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Moyes believes Anichebe is key to Sunderland’s battle out of Relegation

David Moyes says Nigerian forward Victor Anichebe is one of the key players Sunderland are banking on to avoid relegation. Sunderland are currently 19th in the league table. Anichebe who has scored three Premier League goals, sustained a hamstring injury in Sunderland's 4-1 away defeat to Burnley on new year's eve. Aside Anichebe, Moyes also made mentioned of promising young keeper Jordan Pickford who is out injured. "We've lost one or two people who were key in our winning run – Victor and Jordan – and they are both really important players," Moyes said during his Friday's pre-match press conference.

Moyes revealed that Anichebe, Steven Pieneer and Jack Rodwell's availability is still an uncertainty for the game against West Brom. "I'm not sure if anyone will be back. There was only a chance with Steve Pienaar and Victor Anichebe. "Jack Rodwell should be okay. He had a slight problem with his knee but a scan revealed there was nothing there. "Jordan Pickford sees a specialist next Tuesday and he'll be the one to tell us if he's in the clear to come back."

Speaking ahead of Saturday's game, Moyes praised the West Brom for their performances so far while stating he is relishing going against old foe Tony Pulis. "West Brom have done a good job and they're starting to chase the teams above them. "I've been coming up against Tony for what feels like 100 years! He was at Gillingham when I was at Preston, so we've been around." And on the transfer front involving players coming in and going out of Sunderland, Moyes said: "We've been linked with four or five players this week and I can tell you that none of them are the ones we're in for." "I'm not aware of any interest from Crystal Palace in Lamine Kone at present."

Quarter-Finalists Emerge At Olympic 5-A-Side Football Championship

The quarter-finalists in the Olympic Five-a-side Football Championship Season-2 have emerged, Completesportsnigeria.com reports. The teams that will do battle in the last eight of the competition were decided in Friday's National Round of 16 Qualifiers staged inside Campos Mini Stadium, Lagos. Sixteen teams were drawn in four groups of four teams each, with the eight quarter-finalists emerging from the groups. The eight teams that made it out of the groups are defending champions De Royals of Lagos, Ace FC of Kaduna, FEM Stars of Lagos, Victorious Gladiators of Rivers, Oreon and Leon of Lagos. Others are Friends United of Lagos, G Boys of Lagos and Moving Train of Lagos.


In the quarter-final pairings, Group A winners Ace FC will face G Boys who were second in Group B. Group C winners Oreon Leon will do battle against Friends United who were runners-up in Group D. FEM Stars who came second in Group A will slug it out with Group B winners De Royals. Group C second placed team, Victorious Gladiators, will go head-to-head with Moving Train who topped Group D. The quarter- final  games will hold on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Campos Mini Stadium, Lagos. Also, the semi-finals and final will take place on Saturday at the same venue.

Meanwhile, the winner of the Olympic Five-a-side Football Championship Season 2 will get one million naira and a trophy. The runners-up will go home with #500,000, while the third placed team will be rewarded with #300,000. The Most Valuable Player will also walk away with #300,000. Over 300 teams from across Nigeria took part in this year's Olympic Five-A-Aside Football Championship Season-2.

20 January, 2017  tobi   Sport News |

Bamgboye: I Want Breakthrough At Haladas, Big European Club My Target

Former Nigeria youth international, Funsho Bamgboye, hopes to make the best use of his time with Hungary top flight side, Szombathelyi Haladas and secure a move to a top flight European side, reports Completesportsnigeria.com. Bamgboye, a member of Nigeria's U-17 side – the Golden Eaglets, that won the FIFA U-17 World Cup title in Chile in 2015, recently penned a two-year deal with the club. He was courted by a number of foreign clubs but chose to sign for Haladas following assurance he will be part of the first team setup at the club. "Coming down to Europe has always been my dream and I'm happy with this opportunity to be part of this new team (Haladas),"

Bamgboye disclosed during an exclusive chat with  Completesportsnigeria.com. "The challenge here will be a huge one but I'm ready to work hard and make a big impact with Haladas. " My target is to play for the big  European clubs and doing well here will play a big role in achieving that."

20 January, 2017  tobi   Sport News |

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