JUST IN: Tottenham Sacks Manager Pochetino After Five Years in-Charge

  Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that Tottenham have sacked manager Mauricio Pochettino after five years in charge of the Premier League club. The Argentine, 47, was appointed in May 2014 and led the club to the Champions League final last season, where they lost to Liverpool in Madrid. But Spurs have made a disappointing start to the current campaign and are 14th in the Premier League. “We were extremely reluctant to make this change,” said Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. “It is not a decision the board has taken lightly, nor in haste. Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning [Read]

Argentina 2-2 Uruguay: Lionel Messi’s late penalty salvages draw

  Lionel Messi converted an added-time penalty as Argentina salvaged a 2-2 draw against their South American rivals Uruguay in a friendly in Tel Aviv. Three days after marking his return from a three-month international ban by scoring the winner against Brazil, Messi once again underscored his value to his country. He floated a precise 63rd-minute free kick from which Sergio Aguero headed home to cancel out Edinson Cavani’s 4th-minute opener for the home side. And after Luis Suarez put Uruguay back in front from a set piece, Messi’s persistence paid off after Martin Caceres had been harshly penalised for handball in the box. Argentina had dominated the early exchanges [Read]

LA Galaxy boss: Ibra wants to end career in Italy

Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants to see out his career in Italy, according to LA Galaxy head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto. Ibrahimovic revealed on Wednesday that he will not be renewing his contract with MLS side the Galaxy, where the 38-year-old arrived from Manchester United in 2018. The ex-Paris Saint-Germain striker has been strongly linked with a return to Europe, with MLS commissioner Don Garber last week suggesting former club AC Milan are the frontrunners to re-sign the soon-to-be free agent. Napoli, Bologna and Roma have also been touted as possible options for the former Sweden international should he return to Serie A, while A-League team Perth Glory have confirmed their interest [Read]

C. Ronaldo Bags Hat-Trick As Portugal wins 6-0 Vs Lithuania

Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored his 9th International Hat-trick for Portugal in the 6-0 thrashing of Lithuania today, MySportDab reports. The goals take Ronaldo up to 98 on the all-time international scoring charts, while Lionel Messi is still on 68 with Argentina. Ronaldo is now just 16 goals behind Iranian football legend Ali Daei, who scored 109 times for his country during his storied career. The game with Lithuania was a big one for Portugal, who are second in the Group with 14 points, behind Ukraine on 19 points. [Read]

Angry Ronaldo leaves stadium for home after being substituted on Sunday

  Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo reported left stadium angirily on Sunday, November 10th and headed home after being subbed during a tough Serie A encounter between Juventus and AC Milan. The 34-year-old Portuguese superstar was taken off the pitch for Paulo Dybala after just nine minutes into the second half while the scores was still at 0-0. The decision however proved vital and paid off as the Argentine forward scored the lone goal at the 77 minutes to hand the Old Lady the victory over fierce rivals. But the decision by Maurizio Sarri did not go down well with the Portuguese who was reported to have left the pitch and [Read]

Jamie Vardy scores as Leicester City destroy Arsenal in tough EPL defeat for Emery

– Leicester City vs Arsenal’s Premier League encounter ended 2-0 in favor of the Foxes – Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans scored the two goals for Brendan Rodgers’ side – They are now occupying second position on the Premier League standings – Their current position on the table could change on Sunday, November 10, when Man City will face Liverpool Leicester City on Saturday night, November 9, climbed to second position on the Premier League standings after beating Arsenal 2-0 at the King Power stadium. The defeat will come as a huge blow for the reign of embattled Arsenal manager Unai Emery at the Emirates stadium as the Gunners chief [Read]

D’Tigress ranked 16th in world, first in Africa

  Nigeria women’s basketball team, D’Tigress are now ranked 16th in the world and first in Africa in the latest FIBA world ranking released on Friday. The Nigerian ladies, who emerged champions at the 2019 AfroBasket Women’s Championship in Senegal, are the only African team in top 20 in the new ranking system of FIBA. World champions and Olympic gold medalists the USA maintained their top-ranked spot as the best team in the world, Australia are in second place, Spain in third, Canada rank fourth while France are fifth in the world. The new ranking system, presented by Nike, is a lot better than the previous system, which was purely [Read]

Nigerian professional footballer gets indefinite suspension for slapping referee

  A Nigerian professional footballer, Yakubu Hassan has been ban indefinitely from playing football by the Nasarawa State Football Association for slapping a centre referee during a football match. Hassan, who plays for ”Dubagari Football Club”, Lafia, a local team in Nasarawa state slapped a centre referee Kasimu Ahmadu during a football match with another local team, Winda Force Football Club on October 29 after he was cautioned for an infringement. Speaking with the newsmen, Halidu Akwashiki, the Vice Chairman of the Nasarawa State Football Association confirmed the suspension, adding that it would serve as a deterrent to other players. He said “The actions we took will serve as lessons [Read]

[BREAKING] U17 WORLD CUP: Golden Eaglets bow to Netherlands, crash out in Round 16

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets have crashed out of the U-17 FIFA World Cup after suffering a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands. On a night nothing seemed to work for the Eaglets, Manu Garba’s boys also equalled the record of conceding the highest goals by a Nigerian U-17 side after the 3-0 loss to France in the final of the 2001 edition and losing two consecutive matches. Fellow African side who are participating in the tournament for the first time, Angola, also fell one-nil to the South Korean boys in the other round 16 clash played early this morning over there in Brazil where the competition is currently taken place. See more [Read]

Nigeria U17 set to face Netherlands in last 16 World Cup Clash [SEE ALL FIXTURES]

  – Nigeria U17 have been pitched against one of the best fourth placed best teams the Netherlands – The Golden Eaglets qualified as Group B winner despite losing their last game to Australia – Manu Garba’s side will play winner of Argentina and Paraguay in the quarter finals Nigeria will face European side the Netherlands in the round of 16 at the ongoing FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil. The Golden Eaglets lost their last game against Australia but maintained top spot in Group B while the Netherlands qualified as one of the best placed fourth teams. Manu Garba’s side started their campaign with a 4-2 win over Hungary [Read]

New NPFL Season Resumes with Exciting MatchDay 1 Results [SEE ALL FIXTURES+RESULTS]

The Nigerian professional football league season for 2019/2020 has soon Kickstarted with match day one with interesting results from venues across the country involving pulsating fixtures.  See results of Match day 1 below as obtained by NEWS FLAKES NG; #NPFL20 MATCHDAY 1 RESULTS Wikki 2-1 Jigawa GS Plateau Utd 3-1 Lobi Delta Force 1-1 Akwa Starlets Kano Pillars 0-0 Rivers Utd Heartland 0-1 MFM FC Ifeanyiubah 1-0 Adamawa Utd Wolves 1-1 Akwa Utd Abia Warriors 2-0 Katsina Utd #NPFLIsBack @LMCNPFL [Read]

C. Ronaldo Jnr follows dad’s steps with 58 goals in 28 games for Juve Academy [SEE VIDEO]

  – Cristiano Ronaldo’s son is also following his father’s goal-scoring spree – The 9-year-old has been impressive for Juventus academy, scoring 58 goals in 28 games – Cristiano Jr has also recorded 18 assists for the Turin young side since joining in 2018. If anything could be said of Ronaldo’s legacy in football, apart from his enviable goal-scoring prowess which has seen him hit a record-breaking 700 career goals in a spree of 973 matches, his son Cristiano Jr would also be at centre of discussion. The Portuguese star came to Juventus after disagreeing with Real Madrid hierarchy in 2018 with his 9-year-old son also joining the Turin youth [Read]

Tyson Fury defeats Braun Strowman with count-out in his debut professional wrestling match in Saudi Arabia 

              Heavyweight boxer, Tyson Fury, on Thursday night in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, marked his professional wrestling debut with victory over heavyweight WWE wrestler, Braun Strowman, backing up weeks of bragging and mouth-making by the British fighter.   Fury, who is still nursing an eye injury sustained during his last fight with Otto Wallin, defeated Strowman with a right hand and won by count-out, after entering the stadium dressed in native Arabian thobe and keffiyeh headdress.                 Early in October, Tyson Fury agreed to engage in a financially mouth-watering fight with Strowman after the wrestler nicknamed ‘monster among men’ [Read]

U17 W/CUP: Golden Eaglets begin quest for 6th World Cup title with 4-2 win against Hungary

  – Nigeria vs Hungary ended in an entertaining 4-2 scoreline in Group B of the 2019 U17 World Cup – The Golden Eaglets had to come from a goal down twice to claim an opening day victory – Captain of the side, Samson Tijani, scored a brace in the encounter Nigeria U17 team began their quest for a sixth World Cup title with a 4-2 win against Hungary in a group B tie played at the Estadio Olimpico Pedro Ludovico stadium in Brazil on Saturday, October 26. However, Manu Garba boys had to come from a goal down twice to claim an opening day victory after conceding as early [Read]

My Dad Sold His Car For Me To Join Chelsea – Aina

  Super Eagles ace defender, Ola Aina, has revealed how his parents made him to become a successful footballer. Aina, who won a bronze medal for Nigeria at the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt, disclosed that his father had to sell his car while driving him to Chelsea so as to make sure that he succeeds in his endeavour. “The car just stopped in the middle of Vauxhall (in central London), and we were just stranded and needed money to get there. “My dad sold the car on the spot and then he puts me on the train. He came on the train with me because I hadn’t [Read]