Mbappe calls Liverpool a ‘machine’ as they head to EPL title

Paris St-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe has described Liverpool as “a machine” as they aim to clinch their first league title since 1990, and has told BBC Sport he is “100%” happy in the French capital as he continues to be linked with Real Madrid. Liverpool have also been linked with Mbappe – regarded by many as the best young player in the world – despite manager Jurgen Klopp saying the striker is out of his club’s price range. And while the 21-year-old World Cup winner, who joined PSG in 2017…

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Rohr to sign contract in February as coach meets Pinnick in London

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A leading official of the Nigeria Football Federation  tells Opera News that he expects a new deal with Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr to be signed in February, at the latest.   “We hope that all matters, regarding to Gernot’s new contract, will be resolved by that time,” says Shehu Dikko, the NFF’s second Vice-President.   “We have a very busy calendar this year and we want to focus on the qualification tasks at hand. I do not think that coming to a new agreement with Gernot is going to…

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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Eagles may draw Cote d’Ivoire, B’Faso, Gabon

…as Nigeria confirm opponents today     Adeolu Johnson Abuja   S uper Eagles will know their opponents in Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers as second round draw for African teams takes place today Tuesday 21st at the Nile Ritz-Carlton in Cairo Egypt.   Nigeria is seeded in Pot 1 alongside giants Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, Egypt, Tunisia, Mali, Algeria, Mali and DR Congo and one of these teams will be drawn against teams seeded in pot 2.   In Pot 2 are Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Gabon and Guinea…

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Ndidi set for shock return from injury

L eicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed Wilfred Ndidi could be available for their second leg League Cup tie against Aston Villa on January 28.   The Super Eagles star has been out of action since suffering a knee injury in training on January 9, missing their Premier League defeats to Southampton and Burnley.   The 23-year-old has, however, teamed up with the rest of the Foxes’ stars in training after undergoing successful surgery.   Rodgers admitted the midfielder may not be ready for their Premier League game against…

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Australian Open: Federer, Djokovic through to next round

    N ovak Djokovic began his Australian Open title defence with a four-set win over Jan-Lennard Struff, while six-time champion Roger Federer claimed a comfortable victory at Melbourne Park. World number two Djokovic overcame a third set wobble to beat Germany’s Struff 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 2-6 6-1.   Djokovic is a seven-time champion in Melbourne and is bidding for his 17th Grand Slam title overall.   Swiss Federer earlier breezed past American Steve Johnson 6-3 6-2 6-2. It is the first time that Djokovic has dropped a set in…

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Real Madrid Academy, win-win project for Rivers youths – Green

R ivers State Government says it is bent on providing a good platform for sports and football in particular to thrive in the state. This is coming months after the unveiling of Real Madrid Football Academy in the State.     The quality project loving Governor of Rivers State Chief Barrister Nyesom Wike believes that Rivers youth deserve the best of everything hence this laudable and envious project.     Special Adviser to the Governor of Rivers State on Real Madrid Football Academy, Barrister Christopher Green says the charge and…

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D’Tigers to start 2021 Afrobasket qualification race in November

D ‘Tigers will compete in Group D alongside Mali, Rwanda and Algeria for a place in the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket Championship.   The Olympic Games bound squad who narrowly lost the 2017 title to co-host, Tunisia will start the qualification campaign between the 23rd of November and 1st of December, 2020 at venues yet to be determined by FIBA Africa.   Although, D’Tigers are tipped as one of the favorites during the qualifiers, but the Nigeria Basketball Federation will not leave anything to chance as they are focused commencing an…

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Qatar 2022 World Cup draws: Eagles fear no foes, Chukwueze boasts

Ajibade Olusesan     Super Eagles winger Samuel Chukwueze has said the team will be ready to confront any opponents as the draw for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers takes place today in Cairo.   Nigeria, seeded in Pot 1,  is likely to face tough opponents including  Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire and even Zambia who are in Pot 2 as the the Eagles are set for one of the tedious and most difficult qualifiers in recent times.   But the Villarreal forward said African football had become so tough and…

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Access Bank Lagos City Marathon: Runners storm stadium for Sanwo-Olu’s forms

E nthusiastic runners in their hundreds thronged the Marathon Village, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere on Monday as the distribution of Access Bank Lagos City Marathon forms purchased by the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for intending participants entered the final phase.   According to a statement signed by Olukayode Thomas, Head Communications and Media for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Sanwo-Olu purchased 20,000 forms to be distributed to Lagosians and Nigerians interested in the February 8 race. Thomas noted that the kind gesture by the Lagos State Governor is…

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Edo 2020 qualifiers’ hosting excites LSSC

Abiodun Adesoga     The Lagos State Sports Commission is excited over the rights to host South West team sports qualifiers for the National Sports Festival tagged Edo 2020.     Teams representing Ekiti, Ondo, Oyo, Osun and Ogun will join their Lagos counterparts for the three-day event from January 21st to 25th.   Male and female teams from the six states will compete for places at the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival in handball, volleyball, beach volleyball, rugby, cricket, Abula, basketball and hockey.   Announcing the decision, Chairman, LSSC,…

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