LEADERSHIP EDITORS Bayern Munich clinched a record-breaking fifth straight Bundesliga title with a flourish, winning 6-0 at Wolfsburg. Bayern were three up at the break, with David Alaba firing into the top corner to open the scoring in style after 19 minutes. Star striker Robert Lewandowski then took over, making it 2-0 after 37 minutes with a fine finish from Thomas Muller’s pass and adding a third in the final minute of the first half. Arjen Robben made it four after 66 minutes, firing low into the corner from outside the area, and after the home side’s Luiz Gustavo was sent off for a second yellow, Lewandowski set up Muller to make it five. Josua Kimmich added the sixth, putting the icing on the cake with five minutes remaining after Robben picked him out with a low cross. Second-placed RB Leipzig had earlier been held to a 0-0 home draw by relegation-threatened Ingolstadt. The hosts failed...
DICKSON AGBO Nigerian striker, Victor Anichebe, fired blanks again yesterday as his troubled club, Sunderland finally got relegated from the Premier League to the English Championships. Sunderland needed a win at home against AFC Bournemouth to keep alive their faint hopes of survival but the Black Cats who have been terrible all season under Coach David Moyes were beaten at the Stadium of Light. Bournemouth’ Josh King struck in the 88th minute to condemn Anichebe and his teammates to live in the lower division. Anichebe despite playing all his club football in England is a novice as far as the Championships is concerned.
BY LEADERSHIP EDITORS Three weeks of football across four five cities in the country and involving over 400 under 15 years teenagers from the 20 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs was concluded at the Agege Stadium, Saturday morning with a dominant second half performance that saw the Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) Football Club overcome hard fighting Katsina United. The Ilorin side won 3-1 to emerge champions of the inaugural edition of the NPFL U- 15 Promises Tournament in a finals watched by Antonio Baradas, the Director of Africa operations of LaLiga, partners of the NPFL, Harry Iwuala, Head, Special Projects of the League Management Company (LMC) and Mutiu Adepoju, a former Super Eagles captain and Country Manager of LaLiga in Nigeria. Niger Tornadoes piped Rangers International 1-0 to claim the third place. Tornadoes goal came off a Yahaya Abba Yahaya ferocious free kick on the 22nd minute leaving  Okoh Chizoba in goal...
Christian Benteke came back to haunt his former club as Crystal Palace beat Liverpool at Anfield to take a giant stride towards Premier League survival and dent their opponents’ top-four aspirations. Benteke scored in both halfs on Sunday as Sam Allardyce’s Eagles mounted a brilliant fightback after Liverpool took the lead through Philippe Coutinho’s fine free-kick in the 24th minute. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Liverpool sold Benteke to Palace last summer for five million pounds less than they paid for the Belgium striker a year earlier. And it was his burly presence in the final third that proved the difference in an entertaining contest. His first was a well-taken strike high into the net from Yohan Cabaye’s low cross in the 42nd minute. His second was a poacher’s header from six yards, and it came in the 74th minute after some lax Liverpool defending at a corner kick. Palace who also...
Alexis Sanchez scored an extra-time goal as Arsenal beat Manchester City 2-1 at Wembley to reach their 20th FA Cup final on Sunday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this victory means it will be Arsenal’s third FA Cup final appearance in four seasons. City, who lost David Silva to a first-half injury, went ahead in the 62nd minute when Sergio Aguero raced through the opponents’ defense to score. Nacho Monreal volleyed in Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain’s cross to equalize in the 72nd minute, though Yaya Toure hit the bar for City before extra time. Sanchez then swept in when City failed to clear Mesut Ozil’s free-kick after 101 minutes. Guardiola made his fourth substitution of the match throwing in Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho in a desperate tactical move in the 106th minute. He replaced Raheem Sterling who came in earlier in the first half for the injured Silva. However, the attacking force of Manchester City...