Premier League Giants Set To Recall Nigerian Forward?

first_imgEnglish Premier League (EPL) giants are reportedly planning to recall forward Henry Onyekuru back to the club ahead of the January transfer window.Onyekuru, 20, joined Everton in a £6.8m deal in the summer and was promptly see the on loan to Belgian side Anderlecht because of work permit issues.The Nigerian forward has been in impressive form with four goals in the last four league appearances including a late winner against Standard Liege in his last league outing. In addition, the former KAS Eupen star has made two appearances in the UEFA Champions League (UCL).According to sources, Everton are thinking about bringing him back earlier than expected to further provide the Merseyside club with options in attack.Work permit might prove to be an issue but the club can use the “special talent” clause to get it sorted out since he has not met the requirement of featuring in 75% of Nigeria’s national team fixtures over the last two years.The player heightened the reports of an Everton return by sharing a video on his Instagram story which had him tagged in Liverpool city centre while in the passenger seat of a car. RelatedNigerian Forward Henry Onyekuru Signs Loan Deal With GalatasarayJuly 13, 2018In “England”Atalanta Bergamasca vs Turin FCJune 30, 2017Similar postAndrea FulignatiJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more

Football: Arsenal hit by food poisoning in China

first_imgShanghai, China | AFP | Arsenal were ravaged by food poisoning in Shanghai that ruled several key players out of their preseason friendly with Bayern Munich on Wednesday, manager Arsene Wenger said.The Frenchman revealed the sickness that had swept the Arsenal camp, coupled with the severe heat in China and long flights, made for far-from-ideal preparations for another taxing campaign.Wenger was shorn of Olivier Giroud because of food poisoning, then captain Per Mertesacker pulled out of the game just moments before kick-off because he too fell ill with the same problem.New signing Sead Kolasinac also had to come off before the break, while Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott were only substitutes because they were sick.Wenger’s ailing men were outplayed for long periods by Bayern before salvaging a last-gasp 1-1 draw and then winning 3-2 on penalties.Arsenal were particularly poor in the first half in the 36 degrees Celsius (97F) heat and Wenger admitted that the extreme conditions in Shanghai were “a shock” after flying in from Australia, which is in its winter.“I was a bit scared that tonight we could have big problems and in fact in the first half we suffered a bit,” said Wenger, under pressure to get Arsenal back in the Champions League this season.“Ramsey finished the game, but Walcott, Kolasinac, Mertesacker, Giroud, they all had a little food poisoning.” Wenger said the club — who next travel to Beijing to face Chelsea on Saturday — did not know what caused the food poisoning.Wenger added of the punishing preseason schedule that many top European clubs now undertake to far-flung destinations for commercial reasons: “If you ask me is it ideal physically to prepare? I’d say certainly not.“Has it got other advantages? Yes because we can meet fans all over the world so that is very positive.”Reserve goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was the unlikely hero for Wenger and Arsenal, saving Juan Bernat’s soft spot kick after Gunners substitute Alex Iwobi nodded in the leveller right at the end of normal time.Robert Lewandowski had needed just nine minutes to fire German champions Bayern ahead from the penalty spot as they outplayed Arsenal, before Iwobi’s late intervention meant the game went straight to penalties.Both sides fielded a mixture of first-team regulars and reserves, with new Bayern signing James Rodriguez and new Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette starting.Bayern play AC Milan in Shenzhen, southern China, in their next warm-up game.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Australian Spoons winners realise long-held ambition

first_img19 Sep 2014 Australian Spoons winners realise long-held ambition Gloucestershire golfers Carol Park and Clare Spiller realised a four-year ambition when they won the national final of the Australian Spoons tournament at Belton Park Golf Club in Lincolnshire. Ever since the Naunton Downs pair first partnered each other in the stableford foursomes competition they have set their sights on winning the Spoons. They’ve won their club round three times in the last four years but never progressed past the regional final – until this year. Today, they made the most of their chance to win the trophy. They scored 19 points over the front nine of the golf course before play had to be abandoned because of torrential rain – and they claimed the Spoons on countback from two other pairs.   The runners-up were Marjorie Scott and Shirley Higgins of Maxstoke Park, Warwickshire, while third place went to Celia Fowler and Pat Benson of Harrogate in Yorkshire. “It’s wonderful, absolutely fantastic,” said Carol, who is the Naunton Downs ladies’ captain. “We came here semi-relaxed, telling ourselves that we would just do as well as we could…. but deep down desperately wanting to win! “We can’t quite believe that we’ve won a national final – and the club is going to go bananas!” Clare, who plays off 25, and Carol, a 29-handicapper, both took up golf in a case of “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”  Carol’s husband had always promised himself he would return to golf when he retired and she decided to take up the game as well. Clare had enjoyed a range of sports and was introduced to golf when she met her husband. She tried to encourage him to ski, but when he decided against the slopes she headed for the fairways. The Australian Spoons is a stableford foursomes competition for players of 15 handicap and above. The finalists, who were the overnight guests of England Goklf all came through club and regional qualifying rounds and were: Carol Park and Clare Spiller of Naunton Downs, Gloucestershire – South West region Celia Fowler and Pat Benson of Harrogate, Yorkshire, – North region Marjorie Smith and Shirley Higgins of Maxstoke Park, Warwickshire, – Midlands South Sue Burgess and Sue Wenlock of Kilworth Springs, Leicestershire & Rutland – Midlands North Sue Henderson and Chrissie Kemsley of Faversham, Kent, – South region Kerry Enever and Jenny Chamberlin of Diss, Suffolk, – East Region Belton Park Golf Club has presented each pair with a fourball voucher to play the course because the competition round was curtailed. Caption: 2014 Australian Spoons winners Clare Spiller (left) and Carol Park (Image © Leaderboard Photography).last_img read more