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Sports / NFF Appoints Eguavoen As Super Eagles Interim Coach by Ashleyokeneye(f): 3:12pm On Mar 04
Augustine Owen Eguavoen is a Nigerian football manager and former player who thrice served as manager of the Nigeria national team. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appointed Augustine Eguavoen as interim coach of the team. It’s the fourth time Eguavoen is managinlu6 m g the national team. Eguavoen’s appointment comes barely 24 hours after former coach Jose Peseiro resigned due to contract expiration.

Eguavoen was appointed the caretaker coach of the Nigeria national team in June 2005 with his coaching staff including Samson Siasia, Daniel Amokachi and Ike Shorunmu. He managed the national team at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, where the team won a bronze medal, beating Senegal in the third-place play-off. He was sacked in April 2006. In June 2010, the Nigeria Football Federation asked Eguavoen to replace Swedish Lars Lagerbäck until he decided his future plans. He was brought in as caretaker manager but said that he has no intention of submitting an application to take the role on a permanent basis.

Eguavoen was also appointed as the head coach of the Nigeria national under-23 football team in August 2010. He expected his team would have a qualification for the 2012 London Olympic Games, but they were knocked out in the group stage. On 5 December 2011, he resigned from his job following the failure to secure the Olympics ticket. On 12 December 2021, Eguavoen was again appointed manager of Nigeria on an interim basis for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, following the departure of Gernot Rohr. After Nigeria exited from the round of sixteen with an agonizing defeat to Tunisia, he returned to his position as the Technical Director of the side.

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Sports / Osimhen Bags Hat-trick, Becomes Napoli’s 13th All-time Scorer by Ashleyokeneye(f): 4:13pm On Mar 01
Victor James Osimhen MON MFR is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Napoli and the Nigerian national team. Regarded as one of the best players in the world, he is known for his elite finishing, pace, strength and athleticism. Striker, Victor Osimhen, moved to 13th spot in Napoli’s all-time scorers’ chart after he bagged his first hat-trick of the season within 16 minutes as Partenopei annihilated Sassuolo 6-1 away in a Serie A game on Wednesday, PUNCH Sports Extra reports. It was his second hat-trick against Sassuolo since arriving in Italy in 2020. The former Lille striker scored his first against the Neroverdi on October 29, 2022.

The 25-year-old also had an assist for Kvicha Kvaratskhelia, who scored twice in the encounter as new manager Francesco Calzona recorded his first win after three games. The treble also took Osimhen’s tally to five in three games for Napoli since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations and his 13th across all competitions this season. Sassuolo had raced to an early lead in the 17th minute when Uros Racic curled in an inch-perfect low drive from the edge of the box but Amir Rahmani drew Napoli level 12 minutes later after finishing off a well-worked team play involving Di Lorenzo and Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa down the right flank. Victor Osimhen gave Napoli a deserved lead two minutes later when he made it 2-1 after firing in from seven yards off a pass from Matteo Politano.

He completed his hat-trick straight after the restart, thanks to some suicidal defending from Sassuolo. Ruan Tressoldi tried to play it out from the back but passed it straight to Kvaratskhelia, who rolled across for the Nigerian to score. With this treble, Osimhen becomes the third player in Napoli’s history to score at least 10 goals in four consecutive Serie A seasons after the late Diego Maradona (between 1984/85 and 1987/88) and Attila Sallustro (between 1929/30 and 1932/33), according to Opta. Osimhen has now scored 72 goals in 122 games for Napoli and he is now joint fourth with Paulo Dybala in Serie A top scorers’ standings with 11 goals from 15 games. The result keeps the champions in ninth place but they are now just eight points off the top four.

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Sports / Stanley Nwabali Receives Hero’s Welcome At Chippa United by Ashleyokeneye(f): 2:19pm On Feb 29
Stanley Bobbi 'Bobo' Nwabali MON is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier Soccer League club Chippa United and the Nigerian national team. Nigeria goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali was warmly received at South African club Chippa United on Tuesday. Nwabali made his return to Chippa United after his heroics at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. The 27-year-old was received by hundreds of Chippa United fans on arrival at the Port Elizabeth Airport.

The shot stopper took selfies with the fans and joined them in singing the club’s songs. “He’s Back @NwabaliBobo,” Chippa United wrote on their X handle. Nwabali impressed for Nigeria in the AFCON 2023 finals. The former Enyimba goalkeeper received cash gifts, a national honour and was made a chief in his hometown after the competition. He has been linked with a move away from Chippa United, with Kaizer Chiefs and Union St Gilloise reportedly interested in his services.

Chippa United's colorful president publicly supported the Super Eagles against South Africa in their AFCON semifinal clash because of his goalkeeper. Stanley Nwabali made the most of his chance with the Super Eagles at the AFCON as he played all seven matches leading up to the tournament final. He received cash gifts, a national honour and was made a chief in his hometown.

Nwabali's return to South Africa was not just a homecoming; it was a celebration of his achievements on the international stage. The goalkeeper, who conceded only four goals in seven appearances during AFCON, not only earned praise but also reaped tangible rewards. Cash gifts, a national honor, and the esteemed title of chief in his hometown awaited him, marking a significant chapter in his illustrious career. To capture the essence of this hero's welcome, an exclusive video surfaced, showcasing the heartwarming moments at the airport. The footage, which has since gone viral, encapsulates the raw emotion and camaraderie between Nwabali and the devoted fans, painting a vivid picture of the historic reception.
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Sports / Ibrahim Osman: Brighton Agree £16m Deal To Sign FC Nordsjaelland Winger by Ashleyokeneye(f): 4:13pm On Feb 27
Brighton have agreed a £16m deal to sign Ghanaian winger Ibrahim Osman from Danish team FC Nordsjalland. The 19-year-old will join the club when the transfer window opens later this year, on a contract that runs until June 2029. Technical director David Weir said he was "a young and exciting prospect." He added: "For now it's important that we give him the space to focus fully on Nordsjalland, where he is enjoying a good season." Osman has four goals and five assists for his club from 29 appearances this season.

Sky Sports News reported that West Ham tried to sign Osman in January, but a deal never materialized due to the asking price. Brighton - who have been tracking the player for a while - have now completed a deal for the teenager. "We're looking forward to the opportunity to work with Ibrahim," Brighton technical director David Weir told the club's website. "He's a young and exciting prospect, but for now it's important that we give him the space to focus fully on Nordsjaelland, where he is enjoying a good season. "Once the current season is over and he's had the opportunity to rest during the summer, we will bring him into our environment where he will get the time and support he needs to settle here in England."
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Sports / Napoli 1-1 FC Barcelona – Victor Osimhen Scores Late Leveler by Ashleyokeneye(f): 2:42pm On Feb 22
Victor James Osimhen MFR is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Napoli and the Nigerian national team. Considered one of the best strikers in the world, he is known for his elite finishing, pace, strength and athleticism. The Champions League last-16 clash between Italian champions Napoli and Spanish champions Barcelona is finely poised after a cagey 1-1 draw in the first leg in Naples. Both sides have struggled for form this season and it showed on the pitch with few chances created until Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring with a fine strike. However, Barca couldn’t kill the game and Victor Osimhen equalized.

Napoli began life under new coach Francesco Calzona by earning a spirited 1-1 draw with Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League last-16 first leg courtesy of Victor Osimhen's second-half equaliser. With Slovakia coach Calzona in the technical area for the home side after the dismissal of Walter Mazzarri on Monday night, the struggling Italian champions – who sit a lowly ninth in Serie A – rescued a merited draw when Nigeria forward Osimhen accepted Frank Anguissa's pass to fire home on 75 minutes. Barcelona had taken the lead on the hour-mark courtesy of Poland striker Robert Lewandowski's 93rd career goal in the Champions League from Pedri's delightful through ball.

The return leg on March 12 in Barcelona is well-poised after a draw that will not displease either side. It was a slow burner of a match in Naples between the two sides who don't have their troubles to seek in terms of managerial changes, but the second half certainly provided a glimpse of what could lie in store in the second leg. Lewandowski is 10 years older than Osimhen, but both players are hot property in European football as the dynamic duo provided excellent finishes in an intriguing second half to leave this tie right in the mixer before they do battle at Barca. In particular, Napoli would be well advised to let off the handbrake after discovering they could trouble their opponents if they can up the pace of their passes in the final third.

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Sports / Kylian Mbappe Will Take Pay Cut To Join Real Madrid From Paris Saint-germain by Ashleyokeneye(f): 3:08pm On Feb 21
Kylian Mbappé Lottin is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and captains the France national team. Regarded as one of the best players in the world, he is known for his dribbling, speed, and finishing. Kylian Mbappe is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and told the club last week he wanted to leave at the end of this season; Mbappe has scored 244 goals and produced 93 assists in 291 games for PSG and won five Ligue 1 titles; Real Madrid have held a long-term interest.

Kylian Mbappe will take a pay cut to join Real Madrid from Paris Saint-Germain this summer in a move that is already being described as "the most expensive free transfer in history." The France international, who has already told PSG he will leave the club at the end of this season, will become a Real player on July 1. Real Madrid have held a long-term interest in the 25-year-old and are prepared to make him the highest-paid player in their history, although on a lower salary than he earns at PSG where his wages cost £171m per year.

Real Madrid are still negotiating the final details of Mbappe's contract with terms not yet agreed. "This will be the most expensive free transfer in history," said Sky Sports' Kaveh Solhekol. "The money that Real Madrid would have been paying as a transfer fee, they are basically going to be paying to the player instead. He will be getting a massive signing-on fee - there are reports in Spain that it could be over £100m." PSG turned down a £188m (€220m) offer for Mbappe from Real Madrid in August 2021. The forward then chose to sign a new three-year deal with the Ligue 1 club.

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Sports / AFCON 2023: Nigeria Vs South Africa Head-to-head, Kick Off Time by Ashleyokeneye(f): 1:53pm On Feb 07
This will, however, be the fourth encounter between Nigeria and South Africa in the AFCON, with the Super Eagles winning the previous three games. Nigeria and South Africa are set to lock horns on Wednesday as they slug it out for a place in the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). The meeting between the two sides goes beyond just a semi-final fixture as the clash rekindles the rivalry between both nations on various fronts as they look to exert supremacy on the pitch of play.

This will, however, be the fourth encounter between Nigeria and South Africa in the AFCON, with the Super Eagles winning the previous three games with an aggregate score of 8-1. So far, both sides have had an impressive run to the semi-final – though with Nigeria edging South Africa as the Super Eagles remain unbeaten while Bafana Bafana suffered an early loss against Mali. Boasting of quality players in their ranks, the quality of play on Wednesday is expected to be top-notch, with Hugo Broos spurred to lead this generation of South Africa players to continental glory just as he did with Cameroon in 2017.

For Jose Peseiro, expectations from home are so high that anything short of the title will be a disappointment for millions of Nigerians. With that drive, and the strong form of the team in Cote D’Ivoire, the Super Eagles will be a red-hot dynamite South Africans must find a way to deal with or find themselves battling for a bronze finish.

Nigeria vs South Africa – Head-to-Head:
Matches Played: 22
South Africa Wins: 7
Nigeria Wins: 9
Draws: 6
Nigeria and South Africa's clash is scheduled for a 6pm Nigeria time kick-off on Wednesday, February 7, 2024. The match will take place at Stade de la Paix in Bouake. Register now with iLOT Bet to bring your winnings to reality. Click here https://www.ilotbet.com/pc/home?op=register&c=nairacon to register now.

Sports / AFCON 2023: South Africa Ready For Super Eagles Battle by Ashleyokeneye(f): 9:36am On Feb 06
The Super Eagles claimed victory in an entertaining match at Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium. In a lively first half, Napoli's Victor’s Osimhen narrowly missed with a looping header, while former Fulham loanee Ademola Lookman capitalised on a fluid team move to score from 10 yards out in the 41st minute. Although it appeared that Pedro Goncalves' team had gone 2-0 down when Osimhen headed in Lookman's free-kick, the goal was disallowed after a VAR review for offside. Late attempts by Osimhen and Zito Luvumbo kept the pressure on both sides, but Nigeria ultimately secured a well-deserved victory.

South Africa head coach Hugo Broos has said his team is battle-ready for their semi-final clash with the Super Eagles in Nigeria. Bafana Bafana earned a place in the last four after defeating Cape Verde 2-1 on penalties on Saturday night. Goalkeeper Rowen Williams was the hero as he saved four spot kicks. “There was a lot of pressure in the match. Everyone wanted to qualify. This match was unlike the previous ones. "We did not show the same performance as we had in previous matches,” Broos said after the game. “The semi-final match will be different against Nigeria, which has good players like Lookman. We will not lose focus. The players will be in good condition, so we need to rest and recover to start our preparation”. The encounter will take place at the Stade de la Paix, Bouake on Wednesday.

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Sports / Haaland's Representatives Are Reportedly Convinced He Must Join Real Madrid by Ashleyokeneye(f): 9:40am On Feb 05
Erling Braut Haaland is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Manchester City and the Norway national team. Considered one of the best players in the world, he is known for his speed, strength, positioning, and finishing inside the box. The 23-year-old Norwegian forward is seriously considering leaving Pep's squad. Amidst the "Mbappe to Bernabeu" saga, fresh reports claim that Manchester City forward Erling Haaland is also considering switching his base to the Spanish capital. The 23-year-old Norwegian forward is seriously considering leaving Pep Guardiola's squad to join Real Madrid -- Europe's most successful club.

Former Borussia Dortmund star Haaland inked a five-year-deal with Manchester City in the summer of 2022. The impact was immediate as City won the treble, largely thanks to the attack spearheaded by Haaland, who scored 52 goals from 53 games in all competitions. A release clause of €200m in 2024 and €175m in 2025 was part of the contract he signed with Manchester City.

Erling Haaland has discussed the prospects of a Real Madrid move with his "inner circle," ESPN said in a report. Finishing second behind Lionel Messi at the FIFA Awards, despite crossing the 50-goal mark and the treble win is said to have forced the Norwegian to rethink his options. According to ESPN, Haaland wonders whether a “move to a club like Madrid” is the push he wants to become the alpha of the footballing world.

Since Karim Benzema's departure, Real Madrid have largely depended on their winger and midfielder Jude Bellingham than Joselu -- the striker in the squad. While the Spaniard has not been a disaster at Madrid, there is no contention that the 33-year-old is a long-term ingredient in Carlo Ancelotti's attacking plans. Meanwhile, Frenchman Kylian Mbappe began the season in a transfer standoff with his club PSG after not taking up the option of a 12-month extension into 2025. It meant that starting Jan. 1, he could openly talk to other clubs or even sign a pre-contract agreement with long-time suitor Real Madrid.
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Sports / All You Need To Know About Victor Osimhen by Ashleyokeneye(f): 8:59am On Feb 02
Victor James Osimhen MFR (born 29 December 1998) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Napoli and the Nigeria national team. Considered one of the best strikers in the world, he is known for his elite finishing, pace, strength and athleticism. Osimhen's breakthrough moment came in 2015 when he led the Nigerian U-17 team to victory in the FIFA U-17 World Cup, where he was awarded the Golden Boot and the Silver Ball. This performance caught the attention of various European clubs, and he eventually signed for Wolfsburg in Germany in 2017.

Despite struggling at Wolfsburg, he found his footing during a loan spell at Charleroi in Belgium, scoring 20 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions. His exploits took him to Lille in 2019 before eventually being snapped up by Napoli in 2020 for €70 million. Osimhen has also represented the Nigerian national team at various levels, making his debut for the senior team in 2017. He has since established himself as a key player for the Super Eagles, scoring several crucial goals in their qualification campaigns for major tournaments

Victor Osimhen is known for his physical strength, pace, and clinical finishing, which makes him a nightmare for opposition defenders. He is also proficient in the air and possesses excellent dribbling and ball control skills, making him a complete striker. Since making his debut for the senior team in 2017, Osimhen has gone on to score 15 goals in his 23 appearances for the Super Eagles. His tally puts him in ninth position in the country's all-time top goal scorers list with the best goal-per-game ratio (0.68) of all players in the top 10. Among active players, he is just one goal behind Ahmed Musa and Odion Ighalo (both on 16) in the list.

Osimhen has been powering Napoli to the apex of Italian football with his goals this season. His tally of 21 goals is the highest in the league so far and forms a whopping 32.8 percent of the team's total tally of goals in Serie A. He has also scored four goals in the UEFA Champions League.

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Sports / AFCON 2023: Morocco 0:2 South Africa Match Highlight by Ashleyokeneye(f): 11:20am On Jan 31
Achraf Hakimi missed a late chance to equalise from the penalty spot as South Africa shocked 10-man Morocco to set up a quarter-final against Cape Verde at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. Evidence Makgopa produced a neat finish to score the opener in the 57th minute, surviving a lengthy Video Assistant Referee (VAR) check for offside and putting Bafana Bafana on their way to a surprise victory over the 2022 World Cup semi-finalists. Hakimi was afforded a golden opportunity to level when Mothobi Mvala was adjudged to have handled Ayoub El Kaabi's shot, only to fire his 85th minute spot-kick against the crossbar.

Manchester United midfielder Sofyan Amrabat was dismissed in stoppage time before Teboho Mokoena curled a classy free-kick past Bono to confirm the upset in style. The 1996 champions will now aim to improve upon their quarter-final exit in their most recent appearance at the finals in 2019, when they take on the unbeaten Blue Sharks on Saturday (20:00 GMT) for a place in the last four. Morocco are Africa's top-ranked side but will have to wait until they host the 2025 edition of AFCON to end their long wait for a second continental title, which stretches all the way back to 1976.

Injuries meant Morocco were shorn of forwards Hakim Ziyech, their match-winner against Zambia, and Sofiane Boufal, and their watching absentees must have wondered how the North Africans conspired to miss so many opportunities against a team ranked 53 places below them. Amine Adli and Selim Amallah sent excellent chances wide after breaking free inside the box as Morocco's accuracy deserted them during the first half, while South Africa centre-back Mvala intervened twice during the early stages to stop fierce shots from Hakimi and Adli. Having dealt with a succession of dangerous deliveries during the opening 15 minutes, the underdogs threatened for the first time when Bono descended quickly to turn Mokoena's awkward strike from distance behind.

The effort proved the only attempt on target in the first period, but Morocco should have gone ahead shortly after the restart when Azzedine Ounahi won possession just inside South Africa territory, surged into the penalty area and lofted the ball over the crossbar following a swift one-two with Youssef En-Nesyri. Makgopa soon punished that profligacy, controlling Themba Zwane's first-time pass to tee himself up inside the penalty area and slot beyond Bono from a tight angle for his first international goal in more than two years. The forward for South African top-flight club Orlando Pirates looked to have been perilously close to an offside position, but Ismail waved play on following another quick VAR check.

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Sports / AFCON 2023: CAF Picks Eagles Striker Osimhen For Drug Test by Ashleyokeneye(f): 10:40am On Jan 30
Victor James Osimhen MFR is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Napoli and the Nigerian national team. Considered one of the best strikers in the world, he is known for his elite finishing, pace, strength and athleticism. Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen, has been selected by the Confederation of African Football, CAF, for random drug tests at the tournament. A source told DAILY POST that Osimhen was tested against hosts, Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon. “(He was) tested against Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon. That is twice in four games,” the source said.

Manchester United have reacted to Victor Osimhen’s performance in Nigeria’s 2-0 win over Cameroon in the round of sixteen of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations. The Red Devils appear to have monitored proceedings as the African giants clashed on Saturday. Ademola Lookman put Nigeria ahead in the first half and made a double late in the second half to hand the Super Eagles a well-deserved 2-0 victory.

The Napoli striker was fouled for the penalty that gave Nigeria a 1-0 win over the Ivorians. Osimhen then put in a ‘battering ram’ performance against the Indomitable Lions as they won 2-0 in a last-16 clash on Sunday. He set up the first goal for Ademola Lookman and was a constant menace for the Cameroonians before he was replaced by Paul Onuachu late in the game. Osimhen’s only goal came in the 1-1 draw against Equatorial Guinea in their first fixtures. The current CAF Player of the Year is expected to lead the line for the three-time champions when they face Angola in the quarter-finals this week.

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Sports / Al Nassr Chases Manchester United Defender Aaron Wan-bissaka by Ashleyokeneye(f): 3:29pm On Jan 24
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is an English professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Premier League club Manchester United. Wan-Bissaka began his career with Crystal Palace and was named as the club's Player of the Year for the 2018–19 season. Al-Nassr has reportedly turned their attention to Aaron Wan-Bissaka after seeing a £20m ($25m) transfer bid for Emerson Royal rejected by Tottenham.

The full-back might get to reunite with Cristiano Ronaldo as the Saudi Pro League outfit are eager to reinforce their squad in January with a quality full-back. Al-Nassar's attempt to sign Royal ended in disappointment after Spurs chose to knock back their bid for the Brazilian. According to The Telegraph, they are now gearing up to make a bid for Wan-Bissaka, who has struggled to nail down a starting berth at United under Erik ten Hag.

Manchester United have already triggered the option to extend Wan-Bissaka's contract by a year so that they do not lose him cheaply. It has also been suggested that the defender could be used as a makeweight to lower the price of Crystal Palace winger Michael Olise, who is said to be a top target for United, meaning Al-Nassr will have to move quickly to try and seal a deal.

Al-Nassr must de-register one of its foreign players to make way for Wan-Bissaka as Saudi Pro League squads have to abide by a ceiling on overseas players on the roster. The Saudi club, who have secured notable signings like Ronaldo, Sadio Mane and Aymeric Laporte over the past year, must act swiftly to complete their business as less than 10 days remain in the European transfer window.
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Sports / Mo Salah To Returned To Liverpool From AFCON After Sustaining An Injury by Ashleyokeneye(f): 1:37pm On Jan 22
Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly, known as Mohamed Salah or Mo Salah, is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays as a right winger or forward for Premier League club Liverpool and captains the Egyptian national team. Mohamed Salah will return to Liverpool as part of his rehabilitation following a muscle injury; Salah was subbed during Egypt's draw with Ghana on Thursday; Egypt say he will miss their final group game and any potential last-16 game if they qualify.

Mohamed Salah will return to Liverpool for treatment on the muscle issue he sustained at the Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt. Salah will attend Egypt's final group game match against Cape Verde on Monday before flying to Liverpool, Egypt confirmed on Sunday. Egypt also said they hope to have Salah back for the AFCON semi-finals and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had earlier said if the 31-year-old regained fitness he would return to national duty.

Salah picked up an injury in Egypt's 2-2 draw with Ghana on Thursday and Egypt announced they expected him to miss two games but after discussions with Liverpool have decided to allow him to travel home. The severity of Salah’s injury remains unknown. Speaking after Liverpool's 4-0 win over Bournemouth, Klopp said: "However long he's out, everybody probably sees it like this, it makes sense that he's doing rehab with us or with our people. If that's written in stone already, I don't know. "I spoke with him directly after, the night when it happened. Since then, he's been in contact with our doctor. I think he will be back."

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Sports / AFCON 2023: Nigeria 1:1 Equatorial Guinea Match Highlight by Ashleyokeneye(f): 2:23pm On Jan 15
Victor Osimhen scored a first-half equaliser but Nigeria were held to a 1-1 draw in their Africa Cup of Nations Group A opener against Equatorial Guinea in a steamy Abidjan on Sunday, unable to turn their pressure into three points. Iban Salvador netted a surprise opener for Equatorial Guinea against the run of play with a well-worked goal, but the lead lasted only two minutes before Napoli forward Osimhen headed Nigeria level. The west African side dominated their chances after that but found Equatorial Guinea goalkeeper Jesus Owono in fine form as he made several outstanding saves to go with some poor finishing. Nigeria next meet hosts Ivory Coast in a potentially crucial pool clash on Thursday, while Equatorial Guinea face Guinea-Bissau, who lost 2-0 to the Ivorians in Saturday’s tournament opening game.

The Super Eagles are among the favourites to win the AFCON title in 2024 and were widely expected to follow hosts Ivory Coast by beginning their tournament with a comfortable win against a team 46 places below them in FIFA's rankings. Yet their performance in the sweltering heat of Abidjan's Olympic Stadium in Ebimpe was not one the handful of Super Eagles fans who made the trip will have particularly enjoyed. A lack of incisive attacking play and a couple of bad misses from star striker Victor Osimhen means they have now won just one of their past six games in all competitions.

Victor Osimhen did at least get on the scoresheet to cancel out a shock opener from Equatorial Guinea, who are competing in just their fourth AFCON finals and were held to a 1-1 draw by 192nd-ranked Djibouti five days ago in a pre-tournament friendly. Ivan Salvador gave the unfancied nation the lead after 36 minutes, producing a composed finish from the edge of the box after Osimhen and Zaidu Sanusi had missed presentable openings. Their advantage was short-lived, Osimhen nodding home Ademola Lookman's cross barely two minutes later to level the scores, but that was as good as it got for Nigeria, who were persistently thwarted by Alaves goalkeeper Jesus Owono.

Osimhen spurned the best chance of the second half, racing through onto Alex Iwobi's through ball only to drag his finish wide. The Napoli star will have to sharpen up if Nigeria are going to mount a serious challenge at these finals, not least given a meeting with the hosts is coming up in just four days' time.

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Sports / Bayern Munich Try To Hijack Tottenham's Move For Genoa Defender With Late Bid by Ashleyokeneye(f): 11:46am On Jan 11
Radu Matei Drăgușin is a Romanian professional footballer who plays mainly as a centre-back for Serie A club Genoa FC and the Romania national team. A versatile player, Drăgușin can also be deployed as a full-back. Bayern Munich make improved £26.7m offer for Genoa defender Radu Dragusin after Tottenham reached an agreement with Serie A side; Spurs had agreed a £25.9m deal with Djed Spence going on loan to the Italian club; Dragusin must now decide which club to join.

Bayern Munich have made a late bid for Radu Dragusin in an attempt to beat Tottenham to the signing of Genoa defender, according to Sky in Italy. Spurs had reached an agreement with Genoa on a deal worth £25.9m (€30m), including £5.6m (€6m) in add-ons, for the Romania international. The deal also includes the loan of Spurs defender Djed Spence to the Italian club. But Bayern have since made an improved offer worth £26.7m (€31m), and Dragusin must now decide which club he wants to play for. Bayern's late bid has opened up negotiations and decisive hours now lie ahead for the transfer. Both clubs are making their maximum effort to sign the 21-year-old, with a centre-back signing a priority in the January transfer window for Spurs.

Bayern's move for Dragusin comes after Sky in Germany reported at the weekend that the German giants had agreed terms with Tottenham defender Eric Dier. The 29-year-old is free to speak to foreign clubs with his contract expiring this summer but Spurs have not had an approach from Bayern yet to discuss a deal being done this month.
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Sports / Transfer Window: Kylian Mbappe Open To Liverpool Transfer by Ashleyokeneye(f): 2:55pm On Jan 04
Kylian Mbappé Lottin is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and captains the France national team. Regarded as one of the best players in the world, he is known for his dribbling, speed, and finishing. Liverpool may or may not make a signing in the winter transfer window. If recent history is anything to go by, then the Reds would be open to making a transfer move should the right opportunity present itself. We saw this in the last two windows, when the club signed Luis Díaz in the winter of 2022 and Cody Gakpo a year later. As relates to Díaz, Liverpool needed to steal a march on Tottenham, who had also agreed a fee with Porto for the Colombian.

With Gakpo, Jürgen Klopp needed cover with many of his forwards injured or struggling for form last season and got him six months ahead of Roberto Firmino leaving. Liverpool have had no such issues this season, but it doesn't mean the club won't strike should there be an opportunity to be had.

Here we go again. According to Spanish source Mundo Deportivo (print edition, via Paisley Gates), Liverpool wants to sign the French superstar Kylian Mbappé ahead of next season. His current deal with PSG expires in the summer. Most expect Mbappé to sign for Real Madrid, who have been courting the player for years at this stage. Yet the Spanish newspaper argues that Liverpool are prepared to ‘accelerate and overtake’ Florentino Perez's side in the race to sign the French forward. As ever, Mbappé's wages remain a sticking point of any negotiation, considering he makes around $41m (£33m/€38m) per-season with PSG. Liverpool can't come close to matching the same terms.
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Sports / Turkish Club President Resigns And Arrested For Punching A Referee by Ashleyokeneye(f): 2:51pm On Dec 13, 2023
Faruk Koca is a Turkish politician and entrepreneur who previously served as a member of parliament in the 22nd and 23rd Grand National. Ankaragucu president Faruk Koca resigns after punching referee Halil Umut Meler following his side's 1-1 draw with Rizespor in Turkish Super Lig on Monday night; two detained as fans also attack official, while detention order was issued for Koca.

Faruk Koca has resigned as president of Ankaragucu after punching a referee at the end of a Super Lig match on Monday night. Matches in all Turkish football leagues were suspended indefinitely by the country's football association after Koca ran onto the pitch and struck official Halil Umut Meler following their top-flight game against Rizespor. On Tuesday, a Turkish court ordered the arrest of Koca and also remanded two other suspects over the violence, the justice minister Yilmaz Tunc revealed.

Tunc said Koca and two others were formally arrested for "injuring a public official" after prosecutors took statements from them. In a letter confirming his resignation, Koca wrote: "After the match we played against Çaykur Rizespor last night, due to my attitude towards the referee Halil Umut Meler, who managed the match, Mr. Meler and his family, in particular; I apologize to the Turkish referee community, sports public and our nation. "How and why the subject came to this point is independent of the event. No matter how great injustice or wrong it is, nothing can legitimize or explain the violence that I committed, which I definitely did not desire. "Sports fields should be the venue for gentlemanly competition. Any attitude that casts a shadow on fair play, including my own, should not be present in stadiums or halls.

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Sports / Osimhen Makes History, Crowned CAF African Player Of The Year by Ashleyokeneye(f): 9:40am On Dec 13, 2023
Victor James Osimhen MFR is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Napoli and the Nigerian national team. Considered one of the best strikers in the world, as well as one of the best players in the world, he is known for his elite finishing, pace, strength and athleticism. Super Eagles and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen has been crowned the 2023 CAF African Player of the Year.

Osimhen became the first Nigerian to win the coveted prize since Nwankwo Kanu won it in 1999. The 24-year-old beat Liverpool and Egypt’s Mohammed Salah and PSG and Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi to the crown. Osimhen had a remarkable 2022/2023 season, helping the Partonopei win the Serie A title for the first time in over three decades. He scored 26 league goals and 31 in all competitions to win the Golden Boot and emerge as Serie A Player of the Season.

Osimhen also smashed several records, including the longstanding one by Liberia’s President George Weah, to become the African with the most goals in the Italian top flight. At the 2023 Ballon d’Or, the Napoli forward was ranked 8th Best Player in the world ahead of the likes of Luka Modric, fellow African Mohammed Salah and Bernardo Silva of Manchester City.

Morocco won the Men’s National Team award following their performance at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, while Nigeria won the Women’s National Team of the Year award. Egyptian giants Al Ahly clinched the Male Club of the Year award, with the women’s award going to South African side Mamelodi Sundown. South Africa dominated the continent’s Best XI players in the Women Category while two members of Morocco’s World Cup semi-final team were included in the male version. The ultimate winners in each category were decided through a voting process involving a panel comprising CAF Technical Committee, Head Coaches, National Team Captains and media professionals.

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Sports / Victor Osimhen Bags AIC Footballer Of The Year Award by Ashleyokeneye(f): 1:37pm On Dec 06, 2023
Victor James Osimhen MFR is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Napoli and the Nigeria national team. Considered one of the best strikers in the world, as well as one of the best players in the world, he is known for his elite finishing, pace, strength and athleticism.

Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, was named the Italian Footballers’ Association Footballer of the Year for his stellar showing with Neapolitans last season. The award ceremony held on Monday night, also had other accolades, including team of the year, coach of the year, club of the year and goal of the season. Osimhen’s 26 goals were instrumental in helping Partenopei win their first Scudde in 33 years. The feat has also seen the Nigerian nominated for many awards, including the FIFA Best and Balon d’Or. He was also included in the Serie A team of the year alongside Mike Maignan, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Kim Min-jae, Andrea Bastoni, Theo Hernández, Stanislav Lobotka, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Nicolo Barella, Rafael Leão, and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia. Despite a tougher start to the 2023-24 campaign and recent struggles with injury, Osimhen has continued his impressive goal-per-game ratio, with six from 10 after the 14 games.

Victor Osimhen has thanked his friends, family and supporters after clinching the Italia Footballers’ Association (AIC) Player of the Year award. Osimhen was named winner of the award on Monday night. The 24-year-old took to social media to celebrate the personal award. “Thank you @GranGalaAIC for the recognition and awards, thank you to my family, friends and supporters for your votes and unending support. "God is the Greatest,” he wrote in his X handle.

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Sports / Barcelona 1-0 Atletico Madrid: Joao Felix Scores Winner Against His Parent Club by Ashleyokeneye(f): 8:40am On Dec 05, 2023
João Félix Sequeira is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for La Liga club Barcelona, on loan from Atlético Madrid, and the Portugal national team. He can also play as a winger or an attacking midfielder.

Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid as Joao Felix scored the only goal of the game against his parent club. The Portuguese forward, on a season-long loan from Atletico, dinked the ball over Jan from a tight angle in the 28th minute. Memphis Depay went close to an Atletico equaliser against his old club, but his free-kick was tipped on to the frame of the goal by Inaki Pena. Barca could have won by more had Robert Lewandowski taken some great chances. Reigning champions Barcelona move above Atletico into third place in La Liga, but they sit four points off the top two, Real Madrid and Girona.

The Portugal international certainly wasn’t interested in the infamous muted celebration and said he would simply let it all out at Montjuic. “Only the people close to me know what I have lived,” he said. “I just let it go, for everything that happened for me and my family. That’s for me and my team-mates and Barca who have welcomed me.”

Felix also spoke about what it was like to face his former team and his winning goal, which came in the first half. “We knew it was a very important game, a very hard game, it’s never easy against Atletico. "It was a very big win for us,” he said. “Yes of course I had an extra motivation, to see my former team-mates they’ve always helped me. It was a special game but I’m happy with the win. “I know I received Rapha’s pass and then I think it was the only way to score, to go over Oblak. I was happy with it.” There’s no doubt it’s a great moment for Felix, although you suspect Atletico fans really won’t want him back after seeing him thoroughly enjoying scoring against Simeone’s side.

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Sports / Jude Bellingham Breaks Christiano Ronaldo & Di Stefano Real Madrid Goal Record by Ashleyokeneye(f): 2:47pm On Nov 27, 2023
Jude Victor William Bellingham is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for La Liga club Real Madrid and the England national team. Jude Bellingham now rubs shoulders with the biggest names in Real Madrid history. Jude Bellingham has fit like a glove at Real Madrid, with the Englishman an exciting signing who is looking better and better in white, contributing a goal and an assist in Real Madrid's 3-0 thrashing of Cadiz at the Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla. The other star of the match was Brazilian Rodrygo, who scored two goals and assisted Bellingham's goal. However, the Englishman continues to surprise with the great start he has had with Real Madrid, especially when it comes to goal scoring.

So overwhelming has been his goal-scoring start with the Chamartin team that according to data from Alexis Martin Tamayo, better known as Mister Chip, Bellingham has surpassed the best goal-scoring start in the history of Real Madrid in his first 15 official games. Bellingham has scored 14 goals in that span, surpassing the 13 goals that Cristiano Ronaldo, Alfredo Di Stefano and Pruden Sanchez scored in their first 15 official games with Casa Blanca, being even more impressive considering that the Englishman is a midfielder and the others are strikers.

Bellingham, who joined from Borussia Dortmund for around 103 million euros, is the team's top scorer in all competitions with 14 goals, twice as many as his nearest rival, Rodrygo, who has seven. With 11 goals in LaLiga, Bellingham also leads the fight for Pichichi over Atletico Madrid's Frenchman Antoine Griezmann, who has nine at the moment.

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Sports / The Final Showdown:messi And Ronaldo To Clash Again As Inter Miami Play Al Nassr by Ashleyokeneye(f): 3:41pm On Nov 22, 2023
In February 2024 there will be one last 'last dance'. One last duel between Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo: Inter Miami and Al-Nassr will face each other in a few months in the Riyadh Season Cup that will take place on Saudi soil.

The tournament will feature the world's most prominent soccer stars, including Saudi club Al-Nassr's Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo and U.S. club Inter Miami's Argentine star Lionel Messi, in a showdown that will be the talk of the world, dubbed "The Last Dance." The tournament will also feature FIFA Club World Cup runners-up Al-Hilal Saudi Club, led by Serbian star Aleksandar Mitrovic, and Asia's best player, captain Salem Al-Dawsari. "Riyadh Season and Inter Miami CF agreed to hold the Riyadh Season Cup matches in Riyadh as part of Riyadh Season activities," Turki Al-Sheikh, president of the Saudi Arabian General Entertainment Authority, said in a statement. "In a tournament that brings together the two Saudi clubs, Al Hilal and Al-Nassr, and Inter Miami CF, the matches will be played in league format. The league's schedule will be announced at a later date. "The tournament is scheduled to take place in the first week of February 2024, with the participation of the stars of all participating clubs, in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, at the Kingdom Arena, which was recently inaugurated at the opening ceremony of the fourth edition. of the Riyadh season."

Al-Sheikh welcomed Inter Miami CF's participation and noted that the tournament will have a worldwide following thanks to the outstanding international soccer stars playing for the three clubs. He stressed that the league is an extension of the major international events that the Riyadh season presents to visitors and the world.

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Sports / Arsenal Youth Player Scores 10 Goals For U16 Side In 14-3 Thrashing Of Liverpool by Ashleyokeneye(f): 2:54pm On Nov 20, 2023
Chido Obi-Martin scored 10 goals on Saturday in a 14-3 away win for Arsenal's under-16s against Liverpool. The 15-year-old has appeared in several Arsenal age groups this season, representing the club at under-21 and under-19 level and scoring a hat-trick in an under-18s game against Southampton. Arsenal youth player Chido Obi-Martin scores 10 goals as Gunners U16 side thrash Liverpool 14-3; 15-year-old Obi-Martin is a Denmark U17 international and has scored three goals in six games for Arsenal's U18 side this season, as well as making his U21 debut.

The 15-year-old is already a regular for the club's U18 side, and made his UEFA Youth League debut earlier this season, but stunned team-mates and opposition alike with his 10-goal haul on Saturday. The Denmark U17 international only featured for the U16s as the older age group did not have a game across the weekend.

He has previously been called up to train with the Arsenal first team by manager Mikel Arteta, and scored a hat-trick in a Premier League 2 game against Southampton earlier this season. Gunners legend Ian Wright was quoted by The Mirror as hailing Obi-Martin's potential, saying: "Chido Obi-Martin, he's 15, honestly, he's like 6 foot 2, he looks really quick." Obi-Martin has also hit the ground running on the international scene, netting seven times in nine games for Denmark U17s, prompting high praise from his international boss Jesper

Mikkelsen. He told Bold: "When you look at 'Chido', he doesn't look like someone who hasn't turned 16 yet. First of all, he has a physique that is really advantageous as a football player. 'He's big and strong, but he's also reasonably agile. He is good at sticking to the game, but he is also good at challenging and dribbling himself."
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Sports / Goalkeeper Nnadozie Made The List For The Women's Goalkeeper Of The Year Prize J by Ashleyokeneye(f): 2:52pm On Nov 15, 2023
Goalkeeper Nnadozie made the list for the Women's Goalkeeper of the Year prize just as Waldrum was nominated in the Coach of the Year category. Super Falcons’ Asisat Oshoala and goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie made the cut as Nigeria dominated the shortlist for the 2023 CAF Women’s Awards. The continent’s governing body released a shortlist of nominees on Tuesday afternoon, with the Super Falcons and their coach Wandy Waldrum also making the cut.

Oshoala, who plays for Barcelona Femeni, won the treble, including the Champions League with the Spanish giants, and is on the cusp of winning a record-extending sixth CAF Women’s Player of the Year Award. She is the current holder – her fifth gong to surpass compatriot Perpetua Nkwocha’s record. She was also a 2023 Ballon d’Or nominee. Apart from Oshoala, other Nigerian nominees for the Player of the Year include Nnadozie, Christy Ucheibe, Osinachi Ohale, Toni Payne, and Uchenna Kanu. Goalkeeper Nnadozie made the list for the Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year prize just as Waldrum was nominated in the Coach of the Year category.

There were also other Nigerian nominees for Young Player of the Year as Deborah Abiodun, Esther Ajakaye and Oluwatosin Demehin made the list. The Super Falcons are also in contention for the Team of the Year Prize after a gallant showing at the 2023 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand and Australia.

In the male category released earlier in the year, Victor Osimhen was nominated and is expected to become the first Nigerian since 1999 to land the prize. Player of the Year (Women). This year’s CAF awards will take place in Marrakech, Morocco on December 11, 2023.

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Sports / Mikel Obi Plays Agent As He Urges Victor Osimhen To Join Chelsea by Ashleyokeneye(f): 2:30pm On Nov 14, 2023
Victor James Osimhen is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Napoli and the Nigerian national team. Considered one of the best strikers in the world, as well as one of the best players in the world, he is known for his elite finishing, pace, strength and athleticism.

John Obi Mikel is desperate for Victor Osimhen to sign for Chelsea and has told the striker he will 'make sure' a deal happens. The Nigerian international starred in Napoli's Serie A title win last season, scoring 26 goals in 32 top-flight appearances. Osimhen netted a further five in the Champions League and during the summer, he was the subject of heavy transfer speculation.

Clubs including Chelsea and Manchester United were keen to sign him, with Saudi Pro League side Al Hilal making a £120.3million offer. He rejected the monumental offer in favour of staying at Napoli but his fellow countryman Mikel has told him where to play next season. When interviewing Osimhen on his podcast, the former Chelsea star revealed how he reacted to the Saudi Arabia links: "I just thought, 'I just hope he stays at Napoli.' "Or maybe next season, I know you're going to come to Chelsea. I'm telling you, I'm going to be the agent to broker that deal! You are 100 per cent going to Chelsea next season.
"I'm going to make sure that deal happens because we are crying out for someone like you. Since the big man left the club, you know Didier Drogba, my teammate, we haven't had anybody with that figure, that stature, that personality.

Mikel made 372 appearances for Chelsea and had the pleasure of playing alongside Drogba, their Champions League final hero in 2012, on 189 of those occasions. The Blues have struggled as reliable strikers since he left, although Diego Costa was key in two Premier League title wins, with Nicolas Jackson their latest arrival in that role. He scored his seventh goal for the club in their dramatic 4-4 draw with Manchester City on Sunday but Chelsea could still be set to make a move for Osimhen next summer. At the end of the season, he will have just one year remaining on his deal at Napoli so the Blues could therefore make an offer that would be substantially less than what Al Hilal proposed in July.
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