Anichebe talks match-fixing
Victor Anichebe revealed on Instagram back in August that he was prevented from playing due to his former club Beijing Enterprises breaching some ‘major regulations’ but that he couldn’t go into the details on those breaches.
However it was revealed in the Daily Mail that on two separate occasions the former Sunderland striker was asked ‘not to try’ by the Chinese club’s coaches.
When the Nigerian international questioned his team-mates on those instructions he was told ‘This is China, we do as we’re told’,
Although he never refused to play for the club, he has taken the complaint to FIFA in the hopes they take action against the allegation. Beijing Enterprises are yet to deny the complaint made by Anichebe.
McLaughlin called up
Sunderland goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin has been called up by Scotland manager Alex McLeish for the Nations League game against Israel and the following friendly against Portugal.
The 31-year-old only has one cap to his name so far, thanks to making his debut back in June against Mexico - a game Dylan McGeouch also featured in.
That call-up means Sunderland only need two more players called up for their national team’s senior or under-21 squads for the League One fixture against Blackpool on October 13 to be postponed and the likes of Lynden Gooch, Tom Flanagan, Aiden McGeady, Adam Matthews and Bryan Oviedo are all in with a chance of being called-up by their country.
Edwards still starring
Carlos Edwards may be 39 but he’s still putting on his boots and impressing every week as the former Sunderland winger is currently playing central midfielder for Woodbridge Town in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division (the Eastern Counties League), the ninth tier of English football.
Edwards put in a man of the match display at the weekend as they beat Godmanchester Rovers 3-0, including setting up the second goal with a fantastic cross, and speaking after the game, the beaten team’s manager Ollie Drake said Edwards was a class above:
Woodbridge are a very decent outfit, there’s no doubt in my mind that they will be challenging for a place in the top six.
But we made them look a lot better then they actually were. Their ex-pro [Edwards] ran the game and was on another level to anyone else on the pitch.