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U-17 Volleyball: Nigeria beat Cameron 3-1 in semi final, meet Egypt in final

THE Nigeria under 17 female volleyball team on Wednesday in Abuja, defeated their Cameroonian counterparts 3-1 in the semifinal match of the ongoing 2023 Girl’s U17 African Nations Volleyball.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the match played at the package B of the Moshood Abiola Stadium.

NAN reports that Nigeria will meet Egypt in the final match on Thursday.(today)

The Nigerian girls won the first set with two points different (27-24), while Cameroonian fought back to win the set second set 25-23.

The Nigerian girls continued the game with the winning spirit to win the third set and fourth set 26-24 and 25-19.

Speaking after the match, Sunday Akapson, the coach of Nigerian girls said the girls played according to instruction.

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“One of the best things we used in this game in the first and second game is that we try to boost the morale of the players.

“After we lost our first game against Egypt , we told them that they have the ability , capacity and the strength to win the remaining matches.

“We will go back home to restrategise and  play in the final match against Egypt on Thursday,”he said

On his part the team manager of the Cameroon team, Tamuo Henry said the girls work well in their games.

“It is unfortunate that they lost all their three matches but that does not make them a good team.

“The good thing is that the three teams will participate in the U-17 world cup championship in 2024, ‘ he said.

NAN reports that Mirable Onyegwu from the Nigerian team received the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award of the match.

The 2023 Girl’s U17 African Nations Volleyball which started on Saturday is expected to end on Dec. 8

U-17 Volleyball: Nigeria beat Cameron 3-1 in semi final, meet Egypt in final

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UCL: Osimhen helps Napoli snatch late draw against Barca as FC Porto defeat Arsenal

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UCL: Osimhen helps Napoli snatch late draw against Barca as FC Porto defeat Arsenal

Victor Osimhen scored as Napoli drew 1-1 with Barcelona in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League (UCL) second-round match.

The 25-year-old equalized for the Serie A champions in the 75th minute, after Robert Lewandowski put Barcelona ahead at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Wednesday.

Osimhen spun away from Inigo Martinez inside the box after Zambo Anguissa’s pass reached him. The Lagos-born striker rolled the ball past Ter Stegen, who went the wrong way, and into the goal.

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The match marked Osimhen’s first start for Napoli since December 23, 2023, when he was sent off in a 2-0 loss to Roma.

He played an important role in the Super Eagles of Nigeria’s silver-winning effort at the just ended Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cote d’Ivoire.

In the other game of the night, Galeno’s late goal helped FC Porto defeat Arsenal 1-0 at the Estadio do Dragao.

Galeno picked up the ball 35 yards outside Arsenal’s goal area deep into stoppage time, proving that the best play was saved for last. The Brazilian carried the ball forward before finding his place and bending a shot past Raya’s stretched limbs into the net.

UCL: Osimhen helps Napoli snatch late draw against Barca as FC Porto defeat Arsenal

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Guardiola apologises to Phillips for comments about weight

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has apologised to Kalvin Phillips for saying the midfielder was overweight when he returned from the 2022 World Cup.

Guardiola had told reporters that Phillips was not in the right condition to go through training sessions after returning from Qatar, where he was used for only 40 minutes in two substitute appearances in England’s campaign.

Phillips endured a wretched time at City after signing from Leeds United in 2022, making only six starts in 18 months, and the 28-year-old joined West Ham United on loan last month.

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After making the switch to West Ham, the midfielder said his confidence had taken a “big knock” from Guardiola’s comments.

“Yeah, I’m sorry,” Guardiola told reporters on Monday.

“I apologise to him. I spoke to him before making the comment. I never, ever don’t speak to the team before I say something here, or the player in that case.”

City, who are third in the Premier League, can close the gap to leaders Liverpool by one point if they beat Brentford at home later on Tuesday.

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Osimhen gets new coach as Napoli hire Calzona to replace sacked Mazzarri

Struggling Napoli sacked Walter Mazzarri on Monday and brought in Slovakia coach Francesco Calzona just two days before hosting Barcelona in the Champions League.

The 62-year-old Mazzarri became the second man to be sent packing this season by the ailing Italian champions.

Mazzarri took charge in November after Rudi Garcia was dismissed but Napoli then fell to ninth in Serie A ahead of Wednesday’s last 16, first leg with barca at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

“I thank Walter Mazzarri, a friend of the De Laurentiis family and Napoli, for having helped the team in a tricky period,” said Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis on X, formerly Twitter.

De Laurentiis confirmed that Calzona has been hired, reportedly until the end of the season, and will be in charge on Wednesday night.

“It’s always painful to sack a friend,” said De Laurentiis in a short interview with Sky Sport.

“But we need to consider that in Naples you have to give Napoli fans something extra. Now we’re going to try to do that with Francesco Calzona.”

Calzona guided Slovakia to Euro 2024 but has a huge job on his hands as he returns to Napoli, where he was an assistant under Maurizio Sarri and during Luciano Spalletti’s trophy-less first season with the club.

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The 55-year-old will reportedly keep his job with Slovakia while also trying to drag Napoli back up the table after the disappointing end to Mazzarri’s brief second spell in charge of southern Italy’s biggest club.

Mazzarri helped return Napoli to the upper echelons of Italian football between 2009 and 2013.

He guided Napoli to the 2012 Italian Cup, beating undefeated league champions Juventus in the final to win the club’s first trophy in over two decades.

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