Author: Oladimeji Adeoye

Oladimeji Adeoye also known as Osniff is a writer, he is mainly into writing sports with vast knowledge of African Sports, and other continental sports. Oladimeji has worked with top news outlets and currently writing with top newspapers in Nigeria.

Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has extended his contract with Leicester City until 2027 becoming the club’s longest serving manager.  He played a key role in aiding the Foxes’ return to the English top-flight league after winning the Championship title last season. He has made 273 appearances for City in all competitions, scoring 17 goals. Since joining from Belgian side Genk in January 2017, the Nigeria international has lifted the Emirates FA Cup, FA Community Shield, and most recently, the Championship title with the club. His new contract will extend his stay at Leicester City beyond a decade. Speaking to…

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The South American Football Confederation has initiated an investigation into the physical altercation involving Darwin Nunez and Colombian fans following the Copa America semi-final on Wednesday. The match saw Colombia narrowly defeat Uruguay 1-0, advancing them to the tournament final. After the intense game, Liverpool’s forward Darwin Nunez approached the stands and physically engaged with spectators. Some Colombian fans tried to restrain him before other players intervened. The South American Football Federation has labeled the incident as “unacceptable.” “It is unacceptable that an incident like this turns passion into violence. On the eve of the Copa America final, we want…

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Manchester United are close to signing Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt and Bologna forward Joshua Zirkzee, according to Fabrizio Romano. The Red Devils are currently negotiating with De Ligt’s agents, as the 24-year-old Dutchman has prioritized Manchester United as his next destination. Bayern Munich are prepared to let the center-back leave if United meet his €50m release clause, which would result in a long-term contract until 2029, keeping him at Old Trafford. Additionally, the club has prioritized Bologna’s center forward as part of their recruitment for this season. Manchester United is not ready to trigger his €40m release clause…

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The Three Lions are into the final of the Euros for the second consecutive time after beating the Netherlands through Ollie Watkins’ magical strike in the late minutes. Despite going down early, England bounced back immediately with an equalizer and left it late to shatter the Dutch dream. It took Simon Xavi just 7 minutes to score against England. Harry Kane responded immediately after England won a penalty, which the Bayern Munich striker converted. The first half finished level at 1-1 after several efforts from both sides. The second half was tight as both teams had near attempts until Southgate…

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Ten-man Colombia defied the odds to defeat Uruguay, securing a place in the final of the 2024 Copa América. Despite a red card just before halftime, the Colombians triumphed with a 1-0 victory in regular time. Crystal Palace midfielder Jefferson Lerma put Colombia ahead with a stunning goal in the 39th minute. However, his clubmate Daniel Munoz received a red card, leaving Colombia to play with ten men for the entire second half. Despite this disadvantage, Colombia held firm, repelling all of Uruguay’s dangerous attempts and preserving their 1-0 lead. With Argentina defeating Canada, they are now set to face…

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Former Chelsea and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has retired from international football following France’s exit from the 2024 Euros. Spain defied all odds to beat France in the semi-final last night, denying France a place in the final. Giroud, 37, made 58 minutes in all six of France’s games, playing his final match last night after replacing Ousmane Dembele in the 79th minute when France was vulnerable and needed an equalizing goal. Despite the wealth of talent in the French national team, Giroud holds the record as France’s all-time top scorer with 57 goals in 137 caps. In 2018, he…

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World Cup winner and Copa America holder Argentina has triumphed over Canada by 2-0 as they set to defend the title. Alvarez and Lionel Messi’s strikes were enough to end Canada’s historic dream. Messi was voted man of the match despite doubts about his availability for the team due to injury. To defend the title, Argentina will battle either Uruguay or Colombia in the final.

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Resilient Spain edged out France to reach the final of the 2024 UEFA Euros in Germany, maintaining a 100% win record with 13 goals scored and just 3 conceded throughout the strenuous tournament. Kolo Muani gave France a brilliant lead in the 9th minute but 16-year-old Lamine Yamal responded 11 minutes later, bringing the game level. Four minutes into the second half, Dani Olmo scored Spain’s winner, and Spain held onto this scoreline until the final whistle. Spain will face the winner of today’s match between England and the Netherlands in the final.

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Ipswich Town has unveiled former Super Eagles player Sone Aluko as a member of its men’s first-team coaching staff. Aluko, 35, played for the team from 2021 until his retirement this year, after helping them secure promotion to the Premier League. “The Club is pleased to announce that Sone Aluko has joined Kieran McKenna’s backroom staff as a First-Team Coach.” During his active playing years, Sone represented numerous clubs, including Aberdeen, Rangers, Hull City, and Fulham, as well as playing international football with Nigeria before arriving at Portman Road. Sone also progressed with his coaching badges—along with other members of…

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Barcelona midfielder Pedri has confirmed he will miss the rest of the 2024 Euros due to an injury he sustained during Spain’s quarter-final match against Germany. The 21-year-old was taken off just 8 minutes into the game following a severe tackle from Toni Kroos. He was replaced by Dani Olmo, who later scored for Spain before Florian Wirtz equalized in the final minutes, pushing the game into 30 minutes of extra time. Pedri expressed his gratitude towards Toni Kroos for reaching out to him and stated his intention to remain with the team for the remainder of the tournament in…

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When asked about the difficulty of winning the UEFA Euros compared to the Copa America, Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni expressed confidence in his team’s abilities. Scaloni suggested that the Argentina national team could win the UEFA Euros, adding that he would like to see a European national team participate in the Copa America someday. Scaloni mentioned that Argentina faced several teams that reached the semifinals of the Euros during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and found those matches manageable: “I don’t think one competition is more difficult than the other,” Scaloni said. “We faced some important teams in the…

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Lewis Hamilton broke his 56-race winless streak by winning his 9th title at Silverstone in a thrilling, rain-interrupted British Grand Prix, finishing ahead of Max Verstappen in second and Lando Norris in third. The seven-time world champion had not won a race since the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. He ensured his final season with Mercedes, before joining Ferrari next year, will be marked by a victory. “Since 2021, every day I’ve been getting up and fighting to train, putting my mind to the task, and working as hard as I can with this amazing team,” Hamilton said. “This is…

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FC Bayern Munich has announced the signing of Michael Olise from Crystal Palace in England on a five-year contract, valid through June 30, 2029. Olise, who is 22, progressed through the academy systems of Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester City before making his senior debut with English Championship side Reading in 2019. He moved to Crystal Palace in the 2021-22 season, where he scored 16 goals and provided 25 assists in 90 competitive appearances. Although eligible to play for Nigeria, his father’s birthplace, Olise has chosen to represent the French national team, his mother’s homeland. He has played for France’s U18…

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The Athletic FC confirmed that former Liverpool and Bayern midfielder Thiago Alcantara has retired from professional football following the expiration of his contract with Liverpool this past season. Thiago began his career with Barcelona’s academy team in 2008 and was promoted to the senior team the next year by Pep Guardiola. After three years in Barcelona, he moved to Bayern Munich, where he spent seven successful seasons before joining Liverpool in 2020. Unfortunately, injuries plagued his time at Liverpool, ultimately leading to his retirement. Throughout his career, he won numerous trophies, including 4 Spanish La Liga titles, 2 Champions League…

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The Confederation of Africa Football, CAF, has expressed its condolences to Egypt and the family of Ahmed Rafaat, who was reported dead yesterday following a cardiac arrest. “CAF conveys condolences to the family of the late Egyptian player, Ahmed Refaat, published: Sunday, 07 July 2024. The Confederation African de Football (“CAF”) is saddened by the news of the sudden passing of Egyptian player Ahmed Refaat who played for Morden Future in the Egyptian Premier League.” “CAF President, Dr. Patrice Motsepe conveys heartfelt condolences to the family of Ahmed Refaat, the Egyptian Football Association (“EFA”) and the Egyptian Football family.” “May…

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England has beaten Switzerland in a penalty shoot-out to reach the final four of the UEFA Euros. The Three Lions’ players converted all spots kick while Manuel Akanji’s first miss ended Switzerland’s dream.  The first half ended in a stalemate, with both teams striving for a breakthrough. England dominated possession with 54%, compared to Switzerland’s 46%. England managed five shots, while Switzerland had one, but none were on target. Breel Embolo opened the scoring, putting Switzerland ahead in the 75th minute. However, England equalized just ten minutes later. The match extended to extra time and was ultimately decided by a…

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Supers Eagles midfielder Dele Bashiru has sealed a move from Turkish outfit Hatayspor to French side SS Lazio. “The S.S. Lazio announces that it has acquired on a temporary basis, with an obligation to buy, the rights to the sporting performances of footballer Oluwafisayo Faruq Dele-Bashiru from Atakaş Hatayspor FK.” The German-born player began his career with Manchester City before signing a professional contract with Sheffield Wednesday, where he stayed for three years before moving to Hatayspor last year. He has received two caps with the Super Eagles of Nigeria since his debut last year.

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Chelsea has appointed former Super Eagles midfielder Seyi Olofinjana and Achirou Goah to their scouting team. According to Fabrizio Romano, the two African football legends will be responsible for scouting talents across Africa. “Understand Chelsea have appointed Achirou Gaoh and Seyi Olofinjana to oversee operations in Africa. Chelsea want to cover Africa in the best way possible with scouting and appointments are now completed.” Seyi Olofinjana, 40, began his career with Crown FC in Ogun State. He played for Kwara United from 1999 to 2003 before securing a deal with Norwegian club Sportsklubben Brann. After a year, he transferred to…

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Super Falcons midfielder Halimatu Ayinde pulled out of the Super Falcons Olympics squad after sustaining a knee injury in training with the squad yesterday, which will eventually sideline her throughout the tournament. The FC Rosengard midfielder had been included in coach Randy Waldrum’s 22-player list for the 2024 Olympics tournament scheduled to be held in Paris, France, from Friday, 26 July 2024, to Sunday, 11 August 2024. In her message on her official Facebook page, the 29-year-old admitted it saddens her not to be available for the big stage where she would be flying the colors of her country: “It…

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Shina Ayodele, a striker for the Remo Stars academy team Beyond Limit, has secured a move to Lille in France after attracting interest from several European clubs.  Ayodele played a vital role in helping Beyond Limit win the Nigeria National League (the country’s second division) by scoring in the final of the Super 8, where the Ogun-based team defeated Nasarawa United. The 18-year-old Ayodele was also nominated for Beyond Limit’s Fan Player of the Season award due to his transcendent performance in the recently concluded Nigeria National League season.

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Manchester United has extended Erik Ten Hag’s contract as head coach until 2026. Erik Ten Hag expressed his satisfaction, saying, “I am very pleased to have reached an agreement with the club to continue working together. Reflecting on the past two years, we can take pride in winning two trophies and making significant progress from where we started. “However, we must recognize that there is still a lot of hard work ahead to meet Manchester United’s expectations of competing for English and European titles. In discussions with the club, we have found complete unity in our vision for reaching these…

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2024 Nigeria Professional Football League Champions, Enugu Rangers, have revealed the signing of three players ahead of the 2024-25 season as they look forward to defending the title and returning to the Continental tournament – the CAF Champions League next season. Confirming their return to the CAF Champions League, the Antelopes have decided to strengthen the depth of the team by confirming the arrival of Nwobodo Somtochukwu, Garando Tekena, and Anayor Ogbonna. The Flying Antelopes made this announcement on their Facebook page: “Done and dusted. The trio of Nwobodo Somtochukwu, Garando Tekena, and Anayor Ogbonna have put pen to paper…

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Super Eagles legend and former coach Sunday Oliseh has reacted to Mikel Obi’s criticism, in which the former Chelsea midfielder described Oliseh as the worst coach he ever played under during his career on the Obi Podcast. Despite acknowledging Oliseh’s prowess as a player, Mikel accused him of disrupting the team’s harmony and lacking leadership skills: “He (Oliseh) had absolutely no clue how to manage. He was a fantastic player, but a terrible coach. He didn’t know what he was doing and confused the team, destroying its togetherness. He was easily the worst manager I played under.” In response, during…

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Port Harcourt-based club Rivers United has announced Finidi George as their new head coach, succeeding Stanley Eguma, who was the longest-serving manager in the Nigeria Professional Football Leaguebefore his dismissal. Evans Egenyi served as interim manager until the end of the recent season. Approximately three weeks ago, the 53-year-old George resigned from his position as head coach of the Super Eagles, barely two months after his appointment by the Nigeria Football Federation. His departure followed poor performances in World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Benin Republic, where he drew with South Africa and lost to Benin, a performance the…

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Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has announced that the 2024 UEFA Euros tournament will be his last, marking his sixth appearance in the competition, the most by any player. At 39, Ronaldo holds the records for most goals scored (14) and most appearances (28) in the Euros. “But I’m not moved by this, I’m moved by enthusiasm,” Ronaldo said. “I felt sorry for the fans. I’ll always give my best for this shirt, whether I miss or not. And I’ll do this my whole life. You have to take responsibility.” Last night was dramatic and emotional for Ronaldo, who…

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The Euros knockout round, France and Portugal have advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Belgium and Slovenia in thrilling matches. France’s victory was sealed in the 85th minute when Belgium’s defender Jan Vertonghen scored an own goal, pressured by Kolo Muani, resulting in a 1-0 lead for France that held until the final whistle. In another exciting match, Slovenia pushed Portugal to their limits, holding them to a draw through full time and extra time despite numerous attempts. Cristiano Ronaldo missed a crucial penalty in the 105th minute, and Slovenia had a player sent off for a rough tackle during…

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Manchester United, in a joint statement with Newcastle, has announced that Dan Ashworth has joined Old Trafford as its new Sporting Director, replacing John Murtough from Newcastle United. “Manchester United and Newcastle United have issued the following joint statement: “Newcastle United and Manchester United have reached an agreement for the immediate release of Dan Ashworth from his contractual obligations at Newcastle United. The terms of this agreement remain confidential between the clubs. Newcastle United thanks Dan for his services and wishes him well for the future.” BRING ON 2024/25”

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Chelsea FC has unveiled the signing of 18-year-old Marc Guiu from Barcelona on a five-year deal, which includes a further one-year option. He will join his new teammates for pre-season, according to Chelsea. “Chelsea is pleased to announce the signing of striker Marc Guiu from FC Barcelona.” The striker expressed his joy after signing for one of the best clubs in England during his interview: “It’s an immense joy to sign for Chelsea, and I struggled to sleep ahead of the journey here because I was so excited,” said the 18-year-old. “Ever since I was small, it was my dream…

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Chelsea’s new manager Enzo Maresca has penned an emotional farewell letter to Leicester City fans, where he previously managed before moving to Chelsea this summer as Mauricio Pochettino’s replacement. “Dear Foxes, As I prepare to begin a new chapter in my managerial career at Chelsea FC, I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you. From the owners to the players, staff, and fans, you have all made my time at Leicester City truly special. I’m proud of what we achieved together, from memorable wins to the progress we made on…

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The Three Lions of England have secured a place in the quarter-finals of the 2024 Euros after a dramatic comeback against a resilient Slovakia in extra time. First Half: England were stunned as Slovakia took the lead with a 25th-minute goal from Slavia Prague forward Ivan Schranz. Despite England dominating possession with 75% compared to Slovakia’s 25%, they couldn’t find the back of the net in the first half. Second Half: Jude Bellingham and Captain Harry Kane led England’s charge, each scoring in the dying minutes of the second half to level the game, pushing it into extra time.

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