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NFF ban Nigeria assistant coach Salisu Yusuf over bribery incident, fined $5000 – football news

The Nigeria Football Federation have handed Salisu Yusuf a year ban from all football activities and fined him $5000 over his involvement in a bribery incident.

The Super Eagles assistant coach was caught on camera collecting an amount of money believed to be worth $1000 from some undercover journalists posing as agents and in return he promised two of their players a place in his squad for a competition.

After concluding their investigation into the incident and allowing the coach to defend himself, the NFF Ethics Committee have found the 56-year-old guilty and subsequently sanctioned him for his action.

The monetary punishment must be redeemed within the next three months.

“The NFF Committee on Ethics and Fair Play have placed a one–year ban from all football-related activities on Super Eagles’ Chief Coach, Mr. Salisu Yusuf,” read a statement from NFF Ethics Committee.

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“Following its consideration of a complaint by the NFF as well as the Coach’s defence of a video documentary in which he was seen to accept the sum of $1,000 from an undercover reporter posing as a player’s agent. The coach must also pay a fine in the sum of $5,000 to the Federation within three months.”

Yusuf was part of Nigeria’s coaching crew to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and led the home-based Super Eagles to the final of this year’s African Nations Championship [CHAN] in Morocco.

 

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‘Xhaka does not represent Switzerland – he cannot be captain!’ – Henchoz hits out at Arsenal star – football news

Switzerland legend Stephane Henchoz has said that Arsenal star Granit Xhaka cannot be selected as captain of the country due to what he sees as unacceptable behaviour.

Xhaka hit the headlines in the summer during the World Cup, when he celebrated a goal against Serbia with the ‘double-headed eagle’ gesture, designed as a show of support towards Kosovan Serbs.

The celebration came to the fore again at the weekend, when Arsenal team-mate Shkodran Mustafi replicated it during a Premier League encounter against Cardiff.

Henchoz, however, has taken a dim view of the action and believes it should rule the player out of captaining the team.

“I think the captain has to represent the Swiss team and Switzerland, Xhaka does not do that,” former Liverpool defender Henchoz argued to Blick.

“This would be a real problem. Players like [Yann] Sommer, [Stephan] Lichtsteiner or [Fabian] Schar, who represent traditional Switzerland, could feel excluded, just like fans who might not be able to identify with the team.

“The Swiss players without a migration background and Swiss fans, they would feel marginalised.”

He then went on to explain that the player’s failure to sing the national anthem suggests he is not fully committed to the cause.

“Some players say how great their desire is to play for Switzerland. I’d ask them: ‘What is this pleasure? So they can show themselves on a big stage? Because after the World Cup maybe they can get a better contract at their clubs or get a transfer?’” he said.

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“You don’t have to scream the anthem like the South Americans or Italians, but with those teams I see that they really feel like playing for their country.”

It is an accusation that was also levelled at Gunners team-mate Mesut Ozil, who quit the Germany team after the World Cup citing racism. 

Henchoz, meanwhile, believes that players such as Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri must learn to put their ancestry behind them for 90 minutes when they take to the field for Switzerland.

Both were caught up in the controversy in the aftermath of the Serbia match and the ex-centre-back believes they should have been coached about the issues that were heading their way before the game.

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“I would have gathered the players the day before the match and told them: ‘Something special’s heading your way.,’” he said. “It was especially important to those who spent their childhood in the former Yugoslavia. I would have told them clearly not to be carried away by rash reactions.

“You have to train these young players to not only be footballers, but also to represent Switzerland, even if they have other roots.

“The double-headed eagle has no business in this game! The double-headed eagle has no business with the national team.”

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Sane needs to be told what to do – Kroos – football news

Leroy Sane has the potential to reach the top of world football, but the Manchester City star “needs people who tell him what to do”, according to Germany team-mate Toni Kroos. 

Pep Guardiola left Sane out of the matchday 18 for their clash with Newcastle United, amid concerns over his attitude.

The winger was also left out of Joachim Low’s World Cup squad, which came as a surprise to many after a fine Premier League campaign with the champions, but returned to the international reckoning after being called up for this month’s fixtures with France and Peru.

Real Madrid midfielder Kroos lauded Sane’s ability and potential, but suggested his temperament may need some work.

“He can be a world-class player, but he needs people who tell him what to do from time to time and to work on himself,” said Kroos, who will hope to feature in his country’s UEFA Nations League showdown with France on Thursday.

“That’s what Pep is doing at the moment with not selecting him. He wants to provoke him a bit.

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“It is clear that you have to find a way to bring him to his top performance. If he is at his top performance, he is for us – with his qualities, which are relatively seldom if you are looking at our squad – a player who enriches us.

“He gives us definitely more options for our game, but obviously only if he is able to show that on the field.”

With Sane assuming the role of spectator, Germany toiled in defence of their World Cup title in Russia, exiting in the group stage following defeats to Mexico and South Korea.

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Caf Confederation Cup: Rayon Sports are no pushover for Enyimba – football news


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One has to go back to 2011 to find the last time when a Nigerian club made it to the knockout rounds of the Caf Confederation Cup.

Enyimba, however, ended the wait when they pulled through to the final eight at the conclusion of their group-stage campaign with a 1-0 home win over CARA Brazzaville to ensure they finished top of Group C.

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It’s the first time they’ve progressed this far in Africa’s second-tier club competition, having only previously gone as far as the final qualification round in 2010, and this is uncharted territory for the People’s Elephant.

Enyimba have subsequently been pitted against Rayon Sports of Rwanda, with the duo set to meet on September 16, 2018 at the Stade Regional Nyamirambo before the second leg n Aba a week later

Some might think that Rayon are the easiest team Enyimba could have got in the draw, as meeting Egyptians Al-Masry or Congolese side AS Vita Club, who have a good history in Caf competitions, would have been more tasking.

Such thought might hold water, with Rayon never before reaching the knockout rounds of either the Champions League or Confederation Cup. 

However, their showing so far this year suggests they can trouble the Nigerian heavyweights.

Rayon Sports celebrate.

The eight-time Rwandan National Football League champions were the best team on the road during the group phase as they claimed two draws, away at Young Africans and USM Alger, while bagging a big win at Gor Mahia. These results were crucial in seeing them finish second, two points behind USM.

Rayon scored six goals, of which three were away. Only against Young Africans did they not find the back of the net in the group, and this is an indication of their threat going forward.

What’s more, they are a side that score early.

They took the lead in four of their six group matches, going behind only against Gor Mahia at the Stade Regional Nyamirambo. They were very close to snatching a win at USM Alger after leading in the 28th minute, but were undone by an equaliser from substitute Mohamed Hamia four minutes from time.

They also took the lead as early as the third minute in the 2-1 win over Gor Mahia in Nairobi.

They approach games fearlessly, and score early – home or away – regardless of the opponent.

This has to be a big concern for Enyimba, who scored only once away and conceded three quick-fire first half goals away at CARA Brazzaville without responding.

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By contrast, the People’s Elephant have the habit of leaving it late to respond, with only one of their five goals in the group phase scored in the first half.

They typically have more of the possession than their opponents, but fail to do anything with it and don’t create enough clear-cut chances.

Rayon will surely see this as a weakness, and will aim to capitalise in the first leg. Unless Enyimba improve their slow starts, and find a way to defend against the Rwandans’ threat going forward, they could be in a bad shape before the tie returns to Aba.

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September 2018 international break: Every match, kick-off times & competition details – football news

Following a month of World Cup action over the summer, the first international break of the 2018-19 season has arrived.

Premier League and Ligue 1 teams have so far played out four fixtures each, La Liga and Serie A three, while the new Bundesliga campaign is only two games in as we head into a 10-day rest period.

The 2018 September break sees the introduction of the new, bi-yearly UEFA Nations League, where 55 teams are split into four leagues (A-D), each consisting of four groups.

The winners of Group B, C and D will win promotion, while those who finish bottom of Groups A, B and C will be relegated. Then, in June 2019, the four league winners of Group A will contest the semi-finals, a third-place play-off and a final for the title of Nations League champions.

The England national team will meet for the first time since their World Cup semi-final run at the Russia World Cup ahead of their opener against Spain at Wembley on Saturday, before travelling to face Switzerland in a friendly on Tuesday.

And while manager Gareth Southgate has explained the tournament format to his Three Lions squad, not all of them are yet familiar with the system.

“It is quite confusing – I don’t know what you guys think of it?” said Harry Maguire when asked for his opinion of the new concept. “The boss tried to explain it to us the best he could the other day. I think he has got his head around it now, but it took a lot of studying.

“It is confusing, but we are trying to get our heads round it. For us players, we just go into each game trying to win it and see where it takes us. So we will see after the game.”

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There are also a host of friendlies across the international break, as well as the second round of fixtures from the African Cup of Nations qualifying.

Goal runs through a day-by-day guide of which games are being played before the return of domestic football next weekend.


WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 5


Fixture Competition Time (UK)
Slovakia vs Denmark Friendly 19:00
Fiji vs Solomon Islands Friendly 07:30

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 6


Fixture Competition Time (UK)
Germany vs France UEFA Nations League 19:45
Czech Republic vs Ukraine UEFA Nations League 19:45
Wales vs Republic of Ireland UEFA Nations League 19:45
Slovenia vs Bulgaria UEFA Nations League 19:45
Norway vs Cyprus UEFA Nations League 19:45
Kazakhstan vs Georgia UEFA Nations League 15:00
Armenia vs Liechtenstein UEFA Nations League 17:00
Latvia vs Andorra UEFA Nations League 19:45
Gibraltar vs Macedonia UEFA Nations League 19:45
Austria vs Sweden Friendly 19:45
Netherlands vs Peru Friendly 19:45
Portugal vs Croatia Friendly 19:45
Trinidad and Tobago vs UAE Friendly 11:00
Bahrain vs Philippines Friendly 15:00
Kyrgyzstan vs Palestine Friendly 15:00
Uzbekistan vs Syria Friendly 16:00
Jordan vs Lebanon Friendly 17:00

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 7


Fixture Competition Time (UK)
Italy vs Poland UEFA Nations League 19:45
Turkey vs Russia UEFA Nations League 19:45
Albania vs Israel UEFA Nations League 19:45
Lithuania vs Serbia UEFA Nations League 19:45
Romania vs Montenegro UEFA Nations League 19:45
Azerbaijan vs Kosovo UEFA Nations League 17:00
Faroe Islands vs Malta UEFA Nations League 19:45
Japan vs Chile Friendly 11:00
Korea Republic vs Costa Rica Friendly 12:00
Qatar vs China Friendly 17:00
Scotland vs Belgium Friendly 19:45
Chinese Taipei vs Malaysia Friendly 12:00
Singapore vs Mauritius Friendly 12:30

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8


Fixture Competition Time (UK)
Switzerland vs Iceland UEFA Nations League 17:00
England vs Spain UEFA Nations League 19:45
Northern Ireland vs Bosnia-Herzegovina UEFA Nations League 14:00
Finland vs Hungary UEFA Nations League 17:00
Estonia vs Greece UEFA Nations League 19:45
Belarus vs San Marino UEFA Nations League 17:00
Luxembourg vs Moldova UEFA Nations League 19:45
Comoros vs Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 13:00
Seychelles vs Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 13:30
South Africa vs Libya Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 14:00
Kenya vs Ghana Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 14:00
Uganda vs Tanzania Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 14:00
Namibia vs Zambia Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 15:00
Equatorial Guinea vs Sudan Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 16:00
Gabon vs Burundi Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 16:00
Mozambique vs Guinea-Bissau Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 16:00
Gambia vs Algeria Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 17:30
Mauritania vs Burkina Faso Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 18:00
Egypt vs Niger Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 19:00
Morocco vs Malawi Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 21:00
United States vs Brazil Friendly 00:30
Venezuela vs Colombia Friendly 01:00
Ecuador vs Jamaica Friendly 01:00
Mexico vs Uruguay Friendly 03:00
Argentina vs Guatemala Friendly 04:00

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9


Fixture Competition Time (UK)
France vs Netherlands UEFA Nations League 19:45
Ukraine vs Slovakia UEFA Nations League 14:00
Denmark vs Wales UEFA Nations League 17:00
Bulgaria vs Norway UEFA Nations League 17:00
Cyprus vs Slovenia UEFA Nations League 19:45
Georgia vs Latvia UEFA Nations League 17:00
Macedonia vs Armenia UEFA Nations League 17:00
Liechtenstein vs Gibraltar UEFA Nations League 19:45
Madagascar vs Senegal Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 12:30
South Sudan vs Mali Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 14:00
Etheopia vs Sierra Leone Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 14:00
Swaziland vs Tunisia Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 14:00
Lesotho vs Cape Verde Islands Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 14:00
Rwanda vs Ivory Coast Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 14:30
Angola vs Botswana Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 16:00
Togo vs Benin Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 17:00
Liberia vs Congo DR Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 17:00
Guinea va Central African Republic Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 17:30
Germany vs Peru Friendly 19:45
Lebanon vs Oman Friendly 17:00

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 10


Fixture Competition Time (UK)
Portugal vs Italy UEFA Nations League 19:45
Sweden vs Turkey UEFA Nations League 19:45
Scotland vs Albania UEFA Nations League 19:45
Serbia vs Romania UEFA Nations League 19:45
Montenegro vs Lithuania UEFA Nations League 19:45
Andorra vs Kazakhstan UEFA Nations League 19:45
Kosovo vs Faroe Islands UEFA Nations League 19:45
Malta vs Azerbaijan UEFA Nations League 19:45
Russia vs Czech Republic Friendly 17:00
Saudi Arabia vs Bolivia Friendly 18:15

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 11


Fixture Competition Time (UK)
Iceland vs Belgium UEFA Nations League 19:45
Spain vs Croatia UEFA Nations League 19:45
Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Austria UEFA Nations League 19:45
Hungary vs Greece UEFA Nations League 19:45
Finland vs Estonia UEFA Nations League 19:45
San Marino vs Luxembourg UEFA Nations League 19:45
Moldova vs Belarus UEFA Nations League 19:45
Japan vs Costa Rica Friendly 11:00
Korea Republic vs Chile Friendly 12:00
Uzbekistan vs Iran Friendly 16:00
Poland vs Republic of Ireland Friendly 19:45
Northern Ireland vs Israel Friendly 19:45
England vs Switzerland Friendly 20:00
Singapore vs Fiji Friendly 12:30
Jordan vs Oman Friendly 17:00

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 12


Fixture Competition Time (UK)
Colombia vs Argentina Friendly 01:00
United States vs Mexico Friendly 01:30
Brazil vs El Salvidor Friendly 01:30
Panama vs Venezuela Friendly 02:00
Ecuador vs Guatemala Friendly 02:00

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Maguire: England don’t understand Nations League concept! – football news

Harry Maguire admits he does not understand the UEFA Nations League concept and does not believe that his team-mates do either.

England face Spain this weekend and are included in League A, comprising the top 12 European teams. These 12 teams are split into four different groups, with World Cup finalists Croatia making up the Three Lions’ group.

League B includes the likes of Wales, Russia and Northern Ireland, League C has the likes of Scotland, Greece and Norway, while League D features the lowest-ranked teams, including Gibraltar, Kosovo and Malta.

Four teams – those that finish bottom in their groups – will be relegated from Leagues A to B, B to C and C to D. Conversely, four teams – those that finish top of their groups – will be promoted from Leagues D to C, C to B and B to A.

Once the sixth matchday has finished, four teams – the winners of Groups 1-4 in League A – compete in two semi-finals (on June 5 and 6) with a third-place play-off and final following (on June 9).

Maguire, though, remains unsure, so he is taking the sensible step of going one game at a time.

“It is quite confusing – I don’t know what you guys think of it?” Maguire asked journalists, per the Daily Telegraph. “The boss tried to explain it to us the best he could the other day. I think he has got his head around it now, but it took a lot of studying.

“It is confusing, but we are trying to get our heads round it. For us players, we just go into each game trying to win it and see where it takes us. So we will see after the game.”

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Maguire was a star of England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals in the summer, and while he says he still watches clips of certain matches, he feels that the Three Lions could have won the tournament.

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“I still see little clips now and again, and you get that little bit of a buzz and you still have the memories, but I still have that bit inside me which is a bit disappointed,” he added.

“It does make me feel a little bit gutted at times to think how close we were. We had one foot in the final of a World Cup so if you look back at that game it is disappointing. But then you look at the experience and what we did for the country, everyone getting right behind us, and it was something really special and something we want to do again in the future.”

Gareth Southgate has switched things up in his squad, dropping Ashley Young and calling up Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.

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