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Arsenal has officially announced the signing of Brazil international Willian Borges da silva on a free transfer.

The Brazilian has signed a three year contract with the Gunners worth approximately £100,000 a week. He will wear the number 12 shirt at Arsenal.

 

He received more lucrative offers from Barcelona and Inter Miami but decided to sign for Arsenal due to the allure of the project in North London.

 

He was especially excited about the prospect of working with Mikel Arteta and reuniting with Edu Gaspar, who was the general director of the Brazilian national team from 2016 to 2019.

 

Willian made the decision to leave Chelsea because they were only willing to offer him a two year contract and he was keen on signing a three year deal. He joined the Blues in 2013 and during his time at the club, won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two League Cups and a Europa League.

 

 

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Super Eagles duo of Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun are happy with Glasgow Rangers’ early form into the new season.

Both players were in action for the Gers in their 3 – 0 victory over St Johnstone on Wednesday, with Aribo getting on the score sheet as well.

 

The victory however took the Steven Gerrard’s men to the top of the Scottish premier league table nine maximum points from three games so far.

 

Aribo is excited to get off the mark for the first time this season and he took to his social media handle express his happiness.

 

“Back to back wins, happy to get off the mark for the season” Aribo tweeted.

 

Balogun who also helped the club to their third clean sheets of the season has now charged the team to turn their attention to the next game.

 

“Well done lads! +3 and another clean sheet – on to the next one! @RangersFC” he said in a tweet.

 

Aribo and Balogun have played in all Rangers three league games so far this season.

 

 

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Super Eagles goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi has described South Africa international goalkeeper Khune Itumeleng, as a legend.

Akpeyi and Khune remained two of the best goalkeepers in the South African Premier Soccer League and they are both on the book of Kaizer Chiefs.

 

Akpeyi arrived at Kaizer Chiefs from Chippa United as a replacement for Khune who sustained long term injury at the time.

 

However the Nigerian international has kept his place in the side, with the South African legend now relegated to the bench as number two since his recovery.

 

Despite displacing Khune, Akpeyi insisted that he has utmost respect for him and also described him as a true legend.

 

”He is a true legend @IIKHUNE_32_16 no wonder he’s a hero.I have so much respect for him even more,” he wrote on his social media handle.

 

Akpeyi was in goal on Wednesday for Chiefs on Wednesday in a league restart against Bidvest Wits and the match ended in a 1 – 1 draw.

 

The former Warri Wolves man has now made 20 appearances for Chiefs this season.

 

 

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has celebrated with former Super Eagles Captain Austin Okocha who turns 47 on Friday, August 14th, 2020.

 

The country’s football governing body took to their social media handle to celebrate with the mercurial midfielder on the special occasion.

 

“Happy birthday to the magical @IAmOkocha. Too good he was named twice. Have a good one legend!” The NFF said in a tweet.

 

Okocha made his official debut for Nigeria in their 2–1 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualifier away loss against Ivory Coast in May 1993.

 

He was part of the Super Eagles squad that won the 1994 African Cup of Nations in Tunisia and the 1996 Olympic goal medal-winning U-23 team.

 

He also won silver media three bronze medals, Most Valuable Player and top scorer award at the African biggest football tournament.

 

Okocha who made 74 appearances for Nigeria and scored 14 goals also featured at three different FIFA World Cups.

 

 

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Sunshine Stars of Akure’s influential midfielder Anthony Omaka has joined Nigeria professional football league giants Enyimba of Aba.

 

The enterprising midfielder left the Owena Waves to join the People’s Elephant for the forthcoming 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League season.

 

The attacking midfielder who enjoyed a productive four years career with Akure Gunners signed a two-year contract with the Fatai Osho’s tutored side.

 

The former Gateway United midfielder however expressed his delight after signing for The People’s Elephant.

 

Omaka netted six goals for Sunshine Stars in the outgone NPFL season which was canceled due to the global pandemic “Coronavirus” ravaging the world.

 

 

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Plateau United have secured the signing of attacker Wasiu Jimoh from Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure.

Wasiu Jimoh’s transfer to the Abdul Maikaba tutored side was confirmed on Thursday.

 

Wasiu Jimoh will be a valuable addition to the attacker of the Plateau United as they prepare for the 2020-2021 domestic season and the CAF Champions League.

 

The energetic attacker who is one of the arrow head of the Akure Gunners last season has formerly played for Shooting Stars, FC Ifeanyi Ubah, and Rivers United.

 

Wasiu Jimoh is Plateau United’s second major signing of the window after Bashir Abdurahman joins from Enyimba International of Aba.

 

 

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Nigeria Professional Football League side Nasarawa United has decided to retire jersey number ’20’ worn by late Martin Chineme.

The club’s Chairman, Barrister Isaac Danladk, said the management took the decision as a mark of honor and respect for the late 23- year-old who slumped and died while representing the club in a league game back in March.

 

“As a mark of respect to our departed player, Chineme Martins, who died in the course of meritorious service to the club, management has decided to rest his jersey number ’20’ for the whole of the 2020/2021 League Season”.

 

“May his soul continue to rest in perfect peace.” he said.

 

Martins Chineme lost his life in a league game against Katsina United FC on Matchday 23 on Sunday, 8th March, 2020, at the Lafia City Stadium.

 

The player has since been buried in his hometown in Abia State.

 

 

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Coach of Nigeria’s U15 Future Eagles team Haruna Ilerika has stated that he hopes the private sector realise the huge potential in Nigerian football stressing that the talent is there but the market remain untapped yet.

Ilerika speaking in a chat with www.brila.net said the current challenges faced in the game in Nigeria wouldn’t have been there if the sector is fully tapped into and this he stress will be a win for all situation if explored by the private sector.

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Chairman of Nigeria Professional Football League clubs owner Barrister Isaac Danladi has stated that the 2020/2021 NPFL season was played according to the rule book and praised the LMC as well as the NFF for the way the season was ended amidst the Covid-19 pandemic concern.

The Nasarawa united Chairman speaking in a chat gathered by www.brila.net said the Mafia based side have already declared the club season over and are already looking forward to a new league season following a meeting with the club’s Technical team as well as management team to chart a new course for the next league season after the league ending verdict ensured the club maintained it topflight status.

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Coach of Nigeria Professional Football League side Lobi stars Gbenga Ogunbote has tasked the League Management Company of Nigeria to come up with a standard rule framework for the league and equally ensure that clubs are in tune with such standard.

Ogunbote speaking in a chat with www.brila.net disclosed that having a standard rule book will help avoid the usual uncertainty that surrounds decision making in the NPFL like the just ended league season where everyone was left in the dark on what comes to effect as soon as the league was declared over.
He added that such a framework should make provision for all scenarios and corresponding verdicts.
“The lesson is you take your chances and take every game seriously because the season could end at any time and beside there should be a standard, universal standard that you know that should this happen this is what is going to be and with that we will be able to know before the end of the season that if such a thing happen this is what will happen.”

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