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Leipzig director revealed why they sell Naby Keira to Liverpool

According to Kicker report, RB Leipzig director of sports Ralf Rangnick says, the club had no choice but to sell Naby Keita to Liverpool, as they could not afford his salary demands in future. However, Naby Keita agreed a deal to join the Reds after the conclusion of the current season, after they triggered his reported £48 million release clause in August in addition to paying extra premiums going up to a figure said to be close to 70m euros. Rangnick maintains that he is a huge admirer of the goal-scoring central midfielder, but that the Bulls have a salary cap when it comes to players' salaries. He told Kicker: "It would be 10 times better for me to have him with us for another five years, but that is simply not possible. With us it is just not possible to pay salaries in the double-digit million range." The 59-year-old added that during his own football career he had not seen first hand as talented a player as the 22-year-old Guinea international. He added, "Naby is …

Mbappe bag European golden boy award

According to Sky Sports report, the golden boy award is given to the best player in Europe under the age of 21, and the 18-year-old France international won comfortably in the end by clinching 291 votes, to Dembele's 149. However, Mbappe broke onto the European stage last season with a string of brilliant performances for AS Monaco, which saw him score 26 goals in 44 appearances, before his loan move to PSG in the off-season. The Frenchman has made an impressive start in the French capital, bagging four goals and providing four assists in his first 11 appearances for the club. Mbappe joins the likes of Isco, Paul Pogba, Raheem Sterling, Anthony Martial, and Renato Sanches as a Golden Boy award winner.

Everton FC sacked Ronald Koeman

According to AFP news agency, Ronald Koeman became the third Premier League managerial casualty of the season on Monday when he was sacked by Everton.The 54-year-old Dutchman, who guided Everton to seventh in his first season in charge last term, paid the price for a desperate start to the campaign despite having spent £140million ($185mn) in the close season. Everton Football Club can confirm that Ronald Koeman has left the Club, read the Everton statement."Chairman Bill Kenwright, the Board of Directors and Major Shareholder Farhad Moshiri would all like to express their gratitude to Ronald for the service he has given to the Club over the past 16 months and for guiding the Club to seventh place in last season's Premier League".

Morroco FA replace Kenya FA to host CHAN 2018

According to BBC Sport, Morocco will replace Kenya as hosts of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), organisers announced on Sunday.We learnt that, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) unanimously decided to give Morocco the tournament ahead of Equatorial Guinea.CAF replace Kenya, who had their rights to host withdrawn by Caf due to a lack of preparation.The tournament for locally-based players is scheduled to take place in January and February 2018.The decision to move the competition was made at an emergency Caf executive committee meeting in Lagos, Nigeria.Third candidates, Ethiopia, were not considered, after not providing a letter of guarantee from the country's government.The awarding of the tournament to Morocco also benefits Egypt, who were awarded Morocco's place - now freed up as hosts - after being initially knocked out by their fellow North Africans in qualifying.It will be Egypt's first appearance in the competition.Kenya's preparations were…

Egypt qualify for 2018 World Cup for the first time since 1990

CAF website reports that, Egypt scored a 95th-minute penalty to beat Congo 2-1 in Alexandria and so reach the World Cup for the first time in over a quarter of a century.However, Mohamed Salah was the Egyptian hero, scoring both goals in a win that qualified them for their third finals and first since 1990.According to BBC Sports, the euphoria was intense since Arnold Bouka-Moutou had stunned the hosts when equalising for Congo after 88 minutes.Hopes were raised as five minutes of stoppage time were indicated and in the penultimate of these, Egypt were awarded a penalty.Salah coolly sent the Congo keeper the wrong way to spark a night of celebrations across Egypt and end the record seven-time African champions' poor World Cup record. We learnt that, in the three decades since their last World Cup appearance, Egypt have won four Africa Cup of Nations titles - in 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010 - but never taken that form into World Cup qualifying.The victory gives Egypt an unassailable f…

Three countries have bid to host 2018 CHAN

Report reaching us indicate that, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia and Morocco have bid to host the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).Report also said, Morocco confirmed their bid on Saturday, with Caf announcing yesterday that there were also bids from Ethiopia and also Equatorial Guinea, who staged the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.BBC Sport said, CAF are looking for new hosts to replace Kenya who lost the rights after failing to meet the African football body's requirements.The winning bid for the biennial tournament for locally-based players only, will be announced next weekend.It is set to be staged from 12 January to 4 February 2018.

Pep Guardiola praise outstanding De Bruyne

According to Sky Sports, De Bruyne continued his great early-season form with the only goal at Stamford Bridge, although Guardiola said that the 26-year old is not doing much different from last season except enjoying a bit more luck in front of goal.“He is doing a lot of things this season,” Guardiola said. “Last season, he hit the post 12 or 13 times and this season they are going in. He can do absolutely everything. With the ball he is in different positions and can assist short and long. After, without the ball, he’s the most humble, the most shy guy. He says ‘if I have to run 100km for the team, I will do that.’ It’s not easy to find that with this type of talent. Everyone feels comfortable with him on the pitch.”Even Antonio Conte found praise for De Bruyne, labelling him a “complete player.”Guardiola, meanwhile, was especially happy at how City took the game to the champions in their own backyard.“We are so happy for the victory, we are here for the result but especially happy …

Yannick Bolasie has started training on grass

DR Congo and Everton footballer Yannick Bolasie has tweeted footage on himself training on grass for the first time since recovering from a serious injury.In the first month of this year, it was thought Bolasie could be out of action for a year after injuring his knee in a game.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal win double partners for the first time

Sports report indicate that, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played as doubles partners for the first time on the second day of the inaugural Laver Cup in Prague.Meanwhile, the Swiss Federer and Spaniard Nadal, who have won a combined 35 Grand Slam titles, are part of a Europe side playing a World team over three days.They beat Americans Sam Querrey and Jack Sock 6-4 1-6 10-5 to give Team Europe a 9-3 lead.Roger Federer said, "We will always be rivals as long as we are active. And after this we will be rivals again". "But this was something very special. Knowing you can trust him in the big moments, seeing his decision-making, seeing his thought process, it was very interesting".On the other hand, Rafael Nadal called the experience "unforgettable". "To have the possibility to have Roger next to me is a huge privilege something I wanted to make happen at some point and today I made it happen".

Harry Kane score a brace at West Ham United

Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur held off a West Ham United comeback to win 3-2 and maintain their perfect away record in the Premier League this season. Kane headed in after Dele Alli's pinpoint cross and the striker slotted in after Alli's shot was saved as Spurs went 2-0 up with two goals late in the first half. Moments after Kane's free-kick cannoned off the post, Christian Eriksen slotted in to put the visitors 3-0 up on the hour mark. Chicharito pulled one back from close range before Serge Aurier was sent off for a second bookable offence and Cheikhou Kouyate's thumping header set up a tense finish. But Spurs held on to their advantage to move up to third place before the 3pm matches, having won their last five away trips in the league.

Sierra Leone FA president is bidding for re-election

Report reaching us confirmed that, Isha Johansen is to bid for re-election as Sierra Leone's FA president despite saying she suffered 'intimidation' and 'discrimination' during her first term.However, Ms Isha Johansen, who is Africa's only female FA president, took charge in 2013 and her reign has been blighted by controversy, infighting and the Ebola crisis.Ms Johansen told Sports reporters:She said, "I have decided to run for a second term in office, after careful deliberation"."I would like to finish what I started. There is unfinished business".Ms Johansen added: "Considering Ebola took away two years and the remaining two years were marred with controversy, infighting, boycotts and all kinds of weird and wonderful antics by those who oppose my leadership, we have still managed to achieve quite a great deal."Ms Johansen lists an increase in coaches, both male and female, better playing surfaces and improved national teams among…

VfL Wolfsburg has sacked Andries Jonker

The Bundesliga club, VfL Wolfsburg just win one match in four league games which was away to Eintracht Frankfurt. The Lower Saxony-based outfit are currently 14th in the standings.  However, Andries Jonker was brought as a replacement for Valerien Ismael last February and he successfully helped the side avoid relegation by gaining four victories, and winning a two-legged relegation playoff against Eintracht Braunschweig in May.    Hotze told reporters, "This decision has not come on the back of the performance against Stuttgart (a 1-0 loss last Saturday) but comes down to the palpable stagnation in the development of the team.  "We would like to thank Andries Jonker and his staff for what they did late on last season to save VfL Wolfsburg from relegation". Meanwhile, chairman Dr. Tim Schumacher added, "It was not an easy decision for any of us to take this decision so early in the season. However, we were unanimous in our internal discussions that we wanted to have a n…

Ox-chamberlain need time to integrate into my system - Klopp

Ox-chamberlain finally ended his Arsenal frustration when he joined the Merseyside giants on transfer deadline day in search of regular football.But, the England international made his Reds debut as a substitute in the 5-0 hammering by Manchester City, before coming on for cameos against Sevilla and Burnley.Klopp admits the 24-year-old midfielder will need time to get fully intergrated into his system, and was encouraged by his brief run-out in the 1-1 draw with the Clarets on Saturday.He said, "We are working on it. We are obviously together with him and the analysts to show him how we want to play him in this position and in that position".Liverpool boss added, "So there is work to do but there is no rush. That is how it is but it is really good that he is here"."Of course it is always better - and next year it will be like this - if a new player comes in for the start of the season at least, if not for the pre-season. That would be even better.He said, &quo…

I have improved a lot under Rafa Benitez - Atsu

Atsu was on Chelsea's books for four years before he eventually joined the Magpies on a permanent basis in the off-season. However, the Ghanaian linked up with Benitez's side on a season-long loan in 2016 and helped the north-east club to promotion as Championship winners last term. A four-year deal followed, and he has impressed on the Tynesiders' return to the Premier League, scoring his maiden top-flight goal in a 2-1 win over Stoke on Saturday. According to LiveScore, the 25-year-old, who has started four of their five league games in the new campaign, attributes his development over the last 12 months to the genius of his Spanish manager. Atsu said, "I am very happy the team won and also happy to get my first Premier League goal," Atsu told the club's official website. "Three wins in a row is very good for the team". He said, "Rafa is always telling me to use my speed to run in behind the defence if I want to assist or score more goals and it h…

Dybala is now a great player

Dybala, who joined the Old Lady from Palermo in 2015, has raced to the milestone in his third season at the Juventus Stadium. However, the 23-year-old Argentine has now netted eight times in his first four league encounters and could not hide his delight after marking his special day with an incredible performance. Dybala told mediaset premium saying, "It's great and I am feeling really happy about it. It's an amazing achievement that wasn't easy to reach at all. I am proud of having reached it with Juventus". The Argentina international has scored 10 goals in six games across all competitions for the Bianconeri this term.

I have no clue how Sevilla got equalizer - Klopp

Liverpool hit back with goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohammad Salah after poor defending let in Wissam Ben Yedder for the opener after just five minutes. The Reds then squandered numerous chances to seal the tie, including a first-half penalty from Firmino that hit the post, before they were punished for their profligacy in front of goal when Joaquin Correa grabbed an equaliser on 72 minutes. Speaking after the match, Klopp said: "The first goal starts in a situation in the midfield when we can shoot the ball easily away. "Emre Can is a little bit late in the situation, that's the first moment I realise something will happen. Until then, it was a nothing situation. That's a press ball, in the half-space on the left-hand side, and in the end, I think it was through the legs of Dejan, I don't know exactly how it was. "That's not, in the end, perfectly defended but I have to see it again. It's, of course, concentration, it's nothing else in this situa…

I almost get out of Arsenal last season - Giroud

News reports indicate that, Giroud was on the fringes of Arsene Wenger's side last season, often finding himself employed as an impact substitute, but he has been eager to play a more prominent role.However, Giroud sincerely considered a move away from the Emirates Stadium in order to find more first-team football, but in the end he opted to stay to help the Gunners win more trophies.Independent report that, Giroud said: "Actually that's a very private decision because it's true that I was close to leaving the club because I said that I wanted to play"."But after a big reflection with everybody around me, like my family and my close friends, I decided I wanted to stay at Arsenal and I thought the story was not over, not finished at Arsenal.He added: "The club bring me a lot and I think I give it back. I still want to improve again and again and win some more trophies for the club, so as I said to the boss our story is not finished, so everybody was plea…

I am happy at Liverpool -Salah

Muhammad Salah joined Liverpool fc from AS Roma in July and has hit the ground running this season, scoring two goals and providing two assists in his first four league games.The Egyptian international said, "I'm very happy to have this start with the team and to help the team win points and win games," he told the club's official website.Salah added: "I'm very happy to be here, it's like my family. I'm happy to be [at] the club with these players."Jurgen Klopp's men were thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City on Saturday, after Sadio Mane's straight red card in the first half reduced them to 10 men, and Salah is determined to bounce back in their next clash.Liverpool will face Sevilla at Anfield in their first Champions League group game on Wednesday."We have to look forward to the next game, forget that result and play like before," Salah added."I'm very, very excited to start the Champions League games at Anfield. I would …

Crystal Palace set to employ Hodgson as club manager

The EPL club, Crystal Palace sacked Frank de Boer on Monday in the wake of their 1-0 loss to Burnley the previous day - a fourth straight defeat to start the new Premier League season. Although, Frank De Boer lasted just 77 days in the job, but the south London club have moved on quickly from the disappointment by naming Hodgson as his replacement. The 70-year-old has been out of work since stepping down as England manager following their shock exit in Euro 2016 at the hands of Iceland, but is relishing the opportunity to coach a team he supported in his youth. Hodgson told the club website that, "This is very much the club of my boyhood and I remember in my youth watching the club from the terraces at the Holmesdale Road end which gave me such fond memories". "In those days I had dreams of playing for the team, then as a coach you think about coaching the team and a lot has happened in between times. "It is very rewarding to find myself here now, in different times, as…

Jose Mourinho blast United players for lack of focus

According to Sky Sports, Manchester United earned victory thanks to goals from Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, but lost midfielder Paul Pogba after he went down in the first-half with a hamstring injury. Jose Mourinho did not fully satisfy with the win, who criticised his players for showboating after Lukaku's goal had put United 2-0 up. He said: "Three points are important at home. Until 2-0 we were very stable, we played with confidence". Mourinho added, "After 2-0 everything changed. We stopped playing, we stopped thinking, we stopped playing seriously, stopped making the right decisions on the pitch. "We could have put ourselves in trouble, but they didn't score and we got the third. "But it was bad decisions, fantasy football, PlayStation football, flicks and tricks. When we stop playing seriously, stop playing as a team, I don't like it." Manchester United boss also accused his players of a lack of respect. "We gamble…