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Arsenal closes in on Denis Suarez deal

Arsenal are close to completing the signing of Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez. The Spaniard will join the Gunners on loan until the end of the season, with a purchase option in the summer. Suarez has played 71 times for Barcelona since joining in 2013 but has only featured eight times this season. He previously played...

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Flying Eagles to face Saudi Arabia in international friendly

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles will face their Saudi Arabian counterparts in an international friendly on January 22 in Jeddah. The game is expected to prepare the team ahead of next month’s Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Niger Republic. Team Administrator, Aliyu Ibrahim Lawal said arrangements were in top gear for the seven-time African champions to...

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Nigeria’s Super Falcons depart to China for 4-Nation tournament

Nigeria’s women national football team, Super Falcons have departed to China for a 4-Nation tournament as they kick start their preparations for 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup taking place in France, this summer. The delegation comprising 16 players and nine officials left Nigeria, aboard an Egypt Air flight from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja,...

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David Wagner parts way with Huddersfield Town on mutual consent

David Wagner has left Huddersfield Town as manager by mutual consent with the club bottom of the Premier League. The German took over as Terriers boss in November 2015 and led them to promotion to the Premier League in 2016-2017 through the Championship play-offs. ELSEWHERE,  Nigerian midfielder Ifeanyi Ifeanyi has signed a three year deal...

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American John Isner crashes out of Australian Open

American John Isner became the first top-10 player to fall on the opening day of the Australian Open as he was stunned by world number 97 Reilly Opelka. Isner, seeded ninth in Melbourne, was beaten 7-6 7-6 6-7 7-6 by compatriot Opelka in just over three hours. The victory was Opelka’s first in the main...

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2018/2019 Nigeria Professional Football League season kicked off

The 2018/2019 Nigeria Professional Football League -NPFL season kicked off yesterday across six league venues with three home victories, one away win and two draws recorded. Akwa United kicked off their new NPFL season going down 1-0 at home to El Kanemi Warriors at the Godswill Akpabio international Stadium, as Enyimba recorded a 2-0 home...

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NFF plans 10 international friendlies for Super Falcons

The Nigeria Football Federation-NFF has lined up 10 international friendlies for the Super Falcons ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals. According to NFF, the reigning African Women’s Cup of Nations champions will take part in a four–Nation Invitational Tournament in China from the 17th –20th January. The nine time AWCON champions will also...

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Southampton striker, Charlie Austin suspended for two matches

Southampton striker Charlie Austin has been suspended for two matches after he admitted making an abusive gesture towards Manchester City fans. The 29-year-old appeared to make a two-fingered sign towards supporters as he was substituted in the 68th minute of the match at Saint Mary’s on 30th December. City won the game 3-1 and Austin...

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Paris Saint Germaine crashes out of French League Cup

Unbeaten Ligue 1 leaders and holders Paris Saint-Germain suffered a shock French League Cup exit against the top-flight’s bottom side Guingamp. Thierry Henry’s struggling Monaco side also progressed to the semi-finals courtesy of an 8-7 penalty shootout victory over Rennes after the game finished 1-1. IN TENNIS – Britain’s Andy Murray won just two games...

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Bendel Insurance returns to Nigeria Premier League after ten years

Bendel Insurance FC of Benin defeated Shooting Stars of Ibadan to gain promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League -NPFL. The club defeated Oluyole Warriors 1-0 at the ongoing Nigeria National League -NNL Super 8 in Aba. Other teams that got promoted are Kada City, Gombe United FC and Remo Stars. Bendel Insurance was relegated...

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Egypt’s Mohammed Salah wins African best player award

Egypt striker Mohamed Salah has won the African Footballer of the Year for the second successive year at the Confederation of African Football’s 2018 awards ceremony in Dakar. Salah beat fellow nominees, Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He edged the same two players last year in a vote decided by the...

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Arsenal to face Manchester United in FA Cup fourth round

Manchester United will visit Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA Cup at The Emirates Stadium after Monday’s draw pitted the two English Premier League giants together. The draw was conducted by former Wolves and Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, as well as former Tottenham Hotspur and Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane. Arsenal...

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PSG striker Timothy Weah’s six-month loan to Celtic confirmed

Paris Saint-Germain striker Timothy Weah’s six-month loan to Celtic has been confirmed with manager Brendan Rodgers saying he brings “pace and technique”. The 18-year-old United States forward’s deal was confirmed after he arrived in Dubai to join Celtic’s training camp during their winter break. Weah’s arrival closely followed that of West Bromwich Albion winger Oliver...

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Cesc Fabregas arrives Monaco to finalise move from Chelsea

Cesc Fabregas has arrived Monaco to finalise his move from Chelsea. The tearful Fabregas bid farewell to Chelsea yesterday after making his 501st appearance in English Football in Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Nottingham Forest where he missed a penalty. The 31-year-old will now reunite with his former Arsenal team-mate, Thierry Henry in Ligue 1...

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best Player at Globe Soccer Awards

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been awarded the Best Player at the 2019 Globe Soccer Awards. He beat Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann and Paris Saint-Germain sensation Kylian Mbappe to the award. It marked the third consecutive year the former Real Madrid star was crowned the award’s best player and fifth in total since 2011....

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Novak Djokovic qualifies for last eight of Qatar Open

Novak Djokovic is through to the last eight of the Qatar Open after surviving a huge scare from world number 36, Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics. Djokovic is on course to meet Stan Wawrinka in the semi-finals in Doha after the Swiss beat Chile’s Nicolas Jarry 6-4, 7-6. STILL IN TENNIS – Katie Boulter and Cameron Norrie...

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Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke’s proposed loan move to Crystal Palace fails

Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke’s proposed loan move to Crystal Palace is off because of concerns over his fitness. Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed the 21-year-old was a target for the January transfer window on Sunday. But Solanke has not made a first-team appearance for Liverpool this season and was ruled out of recent matches because...

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Akwa United football club resumes training after Christmas break

Nigeria Professional Football League club Akwa United has resumed the final phase of their pre-season training today ahead of the 2019 NPFL season after returning from Christmas break. According to the media manager of the team, Mfon Patrick, more than 95% of the players took part in the first of the two training sessions scheduled...

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Manchester United records third straight win under caretaker manager

Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is not solely focused on “attacking football” after Manchester United scored their 12th goal in three games in a victory over Bournemouth. A cavalier display in the first half at Old Trafford saw United score three times, with Paul Pogba netting his second double in successive matches and...

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Arsenal manager, Unai Emery charged by FA for improper conduct

Arsenal manager, Unai Emery has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after kicking a water bottle into the crowd during the 1-1 Premier League draw at Brighton on Boxing Day. IN ANOTHER DEVELOPMENT- Mohamed Salah will face no action from the Football Association for the incident which saw him win a penalty...