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- Keshi says Nigeria offered him 'slave contract'
Coach Stephen Keshi has said a new deal offered to him by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)amounts to a "slave contract". A debate has raged whether 52-year-old Keshi should be given a new contract after he failed to qualify the Super Eagles for the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea. His initial contract of three years ran out after last year's World Cup in Brazil, where Nigeria reached the last 16 knockout stages. After a long wait, Keshi, who triumphed with Nigeria at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, said he had received his new contract from the NFF but had been far from impressed with what was on offer.
- Federer stuns Djokovic in Dubai
Roger Federer claimed the 84th title of his legendary career, kept his nose in front in his personal rivalry with Novak Djokovic, and equalled his best achievement at any tournament by winning the Dubai Open for the seventh time on Saturday. He had to be pleased with what he had done, he reckoned, even if it was the first time that he had lost in his five finals here.
- Giroud aims to recover from Arsenal's Monaco embarrassment
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has vowed to bounce back from his Champions League humiliation against Monaco when the Gunners host Everton on Sunday. Giroud missed a succession of chances as Arsene Wenger's side slumped to a shock 3-1 last 16 first leg defeat, and the France international is keen to make amends when the Toffees visit the Emirates Stadium. Giroud first faces an anxious wait to see whether he will retain his starting spot for the meeting with Roberto Martinez's team as Arsenal attempt to maintain their grip on third place in the Premier League.
- Soccer-Tottenham's Eriksen happy to carry hopes of Spurs fans
By Ken Ferris LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - If Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen gets his hands on the League Cup after the final with Chelsea on Sunday he can thank his father who coached him and was his harshest critic. The 23-year-old Danish international will walk out onto the Wembley turf with the hopes of trophy-starved Spurs fans on his shoulders. This time he will have a key role for Spurs as they try to lift silverware for the first time since their 2008 League Cup triumph over Chelsea. Tottenham have struggled against Chelsea in the league in recent years but thumped them 5-3 at White Hart Lane on New Year's Day which has given them belief they can repeat the feat.