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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has urged Super Eagles players to make Nigerians proud as they prepare for the first match with Croatia in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
In a statement issued on Friday, Speaker Dogara called on all Nigerians to pray fervently for the success of the Super Eagles, while charging the players to put all they have got into ensuring that they win the group matches and advance to next stage of the competition.
He added that, “Over the years, football has been a major source of unity in Nigeria, we should, therefore, collectively pray for the Super Eagles as they brace up for their match against Croatia .
“Super Eagles proved to be a strong team during the qualifiers with their record and we expect them to replicate same zeal, spirit and patriotism in the World Cup.”
He said with team work and commitment the Super Eagles will surely triumph over their opponents in group and knockout stages of the World Cup.

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Mohamed Salah crowned African Player of the Year, second time in a row

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Mohamed Salah of Egypt is the African Player of the Year 2018, for the second time in a row, it was announced in Dakar, Senegal Tuesday night.
He beat two other competitors shortlisted with him, Liverpool team mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang of Arsenal.
“I have dreamt of winning this award since I was a child and now I have done so twice in a row,” Salah said soon after receiving his trophy.
“My thanks go to my family, my team-mates and my fans and I dedicate this trophy to my homeland, Egypt.”
It was an identical outcome to last year when Salah became only the second Egyptian after 1983 winner Mahmoud al Khatib to be voted the best footballer in Africa.
Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana of South Africa was crowned African Women’s Player of the Year 2018 at the Aiteo-CAF awards, while Nigeria’s female team won Women’s National Team of the Year.
Achraf Hakimi was named African Youth Player of the Year 2018.
Mo Salah was also not surprisingly named among Africa’s Best X1 players that did not include any Nigerian.
Other players are Aubameyang, Mane, Mahrez, Keita, Partey, Koulibaly, Bailly, Benatia and Aurier.
Onyango as the goalkeeper completed the Africa Eleven.
Mauritania are the Men’s national Team of the Year.
The coaches were also recognised with Herve Renard winning Men’s coach of the Year and Desiree Ellis, coach of the Bayana Bayana, winning Women’s Coach of the Year.

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Egypt Named Host Of 2019 AFCON

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The Confederation of Africa Football, CAF, has named Egypt as the host of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

CAF named Egypt ahead of South Africa after officials voted at their executive meeting in Dakar, Senegal on Tuesday morning.
CAF had to come up with a new host for AFCON 2019 after stripping Cameroon of the hosting rights due to country’s inability to handle a 24-team tourney.
Apart from failure in infrastructural upgrades, CAF also had concerns about the political instability in the country.

Egypt, which will host the tournament for a fifth time, has just six months to prepare for the expanded 24-team finals, which will kick off in June.
Cameroon has been given the chance to stage the finals in 2021.

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Floyd Mayweather makes $9 million in 139 seconds

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The boxing legend knocked down Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa three times in the first round during a fight in Tokyo.

2019 IS off to a good start for Floyd Mayweather.
The American boxer took to social media to share videos of his huge bundles of Japanese Yen after earning $9 million dollars for his win over kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in an boxing match in Tokyo.
The 41-year-old knocked Nasukawa to the floor three times in just over two minutes before his young opponent’s corner threw in the towel.
Nasukawa, a kick boxer, ended the contest in tears whilst Mayweather grinned from ear to ear inside the 37,000-seater arena.

 

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FULL TRANSCRIPT: Read Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s quotes from first interview as Manchester United manager

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he was delighted to be ‘home’ after conducting his first TV interview since taking over the reins at Manchester United.
Solskjaer was appointed their new interim boss this week to replace the sacked Jose Mourinho and will be in the position until the end of the season.
The Norwegian insists he is relishing his six months in charge and that he has learned from his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
He also claimed he is open to playing youngsters and is aiming to get United’s players back to enjoying football again.
Here, you can find the full transcript from Solskjaer’s first TV interview since being confirmed as United’s manager.

Ole on the homecoming
Thanks first of all, it’s great, it feels like coming home I have to say. It’s been a few whirlwind days over the course, it has been very hectic but it’s just great to see everyone again.

Ole on the next six months
Well it’s six months, I’m going to enjoy the ride. I’m back home. It’s about seeing the players, seeing the staff and of course just being myself. I know the club is in the process of finding a new manager and I’m just going to be myself in the meantime. With me of course is Kieran and Michael and the rest of the staff we just want to get the players enjoying football I’m looking forward to seeing the supporters again.

Ole on festive period
You certainly get to see the players in a game, in a pressure situation, but I think just the amount of games coming up is no problem because you have got this squad, an amazing squad of players we have got. We have got 23, 24 players, they are all quality and they will all get a chance with the amount of games coming up and they will have a chance to show they are Manchester United players.
Yeah of course, we are in the result business, we want to win games of course that is mine and the staffs job to make sure the players do. We just want to see them play the football they can do.

Ole on the set-up behind the scenes
We have got a great setup at the club. The analysts came in this morning, they watched Cardiff. Of course I have watched Premier League, I’ve seen all the teams so I know a little bit about them but it’s not about the opposition, it’s about us. It’s about Manchester United and making sure the players know what they can do, we want to see them express themselves, so my main focus will be on us and how we want to the team to play and then we will give them one of two things about the opposition.

Ole on rotation
Playing games is the best time of your life. The more games you get the better it is. For me as a manager now it is great because you have to rotate so you get to see many players and they will get the chance and everyone in the squad knows I’ve got a chance now because whatever has happened it has happened so from now everyone starts on a clean slate and we want players to perform and to give them the chance.
You have got to start somewhere, of course you look at a couple of performances I’ve seen in the last few games but you look at the team, you pick a team now and you move on but they will all get chances.

Ole on his pride as a United player and now manager
Yeah how long will that last. You know as a player I gave everything I had and now walking out, leading this team and being a part of this team, that’s what I am. I’m a part of a huge team. We are playing for our supporters, playing for pride, playing for the club, its history, but to be honest it is going to be very, very special I have to say. I’m good at controlling emotions so I won’t be that emotional, but when I came back with Cardiff a few years ago in 2014, it was a strange, strange feeling. It was one of the most unrealistic ones I have ever had being on the other side, now I’m on the right side and I can’t wait for it.
Yeah you are proud but it is not about my pride, I’m proud of my career as a player, I feel like I’m a part of this club, I know this club and I understand this club but of course being in the gaffer’s seat is special.

Ole on past memories and relationship with the club
Wow. I can’t just talk about just one [memory at Old Trafford] but of course my debut when I came on and scored. I turned around, Eric’s the first one who celebrated with me. It was a weird feeling but suddenly it became part of you, you know you look forward to coming out at Old Trafford. That’s what you want the players to be, how I want to feel now. I think I will feel at home when we go out there, I think more it’s about the players being proud about their performances and the supporters being proud when we walk off the pitch.
Yeah it’s home. I’ve got to say it is home. There are so many here that are still here from when I was a player and a coach in the reserves and I have brought some Norwegian chocolate for them so I think they are happy.

Ole on Ferguson’s influence
Time flies when you enjoy it, I think I have had about 300, 400 first team games now as a manager and at the reserves so yeah 10 years more or less I have been coaching a team. You become more confident of course, the more mistakes you make the more you learn. I have made a few mistakes through the years but I have won the league, I have won cups, I have been relegated, so I feel I’m getting to know the occupation but it’s about man management, it’s about managing players, managing people, managing staff, talking to everyone and getting the best out of everyone and I have to say I had the best teacher. The boss (Sir Alex Ferguson) is and will always be the best at how you manage people so my management involves around what I learned from him.
Yeah, he’s been the biggest influence but then again I’m a different personality. I have just got to be myself, you have to ask the people I have managed. I like people, to speak to people, engage with people. I want to see them express themselves whether it’s working in the canteen, being a physio, a player, a coach, I just want to see everyone express themselves, so that makes me happy and when your team plays well and express themselves.

Ole on Mike Phelan
You know the first thing I thought about, I’m youngish still, Kieran and Michael, young, and I thought I want some experience with me. I rang Mick [Phelan] but he was doing a coaching course up in Burnley so I couldn’t get hold of him until it must have been 3, 4 O’clock in the afternoon. I had got the phone call earlier on in the morning, so it was one of them hectic ones, but he has been here, he has done it all, he’s worked with the gaffer more closely than I have. He’s an incredible, calming influence around me and his football knowledge is really, really good.

Ole on Michael Carrick
It’s strange again. When he (Carrick) was signed, of course I played with him for a season, I was a coach in the first team and in the reserves and I watched Michael evolve, develop, he has been a top, top player for us. He filled Roy Keane’s boots, it’s not easy coming in and taking his number and to be honest, a couple of days when I was home and last night on Wednesday, I have spoken with him lots on the phone recently and he’s been great.
That was his debut yeah. That was rainy. I actually had the captain’s armband on when I came on and scored the goal. Louie (Saha?) passed me the ball. I remember that game so he came in and you know we had three years without winning a trophy, 03-04, 04-05, 05-06, we didn’t win the league in those three years. He came in and we won the league 06-07. Michael knows what it is about being a Manchester United player and being a winner because we have got to get used to winning again and challenging for trophies.

Ole on young players
Yeah I have done and I have always been interested and of course being a manager in Molde in Norway that kind of you know that range of players, I have been trying with Nicky a couple of times to get players on loan to Molde a couple of times so yes I have kept an eye on the academy. Kieran’s done a great job with the academy, now he’s in with the first team and is really highly regarded. It’s the same with coaches, us players, you want them to know what Manchester United is about and he’s been there now for a few years and I think that link between the academy and the first team is crucial, it’s because we bring players and develop players in a certain way and then they know when they get to the first team this is how we want to play.

Ole on United’s tradition
That’s the identity, that’s our identity, I was in the reserves as well myself so I’ve been on that side of it. The link between the first team and the academy, I know first-hand how important it is that me and Nicky, me and Ricky and me and Neil that we speak a lot because it’s in our tradition. That doesn’t just go back to the Class of 92, it goes back even further than Sir Alex and to Sir Matt Busby. He had a saying and I will never forget it: “If you’re good enough, you’re old enough”. I really hope that I can be a part of that tradition and there are some great youngsters coming through I have to say. I watched the Chelsea game the youth cup game here the other day and that was a fantastic result and performance.

Ole on David De Gea
Yeah, I have spoken to David and Emilio [Alvarez] (goalkeeping coach) and he loves Emilio, he really, really is so complimentary about him. We have one of the best goalkeepers, the best goalkeeper in the world. He has been player of the year so many times over I think eight years, and he is still a young keeper developing so that’s fantastic for me to come in. Maybe I’ll have to do some finishing training with him just to peg him down a little bit.

Ole on Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford
Of course yeah. I remember I gave Jesse Lingard his debut in the reserves away to Burnley and because the youth team just had a game the day before, he didn’t play in the youth game so he played in my team in the reserves. We were playing Burnley and within two minutes, this little tiny kid, he goes into a 50-50 with this massive 6 foot 5 centre back, who is now playing at Burnley as well, Kevin Long and I remember it still he absouletly clattered him that little kid. There was no fear in him and I thought you’ve got a chance. Kevin Long had to come off unfortunately but Jesse showed me then there was something and Mark Dempsey with me at Molde, he had Jesse since he was seven and it’s one of them we spoke about a lot when I was over in Molde, but the way he has developed is fantastic and of course I had Paul [Pogab] in the reserves, not for long because he went past the reserves and up to the first team very quickly he was that special of a talent. Marcus [Rashford] I knew about, I watched Marcus when he was very young. He was three or four years younger than Jesse so he was just on his way up and I knew about him so those are the three that I have seen since they were kids. It’s great to see them now playing like they do.

Ole on speaking to the squad
That’s one of the first things you do as a manager, you get to know the people, you get to speak with them. I have spoken with most of them today, I just haven’t had the time to get round to everyone, I have got a few other things to do but it seems like a great set of lads, professional, just wanting to do well and want to learn. Of course I spoke to Kieran and Michael about them, but I will spend a lot of time over the next few weeks to get to know the players.

Ole on facing PSG in the Champions League
Yeah we beat Sevilla actually the year they won, the third year they won the Europa League, we beat them in Molde. Ahh fantastic you know, that was Monday I was watching not knowing anything about what’s happening here and you think PSG, what a fantastic chance. You know the special nights at Old Trafford, you know the floodlight nights, like the manager always talked about, the boss, you’ve got top talents to play against our great top talents, you’ve got Neymar, Mbappe, Cavani, those types of players, those are the nights Man United come to the fore, that’s when I can’t wait for it but we have got many more games before that. We want to build a foundation now and go into the game against PSG with confidence. If we can do that, great.

Ole on his Treble winning goal in 1999
There has been a few times I’ve been reminded yeah and I have had a few pats on the back. That was the best night of my life and I have to say it was a great night. Twenty years on the 26th of May, there’s a reason behind these grey hairs, it’s not just about worry and management, it’s been 20 years. It’s unbelievable how time flies.

Ole on what makes Man Utd’s DNA
First thing I felt when I came to Manchester United is that it’s a family club. I was so amazed when I got to see how close-knit everybody was. It’s a family but then again then I developed and you see the winning instinct and it’s about giving youngsters the chance. I have built, not me building Molde, call it my Molde, this is my Molde. Manchester United is Molde. History, tradition, giving youngsters a chance to play football and winning and it’s unbelievable how it’s developed since I came in 1996. It’s huge. It’s the biggest club in the world, the best supporters in the world, we have got the best players in the world.
Ole’s message to fans
It’s great being back home, I just, as I was when I was a player, I promise I will give it everything I have got for us to have success. I will do my very best along with the staff to get the players playing and to enjoy themselves I can’t wait to get it going.

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Arsenal 0-2 Tottenham: Exquisite Alli chip gains vengeance for Spurs

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Arsenal suffered a second straight defeat after going 22 games unbeaten, with Tottenham reaching the EFL Cup semi-finals at their expense.

Dele Alli scored a brilliant chip as Tottenham gained vengeance for their Premier League defeat at Arsenal earlier this month by claiming a 2-0 EFL Cup quarter-final win at Emirates Stadium.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team went down 4-2 when the sides met in a fiery north London derby on December 2, but Alli’s impudent finish in the 59th minute added to Son Heung-min’s opener to send Spurs into the final four for the first time since 2014-15.
A banana was thrown on the pitch after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a penalty in the teams’ previous encounter and on Wednesday Alli was hit by a bottle thrown from the stands, responding with a ‘2-0’ gesture to the fans.
Unai Emery – who left Mesut Ozil out entirely for “tactical reasons” – may step up his interest in defensive reinforcements after his makeshift backline was twice punished by clinical Tottenham counter-attacks in their second straight defeat.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan was unable to beat Paulo Gazzaniga from 12 yards when one on one and Son punished him in the 20th minute, curling past Petr Cech after Granit Xhaka – deployed at centre-back – played him onside.
Moussa Sissoko contrived to blaze over at the end of a rapid Tottenham break that followed Lucas Moura’s tackle on Mkhitaryan, but Gazzaniga kept the visitors ahead by tipping Aaron Ramsey’s shot against the upright two minutes before the break on the Welshman’s 350th Arsenal appearance.
Emery switched to a back three with the introduction of Laurent Koscielny at half-time but the centre-back – still working his way back to full fitness after an Achilles rupture in May – played Alli onside and the 22-year-old poked a delightful finish past a stunned Cech.

Alexandre Lacazette hit the post soon after replacing Alex Iwobi, while Aubameyang saw a cross from the left hit the bar after Alli appeared to be struck by a bottle thrown from the crowd.
Arsenal were unable to find a way back into the game, with Gazzaniga not having to make another save before the final whistle.
What does it mean? Pochettino means business
Pochettino clearly wants to win the first trophy of his Tottenham career. Having joked that Harry Redknapp’s triumph in reality TV show ‘I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!’ represented silverware for Spurs, the manager said in his pre-match news conference that any title would show the “value” of the work being done at Spurs.
Although he left Harry Kane out of his starting line-up, the only high-profile omission in his XI, he sent the England star on with over 30 minutes remaining and just 66 seconds later he supplied the assist for Alli’s goal.
Alli gets all over
Playing behind Son, Alli proved full of energy across the 90 minutes. He worked extremely hard defensively, created two chances for team-mates and scored a sensational goal to seal Spurs’ victory. After the unsavoury incident in which he was hit with a bottle, he was involved in an 85th-minute scuffle with Xhaka over time wasting that resulted in a booking.
Mkhitaryan misses prove costly
Arsenal were on top during the early exchanges but Mkhitaryan sent a header wide in the second minute before showing a lack of confidence when he only had Gazzaniga to beat in the 12th minute. Had he scored either chance the game could have followed a very different path, and he was replaced at half-time – perhaps due to the challenge by Lucas.
What’s next?
Arsenal welcome Burnley to Emirates Stadium in the Premier League’s early kick-off on Saturday, while Tottenham head to Everton a day later.

 

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer contract clause triggered as Man Utd close in on interim boss

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the man Manchester United have turned to in a bid to save their season after the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
Former Old Trafford striker Solskjaer will keep the seat warm until the end of the season when United will try to prise Mauricio Pochettino away from Tottenham.
Mourinho was summoned to United’s training ground by United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward at 9am today and told of his dismissal after two-and-a-half years in charge.

Woodward and Joel Glazer of the club’s owners spoke on Monday night and decided to act with United 19 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, 11 points adrift of fourth spot and players disillusioned with Mourinho, who is set for a £22million pay-off.
Solskjaer, a club legend whose dramatic goal in added time clinched the Champions League and the Treble in 1999, is currently in charge of FC Molde in his native Norway, but is understood to have a clause in his newly-signed contract that allows him to leave for United.
He is set to return to Molde at the end of the Premier League season, but his first game in the United dugout will be on Saturday at Cardiff, the club he left after an ill-fated nine-month spell in charge in 2014, after they were relegated from the Premier League under him.

United have held talks with Solskjaer and his representatives and are confident of announcing him as their caretaker boss until the end of the season – assisted by former No 2 Mike Phelan – with Pochettino the man they want to appoint next summer as their permanent manager.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will fight any approach from United, but Woodward and the United hierarchy – now looking for their fourth boss since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 – are ready to pay what it takes to lure Pochettino to Old Trafford.
Mourinho was doomed following Sunday’s abject 3-1 defeat at arch rivals Liverpool, which persuaded Woodward he had to act decisively and bring an end to Mourinho’s turbulent tenure in charge.

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José Mourinho sacked by Manchester United after Liverpool defeat

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Manchester United have sacked José Mourinho following Sunday’s defeat at Liverpool, ending a tenure that began in May 2016.
A poor start to the Premier League season has seen United slip 19 points behind the leaders, Liverpool, and fall off the pace in the hunt for a top-four place. They have won only once in six league matches, drawing during that sequence with struggling Southampton and Crystal Palace.

The club issued a statement on Tuesday morning which read: “Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect.
“The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future. A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager.”

Relations between the manager and the executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, also seemed strained after the club did not sign a central defender this summer. The club concluded that of the players in that position targeted by Mourinho whom they could potentially land, none was an upgrade on the existing squad.
A sense of disunity at United was encapsulated when Mourinho stripped Pogba of the vice-captaincy before a Carabao Cup defeat by Derby County and confronted him at training the following morning. The manager has criticised his players’ “mental approach”, attitude and quality.

Mourinho has seemed less than happy since the buildup to the season, when he described preparations as “very bad” because many of his senior players were resting after the World Cup.
The manager demanded “respect, respect, respect” for his three Premier League titles following United’s 3-0 home defeat by Tottenham in late August but will not get a chance to add a fourth at Old Trafford.

In two full seasons at Old Trafford, Mourinho won the Europa League and League Cup (2016-17) before finishing second in the Premier League last season and reaching the FA Cup final. In that period since replacing Louis van Gaal, United’s spending stands at £364.3m on eight buys.
Zinedine Zidane, available following his surprise decision to resign his position at Real Madrid following their Champions League success over Liverpool in May, has been linked with the United job.

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THE SPECIAL EDITION OF ANAMBRA WALK FOR LIFE CAMPAIGN TAKES PLACE ON DECEMBER 22, 2018.
TAKE OFF POINT: DO’S OFFICE OPP GOVERNOR’S LODGE, AMAWBIA.
TIME: 6:30AM PROMPT
ROUTES: FROM THE GOVERNOR’S LODGE THROUGH EKE AWKA, FINOTEL, AROMA AND TERMINTE AT EKWUEME SQUARE.
…powered by ANAMBRA STATE SPORTS DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION (ANSDC).

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Jurgen Klopp ‘Really Excited’ to Face ‘Difficult’ Bayern Munich in UCL Last 16

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Jurgen Klopp is eager for his Liverpool side to test themselves against Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.
The Reds will face the Bundesliga giants after Monday’s draw over two legs in February and March.
Klopp is used to facing Bayern from his time as Borussia Dortmund manager, including a meeting between the two sides in the 2013 Champions League final. Though he knows it won’t be easy, he’s keen to do so again.
Asked for his reaction to the draw, he told Liverpool’s official website:
“Difficult. Good draw. It was clear it would be difficult [and] they are obviously a top side. For me it’s nice, going to Germany. But it’s just the draw. So we have now time to prepare the game, a lot of time obviously, and hopefully we have all our players available then. It will be a tough one, an interesting one, and I am looking forward to it.”

Klopp managed Bayern stars Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels during his time with Dortmund, and the latter is relishing the prospect of facing his former mentor:

The match also bears significance for Reds midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri and two members of their backroom staff, head of nutrition Mona Nemmer and head of fitness and conditioning Andreas Kornmayer, who have all spent time with Bayern, as Klopp noted:
“It’s nice for Mona and Korny and Shaq. I will meet former players [too] and it’s good. But at the end it’s a football game on the highest level and we have to play it. We knew it before, it’s not that anybody thought ‘thank God it’s Liverpool,’ so we don’t think ‘thank God it’s Bayern.’ It’s a tough one, but that’s how it should be. It’s the last 16 of the Champions League so there are only tough teams in, and I’m really excited about it.”
Liverpool’s failure to win their difficult Champions League group all but assured them of a tie with one of Europe’s elite in the next round, but the Reds have also returned to that camp after reaching the final last year.
History is on their side in this fixture, too, per Goal’s Neil Jones:

What’s more, Bayern have not been their usual imperious selves this season. They’re nine points off the top in the Bundesliga having failed to win six of their 15 matches.
Football writer Andy Brassell believes the Reds have little to fear from their opponents:

Despite their struggles, Bayern remain a side packed with talent and Champions League experience.
Since winning the competition in 2013, they’ve reached the semi-finals in four out of five seasons.
Their meeting with Liverpool should make for an exciting tie, but they’ll need to improve significantly if they’re to get past the Reds and reach the business end of the competition once again.

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Sports Festival: Okowa to reward victorious Team Delta with N229m

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Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has congratulated Team Delta for emerging victorious yet again in the just concluded 19th National Sports Festival.
This is even as the Team is to get a total of N2290 million going by the pledge made to them by the State governor to reward the team with one million naira for each gold medal, N500,000 for silver and N250,000 for bronze.
Team Delta emerged victorious at the the festival with 163 gold medals, 86 silver medals and 101 bronze medals to defend the throphy which they won at the Eko 2012 Festival.
Okowa who personally attended the closing ceremony of the games at the National Stadium Abuja, was elated that Team Delta set more games record on their way to successfully defending the National Sports Festival trophy.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu on Monday in Asaba, the Governor thanked the Delta State Sports Commission, all team members, coaching crew and supporters for their hard work and dedication which culminated in the victory of Team Delta.
Delta state lifted the trophy for the 19th edition of the National Sports Festival bagging 163 gold medals to beat Rivers State which got 69 gold medals in 2nd position and Edo State in 3rd position with 47 gold medals.
Earlier at the closing ceremony, President Mohammadu Buhari congratulated Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State for his administration’s commitment to sports development.
Buhari who was represented at the ceremony by the Minister of Sports, Mr Solomon Dalung described the performance of Delta State as amazing, bagging a total of 352 medals.
In an interview at the closing, Governor Okowa congratulated Team Delta for emerging victorious despite being the defending champions.
According to him, “we are replicating what our late father, Dr Osaigbovo Ogbemudia thought us in old Bendel, we are not only developing sports facilities, we are doing all that we can to catch them young; we have the Principals and the Headmaster’s Cup and from January, we shall have athletics championship that will involve the secondary and primary schools in the state.”
“Beyond that, we will encouaage the young once to go into the future with the determination to succeed, we will continue to invest in sports, we congratulate Team Delta, they did very well and we are proud of them,” he said.

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