FIFA World Cup: Commentators Picture Biafra As People React Over Son’s Attitude To Ghanaian Couch During Selfie

“Otto Addo has earlier expressed satisfaction with Son Heung-min ever since he coached the South Korean forward at the youth level.”

“It Will Happen” – Joshua Raises Hope On All-British Matchup Against Fury

"It Will Happen"-Joshua Raise Hopes On All-British Matchup Against Fury

British-Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua, is confident that Tyson Fury and the eagerly anticipated all-British matchup will happen.

Two significant fight negotiations between the two have dragged and fallen since 2021, most recently in October.

Naija News recalls that Joshua and Fury penned a contract to face each other in 2022 with the first match to take place on August 14 in Saudi Arabia. Not long, the agreement ended in the basket when an official announcement rang in by a Judge that Deontay Wilder was entitled to a third fight with Tyson Fury.

However, this led Joshua to take on the Ukrainian Oleksandr, a matchup he lost and which may have ended his chances of facing Fury.

"It Will Happen"-Joshua Raise Hopes On All-British Matchup Against Fury

Usyk declared his retirement from boxing after three matches and would not be fighting again this year, so Fury gave Joshua a chance to challenge for his WBC title.

The initial discussions seemed to be going well, but after Fury set several deadlines, communication broke down.

Last month, it appeared that the British bout would happen when Joshua and Fury entered a negotiation to lock horns in December.

Joshua is optimistic and confident that the fight will take place despite all of the difficulties in making it happen.

While speaking to DAZN, he said, “It will happen. It will happen though. (The) same generation,” 

“Aside from the entertainment side, just as two competitors, two fighters, he’s definitely a fighting man and what people fail to realise – like they say ‘the social media stuff is annoying’ but culturally speaking from Tyson Fury’s culture, the Gypsy culture. You’ve watched the documentaries on Netflix and stuff it’s embedded in his culture.

“What we see is ‘why is he on social media’ I know from growing up and being around that community as well, so I know that’s just how they call out fights and stuff, it’s nothing personal but from my culture, we don’t really deal with stuff like that we’re a bit more lowkey and handle our business so that’s where there’s a culture clash,” said Joshua.

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Top Ten Most Expensive Starting XI

Top 10 Most Expensive Starting XI

Manchester City has the most expensive starting XI throughout the current season among the major European leagues.

The Premier League champions have so far averaged a starting XI costing around £560 million, per a CIES analysis focused on matches played up to October 26.

Erling Haaland’s £50 million transfer from Borussia Dortmund over the summer was a steal for Citizens, who tops the list of having the most expensive starting lineup in Europe.

The top three teams are occupied by Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, who are more than £100 million apart from one another. The top six teams are all from the Premier League: Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal.

With the exception of Jack Grealish, who City paid 100 million pounds to acquire from Aston Villa, Pep Guardiola’s team has consistently acquired many of their premier league stars for between £50 million and £60 million, including Kevin De Bruyne, Ruben Dias, Riyad Mahrez, Joao Cancelo, Aymeric Laporte, Rodri, and Erling Haaland.

Top Ten Most Expensive Starting XI

Paris Saint-Germain is the closest to City with a team costing £439 million, although much of that is made up of the world record £198 million paid for Neymar and the second largest fee ever paid of £163 million for Kylian Mbappe.

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With £200 million invested in summer transfers like Antony ($86 million), Casemiro ($70 million) from Real Madrid, and Lisandro Martinez ($51 million) as a center-back from Ajax, Manchester United rounds out the top three teams with $413 million.

The top ten most expensive lineup is listed in its entirety below.

1. Manchester City £560m

2. Paris Saint-Germain £439m

3. Manchester United £413m

4. Liverpool £352m

5. Chelsea £338m

6. Arsenal £329m

7. Real Madrid £318m

8. Barcelona £287m

9. Juventus £258m

10. Bayern Munich £253m

See full list on CIES

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Five Under-17 Flamingos Who Could Become Great Footballers

Five Under-17 Flamingos Who Could Become Great Footballers

Nigeria’s U-17 Flamingos delivered an impressive performance in the just concluded FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India which has left Nigerians beating their chest for a bright future in Nigeria’s female football.

One of the few shining moments in a largely disastrous year for Nigerian women’s football was the impressive performance of Nigeria’s under-17 girls.

Naija News recalls that luck has not been on the Super Falcon’s side as they failed to lift their tenth African Cup of Nations title after losing to Morocco in a 5-4 penalty shootout after a 1-1 hard-fought 90 minutes.

Prior to their shambolic display, the nine-time Africa champions also failed to qualify for the rescheduled 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Naija News highlights a few Flamingos players who have demonstrated they have what it takes to thrive and compete at the highest level in the upcoming years.

Opeyemi Ajakaye (Forward):

In the recently concluded U-17 world cup, Opeyemi Ajakaye, who the football community has dubbed the “new Asisat Oshoala” due to her attacking threat, won three player of the match awards. After her impressive performance, the 16-year-old is without a doubt going places in the football world and for her country.

Taiwo Afolabi (Midfielder):

Everyone should keep a close eye on Afolabi’s control of the midfield as she is one of the tournament’s breakout stars and her stunning goal against New Zealand was a contender for the goal of the tournament. The youngster, if followed by the right development project, has what it takes to establish herself as the Falcons’ main midfielder.

Miracle Usani (Defender):

Usani is a player who deserves close attention after having a strong performance in India. She was tasked with marking the American forward Onyeka Gorero, who is of Nigerian descent, and she did a fantastic job with it.

Faith Omilana (Goalkeeper):

Chiamaka Nnadozie will likely remain the Falcons’ starting goalkeeper, but Omilana is a player to keep an eye on after making some crucial saves during the tournament’s match against the USA. The youngster will undoubtedly give Nigerian managers something to consider as she develops.

Omowunmi Bello (Forward):

Bello’s presence was a nightmare for rival teams at the U-17 women’s world cup, and will soon rise to the top. The Flamingos’ attacking plays always included the forward, who has become one of India’s biggest surprises.

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Ferdinand Reveals Man United Forward Won’t Fix Relationship With Neville

Ferdinand Reveals Man United Forward Won’t Fix Relationship With Neville

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand believes that Cristiano Ronaldo has ended his relationship with Gray Neville.

Naija News recalls that the Portuguese star gave Gary Neville an on-air snub before the Manchester United tie against West Ham on Sunday.

The Manchester United number seven shook hands with Jamie Redknapp and Louis Saha but snubbed his ex-teammate.

According to reports, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner apparently took offence to Neville’s recent remarks that Man United are now a superior team without him.

Ferdinand said that he would be astonished to see the 37-year-old pardon the Sky Sports analyst in a video posted to his Vibe with Five YouTube channel.

“I don’t think Cristiano is taking that call (if Neville calls him). Knowing Cristiano it’s gone isn’t it. You’ve said what you said and believe what you believe,” says the Englishman.

“I think what I would have done differently if I was recreating that scenario, I would maybe have gone and shook a couple of hands and said: ‘you talk too much, cya later’ and then gone. Just a little jab in there.

“They would have (crossed paths), (Neville) would have gone to the gantry straightaway. You’re not going to go and search out someone when you’re preparing for a game.” Ferdinand added.

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Klopp Expresses Desire To Guide Liverpool Through Difficult Times

Klopp Roars His Desire To Guide Liverpool Through Difficult Times

Liverpool head coach, Jurgen Klopp, has insisted that he still has the desire to succeed as a Liverpool manager despite the club’s poor form.

The German is convinced that Liverpool’s winning streak will happen and that he is driven to modify the team’s fortunes.

The Merseyside club has received harsh criticism for their pathetic start to the season, which has left them 15 points behind league leaders Arsenal.

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However, Klopp’s team has advanced to the knockout stages of the Champions League, but tonight at Anfield they will face a tough test against a red hot Napoli team.

As the German speaks ahead of the clash against the Napoleons, he said, “My job is not only being here in the moment when the sun is shining and someone gives us a trophy.

“My job is also to be here when we are in a really rough period and I will do that, with all I have, and if possible even more — 100 per cent.

“Everything will be judged on me now and that is absolutely fine. When people look at me, they will say he looks tired. That is normal. But I am not. I cannot give that excuse.”

Liverpool’s final European match before the World Cup break is against Napoli.

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Today In Football: Saka Could Face Chelsea, Reece James To Dubai, Man United Targets Max Aarons and More

Today In Football: Real Targets Gabriel Jesus, Atletic Reject Felix Bids And More

Naija News brings you all the top stories, the latest updates, and transfer rumours from Monday’s football activities across the globe.

A female Referee, Stephanie Frappart, will officiate Celtic’s champions league game against Real Madrid. The Times 

Besiktas manager Senol Gunes has revealed Dele Alli has displayed a subpar performance since his season-long loan from Everton. Daily Express

According to reports, Anwar El Ghazi can now move from Holland to Morocco. Daily Mail

The likelihood that Arsenal will sign Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans has increased as Brendan Rodgers revealed that his team has not yet started contract negotiations with the player. Daily Express

Nigerian-Born, Vicky Lopez, named the nest player of the U17 Women’s World Cup Tournament. Naija News

Reece James, has been flown to Dubai to try to maintain his World Cup aspirations as he recovers from an injury. Daily Mail

The one-year contract extension for Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey is expected to be more than £3 million. Daily Mirror

Tottenham and Italian manager Antonio Conte are in contract negotiations for a new long-term agreement despite the Italian’s outspoken denials. The Sun

Former Ligue 1 Champion, Monaco targets Super Eagles midfielder, Alex Iwobi, whose contract at Everton will end soon. Naija News

Arsenal hopes Busayo Saka will be available for Sunday’s crucial match against Chelsea, if eventually the Number seven does not suffer a serious injury. The Sun

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Transfer: Monaco Eye Super Eagles Midfielder, Alex Iwobi

Super Eagles Alex Iwobi is being monitored by French club Monaco, according to reports.

The Nigerian international could be acquired by the former Ligue 1 champions next summer.

The Super Eagles midfielder is wanted by the French club, according to Turkish transfer expert Ekrem Konur.

This season, the versatile midfielder has performed admirably for Everton and has emerged as one of the team’s most important players.

Iwobi has played 14 league games for Frank Lampard’s team, scoring one goal and dishing out six assists.

Additionally, Frank Lampard’s side is attempting to extend his contract after displaying an impressive performance so far this season.

The Nigerian midfielder’s Everton contract will expire at the conclusion of the 2024 summer season.

He joined Everton in 2019 after leaving Arsenal.

What did Watford Manager say about Kalu?

Meanwhile, Watford boss, Slaven Bilic, has applauded Samuel Kalu after the winger significantly contributed to the team’s 1-0 victory over Wigan Athletic last weekend.

Bilic, while speaking to Watford Observer “He’s a player that has got more than something,” 

“He wasn’t fit when we arrived, he still isn’t fully fit, but he’s got something special: a change of pace, a change of direction, good on the ball. His first touch and movement are good, he strikes a ball well.

“He’s a very useful player and we are expecting a lot from him.”

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