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Champions League: Real Madrid tipped to beat Chelsea, qualify for final
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Champions League: Real Madrid tipped to beat Chelsea, qualify for final

  Turkish midfielder, Nuri Sahin, has backed his former club Real Madrid to see off Chelsea and qualify for the Champions League final. Both teams played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their semi-final in Madrid. Sahin, a finalist with Borussia Dortmund in 2013, spent a season with Real in 2011/212 and he believes Zinedine Zidane is the king of the competition. “I think it will be an open game, as it was in the first leg. I’m really looking forward to it. “Both sides are in a good moment, I would say. Chelsea are playing really well under Thomas Tuchel, and tactically they play really different. They play maybe the best football tactically right now. You can see that they have a plan, with three at the back. I know the coach and he’s very good tactically. “Bu...
Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Dimitar Berbatov Predicts Champions League Tie at Stamford Bridge
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Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Dimitar Berbatov Predicts Champions League Tie at Stamford Bridge

  A former Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov, has predicted the Champions League semi-final second leg tie between Chelsea and Real Madrid. Chelsea will, on May 5, host Real Madrid in the Champions League fixture at Stamford Bridge. Thomas Tuchel’s side had played a 1-1 draw with the LaLiga champions last week in Spain, thanks to goals from Christian Pulisic and Karim Benzema. But Berbatov believes Chelsea will have the edge over Zinedine Zidane’s side and qualify for the Champions League final. Providing his prediction for Chelsea vs Real Madrid, Berbatov was quoted by Metro UK as saying, “The second leg will be an interesting one. “Seeing how Chelsea have progressed under Tuchel, I think they have a great chance to go to the final. “But the same go...
Cristiano Ronaldo ‘Eyeing Transfer To One Of Two Clubs’ If Juventus Fail To Qualify For Champions League
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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘Eyeing Transfer To One Of Two Clubs’ If Juventus Fail To Qualify For Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo is considering a potential transfer to Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain this summer if Juventus fail to reach the Champions League, according to reports. Juventus' Serie A title defence appears to be effectively over as they trail league leaders Inter Milan by 13 points with five matches to play. And the Old Lady could even miss out on a top-four finish as AC Milan are hot on their heels in the Champions League qualification race. Juventus are currently fourth in Serie A and are level on points with third-place Napoli and fifth-place Milan. Ronaldo's future in Turin remains in doubt as his current Juventus deal will expire next summer. According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, the 36-year-old Portuguese superstar could make an early exit if Juven...
Chris Sutton predicts winner of Real Madrid vs Chelsea semi-final tie
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Chris Sutton predicts winner of Real Madrid vs Chelsea semi-final tie

Former Chelsea star, Chris Sutton has tipped his old club to beat Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League. Both teams clashed in one of the semi-final ties of the League. Chelsea and Zinedine Zidane’s whites are due to clash in the competition’s semi-finals later this month. The West London Blues saw off FC Porto of Portugal to reach this stage whilst Real Madrid beat Liverpool to qualify for the last four. Manchester City also made it to the semi-finals and will face Paris Saint Germain. “It’s going to be a difficult team for Chelsea to beat, but you wouldn’t put it past them under Tuchel,” Sutton told BT Sport. “It’s an impossible one to call. If you are asking me, I think Chelsea may just edge it. One of my former clubs may just edge it.”...
Champions League Semi-final Fixtures Confirmed
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Champions League Semi-final Fixtures Confirmed

  The two Champions League semi-final ties have been confirmed, following the completion of the last-eight fixtures. Real Madrid booked their place, following a 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield. The Spaniah giants go through with a 3-1 aggregate and will now face Chelsea in the last four. Manchester City defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at the Signal Iduna Park. Pep Guardiola’s men qualify with a 4-2 aggregate and will face Paris Saint-Germain next.
UCL: No Guarantee Liverpool Will Qualify for next Season’s Champions League – Klopp warns
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UCL: No Guarantee Liverpool Will Qualify for next Season’s Champions League – Klopp warns

  Jurgen Klopp has warned there are no guarantees Liverpool will qualify for next season’s Champions League. The warning followed their 3-1 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League last 8 that saw the Reds tumble out of the competition. The result also means that Liverpool’s only route into next season’s tournament is via a top-four Premier League finish. Klopp’s team is currently sitting sixth on the table, three points between them and fourth-placed West Ham. The race for a top-four finish is very open but the German tactician was asked how confident he is that Liverpool will be in the Champions League next season and he said, “That has nothing to do with confidence. I would say I’m naturally confident but that doesn’t mean we will end up there. ...
Guardiola Names areas Man City must Improve after Beating Dortmund
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Guardiola Names areas Man City must Improve after Beating Dortmund

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has identified areas his team must improve after beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie on Tuesday night at Etihad. Guardiola, who congratulated his players after securing a vital win over Bundesliga giants, said Man City must improve more on their pressing and build-up in order to qualify for the semi-final. Kelvin de Bruyne opened the scoring for Man City in the first half, but Marco Reus equalized for Dortmund in the second half, but Phil Foden’s late winner gave the Premier League leaders a first-leg advantage ahead of the return leg next week in Germany. “I want to congratulate the players,” Guardiola told the club website after the game. “How they stuck together. The quality o...
Champions League:  McManaman Names clubs to Qualify for Semi-finals
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Champions League: McManaman Names clubs to Qualify for Semi-finals

  Former Real Madrid and Liverpool star, Steve McManaman, has named three clubs that will qualify for the Champions League semi-final this season. Real Madrid will host Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie in Spain on Tuesday night, while Manchester City will face Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium. Reigning champions, Bayern Munich, will tackle Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night, while Chelsea will take on FC Porto in Seville. But McManaman believes all three Premier League clubs, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea, will eventually progress to the semi-finals later this month because they are stronger. Providing his predictions, McManaman told Horseracing.net, “I have said it all year long that I believe the English sides are f...
Kelechi Iheanacho signs new four year contract at Leicester City worth £100,000 (N52.6m) per week (photos)
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Kelechi Iheanacho signs new four year contract at Leicester City worth £100,000 (N52.6m) per week (photos)

Nigeria international, Kelechi Iheanacho has signed a new contract with Leicester City that will keep him at the King Power Stadium until 2024. He was handed a new deal following his impressive performances for the side this season, scoring 12 goals and providing five assists in 28 appearances across all competitions. He was previously earning £60,000 weekly but his new deal sees him earn £100,000 per week (about N52.6m) Iheanacho has been at the club since the summer of 2017 when he joined from Manchester City. “I can’t express how I’m feeling. I’m excited, I’m happy, I’m overwhelmed! It’s a great moment and I’m happy that Leicester City gave me a new contract,” Iheanacho told the club website on Saturday, April 3. “It’s been a great time here. It’s not been easy, b...
Fans Want to See me in the Porn Industry – Moyo Lawal
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Fans Want to See me in the Porn Industry – Moyo Lawal

Nollywood actress Moyo Lawal has said she doesn’t seem to understand the reason some of her fans are urging her to join the porn industry. In an Instagram post, the actress wrote that the dress she wears are not bad enough to qualify her as an adult movie actress. She wrote: “Please oooh what do I wear that is different from what other people wear? How am I responsible for your thoughts? In fact, I see people wear worse but it is my own that is different na una sabi.” In another post, the actress and entrepreneur opened up on how she gained experience in several handiworks through her parents. “Growing up, my parents made us learn (especially me firstborn problems) all sorts of handiwork (name it, I most likely can do it ) Don’t be deceived by how I look ooh, looks are extre...
South Africa Failed To Qualify For The 2022 AFCON After A 2-0 Lose To Sudan
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South Africa Failed To Qualify For The 2022 AFCON After A 2-0 Lose To Sudan

Bafana Bafana failed to qualify for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations after a 2-0 loss to Sudan in the final qualifier match of Group C on Sunday evening. Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki made four changes, with Thabang Monare, Ben Motshwari, Lebohang Maboe and Luther Singh all drafted into the line-up. Bafana had a horrible start as they were on back foot from the fifth minute after Saifeldin Bakhit gave Sudan the lead with a towering header. Ntseki's charges were getting a lot of chances after that but they could not bury them, with the Sudanese shot-stopper also on top of his game. Bafana were caught on a counter-attack in the 32nd minute as Mohamed Abdel Raman went on a run from the wing, burst his way inside the box and fired a powerful strike past goalkeper Ronwen Williams at ...
Super Eagles Qualify for AFCON 2022
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Super Eagles Qualify for AFCON 2022

  Nigeria have confirmed their place at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, even before the kick off of their game against Benin Republic in Porto Novo. This follows a goalless draw between Lesotho and Sierra Leone in the early kick-off in Group L. The result means Lesotho can no longer qualify for next year’s tournament in Cameroon. It also means Sierra Leone cannot match the Super Eagles’ current tally of eight points. The Leone Stars now have four points after four matches, while their hosts have three, with one round of fixtures left. Gernot Rohr’s men take on the Squirrels by 5pm West African Time. The three-time African champions are now fighting to finish top of the group.
Comoros Qualify For First Ever AFCON Tournament, Players Celebrate
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Comoros Qualify For First Ever AFCON Tournament, Players Celebrate

Comoros Players celebrated in the dressing room after they qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon for the first time ever. Comoros were held 0-0 at home in Qualifier Match against Togo. After the final whistle, there was wild celebrations with player, and coaches jumping, and dancing in excitement in the stadium. They have nine points from five matches and have now secured their at the 2021 tournament in Cameroon. The Comorans use more players born abroad for their matches. Comoros are the eighth country to qualify for the African Cup of Nations. Algeria, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, and Tunisia have all qualified. Watch Video; https://youtu.be/7D1P8FKq0Cg
Messi Fires Blank as Barcelona Thrash Sevilla, Qualify for Final
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Messi Fires Blank as Barcelona Thrash Sevilla, Qualify for Final

  Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, was not on the score sheet as the La Liga giants thrashed Sevilla 3-0 in the Copa del Rey semi-final second-leg on Wednesday night to qualify for the final. Ousmane Dembele opened the scoring for Barcelona in the first half before Gerard Pique scored a late goal to force the game into extra time. Martin Braithwaite then scored in the first half of extra time to ensure Ronald Koeman’s side qualified for the final ahead of Sevilla on 3-2 aggregate. Recall that Barcelona had lost 2-0 against Sevilla in the first leg last month. Barcelona will now face the winner between Levente and Athletic Club in the final on April 4. Barcelona’s next fixture is against Osasuna in the La Liga on Saturday. The Blaugrana are currently in the sec...
Gary Neville Calls Liverpool Players ‘Zombies’
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Gary Neville Calls Liverpool Players ‘Zombies’

  Former Manchester United player, Gary Neville, has branded Liverpool players as ‘zombies’. Neville said this after Liverpool suffered their seventh defeat of the Premier League season over the weekend. Liverpool lost 2-0 to Everton at Anfield over the weekend following goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson. “It is starting to get a little bit worrying in a sense we know they [Liverpool] have got injuries,” Neville said on his Sky Sports Podcast. “We know they haven’t got fans in the stadium, we know about COVID and there are a lot of games, but it is the same for everybody. But it is the lack of change. A different idea. “They just look beaten, almost like zombies on the pitch. Walking around thinking the same thing. “Maybe it needs something different...
Timo Werner Opens Up on Champions League Fear Under Lampard
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Timo Werner Opens Up on Champions League Fear Under Lampard

Chelsea striker, Timo Werner, has admitted that his team was scared of failing to qualify for the Champions League under Frank Lampard. Werner, speaking with Chelsea’s 5th Stand app, says Thomas Tuchel has already changed the mindset of the players. The Blues are one point behind the top four spots, after winning their last three fixtures in the league. After starting life under their new manager with a draw against Wolves, victories over Burnley, Tottenham and Sheffield United have followed. Chelsea had won just two of their previous eight matches with Lampard in charge before his sacking, which had left them sitting at the ninth place in the table. “If we go back three or four matches, when the manager was not yet here, we were nine or ten points behind the top four. ...
APC has Done Tremendously Well for the SouthEast – Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani Says
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APC has Done Tremendously Well for the SouthEast – Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani Says

Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani has said the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government has done tremendously well for the South-East region. Nnamani who is a chieftain in the APC, stated this in an interview with Channels TV this evening February 5. “Infrastructurally, although it has not been publicized, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has done tremendously well in the Southeast. I drove from Owerri to Enugu just two days ago; I came back to Abuja just yesterday. The Enugu-Port Harcourt road that has remained a death trap, if you have seen it yourself and seen the quality of construction going on, they use granite stones where they feel the soil is bad. Take the second Niger Bridge which is done by President Buhari’s administration, it has been on the d...
Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets Qualify For U17 AFCON After Victory Over Burkina Faso
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Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets Qualify For U17 AFCON After Victory Over Burkina Faso

The Golden Eaglets have clinched one of the tickets to feature in the age-grade continental tournament after edging the young Stallions Nigeria have qualified for the 2021 U17 Africa Cup of Nations after securing a 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso in the U17 Wafu B semi-finals on Friday. Michael Emmanuel Papo scored the only goal of the encounter to send the Golden Eaglets to the final of the regional tournament which is being hosted by Togo. Nigeria started the competition unimpressively after losing 1-0 against Ivory Coast in their opening Group B match, with Charles Mezia scoring the solitary goal. Fatai Amoo’s boys then played out a 1-1 draw against Ghana which almost ended their campaign in the tournament but managed to reach the semi-finals after the Black Starlets los...
U-17 WAFU Zone B: Golden Eaglets Qualify For Semi-Finals, To Face Burkina Faso
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U-17 WAFU Zone B: Golden Eaglets Qualify For Semi-Finals, To Face Burkina Faso

The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria have qualified for the semi-finals of the U-17 WAFU Zone B qualifiers in Lome, Togo. The Fatai Amoo-led side’s quantification into the last four was confirmed after Cote d’Ivoire beat Ghana 3-1 in their second Group B game on Tuesday. The Eaglets lost 1-0 to Cote d’Ivoire in their opening game before drawing 1-1 with Ghana in their second fixture. And to stand a chance of advancing into the last four the Nigerians needed Cote d’Ivoire to beat Ghana by a wider goal margin. After the end of the group games, Cote d’Ivoire topped with six points while the Eaglets finished second with one point. Both the Eaglets and Ghana had a point each but the Nigeian side advanced on superior goals difference. Following their qualification, the Eaglets w...
Man United Score From A Record Penalty To Qualify For UEL Semi-Finals
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Man United Score From A Record Penalty To Qualify For UEL Semi-Finals

Manchester United needed an extra-time penalty from Bruno Fernandes to finally see off a spirited FC Copenhagen and set up a potential Europa League semi-final against Wolves.They have now won 21 penalties in all competitions this season - the most for any side in Europe's top five leagues United were poor for much of the first half in the heat of Cologne but still had a penalty overturned and a goal ruled out by the Video Assistant Referee. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side improved and dominated the second half but could find no way past inspired goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson, with Fernandes and Mason Greenwood also each hitting the post and Marcus Rashford having another effort disallowed. Fernandes finally broke through in familiar style, keeping cool to drive in United's 21st...
Wenger Sets Points Target for Arsenal to Qualify for Champions League
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Wenger Sets Points Target for Arsenal to Qualify for Champions League

Former Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, has given the club a points objective in order to qualify for next season’s Champions League. The Gunners are 10 points behind Chelsea who occupy fourth place on the table. If Mikel Arteta’s men beat Everton on Sunday, they could rise to at least ninth. “They’ve all got a chance because it looks like the top three are away from the rest of the league and the rest of the league, teams have moved up and some of the teams in the top six have dropped their level,” Wenger told BeIN Sports. “We have 26 games, after tomorrow’s game we have 33 points to go for, if you make 22-25 points, you have a chance.” Arsenal are unbeaten in all competitions in 2020, but they have won only two league games.
Haaland Warns Dortmund After Setting Record in 2-1 Win Over PSG
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Haaland Warns Dortmund After Setting Record in 2-1 Win Over PSG

Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland, has warned his side after setting a record in their UEFA Champions League 2-1 win against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night. Haaland, who becomes the first player as a debutant in the Champions League to score ten goals in the competition so far, said Dortmund still have a lot of work to do against PSG in the return leg in Paris in order to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals. The 19-year-old scored twice against PSG at the Westfalenstadion Stadium to give Dortmund a first-leg advantage ahead of the return match next month as Neymar’s strike was not enough give Thomas Tuchel’s men a draw. “We want to qualify for the last eight, but we know it will be difficult,” Haaland told reporters after the game at Westfalenstadion....
Liverpool become the first team to qualify for next season’s champions league
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Liverpool become the first team to qualify for next season’s champions league

The knockout stage of this season's Champions League hasn't even started yet - but holders Liverpool have already qualified for next year's competition. Chelsea's failure to beat Manchester United on Monday night means the Premier League leaders have guaranteed a top-four finish. Jurgen Klopp's side are 36 points above fifth-placed Tottenham with 12 games remaining. But Spurs play Chelsea at the weekend, meaning that if Jose Mourinho's side did win all of their remaining games and Liverpool lost every one, Chelsea would only be able to reach 74 points and therefore finish behind Liverpool. Liverpool have reached the last two Champions League finals and face Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday. They are the first team in Europe to secure their spot...
Pep Guardiola’s Man. City Side Qualify For Carabao Cup Final Date Against Aston Villa Despite Losing 0-1 To Man. United
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Pep Guardiola’s Man. City Side Qualify For Carabao Cup Final Date Against Aston Villa Despite Losing 0-1 To Man. United

Manchester city have qualified for the Caraboa cup final and will now face Aston Villa despite losing 0-1 to rivals, Manchester United at the Etihad - the second time Pep Guardiola's men have lost to Manchester United at the Etihad this season.                                           Man. City on Wednesday night, came into the match with a 3-1 win obtained during the first leg at Old Trafford, but were shocked by a first half strike by Nemanja Matic, resulting in a 1-0 scoreline.     United needed to score one more to equalize the game, and even though goals from Aguero and Sterling were canceled as offsides, United could not muster the second goal, instead midfielder Matic was sent off in the second half for receiving his second yellow card of the game. ...
Belgium Becomes First Country To Qualify For Euro 2020 As Lukaku Scores Twice
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Belgium Becomes First Country To Qualify For Euro 2020 As Lukaku Scores Twice

Belgium became the first team to qualify for Euro 2020 as Romelu Lukaku scored twice in a 9-0 thrashing of San Marino. Roberto Martinez' side have an unassailable 11-point lead over third-place Cyprus in Group I. Belgium led 6-0 at the break after Lukaku's brace, two own goals and Nacer Chadli and Youri Tielemans' strikes. Christian Benteke made it 7-0 before Yari Verschaeren scored a penalty and Timothy Castagne wrapped up the win. Lukaku's double takes his international tally to 51 and makes him the first player to score 50 goals for Belgium. The Inter Milan striker has six goals in 10 games for club and country this season. Meanwhile, Russia look set to join Belgium in progressing from Group I as they strengthened their position in second place with a 4-0 win against ...
Nigeria Beats Sudan 5-0 To Qualify For Egypt U-23 AFCON
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Nigeria Beats Sudan 5-0 To Qualify For Egypt U-23 AFCON

Nigeria’s Olympic team, Tuesday trashed Sudan 5-0 in the last leg of the 2019 Egypt U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiert. Nigeria went into the match needing at least two unreplied goals to cancel their 0-1 loss to the Sudanese in the first leg on Thursday. Parading her array of foreign based professionals, the Olympic team established themselves in the match from the blast of the whistle dominating proceedings at the near empty Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba. Taiwo Awoniyi opened the flood gate of goals on the 8th minute while Ndifreke Effiong increased the tally on the dot of 27th minute with a superb header. The Akwa United attacker scored his second in the evening on the half time mark as the team went to the break with three goals in their kitty. Substitute Sunday Fa...
Oshoala Scores Again As Barcelona Qualify For Final Of The Catalunya Cup
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Oshoala Scores Again As Barcelona Qualify For Final Of The Catalunya Cup

Asisat Oshoala scored her 8th pre-season goal as Barcelona defeated CE Seagull 5-1 in the semi-final of the Copa Catalunya. The Catalans will play against Espanyol in the final on Saturday. Goals by Alexia (2), Aitana, Marta T. and Oshoala gave Barcelona an easy victory. Barca dominated from the beginning of the match and Alexia Putellas put them ahead in the 5th minute. The Seagulls almost equallised via a freekick, but it was Barca that extended the lead as Aitana put them 2-0 ahead helped by an assist from Falcon. Barca had the lion's share of possession and Marta Torrejón took advantage of a rebound from the opposition goal to put the Cules 3-0 ahead in the 22nd minute. Despite changes by both teams the scoreline did not change until an impeccable cross shot by Alexia Putel...
Four Clubs Qualify For NPFL After NNL Playoffs
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Four Clubs Qualify For NPFL After NNL Playoffs

The 20 teams to compete in the 2019-20 Nigeria Professional Football League have been decided, following Monday’s playoffs Warri Wolves have returned to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) three seasons after their demotion from the top-flight. Along with Akwa Starlets, Jigawa Golden Stars and Adamawa United, Wolves secured a berth at the end of the NNL playoffs in four centres on Monday. The Seasiders took the NPFL by the storm in the 2015 season and were very close to winning the league title until they were pipped to it by Enyimba. They gave a good account of themselves in the Caf Champions League the following year but was relegated at the end of the season following financial difficulties. It was during the first stint with Moses Etu as chairman when the...
Buhari Congratulates Super Eagles As They Qualify For Quarter-finals AFCON 2019
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Buhari Congratulates Super Eagles As They Qualify For Quarter-finals AFCON 2019

President Buhari Mohammadu has congratulated Super Eagles of Nigeria for beating defending champion, Cameroon, in a pulsation Spherical of 16 encounter on the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, they are through to the quarter finals. Bihari to his twitter timeline and wrote; Congratulations to our Super Eagles. We salute your hardwork, team spirit and sportsmanship. You have our full support on this quest for glory.
Atiku Congratulates Super Eagles As They Qualify For Quarter-finals AFCON 2019
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Atiku Congratulates Super Eagles As They Qualify For Quarter-finals AFCON 2019

Former vice-president Atiku Abubakar has congratulated Tremendous Eagles for defending champion, Cameroon, in a pulsation Spherical of 16 encounter on the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on the Alexandria Stadium within the Egyptian metropolis. PDP stalwart Abubakar hails the Tremendous Eagles resilience by way of his verified Twitter deal with. "A pleasant night of high quality and resilient soccer. Congratulations Nigeria Tremendous Eagles in your quarterfinal qualification. We're happy with you. #TotalAFCON2019 #NGACMR"
AFCON 2019: Algeria Beats Senegal To Qualify For Round Of 16
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AFCON 2019: Algeria Beats Senegal To Qualify For Round Of 16

Youcef Belaili scored the solitary goal against Senegal that has sealed Algeria’s place in the Round of sixteen of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations The Desert Foxes become the third African team to make it to the knockout rounds. They join Nigeria and Egypt, after securing their first back-to-back AFCON victory since 1990. Mane was unfortunate not to win a penalty when he was sandwiched by Adlene Guedioura and Ramy Bensebaini with 20 minutes to go. This raised questions about the use of the video assistant referee (VAR) that will not be in use until the quarter-final stage. The game did not live up to the hype, with Senegal not having a shot on target until the 78th minute when Youssouf Sabaly’s 20-yard shot was parried by Rais M’Bolhi and Mbaye Diagne put the rebound wide from ...
Nigeria Vs Guinea: 5 Things We Learnt As Super Eagles Qualify For Round Of 16
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Nigeria Vs Guinea: 5 Things We Learnt As Super Eagles Qualify For Round Of 16

Nigeria has become the first team at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, to book a spot in the last 16. The Super Eagles defeated their biggest rival in Group B Guinea by a lone goal on Wednesday, to confirm their place in the next round. So, what are the five things we learnt from the fixture at Alexandria? 1. Easy draw in the next round: With Gernot Rohr’s all but certain to finish top of Group B, they will likely get a third-placed team in the Round of 16. Although there are no small countries anymore in (African) football, it would be better to face the heavyweights much later in the competition. 2. Omeruo, Man of the Match: The defender, who spent last season on loan at Leganes from Chelsea, was in sparkling form against Guinea. Solid at the back, Omeruo proved...
Umahi Congratulates Nigerians As Super Eagles Beat Guinea To Qualify For Round Of 16
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Umahi Congratulates Nigerians As Super Eagles Beat Guinea To Qualify For Round Of 16

Governor David Nweze Umahi of Ebonyi State has congratulated Nigerians for the victory of Super Eagles against Guinea in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nation, AFCON, in Egypt. We gathered that Governor Umahi, adjourned State Executive Council Meeting to watch the important match between Nigeria and Guinea. In a statement made available to Igbere TV by his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, commended the fighting spirit of the Super Eagles and called for more dedication and patriotism among Nigerians. Umahi said with unity of purpose and total patriotism, Nigeria team has all it takes to go through the tournament and come back with the trophy. He called on the team and management as well as the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to amicably resolve all residual issues arising ...
Super Falcons Qualify For The Second Round In The Women’s World Cup
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Super Falcons Qualify For The Second Round In The Women’s World Cup

Nigeria’s Super Falcons qualified for the last 16 rounds of the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup on Thursday night, without kicking a ball. However, the 11-time African champions claimed the last third- best placed team after Chile could only beat Thailand 2-0, a result that saw the South American nation bow out of the tournament. Chile took the lead through an own goal by Thailand’s goalkeeper Waraporn Boonsing and in the 80th minute Maria Urrutia doubled their lead with a header. In the 85th minute, Chile where handed a lifeline by a VAR assisted penalty, but Lara could only find the bar from six yards as scores remained 2-0. Despite other late chances Chile failed to get the all-important third goal to guarantee their progress to the knockout rounds. The result means ...
Wolves Qualify For Europe Following Man City’s FA Cup Victory
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Wolves Qualify For Europe Following Man City’s FA Cup Victory

Wolves will play European football next season for the first time since 1980 following Manchester City's FA Cup victory against Watford at Wembley while Manchester United will now go straight into the group stages of the Europa league Nuno Espirito Santo's side finished seventh in the Premier League but would have missed out on the Europa League if Watford had lifted the FA Cup. Wolves will start their campaign in the second qualifying round. Manchester United, who finished sixth in the league, will now go straight into the Europa League group stages. They avoid having to go through the qualifying rounds in July and August, which would have happened had Watford won. City had already qualified for the Champions League before their FA Cup victory, meaning an extra spot in Euro...
Why Liverpool may beat Barcelona to  Qualify for Final – Ernesto Valverde
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Why Liverpool may beat Barcelona to Qualify for Final – Ernesto Valverde

Barcelona boss, Ernesto Valverde, has admitted that Liverpool could beat his side and qualify for the final of the Champions League despite their three goals advantage. The Spaniard noted that in football anything can happen, and that it would not be the first time if they lose today. Barcelona travel to Liverpool for the second leg of their Champions League semi final with three goals advantage. Last season, Roma shocked the football world when they upturned three goals deficit against Barcelona in Italy. Evening Standard quoted the 55-year-old as saying that, “Experiences help a lot. “They could beat us. In football, lots of things can happen. They are good, very good. They have lost only one match this season in the Premier League. They are extraordinary with set piec...
History As Nigeria Qualify For First Ever Cricket World Cup – ICC Cricket
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History As Nigeria Qualify For First Ever Cricket World Cup – ICC Cricket

Nigeria secured a dramatic, first ever spot in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in 2020, after they beat Sierra Leone by two wickets, on the final day of the Africa qualifying tournament in Namibia. Set 139 to win, Nigeria endured a nervy chase, slipping to 87 for six at one point, before man of the match Peter Aho scored a priceless 21 not out to see them home. The entire squad rushed onto the field in jubilation, as they confirmed their seat at their first ever global tournament Aho had also taken two wickets earlier, when Sierra Leone posted 138 all out at Affies Park in Windhoek. On the adjacent field, Namibia had posted a massive victory over Kenya, so Nigeria simply had to win Sierra Leone provided them with plenty of challenges, as Haroun Kamara's 58 from 60 balls propelled his ...
Enugu Rangers Qualify For 2019 CAF Confederation Cup Group Stage
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Enugu Rangers Qualify For 2019 CAF Confederation Cup Group Stage

Enugu Rangers will feature in the money-spinning group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup after they eliminated Bantu FC of Lesotho 4-2 on aggregate today. Rangers first featured at this stage of the competition in 2004. The Nigerian club won the first leg of the playoffs 2-1 in Maseru a week ago, but they were stunned after just 13 minutes, when Lehlohonolo Fothoane put the visitors from Lesotho in front. Ajani Ibrahim drew the home team level in the 19th minute with an assist by Tope Olusesi, before Godwin Aguda made it 2-1 a minute later with Ifeanyi George providing the assist. The Lesotho champions improved in the second half to stop ‘The Flying Antelopes’ from recording a bigger win. The draw for the group stage will be staged tomorrow in Cairo, Egypt.
Super Sand Eagles Qualify For Beach Soccer World Cup
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Super Sand Eagles Qualify For Beach Soccer World Cup

Egypt were beaten to the final by the Sand Eagles, who become the first to qualify for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay as Abu scores goal 100 for Nigeria After beating their hosts Egypt in the semi-final of the CAF Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations 2018, Nigeria become the first side, excluding the automatically qualified hosts, Paraguay, to make it to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2019. Elsewhere, there were wins in the play-off for Madagascar against first-timers, Tanzania, as well as Côte d’Ivoire, who beat Libya by six goals to three. But first, let's look at how today's semi-final went down, where Abu Azeez scored his 100th goal for Nigeria...as well as his 101st, 102nd and 103rd! Egypt 6-7 Nigeria (SEMI-FINAL) Victory against two-time champions Nigeri...
Atiku Reacts As Super Falcons Qualify For AWCON Finals
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Atiku Reacts As Super Falcons Qualify For AWCON Finals

The Super Falcons of Nigeria have qualified for the finals of the ongoing African Women Cup of Nations in Ghana, and PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has said he'd be supporting them to win the cup. "The Super Falcons are in the finals! I will be supporting them to win the cup. -AA #AWCON2018" he tweeted. Super Falcons edged past the Cameroonian team 4-2 in the penalty shoot-out after 120 minutes of play. With this result, Nigeria has qualified for the 2019 World Cup. It was a tense 120 minutes of play, which resulted in nil goals for either side, until the penalty shoot-out, which the ladies from Cameroon lost by missing two shots.
2018 AWCON: Oshoala’s Hat-Trick Helps Nigeria to 6-0 Win To Join South Africa in Semi-Finals
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2018 AWCON: Oshoala’s Hat-Trick Helps Nigeria to 6-0 Win To Join South Africa in Semi-Finals

Asisat Oshoala’s hat-trick against Equatorial Guniea on Saturday in Ghana helped Nigeria secure a 6-0 win and a semi-finals place at the 2018 African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON). The win at Cape Coast Stadium helped the Super Falcons to join South Africa as qualifiers from Group B, with the Banyana Banyana finishing top of the group. South Africa who drew 1-1 with Zambia in the group’s other final match day fixture in Accra finished with seven points, while runners-up Nigeria followed with six points. Zambia and Equatorial Guinea have both been eliminated, with the former on four points and the latter with no point after three matches each. The Super Falcons will go on to Accra to face Group A winners Cameroon on Tuesday in the semi-finals. South Africa will host Group A runners-up...
Nigerian Named in CONCACAF Best X1
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Nigerian Named in CONCACAF Best X1

United States U-20 international of Nigerian descent, Ayo Akinola has been recognisedfor his outstanding performance in the recently concluded CONCACAF U-20 Championship after he was included in the Team of the Tournament. The Toronto FC winger helped the United States to successfully defend their title and qualify for next year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland. CONCACAF’s technical study group has selected the top eleven players in each position, with Akinola picked as the number one right winger in a 4-3-3 formation. The 18-year-old appeared in all the eight games contested by the United States during the three-week tournament, scoring an impressive seven goals and providing one assist. Akinola was among the eight United States players named in the Best XI selection. Last se...
Super Eagles Players Sing & Celebrate As They Qualify For #2019AFCON
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Super Eagles Players Sing & Celebrate As They Qualify For #2019AFCON

‘He’s a miracle working God.... ’ Super Eagles sing and celebrate as they qualify for #2019AFCON with a game to spare. Watch them sing and celebrate HERE ‘He’s a miracle working God.’After losing our first game of the qualifying series at home, we have qualified for #2019AFCON with a game to spare. We thank you all for your support and belief in our team.#SoarSuperEagles #Team9jaStrong. pic.twitter.com/c5K8Do6PiR— ?? Super Eagles (@NGSuperEagles) November 17, 2018 ‘He has given us victory.’Our boys on cloud 9 after picking one of the 2 #2019AFCON tickets in Group E.#SoarSuperEagles #Team9jaStrong. pic.twitter.com/TbXUMyRbLD— ?? Super Eagles (@NGSuperEagles) November 17, 2018  
Women’s AFCON 2018: Ghana Get Tough Draw, Nigeria To Face South Africa
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Women’s AFCON 2018: Ghana Get Tough Draw, Nigeria To Face South Africa

Hosts Ghana were handed a tricky group for the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) when they were drawn to face Cameroon and Mali in Group A. The Black Queens, who will based in the capital Accra, will also take on Algeria following the draw for the flagship African women football competition on Sunday night. The draw was conducted in Accra. Title-holders Nigeria got what looks like a favourable group as they face South Africa, Zambia and Kenya in Group B in the coastal city of Cape Coast. The Black Queens will play the opening match of the competition on Nov. 17 when they take on Algeria at the Accra Sports Stadium. Ghana will play Mali three days later before wrapping up their group campaign against giants Cameroon on Nov. 23 in Accra. The Super Falcons, eight times w...
RugbyU: European Champions Cup results
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RugbyU: European Champions Cup results

Rugby European Champions Cup results on Saturday: Pool 2 Castres (FRA) 29 Exeter (ENG) 25 Munster (IRL) 36 Gloucester (ENG) 22 Playing later Saturday (GMT) Pool 1 Wasps (ENG) v Bath (ENG) (1415) Pool 3 Saracens (ENG) v Lyon (FRA) (1630) Pool 4 Racing 92 (FRA) v Ulster (IRL) (1630) Pool 5 Edinburgh (SCO) v Toulon (FRA) (1415) Sunday Pool 1 Toulouse (FRA) v Leinster (IRL) (1415) Pool 3 Cardiff Blues (WAL) v Glasgow (SCO) (1415) Pool 5 Newcastle (ENG) v Montpellier (FRA) (1200) Played Friday: Pool 4 Leicester (ENG) 45 Scarlets (WAL) 27 Note: Five pool winners plus three best runners-up qualify for knock-out phase ———— Remaining fixtures Round 3: December 7/8/9 Round 4: December 14/15/16 Round 5: January 11/12...
Henry Makes Ligue 1 Return In 19 Years This Weeken
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Henry Makes Ligue 1 Return In 19 Years This Weeken

Thierry Henry returns to Ligue 1 for the first time in 19 years this weekend, tasked with dragging a crisis-hit Monaco away from the relegation zone after a miserable start to the season. Thierry Henry The Arsenal great came through the youth system at the principality club in the 1990s, and is now mirroring the start of his playing career with his first job as a head coach, after a two-year spell as assistant to Roberto Martinez with the Belgian national side. The 41-year-old has a difficult job ahead of him, with Monaco occupying the relegation play-off spot and only above the bottom two on goal difference, and he knows that his immediate job is just to arrest the slide. “How do you define success? It’s difficult. At a big European club success is winning the Champions Leagu...
Barcelona Comms Chief Vives Tells Maradona: Messi The Best Player Of All Time
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Barcelona Comms Chief Vives Tells Maradona: Messi The Best Player Of All Time

Barcelona comms chief Josep Vives has dismissed Diego Maradona's criticism of Barcelona captain Leo Messi. Vives addressed Maradona's attack on Lionel Messi when speaking on Tuesday. "There are some comments that qualify themselves," he said. "We have a person who qualifies himself to himself from silence and discretion. "He is the best player of all time without any doubt and he does his talking on the pitch."
Madagascar Reach Finals Africa Cup Of Nations For The First Time, Becomes First Country To Qualify For The 2019 AFCON Tournament
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Madagascar Reach Finals Africa Cup Of Nations For The First Time, Becomes First Country To Qualify For The 2019 AFCON Tournament

Madagascar won a place at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament for the first time when they triumphed 1-0 at home against Equatorial Guinea in Group A Tuesday. Thailand-based midfielder Njiva Rakotoharimalala scored the only goal four minutes before half-time on the huge Indian Ocean island. Victory lifted the ‘Barea’ (prized cattle) to 10 points from four games and beyond the reach of Equatorial Guinea and Sudan in a four team mini-league from which the top two qualify.   It was the second 1-0 victory for the Malagasy over the Equatoguineans within four days after captain Faneva Ima Andriatsima scored the winner in west Africa last Saturday, Madagascar are the first country apart from hosts Cameroon to secure a place at the biennial African football showcase, with ...
Madagascar Reach Africa Cup Of Nations For First Time
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Madagascar Reach Africa Cup Of Nations For First Time

Madagascar won a place at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament for the first time when they triumphed 1-0 at home against Equatorial Guinea in Group A Tuesday. Source: “World reference atlas” Thailand-based midfielder Njiva Rakotoharimalala scored the only goal four minutes before half-time on the huge Indian Ocean island. Victory lifted the ‘Barea’ (prized cattle) to 10 points from four games and beyond the reach of Equatorial Guinea and Sudan in a four team mini-league from which the top two qualify. It was the second 1-0 victory for the Malagasy over the Equatoguineans within four days after captain Faneva Ima Andriatsima scored the winner in west Africa last Saturday, Madagascar are the first country apart from hosts Cameroon to secure a place at the biennial African footb...
Iceland Becomes The Smallest Country To Qualify For Russia 2018 World Cup
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Iceland Becomes The Smallest Country To Qualify For Russia 2018 World Cup

On Monday, Iceland qualified for their first-ever FIFA World Cup and with a population of just 330,000 people, they'll become the least populous nation to compete at the global finals. They secured their World Cup spot with a 2-0 win over Kosovo in Reykjavik, rounding off a memorable campaign that has seen them edge out the likes of Croatia, Ukraine and Turkey. Star man Gylfi Sigurdsson scored one and laid on another for Johann Gudmundsson as Heimir Hallgrimsson’s remarkable side kicked off a massive party in the Icelandic capital. Some of the other countries that have so for qualified for next year's world cup include Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Costa Rica and Egypt.  

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