Forced labour at World Cup stadium Qatar 2022 : Amnesty International

Amnesty interviewed 231 migrants – 132 working at the stadium and 99 on green spaces in the surrounding Aspire sports complex.

It said staff of one labour supply company used the threat of penalties to exact work from some migrants such as withholding pay, handing workers over to the police or stopping them from leaving Qatar.

This amounted to forced labour under international law, Amnesty said.

The Qatari government said its Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs would investigate the contractors named in the report.

But Amnesty said every migrant it had interviewed had reported abuses of one kind or another, including being:

required to pay fees of up to $4,300 to recruiters in their home country to get a job in Qatar, deceived over the type of work and the pay on offer, which was sometimes half as much as they were promised and threatened for complaining about their conditions, Naija and Bet

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Valencia sacked Gary Neville after less than four months in charge

Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville has been sacked by Valencia after less than four months in charge of the club.

The 41-year-old, who is part of the England coaching set-up, was given his first managerial job in December.

Valencia won three of their 16 league games under the former television pundit, and 10 of 28 games overall.

Neville said he wanted to stay but results had “not been to my standards” or those “required by this club” He added that he understood “we are in a results business”.

Neville’s younger brother Phil is also part of the Valencia coaching team and will be retained.

Neville first faced calls to quit after a 7-0 loss to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg in February.

His last match in charge was a 2-0 home defeat by Celta Vigo just before the international break.

He has spent the past six days with the England squad for friendly games with Germany and the Netherlands, Naijabet.com.

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Newcastle fortunes can still turn around this season – Benitez

Only small changes are required to turn Newcastle United’s fortunes around this season, manager Rafa Benitez has said as his side sit second from bottom in the Premier League.

A run of just two wins in their last 14 league games cost manager Steve McClaren his job earlier this month and left the Magpies three points adrift of safety with eight games remaining.

“Why is the club where we are at the moment? From outside you will have plenty of reasons why, from inside? You can see that we have to change little things, Naijabet.com

“But the positive thing for me is… it’s not difficult. You know two or three things will improve everything, and it is not difficult. I am sure that if we do this we will be fine.”

The Spaniard, who is still searching for his first win with the Magpies, will hope Newcastle can end their five-game winless run when they travel to take on relegation-threatened Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Barcelona v Real Madrid: El Clasico is back Again

Barcelona entertain arch-rivals Real Madrid at Camp Nou on Saturday in a Clasico that could well have major ramifications in the race for the Liga title.

 Third-placed Madrid head to Catalunya knowing that defeat will see them slip 13 points adrift of defending champions Barca, a difference that could prove too difficult to close in the seven subsequent fixtures.

 

Barca have never won a league game against Real Madrid when top of the competition and holding an advantage of 10 points or more (D1 L2).

Barca have lost just one of their last seven league games at home against Madrid, winning five. Their only defeat in that run was a 2-1 loss in April 2012.

In 171 matches between the two sides, the average of goals scored per game is just higher than three, though the most common result is 2-1 to Real Madrid, which has occurred 18 times previously.

The last four red cards in matches in all competitions between the two teams were all shown to Madrid players, Naija.com

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Germany defeat Italy for the first time in almost 21 years,Ronaldo score for Portugal

Germany bounced back from defeat by England to beat Italy for the first time in almost 21 years.

The world champions avoided a third straight loss as Toni Kroos opened the scoring before Mario Gotze doubled the lead.

Left-back Jonas Hector,  then scored a header with a Mesut Ozil penalty making it 4-0 with 15 minutes left.

Stephan El Shaarawy grabbed a late consolation for Antonio Conte’s team.

Belgium  also suffered defeat in their first game since the Brussels attacks as Cristiano Ronaldo ended a run of four internationals without a goal.

Portugal took control when Nani finished confidently midway through the half after getting behind the defence.

Ronaldo’s glancing header doubled the lead in Leiria, which staged the game after it was moved from Belgium amid security fears, Naijabet.com.

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Super Eagles miss out for the second successive Afcon

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have failed again to qualify for the 2017 Afcon after suffering a defeat to Egypt in Alexandria on Tuesday.

It is the first time Nigeria will miss the competition back to back in 18 years. The Super Eagles missed the Afcon editions of 1996 and 1998 owing to suspension from Caf after the country’s government forced its FA to withdraw from the tournament in 1996 which they were to defend as champions in South Africa.

Ramadan Sobhy’s effort in the second half took a slight deflection past Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi to seal the full points for the Pharaohs of Egypt.

Eagles head coach Samson Siasia was forced to make a goalkeeping change after Carl Ikeme was ruled out owing to illness. Akpeyi took his place.

Aminu Umar and Victor Moses also started with Kelechi Iheanacho and Moses Simon dropping to the bench. Naija and Bet

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Emmanuel Adebayor returns to Togo squad

Emmanuel Adebayor has returned to the Togo national team after ending his self-imposed international exile ahead of Today’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations home qualifier against Tunisia.

“Adebayor joined the national team yesterday after negotiations with FTF officials. He trained just like his teammates,” Pierre Lamadokou, secretary general for the Togolese Football Federation, on Monday.

“He will be with his teammates again on Monday afternoon for the final training session before the game against Tunisia.”

Adebayor played for Togo at the 2006 World Cup, their only appearance at the tournament, but has made himself unavailable for selection on several occasions and criticised the “chaos” in the FTF. Naija and Bet

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Pep legacy will be remember at Bayern – Alonso

German champions Bayern Munich will continue to reap the benefits of manager Pep Guardiola’s coaching even after the Spaniard leaves the club at the end of the season, midfielder Xabi Alonso has said.

Guardiola, who has won numerous trophies with Barcelona and then Bayern, will take over as head coach of English Premier League side Manchester City from July.

The Spaniard, who will be replaced at Bayern by Italian Carlo Ancelotti, looks set to lift his third successive Bundesliga in his final season and Alonso has hailed the manager’s influence.

“Pep is ahead of his time. He is very demanding of himself and his players, but once you get to know it (the style), then it is the way we like to play,” Alonso. Naijabet.com

“During his time here he has built something, a style of play, I think many players will have learnt a lot and improved and for sure those fundamentals will be very useful in the future as well.”

Bayern hold a five-point lead over Borussia Dortmund with seven games remaining and host second-bottom Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

Fifa President support Argentina-Uruguay World Cup joint bid for 2030

Fifa President Gianni Infantino gave tentative backing to a joint World Cup bid by Argentina and Uruguay on Monday, suggesting the history of the two South American nations made them serious candidates to host the tournament in 2030.

Infantino, elected to run soccer’s world governing body in February, was speaking during a visit to the South American Football Confederation’s (CONMEBOL) headquarters in Paraguay.

Fifa held one joint World Cup in Japan and South Korea in 2002 but has since come out against future joint bids.

However, Infantino told CONMEBOL officials that he was not against co-hosting the tournament.

“An important theme is whether the World Cup can be played in more than one country,” said Infantino. “Fifa has been very much against a joint organisation. I personally support it.

“2030 is a very important year and history must be respected.”

Uruguay were awarded the first World Cup in 1930 and beat Argentina 4-2 in the final. They also won the World Cup in 1950, upsetting hosts Brazil in the deciding match. Naijabet.com

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Egypt vs Nigeria Match Preveiw

The Super Eagles  go into Today’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Cup qualifier with Egypt knowing only a win will reinvigorate their chances of making the finals.

Nigeria we held to a 1-1 draw by Egypt last Friday at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, a set back of sorts considering the Pharaohs were two points ahead and the Eagles needed the three points to leapfrog Egypt into first place.

Another twist popped up when 48 hours after Nigeria’s draw, Chad announced her withdrawal from the qualifying series.

That was a huge setback for Nigeria because with three games left, more points were up for grabs but as it is, the Eagles must win in Alexandria or worse case scenario avoid defeat and hope the Egyptians falter in the last Group G game

Consequent of Chad’s withdrawal, all games and goals scored from matches involving them have been cancelled which means Nigeria are still on two points from two games.

Egypt still lead the pack with four points from two matches and a win against Nigeria on Tuesday will see the seven time champions make a return to Africa’s number one football show piece.

 

Consequent of Chad’s withdrawal from the qualifiers, all points and goals scored against then are null and void. Naijabet.com

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Jurgen Klopp’s 5 big successes at Anfield

 

Since Klopp took the reins at Liverpool in October, his Premier League record reads: played 21, won nine, drawn five, lost seven. Goals scored in that time are a healthy 37, goals conceded a concerning 30.

At an average of 1.52 points a game, it is way off title form, with both Leicester and Spurs chalking up better than two points a game in that time.

The good times for Klopp have included a comeback win at Stamford Bridge, winning home and away versus Manchester City in the league, scoring six at Southampton and Aston Villa, five at Norwich and, of course, dumping Manchester United out of Europe.

The Europa League dream is still alive and an outside chance of top four remains, what has Klopp got right at Liverpool? Here are five factors keeping the feel-good flying:

1. The work-rate – If there’s one thing that hasn’t been lacking from Liverpool’s performances since Klopp took charge, it is hard work. From the off at White Hart Lane in his first game in charge versus Tottenham the drive to win the ball back as soon as it was lost was clearly evident.

Adam Lallana was a case in point that day. The England man almost collapsed into his manager’s arms with exhaustion when he left the pitch such was the effect of his exertions. We’re now watching a fitter set of players more prepared to roll their sleeves up for success.

And with a pre-season conditioning campaign to come, there is hope this will be even more evident come August. Hard work allied to quality will be tough to beat. Naijabet.com

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I’m always committed to give my best as long as I am at the club,” Wenger

Arsene Wenger has “no doubt” he will still be the manager of Arsenal next season despite pressure from the club’s supporters to end his 20-year stay with the north London side.

A run of just two wins from their last nine games in all competitions has seen the Gunners knocked out of the Champions League last-16 for a sixth successive season and exit the FA Cup in the quarterfinal, losing to Watford at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal’s dismal form has severely dented their hopes of ending their 12-year wait for the Premier League title, as they trail leaders Leicester City by 11 points with a game in hand.

“I have no doubt because I am committed. When I do something, I do it 100 per cent. I’m always committed to give my best as long as I am at the club… That’s all I focus on,” Wenger told British media when asked if he would be Arsenal manager next season.

“What is the most important is that I give my best every day… I don’t worry too much about all the rest, what people say. My future is my future. I don’t master that more than you.”

Wenger, who has a year left on his contract, will hope his side can pick up back-to-back league victories for the first time since mid-February when they host Watford on Saturday, Naijabet.com.

 

Argentina come from behind to sink Chile

Lionel Messi’s return sparked Argentina to a 2-1 win over Chile in Santiago on Thursday, breathing new life into their South American qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup.

Messi, who had missed the first four games last year with a knee injury, laid on the 24th-minute winner for defender Gabriel Mercado after Angel Di Maria had cancelled out Felipe Gutierrez’s opener for Chile.

Argentina, beaten finalists at the last World Cup in Brazil, moved up to fourth in the 10-team group on eight points from five games. The top four qualify automatically for Russia with the fifth-ranked team going into an intercontinental playoff.

“We had to win in whatever way we could, I was glad to be back to help this group of players who fight for every point to the death” Messi said.

Chile, who had beaten Argentina in the Copa America final in Santiago last July, took the lead after 10 minutes when Gutierrez took advantage of poor defending at a corner to head past goalkeeper Sergio Romero. Naijabet

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Nigeria v Egypt Match Preview

The Super Eagles trail group leaders the Pharaohs of Egypt by two points which make the game more important considering the Eagles cannot afford to drop more points.

The winners of the group pick the sole ticket for Gabon 2017 which adds more importance to the game.

Preparations for the game have not exactly been top-stacked considering Nigeria will be having a third coach and a third captain less than a year after the qualifiers started.

Nigeria and Egypt have had a long history between the two sides across all levels of football over the years. Naijabet.com

The first time the two sides met at full international level was in January 1960 with Nigeria edging the Egyptians 2-1.

There has been 16 other matches since then with Nigeria winning six times, losing five and drawing five in a 56-year period.

Egypt, like Nigeria, missed the last edition and will try to make up for lost time.

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Paul Pogba “highly likely” to stay with Juventus

Paul Pogba will reject big-money moves and stay with Juventus this summer, according to the club’s director general Giuseppe Marotta.

The French international, 23, is wanted by Manchester City as Pep Guardiola plots his Etihad revolution, while Paris Saint-Germain are also keen to take him back to his homeland.

The former Manchester United youngster has been linked with an £80million move away from Turin, having already won three successive scudetto titles since his free transfer arrival in 2012. Naija and Bet

But with the Old Lady seemingly on the verge of winning another Serie A title this term, club chief Marotta has suggested that Pogba will remain at the Juventus Arena for another season at least.

“Pogba is a Juventus player and still has an ongoing contract with us,” Marotta said.

“Plus he has also told us about his intention to stay with us. All the conditions are there for him to continue with Juventus for the upcoming years.

“The Juventus jersey is something you honour right until the end. It is not a foregone conclusion yet that he will stay at Juventus, because nothing is ever guaranteed in football, but it is highly likely that he will stay put.”

Pogba’s contract runs until 2019.

Netherlands great Johan Cruyff dies at aged 68

Netherlands footballing great Johan Cruyff has died of cancer aged 68, his official website has announced.

Cruyff, who made his name as a forward with Ajax and Barcelona, won the Ballon d’Or three times.

He won three consecutive European Cups with Ajax and went on to manage Barcelona to their first European Cup win in 1992.

Cruyff helped his country reach the World Cup final in 1974, where they lost to West Germany.

In February, Cruyff said he felt he was “2-0 up in a match” against lung cancer and he was “sure I will end up winning”.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Cruyff had double heart bypass surgery in 1991.

Barcelona won four consecutive La Liga titles from 1990-91 to 1993-94 under his guidance. Naijabet.com

Musa Hand over Eagles Captain to Mikel

Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel, has been announced as the new skipper of super eagles on Thursday.

Mikel, who is the longest-serving member of the current squad having made his début in 2006 will now lead the team against Egypt in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on March 25.

The announcement was made at a press conference,Musa who was made captain by Sunday Oliseh after Vincent Enyeama’s retirement, relinquished the armband to the Chelsea midfielder.

Musa revealed that it is an anomaly for him to be captain of the team when Mikel, who is the most senior member of the squad, is still with the team.

The Chelsea midfielder promised he will be a good leader to the team and thanked his teammates for the opportunity. Naijabet.com

“I want to thank Musa and the team. It will be a new Super Eagles with a new approach,” he said after the announcement.

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South American qualifying campaign for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia

 

The South American qualifying campaign for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia is set to return to action following the hiatus at the end of last year.

Unbeaten leaders Ecuador, who have earned maximum points so far, will be intent on cementing their place at the summit, while Brazil and Uruguay go head-to-head in a classic encounter steeped in history, with both eager to stay near the top of the standings.

Chile and Argentina will meet again as they eye all three points to stay in touch with the front-runners.

Brazil-Uruguay

The hosts, buoyed by victory over Peru in their last qualifier, have their sights set on a win that would consolidate their place near the top of the table. Coach Dunga has put his faith in many of the players who began the qualifying campaign, such as talisman Neymar, as well as Dani Alves, Willian and David Luiz. Naijabet.com

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Belgium vs Portugal friendly match move to Portugal

Belgium’s friendly against Portugal next week has been moved from Brussels to the Portuguese city of Leiria after more than 30 people were killed in attacks in the Belgian capital.

The match was called off for security reasons before Portugal’s football association offered a alternate venue.

The Belgium team will train at the King Baudouin Stadium, where the match was originally to be staged, on Wednesday.

The game will be played next Tuesday (19:45 GMT), as initially scheduled.

Captain Vincent Kompany was “horrified and revolted” by the incidents.

“I wish for Brussels to act with dignity,” he wrote on Twitter. “We are all hurting, yet we must reject hate and its preachers. As hard as it may be.”

Next week’s match is the second Belgium friendly in succession that has not gone ahead as scheduled. Naija and bet

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Messi’s presence is calming, motivating and always necessary : Argentina coach

Argentina coach Gerardo Martino welcomed Lionel Messi’s return to the team and said he was mulling over which of his top two centre-forwards to pick for Today’s World Cup qualifier away to Chile.

Captain Messi was injured for Argentina’s first four qualifiers last year for the 2018 finals in Russia and the team suffered in his absence.

They took just five points from those games to sit outside the qualifying berths in sixth place in the South American group.

“Messi’s presence is calming, motivating and always necessary,” Martino told a news conference on Wednesday before leaving with his squad for Santiago.

He faces a difficult decision in who to pick out of Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain, both in fine club form, to lead the attack in the neighbours’ first meeting since Chile beat Argentina on penalties in last year’s Copa America final. Naija and bet

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Euro 2016’could be played behind closed doors without Spectators because of Terrorism

The EURO 2016 Tournament which is the biggest football tournament for European nations, will be held across 10 stadiums in 10 cities in France with the capacity of the smallest stadium being 33,000 while the largest being 81,000 (Stade de France) making it an easy target for terrorists attack.

UEFA bosses are considering closing stadiums from fans this summer in France as the world is still coming to terms from the shock of the Paris Terror attack in the Stade de France last year and most recently the Brussels airport attack that gulped 34 lives.

The tournament barely 3 months away, UEFA executive committee vice-president Giancarlo Abete has admitted the best option could be to play the matches behind closed doors. Naija and Bet

‘Euro 2016 is the kind of event we can’t delay or postpone,We can’t exclude the possibility of playing behind closed doors as we cannot exclude terrorism. – Abete

In a statement, UEFA said:

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Cristiano Ronaldo Might Join Ancellotti in Bayern Munich next Season

Former Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has spoken in understandably glowing terms of Cristiano Ronaldo, the man who helped him win La Decima for Los Blancos in 2014.

The pair enjoyed an excellent relationship throughout Ancelotti’s two-year tenure in the Spanish capital, during which Ronaldo registered a staggering 112 goals and 35 assists.

Indeed, the Portuguese forward is reported to have openly expressed his sadness at the Italian’s departure at the end of the 2014/15 campaign, and the latest comments from Pep Guardiola’s replacement at Bayern Munich have inevitably served to spark rumours that the two could be reunited in the summer in Bavaria.

“He [Ronaldo] is one of the best players ever, the best forward in the history of football,I have never coached a better player than him.”he said  Naijabet.com

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Nation Cup Qualifiers : Zambia VS Congo

Zambia and Congo-Brazzaville battle for top spot in Group E of the 2017 Africa Cup qualifiers when they meet on today at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

Both sides head into match-day-three unbeaten and tied on 4 points with Congo pipping second placed Zambia to top spot on goal difference.

The match is the first leg of a doubleheader that could just decide the direction in Group E.

Six points are up for grabs over the next five days starting on March 23 in Ndola and later on March 27 in Brazzaville.

That prospective six-point haul will give the beneficiary a massive advantage in the race to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup finals in Gabon heading into the penultimate round of games in June when they would need a draw then to book their flight to Libreville with a match to spare.

Zambia head into the first leg with just one loss against Congo from ten previous meetings and with four wins and a draw since losing 1-0 in November 1996 in a 1998 World Cup qualifying match away in Pointe Noire. Naijabet

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Luis Suarez : I am going to have the same attitude

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez said he will not change the way he plays, but will return to international football with ‘moderation’ when he makes an expected return on Friday from a nine-match ban for biting.

Suarez is set to face Brazil in a 2018 World Cup qualifier after sitting out nine competitive international fixtures for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the last World Cup in Brazil almost two years ago.

The Barcelona player has managed to keep out of trouble for his club since the incident but said he will not change his aggressive style that has helped to make him one of the world’s deadliest strikers. Naija and bet

“I am going to have the same attitude, I will still run, still pressure, still argue because no one is going to change the way I play,” he said.

“But with moderation, like I am doing now at Barcelona, being more intelligent about a lot of things, trying to take advantage of the situations life is putting in front of me…

“The only thing I want to do is play with the national side again and enjoy the warmth of the fans.”

Uruguay have enjoyed a good start to their qualifying campaign, winning three out of their four games to sit in second place in the 10-team table, behind Ecuador, the only side to win all of their games so far.

After facing Brazil, Uruguay return home to play Peru next Tuesday.

Leicester to face Barca, PSG in Champions Cup

Leicester City will play Barcelona, Celtic and Paris St Germain in this year’s International Champions Cup (ICC), the Premier League leaders said on Today.

 The pre-season tournament is organised by Relevant Sports whose chairman Charlie Stillitano met representatives of top European clubs this month to discuss changing the Champions League to ensure the elite are always in it and the likes of Leicester are not.

 

Leicester, one of five Premier League teams involved in the 2016 event, begin their campaign against Celtic on July 23 in Glasgow. They travel to Los Angeles to face Paris St Germain on July 30 before taking on Barcelona in Stockholm on Aug. Naijabet.com

“This is the best roster of teams in ICC history and having them start their 2016-2017 campaign playing against each other will be a treat for both fans and the players,” Stillitano said in a statement.

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