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EPL: Guardiola issues warning to Man City players after 2-0 win over Man United

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Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola has warned his side against being carried away by their 2-0 victory against Manchester United.

Guardiola told his players to quickly forget about their derby day success at Old Trafford.

City beat United 2-0 with goals from Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane to leapfrog Liverpool to go top.

Guardiola said his side cannot enjoy it as much as they could have done in the depths of winter because the title race remains so close.

City face Burnley on Sunday and Guardiola told his players to focus on the visit to Turf Moor rather than celebrating their derby joy too hard.

“It’s in our hands, Liverpool is not going to drop too much points, but it’s in our hands, with three games it’s like this,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.

“We’ve won the last 11, it’s incredible what these players have done so far but we still have a job to do. If this victory happened in November, December or January then we celebrate more.

“Maybe tonight we can enjoy it, but then tomorrow it’s done, we have to focus.

“I know the people will talk about how beautiful we are, how handsome we are. Now we have to go to Burnley, my two seasons there are so tough, with [Chris] Wood, [Ashley] Barnes, [Dwight] McNeil is an incredible player,we have to be focused, Burnley is always a tough game to play.

“We’re fortunate it’s in our hands, so it depends on our performances, if we win three games we’re champions and that’s what we’re going to try to do.”

On their win at Old Trafford, he added, “No. It was tough, when we lose it’s a disaster when we win it’s easy, but it doesn’t work like that at this level,” he said.

“First half was difficult, that is normal, we feel the pressure, we need the points to win the Premier League, second half we were relaxed, we realised we had to win the game.

“The first action from Bernardo we attacked, the second half was so good the way we played and faced this kind of game.”



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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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