The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has signed a new coach for the female arm of the national team. Swedish manager Thomas Dennerby was named the new head coach of the Super Falcons, who are the reigning African women soccer champions.
AFC Cup finalists Bengaluru FC will play North Korea’s April 25 Sports Club in the inter-zone semi-finals later this year. The Indian club reached the final of Asia’s second-tier competition, only to lose out Iraq’s Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya by a 1-0 scoreline. As a result, they have earned a clash with April 25 SC next season which will be an enthralling affair with the North Korean club due to host the return leg in the 114,000 packed May Day Stadium in September.
April 25 SC qualified for the inter-zonal finals by winning the east zone group, which included the likes of Kigwancha SC and Mongolian side Erchim SC. On the other hand, Bengaluru went through a similar qualification process as they ran victors in the south zone group which involved Indian heavyweights, Mohun Bagan. Both clubs are particularly new to this stage of a competition, and Bengaluru’s coach admitted that he has no clue over the opponent’s strengths and weaknesses. Read more
The United States Soccer Federation is being dragged by fans after reports show that the bonus paid to former coach Jurgen Klinsmann for reaching the second stage of the 2014 World Cup was $500,000 while female national team coach Jill Ellis received $90,000 for winning the women’s World Cup.
The figures were obtained when the Federation filed its tax return for the year 2015/16. Ellis agreed to the terms of potential bonuses when she became coach in 2014. She renewed her contract after her success at the 2015 tournament. The new deal is expected to run through 2019 after the next tournament in France. Read more