Salah Confident Of Making World Cup Despite Shoulder Injury

Egypt’s Mohamed Salah is “confident” of being fit for the World Cup despite suffering a shoulder injury in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid.

Salah was forced off in tears during the first half of the 3-1 loss in Kiev on Saturday, sparking fears he wouldn’t make it to next month’s World Cup.

The 25-year-old sustained the problem when he was dragged awkwardly to the turf following a challenge with Sergio Ramos, leading some to claim the Madrid defender had deliberately tried to injure Liverpool’s star forward.

Speaking after the final, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had described the injury as “serious” amid fears Salah had suffered a dislocated shoulder.

That would have ruled him out of Egypt’s first appearance in the World Cup since 1990.

Salah was pictured with his shoulder in a sling when he got off Liverpool’s plane at John Lennon Airport on Sunday.

But it now appears there is a good chance Salah will be able to join his country for the tournament in Russia.

“It was a very tough night, but I’m a fighter. Despite the odds, I’m confident that I’ll be in Russia to make you all proud,” Salah wrote on his official Twitter account on Sunday.

“Your love and support will give me the strength I need.”

Egypt’s team doctor Mohamed Abou El-Ela said in a statement that, according to information from Liverpool’s medical staff, Salah has sustained only ligament damage.

And, just as Salah tweeted his fitness update, fresh reports in Egypt claimed he had only suffered a strain in the shoulder ligaments and is expected to be back in action in three weeks.


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Arsenal Appoints Unai Emery As New Manager

Arsenal have appointed former Paris St Germain coach Unai Emery as the new manager of the club, with the Spaniard succeeding the long-serving Arsene Wenger, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.

Emery, who joined PSG in June 2016, left the French club at the end of this season, having led them to a domestic treble.

The 46-year-old had previously guided Spanish side Sevilla to three Europa League titles.

Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career.

He has also developed some of the best young talents in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis in a statement said His hard work and passionate approach and his sense of value on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take the team forward.

Wenger departed the North London club at the end of last season after nearly 22 years at the helm, helping the team capture three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.

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Yobe Govt Empowers Para-Soccer Players

The head coach of Yobe Para-soccer team, Mohammed Bashiru, on Wednesday in Abuja said Yobe State was set to eradicate poverty by empowering Para-soccer players in the state.

Bashiru told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the state governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, had been giving the state Para-soccer team allowance every month.

He said that the state governor has always been supporting the team at local and national competitions.

“The state government has been motivating the team since they joined Para-soccer tournament, it has been encouraging us morally, physically and financially, which is the most important thing.

“The state governor is paying them minimum wage, which will reduce poverty level, he also empowered our atheletes by putting them in some handworks.

“They received salary every month from the state government as a player because most of them are bread winners of their families and some of them have their own businesses.

“The aim of the Government is to take them away from street begging and say no to violence,’’ he said.

Bashiru said Yobe team would work hard to win the National League Championship coming up in Katsina in August.

Yobe team won the just concluded First National Open Para-soccer Championship at the package B of the National Stadium Abuja.

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Lagos Govt To Provide Viewing Centers For World Cup

The Lagos State Government (LASG) on Tuesday said it would provide viewing centres in three locations, Ajegunle, Alimosho and Mushin, for the World Cup matches during Russia 2018.

Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commssion (LSSC), Kweku Tandoh, said this at the 2018 ministerial press briefing at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja.

The ministerial press briefing was in commemoration of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode’s third year in office.

Tandoh said that the state government considered providing the viewing centres due to the importance of football.

According to Tandoh, the viewing centres will also give those who cannot afford to own a Pay TV decoder opportunity to view the matches.

“Lagos State government has concluded plans to construct viewing centres in three locations, Mushin Alimosho and Ajegunle, for the people in those areas to view the world cup.

“This will give opportunity to those that cannot afford the Pay TV to watch those matches live. This will give them a chance to watch those matches via the centres government will provide.

“We know the importance of football in the heart of the people, hence, the government has made the provision so that our people will enjoy the world cup,’’he said.

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Russia 2018: Mikel, Moses, Ndidi, Lokosa Make Super Eagles 30-Man Squad

Captain Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi and Ahmed Musa are among the Super Eagles 30-man provisional squad released by Gernot Rohr ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Home-based goalkeepers Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Dele Ajiboye, Francis Uzoho and Daniel Akpeyi made the cut.

There is also the surprise inclusion of Crotone striker Simeone Nwankwo and Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) top scorer with 18 goals Junior Lokosa.

Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, who is recuperating from a hamstring injury, is also included.

Others who made the list are Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Elderson Echiejile, Bryan Idowu, Shehu Abdullahi, Ola Aina, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Uche Agbo, Stephen Eze, Tyronne Ebuehi, Moses Simon, Kelechi Iheanacho, Kenneth Omeruo, Chidozie Awaziem, Oghenekaro Etebo and Joel Obi.

Meanwhile Henry Onyekuru who just returned from injury and Victor Osimhen were not listed. Olanrewaju Kayode, who has been in fine form with Shakhtar Donetsk is also not included.

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Arsene Wenger To Leave Arsenal At The End Of Season

Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger has announced that he will leave the Club Arsenal at the end of the season, ending his 22-year career as the current longest-serving manager in the Premier League.

“After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season,” Wenegr said in a statement.

“I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years.

“I managed the club with full commitment and integrity.

“I want to thank the staff, the players, the Directors and the fans who make this club so special.

“I urge our fans to stand behind the team to finish on a high. To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club.

“My love and support for ever.”


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Commonwealth Games: Nigeria’s Amusan Wins Gold in 100m Hurdles

Nigeria’s Oluwatobiloba Amusan on Friday won gold in the Women’s 100m Hurdles final crossing the line in 12.68 seconds.

The Jamaican pair of Danielle Williams and Yanique Thompson completed the race in 12.78 seconds and 12.97 seconds respectively.

With the 20-year-old Amusan’s victory, Nigeria now has 18 medals – 8 Gold, 5 Silver and 5 Bronze medals.

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Anthony Joshua Defeats Joseph Parker To Clinch WBO Title

Joseph Parker has fallen short in his bid to become the unified world champion, falling to Anthony Joshua by unanimous decision in their heavyweight bout in Cardiff.

The victory makes Joshua the undisputed heavyweight world champion, adding Parker’s WBO belt to the IBO, WBA, and IBF belts he already owns, and sets up a highly-anticipated showdown with WBC champ, Deontay Wilder.

As the bout went into its final stretch Joshua never wavered from his game plan, clinically racking up points and rounds while maintaining his pace.

Parker, on his side, never waned. He kept his output high and showed no sign of an empty gas tank, but when the final bell rang there was only ever one winner – Anthony Joshua.


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Crucial English Premier League Competitions

The English Premier League is the strongest internal world championship involving 20 teams. Now the championship is entering the home stretch and teams are maximally concentrated on their goals to solve their tasks in this season.

The EPL in its present form was created in 1992. Before this, the championship had been called the First Division. In England, there are the best players and the most professional coaches from all over the world. Unlike other competitions, not 2-3 but 6 teams compete for the champion title here:

·         Manchester United;

·         Chelsea;

·         Tottenham;

·         Arsenal;

·         Liverpool;

·         Manchester City.

It is even more surprising that 2 years ago the title was won by modest Leicester, which budget is considerably less than the budget of the specified clubs. The premier league is dynamically developing and winning more fans all around the world. Livescore allows not to miss anything from the favorite game world.

This year, competitions of the EPL will be especially tough and uncompromising.

Current season

Before the company 2017/2018 start, a lot of specialists have predicted that the competition for the title is expected to be very tough. Chelsea will face a challenge, which the Londoners haven’t coped with, – to win the title. Manchester City has taken the lead from the first rounds. Charges of Josep Guardiola have rapidly lengthened their lead. Neighbors of United have competed with them for some time but, at the face-to-face competition, City crushed them.

Since then, the champion issue has not been on the agenda. The major challenge of other clubs is to distribute places in the Champions League. Only Manchester United and Liverpool can manage to do this. Arsenal has obviously backed off but they are able to win the Europa League and to enter the most prestigious European Cup Tournament next season.

Also, the survival zone is seeing the tough fight. While the one failure of the season, WBA, is obvious, who will take two remaining places in the failure zone is a mystery. The closeness in the league table is incomparable and even clubs going in the middle can lose their advantages for a few rounds.

The EPL becomes stronger and more attractive from year to year. Teams invest large sums of money in players and gain an enormous income from broadcast rights. We can expect a spectacular end of the season when favorites and outsiders have no margin for error. Follow the results with professionals and enjoy exciting football matches.

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British Threat To Boycott Of World Cup Troubling, Says Russia

Russia’s foreign ministry says British threats to boycott the 2018 FIFA World Cup is troubling.

The British government said it suspected Russian  involvement, in the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in England.

Prime Minister Theresa May earlier said it was “highly likely” that Moscow was responsible for the attack.

Some had suggested Boycotting the Russia-hosted World Cup.

“We want to emphasize once again: such provocative statements, which fan anti-Russian hysteria, only complicate relations between our countries and are blow to world sport,” the Russian ministry said,

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President Buhari Receives FIFA World Cup Trophy In Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, received the FIFA World Cup trophy which is currently on a tour of 91 cities in 51 countries across the globe.

Buhari, while receiving the trophy, said his administration will partner with the private sector to harness the sporting potentials of the country’s teeming youth population.

According to him, Nigeria will enjoy the special consideration of hosting the trophy for four days in two cities of Lagos and Abuja.

The President noted that football was a passion shared by millions of Nigerians even beyond the country’s borders .

He promised that government would invest adequately in the forthcoming FIFA World Cup competition to ensure that the cup made a victorious return to Nigeria in July this year.

Representative of FIFA at the event , Peter Njonjo, expressed hope that the tour of the trophy to Nigeria would heighten the patriotic  fervour in millions of Nigerians in the quest to bring home the world cup trophy this year.

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Edo Gov Obaseki Unveils Rebranded Bendel Insurance FC

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has unveiled the rebranded Nigeria’s foremost football clubs, Bendel Insurance FC, on Tuesday night at the Government House in Benin, the state capital.

Speaking at the event, Obaseki said his administration’s vision to reform sports is aimed at creating jobs and curbing restiveness among youths.

“We have a keen interest to reform the sports sector in the state, and this is aimed at providing solutions to youth restiveness and unemployment. For us, sports have the potential to uplift the lives of our people and offer hope to youths who seek a better country.

Edo people are sports-loving. We will leverage this as we continue our reforms and give hope to our teeming youths. The steps made in reforming the Bendel Insurance FC will serve as reference point to drive more reforms in the sector.

The Benin Arsenal I know will soon bounce back big and with what I have seen today, its obvious that a silent revolution on how club-sides should be properly managed outside government’s funding is happening,” he said.

The governor unveiled the new logo of the club which has the legendary Queen Idia mask as the main attraction. Also, Obaseki unveiled sets of brand new jerseys, team bus, technical team as well as manual for the rebranded Bendel Insurance Football Club. The new technical crew of the team is headed by Monday Odigie as Manager, while Baldwin Bazuaye, is the Head Coach with Greg Ikhenoba as his Assistant.

Legends like 86-year-old Alabi Aisien who won the 1978 Challenge Cup final as head coach of the Benin Arsenal and the first coach to win the FIFA Under-16 World Cup in China in 1985, Sebastine Brodericks-Imasuen, were present at the event along with several ex-players of the team.

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