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Buhari Congratulates the Most Recent Boxing Champion, Anthony Joshua

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President Muhammadu Buhari, in a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina in Abuja on Sunday, rejoiced with Anthony Joshua, saluting him for bringing joy to millions of Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora by beating Mexican, Andy Ruiz Jnr in a one-sided bloody rematch on Saturday.

He noted that Joshua’s supporters across the world had rooted for him to regain the titles he lost six months ago.

“The downfall of a man is truly not the end of his life. There’s always another and better day. This is a lesson we must all learn from you as a country,” Buhari told the comeback world champion.

He wished Anthony Joshua well “as he seeks to bring more glory to Nigeria, and the boxing profession.”

Joshua beat Andy Ruiz Jr on a unanimous points decision in Saudi Arabia to seize back the heavyweight world championship belts he lost to his Mexican-American opponent in a shock upset last June.

The ‘Clash on the Dunes’ in Diriyah was for the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles, and judges scored the fight 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 to the 30-year-old Briton.

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Kolin Kaepernick- girlfriend, Nessa Diab blasts NFL for listing quarterback as ‘retired’

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NEW YORK( TNC)-Colin Kaepernick’s girlfriend, Nessa Diab, chastised the NFL on Friday for listing the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback as “retired” on the league’s official website.

Diab also tagged commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFLPA on Twitter for “lying” about Kaepernick’s status.

The league’s website changed the “retired” tag to “UFA,” undrafted free agent, later Friday.

Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016 when he was 29. He completed 59.2 percent of his passes that season for the 49ers, tallying 2,241 yards with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions in 12 games. He quarterbacked the 49ers to the Super Bowl after the 2012 season, where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 34-31.

Kaepernick hasn’t found a job since opting for free agency in 2016 as attention around the quarterback shifted from his football status to his protests against social injustice and police brutality.

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BREAKING: Arteta Appointed as Arsenal’s New Coach

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Mikel Arteta enters the record list of former players becoming coaches in their clubs as he signs a three-and-a-half-year coaching contract at Arsenal on Friday.

The 37-year-old Spaniard, who played more than 100 games for the Gunners between 2011-16, signed a three-and-a-half-year contract and ended a three-year stay as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City.

Arteta, who will be officially presented to the press later on Friday at 1700 GMT, replaces compatriot Unai Emery, who was sacked last month.

The former midfielder, who will sit in the stands for Saturday’s match against another of his old clubs Everton, faces a massive challenge, with Arsenal having won just once in 12 games — beating West Ham under interim manager Freddie Ljungberg. 

“This is a huge honour. Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world,” Arteta said in a statement.

“We need to be competing for the top trophies in the game, and that’s been made very clear to me in my discussions with Stan and Josh Kroenke (owner and club director, respectively) and the senior people from the club.

“We all know there is a lot of work to be done to achieve that, but I am confident we’ll do it.

“I’m realistic enough to know it won’t happen overnight, but the current squad has plenty of talent, and there is a great pipeline of young players coming through from the academy.”

Head of football Raul Sanllehi said the club had interviewed other candidates before opting to pursue Arteta.

“We met several top-class candidates, and Mikel stood out to every single one of us as the perfect person for us,” he said in a club statement.

“Mikel understands Arsenal Football Club and what it means to our fans around the world. We look forward to him getting down to work and bringing the best out of our squad as we work to get our season back on track.”

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FC Ifeanyi Ubah bus Attacked by Gunmen in NYSC Uniform

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The FC IfeanyiUbah team were, attacked by suspected armed men on their way to a league match against Jigawa Golden Stars in Kano, on Friday.

According to a press statement by the club, the incident took place at about 1:30pm, when players and officials of the club, who were travelling to Kano for their NPFL matchday six tie, ran into a group of armed robbers dressed in National Youth Service Corps uniforms, at Kabba junction, near Lokoja in Kogi State.

The team’s bus driver was shot, while some members of the coaching crew and players were injured.

The affected members of the team are currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital, the release stated.

Ifeanyi Ubah FC management called on the authorities to tighten security around football teams across the country.

“We wish to use this medium to appeal to the Federal Government as well as football regulatory bodies; the Nigeria Football Federation and the League Management Company to further intensify security efforts to ensure the safety of teams who often have no choice than to travel long distances by road, especially clubs owned by private investors, who are made to invest their hard-earned money in the growth and development of Nigerian football.

“Conclusively, fans, well-wishers, supporters and Nigerians, in general, are kindly urged to keep the entire management, coaching staff and players of FC Ifeanyi Ubah in their prayers in this moment of despair.”

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Do Not Host Women’s W’Cup, it Has No Impact in Nigeria – Gara Gombe

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On Sunday, a former member of the Nigeria Football Federation Reforms Committee, Gara Gombe, urged President Muhammad Buhari not to allow Nigeria to host the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

He mentioned that the fund to be spent in hosting the competition could be used to develop the Nigeria Professional Football League and Nigeria Women Football League.

Nigeria is bidding to be the first African country to host the 2020 FIFA Women’s World Cup after hosting the men’s U-20 World Cup in 1999 and the U-17 version 10 years later.

Gombe claimed that previous competitions hosted by Nigeria had no impact on football development in the country.

 “Nigerians will campaign against it (hosting the competition) because it is not in our interest, unless we are informed in clear terms whether it is of commercial or developmental values to us as a nation.

“It is not going to be favourable to us. It is unnecessary at this time, we don’t need it. What is the potential of the commercial purposes? If it is of commercial value, they should make it known, so that we can weigh what we are putting in and we will get.

“If it is for developmental purposes, they should tell us how previous FIFA grants were spent. No country goes to bid for a World Cup from FIFA without considering the commercial value.”

He urged the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, not to be misled by officials of the NFF, saying, “He (the minister) should avoid similar mistakes made by his predecessor, Solomon Dalung.”

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