Manchester United forward Odion Ighalo has revealed that club legend Andy Cole gave him a surprise phone call on the morning of his move to Old Trafford.The Nigerian completed a shock loan deal to the Red Devils in January, signing a short-term contract from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua. The 30-year-old’s arrival drew widespread scepticism from supporters and the media alike, with many believing United had panicked with a move for the forward who had spent the last three years playing outside of Europe.Ighalo has since hit back at his critics, insisting that they’re the same people that are praising him now.The Nigerian has made the critics eat their words with four goals in eight appearances for the Reds and he’s revealed that a call from Cole gave him a good feeling about the move.Ighalo said: “I have a lot of memories of him (Cole).“He’s one of the best goalscorers I’ve ever seen. “He scored a lot of goals for Manchester United.“The way he finished was brilliant.“I have learned one or two things from watching (old clips).“It’s a privilege talking with Cole.“Even when I signed for Manchester United, he gave me a surprise call early in the morning to congratulate me and wishing me well even before I started training with the team. “I cherish that the most.“It’s one of those great things.“An idol like that from Manchester United before I even started kicking a ball.“I appreciated it so much.”RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Ighalo has brought a feel-good factor to the club and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on signing the Nigerian on a permanent basis.Shanghai are content with allowing Ighalo to leave, but they want a fee of around £15 million.Ighalo, a boyhood United fan, recently revealed that Cole and strike partner Dwight Yorke were his heroes growing up.“I had a lot of football heroes,” Ighalo said.“When I started supporting Man United, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole were my heroes growing up – and some Nigerian players as well like Jay-Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu.”—Tags: Andy ColeManchester UnitedOdion IghaloOld TraffordShanghai Shenhua
SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit Related Articles Racing content and data services provider Sports Information Services (SIS) has confirmed that it has added a multi-year extension to its existing rights agreement with the German Tote.The extended partnership will allow SIS to include coverage of German horseracing across all of its verticals, including retail and digital 24/7 channels, and to be sold as standalone content on a watch and bet or bet and watch basis for digital use.Paul Witten, Product Director at SIS, commented: “We are delighted to extend our relationship more deeply with the German Tote for inclusion of their high-quality racing in all our services.“This content sits very well within our overall portfolio, and its availability in the near future is sure to fill a significant gap for operators seeking betting content to fill any void whilst domestic racing is still in lockdown.”It comes after the German government has relaxed some restrictions across the country following the COVID-19 lockdown. It has been suggested that German horseracing could resume as early as 1 May.The deal initially covers all German thoroughbred racing with the option to extend to include harness racing in the future.Riko Luiking, CEO at German Tote added: “SIS has proven to be a strong partner for German Tote, and we are very pleased to extend our relationship even further.” Share SIS adds Irish Greyhound Derby to its portfolio August 13, 2020 SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Share
Congo midfielder Prince Oniangue believes coach Claude LeRoy can lead the country to at least the last-eight at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.Frenchman LeRoy has coached four different teams at seven editions of the tournament, winning the competition in 1998 with Cameroon.And Oniangue feels LeRoy will inspire them in Equatorial Guinea.”Most times he gets to the quarter-finals at least, so we can work knowing that target is very possible,” he said.LeRoy’s Nations Cup record as coach1986 – Runner-up with Cameroon1988 – Winner with Cameroon 1990 – Semi-finalist with Senegal1992 – Quarter-finalist with Senegal2006 – Quarter-finalist with DR Congo2008 – Third place with Ghana2013 – Group stage with DR Congo The 26-year-old Oniangue, who plays his club football in France for Reims, told BBC Sport he is confident LeRoy’s knowledge of the tournament will help propel the team out of a group that contains the hosts, Burkina Faso and Gabon.”Having a coach like Claude LeRoy helps a lot. He’s going for his eight Nations Cup appearance and that brings a lot to the team,” Oniangue added.Congo enjoyed their heyday in the 1970s, when the Red Devils beat Mali 3-2 in the final of the 1972 tournament.Two years later, the holders took eventual finalists Zambia to extra-time in the semi-finals before losing 4-2.Congo have failed to reach a Nations Cup semi-final since but Oniangue, who scored against Nigeria and Sudan during the qualifiers, said: “I think everything is possible. “We will play the opening game and do the maximum to reach the quarter-finals.”We have to take it match after match. The minimum will be to reach the quarter-final, no one expect us to be there so maybe we can shock people again.”Congo has a young generation, a lot of people did not give us a chance in Nigeria but we won there.”As players we believe in ourselves and in our coach we have a man with big experience, so I know we can surprise everybody again in Equatorial Guinea.”The tournament will be played between 17 January and 8 February.
Interesting transfer news are out claiming that AS Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic is being linked with Barcelona.Teleradiostereo reported that the Spanish giants are preparing an approach to Roma for the 23 year old Bosnia international.Barca are set to return to the transfer market for a new midfielder with local products Cristian Tello, Thiago Alcantara and Jonathan dos Santos all ready to move on this summer.Pjanić was born in 1990 in Tuzla, from 2007 to 2008 he played for Metz, then moved to Lyon and from 2011 he’s been playing for Roma. He started playing for BIH national team in 2008.(D.J.)