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Odey, Onuachu On Target; Ekong, Obi Starts; Aina Play As Sub

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Super Eagles defender William Troost Ekong played all 90 minutes for Udinese who shared the spoils with Sassuolo in a Serie A league game on Sunday reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

It was Ekong’s 14th successive start for Udinese since he joined the club and it was the fourth clean sheet of this season for the club.

Stadio Grande Torino, Ola Aina came on for Lorenzo De Silvestri on the hour mark for Torino who came from a goal down to beat ten-man Genoa 2-1.

Genoa had won only one of their last 35 Serie A trips to Torino, 3-2 in May 2009, interrupting 12 draws and 22 defeats.

Christian Kouame scored the opener for Genoa from close range in the 36th minute but just as Genoa were preparing to go into the half-time break with the advantage, Toro struck twice to turn everything around.

First Cristian Ansaldi controlled a loose ball and smashed the right-foot daisy-cutter into the bottom corner from the edge of the box, then moments later Sandro wildly swung a boot at Iago Falque to bring the forward down.

   Odey, Onuachu On Target;  Ekong, Obi Starts; Aina Play As Sub

Andrea Belotti converted the resulting penalty, just about squirming the ball under Ionut Radu, to complete a stoppage-time comeback.

Romulo was booked twice in three minutes, the second time for a ridiculously high foot that caught Meita in the shoulder.

The game was Aina’s 12th of the season.

Joel Obi played for 74 minutes before he was replaced by Sofian Kiyine in Chievo Verona’s 1-1 draw against SS Lazio.

In Spain, Ramon Azeez played all 90 minutes for Lugo who lost 1-0 away to Osasuna.

In Belgium, Emmanuel Dennis scored on his return to Club Brugge KV starting line-up on Sunday in their 3-0 home win over Standard Liege who benched Uche Agbo for the entire duration of the game.

Dennis who missed Club Brugge’s last five games doubled his side’s lead in the 17th minute after Stefano Denswil had opened the scoring ten minutes earlier

The goal was his third league goal of the season.

   Odey, Onuachu On Target;  Ekong, Obi Starts; Aina Play As Sub

In Denmark, Paul Onuachu bagged his 10th league goal of the season for FC Midtjylland who spanked Randers FC 2-1 on Sunday. Onuachu scored the winner in the 58th minute after Marvin Egho had canceled out Awer Mabil’s opener for FC Midtjylland.

Stephen Odey scored his sixth league goal of the season for FC Zurich beat Grasshoppers 2-0 at the Letzigrund stadium.

Odey sealed his side’s win in the 84th minute after Salim Khelifi had broke the deadlock six minutes before the hour mark for the hosts FC Zurich. The goal took his tally to ten in all competitions this season.

Henry Onyekuru fired blanks in his 13th league appearance for Galatasaray who lost 1-0 to Besiktas. The Nigerian international was replaced in the 83rd minute for Omer Bayram.

 

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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