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Moses Absent As Spurs End Chelsea 19 Match Unbeaten Run

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By Johnny Edward:
Victor Moses was not listed in the matchday squad for Chelsea whose 19 game unbeaten streak this season came to an end on Saturday after they were thrashed 3-1 by London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur at the Wembley Stadium, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Moses has not featured for Chelsea in the last eight games.

Goals from Dele Alli, Harry Kane, and Son Heung-min saw Tottenham Hotspur record a three-goal margin over the Blues for the first time since 1985.

Substitute Oliver Giroud scored a consolatory goal for Chelsea in the 85th minute of the encounter. It was Spurs consecutive victory over Chelsea for the first time in 31 years.

Alli opened the scoring with a flick header in the eighth minutes. The goal was his sixth goal in five matches against Chelsea. Kane added the second from long range for his 11th goal of the season.


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Son blitzed past three Chelsea defenders before firing a low drive past Kepa Arrizabalaga for Spurs third goal of the encounter. The goal was Son’s 50th goal for the club since he joined.

Tottenham had lost their last four meetings against Chelsea at Wembley but they were quick out of the blocks on Saturday and made the first attempt on goal through Kane but Kepa Arrizabalaga kept the England captain’s header in the fourth minute.

Alli’s flicked header from a Christian Eriksen’s right-sided free kick beat Arrizabalaga inside eight minutes.

Son had forced Kepa into a save down low prior to that vital second goal before Kane long-range shot beat Arrizabalaga.

Stunned by Tottenham’s second goal, Chelsea simply could not sustain any pressure and again relied on Kepa to keep out Toby Alderweireld and Son inside the box, pulling off fine saves to deny both players.

Spurs put the game out of Chelsea’s sight 10 minutes into the second after Son showed raced with the ball 50 yards – dodging challenges from Jorginho and Luiz in the process – before bending it past Arrizabalaga.

N’Golo Kante wasted a chance to drag his side back into the match when guiding a Ross Barkley cross wide of the target, but Tottenham could easily have extended their lead as the chances kept falling their way.

Kane fired over when picked out by Serge Aurier six yards from goal and Dele’s curler clipped the top of the net, with yet more poor Chelsea defending on display for both opportunities.

The final goal of the match would go Chelsea’s way, however, as Giroud came off the bench to nod a Cesar Azpilicueta delivery across Lloris, although it was not enough to prevent a first league defeat in 13 matches for Sarri and his men.



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Buhari appoints Amokachi as SA on sports

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Buhari appoints Amokachi as SA on sports

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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