Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The Nigerian striker, Victor Osimhen, has become the most expensive African player after a deal worth $96m got sealed with Napoli.

The deal is worth more than $96m (81.3m euros) has made Napoli now paid more than what the English side, Arsenal paid Lille for Ivory Coast’s Nicolas Pepe a year ago.

Back in 2015, during the Under-17 World Cup in Chile, the then-16-year-old scored a tournament record 10 goals, netting in every one of Nigeria’s games, in a performance that helped earn him Africa’s Youth Player of the Year award for 2015, which also made him clinched the Golden Boot and Silver Ball awards while steering the Golden Eaglets to the title.

Osimhen had joined Lille from Belgium’s Charleroi as a replacement for Pepe.
After scoring 18 goals in all competitions for Lille last season, the 21-year-old had been linked for several weeks with Napoli.

As the whole world is celebrating the Eid-El-Kabir, millions of people have taken to their social handle to celebrate the Eid-al-Adha including football players.

In Africa, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Montreal Impact midfielder Victor Wanyama, Manchester United’s Odion Ighalo and Bursaspor star Shehu Abdullahi were among the African players who took to social media to celebrate Eid al-Adha.

Eid al-Adha is second of the two annual Islamic festivals after Eid al-Fitr, and it commemorates the obedience of the prophet Ibrahim.

Whilst preparing for the oncoming FA cup final and the Premier League next season, four London clubs will be involved in two major finals over the coming days—live on SuperSport.

Chelsea and Arsenal will meet in the FA Cup final, while Fulham and Brentford will compete for the right to play in the Premier League next season.

There are subplots aplenty ahead of Saturday’s showpiece between the Gunners and the Blues, the 139th edition of the FA Cup final.

Notably, the match represents an opportunity for two rookie coaches which consist of Mikel Artera and Frank Lampard to win the first silverware of their nascent managerial careers.

There is a high probability that the Juventus legend, Christiano Ronaldo, will be rested for the mean time ahead of the final match.

According to Juventus head coach, Maurizio Sarri, says he may choose to rest Cristiano Ronaldo for the final Serie A game of the season against Roma.

Juve have already secured the Scudetto, their ninth in a row, and are just a week away from the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Lyon with a 1-0 deficit to overturn.

Christiano Ronaldo has not missed a game since the return of Italian football from the coronavirus-enforced break in June, the 35-year-old having taken his goal tally to 31 in the league to propel Juve to the title.

Formula One driver Sergio Perez has tested positive for Covid-19 and will Sunday’s British Grand Prix, his team Racing Point announced on Thursday. Perez is the first F1 driver to test positive for the coronavirus since the season started earlier this month amid the pandemic.

According to a statement made by the Racing Point Team; “Following the announcement that Sergio has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Silverstone Circuit ahead of the British Grand Prix, the team regrets to announce that he will be unable to participate in this weekend’s race,”.

The National Shooting Federation has postponed the compulsory training camp for its Olympic core group planned here from Saturday after taking into the account the situation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India is set to release a comprehensive SOP after the IPL Governing Council meeting.

According to the AFO twitter handle, the 2020 IPL will be held in the UAE from September 19.

The BCCI is bracing up for an IPL season like no other amid discussions on having mental health awareness helpline for players and support staff and with knowledge about the challenges of staying put in a bio-secure environment for weeks.

Indian chess ace Viswanathan Anand signed off second from bottom after his disappointing campaign at the Legends of Chess online tournament ended with a loss to long-time rival Vasyl Ivanchuk in the ninth and final round.

It was Anand’s eighth loss in the USD 150,000 tournament. The 50-year-old ended in ninth position behind GM Peter Leko who finished last.

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