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Liverpool won the UEFA Super Cup on penalties after a shootout victory over Chelsea in Istanbul.
Adrian saved from Tammy Abraham with the decisive spot kick to send the Super Cup to Anfield.
The match finished 1-1 after 90 minutes and 2-2 following the extra half hour in a topsy-turvy final.
Olivier Giroud fired the Blues ahead in the first half, capitalising on a pinpoint pass by Christian Pulisic on his first Chelsea start.
Roberto Firmino was introduced at the break and made an immediate impact by setting up Sadio Mane for Liverpool’s leveller.
The same duo combined in extra-time as Mane slammed off the underside of the crossbar to put the Reds in front.
But Adrian was adjudged to have fouled Tammy Abraham in the box for Jorginho to equalise from the spot, reports mirror. UK.com.

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Life ban: FIFA unfair to Siasia, says Ezeugo

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oach Samson Siasia’s teammate in the Super Eagles’ squad of 1994 that won the Africa Cup of Nations and debuted at the world Cup, Emeka Ezeugo,  has written on his facebook platform that the World soccer governing body FIFA was not fair in its decision to ban his colleague for life.

 

 

Siasia was banned for life by FIFA on Friday over allegations of match fixing and bribery and Ezeugo believes the body is unfair in its judgement.

 

 

Ezeugo said the former Eagles coach should be considered innocent until proven guilty beyond all reasonable doubt, which he insists has not been done, as he did not get the chance of making his defence.

 

 

 

He said unless FIFA provides better information and details about the incidents in which Siasia was found culpable, it could be assumed that the global body has erred in a case of mistaken identity.

 

 

Ezeugo queried : “Is FIFA that dumb; that a football official of such repute could be convicted without a representation in the trial?”

 

 

Siasia has said he had never been invited to defend himself and was hearing about this for the first time and will fight to clear his name.

 

 

“He only saw the news in his email after reading and hearing it from the public domain according to his associate Prince Opukiri Jones-Ere.

 

 

“The report from Zurich, Switzerland stated in part: “The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Mr Samson Siasia, a former official of the Nigeria Football Federation, guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

 

 

“The formal ethics proceedings against Mr Siasia were initiated on 11 February 2019 and stem from an extensive investigation into matches that Mr Wilson Raj Perumal attempted to manipulate for betting purposes. This large-scale investigation was conducted by FIFA via its competent departments and in cooperation with the relevant stakeholders and authorities.

“In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Siasia had breached art. 11 (Bribery) of the 2009 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics and banned him for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level. In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 50,000 has  been imposed on Mr. Siasia.”

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D’Tigress retain Afrobasket championship title

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igeria’s national team D’Tigress on Sunday retained the FIBA Women Afrobasket Championship after they defeated hosts Senegal 60-55 points in the final.

 

The Nigerian lasses were the defending champions going into the championship and never disappointed as they became the first team to win back-to-back FIBA Women’s AfroBasket titles since Angola followed up their 2011 triumph with another in 2013.

 

 

It was a hard-fought battle for the Nigerians as they survived a late onslaught from the hosts who were close to snatching the victory from them with a late rally.

 

 

The champions opened the game outstandingly as they won the first quarter 14-10 and followed that up with another 18-14 in the second quarter.

 

 

They won the third quarter 16-13 but were shocked to see their opponents raced to early lead in the last quarter. The Senegalese won the quarter 18-12 but the Nigerians held on to end the game 60-55.

 

 

Evelyn Akhator was again the biggest contributor as she hit  14 points. Promise Amukamara and Ezinne Kalu were the other players with double digits as they slammed 12 and 13 points respectively.

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GOtv Boxing NextGen Search 5 ’ll boost boxing in Kwara – Coach

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ice Chairman, Kwara State Boxing Referees and Judges Association,  Afolabi Olatoke, has expressed delight at the choice of Ilorin as host city for GOtv Boxing NextGen 5, a programme that aims to discover talented young boxers on the verge of joining the professional ranks.

 

 

The two-day programme holds at the Kwara State Stadium Complex, Ilorin, on 29 and 30 August.

 

 

Speaking in a phone interview, Olatoke, who retired as Kwara State Chief Boxing Coach, said the choice of Ilorin as the host city will give young boxers in Kwara and neighbouring states the opportunity to be fast-tracked into the professional cadre.

 

“I can tell you that young boxers here can’t wait for the programme to commence. Many of them are participating in the friendly boxing tournament among Ondo, Kwara, Osun and Oyo states currently going on here and have expressed interest in being part of GOtv Boxing NextGen 5. The programme has raised their hopes that they can find the platform to express their abilities. Many of them are familiar with GOtv Boxing Night, which they watch on television and are aspiring to become stars like those they have seen on television,” he said.

 

The programme is open to boxers aged between 18 and 25, who will take part in sparring sessions conducted by prominent boxing coaches. The coaches will select those adjudged ready to move into the professional cadre, while the sponsors will pay for their professional licenses and free medical examination.

Registration forms for the programme are available free of charge at the Kwara State Boxing Association Office and Referees and Judges Association Office, both in Ilorin; Akure Township Stadium Complex, Akure; Alake Sports Centre, Abeokuta; Oyo State Boxing Association Office, Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan; Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame Gym, Surulere, Lagos and the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C) Secretariat, National Stadium in Lagos.

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Ukraine name squad for Eagles

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kraine coach Andriy Shevchenko has called up twenty-four players for the upcoming European Championship qualifier against Lithuania and friendly with three-time Africa champions Nigeria.

 

 

Of the 24 players called up for preparation and participation in the games, three are on the books of British clubs including Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham), Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City) and Maryan Shved (Celtic).

 

 

An analysis of the roster revealed that three goalkeepers, eight defenders, eleven midfielders and two strikers have been invited by manager Andriy Shevchenko.

 

 

Yevhen Shakhov, Sergey Sidorchuk, Nikolay Shaparenko and Artem Besedin have been placed on standby.

The Ukrainians will face Lithuania on September 7 in Vilnius and take on the Super Eagles in the first ever meeting between the two countries at the Dnipro Arena on September 10.

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Praise for Ndidi as Eagles star stops Chelsea

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eicester City midfielder James Maddison has praised his teammate Wilfred Ndidi after the Super Eagles player scored to snatch a 1-1 draw with Chelsea an English Premier League tie on Sunday.

Ndidi’s second-half header earned Leicester City a deserved point and denied Frank Lampard victory in his first game at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea manager.

 

 

The Nigerian’s howler had led to Chelsea’s first goal after he was dispossessed by youngster Mason Mount who fired past  goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel with a low drive.

 

 

Maddison hailed Ndidi’s mentality, saying the Nigerian more than made up for his mistake with the powerful header which earned the Foxes a share of the spoils.

 

 

“His reaction was brilliant, to show the character and make amends with a bullet header deserves a lot of praise. He doesn’t get the praise he deserves and he does the part of the game no-one wants to do,” he said.

 

 

Lampard’s side started with real intent, Spain forward Pedro volleying into the side-netting and France midfielder N’Golo Kante denied a goal against his former club by Christian Fuchs’ fine challenge either side of Mount’s goal.

 

 

Leicester were much better after half-time and secured the point their second-half dominance warranted when Ndidi got between Spain right-back Cesar Azpilicueta and France defender Kurt Zouma to head in from a corner.

Both teams remain without a win, with Leicester on two points from two games, one more than Chelsea.

 

 

Despite opening the season with their biggest Old Trafford defeat against Manchester United since 1965, there was a carnival atmosphere inside Stamford Bridge to welcome a Chelsea icon returning to manage the club he spent 13 years playing for.

Lampard’s image adorned the front cover of the programme, while the 41-year-old was greeted by the sight of a huge blue-and-white ‘Welcome Home Super Frank’ banner when he emerged from the tunnel before kick-off.

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Team Nigeria in Morocco to win – Gumel

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ngineer Habu Gumel, President, Nigeria Olympic Committee, has expressed confidence in the ability of Nigeria topping the overall medals table at the end of the 12th Africa Games, Rabat, Morocco.

 

 

Speaking during the welcome ceremony of Nigeria’s contingents to the Games Village, Gumel charged the athletes to be of behavio and good ambassadors of the country, while thanking the government of Morocco for welcoming the team, stating that Nigeria has a good working relationship with the Moroccan government, assuring that Nigeria is here to win the games and win it clean.

 

 

“We are here to win the games, as you can see Morocco is our home, definitely we will win but stressed that every athletes must stay away from what can tarnish the image of the country, Gumel, the international Olympic member concluded”.

The Nigeria contingent were admitted to the games village in a colourful ceremony today in Rabat, Morocco.

The contingent about 300 hundred in number were welcome by Youssef Oliewzar, the Mayor of the African Games Village.

 

 

He thanked  the Nigerian government for releasing the athletes to participate in the games and welcome everyone as the country green-white-green was hoisted.

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Lille were unlucky to lose to Amiens – Osimhen

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uper Eagles striker Victor Osimhen believes Lille’s 1-0 loss away at Amiens on Saturday was not a true reflection of the game, positing that they deserved at least a point from the encounter.

 

 

Hoping to maintain a 100% percent start to the season, the young forward led the line again for Lille but they were undone six minutes to half time when midfielder Boubakar Soumare received a straight red card.

 

Despite been reduced to 10 men, the visitors kept their cool but were eventually broken 20 minutes from time when the VAR awarded Amiens a goal which meant Lille fell for the first time after two league outings.

 

Osimhen, who featured for the entire match duration and earned a game rating of 6.7, told AOIFootball.con afterwards that his side did enough to snatch at least a point but the numerical advantage gave the hosts a slight edge.

 

“It was a tough match for both teams, playing 10 men against 11 for more than 50 minutes was difficult but we kept our composure. In football these things happen so we must move on from it.

 

 

“Now we return to training and focus on the next task ahead because the league is a marathon and every moment counts for us,” Osimhen concluded.

 

 

Despite firing blanks, the 2015 FIFA U-17 golden boot winner remains in the Top Five scorers’ chart with two goals, one behind the trio of Memphis Depay, Moussa Dembele and Habib Diallo who all have three from two matches.

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Ukraine name squad for Eagles

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kraine coach Andriy Shevchenko has called up twenty-four players for the upcoming European Championship qualifier against Lithuania and friendly with three-time Africa champions Nigeria.

 

 

Of the 24 players called up for preparation and participation in the games, three are on the books of British clubs including Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham), Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City) and Maryan Shved (Celtic).

 

 

An analysis of the roster revealed that three goalkeepers, eight defenders, eleven midfielders and two strikers have been invited by manager Andriy Shevchenko.

 

 

Yevhen Shakhov, Sergey Sidorchuk, Nikolay Shaparenko and Artem Besedin have been placed on standby.

 

The Ukrainians will face Lithuania on September 7 in Vilnius and take on the Super Eagles in the first ever meeting between the two countries at the Dnipro Arena on September 10.

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Lagos Taekwondo stages training for public schools

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agos State Taekwondo Association will stage  a two-day clinic to teach the basics of the art to the students in public school in the state.

 

 

The training, which holds at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere between August 19 and 20, 2019, will see the students being trained in some rudiments of taekwondo martial art such as self defence, poomse and sparring.

 

 

The training starts by 9:00am each day.

 

 

According to the Chairman of the association, Jimmy Ogunnowo the “training would afford the association the opportunity to scout for students with the right skills for further grooming as well as replenish our reservoir.

 

 

“The discovered talents would be called to the state’s camp to enable them have the right training to becoming better athletes who could represent Lagos State in school sports and national championships.

“This is a gesture to introduce taekwondo as a sport to students in government schools as they hardly engage in taekwondo events.”

 

 

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Sports betting: Estate agent wins Betway N50m

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etway Nigeria, part of the global sports betting provider, has said fortune has smiled on a Port Harcourt-based estate agent Emeka Cephas who won a whooping sum of N50m after staking with just N13,000.

In a statement by the Marketing manager, Lere Awokoya, Emeka played a 10 game accumulator to win this sum.

 

 

He equally affirmed that this win was the second biggest payout in Nigeria’s sports betting history.

 

“Nigerians appreciate our love of the game and commitment to prompt payment.”

 

 

“Having been operational in the Nigerian market for almost two years, we are here for real. As a measure of our commitment, we will always keep our promise.”

“We are a premium international brand, with fully localized operations in Nigeria.”

 

 

The Betway WinBoost feature played a major role in Emeka’s fortune. He actually won N40 Million with total odds of 3,077, but the WinBoost fetched him an additional #10m, bringing his total win to #50m.

The cheque presentation ceremony is scheduled for today, Monday in Lagos.

 

 

Emeka joins a Ghanaian, Kwame Fosuhene who won GHc 990,000  (N 66 000 000) from Betway Ghana.

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