Nigerian Footballer Mikel Obi Gives Reasons For Knocking Back Manchester United for Chelsea
Nigerian Footballer Mikel Obi Gives Reasons For KnockinThe Nigerian Former Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, has finally revealed why he snubbed Manchester United and signed for Chelsea instead in 2006.
John Mikel, who spent 11 trophy-laden years at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge after signing from Norwegian club, Lyn Oslo, disclosed that he joined Chelsea because the futures of three other Nigerian players were tied to the deal.
Shortly Before his move to Chelsea, the midfielder first had an agreement in principle with Chelsea but was tricked into penning a deal with Manchester United and had even spoken to coach Sir Alex Ferguson on the phone as regards the move.
The Unfolding development, led to a legal battle between Lyn Oslo, Man Utd, and Chelsea, while FIFA also intervened on their part.
In the end, Mikel eventually signed for Chelsea, who paid a compensation fee of £12m to Manchester United and £4m to Lyn.
However, during that period, three of Mikel Obi’s teammates at the U-20 level, Chinedu Obasi, Emmanuel Sarki, and Ezekiel Bala, were also undergoing trials at Stamford Bridge.
In his own words, Mikel Obi, who currently plays for Kuwait SC, told newsmen that: “When I chose Chelsea, it wasn’t just my life that changed”.
Clearly, “There were four lives that changed. Why? Because if I didn’t, Chelsea might not have anything to do with my three friends. I was close to them. I knew their families.
He explained that he had to make a choice, “I didn’t just make the decision for myself. I thought about them, I thought about their families. This gave them more of a chance.” to pursue their career dreams.
Andre Onana of Cameroon retires from International football after fallout with management
Andre Onana of Inter Milan has announced his retirement from the Cameroonian national team following a squabble with coach Rigobert Song during the World Cup.
Despite a late winner against Brazil in Group G, the Indomitable Lions did not advance beyond the Group stage.
The Lions conceded three goals without Onana, but only one from his fellow Cameroonian native, Breel Embolo, while he was in goal.
The disagreement between the Cameroonian legend and the goalkeeper was over Onana’s goalkeeping style.
Back at club level, the 26-year-old comes out more and plays like an 11th man for the team, giving him more touches on the ball.
Rigobert demanded that Onana play a more traditional keeping style, which means he comes out less, but Onana refuses to change his game.
“After endless hours of training, endless trips, and a lot of perseverance, I can proudly say that I have fulfilled my great dream,” Onana wrote on his social media pages.
“But every story, however beautiful it may be, has to end. And my story with the Cameroonian national team has come to an end.
“Players come and go, names are fleeting, but Cameroon comes before any person or player.
“Cameroon remains eternal and so does my love for the national team and for our people who have always supported us”
“My feeling will never change. My Cameroonian heart will continue to beat and wherever I go I will always fight to lift the flag of Cameroon as high as possible.”
Onana returned home after only appearing in the Indomitable Lions’ first match against Switzerland.
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French Squad battle mysterious virus outbreak barely 24 hours to World Cup final
On the eve of the World Cup final against Argentina, France coach Didier Deschamps was concerned about the fitness of several key players on Saturday.
With less than 24 hours until the world champions face Lionel Messi and Argentina at Doha’s Lusail Stadium on Sunday, France has been hit by a viral outbreak that has affected five players so far.
The illness forced central defenders Raphael Varane and Ibrahima Konate, as well as winger Kingsley Coman, to miss a training session on Friday.
Two days earlier, Adrien Rabiot and Dayot Upamecano were ruled out of Wednesday’s semi-final victory over Morocco.
In recent days, players, staff, and other sources close to the French squad have reported a variety of symptoms affecting the team, including fever, stomach pain, and headaches.
“We’re trying to take as many precautions as we can, adapt as needed, and move on,” Deschamps said at a press conference.
“Obviously, it would be preferable if this did not occur, but we are handling it as well as we can with our medical staff.”
Later Saturday, after all 24 members of Deschamps’ squad took to the field for the start of a final team practice, the French camp issued a more encouraging message.
However, it was unclear whether all players participated fully in the session, which was only open to the media for the first 15 minutes.
The virus scare threatens to derail France’s bid to become the first team since Brazil in 1962 to win back-to-back World Cups.
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Morocco takes the world by storm in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, becomes the first African nation to reach the semifinals.
Morocco makes history as the first African nation to make it to semifinals of the FIFA World Cup currently ongoing in Qatar.
The Atlas Lions as they are called beat Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal with a lone goal scored by striker Yousouf El Neysri in a nail- biting quarter final encounter.
The Moroccans scored the goal via a header from the Sevilla FC of Spain striker in the 42nd minute of the first half following a crossing from wing back Yahia Attiyat Allah.
The North Africans had earlier eliminated European giants Spain in the round of 16 through a penalty shootout, after topping their group at the group stage.
Morocco will likely face the winners of the last quarter final clash between former champions France and England.
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