Chelsea sack commercial director over “inappropriate messages”

CHELSEA

Chelsea said they have terminated the employment of commercial director Damian Willoughby with immediate effect. The English Premier League side said Willoughby’s sacking came after receiving evidence he had sent “inappropriate messages” before his appointment. Willoughby began working at Chelsea earlier this month following the club’s take-over by an investment group led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital. “Evidence of inappropriate messages sent by Mr Willoughby, prior to his appointment at Chelsea FC earlier this month, has recently been provided to and investigated by the club,” a club spokesperson told…

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Federer assures he won’t become a tennis ghost after retirement

Roger Federer

Roger Federer brings down the curtain on his illustrious career later this week but the Swiss maestro has assured his millions of fans that he would not become “a tennis ghost”. Back in London, down river from where he won a record eight Wimbledon titles, the 41-year-old said he had no intention of walking away from a sport he has graced for so long. Speaking to reporters at London’s O2 Arena, where he twice won the ATP Finals title, the Swiss was emotional at times as he explained the decision…

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FIFA extends four-year ban on Orji Okwonkwo to worldwide

Former Nigeria junior international Orji Okonkwo has had his four-year ban for doping violation by the Italian National Anti-Doping Tribunal extended worldwide by world football governing body, FIFA. A statement by Ademola Olajire, Director of Communications at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Saturday said FIFA’s verdict was contained in its ruling on the case for worldwide extension of the ban, brought before it by Italian NADO. “Chairperson of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, Jorge Ivan Palacio affirmed that the player had been cited properly, he has had the opportunity to…

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Osimhen, Ighalo, missing as Peseiro names 25 Eagles to face Algeria in friendly

Super Eagles

Super Eagles Forwards Victor Osimhen and Odion Ighalo are among star players not invited as Super Eagles Head Coach José Peseiro names 25 players to take on Algeria in a friendly. The friendly holds on Sept. 27 at the 40,000-capacity Stade Olympique in Oran, Algeria. Director of Communications at the NFF Ademola Olajire stated in Abuja on Saturday that Peseiro opted for Captain Ahmed Musa, deputy captain, William Ekong and 23 other players. “Among players called up to take on the former two-time African champions, Algeria, are goalkeepers Francis Uzoho and…

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Commonwealth Games: Buhari gifts victorious Team Nigeria contingents N200m, national awards

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved National Honours and cash awards of N200 million for Team Nigeria’s contingent to the 2022 Commonwealth Games and World Athletics championships. The President disclosed the approval yesterday, at a presidential reception in honour of the athletes at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. President Buhari said his administration is committed to rewarding excellence, no less for members of Team Nigeria who ignited the spirit of victory in the nation through stellar performances at international competitions. While congratulating all the awardees and recipients, he expressed confidence that this…

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‘€3.5 bn Premier League’s broadcasting revenue beats that of Bundesliga, La Liga’ – Report

The European Premier League, (EPL), is by far the most lucrative league globally, according to an on-line website, Safebettingsites.com’s data presentation. The data revealed that the Premier League generated a staggering €3.5billion in broadcasting revenue in the 2021/22 season. For most football fans around the world, the English Premier League (EPL) is the pinnacle of the sport.  Safebettingsite’s Edith Reads said: “The English Premier League (EPL) is the richest football league in the world; and it’s no surprise that broadcasting rights are a major source of revenue”. She added: “In…

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Just In! Tobi Amusan shines again, clinches Gold at Commonwealth Games, sets new record

Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan has clinched the gold medal in the Women’s 100 meters hurdle at the on-going Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom. The world champion successfully defended her title at the Alexander Stadium on Sunday in the women’s 100m hurdles final. Amusan was able to run a Games record of 12.30s, setting other records as well, and becoming the first world champion to win gold and the first Nigerian athlete to do the same. The latest feat is coming some two weeks after she also clinched gold at the…

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Buhari salutes renowned goalkeeper, Emmanuel Okala at 71

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday felicitated with Emmanuel Okala, the goaltender of the defunct national football squad the Green Eagles on his 71st birthday, which comes up on Tuesday. The Green Eagles metamorphosed into the Super Eagles in 1994. In a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the president rejoiced with the sportsman who earned global recognition and awards for his prowess in the field of play. The president joined Okala’s family, team mates, fans and professional colleagues in celebrating the auspicious occasion. He stated that Okala’s anniversary brought…

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NFF appoints José Peseiro as Super Eagles Manager

The Nigeria Football Federation, (NFF), on Sunday announced the appointment of José Santos Peseiro as the new Head Coach of the Senior Men National Team, Super Eagles. The appointment is with immediate effect, subject to the signing of agreed terms between the NFF and Peseiro. José Vitor dos Santos Peseiro, 62 last month, is a Portuguese who played as a striker in his days and has wide and varied experience coaching top clubs and national teams across four different continents, namely Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. An educationist with…

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Buhari redeems 28-year FG vow to ‘94 Eagles

The Federal Government, on Friday, fulfilled its promise of allocating houses to the victorious 1994 Super Eagles Team after 28 years. The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, handed over the Certificate of Occupancy (C-of-Os) of three bedrooms Federal Government houses to each team member in Abuja. The promise was actually made by the then military government of Gen. Sani Abacha, when the Super Eagles Squad won the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Tunis, Tunisia, in 1994. The players presented with the C-of-Os are Peter Rufai, Austine Eguaveon,…

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