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Female Kickboxing Head Coach found dead in Kwara hotel room
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Female Kickboxing Head Coach found dead in Kwara hotel room

The Head Coach of Kickboxing Association in Ogun State, Olufunke Ogunsuyi, has died. Ogunsuyi, popularly called ‘Big Fish’ was found dead in her hotel room in Ilorin, Kwara State capital on Saturday, July 31. The desceased was participating in the Kwara Zonal and Invitational Kickboxing Championship organised by the State Government. She officiated in the competition and also fielded two athletes. Ogunsuyi, who hailed from Ijebu-Ode, was a former kickboxing champion and graduate of Physical and Health Education (PHE) and Sports Psychology. It was gathered that search for the late coach began after she failed to appear at the stadium at 12 noon when all the other officials were supposed to converge for the commencement of the final ceremony of the competition. Several cal...
Trophée des Champions final: Lille end PSG’s Dominance
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Trophée des Champions final: Lille end PSG’s Dominance

Lille on Sunday defeated Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the Trophée des Champions final at Bloomfield. Xena’s first-half thunderbolt proved the difference as Lille secured the Trophee des Champions for the first time, in the process ending the competition’s eight-year domination by PSG. The midfielder was teed up by Burak Yilmaz before blasting in from long range on the stroke of half-time. PSG were unable to make their possession count from there on in. The story of the final could have been different, however, had Abdou Diallo taken the best second-half opportunity. He failed to convert a headed effort from inside the six-yard box with just Leo Jardim to beat. After dethroning PSG as Ligue 1 champions in the last campaign, Jocelyn Gourvennec’s men ha...
Olympics football: Egypt coach Gharib urges players not to worry after Brazil defeat
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Olympics football: Egypt coach Gharib urges players not to worry after Brazil defeat

The Pharaohs were bundled out of the quadrennial international competition on Saturday after 90 minutes of football in Saitama Egypt U23 coach Shawky Gharib has encouraged his players not to worry about their defeat to Brazil in the quarter-finals of the Olympic men’s football event. Matheus Cunha's 37th-minute goal separated both teams at the Saitama Stadium 2002, and it sent the North African country packing from the tournament. The Pharaohs aim to end their long wait for a medal in the football event did not come to fruition at Tokyo 2020 but Gharib, immediately after the match, assembled the team on the pitch and advised them to look into the future positively.
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Champions League: UEFA announces winner of Goal of the Season

Porto star Mehdi Taremi’s spectacular strike against Chelsea in the Champions League was voted as UEFA’s Goal of the Season for 2020/21. The voting for the best goal of the 2020/21 season took place on Thursday via UEFA’s website in the various competitions organized by the governing body of European football. Taremi got nearly 30% of the votes to win UEFA’s Goal of the Season for his stunning overhead kick against Chelsea in the quarter-final second leg tie. He defeated the likes of Lorenzo Insigne and Kemar Roofe to win the award. See UEFA’s Goal of the Season top three below; 1st Mehdi Taremi (Chelsea 0-1 PORTO) UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg, 13/04/2021 2nd Lorenzo Insigne (Belgium 1-2 ITALY) UEFA EURO 2020 quarter-final, 02/07/2021 3rd Kema...
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‘A moment of undeniable strength’ – Pogba backs Biles over mental health admission at Olympics

The Mancehster United midfielder offered his support to the gymnast after she opted to take a step back in Tokyo Paul Pogba was among the stars to speak out in support of Simone Biles after the American gymnast opted to take a step back and withdraw from events at the Olympics. Biles announced on Thursday that she would not be participating in the individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Games to focus on her mental health. Her announcement came shortly after she opted to remove herself from the team competition, earning her praise from several top athletes for valuing her own well-being in a time of immense pressure.  
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Simone Biles Breaks her Silence after Shock Olympics Withdrawal

Team USA superstar gymnast, Simone Biles has broken her silence after  her shock withdrawal from the individual all-around final at the Tokyo Olympics. Biles, who won four gold medals at the Rio 2016 Games, including the individual all-around title, announced early on Wednesday morning that she has chosen not to defend her title, after consulting with USA Gymnastics officials following her sudden withdrawal from the team competition on Tuesday. On Wednesday evening, she took to Twitter to thank her fans for their 'love and support.' 'The outpouring love & support I’ve received has made me realize I’m more than my accomplishments and gymnastics which I never truly believed before,' Biles tweeted on Wednesday night.
Arsenal Agree to Tammy Abraham’s Demands
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Arsenal Agree to Tammy Abraham’s Demands

  Arsenal are ready to meet the wage demands of Chelsea striker, Tammy Abraham, according to the Daily Express. The Gunners are very keen to land the 23-year-old this summer. Abraham has always scored for Chelsea and shown his ability during loan spells at Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa. But Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, is unconvinced and left the forward out of a number of his matchday squads last season. A potential stumbling block in Abraham’s move to Arsenal was his wage demands. He is currently earning £80,000 a week and wants to be paid £125,000. Arsenal have now made it clear during talks that they are prepared to meet the player’s demands, as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his attacking options. Abraham has scored 30 goals in 82 appearanc...
Tuchel Set to bring former Man Utd star, Romero to Chelsea
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Tuchel Set to bring former Man Utd star, Romero to Chelsea

  Former Manchester United goalkeeper, Sergio Romero is being linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer transfer window. The Telegraph report that Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, is keen to bring Romero to Stamford Bridge to provide competition for No. 1 Eduourd Mendy and back-up Kepa Arrizabalaga. Romero, who failed to make an appearance for Man United in the 2020-2021 campaign, is a free agent after his contract at Old Trafford came to an end in June this year. Chelsea have already released veteran keeper, Willy Caballero, last month and are in the market for a third ‘goalkeeper’. Romero played second fiddle to David de Gea for much of his six years at Man United, but the rise of Dean Henderson saw him pushed down to third-choice goalkeeper at the Red Devils. ...
Rennes Confirm they are Ready to Sell Camavinga to Man Utd
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Rennes Confirm they are Ready to Sell Camavinga to Man Utd

  Rennes president, Nicolas Holveck, has admitted the club are “open” to discussing a deal to sell Eduardo Camavinga, who is a target for Manchester United this summer. United are keen to add the 18-year-old midfielder to their squad and are monitoring his situation at the French club. Camavinga has one year left on his current contract and Holveck says they are willing to let the player leave for the right price. “One of the priorities is to reduce the squad. We still have eight or nine players who need to leave. There also remains the situation with Eduardo. “Discussions are still ongoing, everything is open, either for a departure during this transfer window — if an offer satisfies everyone — or to extend [Camavinga’s deal] “He won’t leave for cheap,” Holveck ...
Messi Breaks Ronaldo’s record after winning Copa America
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Messi Breaks Ronaldo’s record after winning Copa America

  Argentina captain, Lionel Messi has broken an Instagram record previously held by his biggest rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, after winning the Copa America earlier this month. Messi finally won on the international stage, as Albiceleste beat hosts Brazil 1-0 in the final of the competition. Following that victory on July 10, Messi took to Instagram to celebrate their triumph, with a post. It was a picture of him in the dressing room, holding the trophy alongside the caption: “What a beautiful madness! This is unbelievable! Thank you, God! We are the champions!” As things stand, the photo has been liked more than 20 million times, thus making the image the most popular Instagram post ever posted by an athlete. Ronaldo’s record lasted just under a year. The Juventus s...
Stiga: Champions League final defeat can catapult Kaizer Chiefs to league title
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Stiga: Champions League final defeat can catapult Kaizer Chiefs to league title

Having never previously made it past the group phase, the Glamour Boys went all the way to the competition before losing 3-0 to Al Ahly Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Stanton 'Stiga' Fredericks believes Amakhosi's run in the 2020/21 Caf Champions League could be the springboard for future success. The 0-3 scoreline was arguably a bit harsh on the Soweto giants as all three goals came in the second half after they had been reduced to 10 men following Happy Mashiane's red card in first half added time. It was a reckless challenge, and before that, Chiefs had made a promising start, but after Mashiane's early shower, Al Ahly turned on the style in the second half to canter to victory. Fredericks senses however that there are positives to take going forward, despite the emphatic...
”The level of hatred and unhealthy competition in Nollywood is heart wrenching-” Actor Prince Eke writes as he applauds Instagram skit makers for their collaborations
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”The level of hatred and unhealthy competition in Nollywood is heart wrenching-” Actor Prince Eke writes as he applauds Instagram skit makers for their collaborations

Actor Prince Eke has applauded Instagram skit makers over the way they work together. In a post shared on his Instastories, the actor said the way Instagram skit makers support each other is so overwhelming. Commenting on the collaborations between skit makers and Nollywood players, Eke opined that if the tables were turned, Nollywood celebrities would not give  kit makers any opportunity. He ended by saying the hatred and unhealthy competition in Nollywood is heartwrenching.
Barcelona and Man Utd-linked Saul has ‘many options’, says Atletico Madrid midfielder’s agent
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Barcelona and Man Utd-linked Saul has ‘many options’, says Atletico Madrid midfielder’s agent

The Spain international has five years to go on his contract but is reported to be eager to leave the club this summer Atletico Madrid star Saul has not decided on his future and has offers from many clubs, according to his agent. The midfielder has been an integral part of Diego Simeone's team in recent years, making over 300 appearances in all competitions. The 26-year-old still has five years left on his contract at the capital side, but has reportedly told the club that he wants to leave.
Balogun: Rangers focused on playing in Champions League group stage
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Balogun: Rangers focused on playing in Champions League group stage

The Super Eagles centre-back has his sights set on playing in the elite European competition next season Rangers are hoping to replicate their domestic winning run and qualify for the 2021-22 Champions League group stage, according to Nigeria defender Leon Balogun. The Gers are yet to play in the group stage of the top European tournament since their last outing in 2010. Thanks to their Premiership success last campaign, Steven Gerrard’s men will begin their quest to play in the Champions League in the third qualifying round.
Why Enyeama is the greatest Nigerian to play in Caf Champions League – Olatunji-Okuku
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Why Enyeama is the greatest Nigerian to play in Caf Champions League – Olatunji-Okuku

Although few Nigerians have won the competition more than once, the seasoned football administrator opted for the former Super Eagles goalkeeper Former Super Eagles star Vincent Enyeama is the greatest Nigerian ever to play in the Caf Champions League, according to Samuel Olatunji-Okuku. After joining the Aba giants from Ibom Stars in 2001, the goalkeeper became a key figure in Kadiri Ikhana’s Enyimba team that ruled Africa in 2003 - a feat which ended Nigeria’s wait to win the African title. His best performance came in the second leg of the final against Ismaily, as he made crucial saves to deny Theo Bucker's El Daraweesh
Fan View: Would Kaizer Chiefs ’21 eclipse Orlando Pirates ’95?
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Fan View: Would Kaizer Chiefs ’21 eclipse Orlando Pirates ’95?

Amakhosi are the only ones not to have won the continent’s elite club competition among the PSL’s big three Kaizer Chiefs face Al Ahly in neutral Casablanca, Morocco on Saturday as they bid for a first-ever Caf Champions League title. With Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns having won the Champions League before in 1995 and 2016, respectively, Chiefs are the only South African football heavyweight yet to conquer the continent. Fans have had their say, with the majority feeling that Chiefs winning the Caf Champions League on Saturday will eclipse Orlando Pirates' victory in 1995.
The Olympics is not football’ – Why Barcelona tried to block Pedri’s latest Spain selection
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The Olympics is not football’ – Why Barcelona tried to block Pedri’s latest Spain selection

The teenager is happy to have the chance to represent his country in Tokyo but his club coach Ronald Koeman is concerned by the threat of burnout The Spanish FA raised eyebrows when they named an extremely strong squad for the Olympic Games football competition in Tokyo, particularly because of the inclusion of Barcelona starlet Pedri. The 18-year-old midfielder, who won the young player of the tournament award at Euro 2020, could reach an incredible 66 games in a marathon 2020-21 campaign for club and country. It has been a year to remember for the Tenerife-born playmaker, hitting the ground running after moving to Camp Nou, forging a deep connection with Lionel Messi and winning his place in Luis Enrique’s Spain side.
Nagelsmann confirms Bayern star Lewandowski drawing interest from other clubs
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Nagelsmann confirms Bayern star Lewandowski drawing interest from other clubs

The 32-year-old striker is reported to be dreaming of a move to Real Madrid and his coach feels speculation around his future is natural Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann says it is no surprise to see teams interested in Robert Lewandowski because of his excellent form in recent seasons. Lewandowski, 32, finished last season with 48 goals in all competitions as Bayern secured another Bundesliga title. The Poland star's form has prompted rumours that he could be set for a move this summer and Nagelsmann says he has already discussed the issue with the striker.
PSG Confirm Donnarumma Signing after Italy star’s AC Milan departure
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PSG Confirm Donnarumma Signing after Italy star’s AC Milan departure

Paris Saint-Germain have announced the signing of Italy's Euro 2020 hero Gianluigi Donnarumma on a five-year deal. The 22-year-old joins on a free transfer from AC Milan after he was unable to agree terms over an extension to his deal which ran out on June 30. PSG beat competition from Barcelona to land the highly-rated goalkeeper, who will earn around 12m Euros (£10.3m) per year plus add-ons in France. "I am delighted to be part of this huge club," Donnarumma told PSG's club website. "I feel ready to take on this new challenge and continue to grow here. With Paris, I want to win as much as possible and to bring joy to the supporters." Donnarumma flew into Paris on Wednesday for the first time to complete his move, days after helping Italy win Euro 2020, their first major t...
Mourinho names best player at Euro 2020
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Mourinho names best player at Euro 2020

  Roma boss, Jose Mourinho, has named England defender, Kyle Walker , as the best player at the just concluded Euro 2020. Mourinho described Walker as an “absolute animal” for England during the Euro 2020. Walker was in stunning form for England at the Euro 2020 as the Three Lions reached their first major international final since the 1966 World Cup. England was, however, defeated 3-2 on penalties against Italy in the final on Sunday night at Wembley. Speaking on the best player at Euro 2020, Mourinho told talkSPORT: “I think Kyle Walker was phenomenal. “From the first minute of the competition until the moment he came off in the final, he was phenomenal. “He was giving cover to centre-backs on the opposite side. I don’t remember him losing one single duel. H...
England vs Italy: Mancini warns Italy players about Sterling
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England vs Italy: Mancini warns Italy players about Sterling

  Italy coach, Roberto Mancini, has warned his players to be wary of the threat of England winger, Raheem Sterling, when both teams clash in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium. Manchester City star, Sterling has been outstanding for England so far at the competition, scoring three goals so far. He is one goal ahead of captain Harry Kane. But Mancini has now warned his team to be careful of Sterling because of his pace. “England are a good side because they have a lot of good players on the bench, but if we have made it this far, it also means we are a good team,” Mancini said at this pre-match press conference. “Sterling is a footballer that’s come on leaps and bounds and he’s very pacey indeed, so we need to be careful of him. “Besides him, I’m not sure...
Ceballos leaves Premier League transfer door open but will ‘fight’ for Real Madrid future
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Ceballos leaves Premier League transfer door open but will ‘fight’ for Real Madrid future

The Spain international midfielder is eager to prove his worth at the Santiago Bernabeu after spending two seasons on loan at Arsenal Dani Ceballos has left the door open for a Premier League return to be made at some stage, but the former Arsenal loanee is preparing to "fight" for his future at Real Madrid. The 24-year-old midfielder has spent the last two seasons at Emirates Stadium, with fierce competition for places at the Santiago Bernabeu forcing him to find minutes elsewhere. He is now back in his homeland and looking to make a mark at his parent club under Carlo Ancelotti, but another stint in English football remains an option for him to consider.
Copa America final: Neymar slams Brazilians supporting Messi, Argentina to win
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Copa America final: Neymar slams Brazilians supporting Messi, Argentina to win

Neymar has hit out at Brazilians who are supporting Argentina to win the Copa America final on Sunday at the Maracana, because they support Lionel Messi. Brazil became the host of this year’s Copa, after CONMEBOL confirmed Argentina and Colombia would no longer stage the event. SporTV journalist, Fabiola Andrade, is among those who have publicly come out to support Argentina in the final. Andrade explained her controversial decision on Instagram, stating that “I love Brazil, Brazilian football…I have several Argentine friends. But I’m not going to root for Argentina in the Copa America final because of them, no,” adding that Messi “needs to win a title with his country’s shirt! For justice!” But Neymar posted on Instagram: “I am ‘Brazilian with a lot of pride and with a lot...
England vs Denmark: ‘Sterling’s penalty shouldn’t stand, there were two balls on the pitch’ – Southgate
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England vs Denmark: ‘Sterling’s penalty shouldn’t stand, there were two balls on the pitch’ – Southgate

  England coach, Gareth Southgate has admitted that he saw the second ball on the pitch moments before Raheem Sterling was awarded a penalty during their semifinal game with Denmark. England progressed to the final of the championship on Wednesday after beating Denmark in extra time. Gareth Southgate side came from behind to overpower Denmark 2-1 after extra time as Harry Kane slotted home the rebound from his saved penalty. It The Three Lions first final in a major men’s football competition in 55 years. Denmark supporters and many football lovers have criticised the referee and VAR official for allowing the penalty even though it was obvious it should not have stood. And now the second ball on the pitch was another reason as to why the penalty should have not b...
Aiteo Cup: Kano Pillars outsmart, knock out Smart City in Lokoja
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Aiteo Cup: Kano Pillars outsmart, knock out Smart City in Lokoja

  Kano Pillars on Wednesday eliminated Smart City FC from the 2021 Aiteo Cup after emerging 4-2 winners to move to the next round of the competition. The game, which was played at the Lokoja Confluence Stadium, saw Kano Pillars leading two goals in the first half. The Kano-based club added another goal in the early stage of the second half through a wonderful volley. Smart City came back into the game to reduce the goal deficit by scoring two quick goals. The Aiteo Cup defending champions sealed their victory two minutes from time through a counter-attack after wasteful Smart City failed to convert their chances to level the game. Speaking shortly after the game, the Technical Adviser of Kano Pillars, Ibrahim Musa, praised his players for their resilience in beat...
Sha’Carri Richardson left out of USA Tokyo Olympics team after marijuana ban
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Sha’Carri Richardson left out of USA Tokyo Olympics team after marijuana ban

Banned sprinter, Sha’Carri Richardson won’t be competing in the Tokyo Olympics at all this summer, after USA Track and Field decided not to include her in its lineup in the wake of her one-month suspension over positive test for marijuana. The 21-year-old, who won 100m at the US Olympic trials in June, was expected to be one of the biggest stars at the upcoming Tokyo Games. But last week the USATF announced the runner would be suspended for a month after the drug test. On Tuesday, the US track body announced the 21-year-old wouldn’t make the roster for the relay because of the drug test, ending her Olympic hopes. “While USATF fully agrees that the merit of the World Anti-Doping Agency rules related to THC [a chemical in marijuana] should be reevaluated, it would be detrimental...
Copa America final: Gabriel Jesus banned from facing Argentina
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Copa America final: Gabriel Jesus banned from facing Argentina

  Brazil striker, Gabriel Jesus, is banned for Saturday’s Copa America final. The Manchester City star was handed a two-game ban by South American football’s governing body CONMEBOL. Jesus was shown a red card for a foul on Eugenio Mena in Brazil’s 1-0 win over Chile in the quarter-final of the competition on Friday. He sat out their 1-0 win over Peru in the semi-final and will now miss the final against Argentina on Saturday. CONMEBOL also confirmed Jesus has been fined $5,000. Everton came in for Jesus against Peru, with Lucas Paqueta scoring the winning goal, following fantastic work from Neymar.
Euro 2020: Rio Ferdinand predicts country to win European Championship
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Euro 2020: Rio Ferdinand predicts country to win European Championship

  Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has predicted England to win the Euro 2020 because the Three Lions are the best team in the competition. Ferdinand gave his prediction on Tuesday night as Italy defeated Spain 4-2 on penalties in the semi-final encounter, thanks to Chelsea midfielder Jorginho’s decisive spot-kick. Italy will now play the winner between England and Denmark in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday. “It doesn’t matter who has gone through here because I believe England can beat both these sides,” Ferdinand told BBC Sport post-match. “I just feel no one can compete with us right now. The confidence we have got… People might say I am getting carried away but I don’t care. “From what I have seen, England are the better team, the best team and they beat...
Etebo Unsure of Stoke future
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Etebo Unsure of Stoke future

Oghenekaro Etebo admits he is unsure whether he will be at English Championship club, Stoke City, next season, The PUNCH reports. Etebo played on loan for Turkish Super Lig giants Galatasaray, helping Fathi Terim’s side finish second last season. The 25-year-old midfielder made 29 appearances across all competition for the Turkish side, who play PSV Eindhoven over two legs in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers. “It was a good experience for me playing for one of the biggest teams in Turkey last season,” Etebo told The PUNCH. “For now, I have to return to Stoke City for pre-season because I have a contract with them and we see how it goes. I can’t decide that now because I still have to speak with the coach before making a decision on my future. “I don’t know if I will be back at G...
Tokyo 2020: Adekuroye Confident Of Podium Finish
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Tokyo 2020: Adekuroye Confident Of Podium Finish

Reigning Commonwealth champion Odunayo Adekuoroye says she is not under any form of pressure ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan, and remains confident of claiming a historic gold medal for Nigeria in wrestling. The 3-time World Championships medalist Adekuoroye and four other Nigerian wrestlers will be attempting to do what none of their compatriots have been able to do at the Games previously – winning an Olympic medal. Having established herself globally as one of the best wrestlers in the 57kg category, expectations are high that the 27-year-old would deliver Nigeria’s first-ever wrestling medal in Tokyo. Such expectations usually come with pressure, however, the 6-time African champion says she is physically and mentally ready for the Games, adding that she enjoys a...
Guendouzi reveals concern for Arsenal as midfielder closes in on Marseille move
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Guendouzi reveals concern for Arsenal as midfielder closes in on Marseille move

The Frenchman hopes the Gunners can bounce back under Mikel Arteta, while he looks set to depart the club this summer Matteo Guendouzi says he is worried about the situation at Arsenal following their miserable season. The Gunners will be absent from European competition in 2021-22 after finishing eighth in the Premier League last season and only reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League. Mikel Arteta's team are aiming for a stronger campaign in the English top flight next term and Guendouzi hopes they can finish in the top four to secure a return to the Champions League.
Liverpool’s Salah had strong desire to feature in Olympic Games’ – Egypt coach Gharib
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Liverpool’s Salah had strong desire to feature in Olympic Games’ – Egypt coach Gharib

The Africans have been drawn against Argentina, Spain, and Australia in Group C, but the coach will be without his country's star player in Tokyo Egypt coach Shawky Gharib has stated star forward Mohamed Salah had a strong desire to feature for the team at the Olympic Games, but his club Liverpool were not willing to release him. The Pharaohs are among the teams that qualified for the competition to be held in Tokyo, Japan. Their captain headlined the over-aged players who the tactician wanted to select, alongside Mostafa Mohamed, but his requests with the players' clubs fell on deaf ears.
It’s coming home’ – England fans dreaming of Euro 2020 glory after 4-0 thrashing of Ukraine
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It’s coming home’ – England fans dreaming of Euro 2020 glory after 4-0 thrashing of Ukraine

England supporters are dreaming of Euro 2020 glory after watching their side demolish Ukraine 4-0 on Saturday. Gareth Southgate’s side will return to Wembley on Wednesday to face Denmark in the semi-finals of the competition, with their opponents travelling from Baku for the fixture. Ukraine v England - Southgate's to lose? As such, England stand a strong chance of progressing to the final, also at Wembley, on July 11.
‘What a man, what a coach!’ – Yaya Toure reacts after Roberto Mancini takes Italy to Euro 2020 semis
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‘What a man, what a coach!’ – Yaya Toure reacts after Roberto Mancini takes Italy to Euro 2020 semis

The former Elephants midfielder impressed with the Azzurri who have not tasted defeat in the competition Ivory Coast legend Yaya Toure has lauded his former coach Roberto Mancini for guiding Italy to the semi-finals of Euro 2020. On Friday night, the Azzurri advanced to the last four with an excellent 2-1 victory over Belgium, in a game full of opportunities. Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne got on the scoresheet for Italy, both producing superb finishes to fire their team into a 2-0 ahead, but Romelu Lukaku pulled one back just before the break from the penalty spot.
Euro 2020: Finidi George Snubs England, predicts winners of tournament
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Euro 2020: Finidi George Snubs England, predicts winners of tournament

Former Nigeria international, Finidi George, has tipped either Spain or Italy to win the ongoing European Championship. The quarter-final of the competition began on Friday evening. Spain eliminated Switzerland via penalties, while Italy beat Belgium 2-1. They will now face off in the last four. George feels the winner of the tournament will be decided in that game. “That’s a tough one but I tip Spain or Italy for the title. “They have won it in the past and the experience is there – which I believe will play a key role in terms of determining the winner. “However, any team can spring up surprises and win. You can never tell because this is football,” George told Goal.
Euro 2020: Mourinho names three England players to be benched against Ukraine
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Euro 2020: Mourinho names three England players to be benched against Ukraine

Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has advised England manager, Gareth Southgate, to rest Harry Maguire, Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips for their Euro 2020 quarter-final against Ukraine on Saturday. The Three Lions trio, along with Phil Foden, have all picked up a booking at the tournament so far. They would be suspended for the semi-final at Wembley, should they receive another yellow card and England qualify for the last four. Mourinho told talkSPORT: “I think for Maguire it would be perfect to rest. It would mean the yellow card would not stop him playing in the semi-final but also not (cause an) accumulation in fatigue for someone who did not prepare well. “Maguire is an important player for the team (but) Mings is playing so so well. Maguire didn’t have a good preparation for t...
Jorginho responds to talk of Ballon d’Or bid as Insigne puts Chelsea & Italy star in contention
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Jorginho responds to talk of Ballon d’Or bid as Insigne puts Chelsea & Italy star in contention

The classy playmaker has continued to catch the eye at Euro 2020, but he says collective success means more to him than individual recognition Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has played down talk of him coming into Ballon d'Or contention, with the Italy international prioritising collective success over individual honours. The classy playmaker is currently chasing down Euro 2020 glory with his country and has helped the Azzurri to book a quarter-final showdown with Belgium in that competition. If Roberto Mancini's side were to claim a presitigous continental prize, with Jorginho figuring prominently in that triumph, then a 29-year-old star from Stamford Bridge could force his way into the picture for a Golden Ball.
Caf Champions League: Al Ahly vs Kaizer Chiefs a David and Goliath affair – Zwane
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Caf Champions League: Al Ahly vs Kaizer Chiefs a David and Goliath affair – Zwane

The Amakhosi tactician feels they did everything to reach the final despite being regarded as underdogs Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Themba Zwane has welcomed the underdog tag going into the July 17 Caf Champions League final against Al Ahly at Stade Mohamed V Stadium. It will be a battle between nine-time African champions as well as current title holders Al Ahly, and Chiefs, who this season participated in the Champions League group stage for the first-ever time before surprisingly reaching the final. But Zwane does not mind being regarded as rank outsiders, saying they have always been viewed that way in this competition.
Former boxing champion, Derek Chisora shows off his £6,000 to win £36,000 bet on England winning Euro 2020
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Former boxing champion, Derek Chisora shows off his £6,000 to win £36,000 bet on England winning Euro 2020

Former Heavyweight boxing champion, Derek Chisora has shown off his massive bet after England beat Germany on Tuesday night, June 29, to reach the quarter finals of Euro 2020. The British boxer was so convinced that England will win the competition that he stayed a massive £6,000 bet to win a massive £36,000. Chisora, 37, showed off his bet slip and captioned it: "IT'S COMING HOME." Chisora has never been shy of putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to bets. He stuck £8,500 on Billy Joe Saunders, 31, upsetting the odds against Canelo Alvarez, 30, in May, which would have paid out £54,000.
Arsenal set to bring Nuno Tavares to Emirates
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Arsenal set to bring Nuno Tavares to Emirates

Arsenal is set to bring Benfica left-back, Nuno Tavares, to Emirates this summer. The Premier League club has made the first move in the race to sign Tavares from Benfica. The Gunners view Tavares as a new backup to Kieran Tierney. According to Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal has been in contact with the player’s agents, with Benfica hoping for £14.5 million. Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, is keen to add competition for Tierney at left-back after the Scotland international signed a new long-term contract with the North London club last week. Tavares currently has three years left in his contract with Benfica. The 21-year-old has gone on to make 41 appearances for Benfica.
Euro 2020: Cristiano Ronaldo Finally reacts to Portugal’s 1-0 defeat to Belgium
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Euro 2020: Cristiano Ronaldo Finally reacts to Portugal’s 1-0 defeat to Belgium

  Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, has finally reacted to his side’s Euro 2020 round of 16 defeat against Belgium at the weekend. Belgium eliminated Portugal from the Euro 2020 on Sunday night in Seville, Spain, thanks to Thorgan Hazard’s first-half strike, the only goal in the match. Reacting, Ronaldo, in a post via his Instagram account, on Monday, admitted that Portugal did not get the result they wanted against Belgium. The Juventus forward, however, promised that Portugal would come back stronger. Ronaldo said, “We didn’t get the result we wanted and we left the race sooner than we wanted. But we are proud of our journey, we gave everything to renew the title of European Champions and this group proved that it can still give much joy to the Portuguese “O...
Benni McCarthy would love to coach Zamalek in Cairo derby against Mosimane’s Al Ahly
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Benni McCarthy would love to coach Zamalek in Cairo derby against Mosimane’s Al Ahly

Usuthu will be competing in the Caf Champions League themselves next season after impressing with a second-placed finish in the PSL AmaZulu head coach and former Bafana Bafana striker Benni McCarthy has indicated a desire to one day coach Egyptian giants Zamalek, against their biggest rivals, Al Ahly. Prior to AmaZulu, McCarthy's first head coaching job was with home-town club Cape Town City, where he spent two seasons and helped them win the MTN8 competition. The former Uefa Champions League winner - he won the competition in 2004 with Porto under Jose Mourinho - was strongly linked with the Bafana Bafana job, which was recently vacant until the appointment of Hugo Broos two months ago.
EPL: Guardiola Wants Chelsea Defender Reece James at Man City
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EPL: Guardiola Wants Chelsea Defender Reece James at Man City

Manchester City is keen on a stunning move for Chelsea’s right-back, Reece James, according to The Athletic. The Blues are unwilling to sell the defender, but City will not be easily deterred. It is believed Pep Guardiola is a huge admirer of James and has added the defender to his shortlist of players this summer. Guardiola was particularly impressed by the 21-year-old’s performance, as City lost 1-0 to Chelsea in the Champions League final. James is also versatile and can play in central defence as well as midfield. City remains keen on signing James despite the stiff competition in his favoured right-back spot including Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo. The Chelsea defender still has four years left on his contract.
Amad Diallo picks out preferred position at Man Utd but 18-year-old is ‘ready for everything’
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Amad Diallo picks out preferred position at Man Utd but 18-year-old is ‘ready for everything’

The highly-rated Ivorian youngster is hoping to see regular game time for the Red Devils, but he does face fierce competition for places Amad Diallo has picked out his preferred playing position at Manchester United, but the 18-year-old forward says he is "ready for everything" in a bid to see more competitive game time. The highly-rated Ivorian was acquired by the Red Devils in January, with a deal put in place with Atalanta during the summer transfer window of 2020. Diallo has taken in Premier League and Europa League outings under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and is ready to challenge the likes of Mason Greenwood and Daniel James for his favoured role on the right flank.
Amazon and Google under investigation for allowing companies that post fake reviews to remain on their sites and ‘mislead’ customers
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Amazon and Google under investigation for allowing companies that post fake reviews to remain on their sites and ‘mislead’ customers

Big Tech Companies, Amazon and Google are under investigation over concerns fake five star reviews on their websites could be misleading shoppers to buy from companies. The Competition and Markets Authority who are investigating both companies is also worried that "law-abiding businesses" who sell on Amazon and Google may be losing out to firms using false recommendations. The CMA launched the formal probe after an initial investigation last year examined whether online companies were doing enough to protect consumers as online shopping has soared during the Covid-19 pandemic. The CMA say millions of customers could be misled by companies that generate fake reviews and that the tech giants are not doing enough to quell the menace. "Our worry is that millions of online shopp...
Friendly: Nigeria Cannot Beat Mexico – Rohr predicts
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Friendly: Nigeria Cannot Beat Mexico – Rohr predicts

Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, has said that Nigeria can’t beat Mexico in the upcoming friendly using home-based players. 25 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) players have been called up for the match against Mexico that will take place on July 4 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, USA. Speaking after Thursday’s training session at the Goal Project inside the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, Rohr said, “I am watching the training as I am not the coach of this team. “The players seem to be fit and have now the rhythm of the competition. Again, I saw some players who are already in my team and it is always good to see them again. They seem to be in great form. “They are playing on natural grass and two or three players are missing because they have a mat...
It will rejig football in Africa’ – Mohammed applauds African Super League plans
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It will rejig football in Africa’ – Mohammed applauds African Super League plans

Amid plans of a new continental competition being formed, the Nigerian football stakeholder has lauded the thinking of Africa’s football ruling body The African Super League would "rejig" football in Africa, according to seasoned football administrator Adam Mouktar Mohammed. This competition was suggested in 2020 by Fifa president Gianni Infantino, with the idea for a closed shop of 20-24 elite clubs to buy in with a view to generating up to $3bn in revenue. Talk of a potential Super League in Africa have heated up in recent weeks, with football stakeholders weighing in their opinion on the proposed plans.
Euro 2020: Rio Ferdinand predicts winner of England vs Germany
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Euro 2020: Rio Ferdinand predicts winner of England vs Germany

  Former defender, Rio Ferdinand has rated his country, England’s chances of progressing past Germany as both sides meet in the Euro 2020 last 16. Germany was about crashing out of the competition on Wednesday night as they trailed Hungary 2-1 until the final 10 minutes. Hungary midfielder, Andras Schafer scored just moments after Kai Havertz’s 66th-minute equaliser to make it 2-1 in Wednesday’s thrilling encounter in Munich. Adam Szalai had put Hungary ahead with a header in the 11th minute but second-half substitute Leon Goretza fired past Peter Gulacsi to level it up for Germany. Germany progressed as runners-up in the ‘group of death’ behind France and will face England at Wembley next Tuesday. And having watched Germany struggle against Hungary, Ferdinand ba...
England top group as Sterling header sees off Czechs
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England top group as Sterling header sees off Czechs

Raheem Sterling was England's Wembley match-winner once again as his early header earned a 1-0 victory over Czech Republic, sealing top spot in Group D and setting up a last-16 tie next Tuesday with the runners-up of the pool containing France, Germany, Portugal and Hungary. Local lad Sterling (12) made the difference against Croatia in England's opening match of Euro 2020 and he doubled his tally for the tournament with a close-range header from Jack Grealish's excellent cross, after earlier hitting the post inside two minutes. England were without Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell, who had been forced to isolate after Scotland's Billy Gilmour tested positive for coronavirus, but played with an attacking freedom in the first half which had been missing from their first two group game...
Tuchel tells Chelsea board to sign Wolves star
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Tuchel tells Chelsea board to sign Wolves star

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has asked the club to make a transfer move for English Premier League star, Adama Traore, this summer. According to Spanish media outlet AS, Tuchel has put forward his own list of recommendations to Chelsea’s hierarchy, and one of the names proposed is Traore, who currently plays for Wolverhampton Wanderers. Tuchel is eager to complete a deal for the Spanish winger this summer. Traore’s future at Wolves is unclear following lengthy contract negotiations with the West Midlands club over the past few months. Wolves still have not managed to strike a deal with Traore and that opens the door to a potential exit given that the player has just two years left on his current contract. The report added that the Blues have been targeting a deal to s...

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