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FORMER MANCHESTER UNITED’S MIDFIELDER, MILLER DIES OF CANCER AGED 36

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Former Man.Utd Player, Miller. Photo credit: Mannews

Former Celtic and Manchester United midfielder Liam Miller has died at the age of 36.

Miller, who won 21 caps for the Republic of Ireland between 2004 and 2009, had been suffering from cancer.
Miller started his career at Celtic in 2000 before moving to Old Trafford four years later, also playing for Leeds, Sunderland, QPR and Hibernian.
Celtic said they were “deeply saddened”, adding that their “thoughts are with his family and friends”.
BBC Scotland pundit Tam McManus, who played with Miller at Hibs, tweeted: “I’m afraid it is true that Liam Miller has sadly passed away today. Thoughts are with all his family and friends at this horrendous time. So sad.”
Miller ended his career in the United States in 2016, having also played for three clubs in Australia and his hometown club Cork City before retiring.
McManus added that “the esteem Miller was held in by supporters of every club he either played for or against” showed through in the tributes paid to him on Friday.
He himself described Miller as “a wonderfully talented player but more importantly a lovely, humble person who never changed despite the wealth and success”.
Stiliyan Petrov, who played with Miller at Celtic, said he was “deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my friend and old team-mate Liam Miller”.

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2018 African Wrestling Championship begins in Port Harcourt

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The 2018 African Wrestling Championship has begun with thirty six African countries participating at the main bowl of Alfred Diette Spiff civic centre in Port Harcourt.

The President of Nigeria as represented by the Hon. Minister of Sports & Youth Development, BARR. SOLOMON DALUNG advised the athletes to focus on the cup just as he encouraged youths to believe in Africa and to desist from violence adding that there’s a great potential in Africa

DALUNG also advised youths to connect to build a strong continent just as he applauds the State Government for their hospitality. Continue reading

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Antonio Conte’s days at Stamford Bridge are numbered

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It was as performances can be from Chelsea as the reigning champions of the English Premier League suffered their second heavy defeat in a week against a lower opposition.
To the chagrin of Chelsea fans, ‘The Blues’ players seemed to have downed tools, in a manner reminiscent of the second spell of the Jose Mourinho days in charge of the club. Watford relished the chance of playing against Chelsea on monday night, at a time when the Chelsea board and manager Antonio Conte are having a not so secret ego war and at the end of a very one-sided game,  Watford were deserved 4-1 winners.
The Blues had Tiemoue Bakayoko sent off inside half an hour before Troy Deeney scored a penalty in the closing stages of the first half, but Chelsea stayed in the contest and equalised through a magnificent Eden Hazard goal in the 82nd minute.
The visitors were not level for long, however, as Watford scored three times in seven minutes through Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra to secure victory for new head coach Javi Gracia.

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Rihanna’s charm inspires Arsenal’s Ozil to demolish Everton

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Singer Rihanna and Arsenal player Ozil

Mesut Ozil is the man of the moment after signing a new £350,000-a-week contract to stay at Arsenal, committing his long-term future to the north London club.

And the playmaker declared Rihanna his “lucky charm” after the singer watched another victory for the Germany international, as the Gunners thrashed Everton 5-1 at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
Global superstar Rihanna celebrated Germany’s 2014 World Cup win with Ozil and his team-mates in Brazil, with Die Nationalmannschaft beating Argentina 1-0 in the final to lift football’s ultimate prize.

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NIGERIAN YOUNG STARS JOINS ARSENAL’S IWOBI FOR EUROPA CUP

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Amaechi signs contract with Arsenal

Arsenal have submitted their squad list for the knockout stages of the Europa League and included in the squad are two young kids of Nigerian decent. Talented winger Xavier Amaechi and solid center back Joseph Olowu,  both of whom recently signed their first professional contracts with the Gunners have made the Europa league cut and they will join Alex Iwobi as the three Nigerian players in the Arsenal team for the competition.

Olowu, who celebrated his 18th birthday on November 27, 2017, has been rewarded with a new deal thanks to his impressive displays for Arsenal’s U18 and U23 teams.
He has trained on several occasions with the Gunners first team filled with the likes of Per Mertesacker, Jack Wilshere, Nacho Monreal, Petr Čech and Alexandre Lacazette.
Olowu was spotted by Arsenal scouts at the age of thirteen while training with Charlton Athletic, and was snapped up by the Emirates outfit after impressing the coaching staff during trials. This season, he has made several appearances for Arsenal amateur squads.
The youngster who joined the north London club in August 2013, at the age of 12, progressed to become a key figure in the club’s youth setup.
Blessed with searing pace and an eye for goal, Amaechi has featured for both the Under-23’s and Under-18’s this season and has scored a number of goals in the campaign.
Nigeria will be waiting in the wings and hoping these players can develop more into full time professional football and like Iwobi,  the country would hope that the young Arsenal stars will opt to represent their fatherland in international games and competitions.

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ARSENAL’S LOSS TO SWANSEA DAMNED THEIR FANS’ EXCITEMENTS OVER THE ARRIVAL OF AUBAMEYANG

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London’s most storied football club Arsenal were the butt of internet trolls after the club’s latest low moment, losing to bottom of the table Swansea on a rainy Tuesday night in Wales.
The trolls ran the gamut of ‘Wenger out’ over the dismal performance of the Arsenal players who looked bizarrely not up for the fight as they slumped to a very embarrassing 1-3 defeat to Swansea who needed the win to climb out of the bottom of the EPL table.
Yet there was little to suggest things were going to turn this ugly.
Going into the match there was a swagger  amongst the Arsenal fan base, despite selling their most prolific scorer Alexis Sanchez last week to rivals Manchester United.
However, the Gunners had acquired a talented midfield player from the Red Devil’s in Henrikh Mkhitaryan in return and had just outplayed and beaten London fierce rivals Chelsea 2-1 to qualify for the final of the League Cup.
Most exciting was the news prior to kick off that the much sought after striker to fill the goalscoring void left behind by Sanchez, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund was at Arsenal’s Colney training ground to undergo his medicals before joining The Gunners.
It was clear at the start of the game that the feel good factor was affecting the Arsenal players and they swaggered their way through the opening minutes, seeming to think that just turning up alone was a guarantee of victory. But they met a defensively resolute Swansea who also had a clever attacking game plan which they executed beautifully.
Arsenal’s manager summed up his club’s performance succinctly when he said post game: “We made unusual and massive mistakes that was the killer. Unfortunately I believe we were not good enough, I believe we were not disciplined enough.
“Overall we were not convincing defensively and not convincing offensively and in the end we lose the game. Maybe it highlights the whole lack of quality of concentration that we didn’t have tonight.”

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ARSENAL SIGNS AUBAMEYANG, BATSHUAYI JOINS DORTUND

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AUBAMEYANG

Arsenal have officially completed the signing of Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a club record fee.

The Bundesliga club broke the news on Wednesday morning, several hours after it had been confirmed that the forward was at Arsenal undergoing a medical ahead of the €63.75m move.

*photo shows Batshuayi undergoing his medicals at Dortmund.

The move had been held up for several days while the two clubs haggled over a fee. Initially, Dortmund had been looking for €70m for their star forward while Arsenal’s first bid was in the region of €50m. However, they ultimately agreed on a compromise that suited all parties and Aubameyang becomes the latest member of Arsene Wenger’s squad.

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The construction of Real Madrid’s Football Academy to begin in March, says Wike

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has revealed that the management of Real Madrid Football Club will be in Nigeria by the first week of March to lay the foundation for the construction of the Real Madrid Football Academy in the state.

Speaking during an interactive session with Sports Editors at the Government House Port Harcourt on Monday night, Governor Wike said that the Academy will be completed six months after the foundation laying ceremony. Continue reading

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CONTE, ZIDANE ARE DEAD MEN WALKING. UNDER FIRE WENGER FINDS SUCCOR IN LIVERPOOL HELPING TO MAINTAIN HIS ‘UNBEATEN ‘ LEGACY.

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They say football is an unforgiving world, where mistakes are severely punished. The behaviour of the boards of some top clubs in World Football epitomizes this unforgiving spirit. And so it is that two hugely successful coaches of the last few  seasons of two hugely historical clubs find themselves under seriously threatening scrutiny today as the lads in their charges struggle to impress their very demanding fan bases and club owners.
Zinadine Zidane may have been a very successful footballer in his prime, winning the ‘Best Player in The World’s Award in 1995.  The Algeria-born retired French international footballer  may have been one of the best coaches, if not the best,  in the world in the last few years after steering Real Madrid past the shadows of eternal domestic  rivals Barcelona, winning the LA Liga and being the first coach to win the champions League back to back. The fact is that his Real Madrid side are having a shockingly poor season, placed 19 points behind Barcelona and languishing in 4th place in the La Liga table.
As their top player Marcello put it recently, Real are sinking.
Real Madrid are not a club with a history of wasting time to fire their coach when the players fail to deliver the Spanish League title, and its quite clear that Zidane isn’t going to win it this season.
The same thing could be said of Chelsea in the English Premier League. The Blues won the league last season following a remarkable winning run, after a poor early start.  There was more hope amongst Chelsea fans that the team could kick on and give a strong account of themselves in the current season. But it has not been the case so far and the manager, Antonio Conte, who looked invincible for most of last season is beginning to look ordinary now.

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