Press Association Mirallas has scored on three occasions in Everton’s four pre-season friendlies and he is looking to carry that form into the coming campaign under new manager Roberto Martinez. “I have scored three goals in four games so for me it’s been a good pre-season,” he told evertonfc.com. “More importantly I have had no injuries. It’s my second season. I played a lot of games last season and I hope to stay injury-free and score a lot of goals. “Of course I want to make a lot of assists as well and play some nice games.” The Belgium international struck nine times in 32 matches having signed from Olympiacos but was hampered by a niggling hamstring injury which initially sidelined him for a month and then a further six weeks soon after returning. It reduced his effectiveness when he finally returned to the first team but he ended the season strongly with six goals in his last 13 appearances. Everton forward Kevin Mirallas is hoping to avoid the injuries which disrupted his maiden Premier League season so he can improve his goalscoring record.
CAF Africa Cup of Nations-winners Nigeria pulled clear at the top of their FIFA World Cup™ qualifying group after a 1-0 win away to Kenya in Nairobi today.Ahmed Musa struck the only goal nine minutes from time to send the Super Eagles into a two-point lead at the summit of Group F after four matches.Malawi drew 0-0 at home to Namibia in the day’s other Group F qualifier in Blantyre. Malawi were level on five points with Nigeria at the start of the day but lost ground after their third draw in four qualifiers.Winless Kenya prop up the group on two points, while Namibia, on four points, remain in third.Today’s fixtures were brought forward due to Nigeria’s involvement in the FIFA Confederations Cup, which gets under way in Brazil on 15 June.