Arsene Wenger has stopped handshakes among his players and disinfected Arsenal’s training ground to wipe out a virus which is spreading through the camp.

Per Mertesacker is the fourth player to be struck down recently by a coughing and sickness bug and faces a test to be fit for Saturday evening’s game at West Ham. Theo Walcott became ill after returning from international duty in Moldova, when the England squad used Arsenal’s facilities.

Thomas Vermaelen and Francis Coquelin have also missed games and some staff have fallen ill.

Wenger has ordered the dressing rooms at the training ground to be washed with disinfectant. Notices have gone up reminding players how germs can be passed and he has stopped a pre-training ritual where players shake hands.

‘It is a good excuse not to shake hands before the game,’ said Wenger. ‘If you shake hands the viruses go around the league.’


Source: UK Mail


Venus and Serena Williams Live in Lagos from October 30th

As part of a planned African Tour, International Tennis champions, Serena and Venus Williams are scheduled to visit Lagos from Tuesday 30 October to Friday 2, November 2012 as part of the first leg of the recently launched ‘Breaking the Mould’ (BTM) campaign, a women’s empowerment initiative that has already garnered international support. 

While in Lagos, the dynamic duo will inspire, motivate and mentor a broad range of audiences through a series of supporting initiatives which include; a gala dinner, a tennis clinic and an exhibition match which will also be the first time the sisters will pit their strengths against one another on the tennis court anywhere in Africa.  

This will underpin BTM’s mission to recognise and acknowledge the role that women play in shifting perceptions and encouraging development on all levels across the African continent.

Connect Marketing Services, Octagon SA’s West African affiliate (the architects of BTM), is coordinating the Nigerian element of the Williams Sisters’ tour of Africa. Tunji Adeyinka, Managing Director of Connect Marketing Services, says that ‘‘Breaking The Mould is an inspiring mechanism to help women at various life stages of their lives – embark on a journey of self-belief so that they can know they can achieve anything.  The message of the African Tour by the Williams’ sisters will resonate with African women as a whole, who are often the champions of change and encourage more women to do the same. Indeed, we are proud to implement Breaking The Mould in Nigeria.”

Despite the high profile nature of these events, fans and followers of the dynamic duo have the opportunity to WIN special invites to the gala night, tennis clinics, and exhibition match. All any interested participant needs to do is like the NigeriaBTM page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nigeriabtm) and also follow @nigeriaBTM on Twitter (www.twitter.com/nigeriabtm) for more details on how to WIN tickets.

This event will really boost the image of Lagos state a global sports tourism location, and raise the global profile of all participating brands.

Youtube link: http://youtu.be/khkUEGTrhB0 (Venus and Serena Williams announcing their visit to Lagos)


Mikel Obi Apologises For Costly Champions League Error, Deletes Twitter Account!

Mikel John Obi, Nigerian and Chelsea Midfielder has apologized for the mistake at the Champions League Opener on Wednessday 19th september 2012. Chelsea FC who are the Champions League Title defenders let Juventus grab a vital draw at home after Mikel Obi Misplaced a Pass. Mikel needlessly gave the ball away 10 minutes from time and then failed to prevent Claudio Marchisio playing Fabio Quagliarella into space for the equaliser, with David Luiz also all at sea. He was Later Taunted by Chelsea Fans on Twitter and that lead to him deleting his account.

Mikel said.

“If I want to make up an excuse, I can,” Mikel said. “But, for me, I gave the ball away. I put my hands up, we move on.

“I’m sorry about the mistake, but there are no excuses.”