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Jordan Ayew implores Swansea City to maintain momentum after first win ahead of Palace clash



Jordan Ayew in action against MK Dons

Ghana forward Jordan Ayew has implored his Swansea City teammates to keep the momentum ahead of their Premier League game against Crystal Palace this weekend as they bid record their win of the season.

The Swans recorded a convincing win against League One side Milton Keynes Dons in the Carabao Cup last night.


Now Ayew, who was one of the top performers of the side on the night, is targeting a first Premier League against Crystal Palace.

“We were very pleased to beat MK Dons,” the Swans forward said.

“It wasn’t easy to begin with. They scored first, but after that we showed we are the better team. We got the equaliser and then ended up scoring four goals. »

“We played some good football. We played our way – the way Swansea play and the way we want to play. »

“That’s good because it gives us confidence for the game this weekend, which is massive for us. »

“It’s always important to win and we know how important Saturday is. It’s not easy to win at Crystal Palace but we are not scared and we have confidence that we can go and get a result.”

The Swans took a point from their first league game of the season as they scrapped to a goalless draw at Southampton.

Their opening home fixture of the campaign ended in a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United last weekend, but the scoreline was harsh given that Clement’s side were right in the contest until a flurry of goals in the final 10 minutes.

And having been lifted by the MK Dons success, Ayew reckons the Swans are ready to show they are a team on the up.

“It’s always good to be winning, whoever you are playing against. It keeps confidence high and we have to keep that going,” he added. “We are a young team. We are doing good things and that’s positive.

“It’s not easy but we are doing well. The staff are behind us, the coach is doing a wonderful job.

“We have to keep working hard and try to get better, and hopefully that will bring us three points on Saturday.”

Iddrisu Baba Mohammed
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Nigeria players to receive € 2 million qualifying bonus for World Cup



Nigeria’s players will receive a € 2 million bonus from their Federation after qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

The selection of Nigeria will participate in the World Cup 2018. (The Team)
Qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Nigerian internationals will receive a qualifying bonus, as reported on Wednesday by the spokesman of the Federation (NFF). « The NFF has agreed with the team to pay him 2.4 million dollars (2 million euros) of the 8 that she expects from Fifa, » revealed Ademola Olajire, the Director of Communications of the Federation.

Last week, the NFF had already announced that an agreement had been reached on match bonuses in Russia, to avoid the hiccups of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil that forced the then Sports Minister to to travel to South America on a private jet, with nearly four million dollars (3.39 million euros) in cash. The terms of the new agreement had not been disclosed.

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Yakubu Aiyegbeni ends his career at 35



Author of 95 goals in the Premier League, the Nigerian striker permanently hangs the crampons. He had no club since last April.

He was in his way one of the leading players of the 2000s in the Premier League. Passed by Porsmouth, Middlesbrough or Everton, Yakubu Aiyegbeni had a successful career in England. The numbers speak for him: 252 appearances for 95 goals, more than one goal every three games. Now, that era is over and the Nigerian is turning to another career: he announced that he was ending his professional career.

57 selections with the Super Eagles

The course of Yakubu is also summarized with his country and the selection. He has finished three times on the podium of the African Cup of Nations (2002, 2004 and 2010) but also played a final phase of World Cup: it was in 2010 in South Africa. To his credit: he played 57 international games and scored 21 goals. He started in selection at a very young age, at the age of 17.

Moreover, this striker with the imposing physique also traveled a lot: he had started to make a name for Israel and Maccabi Haifa, before joining England. He has also played in Qatar, China and Turkey.

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Chelsea: Victor Moses swears fidelity to the club!



Having found his marks and managed to secure a place in the first team of Chelsea, Victor Moses believes that it belongs to Stamford Bridge. The Nigerian has promised to be loyal to the London club in an interview with Goal.

After three successive loan seasons, the arrival of Antonio Conte opened the door to Victor Moses. The Nigerian international got his chance from the Italian technician and used it very well. Moses took full advantage of the golden opportunity and was one of the star players of the club in winning the English Premier League title last season. The Blues have rewarded the performance of the 26-year-old by extending his contract.

In an infernal form of his life, nominated in the 5 players vying for the title of the African Player of the Year 2017, Victor Moses plans to go all the way with the defending British champion.

« That [the contract] gave me even more momentum to go far and enjoy my football, » Moses told Goal.

« The news has given me a lot more confidence. That’s where I belong, that’s where I want to play, that’s where I want to help my team and win trophies. Chelsea is one of the biggest football clubs in the world. I am happy here and I enjoy it. I have always believed in myself. As a footballer, it is essential to have this conviction, « he concluded.

As a reminder, Victor Moses wounded and removed from the lawn for 5 weeks should make his return this weekend against Liverpool.

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