelsea Football Club displayed his displeasure at Club through a post on his tweet handler. He said: I’m officially a free agent, I’m looking for a team to support. Tired of whaling over Chelshit!!! 😢😡 Chelsea is currently standing in 6th position on the premiership league table, two positions below the Champions League qualifications position. [Read]

REVEALED! I was told to join a cult to get political position — Taribo West [READ MORE]

Former Super Eagles defender Taribo West bares it all about the plight of Nigeria ’s ex – footballers in this interview with ‘TANA AIYEJINA.  Are you happy with the current division among the country’s ex- footballers, which has seen them forming factional players’ unions? It has come to a point that I need to speak out . There are people in top positions , who are supposed to manage football that are extorting money from our league . Are ex-internationals or footballers not supposed to bring in their experience to bear on the league? But they won’t allow it. In the last three years , there is accumulated money from [Read]

Angry Man Utd fans claim UCL draw against Barca was ‘fixed’ [READ MORE]

– Man United fans are suggesting their Champions League quarter-final draw with Barcelona was doctored by UEFA – United will host Barca in the first leg in April, before the reverse fixture at the Nou Camp a week later – Paul Scholes netted the winner for United when they defeated Barcelona on the way to winning the trophy for a third time in 2008. Manchester United supporters are claiming that Europe’s football governing body, UEFA staged Friday’s Champions League quarter-final draw that paired the Red Devils with Barcelona. According to a UK Sun, United will play host Barcelona at Old Trafford for the first leg clash next month, before heading [Read]

UEL: Arsenal star, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang booked for Black Panther Celebration [SEE PHOTOS]

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was booked for breaking out a new masked celebration for Arsenal on Thursday night in the Europa League. The striker scored Arsenal’s third against Rennes at the Emirates, and grabbed a Black Panther mask he had stowed behind the goal. Aubameyang put on the mask and celebrated in front of the home fans with the Wakanda salute. Black Panther was last year’s blockbuster superhero movie and was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars . Wakanda is the fictional African country in the film that Black Panther hails from. The goal was Aubameyang’s second of the game as the Gabon international inspired Arsenal to a fantastic comeback against [Read]

JUST IN: Real Madrid’s Marcelo Set To Join Ronaldo at Juve [READ MORE]

Juventus have agreed terms for a move to sign Real Madrid vice-captain, Marcelo. According to La Stampa, the Serie A champions have agreed a four-year deal worth around 12 million euros with Marcelo to head to Turin as he looks to reunite with former teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo. Marcelo won 20 trophies, including four Champions Leagues, after spending over more than a decade at the Bernabeu. The 30-year-old, who has been regularly linked with a move to join Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus, told Brazilian outlet, Esporte Interativo that he would quit Real Madrid if he is asked to. “If I am on the list of players [Madrid] want to sell, then [Read]

UCL: Man Utd Shocks Everyone, defeat PSG to book QF spot in Away Fixture

Manchester United beat Paris Saint-Germain 3 – 1 at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday to sensationally overcome a 2-0 first-leg deficit and secure a place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring inside two minutes for United, who were missing 10 outfield players through injury and suspension, when he latched onto a careless pass across the back from Thilo Kehrer and rounded Gianluigi Buffon to score. PSG quickly responded and restored their two-goal lead 10 minutes later when Kylian Mbappe picked out Juan Bernat to finish from close range. Against the run of play, United hit back on the half-hour mark when Buffon spilled an [Read]

[PHOTOS] LA Galaxy Unveils Giant Statue to Celebrate Club Legend, David Beckham

  David Beckham paid tribute to his LA Galaxy “family” and thanked Los Angeles for embracing him at the unveiling of his statue before the MLS club’s season-opener on Saturday. The statue, a first for an MLS player, honours the former England captain who was the first big European name to join the league, boosting its popularity and paving the way for other global stars to make the leap. Beckham won back-to-back championships in 2011 and 2012 during his six years and 98 appearances with the Galaxy. “Our city, our home,” Beckham said outside the Galaxy’s home stadium, the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, before their game against the [Read]

BREAKING: FIFA Unveils U-20 W/Cup Draws, Flying Eagles Fall in Group D [SEE DETAILS]

Federation of International Football Associations [FIFA] has unveiled draws for the forthcoming U-20 World Cup slated for Poland later this year. The draw sees Nigeria’s Flying Eagles paired against European giants, Ukraine, Qatar and USA. See full draws below as obtained by NEWS FLAKES NG; More Details Shortly!   [Read]

Super Falcons Goal Poacher Asisat Oshoala Joins Barcelona [READ MORE]

  – The former Arsenal and Liverpool forward went through medicals at the club earlier today – The 24-year-old will wear jersey number 20 for the Catalans as she hopes to help them win titles during her stay Barcelona have completed the signing of Super Falcons striker Asisat Oshoala on a short term loan deal from Dalian Quanjian until the end of the ongoing season. The three-time African women footballer of the year underwent medicals at the club earlier today before finally putting pen to paper with the Catalans. While reacting to the dream move, Oshoala said that Barca are unarguable one of the best football clubs in the world, [Read]

JUST IN: Novak Djokovic Defeats Nadal To Win 7th #AusOpen Title [READ MORE]

Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG as at PRESS TIME has it that NOVAK DJOKOVIC won a record seventh Australian Open title with a thumping 6-3 6-2 6-3 win over Rafael Nadal. Djokovic was in a relentless mood on Rod Laver Arena as he broke Nadal five times while conceding only a single break point. In their seventh meeting in a Grand Slam final, Djokovic raced into a two-set lead as he played an amazing level of tennis. Nadal had not come back from two sets down to win a match for more than a decade and his hopes disappeared as Djokovic broke to lead 2-1 in the third set. [Read]