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Nigeria’s Moses Simon nominated for CAF Player Of The Year Award alongside Mo Salah and Saido Mane (Full Awards list)
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Nigeria’s Moses Simon nominated for CAF Player Of The Year Award alongside Mo Salah and Saido Mane (Full Awards list)

Super Eagles of Nigeria star, Moses Simon has been nominated for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Player of the Year award, alongside Liverpool's Mo Salah and Bayern Munich's Saido Mane. CAF on Thursday, June 30, released the first list of nominees for the Men’s categories namely Player of the Year, Interclub Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, National Team of the Year and Club of the Year. CAF said it will announce the nominees for the Women’s categories soon. Former Golden Eaglets forward Akinkunmi Amoo was nominated for the Young Player of the Year Award The winners of each category will be decided by a voting panel made up of CAF Technical Committee, media professionals, Head Coaches & Captains of Member Associations and clubs involved at the ...
UPDATE : Bayern Munich vow not to sell Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona
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UPDATE : Bayern Munich vow not to sell Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona

Bayern Munich has reiterated that they won’t sell their top striker, Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona no matter the amount of money offered. According to the Bundesliga champions, Barca should not waste their time making further offers.  Lewandowski wants to leave Bayern and join up with Barcelona but the Spanish giants are not financially strong enough to afford Bayern's price tag of at least 50 million euros on the striker. Hence they have been trying to force Bayern to reduce their valuation of the target. However, the honorary President of Bayern Munich, Uli Hoeness has revealed that the club have decided that they won’t sell Lewandowski this summer no matter what. “I don’t know anything about a new offer. But as things stand in Munich, what I have heard is th...
‘Thanks for taking me in as one of your own’ – Wayne Rooney breaks silence after resigning as Derby county manager
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‘Thanks for taking me in as one of your own’ – Wayne Rooney breaks silence after resigning as Derby county manager

Former Manchester United football star, Wayne Rooney has broken his silence after announcing his resignation as manager of Derby County.  Rooney, who resigned last week hours after it was announced that Clowes Developments had been successful in purchasing the club, spent 18 months in charge of the club having initially arrived as a player.  Posting on Instagram, Rooney thanked all the players and staff for their support over the last three years he had been at the club as a player then later as a manager and said that leaving the club had been one of the 'hardest' decisions of his career.  He wrote: 'A massive thank you to all the fans, players, and staff at Derby for your support over the last three years.  'This has been one of the hardest decisi...
BREAKING : CAF mulls AFCON 2023 postponement
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BREAKING : CAF mulls AFCON 2023 postponement

 Share The Super Eagles may have their dreams of claiming a fourth winners medal at the Africa Cup of Nations delayed. A Le Monde report claimed the Confederation of African Football, CAF, is considering postponing the next edition of the continent’s flagship football championship in Cote d’Ivoire. The 17th edition of the continental championship, AFCON 2023, was initially scheduled for June 23 to July 23, 2023. But exactly a year before kick-off, major cities in the West African country are experiencing heavy rains with floods. And CAF is beginning to admit that scheduling the competition in the middle of the rainy season may not necessarily be a bright idea. “We are considering it; it is one of the possibilities,” CAF Secretary General Veron Mosengo-Omba admitted...
Ganduje Appoints Galadima Acting Kano Pillars Chair
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Ganduje Appoints Galadima Acting Kano Pillars Chair

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has appointed Ibrahim Galadima as the Acting Chairman, Kano Pillars with immediate effect. In a statement his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, signed in his behalf, Ganduje said the replacement is part of the routine exercise in sports administration. He said, “As Kano Pillars is facing more competition in National Premier League (NPL) it will be good to have leadership that could perfectly lead the Club.” “Ibrahim Galadima, Chairman of Kano State Sports Commission, will now replace the current Chairman of Kano Pillars FC, Surajo Shu’aibu Yahaya, in an acting capacity, before the appointment of a substantive Chairman,” the statement read. Daily Trust reports that the outgoing chairman, Jambul, has been in a fix with teeming supporters ...
UPDATE : Footballer, Yves Bissouma cleared of sexual assault allegations made against him after nightclub arrest
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UPDATE : Footballer, Yves Bissouma cleared of sexual assault allegations made against him after nightclub arrest

New Tottenham signing, Yves Bissouma has been cleared of sexual assault allegations. The midfielder and a man in his 40s were arrested on October 6 last year when police were called to a seafront nightclub in Brighton. The Mali international left Brighton & Hove Albion for Spurs earlier in June while still under investigation from Sussex Police, but they have now confirmed that he has been released with no further action expected to come. A spokesperson from Sussex Police told the Daily Mail: "A man in his 40s from Brighton who was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault has had his conditional bail extended until July 4, 2022. "A man in his 20s, also from Brighton, who was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault has been released...
Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku rejoins Inter Milan on season-long loan
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Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku rejoins Inter Milan on season-long loan

Romelu Lukaku has completed a return to Inter Milan with no obligation to buy after his nightmare second spell at Chelsea. Inter will pay Chelsea a loan fee of £6.9m plus £3.5m in bonuses if they win the Scudetto, and will cover all his wages this season. The Chelsea striker flew into Milan Linate airport around 6.20am local time and posed with an Inter scarf before getting in a car. "I'm so happy to be back," he said. Having completed his medical, Lukaku has officially been announced as a new Inter player. The Belgian striker endured a season to forget after re-joining the Blues for £98million last summer as he struggled to hit top form.  In a statement confirming the deal, Chelsea said: 'The Belgian returns to the Italian side where he previously s...
Carson Pickett becomes the first player with a limb difference to play for the US Women’s National Team
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Carson Pickett becomes the first player with a limb difference to play for the US Women’s National Team

Carson Pickett has become the first person with a limb difference to play for the US Women's National Team (USWNT). On Tuesday, June 29, the 28-year-old helped her side to a 2-0 victory in a friendly against Colombia. Carson, who was born without part of her left arm, has played for the North Carolina Courage in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) since February 2021 when she was traded from Orlando Pride. She was named to the 2021 NWSL First-Team Starting XI and was a finalist for 2021 Defender of the Year. This was rewarded with a call up to the national squad. Filling in for Emily Fox, Pickett stayed on the field for all 90 minutes against Colombia. "Carson did very well in training for us last week and with the management of minutes for Emily Fox that...
NPFL club, Lobi Stars dragged to court over alleged hotel debt
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NPFL club, Lobi Stars dragged to court over alleged hotel debt

The management of the NPFL club, Lobi Stars FC, has been dragged to a Makurdi Upper Area Court over alleged hotel debt of N516,000. Idoga, who manages a hotel in Makurdi averred that all efforts to recover the money failed. His lawyer, Unongo Unongo said his client was the manager and operator of a hotel outfit where the defendant lodged and refused to pay. He said the players lodged in the hotel between March 16 and March 17, 2020. The counsel further said that three players of the team also spent two months in the hotel without making any payment. He further said that he wrote a series of letters to the defendant. ”My client sent the first letter on June 29, 2021, but there was no response,” he said. Unongo also said that during t...
PSG star, Idrissa Gueye praised as a ‘hero’ in Senegal for refusing to support World Day Against Homophobia last season
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PSG star, Idrissa Gueye praised as a ‘hero’ in Senegal for refusing to support World Day Against Homophobia last season

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Idrissa Gueye was praised as a 'hero' back in his home country of Senegal after his alleged refusal to wear a rainbow-colored themed kit.  Recall that last month Gueye, a devout Muslim, missed his side's 4-0 win against Montpellier because he didn't want to wear the special shirts in an expression of solidarity to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia, on Tuesday, May 17. Soon-to-be ex-PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed his absence was due to 'personal reasons' and not because of an injury. Gueye was also encouraged by the FFF to clarify his position. However, despite the outrage surrounding his no-show for the Ligue 1 game, Bacary Cisse, who is a Senegalese journal...
Chelsea legend, Petr Čech leaves the club as he steps down as technical advisor amid ‘disagreement with new owner’
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Chelsea legend, Petr Čech leaves the club as he steps down as technical advisor amid ‘disagreement with new owner’

Chelsea legend, Petr Cech will leave his role as Technical and Performance Advisor at the club on June 30. Cech is the latest to leave the club following the Todd Boehly-Clearlake takeover after the departures of chairman Bruce Buck and director Marina Granovskaia. Cech said: "It has been a huge privilege to perform this role at Chelsea for the past three years. With the club under new ownership, I feel now is the right time for me to step aside. I am pleased that the club is now in an excellent position with the new owners, and I am confident of its future success both on and off the pitch." Todd Boehly, chairman and co-controlling owner, said: "Petr is an important member of the Chelsea family. We understand his decision to step away and thank him for his contributions as a...
Man City star, Phil Foden publicly confronted by his girlfriend after she went through his phone while on vacation {VIDEO}
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Man City star, Phil Foden publicly confronted by his girlfriend after she went through his phone while on vacation {VIDEO}

Manchester City star, Phil Foden was publicly confronted by his girlfriend, Rebecca Cooke after she went through his phone while on vacation.  The chaotic scene that ensued led to them being booted off a posh beach club in Greece by security after a massive bust up. In the footage shared online, Rebecca Cooke was seen yelling at the player as they follow two bouncers up steps to a beach club. She yelled: “Do you think I’m a d*** head?” before they left a Corfu resort watched by stunned holidaymakers. Cooke was then heard screaming "we can’t take you anywhere, this always happens” as a day out at the beach ended in a blazing row. She jabs her thumb at Foden as she gestures back towards the beach. As the venue’s security helped them to leave, Reb...
Boris Johnson backs decision to ban transgender women from competing in women’s swimming
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Boris Johnson backs decision to ban transgender women from competing in women’s swimming

British Prime minister,  Boris Johnson has welcomed the decision to ban transgender women from competing in women’s swimming, saying women cannot be born with a penis. The Prime Minister reaffirmed that he supports FINA's bar on transgender athletes who have gone through male puberty from competing in women's events.  The international swimming federation announced that it was changing its policies so that transgender women can only compete in the organisation's female races if they have completed their transition by the age of 12. Instead, an 'open category' will be set up for transgender athletes to compete against one another at events, including the World Aquatics Championships, World Swimming Championships, and the Swimming World Cup. Asked about FINA's ban,...
Arsenal ‘complete signing of Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City for £45m after finalising personal terms’
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Arsenal ‘complete signing of Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City for £45m after finalising personal terms’

Premier League side, Arsenal have reportedly finalised the signing of Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City after agreeing personal terms with the Brazilian striker. According to transfer guru, Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners had already agreed a £45million fee with City and the deal is now 100 percent done. Jesus is expected to sign a five-year contract with Arsenal. Sportsmail understands City will use the funds to seal a move for Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips. City have agreed a deal of £42million plus add-ons for the England international. Pep Guardiola's side have already signed Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, which paved the way for Jesus leave the club. The deal is set to end Arsenal's search for a striker following the departure of Alexandre Lacazette, who is b...
I went through a lot” – Victor Osimhen relives horror ‘near-death’ injury that left him with 18 screws in his jaw
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I went through a lot” – Victor Osimhen relives horror ‘near-death’ injury that left him with 18 screws in his jaw

Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen has talked about a “near-death” injury that left him with 18 screws in his jaw. The Super Eagles of Nigeria international striker suffered a clash of heads with Inter defender Milan Skriniar that left him requiring major surgery in November 2021. Despite hitting 18 goals that season, Osimhen says the experience was memorable for all the wrong reasons. The 23-year-old striker told Wazobia FM:  “That injury I had against Inter Milan was like a near-death injury. “I am the only one that felt it, and I can only speak about how I felt because it was my face and body. “But to be able to stand up without using the stretcher, walk out of the pitch on my own, then I knew that it was something I could handle. “For me, as I got to the hosp...
I’ve been with men and women – Ex-Brazil international, Richarlyson comes out as bisexual
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I’ve been with men and women – Ex-Brazil international, Richarlyson comes out as bisexual

Former Brazil international, Richarlyson has come out as bisexual. The 39-year-old, who played two international matches back in 2008, is the first player from a Brazilian top-flight team to come out in public. Richarlyson, who spent most of his career in Brazil, opened up on dating both men and women in his appearance on the Nos Armarios dos Vestiarios podcast. He also slammed the amount of homophobia existing in both football and his country.  'All my life I was asked whether I was gay or not. I had relationships with men and I had relationships with women, too,' Richarlyson said in the podcast aired by website Globo Esporte.  'I am normal, I have wishes and desire. I dated men, I date women. So what? 'So many people say it is important that I ...
BREAKING : Wayne Rooney quits as Derby County coach
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BREAKING : Wayne Rooney quits as Derby County coach

Manchester United legend, Wayne Rooney has quit as Derby County manager with immediate effect despite a report they are finally on the brink of exiting administration. The England record goalscorer departed just three days before the Rams were due to report for pre-season training.. Rooney had one year left of a lucrative contract. The news comes after Derby were relegated from the Championship to third-tier League One this past season having been handed two separate points deductions for entering administration and breaching financial rules earlier in the season.  "Over the course of the Summer I have been closely following developments regarding the ownership of Derby County," Rooney wrote in a club statement. "Today I met with the administrators...
World Athletics Championships: Nigeria Qualify For Men’s 4x100m Relay Event
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World Athletics Championships: Nigeria Qualify For Men’s 4x100m Relay Event

The quartet of Favour Ashe, Godson Brume, Alaba Akintola and Udodi Onwuzurike Team Nigeria on Friday qualified for the men’s 4×100 metres relay event of the forthcoming World Athletics Championships in Oregon, U.S. The quartet of Favour Ashe, Godson Brume, Alaba Akintola and Udodi Onwuzurike, who is a reigning World Under-20 champion, ran a new time of 38.34 seconds. The team booked the ticket for Nigeria at the ongoing trials in Benin, Edo for both the World Athletics Championships and the 2022 Commonwealth Games slated for Birmingham. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that teams from Ghana and the Republic of Benin also joined Nigerian athletes at the trials holding at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin. With the new time, Team Nigeria moved in the rankings ...
Golden Eaglets Win WAFU B Under-17 Championship In Ghana
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Golden Eaglets Win WAFU B Under-17 Championship In Ghana

Golden Eaglets win WAFU B Under-17 Championship Five-time world champions, Golden Eaglets, on Friday night, edged the Young Stallions of Burkina Faso 2-1 to win the WAFU B Under-17 Championship at the Cape Coast Stadium in Ghana. Nigeria’s victory has come barely a few weeks after they claimed the WAFU B Under-20 Championship. Then, they had beaten their neighbours, the Republic of Benin in the Niger Republic to claim the title. The under-17 championship’s final match saw Nigeria on the front foot early as forward Abubakar Abdullahi threatened the Burkinabe rear as early as the 8th minute. That was when his low drive streamed away from goal. But in the 22nd minute, Abdullahi made up for the missed chance as he rose highest in the box to powerfully nod Emmanu...
BREAKING : Nottingham Forest confirm the signing of Super Eagles striker Taiwo Awoniyi for a club-record £17.5m
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BREAKING : Nottingham Forest confirm the signing of Super Eagles striker Taiwo Awoniyi for a club-record £17.5m

Nottingham Forest have confirmed the signing of Super Eagles of Nigeria striker Taiwo Awoniyi for a club record fee. The Union Berlin forward is understood to have completed a move in the region of £17.5million,  beating the previous record arrival set by Portuguese midfielder Joao Carvalho in 2018.    His former club, Liverpool will receive £1.75million from the deal due to a 10% sell-on clause negotiated in his move to Union Berlin in 2021.  Speaking to the club website on Saturday, June 25, , Awoniyi said: 'I'm very excited to be here at Nottingham Forest.  'It's always been my dream to play in the Premier League and having spoken to Steve Cooper about our ambitions and looking at Forest, with its gre...
FIFA approve 26-man squad for 2022 World Cup
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FIFA approve 26-man squad for 2022 World Cup

World football governing body, FIFA has approved 26-man squads for this year’s World Cup in Qatar, increasing the maximum squad size by three for the November 21-December 18 tournaments. FIFA explained that the decision to change the size of the squads for the World Cup was made because of the unusual timing of the competition, which is set to begin in November 21. The Covid-19 pandemic has also played a role in the decision to expand the teams. A statement from FIFA read: "Given the need to retain additional flexibility due to the unique timing of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in the global calendar, as well as the broader context of the disruptive effects caused by the Covid-19 pandemic on squads before and during tournaments, the Bureau has decided the following: "T...
Why I Couldn’t Take Manchester United Job – Zidane
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Why I Couldn’t Take Manchester United Job – Zidane

French professional football manager and former player, Zinedine Yazid Zidane, has explained why he didn’t contemplate taking charge of Manchester United when there was managerial vacancy. In an interview with L’Equipe, Zidane said language barrier has prevented him from ever becoming a serious contender for prominent positions in the Premier League He said, “If I go back to a club, it’s to win. I say this in all modesty. That’s why I can’t go anywhere. “For other reasons, too, I might not be able to go everywhere. Which ones? The language, for example. Certain conditions make things more difficult. “When people say to me: ‘Do you want to go to Manchester?’ I understand English but I don’t fully master it. “I know that there are coaches who go to clubs without speak...
German football to let transgender players choose whether to play with men or women
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German football to let transgender players choose whether to play with men or women

German football will allow transgender, intersex and non-binary players to 'independently' choose whether to play for a men's or women's team after new regulations were announced by the DFB.  In contrast with other sports tightening rules exclude transgenders from men and women's games, the German Football Federation (DFB) is set to implement new regulations that will allow transgender and non-binary players to 'independently' decide which team they want to play for. The DFB passed the new regulations for players with the civil status "diverse" or "unspecified" on Thursday, June 23.  "It also applies to transgender players who can now switch at a self-determined time or remain initially in the team in which they’d been playing previously," the DF...
Zidane keeps door open for PSG, France roles
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Zidane keeps door open for PSG, France roles

 Share Zinedine Zidane has not ruled out taking over as head coach at Paris Saint-Germain or following Didier Deschamps as France’s national team coach, amid growing speculation over his future. Mauricio Pochettino’s departure from PSG has not yet been finalised, but reports have linked both Zidane and Nice boss Christophe Galtier to the job. Zidnae stepped down in 2021 as a two-time LaLiga and three-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid. He would assume either role as a highly-decorated coach, having also enjoyed an exceptional playing career. In an interview with L’Equipe to mark his 50th birthday, he indicated he would not turn down the opportunity to coach the fiercest rivals of the club he supported as a child. “Never say never,” he said. “Especiall...
Eddie Nketiah hits out at critics after he was handed Thierry Henry’s iconic No 14 shirt for signing a new long-term contract at Arsenal
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Eddie Nketiah hits out at critics after he was handed Thierry Henry’s iconic No 14 shirt for signing a new long-term contract at Arsenal

Eddie Nketiah has hit back to critics after signing a new long-term Arsenal contract and taking the club's legend Thierry Henry's iconic No 14 shirt.  The 23-year-old striker was set to be a free agent this summer before he penned a deal worth £100,000 a week with the Gunners until 2027.  'When you get a run of eight games in the first team, you get that database and platform to show everything you can do,' Nketiah told The Telegraph.  'I have worked a lot with the manager on playing with my back to goal, on the spaces to drop into and link play. 'Of course, it has been developed, but at the same time, you don't get here by just standing in the penalty box and scoring a goal. 'People are always going to say thi...
Serena Williams forced to withdraw from the Rothesay International after a knee injury
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Serena Williams forced to withdraw from the Rothesay International after a knee injury

Serena Williams ’ return to tennis has been cut short after her doubles partner suffered a knee injury,  forcing her to withdraw from her Eastbourne semi-finals later on Thursday, June 23.  Williams, 40, will now concentrate on preparing for Wimbledon, where she has been awarded a wild card. Williams and Tunisian Jabeur made it through to the semi-finals with a narrow victory over Maria Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo and then a more convincing one against Shuko Aoyama and Chan Hao-ching.  But the American will now turn her attention to a much greater test at the All England Club, where she has taken a wild card into the women's singles as she continues her pursuit of a record-equalling 24th grand slam title. Speaking after Wednesday's match, ...
Coach dives into pool to save US athlete Anita Alvarez after she fainted during World Championships (photos)
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Coach dives into pool to save US athlete Anita Alvarez after she fainted during World Championships (photos)

American artistic swimmer, Anita Alvarez was in danger of drowning after losing consciousness in the pool at the world championships in Budapest on Wednesday, June 22, and had to be rescued by her coach Andrea Fuentes.  Fuentes, who is a four-time Olympic medallist in synchronised swimming, jumped into the pool after she saw Alvarez sink to the bottom at the end of her solo free final routine. She was given medical attention beside the pool before being taken away on a stretcher. It was the second time Fuentes has had to rescue Alvarez after she leapt into the pool during an Olympic qualification event last year and pulled her to safety along with the American's swim partner Lindi Schroeder. "Anita is much better, she is already at her best. It was...
8 Medical staff to be tried for Diego Maradona’s death
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8 Medical staff to be tried for Diego Maradona’s death

Eight medical personnel are to stand trial accused of criminal negligence in the death of legendary Argentinian footballer, Diego Maradona. Maradona died in November 2020 of a heart attack in Buenos Aires, aged 60. He had been recovering at home from surgery on a brain blood clot earlier that month. A few days after his death Argentine prosecutors launched an investigation into the doctors and nurses involved in his care. A judge ordered a culpable homicide trial after a medical panel found Maradona's treatment was rife with "deficiencies and irregularities". In 2021, the panel of 20 experts appointed to examine his death found Maradona's medical team acted in an "inappropriate, deficient and reckless manner". It also concluded that the footballer "would have had a...
PSG ‘offer Neymar back to Barcelona’ in a ‘£43m deal
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PSG ‘offer Neymar back to Barcelona’ in a ‘£43m deal

Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly offered Barcelona a chance to re-sign Neymar for £43.1million.  In 2017, Neymar completed his £198m switch to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona, and has since scored over 90 goals for the club in only 144 appearances. However, the Brazilian is yet to win the coveted Champions League crown in France and is no longer seen as the poster boy of PSG, following the rapid rise of Kylian Mbappe and the arrival of Lionel Messi in 2021. Neymar still has another three years at the club but it seems the French giants are keen to cash in on the winger this summer.  According to Spanish outlet Sport, PSG have 'repeatedly' handed Barcelona the chance to re-sign Neymar for £43.1m. The 30-ye...
Paul Pogba agrees to join Juventus, to have medical first week of July
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Paul Pogba agrees to join Juventus, to have medical first week of July

Outgoing Manchester United player, Paul Pogba has agreed to join Juventus. The French midfielder joined Manchester United in 2016 for a then record £80m but failed to live up to expectations after 6 years at the club marred with controversies, injuries and talks of discontentment within his camp. Pogba is a free agent after his contract with Manchester United was allowed to run down and expires on June 30. Sky Sport Italia say Paul Pogba will have his Juventus medical in the first week of July and his agent is set to finalise the details today Thursday June 23 . According to Sky Sports' Italian reporter, Gianluca Di Marzio, Pogba is expected in Turin for his tests some time between July 5 to July 8. "Thursday is going to be decisive for the final details of the contract...
Super Eagles star, Taiwo Awoniyi set to complete a medical at Nottingham Forest ahead of a club-record £17.5million move
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Super Eagles star, Taiwo Awoniyi set to complete a medical at Nottingham Forest ahead of a club-record £17.5million move

Super Eagles striker, Taiwo Awoniyi has reportedly said goodbye to his Union Berlin  teammates ahead of a £17.5million move to Nottingham Forest, according to reports in Germany.  The Nigerian striker is set for a club-record move to the Premier League club, who were promoted from the Championship via the play-offs. The 24-year-old is expected to undergo his medical with the East Midlands side this week, with his former club Liverpool to receive £1.75m due to 10% sell-on clause negotiated by Michael Edwards. BZ Berlin stated he said goodbye and left the training ground with a suitcase at 10.05am on Wednesday, ahead of his move to his new club.  After signing for Liverpool in summer 2015, he failed to make a single appearance for...
BREAKING : Unmarried players and fans will be jailed for 7-years for having sex during 2022 World Cup – Qatari govt
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BREAKING : Unmarried players and fans will be jailed for 7-years for having sex during 2022 World Cup – Qatari govt

The Qatari government has outlawed players and fans from having sex outside of marriage in the upcoming 2022 World Cup, with defaulters to be sentenced to seven years in prison. Public drinking, parties, and other social events would also not be allowed during the tournament in the predominantly Muslim country.  According to the Daily Star, the country plans to enforce the ban and not exclude foreign fans who would be in the country for the duration of the tournament. “Sex is very much off the menu, unless you are coming as a husband and wife team. There definitely will be no one-night stands at this tournament. “There will be no partying at all really. Everyone needs to keep their heads about them, unless they want to risk ­being stuck in prison. “There ...
BREAKING : Sadio Mane completes three-year contract from Liverpool to Bayern Munich for £35m deal (photos)
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BREAKING : Sadio Mane completes three-year contract from Liverpool to Bayern Munich for £35m deal (photos)

Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Sadio Mane from Liverpool in a deal worth up to £35m, ending his six-year stay on Merseyside. The 30-year-old Senegalese striker on Wednesday, June 22, signed a three-year contract worth £ 250,000 a week at the Allianz Arena, until 2025. Bayern will pay Liverpool an initial £27.5m with a further £5m based on appearances, and will pay another £2.5m based on individual and team achievements. Speaking for the first time as a Bayern player, Mane said: 'I'm very happy to finally be with FC Bayern in Munich.  'We had a lot of talks and I felt the great interest of this big club from the start. So there was no doubt in my mind right from the start. 'This is the right time for this challenge. I want to ach...
Morocco 2022 : Pinnick charges Falcons to retain WAFCON crown
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Morocco 2022 : Pinnick charges Falcons to retain WAFCON crown

The President of the Nigeria Football Association, Amaju Pinnick, has charged the national female football team, Super Falcons, to retain their Africa Women Cup of Nations crown in Morocco. The Super Falcons will begin their campaign against rivals, South Africa, on Monday, July 4, at the Prince Heritier Moulay Hassan Stadium in Rabat. In a meeting with the team this week,  Pinnick called urged the squad to be united, form an indivisible team spirit, and be ambassadors for the country and role models to the young players. He said, “Nothing can undermine a team that is fully focused, united in aspiration, and working and walking on the same wavelength. “I want you to go to Morocco as one indivisible force, allow your passion to be fueled by patriotism and be good ambas...
Chelsea billionaire owner, Todd Boehly appoints himself as interim sporting director and chairman of the club’s board
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Chelsea billionaire owner, Todd Boehly appoints himself as interim sporting director and chairman of the club’s board

Chelsea owner, Todd Boehly has installed himself as interim sporting director and chairman of the club's board after the club confirmed the departure of Marina Granovskaia and Bruce Buck. The Blues have announced that Granovskaia, who oversaw Chelsea's recruitment under former Roman Abramovich, will follow ex-chairman Bruce Buck in leaving the Stamford Bridge club.  The American billionaire will take over Granovskaia’s role in an interim capacity, with Chelsea intending to find “a full-time replacement”. The new co-owner was named as chairman of the board, with eight other appointments to Chelsea’s leadership team confirmed. These are: Behdad Eghbali, Jose Feliciano, and James Pade, managing partners of Clearlake CapitalMark Walter, owner of Los...
Cristiano Ronaldo ‘worried’ by Manchester United’s transfer strategy
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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘worried’ by Manchester United’s transfer strategy

Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly worried about Manchester United's transfer strategy this summer. While strong rivals, Manchester City and Liverpool have spent big on Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez respectively, new United boss Erik ten Hag is yet to make his first signing yet.  The Red Devils have been heavily linked with midfielders Frenkie de Jong and Christian Eriksen but with no incomings yet, a report in Spanish outlet AS states Ronaldo is increasingly concerned that United's rivals are pulling away once again.  The report from AS' Manu Sainz, who is close to Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes  details that the 37-year-old is 'worried' about United's lack of activity so far.  It adds that the Portugal legend was 'determined...
Sunday Oliseh appointed new coach of German Club, SV Straelen
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Sunday Oliseh appointed new coach of German Club, SV Straelen

Former Super Eagles captain, Sunday Oliseh, has been appointed new head coach of German Regionalliga West club Sav Straelen. According to the club’s president Hermann Tecklenburg, the 47-year-old former Nigeria international has already signed a one-year contract to handle the side and will start work this week. “Yes, Sunday Oliseh will be our new coach. A good 14 days ago we had delicious asparagus at the Straelener Hof,” president of the club Hermann Tecklenburg was quoted by waz.de. “That was a good conversation. In the last 24 hours we were also able to discuss an employment contract until June 30, 2023. On Wednesday 21 June, Sunday will lead the first practice session. We look forward to working together.” Oliseh started his coaching career in Belgium with youth teams...
Victor Osimhen’s transfer to Napoli under investigation over suspected fraud
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Victor Osimhen’s transfer to Napoli under investigation over suspected fraud

Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen’s move from Lille to Napoli is under investigation, with the offices of both clubs raided in Naples, Roma, and France. According to Il Mattino, La Repubblica, Sky Sport Italia, and others, police raided Napoli and Lille offices in Naples, Rome, and France as part of the investigation. Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, is also being investigated for possible fraud in the transfer. According to French media outlet, L’Equipe, it was revealed that Lille got just €36m, not €81m, as widely reported. It was the most expensive deal in Lille’s history, making Osimhen the most expensive African footballer ever, taking over from Nicolas Pepe, who left for Arsenal the previous season. The deal has long been the subject of controversy, a...
Chelsea and Inter Milan reach loan agreement for Romelu Lukaku to return to Italy
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Chelsea and Inter Milan reach loan agreement for Romelu Lukaku to return to Italy

Chelsea and Inter Milan have reached agreement over a loan move for Romelu Lukaku to return to Italy.  According to The Athletic, Inter Milan will pay €8million plus add-ons to secure the services of Lukaku on a temporary basis ahead of the 2022-2023 campaign.  The Belgium international is expected to undergo a medical next week before returning to the San Siro on loan next season.   The paperwork for the deal is still being finalised but Inter will not have an option or obligation to buy Lukaku after his loan spell in Serie A. Chelsea are said to be reluctant to let the striker leave for a discounted price after paying £98.5m for his return to Stamford Bridge. But, Lukaku, who is contracted at Stamford ...
Rugby League bans transgender athletes from top events
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Rugby League bans transgender athletes from top events

Rugby league has become the second sporting code  to ban transgender athletes from women's international competitions after a landmark decision made by FINA. On Tuesday, June 21, the International Rugby League said that further consultation and research were required to finalize a new policy for 2023, and cited the "welfare, legal and reputational risk" to the game and players for the decision. Until then, transgender women players "are unable to play in sanctioned women's international rugby league matches," said a statement from the game's global governing body. "It is the IRL's responsibility to balance the individual's right to participate ... against perceived risk to other participants, and to ensure all are given a fair hearing." This means trans...
Super Eagles striker, Taiwo Awoniyi to join Nottingham Forest in club record deal worth £17.5m deal
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Super Eagles striker, Taiwo Awoniyi to join Nottingham Forest in club record deal worth £17.5m deal

Newly promoted Premier League club, Nottingham Forest are closing in on the club-record signing to bring Super Eagles striker Taiwo Awoniyi back to England.  Awoniyi who plies his trade with Union Berlin in the Bundesliga is ready to move to the Premier League in a deal that will cost Forest about £17.5million. The striker,  24, who joined Liverpool in 2015 and had loan spells at six different clubs without making the breakthrough at Anfield,  scored 15 goals to help Union Berlin punch above their weight in the Bundesliga last season.  There are also reports that Liverpool are entitled to a percentage of any transfer fee, as part of his move to Union for nearly £6m last summer. A...
Antonio Rudiger unveiled as Real Madrid player after leaving Chelsea
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Antonio Rudiger unveiled as Real Madrid player after leaving Chelsea

Antonio Rudiger has been officially unveiled as a Real Madrid player after leaving Chelsea.  The German centre-back agreed on a four-year deal at the Bernabeu after leaving the Blues at the end of his contract.  Earlier in the day, the 29-year-old completed his medical at the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital.  It has been revealed that Rudiger will wear number 22 at Real Madrid, which is newly vacant following Isco's departure this summer.  'It's a very special day for all of us, but especially for me,' the defender told reporters at his unveiling.  'I would like to thank my parents, because without them I could not be here. They have always supported me and that throughout my life has been very very important. 'I also want to ...
Caitlyn Jenner backs swimming governing body’s ban on transgender female athletes competing against women
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Caitlyn Jenner backs swimming governing body’s ban on transgender female athletes competing against women

Transgender Olympic gold medalist, Caitlyn Jenner has welcomed the new policy that bans transgender women from competing in swimming races. Shortly after FINA, the international governing body for swimming voted to restrict the participation of trans women in elite women’s races on Sunday, Jenner  wrote: 'It worked! I took a lot of heat - but what’s fair is fair! If you go through male puberty you should not be able to take medals away from females. Period.' Jenner, who was born a man before transitioning,  followed up that message by tweeting DailyMail.com's story on the ban. It was imposed by professional swimming body FINA in response to transgender UPenn swimmer Lia Thomas' record-breaking victories at college swim meets, which sparked claims the trans athle...
BREAKING : Arsenal striker, Eddie Nketiah signs new long-term contract and switches to No 14 shirt
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BREAKING : Arsenal striker, Eddie Nketiah signs new long-term contract and switches to No 14 shirt

Nketiah's previous contract was due to expire at the end of this month; Sky Sports revealed in May that the 22-year-old had decided to stay at Arsenal after being convinced by Mikel Arteta; the striker has been given the iconic No 14 shirt historically worn by Thierry Henry The 22-year-old was in fine form for the Gunners at the end of last season, scoring five goals in eight matches for Mikel Arteta's side. Nketiah's previous contract expired at the end of this month, with Sky Sports News revealing at the end of May that the forward had decided to stay at the club, despite interest from Crystal Palace and Borussia Monchengladbach, after being convinced by Arteta to remain. "I'm delighted Eddie is staying with us," a statement from Arteta read on the club's ...
Kewell joins Celtic as first-team coach
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Kewell joins Celtic as first-team coach

Former Australia star Harry Kewell has joined Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou as a first-team coach. Kewell, 43, has been out of work since being sacked by side Barnet last year after just four months in charge of the National League side. The Australian football legend has joined Ange Postecoglou's backroom team at Parkhead ahead of the new season. Kewell's appointment to the first-team staff sees an "important restructure" of the staffing as Stephen McManus moves to work with the Celtic B Team. Kewell has taken on the role after various management positions in England and a Champions League winning playing career with Liverpool. The 43-year-old worked with Watford under-23s before management spells with Crawley Town, Notts County, Oldham Athletic...
JUST IN : Leeds sign Bayern midfielder Roca
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JUST IN : Leeds sign Bayern midfielder Roca

Leeds have signed Bayern Munich midfielder Marc Roca on a four-year deal for an initial £10m. The 25-year-old will join the club on July 1st until the summer of 2026. He becomes the latest arrival who will join the Whites at the start of next month, following the announcements of deals for Rasmus Kristensen and Brenden Aaronson. Leeds have signed Spanish midfielder Marc Roca from Bayern Munich on a four-year deal understood to be worth £10m. The 25-year-old becomes the club’s third summer signing following the arrival of Red Bull Salzburg duo Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen. The former Spain Under-21 international made 24 appearances for Bayern. He did not score a goal for the German club and leaves the Bundesliga two years into a five-ye...
BREAKING : Yves Bissouma Brighton midfielder signs for Tottenham on four-year deal
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BREAKING : Yves Bissouma Brighton midfielder signs for Tottenham on four-year deal

Yves Bissouma will move to Tottenham in a deal which could rise to £35m; Spurs to pay an initial £25m with £10m in add-ons agreed with Brighton; the 25-year-old is set to become club's third summer signing after the arrivals of Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma has signed for Tottenham on a four-year deal, subject to being granted a work permit. Sky Sports News understands Spurs will pay an initial £25m for the Mali international, which will potentially rise to £35m with performance-related add-ons. Bissouma is understood to have flown into the UK on Wednesday and stayed at the on-site hotel at Tottenham's training ground. The 25-year-old only had one year left on his Brighton contract and becomes Antonio Conte's third summer signing af...
BREAKING : Liverpool agree £35m sale of Senegalese forward to Bayern Munich
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BREAKING : Liverpool agree £35m sale of Senegalese forward to Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich secure a deal below Liverpool's £42.5m valuation of forward Sadio Mane, having already had two offers turned down; 30-year-old forward about to enter final year of Anfield contract Liverpool have agreed to sell Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich for a deal worth up to £35m. Bayern will pay an initial £27.5m with a further £5m based on appearance. The Bundesliga club will pay another £2.5m based on individual and team achievements. The deal eclipses what Liverpool paid for Mane - £31m plus £2.5m in add-ons - with Southampton not getting any additional money. Mane has been core to the club's success over the past six seasons so will depart with their blessing and gratitude. Liverpool have been conscious of needing to evolve their squad without sentiment as a drivin...
Cristiano Ronaldo ‘wants to leave Manchester United’ this summer
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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘wants to leave Manchester United’ this summer

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly made up his mind to leave Manchester United this summer because he doesn't feel part of Erik ten Hag's project at Old Trafford. Italian newspaper La Repubblica made the audacious claim that Ronaldo is now seeking a way out of United ahead of next season. They state the forward doesn't feel involved in Ten Hag's efforts to revitalise a team that has been in a state of decline for several seasons now. The Portuguese star, 37, scored 24 goals during the first season of his second stint at United but everything is set to change with the arrival of the Dutch coach this summer. Roma and Sporting Lisbon are listed as potential destinations for the player who goes home with an enormous £480,000-a-week wages.  U...
Super Eagles striker, Emmanuel Dennis set to join  Everton for £20million
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Super Eagles striker, Emmanuel Dennis set to join Everton for £20million

Super Eagles striker, Emmanuel Dennis has reportedly been linked with a move to Everton to replace Richarlison if he leaves the club before the end of the transfer window. The Nigerian forward is currently valued at about £20million by his club Watford, who were relegated from the Premier League last season. Dennis impressed at Vicarage Road after joining from Club Brugge for £3.5million last July, when he signed a five-year contract. The 24-year-old scored 10 goals and provided six assists in 33 league games  last season.  The Nigerian striker will replace Richarlison, who is a serious target for Tottenham this summer after playing a key role in Everton’s successful fight for survival, scoring 10 times.  Asked about his...
Ex Chelsea midfielder, Michael Ballack, 45, dating his late son’s 21-year-old friend less than a year after he was killed in a quad crash
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Ex Chelsea midfielder, Michael Ballack, 45, dating his late son’s 21-year-old friend less than a year after he was killed in a quad crash

Former Chelsea star, Michael Ballack is reportedly dating a 21-year-old model and friend of his late son Emilio who was killed in a quad bike crash in Portugal last year.  According to Mail Online, Ballack, 45, was spotted enjoying a visit to Art Basel, a fair for Modern and contemporary art, with his model girlfriend Sophia Schneiderhan, 21.  The pair, who got close after Ballack's son's fatal accident, appeared loved up and were seen kissing in public, German outlet Bild reported.  The publication said it's not the first time the couple has been seen out together after they were seen out in a trendy district of Berlin.  It comes less than a year after Ballack's son Emilio was killed when his quad bike tipped backwards...
Arsenal ready to break bank to splash €100m on Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen
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Arsenal ready to break bank to splash €100m on Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen

Premier League side, Arsenal are reportedly preparing to make a second offer for Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen,  to match the €100m (£86m) price tag, Napoli are asking for the 23-year-old. This comes after Gunners' first €60m bid was rejected by the Italian club on Monday, June 13.  According to Italian daily, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Arsenal are keen to sign the 23-year-old Nigeria international as a replacement for former skipper Alexandre Lacazette, who rejoined Lyon on a free this summer. “Arsenal are gearing up to enter talks with Napoli for Osimhen and are keen to sign the €100m valued striker. Manchester United are also keen on a move but the Gunners hold the edge for the time being,” the report said. “The deal could be concluded...
Porto confirm attacking midfielder Fabio Vieira’s move to Arsenal in a deal worth £30m
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Porto confirm attacking midfielder Fabio Vieira’s move to Arsenal in a deal worth £30m

Porto have confirmed the sale of attacking midfielder Fabio Vieira to Arsenal for a fee potentially rising to €40 million (£34.26 million). The Portuguese club confirmed the sale in a statement released to Portuguese stock market on Friday, June 17, saying “(Porto), under the terms of article 248 n1 of the Securities Code, hereby informs the market that it has reached an agreement with Arsenal FC for the assignment, on a definitive basis, of the sports registration rights of professional football player Fabio Vieira for 40M (forty million euros), of which 5M (five million euros) are dependent on the achievement of sporting objectives. “It is further informed that the final agreement is still being finalized and is expected to be implemented in the next few days.” ...
FIFA unveils 16 cities for 2026 World Cup co-hosted by Canada, Mexico and USA
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FIFA unveils 16 cities for 2026 World Cup co-hosted by Canada, Mexico and USA

FIFA have announced the cities that would host the 2026 World Cup in United States, Mexico and Canada. The 2026 showpiece will be the first World Cup co-hosted by three countries, and will also be the first World Cup to host 48 nations. According to the world football governing body, 11 of the approved cities are in the United States, which will host 60 games, while Canada has two and Mexico has three. Canada and Mexico will both host ten games each. Korea Republic and Japan were the first countries to co-host a FIFA World Cup in 2002. Mexico who hosted the 1970 and 1986 tournaments, will become the first country to host or co-host the men's World Cups three times. The United States hosted the 1994 men's and the 1999 and 2003 women's World Cups, and will become the ...
Eddie Nketiah and Tariq Lamptey ‘set to get FIFA clearance to be eligible to play for Ghana after shunning England
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Eddie Nketiah and Tariq Lamptey ‘set to get FIFA clearance to be eligible to play for Ghana after shunning England

England footballers, Eddie Nketiah and Tariq Lamptey are reportedly close to becoming eligible to play for Ghana.  The pair, who were born in London but have Ghanaian heritage, have 56 caps for England's youth teams between them, and have been in talks with the Ghanaian FA for months.  According to Ghana Soccernet, they are two of three players who will get clearance from FIFA as early as next week.  The report adds that the Ghanaian FA are finding it harder to process the proposed nationality switches of Callum Hudson-Odoi, who has made three senior appearances for England, and one-cap Spain international Inaki Williams.  If Nketiah and Lamptey gain eligibility as expected, they will be in line to make their debuts in September and could...
Peseiro names Victor Osimhen new Super Eagles penalty taker after scoring 4 goals in Nigeria 10 – 0 win against Sao Tome and Principe
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Peseiro names Victor Osimhen new Super Eagles penalty taker after scoring 4 goals in Nigeria 10 – 0 win against Sao Tome and Principe

Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro has named Napoli striker Victor Osimhen as the team’s first-choice penalty taker due to his leadership qualities in the squad.  He takes over the role from Odion Ighalo, who last featured for the Eagles against Ghana in March, during the 2022 World Cup play-off. Osimhen recently made history after scoring four goals for the Eagles as they thrashed Sao Tome and Principe 10-0 at the Stade Adrar in their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations The former Lille striker also made two assists in the encounter as the Eagles moved top of Group A with six points ahead of Guinea Bissau. In the match, Osimhen had the opportunity to score first but passed to substitute Emmanuel Dennis, who opened his goal scoring account&nb...
Edo ready for AFN trials, says Alli
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Edo ready for AFN trials, says Alli

Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN)  Share The Chairman of the Edo State Sports Commission, Yusuf Alli, has declared that the state is ready for the forthcoming National Athletics Trials to hold between June 21 and 23. Alli, an Olympian said the national trials would be staged smoothly by the state. He noted that the world-class facilities at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium were good enough for any competition on short notice. “Edo staged the National Sports Festival in style last year and this year, the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium has hosted many other national events,” the former African long jump champion said. “We are indeed proud of what we have at the stadium and it is also a thing of pride to host the top athletes of the country trying to win tickets for big glob...
Napoli line up Osimhen’s possible replacements
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Napoli line up Osimhen’s possible replacements

By The Nation On Jun 17, 2022  Share Napoli are mentally preparing themselves to lose Nigerian youngster Victor Osimhen, given the rise in his value over the course of the recently concluded season. The 23-year-old striker is valued no less than €100M by the Partenopei, and amid heightened interest from Premier League giants Arsenal and Manchester United, he himself admitted to the fact that ‘anything can happen’ regarding his future. Milan’s presence has also spiced up proceedings regarding Osimhen. Osimhen has been consistently touted with a potential move away from the south of Italy, and Napoli are not lagging behind in shortlisting suitors to succeed the Nigerian. As per La Gazzetta dello Sport (via TuttoNapoli), their first bet is on Gia...
BREAKING : Egypt sack coach Ehab Galal after two months
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BREAKING : Egypt sack coach Ehab Galal after two months

Ehab Galal has been sacked as Coach of Egypt's national football team two months after he was hired and after just three games in charge of the national team. 54-year-old Galal replaced Carlos Queiroz in April after the Pharaohs failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.  Galal started with a 1-0 win over Guinea in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying before his team lost 2-0 to Ethiopia. His last game in charge was a 4-1 defeat away to South Korea in a friendly on Tuesday. The Egyptian Football Association said it would now be looking for a foreign coach to lead the team. Egyptian Football Association board member Hazem Emam said;  "We are in talks with several foreign coaches. I would like to thank coach Ehab Galal, a very respectful...
Golden State Warriors Crowned 2022 NBA champions after beating Boston Celtics (Photos)
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Golden State Warriors Crowned 2022 NBA champions after beating Boston Celtics (Photos)

Golden State Warriors have been crowned champions of the National Basketball Association. Following a 103-90 win in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, the Warriors clinched the title over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night at Juneat TD Garden. Stephen Curry produced another outstanding performance as the Warriors consistently controlled the pace of the game throughout the 4 quarters which led to a huge win over Jayson Tatum and the Celtics. Considered to be the greatest shooter of all time, Steph won the final MVP of the game. Himself alonsgide Draymond Green put together a standout performance in Game 6, tallying 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field with 12 boards and wight assists in 42 minutes. The big win comes just two seasons after t...