Bayelsa United vs Nasarawa United

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Matchday 3 fixture: Bayelsa United vs Nasarawa United

Date : 3/4/2014

Kick Off Time: 4pm (GMT+1)

It is a United’s game in the rescheduled matchday 3 fixture between Bayelsa United and Nasarawa United in Sapele today. Here are some interesting stats about the game #BayNas

Bayelsa United

(4) Bayelsa United are one of the four teams yet to be involved in a penalty kick this season.

(1) Bayelsa United have won all their Thursday match(es) this season. 

(0) Bayelsa United is one of the two teams yet to concede a goal this season.

Nasarawa United

(0) Goals has been scored by Nasarawa United in an away game this season.

(4) Nasarawa United have been involved in four penalties this season, a joint highest in the league. 

(0%) Nasarawa United have not scored a first half goal this season.

Nasarawa lost this fixture 1-2 last season (2012/13 NPFL season)

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Salah wins first award as a Chelsea player

    Barely 72hours after signing a five-and-a half-year contract with Chelsea, Mohammed Salah has won a prestigious award.
    The new Chelsea signing, Mohamed Salah, has been named player of the year in the Swiss Super League. The 21-year-old winger, who on Sunday completed his transfer to Chelsea from Switzerland’s FC Basel, won a trio of awards at the league’s annual awards.
    In addition to being named best player of 2013 by a jury of Swiss league managers, club captains and sports journalists, he was also named in the top flight fantasy squad. And to cap the awards from the professionals, the Egyptian international was voted fans’ favourite of 2013.
    Salah’s former manager, 39 year-old Murat Yakin, was meanwhile named coach of the year. The ex-Switzerland international has led FC Basel to a string of titles. Salah joined the Swiss top flight club in 2012 from Egyptian Premier League side El Mokawloon after impressing Basel during their friendly against Egypt’s Under-23s.
     Quickly earning his berth in the first team thanks to his scoring skills, he caught Chelsea’s eye with a consolation goal against them in Basel’s 2013 Europa League semi-final defeat. Salah has played against Chelsea four times over the last year, scoring three times, including in Basel’s two UEFA Champions League group-phase victories against the London club earlier this season.
    Chelsea have not disclosed the transfer fee, but British media reports claim the transfer fee was around £11m (€13.2m), which would make him a record sale by a Swiss club.

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Ballon d’or up like baloon for grabs?

2013 Ballon d’Or race.
Messi? Ribery? Ronaldo?
The question marks are three (3) in number but it seems we have just two (2) possible answers, expect we are in for the greatest conspiracy in the history of the game.

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Lionel Messi
The Argentine has consecutively won the last 4 editions of this prestigious award, breaking barriers and setting new ones in the process. But 2013 has not really been the year Messi  would love to remember for long. It has been an injury marred year for the Barcelona forward, and that obviously limited the unrivalled entertainment he offers the football world at large. It is doubtless that a Messi-fit Barcelona would not have suffered a horrible 7-0 loss to Bayern Munich in last season’s semi-final of the #UCL. He’s had a short playing time this year, and i believe that detailed people’s questioning of his inclusion in the final 3-man shortlist for this award. However, his landmarks in 2013 is there for all to see. 42 goals in as many games in an injury marred 2013 is a feat that can’t be matched – Youngest player to score 200 La Liga goals – First footballer in La Liga’s history to score in consecutive matches against every team – Second in UCL all time leading goal scorers – Second in Argentina all time leading goal scorers behind Gabriel Batistuta… Likewise, his importance to his team is second to none. Only a half-fit Lionel Messi was required to create the much needed away goal against PSG before Barcelona could progress to the UCL semi finals last season where they meet Bayern Munich and the rest is history. After the game, team mate Gerard Pique said “We are talking about the best player in the world. It doesn’t matter if he is a little bit injured, he can change everything and he did again,”. Thats it! Leo Best did it! Can he do it again? Can he win it for a record 5th consecutive time???

Franck Ribery
Ribery has had the best year of his footballing career in 2013, leading the rack for both his club and nation. The Frenchman is revelling in a year of consistency, which has seen him won 6 awards and 5 trophies with Bayern Munich and a fantastic performance to ensure France’s berth in 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He was a hot favorite for this award before FIFA’s decision to extend the voting period. His favoritism didn’t come as a surprise to some stake holders as it has RECENTLY been a tradition for the Ballon d’Or winner to come from arguably the most successful team of the year. Of the three Ballon d’Or finalists, one might argue that it’s Ribery who boasts the best blend of goals and assists, coupled with the ability to put trophies in his club’s cabinet. Bayern Munich manager said “For me it is an honour to be Ribery’s coach. Franck has an unbelievable heart to play this game and is humble enough to track back up to 40 metres time and time again, to follow his opponent and help the team. For me it is an honour to be able to train him”. Is he your best bet? Do you think Franck will defeat Sneidjer’s bad-luck in 2010?

Cristiano Ronaldo
Making the final-3 is never a thing of question for the Portuguese superstar. He has been in a lethal form all year scoring goals, making assists and setting records. If the definition is anything to go by, this is an award given to the World’s most outstanding player of the year…not best decorated player, or the most valuable player (on&off the field). However, many will argue Ronaldo is bound to enjoy FIFA’s decision to extend the voting period. The portuguese obviously had little chance of nicking the award before September after failing to inspire his team to winning any trophy last season. However, Ronaldo wrote a new 2013 story for himself in the subsequent months, and the highlight of that is his 4goal thriller that ensured he single-handedly secure the Brazil 2014 World Cup ticket for his country in a WCQ play-off against Sweden. Ronaldo’s mesmerizing individual performances and amazing goal scoring display has always been the major reason why he has missed out just once on the final-3 shortlist for this award in past 7 years. Former Portugal and current Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said “If you ask me, Cristiano Ronaldo is still the best. Messi might not like it and he might come up and tell me: ‘You never vote for me’. But I didn’t vote for him because I think Cristiano deserves it, especially this year.”

Who do you think deserves the award? Messi? Ribery? Ronaldo? Lets hear your view.
#AlphaYanky

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Sadness of being dumb

    It seems to me that things rarely go the way I would like them to. Or even the way I thought they would. If I recall correctly, I had planned at various times to be the greatest advocate for education, to be a crackerjack lawyer, to be a very successful medical doctor, to be an ever-reliable engineer, and to be the voice of every streets and households in my darling country, Nigeria.
   Instead, I stay idle and thoughtful, alone in my world. How did that happen? Something like this, I suppose…
   …As a young child from a rich and resourceful background dreams were as bright as the sunshine and hopes as high as mountain. I am the only fruit of the union of my father and mother despite coming from a polygamous family.
   My father is a very rich, elegant, intelligent, but cunning man. As against the law of nature, my father gets more agile as he gets older. At 53, I guess that explains why he has as many wives as the number of women ever seen with him.
    Mother, they say, is the first true friend of a child. That is not an exemption in my case. My mother is a lovely, resourceful, and virtuous woman. That would be perfect, but, alas, she is stubborn and a bit selfish too. She would go a long way to tell the extent of my stay on this sick bed.
    Having known each other for many years, my parents still seem to lack concrete understanding of each other. This speaks volume of why a little misapprehension between them is often given a great shadow. Peaceful agreement is always called upon in times like this but my cunning and stubborn couple would not entertain it. I could delight you with several examples, but believe me, none of them says anything different, or anything more revealing than my present situation.
   Ever since I was born, I have always been on this little sick bed fighting for my life from the grasp of the deadly drepanocytic anaemia disease. It has been a one way battle right from the start and it seems my chances of survival gets slimmer with every breathe I take.
   The disease is not only sickening, but also dream threatening. It is forcing me to accept defeat in the pursuit of my goals. I mean, how can I be a successful medical doctor when i cannot even treat myself first? Being a crackerjack lawyer requires agile mind and numbed body, but it is painful I possess none
    As much as I could feel your pity, it is sad that my parents would never make me feel the same. They would rather irritatingly argue all day on what to do regarding my urgent situation. Hypothetically, a proactive reaction from appropriate quarters, my parent in this case, would have definitely given me an outright chance of surviving my health issues.
   However, my distress deepens whenever I attempt to show my discomfort and my voice fails me. I do have the image in my mind, and the expression right in my body, but my voice will always deprive me the perfection.
   The sadness of being dumb definitely kills me more than any other thing. A chance to make my voice heard is what I desire most.
“If only I could talk” I do think. If only I could whisper into the ears of my parent of how deeply hurt I am, by their non-challant and selfish attitude towards me. If only I could dialogue with them, in quest for a resolution to their old feud. How I wish I could tell them I am already dying.
However, I will not let my limitation dictate my designation for long. Before my father (Nigeria Government) and my mother (ASUU) make my life more miserable, I have decided to make my voice. This, I believe, is a brave way of showing my discontent with their careless attitude towards me. I hope for a positive change, but I understand that will be possible if this letter could make its way to their hands.
   Despite being dumb, I have discovered the power in pen and paper. I will forever be an advocate of it; because flowing from it is a river ofnjopportunities. Ranging from an unrestricted exploitation of my dexterity to the chance to speak well of my race anywhere in the world.
   Education is my legacy, and it has enfranchised me to rightfully fight for what belongs to me even at this crucial moment. I am Nigerian students and my dream lives. I may be dumb for now, but i wont be forever.

  – Ayobami Animasahun

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Tottenham to use Bale against Arsenal?

   As the on-field rivalry between the North Londoners set to resume this weekend, it is imperative to believe that the battle is as hot off the green grasses too.
   The transfer market has seen the movement of several players this summer, but the longest and biggest of them is the protracted transfer of Spurs’ Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in a reported world record £86million deal.
   The spanish giant set the stage to unveil Bale who was also in Spain last weekend, but will have to dismantle the stage if the deal is not concluded in the next 24 hours, as it will obstruct the fans during their home game against Atletic Bilbao on Sunday.
   Having succumbed to the loss of the Welshman this summer, Spurs would love to use Bale’s last sting for them on their greatest rival, Arsenal, as The Gunners struggle to make a marquee signing this summer.
   Daily Mail reported that Arsenal have opened talks with Real Madrid chiefs over a swoop for trio Karim Benzema, Mesut Ozil, and Angel Di Maria, but were told a deal could only be strucked if Bale signs for them.
   Less than four days left in the transfer window, the Gunners face a battle against time and can’t help but hope Spurs let lose the grip on Bale as soon as possible.
   However, it would be interesting to see how Tottenham plays the transfer domino and the way Arsene Wenger reacts to it.

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Tottenham set to hamper Arsenal Real deal?

   As the on-field rivalry between the North Londoners set to resume this weekend, it is imperative to believe that the battle is as hot off the green grasses too.
   The transfer market has seen the movement of several players this summer, but the longest and biggest of them is the protracted transfer of Spurs’ Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in a reported world record £86million deal.
   The spanish giant set the stage to unveil Bale who was also in Spain last weekend, but will have to dismantle the stage if the deal is not concluded in the next 24 hours, as it will obstruct the fans during their home game against Atletic Bilbao on Sunday.
   Having succumbed to the loss of the Welshman this summer, Spurs would love to use Bale’s last sting for them on their greatest rival, Arsenal, as The Gunners struggle to make a marquee signing this summer.
   Daily Mail reported that Arsenal have opened talks with Real Madrid chiefs over a swoop for trio Karim Benzema, Mesut Ozil, and Angel Di Maria, but were told a deal could only be strucked if Bale signs for them.
   Less than four days left in the transfer window, the Gunners face a battle against time and can’t help but hope Spurs let lose the grip on Bale as soon as possible.
   However, it would be interesting to see how Tottenham plays the transfer domino and the way Arsene Wenger reacts to it.

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Today’s (26/08/2013) transfer gossip

Gareth Bale, 24, is free to join Real Madrid after Tottenham agreed a world record £86m deal with the Spanish side.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has blamed the media for “brainwashing” Gunners fans into thinking there is a crisis at the club.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has refused to rule out the possibility of offering Juan Mata, 25, to Manchester United as part of the deal to sign Wayne Rooney.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants Chelsea winger Victor Moses on a season long loan at Anfield.

Mourinho believes Rooney’s desire to leave Manchester United is David Moyes’s fault for suggesting the striker would be a second-choice player this season.

Chelsea still want to sign Rooney despite their interest in Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto’o.

Arsenal believe they can still persuade Rooney to sign for them, with manager Arsene Wenger also keen on QPR keeper Julio Cesar.

Tottenham are preparing a £30m bid for Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk, 27, as well as a £26m deal to sign Roma striker Erik Lamela, 21.

Arsenal have been told they must pay £20m if they are to sign Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

The Gunners are also considering a £38m move for Real Madrid’s 24-year-old midfielder Mesut Ozil.

Everton are in discussions with former Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko over a free transfer move to Goodison Park.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, Atletico have sent a club official to London to pursue a loan move for Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata.

Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion have enquired about signing Nicklas Bendtner from Arsenal for £3million.

Manchester United will focus on Marouane Fellaini if their double bid Baines and the Belgian fails.

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