Kanté, Ronaldo, Etebo ... the 5 Monday transfer news you should be aware of

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Real Madrid goes all in for N'Golo Kanté, Cristiano Ronaldo still determined to leave Spain and Patrick Vieira officially appointed coach of the OGC Nice ... here is our mercato newsletter of the day.

Ronaldo leaving Spain is just a matter of time ? 

Since his controversial statement at the end of the Champions League final about not wanting to stay in Real Madrid anymore, Cristiano Ronaldo would have indeed made up his mind and will be leaving Spain very soon according to the Portuguese daily Record.

A decision in which President Merengue Florentino Perez would have played an important role according to the Iberian media. The wealthy leader of the "Casa Blanca" would not have kept his promises regarding the prolongation of contract of CR7 which would require a little more recognition. The 33-year-old would be negotiating a new lease (with a salary increase) while the current one ends in 2021 but negotiations would not advance as he would like.

The idea of ​​annoying the former resident of Manchester United might not be the right one for the Madrilenians who have already had to face the departure of their coach Zinedine Zidane there is little. If he had to leave the Liga, Cristiano Ronaldo could join the Premier League, Ligue 1 or China according to Record announcing several tracks.

N'Golo Kanté interested Real Madrid

Very discreet in terms of transfer in recent seasons, Real Madrid could break his piggy bank this summer. Indeed, and as the Spanish newspaper Il Messaggero says on Monday, the Madrid giant would consider putting 150 million euros on the table to attach the services of the French-Malian nugget Chelsea N'Golo Kanté.

According to the Iberian daily, Londoners have also identified players able to replace the native of Bamako, including Tanguy Ndombele and the Ivorian international Jean-Michael Seri.



 

Patrick Vieira officially arrives on the bench of OGC Nice!

There will be no last-minute rebound. As expected, Patrick Vieira (41) succeeded Lucien Favre on the bench of the OGC Nice. The Riviera club made official on Monday the appointment of the former coach of New York City FC, who officially left office on Sunday.

The duration of his contract is not specified by the Gym, although it should cover the next three seasons. The president of the OGCN announced to seek "a coach with the ability to continue to produce beautiful game, to advance young players by taking the risk to evolve, and that instills a spirit of winning," as the Nice club reminds in its press release.



 

Etebo commits for five years with Stoke City 

Nigerian international midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo leaves Feirense (Portuguese L1) for Stoke City. Freshly relegated to the Championship, the Potters won their services against a check of 7.2 million euros.

Lent this winter in Las Palmas and selected among the 23 for the 2018 World Cup, the 22-year-old has committed for the next five seasons.



Simone Verdi leaves Bologna for Naples 

Simone Verdi takes a new step in her progress. Author of a successful season on the side of Bologna (ten goals, ten assists), the winger transalpin committed Monday with Naples.

To afford the services of the Italian international, the Neapolitan leaders had to pay 25 million euros. The contract signed by Verdi covers the next five years and therefore runs until 2023.

A second African Golden Ball for Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah was named African Player of the Year for the second year in a row. A more than logical choice according to former Senegalese international and double African Golden Ball El Hadji Ousseyn
Mohamed Salah was named African Player of the Year for the second year in a row. A more than logical choice according to former Senegalese international and double African Golden Ball El Hadji Ousseynou Diouf. In this weeks’s program, the Egyptian striker was named African Player of the Year for the second time in a row. The reward for a breathtaking season. We spoke about this with a former winner, the Senegalese El Hadji Diouf. It was a smashing start at the Champions League group stage for Wydad, winning 5-2 against Asec Mimosas. Defending champions Tunis Esperance were held in check in Guinea. Find all the results in this program. And then hero of South Africa’s qualification for the 1998 World Cup. Phil Masinga, African champion in 1996, died on Sunday. Sad news for African football.

Egypt launches preps for AFCON 2019

Eight stadium including that of Cairo, Alexandria, Ismaila and Suez have already been named to host the tournament.
The Egyptian sports ministry and Football Federation on Sunday launched preparations for the 2019 edition of the African Cup of Nations. The continent’s largest sporting event will take place from June 15 to July 13. “Organizing the CAN in three to four months is a great sign of confidence from FIFA President Gianni Infantino and my colleagues at CAF. Egypt has got sixteen votes against one, which shows great confidence in the country, Egypt and our economy, “ said President of the Egyptian Football Federation, Hani Abu Rida. Egyptian Prime Minister, Mustafa Madbouli will chair a committee made up of ministers to facilitate work of the federation. Officials say the opening ceremony and first match will take place in the 74,000 capacity Cairo International stadium. The stadium was renovated before the North African nation hosted the 2006 edition of the tournament. Eight stadium including that of Cairo, Alexandria, Ismaila and Suez have already been named to host the tournament. Egypt can boast of a multitude of hotels, two international airports, in Cairo and near Alexandria as well as a road network linking the main cities. AFP

Uganda's lacrosse players target youth to grow the sport

Ugandan youth are being taught to play Lacrosse as part of the country’s efforts to popularize the sport .

Ugandan youth are being taught to play Lacrosse as part of the country’s efforts to popularize the sport and improve upon their performances at the World Championships in 2014 and 2018.

In a sunny afternoon in Jinja, Uganda, Andrew Mamawi is getting his players in gear.

Mamawi played for the Ugandan lacrosse team at the World Championships in 2014 and 2018. Uganda is the first African country to field a team at the sport’s penultimate event.

“It showed me a lot of things that sports can do. After playing for a while in Kampala, I came back to the community that raised me, so what I didn’t have, what I didn’t get as a child is what I wanted to give back to the community,” said Lacrosse Coach and player, Andrew Mamawi.

The sport was first introduced in the East African nation in 2012 by an American representative of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL).

Secretary of Uganda Lacrosse Association, Donald Atuhire said Uganda is at the forefront, while the rest of Africa is just waiting them to expand

“It’s a very challenging sport, it’s fast and requires a lot of skill holding all that equipment, there is a helmet, gloves, a stick, a ball that is very heavy, it needs so much skill in handling it, so we expect if the kids take it up professionally, they could easily get a payment for it,” he added.

Funds to pay players, buy equipment, manage leagues, organize competitions, facilitate travel, and eventually offer college scholarships are raised through the California-based Uganda Lacrosse Foundation or the Uganda Lacrosse Association both formed to help support the country’s niche community of players and fans.

The Cranes Uganda’s national team – hope to play in the Olympics one day. They may just have enough time to launch that offensive, given that the FIL sees 2028 as the year lacrosse will return to the Summer Games.

Tunisia's Espérance celebrates centenary

The Esperance of Tunis can boast of 45 titles including 28 championships and 3 Champions League titles.
Tunisia’s oldest football club is 100 years old. The Esperance of Tunis is celebrating its centenary with pride following its third continental crown in the champions league last November. “Esperance is a very large family. When Esperance wins, everyone is happy in Bab Souika. If someone in our neighborhood asks for help, they are given money without being held accountable. Esperance makes us happy and gives us joy and pleasure and brings us closer to people”, said Espérance supporter, Mohamed Hosni. For another supporter, Bahri Moron “Esperance is not just football, it’s a social phenomenon. Everyone tries to imitate him and everyone envies him. That’s why its popularity is growing”. The Esperance of Tunis can boast of 45 titles including 28 championships and 3 Champions League titles. In Tunisia, the club is known to be close to the government and its management was effectively linked to the regime of former president, Zine el Abidine Ben Ali. AFP

Liberian National County Meet 3rd Place Fixture

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These are 3rd Place Fixture's National County Meet will be played a day before finals. Nimba will play Bong County in Kickball and Gbarpolu - Grand Gedeh in football. National County Meet 3rd Place Fixture - Jan 12 : Kickball : Nimba vs Bong county - 3:00 PM Football : Gbarpolu vs Grand Gedeh - 4:00 PM