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W’Cup qualifiers: Ivory Coast beat Nigeria 76-42

Nigeria’s national basketball team D’Tigers lost their unbeaten run in the 2019 World Cup qualifiers after they were beaten 76-42 by Ivory Coast Friday night. The China 2019 qualifying match was played in the Ivorian capital of Abidjan. Ivory Coast dominated and an early lead to keep the scores at 28-19 at the break. And with 4:26 minutes more to play, D’Tigers were trailing the hosts at 65-35. At that point Nigerian fans only hoped for a respectable end…

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Manchester United pay mouth-watering £19.6m compensation to sacked Mourinho

The former coach of Manchester United Jose Mourinho was paid a record compensation fee of £19.6m after being sacked in December by the English club, despite the Red Devils’ worst league performance in 28 years under him. According to the information obtained from the United’s second-quarter financial results under “exceptional items,” the payment was for the Portuguese coach and his five staff members who had to go with left with Mourinho when he was sacked in December. Many football…

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Mikel completes transfer to Middlesbrough

Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi has completed his transfer from China to English side Middlesbrough after passing a medical on Tuesday. The Sun report in England confirms that the Nigerian midfielder travelled from London to his new base last night after agreeing personal terms. The father of two who is a Two-time Premier League winner with Chelsea was billed to join up with his new teammates Wednesday morning after spending the past two years at Tianjin TEDA in the…

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Cristiano Ronaldo accepts 19m euros fine and two-year suspended jail term for tax evasion

Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted a 19m euro (£17) fine and a suspended two-year jail sentence for alleged tax evasion in Spain. The former World Player of the Year, who arrived in the court this morning in Madrid had pleaded guilty last year to the charges brought against him by the Spanish tax authorities and State prosecutors regarding tax fraud. The said fraud was allegedly committed during his nine years at Real Madrid. The prosecutors equally accused Ronaldo of using shell companies…

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Tennis: Andy Murray Plans to Retire

Tennis: Andy Murray Plans to Retire Britain’s Tennis sensation Andy Murray has indicated he wants to retire after this year’s Wimbledon due to injuries but fears the upcoming Australian Open, which starts next week could be the end of his impressive career. Speaking at a news conference in Melbourne on Friday, the visibly tearful Murry revealed he has not fully recovered from the hip surgery he underwent.   “I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for…

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Salah named CAF African Player of the Year

  Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is the 2018 Confederation of African Football Player of the Year – the second consecutive year he has won the award. He received the award at a ceremony in Goree Island, Senegal on Tuesday. Egypt forward Salah, 26, beat Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Arsenal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the title. On the night Salah said: “I have dreamt of winning this award since I was a child and now I…

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Samir Nasri signs for West Ham after completing doping ban

Samir Nasri signs for West Ham after completing doping ban Former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has signed a new contract with West Ham the same day he completed his doping ban. Nasri has signed a contract to stay with the Hammers until the end of the season. He has been since 31 January without a club following his 18-month doping ban. The 31-year-old Frenchman, who last played for the Turkish side Antalyaspor was banned for alleged…

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Breaking News: Manchester United sack manager Jose Mourinho

Manchester United have sacked the manager Jose Mourinho after two and a half years in charge of the club. Despite winning both the League Cup and the Europa League at Old Trafford, the recent inconsistent results from the club have led to the dismissal of the 55-year old Portuguese, who is believed to be one of the most successful coaches in the world today.  However, despite Jose Mourinho’s impressive past coaching achievements, the recent defeat of Manchester United on…

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Nigeria draw hosts France at 2019 Women’s World Cup

African champions Nigeria have been drawn in Group A of the 2019 Women’s World Cup where they will face the hosts France. The draw for the 8th women’s event was held in Paris Saturday. The Super Falcons won a ninth African title out of 11 editions last weekend in Accra, beating South Africa on penalties in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations final. The champions will also face South Korea and Norway in the Group A setting. The Falcons…

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Congo Brazzaville bids to host 2019 AFCON

Congo Brazzaville has emerged as a strong contender to host next year’s rearranged Africa Cup of Nations, according to a senior official in the Confederation of African Football. Constant Omari, a vice-president of CAF, also said that the dossier of Guinea, hosts-designate of the 2023 edition, does not exist, according to AFP report. “Congo Brazzaville has written to organise (2019),” Omari told Radio France International. “Our (CAF) secretary-general, Anthony Baffoe, told me that he was going to tell me…

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Nigeria: African Champion Super Falcons return, get Dangote’s N50m

  The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, was at the head of a delegation of prominent Nigerians and top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation that received the Super Falcons on arrival in Abuja on Sunday evening. Nine-time African champions, Falcons, flew into the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport just before 4 pm, aboard an ASKY Airline flight from Accra, and were received by Kyari, NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, as well as other officials…

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Cameroon stripped of hosting 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Cameroon has been stripped of hosting next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, which is due to start in June because of delays in the progress of preparation for the tournament. The decision was made by the African football’s governing body (Caf) on Friday after a marathon meeting in Accra, Ghana. Making the decision known, the Caf President Ahmad Ahmad intimated that a new country would be chosen before the end of the year to organise the tournament. The delays…

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