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Moses Absent Again As Chelsea Return To Winning Ways Against

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Chelsea returned to winning ways in the English Premier League on Sunday after defeating London neighbours Fulham 2-0 without Victor Moses, for the umpteenth time, at Stamford Bridge, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Chelsea who suffered their first defeat of the season last Sunday to Tottenham at Wembley, secured their ninth EPL win thanks to strikes in each half by Pedro Rodriguez in the third minute and Reuben Loftus-Cheek eight minutes from time.

The 27-year-old Moses who is expected to leave Chelsea in January has seen just 26 minutes of Premier League football this season for Chelsea.

The Blues made a strong start to the game and were ahead after three minutes.


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N’golo Kante robbed Jean Michel Seri of the ball and laid a good pass for Pedro to finish from close range. The goal was Pedro’s fifth of the season and the 34th Fulham were conceding this season.

Calum Chambers a chance at goal in the 17th minute but his shot on target was saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal for Chelsea.

The Blues dominated play with their passes but failed to break the defence line of Fulham. Olivier Giroud was denied by a vital block from Sergio Rico in goal for Fulham in the 43rd minute when he got a good goalward touch.

At the start of the second half, Claudio Ranieri made two substitutions replacing Ryan Sessegnon for Aboubakar Kamara and Stefan Johansen for Floyd Ayite.

Maurizio Sarri also brought on Reuben Loftus-Cheek and Alvaro Morata for Mateao Kovacic and Giroud.

Morata and had a chance to double Chelsea’s lead in the 73rd minute but he blazed shot from close range over the bar.

Loftus-Cheek making his 50th appearance for Chelsea sealed the win for the Blues finishing off a brilliant team play involving Morata and Eden Hazard.

It was his fifth goal in five games for Chelsea.

Chelsea moved back to third place in the EPL table with Tottenham Hotspur to take on Arsenal at the Emirates stadium later on Sunday.

The Blues will face Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux stadium in their next game before hosting Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

By Johnny Edward



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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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