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Akinyemi, Afeez’s IK Start Relegated; Ekong Stars In Udinese Win; Ambrose, Ajayi Start; Etebo Absent

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By Johnny Edward:

Nigerian forward Adeleke Akinyemi scored his third league goal in the Norwegian Eliteserien division for IK Start who got relegated to the second division following their 3-1 loss away to FK Haugesund who had Izuchukwu Anthony on the bench for the entire duration of the game, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

 

It was Akinyemi’s 13th start of the season. His compatriot Aremu Afeez came on for Kasper Skaanes in the 87th minute of the defeat. Afeez made 25 appearances scoring three goals.

 

Akinyemi was replaced after an hour. IK Start finished 15th on the table with 29 points from 30 matches and were relegated along with bottom team Sandefjord.

 

Lillestrom, who paraded Nigeria midfielder Ifeanyi Matthew, survived the dreaded drop after they beat Kristiansund 2-0 on final day action. Matthew played the entire game, while Raphael Ayagwa was an unused sub. They finished 12th on the table with 32 points.

 

Super Eagles defender, William Troost Ekong helped his Italian club, Udinese end their seven-game winless streak in the Serie A with 1-0 win over AS Roma at the Dacia Arena on Saturday.

 

It was Udinese’s new coach Davide Nicola’s first win at the club – their third of the season.

 

Rodrigo De Paul scored the match winner for Udinese in the 54th minute to end AS Roma’s ten-game winning streak against Udinese in Serie A. The strike was the sixth of the season for Paul.

 

The game was Ekong’s 13th Serie A start of the season for Udinese.

 

In the English Championship, Oghenekaro Etebo was left out of Stoke City’s matchday squad that played out a 2-2 draw against Queens Park Rangers that paraded Eberechi Eze for 89 minutes. Etebo has made 13 appearances for the Potters so far this season.

 

For Eberechi, the Nigerian born player provided two assists and made a pass accuracy of 69.2% in the draw.

 

Semi Ajayi played all 90 minutes for Rotherham United who were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Sheffield United. The game was Ajayi’s 18th start of the campaign.

 

In Spain, Moses Simon was not included in Levante’s matchday squad that drew 2-2 away with SD Huesca. Moses who made a cameo appearance for the Super Eagles in their goalless draw against Uganda in an international friendly has played four games and has scored once.

 

Ramon Azeez played all 90 minutes for Lugo who defeated Cordoba 2-1 om a Segunda division clash.

 

In Belgium, Uche Agbo came on for Samuel Bastien in the 30th minute of Standard Liege’s 3-0 win over Eupen.

 

Efe Ambrose made his 13th Scottish Premier League start for Hibernian in Saturday’s 2- 2 draw at home to Dundee FC.

 

Ambrose who has won four Scottish Premier League titles has played 20 games in all competitions scoring two goals and providing one assist.



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Buhari appoints Amokachi as SA on sports

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Former Super Eagles player and Nigerian Football Ambassador, Daniel Amokachi, has been appointed as Special Assistant on Sports to President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I am pleased to inform you that Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved your appointment as Special Assistant on Sports,” the appointment letter dated August 17, 2020, and signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha, reads in part.

As special assistant on sports, Amokachi is expected to advise the President on all sports matters.

The former Everton of England forward, who was earlier in the year named Nigeria’s Football Ambassador, is expected to mentor youngsters and promote the game at the grassroots.

Nicknamed “The Bull”, Amokachi began his career in Kaduna with Ranchers Bees Football Club of Kaduna, played for Club Brugge of Belgium, Besiktas of Turkey, Everton of England and Colorado Rapids.

He played in two World Cup finals, USA 1994 and France 1998. He was a member of Nigeria’s 1994 African Cup of Nations winning team and won the 2013 edition in South Africa as assistant to the late Coach Stephen Keshi.

Amockachi also won Gold with team Nigeria in the Football event of the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.

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Tennis: Djokovic confirms US Open participation

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Novak Djokovic confirmed on Thursday he will play at the US Open, ending speculation about his presence at the first Grand Slam tournament since the season restarted following the coronavirus-enforced shutdown.

“I’m happy to confirm that I’ll participate at #CincyTennis and #USOpen this year,” the 33-year-old world number one tweeted.

“It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on many sides, but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited,” added the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

The US Open gets underway behind closed doors in New York on Monday August 31, with Djokovic arriving in the United States on Saturday to tune up in the Western and Southern Open, which is normally played in Cincinnati but has been moved to New York this year.

His decision to take part is a major boost for the US Open after a host of headline names pulled out.

Djokovic makes his competitive return after being heavily criticized for hosting a charity tennis event in the Balkans in June at which he and a raft of players tested positive for COVID-19.

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Sam Okwaraji: NFF begins process to retire Eagles No.6 jersey

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The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) is pondering a move to retire the Super Eagles No.6 jersey previously worn by the late Sam Okwaraji, The PUNCH reports.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick made this known during an interview on a radio programme Sports Salsa, which was aired on Kennis 104.1 FM on Wednesday.

Okwaraji died of congestive heart failure minutes after he slumped during a 1990 World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Angola on August 12, 1989, inside the main-bowl of the National Stadium, Lagos.

The game ended 1-0 in favour of the Eagles.

“Someone made a proposal about retiring the jersey (No.6) at the start of the year and I think it is not too much for us to do that,” Pinnick said.

“I will forward the proposal to the executive committee for implementation because it has been said already. So, we will see how we can retire that shirt in honour of a great patriot (Samuel) Okwaraji.

“His (Okwaraji) death was very tragic because he was a player who showed dexterity, professionalism and maturity each time he played for the Eagles.”

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