Raphinha has expressed his delight at joining Barcelona from Leeds United.
The Brazil international joined the Blaugurana in a €68m deal on Wednesday.
According to Raphinha, it has been his dream and that of his family and friends from when he was young.
He said: “For me it’s a dream, not just mine but my family and friends.
“Whoever saw me play, knows that to get here is a dream that I’ve had since I was young. Now what I have to do is give my best and help Barça to return to being the Barça they always were.”
Raphinha also admitted he’s following in his Brazilian idols’ footsteps by coming to Barcelona.
“I saw Ronaldinho and Neymar play here. I am one more Brazilian who is arriving at Barça and I hope to achieve what they achieved there,” the 25-year-old added.
NFF President, Ibrahim Gusau Hosts Primate Ayodele, Presents Customized Jersey
The Leader Of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has been received by the president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Alh Ibrahim Gusau at his Abuja office.
In a statement released by his media aide, Osho Oluwatosin, it was revealed that the NFF president expressed his gratitude to Primate Ayodele for his support towards his emergence as the president.
Gusau, who was joined by his team to receive the renowned man of God made it known that He hasn’t met the prophet before but was surprised that He continued to mention his name as the best choice to become the next NFF president after Amaju Pinnick.
He noted that Primate Ayodele’s prayers and prophecy was instrumental to his emergence as the NFF President while affirming that he is indeed a true man of God.
In his response, Primate Ayodele explained that He is only doing what God asked him to do by supporting Gusau in prayers to become the next president of the NFF as God revealed.
He then urged Gusau to use football to unite the country because the sector has so much to offer in curbing disunity and insecurity in the country.
He expressed his surprise at the performance of Morocco in the ongoing FIFA World Cup, noting that Nigerian can do more in the next World Cup with Gusau’s administration.
He then advised Gusau to start preparation towards international competitions, create space for the country’s ex-professional footballers, carry local players along and ensure God is involved in the affairs of the nation’s football.
“ We can use football to unite Nigeria. When there is football, Nigerians comes together as one body.”
“I was impressed seeing Morocco at that stage and I believe Nigeria can do more. We can go as far as getting to final stage of the next World Cup if we start the preparations now. We can stop insecurity with sports. Let’s create a space for Most of these professionals and ex footballers, they can make impact.”
“If Nigeria goes to world cup and we get the finals, the country will be better. I encourage you to also carry home-based players along.”
“Also, in your commitee, some will not like your policies, not all will be your friend, there are some who just want to be there, they won’t be there with all their heart, let’s do everything with the fear of God and love because that’s the beginning of success.”
“Let’s also mix prayers with football because it will help us so much. Before picking a coach, let’s put it in God’s hands.”
“Nigeria must come home with the next AFCON, we are going to Egypt too next year to ensure that we win the cup. Let’s do it with love and fairness. We need to commit our football in the hands of God for us to excel.”
“Supporters club is a mess because they are not united, I urge you to please call them to order so they can come as one body. Our fields too, take your proposal to FIFA, let there be activities in our stadiums.”
“I will support you with prayers, God will support you.I congratulate you once again for your victory, it’s my prayer that God will lead and be with you. Let’s all work in love and unity.”
In his reactions, Gusau appreciated Primate Ayodele for his prayers while assuring that the federation will always listen to the man of God after which he presented a customized jersey to the man of God.
“I thank you for this important visit, I want to assure you that we will always listen to you, we believe in prayer and we will continue to pray.”
“We will continue to pray, this is your own time, if you can say it and It came to pass, my success will also be your success. I know God will be with you and I wish you good health and under my leadership, I will not disappoint Nigerians and do my best to ensure I get the best for Nigeria.”
Breaking:Ibrahim Gusau Clears the Old Order – Emerges new NFF President
Ibrahim Musa Gusau has been elected the new President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Gusau was elected at NFF’s 78th Elective Congress which was held in Benin, the Edo State.
He polled 21 votes to beat his closest challenger former Ist Vice President Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi who got 12 votes.
Though Gusau did not poll the needed 22 votes to automatically win in the first ballot, other contenders opted out of the possible rerun
Amaju Melvin Pinnick was the former Chairman of the board.
Recall that the Court of Appeal had on Thursday granted the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) a stay of execution ahead of the forthcoming NFF elective congress.
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