Plateau United ended the first stanza of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) 2016/17 season two points clear at the top of the log and the club’s Manager, Kennedy Boboye is confident they will sustain the run of good form to clinch their first ever league title. In a buoyant light-hearted mood, Boboye declared to those expecting the club to slip up to keep waiting. “I know many are not expecting us to remain there (on top) but all I will say is ‘we will see’. I don’t make predictions. I don’t brag. All I will say is ‘keep watching’, he said. Only a few would have predicted Plateau United leading at the halfway mark but their steady run which saw them off the top spot only on twice or thrice is a pointer to the steel in the team to achieve success. The pre-season favourites were Kano Pillars, Enyimba, Rivers United and...
Zinedine Zidane has followed up an amazing playing career with what has the makings of being an equally impressive run as a manager. His first season in charge of Real Madrid produced a UEFA Champions League title, and he is on the verge of a potential Champions League-La Liga double in his second year. It is a level of managerial success that wasn’t expected, at least not so quickly. Not even by Kaka, who knows him and Real Madrid well. “When I was there, I had (Zidane) as a second coach for (Jose) Mourinho, and he started doing very good but I think it’s a big surprise for everybody,” former Madrid star Kaka told Goal . “He was an amazing player, and he’s smart, he’s intelligent, but the results he’s been having this season is incredible. He can win the league and he can win the Champions League, so it’s very, very...
English Premier League champions, Chelsea have told the representatives of on loan Nigerian defender the amount it will cost for the player to leave the club permanently this summer. The Nigeria senior international has already voiced out his unwillingness to return to the team, unless he is guaranteed a spot in the first team following a fairly successful loan spell with Turkish side Alanyaspor. Omeruo has been ever present for newly promoted Alanyaspor with his performances earning him two man of the match award, and he has shown his versatility by impressing in the defensive midfield role‎. His performances have led to offers from teams in Turkey, Italy and Germany but the 23 year old centre back who is contracted to Chelsea until the summer of 2019 won’t come cheap. Interested parties have been told by Chelsea to cough out a fee in the region of 7 million pounds for the centre back...
 BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN, Kaduna & Acho Abimaje, Jos  …As Dolphins Rule Kaduna Plateau United FC over the weekend, emerged winners of the Plateau State FA Cup, after a deserved 3-1 win over eternal rivals Mighty Jets in a pulsating final played at the Rwang Pam Stadium. Ibeh Johnson scored a brace, one in each half, after Kabiru Umar had drawn the Jets level and gone on to dictate the pace of the game. Jets’ Buhari Musa, who proved a handful for Plateau United’s defence, gave the Jets the lead when he positioned himself in the box to guide the ball into the net, after Bitrus Wash’s header towards goalkeeper John Gaadi did not go to plan. However, the second half saw the Peace Boys bring their experience to bear, as they dominated the second-half, but could not go the whole yard, no thanks to poor finishing. Both teams would now represent the state in the...
Onukogu Kanayochuqu Jubal Mountain of Fire and Miracles (MFM) FC’s forward Stephen Odey, Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi and Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho are three of the 25 players invited by the Super Eagles’ technical adviser, Gernot Rohr, for the planned camping programme in France and the international friendly match against the Corsica Senior National Team later this month. The three-time African champions would open camp in Corsica on May 24 and then play against the Corsican side two days later, before moving to Paris for the second-phase of the camping programme ahead of the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana, LEADERSHIP Sport has learnt. The Eagles, unbeaten in a competitive game at senior level by South Africa since that country returned to international football 25 years ago, would go up against them again at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Saturday, June 10, 2017. While Wolverhampton Wanderers’...
Leadership Editors ...FIFA overturned his initial 4-match Ban for Argentina On Appeal Lionel Messi has reportedly rejected an opening contract offer from Barcelona worth around £29million a season, according to sources in Spain. The Argentina international is in no hurry to renew his deal at the Nou Camp and is particularly keen to get the right offer following recent bumper renewals for Neymar and Luis Suarez. Barcelona have been given some encouragement from Messi’s camp that he will end up extending his stay with the club, despite the first offer being knocked back, according to AS. The 29-year-old’s current contract expires at the end of next season, so Barcelona will be eager to resolve the situation before too long as top clubs around Europe are likely to step up their interest if his deal remains unsigned. Messi has spent his entire career with Barcelona, scoring an astonishing 502 goals in 579 appearances to establish himself...
DICKSON AGBO Hull City's hopes of avoiding Premier League relegation suffered a body blow after goals from Billy Jones and Jermain Defoe condemned them to a 2-0 home defeat by already axed Sunderland on Saturday. The result left Hull one place above the drop zone in 17th on 34 points from 36 games, two more than 18th-placed Swansea who were hosting Everton later in the day. Right back Jones headed in a 69th-minute opener against the run of play and Defoe bundled in the second goal in stoppage time, although video replays showed he was offside when a free-kick from the right was delivered into his path. Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford enjoyed a superb afternoon as he pulled off a string of excellent saves, denying Sam Lucas, Lazar Markovic and Abel Hernandez as Hull pressed forward relentlessly but were let down by poor finishing. The defeat was also Hull manager Marco Silva's first at...
Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has branded Manchester United a “small team” when he was asked over whether Antoine Griezmann might depart the Vicente Calderon for Jose Mourinho’s side. Griezmann, 25, has been regularly linked with a move to Old Trafford since the summer, when his great friend Paul Pogba made a world-record switch to the Red Devils from Juventus. But Cerezo has dismissed the world’s richest club when he was asked whether his star striker, who is contracted to the club until 2021, could depart for England in the summer. “Manchester United? A small team,” Cerezo is quoted as having said by Marca. “I believe in the contracts that people sign, and that goes for Diego Simeone and Griezmann.
By Onukogu Kanayochuqu Jubal Plateau United has revealed that it would continue from where it stopped off in the first stanza of the season, when the second stanza of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) resumes on May 21, 2017. Speaking to LEADERSHIP Sport, the media office of the club, Albert Dakup, said the club’s sterling performance in the first stanza was no fluke and, though the club was under no pressure to certify this, it would not sit on its oars when action resumes. “We intend to continue from where we stopped in the first round by improving the welfare of the players through the increment of their match bonuses and travelling allowances. Also, management is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that the new welfare regime is maintained through prompt and timely payment of salaries and other contractual agreements reached with the players,” he said. The club acquired the...
LEADERSHIP EDITORS Barcelona leapfrogged Real Madrid in the title race as second-half goals from Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic secured a convincing 3-0 victory over Espanyol in the Catalonian derby. Luis Enrique's side - who would have been behind early on at Estadi Cornella-El Prat had Jurado made the most of a golden opportunity - were found lacking in the first half of Saturday's clash, but Suarez came up with the goods early in the second period. Jurado was the architect of Espanyol's downfall, as his sloppy back pass teed up the Uruguayan, who made no mistake in netting his 25th LaLiga goal of the season - and his first in four games. It was a cruel blow for Quique Sanchez Flores' side, who had more than held their own in a scrappy opening half. And the result was wrapped up for Barca late on, Rakitic sliding a composed finish across Diego Lopez following...