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Super Falcons given $5k instead of $10k promised to them

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Reigning African women champions, the Super Falcons, were paid a total of $5,000 each instead of $10,000 promised to them for their win against South Africa in the final of the recently concluded Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON).

The Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick had, just before the game, promised to reward the Super Falcons with $10,000 if they retained the AWCON title in Ghana. And they did, however, according to Scorenigeria, NFF officials have now claimed the president was misquoted as promising to pay them $10,000.

Scorenigeria reports that the Super Falcons staged a protest but ended it when NFF officials assured them they will do something about the situation.

Man U starlet becomes to youngest player to play in UEFA Youth League

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Shola Shoretire, a Manchester United footballer has become the youngest player to play in the UEFA Youth League at the age of 14 years and 314 days, replacing the previous record holder Miles Svilar of Benfica

Shoretire made history when he came on to replace Nishan Burkart for the final 15 minutes as Manchester United faced Valencia in the UEFA Youth League. The English side ended up winning the game 2-1.

The talented teenager trained with England youth sides and was part of United’s under-18s and under-23s’ training camp in Austria during the pre-season. He is eligible to play for Nigeria if he chooses to.

Manchester United qualified as winners of Group H in the UEFA Youth League ahead of Juventus.

Nigeria through to the final of the 2018 CAF Beach Soccer

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The Super Sand Eagles of Nigeria became the first team to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup happening in Paraguay.

The team qualified after beating Egypt 7-6 at the ongoing 2018 CAF Beach Soccer AFCON to move on to the final of the competition.

Abu Azeez was on fire as Nigeria battled the hosts of the competition, he scored four out of the seven goals. One of the goals being his 100th goal for Nigeria.

The Super Sand Eagles will be playing against whoever wins the other semi-final fixture featuring Senegal and Morocco in the final.

The final game will be played on Friday 14 December.

Ajax interested in signing Osimhen - Reports

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Nigerian youngster, Victor Osimhen has been linked with a move to Dutch club, AFC Ajax.

According to Owngoalnigeria, the 19-year-old striker may be on his way to Amsterdam when he finishes his loan spell at Charleroi‎.

Osimhen is on loan from Wolfsburg till next summer and has been spectacular at Charleroi‎, scoring 7 goals in 13 games.

Osimhen started his career at the Ultimate Strikers Academy, in Lagos before representing Nigeria at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup. After a stellar performance at the showpiece, Osimhen caught the attention of VfL Wolfsburg, he officially joined the club in January 2017 on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Klopp asks Liverpool’s fans to be the 12th player against Napoli

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Jurgen Klopp has called on Liverpool’s fans to produce an electric atmosphere when his side host Napoli in a must-win Champions League clash today. You can win big from this game, use this 1xbet promo code.

Last season’s runners-up Liverpool are facing elimination in Group C, needing a win over the Serie A outfit to have any chance of progressing.

Liverpool are in some form, sitting top of the Premier League after claiming three successive wins since their defeat away to Paris Saint-Germain.

Klopp is eager to see the club’s fans lift his side, who suffered a 1-0 loss to Napoli when the teams met in October.

“We were not good in Napoli so the first thing we want to do is show that we are better than how we played there,” he said, via the Liverpool Echo.

“Again, we are going to ask for Anfield and call on the fans to help us – it is a really massive game.

“It would be really cool if the crowd was on its feet, it’s a big one and our people know that. I know they will already be warming up.

“We know how big the atmosphere can be and hopefully we see that. We did everything we could to qualify for this tournament again and we know we have a chance to go through with specific results even though this Champions League campaign so far was not really ours.”

If PSG beat Red Star Belgrade, Liverpool need a 1-0 win or a victory by two or more goals against Napoli to progress.

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Nigeria’s Super falcons to know World Cup foes today

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Reigning Africa champions, Super Falcons will know the teams they would confront in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup slated for France.

The draws which is expected to be done on Saturday in France could see the Super Falcons face teams like Brazil, England, and host nation, France.

The Nigerian women recently won the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana after beating South Africa 4-3 via a penalty shootout to win the trophy for the 11th times.

This will be Nigeria’s seventh appearance at the tournament since its first participation in 1991.

Super Falcons among the world’s most accomplished teams – Pinnick

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The President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, on Wednesday, described the Super Falcons as one of the most accomplished female team in the world football.

The accolade from the NFF President came as he once again congratulated the Thomas Dennerby-tutored team as they emerged African Champions for the ninth time in Ghana.

The team emerged African Champions on December 1 in Ghana as they defeated South Africa 4-3 on penalties.

Pinnick praised the team’s effort at winning the championships against all odds.

“I want to congratulate and also thank you once again for what you did on Saturday, making us all proud. You see, you displayed the quintessential Nigerian spirit.

“You showed that the Nigerian flag strengthened you and that is why, even during the extra time, you were not tired.

“I visited the team at their Starview Hotel, Abuja, in the company of the NFF General Secretary, Sanusi Mohammed and Head of Women Football, Ruth David,’’ Pinnick said in a statement by the NFF Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire.

Pinnick, on Saturday, minutes after the triumph, dedicated the trophy to President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We can’t thank our father, President Buhari enough for his immense support to Nigerian Football. The President is really happy for what you have done which has never been done by any women national team.

“Germany and America have dominated their respective confederation championships, winning eight titles each but no country has ever won nine times.

“That is why the President wants to meet you as soon as possible,’’ he said.

According to him, the NFF President and First Vice President of the Confederation of African Football, Federation’s partners and sponsors, as well as some state governors also want to host the champions.

Pinnick said: “We are waiting for the President to have the first honour.

“Already our sponsors are lining up to honour you for your achievement as well as some state governors who have indicated their interest in hosting you but all that will be after the President hosts you.

“The Federation will support the programme of Super Falcons’ Coach, Dennerby to ensure that the team is well prepared for the 2019 World Cup in France.

“We are already working with the coach who has submitted his plans for the World Cup to us.”

Pinnick noted that he was talking to some European Federation Presidents and the President of European Union Football Association, Aleksander Ceferin, to secure friendly matches for the team in preparation for the World Cup.

On his part, the General Secretary of NFF commended the ladies, saying that they were the focus at a seminar on Monday in Abuja; held as a preview to the National Sports Festival.

“Honestly, I was very happy on Saturday. I am proud of what you have done.

“You know, at the preview of the National Sports Festival, all the resource persons focused on you (Super Falcons),’’ Mohammed said.

The Captains, Rita Chikwelu and Onome Ebi, in their vote of thanks, pledged that the team would give their best at the World Cup.

Southampton Sack Coach, Mark Hughes

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Mark Hughes has been sacked by Southampton after just one win in their opening 14 games of the Premier League season.

The Saints have slipped into the relegation zone and dropped a two-goal lead against Manchester United on Saturday.

Assistant first team manager Mark Bowen and assistant first team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki have also left.

Kelvin Davis will take charge of Wednesday’s game against Tottenham.

In a statement, the Premier League strugglers announced: ‘We would like to express our thanks to Mark and his staff for all of their efforts during their time at St Mary’s,’ a statement read.

‘The search for a new manager to take the club forward is already underway.’

Hughes took over at St Mary’s last March and guided them to Premier League survival after a win over Swansea in the final week of the season.

He also took them to an FA Cup semi-final, where they were beaten by Chelsea, but was unable to inspire a better campaign this time around.

The Saints currently reside in the bottom three after 14 games, of which they have won only one and lost seven.

Hughes, who played for the club in the late 1990s, leaves the club following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

They were leading that game 2-0 after just 20 minutes, only to be pegged back by half-time.

During Hughes’ tenure they dropped 20 points from winning positions, while only scoring 12 in 14 games so far in 2018-19. 
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