Lionel Messi has the backing of manager Luis Enrique despite his developing infamy as inconsistent from the penalty spot. Messi had missed a chance to put Barcelona 2 goals ahead against Manchester City in their UEFA Champions League clash, but had his spot kick well saved by Joe Hart.
The Nigerian Football Federation have vowed to convince 19-year-old Liverpool midfielder, Jordan Ibe, to play for the Super Eagles. Jordan Ibe, who has a choice of playing for either England or Nigeria due to his dual citizenship, is yet to make a choice.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has expressed his delight over Cristiano Ronaldo ending his scoring drought against Schalke 04 in the UEFA Champions League. Ronaldo, who had not scored in 3 games, scored the first to put the Spanish giants ahead, and later provided an assist for left-back Marcelo to
Luis Figo‘s bid for FIFA presidency has gotten the support of his former Real Madrid teammate, David Beckham. Figo is up against current president Sepp Blatter, as well as FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin al-Hussein and Dutch football association chairman Michael van Praag.
Manchester City’s Frank Lampard that the return of Ivory Coast duo Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony will be a huge boost to the club’s title chase. City won 1 out of 6 matches while Toure was at the African Nations Cup, including a humiliating loss at home to Middlesbrough in
Juventus has reportedly joined the race for Manchester United & Chelsea target Mauro Icardi. The Inter Milan forward had been eyed by Jose Mourinho as a replacement for Didier Drogba, with United also looking towards the future.
Nigeria’s Brown Ideye was the hero of the day as West Brom produced a scintillating performance to blow past West Ham in their FA Cup 4th round fixture. Ideye scored two goals for the Baggies, and goals from James Morrison and Saido Berahino completed a 4-0 rout.
West Ham have been dealt a bitter blow with news that striker Andy Carroll will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury. Carroll suffered the injury during Wednesday’s draw at Southampton, and is set to have surgery on it next week.
Eden Hazard has committed his long-term future to Chelsea, signing a new 5-year contract. The new deal ends speculation about his future, and the star Belgian will now remain at Stamford Bridge till 2020.
The head coach of Ivory Coast, Herve Renard has revealed he is confident of his side’s ability to overcome Ghana in tomorrow’s AFCON final. “Today I’m feeling every day the same way and same team spirit that we had with Zambia in 2012.