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“Be together, Act with class, Always Move Forward”  Head Coach Arsenal Soccer School; Advises Kids at MTN/Arsenal Coaching Clinic in Lagos.

Ever wondered what it is like to play the way Arsenal F.C. does? Most football enthusiasts worldwide admire the trademark swashbuckling style deployed by successive teams from the North London-based club.

This expansive style of play was further reinforced on 22 October when the Gunners completed eleven passes before striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tucked the ball into the back of the net during a 3-1 Premier League home win over Leicester City. The goal, which went viral on social media, sparked the usual conversations about Arsenal’s beautiful playing style.

But how do you play the Arsenal way? Interestingly, MTN Nigeria, Arsenal’s official telecommunications partner since 2015 has enabled the club to connect with its teeming Nigerian fans, as well as coaches, trainers and stakeholders.

In a bid to further deepen its partnership, MTN and Arsenal  decided to set up a coaching clinic to teach talented teens and coaches how to play the “Arsenal Way.” During the coaching clinic which held in Lagos from October 26th to October 28th, Head coach of Arsenal Soccer School Simon Mcmanus gave an in-depth insight into what makes the gunners thick and forms the basis of the club’s style of play.

Simon tells the kids to “Always be together, act with class and “Always move forward”. These makes a lot of sense now,as the gunners are known to be a compact team who always respects the opposition and attacks with almost every touch of the ball.

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Arsenal legend and member of the invincible team of 2004 who went all the way including clinching the English Premier League title of that year, Lauren Etame, was also part of the Arsenal team who came to impact participants with their fervent football knowledge. He was also at the famous Ikeja City Mall to sign some autographs.

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The coaching clinic which took place between Friday the 26th and Sunday the 28th of October at the Legacy pitch, National Stadium Surulere Lagos, was a truly extensive one, as participants were put through the educational part of the beautiful game of football in the classroom as well as execution and actualisation of lessons taught on the field of play.

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At the end of the 3 day clinic, the kids bagged certificates for their fantastic performances during the clinic. This coaching clinic is part of MTN’s effort at promoting grassroot football in Nigeria after initiatives like the MTN Football Scholar and MTN Street Soccer.

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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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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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