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Paul Merson predicts outcome of Man Utd vs Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City, others
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Paul Merson predicts outcome of Man Utd vs Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City, others

Former Arsenal player, Paul Merson, has predicted some of the English Premier League, EPL, matches that will be played this weekend. Manchester United will host Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday evening, while Chelsea will tackle Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. Manchester City will clash with Brighton on Saturday evening in an away Premier League tie, and Arsenal will host Aston Villa at Emirates. Providing his predictions, Merson told Sportskeeda, “Arsenal have done alright in the Premier League so far. People said it was a bad result the other day against Crystal Palace, but I think this is the kind of game they lost a couple of years ago. In recent weeks, they’ve kept sticking at it and need to win this one badly, as otherwise, it’ll quickly become th...
Broos explains why Bafana Bafana ‘suffered a bit’
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Broos explains why Bafana Bafana ‘suffered a bit’

In a game in which both teams had numerous goalscoring chances, an 11th minute own goal from Getaneh Kebede settled an evenly-balanced contest On the back of a tough trip to Ethiopia last weekend for Bafana Bafana, Tuesday’s 1-0 World Cup qualifier win over the same opponents saw the South Africans stretched to their limits at FNB Stadium. While conceding that his side made heavy weather of the victory, Broos was pleased that his men found a way to grind out the three points. "We tried to neutralise the midfield, but we didn't really succeed. And therefore the danger was always there," the former Cameroon manager told Safa media.  
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Choupo-Moting double powers Cameroon to victory as Ivory Coast thrash Malawi
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Choupo-Moting double powers Cameroon to victory as Ivory Coast thrash Malawi

The Indomitable Lions grabbed a comfortable home win while Patrice Beaumelle's men outshone their hosts in Johannesburg Bayern Munich striker Eric Choupo-Moting scored a brace as Cameroon defeated Mozambique 3-1 in a 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying match on Friday. Choupo-Moting found the target in each half of the encounter before Lyon star Karl Toko Ekambi brought his goalscoring form from the Ligue 1 to the Indomitable Lions' camp to seal their victory in the 63rd minute. Following their 2-1 loss to Ivory Coast in September, Cameroon bounced back in style with the Bayern Star breaking the deadlock at the Stade Omnisports in the 28th minute.    
Osimhen: Napoli star’s scoring run ends against Fiorentina
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Osimhen: Napoli star’s scoring run ends against Fiorentina

Prior to the game against the Purples, the Nigerian striker had scored in his last five matches for the Parthenopeans Victor Osimhen’s impressive goalscoring run for Napoli came to an end as the Parthenopeans secured a 2-1 comeback win against Fiorentina. Heading into Sunday’s Serie A outing, the Nigeria international had found the net in his last five games for Luciano Spalletti’s men in all competitions. Still bitter about their 3-2 loss to Spartak Moscow in Thursday's Europa League fixture, Spalletti’s team travelled to Stadio Artemio Franchi with the desire to bouncing back to winning ways. Nevertheless, it was the hosts who took a 28th-minute lead through Lucas Martinez Quarta. Benefitting from a smart work by Dusan Vlahovis, the Argentine curled his shot past goalkeeper Dav...
Sene at the double as Grasshopper pummel St. Gallen
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Sene at the double as Grasshopper pummel St. Gallen

The Senegalese forward continued with his fine goalscoring run in Switzerland as GCZ got past Espen St. Gallen suffered a 5-2 obliteration against Grasshopper with Kaly Sene finding the net twice in Saturday’s Swiss Super League encounter. In the seven-goal thriller, the 20-year-old was on target in each half as Giorgio Contini’s men overpowered the visiting side. Having opened his Grasshopper account with a double in the 3-1 triumph over FC Sion, the Senegal prospect went into the game against Espen full of confidence. With just nine minutes into the game, he put the hosts ahead after firing the ball past Ghanaian goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi thanks to an assist from on-loan Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Leo Bonatini.
Rodgers can’t wait to see ‘versatile’ Lookman flourish at Leicester City
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Rodgers can’t wait to see ‘versatile’ Lookman flourish at Leicester City

  The Anglo-Nigerian has been a transfer target for the ex-Celtic boss since his youth days at Charlton Athletic Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is looking forward to seeing Ademola Lookman shine at the club with his versatility and goalscoring ability. Lookman returned to England on August 31 to join the Foxes on a season-long loan after finding it difficult at RB Leipzig. The Nigerian descent spent the 2020-21 season on loan at Fulham and he contributed four goals in 34 matches which were not enough to keep the Cottagers in the Premier League.      
EPL: Why Harry Kane is better than Cristiano Ronaldo – Agbonlahor
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EPL: Why Harry Kane is better than Cristiano Ronaldo – Agbonlahor

Former Aston Villa forward, Gabriel Agbonlahor, has chosen England captain, Harry Kane, over Cristiano Ronaldo as best finisher. He described Kane as “the best finisher he’s ever seen” and would prefer having in his squad over five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo. Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford officially on Tuesday 12 years after he left for Real Madrid and then Juventus. Tottenham striker, Kane has surpassed 15 goals in each of the last seven league seasons and currently sits sixth in England’s goalscoring charts. Asked whether he would prefer to have Kane or Ronaldo in a cup final, the former Aston Villa striker said, “‘I’m having Harry Kane, if you’re looking at finishing, there’s no one better than Harry Kane. His finishing is a joke.’ “He’s right up there [best strik...
Akpom: PAOK sign Middlesbrough forward for second stint
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Akpom: PAOK sign Middlesbrough forward for second stint

The former Arsenal youngster is back in a familiar ground where he lifted the Greek Super League title two years ago PAOK have announced the return of Chuba Akpom on a loan from Championship club Middlesbrough until the end of the 2021-22 season. The 25-year-old spent two full seasons with White-Blacks between 2018 and 2020, and he enjoyed his best goalscoring form in Greece with 14 goals in 53 league appearances. His huge impression earned him a move to Middlesbrough in September 2020 but he appears to have dropped in the pecking order at the Riverside Stadium having played just 19 minutes of football this season.
Willian transfer disaster a warning for Arteta as Arsenal prepare to step up overhaul
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Willian transfer disaster a warning for Arteta as Arsenal prepare to step up overhaul

The Brazilian has failed dismally to deliver since arriving on a free transfer from Chelsea last year and is now in talks over a move to Corinthians There can be few transfers that have gone so spectacularly wrong as Willian’s move to Arsenal. Billed as a no-risk free transfer when he arrived following his departure from Chelsea last summer, the experienced Brazilian was expected to play a key role in the Mikel Arteta revolution at Emirates Stadium. There were reservations about the fact he had been handed a three-year deal, despite being 31, but most felt that he still had plenty to offer given he had arrived off the back of his best goalscoring season at Stamford Bridge.  
Lukaku must win trophies with Chelsea to warrant Drogba comparisons – Olorundare
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Lukaku must win trophies with Chelsea to warrant Drogba comparisons – Olorundare

The ex-Nigeria international feels the Belgian still has a long way to go before reaching the same level as the Ivorian legend Former Tavsanli Linyitspor striker Dele Olorundare has warned Romelu Lukaku because the media is comparing him to legendary Chelsea star Didier Drogba. Thanks to his impressive form with Inter Milan – where he propelled the Nerazurri to win the Italian top-flight – the Belgium international completed a move to Stamford Bridge. Lukaku rejoined the Blues for £98 million ($136m), with the striker expected to solve goalscoring problems in Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
Salernitana reach agreement for Crotone’s Simy
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Salernitana reach agreement for Crotone’s Simy

Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to African stars across the world Salernitana reach agreement for Crotone's Simy Serie A new boys Salernitana have found an agreement with Crotone for the signing of Simy Nwankwo. According to reports in Italy, the Garnets are to pay a figure close to €6 million including a bonus for the outright purchase of the Nigeria striker. Simy was in a hot goalscoring form last season but his contribution of 20 goals in 38 Serie A matches could not save Crotone from dropping to Serie B.
Sadiq at the double as Almeria beat Real Betis in pre-season friendly
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Sadiq at the double as Almeria beat Real Betis in pre-season friendly

The Nigerian forward is building his goalscoring form ahead of the Rojiblancos league opener on August 16 Umar Sadiq scored a brace as Almeria defeated La Liga club Real Betis 2-1 in a pre-season friendly match on Wednesday. The encounter took place at the Nuevo Mirador Stadium and it was Almeria’s sixth pre-season friendly as they get ready to begin the new Segunda Division campaign. Sadiq fired the Rojiblancos ahead in the 10th minute but the lead was short-lived as Robert Gonzalez grabbed Real Betis’ equaliser, seven minutes later.
Osimhen scores two-minute brace as Napoli beat Bayern Munich
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Osimhen scores two-minute brace as Napoli beat Bayern Munich

The Super Eagles striker continued his fine goalscoring form in pre-season with his brilliance at the Allianz Arena Victor Osimhen helped Napoli crush Bayern Munich 3-0 with his two-minute brace in Saturday’s friendly match. After scoring the match-winning goal against Serie C club Pro Vercelli last Saturday, the Nigeria international led the Partenopei's attack in Munich. The 22-year-old linked up with Algeria midfielder Adam Ounas in quick succession as the visitors scored two goals within two minute.
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Postecoglou takes Responsibility for Celtic’s CL Exit

Ange Postecoglou suggested he might not have been forceful enough in his demands for new signings as he took responsibility for Celtic's latest Champions League failure. Celtic missed out on the group stages for a fourth year running as a 2-1 extra-time defeat by Midtjylland consigned them to a 3-2 aggregate loss and a Europa League qualifier against Czech side Jablonec. Celtic have made five summer signings but two of them are in quarantine and another two, young former Sheffield Wednesday pair Osaze Urhoghide and Liam Shaw, did not get off the bench in Denmark. The only new arrival to feature was 19-year-old Liel Abada, who could not build on his goalscoring debut in a quiet display. Postecoglou had a back four with an average age of 21, only had two fit strikers, and repla...
Former Chelsea star Moses scores fourth goal in a row for Spartak Moscow
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Former Chelsea star Moses scores fourth goal in a row for Spartak Moscow

The 30-year-old opened the scoring as the People's Team cruised to a comfortable win at the Otkrytiye Arena Victor Moses continued his fine goalscoring run for Spartak Moscow with the opening goal in their 4-0 victory over Rubin Kazan on Wednesday. The former Super Eagles midfielder made it four goals in four appearances for Rui Vitoria’s side since he completed a permanent switch from Chelsea. Moses broke the deadlock at the Otkritie Arena with his strike from the penalty spot in the 10th minute.
AFC Wimbledon sign Chelsea midfielder Luke McCormick
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AFC Wimbledon sign Chelsea midfielder Luke McCormick

AFC Wimbledon have signed Chelsea midfielder Luke McCormick. It will be the Academy midfielder's third season in League One following recent loan spells at Shrewsbury Town and Bristol Rovers. The 22-year-old has been with Chelsea since Under-9s level, progressing through the ranks at Cobham in the same team as Mason Mount and Trevoh Chalobah. A striker and wideman in the younger age groups, McCormick eventually settled into a central midfield role when he became a scholar, quickly developing both his leadership skills and goalscoring ability from deep. James Simmonds, Under-18s assistant coach, is to spend part of the 2021/22 season on secondment at AFC Wimbledon. Working closely with first team head coach Mark Robinson, Simmonds will help to strengthen the relationship between...
Cristiano Ronaldo set to decide on his Juventus future after Portugal’s Euro 2020 exit with PSG and Man United’ in the race for his Signature
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Cristiano Ronaldo set to decide on his Juventus future after Portugal’s Euro 2020 exit with PSG and Man United’ in the race for his Signature

Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo is said to be set to make a decision on his future after his Portugal side were eliminated by Belgium in the round of 16. The 36-year-old Portuguese striker came under scrutiny last season after his club almost missed out on Champions League qualification. But that didn’t stop CR7 from topping the Serie A goalscoring charts with 29 goals in 33 appearances, as well as helping his team win both the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana. With the Italian club waiting for him to make a decision on his future, both Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United are interested in his signature. According to Italian news outlet Tuttosport, Ronaldo will tell Juventus his intentions this week, given he is in the final year of his deal, while PSG and Manche...
Leicester City loanee Ghezzal provides update on Besiktas future
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Leicester City loanee Ghezzal provides update on Besiktas future

The 29-year-old enjoyed a successful campaign in Turkey last season, winning the domestic double Leicester City loanee Rachid Ghezzal said he wants to continue his career at Besiktas following a successful loan stint at the club. The Algeria international has fallen out of favour at the King Power Stadium having spent the last two seasons on loan in Italy and Turkey and he is apparently out of Brendan Rodgers’ plans. Last season, he rejuvenated his career in Istanbul where he matched his best goalscoring tally in a league season with eight goals in 31 Super Lig appearances for the Black Eagles.
Samuel Eto’o Names Player that will Take Over from Messi, Ronaldo
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Samuel Eto’o Names Player that will Take Over from Messi, Ronaldo

  Cameroon legend, Samuel Eto’o, has tipped Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe to take over from Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, and Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, in the near future. Eto’o believes Mbappe can become a “new God” after Messi and Ronaldo are “tired of giving us these joys.” Mbappe has been widely tipped to follow in Ronaldo and Messi’s footsteps as one of the next dominant football superstars in the world. The 22-year-old, who has been heavily linked with Real Madrid, was in excellent goalscoring form for his club last season. He scored 42 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions for PSG. “Cristiano is another God. Together with Messi, they are the players who mark current football with the highest grades,” Eto’o told Argentine newspaper...
Euro 2020: Ronaldo not the most valuable player in Portugal team – Bruno Fernandes
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Euro 2020: Ronaldo not the most valuable player in Portugal team – Bruno Fernandes

  Portugal playmaker, Bruno Fernandes, has said captain of the team, Cristiano Ronaldo, is not the most valuable player. Ronaldo netted a brace, as the defending champions beat Hungary 3-0 in their first Euro 2020 game on Tuesday. Yet while he may be nearing the all-time record goalscoring tally at international level, Fernandes feels his contribution to the group as a whole is what takes precedence. Discussing his captain, Fernandes told reporters: “Ronaldo is influential, as always. He is another one who wants to do his best and is making a difference.” Before adding: “The most valuable player in the national team is the ‘we’. The ‘we’ is the most important, there are many Is, but the ‘us’ is what counts.”
Cottee: Why Iheanacho was outstanding for Leicester City
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Cottee: Why Iheanacho was outstanding for Leicester City

The former Foxes striker has provided insight on why the Nigerian star was splendid in front of goal for Brendan Rodgers’ men last season Tony Cottee has stated the reasons behind Kelechi Iheanacho’s impressive goalscoring exploits for Leicester City during the 2020-21 campaign. Before heading into 2021, the former Manchester City wonderkid could only boast two Premier League games, without finding the net, as he played second fiddle in the Foxes’ squad. Nevertheless, a change of fortune saw him revive his scoring form which proved pivotal in the King Power Stadium outfit’s FA Cup triumph.  
Brighton Rock 10-man Man City With Epic Comeback
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Brighton Rock 10-man Man City With Epic Comeback

Brighton came roaring back from 2-0 down to beat 10-man Manchester City 3-2 in front of 8,000 fans at a bouncing Amex Stadium. Brighton afforded champions City a guard of honour in the pre-match preliminaries but maintained that friendly welcome in the opening stages as Ilkay Gundogan headed the visitors in front (2). However, the complexion of the game changed when Joao Cancelo was adjudged to have denied Danny Welbeck a clear goalscoring opportunity after failing to deal with a long ball and was given his marching orders. City were defending their box with great authority and sensationally doubled their lead when Foden scored with a fine run and finish that started inside his own half (48). But a quick response from Leandro Trossard (50) breathed life back into the contes...
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Agent Rules Out return to his Hometown Club in Portugal after his Mum Said She’ll try Convincing him to Come back
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Agent Rules Out return to his Hometown Club in Portugal after his Mum Said She’ll try Convincing him to Come back

Cristiano Ronaldo will not return to his boyhood club, Sporting Lisbon in the summer, his super agent Jorge Mendes has said. The comment by Mendes comes after the Juventus forward's mother, Dolores Aveiro insisted she would try to convince him to come back to the Portuguese club. Ronaldo, 36, has one year remaining on his contract at Juventus but has been linked with a departure this summer to Manchester United, PSG and Sporting, the club where he began his senior career. After Sporting Lisbon clinched the Portuguese title for the first time since 2002 on Tuesday, Ronaldo's mother Aveiro said "next year he (Ronaldo) will play in Alvalade (Sporting's stadium)." However, his agent stated that Ronaldo's career plans do not go through Portugal: "Cristiano is very proud of S...
Chelsea vs Arsenal: Why I Lied to Aubameyang – Tuchel
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Chelsea vs Arsenal: Why I Lied to Aubameyang – Tuchel

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has revealed he used to lie to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang about team meetings at Borussia Dortmund, to help the striker with his timekeeping. Tuchel joined Dortmund in 2015 and worked with Aubameyang for two years. They won the DFB-Pokal together in 2017, with the Gabon international also topping the Bundesliga goal-scoring charts. Aubameyang was dropped for the north London derby win over Tottenham Hotspur in March, having reported late to Arsenal’s training ground before the match. Ahead of their reunion on Wednesday when Arsenal visit Stamford Bridge, Tuchel claimed the 31-year-old had issues with punctuality. “That’s not his strength, to be absolutely on time. “He was pretty much the only one so when we wanted him to be on ...
Akpoguma: Hoffenheim and Nigeria star relishes scoring first Bundesliga goal
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Akpoguma: Hoffenheim and Nigeria star relishes scoring first Bundesliga goal

26-year-old defender finally opened his account in the German top-flight to help his side clinch victory against the Royal Blue Kevin Akpoguma has revealed his delight after ending his long wait for his first Bundesliga goal in their 4-2 win over Schalke 04 on Saturday. The centre-back has spent his entire career in Germany so far and against Dimitrios Grammozis’ men, he opened his goalscoring account. The 26-year-old was handed his 13th league start and played a key role in helping his side return to winning ways after playing out a draw against Freiburg the last time out.
Temwa Chawinga nets brace as Tabitha makes Wuhan scoring debut against Sichuan
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Temwa Chawinga nets brace as Tabitha makes Wuhan scoring debut against Sichuan

The Malawi internationals made bright starts to the season, providing three of the goals for the hosts in the opening game Tabitha Chawinga made a goalscoring debut and sister Temwa scored a brace in Wuhan's 4-0 victory over Sichuan in Saturday’s 2021 Chinese Women's Super League opener. In October, both sisters faced off in the 2020 Chinese final, with Temwa helping Wuhan silence Tabitha's Jiangsu 4-0 to celebrate their first league diadem in 19 years of their history. Tabitha joined Wuhan from Jiangsu Suning in January 2021, teaming up for the first time since Kvarnsvedens in 2017 with sister Temwa, who enters her second season with the Chinese champions.
Rodgers: Why Iheanacho, Ndidi, Leicester Teammates Struggled
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Rodgers: Why Iheanacho, Ndidi, Leicester Teammates Struggled

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers believes a hectic fixture list may have caught up Super Eagles duo Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi and their teammates following their 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton on Friday night. Leicester played against 10 men for 80 minutes of the game after Jannik Vestergaard was sent off for denying Jamie Vardy a goalscoring opportunity. But despite that, it was Southampton who took the lead through James Ward-Prowse’s penalty. Jonny Evans headed home an equaliser from a brilliant cross from Iheanacho. Rodgers’ men however failed to find a winner and therefore dropped points in the race to finish in the top four. And while not offering it as an excuse, Rodgers said their schedule could have contributed to their stalemate at St Mary’s. “W...
Evans Earns Point for Leicester at 10-man Saints
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Evans Earns Point for Leicester at 10-man Saints

Jonny Evans' header ensured Champions League hopefuls Leicester avoided a surprise defeat to 10-man Southampton as they drew 1-1 at St Mary's. The hosts may have been fearing a repeat of last season's 9-0 thrashing after Jannik Vestergaard was shown a contentious early red card for denying Jamie Vardy a clear goalscoring opportunity. But, after limiting Leicester and the Premier League's man of the moment Kelechi Iheanacho to some sporadic half-chances, out-of-form Southampton instead took the lead after an hour when Iheanacho's handball allowed James Ward-Prowse to step up and beat Kasper Schmeichel from 12 yards. The Saints' lead lasted only seven minutes as Iheanacho redeemed himself by finding Evans with a cross from deep which was powered home by the experienced centre-ba...
Oladapo Afolayan Joins Bolton Wanderers on Loan From West Ham Until the End of Season
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Oladapo Afolayan Joins Bolton Wanderers on Loan From West Ham Until the End of Season

England-born Nigerian footballer, Oladapo Afolayan has joined Bolton on loan from West Ham until the end of the season. The 23-year-old striker made a goalscoring debut for the Hammers last month in a 4-0 victory against Doncaster Rovers in the FA Cup and is understood to have been recommended to the League Two side by ex-skipper Kevin Nolan. “We are really pleased to have brought in Dapo,” said Wanderers boss Ian Evatt. “He’s quick, strong and technical and a very exciting attacking talent who can play all along the front three.” Afolayan joined West Ham from Solihull Moors in 2018, having spent his youth at a multitude of clubs: Harrow St Marys, Chelsea, Toronto FC, Barnet, Tooting & Mitcham United, and Toronto Varsity Blues. He also spent time on loan at Oldham and Mans...
Andrea Okene inspires Levante victory over Almassora
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Andrea Okene inspires Levante victory over Almassora

The Nigerian-born forward was on target as her Spanish side clinched their second win of the season at Pesudo stadium Andrea Okene was on target for Levante in a 3-2 victory over Almassora in a Spanish Reto Iberdrola encounter on Saturday. The Nigerian-born Spanish striker had been training with the first team but could not earn her maiden senior appearance in recent outings despite winning the Spanish Supercopa silver medal. To announce her return, she continued her fine goalscoring form for the Granotes, scoring the opening goal in her side's home triumph.
Arsenal’s Aubameyang extends incredible record against Newcastle United
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Arsenal’s Aubameyang extends incredible record against Newcastle United

The Gabon international has enjoyed great fortune against the Magpies, and that run continued on Monday evening at the Emirates Stadium Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang continued with his impressive goalscoring run against Newcastle United thanks to his double in Arsenal’s 3-0 triumph on Monday evening at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners’ skipper has either scored (five) or assisted (two) in six of his seven games against the Magpies in all competitions, finding the net in each of his last four outings against the St James' Park giants. In his 400th appearance in European League football (Arsenal 102, Borussia Dortmund 144, St Etienne 87, Monaco 19, Lille 14 and Dijon 34), the Gabon international’s second-half brace helped Mikel Arteta’s side return to winning ways against Steve Bruce...
‘I play with serenity’ – Giroud revelling in Chelsea form as he praises Leeds
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‘I play with serenity’ – Giroud revelling in Chelsea form as he praises Leeds

The Frenchman followed up his match-winning display in the Champions League with another goalscoring performance at Stamford Bridge Olivier Giroud says he is “playing with serenity” after he continued his fine goalscoring form in Chelsea’s 3-1 win against Leeds. The France striker now has six goals in his last four appearances for the Blues after his 27th-minute strike cancelled out Patrick Bamford’s early opener for Leeds at Stamford Bridge. It was his first Premier League start of the season having retained his place in the side after scoring all four goals in the midweek Champions League win at Sevilla.
Chelsea 3-1 Leeds United: Giroud and Zouma lead Blues to Premier League summit
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Chelsea 3-1 Leeds United: Giroud and Zouma lead Blues to Premier League summit

Chelsea battled back to claim a 3-1 win over Leeds United that takes them top of the Premier League. Olivier Giroud's hot goalscoring form continued as Chelsea came from behind to claim a 3-1 win over Leeds United in the Premier League on Saturday, sending the Blues top. Former Chelsea player Patrick Bamford put Leeds ahead with their first shot of the game as Chelsea were punished on the counterattack. Giroud, who scored all four of Chelsea's goals in a Champions League win over Sevilla during the week, equalised just before the half-hour with an instinctive close-range finish.
Mame Thiam nets hat-trick in Fenerbahce victory over Antalyaspor
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Mame Thiam nets hat-trick in Fenerbahce victory over Antalyaspor

The Senegalese forward was at his goalscoring best with the Yellow Canaries recording a comfortable win New Fenerbahce signing Mame Baba Thiam made the difference on Monday as he scored a hat-trick in a 4-0 drubbing of Antalyaspor. The Senegalese forward joined the Istanbul giants from fellow Turkish Super Lig side Kasimpasa on a three-year contract and got things off with a brace in the 29th and 40th minute of the match, Brazilian and Turkish midfielders Luiz Gustavo and Deniz Turuc providing the assists. Fener continued the onslaught in the second half with Caner Erkin finding the back of the net from the penalty spot before Thiam sealed his hat-trick in the 82nd minute.
Brazil’s Ronaldo is the Greatest Striker of all Time – Samuel Eto’o
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Brazil’s Ronaldo is the Greatest Striker of all Time – Samuel Eto’o

Four-time African of the Footballer of the Year, Samuel Eto'o, has expressed his admiration for the Brazil legend, Ronaldo. According to Samuel Eto’o, two-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo, renowned for his goalscoring exploits for Brazil and at club level for Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSV, and Inter Milan in a career that totalled 18 years, is the greatest striker of all time. Ronaldo, won two Fifa World Cups, in 1994 and 2002, and was crowned the Fifa World Player of the Year thrice, while winning the Ballon d'Or in 1997 and 2002. According to Eto'o he is the greatest African player ever, but Ronaldo nicknamed 'El Fenomeno' - a Portuguese word meaning the Phenomenon, is the greatest striker of all time. "The best of all was Ronaldo, 'O Fenomeno',” Eto’o was quoted as sayi...
‘The best of all’ – Eto’o names Brazil legend Ronaldo as only player better than him
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‘The best of all’ – Eto’o names Brazil legend Ronaldo as only player better than him

The four-time African of the Footballer of the Year expressed his admiration for the Brazil legend, whom he described as the best striker of all time Samuel Eto’o believes two-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo is the greatest striker of all time. Ronaldo was renowned for his goalscoring exploits for Brazil and at club level for Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSV, and Inter Milan with hundreds of goals in a professional career that spanned 18 years. Aside from his success at club level, the 43-year-old won two Fifa World Cups, in 1994 and 2002, and was crowned the Fifa World Player of the Year thrice, while winning the Ballon d'Or in 1997 and 2002.
Cristiano Ronaldo Plans to Overtake Pele’s Goalscoring Record and Become Greatest of all Time- Gary Neville
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Cristiano Ronaldo Plans to Overtake Pele’s Goalscoring Record and Become Greatest of all Time- Gary Neville

Premier League football legend, Gary Neville, has said that he doesn't see Ronaldo retiring from the game of football until he has surpassed Pele's goalscoring record because he wants to be termed the best footballer of all time. Gary Neville and Ronaldo were team-mates at Manchester United and the ex-Manchester United defender says Ronaldo's obsession with perfection might see him play until his 40s.   Pele scored a total of 1281 goals in 1363 games, a Guiness Book record, while Ronaldo has scored over 700 goals prompting Neville to say surpassing Pele is Ronaldo’s main target.   "He just wanted to be the very, very best in the world and it's so important to him,” Neville told SkySports. "It's an obsession. Absolute obsession with scoring goals. App...
Frank Lampard Welcomes Paris Saint-Germain striker, Edinson  Cavani to Chelsea
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Frank Lampard Welcomes Paris Saint-Germain striker, Edinson Cavani to Chelsea

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard has welcomed Paris Saint-Germain striker, Edinson Cavani to Stamford Bridge. Lampard, who played against Cavani when the 32-year-old Uruguay was both at PSG and Napoli, believes he would provide some much-needed experience to Chelsea’s young side. DAILY POST had reported that Cavani has drawn interest from Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid in recent weeks. Cavani has started just four games in Ligue 1 this season for PSG, having lost his place to Mauro Icardi who is on loan from Inter Milan. His current contract with the Parisians is set to expire at the end of the season, when he will be available on a free transfer. Asked if Chelsea were interested in Cavani, Lampard told reporters at his pre-match press conference a...
Botswana 0-0 Zambia: Wasteful Chipolopolo held by Zebras in 2020 Chan qualifier
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Botswana 0-0 Zambia: Wasteful Chipolopolo held by Zebras in 2020 Chan qualifier

Chipolopolo came into the encounter as the favourites, but they were frustrated by the Zebras in Francistown, Botswana Botswana were held to a 0-0 stalemate by Zambia in the 2020 African Nations Championship (Chan) qualification second round first-leg clash on Friday. The Zebras of Botswana came into the match having eliminated Seychelles in the first round after winning the tie 5-1 on aggregate. On the other hand, Zambia's Chipolopolo, who participated in the 2018 finals in Morocco, were given a bye in the first round. The two Southern African teams both created some goalscoring opportunities in the early exchanges, but they were very wasteful in front of goal.
Guadalajara 0-0 Atletico Madrid (4-5 on penalties): Llorente sent off in victory
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Guadalajara 0-0 Atletico Madrid (4-5 on penalties): Llorente sent off in victory

Atletico Madrid edged Guadalajara in a penalty shoot-out as Marcos Llorente was sent off. Marcos Llorente was sent off in his second Atletico Madrid appearance as the LaLiga giants edged Guadalajara on penalties at the International Champions Cup on Tuesday. Llorente, a close-season signing from rivals Real Madrid for a reported €30million, was shown a red card for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity in the 24th minute at Globe Life Park in Arlington, just as Atletico looked in control. However, Guadalajara were also reduced to 10 men as Carlos Villanueva was sent off just after the hour-mark.
Zidane declares ‘nothing has changed’ for Bale at Real Madrid despite strong showing against Arsenal
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Zidane declares ‘nothing has changed’ for Bale at Real Madrid despite strong showing against Arsenal

The Spanish side's head coach reveals that he was pleased with the Welshman's goalscoring performance but he still seems destined to leave Zinedine Zidane praised Gareth Bale's goalscoring performance against Arsenal but insisted nothing had changed with the Real Madrid outcast. Bale came off the bench to rescue Madrid in the International Champions Cup, scoring from close range to bring his side back into the match after they trailed 2-0 at half-time courtesy of goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Tipped to leave Madrid this summer, Bale sat out the loss to Bayern Munich, with Zidane confirming after the match that the club were looking to offload the winger this summer.
Kgatlana’s strike hands Beijing Phoenix’s first CWSL win of the season
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Kgatlana’s strike hands Beijing Phoenix’s first CWSL win of the season

The South African put up an impressive showing as they claimed their maiden league win of the season Thembi Kgatlana was the heroine of the day as Beijing Phoenix earned their first Chinese Women's Super League win of the season with a 1-0 triumph over champions Dalian Quanjian. Last week, Kgatlana's goalscoring debut was not enough to save Beijing from losing the opening match of the season as they bowed 3-2 to Jiangsu Suning.
Jermaine Seoposenwe on target as Gintra-Universitetas thrash Dinamo Riga
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Jermaine Seoposenwe on target as Gintra-Universitetas thrash Dinamo Riga

The South Africa international was on target yet again as her Lithuanian side thrashed their hosts in on Friday Jermaine Seoposenwe continued her goalscoring form in Gintra's 4-0 win over Dinamo Riga in Friday's Amber Cup contest. The 25-year-old, who made a superb return from the 2019 Women's World Cup with South Africa in France, also scored in Gintra's 3-1 comeback win over Gornik Leczna on Wednesday. On Friday, Seoposenwe broke the deadlock to put the Lithuanian champions in front just 10 minutes into the encounter.
Coach Allen worried about UI Pioneers’ scoring problem despite win over LASU Blazers
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Coach Allen worried about UI Pioneers’ scoring problem despite win over LASU Blazers

The Pioneers progressed to the Round of 16 after grabbing a crucial win in their final group match on Thursday UI Pioneers coach Eduviere Allen admitted his team still lack a goalscoring edge despite their 2-0 win over LASU Blazers. Goals from Oladieji Abdumalik and Alabi Salam helped the University of Ibadan outfit seal their qualification for the knockout stage with their only win in the group. Earlier this week, the Pioneers settled for a 1-1 stalemate against ABUAD Stars and they were later held to a goalless draw by LCU Gladiators in Wednesday’s Ibadan derby.
Mikel Obi cries out over Middlesbrough’s Inability to score goals
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Mikel Obi cries out over Middlesbrough’s Inability to score goals

Nigeria and Middlesbrough midfielder, Mikel Obi, on Wednesday expressed his disappointment over Middlesbrough’s inability to convert their several goalscoring chances. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Middlesbrough struggled in front of goal as they failed to beat Bristol City in Tuesday’s Championship clash at the Riverside Stadium. This was in spite of creating a lot of goalscoring chances. Middlesbrough’s hopes of securing a playoff ticket consequently suffered a huge setback following a 0-1 loss to the visitors. Mikel was quoted as saying on the club’s website that Middlesborough would have been out of sight with the first half chances that came their way. He had added that it was a familiar story in the club. The 31-year-old signed for Middlesbrough ...
Valverde Speaks On El Clasico Being LaLiga Title Decider
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Valverde Speaks On El Clasico Being LaLiga Title Decider

Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde, has insisted that the title race in LaLiga will not be over, even if they win away to rivals Real Madrid on Saturday. Madrid are nine points behind Valverde’s men, who won 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday to book a place in the Copa del Rey final. They are also winless in their last five league games against Barcelona, with October’s 5-1 thrashing at Camp Nou leading to the sacking of Julen Lopetegui. “We have points to play for in this game, it’s a different competition to Wednesday. “It’s very difficult, as I said the other day, for the same result to occur in the same game twice in a row but we would obviously like that to happen. “We’re going there to search for a win that would be a big blow for them and a bi...
Crunch La Liga Fixtures to Be Broadcast On DStv, GOtv
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Crunch La Liga Fixtures to Be Broadcast On DStv, GOtv

A bumper weekend awaits fans of the prestigious LaLiga, the top tier of Spanish football, as matches involving league leaders and defending champions, Barcelona; title chasers, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, as well as other encounters will be broadcast live exclusively to DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus, DStv Compact and GOtv MAX subscribers. Barcelona, encouraged by their hard-earned 1-0 victory over  Valladolid last weekend, travel to the south of Spain to confront Sevilla who, at a stage this season, topped the table. Sevilla’s title aspirations have since floundered and they currently lie fourth. They slumped to a 3-0 defeat in the hands of relegation threatened Villareal last weekend and will be occupied by the thought how to shut out an in-form Lionel Messi...
How Unai Emery And Alexandre Lacazette Banished Arsenal’s Curse Of The No.9
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How Unai Emery And Alexandre Lacazette Banished Arsenal’s Curse Of The No.9

Alexandre Lacazette has scored five goals in all competitions this season (Picture: Getty) For the first time since 1999 Arsenal fans have a No.9 they can be genuinely be proud of. It’s taken the best part of two decades, eight different incumbents and a change in manager, but in Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal finally have a man worthy of mentioning in the same breath as Alan Smith, Paul Merson and Nicholas Anelka. Having arrived at the Emirates last summer, you could have been forgiven in thinking Lacazette was another in that long line of imposters after his hit and miss first season (more on the Podolski end of the scale rather than Park Chu-young), but after a fairly unconvincing start the Frenchman is now a fixture on Unai Emery’s ever-changing teamsheet. Anyone that follow...

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