Africa Sports World 

Champions Barcelona suffer defeat in La Liga opener

Champions Barcelona suffered a defeat on the opening day of the La Liga season after a sublime winner by Aritz Aduriz handed Athletic Bilbao victory. Barca produced a lacklustre performance and were punished when substitute Aduriz, 38, found the net with a stunning 89th minute scissor-kick. Luis Suarez and Rafinha both hit the woodwork for Barca but the visitors struggled to impress despite fielding new £107m signing Antoine Griezmann. Suarez was forced off with an injury. With Lionel Messi missing with a calf injury and Philippe Coutinho not involved amid…

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Africa Nigeria Sports World 

FIFA gives former Nigerian player Samson Siasia life ban

Former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia has been banned for life and fined $50,000 by Fifa for agreeing to ‘the manipulation of matches.’ Siasia was coach of Nigeria between 2010-2011 and for a spell in 2016 but the time period when Fifa believes he committed his infractions is unclear. He has also served as coach of the country’s Under-20 and Under-23 sides. In a statement, Siasia was found ‘guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches.’ The sanction stems from an ongoing ‘large-scale…

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Africa Gambia Sports West Africa World 

Gambian football player with ‘double identity’ in Germany ?

The Gambian footballer Bakery Jatta is currently facing a probe from Germany’s football federation the DFB after reports of him having a double identity. Jatta plays for Hamburg and first arrived in Germany at the age of 16 in 2015. Now 21 there are doubts over his true identity. Germany daily Sport Bild reports that Jatta is rather older than his current age of 21. The news outlet reports that Jatta is in fact two and a half years older. Bild reports that Jatta played for Gambia’s U20 side under…

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Africa Ghana Sports World 

Ghana’s Agyemang Badu hospitalized with blood clots

Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu is in hospital in Italy with blood clots in his lungs. His Serie A club Hellas Verona said he was admitted on Wednesday evening. He was diagnosed with pulmonary microembolism. He said on Thursday morning that he “was doing much better.” The 28-year-old is expected to remain in hospital for a few days for further observation. Ageymang Badu is on loan at Hellas Verona, with and obligation to buy, from Italian rivals Udinese. He was not in the Ghana squad for the Africa Cup of…

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Africa Egypt Sports World 

Salah visits fan who ran into lamp-post chasing his car

Footballers often inspire unswerving devotion, but one boy has felt the full force when he hit a lamp-post while running after Mohamed Salah. Louis Fowler, 11, was trying to get the Liverpool striker’s attention, who was driving out of the club’s training base on Saturday, when he ran into the post. The Reds fan fell and “busted his nose”, his stepfather Joe Cooper said. He added that they were “gobsmacked” when Salah soon turned up at their home nearby to check on Louis’ condition. Mr Cooper told the Liverpool Echo that Louis…

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Africa Sports World 

Manchester United beat Chelsea 4-0 in EPL

Marcus Rashford scored twice as Manchester United began their Premier League campaign with an emphatic win over Chelsea at Old Trafford. England forward Rashford opened the scoring from the penalty spot after being fouled by Kurt Zouma. New £80m signing Harry Maguire won the ball which started the sweeping move for Anthony Martial to double the lead. Rashford made it 3-0 before new signing Daniel James scored on a bad day for new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard. Chelsea had their moments before United scored three second-half goals. The Blues hit…

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Africa Football Sports World 

Jose Mourinho finally gets a job for the season

Former Chelsea and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has landed a job for the 2019/20 Premier League season. The Portuguese has been out of job in the Premier League since last December after Manchester United sacked him. He has always said he was anxious to return to coaching but has not received the right offer and project yet. Mourinho has now joined the Sky Sports punditry team for the 2019/20, according to the network. ✍️ NEW SEASON, NEW SIGNING ✍️ Three-time Premier League winner Jose Mourinho will join the Sky…

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Africa Football Sports World 

Manchester City get title defence off in style

Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as Manchester City got their title defence off to a winning start with victory at West Ham in game that saw the video assistant referee play a significant role for the first time in the Premier League. The technology is making its debut in England’s top flight this season and, after last night’s curtain raiser between Liverpool and Norwich passed off without incident, it took centre-stage on Saturday. VAR was first called on when Gabriel Jesus appeared to have put City 3-0 up midway through…

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Africa Football Sports World 

Liverpool beat Norwich 4-1 in EPL opener

Liverpool scored four first-half goals as they started the new Premier League season with a blistering performance to demolish newly-promoted Norwich City at Anfield. Norwich captain Grant Hanley scored the opening goal of the top-flight season when he sliced Divock Origi’s cross into his own net before Mohamed Salah opened his account after a pass by Roberto Firmino. German midfielder Marco Stipermann forced a fine save by Reds keeper Alisson before an unmarked Virgil van Dijk headed the third from Salah’s corner, Origi nodding the fourth after a stunning pass…

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Africa Boxing Sports World 

Joshua, Ruiz rematch to take place in Saudi Arabia

Nigerian-born British boxer, Anthony Joshua will fight heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr in a rematch in Saudi Arabia. Promoters of the bout made the announcement on Friday with the fight set for December 7. The fight will take place in Diriyah, a UNESCO World Heritage site of Al-Turaif, located on the outskirts of the capital Riyadh. The fight, dubbed ‘Clash on the Dunes’, will see Joshua hoping to win back the IBF, WBA and WBO titles he lost to Ruiz Jr. He lost those titles in New York in June…

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