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Ghana appoint Borussia Dortmund assistant coach Addo as new Black Stars deputy trainer
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Ghana appoint Borussia Dortmund assistant coach Addo as new Black Stars deputy trainer

The 46-year-old has been roped into the technical team following the appointment of Milovan Rajevac as head coach Borussia Dortmund assistant coach Otto Addo has been named as one of two deputies for new Ghana boss Milovan Rajevac. The 46-year-old makes a return to the Black Stars after featuring for the side between 1999 and 2006 during his playing days, the highlight being his appearance at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2006 World Cup in Germany. At a press conference to announce Rajevac as Ghana’s new boss, the Ghana Football Association revealed the ex-winger will combine his latest national role with his job as assistant coach of Dortmund.  
Brighton’s Potter provides injury updates on Bissouma and Mwepu ahead of Crystal Palace
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Brighton’s Potter provides injury updates on Bissouma and Mwepu ahead of Crystal Palace

The Seagulls boss reveals the injury news as they travel to London for their sixth Premier League match, this time at Selhurst Park Brighton & Hove Albion manager Graham Potter has delivered mixed injury news ahead of the team’s Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace on Monday. The Seagulls are waiting for updates on the services of Mali international Yves Bissouma and Zambia’s Enock Mwepu. Bissouma injured his knee during the team’s 2-1 win against Leicester City while Mwepu suffered a groin injury in the warm-up of the Swansea battle in the Carabao Cup which they won 2-0.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother claims his 11-year- old son is better than his dad was at that age
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother claims his 11-year- old son is better than his dad was at that age

Cristiano Ronaldo's mother has claimed that her grandson is 'better than his father was at his age' because the Manchester United star is his teacher. Dolores Aveiro believes Cristiano 'Cristianinho' Ronaldo Jr will reach the same heights his father has and is desperate for the 11-year-old to play for Sporting Lisbon in Portugal in the future. Ronaldo has five Ballon d'Ors and countless trophies at club and international level as well as 678 club goals to his name. Aveiro is expecting her grandson to follow in her son's footsteps while also hoping he will fulfill her dream of seeing her family represent Sporting once more in her lifetime. 'Ronaldo has to come back here [to Sporting], for me he'd be here,' Aveiro said on the ADN de Leao podcast. 'He likes to watch Sporting...
Cristiano Ronaldo overtakes Lionel Messi as Forbes’ 2021 highest-earning footballer
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Cristiano Ronaldo overtakes Lionel Messi as Forbes’ 2021 highest-earning footballer

Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer to Manchester United has helped him overtake Lionel Messi to become Forbes' highest-earning footballer for 2021. Ronaldo is will earn $125 million (£91.5m) before taxes during the 2021-22 season, with $70m (£51.25m) of that from his salary and bonuses for his return to Manchester United. With $55m (£40m) of his earnings coming from commercial deals, Ronaldo is one of the highest-paid athletes in the world when it comes to sponsorship earnings. Messi, meanwhile will earn $110m (£80.5m) this season while his new Paris Saint-Germain team-mates Neymar and Kylian Mbappe come third and fourth in the Forbes list respectively.   Only three other active athletes make more money commercially than Ronaldo: Roger Federer ($90m/£66m), LeBron James ($65m/...
Former Ghana defender Paintsil worried by Rajevac’s potential Black Stars appointment
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Former Ghana defender Paintsil worried by Rajevac’s potential Black Stars appointment

The ex-fullback shares his thoughts on the speculated return of the Serbian coach to the West African national team Former Ghana defender John Paintsil has concerns about the timing of the reported imminent appointment of Serbian coach Milovan Rajevac as new coach of the Black Stars. According to Ghana media, the tactician is set for a second spell with the Black Stars, having first led the team between 2008 and 2010. Ghana’s coaching job has become vacant following the dismissal of CK Akonnor following an uninspiring start to the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.  
Sevilla terminate Gnagnon’s contract for ‘lack of professionalism’
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Sevilla terminate Gnagnon’s contract for ‘lack of professionalism’

The Spanish elite division side has sent the Cote d’Ivoire prospect packing despite having two years left on his current deal La Liga side Sevilla have terminated Joris Gnagnon’s contract for lack of professionalism. The former France youth international was signed for five years by Los Nervionenses on July 25, 2018, having impressed at Ligue 1 outfit Rennes. However, his inability to break into the Spaniards’ first team saw the €13.5 million rated centre-back sent back on loan to the Red and Blacks for the 2019-20 campaign.  
Sarr’s ability to penetrate Norwich City defence crucial – Watford’s Foster
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Sarr’s ability to penetrate Norwich City defence crucial – Watford’s Foster

The 23-year-old forward grabbed a brace as the Hornets registered a win away at Carrow Road on Saturday Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has described the quality of football displayed by forward Ismaila Sarr against Norwich City as crucial for the team this campaign. The Senegal international was in the thick of things as the Hornets cruised to a 3-1 win at Carrow Roads, scoring two second-half goals after Nigeria striker Emmanuel Dennis had provided the opener in the 17th minute. Though Norwich had equalised courtesy of Teemu Pukki in the 35th minute, Watford held on to pick up their second top-flight win this campaign from five matches.
‘I am happy at Brighton’ – Arsenal & Manchester United-linked Bissouma updates on future
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‘I am happy at Brighton’ – Arsenal & Manchester United-linked Bissouma updates on future

The Mali international believes when time is right he will leave for Champions League football, stating he wants to gauge himself with the best Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma has revealed his dream is to rub shoulders with the best in the Uefa Champions League and win a trophy with Mali. The talented West African was consistently linked with a move away from the Seagulls in the last transfer window, with Arsenal and Manchester United believed to be interested. But a move did not happen for the 25-year-old who believes it was not his time to leave his current team.  
He could have possibly had two’ – Watford’s Danny Rose on Emmanuel Dennis’ display against Norwich City
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He could have possibly had two’ – Watford’s Danny Rose on Emmanuel Dennis’ display against Norwich City

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

Former England manager, Glenn Hoddle, has backed Chelsea to beat Manchester City when both sides clash in the Premier League on September 25 at Stamford Bridge. Hoddle also named Chelsea as the best team in England presently ahead of Man City. Chelsea head to the game following a 3-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, while Man City played goalless with Southampton on Saturday. “Chelsea are the best team in the country, there is no doubt about it, at this moment in time. Reversing it, I thought City were going to be the team to knock off the top,” Hoddle told the Premier League’s website. “I think it is Chelsea now. I think City have got a lot of work to do. They play each other next week, and it is a hell of a game. “I think it is Chelsea, ...
EPL: Tuchel names Chelsea Player ‘very hard’ to Drop from Squad
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EPL: Tuchel names Chelsea Player ‘very hard’ to Drop from Squad

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has identified Mason Mount as the Blues player that is ‘very hard’ to leave out of his team. Tuchel stated this ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday evening. Mount established himself as a key player under former Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, and continued to impress under Tuchel. “We were very careful with him in pre-season, he [Mason Mount] didn’t start the game against Villarreal [in the UEFA Super Cup win] and then he started against Crystal Palace [in the Premier League] straight away,” Tuchel told Chelsea’s official website. “Sometimes we’re a bit worried but on the other side he seems to deal so good with all the minutes and all the load that he has that it is sometimes very hard to leave ...
Iwobi reveals his best position for Everton, Super Eagles
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Iwobi reveals his best position for Everton, Super Eagles

Alex Iwobi has said his best position at Everton is as a winger while he prefers to be either a number 10 or number 8 for Nigeria. The 25-year-old has been deployed into different positions since he left Arsenal in 2019 for Goodison Park. During his early days, Iwobi was compared with his legendary uncle, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, who was a playmaker in his active days. But Iwobi has told Everton’s official website: “I think playing different roles has helped me to understand the game a bit more, especially those defensive roles. I’m not going to complain – playing right wing-back, right midfield, left midfield, I’ll play anywhere and I’ll always give my best. “My aim is to get more goals and assists but if I’m asked to do it at right wing-back, then I’ll do it and try my best! ...
Dias to be one of Man City’s five captains this season
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Dias to be one of Man City’s five captains this season

Ruben Dias will be one of five Manchester Cty players sharing the captain's armband this season, says manager Pep Guardiola. Dias, who signed a new six-year deal in the summer, joined City from Benfica last year and was a mainstay of Guardiola's defence as he helped the club win the Premier League title. The Portugal defender, named Premier League Player of the Season as well as England's Footballer of the Year in a stellar debut campaign, led the team in Wednesday's 6-3 thrashing of RB Leipzig in the Champions League. Everyone has to be their own leader," Guardiola told the club website on Friday. "Every season we make the selection of captains. The players and backroom staff make the decision.Eleven months and one week we are all here together, and they know who are the bes...
Newcastle players warned against thinking about Cristiano Ronaldo
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Newcastle players warned against thinking about Cristiano Ronaldo

Newcastle forward, Allan Saint-Maximin has warned his teammates against thinking about Cristiano Ronaldo as they face Manchester United on Saturday. He said that his team cannot afford to get caught up in the hysteria surrounding the Portugal international’s return to the Premier League. He warned them tp ‘stay focused’ on the task at hand against Manchester United on Saturday. Ronaldo left Juventus and made his way back to Old Trafford at the closing stage of the transfer window and could be unleashed on Newcastle by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on Premier League Day 4. Saint-Maximin, talking to NUFC TV, admitted the opposition ‘look much better’ with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in their ranks. “To be honest, even before Ronaldo signed, they had a great team. So for s...
Police arrest female suspects supplying petrol to bandits in Katsina forest
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Police arrest female suspects supplying petrol to bandits in Katsina forest

In line with the Katsina State security challenge containment order, the Police Command on Wednesday paraded a 25-year-old lady with six gallon of petrol concealed in her hijab. According to the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Gambo Isah, the lady identified as Rashida Hussaini is allegedly an informant and supplier of petrol to bandits in the forest. SP Gambo said Rashida packaged the commodity in used bottled water containers, then stack them in a sack and a handbag before hiding it under her hijab while heading to an unknown location. According to the report, the suspect who was intercepted by a team of policemen on routine patrol around Kofar Guga on Jibiya Road, claimed she was from Daddara village in Jibiya Local Government Area but later said Gombe State th...
England move up to third in FIFA rankings
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England move up to third in FIFA rankings

England have moved up to third in the latest FIFA men's rankings to claim their joint-highest position since the rankings began. It is the first time England have been in the top three since September 2012 and have only ever been in that position for two months since the rankings were introduced in 1992. England were in 13th place when Gareth Southgate took charge in 2016. Scotland have moved up four places to rank 45th, closely followed by Northern Ireland, who also rose four spots to rank 47th in the world. Wales remain in 19th, while Republic of Ireland have dropped to 50. The top two positions stay unchanged with Belgium the highest-ranked team in the world and Brazil placing second, ahead of England. World champions France have dropped from third to fourt...
U.S. Soccer hits back after USWNT accuses federation of ‘PR stunt’ contract offer
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U.S. Soccer hits back after USWNT accuses federation of ‘PR stunt’ contract offer

The team was not impressed with the federation's offer of what it called an "identical" contract to the men's national team The U.S. women's national team and U.S. Soccer have traded barbs over the federation's latest contract proposal, which it called "identical" to the contract it offered the men's national team. On Tuesday, U.S. Soccer said it had offered the USWNT and USMNT identical deals after it had previously urged them to jointly negotiate a collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The USWNT Players Association slammed the offer as a "PR stunt," which prompted U.S. Soccer to accuse the team of a publicity stunt of their own with their recently released movie.
Champions League: Pochettino names Club that will Challenge PSG for trophy this season
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Champions League: Pochettino names Club that will Challenge PSG for trophy this season

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has said Champions League holders Chelsea are the “team to beat” in the competition this season. Thomas Tuchel’s men began defence of their title with a 1-0 win over home to Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday. PSG travel to Club Brugge in Group A on Wednesday. Pochettino’s men are tipped as one of the favourites to win the Champions League after the arrival of Lionel Messi. But Pochettino said Chelsea’s spending makes them the most dangerous team. “It’s possible that Chelsea and ourselves are the two teams to beat on paper, looking at our squads. “But Chelsea are the holders so they’re the team to beat especially after strengthening their squad,” Pochettino told a news conference on Tuesday,” he said. Chelse...
Mendyl: Morocco international on target as Gaziantep collect first league win
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Mendyl: Morocco international on target as Gaziantep collect first league win

  The Atlas Lion scored at the death to ensure his team collected their fourth point in as many top-tier matches   Morocco international Hamza Mendyl was on target as Gaziantep claimed a 2-0 win in the Turkish top-tier at home against Antalyaspor. GFK had not collected a win since the league began, and had initially collected a draw and two losses. It explains why the Monday night game was vital for them, and playing at home was a massive advantage. The first 45 minutes were a struggle for both teams owing to a failure to take the limited chances created. The defenders cleared the danger very well when tested.
Lil Nas X Debuts three Outfits on the Met Gala red carpet including a Gold Suit of Armor
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Lil Nas X Debuts three Outfits on the Met Gala red carpet including a Gold Suit of Armor

  Lil Nas X had all eyes on him as he hit the red carpet for the Met Gala on Monday September 13, in New York City. The 22-year-old hitmaker came fully prepared for the event as he showed off three glamorous outfits that sent heads turning. After making a grand entrance in a regal Atelier Versace cloak, the rapper took it off to reveal a golden suit of armor, before later reemerging in an eye-catching sequined bodysuit. His first ensemble required multiple members of his team to help lift his train up as he stepped onto the red carpet before revealing other outfits. See full photos below. 
Gary Neville snubs Man Utd, Man City, names team that will be difficult to stop
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Gary Neville snubs Man Utd, Man City, names team that will be difficult to stop

Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville, has named Chelsea as the team that will be difficult to stop in the Premier League this season. Neville was left very impressed following the Blues’ 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday. Thomas Tuchel only made one permanent signing this summer, bringing in Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan. Saul Niguez also arrived on loan from Atletico Madrid. But, despite a slightly quieter summer than their rivals, Neville still feels Chelsea could be the team to beat this season. He said on his Gary Neville Podcast: “It was interesting because I’d expect Manchester United to beat Newcastle the way in which they did – with or without Ronaldo. “But then I went home from Salford to watch the Chelsea-Villa game and Villa played well, and Villa ...
Serie A wrap: Fares bags brace on Genoa debut, AC Milan’s Kessie misses penalty against Lazio
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Serie A wrap: Fares bags brace on Genoa debut, AC Milan’s Kessie misses penalty against Lazio

The Algeria international found the net twice in his first match for Griffin, while other African players suffered contrasting fortunes in Italy Mohamed Fares began his Genoa spell with a brace as the Griffin prevailed 3-2 over Cagliari away from home in Sunday's Serie clash. Due to limited playing opportunities at Lazio, the Algeria international was loaned to Stadio Luigi on August 31. Against the Islanders, he came off the bench to propel his team to their first victory of the 2021-22 campaign.
Ronaldo reacts as his brace takes Man Utd top of table
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Ronaldo reacts as his brace takes Man Utd top of table

Cristiano Ronaldo has said Manchester United will “be celebrating together in the end” after he scored twice on his second debut. The 36-year-old netted a brace as United thrashed Newcastle 4-1 on Saturday. Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard also got on the scoresheet at Old Trafford. Ronaldo was delighted with his goals and the three points, stating he was happy to help the team.
Arsenal no longer a top 6 team in England – Gary Neville
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Arsenal no longer a top 6 team in England – Gary Neville

Manchester United legend, Gary Neville, has insisted Arsenal are no longer a top-six club in England. The Gunners clinched three Premier League titles in the space of seven years at the turn of the century. However, they have not won it since 2004, when Arsene Wenger’s team went unbeaten. Under Mikel Arteta, they finished eighth in the past two seasons and did not qualify for Europe this year. Arsenal have made their worst-ever start to a league campaign, losing their first three matches without scoring a goal. When asked to name the top-six in England, Neville told LADbible TV: “Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and then Tottenham and Leicester based on recent seasons. “Arsenal fans will probably come up with some stat now… they think I hate them a...
Man Utd vs Newcastle: Solskjaer speaks on penalty taker between Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes
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Man Utd vs Newcastle: Solskjaer speaks on penalty taker between Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he will decide who takes the penalties awarded to the team. Cristiano Ronaldo is set to compete with compatriot Bruno Fernandes for penalty responsibilities following his arrival from Juventus this summer. However, Solskjaer insists the final decision will be down to him. He told a press conference on Friday: “I knew that question was going to come and of course I’ve had a chat with the two of them. “We’ve got two players there that I’d trust with my life to put a penalty away and that’s a great position got be in. “It’s going be my decision what’ll happen. The two of them will keep on doing what they do when they’re asked to take the penalties. “I’ve had this conversation, of course, and they know my position on ...
British teenager Emma Raducanu, 18, becomes the first qualifier in history to reach a Grand Slam final
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British teenager Emma Raducanu, 18, becomes the first qualifier in history to reach a Grand Slam final

British teenage tennis sensation Emma Raducanu has made history after winning her US Open semi-final in straight sets to secure a place in her first major final and a cheque for a minimum of $1.25million (£900,000). She is the first British woman to reach the US Open final since Virginia Wade in 1968, and the youngest Slam finalist since Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004. She is also the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam final in 44 years. The 18-year-old from Kent defeated seventeenth seed Maria Sakkari 6-1, 6-4 in just 84 minutes on Friday morning September 10, to book a place in the final clash. Raducanu said on court after her victory: 'Honestly the time here in New York has gone so fast. I've just been taking care of each day and three weeks later I'm in fina...
Ronaldo will have a Negative effect on Man Utd – Carragher
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Ronaldo will have a Negative effect on Man Utd – Carragher

Former Liverpool captain, Jamie Carragher, has claimed Cristiano Ronaldo will have a negative effect on the Manchester United team. Ronaldo has returned to the Red Devils, 12 years after he left to sign for Real Madrid. Many have tipped the 28-year-old to strengthen United and make them title contenders. But Carragher is not getting carried away with the buzz surrounding Ronaldo’s arrival. “I’ve never seen so many ex-Manchester United players almost looking love-struck by the sign of Cristiano Ronaldo so it’s a huge moment for them. “He is one of the greatest players of all time, no doubt, but I actually think it may have a negative effect on Manchester United,” Carragher said on a call promoting CBS’ coverage of the Champions League in the U.S.
Cricket: Nigeria defeat Sierra Leone by five wickets in opener
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Cricket: Nigeria defeat Sierra Leone by five wickets in opener

Team Nigeria won their first game in the ongoing International Cricket Council Women’s T20 World Cup qualifiers against Sierra Leone, in Gaborone Nigeria defeated their West African rivals by five wickets in the game played on Thursday at the Botswana Cricket Oval. Sierra Leone won the toss and elected to bat first. The team’s best performer in Aminata Kamara with 28 runs in 36 balls was not enough for the side as they settled for 102 runs in 20 overs for the loss of nine wickets. Nigeria came on to chase their opponents in the second innings, scoring 103 runs in 16 overs for the loss of five wickets. Nigeria’s captain Blessing Etim declared as the `Man of the Match’ with her 27 runs in 31 balls, including two boundary hits, underlined the team’s performance. “I am happ...
Ronaldo will have a negative effect on Man Utd – Carragher
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Ronaldo will have a negative effect on Man Utd – Carragher

Former Liverpool captain, Jamie Carragher, has claimed Cristiano Ronaldo will have a negative effect on the Manchester United team. Ronaldo has returned to the Red Devils, 12 years after he left to sign for Real Madrid. Many have tipped the 28-year-old to strengthen United and make them title contenders. But Carragher is not getting carried away with the buzz surrounding Ronaldo’s arrival. “I’ve never seen so many ex-Manchester United players almost looking love-struck by the sign of Cristiano Ronaldo so it’s a huge moment for them. “He is one of the greatest players of all time, no doubt, but I actually think it may have a negative effect on Manchester United,” Carragher said on a call promoting CBS’ coverage of the Champions League in the U.S.
Caf Confederation Cup: Bayelsa United’s Shaibu delighted over Ashanti Golden Boys ruling
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Caf Confederation Cup: Bayelsa United’s Shaibu delighted over Ashanti Golden Boys ruling

The Yenagoa-based team’s second-round fate will be decided in one fixture and that has gladdened the heart of their key player John Shaibu discloses that Bayelsa United’s quest of reaching the 2021-22 Caf Confederation Cup second round ‘now looks easier’ as their preliminary round fixture against Ashanti Golden Boys will be decided over one leg. The encounter against the 2021 Guinee Coupe Nationale runners-up will not go as planned owing to the backdrop of a reported coup d’etat attempt in Guinea. To the former Sunshine Stars and Abia Warriors goalkeeper, the verdict by the Confederation of African Football is a massive boost for Depreye Tebowe’s men .
One of the best – Cape Verde coach reacts to 2-1 defeat to Nigeria
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One of the best – Cape Verde coach reacts to 2-1 defeat to Nigeria

Cape Verde head coach, Pedro ‘Bubista’ Leitão, has admitted they lost to one of the best teams in Africa, following their 2-1 defeat to Nigeria in a World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday. The hosts took a shock lead through Bryan Tavares, but the Super Eagles levelled after Victor Osimhen reacted quickest to a loose ball. Gernot Rohr’s men then won the game thanks to a bizarre own goal midway through the second half. “Cape Verde doesn’t have to feel squeamish about losing to Nigeria. “Nigeria is one of the best teams in Africa. We have to have the guts and humility to know that Nigeria is also an extremely strong team and losing to Nigeria is not a bad thing. “An own goal is always difficult. It was a shame because it happened at a time when we were taking over the game, w...
Sunday Igboho’s Lawyers React To Leaked Audio
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Sunday Igboho’s Lawyers React To Leaked Audio

A counsel to the Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho, Olasupo Ojo, on Tuesday, disclosed that his client has no plan to change his lawyers in Benin. Recall that the activist in leaked audio had condemned his Benin-based lawyers for failing to secure his release from detention. Igboho had blasted the Benin Republic-based lawyers led by Ibrahim Salami for collecting about ₦5m each and abandoning him in prison. The Yoruba Nation agitator further stated that he is not afraid of being extradited to Nigeria. Ojo in a discussion with Punch said, “He (Igboho) is not changing any of the lawyers in the Benin Republic. We know the lawyers that are working, we know those are not working and we have adjusted according. For the sake of goodwill and everybody concerned, we are not removing an...
LaLiga: I want to remain at Barcelona for many years – Koeman
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LaLiga: I want to remain at Barcelona for many years – Koeman

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has said he wants to remain in the role for many years to come. Koeman’s position looked uncertain after last season as Barca president, Joan Laporta, suggested they could replace him. The Dutchman is, however, still in charge of the Catalan club. His current deal at Camp Nou expires next summer, but the club will offer him an extension if the team meet their targets for the season. “Yes, of course, I am open to renewal. I am very excited to continue as Barca coach for many years, despite the difficult moments at the club today,” Koeman told Sport. “But I think that thanks to our decisions, coach and technical staff, Barca has young players with a huge immediate future and hopefully within three, four or five years I can continue to be their...
What Ronaldo’s return will do to Man Utd’s team – Pogba
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What Ronaldo’s return will do to Man Utd’s team – Pogba

Paul Pogba has tipped Cristiano Ronaldo to “raise the level of the team” after he returned to Manchester United. Ronaldo returns to Old Trafford 12 years after he left for Real Madrid. During his first spell, he netted 118 goals in 292 appearances, winning three Premier League titles and one Champions League trophy. Ronaldo is expected to make his second debut for United at home against Newcastle this Saturday. Pogba expects the 36-year-old to raise the standards at the club. He told Telefoot: “It’s always a pleasure to play with the best, it’s a plus for the players to be able to train with a great player. “He’s going to raise the level of the team.”
McKennie out of USMNT squad for team policy violation as Reyna is ruled out due to injury
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McKennie out of USMNT squad for team policy violation as Reyna is ruled out due to injury

The U.S. will be without two starters for Sunday's clash with Canada Weston McKennie has been left out of the U.S. men's national team squad against Canada due to a "violation of team policy", U.S. Soccer confirmed, while Gio Reyna is set to miss the team's next two matches with a hamstring injury. McKennie and Reyna both started the team's 0-0 draw with El Salvador, with Reyna now ruled out for Sunday's match against Canada and Wednesday's visit to Honduras. With Reyna out for both games, McKennie's status is uncertain heading into the final game of the international break.
2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Cape Verde star Ricardo Gomes leaves camp ahead of Nigeria clash
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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Cape Verde star Ricardo Gomes leaves camp ahead of Nigeria clash

The Blues Sharks will be without the services of the 29-year-old after he left the team's camp in Mindelo over the weekend The Cape Verdean Football Federation have confirmed the departure of Partizan Belgrade forward Ricardo Gomes from their team's camp ahead of Tuesday's 2022 World Cup qualifying match against Nigeria. Gomes is one of the key players in the Blue Sharks’ set-up having scored four goals in 16 matches since he made his international debut in 2015. He has dazzled in the Serbian Super Liga this season, scoring eight goals in six matches for Partizan Belgrade, but he did not play in Cape Verde’s 1-1 draw with Central African Republic on September 1.
EPL: What Thomas Tuchel told me about playing for Chelsea first team – Trevor Chalobah
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EPL: What Thomas Tuchel told me about playing for Chelsea first team – Trevor Chalobah

Chelsea starlet Trevor Chalobah has revealed what manager, Thomas Tuchel told him about becoming a first team player at the club. The youngster said he was surprised when the German gaffer told him he was going to be staying with the first team this season. The youngster was a surprise inclusion in Chelsea starting line-up against Palace in their Premier League opening fixture. The 22-year-old spent the last three seasons on loan at Ipswich, Huddersfield and Lorient. He was widely expected to be sent out for a fourth season with Chelsea having several experienced players in the same position. “I spoke to the manager between the Palace and Arsenal games and he told me he wanted me to stay, so I moved over to the first-team building that week,” he told Chelsea FC. “It was a...
‘We don’t have to feel sorry for Hudson-Odoi’ – Chelsea manager Tuchel
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‘We don’t have to feel sorry for Hudson-Odoi’ – Chelsea manager Tuchel

  The Ghana prospect has seen limited playing time at the club but the German insists the player has to work for his position Chelsea FC manager Thomas Tuchel insists Callum Hudson-Odoi must patiently wait for his chance to play for the team and there is no need to feel sorry for him. The attacker has been used sparingly at Stamford Bridge of late and was at one point a target of German champions Bayern Munich. However, the deal did not materialise as the Uefa Champions League champions did not want to let him leave especially after failing to land Sevilla's Jules Kounde.      
2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Ghana coach Akonnor assesses team readiness for Ethiopia showdown
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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Ghana coach Akonnor assesses team readiness for Ethiopia showdown

The Black Stars boss previews the first game in their quest to play in Qatar next year Ghana coach CK Akonnor believes his team are adequately drilled to beat Ethiopia in their 2022 World Cup qualifying opener on Friday. The Black Stars take on the Walias in a Group G fixture in Cape Coast, three days ahead of a big away encounter with South Africa. “We’ve had a couple of days to prepare. We don’t have much time. We are aware of the opponents, and before we got here, the players were aware of what to do,” Akonnor said at the pre-match press conference on Thursday.        
Paralympics: Nigeria’s Iyiazi Wins Shot Put bronze
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Paralympics: Nigeria’s Iyiazi Wins Shot Put bronze

Eucharia Iyiazi on Thursday increased Team Nigeria’s medals haul at the ongoing 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo by winning a bronze medal in the women’s seated shot put event. In the final of the event’s F57 class at the Olympic Stadium, Iyiazi had a season best throw of 10.40 metres to finish third and claim the bronze medal. Algeria’s Safia Djelal, who is the world and Paralympic record-holder in the F56 class of the event, created a new world record in the F57 with 11.29m to win the gold medal. China’s Xu Milan heaved 10.81m to finish second and win the silver medal. Iyiazi’s victory took Nigeria’s medals tally at the Games to three gold, one silver and four bronze medals. The 2020 Paralympics will end on Sunday.
W’Cup qualifiers: Mali beat Rwanda as Kenya, Uganda renew rivalry
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W’Cup qualifiers: Mali beat Rwanda as Kenya, Uganda renew rivalry

The Eagles of Mali started their Group E campaign in the 2022 FIFA World Qualifiers with a 1-0 win over Rwanda at Grand Stade d’Agadir in Morocco on Wednesday evening. They dominated the game which was moved to Morocco as Mali lacked approval of a home stadium. Mohamed Magassouba’s men dominated the game and created the most dangerous chances from the start. The Eagles had an early chance to take the lead when Moussa Djenepo was fouled inside the Rwandan area after 18 minutes. From the penalty kick spot, Djenepo tried to score himself, but was stopped by Rwanda goalkeeper Emery Mvuyekure. Mali however took the lead a couple of minutes later, when Adama Traore put the Eagles ahead after 20 minutes. Rwanda Amavubi tried to find the equaliser, but were stopped by Mal...
Glody Likonza: Standard Liege sign Tout Puissant Mazembe midfielder on loan
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Glody Likonza: Standard Liege sign Tout Puissant Mazembe midfielder on loan

The Belgian heavyweights will assess the midfielder during his stay in the team with an option for a permanent deal Standard Liege have confirmed a loan move, for the Democratic Republic of Congo midfielder Glody Likonza. The attacking midfielder has been playing for Tout Puissant Mazembe, and after impressing during the trials, the Belgian outfit has opted to sign him on loan but with an option to buy him. The latter have confirmed the latest development for the Congolese. "Standard Liege, TP Mazembe and Glody Likonza have reached an agreement," the club revealed through their official website.
Real Madrid left feeling cheated as PSG fail to officially respond to Mbappe bids
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Real Madrid left feeling cheated as PSG fail to officially respond to Mbappe bids

The Spanish side's offers for the 22-year-old striker were met with silence, despite suggestions Paris would be willing to sell for the right offer Real Madrid have been left seething at Paris Saint-Germain over the way they handled negotiations for Kylian Mbappe, Goal can reveal. The Spanish side made two bids for the France star in August, one for around €160 million (£137m/$188m) and the latest worth €170m (£146m/$200m) plus €10m (£9m/$12m) in add-ons. Madrid then issued the Ligue 1 team with an ultimatum, insisting they would withdraw their offer if they did not receive a response by 6pm on Monday.
Arsenal terminate Willian’s contract after just 12 months at the Club
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Arsenal terminate Willian’s contract after just 12 months at the Club

Arsenal have confirmed the club have mutually terminated Willian's contract after his 12-months stay at the club. The Brazilian joined Mikel Arteta's side on a free transfer last summer but struggled in 2020-21 season, scoring only one goal in 37 appearances. Arsenal have been looking to offload Willian this summer and Corinthians have been interested in ending his Gunners nightmare.  But his wages, believed to be more than £220,000 per week was one of the frustrating issues in negotiations. The former Chelsea star is now set to complete a move back to his native Brazil after the two parties reached an agreement to terminate the remaining two years left on his contract, saving the club around £20million in wages. In a statement, Arsenal said: 'We have reached a mutual agree...
Bad roads: ‘You’ve not been fair to Ogun’ – Gov Abiodun tackles Buhari govt
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Bad roads: ‘You’ve not been fair to Ogun’ – Gov Abiodun tackles Buhari govt

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has tackled the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, accusing it of not giving the state its fair share of road rehabilitation in the country. Abiodun stated this on Monday when he played host to Executive Chairman of the Federal Character Commission, Dr. Muheeba Dankaka, who was on a courtesy call with his team to the Oke-Mosan Governor’s office, Abeokuta. According to Abiodun, the Federal Government should operate the principle of Federal Character on road rehabilitations, saying Ogun deserves special attention in terms of road rehabilitation. He maintained that the Gateway State should be given better attention than it is currently getting from the Buhari government on its roads, especially because of its strategic location as t...
Omar Marmoush: VfB Stuttgart sign Wolfsburg forward on loan
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Omar Marmoush: VfB Stuttgart sign Wolfsburg forward on loan

The 22-year-old Egyptian youngster will represent the Mercedes-Benz Arena giants during the 2021-22 campaign VfB Stuttgart have confirmed the signing of Egypt youth international Omar Marmoush from Wolfsburg on loan on Monday. He represented St Pauli in the second tier during the 2020-21 campaign. There, he scored seven times in 21 league outings. In a bid to get regular playing time, he has been shipped again to the Mercedes-Benz Arena – where he is expected to get regular first-team action under manager Pellegrino Matarazzo.  
‘All I want to do is go where I’m wanted!’ – Maitland-Niles hits out at Arsenal amid reports of rejected loan bid from Everton
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‘All I want to do is go where I’m wanted!’ – Maitland-Niles hits out at Arsenal amid reports of rejected loan bid from Everton

The versatile English international has taken to social media to vent his frustration over his current situation at Emirates Stadium Ainsley Maitland-Niles has hit out at Arsenal amid reports that the club have rejected a loan bid for the defender from Everton. Maitland-Niles returned to Emirates Stadium earlier this summer after a six-month spell at West Brom with a view to forcing his way back into Mikel Arteta's first-team plans. The 23-year-old has continued to find regular minutes at Arsenal hard to come by with his only two appearances so far this term coming from the bench, leading to speculation over his future.  
Man Utd make English football history with 28-game unbeaten away run
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Man Utd make English football history with 28-game unbeaten away run

The Red Devils saw off Wolves to post a new best mark for games on the road in the top-flight, surpassing the record of Arsenal's 'Invincibles' Manchester United made history when they beat Wolves 1-0 on Sunday, setting a new English football record for consecutive away matches unbeaten. Mason Greenwood struck in the 80th minute to secure the three points for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team. The Red Devils remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season, collecting seven points across their first three matches.  
Messi makes PSG debut in Ligue 1 clash against Reims
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Messi makes PSG debut in Ligue 1 clash against Reims

The Argentine got his first taste of club football away from Barcelona in the second half at Stade Auguste Delaune Lionel Messi has made his Paris Saint-Germain debut, coming on for Neymar after 66 minutes in a clash against Reims. It is the first time that Messi has played a competitive club match for a team other than Barcelona. He arrived at PSG earlier in August after Barcelona were forced to release him for financial reasons.  
Newborn baby abandoned at dump site in Bayelsa cries to death
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Newborn baby abandoned at dump site in Bayelsa cries to death

A newborn baby boy has died shortly after he was found abandoned at a dump site in Okaka community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa state. It was gathered that the baby wrapped in Ankara fabric was crying helplessly when it was discovered on Saturday morning, August 28, by some residents who came out to dump their refuse. According to the residents, the first person that saw the child raised the alarm which attracted a crowd from the neighbourhood, but no help came as the child was already dying from the cold and the rain of the previous night. They said the child was confirmed dead later, as he stopped crying. Spokesman of the State Police Command, SP Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the incident, said the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the area visited...

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