Mikel to return for Chelsea in April

Nigeria international midfielder John Obi Mikel is now expected to make a return to competitive football for Chelsea next month. According to Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, the Nigerian midfielder could become available for selection in three weeks after recently undergoing surgery due to a knee injury. But the Chelsea boss’ premise is hinged on a […]

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City falter as Arsenal go third

Spectacular long-range strikes by midfielders Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho earned Liverpool a 2-1 victory over Manchester City on Sunday that seriously compromised the Premier League champions’ title defence. After Henderson’s fine 11th-minute opener had been cancelled out by Edin Dzeko at Anfield, Coutinho curled home in sumptuous fashion from 25 yards to enhance Liverpool’s […]

Kolo Toure announces international retirement

By Ifreke Inyang Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure has officially confirmed he will not be available for selection any longer. The Liverpool player makes this announcement less than a week, since he and his team-mates won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea. “It is with great emotion that I inform you that […]

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Blind rescues late point for United

Daley Blind’s stoppage-time goal rescued a point for Manchester United in a 1-1 draw away to West Ham at Upton Park on Sunday as they failed to leapfrog Southampton into third place in the Premier League table. Cheikhou Kouyate’s superb finish, with the Senegal midfielder, who had his back to goal, controlling a Mark Noble […]

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Africa Cup of Nations: Caf bans referee and fines Tunisia FA

The referee for Tunisia’s Africa Cup of Nations last-eight defeat has been banned for six months by the Confederation of African Football. Equatorial Guinea were awarded a controversial penalty in stoppage time and they went on to beat Tunisia 2-1. Tunisia staff confronted the official, Rajindraparsad Seechurn, after the match and their football federation has been fined $50,000 […]

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Shock defeats for Chelsea and City

Often derided and disrespected during the Premier League era, the FA Cup added another incredible chapter to its proud heritage on Saturday as Chelsea and Manchester City were humbled by supposed inferiors. A day after Manchester United suffered a fright in a 0-0 fourth-round draw at fourth tier Cambridge United, Premier League leaders Chelsea surrendered […]

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We can win without Toure – Pellegrini

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has told his players they must believe they can win without Yaya Toure after failing to do so in the four league games he has missed this season. Toure is currently on international duty with Ivory Coast at the African Nations Cup and his departure has coincided with City losing […]

This is a must-win for us – Mashaba

Bafana Bafana head coach Ephraim Shakes Mashaba says his charges are aware that no other result would matter against Senegal except victory. South Africa face Senegal in their second match of the Caf Orange Africa Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea 2015 tournament today Friday, 23 January at Stade de Mongomo. Kick-off is at 9pm (SA […]

Barca putting off-field woes behind

Barcelona’s recent strong run is helping the club put a series of off-field problems behind them and suggests they may be starting to move up the gears at exactly the right stage of the season. Wednesday’s 1-0 King’s Cup quarterfinal, first leg win at home to Atletico Madrid was Barca’s fifth victory in a row […]