Premier League clubs have voted to extend the summer transfer deadline in England to September 1 for the 2020-21 Season. The voting was held at a Premier League shareholder meeting on Thursday. The transfer deadline in England normally ended on September 1, until 2017 when clubs voted against the transfer of players when the league has already kicked off.
Other European leagues refused to support the idea of closing the transfer window before the start of the season and this caused a disruption to the English teams, because they could lose a player after the season has kicked off but will be unable to replace him until the winter transfer window.
Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino also didn’t support the idea of closing the window before other leagues in Europe “I think that was a big mistake for the Premier League to allow that – we open the door to different clubs in Europe to try to create confusion within your squad. It can create a mess at clubs like us, clubs in England.”
With the vote, the closing date of the 2020 transfer window will be 1 September, 16:00 WAT. The Premier League said in a statement “At a Shareholders’ Meeting today, Premier League clubs voted to adopt a change to the Summer Transfer Window closing date for season 2020/21.
“This will move the closing date back to the traditional point at the end of August/early September.
“The 2020 closing date will therefore be 17:00 BST on 1 September (31 August 2020 being a UK Bank Holiday).
“Clubs agreed after discussing the topic at length at previous Shareholders’ Meetings.”
Serena Williams breaks down in tears after losing Australian open semi final to Naomi Osaka
Serena Williams could hardly believe she lost the game as she broke down in tears in her press conference after losing the Australian Open Semi-final to 23-year old Naomi Osaka.
She lost the match in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 in the Australian Open semi-final at Rod Laver Arena earlier today.
The 39-year-old is still one grand slam behind Margaret Court’s all-time tennis record of 24 women’s Grand Slam singles titles.
Howbeit, She failed to reach the final again at the Australian Open.
An emotional Williams was asked some questions in her post match press conference but she left in tears.
In one of the questions she was asked she said,
“If I ever say farewell,” she replied with a smile, “I wouldn’t tell anyone.”
When the next question returned the conversation to the subject of Williams’ many mistakes Thursday (Wednesday night EST) — twice as many unforced errors, 24, as winners, 12 — she shook her head, teared up, said, “I’m done,” and suddenly walked out of the session with reporters.
On Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. local time (3:30 a.m. EST), Osaka will meet first-time Grand Slam finalist Jennifer Brady of the United States for the championship. The 22nd-seeded Brady, who is from Pennsylvania and played college tennis at UCLA, prevailed in an epic, 18-point last game to edge No. 25 Karolina Muchova 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the semifinals.
Naomi Osaka has won many titles, below are her recent achievements,
Grand Slam Singles
Winner in 2019
Winner in 2018, 2020
R16 in 2019
In one of her press conferences, the Japanese revealed that her sister, Mari was the one who pushed her into sports.
“She’s the person who pushed me when we were little. I had no drive at all. So, just hitting with her every day gave me something to look forward to and just for her to be so artistic and for us to in a way do everything together. That’s why I go to her for most of my projects and she helps me out a lot. I think that’s the least I can do to repay her,” she said.
Nigerian athlete Blessing Okagbare makes it to the Guinness Book of Records
Nigerian track and field athlete Blessing Okagbare Ighoteguonor just made it to the Guinness Book of Record. In her Instagram handle, she announced her entry into the Guinness book of record.
She posted a picture of the award with the caption,
“A dream made reality through God’s grace and determination. Look what finally came in the mail…Thanks to the Guinness book of world records. I am indeed honored, proud and grateful.”
Two days ago, the athlete shared a video of her victory in the 60m American track with the caption,
” I won the 60m American track yesterday and also my heat in the 200m race. Both came with a new personal best. I am excited and grateful to God.”
The record is for making the most appearances in the IAAF’s Diamond League Meetings.
The certificate reads:
“The most appearances in Diamond League meetings by an athlete is 67 and was achieved by Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria) between 3 July 2010 and 31 August 2018”. The certificate was branded ‘OFFICIALLY AMAZING.’
Last weekend, she set two new personal indoor records at the Doyle Sports Management Meeting, won an Olympic silver medal at the 2008 Games as a 19-year-old in the Long Jump.
She has also won a World Championships Silver, and is the current African Record holder in the 200m and in the 4x200m with the Nigerian team.
Okagbare is seeking a fourth Olympic Games participation with the Nigerian team in Tokyo in July .
NIGERIA FOOTBALL STAR PHILIP OTELE SCORES AGAIN FOR FK KAUNO ZALGIRIS
Philip otele who wears the Number 7 Jersey for his club Fk kauno Zalgiris was able to put his club ahead of their opponent FK Suduva with a brilliant opening goal.
Philip otele a brilliant and hard working football player from Nigeria has expressed his desire to put in alot of Smart and hard work till he gets a national call from Nigeria football federation.
The Bayelsa born footballer amazing penalty kick gave his team a 3 -2 win against Vilnaius.
Speaking to journalists, Otele says his appreciation goes to God for the platform, skills and grace, and every other member of his team who have been supportive.
Otele’s management also shared their thoughts about his super performances, they believe in him & are very sure he will become a well known footballer for his skills on the field.
“His best is yet to come”- They said.
Phillip Otele is from Bayelsa State Nigeria and currently plays for FK Kauno Zalgiris.
Otele is a graduate of sports management and his dream is to get a phone call soon from the Nigerian football federation.