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Extremadura appoint Rodri

Extremadura introduced on Tuesday that Antonio Rodriguez Saravia identified as “Rodri” experienced been picked out to switch Juan Sabas as first team coach.

The Catalan coach, who will be accompanied by Eduardo Vilches as his assistant, fulfilled his players for the first time on Wednesday morning while the team geared up for their match on Saturday away to Rues.

The coach indicated that he has carried out his study on all his players and said that “This team has a good deal of fight and delight, and we have to acquire advantage of the close relationship we have with the fans”.

Rodriwas very delighted and excited and confidently informed the players nowadays that, “We are going to pull collectively to attempt and get the club out of their latest predicament.”

He also thanked his former club Tenerife where he was the assistant coach to José Luis Oltra. He also made a point of thanking former coach Juan Sába for all the past operate he experienced carried out with the team.

Rodri mentioned, “We will acquire advantage of all the good that was carried out beforehand and we hope to lead unique variables together with really hard operate and honesty and we count on the players to give their all.”

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Cedric Bakambu becomes first African to clinch La Liga accolade – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Villarreal striker Cedric Bakambu

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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017. 14:00


Cedric Bakambu became the first African player to receive Spanish La Liga’s Player of the Month award, following his exploits in the month of October.

The Villarreal forward was presented with the accolade on Sunday, ahead of the club’s 3-2 defeat to Sevilla in which he found the back of the net for his ninth goal of the league season.

The Democratic Republic of Congo international scored six goals in four league games during the month of October – netting a hat-trick Eibar.

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The 26-year-old edged Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Valencia’s Gonçalo Guedes to the accolade, that has been in existence since September 2013 as per BBC Sport.

“Very proud to be voted player of the month!,” Bakambu wrote on Twitter.

Bakambu has scored 45 goals in 101 appearances for Villarreal since his move to Spain in August 2015.



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Player Spotlight: Cedric Bakambu – Congolese striker named best player in Spanish La Liga – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Villarreal striker Cedric Bakambu

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 16:00


The lethal striker has deservedly been named the best player in the Spanish La Liga for the month of October.

Bakambu, who was born in France to DR Congolese parents, has been in top form for Villarreal this season having scored 12 goals in 17 matches in all competitions.

The former Sochaux player grabbed a brace against Kazajistan’s Astana in an UEFA Europa League game on Thursday, before scoring against Sevilla in a La Liga match on Sunday.

La Liga announced that the DR Congo international was the October Player of the Month after scoring six goals during the month.

A statement read: “Cedric Bakambu named LaLiga Santander Player of the Month for October.

“The Villarreal forward picks up this accolade for the first time in his career after netting six times last month.

“Villarreal CF striker Cedric Bakambu has been named the LaLiga Santander Player of the Month for October.

“His goalscoring exploits last month helped Villarreal soar up the table into the Europa League qualification spots.

“The France-born Congolese star’s six strikes in October have seen him receive the award for the first time in his career.

“The 26-year-old scored a hat-trick against SD Eibar in a 3-0 victory, struck twice in a 2-1 away win at Girona FC and once in Villarreal’s 4-0 thrashing of UD Las Palmas.”

The 26-year-old collected the accolade before Villarreal’s clash with Sevilla on Sunday.

Bakambu, who was born in France to DR Congolese parents, has been in top form for Villarreal this season having scored 12 goals in 17 matches in all competitions.

The former Sochaux player grabbed a brace against Kazajistan’s Astana in an UEFA Europa League game on Thursday, before scoring against Sevilla in a La Liga match on Sunday.

La Liga announced that the DR Congo international was the October Player of the Month after scoring six goals during the month.

A statement read: “Cedric Bakambu named LaLiga Santander Player of the Month for October.

“The Villarreal forward picks up this accolade for the first time in his career after netting six times last month.

“Villarreal CF striker Cedric Bakambu has been named the LaLiga Santander Player of the Month for October.

“His goalscoring exploits last month helped Villarreal soar up the table into the Europa League qualification spots.

“The France-born Congolese star’s six strikes in October have seen him receive the award for the first time in his career.

“The 26-year-old scored a hat-trick against SD Eibar in a 3-0 victory, struck twice in a 2-1 away win at Girona FC and once in Villarreal’s 4-0 thrashing of UD Las Palmas.”

The 26-year-old collected the accolade before Villarreal’s clash with Sevilla on Sunday.



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La Liga history maker Uzoho ecstatic with Nigeria call-up – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Nov 06, 2017. 09:00


New Nigerian senior international Francis Uzoho has paid tribute to his Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna.

This is after the teenage goalkeeper earned his maiden call-up to the Super Eagles squad.

The 19-year-old has been named in the 24-man squad to take on Algeria in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier and then a friendly against Argentina this month.

“It probably wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t been promoted to the first team at Deportivo,” Uzoho told BBC Sport.

“They’ve really helped me and hopefully I can repay the faith,” the Nwangele-born shot-stopper added.

Uzoho’s national call-up comes off the back of a strong start to his Deportivo career in the Spanish La Liga.

The former Nigerian Under-17 international became the youngest foreign goalkeeper to ever play in La Liga last month.

“I feel I owe the former manager [Pepe Mel] a lot as well and I am grateful to the players and management of the second team and senior side and I thank God for his favours,” he added.

Uzoho made his first team – and La Liga – debut on 15 October 2017, starting in a 0–0 away draw against SD Eibar.

According to Wikipedia, at the age of 18 years and 352 days, Uzoho became the youngest ever foreign goalkeeper to debut in La Liga.

He is also the second-youngest player to appear in the league during the campaign, only behind Real Madrid‘s Achraf Hakimi.



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Nigerian keeper Francis Uzoho delights in Spanish La Liga debut – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Oct 17, 2017. 17:30


Following his debut for Spanish giants Deportivo La Coruna, ex-Nigerian U17 goalkeeper Francis Uzohois delighted after his debut.

Uzoho played for his club and kept a clean sheet in Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Eibar as he produced four crucial saves to help Deportivo claim a point.

The 18-year-old arrived at the club from Qatar’s Aspire Academy in January and said the day will not fade from his memory.

“A day that will never disappear from my memory – my debut – thanks all for the support,” he said on Twitter.

Uzoho is the youngest foreign goalkeeper to ever play in La Liga and at 18 years, 11 months and 17 days, he becomes the second youngest player in La Liga this season.

He is behind Real Madrid‘s Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi who made his debut at 18 years, 10 months and 27 days earlier this month.

Uzoho follows in the footsteps of Wilfred Agbonavbare and Peter Rufai as Nigerian goalkeepers to have played in the Spanish top flight.

After regular first-choice goalkeeper Ruben had suffered a finger injury, Deportivo boss Pepe Mel opted for the Nigerian ahead of the experienced Costel Pantilimon and was impressed by the youngster.

“A coach has to act according to the things he sees in training,” Mel said.

“He is only 18 and he can barely speak Spanish but I know what he can offer this club.”



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SAFA delegation visit La Liga boss – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


SAFA President, DR Danny Jordaan

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Oct 04, 2017. 09:30


The South African Football Association’s president Dr. Danny Jordaan is in Spain to meet with the Spanish La Liga boss, Javier Tebas.

A statement released by SAFA indicates that the delegation is on a visit to explore various cooperative opportunities with La Liga.

The delegation took an extensive tour of the modern 68 000 capacity Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Monday, the home of Atletico Madrid and met La Liga boss, Javier Tebas.

The delegation, led by Jordaan and comprising all of SAFA Provincial Representatives, was taken through the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium which has been described as the most advanced stadium in Europe in terms of compliance.

SAFA was also keen to learn about the country’s football philosophy and coaching programmes in a bid to accelerate the development of coaches in the country as part of Vision 2022.

“If we want to be leaders of the sport on the continent and become a global player, we have to embrace some of the best practises on the globe and they don’t come more professional than LaLiga. This league is an example of excellence,” said Dr Jordaan.



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