Mikel finally admits to footing Nigeria’s bills during the Olympics
Chelsea star Mikel Obi, has finally come clean about footing the bills of Nigeria men’s football team, during Rio 2016, as he slammed the Nigeria Football Federation for their lack of preparation and assistance during the tournament.
The 29-year old revealed that he not only paid for their hotel bills as many assumed, but also paid for meals, flight tickets and booked training pitches for the team to practice ahead of games.
“I think if we talk about the money that I put into the team I think it was more than [£30,000],” Mikel told Goal. “But we just had to do it.
“I said to myself, ‘I won’t let this happen. If I can help, I’ll try to help’. Sometimes there was no food, sometimes there was no pitch to train on, there was no bus to go to the training ground. So all of this was what me and the coach had to figure out, and get money together.
“I came to the camp. I sat down with the boys in Atlanta and I could see the frustration, the pain and the anger. Their aim was to play in the Olympics, their goal was to play in the Olympics. And for me being there and seeing what they are going through, they are young boys, they want to start their career and someone in the ministry is trying to crush that dream.”
Mikel revealed that he worked with the coach Samson Siasia to make off pitch arrangements for the entire team, since the NFF could not be bothered to take care of the players who went to serve their country, the only way they knew how to do.
“There was just no flight provided by the Nigerian ministry,” he added. “We planned to leave three or four days before the tournament, but we ended up leaving the day of our first game. It was a difficult one. I don’t think I have ever seen something like that before, it was crazy.
“[After our last minute flight] we got to the hotel, dropped our bags, grabbed some sandwiches, something to eat. A little bit of food. Then headed straight back to the stadium because we hadn’t even done our accreditations then, so we had to go there and wait in the line, do our accreditation. It was absolutely hectic. I don’t know how we managed to go onto the pitch and win that game, it was absolutely mind blowing.”
“We had lots of problems outside the pitch, but I always told the boys that you shouldn’t let that affect what we came here to do. We still want to achieve what we came here to do. We still have to represent our country and play for ourselves and our family and the people of Nigeria. So if the ministry don’t want to take responsibility, we have to make sure we play for ourselves and our country. The boys understand that and we made sure they went along with my message that I kept putting across to them every single day and we managed to achieve what we did achieve.”
Balotelli blames Rodgers, Klopp for poor Liverpool form
Controversial forward, Mario Balotelli has slammed former and current Liverpool coaches Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp, as he revealed that moving to Liverpool was the worst decision for his career.
After the 2014 World Cup, the Italy international made a switch to the Premier League side but failed to impress either of the coaches that headed the team between then and now.
After a tumultuous first season at Anfield, he was sent off on loan to former club AC Milan and returned at the end of the season. He was told to seek better playing opportunities else where, after being deemed to be surplus requirements by Klopp.
On deadline transfer day, he secured a move to Ligue 1 side Nice and he was more than happy to leave the Reds after describing the move to Liverpool as the worst decision in his career.
“Joining Liverpool was the worst decision of my life. Apart from the fantastic fans and some players with whom I have an excellent relationship, I did not like the club,” Balotelli told Canal+.
“I had two coaches at Liverpool, Rodgers and Klopp for a bit, I did not like their methods and their personality. I never really felt well there.
Balotelli kicked off his career at Nice in an impressive way, scoring two goals on his debut and he says he has his sights set on winning the Ballon D’Or.
“It is not too late for me to win the Ballon d’Or,” he added.
Ideye leads Olympiacos to victory, after scoring first ever hat-trick
Former Super Eagles star Brown Ideye, was the hero for Olympiacos, as they crushed Veria Fc by 6-1, scoring the first ever hat-trick in his career.
Ideye gave his side the lead in the 25th minute, as he slid the ball past Veria keeper Jonathan Lopez.
Seba doubled the lead for the hosts, a few minutes later and Tarik Elyounoussi, made it 3 for Olympicias, as they continued to crush their opponents, who were no match for them.
A costly error by the hosts’ defenders, gifted Olympiacos their fourth goal as Lucas Milikojevic fired the ball past frazzled Lopez.
It was Ideye who turned out to be the hero, as he scored a double to round off the scoring for his side and also sealed the first Hat-trick of his career.
Veria managed to chip one in, in the 74th, their only consolation as the match ended 6-1.
Neymar to begin Music career on Wednesday
Young accomplished forward Neymar.Jnr has revealed that he will be launching his music career on Wednesday as he releases his first song on Facebook.
This comes on the heels of leading Brazil to win their first gold in the football event at the just concluded Rio 2016, Olympics.
The 24-year old announced his desire to delve into music, as he announced that he will be releasing his first song on Facebook, via his Twitter account on Wednesday.
“This Wednesday I begin my music career and I’m going to release my first song on Facebook. We will have ‘Neymusico’. Share it,” he wrote on Twitter, confirming the news”
We can’t wait to hear the song, we promise to be gentle with our reviews.
Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan