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target=_blank rel=noopener>Kashimawo Laloko: A teacher and football coach

By Chief Segun Odegbami It was the summer of 1968, the period of long vacations in schools. I was a ‘toddler’ holidaying from Jos. I used to spend every summer holiday since the pogrom of 1966 between Lagos and Abeokuta. I loved Abeokuta. It was a quiet and laid back town. Abeokuta had always beenRead More
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target=_blank rel=noopener>Edo 2020 begins after long months of delay

By Ben Efe Finally, the 20th National Sports Festival tagged ‘Edo 2020’ is seeing the light of the day, after months of delay and anguish by sportsmen and women who had girded their loins but were left high and dry by the Sports Ministry. The Vice-President Professor Yemi Osinbajo is expected to officially declare theRead More
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target=_blank rel=noopener>What Qatar 2022 World Cup put together, death has put asunder

By Onochie Anibeze I knew what the words meant but I still didn’t understand them. She sent me a document March 18, and thereafter took ill, and three days later, she was dead. A friend had sent me a text message that read ‘Foussena is no more.’ I replied, asking ‘what do you mean?’. ItRead More
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target=_blank rel=noopener>NSF 2020: Bayelsa storms Edo with over 400 athletes

Ahead of the National Sports Festival, NSF, in Edo State, a total of 440 athletes will be representing Bayelsa State at the sports fiesta.
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target=_blank rel=noopener>Edo 2020: Every gold medal attracts N1m — Okowa

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Friday assured the state’s contingent to the 20th National Sports Festival holding in Edo from April 2, that every gold medal won at the festival would attract N1 million reward. The governor made the announcement at a pre-departure prayer session for the contingent at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba,Read More
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target=_blank rel=noopener>Klopp urges Liverpool to make late top four bid

Jurgen Klopp has challenged Liverpool to salvage their troubled Premier League season with a late bid to finish in the top four. Klopp’s side are languishing in seventh place and sit five points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League. The Reds’ win over Wolves before the internationalRead More
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target=_blank rel=noopener>Solskjaer, Tuchel play down Haaland talk

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel have played down reports their clubs will go head to head in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland. Haaland has emerged as one of the world’s top forwards after scoring 21 goals in 21 appearances in the Bundesliga this season.Read More
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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>Arsenal vs Liverpool: Arteta ‘not suspicious’ of Aubameyang after new contract

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has insisted he is “not suspicious” that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s poor form this season is connected to the new long-term contract he signed in September. Aubameyang had been prolific for the Gunners since he joined from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018. The Gabon striker won the Premier League golden boot in his
Arsenal vs Liverpool: Arteta ‘not suspicious’ of Aubameyang after new contract

target=_blank rel=noopener>I’m better than Ronaldo, Messi – Mbappe

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, has said he tells himself he is better than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Mbappe has widely been hailed as the player to take over when Messi and Ronaldo finally hang up their boots. The 22-year-old, however, admits he already ranks himself above the two football superstars. “Every time I
I’m better than Ronaldo, Messi – Mbappe

target=_blank rel=noopener>I have great option of two top goalkeepers – Solskjaer on Man Utd’s first-choice goalkeeper

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has spoken about his first-choice goalkeeper, with David de Gea’s return. The Red Devils welcome Brighton on Sunday in the Premier League. Dean Henderson had featured in United’s last six features, after De Gea was given permission to fly to Spain for the birth of his child. Despite a
I have great option of two top goalkeepers – Solskjaer on Man Utd’s first-choice goalkeeper

target=_blank rel=noopener>Chelsea vs West Brom: Tuchel’s squad for EPL clash confirmed Full list

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, will be without midfielder, N’Golo Kante, when they host West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday. Kante picked up a hamstring injury while on international break with France. However, Thiago Silva will be available for selection. The Blues occupy fourth spot in the table and are facing pressure from a
Chelsea vs West Brom: Tuchel’s squad for EPL clash confirmed Full list

target=_blank rel=noopener>EPL: Michael Owen predicts results of Man United vs Brighton, Arsenal vs Liverpool, others

Michael Owen, a former Real Madrid striker, has predicted Manchester United to beat Brighton when both teams clash in the Premier League on Sunday night at Old Trafford. Owen also predicted Arsenal and Liverpool to play a draw at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday night. According to him, Chelsea will defeat West Brom on Saturday
EPL: Michael Owen predicts results of Man United vs Brighton, Arsenal vs Liverpool, others

target=_blank rel=noopener>Porto vs Chelsea: Tuchel names key player to miss Champions League clash

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has confirmed one key player that will miss his side’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie against FC Porto on Wednesday night. According to Tuchel, midfielder N’Golo Kante will miss the Porto clash at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium in Spain due to a muscle injury. The former Paris Saint-Germain manager said
Porto vs Chelsea: Tuchel names key player to miss Champions League clash

target=_blank rel=noopener>Cristiano Ronaldo’s dumped captain’s armband sold for $75,000

The captain armband discarded by Cristiano Ronaldo during Portugal’s controversial 2-2 draw with Serbia in the 2022 World Cup qualifier, has been sold for over $75,000. The armband was auctioned to help a sick child in Serbia. Television replays showed that the Portugal captain’s shot actually crossed the line before Serbia defender, Stefan Mitrovic cleared
Cristiano Ronaldo’s dumped captain’s armband sold for $75,000

target=_blank rel=noopener>EPL: Solskjaer reacts as Barcelona open talks to sign Haaland

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reacted to speculations linking the club to Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland after Barcelona opened talks to sign the striker. Top European sides such as Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Barcelona are said to have shown strong interests in the 20-year-old. But Barcelona now appear
EPL: Solskjaer reacts as Barcelona open talks to sign Haaland

target=_blank rel=noopener>Messi not like in 2005 but still ‘world’s best’ – Klopp tackles Southgate over Alexander-Arnold

Liverpool boss, Jürgen Klopp, has tackled the national team coach, Gareth Southgate over his decision to leave defender, Trent Alexander-Arnold out of England’s latest squad. Klopp said he, “doesn’t understand,” why the Liverpool star was dropped from the recent World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland. Southgate’s decision suggested that the 22-year-old had
Messi not like in 2005 but still ‘world’s best’ – Klopp tackles Southgate over Alexander-Arnold

target=_blank rel=noopener>Sports Festival: Don’t compromise athletes’ welfare – SWAN tells officials

The Taraba State chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has advised officials from the state to this year’s National Sports Festival which is scheduled to hold in Edo State to make the welfare of the contingents from the state a top priority. The association in a press statement believed that the contingents
Sports Festival: Don’t compromise athletes’ welfare – SWAN tells officials

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