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Mourinho warns Chelsea not to sack him, says he’s their best manager

José Mourinho has publicly challenged Roman Abramovich to sack him, stressing that he has no intention of resigning and that this an opportunity for Chelsea to “act in a different way” and demonstrate trust in their manager, after his team slumped to their fourth Premier League defeat of the campaign, 3-1 to Southampton.Jose-Mourinho6

The defending champions were humiliated by an impressive Southampton side and, languishing in 16th place, have now endured their worst start to a season in 37 years. The Portuguese conceded it would now be “very difficult” to retain the title and he is likely to be charged and fined by the Football Association after suggesting referees “are afraid to give decisions to Chelsea”, having been exasperated especially by Robert Madley’s failure to award a penalty to Radamel Falcao with the score at 1-1. The visitors, though, had their own legitimate calls for a penalty.

The Chelsea manager moved to confront doubts over his own future head on. “I do not run away,” he said. “No way I resign. No way. If the club want to sack me, they have to sack me because I am not running away from my responsibility. Why? Because Chelsea cannot have a better manager than me. There are many managers in the world that belong to my level, but they are not better. Not better. So no chance I run away.

“I have my professional pride and I know that I am very good at my job, and also because I like this club very much. I want the best for my club, and that is for me to stay. So I stay. When we were champions last season I said I was going to stay until the owner and the board wanted me to leave. No club can persuade me to leave. No financial offer can persuade me to leave. I’m going to stay until the day the owner or the board tell me: ‘José, that’s enough.’ I said that when I was champion. I say that now when I’m 16th in the table.”

Since Mourinho was sacked by the club in 2007, his five full-time successors have all been dismissed. “This is a crucial moment in the history of this club. Do you know why? Because if the club sack me they sack the best manager this club ever had. And the message again is that if there are bad results, the manager is guilty. This is the message people have got over the last decade from Chelsea so this is a moment when people assume responsibilities, including me, the players and other people in the club. We need to stick together. This is what I want.”


Abramovich was at Stamford Bridge to witness the team’s second home loss of the term, but Mourinho has had no indication as yet that the faith that had earned the manager a new four-year contract this summer has been eroded. “I have no signs that anything changes,” he said. “But you know the history of this club: every time the results are not good, there has been a change of manager. The power is always, in the end, with the owner and the board. But when I was contacted to come back, I was told: ‘We had so many managers, and we know you are the best.’ So I think it’s time for the club to act in a different way, to mark a position of stability, a position of trust.”

He stressed his confidence that Chelsea can still qualify for the Champions League, though he acknowledged that retaining the title is a different matter. “Three months ago we were on the bus with the cups, so it’s time for all of us to be together now at the bottom of the league. And I think, in December, January, February we will be top four. To be champions would be very, very difficult, but top four is completely do-able. Do the players trust me and feel I am the man for the job? This week we spoke about it and the answer was not in doubt. The supporters … when they booed the decision to take off Willian I would have done the same if I hadn’t known Willian was vomiting in the dressing room at half-time. If they have some negative reaction at the end, I’d do the same because the result wasn’t what we wanted.”

His criticisms of the referee, notably over Maarten Stekelenburg’s challenge on Falcao, are sure to draw scrutiny from the FA. “When you are so down it is time to be honest and say, clearly, referees are afraid to give decisions to Chelsea. At 1-1 there is a huge penalty and, once more, we do not get it. If the FA wants to punish me they can punish me, no problem. But referees are afraid to give decisions to Chelsea. Why? Because when they do there is always criticism. So we are always punished.

“We are punished because Diego Costa is suspended with images. That decision today was crucial because my team, at the moment, collapses at the first negative thing that happens. Mentally, psychologically, the team is unbelievably down. It looks like good players are bad players. They are in such a low moment that they collapse.

“The players still have to play to the end of the season with a gold champions’ badge on their shirts, and I want to work because you know I have big self-esteem and a big ego. I consider myself the best. The worst period and worst results of my career as a professional hurt me a lot. So I want to carry on, no doubt, and I assume my responsibilities.”

Oliseh invites 19 for CHAN qualifier

Super Eagles manager, Sunday Oliseh, has invited 19 home-based players for next month African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying fixture against Burkina Faso.

Super-EaglesThe domestic lads are expected to commence camping in Port Harcourt on October 5, reports.

Top joint-scorer in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), Tunde Adeniji is joined by Warri Wolves’ marksman, Gbolahan Salami, Solomon Kwambe, Idris Aloma, Usman Mohammed, Ezekiel Bassey and Bature Yaro.

There are also goalkeepers, David Obiazor and Okemute Odah, defenders Kalu Orji and Jamiu Alimi, former junior international midfielder, Ifeanyi Mathew and forwards, Dayo Ojo and Godwin Obaje.

All the invited players are expected to report in Port Harcourt on Monday ahead of the first leg clash against the Etalons at the Adokiye Amiesieamaka Stadium on October 18. The return leg fixture comes up in Ouagadougou on October 25.

All six home-based professionals who will be in Belgium with the mainstream squad for the two international friendlies against DR Congo and Cameroon, on October 8 and 11 respectively will join the 19 players on their return to the country on October 12.

These are goalkeepers Femi Thomas (Enyimba FC) and Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Sunshine Stars), defenders Chima Akas (Sharks FC) and Austin Oboroakpo (Abia Warriors), midfielder Paul Onobi (Sunshine Stars) and forward Prince Aggrey (Sunshine Stars).

Breaking News: Jack Warner banned from football for life by FIFA

Jack-WarnerTrinidad and Tobago football administrator, Jack Warner, has been banned from football for life by the world governing body, FIFA, over four years after quitting football..

FIFA ethics committee announced the outcome after an investigation. Warner is also facing criminal charges in the United States over an alleged £100 million fraud.

The ethics committee previously chose not to pursue a case against Warner, a former president of Concacaf, because he was no longer involved in football.

But a change of policy saw it go after Trinidad and Tobago’s former minister of national security, even though any ban would be merely symbolic for a man who had little prospect of returning to the game.

Warner was once a vice president of FIFA.

Lukaku fires Everton to win against West Brom

AFP – Romelu Lukaku’s double strike inspired a remarkable fightback as Everton recovered from two goals down to win 3-2 at West Bromwich Albion on Monday.

Roberto Martinez’s side looked destined for a defeat when Craig Dawson added to Saido Berahino’s first half opener to put Albion 2-0 up with 54 minutes gone at the Hawthorns.

Lu-e1443490313785But Belgium forward Lukaku gave Everton a crucial lifeline when he netted one minute late and Ivory Coast striker Aruna Kone equalised in the closing stages before Lukaku bagged the winner with only six minutes left.

Lukaku’s first Premier League goals for six weeks came against the club he played for on loan in the 2012-13 campaign and lifted Everton to fifth in the table following their third league win of the season.

“We were very disappointed with the first half. We were off, every single individual,” Martinez said.

“The mountain we had to climb, it would have been easy to lose focus but we got three goals against the best defensive structure in the Premier League.

“Every three points is huge but it feels extra good.”

It was the perfect preparation for Everton’s Merseyside derby date with Liverpool on Sunday, while Albion’s third league defeat of the season left Tony Pulis’s team languishing in 15th place.

“The first goal kills us. We should deal with it,” Pulis said.

“The other two goals are poor goals, the second one looks offside.

“We switched off and Everton will punish you.”

There was little hint of the eventual drama, which left Albion winless at home in the league this season, during a wretched first half which was only lit up by Berahino’s opener.

Without injured England defender John Stones, Ramiro Funes Mori stepped in for his full league debut but the Everton centre-back was at fault for Albion’s first goal.

Mori had enjoyed a untroubled half but imploded when he lost the ball near the halfway line after trying to run out of defence.

It found James Morrison and his excellent through-ball for Berahino saw the striker slip in a low shot via Tim Howard’s legs.

Darren Fletcher had a header turned wide by Howard as Albion pressed after the interval and they doubled their lead from the resulting corner.

Phil Jagielka and Ross Barkley got in a mess trying to pick up Dawson and Jonny Evans, which allowed Dawson to nod in Chris Brunt’s deep delivery.

Everton hit back immediately when Lukaku headed Deulofeu’s cross past Boaz Myhill and Kone levelled in the 75th minute, just three minutes after coming off the bench.

Lukaku did brilliantly on the edge of the box to spot Kone’s run and threaded the ball through to the former Wigan forward, who was just onside, to drill past Myhill.

The Baggies were shell-shocked, but former Chelsea striker Lukaku was not finished as he wrapped up Everton’s comeback with six minutes left.

There was a hint of handball when he met Gerard Deulofeu’s cross, but with Myhill slow to react Lukaku smashed in from close range to spark wild celebrations among the travelling Everton fans.

Wenger separates from his wife, Annie

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger and his wife, Annie, have concluded the legal process of separation.
Wenger-Annie-35024According to reports in the British media, the couple got a judge in Paris, to issue a “separation of bodies” judgment, which means they can now see other people.
It is not yet a full divorce, as Wenger is expected to support Annie financially.
A source said: “They have divided up their assets and agreed a financial package to separate.
“They have not been happy for a while, and they decided this was the best course of action to take.”
The couple tied the knots in 2010, but were in a long-term relationship before then and have an 18-year-old daughter, Leah.
A French legal expert said: “This is a legal separation, which means the couple are not legally obliged to live together, and they can have separate lives, and no longer have intimate relations.
“He will have to still keep his responsibilities to look after the family. If the judgment is not overturned within two years, a divorce will be automatically granted.
“This is something not often done anymore, often Catholic families use this as they are reluctant to get a divorce, but legally there is little difference.”
Wenger and Annie were last pictured together at an IWC event in January 2014 in Germany.

Eto’o wins Golden Foot Award

Former FC Barcelona and Cameroon forward Samuel Eto’o has been awarded the 2015 Golden Foot at a gala in Monaco.

Samuel Eto’o Fils with the Golden Foot award
Samuel Eto’o Fils with the Golden Foot award
The 34-year-old, who has starred with five goals in his first five games Antalyaspor in Turkey, won the prize awarded to active players above the age of 28 for their contributions both on and off the field.

On his Twitter account, @setoo9, he said: “Happy to be honored! GOLDEN FOOT 2015”

The retired Cameroon captain joined an illustrious list of former winners and followed last year’s winner Andres Iniesta.

Eto’o is only the second African to win the Golden Foot award after Didier Drogba won it in 2013.

Previous winners are Iniesta (2014), Drogba (2013), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2012), Ryan Giggs (2011), Francesco Totti (2010), Ronaldinho (2009), Roberto Carlos (2008), Alessandro Del Piero (2007), Ronaldo de Lima (2006), Andriy Shevchenko (2005), Pavel Nedved (2004) and Roberto Baggio (2003).

Eto’o is currently playing as a striker for Turkish club Antalyaspor.

Players such as David Trezeguet, Gheorghe Hagi, Daniel Passarella and Rinat Dasaev were also inducted into the Golden Foot Hall of Fame on Monday evening.

During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo

Former Super Eagles defence strongman, Taribo West made a shocking confession recently. He revealed that during his football career days he used juju to play on the field.


The ex-footballer turned pastor said he had a manager from Senegal and his manager would take him to several native doctors in Senegal where they will cut his tongue, hands and legs and then cook it.

“I spend most of my time at home meditating. All I want to do is to keep spreading the gospel. In my own little way, I have been into evangelisation visiting places like Ughelli and within the Orile community, Ajegunle and so on. God has been kind during these visits to preach the gospel to people who are yet to receive Christ. We believe He will take us global very soon,” Taribo said.

It will be recalled that Super Eagles attacker, Brown Ideye came out and advised African players to stop using juju to enhance their playing prowess.

“Your background experience counts. We turn to God to give us direction. I’m happy how far He has taken us.

“The gospel is for the poor, rich and noble. Part of the gift God gave me is to reach out to the downtrodden. It is good if you can reach out to the downtrodden, preach the gospel to them and try to meet some of their needs through humanitarian services. I’m grateful to God for using me to spread the gospel across to these people,” he said.

On getting to Europe, Taribo would find himself entangled in another life of charms and superstitious beliefs.

A move from Auxerre to Milan saw him playing for rivals AC and Inter — one of few players to achieve the feat — in a three-year stint in Italy.

With a new-found life of affluence, the big defender paid huge sums of money for him to be supplied charms to win games, protect him from career-threatening injuries and also to be foretold the results of matches before they were played.

The 1998 UEFA Cup winner used to burn candles and hold a magical stone from Israel before games but he is bewildered that people are reluctant to publicly identify themselves with the practice, saying players and officials are deeply involved in the act.

Taribo said, “Of course yes (I was involved). I don’t know why people decline to talk about their involvement with charms. Football has to do with a lot of powers. When there are big events, you look at the stadium, you see people, fans invoking all kinds of things; magicians are there, voodooists are there.

“In my playing days, when I was ignorant, I used to get some mallams and babalawos (traditional doctors) to make charms for us, which we took to (national) camp. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t.

“In some clubs, before every game, the president or leader of the club will give you a lucky charm to play with. They will tell you to put it in your boots or socks and play. It’s their superstitious belief; that it can help them win matches.

“There are some coaches who are connected to African magicians and soothsayers from Senegal, Burkina Faso, Zaire or even Nigeria. These people are consulted to give these coaches results of games even before the matches are played.

“These people see strange things and they can tell you with their magic and charms, what the outcome of a match will be. People believe and use it. It works for those who believe in it. I saw it, I experienced it, I was with players that used it and I used it. So, why are people denying it? There are charms and rituals in football. It still exists.”

When Patience Ikemefuna, an evangelist who lives in America paid Taribo a visit in Milan, it marked a new phase in the 1996 Olympic Games gold medallist’s life.

Ikemefuna was perplexed when she discovered that Taribo was deeply involved in occultism. There were charms in his wardrobe and other parts of his apartment. Even though her host resisted initially, she convinced him and after several praying sessions, Taribo gave his life to Christ.

Today, even though they are not biologically related, he refers to Ikemefuna as “my sister.”

“God used her to change my life and ever since, my life has never been the same. I’m grateful to her. When I had an encounter with God and I became born again, I discovered that these powers were powerless. It was an avenue to collect money from us. There are lots of voodoo practices in football. If you are not with God, you have to be with the devil; with the devil they come with everything,” he added.

What is the difference between life in Christ and one filled with charms?

“You can’t compare,” he said. “When I was living that ignorant life, I was in darkness. In the darkness, the devil can give you what God can also give you, but he will give you without joy and peace. Eventually, you will end up in sorrow. But when you experience the joy of Christ, it adds no sorrow.

“The joy of the Lord is not only my strength; it gives me everything I need in life. The love of Christ comes with freedom, success, favour, expansion and a better life. When you have all these, you have everlasting peace. That is why I am comfortable today and I’m happy how God has seen me thus far.”

But being a pastor doesn’t mean he is free from temptations. In fact he realises that there are even tougher battles to fight as a cleric.

“Temptation is permanent; it’s there every hour, every day but if you begin to study the Bible, there are principles that God has laid down for us. If you follow this, the devil will not keep you.

“From my house to the bus stop, I may see a young girl not properly brought up, dressed half- Unclad walking on the streets. You will see temptation right there. But you have to pray for God’s grace to overcome the temptation.”

After a career that has seen him play football in Nigeria, France, Italy, England, Germany, Yugoslavia, UAE and Iran, Taribo has seen it all and aptly names his church a shelter.

He added, “We told ourselves to fast and ask God for a name for the ministry. In the process, a sister came up and said a voice told her that we should call the ministry Shelter in The Storm Miracle Ministries. That’s how we got the name.

“During my journeys, God created a shelter for me and transferred me into that fold. There are lots of natural disasters everywhere in the world in these last days. There are crisis in Asia; there is terrorism and sectarian groups springing up. People are migrating from all over the world to Europe because of fear. In the midst of all these, God has created for everyone a shelter, where everything in your life will be restored again.”

Even though he is no longer actively involved in the game, which gave him the good life and saw him resident in some of the world’s biggest cities, the Super Eagles — with whom he played two World Cups and two Africa Cup of Nations — is still very dear to Pastor Taribo West.

“We need to pray for the team and I have taken it as an assignment to pray for the team. The national team is part of my body, it’s my family.”

Source: Real World of Sport

Mourinho gets respite as Chelsea cruise

Jose Mourinho’s selection gamble paid off as Chelsea got their spluttering season back on track with a 4-0 rout of Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Gal Alberman (L), Tal Ben-Haim I (2L) and Dor Micha (R) chase Chelsea’s Diego Costa during the UEFA Champions League Group G football match at Stamford Bridge in London on September 16, 2015 (AFP Photo/Glyn Kirk)
Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Gal Alberman (L), Tal Ben-Haim I (2L) and Dor Micha (R) chase Chelsea’s Diego Costa during the UEFA Champions League Group G football match at Stamford Bridge in London on September 16, 2015 (AFP Photo/Glyn Kirk)

Mourinho’s side went into their Group G opener in turmoil after Saturday’s dismal 3-1 defeat at Everton left them with only one win from their first five Premier League matches.

That miserable sequence was Chelsea’s worst start to a season since 1988 and it provoked a barrage of criticism for Mourinho and his under-performing English champions.

But Mourinho promised changes after the Everton loss and the Blues boss was true to his word as he axed John Terry, Diego Costa, Pedro Rodriguez, John Obi Mikel, Nemanja Matic and Branislav Ivanovic.

It seemed the switches might backfire after Eden Hazard’s shocking penalty miss in the first half at Stamford Bridge.

But lacklustre Maccabi were the perfect opponents for Chelsea to rediscover a semblance of their form and Willian opened the scoring before Oscar showed Hazard how to do it by converting a penalty on the stroke of half-time.

Costa came on to net in the second half and Cesc Fabregas added gloss to the scoreline with a late tap-in.

It was far from a vintage Chelsea performance, but Mourinho will hope it provides a foundation for future success, starting with a sterner test against Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend.

“It was a good victory, you could see from minute one we were going to win the game,” Mourinho said.

“The same way I was not in hell with bad results, I am not in heaven when we won a game.

“Missing the penalty was a good thing to test. The players have shown a good attitude.”

There was an early indication of Chelsea’s frustration at their recent predicament when Loic Remy and Willian, two of the players drafted in by Mourinho, combined to earn a fifth minute penalty.

Remy’s defence-splitting pass put Willian through on goal and the Brazilian winger was sent crashing to the turf by Maccabi goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic.

However, Mourinho still felt hard done by when German referee Felix Zwayer decided not to send off Rajkovic and he screamed in anger on the touchline when he saw the yellow card.

There was even worse to come as Belgium midfielder Hazard, showing a lack of composure that encapsulated his current struggles, blazed the penalty high over the crossbar.

– Fortunate escape –

It was a comically bad effort and could have shattered Chelsea’s already fragile morale.

Yet, crucially, Rajkovic’s fortunate escape turned into a bonus for Mourinho as Chelsea took the lead in the 15th minute when the keeper misjudged Willian’s inswinging free-kick and allowed it to curl past him untouched into the far corner.

A first goal of the season was as good as it got for Willian, who limped off in the 23rd minute to be replaced by Costa.

After such an uninspiring start from Maccabi, Chelsea were lulled into a false sense of security at the back and the Israelis should have equalised when Eran Zahavi was left unmarked from Nikola Mitrovic’s free-kick, but the forward’s tame header looped harmlessly over.

But the hosts doubled their lead four minutes into stoppage-time when former Chelsea defender Tal Ben Haim was ruled to have fouled Costa, even though he got a toe on the ball before tripping the Spain striker.

Brazil playmaker Oscar calmly sent Rajkovic the wrong way from the spot.

Mourinho had bristled when grilled on a perceived lack of success in his third year at his previous clubs, but his approval rating remains high at the Bridge and his name was loudly sung by Chelsea’s fans.

With their confidence returning, Chelsea’s most stylish flourish came in the 58th minute as Costa caressed a fine volley into the top corner from Fabregas’s cross.

Fabregas has been pilloried for his ineffective displays of late, so he will have welcomed that assist and the close-range finish that brought Chelsea their fourth goal in the 78th minute.

Man Utd lose to PSV as Luke Shaw suffers double leg fracture

Shaw(AFP) – Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw suffered a double fracture of the leg during his team’s 2-1 defeat to PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old was taken to hospital after suffering the horror injury a quarter of an hour into the clash at the Philips Stadion.

“Our thoughts go out to , who has suffered a double fracture of the leg. He will have an operation on his return to Manchester,” said United on their Twitter feed.

The game was held up for almost 10 minutes as the England international received treatment on the pitch from a posse of medical staff before being stretchered off with an oxygen mask over his face.

Although visibly in pain, Shaw took to Twitter around half an hour later to vow that he would make a full recovery.

“Thank you everyone for your messages, words can’t describe how gutted I am, my road to recovery starts now, I will come back stronger,” he tweeted.

Shaw was surging into the box when he was hit with a crunching and dangerous two-footed off-the-ground tackle by Hector Moreno.

Incredibly, no foul was given and Moreno was not even booked — he later equalised Memphis Depay’s opener against his former club.

Luciano Narsingh scored the winner in the second half, against the run of play.

Shaw was replaced by Marcos Rojo.

Why I shunned Nigeria – Jordon Ibe

Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe confirmed on Tuesday he had decided   to play football for England rather than Nigeria.

The 19-year-old, who was approached by Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh to switch his international allegiance to his father’s country, is qualified to play for the Super Eagles until he has made a competitive senior appearance for England.

“It was my choice and it feels the right choice,” Ibe told Liverpool’s website.

“I was born here and have played in the younger age groups. I want to take it up to the first team one day.”

The London-born forward played for England Under-21 team against USA Under-23s side and then against Norway , alongside his Liverpool teammate colleague Joe Gomez.

Jordon Ibe
“It was great and I enjoyed myself,” Ibe said.

“I felt as though Joe and I did well. It was a great experience and I’m looking forward to the coming games.

“You want to represent your country well. Even at times when you’ve not got games for Liverpool, doing well with England is vital.”

Ibe, who spent time on loan with Derby County last season, has played at least some part in all five of Liverpool’s Premier League games in 2015-16, starting two of them.