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‘There was a chill in the camp’ – Gabon react to Aubameyang Afcon setback
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‘There was a chill in the camp’ – Gabon react to Aubameyang Afcon setback

Figures within the Panthers camp have shed light on the squad’s reactions when the skipper’s ban was announced   Gabon have shared with GOAL some of the reactions within the team following their bombshell that they would be unable to use Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Friday’s 1-1 Africa Cup of Nations draw with Ghana. Having recovered from Covid-19, the Arsenal striker was expected to return to action against the Black Stars—the news was confirmed to GOAL earlier this week—only for Auba to be absent from the Panthers’ teamsheet at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo. Initial reports from the Gabon Football Federation that the forward was suffering from ‘cardiac lesions’ were later clarified by head coach Patrice Neveu, who outlined that Aubameyang has no cardiac issues, but that th...
North London Derby could be called off – Arteta
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North London Derby could be called off – Arteta

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has said that there is a “possibility” that their Premier League clash against Tottenham on Sunday could be called off. The Gunners are left with only 12 fit outfield players due to injury to COVID-19. They lost Martin Odegaard to a positive COVID test before their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Liverpool. Cedric Soares and Bukayo Saka also limped off with injuries during the game. A red card for Granit Xhaka means he is automatically out of the North London Derby. According to Premier League rules, teams must fulfil fixtures if they have 14 players – 13 outfield and a goalkeeper – available to play. “[Postponement] is a possibility in every game, from our side and the opponents’ side with the issues everyone is having and it is happenin...
Novak Djokovic wins visa battle to remain in Australia and compete at the Australian Open
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Novak Djokovic wins visa battle to remain in Australia and compete at the Australian Open

Novak Djokovic has won an appeal against a decision to refuse him a visa ahead of the Australian Open. The 34-year-old Serbian and World No.1 arrived in Australia late on Wednesday January 5, after declaring he had a medical reason not to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Djokovic was taken to immigration detention after having his visa cancelled early on Thursday morning. A Federal Court challenge to overturn the decision was launched and, on Monday, was ruled in Djokovic’s favour. But in a legal hearing at the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, Judge Anthony Kelly quashed the visa cancellation and ordered the Australian Government to pay legal costs and release Djokovic from detention within half an hour. Djokovic, 34, will now be free to leave the Park Hotel in Carl...
US lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tests positive for COVID after mask-less holiday trip with boyfriend
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US lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tests positive for COVID after mask-less holiday trip with boyfriend

After a heavily criticized holiday trip to Florida, Democrat lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has tested positive for COVID-19. A mask-less Ocasio-Cortez and her boyfriend, Riley Roberts started the New Year in Miami, where they were frequently trolled by Republicans on social media who blasted the New Yorker for vacationing in the Republican state governed by conservative Ron DeSantis. While in Miami, Florida, she was also spotted maskless at venues including a crowded outdoor bar in Miami. “If I had a dollar for every lockdown politician who decided to escape to Florida over the last two years, I’d be a pretty doggone wealthy man,” Florida governor De Santis joked last week. DeSantis opposed vaccine mandates and in November signed legislation prohibiting bu...
Zambo Anguissa not sure why Covid-free Osimhen isn’t at the Afcon
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Zambo Anguissa not sure why Covid-free Osimhen isn’t at the Afcon

  The Nigeria striker’s Napoli teammate has told GOAL that he would have loved a Nations Cup showdown against his clubmate   Victor Osimhen’s reasons for not being at the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria, despite recovering from Covid-19, aren’t clear to his Napoli teammate Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa. Speaking after Cameroon’s opening Afcon victory over Burkina Faso, the on-loan Fulham midfielder acknowledged that he was in the dark as to why Osimhen hadn’t been able to join up with the Super Eagles despite recovering from coronavirus. “I know he wanted to play at the Africa Cup of Nations and it’s a shame he’s not here,” Zambo Anguissa told GOAL. “I don’t know exactly why, I didn’t speak to him about this, but I can tell you that he’s a top player....
AFCON 2021: CAF announces new rules on number of players, substitutions
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AFCON 2021: CAF announces new rules on number of players, substitutions

The Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) at the weekend announced new rules on number of players and substitutions. CAF said teams participating in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, must play their fixtures if they have at least eleven players who have tested negative for COVID-19. It also said that in case there are no goalkeepers available in the squad, an outfield player will be required to play in goal. “A team that does not have a minimum of 11 players available will be considered to have lost the match 0-2,” CAF’s statement read in part. “In exceptional cases, the organising committee of the Africa Cup of Nations will take the appropriate decision. “The organisers said teams will be able to make five substitutions per match and an a...
Victor Osimhen finally returns
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Victor Osimhen finally returns

Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen has finally returned to the club after months of absence owing to facial injury and Covid-19. The club announced on Sunday morning that the striker was returning to Napoli in a few hours. The Serie A club announced that the Nigeria international has tested negative for Covid-19. This is exactly ten days after he tested positive. “Victor is negative to Covid-19 and will return to Italy in the coming hours,” Napoli wrote on their official Instagram account. Osimhen is not part of the Nigerian squad for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations billed to commence today in Cameroon due to his club’s refusal to let him go. The energetic striker, who will be seriously missed in the Super Eagles’ camp, is expected to undergo tests upon his return to Napoli....
Australia Cancels another tennis player’s visa amid Djokovic riff
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Australia Cancels another tennis player’s visa amid Djokovic riff

Another tennis player has had her visa cancelled by Australia after Novak Djokovic was refused entry into the country and taken to an immigration hotel. Czech Republic player Renata Vorá?ová was detained in Melbourne by Australian Border Force officials on Thursday January 6 and taken to the city's Park Hotel, ABC News reported. The hotel is the same one where Djokovic is being held after his own visa was cancelled due to a lack of evidence supporting his vaccination exemption. Vorá?ová and Djokovic are believed to have been granted the same exemption by Tennis Australia as they both had been recently infected with Covid-19. A source said the 38-year-old was in contact with officials from the Czech Republic. Her detention comes after it emerged a leaked document from Tenni...
2022 GRAMMY Awards postponed due to COVID Concerns
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2022 GRAMMY Awards postponed due to COVID Concerns

The 64th Grammy Awards has been postponed due to a nationwide spike in COVID-19 cases driven by the Omicron variant. The show was scheduled to take place on January 31 but will be rescheduled for a future date, The Recording Academy and CBS said in a joint statement on Wednesday. "After careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community and our many partners, the Recording Academy and CBS have postponed the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards Show," the statement said. "The health and safety of those in our music community, the live audience, and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly to produce our show remains our top priority. Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, holding the show on January 31 simply c...
Religion has killed more people in the last 500 years than atomic bomb, shark attacks, snake bites, plane crashes, wild animals and COVID-19 combined – Daddy Freeze
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Religion has killed more people in the last 500 years than atomic bomb, shark attacks, snake bites, plane crashes, wild animals and COVID-19 combined – Daddy Freeze

Media personality and Free The Sheeple leader, Daddy Freeze has decried the increased number of religious temples found in most streets in Africa. Daddy Freeze who asked Africa to wake up as "5 to 10 religious temples on every street is not our salvation", also claimed that religion has killed more people in the last 500 years than atomic bomb, shark attacks, snake bites, plane crashes, wild animals and COVID-19 combined.
Liverpool coach identifies Reds’ major problem during 2-2 draw with Chelsea
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Liverpool coach identifies Reds’ major problem during 2-2 draw with Chelsea

Liverpool assistant manager, Pepijn Lijnders has identified his side’s major problem during their Premier League 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Sunday. Lijnders, who took charge of Liverpool team after the club’s manager Jurgen Klopp Arteta tested positive for COVID-19, said Liverpool’s problem was that they didn’t keep the ball for long enough in many moments against Chelsea during the encounter. Goals from Mateo Kovacic, Christian Pulisic, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah ensured Chelsea and Liverpool got a point each. Speaking at his post-match press conference, Lijnders was quoted by Liverpool’s official website as saying: “I don’t think the problem was defensive. “We corrected a few things at half-time, but I think the problem was we didn’t keep the ball for long enough in many mo...
Lionel Messi tests positive for Covid days after he was seen partying with wife at a concert in Argentina
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Lionel Messi tests positive for Covid days after he was seen partying with wife at a concert in Argentina

Superstar footballer, Lionel Messi has tested positive for Covid-19, Paris Saint-Germain has announced, just days after he was seen singing and dancing at a concert in Argentina. The 34-year-old Argentine Legend made the most of French football's winter break with his wife, Antonela, and was filmed enjoying himself at a concert in his homeland. A video online showed Messi and his wife having fun at a concert in Rosario, Sante Fe. Now his club, have confirmed that he has contracted the virus and is self-isolating. Speaking at a press conference on Sunday December 2, PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino indicated Messi was still in Argentina and would not travel until he had tested negative. Messi joins team-mates Sergio Rico, Juan Bernat and Nathan Bitumazala, who also hav...
Lionel Messi, three other PSG players test positive for COVID-19
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Lionel Messi, three other PSG players test positive for COVID-19

Lionel Messi and three of his Paris Saint-Germain teammates have tested positive for COVID-19. This was confirmed by the Ligue 1 club on Sunday. PSG confirmed the affected players are in isolation and subject to the appropriate health protocols. “The four players that tested positive for COVID-19 are Leo Messi, Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico and Nathan Bitumazala.“They are currently in isolation and are subject to the appropriate health protocol,” a statement said. PSG also disclosed that Neymar is three weeks away from returning to training following injury. The Ligue 1 leaders play Vannes away from home in the Coupe de France on Monday.
Ghana police service say American Instagram model, Tyger Booty who was found dead in a hotel room in the country flew in from Nigeria
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Ghana police service say American Instagram model, Tyger Booty who was found dead in a hotel room in the country flew in from Nigeria

Ghana police service have said that American Instagram model, Tyger Booty who was found dead in a hotel room in the country flew in from Nigeria. Booty reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival and was made to self-isolate at Ave Maria Hotel at South Legon, but she was picked up from isolation by her friends on December 6, 2021, before its conclusion. According to Ghana police, Booty was then lodged at Rayporsh Hotel at Abelemkpe and attempted traveling back to Nigeria but couldn't because she had visa issues. She reportedly returned to the hotel afterwards. While the police await a full autopsy report, the US embassy has been notified of the death. It was also learnt that two persons are in police custody and helping with investigation.
Pep Guardiola names Arsenal’s most important player as ex-Man United coach takes charge of Gunners
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Pep Guardiola names Arsenal’s most important player as ex-Man United coach takes charge of Gunners

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has claimed Arsenal will be without ‘their most important player’ when both side in the Premier League on Saturday. Mikel Arteta will not be on the touchline against Manchester City as he is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19. He will watch the match from his London home, with former Manchester United coach Albert Stuivenberg set to fill in for him on the touchline. Arteta was Guardiola’s assistant for three years at the Etihad before being appointed to take his first steps into management with Arsenal in December 2019. Arsenal will also be without former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang against City but Guardiola feels Arteta’s absence is the most significant. “I would say Mikel is the most important player they have,”...
Gerrard to miss Aston Villa vs Chelsea after testing positive for COVID-19
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Gerrard to miss Aston Villa vs Chelsea after testing positive for COVID-19

Aston Villa manager, Steven Gerrard, will miss their next two Premier League matches, after testing positive for COVID-19. This was confirmed by the club on Saturday. This means Gerrard will not be in the dugout for Chelsea’s visit on Boxing Day. “Aston Villa can confirm head coach Steven Gerrard will be unable to attend our next two Premier League matches with Chelsea and Leeds United as he will be isolating after testing positive for Covid-19,” the club said in a statement. Villa’s game with Burnley last weekend was postponed due to an increased number of positive Covid-19 tests among the squad. The match against Chelsea at Villa Park is one of six Premier League fixtures still scheduled to go ahead on Boxing Day.
Presidential aide, Garba Shehu, tests positive for COVID19
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Presidential aide, Garba Shehu, tests positive for COVID19

The Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu has tested positive for COVID19. Shehu, who confirmed this to Channels Television on Saturday December 25, however, said he feels fine and is undergoing treatment. He explained that has mild symptoms of the disease, a trait connected with the omicron variant and that he has gone into isolation and would go for further tests to ascertain his status. The President’s spokesman who is fully vaccinated also affirmed that the Permanent Secretary at the State House, Tijjani Umar, and a few others in the Aso Rock have also undergone COVID-19 tests. He, however, said he has no knowledge of their results.
AFCON equals any European Championship, I’ll never stop African players – Patrick Vieira
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AFCON equals any European Championship, I’ll never stop African players – Patrick Vieira

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has said he will never stop his players from representing their countries in the forthcoming African Cup of Nations. The Frenchman noted that the competition is as important as the European Championship. Some managers of top European clubs with African players have criticised the timing of AFCON and with the fourth wave of COVID-19 creating more fears. Vieira will see three of his Palace top stars, Wilfried Zaha, Cheikhou Kouyate and Jordan Ayew leave for the competition as they join Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Ghana respectively. Despite their plans to go home, the former Arsenal skipper, who is a Senegalese-born, said he will never prevent the players from travelling to Cameroon. “I respect and I understand the passion and importance ...
They already made their decision – Conte slams Premier League after crucial meeting
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They already made their decision – Conte slams Premier League after crucial meeting

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Antonio Conte, has branded Thursday’s crucial meeting between the Premier League and its managers a ‘waste of time.’ Conte criticized administrators of the Premier League for ignoring mounting concerns over the Christmas fixture schedule. All 20 managers in the Premier League held a virtual meeting to discuss player welfare and fixture congestion amid the Omicron variant of COVID-19 that is spreading faster across the globe. Several managers, including Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, have expressed fears over the risk of injury to players exposed to playing three matches in seven days over the traditionally hectic festive period. But Conte is now saying that any calls for change fell on deaf ears, insisting that the English top-flight league administrator...
No coach can stop me from playing AFCON – Emmanuel Adebayor
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No coach can stop me from playing AFCON – Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor has slammed European coaches for battling to stop their African stars from playing in the Africa Cup of Nations next month. Following the resurfacing of COVID-19, a number of European clubs are attempting to block their African players from playing friendlies and 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and even the AFCON especially those in the “red list” zones. AFCON will be played from January to February and the European Club Association, having the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain among its 234 members, wrote to FIFA expressing concerns about AFCON and threatening not to release players for the showpiece. And Adebayor, who played for several European clubs during his playing days is not happy with these clubs for their ...
COVID-19: Nigeria to consider additional restriction on gatherings – FG warns
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COVID-19: Nigeria to consider additional restriction on gatherings – FG warns

The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC) has urged Nigerians to observe COVID-19 precautions as they celebrate the Christmas and New Year holidays responsibly. The Chairman, PSC on COVID-19, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, warned that they might consider stricter measures if the cases continue to increase in the nation. The SGF urged Nigerians to continue to comply to COVID-19 safety measures in order to reduce the surge of new COVID-19 cases which may overburden Nigeria’s healthcare system. He warned that the PSC may be forced to consider the introduction of additional restrictions on gatherings and curfews if the current surge in the number of cases continues. “As we prepare to ...
Liverpool vs Leeds and Wolves vs Watford postponed as Covid-19 threatens Boxing Day schedule
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Liverpool vs Leeds and Wolves vs Watford postponed as Covid-19 threatens Boxing Day schedule

The Premier League is facing more significant disruption after outbreaks at Elland Road and Vicarage Road Liverpool's clash with Leeds and Wolves' meeting with Watford have been postponed due to Covid-19, which is threatening the entire Boxing Day schedule. The coronavirus variant Omicron has already caused disruption to the Premier League calendar, with a number of clubs forced into closing their training grounds to contain the spread of the ilness. Only four fixtures ended up going ahead last weekend, and Boxing Day will also now have a reduced order of play after Leeds and Watford reported outbreaks in their squads.  
Carabao Cup: Tuchel to play Chelsea U23, Academy players against Brentford
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Carabao Cup: Tuchel to play Chelsea U23, Academy players against Brentford

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has admitted he may have to field players from the U23s and the academy for their Carabao Cup clash at Brentford. Tuchel said he was “sad” that his team are currently unable to compete at the “highest level”. The Blues have been hit hard by the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and had seven first-team players unavailable for their 0-0 draw at Wolves on Sunday. One of those players – Jorginho – will be able to return for their Carabao Cup quarter-final against Brentford on Wednesday, after it was confirmed he had recorded a false positive, but the other six remain absent. With Chelsea facing a run of four matches in 12 days, Tuchel has now said he may have no choice but to call on the club’s inexperienced young players at Brentford. “They train...
Carabao Cup: Thomas Tuchel adds eight new players to Chelsea squad against Brentford
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Carabao Cup: Thomas Tuchel adds eight new players to Chelsea squad against Brentford

Thomas Tuchel has added at least eight new players from Chelsea’s academy to first-team training ahead of their Carabao Cup tie with Brentford on Wednesday. Chelsea’s XI has been depleted by injuries and COVID-19 in the past weeks. The German boss had earlier revealed that seven players in his first team were unavailable due to coronavirus but the Premier League rejected their request to postpone their Premier League match against Wolves on Sunday. The new players include Harvey Vale, Josh Brooking, Alfie Gilchrist, Dion Rankine, Xavier Simons, Joe Haigh, Jay Wareham and Lewis Hall. Also, Jorginho, who missed the trip to Wolves because of a precaution, was able to return to training on Monday. Ross Barkley, Malang Sarr and Kepa Arrizabalaga were also involved.
FA Cup replays scrapped for third and fourth rounds to ease fixture congestion amid Covid outbreak
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FA Cup replays scrapped for third and fourth rounds to ease fixture congestion amid Covid outbreak

The previous decision to allow games to be repeated has been reversed for at least the next two rounds The FA Cup's third and fourth rounds will once more do without replays, the Football Association confirmed on Monday. After replays were suspended throughout the 2020-21 season, they returned for this season's edition. But as the number of games postponed due to the latest Covid-19 outbreak continue to pile up, the FA has moved to ease the fixture backlog for affected clubs.  
Premier League to take Decision on Suspending all festive fixtures today
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Premier League to take Decision on Suspending all festive fixtures today

Premier League clubs will on Monday consider triggering a Christmas circuit-breaker at an emergency summit, according to SportsMail. Senior representatives from all the 20 top-flight sides, will meet to discuss what has been described as a ‘festive firebreak’, as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to rip through the fixture schedule. Last weekend, six of the 10 Premier League games were called off. The firebreak could involve postponing one round of fixtures from December 28 to 30. However, it remains to see if at least 14 of the 20 clubs will support it, as some such as Tottenham, have already had an enforced rest. The financial ramifications of reneging on the various TV deals are expected to be tabled at the meeting, along with the fact that there i...
Klopp sympathises with Chelsea after 0-0 with Wolves
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Klopp sympathises with Chelsea after 0-0 with Wolves

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp says he has sympathy for Chelsea over COVID-19. However, the German gaffer believes his countryman, Thomas Tuchel was still able to play a full-strength team for their 0-0 draw with Wolves on Sunday. Chelsea had requested for the postponement of their match against Wolves but it was turned down by the Premier League. The Blues currently have seven players unavailable due to COVID-19 – Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi are all out of action. Tuchel was forced to rush N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic back from injury. Liverpool, meanwhile, were without Thiago Alcantara, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones for their fixture against Tottenham due to COVID-19. “Thomas Tuchel… I saw the bench today from Chelsea, come on… he has to...
Aston Villa vs Burnley called off just before kick-off
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Aston Villa vs Burnley called off just before kick-off

The Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Burnley, which was to be played on Saturday, has now been called off. The fixture becomes the latest to be postponed due to rising cases of COVID-19. Villa vs Burnley was to kick off at 4pm (WAT), but now becomes the 10th top flight game to be moved this week, having been scheduled to kick off at 3pm (GMT). Leeds United host Arsenal in Saturday’s only remaining Premier League fixture. “Aston Villa can confirm that today’s Premier League fixture with Burnley has been postponed due to an increased amount of positive Covid-19 test results within our playing squad. “The results of PCR tests, which were taken yesterday prior to training as well as Lateral Flow Tests, were received this morning and confirmed further depletion of o...
9 games postponed in England [full list]
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9 games postponed in England [full list]

The English Football League, EFL, has confirmed 19 games this weekend have been postponed due to COVID-19 Omicron variant outbreaks at clubs. This is coming less than 24 hours after the Premier League confirmed five games have been called off this weekend and the EFL has now followed suit with a statement on Friday. The statement read, “In total, 19 games have been postponed for this weekend’s round of EFL fixtures due to a rise in COVID-19 cases at Clubs, with rearrangements to be confirmed in due course. “Throughout the pandemic, supporting the health and safety of players, staff and supporters has been the EFL’s primary priority and supporting the wellbeing of the country with the rise of the Omicron variant is vital. “To help protect players, yesterday the EFL moved to im...
De Bruyne Discusses Effects of Long Covid
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De Bruyne Discusses Effects of Long Covid

Kevin De Bruyne says he is still feeling the after-effects of Covid-19, even after scoring twice for Manchester City in their Premier League thrashing of Leeds. De Bruyne says he is not yet back to his best after testing positive for coronavirus last month. "I'm not great yet. My body still has to adapt. Sometimes after two or three sprints I feel that I have had Covid," he told Belgium's Het Laatste Nieuws on Thursday. But he feels things are picking up after a season in which he has also struggled with a nagging ankle injury. "It's getting better.," he added. "This season is what it is, of course. I can't help it. I got punched in the face, my ankle kicked and I caught Covid. It's not easy with the busy schedule but I'm feeling okay. I'm doing what I have to do."
COVID-19: AFCON organisers take decision on tournament in Cameroon over fresh wave
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COVID-19: AFCON organisers take decision on tournament in Cameroon over fresh wave

Tournament organisers for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) have insisted that the competition will go on despite the outbreak of COVID-19, according to Marca. The tournament is billed to hold in Cameroon as from January 9 to February 6, but there are conflicting reports about whether it will be called off. Earlier report by French outlet, RMC Sport had claimed that the Central African Federation could be forced to postpone the tournament. Italian top site, La Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy, on its own claim that there is no risk of calling off the competition. However, Marca is reporting that the organisers have remained adamant that the binary football event will still happen.
Comedian Jethro dies at 73 after contracting COVID
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Comedian Jethro dies at 73 after contracting COVID

British comedian, Geoffrey Rowe, better known as Jethro, has died at the age of 73 after contracting Covid-19. The sad news was announced on his official Facebook page, with a statement reading: ‘It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of the well known and popular Cornish comedian Jethro. ‘Tragically Jethro passed away on 14th December 2021 after contracting Covid-19. ‘Jethro leaves behind his life partner Jennie, sons Jesse and Lanyon, stepdaughter Sarah, daughter-in-law Stacey and of course his much loved grandchildren. The comedy star was double-jabbed and had received a booster vaccination, Sky News understands. Jethro, whose real name was Geoffrey Rowe, was born in St Buryan in west Cornwall and was one of the most famous performers to ever come ou...
Covid-19: US Surpasses 800,000 Pandemic Deaths
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Covid-19: US Surpasses 800,000 Pandemic Deaths

More than 800,000 Americans have now died from the coronavirus, the highest recorded national death toll from the global pandemic. It comes as the US reached 50 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Monday, December, 13. Most deaths were recorded among the unvaccinated and the elderly, and more Americans died in 2021 than in 2020.  The last 100,000 deaths came in just the past 11 weeks. “As we mark the tragic milestone of 800,000 American deaths due to Covid-19, we remember each person and the lives they lived, and we pray for the loved ones left behind,” President Joe Biden said in a statement. Members of Congress including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer participate in a moment of silence for the 800,000 American lives lost to Covi...
Peter Psquare Hospitalized over Unknown illness
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Peter Psquare Hospitalized over Unknown illness

Peter Okoye, a member of the reunited Psquare band, has lamented the state of his health after being hospitalized over a yet-to-be-identified illness. He took to Instagram to express the condition of his health as he pens appreciation to family and team for support. According to Peter, his first guess was Covid-19, however, his test result came back negative. “Guys, It’s been a challenging couple of days trying to power through immense pain, fever and general body weakness. We were very excited about giving you an amazing show on the 18th, Unfortunately, my body has taken quite a beating with several intense rehearsals back to back and studio that it just couldn’t take it any more and I have had to give in to Dr’s orders to get some rest, build back my strength to get to o...
Premier League clubs to test players up to nine times a week for Covid-19
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Premier League clubs to test players up to nine times a week for Covid-19

Premier League clubs have agreed to test players up to nine times a week in an attempt to prevent the widespread of Covid-19 caused by the new Omicron variant. This comes after 42 new cases were identified last week, and two top-flight matches called off. At a shareholders’ meeting of all 20 clubs today, it was agreed to dramatically increase the level of testing and adopt the new schedule, although Sportsmail understands testing is optional on non-training days. One PCR test will be on the day before a match. Since the arrival of Omicron in the UK, a number of clubs have reported outbreaks of the virus, including Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City, Manchester United, Aston Villa, QPR, and West Bromwich Albion, with Norwich City having one player affected. Tottenham Hotspur...
NYSC Makes COVID Vaccination Compulsory for PCMs
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NYSC Makes COVID Vaccination Compulsory for PCMs

The Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, made this known while addressing the 2021 Batch “C’’ Stream II set of corps members in a virtual meeting on Monday 13th December 2021. “From the next orientation in the year 2022, all incoming PCMs will show evidence of vaccination before they will be allowed into the camp for registration. “We want to ensure that we adhere strictly to the non-pharmaceutical safety protocols of COVID-19,’’ The director-general urged the Batch “C’’ Stream II set of corps members whose orientation course ends on Dec. 14, to continue to build on the skills learned during the orientation course. He said this would make them to become business owners, instead of job seekers. He assured that the scheme had partnered with the CBN, Access Bank, Bank ...
Clubs Fear Season Could be Shut Down again over COVID-19 Cases Spike
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Clubs Fear Season Could be Shut Down again over COVID-19 Cases Spike

Premier League clubs fear that mass postponements of matches could lead to another shutdown due to the spike in the cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, SportsMail reports. On Monday night, the league confirmed 42 positive tests. That is the most ever recorded in a single week. At least five clubs have confirmed cases, including Manchester United whose fixture at Brentford on Tuesday night has now been postponed. The clubs’ worries have been exacerbated by the slow pace of their vaccination programmes. This has left most players facing a long wait to receive the booster jab, after research showed that two jabs offer little immunity against Omicron. Wolves are the only top-flight club set to meet UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s target of boosting all over-...
Brentford vs Man Utd Game Postponed
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Brentford vs Man Utd Game Postponed

Manchester United’s game at Brentford, today, Tuesday, has been postponed after the club were forced to shut down their training ground because of an outbreak of COVID-19. United closed their Carrington training base yesterday, after confirmation of positive coronavirus cases following PCR testing. However, the club’s academy, training in a separate bubble, was allowed to continue. “The decision was taken following guidance from medical advisers due to the exceptional circumstances of an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak within Manchester United’s squad,” the league explained in a statement. United’s match with Brentford in London will now be rescheduled at a later date. On Monday, a separate Premier League statement reported a record high in COVID-19 positive cases ...
Brentford vs Man Utd in doubt as Red Devils shut down facilities
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Brentford vs Man Utd in doubt as Red Devils shut down facilities

Manchester United are in discussions with the Premier League over postponing their trip to Brentford on Tuesday evening. The Old Trafford club has been forced to shut down their training complex due to positive COVID-19 cases. United in a statement on Sunday, revealed that a “small number” of individuals among the first-team players and staff had returned positive lateral flow tests. Those positive cases have now been confirmed by positive PCR tests. This has led to United shutting down their Carrington training complex for 24 hours “to minimise risk of any further infection”. In a statement on Monday afternoon, United added: “The club is in discussion with the Premier League whether it is safe for Tuesday’s fixture against Brentford to continue, both from a Covid infectio...
South African President tests positive for COVID-19
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South African President tests positive for COVID-19

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa has tested positive for COVID-19. Local news platform reported that Ramaphosa felt unwell and was exhibiting mild symptoms on Sunday December 12, after leaving a memorial service for FW de Klerk, the former South African deputy president, in Cape Town. South African presidency stated that Ramaphosa is “in good spirits” and is being monitored by doctors. Though he is fully vaccinated, he is expected to remain in self-isolation and has assigned his responsibilities to David Mabuza, the deputy president. The statement added; “Vaccination remains the best protection against severe illness and hospitalisation. “People who have had contact with the president today are advised to watch for symptoms or to have themselves tested.” Preside...
Tuchel names four Chelsea players that will not play against Leeds
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Tuchel names four Chelsea players that will not play against Leeds

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has said he will not have four players available for Saturday’s clash against Leeds United. Tuchel admitted he has particular concerns about midfielder, N’Golo Kante. Kante hasn’t played since a 4-0 win over Juventus in the Champions League on November 23. Tuchel is hopeful the France midfielder will return to training next week. “We are always worried when we have to live and play without N’Golo because he is an exceptional and unique player all over the world. “In my personal opinion you cannot find a second N’Golo so of course, we are worried, but I’m also worried if he’s just missing some days. “Now it is a slightly too long break again and we hope that he comes back to team training on Tuesday,” he said. Tuchel also confirmed he w...
Tottenham vs Brighton called off
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Tottenham vs Brighton called off

The Premier League has decided to postpone Tottenham’s clash with Brighton on Sunday. This is due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the north London club. Spurs manager, Antonio Conte, on Wednesday confirmed that eight first-team players and five staff members have tested positive for Coronavirus. It led to UEFA calling off their Europa Conference League match with Rennes on Thursday. The Premier League have now confirmed this weekend’s fixture at Brighton will also not go ahead “We can confirm that our Premier League fixture at Brighton & Hove Albion, on Sunday 12 December at 2pm, has been postponed following a Premier League Board meeting this afternoon. “The Premier League Board took the decision to postpone the game following guidance from medical advisers, with the hea...
NCDC confirms three fresh Omicron cases in Nigeria
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NCDC confirms three fresh Omicron cases in Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Tuesday, confirmed three more cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant in Nigeria. The confirmation was contained in a statement on Tuesday by NCDC Director General, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa According to him, the fresh Omicron cases were detected in persons with recent travel history to South Africa. Ifedayo, who was worried about the disease, further said, the Omicron variant is a source of global concern because of its increased risk of transmissibility and its potential to escape protective immune responses induced by natural infection and/or vaccination. He added that the NCDC through the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) will continue to coordinate genomic surveillance activities across the country to sequence all positive COVID-19 s...
Two Hippopotamuses Test Positive for Covid-19 at Antwerp Zoo in Belgium
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Two Hippopotamuses Test Positive for Covid-19 at Antwerp Zoo in Belgium

Two hippopotamuses have tested positive for Covid-19 at Antwerp zoo in Belgium. Imani, aged 14, and Hermien, 41, have no symptoms apart from runny noses, but the zoo said they had been put in quarantine as a precaution. "To my knowledge, this is the first time in this species. Worldwide, this virus has been reported mainly in great apes and felines," the zoo’s vet, Francis Vercammen, said. The coronavirus is thought to have jumped from an animal to a human, and it is proved to have passed from humans to animals. Pets including cats, dogs and ferrets have become infected following contact with their owners, and zoo cases have been reported in big cats, otters, primates and hyenas. The disease has also spread in mink farms and to wild animals such as deer, Guardian reports. ...
Only 3% of Nigerians Vaccinated against Covid-19 — Lai Mohammed
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Only 3% of Nigerians Vaccinated against Covid-19 — Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said barely three per cent of Nigeria’s population has been vaccinated against COVID-19 largely due to poor access to the vaccine by developing countries. Speaking on Sunday, December 5, in Madrid, Spain at the 24th General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Lai warned that lack of vaccination by developing countries would provide a fertile ground for the virus to mutate and thus threaten the progress already recorded in developed countries. He said most developed countries had already vaccinated 60 per cent and above of their population, most developing countries were below five per cent. Mohammed noted that many developed countries had used the advantage of their enormous resources or rel...
Coalition of Northern Groups admit lopsided appointments by President Buhari
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Coalition of Northern Groups admit lopsided appointments by President Buhari

Taraba State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai has confirmed that no person living with HIV/AIDS died as a result of COVID-19 complication in the state. Unlike other parts of the country where many HIV positive persons were alleged to have died as a result of COVID=19 complication, the state did not record any such data. Vakkai, who at the just celebrated World Aids Day reeled out the plans put in place to prevent such deaths, said “I am glad to mention that no HIV patient died as a result of COVID-19 complication in Taraba State. ” Observing that the globe is currently faced with two pandemics (the HIV and COVID-19 pandemics), he said COVID-19, has caused and is still causing disruption of services including healthcare around the globe.” To, however, said plans to en...
Afena-Gyan: Ghanaian taken out by Covid-19 as Roma visit Bologna
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Afena-Gyan: Ghanaian taken out by Covid-19 as Roma visit Bologna

The 18-year-old is set for a short spell on the sidelines after being infected by the virus Ghanaian attacker Felix Afena-Gyan has tested positive for Covid-19 and will consequently sit out Roma’s Serie A encounter with Bologna on Wednesday. The Yellow and Reds have announced the development on their official website on Tuesday. It will be the third straight time the 18-year-old will play no part on the pitch for Roma since scoring a sensational double against Genoa earlier this month. “The club can confirm that, following the latest round of molecular testing involving the first-team squad, forward Felix Afena-Gyan has returned a positive test for Covid-19,” Roma’s statement reads. “The relevant health authorities have immediately been informed. “The player, who has be...
Bayern Munich striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting tests positive for Covid-19 after refusing vaccine
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Bayern Munich striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting tests positive for Covid-19 after refusing vaccine

Bayern Munich forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting - one of five unvaccinated players at the club whose wages have been docked, has tested positive for Covid-19. The Cameroon international, 32, was already in quarantine having come into contact with a Covid-positive person but now has the virus and will remain in 'domestic isolation.' “The FC Bayern forward is self-isolating at home in accordance with the relevant health authorities and doing well under the circumstances,” the club said. Along with Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, Jamal Musiala, and Michael Cuisance, Choupo-Moting has been told by the club they will not be paid for every game or day of training they miss when self-isolating after they all refused the vaccine. Choupo-Moting will now have Covid and will have to isolat...
RB Leipzig vs Man City to be Played behind Closed Doors
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RB Leipzig vs Man City to be Played behind Closed Doors

Manchester City’s Champions League match against RB Leipzig will be played behind closed doors due to new measures introduced following a rise in Covid-19 cases in Germany. Bundesliga side Leipzig's next three home games will be held without fans in the ground, with regional authorities set to place the state of Saxony into partial lockdown. City are due to face Leipzig at the Red Bull Arena on December 7 in their final match of Group A. "Following a rise in Covid-19 rates in Germany, regional authorities will be placing the state of Saxony into partial lockdown," said a club statement from Manchester City. Pep Guardiola's side top their group, one point clear of Paris Saint-Germain, with Leipzig bottom with one point from their first four games ahead of the penultimate rou...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Stars, managers, ex-footballers pick their favourites to win award
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Stars, managers, ex-footballers pick their favourites to win award

The 2021 ballon d’Or ceremony comes up in less than 20 days and stakeholders have been picking their favourites to win the most prestigious individual gong. The 2021 award is more highly anticipated than usual majorly because the COVID-19 pandemic stopped the ceremony from happening in 2020. Organizers of the award, France Football has already made available the list of 30 stars contending for the award this year. While Lionel Messi, former Barcelona icon and now Paris Saint-Germain forward is hoping to grab a seventh award, Ronaldo is looking to make it sixth while others like Robert Lewandowski, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Kevin De Bruyne, Karim Benzema, among others are all contenders. At this stage, coaches, players and ex-players become like regular fans, backing their favou...

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