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Eagles Euro Round Up: Omeruo Starts; Onyekuru, Kayode Fire Blanks

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By Johnny Edward:

 

Super Eagles forward Henry Onyekuru fired blanks on his return to Galatasaray’s starting line-up in Friday’s 1-1 home draw against Konyaspor in a Turkish Super League clash reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

 

The 21-year-old petit star who made two cameo appearances for the Super Eagles during the international break against South Africa in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Johannesburg and in an international friendly against Uganda in Asaba, Delta State starred for the entire duration of the encounter.

 

An own goal from Ugur Demirok gave the hosts, Galatasaray the lead in the 67th minute but Konyaspor earned a share of the spoil from the spot in the 90th minute through Nejc Skubic.

 

Onyekuru has scored four goals in 11 Turkish Super Lig appearances and has scored four times.

 

Galatasaray remains second in the Turkish League table despite the draw with 24 points from 13 games while Konyaspor moved up to eight positions with 18 points from the same number of games.

 

Onyekuru is currently on a season loan from English Premier League club, Everton. He spent last season on loan at Anderlecht.

 

In Ukraine, Olanrewaju Kayode was subbed on for Alan Patrick in the 86th minute of Shakhtar Donetsk goalless at home to FC Lviv.

 

It was his fourth substitute appearance this season.

 

Kayode has made five league appearances this season and has failed to score.

 

He joined Shakhtar Donetsk from Manchester City on a five-deal last summer.

 

In Spain, Kenneth Omeruo made his sixth La Liga appearances for Leganes who defeated Deportivo Alaves 1-0 in a Spanish La Liga game on Friday.

 

It was Leganes first clean sheet of the season in four games and their first win in last four games with two draws a defeat and a win.

 

Omeruo is currently on a season loan deal from Chelsea after spending the last five years on loan at Ado Den Haag, Middlesbrough, Kasimpasa twice and Alanyaspor.



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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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