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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has taken full responsibility for Thursday’s early exit from the Copa del Rey at the hands of Spanish third division side Alcoyano but says the upset is “not a disgrace.”

Real Madrid boss defends Cops del Rey exit

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has taken full responsibility for Thursday’s early exit from the Copa del Rey at the hands of Spanish third division side Alcoyano but says the upset is “not a disgrace.”
Asisat Oshoala netted twice to help Barcelona secure a 7-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano in Wednesday's Spanish Primera Iberdrola fixture.

Asisat Oshoala bags brace as Barcelona ease past Rayo Vallecano

Asisat Oshoala netted twice to help Barcelona secure a 7-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano in Wednesday's Spanish Primera Iberdrola fixture.
Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz will miss the Italian Supercup next week after the Spanish international tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday.

Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz tests positive for coronavirus

Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz will miss the Italian Supercup next week after the Spanish international tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday.
Super Falcons and Atletico Madrid Femenino striker, Rasheedat Ajibade, is in a celebratory mood after winning her first professional trophy with the top Spanish club.

Rasheedat Ajibade celebrates first trophy with Atletico Madrid

Super Falcons and Atletico Madrid Femenino striker, Rasheedat Ajibade, is in a celebratory mood after winning her first professional trophy with the top Spanish club.
Arsenal are eyeing Barcelona goalkeeper Neto.

Arsenal target Neto hands in transfer request at Barcelona

Arsenal transfer target Neto has demanded a Barcelona exit in search of first-team football.
Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of Moussa Dembele, with the French forward joining the Spanish side on an initial loan deal with an option to buy.

Atletico Madrid complete Moussa Dembele loan with €33.5 million purchase option

Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of Moussa Dembele, with the French forward joining the Spanish side on an initial loan deal with an option to buy.
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly planning a January offer to sign former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.

Marseille reject approach from Diego Costa

Diario AS cite a report from La Provence that claims that tentative conversations had taken place between the two but the striker’s salary – said to have been €8m per year at Atleti – had proven prohibitive and the French club discontinued their interest.
La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid proved their title credentials yet again by beating in-form Sevilla 2-0 at home on Tuesday to go four points clear at the top.

Atletico Madrid extend La Liga lead with win over Sevilla

La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid proved their title credentials yet again by beating Sevilla 2-0 at home on Tuesday to stride four points clear at the top of the standings.
Diego Simeone's consistency at Atletico Madrid has been rewarded. The International Federation of Football and History Stats (IFFHS) have put the Argentine ahead of managers like Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.

IFFHS: Diego Simeone the best club coach of the decade

Diego Simeone's consistency at Atletico Madrid has been rewarded. The International Federation of Football and History Stats (IFFHS) have put the Argentine ahead of managers like Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.
Luka Jović is set to rejoin Eintracht Frankfurt on loan for the rest of the 2020-21 season, according to reports in Serbia.

Real Madrid striker Luka Jović set for Bundesliga return

Serbian newspaper outlet Republika are reporting that the Bundesliga club and Real Madrid have come to an agreement for the striker to return to his former club on a six-month deal.
Manchester United’s players are reportedly concerned over David de Gea‘s form following his disappointing display vs Chelsea.

David de Gea warns Manchester United not to let title chance slip

David de Gea has warned that Manchester United “cannot miss this chance” after forcing their way back into the Premier League title picture, with the Red Devils looking to bring an eight-year barren run to a close.
Mikel Arteta says he has had to adapt his tactical approach much more than he expected since taking over as Arsenal boss, due to the composition of his squad.

Mikel Arteta wary of dangerous Crystal Palace

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has warned his players they will have their hands full when they face a dangerous Crystal Palace side.
Umar Sadiq scored for the third consecutive game as Almeria defeated Malaga 3-1 in a Segunda Division game at the Estadio de los Juegos Meditarreneos on Sunday.

Samson Siasia backs Umar Sadiq for Super Eagles call-up

Former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia has backed Almeria striker Umar Sadiq for his maiden invitation to the Super Eagles after his fine performances in the Spanish second division this season.
A top United States envoy has visited contested Western Sahara after Washington recognised Morocco’s sovereignty there in exchange for Rabat normalising ties with Israel.

US diplomat visits Western Sahara after Morocco-Israel deal

A top United States envoy has visited contested Western Sahara after Washington recognised Morocco’s sovereignty there in exchange for Rabat normalising ties with Israel.
Chelsea are reportedly to open talks with Bayern Munich star, David Alaba, in the New Year.

Real Madrid hold advantage over Liverpool in race for David Alaba

According to reports, Real Madrid could lean on their strong relationship with sponsors ADIDAS in an attempt to beat Liverpool to the signing of Bayern Munich’s David Alaba.
Super Falcons star Rasheedat Ajibade made her Spanish Primera debut for Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Rasheedat Ajibade proud to make Atleti debut

The 21-year-old came in the 94th-minute substitute for Turid Knaak, but didn’t get enough time to help the her team claim maximum points.
According to a damning on-the-whistle report from The Athletic, Frank Lampard’s job at Chelsea is under serious threat after the 3-1 defeat to Manchester City.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard ‘has ambition to coach Barcelona’

That’s according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, when speaking on the Onze programme.
Super Falcons forward Rasheedat Ajibade has signed a two-year contract with Spanish club Atletico Madrid.

Asisat Oshoala welcomes Rasheedat Ajibade, Ajara Njoya to Spain

In a rare show of solidarity not common with women’s footballers, Super Falcons star and FC Barcelona feminino player, Asisat Lamina Oshoala has welcomed two additional African players to the Spanish women’s league.

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Twelve health workers test positive to coronavirus in Taraba

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The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Enugu State on Tuesday said it had trained no fewer than 510 unemployed graduates on different skills.

NDE chief: President Buhari determined to eradicate poverty

Director General of National Directorate of Employment, NDE, Mallam Abubakar Fikpo, has said the President Muhammadu Buhari’s led Federal Government was determined to eradicate poverty and unemployment in the country.
South African Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, passed away on Thursday due to COVID-19 related complications, President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

South Africa minister dies of coronavirus

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General view of a cross session of lawyers in a court during a hearing of a blasphemy case in Kano, Nigeria January 21, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Nigerian appeals court throws out blasphemy convictions that caused outcry

The two had been convicted in August by a sharia court in Nigeria’s northern, mainly Muslim state of Kano. Teenager Omar Farouq was accused of making blasphemous comments during an argument, while Yahaya Aminu Sharif was accused of having shared a blasphemous message on WhatsApp.
FILE PHOTO - A man wearing a mask outside Guildhall in the city of London as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, April 14, 2020. REUTERS-John Sibley-File Photo

City of London to remove statues linked to slavery trade

The City of London on Thursday approved the removal from its ceremonial Guildhall home of statues of two figures that symbolise the financial sector’s historic role in slavery.