David Luiz to leave Arsenal at the end of the season – Citi Sports Online
Experienced defender David Luiz is to leave Arsenal at the end of the season. An amicable meeting between Luiz and Arsenal took place on Friday, where it was decided that he would leave when his contract expires in July. Arsenal added the Community Shield at the start of this season with Luiz starting again as they beat Liverpool on penalties.
Klopp plays down Mane rift as Liverpool star ignores manager's handshake – Citi Sports Online
Jurgen Klopp insists there is no problem between him and Sadio Mane after the Liverpool forward snubbed his manager's handshake at full-time following a 4-2 victory over Manchester United. Diogo Jota was selected ahead of Mane, who later appeared as a substitute, as Klopp won for the first time as a manager at Old Trafford on Thursday night. Mane was visibly frustrated at full-time, ignoring Klopp's traditional post-match handshake in front of the cameras, and appearing to utter some angry words in his manager's direction.
See how Haaland made Upamecano regret not moving to Bayern Munich immediately [VIDEO] – Citi Sports Online
Jadon Sancho had already put Dortmund up by a goal before Haaland was put through on goal in the 28th minute. After winning a foot race with Leipzig defender, Dayot Upamecano, Haaland proceeded to bully the Frenchman, barging him off the ball with ease. Upamecano will join Dortmund's rival's Bayern Munich next season after agreeing a deal with the Bavarians which would see him complete the current season at Leipzig.
Arsenal 2021/2022 away kit unveiled – Citi Sports Online
Arsenal have released their away kit for the 2021/2022 season. The new kit for the 2021/22 season will be worn for the first time by Arsenal Women in their Vitality Women's FA Cup tie against Crystal Palace on Sunday, May 16. The men's team will also wear the new kit in their final away fixture of the season - also against Crystal Palace - on Wednesday, May 19.
‘I'm prepared for Black Meteors challenge' – AFCON U-20 winner Joselpho Barnes – Citi Sports Online
A member of the AFCON U-20 winning team, Joselpho Barnes says he is relishing the challenge of representing Ghana at the U-23 level after being called up to the Black Meteors squad ahead of their doubleheader against Japan. The Black Meteors will play the Samurai Blue in Tokyo on June 4 and June 8 as part of Japan's preparations ahead of the Olympic Games. Since winning the Africa Cup of Nations with Ghana, Joselpho Barnes has played nine league games for FC Schalke 04 II and provided two assists in those games.
‘Kill me' if we don't qualify for 2023 AFCON – South Africa head coach – Citi Sports Online
Newly-appointed South Africa head coach, Hugo Broos says qualifying the country to the 2023 AFCON and the 2026 World Cup are his main objectives. The South Africa Football Association appointed Broos, who is an AFCON winner with Cameroon as the replacement for Molefi Ntseki after he failed to lead Bafana Bafana to qualify for the 2022 AFCON tournament. South Africa are in Group G with favourites Ghana, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia, and only the group winners, after a double round, advance to the final round.
Liverpool fans turn against Sadio Mane after he ‘disrespected' Klopp in win over Man Utd – Citi Sports Online
Liverpool fans are calling for the head of Sadio Mane after the forward was seen deliberately snubbing Jürgen Klopp at the end of their 4-2 win over arch-rivals Manchester United. The Senegal international was a second-half substitute as the Reds picked up a huge win in their quest to qualify for next season's Champions League, placing them fourth, four points behind Chelsea and six points behind Leicester City. The win did not seem to matter to the 29-year-old who expressed his displeasure at being left out of the starting lineup after the game when Klopp went over to embrace him.
Lingard named Premier League's Player of the Month – Citi Sports Online
West Ham forward Jesse Lingard, on loan from Manchester United, has been named April's Premier League Player of the Month. The 28-year-old scored four goals in four league games last month, taking his tally to nine for the season since joining West Ham on loan at the start of February. Lingard had not played a minute of Premier League football this season prior to his Manchester United exit, but has been directly involved in 12 goals since his arrival at West Ham.
Fabin promotes 10 AFCON U-20 winners to Black Meteors squad for Japan friendlies – Citi Sports Online
The head coach of the Black Meteors, Paa Kwesi Fabin has handed call-ups to Vitoria Guimarães' Abdul Mumin and Wisła Kraków's Yaw Yeboah in his provisional squad to face Japan in a double friendly in June. The team is scheduled to play Japan in Tokyo on June 4 and June 8 of 2021 and will converge later this month ahead of the clash. Ten players from the squad that won the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Mauritania this year have been promoted to the Black Meteors team.
3 reasons why Lawrence Ati-Zigi's omission from Black Stars' 30-man squad is ridiculous – Citi Sports Online
For the record, Lawrence Ati-Zigi is one of Ghana's leading players in Europe in terms of appearances, just second behind Andre Dede Ayew. He has played more games this season than all the goalkeepers called by the Black Stars gaffer. To win trophies at the national team level, it is important to bring together a group of players who have a winning mindset: players who know what it means to actually win trophies.
Liverpool beat Man United in thriller to reignite top-four bid – Citi Sports Online
Liverpool breathed new life into their bid for a top-four finish in the Premier League after a 4-2 victory in their re-scheduled game at Manchester United. Liverpool had chances to finish the game off, but Jota's shot hit the woodwork before United got back into the game as Marcus Rashford's 50th goal at Old Trafford set up a grandstand finish. Substitute Mason Greenwood saw a shot cleared off the line by Phillips as United searched for an equaliser, but Mohamed Salah's late strike secured the win that sees them move four points off fourth with a game in hand, piling the pressure on Chelsea and Leicester in the race to qualify for next season's Champions League.
Mohammed Kudus scores a sublime goal in Ajax's 3-1 win over VVV-Venlo – Citi Sports Online
Ghana's Mohammed Kudus scored yet again for Ajax Amsterdam as the crowned Eredivisie champions beat VVV-Venlo 3-1. The win extends the points of the already crowned Eredivisie champions to 85 points as they head into the final game of the season. Ajax will face Vitesse Ainhem in the final league game of the season on Sunday, May 16, 2021.
C.K Akonnor recalls six players after long absence from Black Stars camp – Citi Sports Online
Six players have been recalled to the Black Stars fold for the upcoming friendly games against Morocco and Ivory Coast after being sidelined from the team for months. On Wednesday, May 12, 2021, C.K Akonnor handed 30 invitations to some players to help the side prepare for the AFCON, which will be hosted in Cameroon next year, after the World qualifiers were called off by FIFA due to COVID-19 reasons. Frank Acheampong has not been invited to the Black Stars camp since the 2019 AFCON. Andy Yiadom also returns to the senior national team after a 20-month absence, with Leicester City's Daniel Amartey also coming back after 20 months.
Champions League final moved to Porto; 6,000 Man City, Chelsea fans allowed – Citi Sports Online
The Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City will be played at Porto's Estadio do Dragao on May 29, UEFA has confirmed. UEFA confirmed 6,000 City and Chelsea fans will be allowed to attend although the overall stadium capacity is still to be finalised. I hope to be in Istanbul and Turkey for a Champions League final and many other events in the near future.
Antonio Valencia: Ex-Manchester United captain retires from football – Citi Sports Online
He joined United from Wigan Athletic in 2009 for £16m - the club's first signing after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid for £80m. Valencia left United in 2019 to join Ecuador's L.D.U. Quito. Valencia, who also won two Carabao Cups and six Community Shields at Old Trafford, played 339 games for United, scoring 25 times. Valencia played 99 times for Ecuador, scoring 11 goals and represented his country at the World Cup in 2006 and 2014, and four Copa America tournaments.
FRESH: Chelsea unveil home kit for 2021/2022 season [PHOTOS] – Citi Sports Online
Chelsea have launched their home kit for the 2021/2022 season. The new Chelsea 21/22 home kit will be debuted in the 2020/21 FA Cup final on 15 May 2021 against Leicester City and will be also worn in the Champions League final against Manchester City on May 29. 'Design-wise, the Chelsea 21-22 home kit features an abstract zigzag and checker all-over print.
See Thomas Partey's stats against Chelsea which show his class is permanent – Citi Sports Online
Ghana's Thomas Partey was at the peak of his powers when his club side, Arsenal, visited Stamford Bridge to face Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea in the Premier League. The Ghanaian had the most ball recoveries, duels, tackles and interceptions against the Blues. Pass accuracy: 88.9%Touches: 56.Ball recoveries: 9Duels won: most.
Medeama sign long-term partnership agreement with Bosnian club FK Željezničar – Citi Sports Online
After months of dialogue between the clubs' Chairmen; Mr. Samir Ceric of FK Željezničar and Mr. Moses Armah of SC Medeama, Football Club Željezničar, and SC Medeama have now entered into a wide-ranging official partnership that binds the two clubs closer together heading into the future. The Bosnian soccer giants, the most successful football club of Bosnia of all time, have joined forces with SC Medeama in order to establish a bridge between Ghana and Bosnia as well as Africa and the Balkans. The power of social media and digitalization will enable both clubs to create additional revenue streams and FK Željezničar hopes SC Medeama will embrace this technology outlook and join its Bosnian partner in their combined efforts to engage its fans bases on a global basis.
Conor McGregor tops Forbes's list of 10 highest-paid athletes of 2021 – Citi Sports Online
Conor McGregor was the world's highest-paid athlete over the last year ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the annual Forbes list. During the 12-month period ending May 1, 2021, Irish MMA fighter McGregor earned $180m, a figure which Forbes said includes $158m from endorsements and the recent sale of the majority stake of his whiskey brand. Forbes said its on-the-field earnings figures include all prize money, salaries and bonuses earned during the 12-month period while off-the-field earnings are an estimate of sponsorship deals, appearance fees and licensing income.
C.K Akonnor debunks ‘juju' claims in Black Stars camp – Citi Sports Online
The head coach of the Black Stars of Ghana, C.K Akonnor, has denied claims that players of the senior national team use black magic, known widely as 'juju', against their teammates. Goalkeeper Fatau Dauda also debunked similar rumours that using 'juju' existed in the Black Stars camp and was not the cause for Adam Kwarasey's misfortunes while playing for the senior national team. Ex-Black Stars midfielder, Derek Boateng revealed in an interview on Joy FM that indeed some players used black magic during the 2013 AFCON, claiming he could not enter the rooms of some of his colleagues because of that.