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target=_blank rel=noopener>Africa Cup of Nations to kick off on January 9 in Cameroon

The Africa Cup of Nations tournament will be staged in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6 next year, a Confederation of African Football (CAF) official confirmed on Thursday. A virtual executive committee meeting chaired by recently elected president Patrice Motsepe from South Africa also decided that a draw to divide the 24 qualifiers intoRead More
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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>EPL: Chelsea set to sign Aguero from Man City

Chelsea are in prime position to sign Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero, as the player is determined to continue his career in the Premier League, SportsMail reports. Aguero will leave The Etihad this summer when his contract runs out. The 32-year-old will have offers from top teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. But
EPL: Chelsea set to sign Aguero from Man City

target=_blank rel=noopener>EPL: Haaland’s father, agent to meet four Premier League clubs for transfer talks

Erling Haaland’s father Alf-Inge and agent Mino Raiola will fly to England, to hold talks with at least four Premier League clubs over a potential summer transfer. According to Mundo Deportivo, Alf-Inge and Raiola will meet with Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and City in London. The two were pictured in Spain on Thursday and are
EPL: Haaland’s father, agent to meet four Premier League clubs for transfer talks

target=_blank rel=noopener>Inter Milan set price tag for Lukaku amid interest from Chelsea, others

Inter Milan has set a price tag for their striker, Romelu Lukaku, amid interest from Chelsea and Manchester City. Lukaku has been strongly linked with a move to rejoin Chelsea this summer transfer window. According to Corriere dello Sport, Inter Milan will only allow Lukaku to leave Antonio Conte’s side if potential suitors can pay
Inter Milan set price tag for Lukaku amid interest from Chelsea, others

target=_blank rel=noopener>Serie A: What Cristiano Ronaldo did to me – Ghanaian forward, Emmanuel Gyasi

Ghanaian forward, Emmanuel Gyasi has narrated his encounter with ‘idol’ Cristiano Ronaldo. He said he was shocked when he discovered that Ronaldo was waiting for him in the dressing room to give him his (Ronaldo) shirt. Gyasi, who plays with Serie A side, Spezia and featured in both legs of his side’s league matches with
Serie A: What Cristiano Ronaldo did to me – Ghanaian forward, Emmanuel Gyasi

target=_blank rel=noopener>Real Madrid vs Liverpool: Casemiro predicts Champions League clash

Real Madrid midfielder, Casemiro, has predicted that any team that makes fewer mistakes between Zinedine Zidane’s side and Liverpool will win on April 6. Real Madrid will host Liverpool in the Champions League last-8 first leg tie on Tuesday night at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. The LaLiga champions knocked Atalanta out from Champions League
Real Madrid vs Liverpool: Casemiro predicts Champions League clash

target=_blank rel=noopener>EPL: Chelsea gets triple injury boost ahead of West Brom clash

Chelsea have received a triple injury boost ahead of their Premier League clash with West Brom on Saturday afternoon. According to Football London, Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, is expected to see the return of a number of his first-team players, Thiago Silva, Tammy Abraham and Jorginho, when Chelsea host West Brom at Stamford Bridge. The
EPL: Chelsea gets triple injury boost ahead of West Brom clash

target=_blank rel=noopener>Champions League: Micah Richards predicts club that’ll reach final

Former Manchester City defender, Micah Richards, has tipped Chelsea to reach the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League final. Richards stated this ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League last-8 clash against FC Porto on April 7. According to him, Chelsea are ‘dark horses’ in the Champions League this season after being proved wrong by their manager, Thomas Tuchel.
Champions League: Micah Richards predicts club that’ll reach final

target=_blank rel=noopener>EPL: Real Madrid decide on selling on-loan Arsenal players, Ceballos, Odegaard

LaLiga champions, Real Madrid, have decided to sell on-loan Arsenal stars, Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard, this summer transfer window, according to The Times. Zinedine Zidane’s side needs to improve their finances if they are to compete in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland this summer, and as a result, the Los Blancos
EPL: Real Madrid decide on selling on-loan Arsenal players, Ceballos, Odegaard

target=_blank rel=noopener>LaLiga: What Messi ‘worriedly’ told Guardiola about Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s presence at Barcelona

It has been revealed that Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi was so worried about losing his spot when Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined the club in 2008/09. Messi, according to the report, had to message manager Pep Guardiola about his position. Guardiola, then Barca manager, signed Ibrahimovic from Inter, with Cameroon legend, Samuel Eto’o moving in the opposite
LaLiga: What Messi ‘worriedly’ told Guardiola about Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s presence at Barcelona

target=_blank rel=noopener>Harry Kane vs Haaland: Paul Scholes names player Man United should sign

Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, has named the player the club should sign between Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland. Man United, who are expected to sign a striker in this summer transfer window, have been linked with both Kane and Haaland. Asked which player Man United should sign between Kane and
Harry Kane vs Haaland: Paul Scholes names player Man United should sign

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