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CAF appoints four female referees with one Nigerian among 47 for African Nations Championship

The Referee Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed 47 referees and assistant referees – including Video Assistant Referees – from 31 countries in the continent for the 6th edition of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) holding in Cameroon from 16 January to 7 February 2021.
England have been drawn alongside Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra and San Marino in Group I as UEFA completed the draw for World Cup qualifying on Monday.

England drawn with Poland, Belgium grouped with Wales in UEFA World Cup qualifiers

England have been drawn alongside Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra and San Marino in Group I as UEFA completed the draw for World Cup qualifying on Monday.
Major Chinese stock indices on Friday ended mixed, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 0.05 per cent, at 3,083.79 points.

Asia Pacific stocks rise as investors await US election results

Shares in Asia Pacific rose modestly on Wednesday as U.S. President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden were locked in a fierce battle for the White House.
Foreign ministers of Qatar and Australia have spoken for the first time since the controversy over the forced physical examination of female passengers at Doha airport.

Qatar renews apology over Doha airport incident

Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani spoke to his Australian counterpart Marisa Payne on Friday, weeks after the October 2 incident that saw airport staff take women off several planes to examine them to check whether they were the mother of a baby abandoned at Hamad International Airport (HIA).

Shippers council boss visits port terminals, calls for NXP adoption

Mr Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), on Tuesday suggested that port terminal operators should adopt the Nigerian Export Proceeds (NXP) number to smoothen export transaction.
The highly elated Nigerians were flown into the country on board Air Peace airline.

Air Peace begins regular commercial flights to Jo’burg soon

The Air Peace says it will soon begin regular commercial flight operations from its Lagos hub to Johannesburg, South Africa.
3. Nigeria midfielder Joe Aribo was on target as Rangers moved six points clear in the Scottish Premiership following a 2-0 win against Livingston.

Joe Aribo scores in Rangers’ home win vs Livingston

Hagi dispossessed Efe Ambrose and set up Defoe, whose shot was stopped by the goalkeeper’s legs, but Hagi showed good awareness to square to Aribo, who swept the ball into the empty net.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 09, 2019 Brazilian football great Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pele, arrives at Guarulhos International Airport, in Guarulhos some 25km from Sao Paulo, Brazil. – Brazilian football legend Pele “lives reclusive” and “suffers from a form of depression” because he cannot walk normally, his son revealed on Monday at Globoesporte.com. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP)

Pele: Cristiano Ronaldo better than Lionel Messi but i’m greatest player ever

Brazilian legend Pele has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Lionel Messi but insisted that he is still the greatest footballer of all time.
Thomas Mueller - Germany

Thomas Mueller’s form fuels calls for Germany recall

His latest eye-catching club performance has prompted fresh hopes of a Germany recall for Mueller, who was dropped by Joachim Loew from the national set-up in 2019 alongside Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has urged his players to put behind them, the disappointment of losing to their 2019-2020 Champions League quarterfinal match to Olympique Lyon and get ready to fight as a stronger side in next season’s edition.

Pep Guardiola must rise to challenge as Manchester City chase Liverpool

Pep Guardiola faces a stern test of his managerial philosophy as the Manchester City boss aims to overhaul Premier League champions Liverpool this season.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero could miss the first two months of the 2020-2021 English Premier League (EPL) season, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.

Pep Guardiola: Kun Aguero could be out of action until November

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero could miss the first two months of the 2020/2021 English Premier League (EPL) season, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is set for knee surgery today.

Barcelona confident on new deal for Germany goalkeeper

Barcelona are confident of renewing the contract of goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen with president Josep Maria Bartomeu seeing it as a priority before he departs the club next year.
Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has fully recovered from coronavirus. 1

Kaduna to hold maiden international marathon race

Kaduna State Government has unveiled plans to organise the maiden edition of its international marathon race in November this year.
President of the UN General Assembly, Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande

Tijani Muhammad-Bande successfully served at most trying time – UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Nigeria’s Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande was the miracle needed by the General Assembly to deliver on its mandate in the face of COVID-19.
Lionel Messi is reportedly becoming ‘worried’ that problems at Barcelona are beginning to mirror his international career with Argentina.

Leonardo: Paris Saint-Germain thought about buying Leo Messi

Messi dropped a bombshell when he handed in a transfer request but the Barca captain and six-time Ballon d’Or champion will remain at Camp Nou for the 2020-21 season.

Emirates resumes flight into Lagos on Monday, Abuja on Tuesday

Emirates has announced that it will resume passenger services to Lagos on 7 September and Abuja on 9 September in Nigeria.
A South African Airways (SAA) plane is towed at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, January 18, 2020. REUTERS-Rogan Ward-File Photo

Ethiopian Airlines in rescue talks with South African Airways – official

Ethiopian Airlines is in talks over possible involvement in the rescue of flagship carrier South African Airways (SAA), the head of the airline told Reuters on Friday.
FIFA

FIFA warns Iran over government interference

FIFA has issued another warning to the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) over interference in its affairs, amid concern regarding the involvement of the country’s judicial authorities in a dispute between the governing body and a former coach.

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 1,244 new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of infections in the country to 101,331.

NCDC records 15 more coronavirus deaths, 1,303 new infections

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday confirmed 15 additional deaths from COVID-19 complications, bringing the total number of death toll in the country to 1,522.

LMC slams Jigawa Golden Stars coach with two-match ban

The League Management Company has slammed a match ban on Jigawa Golden Star Gilbert Opana for improper conduct.
Odion Jude Ighalo has hinted he is set to stay at Manchester United for another seven months.

Odion Ighalo: Hard to see my Manchester United dream end

The former Nigerian international striker penned an emotional letter to the Red Devils on Tuesday, thanking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for giving him the opportunity to play for the club.
Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao

Osun governor congratulates new NAF chief, others

Governor Gboyega Oyetola of the State of Osun has congratulated Air-Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao, on his appointment as the new Chief of Air Staff by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr Debo Adeniran, Chairman of Centre for Anti-corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has charged anti-graft agencies to ensure that all those who aided Abacha loot must be prosecuted.

CACOL applauds General Marwa’s NDLEA appointment

The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has given a pat on the back to the President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing former Governor of Lagos and Borno state, Brigadier-General Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd) as the Chairman/CEO of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).