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Former Roma ace Daniele De Rossi admits he is a long-time admirer of Manchester United, but that the club's stellar midfield precluded a move.

Daniele De Rossi hospitalised with coronavirus

At least eight players and four members of the background staff have been diagnosed with coronavirus since returning from the latest round of international matches.
1. Super Eagles midfielder Joe Aribo has revealed that there will be no hiding place for the Squirrels of Benin ahead of Saturday’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Porto-Novo.

WCQ: Super Eagles qualifiers dates confirmed

The dates for the Super Eagles’ Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers have been confirmed.
Yakubu Aiyegbeni has launched a scathing attack on Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, saying the former Bordeaux manager is one the worst coaches in Nigeria’s football history.

Gernot Rohr: No more invitation of new players to Super Eagles

Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, said he is not expecting any new players in his team when Nigeria start the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign in June,
Fifa referee Charles Bulu is now in a stable condition after collapsing on Tuesday evening.

FIFA referee Charles Bulu in stable condition after collapsing during Cote d’Ivoire vs Ethiopia

Fifa referee Charles Bulu is now in a stable condition after collapsing on Tuesday evening.
Molefi Ntseki was appointed in August 2019. Sydney Seshibedi-Gallo Images

South Africa sacks coach after AFCON qualifiers flop

Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has been shown the door three days after losing in Sudan and failing to qualify South Africa for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
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: We won’t underrate Lesotho

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have late on Monday concluded their final training session ahead of the last fixture of the group stages qualifying series for the 2022 TOTAL African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament against the Crocodiles of Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos State.
The Black Stars of Ghana wrapped up their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with a 3-1 win over Sao Tome and Principe at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.

AFCONQ: Ghana cruise past Sao Tome and Principe

The Black Stars of Ghana wrapped up their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with a 3-1 win over Sao Tome and Principe at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Ghana Football Association (GFA) Executive Council member and Black Stars Management Committee chairman George Amoakoh believe the technical team led by coach CK Akonnor must up their game in the wake of last week's disappointing defeat to Sudan.

AFCONQ: Ghana host Sao Tome and Principe behind closed doors

The Black Stars of Ghana will play Sao Tome and Principe in the last round game of the 2021 AFCON Qualifiers at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday behind closed doors.
South Africa star Percy Tau says they are not new to the nervy situation they are facing against Sudan in Sunday’s final Group C Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Omdurman.

AFCONQ: Percy Tau backs Bafana Bafana to repeat Libya heroics vs Sudan

South Africa star Percy Tau says they are not new to the nervy situation they are facing against Sudan in Sunday’s final Group C Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Omdurman.
Former Nigeria goalkeeper Greg Etafia has urged Bafana Bafana to go for a win and not think of a draw against Sudan in Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

AFCONQ: Greg Etafia predicts ‘very difficult’ assignment for Bafana Bafana in Sudan

Former Nigeria goalkeeper Greg Etafia has urged Bafana Bafana to go for a win and not think of a draw against Sudan in Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
South Africa international Percy Tau is feeling confident and he wants revenge on Ghana ahead of their upcoming 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Thursday.

AFCONQ: South Africa’s Percy Tau wants revenge vs Ghana

South Africa international Percy Tau is feeling confident and he wants revenge on Ghana ahead of their upcoming 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Thursday.
South Korea will host North Korea for a series of World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers later this year, the Asian Football Confederation said on Friday.

South Korea to host North Korea for World Cup qualifiers

South Korea will host North Korea for a series of World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers later this year, the Asian Football Confederation said on Friday.
Former Nigerian goalkeeper Ike Shorunmu has asked the Golden Eaglets to forget their previous results against Ivory Coast and go for a win today.

AFCON U-17: Garba Lawal underplays Golden Eaglets easy opponents talks

Former Super Eagles utility player, Garba Lawal, has underplayed the talks that the Golden Eaglets were given an easy draw for the group stage of the 2021 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations billed for Morocco.
Former Nigerian goalkeeper Ike Shorunmu has asked the Golden Eaglets to forget their previous results against Ivory Coast and go for a win today.

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets group for U-17 AFCON revealed by CAF

Five-time world champions are one of three top seeds for today’s draw along with host nations Morocco and defending champions Cameroon.
Nigeria men’s basketball team D’Tigers moved up one spot from 23rd to 22nd and remain number one in Africa in the latest FIBA world ranking.

Tokyo Olympics Basketball: D’Tigers, D’Tigers get group opponents

Nigeria’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, D’Tigers and D’Tigress, have been drawn into groups for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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.
Manchester City's Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva (L) vies with FC Porto's Brazilian midfielder Otavio during the UEFA Champions League group C football match between FC Porto and Manchester City at the Dragao stadium in Porto on December 1, 2020. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Porto play out goalless with Manchester City

Portuguese Primeira Liga’s FC Porto qualified alongside Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages after a goalless draw where striker Gabriel Jesus was denied a winning goal by VAR.
Ederson has joked that he is the best penalty taker at Manchester City, but says Pep Guardiola will not allow him to take them.

Ederson: I’m the best penalty taker at Manchester City

The City boss said himself that the goalkeeper was the best player in his squad at scoring spot-kicks last season when his side went through a poor run of missing penalties. Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Sergio Aguero all spurned chances from the spot when City missed four of seven between November and February.
Zaidu Sanusi celebrates his maiden Champions League goal, with teammate Marko Grujic in their 2-0 win over Group C rivals Marseille at the Orange Velodrome in Marseille, France. Twitter @FCPorto

Zaidu Sanusi nets maiden Champions League goal in Porto’s win over Marseille

Super Eagles defender, Zaidu Sanusi, scored his maiden Champions League goal for FC Porto, in their vital 2-0 away win over Marseille at the Orange Velodrome last night.
Manchester City’s Spanish coach Josep Guardiola gestures during the UEFA Champions League group stage football match between Olympiakos and Manchester City, on November 25, 2020 at Georgios-Karaiskakis stadium in Piraeus, near Athens. AFP

Manchester City ease into Champions League last 16

Manchester City booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League but there were more concerns for Pep Guardiola over his side’s lack of ruthlessness in a 1-0 win at Olympiakos on Wednesday.
Ghana Football Association (GFA) Executive Council member and Black Stars Management Committee chairman George Amoakoh believe the technical team led by coach CK Akonnor must up their game in the wake of last week's disappointing defeat to Sudan.

Ghana coach urged to ‘sit up’ after stunning loss to Sudan

Ghana Football Association (GFA) Executive Council member and Black Stars Management Committee chairman George Amoakoh believe the technical team led by coach CK Akonnor must up their game in the wake of last week's disappointing defeat to Sudan.
North Macedonia will go to a major tournament for the first time in their history after a Goran Pandev goal gave the Balkan nation a 1-0 win away to Georgia in their Euro 2020 qualifying play-off final on Thursday.

North Macedonia secure historic qualification for Euro 2020

North Macedonia will go to a major tournament for the first time in their history after a Goran Pandev goal gave the Balkan nation a 1-0 win away to Georgia in their Euro 2020 qualifying play-off final on Thursday.

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Aliko Dangote, president of the Dangote Group and chief sponsor of the Dangote Foundation, says he wants to be like Bill Gates and try to give a chunk of his wealth to charity in the next few years.

President Buhari congratulates Aliko Dangote at 64

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Saturday quoted President Muhammadu Buhari as sending good wishes to Alhaji Aliko Dangote, on his birthday.
Ghana captain Andre Ayew found his scoring boots after a five-match drought as he netted to help Swansea City to a 3-0 away triumph over Millwall in the Championship on Saturday.

Ghana skipper equals record as Swansea City beat Millwall

Ghana captain Andre Ayew found his scoring boots after a five-match drought as he netted to help Swansea City to a 3-0 away triumph over Millwall in the Championship on Saturday.
Leeds United recorded a remarkable 2-1 away win against Manchester City in their Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Leeds United shock Manchester City at Etihad

Leeds United recorded a remarkable 2-1 away win against Manchester City in their Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
A plan to deliver electricity to about 25m Nigerians whose communities are off the grid has commenced in Jigawa State flagged off by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, who restated the determination of the Buhari administration to ensure that millions more will now have access to cheap and environmentally friendly renewable power.

VP Osinbajo: Time to provide more electricity for Nigerians is now

A plan to deliver electricity to about 25m Nigerians whose communities are off the grid has commenced in Jigawa State flagged off by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, who restated the determination of the Buhari administration to ensure that millions more will now have access to cheap and environmentally friendly renewable power.
Atletico Madrid have confirmed that both Lucas Torreira and Luis Suarez have tested positive for Covid-19 but there is a possibility more cases could follow.

Luis Suarez link with Liverpool return in summer

Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez is considering leaving Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window to return to his former club Liverpool, according to reports in Spain.

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Barcelona teenage star Ansu Fati has left hospital after five days having undergone knee surgery earlier in the week.

Barcelona attacker suffering knee complications

Since his operation on November 8, five months have already passed without a return date. On January 4, the Catalan club itself reported that the Spain international had undergone regenerative biological treatment and that the evolution was satisfactory.
British sports chiefs say they would accept the introduction of coronavirus “vaccine passports” if they enable the return of capacity crowds as quickly as possible.

British sports chiefs canvass use of ‘vaccine passports’

British sports chiefs say they would accept the introduction of coronavirus “vaccine passports” if they enable the return of capacity crowds as quickly as possible.
“At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè who are now in pursuit of the abductors,” the commissioner stated.

Gunmen abduct two Chinese expatriates in Osun

The expatriates, Zhao Juan (33) and One Wen (50) were abducted at a mining site located Okepa/Itikan village in Ifewara, Atakumosa-West local government area of the state on Monday.

Group: IPOB threat to peace

A peacebuilding organisation, Foundation for Peace Professionals, also known as PeacePro has condemned the attack on Imo State Police Headquarters by outlawed secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday in an FCT High Court in Maitama, re-arraigned a deputy director with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Emenike Umesi, for alleged misappropriation of N54.3 million.

EFCC arrests IT expert, six others for ‘internet fraud’

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal Office, has arrested an Information Technology (IT) expert and six others for alleged internet fraud.