NIANG MOVES TO FERNABAHCE
Senegal striker Mamadou Niang has signed for Turkish giants Fenerbahce from Marseille.
The 30-year-old captained Marseille to the French Ligue 1 title last season, and decided to end his five year association with the club by putting in a transfer request.
He played his final game for the side in the 3-2 defeat at Valenciennes at the weekend and will be sorely missed by Marseille, for whom he top-scored last season with 18 goals.
The saga of his pending departure had weighed heavily on the squad, coach Didier Deschamps says, and now they need to move on.
"The whole Mamadou affair has had negative consequences for the entire group," Deschamps said.
"Now we need positive news to reverse the trend. I really didn't believe we would have so much turbulence in the closed season but we need to face it."Details of his move to the Turkish powerhouse is however not immediately known but is believed he would sign a four year contract at the club.
EGUAVON READY TO TAKE UP NIGERIA'S UNDER 23 POST
Acting Super Eagles coach Augustin Eguavoen has accepted the offer to take over the Nigerian under-23 team job.The former Nigeria coach, who has also served as an assistant on two occasions to Christian Chukwu and Lars Lagerback, on Tuesday told Brila FM that he is ready to take the job, contrary to widespread speculation that he was going to reject the offer since it seems like a demotion.He stressed that he knew before now that he was going to be the next U-23 coach, and also stated that he is prepared to meet the NFF officials on how to get started."It is football, it doesn't matter the category as long as it is football. Before now I knew I was going to take charge of the team and there is no problem at all. "What is left now is that when I return to Nigeria there is need to sit with the NFF to fashion out the way to get the right players who fall within the age bracket and give them the required exposure. "There is no problem at all, I am pleased with the job since it is the platform to groom the next set of senior players."Eguavon oversaw the Super Eagles 1-2 defeat to South Korea last week in an international friendly in his first assignment as temporary coach of the senior side.
CAMEROON NAMES CLEMENTE AS NEW COACH
Cameroon have confirmed the appointment of Javier Clemente as manager of the country's national football team in an announcement made on Tuesday. The four-time African champions had been without a full-time manager since Paul Le Guen resigned in June following a dismal World Cup campaign in South Africa.Spaniard Clemente would be in Cameroon on Aug. 28 to sign his contract, according to a statement from the sports ministry.The former Spain manager will be assisted by two former captains of the Indomitable Lions, Francois Omam Biyick and Jacques Songo'o.The new staff will lead the team in September against Mauritius in a qualifier for the 2012 AfricaNations Cup to be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.