On Wednesday, Chelsea overcame an early scare to defeat fourth-tier AFC Wimbledon 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in the second round of the League Cup after coming back from a goal down. After Chelsea goalkeeper Robert Sanchez fouled Harry Pell inside the penalty area in the 19th minute, the League Two visitors unexpectedly seized the lead on James Tilley’s penalty kick. The majority of possession remained in Chelsea’s favor, but until they were given a penalty for a foul on Noni Madueke in first-half stoppage time, the forward for England’s under-21 national team failed to convert it. With his first goal for the team, substitute Enzo Fernandez scored the game-winning goal for the home team in the 72nd minute.
According to rumors on Wednesday, Manchester City and Wolves have verbally agreed on a price for Portugal player Matheus Nunes. It is believed that Wolves will receive £47 million ($60 million) from the Premier League champions without any additional payments, but the agreement has not yet been signed. Tommy Doyle, a 21-year-old midfielder for City, will join Wolves on loan with a purchase option. After City’s initial offer for Nunes was turned down, the 25-year-old decided not to train with Wolves in an effort to force a transfer in the last days of the transfer window. Gary O’Neil, the manager of Wolves, stated he was unaware of any revised offer from City and anticipated the player to stay at the club through Friday’s deadline after Wolves’ 5-0 League Cup victory over Blackpool on Tuesday. However, things have since altered. When Nunes joined the Premier League team from Sporting Lisbon for an initial £38 million last year, he set a new record for a signing. Last season, he made 34 top-flight games and registered one goal.
On Tuesday in Abuja, the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) unveiled its matchday one schedule for the forthcoming 2023–2024 campaign season. The season is set to begin on September 9, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Fixtures for the upcoming season were drawn at a colorful event in Abuja, which was attended by football officials, including Gbenga Elegbeleye, chairman of the Nigeria Premier League Board. Enyimba of Aba, the NPFL champions, will begin the title defense of their championship with a tantalizing home match against Bendel Insurance, the Federation Cup victors. While Akwa United and Bayelsa United square off, Shooting Stars of Ibadan take on Plateau United. The Niger Tornadoes will compete against the Abia Warriors, Remo Stars, and Rivers United, while returning Kano Pillars will take on the Sunshine Stars of Akure. Katsina United, who were just promoted, will play Kwara United. Newly promoted Sporting Lagos will play Gombe United, while Lobi Stars and Enugu Rangers will face off against Heartland FC of Owerri, Gombe United and Doma United, respectively. Following the drawings, Gbenga Elegbeleye, the chairman of the Nigeria Premier League Board, told reporters that the board is working nonstop to create a better and more professional league. He claimed that arrangements had been made to stream the majority of the matches live in association with Propel Sports Africa and MTN so that Nigerians both at home and abroad could watch the league. “We already have a contract with Propel Sports Africa that states that at least eight of the 10 games would be streamed live. This will allow Nigerians living abroad to watch NPFL matches every game day, he said. “You can watch practically all of the matches with your phones and smart devices in over 100 countries around the world,” he said. According to Elegbeleye, the Contract between Propel Sports Africa and MTN will make it possible for Nigerians to watch the games live with a little subscription fee. The league’s prize money, which was 100 million naira in the 2002–23 season, was also being improved, the chairman of the League Board stated. In contrast to the shortened 2022–23 season, NAN states that with the return to the full league structure, 20 clubs will now compete for the championship in 380 thrilling matches. 2023–2024 NPFL matchups for the first day Enyimba International of Aba versus Bendel Insurance 2. Gombe United vs. Sporting Lagos 3. Akwa United versus Bayelsa United 4. Plateau United vs. Shooting Stars 5 Niger Tornadoes vs. Abia Warriors 6. Remo Stars vs. Rivers United 7. Kwara United versus Katsina United 8. Kano Pillars vs. Sunshine Stars […]
In Naples, as anywhere, football holds the heart and stirs the soul, but it also offers much-needed optimism to people creating their own narratives and new chapters while living in the shadow of Napoli’s Scudetto-winning legends. In 2009, African Napoli United was founded as the second team in the city. Since then, they have seen past players succeed and play in Serie A and European competition, counted a Maradona in their ranks, and successfully petitioned Fifa. The club has made its way up the Italian football pyramid, from the fourth tier to the fifth. But, their primary goal is only a joyful by-product of their success in sports. Fighting racism and discrimination is more crucial since these issues make it easier for immigrants, asylum seekers, and young people at danger of exclusion to find housing, employment, and a stable existence. Being street players who grew up playing the game, Luigi Di Nunzio, one of the club’s directors, tells BBC Sport, “Football for us is not only a sport; it is a way of life.” READ: It serves as our teacher and teaches us how to connect with others, coexist in a community, and respect one another. Di Nunzio and his friends frequently ran out of players, as is commonplace throughout the world, so they started inviting passersby outside their office, which was close to Naples’ central station, to join in. Since many of the original group were involved in social integration and human rights, Di Nunzio and his pals wanted to assist their new team members as they settled in the city. They quickly learned that the majority had come to the United States from Africa in quest of employment and opportunity. Di Nunzio says, “That was amazing because we instantly realized it was a two-way interaction that was very effective for both of us.” “Anybody with prejudices or biases toward immigrants actually started to comprehend them and connect with them, and suddenly started losing all that prejudice. “From the standpoint of the migrants, it was the best strategy for assimilating into society. “We consider paperwork, shelter, having food, and employment. Yet, they typically form a tight-knit society, and their integration stops there. As a result, we never observe them becoming truly part of the community or forming relationships with the locals. “Football allowed them to accomplish this, and we gained a lot of friends,” This informal kickaround quickly […]
The reigning champions, Enyimba of Aba, will start their quest for a second championship in the 2023–24 Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL) on September 9 when they host Bendel Insurance, one of the nation’s two surviving teams on the continent. Bendel Insurance is in excellent position for the matchup with Enyimba after losing 3-4 on aggregate to Libya’s Al Ahly Benghazi at the weekend. Bendel Insurance just got back from their thrilling victory over Aso Chlef of Algeria in the CAF Confederation Cup. After the Nigerian Premier League (NPL) board’s first annual general meeting yesterday in Abuja, the draws yielded a number of intriguing Week One matchups, including Rivers United’s home match against Remo Stars and the match between Heartland and Lobi Stars in Owerri. At Akure, Sunshine Stars will host Kano Pillars, Katsina United will compete against Kwara United, and Niger Tornadoes will be hosted by […]