Former Super Eagles Coach, Johannes Bonfere, has debunked the news making around that he is eying a fresh come back to handle the national team again.
The Dutch tactician who piloted Nigeria to win the Olympic Soccer gold at Atlanta 96 Olympic Games told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that his frequent visits to Nigeria to watch some games involving the national teams were mere visits because of his love for the country.
Bonfrere was also seen on the stand during Nigeria’s matches at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and watched the Super Eagles play during the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.
The Dutch tactician, who took over from his boss, Clemence Westerhof, also came to cheer the home-based Super Eagles up at the Agege Stadium last Saturday in the reverse fixtures with the Hawks of Togo.
Bonfrere said that the visits were not to seek any coaching job.
“I am in Nigeria to follow some football games and to see the national team play that is the reason I am always in Nigeria.
“I have yet to think if I will take up any coaching job with Nigeria, that is my stand for now. I love the team and I am passionate about Nigeria,” he said.
On the performance of the Super Eagles Team B that won 2-0 against the Hawks of Togo, which was not enough to cancel out their 1-4 defeat in Lome, Bonfrere said the team lacked technical debt.
“I see that the players are playing very well, but playing too much long balls to the Togolese in their 16 yard box was not too good against a Togolese team with seven defenders.
“If the team is smarter, with the ball, they would have made use of other alternatives because the main striker cannot do anything with his leg which suggested his substitution.
“They should have made use of the flanks instead of the middle to give passes because attacking from a sideline is much dangerous to attack from the backline,” he said.
Bonferee was relived of the national team post in 2001 following a spate of poor performance in the qualifying round of matches to Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup and replaced by his then assistance led by Late Amodu Shaibu who qualified the country to the tournament.
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I’ve No Plan To Leave Tottenham, Says Conte
Tottenham Hotspur manager, Antonio Conte, has decided to stay at the club ahead of next season, after guiding them back into the Champions League.
Spurs thrashed Norwich 5-0 on the final day of the Premier League to pip rivals Arsenal to fourth spot.
However, Conte refused to commit his future to the club after that match.
The Italian tactician held talks with managing director Fabio Paratici in Turin on Friday.
It is believed the pair discussed summer transfer targets and Conte has now opted to remain at Tottenham, according to The Telegraph.
Having replaced Nuno Espirito Santo last November, the 52-year-old won 17 of his 28 league games in charge.
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UCL Final: McManaman Tips Real Madrid To Beat Liverpool
Former Liverpool star, Steve McManaman, has insisted that the club’s management are doing a fantastic job, saying that everything they touch turns to gold at the moment.
McManaman said this while giving his verdict on Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid on Saturday night in Paris.
The 50-year-old, who played for Liverpool and Real Madrid in the past, insisted that the Reds are an impossible team to play against when they are on it.
According to him, he wants Liverpool to be successful as they face Real Madrid at the Stade de France.
“I’m in a no-win, no-lose situation,” McManaman told DW. “I have got friends in both camps, and all these years on, Real Madrid still have the same kitman and a lot of the same physios working there.
“So to see these types of people is an incredible thing that you want them to do well.
“But I still work at the Liverpool Academy and I want Liverpool to be successful – that goes without saying.”
He added, “Liverpool are an impossible team to play against when they’re on it – and they’re on it all the time it seems.
“Even in finals that have gone to extra time, they just always seem to find a way. And they haven’t had an easy run this year, drawn into a group with AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and Porto – they steamrolled the group – and then beating the likes of Inter Milan too.
“Klopp has done an exceptional job with the team. I think the staff around Klopp are doing an amazing job. And also the people upstairs who were buying and selling the players – everything they touch seems to turn to gold at this moment.”
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Why Salah, Mane Must Leave Liverpool, Agbonlahor Speaks
Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have been told to leave Liverpool if the club fail to meet their demands.
Aston Villa legend, Gabriel Agbonlahor, wonders why Liverpool are finding it difficult to tie up the two African stars while players they are far better than are receiving the same pay at other clubs.
He argued that if Kevin de Bruyne is getting a new deal and higher pay at Manchester City, who are also ready to pay new signing Erling Haaland his fat wages, and even Jadon Sancho at Manchester United then Mane and Salah deserve more.
He told talkSPORT, “They’re going to want their value, Salah and Mane, and if Liverpool aren’t willing to give them that…
“If you don’t, they’ll move on and that’s what Mane’s probably thinking.
“Why should they stay?”
Salah and Mane have scored more than 275 goals for Liverpool between them but are facing an uncertain future at the club with their respective contracts set to expire next summer.
Mane could be set to play his last match for Liverpool in the Champions League final as the 31-year-old has been heavily linked with a summer move to Bayern Munich.
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