Saturday, 18 January 2014
big-spending French Ligue 1 side Monaco from Portuguese club Sporting
The 25-year-old left-back has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal,
returning to France where he spent three years with Rennes from 2007.
"I am very happy and proud - Monaco is one of the best clubs in
Europe," Echiejile told Monaco's website.
"They have a great reputation in Africa since George Weah played here."
As well as former Liberia striker Weah - three-time African Player of
the Year and 1995 World Player of the Year - Echiejile pointed out the
"great Nigerian players who have worn the Monaco jersey, like Lukman
Haruna and Victor Ikpeba".
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Echiejile played in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, making two
appearances for the Super Eagles
"I'll give the best of myself to succeed them as best as possible," he added.
The left-back, whose contract with Braga was due to end in June,
played every match for Nigeria as they won the Africa Cup of Nations
in South Africa last year.
Monaco's technical director Riccardo Pecini said: "He is a very good
player that we followed for some time and we think he still has a
great room for improvement
"He already knows the Ligue 1, an important aspect for us, and through
sound recruitment, we continue to move forward in our desire to focus
on players with high potential. "
Monaco, second in Ligue 1, five points behind leaders Paris
St-Germain, have invested heavily in players since gaining promotions
last season, signing the likes of Radamal Falcao and Joao Moutinho.
Ivory Coast striker Lacina Traore joined Monaco from Russian club
Anzhi Makhachkala for an undisclosed fee earlier in January.
Several Nigerians have played for Monaco in the past including Ikpeba,
Haruna, Sani Keita and Rabiu Afolabi.
Ikpeba was the most successful, his 13 goals helped them to the French
title in 1997 and that success saw him crowned African Footballer of
Source: BBC sports
son - then told her critics to get off her "d**k"
The singer's first post
Madonna has come under fire for using the N-word in a caption
accompanying a photo of her son Rocco Ritchie on Instagram.
The pop veteran posted the picture of 13-year-old Rocco in a boxing
ring to her 1, 071, 998 followers on Friday.
She captioned the shot: "No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said
knock you out! #disn***a."
And it wasn't long before her account was flooded with angry comments from fans.
The 55-year-old singer then deleted the picture and uploaded the same
shot again - this time with a different foul-mouthed message.
"Ok let me start this again. #get off of my d**k haters!" she wrote.
But while hundreds of fans slammed the singer, thousands of her
followers came to her defence.
"I don't understand why u respond to these comments M! Stick to what u
said and flip them the finger, cuz u don't have to defend or justify
anything! U taught us this all along," one wrote.
This isn't the first time Madge has come under fire for her Instagram posts.
Just after Christmas the the singer was accused of promoting underage
boozing after she posted a snap of Rocco holding a bottle of gin.
Madonna wrote in the caption: "The party has just begun! Bring it! 2014."
Madonna was in posh ski resort Gstaat, Switzerland, with her four kids
Lourdes, 17, David and Mercy, both eight, Rocco and a group of close
The Instagram snap angered fans, with one commenting: "Dislike big
dislike nothing like promoting underage drinking madonna duhhhhhhhh"
and another demanding: "R they old enough to drink?".
She was eventually forced to retaliate to her critics, writing on
Instagram: "No one was drinking we were just having fun! Calm down and
get a sense of humor! Don't start the year off with judgement!"