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Nigeria must beat Ghana as Spurs welcome Liverpool

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Ghana v Nigeria @Stade General Seyni Kountche @7:30pm on September 15

Eaglets in a testy tie against Ghana’s Meteors

Coach Manu Garba’s team has weathered losing his best players to MRI at the WAFU Zone B 2019 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers to reach the final. Garba will be looking to Olakunle Olusegun to score the goals that will take the Golden Eaglets to the final phase of qualification for the U-17 World Cup – which the Eaglets have won on five occasions.

The Eaglets will renew their rivalry with the Black Meteors of Ghana on Saturday at the Stade General Seyni Kountche in a winner takes all encounter. Olusegun has scored four of the nine goals the Eaglets have scored in Niamey while the Ghanaians have scored just the four goals and conceded two. The winner Ghana will join Morocco, Cameroon, Uganda, Angola, and Tanzania for the final phase scheduled for Tanzania in 2019.

Current Form: Ghana [W-W-D-L-W]; Nigeria [W-W-L-L-L]

Head to head

17/04/17 U17AQ Ghana 2 – 0 Nigeria

14/04/13 U17WC Nigeria 6 – 1 Ghana

15/03/07 U17AQ Ghana 0 – 2 Nigeria

Prediction: Ghana 1-2 Nigeria

Tottenham v Liverpool @Wembley Stadium @12:30pm on September 15

Spurs will try to win without Lloris and Alli

Playing against Liverpool at the present is a hard task but the absences of Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli has made Tottenham’s task a much tougher one.

With the two players in their starting 11, Tottenham’s winning percentage is over 60 per cent and tellingly, without the duo that average drops to just about 30 per cent.

The 4-1 thrashing handed the Reds does not come into Saturday’s equation at all says Mauricio Pochettino. “We are always confident we can beat any team. But, of course, the game on Saturday will be completely different to [last season]. It’s a different season.

The Reds are looking good to make a tilt at the EPL title after an unbeaten start to the 2018/19 season, keeping three clean sheets in the four matches already played. This should be a cracker and should make clear the title credentials of both teams.

Current Form: Tottenham [L-W-W-W-L]; Liverpool [W-W-W-W-W]

Head to head

04/02/18 PRL Liverpool 2 – 2 Tottenham

22/10/17 PRL Tottenham 4 – 1 Liverpool

11/02/17 PRL Liverpool 2 – 0 Tottenham

25/10/16 LEC Liverpool 2 – 1 Tottenham

27/08/16 PRL Tottenham 1 – 1 Liverpool

Prediction: Tottenham 2-2 Liverpool

Watford v Man. United @Vicarage Road @5:30pm on September 15

Jose’s United cannot afford to be stung at Vicarage Road

Will the Hornets continue to sting and will the Red Devils make it a perfect five to start the EPL season? There will be answers to this at Vicarage Road on Saturday as Javi Gracia’s Watford seek to continue their perfect start against a stumbling Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho’s side have an almost perfect win rate against Watford – winning 11 of their past 12 confrontations though maintaining this may be hampered by the injury absences of Luke Shaw, Phil Jones, and Marouane Fellaini while Marcus Rashford starts a three-game suspension for his red card against Burnley.

Mourinho cannot contemplate a loss with all the rumours flying around that he is one loss from the sack and with Zinedine Zidane, waiting in the wings to take over at Old Trafford.

Current Form: Watford [W-W-W-W-W]; Man. Utd [W-L-L-W-L]

Head to head

Sun 13/05/18 PRL Man. Utd 1 – 0 Watford

Tue 28/11/17 PRL Watford 2 – 4 Man. Utd

Sat 11/02/17 PRL Man. Utd 2 – 0 Watford

Sun 18/09/16 PRL Watford 3 – 1 Man. Utd

Wed 02/03/16 PRL Man. Utd 1 – 0 Watford

Prediction: Watford 2-2 Man. United

Galatasaray v Kasimpasa @Turk Telekom Stadyumu @6pm on September 14

Nigerian goal scorers set for battle

Defending champions at home to current league leaders should be an exciting match because Kasimpasa have won all four league games this season, scoring 10 goals and conceding just four. Gala need to bounce straight back from the 4-0 thrashing suffered at the hands of Trabzonspor before the international break.

Galatasaray have Henry Onyekuru in good goalscoring form – having broken his duck for Nigeria against Liberia during the international break while Kasimpasa also have a Nigerian in good form in Emem Eduok.

Current Form: Galatasaray [L-W-W-W-L]; Kasimpasa [W-W-W-W-D]

Head to head

18/02/18 SÜL Kasımpasa 2 – 1 Galatasaray

16/09/17 SÜL Galatasaray 2 – 0 Kasımpasa

06/05/17 SÜL Galatasaray 1 – 3 Kasımpasa

04/12/16 SÜL Kasımpasa 1 – 2 Galatasaray

24/04/16 SÜL Galatasaray 4 – 1 Kasımpasa

Prediction: Galatasaray 3-1 Kasimpasa

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Chelsea banned from signing players for two transfer windows

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Chelsea has been banned from signing players for two transfer windows after being found guilty of breaching rules about signing minors by FIFA.

The Premier League club has also been fined more than £460,000, while the FA face a £390,000 sanction. The FA will appeal the fine, citing “concerns” with FIFA’s disciplinary processes.

The club were found guilty of 29 incidences of breaching article 19, which relates to the transfer of players aged under 18.

FIFA have given the club 90 days to rectify the situation concerning the players signed.

Chelsea say they “categorically refute the findings of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and will therefore be appealing the decision”.

The appeal will be heard by FIFA Appeal Committee, while the club can also appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Sky Sports News understands the punishments are a result of a three-year FIFA investigation related to the signing of more than a dozen players by Chelsea.

One of the main contentious signings was that of Bertrand Traore in 2013. Chelsea also twice breached regulations relating to third-party influence, article 18bis, FIFA said.

Chelsea will be able to sell players, but not register any new signings.

“This ban applies to the club as a whole – with the exception of the women’s and futsal teams – and does not prevent the release of players,” FIFA said in a statement.

The transfer of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea should not be in danger as the player was registered in FIFA’s Transfer Matching System (TMS) in January, according to Sky Germany.

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FIFA slams transfer ban, heavy fine on Chelsea

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FIFA slams transfer ban, heavy fine on Chelsea

The world football governing body, FIFA, has placed a ban on Chelsea Football Club from signing players for the next two transfer windows.

The English club has also been slammed with a fine of £400,000.

It is understood that Chelsea are being punished having been found guilty by FIFA of breaching rules about signing minors.

FIFA also fined England FA £391,000 and Chelsea have been given 90 days to rectify the situation concerning the players signed.

As reported by Sky Sports News, these punishments are a result of a three-year FIFA investigation related to the signing of more than a dozen players by Chelsea.

One of the main contentious signings was that of Bertrand Traore in 2013. Chelsea also twice breached regulations relating to third-party influence, article 18bis, FIFA said.

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Chelsea will be able to sell players, but not register any new signings.

“This ban applies to the club as a whole – with the exception of the women’s and futsal teams – and does not prevent the release of players,” FIFA said in a statement.

The transfer of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea should not be in danger as the player was registered in FIFA’s Transfer Matching System (TMS) in January, according to Sky Germany.

Previous instances of similar infractions involving other clubs have seen the clubs involved appeal against the penalties, delaying the implementation of a registration ban and allowing them to sign players.

Chelsea were given a transfer ban in 2009 after there was a complaint about the youth player Gael Kakuta joining illegally two years earlier.
Chelsea appealed that and had the ban reduced

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Court orders Jay Jay Okocha’s arrest

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Court orders Jay Jay Okocha's arrest

A Lagos Division of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of former Super Eagles star, Austin Okocha, over tax evasion charges.

Mr Okocha – or Jay Jay Okocha as he is popularly known – has repeatedly failed to appear before the court to answer why he allegedly failed to pay his income taxes.

Adedayo Akintoye, the judge, issued the warrant for the arrest of the former Eagles captain on January 29 and thereafter adjourned until February 19.

However, on February 19, the prosecution had not effected the arrest forcing the judge to, again, adjourn till April 15 and ordering that the warrant be executed by then.

The football star is facing a three-count charge instituted by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice bordering on failure to furnish his income returns and nonpayment of tax.

The state filed the charges through its prosecutor, Jide Martins, in June 2017 and the suit began four months later.

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The defendant, however, had failed to appear in court.

After several adjournments without Mr Okocha appearing despite having been served the court papers, Mr Martins prayed the court to issue a bench warrant for his arrest.

According to the prosecutor, Mr Okocha had failed to furnish his income returns for tax purposes to the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service.

Mr Martins also said that the defendant had failed to pay his income taxes.

He said the offences contravened Sections 56 (a) and (b) of the Lagos State Revenue Administration Law No. 8, 2006 and Section 94 (1) of the Personal Income Tax Act Cap P8, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

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