• NFF, Nike Set To Unveil New Kits For National Teams
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and its global brand kit-sponsor NIKE have taken a further step forward in the plan to unveil another set of kits for the Nigeria National Teams that would wow the world as did those launched on the margin of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.
At a virtual meeting on Monday that had NFF President Amaju Pinnick, Vice Presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko, NFF General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, NIKE’s Tina Salminen, David Watson and Lee Murphy, NFF Board Members Ibrahim Musa Gusau and Felix Anyansi-Agwu, as well as Ademola Olajire (Director of Communications), Alizor Chuks (Head of Marketing) and Nasiru Jibril (SA to President), finishing touches were put to the designs with observations and comments taken, and NIKE officials fully briefed on the minute details of the preferences of the NFF chieftains.
The new designs were to have been launched earlier in the year, but plans went askew as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic. The Super Eagles would launch the new wears during the FIFA window for international friendlies next month.
It would be recalled that American sportswear giant, NIKE received three million orders for the Super Eagles’ 2018 FIFA World Cup kit prior to the release of the jerseys into the market on 29th May 2018.
On the first day of the sales in London, United Kingdom on Friday, 1st June 2018 (which also was the eve of Nigeria’s high-profile pre-World Cup friendly with England’s Three Lions at Wembley), NIKE shops ran out of stock within one hour of putting out the jerseys.
Apart from the tremendous success on the counter, NIKE has continued to express its delight with the running agreement with the NFF, initially signed in London in April 2015, with the various Nigeria National Teams qualifying for major competitions and impressing at continental championships.
Since the penning of the initial contract, the age group teams, U17 boys have won the FIFA World Cup; the U23 boys won the U23 AFCON and took bronze medal at the Olympics in Brazil; the Super Falcons have won two AFCON titles; the Eagles B reached the final CHAN before they were humiliated by Morocco.
On the hand Super Eagles have little to show despite reaching the FIFA World Cup from a ‘Group of Death’ in the African series and have taken the bronze medals at the AFCON.
Presently, the Super Eagles comfortably top their 2022 AFCON qualifying group and would be guaranteed a ticket to the finals if they overhaul Sierra Leone home-and-away in the Day 3 and 4 encounters in November.
• Koulibaly, Messi, Smalling, Sancho, Reguilon, Anderson
• Koulibaly, Messi, Smalling, Sancho, Reguilon, Anderson
NAPOLI president Aurelio de Laurentiis says they want to sign Arsenal’s 32-year-old Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, which could pave the way for Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 29, to join Manchester City. (Standard)
DE LAURENTIIS admits he regrets not selling 29-year-old Koulibaly sooner. (Manchester Evening News)
LIONEL MESSI’S father has spent a second day negotiating with Barcelona over his son’s potential exit, and Liverpool defender Andy Robertson says he hopes the 33-year-old Argentina forward does not sign for another Premier League club. (Sky Sports)
MANCHESTER UNITED’S England defender Chris Smalling, 30, looks set to join Roma on a permanent basis. (Mirror)
MONACO have rejected a sizeable bid from Manchester United for 19-year-old French defender Benoit Badiashile, who is set to stay at the club. (Metro).
MANCHESTER UNITED are attempting to finalise Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho’s salary and agent fees before making a bid for the 20-year-old England international. (Star)
SEVILLA remain hopeful of being able to keep Real Madrid full-back Sergio Reguilon on loan for another season despite the 23-year-old Spaniard being linked with a permanent move to Manchester United. (Marca – in Spanish)
ARSENAL are close to completing the loan signing of 24-year-old Real Madrid and Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos for a second successive season. (Mail)
ARSENAL are considering an approach for West Ham’s 27-year-old Brazil midfielder Felipe Anderson. (Football Insider)
LIVERPOOL will not let 23-year-old Welsh midfielder Harry Wilson leave on loan again despite interest from Newcastle, Leeds and Southampton. (Liverpool Echo)
CHELSEA have been told they must pay at least £30m to sign Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, 28, from Rennes. (Telegraph)
INTER MILAN will need to raise money by offloading Croatia midfielder Ivan Perisic if they are to bid for 29-year-old Chelsea and France midfielder N’Golo Kante. (Gazzetta dello Sport – in Italian)
CRYSTAL PALACE, West Ham, West Brom, Norwich and Watford are interested in 26-year-old French defender Jean-Claude Billong, who plays for Serie B side Salernitana. (Teamtalk)
ROMA are considering a move for 25-year-old Hertha Berlin and Poland striker Krzysztof Piatek in order to replace Edin Dzeko. (Gazzetta dello Sport – in Italian)
HULL CITY are looking to sign Southampton centre-back Alfie Jones, 22, on a permanent deal. (Yorkshire Post)
BAYERN MUNICH’S Spanish midfielder Javi Martinez, 32, is determined to seal a move back to Athletic Bilbao this summer. (Goal)
Lionel Messi Sets The World On Fire
Lionel Messi Sets The World On Fire …. in a matter of hours without saying more than one simple sentence that goes like this: “I don’t want to play for Barcelona anymore”
🔴With that one sentence, Leo Messi turned the sports and business world in just a few hours!
🔵He Created a mass agitation and unrest in furious Catalonia.
🔴Shook the Barcelona board and forced a mass resignation for the people who are ruling for last 6 years.
🔵Created a potential unprecedented financial crysis with sponsors withdrawing from Barcelona partnership.
🔴trended as number 1 person in google search.
🔵Created a 2 million new followers in instagram within 3 hours to break the record of Jennifer Aniston.
🔴Became the top discussed/searched topic in Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Google
🔵Created a global sports concern where a lot of global sports organizations raised their voice. That includes tennis, NBA, F1, Baseball, Ice hockey, American football, football, Cricket, Athletics.
🔴The man who shook the world without stating a single world or PR stunt..
🔵His transfer price tag of $700,000,000 or so didnt even scare off potential clubs. Even stingy Arsenal is showing interest 😄😄😄
This man is defintiely bigger than any sports!🔥
Usain Bolt self-isolates after taking COVID-19 test
Usain Bolt, Jamaican sprint legend, says he is self-isolating at home as he awaits his test result for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus.
The now-retired 100m and 200m world record holder took to his social media page on Monday to react after reports from Jamaica claim he tested positive for the disease.
According to Nationwide90fm, a radio station in Jamaica, the 34-years-old took a test for the virus a few days ago following his 34th birthday party last Friday, and discovered on Sunday that he had tested positive.
Bolt, however, did not confirm or deny the reports.
In a video shared on his Instagram page, the eight-time Olympic gold medallist said he is still to receive the results of the test taken on Saturday.
He also said that he has placed himself in quarantine as a precaution, adding that he is not suffering symptoms.
“Good morning everyone. I am just waking up and checking social media and have seen I am confirmed (to have) COVID-19,” he said.
“I did a test on Saturday to leave because I have work (aboard). I am trying to be responsible so I am going to stay in and stay away from my friends.
“Also I’m having no symptoms but I am going to quarantine myself and wait on the confirmation to see what is the protocol on how I should go about quarantining myself from the ministry of health.