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AFCON: GAC Motor hails Super Eagles after finishing strong in group stage

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GAC Motor has sent a goodwill message to the Super Eagles of Nigeria for their brilliant performance so far in the ongoing African Cup of Nations taking place in Cameroon.

The auto firm says in a statement, “The GAC team is proud of the remarkable feat in the AFCON outing thus far and will continue to support the Super Eagles through pivotal initiatives.”

It said the firm looked forward to the team bringing the trophy home.

About a year ago, GAC Motor signed a partnership agreement with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to become its exclusive automobile partner –a move made by the automobile giants to harness Nigeria’s burgeoning Youth and Sports Development for global exploration.

The last round of matches at the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament has seen Nigeria emerge as the winner of its match against Guinea Bissau and the only team to qualify for the round of 16 without a draw or loss at the group stage.

In a pulsating encounter between the group’s first and last, the Super Eagles of Nigeria maintained its stance as Group D leaders after netting in 2 goals to outpace the Djurtus of Guinea Bissau to end the match 2-0.

Sadiq Umar, Super Eagles striker, made a statement in the game by opening the scoring at the 56th minute following a timely pass from the flanks by teammate Kelechi Iheanacho. The striker posed many threats in the opponent’s box with some fast-paced, tactical, and imposing runs.

The Nigerian team got into cruise control after defender William Troost-Ekong turned the ball home in a swift rebound after Moses Simon’s mazy dribble and strike that hit the crossbar.

Beyond scoring the deal-breaker goal, William Troost-Ekong’s dominance within the attacking and defending lines earned him the Man of the Match award.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been slick and stylish so far at the 2021 African Cup of Nations holding in Cameroon. Their first group match saw them subjugate the Pharaohs of Egypt 1-0 in a nerve-racking 90 minutes. After defeating the Sudan National Team 2-0 in the second Group D match, they further demonstrated their dexterity. The game against the Guinea Bissau team earned them nine points, making the Eagles the only team to qualify for the Round of 16 by winning all its group matches.

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Breaking: Man City win EPL in dramatic comeback despite Liverpool beating Aston Villa 3-1

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Manchester City on Sunday clinched their sixth English Premier League title coming back from 0-2 against Aston Villa to a surprising 3-2 win at the Etihad Stadium on the final day of the league.

The title chaser Liverpool although won their game against Wolves but it was not enough to lift the league trophy.

The City’s three goals came in five minutes to seal the title.

The win on Sunday sees Pep Guardiola’s Man City successfully defend their EPL title.

Matty Cash and Philipe Coutinho had given Aston Villa a 2-0 advantage before Man City scored three times in five minutes late in the second half.

A brace from Ilkay Gundogan, a substitute, and Rodi helped City snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and with it the EPL title.

A nervous Man City fell to Cash’s header in the 37th minute before Coutinho doubled Steven Gerard’s side’s lead in 69 minutes.

The introduction of Gundogan changed the dynamics of the encounter, with the German international heading into the net before Rodri drilled in the equalizer two minutes later.

Gundogan completed the comeback from Kevin de Bruyne’s cross to send the fans into frenzy mode as Guardiola’s side clinched the club’s fourth title in five years, punctured by the 2020 triumph of Liverpool, who finished second.

 

The final day final scores are:

Arsenal 5-1 Everton

Brentford 1-2 Leeds United

Brighton 3-1 West Ham

Burnley 1-2 Newcastle (Burnley are relegated)

Chelsea 2-1 Watford

Crystal Palace 1-0 Manchester United

Leicester City 4-1 Southampton

Liverpool 3-1 Wolves

Manchester City 3-2 Aston Villa

Norwich 0-5 Tottenham

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Newcastle United agree N3.4b deal for Victor Osimhen

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Super Eagles and Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, has reportedly agreed personal terms with English Premier League side, Newcastle United hoping to join them before the end of the summer transfer window, according to report on respected Italian media outlet, La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The deal is reportedly worth twice the amount (4.5m euro) he’s presently earning at Napoli that amounts to N3.4 billion in Nigerian currency.

Further cementing his spot as the highest earning Nigerian player in Europe.

Newcastle United is however yet to agree a deal with Napoli over his transfer fee with the Serie A side holding out for a transfer fee in the region of around 100 million before they can sanction any deal.

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It was gathered that the idea of asking for a 100 million is due largely to the fact that 30% of whatever is gotten from the sale of the forward will go to his former club, Lille as agreed in the deal that’s aw him join Roma two seasons ago.

Similarly, Manchester United is willing to pay Osimhen ₦75million in wages per week if he agrees to join them this summer.

Osimhen has been the subject of numerous transfer talks. Top Premier League sides Liverpool, Arsenal, Newcastle United, and Manchester United have all been linked with a move for the Napoli talisman.

According to teamtalk, Ten Hag wants to bring Osimhen to Manchester. Manchester United faces a challenging task luring the Nigeria international, but the club is looking to entice Osimhen by doubling his current earnings.

Teamtalk reports that Osimhen would earn £146,000(₦75million) per week if he joins the former Premier League champions.

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Just in: Jose Peseiro confirmed Super Eagles head coach

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed Jose Peseiro as the new head coach of the Super Eagles.

He replaces Austin Eguavoen who was drafted from the technical team to step before the last Africa nations cup after Gernot Roh was sacked.

Paseiro’s appointment is coming months after an initial deal fell through.

His appointment was confirmed in a statement released by the federation on Sunday.

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