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Defending champions the Olympic Eagles of Nigeria got off their campaign at the 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations on a dour note following a 1-0 loss to Cote d’Ivoire at the Al Salam Stadium, Cairo, on Saturday evening.

Chris Nwaeze: I’ll give good account of myself vs Mexico

“I am happy with this latest development about my career and that of my other teammates who also made the list and I want to promise that we will give good account of ourselves in the national team,” Chris Nwaeze told Kwara United Media.
Spain coach Luis Enrique rued missed chances from his side in their 0-0 European Championship draw with Sweden on Monday, insisting he will not be changing his style of play despite getting off to a disappointing start in the tournament.

Euro 2020: Spain tackle Slovakia for round of 16 spot as Sweden face Poland

Spain are at risk of a shock early exit from Euro 2020 on the last day of the group match on Wednesday as they face Slovakia in Seville.
Bukayo Saka caused the Czech defence plenty of problems in his debut at a major tournament. Tom Jenkins-The Guardian

Euro 2020: Bukayo Saka voted MOTM in England’s win vs Czech Republic

Bukayo Saka was voted Man of the Match after his impressive display helped England edge Czech Republic 1-0 to top win Group D.
Gianluigi Buffon has said he rejected ‘two opportunities to even win the Champions League’ so that he could help Parma come back into Serie A and hasn’t lost hope of a spot at the 2022 World Cup.

Gianluigi Buffon: Why I turned down Champions League for Parma

Gianluigi Buffon has said he rejected ‘two opportunities to even win the Champions League’ so that he could help Parma come back into Serie A and hasn’t lost hope of a spot at the 2022 World Cup.
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly celebrated his 30th birthday by donating two ambulances, thousands of masks and other medical equipment to Senegal.

Kalidou Koulibaly buys ambulances for Senegal

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly celebrated his 30th birthday by donating two ambulances, thousands of masks and other medical equipment to Senegal.
Raheem Sterling scored early as England beat the Czech Republic 1-0 at Wembley on Tuesday to take top spot in Group D at the European Championship.

Euro 2020: Raheem Sterling goal ensures England win and top Group D

Raheem Sterling scored early as England beat the Czech Republic 1-0 at Wembley on Tuesday to take top spot in Group D at the European Championship.
Bayern Munich have responded after UEFA rejected a request for Germany to light up the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours for Wednesday’s Euro 2020 clash with Hungary due to political reasons.

Euro 2020: Bayern respond to UEFA rainbow rejection

Bayern Munich have responded after UEFA rejected a request for Germany to light up the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours for Wednesday’s Euro 2020 clash with Hungary due to political reasons.
France coach Didier Deschamps said his team will not get caught up in calculations as the world champions look to secure first place in Group F with victory over Portugal on Wednesday.

Euro 2020: France avoiding the maths in quest for top spot – coach

France coach Didier Deschamps said his team will not get caught up in calculations as the world champions look to secure first place in Group F with victory over Portugal on Wednesday.
Belgium have split this week’s training into two parts to mitigate for not knowing the identity of their next opponents at Euro 2020, coach Roberto Martinez said on Tuesday.

Euro 2020: Belgium get down to work on mystery opponents

Belgium have split this week’s training into two parts to mitigate for not knowing the identity of their next opponents at Euro 2020, coach Roberto Martinez said on Tuesday.
Slovakia coach Stefan Tarkovic said Marek Hamsik might play as a striker for Wednesday’s game against Spain at Euro 2020, mirroring a game won by Slovakia seven years ago.

Euro 2020: Slovakia look back at 2014 win over Spain for boost

Slovakia coach Stefan Tarkovic said Marek Hamsik might play as a striker for Wednesday’s game against Spain at Euro 2020, mirroring a game won by Slovakia seven years ago.
Algeria international and Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez showed his romantic side as he proposed to his fiancee Taylor Ward.

Riyad Mahrez: Manchester City star proposes to girlfriend with £400K ring

Algeria international and Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez showed his romantic side as he proposed to his fiancee Taylor Ward.
Anthony Nwakaeme was on the score sheet for Trabzonspor in their 4 – 3 victory over Rizespor in a pre-season game on Friday.

Anthony Nwakaeme: I never let racists distract me or put me down

Trabzonspor star Anthony Nwakaeme revealed that he never let racists distract him, stating that eradicating racism from football remains a near-impossible task.
Barcelona have confirmed that Ousmane Dembélé will require surgery on a knee injury picked up at Euro 2020.

Barcelona confirm surgery for Ousmane Dembélé

Barcelona have confirmed that Ousmane Dembélé will require surgery on a knee injury picked up at Euro 2020.
Former Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, has been appointed as the Ambassador of the resuscitated National Principals’ Cup.

Odion Ighalo named ambassador for National Principals’ Cup

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, who disclosed this when he received Ighalo in his office, said up to 2,700 schools across the country will take part in the next rejuvinated National Principals Cup.
France forward Olivier Giroud has denied reports circulating in social media that he has a rift with fellow teammate, Karim Benzema.

Euro 2020: I’ve no rift with Karim Benzema – Olivier Giroud

France forward Olivier Giroud has denied reports circulating in social media that he has a rift with fellow teammate, Karim Benzema.
​Kevin De Bruyne has revealed his desire for first-team football convinced him to ask Jose Mourinho for a departure from Chelsea, and described his current time at Manchester City as 'nirvana'.

Jose Mourinho: It was Kevin De Bruyne’s choice to leave Chelsea

Roma coach Jose Mourinho says it was not his choice to see Kelvin De Bruyne leave Chelsea vduring his reign as Chelsea manager.
Derby County manager Wayne Rooney believes VAR is not fit for purpose.

Wayne Rooney relishing Derby County vs Manchester United friendly

Wayne Rooney has described the prospect of facing Manchester United with current side Derby County in pre-season as ‘mouthwatering’.
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Lionel Messi equals 147-game record for Argentina as they beat Paraguay

Argentina punched their ticket to the Copa America quarter-finals after beating Paraguay 1-0 at the Estadio Nacional de Brasilia in a historic night for Lionel Messi.
Chelsea winger, Callum Hudson-Odoi, is ready to adjust and play in different roles to justify himself under new manager Thomas Tuchel.

Callum Hudson-Odoi warned against playing for Ghana

Charles Taylor has advised Callum Hudson-Odoi to continue playing for England despite strong interest from Ghana.
Jordi Alba has branded Barcelona's decision to sell Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid as a joke while admitting his ex-team-mate has shut a lot of mouths at Wanda Metropolitano.

Luis Suarez rules out Premier League return

Luis Suarez has effectively ruled out a return to Premier League football being made, with the Uruguayan admitting he would find it "strange" to represent any side other than Liverpool.
Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas believes his side will be able to land Barcelona star Lionel Messi in the future.

Copa America: Lionel Messi equals record as Argentina progress

Lionel Messi earned a record-equalling 147th cap for Argentina as they progressed to the Copa America quarter-finals with victory over Paraguay.
Amaju Melvin Pinnick, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, has restated his backing for embattled head coach of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr despite increasing calls for the immediate dismissal of the German.

Gernot Rohr: I am not coach of NPFL stars vs Mexico

Gernot Rohr has said he will not be the coach to lead out the NPFL stars who will take on Mexico in a friendly early next month in the USA.

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CAF releases interclub competition details for next season

The continental Football governing body in Africa, CAF, has released the 2021/22 interclub season schedule which details the information relating to the list of countries that are allowed to enter two clubs in the 2021/22 campaign.
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) is enmeshed in another $150,000 scandal as grant received from World Athletic to assist the Federation in the hosting of the 21st African Championships in Athletics held in Asaba in August 2018,

AFN chief: Lagos ready for open athletics championships

The President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Tonobok Okowa as well as the Chairman of the Lagos State Athletics Association (LAA), Solomon Alao are both optimistic ahead of Thursday’s Lagos Open Athletics Championship.
The Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the posting of CP Christopher A. Owolabi as the new Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of Anambra State Police Command.

IGP charges police officers to keep up with modern policing techniques

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has charged officers of the Nigeria Police Force to keep themselves abreast of techniques and strategies of modern policing.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Man arrested for ‘beheading’ woman in Calabar

A young man identified as Christian Edem Eyo in Mbukpa, Calabar South, is reported to have beheaded one of his aunts, identified as Mrs Uduak.
FILE PHOTO - Paul Rusesabagina, portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie about Rwanda's 1994 genocide, talks to his lawyer Gatera Gashabana inside the courtroom in Kigali, Rwanda February 26, 2021. REUTERS-Clement Uwiringiyimana-File Photo

‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero never joined rebels – co-accused

Paul Rusesabagina, the ex-hotelier immortalised in the film “Hotel Rwanda”, never belonged to a rebel group that sought to overthrow President Paul Kagame, one of the former rebels accused with him of terrorism told a court on Wednesday.

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The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police burst phone stealing syndicate, recover 44 assorted handsets

Operatives of Safer Highway of the Delta State Police Command have arrested two suspected members of a syndicate that specialises in robbing residents of their handsets.

Dermatologists: Cosmetics increase risk of kidney, other diseases

The Nigerian Association of Dermatologists (NAD) has raised concern over poor regulation of cosmetic products in the country, saying many of these products have bad side effects resulting in diabetics, kidney and other systemic diseases.
Manchester United and Wales winger Daniel James is the Euros 2020’s second-fastest player.

Daniel James ranks second in impressive Euro 2020 stat

That’s according to the official competition’s social channel, who confirmed that James has been clocked sprinting at a rapid 33.5 km/h – which is just over 20mph.
Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, Sheilla Kessie Abayie-Buckman, says the use of the word ‘insecurity’, to describe the recent surge in crime in the country, deviates from the reality.

Police: Insecurity in Ghana not a reality

Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, Sheilla Kessie Abayie-Buckman, says the use of the word ‘insecurity’, to describe the recent surge in crime in the country, deviates from the reality.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, made this known in a statement signed by the Director of Information of the ministry, Mr Theodore Ogaziechi, on Sunday in Abuja.

Minister: Seven states provide 19 livestock grazing reserves

Seven states have set out 19 grazing reserves for the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP), the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, has said.