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Champions League: Steven Gerrard reveals why he left stadium during Liverpool’s match against Barcelona

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Champions League: Steven Gerrard reveals why he left stadium during Liverpool’s match against Barcelona

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Former Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard, has revealed that he became emotional during Liverpool’s incredible victory over Barcelona and had to leave Anfield before full-time.

Trailing 3-0 from the first leg, Liverpool completed one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history as a pair of braces from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum sent Jurgen Klopp’s side through with a 4-3 aggregate victory.

Tottenham fought back in similarly spectacular fashion against Ajax on Wednesday night to set up an all-English final in Madrid and Liverpool legend Gerrard has nothing but praise for both Premier League clubs.

However, the 38-year-old said he simply could not handle the tension after Divock Origi put Liverpool ahead against Barca.

Fearing that one of Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho or Lionel Messi could still kill Liverpool off, he made his way out of the ground.

Reflecting on Liverpool and Tottenham’s miraculous wins, Gerrard who is currently Rangers manager told Metro.co.uk: “I just think it confirmed to everyone how big the Champions League competition is.

“It’s a mega competition having experienced it as a player. It’s the ultimate and I think the last two games over the last 48 hours have confirmed that.

“The nerves on Tuesday night at Anfield for me personally were difficult to control.

“I had to leave at 4-0 even though I had my seven-year-old daughter. I used that as an excuse but it was more the nerves so God help the players with what they were going through.

“I just don’t think I’d have been able to cope with seeing Suarez, Coutinho or Messi break my heart.

“My seven-year-old had school the next day… beat the traffic and get out of there before it goes wrong. Just remember the good stuff.”

Gerrard, who was also blown away by Tottenham’s heroics in Amsterdam, is looking forward to what promises to be an enthralling final on June 1.

“Yesterday obviously Spurs as well… what a performance.

“Just to the emotion and reaction from [Mauricio] Pochettino I think it shows what football means to everyone.

“I think both games were an advert for European football and what a final to look forward to.”



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

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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