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Why Nigeria’s Onuachu could lose Racing Genk penalty duty
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Why Nigeria’s Onuachu could lose Racing Genk penalty duty

The Nigeria forward scored 11 goals last season from 12-yards but this season it has been a struggle Nigeria international Paul Onuachu might not be taking penalties for his team Racing Genk anymore after missing three of his last four for the club, the latest one being on Sunday in a 2-0 loss to Charleroi in the Belgium Jupiler Pro League. With the hosts leading by a solitary goal scored in the 56th minute when Shamr Nicholson converted a Ryota Morioka pass, Genk were awarded a penalty with nine minutes to go. Onuachu failed to find the target but he was given a lifeline to make things right when the officials adjudged the goalkeeper had moved from his line early, but theSuper Eagle still missed.  
Guardiola gives Ederson and Jesus update ahead of Manchester City Champions League clash
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Guardiola gives Ederson and Jesus update ahead of Manchester City Champions League clash

The Brazil internationals are neither in or out of Pep's plans, with the pair already in Belgium prior to a meeting with Club Brugge Pep Guardiola is yet to rule Ederson and Gabriel Jesus in or out of his plans for Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Club Brugge on Tuesday, but a couple of Brazil internationals are already in Belgium. On the back of World Cup qualifying duty with their country, two South American stars were advised against returning to England where they would be forced to quarantine for 10 days. They were instead told to report early for continental competition, with Guardiola and the rest of the Sky Blues squad set to jet out and join them on Monday evening.  
Pavard responds to Pogba on-pitch rant and admits he’s ‘less sexy’ than Alexander-Arnold and Hakimi
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Pavard responds to Pogba on-pitch rant and admits he’s ‘less sexy’ than Alexander-Arnold and Hakimi

The Bayern Munich defender incurred the wrath of a fellow France international during the Nations League final, but has been talking up his ability Benjamin Pavard claims to have no issue with Paul Pogba following an on-field rant from the Manchester United star during France’s victory in the UEFA Nations League final, with the pair now friends again after seeing tempers flare in the heat of battle. A World Cup-winning midfielder lost his cool with an international colleague during a 2-1 win over Spain, with Pogba demanding more from Pavard after being forced to leave his central role to provide cover at right-back. The issue quickly blew over, as Les Bleus went on to claim the ultimate prize, and apologies were offered afterwards by a 28-year-old who expects nothing but the best ...
KCB 0-0 AFC Leopards: Bankers and Ingwe fire blanks in Premier League contest
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KCB 0-0 AFC Leopards: Bankers and Ingwe fire blanks in Premier League contest

The Bankers and Ingwe shared the spoils in their second top-flight match of the season at Thika Stadium on Saturday   KCB and AFC Leopards played out a drab 0-0 draw in their FKF Premier League fixture at Thika Stadium on Saturday. The Bankers went into the game having lost 2-1 to former league champions Gor Mahia in their season opener before the Fifa international break while Ingwe had secured a morale-boosting 1-0 win against current champions Tusker. It was KCB, under the leadership of coach Zedekiah Otieno, who started the game on the front foot and with only one minute played, they were awarded a corner after Robert Mudenyu had headed out a cross from Baraka Badi, but from the resultant kick, Ingwe keeper Maxwell Mulili came out to gather the ball.
Leicester City vs Man Utd: Solskjaer provides team update
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Leicester City vs Man Utd: Solskjaer provides team update

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has confirmed the latest update on his team ahead of their Premier League clash with Leicester City on Saturday evening. Solskjaer said that Raphael Varane is injured, while Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof are in contention to feature for Man United against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. The Norwegian also provided the latest update on Fred and Edinson Cavani ahead of the Leicester clash. He said this during his pre-match press conference on Friday. Man United head to the game following a 1-1 draw with Everton in their last game. Solskjaer said, “Because as we see with Raphael, he’s got an injury, out for a few weeks, but then again Victor and Eric played in the internationals and got good game time so that was go...
‘We are just Belgium’ – De Bruyne says Golden Generation cannot compete with France or Italy
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‘We are just Belgium’ – De Bruyne says Golden Generation cannot compete with France or Italy

The Manchester City midfielder suffered more international disappointment at the UEFA Nations League finals Kevin De Bruyne claims Belgium cannot be expected to compete with Italy and France despite topping the FIFA world rankings and boasting an enviable array of talent. Another opportunity to land major silverware has passed the Red Devils by, with Roberto Martinez’s side only able to muster a fourth-place finish at the UEFA Nations League finals. They remain the No 1 side on the planet in the official rankings, but De Bruyne claims Belgium lack the depth required to secure tangible success.  
Ferran Torres responds to Barcelona transfer rumours, with Man City star happy where he is
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Ferran Torres responds to Barcelona transfer rumours, with Man City star happy where he is

The Spain international, who has been making impressive progress in England, has seen a shock loan switch mooted for the January window Ferran Torres is reading little into reports suggesting that Manchester City could allow him to join Barcelona on loan in January, with the Spain international pointing out that “there are always rumours”. The 21-year-old forward is a player who has registered on the radars of Barca and Real Madrid since bursting onto a senior stage at Valencia. Clasico rivals were unable to do a deal when a big-money move was made in 2020, as City won that race, but a stint at Camp Nou is being speculated on again ahead of the winter transfer window.  
‘F*cking monkey’ – Koulibaly slams racists after fan confrontation following Fiorentina vs Napoli
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‘F*cking monkey’ – Koulibaly slams racists after fan confrontation following Fiorentina vs Napoli

The Senegal international has urged the authorities to identify those responsible and lock them out of the stadiums Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has alleged a section of Fiorentina fans called him "f*cking monkey" in Sunday's Serie A match staged at Artemio Franchi in Firenze in which his team won 2-1. The hosts scored first when Dusan Vlahovic set up Lucas Martinez Quarta for the opener, with the visitors then levelling matters after Lorenzo Insigne's penalty rebound fell to Hirving Lozano, who found the back of the net. Piotr Zielinski then teed up Amir Rrahmani for the winner in the second half as Napoli maintained their 100 per cent winning run in the league.
Why Liverpool must move with speed to tie down ‘world-class’ winger – Carragher
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Why Liverpool must move with speed to tie down ‘world-class’ winger – Carragher

The former Reds defender calls on the club to do everything in their means to tie down the Egyptian forward to a new deal Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool risk losing “world class’ Mohamed Salah if they don’t move with speed and tie him with a new contract. The 29-year-old Egypt international, who has less than two years left on his contract, continued with his fine form for the Reds after he set up a goal for Senegal forward Sadio Mane and scored in the 2-2 draw against Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday. His goal against City was his sixth of the campaign in the Premier League and according to former Liverpool player Carragher, Salah is performing at a higher level than anyone else in Europe right now and Liverpool must tie him down to a new contract or risk losing him.
Tuchel explains Saul snub after Chelsea midfielder was hooked at half-time in nightmare debut
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Tuchel explains Saul snub after Chelsea midfielder was hooked at half-time in nightmare debut

The Blues snapped up the Spain international from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day, but have handed him just 45 minutes of Premier League time Thomas Tuchel has explained why Saul Niguez has not played for Chelsea in the Premier League since being hooked at half-time during his nightmare debut for the Blues against Aston Villa. The Spain international midfielder was brought to Stamford Bridge on transfer deadline day on an initial loan agreement from Atletico Madrid. Saul was thrust straight into Tuchel’s starting XI against Villa on September 11, but saw just 45 minutes of action and has played only 76 more since then against the same opponents in the Carabao Cup.  
Zaha overtakes Speroni on Crystal Palace’s all-time appearance list
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Zaha overtakes Speroni on Crystal Palace’s all-time appearance list

The Ivorian moved clear of the Eagles great in the history books after playing his 401st game for the club against Leicester City Wilfried Zaha has edged ahead of Julian Speroni on Crystal Palace’s all-time appearance makers list having been named in the club’s starting XI against Leicester City in Sunday’s Premier League outing. Just under a week after drawing level with the former Argentine goalkeeper against Brighton & Hove Albion, the Cote d’Ivoire international has now become the fourth joint-most capped player in the club’s history. If Zaha decides to remain at Selhurst Park, that would give him an opportunity to eclipse Albert Harry’s third-place record in the 2022-23 season.  
Nuno keeps Kane faith as Premier League goal drought reaches six-year low for Spurs striker
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Nuno keeps Kane faith as Premier League goal drought reaches six-year low for Spurs striker

The England international has struggled to find his domestic form after reintegrating into the team following a tumultuous summer Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo says Harry Kane's return to form "will come" with the striker not finding the net in six Premier League matches, his frustrating streak continuing in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday. Kane pushed for a move to Manchester City over the summer, and while he has accepted his status as a Spurs player after no deal materialised he has so far failed to give his side the trademark finishing expected of him. The Villa result broke the squad's own dry spell, ending a run of three straight league defeats.  
Zero shots, Zero goals: Stats expose Aubameyang’s poor display against Brighton
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Zero shots, Zero goals: Stats expose Aubameyang’s poor display against Brighton

The Gabon international put up a second-rate performance as the Gunners were held by the Seagulls on Saturday evening Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang failed to score as Arsenal settled for a 0-0 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion in Saturday’s Premier League outing. Having found the net in the Gunners’ 3-1 thumping of Tottenham Hotspur last time out, the Gabon international was expected to keep the fire burning against the Seagulls. Nevertheless, he put up a below-par performance as Mikel Arteta’s men went to the American Express Community Stadium, saw, but could only pick up one point against Graham Potter’s squad.  
‘Struggling to be decisive’ – Chelsea boss Tuchel on Ziyech absence
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‘Struggling to be decisive’ – Chelsea boss Tuchel on Ziyech absence

The Morocco playmaker has only made two league appearances so far this season Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel suggested Hakim Ziyech might have lost a bit of belief and confidence after he missed their 3-1 win over Southampton. Ziyech was an unused substitute as goals from Trevoh Chalobah, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell powered the hosts back to winning ways after last weekend's loss to Manchester City. The Morocco international and Kai Havertz were not involved at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and Tuchel has defended his decision.  
Arsenal star Saka limps off against Brighton
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Arsenal star Saka limps off against Brighton

The England international failed to complete the 90 minutes and had to be replaced by Ashley Maitland-Niles   Arsenal were dealt a potential injury blow on Saturday when Bukayo Saka failed to finish his side's Premier League clash against Brighton. The Gunners drew 0-0 on the south coast to consolidate their recovery following an awful start to the 2021-22 season. But both they and England could be counting the cost of a knock suffered by their No.7 in the final minutes at the Amex Stadium.
USMNT hopeful Joe Scally scores first Bundesliga goal for Borussia Monchengladbach
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USMNT hopeful Joe Scally scores first Bundesliga goal for Borussia Monchengladbach

The 18-year-old wrapped up victory on the road against Wolfsburg with an assured finish in injury time Borussia Monchengladbach's United States youth international Joe Scally opened his Bundesliga account on Saturday with a late strike to put his side clear against Wolfsburg. Scally, 18, has made a brilliant start to the 2021-22 season, his second in Germany. He now looks to have established himself as a fixture in the Gladbach line-up, and big things are expected of the teenage full-back.  
Tuchel hits back at Conte’s claims Chelsea don’t know how to best utilise Lukaku
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Tuchel hits back at Conte’s claims Chelsea don’t know how to best utilise Lukaku

Following a strong start to his second life at Stamford Bridge, the Belgium international has hit a barren patch, coinciding with back-to-back defeats Thomas Tuchel has rebuffed Antonio Conte's claim that Chelsea are yet to figure out how to properly use Romelu Lukaku, though the Blues boss admitted his predecessor is right on some counts. Following a stirring start to his second stint at Stamford Bridge, the Belgium international has hit a barren patch, with his side slipping to defeats against Manchester City and Juventus in that time. Ex-Chelsea coach Conte, who led Lukaku to a Serie A crown with Inter last term, suggested Tuchel has not figured out the best approach for the player yet, but now the German has responded.
Iwobi a doubt for Everton’s Premier League trip to Manchester United
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Iwobi a doubt for Everton’s Premier League trip to Manchester United

The Super Eagles midfielder might miss his first league match of the season when the Toffees travel to Old Trafford Everton manager Rafael Benitez said he is unsure of Alex Iwobi’s availability for the Premier League fixture against Manchester United on Saturday. Benitez, in his press conference on Friday, disclosed that the Nigeria international – who has played in every of their games so far this season – has a knock. Iwobi played for 89 minutes in Everton's 2-0 league win over Norwich City a week ago, and he has contributed just a goal with an assist in eight matches across all competitions this term.
‘I had a clear conversation with him’ – Arsenal boss Arteta refutes Leno’s claims over his benching
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‘I had a clear conversation with him’ – Arsenal boss Arteta refutes Leno’s claims over his benching

The German international has fallen behind Aaron Ramsdale in the pecking order Mikel Arteta is adamant he had a ‘clear conversation’ with Bernd Leno before dropping him for Aaron Ramsdale. The German international has fallen behind Ramsdale in the pecking order at Arsenal, with the former Sheffield United keeper having started the last three Premier League games for the Gunners. Speaking to the German media after the win against Spurs last weekend, Leno claimed he had been given no clear reason by Arteta as to why he had been dropped. But Arteta insists he has been open with the 29-year-old.
Liverpool-linked Chiesa reacts to ‘pointless gossip’ and reports of Allegri rift at Juventus
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Liverpool-linked Chiesa reacts to ‘pointless gossip’ and reports of Allegri rift at Juventus

The Italy international forward claims to enjoy a positive working relationship with his manager and is happy in Turin Federico Chiesa, who has been linked with a big-money move to Liverpool in 2022, has shrugged off the “pointless gossip” he generates at Juventus. The Italy international, who helped his country to Euro 2020 glory over the summer , has seen his stock rise to the point he is now attracting interest from across Europe. Questions have been asked of his future, while there are also suggestions that a 23-year-old forward does not enjoy the best working relationship with Massimiliano Allegri.  
Europa League: Rangers have no added pressure against Sparta Prague – Aribo
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Europa League: Rangers have no added pressure against Sparta Prague – Aribo

The Nigeria international is upbeat about the Gers’ chances against the Czech First League side Joe Aribo disclosed that Rangers will ‘show a sense of composure’ when they take on Sparta Prague in Thursday’s Europa League game. The Scottish Premiership side travels to the Generali Ceska pojisťovna Arena with the ambitions of picking their first win after crumbling 2-0 to Olympique Lyon on matchday one. For the Czech First League outfit, they must silence the Gers to brighten their chances of qualifying from Group A that parades Danish giants Brondby.  
Kayserispor ace Mensah to consider returning to Ghana’s Black Stars
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Kayserispor ace Mensah to consider returning to Ghana’s Black Stars

The former Atletico Madrid man opens up on his time away from international duty with the Black Stars Kayserispor midfielder Bernard Mensah has thrown more light on circumstances surrounding his premature retirement from Ghana duty but indicates he may reconsider his decision. The 26-year-old took a break from international assignments last November, stating he wanted to concentrate on his club career “for now”. At the time, CK Akonnor, who has now been replaced by Milovan Rajevac as Black Stars head coach, was at the helm of affairs.  
Watford’s Troost-Ekong: I was told I was not good enough for the Premier League
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Watford’s Troost-Ekong: I was told I was not good enough for the Premier League

The Hornets defender is glad to have achieved his ambitions of featuring in the English elite division after he was thrown out by the Lilywhites Watford centre-back William Troost-Ekong seems to have launched a subtle jibe at Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur with his recent post on social media. The Nigeria international continued his youth career at the English top-flight side after leaving Fulham in 2010. Nevertheless, he left Spurs after failing to make the club’s first team – thus, that inspired his move to Dutch top-flight side FC Groningen in search of first-team action.  
Substitute Olunga scores five as Al Duhail obliterate Al Sailiya
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Substitute Olunga scores five as Al Duhail obliterate Al Sailiya

The 27-year-old centre-forward fired his side to a big win in the second half despite starting from the bench Kenya international Michael Olunga stagd a remarkable comeback as he scored five second-half goals for Al Duhail SC as they obliterated Al Sailiya 5-0 in a Qatar Stars League encounter on Sunday at Khalifa international stadium. Olunga had missed the previous three games due to an injury, but his introduction in the second half for Abdulrahman Fahmi changed the game dramatically in favour of the hosts. The former Kashiwa Reysol striker found the back of the net in the 56th minute as Almoez Ali provided the assist.  
Fraud: Trial of Abba Kyari’s co-defendants to last six days in U.S
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Fraud: Trial of Abba Kyari’s co-defendants to last six days in U.S

The international fraud case allegedly involving embattled police officer,  Abba Kyari will reportedly last 6 days in court. Recall that six persons were indicted for various roles in a $1.1 million fraud case reportedly cordinated by Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abbas a.k.a Hushpuppi. It was gathered that three of the defendants; Rukayat Fashola (aka Morayo), Bolatito Agbabiaka (aka Bolamide), and Yusuf Anifowoshe (aka AJ and Alvin Johnson) arrested in the United States and subsequently released on bail, have asked that their trial be postponed to May 2022, The other defendants which prosecutors say are outside the U.S. and "at large" are  Mr Kyari, Abdulrahman Juma, and Kelly Chibuzo Vincent. Prosecutors along with the three available defendants filed an application for the...
Happy Daughters’ Day 2021: Best images, wishes, quotes, messages to share with your daughter
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Happy Daughters’ Day 2021: Best images, wishes, quotes, messages to share with your daughter

Daughters' Day 2021: Here are the best wishes, quotes, messages and images for Facebook and WhatsApp status, and to share with your daughters. Happy Daughters' Day: International Daughters' Day is celebrated globally on the fourth Sunday of September every year. This year the day is being marked on September 26. On this day, parents celebrate and appreciate their daughters by making special gestures to cherish their children. The day was conceptualised to fight against the stigma around having a girl child and honouring daughters. However, people also celebrate it by sharing wishes and presents with their girls. Happy Daughters' Day You can make this day extra special for your child by ensuring that you treat them with respect and love, not just today but throughout th...
Salah makes Liverpool history with 100th Premier League goal
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Salah makes Liverpool history with 100th Premier League goal

The striker put his side 2-1 ahead in the second half to overtake Roger Hunt as the quickest Red to make his century Mohamed Salah became the fastest Liverpool player ever to reach 100 league goals on Saturday as he temporarily put his side ahead against Brentford in an eventual 3-3 draw. The Egypt international has become a firm favourite at Anfield since arriving at the club from Roma in 2017, and he came through once more to help his side out of a tight situation, with a spot at the top of the Premier League on the line. However, newly promoted Brentford spoiled the landmark finish with an 82-minute goal from Yoane Wissa to level the score.
Super Eagles’ Aribo on target as Rangers humble Dundee United
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Super Eagles’ Aribo on target as Rangers humble Dundee United

The visitors were able to hold onto the slim lead for the better part of the first half and in the subsequent half to collect three points   Nigerian international Joseph Aribo was on target as Rangers defeated Dundee United 1-0 in a Scottish Premiership game on Saturday at Kilmac Stadium.   Apart from Aribo - who scored in the first half, other African stars who were involved in the game were Leon Balogun - Aribo's international compatriot - and Fashion Sakala of Zambia.   The loss for Dundee United is their third in six games where they were able to pick up a win and two draws, whereas Rangers have picked up four wins in the same number of games, drawn in one and lost the other.   James Tavernier would have scored for Aribo's side in the seve...
RB Leipzig’s Haidara opens Bundesliga goal account as Awoniyi’s Union Berlin return to winning ways
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RB Leipzig’s Haidara opens Bundesliga goal account as Awoniyi’s Union Berlin return to winning ways

The Mali international sealed the Red Bulls' emphatic victory in front of their home fans Amadou Haidara scored his first Bundesliga goal of the season as RB Leipzig hammered Hertha Berlin 6-0 on Saturday. Haidara grabbed the sixth goal at the Red Bull Arena in the 77th minute after goals from Christopher Nkunku, Yussuf Poulsen, Nordi Mukiele and Emil Forsberg. The last time the 23-year-old found the back of the net in a league match was against Stuttgart back in April.  
Hakimi reveals why he snubbed Chelsea for Paris Saint-Germain
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Hakimi reveals why he snubbed Chelsea for Paris Saint-Germain

  The full-back says he is happy in France and is enjoying playing with the dream team   Former Inter Milan defender Achraf Hakimi has revealed why he opted to join Paris Saint-Germain over Chelsea. The 22-year-old played a crucial role to help the Italian heavyweights win the Serie A title for the first time in 11 years. The Morocco international says the Blues were keen on his services, but he opted to join PSG. "When I received these two offers [from Chelsea and PSG], I had the intuition that I had to come to Paris, that I was going to be happy there," Hakimi told L'Equipe as quoted by PSG Talk.
Lingard picks ex-Barcelona stars Ronaldinho & Iniesta as dream team-mates and airs Ronaldo wish
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Lingard picks ex-Barcelona stars Ronaldinho & Iniesta as dream team-mates and airs Ronaldo wish

The Manchester United and England midfielder would welcome the opportunity to turn out alongside Brazilian and Spanish legends Jesse Lingard has named Barcelona legends Ronaldinho and Andres Iniesta as his dream team-mates and selected current Manchester United colleague Cristiano Ronaldo as the man he would most like to trade lives with for a day. The England international has lined up alongside plenty of top talent for club and country down the years, while also taking on some of the finest footballers that the global game has to offer. He never got to face two players that he holds in the highest regard, though, with Brazilian and Spanish World Cup winners that boast strong ties to Camp Nou having moved on by the time Lingard lined up against the Blaugrana in 2019.  
Iwobi: I can ‘no longer make excuses’ – Nigeria star on his peak period at Everton
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Iwobi: I can ‘no longer make excuses’ – Nigeria star on his peak period at Everton

The 25-year-old Super Eagle discusses his happiness playing for the Toffees under the former Real Madrid manager Nigeria international Alex Iwobi has revealed why he can no longer make excuses for himself while playing for Everton under new manager Rafael Benitez. The 25-year-old Super Eagle has managed 199 minutes under the former Liverpool boss and has scored one goal, provided one assist in seven appearances for the Toffees so far this campaign. It is a better display from Iwobi, who joined Everton from Arsenal in 2019, and during his first season, he struggled to nail down playing time.  
‘I bet Messi never has to deal with this!’ – De Roon can’t give shirts away in Atalanta shop
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‘I bet Messi never has to deal with this!’ – De Roon can’t give shirts away in Atalanta shop

The Netherlands international midfielder saw a kind gesture go to waste when nobody turned up to take advantage of his offer Marten de Roon has endured a humbling experience after failing to give away shirts in the Atalanta club shop, with the Dutch midfielder admitting: "I bet Messi never has to deal with this!" The 30-year-old Netherlands international is taking in a second spell with Serie A employers and has made over 250 appearances for the club to date. It would, however, appear that he is not the most popular figure in the eyes of a loyal fanbase, with nobody showing up to take advantage of his kind offer   .
Dybala close to signing new long-term Juventus contract
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Dybala close to signing new long-term Juventus contract

The Argentine forward is finally set to commit his future to the Bianconeri after many months of speculation Paulo Dybala is close to signing a new long-term contract at Juventus, Goal can confirm. Speculation over Dybala's future has been raging in recent months, with his current deal at the Allianz Stadium due to expire in June 2022. As it stands, the Argentina international will be free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with any potential suitors from January, but he gave the clearest indication yet that he wants to stay at Juve after their 3-0 Champions League win at Malmo last week.  
FA plans Lukaku talks after Chelsea striker makes passionate plea in taking a knee debate
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FA plans Lukaku talks after Chelsea striker makes passionate plea in taking a knee debate

The Belgium international wants more to be done to eradicate discrimination from sport and society and has called for more meetings Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku believes "stronger positions" can be taken in the fight to combat racism in football, with the Belgian pointing out that while "everybody's clapping, after the game you see another insult". Spain defender, and Lukaku's Chelsea team-mate, Marcos Alonso has announced that he is to become the latest prominent Premier League figure to stop taking the knee before kick-off, a pre-match ritual that was first introduced when top-flight action in England resumed after the coronavirus-enforced lockdown in the summer of 2020. Efforts continue to be made when it comes to eradicating all forms of discrimination from sport and wider soci...
EPL: Why Iheanacho flopped at Man City – Amuneke
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EPL: Why Iheanacho flopped at Man City – Amuneke

Former Nigeria international, Emmanuel Amuneke, has claimed Kelechi Iheanacho failed to shine at Manchester City, because he did not adapt quickly to English football. Iheanacho signed for the Premier League side following his impressive showing at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The Nigerian forward won the Golden Ball and Silver Boot at the tournament. However, he struggled to break into Pep Guardiola’s side after signing a five-year contract with City. He eventually left for Leicester City in 2017 for a reported £25million fee Before leaving the Etihad Stadium, he scored 21 goals in 64 appearances for the Citizens in all competitions. Amuneke told Tribal Football: “His move to Man City was a good one for him and also for Nigeria. “Probably, there were lots of expectat...
‘We want to continue in this direction’ – PSG’s Hakimi revels after double act vs Metz
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‘We want to continue in this direction’ – PSG’s Hakimi revels after double act vs Metz

The Morocco international found the net twice against the Maroons as the Parisians continued their perfect start in the French topflight this season Achraf Hakimi wants Paris Saint-Germain to keep on winning after narrowly defeating Metz 2-1 in Wednesday’s Ligue 1 encounter. The former Inter Milan star was the hero for Mauricio Pochettino’s men – netting a brace to help the Parisians extend their perfect start at the Stade Saint-Symphorien. Five minutes into the game, Hakimi put PSG ahead but the hosts restored parity through Mali’s Boubakar Kouyate six minutes before the half-time break.
Screaming’ Lingard told he acts differently at Man Utd as West Ham captain Noble makes ‘diving’ joke
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Screaming’ Lingard told he acts differently at Man Utd as West Ham captain Noble makes ‘diving’ joke

The England international spent the second half of last season on loan with the Hammers, but is now back with his parent club at Old Trafford Jesse Lingard has been told that he acts differently as a Manchester United player to how he did when on loan at West Ham, with Mark Noble joking that the England international was "diving" and "screaming" during a Carabao Cup tie on Wednesday. The talented 28-year-old playmaker has been absorbed back into the fold at Old Trafford after rediscovering his spark at the London Stadium during the second half of the 2020-21 campaign. Lingard hit a dramatic winner against the Hammers during his last Premier League outing, but was unable to replicate those heroics in domestic cup action as David Moyes' men claimed a 1-0 win in Manchester.
Stolen Funds: FG moves to recover £200m stashed in the United States – Malami
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Stolen Funds: FG moves to recover £200m stashed in the United States – Malami

The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, says the Federal Government has over £200 million to recover in the United States. Malami said this while speaking on the sidelines of the United Nations 76th General Assembly currently holding in New York. According to him, the Nigerian government is embarking on a massive recovery of assets belonging to the country. “We are looking at the possibility of recovering further 200m pounds among others but then, that does not mean they are not other associated assets being pursued, in terms of other countries of the world inclusive of Ireland. The government is trying to gather international momentum associated with the processes and procedures, in terms of making things easier for countries to recover as...
‘His athletic strength can be devastating’ – Osimhen is Lukaku’s ‘heir’, says Zola
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‘His athletic strength can be devastating’ – Osimhen is Lukaku’s ‘heir’, says Zola

The Italian football great has compared the Nigerian frontman and the Chelsea star ahead of the Parthenopeans’ clash with Sampdoria   Victor Osimhen’s athletic strength can be devastating, according to Gianfranco Zola, who has described the Napoli striker as Romelu Lukaku’s "heir". The Nigeria international took his tally for the season to three in four matches after finding the net in the Parthenopeans’ 4-0 triumph over Udinese on Monday night. Prior to his effort against the White and Blacks, Osimhen had gotten a brace as Luciano Spalletti’s men played out a 2-2 draw with Leicester City in a Uefa Europa Cup fixture.
Rashford included in GCSE media studies course due to Man Utd star’s political activism on social media
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Rashford included in GCSE media studies course due to Man Utd star’s political activism on social media

The 23-year-old England international has been active on social media to fight food poverty, homelessness, illiteracy and racism in recent years Pupils will be studying Marcus Rashford's use of social media as an activism tool as part of their GCSE media studies this year. The England international has used his social media accounts to fight food poverty by raising money for charity and persuading the UK government to continue free school meals for children. Rashford, 23, has used his online presence to tackle homelessness, start a book club and speak out against racist abuse he and other footballers have received in recent years, too.  
Ban of Okagbere, others at Olympics: Reps to probe sports ministry, summons Sunday Dare
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Ban of Okagbere, others at Olympics: Reps to probe sports ministry, summons Sunday Dare

The House of Representatives has resolved to probe the ban of Blessing Okagbere and nine other Nigerian Olympians for failed dope tests during the Tokyo Olympics. Following a motion by Lawrence Ayeni, the House resolved to summon the Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare to appear before the Committee on Sports. In his motion, Ayeni said the government has failed to improve the status of Nigeria on the doping ranking. “Huge funds being made available yearly for the Regulatory Agencies in the Sports sector, adequate efforts have not been made to get Nigeria into the category where they would be deemed to have made significant improvements in anti-doping tests,” he said. The committee was mandated to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the failed doping test to fo...
Carabao Cup: Norwich City start Mumba against Liverpool
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Carabao Cup: Norwich City start Mumba against Liverpool

The English youth international of Congolese descent would be hoping to stake a permanent place in the Canaries squad with a fine showing Norwich City have handed Bali Mumba a place in their starting line-up for Tuesday’s League Cup fixture against Liverpool. The English youth international of Congolese origin made his Canaries bow in the club’s 5-0 defeat to Manchester City on August 21 at the Etihad Stadium, before making his second appearance as Norwich silenced AFC Bournemouth 6-0 three days later. Against Jurgen Klopp’s men, the defender would be hoping to stop the Reds – who are without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane - from progressing to the next round of the competition.  
Chelsea goalkeeper Mendy faces ‘race against pain & time’ to be fit for Man City clash
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Chelsea goalkeeper Mendy faces ‘race against pain & time’ to be fit for Man City clash

Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that the Senegal international, who is nursing a knock, will not face Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday Chelsea are sweating on the fitness of Edouard Mendy ahead of a crunch Premier League clash with Manchester City on Saturday, with Thomas Tuchel admitting that his first-choice goalkeeper faces "a race against pain and time".The Senegal international was unable to figure in a 3-0 derby win over Tottenham in the Blues' last outing, with a knock picked up in a Champions League clash with Zenit keeping him on the sidelines. Mendy has now been ruled out of a Carabao Cup third-round tie with Aston Villa on Wednesday, with Kepa Arrizabalaga set to continue providing cover between the sticks.
Liverpool keep faith with Minamino as he isn’t ‘end product’ & Lijnders sees ‘potential’ in Japan star
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Liverpool keep faith with Minamino as he isn’t ‘end product’ & Lijnders sees ‘potential’ in Japan star

Jurgen Klopp's right-hand man says a versatile 26-year-old still has a future at Anfield despite a lack of competitive game time Liverpool will be keeping faith with Takumi Minamino because the Japan international is not "the end product" and still has "potential" to be unlocked, says Pep Lijnders. The Reds acquired a versatile 26-year-old in January 2020 and saw him become a Premier League title winner within months of his arrival. Progress has been slow from that point, with only 31 appearances made and a loan spell at Southampton taken in, but Minamino is part of Jurgen Klopp's plans this season and will be given further opportunities in which to prove his worth.
Barcelona look for best moment to sack Koeman and make Martinez a priority to become coach
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Barcelona look for best moment to sack Koeman and make Martinez a priority to become coach

The Liga giants are ready to make another change, but they are expected to wait until the next international break before wielding the axe Barcelona are preparing to part with Ronald Koeman, with Goal learning that the Dutchman will be relieved of his duties at Camp Nou as Belgium boss Roberto Martinez becomes a top target to replace him. Speculation regarding the future of the former Blaugrana star has raged over several months, but a decision to head in a different direction has now been taken. The Liga giants are now waiting on the right moment to make a change, as they are in the middle of a hectic domestic and European schedule, but an axe is about to fall in Catalunya.
‘I’ve told Bellingham I just love him 25 times already’ – Hummels enthuses over Borussia Dortmund’s teen sensation
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‘I’ve told Bellingham I just love him 25 times already’ – Hummels enthuses over Borussia Dortmund’s teen sensation

The experienced defender has heaped praise upon his young team-mate, describing the England international as a "great footballer" and a "great guy" Mats Hummels has enthused over Borussia Dortmund colleague Jude Bellingham, admitting that he has told the teen sensation "I just love him 25 times already". Bellingham has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence since joining Dortmund from Birmingham City for £25 million ($34m) in July 2020, firmly establishing himself as one of the most exciting young midfielders of his generation. The 18-year-old has hit the ground running in 2021-22 after a hugely encouraging debut season in Germany, and Hummels is thoroughly enjoying playing with a youngster that he believes has all the attributes to go right to the top of the game.
‘Onyeka stepped in well to deny Wolves’ – Brentford’s Thomas Frank
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‘Onyeka stepped in well to deny Wolves’ – Brentford’s Thomas Frank

The Nigeria international was introduced in the second half with the Bees a man down but pulled off a defensive display and recorded a victory Brentford manager Thomas Frank has singled out forward Frank Onyeka for his defensive role that helped the team to secure a 2-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday. The Bees produced a resilient display at Molineux Stadium to emerge 2-0 winners after goals from Ivan Toney in the 28th minute and Bryan Mbeumo in the 34th minute. At 2-0, the game turned into Wolves' favour after Brentford’s Shandon Baptiste was sent off in the 64th minute and four minutes later, Nigeria striker Onyeka was introduced, replacing Sergi Canos.  
Paul Onuachu: Genk extend Super Eagles striker’s contract
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Paul Onuachu: Genk extend Super Eagles striker’s contract

With this, the Nigeria international will now represent the four-time Belgian First Division kings until 2024 Belgian top-flight side Genk have announced the extension of Paul Onuachu’s contract until 2024. Thanks to his impressive displays for Danish side Midtjylland, the Nigeria international was snapped up by the Smurfs in August 2019. His presence at the Luminus Arena has been a huge blessing – with his goals helping the club secure crucial wins. Onuachu also contributed a great deal to the club’s triumph in the Belgian Cup for the 2020–21 campaign.  
He could have possibly had two’ – Watford’s Danny Rose on Emmanuel Dennis’ display against Norwich City
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He could have possibly had two’ – Watford’s Danny Rose on Emmanuel Dennis’ display against Norwich City

The England international believes the Super Eagle deserved to score more goals for the Hornets at Carrow Road on Saturday Watford defender Danny Rose believes Nigeria international Emmanuel Dennis should have scored two goals against Norwich City in their Premier League fixture on Saturday. The Hornets visited Carrow Road and produced a good display to sink the home team 3-1, with Dennis scoring the opener in the 17th minute before Teemu Pukki levelled for the home team in the 35th minute. However, a double from Senegal forward Ismaila Sarr in the 63rd and 80th minute gave Watford their second win of the season.  

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