POTY AWARD: Mane gets customized boots from Liverpool’s sports kit company [PHOTOS]

Sadio Mane has been presented with a special gift from Liverpool’s sports kit giants New Balance days after winning the 2019 African Footballer of the Year. Though the manufacturing company recently lost the legal battle to Nike to secure a new lucrative deal with the European champions. NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that the Merseyside club will now earn up to £70million a season from their new sponsorship, depending on bonuses. View this post on Instagram Pride of Africa. King of Europe. World Champion. African Player of the Year: @sadiomaneofficiel #WeGotNow A post shared by New Balance (@newbalance) on Jan 7, 2020 at 1:10pm PST But the firm who is Mane’s [Read]

EPL: I can’t kill myself – Atiku reacts to Arsenal’s loss to Chelsea

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday accepted his fate over Arsenal’s loss to Chelsea in Sunday’s EPL match. “In the words of Timaya, I can’t kill myself”, he tweeted. Mustapha, Atiku’s son had mocked him after the outcome of the keenly contested game. In the first half, the Wazirin Adamawa hailed Arsenal after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened scoring in the 13th minute. Atiku tweeted: “Great goal, Aubameyang”. But in the second half, Chelsea came back in style with two goals in five minutes from Jorghinho and Tammy Abraham. The Blues won the match 2 – 1 to the delight of their supporters, spoiling the day for Gunners’ fans. Replying to [Read]

BREAKING: West Ham Sacks Manager, Pellegrini following Leicester defeat

  The Hammers have parted ways with their manager after a fourth loss in five games.  West Ham have sacked manager Manuel Pellegrini after the club’s latest 2-1 defeat to Leicester City on Saturday. That loss, their fourth in just five matches, leaves the Hammers sitting 17th in the Premier League, just one point shy of the relegation zone after 19 games. Pellegrini joined West Ham in May 2018 with the former Manchester City manager guiding the club to a 10th-placed finish in his first season in charge. His second campaign at the helm failed to get going however, with the club losing its first league game 5-0 and winning [Read]

Five years back, I was selling cigarettes on Abidjan streets – Man Utd’s Eric Bailly

Eric Bailly, Manchester United star, has recounted his grass-to-grace story, giving an emotional glimpse into his steady rise from being a street urchin selling cigarette to survive in Abidjan to a Man United player. The 25-year-old star, who was born in Côte d’Ivoire from poor parents in Bingerville, humbly recounted how his less-privileged background almost shattered his football career. The Ivorian moved from Africa to Spain after he was spotted by Espanyol’s Emilio Montagut following an impressive performance during a youth tournament in Burkina Faso organized by Spanish company Promoesport. 🗣 "In about five years I had gone from selling cigarettes in the streets of Abidjan to playing for the [Read]

EPL: Dramatic Comeback As Wolves defeat 10-man Manchester City

In a dramatic comeback on Friday night, Wolverhampton Wanderers shocked Manchester City by winning 3-2 at Molineux Stadium. Wolves came from behind to beat Manchester City led with a brace by Raheem Sterling, despite their keeper Ederson being sent off in the 12th minute for fouling Benjamin Mendy right in the box. The foul left Mendy grimacing in pain. Referee Martin Atkinson did not hesitate to show Ederson the red card. SEE ALSO: EPL: Southampton demolish Stamford Bridge, Stun Chelsea 0-2 [PHOTOS] Despite being down to 10 men, City tried to take the game to Wolves defence and they got a penalty awarded them in the 25th minute, after Riyad Mahrez [Read]

EPL: Southampton demolish Stamford Bridge, Stun Chelsea 0-2 [PHOTOS]

ENGLAND – Michael Obafemi and Nathan Redmond struck to deepen Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge woes as Southampton claimed a fine Premier League win in west London. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints battled their way to a fourth league victory in six matches, and their second win on the spin away from home. The wretched home form of Frank Lampard’s men took another turn for the worse, with the Blues sinking to a sixth loss in 15 Stamford Bridge matches in all competitions this term. Chelsea also suffered consecutive home Premier League defeats for the first time since 2011, when the Stamford Bridge men endured successive losses to Arsenal and Liverpool. Couldn’t ask for [Read]

EPL: Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers vows to end Liverpool unbeaten run

ENGLAND – Leicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers, has said that he will be the manager to end Liverpool’s Premier League unbeaten run when both sides clash on Thursday. Liverpool are chasing their first title for 30 years and are 10 points clear at the top. The Reds are close to going a year unbeaten in the Premier League having lost just once since January. Their last defeat came on January 3, losing 2-1 at Manchester City, but with the Foxes their closest Premier League challenges – despite the 10-point gap – Rodgers wants to end Liverpool’s run. Jurgen Klopp’s side won the Club World Cup on Saturday, beating Flamengo 1-0 [Read]

Sad! Ex-Man Utd player diagnosed with serious heart problem, to be out indefinitely

  Former Manchester United defender, Daley Blind has been diagnosed with a serious heart condition after complaining of dizziness against Valencia in the Champions League. After undergoing series of medical examinations, it has now been confirmed that Daley Blind who now plays for Ajax will spend time on the sidelines due to this latest development. Ajax released in a statement that Daley Blind is out of action indefinitely with reports claiming that he may not play again this season. Tests carried out on the 29-year-old Netherlands international revealed he has has heart muscle inflammation also known as Cardiomyopathy. “Daley Blind has been diagnosed with heart muscle inflammation. Thank you all [Read]

EPL: Man City ends Leicester’s unbeaten run

Manchester City hit back to beat Leicester 3-1 as the champions kept alive their faint hopes of catching Premier League leaders Liverpool, while Carlo Ancelotti and Mikel Arteta got a glimpse of the problems that lie ahead as Everton and Arsenal shared a dreadful 0-0 draw on Saturday. City have been left trailing in Liverpool’s wake this term and a defeat against second-placed Leicester would have been a fatal blow. But goals from Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus gave Pep Guardiola’s side a win that moved them within 11 points of Liverpool, who don’t play this weekend due to their involvement in the Club World Cup. Jamie Vardy [Read]

FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP: Liverpool outclass Flamengo to emerge winners [PHOTOS]

After naming a rotated XI for the semi-final against Monterrey, Jurgen Klopp was boosted by the return of Virgil van Dijk in order to name his best possible XI. Flamengo, backed by a huge following who had travelled from Brazil, kept the same XI as their semi-final win over Al Hilal. The Reds started in a confident fashion and Roberto Firmino had a superb chance inside the opening minute. Naby Keita went close soon after, and a long-distance strike from Trent Alexander-Arnold underlined Liverpool’s dominance early on. But Flamengo grew into the game, aided by some absolutely appalling refereeing. Joe Gomez made a superb block to deny Gerson for the Brazilians’ [Read]

Man Utd dents City’s title hopes with 2-1 victory at Etihad

  Manchester United on Saturday dented the title hopes of their neighbours, Manchester City with a superb counter-attacking victory in the Manchester derby. City stay third but are now 14 points behind leaders Liverpool, who won at Bournemouth. United move up to fifth. Marcus Rashford’s first-half penalty, which was awarded after a VAR check, put United ahead. [READ ALSO] BREAKING: Anthony Joshua reclaims Heavyweight titles, defeats Andy Ruiz [PHOTOS] Anthony Martial scored the second with a left-foot shot and Nicolas Otamendi’s brilliant header was nothing short of consolation as United held on to beat City. United’s win was no more than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side deserved after they repeatedly carved [Read]

Another Premier League Manager, Marco Silva Shown The Exit Door

  Everton manager, Marco Silva has become the latest victim of the sacking wave in the English Premier League as he has been relieved after 18 months, with the club in the Premier League relegation zone after their Merseyside derby humiliation. Wednesday’s 5-2 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield was their ninth of the season and leaves them 18th in the Premier League after three successive losses. Silva, who took charge in May 2018, won 24 and lost 24 of his 60 games. Everton are now searching for their fourth permanent boss since Roberto Martinez was sacked in May 2016. Former Everton manager David Moyes has been considered as a potential [Read]

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first player to win MVP in England, Spain, Italy

– Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the first footballer in history to win the MVP in England, Spain and Italy – The 34-year-old was given the award for the best player in 2018-19 Serie A season where Juventus won the league – Ronaldo failed to show up for the 2019 Ballon D’Or ceremony as Lionel Messi won his sixth award Cristiano Ronaldo has extended his outstanding record over his fiercest rival Lionel Messi as he becomes the first player to win the best player in England, Spain and Italy. The Juventus forward failed to attend the 2019 Ballon D’Or ceremony as Messi scooped a record sixth award and now one above Ronaldo. [Read]

Another Premier League Manager Sacked 48hrs after Emery

Watford manager, Quique Sanchez Flores has been sacked after just 85 days he was re-appointed for a second spell by the Premier League club. The Spaniard, who replaced countryman Javi Gracia won just one of his 10 Premier League matches for the club. The decision to sack came after Watford suffered their eighth league defeat in a 2-1 loss against Southampton on Saturday, which saw them remain bottom of the table on eight points. In a statement posted to the club’s website this afternoon, Watford chairman & CEO Scott Duxbury said: ‘Quique is a man of great integrity and it was clear how much he wanted to have a positive [Read]

EPL: Table – topping Liverpool Extend Lead as Man City, Chelsea Stumble [SEE RESULTS + TABLE]

Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to 11 points with a nervy 2-1 win over Brighton as Manchester City slipped up once more in a draw at Newcastle on Saturday. Chelsea missed the chance to go level on points with second-placed City as Frank Lampard’s men suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat by West Ham, while Tottenham’s winning run under Jose Mourinho continued as Dele Alli scored twice in a 3-2 win over Bournemouth. Virgil van Dijk is hoping to beat Lionel Messi to the Ballon d’Or on Monday and showed he can score goals as well as stop them with two towering headers from [Read]