​Chinese phone maker Vivo  official sponsor of World Cup 2018 and World Cup 2022

Vivo announced that it signed a six-year partnership with FIFA and will be an official sponsor of its tournaments in the period, covering two cycles. The partnership begins with the Confederations Cup 2017 in Russia, following the pinnacle of football – the World Cup next summer. The deal will also cover the World Cup 2022 in Qatar and its concomitant Confederations Cup a year earlier.

During the partnership, the Vivo logo will appear on advertising boards, tickets for the venues, any related programs and leaflets and other key promotional areas. The company also promises to launch a unique phone that will offer a one of a kind experience for football fans.

Along with the deal, all FIFA staff are required to use vivo smartphones while the tournaments are going on.

vivo keeps going with the aggressive marketing and brand positioning, aiming to strengthen international recognition. This deal is third major one for the company after becoming the title sponsor of the Indian Premier League and signing a strategic partnership with NBA China. vivo even managed to invite Stephen Curry as an ambassador for thevivo Xplay 6.

Another 2 years for Wenger at Arsenal

The Gunners boss has extended his stay at Emirates Stadium until at least 2019 despite numerous protests against his management from disgruntled fansArsenal have confirmed that manager Arsene Wenger has extended his contract at the club until 2019.

The Gunners made the announcement on Wednesday after Goal had earlier revealed that the Frenchman had agreed to two more seasons at the helm.

Arsenal target Mahrez to snub Monaco

The new deal for the man who has spent over 20 years at the club was approved after a private meeting between Wenger and majority shareholder Stan Kroenke in a secret location on Monday.

Details of the Frenchman’s contract were then confirmed 24 hours later in a boardroom meeting, and Goal understands that despite widespread talk of a Director of Football model, the structure of the club is set to remain the same.

GFX Arsene Wenger Arsenal extension

Wenger’s future has been shrouded in uncertainty for the entire 2016-17 season, with Arsenal finishing fifth in the Premier League table to accelerate rumours that a managerial change was going to take place.

It is the first time that the north Londoners have failed to qualify for the Champions League under Wenger – a competition that once again ended in disappointment for the Gunners in the current campaign after they were humiliated by Bayern Munich back in March.

Arsenal did, however, claim FA Cup glory after a 2-1 win over Chelsea, with the announcement over Wenger’s extension now having arrived four days after that success.

Demonstrations and protests from various fans against Wenger’s reign have been commonplace over the season, with the likes of Thomas Tuchel, the now unemployed former Dortmund manager, and Eddie Howe having been mooted as possible replacements.

But Wenger clearly maintains support at boardroom level and will now look to step up preparations for the 2017-18 season, with the club’s supporters undoubtedly keen to see their team challenge for the title.

Following the announcement of his extension, the Frenchman told the club’s official website: “I love this club and I am looking forward to the future with optimism and excitement. We are looking at what we do well and how we can be stronger everywhere. This is a strong group of players and with some additions we can be even more successful.

“We’re committed to mounting a sustained league challenge and that will be our focus this summer and next season. I am grateful to have the support of the board and Stan in doing everything we can to win more trophies. It’s what we all want and I know it’s what our fans around the world demand.”

Extending the contracts of star duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, who both have one year remaining on their current deals, will be a top priority for Wenger in the summer months.

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Goal understands that Manchester City are adamant that they will be able to lure Alexis to the Etihad Stadium and have held talks, with Bayern Munich having also been linked, while Ozil has also been continually linked with an exit.

Arsenal return for pre-season training in the first week of July before jetting off to Australia for matches against Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers respectively.

2016 TNM PREMIER LEAGUE LOG TABLE

Pos        TEAM                       G   D   PTS
1.     Blue Eagles                    17  14   34

  1.    Silver Strikers               16  13   32

  2.    Nyasa Big Bullets          17  15   31

  3.    Mafco Fc                           17  12   31

  4.    Mzuni Fc                           17  5    29

  5.    Moyale Barracks            17  8   28

  6.    Kamuzu Barracks          18  7    28 

  7.    Azam Tigers                   18   5     26

  8.    B4wd Wanderers          16   7     25

  9.   Epac Fc                           17   1     23

  10.   Civo United                    17   -9    17

  11.   Red Lions                       16   -7    15

  12.  Premier Bet Wizards    17  -17   15

  13.  Karonga United              16  -17  14

  14.  Dwangwa United          17   -12  12

  15.  Mtv Max Bullets            17   -25   7

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Manchester United have a new manager

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Jose Mourihno

Portuguese coach has won 22 trophies since 2003

José Mourinho will take over as manager of Manchester United from the 2016/17 season, signing a three-year contract with an option to stay at the club until at least 2020.

José, 53, has managed at the top level of European football for over a decade and in that time has won league titles and cups in four countries (Portugal, England, Italy and Spain), as well as winning the UEFA Champions League twice – in 2004 with FC Porto and in 2010 with Inter Milan.

Announcing the appointment, Ed Woodward said: “José is quite simply the best manager in the game today. He has won trophies and inspired players in countries across Europe and, of course, he knows the Premier League very well, having won three titles here.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome him to Manchester United. His track record of success is ideal totake the club forward.”José Mourinho said:

“To become Manchester United manager is a special honour in the game. It is a club known and admired through out the world. There is a mystique and a romance about it which no other club can match.

“I have always felt an affinity with Old Trafford; it has hosted some important memories for me in my career and I have always enjoyed a rapport with the United fans. I’m looking forward to being their manager and enjoying their magnificent support in the coming years.”

CIVO UNITED EMPLOYS POFERA JEGWE

Malawi government sponsored side, Civo United have hired Dedza head coach Milias Jegwe Pofera as their new mentor.

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Pofera (in black suit): new Civo coach

Pofera was announced as Civo’s new mentor hours after the club parted ways with coach Oscar Kaunda. Acting generalsecretary for the outfit, Charles Mwenda, has confirmed appointment of Pofera.“I can confirm that Mr Pofera is now the head coach for Civo United,” said Mwenda.

The general secretary further said that the club opted for Pofera since he has the potential to lead the club in the 2016soccer season.“We have seen that he has all what it takes to coach Civo as recommended by Football Association of Malawi (FAM) in as far as club licensing is concerned, “explained Mwenda.

On his part, Pofera expressed happinessand has agreed to do what he can to help Civo do better this coming season.“I am happy that officially Civo has approached me and given me the task to coach the club,” said Pofera.

Pofera’s Dedza Young Soccer did not survive in the top flight during their maiden season but the coach is still admired across the league.The sacked Kaunda was a hero for Civo last season as he led the club to grab 2015 Standard Bank Cup after they stunned cup specialists, Mighty Wanderers FC.

Civo have employed Jegwe following therule set by Football Association of Malawi (FAM) that every coach in the country’s top league should have a CAF B licence.The Dedza Young Soccer mentor was also scouted by the Blantyre based giants Mighty Be Forward wanderers who wanted him to assist head coach Eliya Kananji.

Breaking News: FAM Polls postponed

The appeals committee has resolved to postpone the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) elections following an appeal by presidential candidates Wilkins Mijiga, Willy Yabwanya and Tiya Somba Banda.

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Yabwanya Phiri: Also against the electoral process

On Friday evening ,Malawi24 reported that  chairman of the appeals committee Justice LP Chikopa advised the electoral committee to postpone the elections following the violation of Article 22 (1) of FAM Statuses.

Article 22 stipulates that the list of 36 names of the affiliates be sent to FAM General Assembly at least 15 days before the date of the Assembly.“The violation of Article 22 (1) constitutes a flouting the duties of the Electoral Committee as set out in Articles 2 (1) and 6(1),(b),(c),(d) and (e) of the FAM Electoral Code,” reads part of the appeals statement.

The appeals committee then directed the Electoral Committee to postpone the elections until there is compliance with Article 22 (1) and (5) of the Fa’s Statuses.This forced the Electoral  Committee which is being led by Justice Sunduzwayo Madise to postpone the elections as directed by the appeals committee.

This will mean that a list of the 36 candidates should be submitted at least 15 days before the elections.However, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) will still go ahead where by the Fa will discuss some other issues.