Former Nigeria star steps down from Chelsea role

Former Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Nov 07, 2017. 12:00

Former Nigeria international Michael Emenalo has stepped down from his position as Chelsea’s technical director.

According to the Telegraph, Emenalo brought his 10-year association with the Blues to an end on Monday, following their 1-0 victory over Manchester United on the weekend.

The former Super Eagles defender reportedly made the decision to quit during the European summer, but delayed his departure to have a minimal impact on the team.

Emenalo is a close friend of club owner Roman Abramovich, who asked the 52-year-old to reconsider, but he insisted that he needs to spend more time with his young family.

It is also speculated that Emenalo’s departure is due to strained relations with head coach Antonio Conte, who wants greater control of transfer proceedings.

Emenalo represented Nigeria at the 1994 World Cup and first joined Chelsea’s technical team in 2007.

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Yaya Toure can still play key role – Kolo Toure – African Football

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure

Graeme Jackson

Thursday Sep 07, 2017. 15:00

Ivory Coast star Yaya Toure can still play a key role for Manchester City this season, according to his elder brother Kolo Toure.

The younger Toure has yet to get off the bench for the Citizens in their Premier League campaign, with coach Pep Guardiola opting for Fernandinho to play in defensive midfield.

The 34-year-old former Elephants captain is now considered a squad player more than a first-team regular, but Kolo reckons he still has great value to offer.

“Yaya is a top player. For me, he has always been one of the best midfielders in the world,” Kolo said at Soccerex.

“When he was playing in Ukraine not many people were listening to me because he was in another country but I’m not surprised about his career and what he is still doing at his age.

“I think he can still play a really key role in this Man City team because his passing is one of the best in the world, he can break lines and start action from the back.

“Of course, to run is more difficult with age but if there is a runner that can fight for the ball and give him the ball then Yaya can just be the maestro from the back.”

Toure will hope to feature for Man City when they host Liverpool in an eagerly-anticipated Premier League clash on Saturday afternoon.

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