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Istanbul Basaksehir bench Ba and Ponck for PSG clash
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Istanbul Basaksehir bench Ba and Ponck for PSG clash

The Africans did not make the Turkish outfit’s starting XI for Wednesday’s Champions League game against the Parisians Istanbul Basaksehir take on Paris Saint-Germain in Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Senegal’s Demba Ba and Cape Verde’s Carlos Ponck excluded from the starting XI. The reigning Turkish Super Lig kings would be hoping to make a winning home debut in the competition against the French team who finished as 2019-20 runners-up. To achieve this, manager Okan Buruk has decided to start the duo as a substitute, while Nigeria’s Okechukwu Azubuike is ruled out due to injury.
Liverpool 4-1 Norwich City: Klopp’s men make flying start
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Liverpool 4-1 Norwich City: Klopp’s men make flying start

Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Divock Origi were on target as Liverpool started the new Premier League season by beating Norwich City. Liverpool kicked off the new Premier League season with a convincing 4-1 victory over Norwich City at Anfield on Friday. Last season's record-breaking runners-up Liverpool wasted no time in setting about getting maximum points, with Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk adding to Grant Hanley's comical own goal within the opening 30 minutes.
Man City to wear 125th anniversary shirt in Community Shield clash with Liverpool
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Man City to wear 125th anniversary shirt in Community Shield clash with Liverpool

The Premier League champions will step out in a retro trim against the Reds at the showpiece curtain-raiser at Wembley this weekend Manchester City will wear a special kit to commemorate their 125th anniversary when they take on Liverpool in the Community Shield on Sunday. The Premier League champions will face last season's runners-up and Champions League victors at the showpiece curtain-raiser at Wembley, in what is a milestone year for the club. Though City initially formed as St. Mark's (West Gorton) in 1880, they took their current name in 1894, and to celebrate the occasion, will step out onto the field in a retro shirt devoid of sponsors and including features voted for by their fans.
Senegal’s Moussa Wague resumes training with Barcelona
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Senegal’s Moussa Wague resumes training with Barcelona

Following his international commitments, the 20-year-old is back in Spain to fight for his place in Ernesto Valverde's ahead of the new season Senegal international Moussa Wague has cut short his holiday to resume training with Barcelona. Wague was present at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt where he made three appearances for Senegal who finished as runners-up behind Algeria. The 20-year-old played in the Teranga Lions' first two group matches against Tanzania and Algeria, and was later introduced as a substitute in the 110th minute of their semi-final game against Tunisia.
Reus at the same level as Hazard & De Bruyne – Witsel
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Reus at the same level as Hazard & De Bruyne – Witsel

The German was voted Bundesliga player of the season for the third time in the summer and will be crucial to Dortmund's title attempt Borussia Dortmund playmaker Marco Reus is as good a player as Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, according to his team-mate Alex Witsel. Reus, who recently turned 30, scored 24 goals for Dortmund last season - 21 of them in the Bundesliga - as they eventually finished agonising runners-up to rivals Bayern Munich. This summer has seen Hazard make a €100 million (£88.5m/$111m) move from Chelsea to Real Madrid, the joint-eighth most expensive transfer of all time.
Napoli must buy top level players like James to win titles – Mertens
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Napoli must buy top level players like James to win titles – Mertens

After finishing 11 points adrift of Juventus last term, the star winger urged his team to reinforce their squad before the new season begins Dries Mertens said Napoli must buy new and "top level" players if they want to dethrone Serie A champions Juventus. Napoli have been linked to Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez throughout the transfer window as they look to eclipse back-to-back runners-up finishes. Colombia star James is wanted by head coach Carlo Ancelotti and Napoli, though a deal with the Spanish giants is yet to be completed.
Senegal 1 Tunisia 0, Own goal the difference as Cisse’s men reach AFCON final
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Senegal 1 Tunisia 0, Own goal the difference as Cisse’s men reach AFCON final

Dylan Bronn's own goal 10 minutes into extra time gave Senegal a 1-0 win over Tunisia in an action-packed semi-final in Cairo. Senegal have reached the Africa Cup of Nations final for just the second time in their history having beaten Tunisia 1-0 after extra time in a dramatic match that saw both teams miss penalties. The 2002 runners-up edged past Uganda and Benin with 1-0 victories in the previous two knockout rounds and maintained their impressive defensive record in Cairo as they eventually found a way past unfortunate Tunisia, who were denied another clear penalty late on. Henri Saivet wasted a glorious chance to send Senegal through towards the end of normal time in Sunday's clash when failing to convert from the penalty spot, five minutes after Ferjani Sassi had done l...
Mali defender Youssouf Kone joins Lyon from rivals Lille
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Mali defender Youssouf Kone joins Lyon from rivals Lille

The Mali international has become the latest acquisition by the Kids after agreeing a deal with the side Youssouf Kone has signed for Olympique Lyon from French Ligue 1 rivals Lille for a fee of €9 million on a five-year contract. Kone, a graduate of Lille academy, made his Ligue 1 debut in 2014. In the 2018/19 season, he made 20 league appearances for the Great Danes as they finished as runners-up behind Paris Saint-Germain. The left-back featured for Mali in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, where the Eagles were eliminated in the Round of 16 by Cote-d’Ivoire.
Mane Dreams Of Winning AFCON 2019 With Senegal
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Mane Dreams Of Winning AFCON 2019 With Senegal

Sadio Mane says it is his “absolute dream” to help Senegal win the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time. Senegal, runners-up in 2002, are looking to reach the quarter-finals for the second successive time when they face Uganda on Friday (20:00 BST). Mane is joint-leading scorer at the tournament with two goals along with 10 other players – including his Liverpool team-mate, Egypt’s Mohamed Salah. “For me, the most important thing is to win it with Senegal,” said Mane. Senegal reached the knockout stage after finishing runners-up to Algeria in Group C.
Afcon 2019: Nwankwo Kanu attempts to lift Super Eagles after Madagascar defeat
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Afcon 2019: Nwankwo Kanu attempts to lift Super Eagles after Madagascar defeat

The Barea handed out a shock defeat to the Super Eagles, so the football icon has some kind words for Gernot Rohr's men to pick themselves up Nigeria football great Nwankwo Kanu has called on Super Eagles players to shake off their defeat to Madagascar and go for the Africa Cup of Nations title. Gernot Rohr’s men were shocked 2-0 by the debutants at Alexandria Stadium on Sunday, finishing as Group B runners-up. The defeat ended the three-time African champions run of nine games without a defeat in the competition.
Hazard is my Chelsea benchmark, says Pulisic
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Hazard is my Chelsea benchmark, says Pulisic

Christian Pulisic says he wants to make the same impact that Eden Hazard has had at Chelsea and hopes to play alongside the Belgium superstar at Stamford Bridge. The US international signed a five-and-a-half year contract with Maurizio Sarri’s team in January but was immediately loaned backed to Germany to finish the season at Borussia Dortmund. “It is incredible to see what Eden can do,” Pulisic, 20, told the BBC. “He (Hazard) is a guy to look up to and what I would love to become. “It is definitely a goal. Any player would be dumb not to want to be in the same team as him.” But the £58 million ($73 million) signing appears unlikely to get his wish to play alongside Chelsea’s star man, with Hazard persistently linked with a move to Real Madrid. Pulisic, who scored four time...
Man City Hoping To Beat Barca To Griezmann
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Man City Hoping To Beat Barca To Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona is not a done deal and Manchester City are among the clubs looking to sign the France star, according to Sport. The forward has a €200 million release clause, which drops to €120m on July 1, and City, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern are all interested. Barcelona do not want a bidding war for Griezmann, so they will pull out of a deal if he does not openly signal his desire to move to the Liga champions soon. Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha would be prepared to re-join Manchester United this summer, and snub Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund in the process, according to The Telegraph. The Eagles have set their asking price at £100m, with United mulling over a move for a player they initially signed for £10million in 2013. Zaha left Old trafford ...
Solskjaer: Title challenge by Man Utd next season would be miraculous
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Solskjaer: Title challenge by Man Utd next season would be miraculous

The Red Devils boss is not expecting a side that missed out on a top-four finish this term to complete a stunning turnaround in the space of 12 months Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has effectively ruled Manchester United out of the 2019-20 Premier League race by admitting it would be “miraculous” for his side to be involved. A member of the Red Devils’ 1999 Treble-winning squad returned to Old Trafford in December and was charged with the task of salvaging the current campaign. Jose Mourinho had been relieved of his duties after seeing a side that finished as runners-up last season suffer another humbling tumble down the standings.
Agbakoba Legal to Begin Title Defence against Olaniwun Ajayi
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Agbakoba Legal to Begin Title Defence against Olaniwun Ajayi

Champions Olisa Agbakoba Legal is to begin the defence of the Bankole Olumide Aluko (BOA) Lawyers’ Football League title against Olaniwun Ajayi on Sunday at the AstroTurf 2000 in Ikoyi, Lagos. OAL will be aiming to start the cup defence with almost the same team that defeated Falana & Falana in the final of the last edition as this 17th edition begins with fanfare on Sunday. Nineteen distinguished law firms are participating in this edition pushed forward due to the elections that held in the country in the past fortnight. According to organisers of the lawyers’ league, 19 teams would be participating in the tournament, with seven mergers. “The teams are divided into four groups with eight matches to be played every Sunday over a five- week period, Match time for each gam...
IAAF Road Race Manager, Other Top Stars to Arrive Today
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IAAF Road Race Manager, Other Top Stars to Arrive Today

The IAAF Road Races Manager, Alessio Punzi, is expected to arrive in Lagos today for the fourth edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon slated for this weekend. Aside from Punzi, Norrie Williamson, an IAAF/AIMS Grade A measurer will also be coming in from South Africa for this year’s race. Williamson who helped secure certification for the Lagos marathon route is a course measurer of over three decades. He measured the course for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, 2000 Sydney Olympics, Athens 2004 Olympics and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. According to a statement from Olukayode Thomas, the Head of Communications and Media for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, other elite athletes from across the world that would be part of this year’s marathon will also be arriving from thei...
Paschal Replaces Injured Victor Okoh
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Paschal Replaces Injured Victor Okoh

Sweden –based forward Onyekachi Durugbor Paschal has been drafted in to replace injured Victor Boniface Okoh in Nigeria’s squad for next month’s Africa U20 Cup of Nations finals in Niger Republic. Team Administrator Aliyu Ibrahim Lawal said yesterday that medical examination on Real Sapphire FC striker Okoh revealed he had knee injury that would keep him out for between four and six weeks and meant he could not be part of the U20 AFCON finals. Paschal plays for Vaxjo United FC in Sweden, and would now shoulder the responsibility, alongside Adamu Alhassan, Yahaya Nazifi, Ibrahim Aliyu, Adeshina Gata, Ibrahim Abubakar and Effiom Maxwell to provide the goals for the seven –time African champions in Niger Republic. The Flying Eagles go up against host n...
Okon Excited with Choice of Lagos as Host of NWPL’s Super 4
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Okon Excited with Choice of Lagos as Host of NWPL’s Super 4

Rivers Angels FC Head Coach, Edwin Okon, has described Lagos as a fertile ground for his side ahead of the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super 4 Tournament. The football fiesta that crowns the new NWPL champions has been scheduled to hold in Lagos between January 23 and 26 at the Agege Stadium. The combatants are title holders, Nasarawa Amazons, Bayelsa Queens, Sunshine Queens and 2018 Aiteo Cup winners, Rivers Angels. Okon commended the leadership of the NWFL for their thoughtfulness in choosing a neutral ground like Lagos as the venue for its prime tournament which will give the contestants an even hand to properly express their football artistry. “Of course, I’m 100 per cent satisfied with the choice of Lagos as the venue for the upcoming Nigeria Women Premier League...
Five Things From The Asian Cup’s First Round
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Five Things From The Asian Cup’s First Round

We look at five things we learned from the opening round of group games at the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates: Australia’s defender Trent Sainsbury (R) fights for the ball with Jordan’s forward Baha Faisal during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup football game between Australia and Jordan at the Hazza Bin Zayed stadium in Al-Ain on January 6, 2019. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP) – Home advantage counts – It has been a long time since Iran or Saudi Arabia were kings of Asia but with the tournament back in the Middle East, they have looked in ominous form. Iran, Asia’s top-ranked team, swamped Yemen, the lowest in the competition at 135 on the FIFA listings, 5-0 in the biggest win of the first round. Iran haven’t lifted the trophy since 1976, when they completed a run of three straight v...
Modric Adds Croatian Sportsman Of The Year To His 2018 Collection
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Modric Adds Croatian Sportsman Of The Year To His 2018 Collection

File photo of Croatia’s midfielder Luka Modric   Luka Modric added to his collection of awards after a successful 2018 when he was named Croatian sportsman of the year on Wednesday. Sandra Perkovic, five times European champion in the discus, won the women’s award. The football squad, runners-up in the World Cup, were named Croatian team of the year after a vote by 322 journalists. Modric led his country to the final in Russia in July and played a key role as Real Madrid won a third straight Champions League title in May. The midfielder was rewarded with the Golden Ball for best player at the World Cup, the Best Men’s Player award by FIFA in September, and the Ballon d’Or as the world’s best player at the start of December. He ended ...
Omotayo, Odusanya Bag Top seeds top at 50th Asoju Oba Cup
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Omotayo, Odusanya Bag Top seeds top at 50th Asoju Oba Cup

The 2013 men’s singles champion, Olajide Omotayo and women’s defending champion, Bose Odusanya are the top seeds in the senior event of the 50th Asoju Oba Molade Okoya-Thomas Table Tennis Cup which kicked off yesterday at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium. Italy-based Omotayo will contend with 63 other players while Odusanya will battle against 22 others in her bid to retain her title having won the title in 2015, 2016 and 2017. 2017 men’s singles runner’s up, David Fayele is the number two seed while Nimota Aregbesola is women’s second seeded players. This year also witness the return of 2013 women’s singles champion, Tolu Durosimi-Etti who is seeded number four in the women’s singles. According to the list of players, over 250 participants will be compe...
Rivers Angels Beat Ibom Angels To Win Aiteo Cup
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Rivers Angels Beat Ibom Angels To Win Aiteo Cup

Rivers Angels Women Football Club of Port Harcourt on Tuesday in Yenagoa won the 2018 Women’s Aiteo Cup competition by beating Ibom Angels of Uyo 1-0. Juliet Sunday’s 48th minute goal gave Rivers Angels the victory. Rivers Angels went home with N10 million in cash prize, while Ibom Angels got N5 million as runners-up. (NAN)
Bayern’s Thiago Fit For Schalke Match
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Bayern’s Thiago Fit For Schalke Match

Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara will be fit for Saturday’s Bundesliga match at Schalke 04 after overcoming a toe injury that ruled him out of their mid-week Champions League win at Benfica, coach Niko Kovac said on Friday.   Bayern Munich’s Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara (2nd L) scores the 4-1 goal with Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen football match between FC Bayern Munich and Arsenal in Munich, southern Germany, on February 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO Midfielder Thiago’s replacement Renato Sanches made the most of his rare start in their 2-0 win at Benfica on Wednesday, scoring one goal and helping set up the other. “All players who played in Lisbon are fit. Thiago will also complete our final training,” Ko...