RVP set to become Manchester United’s captain | INFORMATION NIGERIA

RVP set to become Manchester Uniteds captain

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on May 19, 2014

van Gaal

Manchester United confirmed earlier that Louis vanGaal is set to take charge at the club after the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

Before that, Robin vanPersie had planned a shocking return to his former club, Arsenal, after the player felt dejected losing Alex Ferguson to retirement. But as vanGaal planned to join the club, the forward rescinded his decision.

Now with both players set to reunite at club level, InformationNg understands that van Gaal is set to make the former gunners hitman his captain.

van Gaal, who is set to lead Netherland to the World cup before retiring, has always fancied Robin Vanpersie even while he was at Arsenal. Despite Hunteelars incredible goal-scoring form in front of goal at Schalke, the manager always opted to use Robin upfront instead.

Now with Ferdinard, Vidic and Giggs leaving, the manager feels RVP is the right man to lead Manchester United.

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BREAKING: Sagna travels to Manchester for transfer talks | INFORMATION NIGERIA

BREAKING: Sagna travels to Manchester for transfer talks

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on May 19, 2014

Arsenals defender Bacary Sagna has traveled to Manchester with his agent to open transfer talks with reigning Champions Manchester City, Informationng understands.

The right back who has had a good spell under Arsene Wenger, that saw him lift an Fa Cup trophy on saturday, is set to leave the club after failing to agree to the new contract terms Arsenal tabled.

The player wants £100-000-per-week while Arsenal are offering £80-000.

Losing Sagna would definitely create a ditch for the NorthLondon club, as his versatility has made him an outstanding player.

Sagna, who turned 31 in February, can play as a Central defender or Right back.

Though, the Gunners are already resorting to signing Toulouses Serge Aurier to replace him.

Giggs Hangs Boot, Looks Ahead to Working With Van Gaal in the Dugout | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Giggs Hangs Boot, Looks Ahead to Working With Van Gaal in the Dugout

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 19, 2014

Ryan Giggs has retired from his professional playing career after making a record 963 appearances for Manchester United.

The Premier League most-decorated player with 34 trophies announced his retirement in an open letter to the club fans, moments after been confirmed Louis van Gaals assistant.

The ex-Wales winger wrote: I would like to take this opportunity to announce my retirement from professional football and embark upon a new and exciting chapter in my life, as assistant manager of Manchester United.

Ryan Giggs Ends Manchester Uniteds Playing Career After 963 Games.

I am immensely proud, honoured and fortunate to have represented the biggest club in the world 963 times and Wales 64 times. My dream was always to play for Manchester United, and although it saddens me to know I won’t be pulling on a United jersey again as a player, I have been lucky enough to have fulfilled that dream playing with some of the best players in the world, working under an incredible manager in Sir Alex Ferguson, and most of all, playing for the greatest fans in world football. I have always felt and appreciated your support.

During his 23-year career, Giggs has scored in the every of the first 21 Premier League seasons, en-route to claiming 13 league winners medals, his first dates back to 1993. He has also won four FA Cups and two Champions Leagues.

Aside the Europa League, Giggs have won every major trophy in club football. He was voted the PFA Player of the Year for the 2008/09 season- when he lifted Uniteds second Champions League trophy in Moscow.

He was named interim manager, following David Moyes dismissal in April, leading the 20-time champions to two wins, a draw and one loss in its final four matches of the previous season.

For me, today is a new chapter filled with many emotions immense pride, sadness, but most of all, excitement towards the future, added Giggs. United fans I hope will share and echo my belief that the club, the management and owners, are doing everything they can to return this great club to where it belongs, and I hope to be there every step of the way.

To the greatest fans in world football, thank you, I have loved every minute of playing for you and representing the biggest and best club in the world.

Giggs met incoming manager Louis van Gaal in the Netherlands last Wednesday and was confirmed the Dutchmans assistant earlier in the day. He becomes the last of the Class of 92 to call a quit on an illustrious playing career.

Man Uniteds Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward believes none in the English game would ever equal Giggs achievement in the red shirt.

Ryan Giggs has been one of the greatest players ever to wear the red shirt of Manchester United. What he has achieved will never be equalled in the English game.

Woodward said: In the way he played, he was the embodiment of a Manchester United player fast, skilful, entertaining and determined to win by playing exciting football. His progress from the ranks of the famous Class of 92 to the most decorated player in this or any clubs history is down to his hard work, ability and attitude.

He is at the start of an exciting new chapter in his and the clubs life but now is the right moment to reflect on the achievements of the finest British player of the last 25 years.

United Name Van Gaal New Boss, to Be Assisted By Giggs | INFORMATION NIGERIA

United Name Van Gaal New Boss, to Be Assisted By Giggs

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 19, 2014

Dutch national team coach Louis van Gaal has been named David Moyes successor at Manchester United following weeks of speculations.

The former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has signed a three-year contract with the 20-time Premier League winners.

He will join the club after the World Cup and will be assisted by Uniteds longest-serving ex-Welsh player, Ryan Giggs.

It was always a wish for me to work in the Premier League. To worl as a manager for Manchester United, the biggest club in the world, makes me very proud, Van Gaal told the club website on his appointment on Monday.

Louis van Gaal Becomes Manchester Uniteds Second Coach Post-Ferguson Era.

I have managed in games at Old Trafford before and know what an incredible arena Old Trafford is and how passionate and knowledgeable the fans are. This club has big ambitions; I too have big ambitions. Together Im sure we will make history.

The club also announced Frans Hoek and Marcel Bout join as assistant coaches. Hoek is the Netherlands goalkeeping coach while Bout will specialise in opposition scouting, having previously worked for Bayern Munich, telstar, Az Alkamaar, FC Volendam and Feyenoord.

Announcing the appointments, Ed Woodward said: In Louis van Gaal, we have secured the services of one of the outstanding managers in the game today. He has achieved many things in his career to date and Old Trafford provides him with a fitting stage on which to write new chapters in the Manchester United story.

Giggs, who took charge of the side on interim capacity for the last four games of the season following Moyes dismissal, said: I am thrilled to have the chance to serve as assistant manager. Louis van Gaal is a world-class coach and I know I will learn a lot about coaching from being able to observe and contribute at such close quarters.

Scotsman Moyes lost his job just ten month after been chosen to replace Sir Alex Ferguson last month.

CONFIRMED: Louis van Gaal will become #mufc manager after the World Cup. More: http://t.co/YBjnDdcRQI #vangaalmufc pic.twitter.com/RNjAbbvwVx

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 19, 2014

Van Gaal has won league championships at every club he has managed, including Barcelona, AZ and Bayern Munich, since beginning his managerial career at Ajax in 1991. In total, he has won 19 trophies at club level.

He won three league titles with the Dutch champions, as well as the European Champions League in 1995.

He will be in charge of the Netherlands at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil, after finishing the qualification campaign with a very strong record- nine wins out of ten matches.

BREAKING: Diego Costa to miss Champions League Final with Injury | INFORMATION NIGERIA

BREAKING: Diego Costa to miss Champions League Final with Injury

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on May 19, 2014

Diego Costa

Inform Athletico Madrid striker Diego costa will miss the Uefa Champions League final against Real Madrid in Lisbon on saturday, with an Hamstring injury, Informationng understands.

The striker was witnessed chasing after a ball against Barcelona in the last game of the Laliga season that saw them cling the trophy with a draw, but suddenly stopped running and went straight to the ground, asking for a substitution in the process.

A top source in the club has told the press the striker ruptured a muscle, and is set to miss the final. More dreadful, his World Cup hopes in doubt.

Table Tennis: Lagos to Host ITTF World Cup Qualifiers | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Table Tennis: Lagos to Host ITTF World Cup Qualifiers

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 19, 2014

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has approved the maiden Africa Top 16 Cup holding in Lagos, as the continental qualifiers for this years Men and Women World Cups.

The tournament holds on June 27 to 28 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium with the top rated African players competing for the sole spot in the men and women qualifiers.

Also, most of the players taking part in the Africa Top 16 Cup will join their counterparts across the globe to be part of the ITTF Lagos World Tour tagged Nigeria Open holding on June 23 to 26 at same venue. The ATTF has sent invitations to the top 16 men and top 16 women on the ATTFs ranking lists for May 2014.

Source: Daily Independent

World Cup 2014: Concerns Over Pitch Insecurity at the Cuiaba Stadium | INFORMATION NIGERIA

World Cup 2014: Concerns Over Pitch Insecurity at the Cuiaba Stadium

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 19, 2014

World Cup organisers insists there are some adjustments to be made at the Arena Pantanal Stadium in the area of pitch invasion ahead of the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

They said they are satisfied with outcomes of the final two stadium tests for the World Cup on Sunday, despite having admitted they will not finish an incomplete roof at Sao Paulos Itaquerao Stadium- the other of the two stadiums were league matches were played on Sunday.

Home team Atletico Mineiro secured a 2-1 win over Santos at the stadium in the wetland city of Cuiaba in its final test event on Sunday.

The Arena Pantanal Stadium is in Due to Host the Super Eagles Penultimate Group Match Against Bosnia at the 2014 World Cup.

Prior to the end of the match, a supporter of the visiting team evaded the security and entered the field to complain about his teams performance. Although he was quickly removed, the invasion showed that some adjustments need being made in that area.

We are satisfied, local World Cup organising committee CEO Ricardo Trade said, after the match in Sao Paulo between stadium-owner Corinthians and Figueirense. There are wonderful things, but there are some adjustments to make, there are still some things to finish. It was fundamental that we staged this event.

The constructors in charge of the Itaquerao Stadium confirmed that glass covers that had to be installed in part of the roof will not be ready until after the World Cup, so fans may have to scramble for cover, should it rain during any of the matches at the venue.

It said it was never a requirement to have all seat covered at World Cup stadiums, but if the glass covers were already in place, a lot more people would have been protected from the rain.

The Sao Paulo stadium will host the opening match between Brazil and Croatia on June 12, when nearly 70,000 fans and guests are expected at the stadium.

The Cuiaba stadium is venue for the clash between Nigeria and World Cup debutantes Bosnia-Herzegovina on June 21.

None of the test matches in all 12 stadiums were held at full capacity, however, as there is still a lot of work to be done at the venues, including the installation of seats.

Fifa usually wants three test events in stadiums hosting World Cup games, but it had to accept less than its requirement in Brazil because of the countrys well-publicised preparation delays.

The world football governing body and the local organisers were closely monitoring the test matches on Sunday, analysing everything from fans access to the stadiums to pitch condition and to security.

(Materials from the Associated Press was used in this report).

Azarenka Pulls Out of French Open | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Azarenka Pulls Out of French Open

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 19, 2014

Victoria Azarenka has ruled herself out of the 2014 French Open because of a foot injury.

The world number five twitted: Hi guys- unfortunately I will not be able to compete in Roland Garros this year.

Working hard on my recovery and getting back on the court.

The Belarussian has played just one match in the past two months due to the injury.

Victoria Azarenka Will Not Play in the 2014 French Open.

He lost to American Lauren Davis at Idian Wells in early March, after losing his Australian Open title defence in January, where she was knocked out in the quarter-finals by Polands Agnieszka Radwanska.

The two-time Australian Open champion will now target a return to full fitness ahead of Wimbledon, which starts on 30 June.

The Roland Garros- the second Grand Slam of the year- begins on 26 May.

Glo Premier League: Kaita’s Match-Winner Help Enyimba Down Kaduna United | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Glo Premier League: Kaitas Match-Winner Help Enyimba Down Kaduna United

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on May 19, 2014

Returnee, Sani Kaita, opened his goalscoring account for Enyimba FC on match day 13 of the Glo Premier League.

The defensive midfielder scored a superb volley on Sunday, as Enyimba edge Kaduna United 1-0 in Aba.

Kaita, whose monthly salary at the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club is reportedly been footed by the League Management Company (LMC) in a bid to encourage Nigerians abroad to try out the indigenous league, unleashed a powerful volley from the edge of the box into the visitors net to help the Peoples Elephant claim all three points on 36 minutes.

Glo Premier League Logo.

The victory took the six-time champions point haul to 18 from a possible 39.

Kaduna United remain in the drop zone with 14 points from 13 matches.

Gbolahan Salami scored the match-winner for Warri Wolves in their victory over Heartland.

Salami scored in the 50th minute and almost doubled his tally few minutes after only to let fly a salient opportunity.

Babangida Hassan scored Giwa FCs solitary goal in Sundays win over Gombe United in Jos.

Results

Abia Warriors 2-1 Lobi Stars

Nembe City 1-0 El-Kanemi Warriors

Giwa FC 1-0 Gombe United

Enugu Rangers 2-0 Crown FC

FC Taraba 2-1 Bayelsa United

Enyimba 1-0 Kaduna United

Warri Wolves 1-0 Heartland

Patrice Evra nearing Old Trafford exit after Juventus medical | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Patrice Evra nearing Old Trafford exit after Juventus medical

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on May 19, 2014

Evra in action

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra is nearing an exit from Old Trafford, after undergoing a medical at Juventus on Friday ahead of a move to the Serie A champions according to reports in Italy.

The 33-year-old was reportedly in Turin two days ago, discussing details of his contract and also underwent a medical with the Italian giants, ahead of theproposed move.

The Frenchman is out of contract this summer, and is free to talk to other teams with his departure from Manchester United appearing imminent.Evra looks set to follow Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand in leaving the Red Devils, bringing and end to a fantastic few years as part of a successful Man United defence.

In signing for Juventus, the left-back would dismiss the option of following Vidic to Milan and join him at Inter, however it is believed Evra may be waiting to sign any contract until United appoint a their new manager, and could even be persuaded to stay.

Louis Van Gaal is favourite to land the vacant spot at Old Trafford, and its thought Evra has no place in the Dutchmans plans with England youngster Luke Shaw tipped to be his successor.(GMS)