Mikel honored by CAF Player of the Year award
Nigeria international Mikel Obi, has expressed his pride at being nominated for 2016 CAF player of the year award.
The Chelsea star, was a key performer in Nigeria U23’s impressive outing at the Rio 2016 Olympics, which they claimed the bronze medal.
The 30-man nominee list includes players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Samuel Eto’o and Riyad Mahrez, just to name a few.
Mikel took to Twitter to share his excitement about the nomination:
“Proud for Nigeria to be nominated for Caf African Footballer of the Year along with Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa.”
The winner of the prestigious award, will be announced during the CAF Awards, which will be held on January 7, in Abuja.
Mikel lost out on the award in 2013 to Cote D’Ivoire’s Yaya Toure. We really hope he wins it this time, because we think he deserves it!
Mourinho to explain redrew remarks to FA
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, has been given an ultimatum, to explain his pre-match remarks about Anthony Taylor, who was the presiding referee in the match against Liverpool on Monday.
According to Omnisports, Mourinho has until Friday, 6pm to respond to the FA and should he be found guilty of wrongdoing, he will be charged accordingly.
In the pre-match conference, the Red Devils boss claimed that Taylor would be unlikely to have a good performance, thereby insinuating that he was not up to the task.
“I think Mr Taylor is a very good referee but I think somebody with intention is putting such a pressure on him that I feel that it will be difficult for him to have a very good performance,” he said.
Speaking in the post match conference, Mourinho stuck to the remarks he made earlier, while insisting that Taylor was under intense pressure and scrutiny.
“He had a good game and I am happy for him because people with responsibilities put a lot of pressure on him and it was very difficult for him to have a good performance, which he had,” he said.
The Portuguese coach is a well known offender with the FA, last year, he was made to serve a one match ban and also paid £50,000 fine for condemning referees for being too afraid to award penalties to opposing sides.
Bale ends Champions League drought with as running goal
Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale finally ended his unlucky two year run of no goals in the European Champions League last night, against Legia.
Bale, who has been in top form lately, has been impressive for both club and country, scoring three goals for Los Blamcos, within the past week.
His goal was scored in the 16th minute and this served as a morale boost for the team as they ended up scoring 4 more goals, while Legia managed to get one in, which left the final score line an 5-1.
Zinedine Zidane man will face Atletic Bilbao over the weekend, as they look to increase the points between them and rivals Barcelona.
Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan