Wanyama completes Saints switch

first_img Wanyama’s move therefore dwarfs the £9.5million Spartak Moscow paid Celtic for Aiden McGeady three years ago and sees it become the largest fee ever paid in Scottish football, breaking Rangers’ long-standing record £12million outlay for Tore Andre Flo. Until recently it had looked like a move to the south coast had collapsed over personal terms, leading to suggestions of issues with his representatives. However, manager Mauricio Pochettino last week had not given up on the deal and Wanyama now becomes Saints’ second signing of the summer, following the £8.5million purchase of Lyon’s Dejan Lovren. “It feels great and I am happy to be here,” Wanyama told the club’s official website, www.saintsfc.co.uk. “Finally it has happened and we’ve come to the end [of negotiations], so I am delighted. There were other options, but Southampton is a club with ambitions so I chose to came here. “Southampton is a good club and it has good players, so I just want to train hard and work hard to be a part of the starting XI. We’ll see where that will take me. “I’m very grateful to be here and I’m looking forward to playing in the Premier League. “I’ve seen that the stadium is great and the dressing room is looking good, and I know some of the players. I hope they will help me and I think I will get along with the others, so it will be good. I am happy to be a part of Southampton’s squad. It means a lot because because it has been my dream to play in the Premier League and now I am here.” Victor Wanyama’s long-mooted move to Southampton has been completed, with the midfielder leaving Celtic for a Scottish record fee reported to be £12.5million. After overcoming an apparent impasse in discussions, the highly-rated 22-year-old has put pen to paper on a four-year deal at St Mary’s. Press Association Sport understands Southampton have broken their club transfer record to complete the signing, beating the £12million they spent on Bologna’s Gaston Ramirez last summer. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Amapakabo Gets Okechukwu, Awoniyi Boost for Zambia

first_imgImama Amapakabo UNDER-23 AFCONCoach Imama Amapakabo has received important boosts for today’s make-or-break Under-23 AFCON battle against Zambia with the arrivals in camp of team captain Azubuike Okechukwu and star forward Taiwo Awoniyi.The absence of the duo was greatly felt in the opening game of Group B that the defending champions lost by the odd goal to Cote d’Ivoire on Saturday, and Amapakabo is confident their arrival will spur his squad to a better performance against the Zambians. “I am happy we now have Awoniyi and our captain, Azubuike. They are integral to the team and were influential in our qualifying matches. We will throw everything into the game against Zambia because we have left ourselves no choice at this point.“I believe we have the team to not only overcome Zambia but go all the way in the tournament. We stumbled against the Ivorians but we have learnt from that and we now look forward to rescuing our campaign against the Zambians and South Africans.”Former Under-17 World Cup winner Awoniyi, who plays for FSV Mainz 05 in the German top division, landed in Cairo late on Sunday, while Turkey –based Okechukwu, who also captained the Class of 2015 and to the gold medal in Senegal, arrived in the early hours of Monday.Okechukwu’s midfield partnership with Kelechi Nwakali was impactful in the handsome home wins over Libya and Sudan in the qualifying series, while Awoniyi got the important opener and also created chances in the defeat of Sudan that landed the Olympic Eagles in Egypt.Nigeria take on Zambia at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo on Tuesday in a game they must pick up the maximum points to return to contention for a place in the semi finals of the competition, ahead of their clash with South Africa on Tuesday.Only the top three finishers at the Under-23 AFCON will qualify to fly Africa’s flag at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament in Tokyo, Japan next year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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