BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 

Cyriel Dessers Dream Move To
KRC Genk Come True 
 

Dessers, born in Belgium, city of Tongeren to a Belgian father and a Nigerian Mother, who got his Nigerian passport after switching his international allegiance to Nigeria earlier this year has signed for KRC Genk. 

The New Nigeria international completed his transfer to former Belgian champions KRC Genk, from Dutch Eredivisie club Heracles Almelo where he impressed during the 2019/20 season.

Cyriel Dessers (25) is now an official player of KRC Genk. He signed an agreement for the next four seasons, until mid-2024. There is full agreement with all parties. 

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According to the Sporting director of KRC Genk, Dimitri de Condé express happiness for his arrival."

" Cyriel has developed excellently in the Netherlands as a footballer and as a real goalscorer. He is Belgian, still young and ready to take the next step in his career. The fact that he was a supporter of our club as a child only makes it even better, as a seven-year-old already passed a test at KRC Genk. Eighteen years later, he can still realize his dream. KRC Genk is very happy with his arrival.

Dessers was jointly awarded the Eredivisie Top Goalscorer award alongside Steven Berghuis with 15 goals apiece. This was after the Eredivisie season was abandoned due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE

Mama Arsenal, 77 year old die-hard Arsenal fan woman, posted a video recently that went viral, showing her passion, knowledge and dedication for football at her age without putting into consideration her gender or discrimination. 

How many women of her age follow football with such passion to know what she knows about Arsenal and indeed football. Truly football is a beautiful and passionate sport. It cuts across gender, age, class, religion and even RACE! and she was a guest this afternoon with Woli Arole on Instagram with Chat Room with Arole. 

Mama, wowed everyone that followed the 30 minutes interview with her sense of humour, and revealed she has been an Arsenal fan for good 12 years, since the era of Arsene Wenger and that moved everyone to make cash donations.

Authentic Football Supporters Club was also present on the Live show and also made known its own contribution for Mama Arsenal, free Membership and tour with the Association to any match venues both locally and internationally.

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Hosting party for Mama Arsenal at the Secretariat in Surulere will also come shortly, because she deserved to be celebrated in grandstyle, she is a raregem and a living legend of our time, according to Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters Club.

" I doff my heart to this great football mind. I mean this woman who deserves to have a top footballer as son or daughter, on account of her knowledge of Arsenal and football. Perhaps, she would even have been a great footballer herself if she had the opportunity while growing up.

" I am happy and proud that she is a Nigerian. I bet you not all women of her age in London follow Gunners the way she does. Thumbs-up ma, I bow for this old mama our local sports handlers and government need to catapult our local league to the consciousnesses of people like this that love football, how i wish Mama talk about Nigeria league and players like this.
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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 

The Management of Nigeria Women Football League Premiership side, DreamStar FC Ladies (formerly Dream Stars Ladies) have launched a new Identity as it rebrands the Club to a Global Standard.

Dream Stars Ladies will henceforth be known and called *DreamStar FC Ladies* while the club's nick changes to *The Galacticas*. 

The Management also unveiled the their new crest which will appear on the club's shirt from the start of next NWFL Premiership Season.  

" We are working tirelessly to take DreamStar FC Ladies beyond a national brand, and, this has necessitated the refinement in the identity and image.


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" 'DreamStar' as one word is a resplendent of how combined generic nouns are developed into household and globally recognized names: FaceBook, MasterCard, LinkedIn, PlayStation etc, to make a better, unique brand".

In our quest to become a brand that is synonymous with special qualities and acceptable to the Corporate World, we hereby announce the launch of *DreamStar FC Ladies* of Lagos *The Galacticas*. 
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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 

Nigerian players will benefit from the FIFA Financial aide scheme according to Players Union chairman Tijani Babangida.

President of the Nigerian players union Tijani Babangida has stated that the body is ready to push the application of Nigerian players to FIFA and world players union Fifpro to be considered for FIFA’s Fund for Football Players who are been owed by clubs who go out of business and clubs that avoided paying wages of players before reforming.

Babangida speaking in an interview with Brila FM said they have since contacted club captains to forward names of players who are owed within the time frame and the clubs they played for, toward the same after compilation through the Nigerian players union to FIFA and world players union FIFpro.

" About the intervention fund, it’s between 2015 to date. They asked the union to combine names and clubs so that they can be able to send for them and then they can see it.

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Well, it’s surprising when they called me and told us that FIFA is asking us to write but we already communicated with most of the captains to come ahead and bring names of players that are owed and clubs.

" I think we get already from Taraba who said they were owed in 2015. So all these names we are going to gather and send to FIFA and FIFpro at the same time.”

Most players in the Nigeria domestic league have been at loggerheads with their clubs over their wages and the onetime Ajax winger has however assured that the Union with the directive of world football governing body FIFA and the worldwide players union, Fifpro will ensure that players in the Nigerian topflight get what they are ought to be paid as and when due.


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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 

Cyriel Dessers has to become the new goal getter of KRC Genk. Anderlecht striker Gert Verheyen already thinks he can make a difference in the Luminus Arena. The transfer fee of four million euros is therefore no exaggeration.

It is claimed that the Belgian First Division A side and their Dutch counterparts, Heracles Almelo have reached an agreement for the transfer of the Super Eagles hopeful.

Verheyen believes Dessers has all the qualities needed to be a top striker and has tipped him to make a difference when he eventually completes his transfer to Genk.

" If you buy a particular player for seven million, then i don't think four million is too much. I've watched his goals from last season and he's an all-rounder. Dessers scores with the left, with the right, with the head, also chasing defenders, using his strength, by using his speed, by his technique. 

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And there are goals where he comes in front of the man on a cross from the flank, but also in which he stays behind the man. He potentially has everything, 'says Verheyen at  Het Nieuwsblad.

Dessers has already proven his qualities. " With the side note that there is by no means a good defense for those goals. 

" He makes his brilliant goal against Ajax after Daley Blind lets himself be put aside as a minute. Plus, you also see that he makes all those goals bursting with confidence. "

Dessers has not yet been officially presented as a new addition to KRC Genk. With 15 goals in 26 games, he became the top scorer in the Eredivisie last season. 

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE

Management of seven-time Nigeria league champions, Rangers International Football Club ably led by Prince Davidson Owumi have acquired two new buses as it kick starts preparations for the FIFA Post Covid-19 Intercontinental Tournament and other competitions in the coming season.

G.M/CEO of the 'Flying Antelopes', Prince Owumi described the new acquisition as an answer to part of FIFA and W.H.O requirements on social and physical distancing for football teams in the fight against the global pandemic, Covid-19.

The vehicles include a 52-seater Mercedes-Benz 'Mascarello' luxurious bus and 6-seater Toyota Sienna XLE bus for officials to add to the 28-seater Toyota Coaster bus that the club has been using.

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Prince Owumi while unveiling the new acquisitions to the management team, said, "We are proud of our new acquisitions and hope that it would be a great motivation for both players and coaches as we prepare for the FIFA Post Covid-19 Football Tournament and other competitions lined up for us in the coming seasons.

All thanks to our dear governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi who is always there for all our requests."

The club has also commenced decontamination of its players' camp, training camp, players bus, gym and physiotherapy equipment as they await the return of their players and officials in obedience to NCDC health protocols for resumption of sporting activities.

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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE

The Nigeria Basketball Federation has received with rude shock, the death of the Kogi State Chief Judge and grassroots sports development exponent, Justice Nasiru Ajannah which occurred in the early hours of Sunday.

According to family sources, the 64 year old died at an Abuja hospital where he was receiving treatment after showing Covid-19 symptoms.

The NBBF President, Engr Musa Kida described the news as unfortunate and a huge blow to basketball development in Nigeria.

" Justice Ajannah was a critical stakeholder in basketball in Nigeria and shared one of the core values of this present board in the area of grassroots development through his annual Justice Ajannah Inter-Local Government Basketball competition in Kogi state.

" The Nigerian league system (men and women) has benefitted immensely from talents discovered during this competition with its 12th edition held last year in Okene. Players also participated during off season to stay in shape and earn bonuses from the competition.”

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The basketball federation said that the death of Justice Ajannah who started his basketball career at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) was shocking to comprehend, re-emphasizing the reality about the Covid-19 pandemic which has continued to increase in Nigeria.

" We will continue to pray for the spirit of the deceased and that God will give his immediate family, friends, associates and the entire basketball family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

The late Justice Ajannah was part of the old-Kwara State Basketball Association between 1980 and 1985 and was part of the state’s official delegation to Bendel ‘81 National Sports Festival.

He was a longstanding patron of the old-Kwara State Basketball Association until Kogi state was created in 1991 and held the role in Kogi State Basketball Association until his demise.
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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE

Super Eagles and Lille forward Victor Osimhen 

Super Eagles and Lille forward Victor Osimhen has been voted the Best African player in French Ligue 1 for the year 2020.

Osimhen beat his international team-mate Moses Simon and eight other African stars to the prestigious award.

Other African players who were nominated for the award include Algerian Islam Slimani (Monaco), Moroccan Yunis Abdelhamid (Stade de Reims) who finished second and third respectively.

Osimhen, 21, who was also voted Lille player of the season scored 18 goals and recorded six assists in 38 appearances in all competitions during his debut campaign in France.

The award is named after the late Cameroonian midfielder Marc-Vivien-Foe, with Arsenal and former Lille winger Nicolas Pepe winning the 2019 edition.

Six players from Lille have won the award in the past, they are Ivory Coast forward Gervinho won it in 2010 and 2011, Vincent Enyeama picked up the prize in 2014, while Moroccan Sofiane Boufal was the winner in 2016.

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The 21-year-old is now the second Nigerian after Vincent Enyeama (2014) to claim the individual honour since inception.



According to the jury, the votes produced the following results:

1. Victor OSIMHEN (Nigeria/Lille LOSC) – 284 points
2. Islam SLIMANI (Algérie/AS Monaco) – 95 points
3. Yunis ABDELHAMID (Maroc/Stade de Reims) – 89 points
4. Habib DIALLO (Senegal/FC Metz) – 52 points
5. M’Baye NIANG (Senegal/Stade rennais) – 43 points
6. Idrissa GUEYE (Senegal/Paris SG) – 37 points
7. Hamari TRAORÉ (Mali/Stade Rennais) – 37 points
8. Denis BOUANGA (Gabon/AS Saint-Etienne) – 27 points
9. Edouard MENDY (Senegal/Stade rennais) – 24 points
10. Andy DELORT (Algeria/Montpellier HSC) – 13 points
11. Moses SIMON (Nigeria/FC Nantes) – 10 points

Vivien Foe is considered one of the best midfielder that ever played in the French Ligue 1 championship. He died at the Stade de France, while playing for Cameroon, during the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final game against Colombia.

Previous winners of Marc-Vivien Foe Award are below: 

2009: Marouane Chamakh (Bordeaux / Morocco)
2010: Yao Gervinho (Lille / Côte d’Ivoire)
2011:Yao Gervinho (Lille / Côte d’Ivoire)
2012: Younès Belhanda (Montpellier / Morocco)
2013: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Saint-Etienne / Gabon)
2014: Vincent Enyeama (Lille / Nigeria)
2015: André Ayew (Marseille / Ghana)
2016: Sofiane Boufal (Lille / Morocco)
2017: Jean Mickaël Seri (Nice / Ivory Coast)
2018: Karl Toko-Ekambi (Angers SCO / Cameroon)
2019: Nicolas Pepe (Lille / Ivory Coast)
2020: Victor Osimhen (Lille/Nigeria)


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