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Amid Ukraine Crisis, Abramovich Hands Chelsea Over To Charitable Organization

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Following the ban on Chelsea billionaire owner, Roman Abramovich from England by European Union over the invasion of Russia on Ukraine, the club will now be handled by a charitable organization.

This was made known by Abramovich in a statement on Saturday.

European Union, EU, are seizing assets belonging to Russians and the Russian government as part of their sanctions on the country.

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There have been calls for Chelsea to be taken away from Abramovich and the billionaire businessman on Saturday handed the club’s care and stewardship over to Chelsea’s Charitable Foundation, saying he believes they are in the best position to take proper care of it.
His statement reads:

“During my nearly 20-year ownership of Chelsea FC, I have always viewed my role as a custodian of the Club, whose job it is ensuring that we are as successful as we can be today, as well as build for the future, while also playing a positive role in our communities.

“I have always taken decisions with the Club’s best interest at heart. I remain committed to these values. That is why I am today giving trustees of Chelsea’s charitable Foundation the stewardship and care of Chelsea FC.

“I believe that currently they are in the best position to look after the interests of the Club, players, staff, and fans.”

 

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AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Get Easy Opponents

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AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Get Easy Opponents

Super Eagles of Nigeria will face the likes of Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau and Sao Tome and Principe in their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying games.

The draw was conducted on Tuesday evening.

The Super Eagles failed to get past the Round of 16 in the last edition of the tournament played in January/February in Cameroon this year.

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While the Eagles where in group A, current holders Senegal are in Group L with Benin Republic, Mozambique and Rwanda.

Full list:

Group A: Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Sa o Tome e Principe or Mauritius
Group B: Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Togo, Eswatini
Group C: Cameroon, Kenya, Namibia, Burundi
Group D: Egypt, Guinea, Malawi, Ethiopia
Group E: Ghana, Madagascar, Angola, Central African Republic
Group F: Algeria, Uganda, Niger, Tanzania

Group G: Mali, Congo Brazzaville, Gambia, South Sudan
Group H: Ivory Coast (hosts), Zambia, Comoros, Lesotho
Group I: Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Mauritania, Sudan
Group J: Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Botswana
Group K: Morocco, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Liberia

Group L: Senegal (holders), Benin, Mozambique, Rwanda
Dates

May 30-June 14: Matchdays 1, 2
Sept 19-27: Matchdays 3, 4
March 20-28, 2023: Matchdays 5, 6

 

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Christiano Ronaldo’s Son Is Dead

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Christiano Ronaldo's Son Is Dead

Manchester United playmaker Cristiano Ronaldo, has announced the passing of his son.

The five times Ballon d’Or winner, revealed this through his social media pages on Monday.

A statement jointly signed by the couple reads: “It is with our deepest sadness that we announce the passing of our baby boy. It’s the greatest pain any parent can feel.

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“Only the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness.

“We would like to thank the doctors and nurses for all their expert care and support. We are all devastated at this loss and we kindly ask for privacy at this very difficult time,” they wrote.

 

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NFF: Why I’ll Step Down – Amaju Pinnick

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NFF: Why I'll Step Down - Amaju Pinnick

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick has disclosed that he will not be seeking  a third term when his current tenure expires.

Pinnick who has been in charge of the NFF since 2014 was asked to resign after the national team failed to qualify for the world cup finals in Qatar later this year.

He has now revealed that his time at the Glass House might be coming to  an end as it has taken a toll on his relationship with his family over the years.

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Amaju Pinnick while responding  to questions on Arise TV  said: “I’m eligible to run based on the statue. Do I want to run?, it’s a no-no, my family is very key to me, they said it’s taking a toll on me and the family.

“They believed that I’ve done my best and it’s time to move on . It’s a regrettable decision, but it’s the best,” Pinnick told Arise TV.

 

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