35-year-old Yaya Toure, a former midfielder for Ivory Coast, Manchester City, and Barcelona, has according to his manager retired from playing competitive football and will instead move into a coaching role.
The Ivorian born footballer relocated to Greece in the wake of his release from Manchester City this past summer but has not appeared in any matches since Greek club Olympiakos terminated his contract this past December. During the span of his Football career with Manchester City the club managed to capture an FA Cup title, two League Cup titles, as well as three Premier League championships.
In a recent announcement his agent, Dimitri Seluk stated, Yaya decided to bring his career to a close as a champion. However, just a month prior Toure revealed during a BBC interview that he had no short-term goals that included retirement from football, and he had not ruled out continuing his playing career in the United States, Asia, or Middle East. According to Seluk, the farewell game Manchester City afforded him, in principle marked the true end of his career as a player, not just with the Manchester team, but generally.
Seluk made the revelation will speaking to Sport 24 the Russian website and later endorsed their article via his Twitter feed, saying that Yaya is one of Africa’s best players who built one of the brightest football careers in African football’s history and as such decided to leave football while at his peak. He continued relaying that it is natural for a footballer to carry on playing for as long as is humanly possible and considering his current level of physical conditioning Yaya could continue doing this at a sufficiently elevated level for at least another five years.
Yaya Toure’s excellent track record and dynamic style of play made him a firm favourite amongst major bookmakers such as Ladbrokes throughout the UK. Crowned African footballer of the year four times, and in 2009 with Barcelona captured the Champions League title, before moving to Manchester City for the next eight years where during his time with the team he scored 79 goals during his 316 appearances, including winning the 2011 FA Cup final, as well as two Italian LaLiga titles.
Prior to his European career, Toure made 101 appearances for the Ivory Coast many as captain, playing in the 2006, 2010, as well as 2014 World Cup championships. He retires from his football career having established a remarkable 100% penalty record, scoring with al 11 of his place kicks.
Seluk also added he was certain that within two years after Yaya receives his Professional coaching licence, he will become head coach at one of the major clubs and achieve huge success in his new coaching role. Apparently, Toure had already made inroads in this new direction, the legend from Africa’s Ivory Coast will no-doubt once again soon strut his way around with trophy laden pockets.
‘I Can Discover Ballon d’Or Winners In Nigeria’
Ex-Nigeria international Usman Abdallah has declared that he can help the country groom future Ballon d’Or winners if he is handed the U20 job.
Abdallah, who led Enyimba to win the 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League and a Confederation Cup semi-final finish, is favourite to replace Paul Aigbogun for the Flying Eagles’ head coach role.
His outstanding CV features a Uefa A license, a degree in football coaching and team management (France) and a Strength and Conditioning level 1 coaching certificate in Australia.
According to reports, the Nigeria Football Federation will announce the Franco-Nigerian in the coming days, a claim the tactician is unsure of when quizzed by newsmen.
“Just like every other person, I applied for the job but I’m yet to get confirmation if I was picked or not.
“Nigeria is my country and it will be nice if I eventually get this role because it will be a big chance to serve. Also, I have what it takes to discover future Ballon d’Or winners for the country.
“Without sounding immodest, I strongly believe that I will excel in this position not only because of my wealth of experience but because of my closeness to grassroots football.
“As I have always said, this level deserves a lot of serious work because players picked at this level form a pivot of future Super Eagles,”he told newsmen.
After a failed expedition at the 2019 Fifa U20 World Cup in Poland, Nigeria will be hoping to qualify for Indonesia 2021 through the Africa U20 Cup of Nations scheduled for Mauritania.
Champions, Europa Leagues Finals Likely For August
The Champions League and Europa League look increasingly likely to be played exclusively in August after more talks about the remainder of the 2019-20 season on Wednesday.
Uefa told the 55 associations on Tuesday there was still the possibility of the competitions being played throughout June, July and August.
But Tidesports source understands that the latest discussions revolved almost exclusively around a plan to complete the domestic leagues by 31 July, with European competition following after that.
Nothing definitive has been agreed but Uefa is keen to leave all options on the table for as long as possible given the general uncertainty across Europe and in the knowledge there is no guarantee the season will be finished.
However, there is a view that travel restrictions are more likely to have eased in August, which would be necessary for a cross-border competition.
The scenario envisaged would be for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the respective European competitions to be played as two-legged ties between 11 and 22 August, although these could yet become one-off games.
In the plans now being discussed, there would be some flexibility for domestic fixtures to be played in August, should a July conclusion prove impossible.
The Premier League has nine rounds of fixtures remaining but in Spain and Italy, two countries that have been badly affected, there are still 11 and 12 rounds left respectively – although both have fewer cup games to fit into their schedules.
Uefa hopes the situation will become clearer in the next fortnight but completing the season in this way would cause the least disruption to its qualification competition for the 2020-21 season, which was supposed to start at the end of June but has been delayed indefinitely.
S’Eagles’ll Miss Mikel, Ighalo -Etebo
John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo would remain a big miss for Nigeria, concedes Oghenekaro Etebo, with the Super Eagles still coming to terms with their retirement.
After the Super Eagles clinched third-place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the duo drew the curtains on their international careers.
Mikel, 32, was the first to bow out before Egypt 2019 top scorer Ighalo followed the path of the former Chelsea star.
Coach Gernot Rohr is prepared to put faith in the likes of Joe Aribo, Alex Iwobi and Victor Osimhen as replacements for the duo.
The Getafe man said it was clear that the three-time African kings would miss Mikel and Ighalo for their leadership attributes, but believes Osimhen can fill the vacuum left by the Manchester United striker.
“They are leaders who we are going to be missed in the dressing room,” he stated.
“Mikel was a leader; I recall how he helped us during the Olympics when we had issues during our preparations for the Games. Not because I played with him but for the impact he had on me as a player.
“They helped the team make vital decisions during tough times and I guess it was just time for them to move on.
“Ighalo on his part is a goal poacher that we also miss but thank God that we have another goal poacher in [Victor] Osimhen, but we have to be patient with him to settle in well into that role.”
After the coronavirus pandemic, Rohr is expected to begin life without the retired players as Nigeria would be hoping to qualify for the 2021 Afcon billed for Cameroon.
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