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Youth and Sports Minister, Sunday Dare and Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State have pumped up the spirit of the Super Eagles while charging the three –time African champions to defeat Brazil in Sunday’s prestige friendly in Singapore.

 

Both top Nigerian officials spoke to the players and officials of the Super Eagles on telephone when President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, visited the team camp on Saturday evening.

 

Pinnick was part of the team’s official training at the Singapore National Stadium and then joined the group for dinner, where he made calls to the Lagos State number one citizen and the Youth and Sports Minister.

 

“I want to commend you all, that is the technical crew, backroom staff and players for the good job you are doing.

 

The whole of Nigeria is behind you. We’ll be watching the game live here, fully supporting you as you go for a win against the Brazilians,” said Youth and Sports Minister. Lagos State governor was also on the telephone urging the team to do Nigeria proud by going all out against the fivetime world champions.

 

In their responses, Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr and stand-in captain William Ekong promised that the team will put up a good outing that will do the country proud. Rohr said: “We are having a great time in camp like the one big family that we are.

 

We are hoping not only to do well in tomorrow’s match, but also targeting a good start to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign against Benin Republic and Lesotho next month.”

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Eagles of hope and poor results of other teams

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It’s nice to be back on the beat after a break of one month which was characterized by rains, bad roads and so I had the rest I desired by force. The impressive results of the Super Eagles in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers are commendable. One cannot easily recall when last the Super Eagles scored four goals in a competitive away match. I remember the battle of Omdurman when Nigeria defeated Sudan 4-0 in a decisive match even without some of the key Eagles players. It was great to see Eagles smash Lesotho 4-2. The energy, hunger and the determination of the young guys are very promising.

 

Nigeria conceded first but scored four goals to turn the tide before Chigozie Awaziem’s own goal that ended the encounter 4-2. In the first match in the series against the Republic of Benin national team, the Eagles managed a 2-1 win against the neighbours that always prove tough at all times. Nigeria currently enjoys 100 percent record in the series with six points and plus three goals difference. The next game is billed for August next year – it is a back-to-back home and away fixture against Sierra Leone.

 

However, the three goals conceded in the two games were due to defensive blunders and similar recovery cannot be recorded against top-notch teams on the continent. The defence of Eagles is currently shaky and only Gernot Rohr can explain the inclusion of Semi Ajayi as replacement for Kenneth Omeruo, who was the best defender for Nigeria at the AFCON in Egypt. Without Oghenekaro Etebo, the midfield lacked the energy and direction expected to drive the Eagles but the luck Nigeria had in the two games was the agility of the strikers and their determination to excel.

 

The attack led by youthful Victor Osimhen is currently the strength of the country’s senior national team. The talents and options in the attack are amazing. It was expected that the exit of Odion Ighalo will be hugely felt but Osimhen is fully up to the task but he has to slow down on his temperament on the pitch. Samuel Kalu, Samuel Chukwueze, Ahmed Musa and Moses Simon operate from the wings and the options are there as well. Alex Iwobi and Joe Aribo are the ones behind the strikers and they need to do more with quality and precise passes.

 

They also need to be more creative to provide openings for the strikers. They have to be mobile enough to help Wilfred Ndidi in the defensive midfield role. For the defence, Gernot Rohr will need to take another look at the person to pair William Troost-Ekong, who is obviously slow and needs a fast and decent tackler as partner. However, the poor results recorded in other national teams are very disturbing.

 

The Falcons and the national U-23 team missed the tickets to be part of the Tokyo Olympic Games football event next year. The U-17 and U-20 national teams fumbled respectively at the FIFA World Cup this year. Nigeria also failed to qualify for the CHAN tournament meant for home-based players. Poor results were also recorded by the home-based team that took part in WAFU Cup. Sad enough, coach Imama Amakapabo was the handler of three of these teams. He led the U-23 team to Olympics ouster, led the CHAN team to another ouster just as the CHAN team crumbled under his tutelage. The Nigeria Football Federation should not entrust another national team on this man (Amakapabo) and he should proceed on refresher course abroad if he is to continue as one of the national team coaches.

 

The coach is also no longer fit to be an understudy of Rohr. It was a shock that the NFF came out to defend the string of poor results and argued that Eagles remain the best yardstick to measure standard. I totally disagree because the federation cannot lay claim to the growth of many of the players like Osimhen and Chukwueze. The transition from one level to the other in the age-grade is not working and the feat of the players abroad informed their invitation to Eagles. The real developmental teams are the ones recording poor results. The domestic league players and the younger generation of players are those the NFF should nurture and boost of their exploits. NFF must put acts together to get it right rather than engage the Minister Sunday Dare in a war of words.

 

The federation should take criticism in good faith. The exploits of the current Eagles are not in anyway due to NFF’s administrative t enacity!

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On you marks…set..go.. Mourinho aims to kick-start Spurs reign with Hammers win

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Most Tottenham’s fans slipped into a state of disbelief when the club announced Jose Mourinho as the successor to a much revered Mauricio Pochettino.

 

The Special One had never encountered such negativity upon arrival at any of the clubs he has ever managed but the Portuguese is a man who has the capacity to win over fans with result and he will start the process when Spurs visit West Ham Saturday afternoon.

 

To be frank, most Spurs fans would prefer retaining Pochettino to hiring Mourinho which makes the Portuguese’s job more herculean because in all of the clubs he has managed-Chelsea, Inter, Real Madrid even Manchester United- he was received with wild jubilation. He is one of the greatest coaches in the world; his numerous titles testify to his greatness but the former Real Madrid Manager comes with some toxicity which makes him a subject of vilification from opponents and even from his own fans.

 

Known to Spurs supporters as “Mr Chelsea“, the Portuguese was asked how he could win over the club’s followers after a mixed reception to his appointment, especially after the much- loved Pochettino had been unceremoniously shown the door.

 

“They have to see me as Mr Inter (Milan), Mr Real Madrid, Mr Porto; they have to see me as ‘Mr Club’. I’m a club man. But many clubs man. I decided in my career to have adventures.. until I did the grand slam — England, Spain and Italy. “I’m not Chelsea, I’m not United.

 

I’m not Real Madrid. I’m not Inter. I’m all of them. I gave everything to all of them and that’s what I’m going to do here — give absolutely everything.” He has a job on his hands at Spurs who have slumped to 14th place in the English Premier League and were thrashed 7-2 at home by Bayern Munich in the Champions League last month.

 

His new club has not won an away league game since January and has conceded at least once in their last seven matches, a narrative the Special will look to change starting from today’s game. Today’s match at West Ham offers an immediate test, given the identity of the man in the opposite dugout. Manuel Pellegrini and Mourinho do not like each other.

 

Tottenham have only won 17 major trophies and last lifted the league title in 1961 when they won the double. Their last silverware was the 2008 League Cup but if there is anything Mourinho will likely guarantee, it is silverwares and the journey begins today at the London Stadium.

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No one should compare Osimhen with legendary Yekini –Elaho

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‘Nobody could’ve taken my position in ’94 if not for injur y’

 

 

Friday Elaho is one of the most skillful players to ever play for Nigeria and he told AJIBADE OLUSESAN in this interview that the current Super Eagles were on the right tracks and could achieve great success soon.

 

 

Just like many Nigerians, you will be excited about the Super Eagles performance in their AFCON qualifying matches against Benin Republic and Lesotho…

 

I think they were good games; all we wanted were victories, we don’t mind how the Eagles play but again they are playing well now and we have gotten our six points and that’s good for them. We are looking forward to the next games, I think for now they are in a good position.

 

Nigeria conceded first in the two matches, don’t you consider this worrisome a bit?

 

There are no more minnows on the continent; you cannot say because we played against Lesotho, they won’t score, no! Everybody is ready for the Super Eagles because that’s a team to beat. That we conceded doesn’t mean we didn’t do well and people look at Lesotho as minnows but it doesn’t go that way. As far as it is 11 players each on the pitch anything can happen. For me, it’s the six points we needed to get and we have achieved it.

 

What’s your impression of Victor Osimhen, he scored three goals and gave two assists in those games, do you think we have found someone who can lay claim to Rashidi   Yekini’s crown?

 

 

No, we shouldn’t compare him with Rashidi Yekini; for me everybody has his own ability and nobody should compare Osimhen to Rashidi who is the greatest striker we have ever had in Nigeria. This guy is just coming up, there’s no basis for comparison until he gets to that stage. Yes, Osimhen is good he has been playing well in his club in France and also for Nigeria, but we should just relax and watch him grow. For me, he’s still growing so he shouldn’t be compared with Rashidi yet because he is scoring goals, Osimhen is good, he has been playing well, let’s just keep praying for him to succeed.

 

With all Osimhen has done so far, some people believe that there’s no regrets losing Tammy Abraham who refused to play for the Super Eagles; do you agree?

 

Everybody plays his own card; Abraham said he was not going to play for Nigeria and there is no big deal about that, it’s not only him who has rejected Nigeria, there are so many other players who decided to play for other countries, so many Nigerian players played for England.

 

The good thing is that we have found another good striker, so we should focus on Osimhen who’s doing well for us now. Some people are saying Nigerian local football is suffering because it now relies on players that grew up abroad…

 

I believe so because our league is not working. You can see that we just started a new season after a long break and I think those who are handling the league must do everything to upgrade its standard to be at par with some other good leagues in Africa. The reason why South Africa’s league is big today is because of the sponsors; people are looking at their league as a great one today because of the kind of investment it enjoys    and good organisation too .

 

If we can get sponsors who can help build our league; if you can remember we used to have foreigners coming to play here in Nigeria; Ugandans, Brazilians, so many others but today there are none in our league because we don’t have sponsors and good organisation. People who can motivate and encourage the league have not come in because the authorities are not doing enough.

 

 

Some people are also saying we can’t compare the kind of players that we are producing on the home front now with what it used to be during your own time…

 

 

Yes, all of us decided to play here, we were not looking at going abroad, we were playing for passion not just for money until some of us left to play professional football abroad. But we stayed longer together, some of us spent six, seven, 10 years here playing the league until we decided to go abroad.

 

If you remember at Algiers 1990 Nations Cup, there were just four foreign-based players in the Super Eagles and the rest of us were home based and we made it to the final.

 

 

But now we don’t have such players again who have the determination to play in the league and make their mark.

 

A player will play one season in the league and the next thing, he wants to go abroad; even at times after just six months here they will tell you they have managers, so many players have fake managers, some will insist they want to manage you and take you out to play whereas they have nothing to offer, that’s what is killing our league. Every player including those in the academies claims to have managers instead of them to concentrate on the league and grow up so that when they go abroad it won’t be difficult for them.

 

You’ll see a player who doesn’t have a      club, he’s just in an academy but he wants to go and play abroad; fine, nobody is saying you shouldn’t go but again there are certain things you have to learn here before going there.

 

 

They would say look at a player like Wilfred Ndidi who didn’t play for many clubs at home before moving abroad and now he plays for Leicester but most time not many people are that lucky, so, you have to work hard for it, but nobody wants to work hard, they just want to go abroad and play when they have failed to learn the basics here.

 

 

Nigeria have a player who plays almost a similar style with you, talking about Samuel Chukwueze, what do you have to say about the youngster?

 

He’s a great player; the day I watched him play for his club Villarreal, I was impressed and also coming to play for the Super Eagles I knew he is destined for a great height.

 

That is a guy who’s coming up and in two to four years he is going to be something else. So, we need such players in the national team who can display; has the skills and everything, who can turn things around at any given time.

 

Talking about Algiers 1990 AFCON, could you share some fun memories of that tournamen, you were a standout performer as Nigeria reached the final.

 

Yes, like I said before we were all here, we were playing for the local league and we were invited to the national team and we decided to prove a point because other people were professionals and when we got to Algeria we lost our first match 5-1 to the host team; it was not good but we rallied back and beat everyone to get to the final. I am not trying to exaggerate here, I was the most outstanding player in that tournament, and I was a local player in Nigeria here, so that’s what I want to see from local players in Nigeria, I want to see them excel, I want to see people talk about them.

 

Talking about Algiers, which game was the most difficult and most exciting for you as a player ?

 

You know, when you’re playing a host team, it would be difficult for you because everybody would be supporting them so it was a bit difficulty for us when we were playing with Algeria, but we didn’t have to care whether they were the host team, we just had to try our best which we did but again other teams like Egypt, Zambia, Côte d’ivore, I won’t say it was easy but just because of the way I was playing people saw those games as very easy because I was just too outstanding.

 

Before Algiers 90′, you were supposed to go for a junior competition and you were dropped, did you lose hope regarding the national team?

 

I never lost hope but determined to prove a point and I worked towards the national team and I thank God I was able to achieve my target. If you’re dropped in a team, never you lose hope, work hard and never give up. Only four players from those that went to that tournament in Russia that year made it to the national team but I was a success for the Eagles.

 

 

After a solid performance in Algiers many Nigerians expected the Eagles to win at Senegal 1992 AFCON but the team did not even make it to the final… We went to the tournament with our best legs; Samson Siasia, Stephen Keshi, Rashidi Yekini, myself and the rest but I can’t even point out what really happened, because in that semifinal we were leading, Ghana came from 1-1 to 2-1 that’s how we lost that match. The truth is that we were determined to get to the final, even to win the cup for the first time outside Nigeria but it didn’t happen the way we planned it.

 

You couldn’t make it two years later to 1994 AFCON which Nigeria won? Yes, because in 1993 I got injured and I left the national team. You also missed the World Cup that year, any regrets you couldn’t make the tournament which the country was attending for the first time? No regrets really because if not for the injury I would have been there. Honestly, I didn’t see anybody who could have displaced me in that wing, I still boast of myself, nobody.

 

Sometimes, it happens not just me alone, there are so many other players in Europe, who sometimes when it gets to their turn to go for a big competition something will just go wrong, and you see them dropping out. I don’t think I have regrets.

 

Did your parents give you enough time to play football while growing up?

 

Not really, because my parents didn’t want me to play football; then they would say we had to go to school, but we would be hiding and be playing the game. I represented my primary and secondary schools. I won the Principal’s Cup for my school, Edokpolor Grammar School, represented Nigeria in the World School Games. You can see that I played in almost all categories, I thank God for it.

 

At what point did your parents approve of your football career?

 

It was when I was in secondary school, I  was in Form 4 playing for P&T in the state league, they were giving me allowances, very big money then, me and my very good friends, Roland Ewere and Williams. So my parents were happy my club was giving me money every month, but they insisted I finished my secondary school. When I was in Form 5, I was already playing for Insurance of Benin, they said “what!, Insurance of Benin?”

 

I said “yes”. That’s when they had to relax, that’s how I started my career until I finished my secondary school and I was still playing for Insurance.

 

 

What is the toughest match of your career?

 

That was when I was playing for Brondby; we played against AS Roma in the quarterfinal of the UEFA Champions League that was in 1990, it was a very difficult match because after playing goalless in Denmark, we went there we lost the match 1-0, it was a very difficult but good game. You are one of those who moved abroad early, why did you choose to go to Denmark? That’s where I got my job; so many offers came that time but it was Brondby that came first and me and my friend Uche Okechukwu went there.

 

 

Looking back, will you say you had a fulfilling career with the Super Eagles?

 

Yes, of course, I’m very proud of it, because don’t forget I was invited to the national team in 1986, you can calculate from then till 1993. It was a successful one.

 

Who was your closest friend in the national team?

 

It was Uche Okechukwu, we played for the same club in Denmark. You were playing at home especially the league, how did you handle women back in the days? It is about focus; because you are popular women can always see you and say “I like you”, “good player” but when you’re focused you don’t allow such things to move you, they may be attractive but you have to be very careful as a professional player, I’m not saying you shouldn’t enjoy yourself but be very careful.

 

 

Then how were you enjoying yourself?

 

With my friends, after a match like a day on Saturday, we would hang out with colleagues, have some drinks and some stuffs, it doesn’t really mean you must have a liaison with a woman to go and sleep with or whatever. Some others were doing it but then you that are focused you have to be very careful because when you’re not doing what you are supposed to do you know what that means.

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NNL: 3SC’s boss appeals for unity ahead of new campaign

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Ahead of the 2019/20 season of the Nigerian National League, the General Manager of Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan, Rasheed Balogun, wants the supporters and fans of the club to close ranks. 3SC are gunning for a shot at the promotion ticket to the Nigeria Professional Football League for the third consecutive season and the club’s boss believes unity among all the followers of the club, is vital for the ticket to be secured.

 

Speaking on the readiness of the team as hostilities in the second tier league commence this weekend, the former Julius Berger top official, said his team was fully ready for the task but appealed to Ibadan soccer lovers to help the club realise its dream.

 

“Immediately His excellency, Engineer Seyi Makinde, gave us the go ahead to continue, we swung into action and we have been working assiduously to present a very solid squad for the season,” Balogun said.

 

“We can’t afford to disappoint the sport loving governor and the good people of Oyo State as well as fans of the club all over the world. ”

 

With what we have on ground, I can confidently say that we are more than ready but I am, on behalf of the players and the entire team, appealing to our people to eschew any form of bitterness and hatred and join hands to work for the progress of the team.

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Female boxers thrill at GOtv Boxing Night Mini

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Inspired by the opportunities granted to them in recent editions of the forerunner, the popular GOtv Boxing Night, female boxers took their chance in mainstream boxing at the maiden edition of GOtv Boxing Night Mini on 16 November.

 

Female boxers in Nigeria have, for a while, clamoured for an opportunity to showcase their skills and they got the opportunity once again to show the stuff they are made up before a sizable crowd at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Hall of Rowe Park, Yaba, Lagos.

 

The two boxers on the card for the single female bout at the event, Cynthia “Omo Bobby” Ogunsemilore and Omowunmi “Mummy’s Pet” Akinsanya, solidified their point that they deserved their chance in the spotlight and have a future in the sport with their performance on the night. The bout was very exciting and keenly contested to the extent that some spectators were on their feet, cheering and applauding the boxers during the four-round national super featherweight challenge contest.

 

Ogunsemilore impressed with her combination of punches and footwork to secure a unanimous decision win against Akinsanya.

 

But this was not a stroll in the park for “Omo Bobby” as she faced a stiff challenge from “Mummy’s Pet”, who proved that beneath her nickname is a ferocious and dogged fighter. Both boxers went for the kill by throwing strong punches immediately the bell rung, but had to change their techniques, exhibiting more skill and comportment as the bout progressed.

 

However, Ogunsemilore’s firepower was deemed superior by the judges, who all declared her victorious at the end of the encounter. In other results at the five-bout event, reigning West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, secured a first-round knockout over Ola Adebakin in a national lightweight challenge bout, while the West African Boxing Union (WABU) welterweight champion, Rilwan ‘Babyface’ Babatunde, knocked out Saheed Lawal in the third round of a national welterweight challenge bout. Kabiru “KB Godson” Towolawi defeated

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Mourinho’s love for Jaguar, Bentley

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…hates driving in England

 

 

Jose Mourinho has been driving football fans round the bend for some time now.

 

The new Tottenham Hotspur boss has his own personal chauffeur – but the Special One has got a history when it comes to motors. From the car bought for Mourinho by his father to the gift from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, and the Aston Martin at Inter to the 1996 crash in Barcelona, SunSport takes a look back at Mourinho’s life in cars.

 

The new Spurs chief, who is a fan of rally driving, has employed his own personal driver as he doesn’t like driving in England. Every day Mourinho was driven from the Lowry Hotel to Manchester United’s Carrington Training Base in his own Bentley or Jaguar F-Pace.

 

But in 1981, back in his native Portugal, an 18-year-old Mourinho was on the road as soon as he could. “My father bought a Renault 5 for me when I was 18, when I’d just got my driving licence. It was silver,” Mourinho said, as quoted by the Telegraph. “I was at university in Lisbon, which was about 40 miles away from my house.

“I later bought a Honda Civic – the first car I bought myself.” His dad wasn’t the only person to buy him a car, though. Fast forward a couple of decades to the February of 2008, just five months after being sacked by Abramovich, and Mourinho had a delivery to his door. Outside was a 612 Scaglietti Ferrari worth £250,000, and it was one of just 60 produced as part of the Italian supercar’s 60th anniversary.

 

The surprise gift came after Mourinho had told his former boss that if he could have his choice of motors, he would pick the four-seat Scaglietti. That may just have been the start of his second coming at Stamford Bridge in 2013. When I bought it I said to my son and to my daughter, ‘That’s not for sale, you must keep it forever.’”

 

After guiding the club to the Treble in 2010, he thought he would reward himself. “It was the best season of my career,” he told The Sun. “I won every competition with Inter. We did the famous treble — the league, the cup and the Champions League. At the same time I won the first Fifa gold ball for a manager.

 

 

“So, 2010 was the perfect, perfect season and I bought a car, an Aston Martin Rapide. “When I bought it I said to my son and to my daughter, ‘That’s not for sale, you must keep it forever’.” It is a long way from the Suzuki Vitara he had while an assistant coach to Sir Bobby Robson at Barcelona in 1996. But it wasn’t long before that ended up on the scrapheap. “I had a crash,” Mourinho recalled. “I went with Bobby Robson to sign a contract in Barcelona in 1996, but drove so as not to be spotted in airports.

 

“It was late and when I was driving back to Portugal I fell asleep. “I was really lucky – I broke a few ribs and had some stitches in my head, so nothing really big.”

 

But that wasn’t the only involvement Mourinho has had with car crashes. In 1985, long before Mourinho rose to prominence as a football manager, he was playing for Comercio e Industria in the Sebutal District League. After a post-training lunch, a teammate headed to his car to go home. As he turned on the ignition the engine exploded, and Mourinho came to his rescue. Spokesman Eladio Parades said: “The car was on fire and Jose pulled him out. “It wasn’t about a question of pride, he was just glad to have saved his team-mate’s life.” Nowadays, Mourinho is mostly seen in the passenger seat of the latest Jaguars.

 

He is a brand ambassador for British manufacturer Jaguar who appeared to think they were Mourinho’s official spokesman.

 

In 2016, when he was linked with the United job, the sponsor tweeted to congratulate Mourinho for his new role before it was announced. Jaguar had let the cat out the bag. Given Mourinho’s return to the Premier League with Tottenham, it may not be long before Jaguar is preparing another tweet. But wherever he goes, the coach will not be driving himself. “I don’t like driving in England,” he once said. “I have to be really focused, to drive on the other side of the road.

 

“I enjoy my driving in Portugal. It annoys me that I don’t enjoy it here. “I have a driver now, so I can use the phone or watch a movie.”

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Table Tennis, Board Games, Table Soccer, Ludo highlight Games Night Season 3

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The annual Games Night will hold today at the incubator COD Road Victoria Island Lagos. The one day tournament for fun lovers is expected to feature not less than 400 participants.

 

The event packaged by Lifestyle and Games Kluster of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, City of David, is aimed at promoting good social lifestyle.

 

According to the Coordinator, Toyin Anthony, Games Night is a platform to promote and encourage good lifestyle. “People can actually seek fun without going into the wild things that are accociated with social life style and that is why the church RCCG City of David is backing this. She stated: “Apart from networking and keeping away from the hussles of life, it’s also a way of promoting Friendship and Love as well as Peace and Harmony.

 

“We regarded event as the biggest indoor games platform and we are having board games like ludo, Ayo, monopoly, scrabble, chess, puzzle and we will also feature table tennis, Jenga table soccer and lots more.”

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Celta Vigo joins in Onyekuru chase

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Celta Vigo are the latest club being linked with a move for former Everton player Henry Onyekuru in the January transfer window.

 

Turkish media outlet Ajansspor claims Celta Vigo are on the trail of the Nigeria international but have to see off competition from Galatasaray to sign the Monaco striker. Onyekuru has failed to live up to expectations since his summer move to the Principality outfit, making just two starts in Ligue 1 with no goals to his name and could be shipped off on loan in the winter transfer market.

 

The likes of Gelson Martins, Ben Yedder, Baldé and Islam Slimani are ahead of the Nigerian in manager Leonardo Jardim’s pecking order of strikers at Monaco. Despite his limited playing opportunities, Onyekuru is not lacking suitors with CSKA Moscow and Lokomotiv Moscow also credited with an interest in the 22-year-old.

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Remy sings Osimhen’s praise

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Former Chelsea star Loic Remy has praised Victor Osimhen even though both strikers are battling for first-team places at French Ligue 1 club Lille. Osimhen has scored eight goals in all competitions for Lille since his arrival in the summer from Belgian club Sporting Charleroi. It is a blistering form that has caught the eye of many including Remy. “Victor has a discovery for everyone,” Remy told the Lille official website.

 

“He is one of the very serious players. He trains with the same intensity and he’s a very good finisher.

 

“I see him work extra after the team training, building and looking after his body. “He has a very bright future should he continue with such attitude.” He added, “Some will even compare us as we are both strikers, but we work well together and even complement each other when we have played together.”

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Current S’Eagles can be greater than ’94 squad –Kaita

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Former international Sani Kaita has said the present Super Eagles have what it takes to be greater than the Clemens Westerof generation of 1994, who won the Africa Cup of Nations AFCON and reached the knockout rounds of the World Cup in the United States. Kaita, who featured for Nigeria at 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, said the current team are packed with talented youngsters who can be whatever they want to be as a team.

 

“The present Super Eagles are a very young team, with great talented players. All we need is to be patient with them, as there are no easy games these days. I believe they will make us all proud.

 

Let’s keep supporting them,” he said “These Eagles have all it takes to even do better than the team of 1994, who are regarded as the best-ever to represent Nigeria.

 

“But in all honesty, I don’t think they will have the commitment of the boys of 1994, let’s just hope they will step up in this direction because I have no doubt the quality is there already.” Super Eagles finished third at this year’s AFCON in Egypt and featured at the group stage of last year’s World Cup in Russia.

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