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UEFA Champions League 2019/20 Draws Released

The first matches will be played on July 9-10; second leg matches will be played on July August 16-17.  The draws for the first qualifying round of the UEFA Champions league have been made public. The draw was held in the Swiss city of Nyon Tuesday afternoon. Scotland’s Celtic have been paired with Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Sarajevo in the UEFA Champions League’s first qualifying round. The first matches will be played on July 9-10; second leg matches will be played on July August 16-17. The full Champions League first qualifying round draw is as below: Group 1 Nõmme Kalju vs Shkëndija SÅ«duva vs Crvena zvezda Ararat-Armenia vs AIK Astana vs [Read]

FOOTBALL: Chelsea ‘Offer’ Lampard Three-Year Contract To Become New Manager

Chelsea is set to offer the club’s legend, Franck Lampard, a three-year contract to become the Blue’s new manager ahead of next season. This claim was made by respected transfer expert and sport journalist, Nicolo Schira, who works for Gazzetta dello Sport. Schira disclosed this on Monday through his official Twitter page. He wrote: “Chelsea is closing for Frank #Lampard as a new manager. Blues have offered a contract until 2022. #transfers #CFC.” This is coming after Chelsea on Sunday announced that Sarri, who joined the club last summer, has left for Juventus. Sarri completed his move from Chelsea to Juventus on Sunday, with the two clubs confirming that a [Read]

SPORT: ‘Super Eagles Have No Star Player’- Gernot Rohr

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has said that his squad for the 2019 African Cup of Nations has no star player. The German, however, expressed confident that Nigeria will qualify for the knockout stage. Nigeria will do battle with Burundi in their Group B opener before games against Guinea on June 26 and Madagascar June 30. ”I think we have a young team without any stars. There are not many great players like Nigeria had in the 80s or 90s but our young team will be able to come out of the group and to try to go far,” Rohr told DW Kick off. The former Burkina Faso coach also [Read]

SPORT: Arsenal Take Decision On Aubameyang’s Future After Offer From China

Arsenal are planning to offer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a new contract, as they aim to ward off interest in the player from China, the UK Mirror reports. Discussions are expected to take place over the summer, with Aubameyang out of contract in two years time. The Gabon striker is likely to receive a big pay rise after a season in which he shared the Premier League Golden Boot, after scoring 22 goals. He is currently thought to be on around £190,000-a-week. It is rumoured Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai SIPG have both made moves for the player and have offered an eye-watering £300,000-a-week, in order to try to tempt the 29-year-old to [Read]

SPORT: Super Eagles Drop Three Places In FIFA Rankings Before 2019 AFCON

Nigeria has dropped three spots to 45th, in the latest FIFA rankings released on Friday. With seven days before the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the Super Eagles maintain their third position on the continent. Gernot Rohr’s men, however, improved from its April points of 1435 to 1432. The Eagles on Saturday played out a 0-0 draw with Zimbabwe last Saturday and will take on Senegal in another warm-up game this Sunday. Senegal are the highest-ranked African country and 22nd in the world. Nigeria’s opponents at the AFCON; Guinea, Burundi and Madagascar are 71st, 108th and 134th in the world respectively. Globally, Belgium maintain its number one spot in the [Read]

SPORT: Wow Frank Lampard Set To Become Chelsea New Manager

Former Chelsea midfielder, Frank Lampard, is set for a return to the club as manager, accordig to Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol. According to Solhekol, Maurizio Sarri’s exit will be announced within 24 hours. His departure will see Lampard appointed as the Blues’ first English manager in 23 years. “Chelsea have agreed deal with Juventus for Maurizio Sarri. They’ll receive more than £5m compensation. Deal will be announced in next 24 hours. “Expect Frank Lampard to become Chelsea’s first English manager in 23 years,” Solhekol tweeted. Lampard’s only managerial experience, has been with Derby County, where he has worked over year in the English Championship. [Read]

SPORT: See What Eden Hazard Told Real Madrid Fans During His Official Unveiling

Eden Hazard has promised Real Madrid fans, that he is at the club to deliver trophies He spoke during his official presentation on Thursday evening. About 55,000 Real supporters flocked to the Bernabeu, to welcome Hazard following his £130m move from Chelsea. The Belgian completed his medical earlier in the day, before being presented as a Real Madrid player alongside president Florentino Perez. The Belgian’s address to the supporters was brief but he brought a cheer by stating “Hola a todos” – which translates as “Hi everyone”. Hazard continued: “I’ll speak French because my Spanish needs improvement. “I want to thank the president and my family. “I’m looking forward to [Read]

SPORT: Excitement As Drogba And Terry Return to Chelsea

Didier Drogba and John Terry were back in familiar surroundings on Thursday, as the former Chelsea players returned to Stamford Bridge, ahead of this weekend’s Soccer Aid game. The highly-anticipated match, which will raise money for children around the world, takes place on Sunday. Good Morning Britain hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid will be competing against each other in the charity match for UNICEF. Morgan will manage the Soccer Aid World XI squad alongside Harry Redknapp, with Reid co-managing the England team with Sam Allardyce. Celebrities and former football players including Michael Owen, Eric Cantona, Usain Bolt, Jamie Redknapp, Niall Horan, Drogba, Sir Mo Farah, Mark Wright, James McAvoy [Read]

See What Oshoala Said As Nigeria Beat Korea Republic

Nigeria striker, Asisat Oshoala has admitted that the first goal in their 2-0 win over Korea on Wednesday gave them more confidence. Oshoala failed to find the back of the net last Saturday as the Super Falcons were hammered 3-0 by Norway in their opening game of the 2019 Women’s World Cup. However, the 24-year-old added the second in Grenoble as the African champions claimed maximum points. “We had more confidence when we got the first goal. “And we tried to tell ourselves that we needed to give more because one goal was not enough and then, I got the second goal. “At first, I think we were a little [Read]

SPORT: Barcelona Confirms Griezmann Move

Antoine Griezmann will sign for Barcelona this summer, Atletico Madrid’s CEO, Gil Martin, has confirmed. According to him, the club knew Griezmann would be joining their LaLiga rivals since March. “We know since last March that Griezmann is going to Barcelona,” he told to Sport. It was reported last month, that Griezmann informed Atletico that he will deposit his €120m release clause in July. The player’s release clause is currently €200million, after he signed a new contract with Atletico just last summer. However, that figure drops to €120m euros from July 1. Griezmann is expected to sign a five-year deal at the Nou Camp. [Read]

Women’s WorldCup: Super Falcons Make Up for Norway loss, Defeat Korea Republic

A brilliant goal by Asisat Oshoala helped earn Nigeria a first win at the 2019 Women’s World Cup – and all but end South Korea’s hopes of reaching the last-16. Nigeria went ahead when defender Kim Do-yeon volleyed past her own keeper. Ex-Arsenal player Oshoala held off a defender before rounding the keeper to score Nigeria’s second goal. South Korea, who face Norway in their third and final group match on Monday, have yet to score or earn a point. Nigeria will confirm a place in the knockout stage if they beat hosts France, one of the tournament favourites, on Monday in Rennes. [READ MORE] Super Falcons Goalkeeper, Chiamaka Becomes First [Read]

Super Falcons Goalkeeper, Chiamaka Becomes Youngest Keeper To Keep Clean Sheet in World Cup History

At 18 years and 186 days, Nigeria’s Chiamaka Nnadozie has become the youngest ever goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in a Women’s World Cup game. Chiamaka Cynthia Nnadozie is a Nigerian women’s international footballer who plays as a Goalkeeper. At club level she plays for Rivers Angels. Personal information Full name Chiamaka Cynthia Nnadozie Date of birth 8 December 2000 (age 18) Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) Playing position Goalkeeper [READ MORE] Women’s WorldCup: Super Falcons Make Up for Norway loss, Defeat Korea Republic Senior career Years Team Apps (Gls) 2016– Rivers Angels National team 2016 Nigeria U-17 3 (0) 2018– Nigeria U-20 4 (0) 2018– Nigeria 4 [Read]

BREAKING: Ronaldo Bags Another Int’l Trophy As Portugal win Inaugural UEFA Nations League

The hosts’ victory in UEFA’s newest competition denied the Netherlands its first trophy since the 1988 European Championship. Portugal has won the inaugural UEFA Nations League tournament, beating the Netherlands 1-0 in Sunday’s final for its second title in three years. Goncalo Guedes scored the winner early in the second half to give Portugal its first trophy since the 2016 European Championship. The hosts’ victory in UEFA’s newest competition denied the Netherlands its first trophy since the 1988 European Championship. The revamped Dutch team was seeking some redemption after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and the 2016 European Championship. Cristiano Ronaldo, coming off a hat trick in [Read]

Nigerian Pastor Poju Oyemade Celebrates Liverpool Victory in Church With Cake [SEE PHOTOS]

A popular Nigerian pastor and founder of the Covenant Christian Church Poju Oyemade celebrates the victory of his Football club, Liverpool in church with some of his members after the team won at the just concluded Champions League games. See photos below as obtained by NEWS FLAKES NG; Recall that NEWS FLAKES NG had earlier reported that Liverpool defeated fellow English Premiership club, Tottenham Hotspur by 2 goals to nothing in this season’s final of the UEFA Champions League played in the city of Madrid. [Read]

SHOCKING! Eagle’s Coach, Gernot Rohr Drops Iheanacho, Ajayi Ahead of AFCON 2019 [SEE FULL LIST]

NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that Super Eagles Head Coach Gernot Rohr has dropped Leicester City attacker Kelechi Iheanacho and Rotherham United Midfielder Semi Ajayi from the squad for the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt. Iheanacho endured a difficult time with his English Premier League club side last season, with Jamie Vardy preferred in Leicester City’s Brenda Rodgers attacking formation. The former Manchester City youngster only scored once in the league last season as he struggled for game time , however he was a surprise inclusion in his country’s 25 provisional squad for the African Cup of Nations in Egypt. Rohr had previously hinted that the forward lacks confidence [Read]