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Obaseki Hails Osimhen Over Best African Player Win In French Ligue One

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has hailed an Edo indigene and Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen, on his emergence as Africa Best Player in French Ligue One, clinching the 2020 Marc-Vivien Foe Prize.   Obaseki said Osimhen has made the state and Nigeria proud with his envious feat, applauding him for being a good role model for millions of Edo youths.   According to the governor, “Hearty congratulations to Edo son and Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen, on his Prix Marc-Vivien Foé win, awarded to the Best African…

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COVID-19: CAF Releases Guidelines For Restart Of Competitions

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Monday released guidelines to guide member associations on the restart of football activities on the continent. A statement on the continental body’s website said that the guidelines were put together by the CAF Medical Committee in collaboration with the Technical and Development Department as well as a team of experts. ”The 27-page document entitled, “CAF Guidelines to Resume Football in Africa,” emphasises on the health of the major stakeholders (Players, Officials, Fans, Partners) as the essential element, which should constitute the basis of…

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Relegation Threatened Brighton Secure Vital Win Over Arsenal

Neal Maupay scored the winner five minutes into added time as relegation-threatened Brighton clinched a huge win over Arsenal, who once again lost a key player to injury. Maupay showed coolness and class to slot in his ninth and most important goal of the season to give Albion their first league win of 2020 and cap a remarkable comeback. Nicolas Pepe had fired the Gunners into a deserved lead with a superb curling shot with just over 20 minutes to go, but Lewis Dunk scrambled an equaliser over the line…

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Nigerian Striker Awoniyi Hospitalized After Suffering Concussion

Nigerian striker, Taiwo Awoniyi has been hospitalized after he suffered a concussion during a match between his club, Mainz and Augsburg on Sunday. Awoniyi who is on loan from Liverpool, was motionless for some moments after he landed badly following a collision with Augsburg’s Felix Uduokhai in the first half of the German Bundesliga encounter. The former U-17 World Cup winner was stretchered off the pitch with his neck in a brace after receiving medical treatment on the field. According to a statement from the club, Awoniyi, 22, has been…

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Spanish La Liga Gets Govt’s Green Light To Resume From June 8

Spanish football’s top flight division La Liga can return to action from June 8 after being disrupted by the novel coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Saturday. All organised football in Spain was provisionally suspended on March 12, although clubs in the top two divisions have since returned to group training. La Liga has yet to officially confirm a resumption date, although its president Javier Tebas had said previously he hoped the season could do so from June 12. “We are very happy with the decision, but it…

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Eerie Silence Across Stadiums On Bundesliga Restart After COVID-19 Break

From social distancing substitutes using airport stairs, to disinfected balls and a potential television audience of one billion, the 2019/2020 Bundesliga enjoyed a chequered restart on Saturday. It was the first major sports league to resume amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The German top two divisions, suspended since mid-March due to the virus, returned on Saturday, including the Bundesliga’s showcase —- the Ruhr valley derby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04. It was not unexpected as football-starved fans around the globe tuned in to watch live action. However, in spite of…

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COVID-19: CAF Initiates Financial Entitlement Payments To Clubs

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) says it will accelerate the payment of final tranche of financial rewards to participating clubs in its interclub competitions for the 2019/20 season. The continental football governing body, in a statement on Saturday, said this was in light of growing concerns and evolving nature of COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the suspension of football activities across the continent. The statement quoted CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad, as saying that the distribution, which has since begun, is to reduce the financial burden on the 32 clubs that…

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Norwich: EPL Relegation, Promotion Must Be Decided On The Pitch

English Premier League (EPL) clubs should be relegated only if both of the top two divisions restart and complete the season, Stuart Webber, the sporting director of Norwich City, says. The Canaries are six points below the safety line with nine games to play. Webber however said on Wednesday it would be unfair to relegate or promote clubs based on an incomplete season. “It’s fine if we restart and three clubs get relegated,” he said. “Football should be played on a pitch and not in the boardroom. “But the Championship…

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Rashidi Yekini, Sam Okwaraji’s Mothers To Get N30k Additional Monthly Stipend

… As NFF Follows Sports Ministry Initiative Of N10k The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on Thursday, announced a N30,000 monthly stipend each for mothers of its two ex-internationals, Rashidi Yekini and Samuel Okwaraji. The NFF, through its verified twitter handle, said it was acting in furtherance to the placement of both matriarchs on monthly N10,000 by the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development. “In furtherance to and in appreciation of the recent pronouncement of the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, to put the mothers of the two late ex-internationals…

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Abandoned, Left To Struggle For Life Every Day, Says Rashidi Yekini’s Mother

The mother of the ate Super Eagles striker, Rashidi Yekini revealed the other side of her life since the death of her star footballer son whose anniversary was celebrated recently and which made the sports ministry remembered her. Speaking when the representative of the sports Minister visited her place of residence with Ramadan gift and the good news of a monthly stipend of N10, 000, Alhaja Sikiratu Yekini revealed her agony since the death of Yekini. In her narration the woman used the opportunity of the focus on her to…

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