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target=_blank rel=noopener>UK betting firm imposes limits on punters at risk of addiction

British online betting group, Entain, will impose limits for players most at risk of gambling themselves into financial difficulties, it said Wednesday, in the face of mounting pressure from parliament. The company said in a statement that it was using a “technology-led player protection initiative” that will seek “to identify UK customers at greatest riskRead More
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target=_blank rel=noopener>Juventus goalie Buffon gets one-match ban for blasphemy

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was on Tuesday handed a one-match ban for blasphemy which would rule him out of next weekend’s Turin derby. The 43-year-old Italian World Cup winner had been fined 5,000 euros ($6,000) last month by the Italian Football Federation, but escaped a ban. However, the FIGC’s Court of Appeal upheld the FederalRead More
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target=_blank rel=noopener>NFF hails late Laloko as ‘an astute football administrator’

The Nigeria Football Federation has expressed shock and sadness at the death on Monday of a former Technical Director of the Federation and one-time Technical Adviser of The Gambia National Team, Chief Kashimawo Laloko. Chief Laloko, the Olori Parakoyi of Egbaland, died at the Sacred Hearts Catholic Hospital, Abeokuta at the age of 76. GeneralRead More
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target=_blank rel=noopener>NSF 2020: Edo threatens to disqualify COVID-19 non-compliant athletes

Edo State deputy governor, Phillip Shaibu has boosted the preparations of the State’s athletes for the National Sports Festival with a N2m donation. This is just as Edo State has threatened to send back any delegation that fails to adhere to COVID-19 protocols. Rt. Hon. Shaibu announced the donation while addressing Edo State Sports CouncilRead More
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target=_blank rel=noopener>National Sports Festival: Okagbare, Oduduru, others ‘dump’ Delta State

Delta State’s plans of sweeping all the sprints medals at the National Sports Festival starting on April 2 in Benin City, has been dealt a blow. Top Nigerian athletes like Blessing Okagbare, Divine Oduduru, Raymond Ekevwo, Itseoritse Itsekiri and another foreign-based preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games have told the Delta State Sports Commission,Read More
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target=_blank rel=noopener>Sunshine Stars’ players protest alleged plan by Ondo govt to sell club

By Dayo Johnson, Akure Aggrieved players and officials of the Ondo state owned Football Club, the Sunshine Stars have protested against the alleged plan of the state government to sell the club. They staged a protest to the Governor’s office in Akure, the Ondo state capital, lamenting that the governor Rotimi Akeredolu-administration had neglected theirRead More
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target=_blank rel=noopener>Mauritania, Ethiopia qualify for Africa Cup of Nations

Mauritania won and Ethiopia were trailing in an abandoned match as they secured places Tuesday at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, raising the number of qualifiers to 21 for the 24-team tournament. Ethiopia were losing 3-1 to already-qualified Ivory Coast in Abidjan after 80 minutes when the Ghanaian referee collapsed and the visiting teamRead More
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target=_blank rel=noopener>South Africans lament Bafana Bafana ouster from AFCON 2021

South Africa’s men’s football team are “very much aware” of the “emotional pain” they have caused the country’s population by failing to qualify for the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations, coach Molefi Ntseki has said. Bafana Bafana needed only a point away in Sudan to make it to the finals in Cameroon nextRead More
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target=_blank rel=noopener>Nigeria’s Wilfred Ndidi ranked 13th best player in the world

Super Eagles and Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has been ranked as the 13th best player in the world for the first quarter of 2021 by the highly respected CIES Football Observatory. Ndidi has an index of 85.5 having played 852 minutes in the first quarter of 2021. The top star in the world accordingRead More
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target=_blank rel=noopener>NPFL: Enyimba recovers from MFM setback to earn 1-0 win over Dakkada

Coming out from a disappointing 0-1 loss to MFM, Enyimba coach Fatai Osho made three changes to the side that played in Lagos. He replaced Gabriel Orok with Chukwudi Esobe (who was making his debut for Enyimba), Victor Mbaoma with Tosin Omoyele & Hassan Abubakar With Abiodun Adebayo. Enyimba FC started the match on theRead More
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target=_blank rel=noopener>Blasphemy: Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon punished for ‘comparing God to a dog’

Veteran Juventus goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, has been punished with a one-match suspension for blasphemy. Pitch-side microphones recorded the Italy legendary goalkeeper shouting a phrase that was deemed to be unacceptable in Italian language. The shot-stopper was caught yelling the unacceptable phrase during Juventus game against Parma in December 2020. Buffon, Juventus’ second-choice goalie will now
Blasphemy: Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon punished for ‘comparing God to a dog’

target=_blank rel=noopener>Chelsea vs West Brom: Thiago Silva gives fitness update ahead of EPL clash

Chelsea defender, Thiago Silva, has provided the latest update on his fitness level ahead of his side’s Premier League clash against West Brom on Saturday. Silva, alongside Tammy Abraham, returned to Chelsea training earlier this week ahead of the West Brom clash at Stamford Bridge. The Brazilian centre-back had suffered a thigh injury “setback” in
Chelsea vs West Brom: Thiago Silva gives fitness update ahead of EPL clash

target=_blank rel=noopener>EPL: Liverpool to offload 16 players Full list

Liverpool will offload 16 of their players this summer and are willing to listen to offers from other clubs, according to The Athletic. The Premier League title holders will embark on a major squad overhaul, with manager, Jurgen Klopp needing a major change following disastrous title defence. They are looking to bring in additions, with
EPL: Liverpool to offload 16 players Full list

target=_blank rel=noopener>Euro 2021: Coach reacts as England crashes out despite 2-1 win

England U21 coach, Aidy Boothroyd has reacted to his side’s exit from the ongoing European championship. England defeated Croatia 2-1 in the last game of the Group D on Wednesday but it was not enough for the Young Lions to progress to the quarter-finals. England lost their two opening games to Portugal and Switzerland and
Euro 2021: Coach reacts as England crashes out despite 2-1 win

target=_blank rel=noopener>World Cup qualifier: Cole, Wright react to John Stones’s error as England defeated Poland

Former Premier League stars, Ashley Cole and Ian Wright, have defended John Stones over his error in England’s 2-1 win against Poland in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday. Stones made an error when he attempted to cut inside with the ball after receiving a pass from goalkeeper Nick Pope. The Manchester City star was
World Cup qualifier: Cole, Wright react to John Stones’s error as England defeated Poland

target=_blank rel=noopener>Germany vs North Macedonia: I’m sorry for Chelsea striker, Timo Werner – Ilkay Gundogan

Germany midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan, has said that he is ‘sorry’ for teammate Timo Werner after the striker’s huge miss in their side’s 2-1 home shock defeat against North Macedonia in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday night. Goals from Goran Pandev and Eljif Elmas ensured North Macedonia defeated Germany at the MSV-Arena Stadium. Gundogan scored
Germany vs North Macedonia: I’m sorry for Chelsea striker, Timo Werner – Ilkay Gundogan

target=_blank rel=noopener>EPL: Wayne Rooney names Premier league greatest ever foreign player

Manchester United legend, Wayne Rooney, has named former Arsenal star, Thierry Henry as the Premier League’s greatest ever foreign import. Rooney also said that departing Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero is ‘right up there’ with some of the finest foreign imports to ever grace the league. But the former England captain maintains that Henry who
EPL: Wayne Rooney names Premier league greatest ever foreign player

target=_blank rel=noopener>Oshoala nets as Barcelona qualify for Champions League semi-final

Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala, netted the only goal for Barcelona, as they lost 2-1 to Manchester City in the second leg of their Women’s Champions League quarter-final tie on Wednesday. The Spanish qualified for the semi-final however, as they had won 3-0 in the first leg. Oshoala was making her seventh appearance in the
Oshoala nets as Barcelona qualify for Champions League semi-final

target=_blank rel=noopener>Povetkin ‘upset’ after defeat to Dillian Whyte

Russian boxer, Alexander Povetkin has been left ‘upset’ after he was knocked out by Dillian Whyte last week. However, according to promoter Andrey Ryabinskiy, he is yet to make a decision on his retirement. Povetkin was stopped in the fourth round as Whyte avenged last summer’s shock defeat in their ‘Rumble On The Rock’ rematch
Povetkin ‘upset’ after defeat to Dillian Whyte

target=_blank rel=noopener>World Cup qualifier: Germany coach slams Werner for shocking miss in 2-1 defeat to Macedonia

Germany coach, Joachim Low, has slammed Timo Werner for his shocking miss from close range, as they lost 2-1 to North Macedonia on Wednesday in Duisburg. It was surprise home defeat for the four-time World Cup-winners in the Qatar 2022 home qualifier. Goran Pandev opened scoring, before Ilkay Gundogan made it 1-1 from the penalty
World Cup qualifier: Germany coach slams Werner for shocking miss in 2-1 defeat to Macedonia

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