Osaze Odemwingie wants to return to Super Eagles for 2018 World cup before he retires – Rotherham coach says


Rotherham United head coach Kenny Jackett who revealed on Monday that Nigeria star Osaze Odemwingie has been signed by the club on a short term deal has said that the former West Brom and Stoke city attacker plans to participate with the Super Eagles in Russia 2018 before retiring from the game on a high.

Odemwingie’s last outing for the Super Eagles was at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and Jackett, who took charge of Rotherham for the first time last weekend, insists Odemwingie wants to add to his 63 caps for Nigeria.

“He has been close to one or two moves, but he has signed here and his aim is to work through to the World Cup in 2018, and finish his career off at the highest level he possibly can,” Jackett told Rotherham’s official website on Wednesday.

“He is looking to get playing and I am pleased that he can join us straight away,” Jackett said.

“He is up for the fight, he is up for the challenge in terms of where we are in the league and I am looking forward to working with him. I think he will be fine for Saturday, he has been training hard and we are really pleased with what we have seen.”


Sad! Shooting Star Defender Izu Joseph, Shot Dead in Bayelsa


Shooting Stars Izu Joseph passed on, Sunday night. He was shot dead. it was gathered that the footballer was shot in his home town in Bayelsa State. The central defender, who was on holiday in his village, died before he could get to the hospital. Confirming this tragic killing was the General Manager of Shooting Stars Sports Club, Rasheed Balogun.
He said he had spoken to the father of the player who had earlier spoken with the head coach of the team, Gbenga Ogunbote. The management of the club prayed that God will give the family the fortitude to bear the loss. Balogun. however, described the death as a rude shock to him and to the team saying that the player was an important member of the team and that he will be missed greatly. Also, the the media officer of the 3SC, Jubril Arowolo, said it was a sad news that 3SC has lost one of its best defenders.

“The news came as a shock to us around 11:00 p.m. on Sunday that Izu Joseph was shot by gunmen, though we are yet to get details from the family, hopefully we will make an official statement once we get across to his family later in the day,” Arowolo said on Monday morning. Izu played a major role in 3SC’s outing in the just ended Nigeria Professional Football League season and was accountable for his side’s last minute winner against Nasarawa FC in a match day 24 fixture that ended 2-1 in favour of the Oluyole Warriors.izu_joseph

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE! Barcelona VS Manchester City – Wednesday (19/10/2016)


Pep Guardiola is going all out for victory as he takes Manchester City to his former club Barcelona this week.

City were handed a daunting task when they were paired with competition favourites Barca in Group C of the Champions League.

After being held to a draw at Celtic in their last group match, City head to the Nou Camp already trailing the Catalan giants by two points.

‘Our confidence may be knocked for Barcelona,’ admits Guardiola

Defeat would give Celtic or Borussia Monchengladbach a chance to close in on second place but manager Guardiola is not entertaining such thoughts, or even thinking of a draw.

Guardiola, who won the Champions League twice with Barca, said: “I have never thought about the next game thinking a draw would be a good result.

“Of course it is complicated. No win in Glasgow means we have to take points off Barcelona there or here, and especially in Germany as well.

“We have four games left, we have to win two. We have to make six points to be in the next step.

“We are going to try to win the first points in the next game. That is sure.”316Trend.com

City dominated Saturday’s Premier League game against Everton but had to settle for a 1-1 draw after Maarten Stekelenburg saved penalties from Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero.

Asked if a draw at Barcelona would be a good result, Guardiola said: “I don’t know. It depends on the game.

“When you play like Saturday then it is not a good result, but if Barcelona play much better than us maybe it is a good result.”

City will go into the game with the early-season optimism created by 10 successive wins tempered slightly after a run of three without victory.

But Everton boss Ronald Koeman, who played alongside Guardiola at Barca, believes City have the capabilities to win in midweek.

The Dutchman said: “I think they are strong enough as a team to get a good result in Barcelona but when you play against (Lionel) Messi, Neymar and (Luis) Suarez, they can score out of one chance.

“If Barcelona get four chances they will score three times I think. That is the problem. The qualities of Barcelona are so extremely high.

“But they can beat Barcelona, they will also have the ball. I think it is the best game you can watch between the philosophies of two teams.

“It is really high-standard football and I am looking forward to seeing that match.”