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FIFA Ranking: Laloko Wants 25% Of Local Players In Super Eagles

A former Technical Director of then Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Kashimawo Laloko, has called for 25 per cent inclusion of local league players in the various national teams if the country must go beyond its current FIFA rankings. Laloko made the call on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in reaction to Nigeria’s latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday. Nigeria is placed on the 29th spot in the world and third in Africa, behind Senegal and Tunisia, in current FIFA ranking. Laloko said it was…

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Aubameyang: Signing New 3-Year Deal For Arsenal Was Never In Doubt

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new three-year deal, the Premier League club said on Tuesday, ending speculation over a potential exit as he entered the final year of his contract. Aubameyang’s decision to stay with Arsenal will be a major boost to manager Mikel Arteta who said he wanted to build the squad around the Gabon international after they won the FA Cup last month. “Signing for this special club was never in doubt,” Aubameyang said in a statement . “It’s thanks to our fans, my team mates,…

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Neymar, 4 Others Sent Off As Marseille Grab Rare Win At PSG

Olympique Marseille earned a smash-and-grab 1-0 win at Ligue 1 champions Paris St-Germain (PSG) on Sunday in a match which saw five players sent off and two goals disallowed. Forward Florian Thauvin struck in the 31st minute of a pulsating though ill-tempered match at the Parc des Princes for Marseille’s first league win over PSG since November 2011. It condemned PSG, who were last season’s UEFA Champions League runners-up, to their second straight league defeat after they suffered a 1-0 opening day setback at Lens. Thauvin scored against the run of…

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West Brom, Nigeria’s Ajayi: No Dream Is Too Big, Eyes AFCON, W’Cup With S’ Eagles

Despite missing out on playing in the Premier League with Arsenal, Semi Ajayi was always confident he would make it one day. The 26-year-old Nigeria defender’s journey to the Premier League instead saw him dropping to the lower leagues to play regular football. Now though he is preparing for life in the English top flight with newly promoted West Bromwich Albion. “Always believe in your own ability,” he told BBC Sport. “Never let anyone tell you that you can’t make it or that your dreams are too big. “Look at…

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Serena Falls To Azarenka In US Open Semi-Finals

Victoria Azarenka defeated third seed Serena Williams 1-6 6-3 6-3 in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Thursday. The loss denied Serena the chance of winning a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title on home soil this year. Azarenka  will now face Japan’s Naomi Osaka on Saturday in her third final at Flushing Meadows, having lost the previous two to Williams in 2012 and 2013. Azarenka said her mental game had been crucial in beating the 38-year-old Williams, who needed a medical timeout to have her left ankle re-taped…

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Messi Ban Now Over, Says AFA President, Returns For Argentina

Lionel Messi can play in Argentina’s opening 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier next month, Claudio Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA), said on Thursday. Tapia said this was because the statute of limitations (barring him from playing) has run out on the ban he was given during last year’s Copa America Messi was banned for one game after being sent off in the Copa America third-place playoff against Chile and for levelling accusations of “corruption” at South American football chiefs. Messi had been expected to serve the ban…

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Osaka Outlasts Brady To Reach US Open Final

Two-times Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka reached the US Open final for the second time in her career with a thrilling 7-6(1) 3-6 6-3 victory over American hope Jennifer Brady on Thursday. Brady arrived at her first Grand Slam semi-final without having dropped a set in New York and did not show any nerves. But Osaka’s firepower allowed her to get by the 28th seed. Fourth seed Osaka, who won the first of two consecutive Grand Slam titles two years ago in New York, fired 35 winners. She had 17…

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US Open 2020: Serena Williams Overcomes Pironkova To Reach Semi-Finals

Serena Williams kept alive her hopes of a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title with a 4-6 6-3 6-2 win over Tsvetana Pironkova in the US Open quarter-finals. The American six-time champion, 38, struggled early on with the variety of shots from the unranked player who was in her first tournament in three years. The Bulgarian, 32, broke in the fifth game en route to taking the first set. Pironkova tired as Williams took the second and broke twice in the third. ‘Whenever you can birth a baby, honestly you…

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Serena Battles Through Tension-Filled US Open Fourth Round

Serena Williams advanced to the U.S. Open quarter-finals after a gritty, tension-soaked 6-3 6-7(6) 6-3 win over Greece’s Maria Sakkari on Monday. The 23-times Grand Slam winner came up short in the second set tie-break, with her power serve abandoning her when she needed it most. Sakkari carried the momentum into the third set as she started the decider with a break. But the 38-year-old American once again showed the battling instincts that has made her one of the all-time greats. She broke back to level for 2-2 as Sakkari’s…

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Sports Reopening: Minister Warns Against Breach Of COVID-19 Protocols

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare says all COVID-19 protocols must be fully observed as sporting activities resume across the country behind closed doors. The minister said this in a statement signed by Mr Gabriel Aduda, Permanent Secretary of the ministry ,on Sunday in Abuja. Dare commended President Muhammadu Buhari ,and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 for reopening the NYSC Orientation Camps for the sake of youths in the country. The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, Sani Aliyu had on Thursday announced the…

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