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Champions League: What Messi told Barcelona fans after scoring 2 goals in 3-0 win over Liverpool

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Champions League: Barcelona thrash Liverpool 3-0 at Nou Camp

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Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi told the club’s supporters not to jeer his teammate, Philippe Coutinho.

Messi was the man of the moment in Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Premier League contenders, Liverpool on Wednesday.

The Argentine scored twice in the Catalans’ win over Liverpool in the first leg of Champions League semi final.

The victory puts Barca in a brilliant position ahead of the second leg at Anfield.

While Messi’s first goal was a simple tap-in after the ball came down off the bar and into his path, his second was a moment of genius as he curled the ball in from a free-kick some 35 yards.

The Argentina captain celebrated wildly with his team-mates after the goals.

However, after his first, he was seen gesturing something with his hands to the fans.

Spanish publication AS, reports that Messi was telling supporters not to jeer Coutinho.

Coutinho, a former Liverpool midfielder, was booed off when he was substituted.

The player has struggled for form ever since his £142million transfer to Barcelona, but was given the nod to start against Liverpool.

After failing to make an impact, he was then swapped with Nelson Semedo and the newspaper reports that Messi pleaded with the fans to take it easy with the Brazilian.

Speaking about Coutinho’s performance, Messi told reporters, “This is a time when we have to be more united than ever, both as players and fans.
“This is something we have to achieve together and it is not the moment to criticise anybody.

“It is ugly to see [the crowd] treat a team-mate like that.”



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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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Tennis: Djokovic confirms US Open participation

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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