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AFCON 2021 knockout: We’re not scared of you – Tunisian midfielder warns Nigeria
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AFCON 2021 knockout: We’re not scared of you – Tunisian midfielder warns Nigeria

Tunisia midfielder, Aissa Laidouni has said they are not scared of Nigeria’s Super Eagles going into their knockout game at the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday. Laidouni said that the Carthage Eagles are battle ready and will fight from the start to the end. Nigeria would face the North Africans, who barely scraped through the group stage after picking just three points from their three group games. Mondher Kebaier’s team is depleted at the moment as 11 players are already ruled out having tested positive to Covid-19 ahead of the match at the Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua on Sunday. Despite this, the midfielder is confident the Carthage Eagles can scale through the hurdle and secure a place in the quarter-final. “Our journey to the knockout stage has not been easy because o...
BREAKING: AFCON 2021: 12 Tunisian players, head coach to miss Nigeria match
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BREAKING: AFCON 2021: 12 Tunisian players, head coach to miss Nigeria match

At least 12 players in the Tunisian squad and their head coach, Mondher Kabaier, have tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss their round of 16 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) clash with Nigeria on Sunday. Kebaier was not available for the pre-match press conference on Saturday at the Roumdje Adjia Stadium, Garoua. Tunisia’s assistant coach, Jalal Al-Qadri, addressed journalists during the press conference. Al-Qadri confirmed that the captain of the Carthage Eagles, Wahbi Khazri, and 11 others have contracted coronavirus and will not be available for the game. The 11 players are Aissa Laidouni, Dylan Bronn, Ghaylène Chaalali, Ellyes Skhiri, Anis Ben Slimane, Mohamed Romdhane, Ali Maâloul, Ben Hmida, Aymen Dahmen Yoann Touzgha and Issam Jebali. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Farouk...
Partey receives late red card as Arsenal crash out of Carabao Cup with 2-0 loss to Liverpool
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Partey receives late red card as Arsenal crash out of Carabao Cup with 2-0 loss to Liverpool

The Gunners were unable to build on a promising first leg display as the Reds reached the final at their expense   Thomas Partey was shown a late red card as Arsenal crashed out of Carabao Cup with a 2-0 loss at home to Liverpool on Thursday night. Arsenal came into the second leg of their League Cup semi-final tie full of optimism after an encouraging 0-0 draw at Anfield last week, having earned a positive result despite playing most of the game with ten men due to a first-half sending off for Granit Xhaka. Liverpool produced a much-improved performance at Emirates Stadium to break the Gunners' hearts, though, with Partey given his marching orders this around to compound their misery.
UK Prime Minister, Boris and Carrie Johnson’s baby had Covid and was ‘hit quite badly’ by the virus
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UK Prime Minister, Boris and Carrie Johnson’s baby had Covid and was ‘hit quite badly’ by the virus

Romy, the newborn daughter of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was badly-hit by Covid when she was just five weeks old. The 57-year-old Prime Minister had vanished from the public eye last Thursday after a member of his family tested positive for the virus. It's now claimed little Romy was ‘hit quite badly’ with the illness. She's believed to be "on the mend." Daily Mail reports. The last few weeks has also been challenging for the British Prime Minister. He pulled out of a visit to Lancashire last week after revealing he'd been in close contact with a relative who had COVID-19. A No10 spokesman said he would "follow the guidance for vaccinated close contacts, including daily testing and limiting contact with others'". On the same day he withdrew from his trip, he issued an...
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Afcon 2021: Tunisia lose captain Al-Khazri and six more to Covid-19 ahead of Gambia clash

The Eagles of Carthage have suffered another blow as seven more players tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of their final group fixture Tunisia’s chances of reaching the Round of 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations have suffered a huge blow after seven more players tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of their final Group F clash against the Gambia on Thursday. The Eagles of Carthage were forced to miss six players during their second group game against Mauritania which they won 4-0 and ahead of their final group phase game, they have confirmed seven new Covid-19 cases among them captain Wahbi Al-Khazri.
Aubameyang’s Message to Gabon as he Leaves Camp for Arsenal
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Aubameyang’s Message to Gabon as he Leaves Camp for Arsenal

Gabon forward, Axel Meye has revealed that captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang told Patrice Neveu’s men to ‘stick together’ before leaving the Gabonese camp for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon. Aubameyang is leaving the Gabonese camp in Cameroon and is returning to Arsenal for medical checks. The 32-year-old striker was diagnosed with heart lesions forcing him out of the ongoing 2021 AFCON. Speaking ahead of Gabon’s final Group C fixture against Morocco tonight: Meye told CAF Online on Monday: “It was not easy for me because I missed the first game after testing positive for Covid-19. “It was a difficult moment to digest because I wanted to contribute. “Still, I hope to be an asset to the team. I feel better in all aspects, and I’m fit for tomorrow’s game....
AFCON 2021: Aubameyang speaks on being kicked out of Gabon’s camp over poor discipline
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AFCON 2021: Aubameyang speaks on being kicked out of Gabon’s camp over poor discipline

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is leaving the Gabonese camp for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon and is returning to Arsenal for medical checks. The striker was diagnosed with heart lesions forcing him out of the competition. Now, the former Arsenal captain has hit out at ‘false rumours’ that he has been kicked out of Gabon’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign due to poor discipline. Recall that Aubameyang was stripped of the captaincy of Arsenal and later banished from the first team by manager Mikel Arteta for alleged disciplinary breach. But this time, the former Gunners captain is returning to the Emirates after he was diagnosed with heart lesions following testing positive for Covid. The North London club said last week they are confident Aubameyang’s issue is not a serio...
AFCON 2021: Aubameyang Diagnosed with Minor Heart problem
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AFCON 2021: Aubameyang Diagnosed with Minor Heart problem

Arsenal striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, was ruled out of Gabon’s clash with Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations, after being diagnosed with a minor heart problem. Aubameyang missed their first Group C fixture against Comoros on Monday after testing positive for COVID-19. But the Gabonese federation announced that their captain along with Axel Meye and Nice’s Mario Lemina will also be sidelined for Friday’s game at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium. All three were diagnosed with COVID-19 recently and latest medical examinations showed they are dealing with minor heart problems as a result of the illness. The Gabonese Federation tweeted: “According to the CAF medical commission, the players Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Axel Meye and Mario Lemina, just out of Covid, cannot take part i...
Bayern Munich star, Alphonso Davies diagnosed with inflammation of the heart after suffering Covid
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Bayern Munich star, Alphonso Davies diagnosed with inflammation of the heart after suffering Covid

Bayern Munich defender, Alphonso Davies has been forced to stop training after a heart scare. The 21-year-old has not played for the German giants since December 17 after he tested positive for Covid-19. Bayern’s manager Julian Nagelsmann has now confirmed that the Canadian international has mild myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart. It was discovered as Davies completed routine medical checks at the club’s HQ after recovering from the virus. The footballer is now expected to miss ‘weeks’ of training as his condition is monitored. Nagelsmann said on Thursday January 13, "during our follow-up examination that we do with every player that has had Covid-19, we detected signs of mild myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle. “He has stopped training for now, so...
Nigerian businessman arraigned by Ghana police for death of American stripper Julie Diane Williams found dead in Ghana hotel
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Nigerian businessman arraigned by Ghana police for death of American stripper Julie Diane Williams found dead in Ghana hotel

A Nigerian businessman has been arraigned by Ghana police for the death of American stripper Julie Diane Williams, aka Tyger Booty, in a hotel in Ghana. Ghana police said Tyger Booty was in contact with a Nigerian businessman identified as Bright Udiagbe, aka Big Slim, while she was in Ghana. Big Slim owns a hotel, restaurants, and nightclubs in both Nigeria and Ghana. Tyger Booty was found dead in Rayporsh Hotel, Abelemkpe, Accra, Ghana, on December 14, which was 11 days after her arrival from the US through Nigeria. Ghanaian police have been investigating her death. Accra Regional Police Public Relations Chief Supt Alexander Obeng confirmed in a radio report that Tyger’s case was lodged with Tesano Police and had been forwarded to the headquarters. "Preliminary police...
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...
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....
Chinese City of Tianjin to Test 14 million People after Covid outbreak
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Chinese City of Tianjin to Test 14 million People after Covid outbreak

Tianjin, a major Chinese port city near the capital Beijing, has begun mass-testing its 14 million residents after a cluster of 20 children and adults tested positive for Covid-19, including two caused by the Omicron variant. According to the report, the citywide testing, begun on Sunday and is to be completed over two days. The first two cases confirmed in Tianjin were a 10-year-old girl and a 29-year-old woman working at the after-school centre. Both were infected by the Omicron variant. The city near the capital Beijing launched its mass testing early Sunday, advising residents to stay at or near home to be available for the community-level nucleic-acid screening. In subsequent testing of close contacts, 18 others tested positive and 767 tested negative as of Saturday nigh...
Afcon 2021: Napoli’s Koulibaly tests positive for Covid ahead of Senegal opener
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Afcon 2021: Napoli’s Koulibaly tests positive for Covid ahead of Senegal opener

The Teranga Lions will be without their captain for their opening fixture in Cameroon on Monday Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly has tested positive for coronavirus ahead of Senegal's opening fixture at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. Koulibaly will be unavailable for the Lions of Teranga when they begin their Group B campaign against Zimbabwe at the Kouekong Stadium on Monday. Although he has taken the coronavirus vaccines, the 30-year-old is now in isolation to recover and curb the spread of the infection.  
Chelsea Manager Thomas Tuchel Confirms two new Positive COVID-19 Cases
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Chelsea Manager Thomas Tuchel Confirms two new Positive COVID-19 Cases

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has confirmed the club has registered two more positive COVID-19 cases. Chelsea had been without captain, Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante in their Carabao Cup semi final first leg game against Tottenham on Wednesday, January 5. Despite missing two key players, Chelsea managed a relatively comfortable 2-0 win at home. “Yeah, unfortunately Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante [positive for COVID-19], which is huge for us because they’re two key players". Tuchel told Sky Sports “We had the information today in the morning so it is quite challenging, but we will push. The guys who are here have our trust, have our belief, and we will push them and push things to the maximum. “It hasn’t changed the situation since some weeks ago, but it is not the moment t...
Arsenal striker Aubameyang tests positive for Covid-19 just days before Gabon’s AFCON opener
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Arsenal striker Aubameyang tests positive for Covid-19 just days before Gabon’s AFCON opener

The 32-year-old forward now appears likely to miss out on his country's opening game of the tournament against Comoros Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has tested positive for coronavirus just days before the start of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), GOAL can confirm, putting his participation for at least some of the tournament in doubt. Aubameyang has suffered a turbulent few weeks, losing his place in the Arsenal team after being dropped by manager Mikel Arteta due to a disciplinary breach. He was also stripped of the captaincy by Mikel Arteta and, having played little football recently, was hoping to make a big impact at AFCON, which gets underway on January 9, when hosts Cameroon face Burkina Faso.
Man.City coach, Pep Guardiola tests positive for Covid with 21 members of the first-team now isolating
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Man.City coach, Pep Guardiola tests positive for Covid with 21 members of the first-team now isolating

Manchester City have been rocked by a major coronavirus outbreak after Manager Pep Guardiola and assistant Juanma Lillo tested positive with 21 members of their first-team bubble including seven players isolating ahead of Friday's FA Cup tie at Swindon Town. Despite the news, City expect their third-round tie at League Two Swindon – scheduled for broadcast on ITV - to proceed. First-team coach Rodolfo Borrell will take the team down to the County Ground. None of those isolating will be available for Friday's match. Guardiola confirmed last weekend that both Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko had tested positive. The pair are including in City's list of seven players. A City statement read: 'The City manager recorded a positive test on Tuesday along with assistant Juanma Lillo. ...
Arsenal vs Liverpool postponed due to Covid-19
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Arsenal vs Liverpool postponed due to Covid-19

Liverpool's Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Arsenal on Thursday has been postponed after the EFL accepted a request from the Merseyside club following further cases of Covid in their squad. Liverpool announced earlier on Wednesday their training ground would be closed for at least 48 hours and that Jurgen Klopp's assistant, Pep Lijnders, had tested positive. Lijnders was due to take the team as Klopp himself is also isolating. A request for postponement was submitted on Tuesday after the latest round of testing found more cases within the first-team bubble. Klopp and three players - Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip - were forced to miss Sunday's 2-2 draw at Chelsea after testing positive. An EFL statement on Wednesday confirmed Arsenal will now play Liverpool i...
Ferran Torres tests positive for Covid-19 just hours after being unveiled by Barcelona after £55m signing from Man.City
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Ferran Torres tests positive for Covid-19 just hours after being unveiled by Barcelona after £55m signing from Man.City

Ferran Torres has tested positive for Covid-19 just hours after being unveiled by Barcelona following a £55m signing from Manchester City. The 21-year-old Spain international has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract, which is understood to be worth an initial £46.7million, and a further £8.5m in potential add-ons. Barca have set a €1billion (£841million) buyout clause into the deal. Torres had hoped to be back in action for the Spanish Super Cup semi-final against Real Madrid on January 12, but his debut could be delayed after the Catalan club announced he had tested positive for Covid-19 along with team-mate Pedri. A Barca statement on Monday evening read: 'Pedri and Ferran Torres have tested positive for Covid-19. The players are in good health and are isolated at home.' ...
WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns tests positive for COVID-19
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WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns tests positive for COVID-19

The World Wrestling Entertainment, WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). Roman Reigns, who was billed to defend his Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar at the WWE Day 1, confirmed the development via a tweet on his Twitter handle hours before the show. According to the tweet, he would only return to action when fully recovered due to proper protocols. “I yearn to perform tonight at #WWEDay1 to defend my Universal Championship. “However, unfortunately, earlier today I tested positive for Covid-19. Due to the proper protocols I am unable to compete as originally scheduled. I look forward to returning to action as soon as possible.” It was gathered that the Universal Champion had been fully vaccinated against the dreaded ...
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.
Why Klopp will miss Chelsea vs Liverpool game at Stamford Bridge
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Why Klopp will miss Chelsea vs Liverpool game at Stamford Bridge

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp will miss his side’s Premier League clash against Chelsea due to a suspected positive COVID-19 test result. Klopp is now being isolated ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. His assistant, Pepijn Lijnders, will lead the team for the crucial Premier League tie. Liverpool confirmed this in a statement via their website on Saturday. The statement read, “Jürgen Klopp will miss Liverpool’s Premier League meeting with Chelsea on Sunday after returning a suspected positive COVID-19 test result. “The Reds manager, who reported mild symptoms ahead of the fixture, is now isolating. “Assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders will therefore lead the team for the 4.30 pm GMT kick-off at Stamford Bridge. “Testing of the entire first-te...
Arteta reacts to Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Manchester Cit
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Arteta reacts to Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Manchester Cit

Arsenal’s assistant manager, Albert Stuivenberg, has revealed that the Gunners boss Mikel Arteta was “frustrated” with his team’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on New Year’s Day. Arteta missed Saturday’s clash against Man City after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week as his assistant Stuivenberg was instead in the home dugout against Pep Guardiola’s side. Riyad Mahrez canceled Bukayo Saka’s first-half goal after scoring a penalty in the second half. But Rodri scored a dramatic late winner for Man City to give the visitors all three points. “Mikel has the same feelings as me,” Stuivenberg said at his post-match press conference. “He is frustrated after the performance and seeing the development of the team from the start of the season to now.” He added, “A...
Klopp to miss Chelsea game after suspected positive Covid test
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Klopp to miss Chelsea game after suspected positive Covid test

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reported a suspected positive Covid-19 test and will miss Sunday's Premier League game against Chelsea. Klopp, who is isolating, was experiencing mild symptoms. His assistant Pepijn Lijnders will take charge for the trip to Stamford Bridge. Liverpool on Friday confirmed that three other members of staff had tested positive, with Klopp declining to name the trio as they were awaiting PCR test confirmations. Liverpool have not asked for the Chelsea game to be postponed and do not anticipate doing so at this stage. The club said in a statement: "Jurgen Klopp will miss Liverpool's Premier League meeting with Chelsea on Sunday after returning a suspected positive Covid-19 test result. "The Reds manager, who reported mild symptoms ahead...
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,”...
I don’t have COVID19- Lai Mohammed
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I don’t have COVID19- Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has denied media reports claiming he has contracted the COVID-19 virus and is now in isolation where he is receiving treatment. There were speculations that Mr. Mohammed might have contracted the virus after Garba Shehu confirmed he had tested positive for the virus. However, in a statement released by his Special Assistant to the President (Media) Office of the Minister of Information and Culture,  Segun Adeyemi, the minister stressed that he does not have COVID-19 and is neither in isolation nor receiving treatment anywhere. “The attention of Information and Culture Minister,  Alhaji Mohammed, has been drawn to a report making the rounds that he has contracted the COVID-19 virus and that he is now in isolation, where he is r...
Lukaku Return Inspires Chelsea to Beat Villa
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Lukaku Return Inspires Chelsea to Beat Villa

Substitute Romelu Lukaku inspired Chelsea as they came from behind to beat Aston Villa 3-1 at Villa Park. Reece James' first-half own goal had given Villa the lead but Jorginho converted a penalty soon afterwards after Matty Cash's foul before Lukaku turned the game from the bench. He headed Chelsea in front within 11 minutes of his introduction and then burst through late on to win another penalty that was once again scored by Jorginho. Villa boss Steven Gerrard was missing after testing positive for Covid-19 but Thomas Tuchel's presence was certainly felt with that bold half-time substitution, removing Trevor Chalobah to bring on his striker. The attacking change earned the three points and ensured Chelsea finished the day level on points with Liverp...
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.
Mikael Silvestre reacts to comments of Ronaldo creating problem for Man Utd
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Mikael Silvestre reacts to comments of Ronaldo creating problem for Man Utd

Former Manchester United star, Mikael Silvestre, has rubbished suggestions that forward Cristiano Ronaldo has created a problem for the Red Devils on the pitch. Ronaldo returned to Man United last summer from Juventus. The Portugal captain has scored 13 goals in 18 games across all competitions for Man United so far this season. But some have questioned his work rate and pressing, with pundits such as Jamie Carragher, a former Liverpool star, suggesting that Ronaldo can be a ‘passenger’ during games. Speaking on the development, Silvestre told the Daily Star: “This comment about him [Ronaldo] being a problem is absolute rubbish. Look at the ratio of goals scored; chances created since the start of the season. “He wants to help, wants to win trophies. He didn’t come to Unit...
Premier League Rejects Chelsea Request to Postpone Wolves game
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Premier League Rejects Chelsea Request to Postpone Wolves game

Chelsea have had a request to postpone their game against Wolves on Sunday rejected by the Premier League. The application was made on Saturday evening and turned down on Sunday morning ahead of the 2pm kick-off at Molineux. Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi and the injured Ben Chilwell tested positive for coronavirus ahead of the Blues' 1-1 home league draw against Everton on Thursday. It is understood there has been one further positive case overnight. A Chelsea spokesman said: "We are deeply disappointed that our application was rejected as we felt we had a strong case for the postponement of today's match on the grounds of players' health and safety." Chelsea named six substitutes, including two goalkeepers, instead of the usual seven, while ...
Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian Spotted on a Movie date
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Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian Spotted on a Movie date

28-year-old Comedian Pete Davidson and 41-year-old reality show star, Kim Kardashian have been spotted on a movie date. Davidson who skipped NBC's “Saturday Night Live” show which he headlines following an unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak, was spotted on a movie date with the mother of four at Staten Island on Saturday evening, December 18. They arrived at the theater at around 7 p.m., but it’s unclear what film they saw. Scott Disick, Disick’s friend Chris Reda and another male were also with Davidson and Kardashian. Before the movie date, the comedian was seen entering a hotel in Manhattan, where Kardashian is currently staying.  He arrived there with Disick around 6 p.m., sparking speculation that he would not be attending rehe...
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."
Pep Cancels Media Plans after Inconclusive Covid test
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Pep Cancels Media Plans after Inconclusive Covid test

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has cancelled his media activities on Friday after returning an inconclusive coronavirus test. He is awaiting the results of a PCR test ahead of Sunday's trip to Newcastle in the Premier League - live on Sky Sports. As things stand, that game is expected to go ahead. Former Barcelona head coach Guardiola travelled to Catalonia this week to attend Sergio Aguero's retirement news conference at the Nou Camp. If his PCR test comes back positive he will have to isolate for 10 days and miss the trip to St James' Park on Sunday. But if it comes back negative, he can take charge of the team. An isolation period of 10 days would mean Guardiola is also unavailable for the Boxing Day visit of Leicester City in the Premier League.
Chelsea dumped out of WCL by Wolfsburg
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Chelsea dumped out of WCL by Wolfsburg

Chelsea crashed out of the Women's Champions League as they slumped to a dismal 4-0 loss in their final Group A game at Wolfsburg on Thursday. Last year's runners-up needed only to avoid defeat to advance to the knockout stages but produced a surprisingly below-par performance. The heavy reverse, coupled with Juventus' 4-0 victory over Servette, saw them slip to third in the table. Wolfsburg, Juve and Chelsea all finished level on 11 points but it was the Germans, after Svenja Huth and Tabea Wassmuth scored two apiece in an impressive display at the AOK Stadium, who leapt to the top. Pernille Harder had an early chance for the Blues as she burst into the penalty area and shot over but the English side, without Ann-Katrin Berger and Drew Spence after positive coronavirus tests...
Chelsea face potential Covid-19 crisis as three first-team stars test positive ahead of Everton clash
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Chelsea face potential Covid-19 crisis as three first-team stars test positive ahead of Everton clash

The Blues are due to face Everton at Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening, but their pre-match plans are being severely disrupted Chelsea have become the latest Premier League side to be stung by positive Covid-19 tests, with GOAL learning that three more senior stars at Stamford Bridge have contracted coronavirus. At present, the Blues’ clash with Everton on Thursday is still set to go ahead, but that situation could change following the recent postponement of fixtures involving Tottenham and Manchester United. Having to rearrange matches is the last thing that Chelsea need at this stage, with the games coming thick and fast for Thomas Tuchel’s side across multiple competitions.  
Emma Raducanu Withdraws from Mubadala World Tennis Championship after Tested Positive for Covid in Abu Dhabi
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Emma Raducanu Withdraws from Mubadala World Tennis Championship after Tested Positive for Covid in Abu Dhabi

Emma Raducanu has tested positive for Covid and has been forced to withdraw from the Mubadala Classic exhibition event in Abu Dhabi. The US Open champion, 19, had already traveled to the United Arab Emirates to feature in the exhibition event alongside leading players from the men's and women's game, including Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal. Raducanu, who is vaccinated, was due to face Olympic champion Belinda Bencic in Abu Dhabi on Thursday before she tested positive for covid-19. "I was very much looking forward to playing in front of the fans here in Abu Dhabi, but unfortunately after testing positive for Covid-19, I will have to postpone until the next opportunity," Raducanu said. "I'm isolating as per rules and hopefully will be able to get back on court soon." A stat...
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 ...
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...
Small number’ of Man Utd Covid-19 cases
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Small number’ of Man Utd Covid-19 cases

Manchester United have recorded a "small number" of positive Covid-19 cases among players and staff following Saturday's Premier League match at Norwich. United returned positive lateral flow tests ahead of training on Sunday, having all tested negative before the 1-0 victory at Carrow Road. Training was adjusted to individual and non-contact sessions outdoors for those who returned negative tests. The Premier League has been notified of the outbreak, but Tuesday's game away against Brentford remains scheduled to go ahead at this stage. Tottenham saw their Europa Conference League game against Rennes last Thursday called off due to a number of positive Covid-19 cases among Spurs' players and staff, with the outcome of the match since referred to a discip...
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...
Tottenham Conference League clash vs Rennes called off following Covid-19 outbreak
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Tottenham Conference League clash vs Rennes called off following Covid-19 outbreak

The Premier League side are without a host of first-teamers who have tested positive for the virus Tottenham's UEFA Conference League clash with Rennes on Thursday has been called off due to an outbreak of Covid-19, the Londoners have confirmed. Eight players and five further members of staff tested positive for Spurs in the build-up to the match, leaving the club severely limited in terms of selection options. Rennes, though, angrily disputed Tottenham's announcement, saying the decision was "unilateral" and that Spurs had displayed a lack of fair play throughout the process.  
Unfortunately I have tested positive for COVID19 – BBNaija’s Maria informs her fans
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Unfortunately I have tested positive for COVID19 – BBNaija’s Maria informs her fans

BBNaija's Maria Chike has revealed that she has contracted COVID19. In a post directed to her fans, Maria who is currently in Ghana said she tested negative for the virus in Dubai but upon getting to Ghana, she tested positive for it. She mentioned that she had another tested carried out in Ghana which returned negative but a further test showed that she had the virus. She advised her fans not to take the virus for granted and ''not be as stubborn'' as her. See her post below...
All You Need To Know About The Omicron Variant of COVID-19
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All You Need To Know About The Omicron Variant of COVID-19

While the world at large was celebrating the gradual return to normalcy after almost two years of lockdown and social distancing guidelines occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic. South Africa, on a Thursday evening, announced a new variant of COVID-19, B.1.1.529 — with 22 positive cases of the strain detected in the country. The World Health Organization (WHO) named the new variant “Omicron” and designated it as a “variant of concern” (VOC) after a meeting of the technical advisory group on SARS-CoV-2 virus evolution (TAG-VE), an independent group of experts that monitors and evaluates COVID-19 evolution on a regular basis. Infographics New Source of Concern? Ever since the discovery of the COVID-19 virus, other strains of the virus have been detected in different parts of the world....
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. ...
Adamawa HIV infection drops to 0.8% for men, 1.4% for women – ADSACA
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Adamawa HIV infection drops to 0.8% for men, 1.4% for women – ADSACA

The rates of people infected with HIV in Adamawa State have dropped to 0.8 percent among men and 1.4 percent among women. The Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Agency for the Control of AIDS (ADSACA), c on Wednesday that the rate is as contrasted from 7.6 percent average rate less than 20 years ago. Abubakar who spoke during the HIV/AIDS Day in Yola, said that currently, the spread of HIV has been curtailed by 93 percent in the state. “HIV in Adamawa is decreasing because if you look back in history, around 2003, our prevalence rate was 7.6 percent but now we are talking about 0.8 percent for men and 1.4 percent for women. “Even the infection rate among pregnant women for 2019 has reduced to 0.1 percent. In fact, if you test 1000 women you only get 1 positive,” he said. Abu...

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