Super Eagles lose 0-1 to Algeria in Austria friendly

Nigeria lost 1-0 to Algeria in an international friendly played on Friday in Austria. It was the first game the Super Eagles were playing this year, with te entire football calender disrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Gernot Rohr despite withdrawals and injuries named a fairly strong side to face the Desert Foxes. However, it was the African champions who took an early. Ramy Bensebaini tucked away a rebound after Maduka Okoye has pushed an effort away, to score the only goal of the game. Nigeria will play their next friendly…

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Another Nigerian striker tests positive for COVID-19

A few days after helping his club, US Monastir, to win their first-ever silverware beating Esperance 2-0 in the Tunisian Cup final, Nigerian striker, Anthony Okpotu, has tested positive for coronavirus. Okpotu, a former top scorer in the Nigeria Professional Football League, announced his positive status on his Twitter page on Friday with a promise that he would be back stronger. He emerged top scorer in the recently concluded Tunisian Ligue 1 with 13 goals which helped his team finish in third place. He wrote: “Season don finish, make person…

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Nigerians dominate Arsenal’s U-23 lineup against Brighton

Eight young players of Nigerian heritage made the lineup of Arsenal’s under-23 side that played Brighton and Hove Albion in a Premier League 2 Division One game on Friday evening. Five of the eight players made the starting eleven while three others were listed among the substitutes. The starters include Ryan Alebiosu, 18; Tolaji Bola, 21; and the trio of Tim Akinola, James Olayinka and Folarin Balogun — aged 19. While Alebiosu and Bola started from the defence, Akinola and Olayinka took over the midfield with Balogun spearheading the attack.…

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AFCON trophy ‘stolen’ at CAF headquarters in Egypt

The Africa Cup of Nations trophy has reportedly been “stolen” from the Egyptian Football Association headquarters in Cairo. The Egyptian Football Federation confirmed to Goal that the trophy won by the Pharaohs three times in a row has been lost. Ex-Egyptian Football Association vice-president Ahmed Shobeir earlier revealed that the trophy was discovered missing during preparations to build a museum to house all of the silverware won by the North African nation. “Officials of the committee which meets every five years and currently manages the Football Association were surprised that…

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Messi shuns first pre-season training, insists on leaving Barcelona

Lionel Messi boycotted Barcelona’s first pre-season training session on Monday, club sources have confirmed to AFP, as the striker upped the stakes in his battle to leave this summer. After skipping coronavirus tests on Sunday, Messi was absent again from the club’s Ciutat Esportiva training ground, where Ronald Koeman held a session at 5:30pm, his first since being appointed Barca coach. It appears increasingly likely Messi will try to force a transfer by refusing to play in La Liga next season, which begins on September 12. The 33-year-old and his…

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Nigerian goalkeeper dies in Senegal

Nigeria’s Minister of Youths and Sports Sunday Dare and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have announced the death of former Golden Eaglets goalkeeper John Felagha. Felagha, according to the NFF, died while holidaying in Senegal although details of his death remain sketchy at the time of this report. “Former National U17 and U20 goalkeeper John Felagha has died. Felagha died on Sunday in Senegal. He was aged 26. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” the NFF said. https://pulsembed.eu/p2em/3TmQhI92Z/ Sports Minister Dare also reacted to the death of the…

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Messi seeks ‘immediate’ termination of contract with Barcelona

  Lionel Messi has reportedly told Barcelona he wants to leave the club this summer following discussions with their new manager Ronald Koeman. Speculation has been rife that the Argentinean star could be set to move on ever since Barca’s humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals. And now reports from Spain and Argentina claim that he has communicated to the club his desire for a fresh start following a turbulent season. Messi’s camp believes that a clause in his contract means he can walk away…

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Bayern beats PSG to lift sixth UEFA Champions League

Bayern Munich beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 at the Estadio da Luz, in Lisbon, and crowned its impressive trajectory with the sixth UEFA Champions League title. Former PSG youth academy player Kingsley Coman headed in the lone goal off a clinical Joshua Kimmich far post cross. This season, Bayern have won Bundesliga and the German Cup, apart from the European trophy. They also have a 100 per cent win rate in the 2019-20 CL matches.  The first 45 minutes ended goalless, despite the fact that it was a clash between two…

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Ex-Super Eagles striker, Amokachi, becomes President Buhari’s Special Assistant on sports

Former Super Eagles striker, Daniel Amokachi, has gotten a new appointment from President Muhammadu Buhari. Amokachi is now the Special Assistant on Sports to the president. The Media Office of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development announced this on Thursday. The statement released by the ministry was titled, ‘PMB appoints Amokachi Special Assistant, Sports.’ The statement noted that Amokachi’s letter of appointment was issued on August 17, 2020, and signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha. The statement quoted the appointment letter as reading,…

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Bayern beat Lyon 3-0 to reach Champions League final

Bayern Munich marched their way to their 11th UEFA Champions League final after making little work of Lyon’s brief early-game dominance. Bayern might have been expected to blow Lyon away after their quarter-final demolition of Barcelona, but it was actually the French side who made the brighter start, with Memphis Depay finding the side-netting after being put through on goal by Maxence Caqueret. Leon Goretzka nearly put the Bundesliga giants ahead with a mishit attempt, before Depay flashed another attempt wide and Karl Toko Ekambi hit the post from point-blank…

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