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Four Years of Football Prohibition for Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba, a midfield player for Juventus, has been suspended from the game.

After failing a drug test, he was given a four-year band, the Italian media reported.

On his X account, football journalist Fabrizio Romano verified this as well.

Details to follow.

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Victor Osimhen’s hat-trick heroics at Napoli match Diego Maradona’s scoring feat.

Victor Osimhen, a football player from Nigeria, has created history.

After scoring three goals against Sassuolo, he has now matched the scoring record set by the late, great Argentina captain Diego Maradona at Napoli.

On Wednesday, February 28, Osimhen scored his second hat-trick in Serie A as Napoli defeated Sassuolo 6-1 on the road.

For the Italian league winners, the Super Eagles striker has now scored in his previous three games.

Additionally, he has increased his league campaign total to 11 goals in 15 games.

His 10 league goals came after his second goal against Sassuolo, which gave Napoli a 3-1 lead.

Osimhen is currently the third player in Napoli’s history to score ten goals or more in four different seasons.

Maradona accomplished that between 1984 and 1988, and Attila Sallustro did the same for the Partenopei between 1929/30 and 1932/33, if one goes all the way back to 1929.

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Calvin Bassey and Alex Iwobi are named to the Premier League Team of the Week.

Following matchday 26, two Super Eagles players—Calvin Bassey and Alex Iwobi—were named to the Premier League squad of the week.

Recall that after assisting the Super Eagles of Nigeria in making it to the tournament’s final, Alex Iwobi and Calvin Bassey named 2023 AFCON stars.

At Old Trafford, Fulham shocked Manchester United with a 2-1 victory.

In the Premier League match, Harry Maguire scored the equalizer after Bassey had opened the scoring. Iwobi scored the game’s winning goal in the final minute, giving Fulham a 2-1 victory.

They were named in Whoscored.com’s Premier League Team of the Week together with Phil Foden of Manchester City, Fulham goalkeeper Bernd Leno, and Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka as a result of their performance.

Calvin Bassey was also included in BBC football analyst Garth Crooks’ squad of the week following the Nigerian international’s superb performance against Manchester United.

Among Crooks were one player each from West Ham United, Crystal Palace, and Fulham. Each of Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Aston Villa sent two players to the team.

The commentator stated, “This was an impressive team performance by the Cottagers with Bassey and Tosin Adarabioyo back in the starting line-up and could have played this match in stocking feet,” as an explanation of why he included Bassey in his team of the week.

“The goal by Nigerian international Bassey was a fitting cap to an outstanding individual display.”

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Anthony Joshua says that Ngannou performed well against Fury and that he’s ready to fight.

Former UFC champion Francis Ngannou gave an excellent performance against current WBC champion Tyson Fury, according to remarks made by Anthony Joshua, the two-time former unified world heavyweight champion.

Joshua and Ngannou are scheduled to square off on Friday, March 8.

Remember how in October, in the third round, Ngannou stunned the entire world by stopping Fury? However, he ultimately lost by split decision in the fight.

Joshua stated that he is prepared to fight before his matchup with Ngannou.

According to the 34-year-old, “I just feel to myself I will always be here and ready to fight any time,” Sky Sports reported.

“Ngannou also had a strong performance against the current WBC champion, Tyson Fury. I believe it will be successful as a result.

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Breaking: Former Barcelona player Dani Alves is given a four-year jail sentence

According to BBC sources, Dani Alves, a former football player for Barcelona and Brazil, was found guilty by a Spanish court on Thursday of sexually abusing a woman in a Barcelona nightclub.

Alves has been sentenced to four years and six months in prison.

Details to follow.

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Premier League: “Everyone is aware of Mbappe’s future” – Liverpool defender Konate Says

In the midst of transfer rumors that link Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe to a move to the Premier League, Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate has stated that he knows where the forward is going.

When Mbappe’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign, he is expected to depart PSG.

The Real Madrid team as well as Premier League teams Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea have been connected to the captain of France.

But when asked about Mbappe and Liverpool connections after Liverpool thrashed Brentford 4-1 in a Premier League match on Saturday, Konate was cited by Canal+ as asking, “In all honesty, do you really think he is coming here?” Everyone is aware of Kylian’s destination.

International colleagues on the France national squad are Konate and Mbappe.

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I Prefer to Watch AFCON Football Over European Football, Says Mourinho

The refereeing at the ongoing African Cup of Nations, or AFCON, has received praise from former Chelsea and Roma coach Jose Mourinho.

Although the Portuguese strategist acknowledged that he prefers to watch the African event over European football, he said that Europe ought to imitate Africa’s integrity in officiating, particularly with regard to the application of Video Assistant Refereeing, or VAR.

He claimed that VAR’s rulings at the AFCON are not biased in favor of wealthy or well-known teams.

He recommended that VAR’s headquarters be located in Africa.

“I’ve seen more AFCON football than European league play. All they’re doing is educating us to be truthful. VAR is applied in the AFCON precisely as it should be, according to Mourinho, as reported by CFC News Report.

“They do not use it to help the money magnet teams or famous teams. This is why you saw the best out of every team . Because they know VAR is not hired behind the scenes but is for everyone. They listen even to their Players if the Ref missed something and go check. In Europe if I as a coach or a player plead with a ref to go check something, it is a red card for doing that. The headquarters for VAR needs to be in CAF.”

Recall that African Cup of Nations will climax today with the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the hosts, Cote D’Ivoire locking horns in the final.

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After the match between South Africa and Nigeria, Osimhen tells Boniface, “No Olosho Until We Win.”

In front of the 2023 AFCON championship match, Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen has given fellow national Victor Boniface assurances that the Super Eagles will maintain their focus.

Ivory Coast and Nigeria will compete for the continental trophy.

In their conversation, Boniface asked to be given two “oloshos” (prostitutes) for every Super Eagles player. Victor Osimhen, however, promptly corrected him, emphasizing that he and his colleagues are committed on taking home the AFCON championship in 2023.

When Osimhen subsequently enquired about Boniface’s level of fitness, the 23-year-old striker said that he is still struggling to get back to full health.

“Make them give Pere Nwa two Oloshos each for this night, una deserve am,” stated Boniface.

In response, Osimhen said, “Thunder, fire you. We don’t give up until we succeed, you hear?

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AFCON: Lagos Prepares For Massive Watching Center Before South Africa vs. Nigeria Match

A massive watching center has been erected by the Lagos State Government at Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Onikan, as well as at several other spots throughout the state, ahead of the Super Eagles’ African Cup of Nations semi-final match versus South Africa on February 7.

A statement posted on the Lagos Government’s X handle states that 25 viewing centers have been established in various parts of the state to guarantee that every Lagosian is excited and amused.

“SANWO-OLU SETS UP VIEWING CENTER AT ONIKAN FOR SUPER EAGLES/BAFANA BAFANA MATCH,” the statement says.

“A massive watching center has been established by the Lagos State Government for the Super Eagles vs. Bafana Bafana match on Wednesday, February 7. To promote and guarantee that, the government maintains twenty-five viewing centers around the State.

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AFCON: Nwabali, Osimhen, Lookman Included In Super Eagles’ Starting XI Against Angola

Stanley Nwabali, the goalkeeper for the Super Eagles, is set to guard the goalposts when Nigeria takes on Angola in the quarter-final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Friday evening.

Recall that The Chippa United keeper was a major doubt after he sustained a knee injury during Nigeria’s 2-0 win over Cameroon in the round of 16 clash last Saturday.

However, Super Eagles manager Jose Peseiro, has kept faith in his players who started against Cameroon in the round of 16, and expects them to get a good result against Angola.

Peseiro will maintain the 3-4-3 formation with the likes of William Troost-Ekong, Semi Ajayi, and Calvin Bassey to shield Nwabali.

Ola Aina and Zaidu Sanusi will be on the right and left flanks.

Alex Iwobi and Frank Onyeka will occupy the midfield, while Victor Osimhen, Ademola Lookman and Moses Simon will spearhead the attack.

The match will take place at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan at 6 pm.