AFRIMA jury arrives Nigeria for adjudication of 8,009 entries

The 13-man International Jury of the All Africa Music Awards will arrive Lagos, Nigeria on Wednesday ahead of a week-long adjudication process following the closing of entries where 8,009 songs/videos were received for the 5th edition of the annual awards event. From August 8 to 14, event hospitality partner, Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria, will provide a secure venue for the AFRIMA International Jury members representing the five regions of Africa, the diaspora (Europe and North America) and the African Union Commission, who are tasked with the…

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Sergio Aguero hits 200th goal as Manchester City spank Chelsea

The new English football season got off to a familiar start as two Sergio Aguero goals, including his 200th for the club, handed Manchester City a 2-0 win over Chelsea. The victory enabled the 2017/2018 English Premier League champions to claim the FA Community Shield for the fifth time at a sun-baked Wembley. The game between title winners and Cup holders is the traditional curtain-raiser to the new season. But on this evidence the gap between the two teams, which last season stood at 30 points in the Premier League,…

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Juan Mata scores as Manchester United draw against Mexican side on US tour

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said Thursday’s 1-1 pre-season draw with Club America in Arizona “pushed us to levels we are not prepared for”. United had to come from behind against the Mexican side as Juan Mata’s 78th-minute strike cancelled out Henry Martin’s opener on 59 minutes. The Premier League side were without many key players after the World Cup. Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and English duo Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford were among those missing. David de Gea, Nemanja Matic and new Brazilian signing Fred are expected to join…

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Nigeria to host 2021 WAFU Cup of Nations

Nigeria have been confirmed as the hosts of the 2021 edition of the WAFU Cup of Nations. According to a report, Nigeria will host the third edition of the competition in September 2021. Senegal will stage the second edition of the competition in September, 2019. The first WAFU tournament, hosted by Fox Sports, was held in September 2017 and saw the host nation Ghana crowned champions in what was a very successful event. The Black Stars defeated Nigeria 4-1 in the final. The West African Union is made up of…

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France show class in becoming new World Champions

France lived up to their promise on Sunday in Moscow by winning their second FIFA World Cup title with a 4-2 defeat of Croatia in the 2018 edition’s final match. The 1998 winners were one of the favourites from the onset, but not all favourites reached this stage, and they were up against a pre-tournament underdog in the final match. But, Croatia’s path to this Luzhniki Stadium was strewn with the scalps of many favourites, such as Argentina, Russia and England and they needed respect. However, France did not fail…

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World Cup: Modric, Mbappe, Kane, Griezmann scoop FIFA-Adidas awards

The French team were not the only winners of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia as the curtains were drawn on Sunday in Moscow. Other winners included Luka Modric, the magical midfielder for runners up, Croatia. He won the FIFA Adidas Golden Ball award for  guiding his team, setting the tempo, and exploiting gaps in opposition defences. He proved equally effective in the final, dictating the pace as Croatia made a fast start to the match. The Adidas Golden Glove award went to Thibaut Courtois, the goal keeper of third…

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FIFA: Amaju Pinnick is only recognised NFF chairman

The controversy surrounding the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) was put to rest on Friday afternoon in Moscow as FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, maintained that Amaju Melvin Pinnick, remained the elected President of the federation. The world soccer body also confirmed Qatar as 2022 World Cup host which will take place between November 21st and December 18th. Infantino, confirmed yesterday at the final Press Conference on the 2018 World Cup in Russia that football leagues around the world had been informed on time for them to adjust their…

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France beat Belgium reach World Cup final

rance will play in the World Cup final for the first time since 2006 after beating Belgium 1-0 thanks to a goal from Samuel Umtiti in St Petersburg on Tuesday evening. Kylian Mbappe surged forward inside the first 10 seconds and crossed low for Antoine Griezmann, but the forward failed to get on the end of it and Belgium cleared. Belgium threatened down the flanks and Eden Hazard put in a dangerous cross which was turned behind by Umtiti — though the resulting corner was wasted by Nacer Chadli, playing…

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Real Madrid Confirm Cristiano Ronaldo’s Transfer To Juventus

Real Madrid on Tuesday announced the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Italy’s Juventus, with the Portuguese superstar saying the time had come “for a new stage” in his life. “Today Real Madrid wants to give thanks to a player who has demonstrated he is the best in the world and who marked one of the most brilliant periods in the history of our club and world football,” the club said in a statement. It did not give any details as to the amount of the transfer but Spanish media reports…

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World Cup Referee Gets Life Ban For Bribery

A Kenyan linesman who had been due to officiate at the World Cup in Russia has been handed a life ban after being caught in a bribery sting. Marwa Range was filmed received a 600 bribe dollars during the African Nations Championship in Morocco in January and is one of 22 referees sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football in an unprecedented cleanup, announced at the weekend. Rage, who was a reserve at the 2014 finals in Brazil, had earlier been removed from the list of match officials due to…

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