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Iheanacho wants more playtime at Manchester City

Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho is eager to get more playing opportunities in the Premier League after making his official debut against Watford before the international break.

Everything is pointing to the fact that the Flying Eagles star will at least make Coach Manuel Pellegrini’s 18 - man squad when The Citizens confront Crystal Palace this weekend as Ivorian international Wilfried Bony is far from being fit.

“It’s been going great, I’ve been training with the first-team and the guys have been great with me and I’m really enjoying it,” Kelechi said.

“It was a great feeling to make my debut against Watford. I was hoping to come on the manager introduced me and I was very happy to come on.

“I’m hoping for more Premier League minutes – I have to work hard in training and then hopefully the manager will introduce me again so I can show what I can do.”

Kelechi Iheanacho has made each of the 18 - man squads announced by Manuel Pellegrini but has managed only 1 minute of game time which came at The Etihad Stadium.


Toure asks for Ivory Coast rest

Manchester City’s Yaya Toure has asked not to be included in Ivory Coast’s squad for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone. 

Coach Michel Dussuyer has also left out Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote, plus Siaka Tiene and Lacina Traore for the match on 6 September. 

Dussuyer says Toure is still thinking about his international future. 

Toure said in March that he was considering whether to continue playing for the 2015 Nations Cup winners. 

Dussuyer also explained the absence of several other experienced players. 

The match will be played in the Nigerian city of Lagos as Sierra Leone are banned from hosting matches at home due to the Ebola crisis. 

Read more: Toure asks for Ivory Coast rest

Mourinho under fire over Eva treatment

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho found himself at the eye of a storm on Thursday as criticism mounted over reports he has sidelined the Premier League champions’ team doctor Eva Carneiro.

British media reports claim Carneiro will no longer attend Chelsea’s matches or training sessions after Mourinho lambasted her and physiotherapist Jon Fearn for running onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard during the latter stages of last weekend’s 2-2 draw at home to Swansea City.

In a statement said that the Premier League Doctors’ Group described Carneiro’s reported demotion as “unjust in the extreme”.

“A refusal to run onto the pitch would have breached the duty of care required of the medical team to their patient.

Read more: Mourinho under fire over Eva treatment

Emenike, Ujah better than Ighalo- Oliseh

By Albert Akota

While most Nigerians believe that Odion Ighalo is arguably Nigeria hottest striker and so deserved a place in the eighteen man foreign based list released on Monday, Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh has explained that Emmanuel Emenike and Anthony Ujah are ahead of him in his pecking order.

Oliseh however noted that the door is not yet closed on Ighalo as he will still have his time in the team.

“Well, Odion Ighalo is in our plans but for this first game against Tanzania, we are only inviting two players for each position. We are trying to get competition into positions.

“It is useless bringing in three professional players for the same position, paying their flight tickets and everything, bringing strikers and not been able to use one or two of them. So, in that also we have to take our time.

 Also, I think we have some heavy weight in Emenike and Ujah for that position and if need be we might play the two of them.”

Read more: Emenike, Ujah better than Ighalo- Oliseh

Oliseh wants 18 foreign pros for AFCON clash

By Albert Akota

Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has proposed a squad of 18 foreign-based professionals and five players from the domestic league for next month’s AFCON qualifier in Tanzania.

However, there are suggestions that Oliseh should accommodate more players from the league for the match against Tanzania.

“Oliseh wants to list 18 professionals from overseas for the match in Tanzania, while five places will be left for the players in the local league. But some have asked that he increases the number of the players from the league,” a top official said.

The foreign-based pros are expected to fly directly to Tanzania, where they will join up with the coaches and the players from the league.

The Eagles training camp is expected to open on Sunday, August 16, in Abuja with players from the domestic league.

The players who impress in this training camp will make the final squad to Tanzania.

Read more: Oliseh wants 18 foreign pros for AFCON clash