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CAFCL: Enyimba Thrash Rahimo 5-0, Pillars crash Out

Enyimba pair of Reuben Bala and Stanley scored a brace each as Enyimba eased past Rahimo of Burkina Faso 5-0 in a CAF Champions League preliminary round return leg match on Sunday in Aba,There was early sign of danger for the Burkinabe champions when their numerical strength was reduced nine minutes after the kick off.Zonon Issouf who provided the lone goal that nailed Enyimba in the first leg, was flashed a straight red card by the referee for stamping his foot on Enyimba’s Ghanaian defender, Emmanuel Ampia.Enyimba tried to make their numerical advantage count, pouring into the visitors area like locust invasion.But still buoyed by their first leg 1-0 advantage, Rahimo defended stoutly, with virtually every yellow shirt falling behind the ball time and again with occasional counter attacks.However, Enyimba thought they had gotten the breakthrough in the 24th minute when captain Godwin Abalogun expertly planted his left-foot shot into the top far corner. And as he turned to celebrate, the goal was ruled out by the second assistant referee’s flag, adjudging Stanley Dimgba who provided the assist was in an offside position.The breakthrough for the People’s Elephant eventually came a minute past the…

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Oshoala scores as Barcelona win regional Cup

Asisat Oshoala put away a Barcelona-esque goal to fire her team into the lead in what was a 4-0 trouncing of local rivals RCD Espanyol de Barcelona Femení in the 2019 Copa Catalunya finalAsisat, who has been on a purple patch at the club, impressed yet against on Saturday night, with her ninth goal in six games for the club.The Forward shared a video of the goal on social media moments after the game.The win for Barcelona comes three months after the heartbreak of losing out in the Liga title race and also the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

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Man City, Ajax and Napoli scout Nigeria Under-17 captain Babatunde

The teenager is being tracked by clubs across Europe as they await his 18th birthday to make a moveManchester City are among the clubs interested in Nigeria Under-17 captain Adeleke Oluwatobi Babatunde.The 16-year-old is regarded as one of Africa's hottest talents, with Napoli, RB Leipzig, Lille and Ajax also showing an interest in the No.10, as teams wait to sign him ahead of his 18th birthday due to FIFA regulations.Tobi, as he is nicknamed, alerted European clubs to his talents with his performances at the Africa Youth Games in 2018 when his side earned a silver medal.The Abuja Football Academy graduate was also part of the International Dream Cup in Japan, where he scored in the opening match against Mexico.He has been a key player for the Super Eagles across various age groups and, in October, he is expected to be the captain of the Nigeria Under-17s team again at the World Cup in Brazil.The tournament tends to be a hotbed for clubs scouting the next generation of talent and a positive performance in Brazil could put Babatunde on the radar of more clubs.Nigeria have a considerable pedigree at Under-17 level having won…

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Andrew Luck abruptly retires

This is a stunner. A couple of weeks ago, The Indianapolis Colts were hopeful that their star Quarterback, Andrew Luck would be able to start Week 1 after dealing with a calc/ankle injury.  A few days ago, they weren’t certain that he would be able to make it for the first regular season game, but would eventually be ready early in the season.  Not only is he not going to play this season, he has announced that he will formally retire for the National Football League at age 29. Luck was the first overall pick in the 2012 Draft and would be named to the Pro Bowl in his first three seasons. In 2014, he threw for a league leading 40 Touchdown Passes, with a career high 4,761 Yards. Injuries piled up on the pivot and he was forced to sit out the entire 2017 season, though came back last year to throw for 4,593 Yards and 39 TDs.  He would go to his fourth (and presumably, final) Pro Bowl and was named the Comeback Player of the Year. Often, when players retire, we assume they will stay retired, despite the fact that players have bucked that and returned shortly after.  Perhaps, because of his age and his citing of “mental” reason as opposed to physical, we think there is a good chance that we will see him again and selfishly we hope so.   This was one of the best QBs at one time, and pundits and fans still felt that there was a lot left in what was pegged once as a future Pro Football Hall of Famer.   As it stands now, Luck is unlikely to make Canton. Taking our “Hall of Fame” hat off, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are hopeful that Andrew Luck heals and enjoys his post-playing career.  

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Samuel Chukwueze fails to score in Villarreal’s defeat to Levante

Samuel Chukwueze failed to score as Villarreal suffered a 2-1 defeat to Levante in Friday’s La Liga outing.Chukwueze began the season with a bang – getting a goal as the Yellow Submarine were forced to a 4-4 draw against Granada.Roger Marti’s second-half brace powered the Frogs past the visitors who got their lone striker through Gerard Moreno.Villarreal started the game well as Javier Calleja’s men took a third-minute lead with Moreno finishing off Karl Toko Ekambi’s cross.Despite their dominance, the Estadio de la Ceramica giants through away several scoring opportunities with Ekambi the main culprit.In the second half, Levante clawed their way back into the game to win thanks to Marti’s penalty goals. In the 68th minute, the Spaniard fired past Andres Fernandez after Ekambi fouled Enis Bardhi on the edge of his goal area.Five minutes later, Marti sealed his brace after he was upended by goalkeeper Marti.The game at Ciutat de Valencia was Chukwueze’s 28th Spanish top-flight outing. He is expected to lead Villareal’s frontline when they host Real Madrid in their next fixture.

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Leicester City seek to block Ndidi from Super Eagles’ friendly Against Ukraine

Leicester City want Wilfred Ndidi to skip Nigeria’s international friendly with Ukraine on September 10 due to fatigue, according to Sporting Life.Ndidi was pivotal for the Super Eagles at the Africa Cup of Nations, where he played in all the games.The midfielder has come back to feature in his club’s opening two fixtures in the Premier League, despite not participating in preseason.Leicester manager, Brendan Rodgers, wants Ndidi to take a break in order for him not to suffer from burn out as the season progress.The English side is expected to meet with officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), to discuss the possibility of giving the player a rest for the game against Ukraine.

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Godwin Aguda joins Saudi second-tier side from Rangers

Rangers International FC have confirmed their attacking midfielder Godwin Aguda has left the club and joined Saudi Arabia side Al Washm FC for the season.Aguda was the top scorer in the 2018/19 CAF Confederation Cup and inspired Rangers side to the NPFL Super 6 play-off.In a tweet on Saturday, the club tweeted : #GodwinAguda sign a season long deal with Saudi Arabia side, Al-WashmAl-Washm play in the second tier of Saudi football.

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NIGERIA ELIMINATE THE HOSTS AT 2019 AFRICAN GAMES

Nigeria and Burkina Faso have secured progression into the semifinals of the men’s football tournament at the 2019 African Games following Friday evening’s conclusion of Group A. Friday wrap The big result of the evening came from ASFAR Sports Centre in Sale, where Nigeria held Morocco 2-2 in dramatic style to advance into the final four and eliminate the host team. The Flying Eagles twice found themselves a goal down, but captain Abubakar Ibrahim Babawo netted the first equaliser late in the first half, while substitute Emeka Chinonso scored in injury time at the end of the game to break the hearts of the Atlas Lions. The other game played at the Municipal Stadium in Mansouria saw Burkina Faso hammer already-eliminated South Africa 4-0, courtesy of goals from Elliass Dianda, Djibril Ouattara (two) and Spkiwe Nkabinde. The combination of results saw the Burkinabe leapfrog to the top of the group on seven points, while Nigeria were second on five points. The hosts ended third with four points, while the woeful Amajita ended with zero points (including a loss for their opening match against Morocco which was cancelled last week because SA did not register their team…

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Alex Iwobi in Action as Everton lost to Aston Villa

Alex Iwobi has finally made his debut for Everton two weeks after his move to Goodison Park.The 23-year-old winger left Arsenal prior to the start of the season but couldn't feature for Marco Silva's side in their opening game against Crystal Palace.Many Everton fans thought the summer signing would make his debut in their 1-0 victory over Watford last weekend but he didn't come off the bench.However, the Nigerian star was called upon by Marco Silva in the 61st minute against Aston Villa as the manager decided to add more firepower to his attacking line that was far from impressive throughout the opening half.Iwobi's introduction brought spark and life to the team as he struck the woodwork in the 83rd minute but he could not prevent Everton from recording their first defeat in three Premier League games this season.Iwobi will hope that he's done enough to win a place in the manager's starting line-up when they host Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday, 1st of September.

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Wilfred Ndidi studying business and management at UK university

Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is ‘happy’ to be studying business and management at the De Montfort University (DMU).The 22-year-old is focused on being educated despite his daily commitments at the King Power Stadium.Ndidi has established himself as a regular fixture in Brendan Rodgers’ team since his arrival from Genk in 2017.Despite his involvement at 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria, he has played every minute of Premier League football this season and rescued a point for Leicester City against Chelsea last Sunday.Education might have been a difficult option for Ndidi, who started his professional career with Genk in the Belgian First Division A in 2015, and made his debut for Nigeria the same year at age 19, but he is happy to be in class now after training.“I was really happy when DMU staff said I could study here. I wanted to do this course because growing up in Nigeria we didn’t really have the opportunity to actually go to school,” Ndidi told the University website.“It’s a personal thing for me that I want to do, to expand myself and learn new things. Instead of sitting at home after training I come…