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Tributes pour in as ex-Arsenal star Kevin Campbell dies at 54

Football communities – England, Premier League clubs, and football legends are mourning the loss of former Arsenal and Everton striker, Kevin Campbell.

Tributes have poured in from all corners of the sport, honouring the life and career of the revered striker who left an indelible mark on English football.

A Saturday statement from the Arsenal website revealed that Campbell died at age 54.

He was recently admitted to hospital with sepsis.

Arsenal said in a statement, “We are devastated to learn that our former striker Kevin Campbell has died after a short illness.

“Kevin was adored by everyone at the club. All of us are thinking of his friends and family at this difficult time.”

On the other hand, Everton described him as a Goodison Park hero who saved the club from relegation in 1999.

The club stated, “Everyone at Everton is deeply saddened by the death of our former striker Kevin Campbell at the age of just 54.

“Not just a true Goodison Park hero and icon of the English game, but an incredible person as well – as anyone who ever met him will know.

“RIP, Super Kev.”

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Born in Lambeth in February 1970, Kevin Campbell began his football career with Arsenal, joining the first team at Highbury in 1988 following an impressive junior scoring record.

During his time with the Gunners, he netted 59 goals in 224 appearances and helped the team secure the 1990-91 league title, the FA Cup, the League Cup, and the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

After his stint at Arsenal, Campbell moved to Nottingham Forest and later had a season with Turkish side Trabzonspor.

In 1999, he joined Everton, where he is fondly remembered for scoring nine goals in five games, a remarkable feat that helped the club avoid relegation.

Fans also cherish his decisive goal in a memorable Merseyside derby victory at Anfield, Everton’s last win at their rival’s ground for 22 years.

He said of the goal, “It was at the Kop End and my view, which will live with me until the day I die, is the Blues in the Kop going crazy.

“That was, and still is, one of my favourite memories in football.”

One of his proudest was becoming the first black captain of Everton for the 2001-02 season.

He stayed at Everton until 2005, where he remains the club’s fifth-highest Premier League goal-scorer, and finished his career with spells at West Brom and Cardiff.

Tributes pour in as ex-Arsenal star Kevin Campbell dies at 54

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PSG to complete ‘discounted’ Osimhen’s deal Thursday

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PSG to complete ‘discounted’ Osimhen’s deal Thursday

Nigeria international striker Victor Osimhen is expected to complete his  transfer from Napoli to Paris Saint-Germain on or before Thursday, according to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport.

Speculations were rife  over the weekend that  the French Champions  are  ‘close to unblocking the deal’ for  Osimhen with Napoli reportedly ready  to give a slight discount on Osimhen’s €130m release clause.

According to  Football Italia, the Parisian giants have decided to fully focus on a deal for the 25-year-old Nigerian striker and have been in close contact with Partenopei president Aurelio De Laurentiis and the player’s agent Roberto Calenda in recent days.

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On Saturday, Osimhen  missed the club’s second pre-season friendly  as the coach Antonio Conte-led side  beat Mantova 3-0, following  their earlier  4-0 win  against Anaune Val di Non in  the first pre-season game.

But yesterday, Football Italia  reported that  Corriere dello Sport detailed  how Napoli are hoping to sell Osimhen to PSG by Thursday next week, allowing them to finally pull the trigger on the deal with Chelsea for Lukaku, who is waiting to be reunited with Antonio Conte.

The Belgian striker has reportedly  returned from his holiday in Turkey and is now individually training to start preparing for the move. He has agreed to a three-year contract worth €10m gross per season, taking advantage of the Growth Decree tax relief.

Napoli will pay Chelsea around €25m including add-ons for Lukaku, obtaining a significant discount on the circa €44m (£37.5m) release clause.

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Oshoala, Nkwocha listed among Africa’s 25 best athletes

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Oshoala, Nkwocha listed among Africa’s 25 best athletes

Super Falcons attacker, Asisat Oshoala, and former Nigeria international, Perpetual Nkwocha, have been included in Africa’s 25 Best Athletes of the 21st Century list.

The list of Africa’s 25 Best Athletes of the 21st Century was compiled by ESPN.

Apart from Oshoala and Nkwocha, other Nigerians who made the list include Mixed Martial Art (MMA) stars Israel Adesanya, Kamaru Usman and American Football star Osi Umenyiora.

Samuel Eto’o, Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane made the cut while athletics greats such as Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia), Caster Semenya (South Africa), Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya), Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia) among others were listed.

Commenting on Oshoala, ESPN wrote: “Oshoala, who currently plays for Bay FC in the NWSL, has taken African women’s football to new heights. The Nigeria striker has been the African women’s Player of the Year a record six times, thanks in large part to her stellar five seasons with Barcelona.

 “Her 92 league goals for Barça came at a rate of roughly one every 65 minutes. There, she won the Spanish Primera Division four times, and the UEFA Women’s Champions League thrice. For Nigeria, she’s been part of the Super Falcons side that won the African title three times, and is set to represent the Super Falcons again at the Paris Olympics.“

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In its remarks on Adesanya: “Born in Lagos, although he moved to New Zealand aged 10 after a brief stint living in Ghana, Adesanya dominated the middleweight division of the UFC from 2019-2022, finally losing to Alex Pereira in November 2022 before beating him in a rematch five months later.

 “Adesanya lost his belt again to Sean Strickland later that year, but has a chance to win it back against South Africa’s Dricus du Plessis at UFC 305 on August 17 in Perth.

Adesanya will be 35 years old by the time that fight happens but whether or not he dethrones du Plessis (30), he will go down in history as one of the sport’s greatest ever, fulfilling ESPN’s prophecy of him as the “next big thing.”

The global sport media outfit described Nkwocha as prolific in front of goal.

 “A prolific goalscoring midfielder who conquered Africa five times with a dominant Nigeria side, former Super Falcons captain Nkwocha has made a name for herself in Sweden both as a player for Sunnanå SK and later as a coach for Clemensnäs IF.

 “Nkwocha combined dazzling dribbling skills with ruthless efficiency in front of goal to etch her name into the history books as one of the greatest African women’s footballers ever.“

Writing on Usman’s exploits in MMA, ESPN stated: “Born in Auchi in Edo State, Nigeria, Usman’s run as UFC welterweight champion coincided almost precisely with Adesanya’s as middleweight king.

Both held their belts from 2019-2022, with five successful title defense. In 2021, Usman was ESPN’s Male Fighter of the Year after wins over Gilbert Burns by TKO, Jorge Masvidal by KO (punch) and Colby Covington by unanimous decision.“

Concerning Umenyiora: “Born in London to Nigerian parents, New York Giants legend Umenyiora spent much of his childhood in Nigeria and continues his post-NFL in Lagos as a talent developer.

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Paris 2024: Super Falcons lose to Canada in friendly match

The Super Falcons lost 1-0 to Canada in a friendly match at La Quinta Football Centre in Malaga, Spain on Wednesday night in their final preparation before the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

Under head coach Randy Waldrum, Nigeria deployed the strongest lineup in a 4-4-2 diamond formation, aiming to uphold their impressive unbeaten streak.

Chiamaka Nnadozie started in goal, supported by defenders Michelle Alozie, Chidinma Okeke, Oluwatosin Demehin, and Osinachi Ohale.

The midfield featured Deborah Abiodun and Christy Ucheibe, with Jennifer Echegini and Toni Payne leading the attack alongside Chinwendu Ihezuo and Rasheedat Ajibade of Atletico Madrid.

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Canada seized an early lead in the 18th minute, despite Nigeria’s efforts to equalise throughout the match. The closest opportunity came in the second half when Echegini’s powerful strike hit the post, narrowly missing the net.

The defeat marked the end of Nigeria’s 15-game unbeaten streak with their last loss over 90 minutes occurring against Colombia in February 2023.

It also stands as the Super Falcons’ first defeat in 2024, following two wins and two draws against Cameroon and South Africa earlier in the year.

Nigeria will commence their Olympic campaign in eight days with a crucial match against Brazil in Bordeaux, followed by matches against Spain and the Korea Republic.

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