Sportpesa, Everton Launch Third Season of Kits For Africa Project

Football fans across the UK are being encouraged to donate their old football kits to underprivileged grassroots teams across Africa as part of the ‘Kits For Africa’ campaign from SportPesa.

Fans of SportPesa’s club partners Everton, Southampton and Hull City, will join players and members of the public in donating their kits throughout the season in collections held at their respective grounds.

This season’s campaign kicks off at Goodison Park on August 18 as Everton take on Southampton in a 3pm BST kick-off during the second weekend of Premier League fixtures. Collection bins will be sign-posted around the stadium for fans’ kit donations. Fans can also donate their kit at the home of Everton during game against Huddersfield Town on September 1, West Ham United on September 16 and Fulham on September 29.

The campaign launched two years ago and has been a huge success with almost 30,000 kits collected last season alone and passed onto football-loving communities in Africa.

This season once all kits have been collected from the participating clubs, they will be given to grassroots teams across Africa.

SportPesa has a continued commitment to building and developing grassroots football in the countries where it operates and, since the company’s inception in 2014, it have quickly established itself as a community focused organisation. The Kits For Africa campaign is part of this pledge to transform lives in Africa.

New Champs In The Offing For COPA Coca-Cola Tourney

The COPA Coca-Cola Under-16 tournament, now in its 10th year of existence will have new champions in the boys’ category as last year’s champions, Kakamega High School, western region representatives will not be defending their title following their defeat at the county level.

In the girls’ category, Olympic High School, Nairobi region representatives will be seeking to retain the trophy they won during last year’s championship in Mombasa County. This years’ games will be hosted in Eldoret, in Uasin Gishu County at Hill School Secondary School from the 23rd July 2018 to 28th July 2018.

The games will have eight teams in each category, having been pooled into two groups, with two teams from each group progressing to the Semi-Final stage. In the boy’s category, Group A will have St. Peter’s Mumias High School (Western Region), St. Cyprian High School (Eastern Region), Riyabu Secondary School (Nyanza Region) and a representative from the North Eastern Region.

In Group B, St. Anthony High School (Rift Valley Region), Upper Hill High School (Nairobi Region), Olbolsat Secondary School (Central Region) and Kinondo Secondary School (Coast Region) will seek out a chance to top their group for a chance in the semi-final stage.

In the girl’s category, last years’ champions Olympic High School (Nairobi Region) have been pooled in Group A which also comprises of Wiyeta Secondary School (Rift Valley Region), Alliance Girls High School (Central Region) and Sega Girls High School (Nyanza Region) in the group of death.

In Group B, Tar Tar Girls High School (Rift Valley Region), Waa Girls Secondary School (Coast Region), Materdel High School (Eastern Region) and Moi Girls Nangili Secondary School (Western Region) will be out to prove doubters as they battle out to finish on top of other contenders.

The games will be a culmination of the Under-16 boys and girls’ tournament with a total of 5,000 schools having registered and participated for a chance to be inaugurated as the national champions.

Since 2008, the tournament has had over ten thousand students participating in the tournament. 

The tournament is under the Ministry of Education, in partnership between Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) and The Coca-Cola Company.

HBR Ready For Inter-Media Football Tournament

 

 
Homeboyz Radio FC is set and ready to go ahead of Saturday’s StarTimes Inter-media tournament at Upper Hill School from 9am.
HBR FC is in pool B alongside Mombasa rd based Standard Group, MediaMax(located in CBD) and vernacular side Lolwe TV. 
 
Fifteen media teams and hosts StarTimes will duel for the ultimate glory and cash prizes on offer for top three finishers. 
The Galana Plaza based side has been readying for the tournament with the last training session set to take place at Arena One, Valley Arcade on Friday.
Led by Zuhum Omar of HBR Fanzone, the HBR FC boasts experienced players like Dj Andie, Max Radio, Dj Zaq, Ignition host Kerry Martin aka Ramsey, Jinx of Jump-off and Frank Theuri of JSHBR.
 
Ladies who made the team include Entertainment news editors Emily Oduor and Ngina K alongside head of creative Kadzo Mwangoma and Violetta Ngina.
 
HBR Fanzone host Eric Njiru will be the manager/player of the team. 
 
The likes of Dj Bash, Kriss Darling, Dj Burn and Neville of GMITM are ruled out due to personal engagements. News Anchor Dennis Toll is out due to the ongoing Ramadhan. 
 
Defending champions Radio Africa are set against losing finalists from two years ago Ghetto Radio in the group of death. They also play Capital FM and minnows ATG Radio.

Royal Media Services are top seeds in Group A and are joined by KBC, Ebru and hosts StarTimes.
 
Nation Media Group headline Group C followed by Kass Media and Qwetu Radio. A talented field of freelance journalists complete the group with high probability of qualifying.

Pools
Group A:Royal Media Services, KBC, EBRU, StarTimes
Group B: Standard Group, Mediamax, Homeboyz, Lolwe
Group C: Nation Media Group, Kass Media, Qwetu Radio, Freelancers
Group D: Capital Group, Radio Africa, Ghetto Radio, ATG  

Atletico Madrid To Play Nigeria

Spanish Top Flight LaLiga outfit Atletico Madrid will play a friendly match in southern Nigeria on May 22nd in the town of Uyo against the home based Nigerian Super Eagles.

The fixture was announced this morning in Lagos at a press conference involving the relevant parties: LaLiga delegate in Nigeria, Javier del Rio, Vice President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Mallam Shehu Dikko; President of Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick; General Manager Sales & Marketing Multichoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho; and General Manager Supersport Nigeria, Felix Awogu.

This landmark announcement signals the first time that a LaLiga team will travel to West Africa to play in a friendly match.

The historic contest will take place thanks to SuperSport, the LaLiga broadcaster in most African countries, while both LaLiga and the Nigerian Football Federation have been heavily involved in organising the event.

Prominent video entertainment company MultiChoice Nigeria, the provider of digital terrestrial television platform GOtv, is bringing leading Spanish outfit Atletico to Nigeria for a special visit and to play in the maiden edition of the GOtv MAX Cup.

The fixture, which will take place at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, will allow Nigerian fans to enjoy an array of some of the stars of the world’s best league up close, and watch one of its most iconic clubs, Atletico Madrid. Diego Simeone’s side have been one of the best-performing teams this season and sit in second place in the table.

Once again, LaLiga’s total commitment to fans around the world is evident.

LaLiga president Javier Tebas responded by saying, “This is a historic announcement and we’re very happy to share it with our Nigerian fans: Atletico, one of LaLiga’s most important clubs, will be in Nigeria and will give local fans the opportunity to enjoy the stars close up. Africa and Nigeria are very important to LaLiga and are also great fans of Spanish football, which we’re very proud of.”

General Manager of sales and marketing at MultiChoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho said: “We’re delighted to bring one of the three biggest clubs in LaLiga to Nigeria in what we believe will be an historic visit. As you all know, Atletico are one of the top clubs in LaLiga.

GOtv customers and football fans in Nigeria will have the rare opportunity to watch the stars play our Nigerian stars right here on Nigerian soil.

This match is being played under the umbrella of the LaLiga Foundation’s LaLiga World Challenge programme, through which friendlies are organised between LaLiga clubs and local teams all over the globe.

El Clasico, The LaLiga Fixture With An Unrivaled International Flavour

Just a glance at the countries from around the world to have been represented in the world’s biggest domestic club fixture show just how much of a global game El Clasico has become over the years.

There will be a big international flavour to May 6’s LaLiga Clasico, with players from 14 different countries set to feature in the likely Barcelona and Real Madrid squads for the game at the Camp Nou.

Stars from many of world football’s biggest and most successful countries will of course be present, including previous World Cup winning nations Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, France and Uruguay.

But players from other nations all over the world have also represented both Barcelona and Real Madrid throughout El Clasico’s long and storied history, among them these eight which demonstrate the true global reach of the biggest fixture in world football.
1. Cameroon – Samuel Eto’o [Barcelona 2004-09]
Former Real Madrid youth teamer Samuel Eto’o featured in eight LaLiga Clasicos after moving to Barcelona in 2004, scoring four goals and providing three assists against his old side. A three-time league title winner with Barça, the centre-forward also played for Real Mallorca and scored 162 goals during his time in LaLiga, making him Africa’s all-time top-scorer in the competition.

2. Mexico – Hugo Sanchez [Real Madrid 1985-1992]
Hugo Sanchez scored eight goals in 13 LaLiga Clasicos during his seven seasons at Real Madrid. To this day the Mexican international’s five converted penalties remain a record for the fixture. Recently he recalled how the adrenaline rush from scoring in El Clasico was so great that he would jump even higher than normal during his signature somersault celebrations!

3. Philippines – Paulino Alcantara [Barcelona 1912-27]
Paulino Alcantara is to date the only Asian-born player to play for Barcelona’s senior side and scored the team’s first ever hat-trick against Real Madrid during a 6-6 Copa del Rey draw in 1916. A second El Clasico hat-trick ranks among his 369 goals in 357 game for the Catalans. Alcantara, who was born in Manila, also scored a hat-trick for the Philippines national side against Japan in Tokyo in 1917.

4. New Caledonia – Christian Karembeu [Madrid 1997-2000]
The only Pacific Islander to play in El Clasico is New Caledonia-born Christian Karembeu, who featured three times for Real Madrid against Barça in the late 1990s. A 1998 World Cup winner with France and a two-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid, Karembeu is now a LaLiga Ambassador who has attended El Clasico events in South Africa and Vietnam in recent years.

5. Mali – Seydou Keita [Barcelona 2008-12]
Seydou Keita boasts an enviable record of five wins and one draw from his six LaLiga Clasicos as a Barcelona player. The Mali international is also the African to have played most times in the fixture across all competitions [nine]. A three-time LaLiga winner with Barça, he also represented Sevilla and Valencia during his long and successful career in Spanish football.

6. Chile – Ivan Zamorano [Real Madrid 1992-96]
Ex-Chile international Ivan Zamorano scored in five consecutive El Clasico matches in the 1990s, a record only broken by current Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo during the 2012/13 LaLiga season. ‘Bam Bam’ was fundamental as ‘Los Merengues’ won the 1994/95 LaLiga title, winning the top scorer award with 28 goals, including a hat-trick in a memorable 5-0 Clasico victory at the Santiago Bernabeu.

7. Ivory Coast – Yaya Toure [Barcelona 2007-10]
Yaya Toure won four of his six LaLiga Clasicos during his three seasons as a Barcelona player, including an unforgettable 6-2 victory at the Bernabeu in 2009. The Ivory Coast international and current Manchester City midfielder won back-to-back LaLiga titles with the Camp Nou side in 2008/09 and 2009/10.


8. Dominican Republic – Mariano Diaz [Real Madrid 2016-17]
Last season’s LaLiga Clasico at the Camp Nou was the first to feature a player from a Caribbean nation when Dominican Republic international Mariano Diaz came on as a substitute for Real Madrid.

LA CORUNA, SPAIN – APRIL 26: Mariano Diaz of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between RC Deportivo La Coruna and Real Madrid at Riazor Stadium on April 26, 2017 in La Coruna, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

He may have only been on the pitch for four minutes but it was enough for Sergio Ramos to equalise and gain a point which ultimately helped his side win the 2016/17 LaLiga title.

 

All The Deals From January Transfers

The January 2018 transfer window closed at 23:00 GMT on Wednesday night. All of the signings made during the month by the 2017/18 season’s 20 clubs are below courtesy of Premier League. 

Confirmed deals
Arsenal

In
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) Undisclosed Details
Konstantinos Mavropanos (PAS Giannina) Undisclosed Details
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Man Utd) Swap Details

Out
Jeff-Reine Adelaide (Angers) Loan Details
Chuba Akpom (Sint-Truidense) Loan Details
Krystian Bielik (Walsall) Loan Details
Francis Coquelin (Valencia) Undisclosed Details
Mathieu Debuchy (Saint-Etienne) Undisclosed Details
Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details
Stephy Mavididi (Charlton Athletic) Loan Details
Marcus McGuane (Barcelona) Undisclosed Details
Tafari Moore (Wycombe Wanderers) Loan Details
Julio Pleguezuelo (Gimnastic de Tarragona) Loan Details
Alexis Sanchez (Man Utd) Swap Details
Ben Sheaf (Stevenage) Loan Details
Theo Walcott (Everton) Undisclosed Details

AFC Bournemouth

In
Lewis Grabban (Sunderland) Loan return Details

Out

Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Loan Details
Ryan Allsop (Lincoln City) Loan Details
Baily Cargill (Partick Thistle) Loan Details
Mihai Dobre (Rochdale) Loan Details
Lewis Grabban (Aston Villa) Loan Details
Shaun Hobson (Chester) Loan Details
Connor Mahoney (Barnsley) Loan Details
Sam Matthews (Eastleigh) Loan extension Details
Ollie Harfield (Boreham Wood) Loan
Aaron Ramsdale (Chesterfield) Loan Details
Ben Whitfield (Port Vale) Loan extension Details

Brighton & Hove Albion

In
Warren O’Hora (Bohemians) Undisclosed Details
Jurgen Locadia (PSV Eindhoven) Undisclosed Details
Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester) Loan Details

Out
Soufyan Ahannach (Sparta Rotterdam) Loan Details
David Ajiboye (Millwall) Loan Details
Jonah Ayunga (Poole Town) Loan Details
Charlie Ferguson (East Grinstead Town) Loan Details
Ben Hall (Notts County) Loan Details
Kazenga LuaLua (Sunderland) Free Details
Stefan Ljubicic (Bognor Regis Town) Loan Details
Jordan Maguire-Drew (Coventry City) Loan Details
Reece Meekums (Worthing) Loan extension Details
Jamie Murphy (Rangers) Loan Details
Mathias Normann (Molde) Loan extension Details
Rian O’Sullivan (Carshalton Athletic) Loan Details
Bailey Vose (Welling United) Loan Details

Burnley

In
Aaron Lennon (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (Spurs) Loan Details

Out 
Dan Agyei (Blackpool) Loan Details
Tom Anderson (Doncaster Rovers) Loan Details
Jimmy Dunne (Accrington Stanley) Loan Details
Harry Flowers (Guiseley) Undisclosed Details
Josh Ginnelly (Tranmere Rovers) Loan Details
Luke Hendrie (Shrewsbury Town) Undisclosed Details
Alex Whitmore (Chesterfield) Undisclosed Details

Chelsea

In
Ross Barkley (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Undisclosed Details
Emerson Palmieri (Roma) Undisclosed Details

Out
Michy Batshuayi (Borussia Dortmund) Loan Details
Jake Clarke-Salter (Sunderland) Loan Details
Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers) Loan extension Details
Todd Kane (Oxford United) Loan Details
Kenedy (Newcastle) Loan Details
Charly Musonda Jr (Celtic) Loan Details
Baba Rahman (Schalke) Loan Details
Ike Ugbo (MK Dons) Loan Details

Crystal Palace

In
Jaroslaw Jach (Zaglebie Lubin) Undisclosed Details
Erdal Rakip (Benfica) Loan Details
Alexander Sorloth (FC Midtjylland) Undisclosed Details

Out
Keshi Anderson (Swindon Town) Undisclosed Details
Andre Coker (Maidstone United) Loan Details
Noor Husin (Notts County) Undisclosed Details
Sullay Kaikai (Charlton) Loan Details
Freddie Ladapo (Southend United) Undisclosed Details

Everton

In
Cenk Tosun (Besiktas) Undisclosed Details
Eliaquim Mangala (Man City) Loan Details
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Undisclosed Details

 

Out
Ross Barkley (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details
Mo Besic (Middlesbrough) Loan
Harry Charsley (Bolton Wanderers) Loan Details
Louis Gray (Carlisle United) Loan Details
Gethin Jones (Fleetwood Town) Undisclosed Details
Aaron Lennon (Burnley) Undisclosed Details
Ademola Lookman (RB Leipzig) Loan Details
Boris Mathis (Northampton Town) Loan
Kevin Mirallas (Olympiacos) Loan Details
Sandro Ramirez (Sevilla) Loan Details
Antonee Robinson (Bolton Wanderers) Loan extension Details
Liam Walsh (Bristol City) Undisclosed Details

Huddersfield Town

In
Terence Kongolo (Monaco) Loan Details
Jack Payne (Oxford Utd) Loan recall Details
Alex Pritchard (Norwich City) Undisclosed Details

Out
Jack Boyle (Clyde) Loan
Dylan Cogill (Clyde) Loan
Martin Cranie (Middlesbrough) Undisclosed Details
Fraser Horsfall (Kidderminster Harriers) Undisclosed Details
Danny Kane (Cork City) Undisclosed
Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) Undisclosed Details
Jack Payne (Blackburn Rovers) Loan Details
Ryan Schofield (AFC Telford) Loan Details
Tadhg Ryan (Released) Details
Cedwyn Scott (Dundee) Undisclosed 

Leicester City

In
Fousseni Diabate (Gazalec Ajaccio) Undisclosed Details
Callum Wright (Blackburn Rovers) Undisclosed Details

Out
Andy King (Swansea City) Loan Details
Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow) Loan Details
Islam Slimani (Newcastle United) Loan Details
Raul Uche (Real Betis) Loan Details
Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton) Loan Details

Liverpool

In
Tony Gallacher (Falkirk) Details
Ryan Kent (Freiburg) Loan return Details
Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) Undisclosed Details

Out
Cameron Brannagan (Oxford United) Undisclosed Details
Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona) Undisclosed Details
Ovie Ejaria (Sunderland) Loan Details
Jon Flanagan (Bolton Wanderers) Loan Details
Marko Grujic (Cardiff City) Loan Details
Lloyd Jones (Luton Town) Undisclosed Details
Ryan Kent (Bristol City) Loan Details
Lazar Markovic (Anderlecht) Loan Details
Daniel Sturridge (West Brom) Loan Details
Matty Virtue (Notts County) Loan Details
Corey Whelan (Yeovil Town) Loan Details
Harry Wilson (Hull City) Loan Details

Manchester City

In
Jack Harrison (New York City) Undisclosed Details
Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao) Undisclosed Details

Out
Kean Bryan (Oldham Athletic) Loan
Isaac Buckley (Oxford United) Loan Details
Jacob Davenport (Burton Albion) Loan
Shay Facey (Northampton Town) Undisclosed 
Jack Harrison (Middlesbrough) Loan Details
Eliaquim Mangala (Man City) Loan Details
Marlos Moreno (Flamengo) Loan
Ashley Smith-Brown (Oxford United) Loan

Manchester United

In 
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Leeds) Loan recall Details
Matej Kovar (FC Slovacko) Undisclosed Details
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) Swap Details
Matty Willock (Utrecht) Loan return Details

Out
James Wilson (Sheffield United) Loan Details
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal) Swap Details
Alex Tuanzebe (Aston Villa) Loan Details
Matty Willock (St Johnstone) Loan Details
Charlie Scott (Hamilton Academical) Loan Details
Demi Mitchell (Hearts) Loan Details

Newcastle United

In
Martin Dubravka (Sparta Prague) Loan Details
Kenedy (Chelsea) Loan Details
Islam Slimani (Leicester City) Loan Details

Out
Rolando Aarons (Hellas Verona) Loan Details
Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) Loan Details
Dan Barlaser (Crewe Alexandra) Loan Details
Kyle Cameron (Queen of the South) Loan Details
Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest) Loan Details
Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock) Loan extension Details
Lewis McNall (Gateshead) Loan Details
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) Loan Details
Henri Saivet (Sivasspor) Loan Details
Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United) Loan Details
Callum Williams (Gateshead) Loan Details
Freddie Woodman (Aberdeen) Loan Details

Southampton

In
Guido Carrillo (Monaco) Undisclosed Details

Out
Marcus Barnes (Yeovil Town) Loan Details
Ollie Cook (Barrow) Loan Details
Ryan Seager (Yeovil) Loan Details
Matt Targett (Fulham) Loan Details
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) Undisclosed Details

Stoke City

In 
Moritz Bauer (Rubin Kazan) Undisclosed Details
Moussa Niakate (Paris FC) Undisclosed Details
Badou Ndiaye (Galatasaray) EUR16million Details
Kostas Stafylidis (Augsburg) Loan Details

Out
Jake Dunwoody (Curzon Ashton) Loan Details
Julien Ngoy (Walsall) Loan Details
Harry Souttar (Ross County) Loan Details
Josh Tymon (MK Dons) Loan Details

Swansea City

In
Andre Ayew (West Ham) Undisclosed Details
Andy King (Leicester City) Loan Details 
Jack Withers (Boston United) Undisclosed Details

Out
Ryan Blair (Falkirk) Loan Details
Jay Fulton (Wigan) Loan Details
Adam King (Mansfield) Loan Details
Oliver McBurnie (Barnsley) Loan Details
Roque Mesa (Sevilla) Loan Details
Tyler Reid (Newport County) Loan Details
Joe Rodon (Cheltenham Town) Loan Details
Josh Sheehan (Newport County) Free Details
Jack Withers (Boston United) Loan Details

Tottenham Hotspur

In
Lucas Moura (Paris Saint-Germain) Undisclosed Details

Out
Luke Amos (Stevenage) Loan Details
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Ipswich Town) Loan Details
Marcus Edwards (Norwich City) Loan Details
Shayon Harrison (Southend United) Loan Details
Ryan Loft (Exeter City) Loan Details
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (Burnley) Loan Details
Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham) Loan extension Details
Anton Walkes (Portsmouth) Loan Details

Watford

In
Pontus Dahlberg (IFK Gothenburg) Undisclosed Details
Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona) Loan Details
Dodi Lukebakio (Charleroi) Undisclosed Details
Didier Ndong (Sunderland) Loan Details

Out

Pontus Dahlberg (IFK Gothenburg) Loan Details
Brice Dja Djedje (RC Lens) Loan Details
Michael Folivi (Boreham Wood) Loan Details
Alex Jakubiak (Falkirk) Loan Details
Brandon Mason (Dundee United) Loan Details
Costel Pantilimon (Nottingham Forest) Loan Details
Charlie Rowan (Accrington Stanley) Loan Details
Isaac Success (Malaga) Loan Details
Ben Watson Released Details
Randell Williams (Wycombe Wanderers) Loan Details
Mauro Zarate (Velez Sarsfield) Loan Details

West Brom

In
Ali Gabr (Zamalek) Loan Details
Rekeem Harper (Blackburn) Loan return Details
Jonathan Leko (Bristol City) Loan return Details
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) Loan Details

Out 
Tahvon Campbell (Forest Green Rovers) Loan Details
Shaun Donnellan (Yeovil) Undisclosed Details
Kyle Edwards (Exeter City) Loan Details
Kyle Howkins (Port Vale) Loan Details
Jasko Keranovic (Kilmarnock) Loan Details
Max Melbourne (Ross County) Loan Details
Dara O’Shea (Hereford FC) Loan extension Details
Tyler Roberts (Leeds) Undisclosed Details
Kane Wilson (Exeter City) Loan extension Details

West Ham

In
Jordan Hugill (Preston) Undisclosed Details
Joao Mario (Inter Milan) Loan Details
Reece Oxford (Borussia Moenchengladbach) Loan return Details

Out
Andre Ayew (Swansea City) Undisclosed Details
Reece Burke (Bolton Wanderers) Loan Details
Moses Makasi (Plymouth Argyle) Loan Details
Reece Oxford (Borussia Moenchengladbach) Loan Details
Diafra Sakho (Rennes) Undisclosed Details
Martin Samuelsen (Burton Albion) Loan Details

FPL: Players To Sign; Why You Should Captain Salah or Aguero

The Premier League returns on Tuesday evening with three matches on the card as Liverpool head to Huddersfield and Arsenal play Swansea.

How’s your Fantasy Premier League (FPL) doing? A number of transfers have been made while the biggest of the week, Aubameyang to Arsenal, is close.

So who should you get this week and maybe for the next three weeks?

1.Alexis Sanchez
His performance for United in the win over Yeovil said it all, what to expect. He will definitely get life going at Old Trafford. With Morata not firing, consider him right now.

2.Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Talk of great talent, Mkhi is expected to get his Arsenal debut against Swansea on Tuesday. With Swansea beating Liverpool in their previous match, Arsene Wenger will be taking no chance and he’s going to field probably the strongest team. The race for top four just got tougher.

3.Nacho Monreal

He has been directly involved in five goals, scoring three and assisting two, more than in any of his past five campaigns.

The statistics show how Monreal has offered more in attacking areas.

He has had a shot every 130.7 minutes and created a chance every 154.4 minutes this season.

His points-per-million value of 18.0 is only bettered among defenders by the Chelsea pair of Marcos Alonso(£7.3m), with 18.8, and Cesar Azpilicueta (£7.0m), with 18.1. 

4.Gerard Deulofeu
Remember him at Everton almost a year ago? Deulofeu just signed for Watford on loan until the end of the season.

Watford is looking to cement their place in the Premier League and his addition from Barcelona is a clear statement of their intention.

You can get him on and maybe bench him for now because they play Man City next, but from next game week, expect more.

5.Daniel Sturridge
Studge has signed for West Brom until the end of the season. You know what a fit Sturridge can do. Here, he will be given game time, what he wants; definitely, this will result in goals. You can consider him too.

Who do you captain?

For once, Harry Kane (£13.0m) has to take a back seat in the race for the Fantasy Premier League captaincy.

Instead, Mohamed Salah (£10.3m) and Sergio Aguero (£11.8m) are the top two candidates for the Gameweek 25 armband.

The Liverpool midfielder scored 14 points in a 2-1 victory over Leicester City.

The Egyptian is capable of a repeat performance at Huddersfield Town as he looks to return to the consistent form that has delivered a goal or assist in 12 of his last 14 Gameweek appearances.

Aguero goes into a home fixture with West Brom as the most-bought player ahead of Tuesday’s 18:45 GMT deadline. 

Over 179,000 managers have signed him after a run of eight goals in seven appearances across all competitions in January.

Also at Man City, Raheem Sterling (£8.9m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£10.2m) boast strong home form, each producing double-digit points hauls on four occasions at the Etihad Stadium.

Avoid Kane?
With Manchester United the visitors to Wembley Stadium, owners of the Tottenham Hotspur striker should look for an alternative.

 

Nairobi, Get Ready For The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour

On Monday the global leg of the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola kicked off with an official launch ceremony in London, with former FIFA World Cup™ winners Sir Geoff Hurst of England and Andrea Pirlo of Italy on hand to celebrate and send the FIFA World Cup Original Trophy off on its worldwide journey.

Starting Monday, January 22, 2018, Coca-Cola is inviting fans around the world to get #ReadyFor the highly anticipated 2018 FIFA World Cup™ by giving them the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close to the same Trophy that will be presented to the winning country of the tournament in July. The FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will visit 91 cities, across 51 countries and six continents, giving thousands of fans the chance to experience football’s most coveted prize.

The trophy lands in Nairobi on February 26th and 27th before moving to Maputo. Keep it here to know how you can get to view the trophy.

This is the fourth time in history that Coca-Cola and FIFA have come together to bring the Trophy Tour to the world. This year, the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour will touch down in a number of nations for the first time ever, including Iceland, Austria and Mongolia.

“As football fans around the world gear up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, we want to make sure they are ready for all of the emotions that this summer’s tournament will bring,” said Ricardo Fort, Vice President of Global Sports Partnerships, The Coca-Cola Company. “The Trophy Tour will give fans everywhere a taste of the excitement that’s to come, not to mention a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the Trophy for themselves.”

Before starting on its global tour, the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola travelled across Russia for three months, spanning more than 16,000 kilometers and visiting 16 cities, making it the longest host country tour in history.

FPL: Wildcard Available, How To Replace Coutinho

Going to game week 23 is probably the hardest stage of the Fantasy Premier League(FPL) this season. Liverpool have sold Phil Coutinho to Barcelona dealing FPL managers with a huge blow.

Before we speak about Coutinho and other signings, with the second FPL wildcard available(although I would propose you wait until the transfer window shuts), here are a few tips you can follow before making those transfers.

How is your goalkeeper doing? Are you one of those people who have a strong forward and weak backline? Well, you may consider keeper like Pope(£4.8m), Fabianski, Pickford, Ryan and Lossi all who are valued at £4.6m and have scored 84 points so far.

West Ham’s Adrian had a fantastic performance against Spurs and Moyes may give him a chance. Southampton’s Alex McCarthy is another option as we head to January-March period. In their next 10 matches, only Spurs and Liverpool we can say can worry you but other games will definitely bring points.

He’s valued at £4.4m. Good bargain I guess.

Everton have signed Cenk Tosun. You probably heard Dj John try to give details about this guy on Fanzone last Saturday. Tosun can deliver, Everton needs him. He’s worthy £7.5m in the FPL and scored 41 goals in 96 appearances for Beskitas.  

Now to the big issue, Philip Coutinho. Already a Barcelona player and you must transfer him out. He scored 103 points and cost managers £9.1m upon his transfer to Barcelona.

His exit will affect the performance of Mo Salah and Firmino who have been lighting up the FPL this season. Probably time you should stick only with Salah or Firmino but not both of them.

With Sanchez not sure whether he’s going to Man City, probably you would think to replace Coutinho with Hazard. Yes, Hazard. 

The Belgian can justify his tag as a Fantasy heavyweight over the second half of the season.

Hazard returned to the Chelsea attack in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal in Gameweek 22 and fired six shots inside the penalty area.

The recent return to action of Alvaro Morata (£10.5m) can help Hazard regain his FPL form. He will be expected to return from a calf injury to face Leicester City at Stamford Bridge in Gameweek 23.

The Foxes have managed a single clean sheet away from home all season.

Staying with Liverpool, is it about you considered their defence? Virgil Van Dijk is an option to sign. He is set to become a mainstay in Klopp’s back for the remainder of the season.

A goal threat at set-plays, as he showed in the FA Cup on Friday, Van Dijk is poised for a testing Premier League debut for Liverpool against Man City on 14 January in Gameweek 23.

Top performing players in the FPL include De Gea, Alonso-Azpilicueta-Otamendi, Salah-Sterlin-De Bruyne-Mahrez-Eriksen and Kane-Aguero.

How Hard is Fantasy Premier League ?

Probably you’ve seen something called Fantasy Premier League(FPL) on Twitter or Facebook. This thing is hard, according to tweets we see.

FPL is a game in which participants assemble an imaginary team of premier league footballers and score points based on those players’ actual statistical performance or their perceived contribution in the league.

There are roughly 4 million Fantasy Premier League players. It’s known that people gamble even when the odds are against them for “fun.” 

Being good at fantasy football just means that you are constantly digesting lots of information by reading news, rankings, analysis, opinions, and looking at data.

Despite it being challenging, FPL is fun to play. This where you know whether you are better than Wenger or you can play two number 10s on the wing and a wing at no 10 like Mourinho.

Just how is playing FPL feels like?
I spoke to a few football fans and FPL managers who have different views as the league enters second and the last phase of the new year.

Lavin Asego, a Kenyan based manager who is also an Arsenal fan and a Kenyan international rugby player, says since August, he has been moving up in the standings.

For Bree Mongina, also an Arsenal fan based in Nairobi, it’s a different case though “up on some leagues and stagnant on some. I’m in like 10 private leagues.”

Asego adds that FPL is very exciting and challenging and he likes the challenge of strategizing and decision making.

One of the challenges a number managers have complained of this season is late withdrawal due to injuries when the transfer has already closed.

Being in a situation where up to three players are injured but you can only transfer one out is a nightmare to many.  

“Well I would prefer more (transfers) but I think one is ok. It makes you really think before using the transfer,” says Asego.

Asking Bree whether she’s happy with one transfer she says: “NOOOOOOOOOO! Because if let’s say three of your best players on your team are out on injury that will give you fewer points.”

If you see your team is heading in the wrong direction and you would like to bring a whole new team, you can play a Wildcard. A wildcard allows you to make unlimited free transfers throughout a Gameweek.

 

You play a wildcard when you want to make multiple changes to your team, for example, Gameweeks when teams are playing more than once, or when your team is underperforming or has a lot of injuries.

You, however, have two wildcards the entire season and the first one can only be played between August and December 30.

Asego used his first wildcard just recently unlike me, the writer, who played his’ in September (my team was doing bad)

“I played mine just before Christmas,” said Asego. Bree hasn’t used hers which means that has gone to waste!

You only have 100m to assemble a team which means you can’t have those stars you are thinking about. If you have Firmino, Kane and Aguero you’ll definitely spend up to 30m on them meaning the rest of the team will consist of some non-regulars at Manchester United like Juan Mata.

Asego wishes he “had Kevin De Bruyne” as Bree wishes to have “Kane back. I sold him and also David Silva!”

As Bree says FPL is not complicated than the league itself, Asego agrees it is “coz you have to research about the players and also the restrictions of the FPL.”

None of the two is happy where they are in various leagues ahead of gameweek 23.
“I would like to be first in my own damn league. I am struggling,” said Asego. For Bree, “Nope hahaha the guys in the Whatsapp group (FLP) make fun of me a lot.”

Asked on what feature they would like to be added to the FPL in the coming season, Asego feels “you shouldn’t be “punished” for injuries coz you have no control of that….in case of an injury (especially long-term) you should be allowed a ka free hit”

Bree would like two transfers. “At least two transfers per game week and a bargain icon think they overcharge us and maybe the player himself is not that good, yes.”

At HBR, we have no jokes when it comes to FPL. Fanzone crew members Dj John, G Money and I are all FPL managers.

Last season’s HBR FPL winner took home Ksh50,000 and this season it looks tighter than the league(obviously Man City has no competition). To join the league, put code 1776647-425219.

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