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Key Players Absent As Super Eagles Land In Cape Verde

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Key Players Absent As Super Eagles Land In Cape Verde

Officials and players of the Nigeria football team Super Eagles, arrived on the island of Mindelo, Cape Verde, on Monday for their World Cup qualifier slated for Tuesday.

The Super Eagles touched down following a four-hour flight from Lagos, without key players such as: Ndidi, Iheanacho, Iwobi among others who had returned to their respective bases.

This is because of the British government’s strict regulations on red list countries, which includes Cape Verde.

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The affected players include defenders Olaoluwa Aina, William Ekong and Leon Balogun.

Forwards, Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi are also unavailable.

Midfielders, Oghenekaro Etebo, Wilfred Ndidi and Joseph Ayodele-Aribo have all left camp too.

 

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I Was Scared Of Losing My 1,000th Career Game – Mourinho

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Former Manchester United and Chelsea Manager, Jose Mourinho, has revealed that despite telling his team that his 1,000th career game as a coach meant nothing to him when they played against Sassuolo during the weekend, he was scared of losing it.

The 58-year-old Portuguese tactician ,saw his side beat Sassuolo 2-1 on Sunday, thanks to Stephan El Shaarawy’s late goal.

The win took Mourinho’s career tally to 638 victories.

The AS Roma boss has drawn 205 and lost 157 of his 1,000 games as a manager.

“I told everyone lies! I had been saying to the team for days that this 1,000th game was not important to me… but I had an incredible fear of losing!

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“Luckily we won and I was running like a child today because I was feeling 12 years old, not 58,” he said after the game.

Roma are now top of Serie A, having won their first three fixtures.

 

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Ex-France Defender Jean-Pierre Adams Bows To Death After Almost 40 Years In Coma

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Former France defender Jean-Pierre Adams has died aged 73 after almost 40 years in a coma, his former club Nimes announced on Monday.

Adams, who made 22 international appearances in the 1970s, slipped into a coma after a mistake by his anaesthetist during routine knee surgery in 1982.

Born in Dakar in 1948, he was one of the first men born in West Africa to play for France.

His centre-back partnership with Marius Tresor for France was nicknamed “the black guard”.

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“We learned this morning of the death of Jean-Pierre Adams,” Nimes wrote on Twitter, extending their “sincere condolences to his family”.

Adams also played for Nice and Paris Saint-Germain.

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Bale Scores Hat-trick To Keep Wales World Cup Hope Alive

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Real Madrid striker, Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick, as Wales defeated Belarus 3-2 on Sunday in their World Cup qualifying campaign.

The win was Wales’ second in three games in Group E and moves them up to third, one point behind the second-placed Czech Republic with a game in hand.

The group winners qualify automatically for the 2022 finals in Qatar with the runners-up heading into the play-offs.

Belgium lead the table with 10 points from four matches and host the Czechs later on Sunday.

“Qualification is alive, we lost to a very good Belgium team but it is important we win every other game,” Bale told Sky Sports.

“I know the performance, and we all know the performance wasn’t good enough in the first half. We corrected it more in the second half, we bounced back and showed character to get the result.”

Bale, who has broken back into the Real Madrid team this season under Carlo Ancelotti, gave the nominal visitors a fifth-minute lead from the penalty spot in Kazan.

The game was being played in Russia due to EU and UK sanctions against the Belarusian government.

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But Lokomotiv Moscow’s Vitali Lisakovich levelled with a spot-kick just before the half-hour mark, and then set up Pavel Sedko to turn the game on its head a minute later.

Wales had to be patient in the second period, only equalising in the 69th minute through another Bale penalty.

Cardiff City youngster Mark Harris, making his debut as a substitute, caused havoc in the Belarus defence in stoppage time, with his shot saved by Sergei Chernik.

But the ball eventually found its way to Bale and his snap-shot squirmed under the body of the Belarus goalkeeper to spark wild Welsh celebrations.

 

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