September 22

Barca sack sporting director Eric Abidal

first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Messi scores twice in Barca friendly Barcelona have terminated the contract of sporting director Eric Abidal a day after sacking head coach Quique Setien.The move is one of “many changes” set to take place at the Catalan club following their 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final on Friday. A statement read: “The club publicly expresses its gratitude to Eric Abidal for the professionalism, commitment, dedication and positive and close treatment he has always shown towards all the estates that make up the Barça family, and wishes him luck and success in the future.”Abidal, 40, played for Barcelona from 2007 to 2013, winning four league titles and the Champions League twice.After retiring he returned to the club as the director of football in June 2018, replacing Roberto Fernandez.Abidal had at times proved a divisive figure during his two-year spell as sporting director, having blamed the players for Ernesto Valverde’s departure back in January.Lionel Messi called on Abidal to name names following the accusations, adding: “We are all being dirtied and it feeds comments that are made and are not true.” Abidal played a key role in selecting Setien as Valverde’s successor, and some eight months later he has now followed the head coach out the door at the Nou Camp.Ronald Koeman is on the brink of becoming the club’s new head coach, while it remains to be seen who will take Abidal’s palce.The club have also brought forward the presidential elections to March next year, with Victor Font a frontrunner to take Josep Maria Bartomeu’s place.Tags: BarcelonaEric AbidalErnesto Valverde’sLionel MessiNou CampQuique Setienronald koemanlast_img read more

September 17

Osinbajo, Ambode to Grace Ikeja Golf Club’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

first_imgThe Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, are expected to grace the Gala Night marking the 50th Anniversary of the prestigious Ikeja Golf Club on Saturday, December 1. The Vice President will be the Special Guest of Honour, while Governor Ambode, who is the Club’s patron, will be the Chief Host at the Gala Night.The Gala Night will bring to a close a week of activities to mark the Golden Jubilee of the foremost recreation club in Nigeria.Activities around the occasion began yesterday with a Caddies’ and Staff Competition on the expansive grounds of the club located off Oba Akinjobi Way, beside Archbishop Vining Memorial Anglican Church, Ikeja GRA.Today, there will be a competition of Veterans and Golf Professionals, while the Ladies’ Competition holds tomorrow, November 28 and the Club will host a 50th Anniversary Special Kitty on Thursday.The Men’s Competition for guests and players with Handicap 21 and above will take place on Friday, while players with Handicap 0-20 will play on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more