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Vinicius, “I rejected offers from Barça.”

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Vinicius Junior admitted that he had to “follow his heart” when he signed for Real Madrid, turning down interest from rivals Barcelona in the process.

The Brazilian signed with Real Madrid in May 2017, although his transfer from Flamengo did not go through until after his 18th birthday in July 2018.

Vinicius instantly became the subject of plenty of pressure, having become the second-most expensive player in the history of Brazilian football behind only Neymar.

Like his countryman, Vinicius drew interest from Barcelona after breaking out in Brazil, but the now 19-year-old says that he knew that moving to Real Madrid was the best choice for his career.

“I thought it was not true, I thought they were just rumours from the newspapers,” Vinicius told AS. “I had proposals from Madrid and Barça too. My father told me that I had to choose and I had to follow my heart.”

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Fraud: Former FKF Boss Asembo faces Arrest

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A Nairobi court has issued an arrest warrant against former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Vice President Robert Asembo for defying court orders.
Sitting at the Kibera Law Courts, Chief Magistrate Joyce Gandana issued the orders after Asembo failed to appear before the court to face criminal charges.
Asembo has been charged for defrauding a Chinese national and investor in the pretext of selling her a piece of land.
In the charge sheet, it is alleged that between September 2nd, 2016 and March 31st, 2017, Asembo obtained Ksh2.5 million from Tai Sujun by falsely pretending that he was in a position to sell her a piece of land at Eastern bypass measuring 0.7616 hactres, while knowingly knowing it was not true.
Asembo who is out on a Sh100,000 cash bail was to appear before the court on Thursday, November 14 but failed to appear.
Consequently, the Chief Magistrate ordered for Asembo’s arrest after failing to present himself to face the charges preferred against him.
However, Gandana set November 29 as the date for the case’s mention.
Asembo a lawyer by profession has served as a sports administrator in various capabilities.
At the moment he is a member of the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) serving since 2016.
He served for one term as the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants AFC Leopards before joining FKF as the Nairobi region National Executive Committee (NEC) representative in 2011.
Asembo was later  elevated to serve as the federation’s Vice President to replace Kenya’s ex international Sammy Sholei under the Sam Nyamweya led administration.

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Former KPL Clubs play to draws in Betika Midweek Fixtures

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Former Kenyan Premier League (KPL) teams fought to draws in the Betika Super League (BSL) midweek matches.

It was a baptism fire for the former KPL teams and a taste of the league’s toughness with the entry of new National Super League sponsors Betika.

In the highlight of match the midweek fixures Nairobi City Stars and Ushuru settled for a barren draw at the Hope Centre in Kawangware, Nairobi.

The stalemate preserved Nairobi City Stars unbeaten run this season to remain as the only team in the league not to have lost so far.

Another former top flight league club Shabana fought to 2-2 tie away to AP’s Bomet.

Kenya Police formerly Red Berets when participating in the KPL league were held to a 1-1 draw by Vihiga Bullets.

Mount Kenya United formerly Nakumatt which was relegated from the KPL last season played to a 2-2 against St Joseph’s youth.

Administration Police (AP) was the only team that has featured at top flight level that lost after succumbing to 3-2 home loss to Fortune Sacco.

The midweek matches were the first matches, 24 hours after the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) inked a three year deal worth Sh90 million for the National Super League with gaming firm Betika.

“We can assure you that the league will be tough, competitive and entertaining with this sponsorship as an incentive,” remarked Betika Head of Commercial John Mbatia during the sponsorship signing ceremony.

Collated Midweek Betika Super League Round 14 Results:

Kenya Police 1 Vihiga Bullets 1

APS Bomet 2 Shabana 2

Nairobi Stima 0 Kibera Black Stars 0

Administration Police 2
Fortune Sacco 3

Nairobi City Stars 0
Ushuru 0

Muranga Seal 1 Talanta 0

Modern Coast Rangers 1
Migori Youth 0

St. Joseph’s Youth 2
Mt. Kenya United 2

Coast Stima 3
Bidco United 2

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City Stars Pioneer as the Betika Super League Leaders

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The 2006 President’s (Football Association ) Cup champions Nairobi City set the pace as the Betika Super League pioneering leaders despite drawing.

Nairobi City Stars formerly World Hope were held to a barren draw by fellow former Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Ushuru in a midweek Super league clash who j were the first matches under the sponsorship of betting firm Betika.

The draw maintained Nairobi City Stars lead and unbeaten run streak of the 2019/20 Betika Super League (BSP) season.

Nairobi City Stars are at the summit of the league standings with 36 points as the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) side Ushuru FC remained at number six with 21 points.

Second placed Nairobi Stima failed to close the gap on their fellow city based club after fighting to a goalles draw against Kibera Black Stars in Naivasha to stay in second spot, six points adrift the league leaders.

Bidco failed to capitalize on Nairobi Stima’s draw to jump into second place by succumbing into a 3-2 loss away against Modern Coast in Mombasa.

Despite the loss Bidco’s third place slot was not threatened as they were not dislodged thanks to Vihiga United not having a midweek fixture.

Vihiga United which joined the Super League this season after being relegated from KPL share the same number of points at 28 with a game in hand but dwarfed on an inferior goal difference by Bidco.

Irrespective of their win Modern Coast are still in the basement of the standings with 12 points to be placed in 17th spot.

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