Salisu Yusuf has been appointed as the assistant to Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi. The confirmation was released in a report published on the Nigeria Football Federation website. Though there were wide speculations that Yusuf had been chosen as the Eagles’ assistant coach, the NFF refused to comment on the subject until Thursday.
Yusuf is a former Kano Pillars and Enyimba coach. He took over from Daniel Amokachi who was Keshi’s deputy during his first tenure with the Eagles which last from November 2011 to July 2014.
The check was for $100 million, a payday so mind boggling that Floyd Mayweather Jr. couldn't help but show his check to a few reporters when the night was done after beating Manny Pacquiao on Saturday (Sunday, Nigerian time).
“For my team to hand me a $100m check is remarkable,” said Mayweather, whose take from the long-awaited mega-fight with Pacquiao could ultimately puff up to as high as $200m once all the record-breaking revenue is counted.
The man who has named himself “Money” stated that the payout was all part of a “brilliant game plan” for his career.
Mikel Obi, on Sunday won his second English Premier League title with Chelsea after a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at the Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea won the match to emerge league winners with three matches to spare as they have cumulative 83 points from 35 matches. The next team to them, Manchester City, have 70 points from their 35 matches played but prove to be no threat to Chelsea as they cannot catch up even if Chelsea loses the remaining three matches.
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been named world footballer of the year after winning the Ballon d’Or for the second year in a row.
Nadine Kessler, Germany midfielder was named women’s player of the year, while Colombia’s James Rodriguez won goal of the year.
Germany's World Cup winner Joachim Low won men's coach of the year.
Wolfsburg Women’s boss Ralf Kellermann was equally named FIFA female Coach of the Year after a successful defence of the Champions League
African champion Aruna Quadri and veteran female player, Funke Oshonaike, has been named by the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation as Players of the Year in 2014 player.
NTTF secretary general, Chinedu Ezeala-Ogundare, said that they were given the awards to motivate the players as well as to inspire the up and coming players to aspire high in their career.
Quadri, who ranked 31st in the world, was highly praised for his exploits this year particularly for his remarkable efforts in repositioning Nigeria on global map of world table tennis.
Yacine Brahimi has bagged the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 ahead of Super Eagles captain Vincent Enyeama.
The 24-year-old midfielder became the first Algerian to win the award, which was decided by football fans.
Brahimi told BBC Sport, “It’s a big honour for me to receive this wonderful trophy. I owe it to my country, Algeria, and to all the people who voted for me.
“It’s also a trophy for the whole of Africa, because it rewards an African player. So I am really very happy.”
Stephen Keshi will apparently sign a new deal with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and will now be earning seven million Naira per month.
The contract is expected to be 12-months contract that will elapse at the end of 2015.
His last deal with the NFF was at N5million per month. The contract ended after the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament and one of the reasons why a deal failed to be brokered since then was the haggling over the price he wanted to be paid.
Barcelona’s player, Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to smash the Champions League goal scoring record on November 25 2014, by taking his tally in the competition to 74. The previous record of 71 scores had been set by Schalke striker Raul, former Real Madrid player over the course of 142 matches.
Raul's record dropped when Messi struck his first in the 38th minute against APOEL in Group F to give Barcelona a 2-0 lead after Luis Suarez had opened the scoring. He then struck again in the 58th and 87th minutes.