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Tokyo Olympics: Team Nigeria To Camp In Edo

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Tokyo Olympics: Team Nigeria To Camp In Edo
Aerial view of the newly renovated Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City by the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration.

The National Camp for the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics Games will be set in Edo State to allow contingents for the games to take advantage of the world-class Samuel Ogbemudia stadium, Benin City and other facilities built by the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration, for their preparations.M

The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, disclosed this to journalists during a visit to Edo State ahead of the National Sports Festival, scheduled to take place in the state between April 2 and 14, 2021.

Dare who expressed satisfaction with the quality and standard of sporting facilities in the state, noted that the revamp of Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium and other facilities has raised the bar for sports development for other states in Nigeria.

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He stated that Edo was the best place to host contingents for the Olympic Games, adding: “There is no better place to host Nigerian athletes for the Tokyo Olympic Games than Edo State. The state already has the facilities and the national camp will be set up in Edo State.”

Acknowledging the state’s preparedness for the National Festival tagged Edo 2020, the sports minister said: “I can’t ask for more with what I have seen here. Sports men and women can’t ask for better facilities than what we have here at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Edo State. The facilities and equipment will excite the athletes, as they are comparable to what you will find anywhere in the world.

“This is a revamp of sporting facilities to global standards never before seen anywhere in the country. It raises the bar for any other state that wants to revamp its sporting facilities. I am satisfied with what I have seen here today and most of our athletes will be ready to compete here and set new personal and world records.”

On his part, Governor Obaseki noted: “From what we have seen here, it is clear that this is a world-class facility that is ready to host a world class event. Every sport listed in the festival has world-class facilities to cater for it. The facilities match whatever you have across the globe. We are ready. Accommodation is ready.”

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Barca To Offload Pique If

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he is the highest earner in the squad,

By John Michael Ojo
Spanish and FC Barcelona defender,  Gerard Pique could be shown the exit door next summer, if he fails to play in 35 percent of matches this season, Mundo Deportivo reports.

Pique who has a contract at the Nou Camp until 2024 has not been able to make  impact under Xavi despite being the highest earner in the squad.

The Catalan giants are still battling financial difficulties after a summer of heavy spending and need to slash their wage bill.

According to the news outlet, Barcelona will have the option of terminating Pique’s contract one year early if he plays in less than 35 percent of games this campaign.

Taking into account league fixtures, domestic cup ties, and European matches, the club are likely to play between 50 to 55 games this season.

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This means Pique can play no more than 19 times if Barca want to see him leave next summer.

So far, the 35-year-old has featured just once in LaLiga against Cadiz and came on as a half-time substitute against Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League.

 

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BREAKING: Chelsea Appoints Graham Potter As Head Coach

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BREAKING: Chelsea Appoints Graham Potter As Head Coach

By John Michael Ojo
Premier League outfit, Chelsea has hired the services of former  Brighton & Hove Albion head coach, Graham Potter.

This was containted in a statement released by the club on Thursday

It reads, “Potter is one of the most exciting coaches in the game, starting his journey in Sweden before bringing his talents to the English game over the past four seasons.

“The 47-year-old is educated to degree level in disciplines beyond sport and has combined these experiences to forge a collaborative, forward-thinking approach while developing attacking and winning football.

“That has been in evidence during his time at Brighton & Hove Albion, where he achieved that club’s highest-ever league finish last season. Along the way, he earned praise for his winning brand of football on the south coast, while proving flexible in tactics and formations to be a step ahead of opponents.

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On making the move to Stamford Bridge, Potter said that he is “incredibly proud and excited to represent Chelsea FC, this fantastic football club. I am very excited to partner with Chelsea’s new ownership group and look forward to meeting and working with the exciting group of players and to develop a team and culture that our amazing fans can be proud of.

“I would also like to place my sincere thanks to Brighton & Hove Albion for allowing me this opportunity and in particular Tony Bloom and all the players, staff and supporters for their continued support during my time at the club,” he added

Graham Potter takes over  from Thomas Tuchel,  whose spell at Chelsea saw the club to a glorious champions league title in 2021.

 

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BREAKING: Chelsea Part Ways With Thomas Tuchel

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BREAKING: Chelsea Parts Way With Thomas Tuchel

By John Michael Ojo
Premier League side, Chelsea have announced the departure of head coach,  Thomas Tuchel following their poor performance at their  Champions League opening campaign against Dynamo  zagreb in Croatia on Tuesday night.

A club statement read: “Chelsea Football Club has today parted company with Head Coach Thomas Tuchel.

“On behalf of everyone at Chelsea FC, the Club would like to place on record its gratitude to Thomas and his staff for all their efforts during their time with the Club.

“Thomas will rightly have a place in Chelsea’s history after winning the Champions League, the Super Cup and Club World Cup in his time here.

“As the new ownership group reaches 100 days since taking over the Club, and as it continues its hard work to take the club forward, the new owners believe it is the right time to make this transition.

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“Chelsea’s coaching staff will take charge of the team for training and the preparation of our upcoming matches as the Club moves swiftly to appoint a new head coach. There will be no further comment until a new head coach appointment is made.”

The German tactician took  over from club legend Frank Lampard in January 2021 and guided the club to Champions League glory with a 1-0 win over Manchester City just a few months later.

 

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